Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus vs Besafe iZi Go

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With just over 2 months to go until the arrival of our baby boy, my wife and I have been writing a list of things we need to buy.

Obviously, with the lockdown we haven’t been able to visit shops to view any products, so it’s been a case of researching and buying online.

Fortunately, this will be our second child, and we’ve kept a lot of the main items tucked away in the garage.

We plan on using the same travel system, the Silver Cross Wayfarer, which is ok (but I think we overpaid at the time)

We’re also planning on using the same car seat, the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix.

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix (3 years old)

However, this is an older model and car seats have come on a lot in the past few years in terms of their features, safety and conforming to new regulations.

So I thought for this article, I’d compare two of the most popular Group 0 size car seats on the market right now:

Overview – Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus vs Besafe iZi Go

BrandModelFeaturesBuy
Maxi-CosiPebble 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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BesafeiZi Go Modular X1 i-Size

  • Weight: 4.2kg

  • Child Weight: birth to 13kg

  • Depth: 66cm

  • Height: 59cm

  • Width: 44cm

  • Extra large sun canopy included

  • i-size compatible

  • 5 point harness

  • Newborn Hugger™ - stability and support for newborn babies

  • Compatible with a range of strollers*

  • Choice of compatible ISOFIX and i-Size bases

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Detailed Comparison                                             

Weight

WINNER – iZi Go

There’s not much in it, but the iZi Go is about half a kilo lighter. You probably won’t notice much of a difference, but if you’re carrying your baby a fair distance from your car to your home every day, every gram counts. Your baby is only going to get heavier as they grow week by week.

Size

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The Pebble Plus is a couple of centimetres shorter than the iZi Go, but the depth and width are basically the same. No overall winner in this category.

Design

WINNER – Izi Go

This is a tough one to call, but I think the iZi Go just edges it. The Newborn Hugger™ is a great feature to ensure your baby fits snugly and safely into the car seat for the first few months. Also there are some magnetic belt assistants to make it easier to get your baby in and out of the car seat.

However, both car seats are i-Size and ISOFIX compatible and have a large sun canopy to keep your baby in the shade.

Safety

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Both options are fine. They are i-Size compatible  (i-size is an EU regulation brought in 2013), which makes car seats a bit easier to install, provides better protection from side impacts and keep babies in the rear facing position for longer (up to 15 months – rather than 12). You can also connect the car seats using ISOFIX.

Ease of cleaning

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Both covers are fairly easy to remove and they’re machine washable too, which makes it a lot more convenient and straightforward to clean.

How long do they last?

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Both options are suitable from birth until your baby reaches 13kg. The advantage of using an i-Size base is that you can keep you baby in the rear facing position for a bit longer, up to 15 months, rather than the standard 12 months with ISOFIX bases.

Compatibility

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The Pebble Plus will fit with Maxi-Cosi strollers, but you’ll need adaptors to use it with other strollers. This isn’t really an issue as most leading brands include adaptors with their travel systems, or you can purchase them separately.

The Izi Go will also work with most travel systems from the leading brands if you use adaptors.

Price

WINNER – Pebble Plus

Both options aren’t the cheapest when it comes to car seats, but the Pebble Plus is a little cheaper compared to the iZi Go.

Installation

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Both options are compatible with a variety of ISOFIX and i-Size bases which can be attached to the car fairly easily. Here are a couple of videos showing how to install both car seats.

Which one is more popular?

Chart showing the popularity of the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus and the Besafe iZi Go Modular X1 car seats

WINNER – Pebble Plus

The Pebble Plus gets considerably more monthly searches than the iZi Go. I find this a bit surprising as they are both good car seats with similar features at a similar price point.

I think this might be a case of branding, as Maxi-Cosi have been synonymous with car seats for many years, and they might just be in people’s minds more than Besafe when it comes to baby products.

Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus

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

  • Need to buy base separately
  • No raincover included.
  • Quite expensive.

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Besafe Izi Go Modular X1 i-Size

Documentation

For the instructions => CLICK HERE

Pros

  • Compatible with most leading brands of pushchairs
  • ISOFIX and i-size compatible
  • Side impact protection
  • Extra-large sun canopy
  • 5-point harness

Cons

  • No raincover included.
  • Need to buy base separately
  • 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.

For Besafe,  here’s their approved car list for the Izi Go.

What’s the main difference between the iZi Go and Pebble Plus?

As you can probably tell from reading the comparison above, there aren’t a whole lot of differences between the two car seats. In fact, there’s a lot more in common than what sets them apart from each other. They are similar sizes, both i-Size compatible and both feature extra large sun canopies.

Bottom Line

WINNER – iZi Go (just!)

Let’s be honest, either option is fine. However, if I was forced to pick one, I’d choose the iZi Go. I think it’s just slightly better designed than the Pebble Plus overall.

It contains a better newborn insert and the magnetic clips make securing your baby in the car seat a lot easier.

What option did you choose? Are you happy with your decision?

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Author: Graham Scott

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