One baby gear trend that has recently made its way from Europe to the U.S. is the rotating car seat!
Designed either to rotate in a full 360° motion from rear to forward facing and back, or designed to swivel so the seat pivots from rear or forward-facing toward the vehicle door, it's safe to say the rotating design is parent and grandparent friendly and a way to improve your child's safety in a number of ways.
Research shows more and more that keeping your child rear-facing until at least the age of two or longer helps minimize the risk or severity of spinal injuries in event of a crash. A rotating convertible car seat makes it easier to buckle your child into their car seat, then turn it rear-facing, incentivizing caregivers to keep the child rear-facing for longer.
The ergonomic design also means it's more back-healthy for parents to get their not-so-little-anymore child in and out of their car seat because the rotating design positions the child so they're facing the door of the vehicle.
Finding the best rotating convertible car seat for your family will depend on a number of factors, from how the car seat fits in your vehicle to how long you plan to use the car seat before your child is ready for a booster seat.
In this post, we'll review the best rotating convertible car seats of 2022.
Best Rotating Convertible Car Seats of 2022 Video
Explore the features, similarities, and differences we've found between the three top rotating convertible car seats on the market, the Baby Jogger City Turn, Cybex Sirona S, and Nuna REVV in this video comparison:
Best Rated Convertible Car Seats
Rotating convertible car seats are relatively new to this category, with the Cybex Sirona S launching first in early 2020, with the Baby Jogger City Turn launching in the Fall of 2021 with the Nuna REVV soon to follow in late 2021! Although it's the most recent to launch, the REVV - which is manufactured by Nuna, maker of the best-selling RAVA convertible car seat - is now a top choice for parents thanks to an easy installation and true 360° rotation whether the car seat is installed for a rear or forward-facing position.
Strolleria's 3 best selling rotating convertible car seats include:
One of the first convertible car seats in the U.S. designed with a rotating swivel base, the Baby Jogger City Turn and which can be used rear-facing from birth and forward-facing to up to 65 pounds. When rear-facing, rotate the City Turn with one hand 180 degrees to bring your child 10 inches closer to you as you help your child in and out of the vehicle. Baby Jogger's integrated RAPIDLOCK belt-tensioner and push-button LATCH make installation quick, simple and secure. It can be used rear-facing from birth and forward-facing to up to 65 pounds.
- Price: $549.99
- Car seat weight: 28 pounds
- Dimensions: 21.75" x 19" x 23.5"
- Rear-facing use: 5 to 50 pounds
- Forward-facing use: 22 to 65 pounds
- Expiration: 10 years
- Warranty: 1 year
The Cybex Sirona S rotates 360 degrees, designed so you may only need to install it a single time using the vehicle seatbelt and EasyLock system. Unique to the Sirona S is a feature not found on any other U.S. convertible car seat - a metal load leg that extends from the base of the seat to your vehicle's floor to minimize or prevent head injury. Features such as a no-rethread harness, cup holder and numerous recline positions mean the Sirona S offers the ultimate in convenience and safety for your child from birth to 65 pounds.
- Price: $549.95
- Car seat weight: 30.4 pounds
- Dimensions: 25.5"H x 20"W x 25.3"L
- Rear-facing use: birth to 50 pounds
- Forward-facing use: up to 65 pounds or 49"
- Expiration: 10 years
- Warranty: 3 years
The Nuna REVV offers a true 360 degree rotation whether in rear or forward facing mode, plus top safety features including an all-steel frame, side impact protection pods to absorb crash forces, and a built in anti-rebound panel to helps stabilize the seat in a crash. Luxurious features include magnetic buckle holders, leatherette carry handle on the anti-rebound panel, machine washable and fr free fabrics with merino wool inserts, plus GreenGuard Gold certification. Five rear-facing and five forward-facing recline positions help you find a comfortable fit for both your child and your vehicle, plus you may only need to install it once since the REVV supports with your child from birth to 40 pounds.
- Price: $599.95
- Car seat weight: 32 pounds
- Dimensions rear: 19.5"-22" H x 18.5" W x 31"-34" L
- Dimensions forward: 2.5"-29.5" H x 18.5" W x 21.5"-22.5" L
- Rear-facing use: 5 to 40 pounds or 43"
- Forward-facing use: 25 to 40 pounds or 43"
- Expiration: 10 years
- Warranty: 2 years
Best Convertible Car Seats from Newborn to Toddler
All three rotating convertible car seats available at Strolleria can support your child from birth until they're ready for a booster car seat. Between the Baby Jogger City Turn, Cybex Sirona S, and Nuna REVV, the City Turn and Sirona S have the highest weight capacity, while the REVV has a weight capacity that maxes out at 40 pounds, the starting recommended weight minimum for a booster car seat.
Best Rotating Convertible Car Seats for Travel
While no convertible car seat is truly compact and easy to travel with when you factor in all the other gear you may be bringing with you, some brands make it easier that others to travel with your child's favorite and familiar car seat.
None of the current rotating convertible car seats are FAA approved, meaning you won't be able to bring the car seat onto the plane with you and install it for your child to sit in their car seat in-flight, and will instead need to check the car seat as luggage. Ideally, you should have a padded, luggage-style travel bag to protect this valuable safety gear, to ensure it's kept in good working condition, and also clean and free of debris when you arrive at your destination or back home.
Unique to Nuna, the Nuna Universal Wheeled Transport Bag uniquely fits the REVV, or many of Nuna's other strollers or car seats, with added travel protection.
Strolleria is an authorized retailer of high-quality brands dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about the best car seats for 2022, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.