Maxi Cosi Cabriofix vs Pebble Plus

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In 3 months time my wife and I will be welcoming our second baby into the world.

However, as you can imagine, it’s both an exciting and anxious time with what’s going on right now.

The joy of adding another member to the family is unquestionable, but we’re all rather anxious with the virus lockdown, as I have concerns about the health of my pregnant wife.

I’m not even sure if I can attend the birth at the moment in the hospital!

I’m just being extra careful, wearing a face mask and gloves when I go food shopping.

Sasha and I are both working from home and we’re both trying to look after our 3-year old daughter Mia at the same time.

Challenging indeed, and it’s a situation many families are facing at the moment.

Anyway, yesterday I had the enviable job of going through all of Mia’s old baby equipment which was tucked away in the car garage to see what we can use for our new baby in a couple of months.

One of these items was her Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix.

It’s still in great shape, despite being 3 years old, and after I removed the covers and gave it a clean, it still looks like new!

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Car Seat - sideways view

For this article I thought I would write a detailed comparison of the Cabriofix with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus, which is also a very popular option for an infant car seat.

Overview – Table Comparison

ProductNameFeaturesBuy
Maxi Cosi Cabriofix

  • Weight: 3.35kg

  • Child Weight: birth to 13kg

  • Depth: 66cm

  • Height: 57cm

  • Width: 4.5cm

  • 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 Pebble Plus

  • Weight: 4.65kg

  • Child Weight: birth to 13kg

  • Depth: 67cm

  • Height: 44cm

  • Width: 56cm

  • Sun canopy included

  • Newborn support insert included

  • “Easy in” harness

  • i-size compatible

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

  • Choice of compatible ISOFIX bases

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*You’ll need to purchase adaptors separately.

Detailed Comparison – Cabriofix vs Pebble

Weight

WINNER – Cabriofix

The Cabriofix is over a kilo lighter, which is a big plus.

As your baby grows, they will get heavier (quicker than you can imagine!) so if the car seat is lighter to begin with, it will make it easier on your arms and back.

Cabriofix aerial photo

Size

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There’s no difference here at all really. Both are practically the same size.

Design

WINNER – Pebble Plus

Being a slightly newer model, the Pebble Plus has some improvements over the Cabriofix. The “Easy In’ harness makes it easier to strap in your baby.

Also, it is an i-size car seat  (i-size is an EU regulation brought in 2013), which makes it easier to install, provides better protection from side impacts and keep babies in the rear facing position for longer.

Safety

WINNER – Pebble Plus

Although both options are fine, the Pebble Plus just shades it, because of the i-size feature which enhances safety.

Ease of cleaning

WINNER – Pebble Plus

The only gripe I have 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 Pebble Plus, on the other hand, is machine washable and it’s less of a hassle to take the cover off.

How long do they last?

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Both options are suitable from birth until your baby reaches 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.

We purchased the Silver Cross Wayfarer when we had Mia, 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 a winner if you’re on a budget as it’s a cheaper option compared to the Pebble Plus. However, being an older model it doesn’t have quite as many features. You have to weigh up what is best for you and your baby.

Installation

WINNER – Pebble Plus

Both options are compatible with a variety of ISOFIX bases which can be attached to the car fairly easily. However, the option of using the Pebble Plus with an i-size base gives you another way to safely install the car seat.

We purchased the 2wayFix base which has been a great purchase to go with the Cabriofix. Now Mia is older we use it with the Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl, another great option for a car seat.

Maxi Cosi 2wayfix base

For other ISOFIX base options, you have the 3wayfix and FamilyFix.

Which one is more popular?

WINNER – Cabriofix

If you look at the chart below, you’ll see the Cabriofix gets considerable more monthly searches online than the Pebble Plus. It is at a lower price point though which might mean it has slightly more appeal to the mass market.

Chart showing the monthly search volume of the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix and the Pebble Plus

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix

Documentation

For the instructions => CLICK HERE

Pros

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

Cons

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

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Maxi Cosi Pebble

Documentation

For the instructions => CLICK HERE

Pros

  • i-size design
  • Compatible with most leading brands of pushchairs
  • Choice of ISOFIX bases to go with.
  • Side impact protection
  • Easy to strap in your baby with the “Easy In” harness

Cons

  • Quite heavy to carry
  • Need to buy a separate base if you wish to use i-Size feature.
  • No raincover included.
  • Quite expensive.

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What else should you consider?

Is it compatible with my car?

It’s so easy to overlook this, especially for new parents. Chances are you’ll be fine, but it’s best to check with the manufacturer just in case

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

Cabriofix with newborn insert

What’s the main difference between the Cabriofix and Pebble Plus?

At a glance, they basically look the same. They both last for the same amount of time, they’re both rear facing and they both work with a number of Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX bases.

However, although they have similar features, including a newborn insert and sun canopy, the Pebble Plus has a couple more options (i-size and “Easy In” harness).

Bottom Line

WINNER – Pebble Plus

Even though I’m a proud owner of the Cabriofix, I confess if I was in the market for a car seat now, I’d probably opt for the Pebble Plus.

Yes it’s more expensive, but the fact it complies with more recent EU regulations and it’s easier to clean, just edges it for me more over the Cabriofix.

What do you think? Which option did you choose?

FAQs

Is Maxi-Cosi a good brand?

Maxi-Cosi is one of the most well-known and trusted brands in Europe and the UK. Their range of car seat options are suitable from birth up to 12 year old children.

Is Maxi-Cosi safe?

Maxi-Cosi go further in their testing to ensure they exceed the minimum safety requirements. The minimum requirement for head on collisions is 30mph, but Maxi-Cosi test their car seats up to speeds of 45mph. They also test in detail how to protect from side collisions.

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Author: Dad Racket

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