Mifold – 1 year on review

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This review of the Mifold follows 1 year of use. We bought the seat from new and have used the seat on a number of short-haul holidays and a few instances of use around town also

The MiFold is a portable car seat you can take anywhere. And when I say take anywhere – I mean you can literally put it in your coat pocket.

 

Why did we buy the Mifold?

There are 3 main points that persuaded us to buy:

  • It is super portable
  • You can take it away on breaks and save on hiring a car seat at your destination.
  • It is easy to use.

 

Having bought on the basis of these three points we have to say, the MiFold lives up to nearly all our expectations.

Read below for one area where we feel it comes up short in our opinion.

The seat is super portable and weighs 750g / 1.6 lbs so can easily be taken on aeroplanes.

We calculated that the amount we spent on the car seat would be saved by us within a single holiday, by not having to hire a car seat from the car rental agency.


Price at review date - $ - low range

Check the latest Amazon price here 


How It works & Fitting

The MiFold works by bringing the seat belt down to the correct level for your child. Having the seat belt pinned to around the shoulder level ensures that the seat belt will protect your child.

The MiFold conforms to EU regulations and to US regulations and regulations in Canada, in China, in Taiwan, in South Korea, and in Chile.

Check out our fitting video here.

It is theoretically simple to use, but it does get some getting used to. Your child simply sits on the seat, and you feed the seat belt through the strap above the shoulder, feed it across your child, through the lap belt guides and plug it in as normal.

It is sometimes a bit of a hassle though, as feeding the belt through the lap belt guides and over your child’s legs is a bit of a tricky task and takes some getting used to.

The only initial set up needed is adjusting the shoulder strap to the correct height.

 

Construction

The MiFold  is primarily made of a strong plastic polymer and the area for seating can be scrubbed clean to remove any stains.

 

Car rental – Save money

Within Europe at least, car rental companies we found car rental agencies charge a minimum of EUR 10-15 per day per car seat. The seat you often receive are dirty and on some occasions we have heard stories about promised car seats being unavailable even though they have been requested as part of the car booking process.

The Mifold will save any stress related to this. You will have you own seat that you know is clean and you know will be not have to worry about hire costs related to is.

 

Safety limitations

These type of car seats don’t have integrated head protection. So we only use our Mifold for holidays or for emergency use. For normal car journeys we have a Britax Romer that you can see on Amazon here. This has the head and neck protection built in, so is  overall a safer product in our view.

 

Weight

The seat is made of a strong plastic polymer and weighs only weighs 750g / 1.6 lbs.!

 

Airports

On trips I carry the MiFold in my hand luggage or over coat pocket. It weighs very little and we have never had any issues taking it through airports.

We found that taking your own car seat, instead of hiring one at your destination, means that the amount of money you save on hiring can be spent on taking another piece of luggage instead.

We also use a Trunki Boostapak that does take up luggage allowance as it is essentially a backpack that can be used as a car seat. You can see the pros and cons of the Boostapak here and see the BoostApak price on Amazon here.

 

 

Pros:

  1.  You can literally take the MiFold anywhere
  2. You save on money and hassle by taking your own car seat on holiday

 

Cons:

  1.  It can be tricky to use, so takes some getting used to

 

 

 

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