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The lowdown on combination car seats

If you're thinking about choosing a combination car seat here's what you need to know

Our pick of combination car seats

Combination car seats are a popular choice for parents, here's our pick of some of the best

Combi car seat

A combination car seat is a model that spans different car seat Group stages. There are many different combinations, but some are more popular than others. They’re a useful buy for grandparents and childminders as they won’t have to buy a new seat every time a child moves up a stage.

What to look for

Group 0+/1 is one of the most common types of combination car seats. They’re always rear-facing for the first use, and then switch to forward-facing for the Group 1 stage. There is preference now though with the advent of extended rear-facing seats and their enhanced safety features, for the Group 1 stage to stay in the rearfacing position for the life of the seat. Group 2/3 is another popular combination seat for children aged four to twelve. 

Backless booster seats have sometimes been used for this stage, but they’ve been proven to be less safe, so always choose a model with a supportive back. You can now buy seats that span several Groups rather than just two, some cater for Groups 0+/1/2/3 all in one seat! Check you are happy with the comfort and safety for every stage the car seat covers, as children of different ages require different features. Make sure the seat reclines properly for newborns and toddler’s naps.

Need to know

Rearward facing seats should never be used in the front seat of a car if there is an active airbag. As it’s a purchase that should last you a long time, it’s worth trying out models before you buy to see how comfortable it is for your child. Be sure to check that the seat is compatible with your make and model of car. It’s also crucial to check the seat you are interested in is suitable for the weight of your child.


  • There are several different combinations of seats spanning every car seat group
  • They can be a good budget buy or ideal for use by grandparents or childminders
  • Make sure you are happy with the car seat for every stage it covers

Latest products on the market:

Kiddicare Shuffle SP combination car seat

Kiddicare Shuffle SP Group 0+/1 RRP £44.99

  • Has four recline positions and deep side wings for impact protection
  • The seat has an easy 3-point seat belt fitting and multiple recline positions
  • Rear-facing until 10kg, then forward facing until 18kg
  • There is an audible alarm in the buckle if it becomes undone
  • The seat covers are removable and washable

We love that the Shuffle is so reasonably priced but has all the features you would expect from a more expensive model.

Suitable: birth to 18kg
Car seat weight: 6.7kg
Fitting: Seat belt

Grace Milestone combination car seat

Graco Milestone Group 0+/1/2/3 RRP £179.99

  • Fits children all the way from birth to around age 12
  • The headrest and harness adjust together using just one hand
  • Side impact protection integrated in headrest and belt guide locks off for added safety
  • The seat has a steel reinforced frame for strength and added safety
  • There is a built-in storage compartment to keep the harness safe when not in use

We love that this seat has 10 headrest adjustable positions so your child will be as comfortable as possible as they grow. 

Suitable: birth to 36kg
Car seat weight: 8kg
Fitting: Seat belt

Joie every stage combination car seat

Joie Everystage Group 0+/1/2/3 RRP £200.00

  • Has 5 recline positions: 1 rear facing and 4 forward-facing
  • Fits children from birth to around age 12
  • The Guard Surround Safety panels provide extra side protection and can be individually activated
  • for extra room in vehicle
  • AutoAdjust side wings that widen as the headrest is raised to accommodate growing children
  • There is also a one-hand, 10 position heightadjustable headrest

We love that that seat has the option to be rear-facing until around age four.

Suitable: birth to 36kg
Car seat weight: 8.24kg
Fitting: Seat belt

Britax Advansafix combination car seat

Britax Advansafix ll Sict Group 1/2/3 RRP £220.00

  • Suitable from 9kg (after Group 0+)
  • Has 5-point harness with one-pull adjustment
  • Deep, softly padded full side wings which give optimum side impact protection
  • Performance chest pads reduce your child’s forward movement
  • This seat also has installation indicators to confirm the seat is installed correctly
  • There is a height-adjustable headrest and belt guide

We love that the secure harness can be used for older children, until 25kg which is roughly age six.

Suitable: 9 to 36kg
Car seat weight: 11.2kg
Fitting: Isofix/seat belt

The lowdown on combination car seats