Mico Max Plus Infant Car Seat Review (Maxi-Cosi)

Mico Max Plus Infant Car Seat
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What It Is

The Mico Max Plus is an infant car seat with maximum safety, comfort, and style. To keep baby safe, the car seat features Air Protect technology. This provides side impact protection around the head, extending down the sides. This car seat also has an anti-rotation stability leg to limit back and forth movement, keeping baby's head and neck protected. And its stay-in-car base not only offers convenience for removing and installing the car seat on a regular basis, but also can be adjusted for a proper fit in your car. To achieve the proper angle, squeeze the base recline handle and lift or lower the front of the base. The red-to-green lever indicator gives you visual confirmation that you've got it right. If the angle indicator is green, it's at the correct angle. The base is also easily installed with a one-click LATCH system.

You can also install the car seat using the vehicle belt. There's an integrated belt lock-off on the base for secure seat belt installation. The car seat may also be installed without the base using the vehicle belt only.

For baby's comfort, this car seat features an infant insert with plush head and neck support, soft body pillows, and a cushiony seat pad. When it's time to remove the insert, the car seat itself features self-wicking fabrics to keep baby cool and dry during the summer but cozy and warm during cooler months. The fabrics can be removed without unthreading the harness straps for machine washing. And the MaxShade car seat canopy keeps baby protected from the sun with two levels of extension, including mesh side panels for breathability.

The car seat is also fairly lightweight and has a contoured carry handle, which makes it more comfortable for parents to lift and carry. 

Style-wise this car seat comes in three different colors: purple, black, and grey. And the Flip Away Buckle is more structured than traditional harness buckles so it won't get stuck under your baby's bottom when you're putting baby in the seat. The buckle always stays up so it won't get in the way. And small clips on the sides of the car seat hold the straps out of the way when getting baby in and out. 

This car seat is also compatible with a variety of strollers, allowing you to create your own travel system.

Why Is It Useful?

We like a lot of the features on this car seat, primarily the Flip Away Buckle, which is something we haven't seen on other infant car seats. Features like this will make using the car seat easier for mom and dad. And the car seat's safety features give parents peace of mind that their baby is comfortable and secure while riding in the car.

Who It’s For

This is a rear-facing car seat for babies from birth and up with a weight range of four to 30 pounds.

What To Be Aware Of

This car seat is compatible with all Maxi-Cosi strollers, as well as strollers from other manufacturers with compatible adapters.

Extending the canopy isn't one smooth pull. It's a little choppy. And when ours pulled out, it didn't stay tightly opened.

Though the side clips are a nice feature, we found it a little difficult to fully loosen the straps. Even if you think the straps are loosened all the way, if they aren't reaching the clips, try again.

The LATCH system is designed to make it easier to get a secure and proper installation of the car seat in your car. However, ease of installation might depend on your vehicle and how well you follow the instructions. If you have concerns about whether you did it correctly, contact a local car seat safety technician who can give your work a double-check. Most car seat safety checks are free.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Is It Useful?

  • Is It Worth It?

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy