Two innovative car seats allowing the highest safety for your child, approved according to the R129 regulation and passed the toughest crash test in the world, the Swedish Plus Test.
Both car seats come with unique features, which one you should choose depends on your personal preferences when it comes to your child, your car and possible budget.
Installation – Seatbelt vs ISOFIX
The first and most relevant difference between the seats is how each is installed in the car. Axkid Minikid 3 is a seatbelt attached car seat meaning the car seat is installed using the vehicle three-point adult seat belt. This gives you flexibility to install it in almost all cars and easily fit the car seat in the front.
The Axkid ONE 2 car seat is installed with ISOFIX, which is an internationally standardised car seat fitting system. All vehicles manufactured after 2014 should be featured with ISOFIX anchor points, most of them in the back seats but some cars also in the front.
But is there any safety difference between the two types of installation? The simple answer is no. However, an ISOFIX installation is considered easier to fit, reducing the human factor of doing anything wrong.
Approved weight and length
Both Axkid Minikid 3 and Axkid ONE 2 are approved up to a length of 125cm. However, the weight limits differ between the seats. ISOFIX points in the vehicle have a maximum combined total weight limit of car seat and child of 33kg. As the Axkid ONE 2 weighs just 10kg, this gives your child the opportunity to stay in the seat up to 23kg. A seat belt attached car seat does not have the same limits meaning that we can have Axkid Minikid 3 approved up to 125cm and 36kg!
Please note though that the average length for a 7 year old in Sweden is about 125cm and the average weight about 25kg meaning both of the car seats allow real extended rear-facing.
Automatic headrest vs 12 fixed positions
Both of the car seats have an adaptive design to make you child able to grow within and to stay rear-faced for as long as possible. The Axkid Minikid 3 comes with an automatic headrest that automatically adjusts to your child’s length and size. The Axkid ONE 2 comes instead with a headrest including 12 fixed positions that you easily adjust with just one hand to find the ideal position for your child.
Multiple recline vs Advanced Sleep Well System
The Axkid Minikid 3 comes with a front leg featured multiple reclining positions. This needs to be adjusted before the installation is done. Axkid ONE 2 comes instead with an Advanced Sleep Well system making it possible to adjust the recline of the seat during the ride.
How much legroom the car seats allow your child depends mainly on the car. Axkid Minikid 3 can, depending on the car gives your child about 30cm legroom. The leg room is decided when installing the car seat and can after that not being changed unless you uninstall the car seat. The Axkid ONE 2 though features a sliding seat technology making it possible to adjust the leg room with just one hand. The seat can slide the seat back and forth after the installation and even when your child is in the car seat.
We cannot avoid the fact that there is a price difference between the two car seats. Axkid ONE 2 costs £625.00 while the Axkid Minikid 3 costs from £460.00.
With the price difference we must mention the uniqueness of the Axkid ONE 2. It is the only isofix car seat on the market approved up to 125cm and 23kg, allowing your child to rear-face longer than any other isofix car seat on the market.
In summary both car seats are equally safe, allow rear-facing up to the age of 7 years and their own unique features. Not sure which car seat to choose yet? Here you can read more about the Axkid ONE 2 and the Axkid Minikid 3, separately.