Car Seats Buyers Guide

Find the best car seat with a little help from Halfords

A run around in your local park is great but there's nothing quite as exciting as getting back on the open road with your brood in the back seat.

A car seat is one of the biggest investments you'll make in your child's safety, it's only natural you'd want to be sure you're making the right choice.

Getting to grips with all the car seat advice out there can feel like a bit of a minefield. To help make it easier, we've broken down some key considerations for you.

Car seat law says children should be in an appropriately-sized seat until they are 135cm in height or 12 years old, whichever comes first.

The different types of car seat

  • Baby - These are rearward facing car seats that will usually go in the back of the car to get them started.
  • Toddler - These are designed for kids who have outgrown the baby seats, but aren't quite big enough for a child car seat or booster seat.
  • Child - These are for when your little one needs a 'boost' so they can safely use an adult seatbelt.

What Group do I need?

Bearing in mind that children can grow at wildly different rates, the guide below gives a rough outline of what car seat group may be comfortable for yours.

Group Weight Approx. Age
Group 0+ 0-13kg Birth-12 months
Group 0/1 0-18kg Birth-4 years
Group 1 9-18kg 9 months-4 years
Group 1/2/3 9-36kg 9 months-12 years
Group 2/3 15-36kg 4 years-12 years

You'll notice that some car seats fall into more than one category. That's because many car seats can be adapted as your child grows. They may cost a little more initially, but long-term, they're great value.

How to choose the right car seat

To make it really easy for you to choose the right car seat for your little one, we have broken down all the features of our car seat range into the following categories:

Simply look out for these icons when choosing your car seat to ensure you're getting all of the features that are important to you.

Car seats at Halfords

Hopefully, you now feel a bit more clued up on the best car seat for you. However, we have over 2,800 fully trained, RoSPA-accredited staff members who will be more than happy to guide you through this big decision.

If you decide to buy a car seat from us*, we will give you a totally free demonstration on how to fit it in your car. Even if you buy from our fantastic range online, just give your local branch a call where you can arrange an appointment that suits you. Once you feel comfortable doing it yourself you can get back on the road, safe in the knowledge your baby will be safe and comfortable on every journey.

*Service not available on seats purchased from Halfords Approved Partners.