Britax recently sent us their Multi-tech II seat to test out. This means that we have now tried out three extended rear facing belted car seats from the Britax Range in our Ford Focus.
The first rear facing car seat we bought was our Britax Two Way Elite, which Arlo has been using since he was 16 months old. When it was Rory’s turn to upgrade from his group 0 maxi-cosi, Britax sent us the Max Way, which rear faces up to 18kgs, or approximately four years.
Arlo is very happy in his Two Way Elite, but for the last few weeks, we’ve swapped it out for the Multi-tech II, just to compare and contrast different extended rear facing options.
THINGS WE LIKE ABOUT THE BRITAX MULTI-TECH II
The combination of the slightly shorter seat base on the Multi-tech, and the fact that it has a leg stand and isn’t reliant on the back of the seat in front for positioning, means we’ve gained about an inch of room for the front passenger seat.
The padded headrest on the Multi-tech gives more side protection than the Two Way Elite.
The headrest and harness adjust simultaneously on an easy up and down track. There is no taking the straps out to thread through different slots like on the Two Way Elite.
WHERE THE TWO WAY ELITE BEATS THE MULTI-TECH II
Of all the extended rear facing car seats we’ve tried, the Britax Two Way Elite still offers the most room for older passengers. The relatively flat seat base gives Arlo way more space to put his legs, and it still remains the one seat I can see him comfortably using until he is six.
It is, however, a real nuisance that the Two Way Elite has to rely on the seat in front for positioning. It’s definitely our most inflexible car seat in terms of adjusting the space for the front seat passenger, and whilst it is suitable for younger toddlers (we used it from 16 months of age for Arlo), to get a more reclined position on the seat you really have to move the front seat forward quite a way. So, unless you have room in your car to do this without compromising other passengers, I’d say there are other extended rear facing seats more suited to younger toddlers.
WHAT ABOUT THE MAX WAY?
The Max Way is another extended rear facing seat from Britax designed for up to 25kgs like the Two Way Elite and the Multi-tech. If you are looking for a one-stop-shop that will last from outgrowing the group 0 car seat until your child reaches age six (approx), then you will be looking at a 25kgs rear facing seat (non-isofix because isofix is only designed for weight limits up to 18kgs, so all larger capacity extended rear facing seats are belted).
I love that the high base of the Max Way elevates Rory’s position so he has a better view out of the window. It is a much more supportive seat for 2.5 year old Rory, who is on the smaller side for his age. Whilst he can sit comfortably in any of our three seats, the Britax Max Way does come out on top for comfort at his age or younger.
Due to the high sides, I don’t see the Max Way being as comfortable when Rory reaches four as the Two Way Elite, with it’s flat base that allows better positioning for longer legs. However, this isn’t a problem as when Rory is ready to move on from his Max Way, Arlo will be six or seven and ready to go in a high back booster seat, so Rory will inherit the Two Way Elite.
Having tested three extended rear facing car seats from the Britax Range, the good news is that they all have their good points and there isn’t one seat that we dislike, or hasn’t fit well in our Ford Focus. The Multi-tech II, the Max Way, and the Two Way Elite – they are all very good options and it just comes down to a matter of personal choice.
Which extended rear facing car seat do you have? If you’ve used more than one, which did you prefer?
Thank you to Britax for sending us the Multi-tech II to test