Published on June 22nd, 2016 | by Tae0
Joie Tilt Review – Extended Rear Facing on a Budget
Summary: If you're struggling to afford an ERF, this is the seat for you!
ERF on a Budget!
There’s more and more evidence that extended rear facing car seats actually keep your little ones safer in accidents. Parents are feeling the pressure to have their children rear facing more than ever but it can become seriously expensive. Here;s our Joie Tilt review, a car seat that accommodates your child rear facing up to 4 years.
- RRP £69.99
- Birth – 18kg
Joie Tilt Review
I’m not going to lie, the first thing that attracted me to this seat was the price. It offers extended rear facing at a fraction of the price. The cheap price does not mean poor quality though.
It looks comfy and feels sturdy, plenty of room for older children and there’s a newborn insert to keep your tiny newborns secure. There’s removable padding as your child grows and the head support is adjustable. It features the standard 5 point harness to secure your child and has side impact protection. It has 4 positions, 3 options when forward facing and 1 option for rear facing.
The Joie Tilt is fitted into your car with the seat belt rather than isofix. This is handy as you know it’s going to fit in most, if not all, cars. It’s easy to fit in your car – once you get the hang of it. Getting the hang of it in the first place might prove quite difficult though, as the instructions are just a bunch of confusing pictures, there are colour coded directions on the seat itself which are easier to follow.
I don’t drive (my partner does) and live long distance from my family, so there’s a lot of car switching going on when I visit my family on my own and I’ve never had a problem fitting this seat in correctly and securely once I knew how to. Though you can always go and have a professional fit it in for peace of mind as this chair is a little fiddly, as most group 0+/1 car seats are, so you’ll probably not want to be removing it unless you have to switch cars. The seat is light, I was able to walk to Argos, buy the seat, and carry it home on my own, so you won’t have any problems carting it around if you do need to switch cars.
Joie Tilt Review Safety
Safety is the most important thing when it comes to buying a car seat for your child. The Joie Tilt offers extended rear facing which has been proven to keep your little one safer than forward facing in the unfortunate event of a car accident.
However, on my first use, the base did feel a tad unstable when actually in rear facing mode. Also, in rear facing, my baby’s head actually hung forward. This is dangerous as it can cause suffocation. Luckily, I was in the back with her and was able to correct the issues. It seems to be when the seat is leaning too far forward, or the base isn’t flat enough on the car seat, preventing it being fully reclined as it’s supposed to be. So please always, always check this seat is in right before you drive, especially on long journeys. When the Tilt is properly reclined in rear facing, the base becomes stable and your baby’s head won’t flop in my experience.
The seat itself is very secure, you can tighten the harness to secure your baby in well and the seat belt fixture keeps the seat very sturdy when installed right. If your seat is wobbling, you need to take another look at it before driving.
- Extended Rear Facing
- Instructions are hard to follow
- Can feel unstable in rear facing
- Baby’s head can fall forward in rear facing
- It doesn’t recline far in forward facing
Joie Tilt Review Final Thoughts
Please be aware that the Joie Tilt is the best ERF seat on the market for price. It is not the best ERF on the market. It does its job though, it keeps your baby safe and comfortable. I would buy this seat over any forward facing only seat, as the benefits of extended rear facing outweigh the negatives this car seat has.
If you don’t have the money for any of the other seats on the market, the Joie Tilt would definitely be the right choice for you. ERF for under £100 is an amazing purchase.