Let’s talk car seats that swivel!
In the category of everything old is new again, car seats where the base rotates actually date back 20 years, when Japanese car seat maker Combi rolled out the swivel Zeus car seat. That seat didn’t make much of a splash, but paved the way to the current crop of rotating car seats.
So why would you want a car seat that rotates? Fans of swivel car seats say it is easier to put in a reluctant child in these seats—and we’d agree from our real-world testing. Kiddos who hate car seats tend to be less likely to object to these seats.
Also if you have limited motion (example: folks with a bad back, grandparents with arthritis), a car seat with a rotating base makes it easier to secure the child.
Swivel car seats can be rather pricey—but there is good news: the Evenflo Gold Revolve360 is a safe, swivel car seat that doesn’t break the bank. Here’s why we recommend it:
What We Liked
• Great for kids who hate car seats.
• Converts to booster seat.
• Roomy seat area.
• Easy to install.
• Nice padding.
• Affordable, at least compared to other swivel seats.
• Works rear-facing to 40 lbs.
What Needs Work
• Tether use is required.
• May not work in the third row of a SUV or minivan. That’s because (for some vehicles) the third row doesn’t have a tether anchor. And as we pointed out above, this seat must be tethered according to the maker.
• Swivel can jam if not in full recline position, say our readers. Yes, for the full 360 degree swivel, you must fully recline the seat. But you can still rotate the seat from rear-facing to the load position when the seat is upright (that is, not fully reclined).
• Not approved by the FAA for airplane use.
• Straps could be longer for bigger babies.