Maxi Cosi Cabriofix vs Mico

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix

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With just around 3 months to go until the arrival of our second baby, my wife and I have been going through Mia’s old baby equipment in the garage to see what’s worth keeping, selling or just chucking on the scrap heap!

Fortunately most of the main items are in good condition, including the carry cot, stroller, moses basket..

.. and the car seat.

We currently use the Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl for Mia now she’s a toddler, but for the first 12 months we used the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix.

Here it is after giving it a bit of a clean last weekend.

It’s actually in good condition and it’ll be absolutely fine to use for the next 12 months or so.

However, there are certainly other Maxi-Cosi car seat products worth considering, if you’re expecting a baby.

One such comparable product is the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30.

While the Cabriofix is tailored more to the Uk and EU markets, the Mico Max 30 is more popular in the US and Canada.

In this article, I’ll do a detailed comparison of the two car seats.

Overview – Table Comparison

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Maxi Cosi Cabriofix

  • Weight: 3.35kg (7.4lbs)

  • Child Weight: Birth to 13kg (5-29lbs)
  • Depth: 66cm (26")

  • Height: 57cm (22.4")

  • Width: 44.5cm (17.5")

  • Sun canopy included

  • Newborn support insert included

  • Compatible with Maxi-Cosi stroller (and other strollers*)

  • Choice of compatible ISOFIX bases

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Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30

  • Weight: 4kg (8.9lbs)

  • Child Weight: Birth to 13.5kg (5-30lbs)

  • Depth: 75cm (29.7”)

  • Height: 62cm (24.5”)

  • Width: 42cm (16.7”)

  • Expandable canopy included with visor

  • LATCH compatible

  • Cozi-Dozi infant insert

  • Compatible with Maxi-Cosi stroller (and other strollers*)

  • Comes with a base

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*You may need to buy adaptors for this. Check when you purchase your stroller/travel system.

Detailed Comparison – Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix vs Mico Max 30

Weight

WINNER – Cabriofix

Despite both being some of the lightest car seats on the market, the Cabriofix is half a kilo lighter, which doesn’t sound much, but it might make a difference if you’re regularly carrying your car seat a fair distance from car to home.

Size

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Although the Cabriofix is smaller in height and less deep, the Mico Max 30 slightly narrower which means it takes up less space. This is handy if you have other passengers sitting on the back seat.

However, just bear in mind that some customers say the accompanying base for the Mico Max 30 is quite bulky and you only gain the real benefits of the small size if you use it without the base. It might not be that suitable if you have a very small car.

Design

WINNER – Mico Max 30

The Mico Max 30 has more features than the Cabriofix. The integrated sun canopy with visor is a big plus as the Cabriofix canopy sometimes doesn’t fully protect your baby from the sun (depending on the time of day).

Safety

WINNER – Mico Max 30

Both car seats are safe options, although it’s a bit tricky to compare which is actually safer. The Cabriofix uses ISOFIX, a system used in the UK and EU, where as in the US and Canada, they use the LATCH system. However, the Mico Max 30 features an anti-rebound bar, an extra safety feature near the foot of the car seat.

Ease of cleaning

WINNER – Mico Max 30

My main issue with the Cabriofix is trying to clean it.

I cleaned the cover last week, but it took me ages to figure out how to take it off, and putting it back was a challenge too. It might just be me and my clumsy hands, but other customers seem to have issues with it too. Furthermore, it’s handwash only.

The Mico Max 30 is a lot easier to clean, as you can remove the cover faster. Furthermore, it’s machine washable and tumble dryer safe.

How long do they last?

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Both options are suitable from birth until your baby reaches around 13kg.

Compatibility

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Both options will fit with Maxi-Cosi strollers, but if you’ve bought, or you’re thinking of buying another brand of stroller, you’ll need car seat adaptors.

I purchased the Silver Cross Wayfarer a few years, and it came with the right adaptors for Maxi-Cosi. They were very easy to use. I certainly wouldn’t be forced into choosing a Maxi-Cosi stroller just because you have one of their car seats.

Price

WINNER – Cabriofix

The Cabriofix is considerably cheaper than the Mico Max 30, but don’t forget the latter option comes with a base, and it has a few more features too.

Which one is more popular?

WINNER – Cabriofix

The Cabriofix gets a lot more monthly searches online than the Mico Max 30. However, it is cheaper which might explain why it’s a popular choice for a wider range of people.

Chart showing the popularity (by online monthly search volume) of the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 and the Cabriofix car seats.

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Well priced
  • Compatible with most leading brands of pushchairs
  • Choice of ISOFIX bases to go with.
  • Side impact protection
  • Lots of colour choices to choose from

Cons

  • Not easy to clean
  • No raincover included
  • Sun canopy doesn’t fully protect the baby.

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Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30

Documentation

For the instructions => CLICK HERE

Pros

  • Comes with a base
  • Lightweight, easy to carry
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Well designed sun canopy
  • Side impact protection
  • Lots of colour choices to choose from
  • Self-wicking fabric – helps babies stay dry if they’re sweating

Cons

  • Accompanying base is a little bulky, which might not be that suitable for small cars.
  • No raincover included

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What else should you consider?

Is it compatible with my car?

One easy mistake to make when you’re choosing a car seat is whether it’s compatible with your car.

Fortunately for Maxi-Cosi, they have an online tool for this.

What are main differences between the Cabriofix and Mico Max 30?

Although they are both lightweight options, suitable for infants for the first year or so, the Mico Max 30 has a better sun canopy than the Cabriofix.

They also integrate into different safety systems, the Cabriofix with ISOFIX, and the Mico Max 30 with LATCH.

Size wise, the Cabriofix is shorter and not as long, but it’s wider than the Mico Max 30.

Finally, when you purchase the Mico Max 30, it usually comes with a base.

Bottom Line

WINNER – Mico Max 30

Although the Mico Max 30 is not available for the UK market, I have to admit if I could purchase it over the Cabriofix, I probably would.

As much as I like the Cabriofix, and my wife and I will be using it for our second baby in a couple of months time, I think the Mico Max 30 is a better car seat.

It’s easier to clean, comes with a base, and the extra large canopy is a big improvement over the Cabriofix.

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