Initial thoughts: The carseat arrived all ready to use – we just took it out of the box and were ready to go. The instructions are kept in a handy holder on the side of the seat so that they are always to hand. We were also sent the ISOFIX base which just slotted into the car quickly and simply. Mr C was very impressed and it must have been simple as I wasn’t required at all!
We liked: The seat slots into the base very easily and you just press a bar under the hood and just lift straight out which is very simple. The seat looks and feels solid and safe and has side impact protection. When the seat is placed on the floor it can rock or by simply adjusting the handle you can have it in a stable position. It can be used as part of a travel system with a number of Mamas and Papas pushchairs and I have purchased adaptors so I can use it with our Stokke Xplory chassis which is great. The seat covers are removable and machine washable.
We didn’t like: This seat is heavy and already I struggle to carry it with the baby in it to and from the car, but this was the same as the first seat that we had for Piran. The first couple of times that we used the seat I struggled with the straps, finding them difficult to release and get them to lie flat. Once I had a good look I realised that one side of the buckle was on back to front. I released the straps and changed it and it is now much better. However I do feel that when you press the button and pull on the straps it is not as smooth as other seats I have used and jerks Kate round a little.
Overall: We are using this seat daily and it suits our purpose well. Kate seems comfortable in it and I feel that she is safe and secure when traveling in the car. I would have expected it to come with a rain cover but you need to buy this separately which is annoying. We were particularly impressed with the ISOFIX base and how easy it is to use.
Further information: For further information on the Primo Viaggio and other car seats please check out the Mamas and Papas website.
We were sent a Primo Viaggio ES car seat and the ISOFIX base from Mamas and Papas free of charge for the purpose of this review.