Wasn't expecting good quality. But 100% is.
I had already bought mother's choice car seat online through target for $169.00 which is amazing then couple weeks lately I was searching for the same brand too buy second when I came across hipod Roma for a fraction of the price $129.00 and saw how great the reviews were. Once I payed and received my second car seat via postage I said to myself I wish I found this the first time I purchased online through target. Amazing quality definitely will grow with one of my new born twins highly recommend! Either way I got two great car seats from target online.
Good enough & very light
When I first installed this seat in our car, I was pleased it was a very light seat and capable of using it on an airplane (one of a few seats apparently approved by airlines).
However I think the slim nature of the seat and its lightness contributed to an alarming level of side sway/slack when installed in the car - can you imagine in a side impact (God forbid) how much the seat itself will move along with my child in it. But I soon realised this inability of the Hipod to be side-rigid in the car is just the nature of the child seat secured...only with the seat belt instead of the much more rigid Isofix mounts. So a $15 Isofix strap from ebay soon solved this issue ie. in addition to the standard seat belt, I locked down the Hipod with this additional strap into the car's Isofix mount, and it's made the child seat far more rigid side-to-side. My rather petite 4 year old daughter fits quite well in it, and there appears to be room for her to grow into it a bit more. So for the price it's good child seat, with a $15 Isofix strap it's a great one. One final thing - it's Australian made!!!! How about that!!!!
Good all round seat
This seat is easy to install and use. My child seems comfy and nearly always falls asleep when riding in this seat. As for cleaning i find removing the cover a bit tricky as the harness needs to bed removed to take the cover off, considering the price is reasonably low compared to many other seats on the market, this seat is most definitely worth taking a look at.
Comfortable and affordable
I had ordered this car seat online from Target for my 18 months old son. It is comfortable and very lightweight. My little one enjoys the drive seated comfortably and securely in this car seat. Being lightweight, its very easy to carry around as well. It is medium padded which gives more space and comfort to my little bub during the long drives. Overall a good product for its very affordable price.
Does a good job for it's price.
I had ordered it online from Target and it arrived in a nicely packaged box. Lifting the box itself gave me an idea that it is very lightweight. I also had a doubt till I unboxed it whether it would fulfil all the basic requirements of a car seat since it was so light. But I was surprised after I opened it and set it up. For it's price, it was comfortable enough for my kid and I was also able to strap him securely in place. It is easy also to carry it around since it is lightweight. Overall, it is an affordable car seat that serves it's intended purpose.
Worst car seat
It's so awkward to strap the baby in this seat, straps are always twisted and securing the straps when you are in a hurry will make you swear. Don't feel my baby is safe in this seat. Also the sides are too prominent, baby can't see you if you seat next to her. Our brother in law bought it for us and we are about to change it.
babies love it
I never thought there were any differences between various car seats. My second baby used this seat and she was really calm in the car compared to how my first child was. I had put it down to personality but recently my first child sat in the seat and said it was more comfortable than hers and that led me to think that their different level of tolerance for the car had something to do with the car seat. So if it's the seat that led to a calm baby in the car, then that's the best car seat.
Good affordable seat
We didn’t go all out on a car seat because we only drive a few times a month. This seat does exactly what we need and is rear facing to 12 months. Our baby is a happy traveler so it mustn’t be uncomfortable.
I do find it easy to accidentally forget to tighten the side strap that holds the seat in place while rear facing. On a few occasions I’ve had to pull over because I’ve neglected to do it, if it was somehow more obvious I would have rated 5 stars.
We’ve had a couple of vomit incidents in it but you wouldn’t know. The cover is removable so cleaning is pretty easy.
Excellent Car seat. Easy to Set up
The car seat was easy to install and easy to use. My son found this seat very comfortable as he always falls asleep in the seat (And stays asleep!). Cleaning is pretty easy and storage was ok. I would recommend this seat to others as it provided more padding than the other seats I had looked at the same price point.
Great seat very similar to the expensive one in the other car
I grabbed this seat for my work car, I was a little worried about buying such a cheap seat that it wouldn't be as nice for the little man.
Installing it into a hilux was difficult, though that more about the hilux then the seat. My son seems to enjoy this seat more then his other seat.
Great baby seat
Very good seat for the price. Very easy to install and It will get bubs right through to 4 years without the need to change seats or spend more money.
Made from Quality materials
Buying online was simple and I got it after 3 days it saved a trip to the store.
Fantastic car seat
This is an all around fantastic car seat, my 3.5year old can still rearface in it.
Recline is fantastic! Super comfy! Even my car seat hating child loves this seat.
Only down fall is installing, i have installed many car seats and this is the most difficult, especially to install forward facing i would highly recommend a fitter unless you 100% know what your doing.
Good value car seat
Easy to install. Good value, we bought this for my husbands ute for occasional trips with our son. Our son actually prefers this car seat to our more expensive Britax, the buckle doesn’t press into him as much and he sits more upright so can see more out the window. We don’t use it that often so cleaning hasn’t been an issue. I do worry that it’s not quite as safe as the more expensive ones. It just feels a little less secure - my toddler has more room to move around, it doesn’t keep them strapped in as well, which I imagine wouldn’t be good in an accident - but I’m not an expert and it’s passed all the Australian car seat certification checks so I’m comfortable using it for short trips.
Wow! Strong built, carefully designed
Hipod Roma car seat is carefully designed for newborns and very easy to install. The seat cover can be removed for cleaning. We wash it on Cold temperatures with minimal spins. Initially we were concerned about its fitting but good one.
Even though it is at lower price level than its peers, it does its job with perfection. The only drawback I see is it is usable only till 4yrs of age. Should be something like newborn to 8years. Am I asking bit too much ehh? hehe
Could be a little better
We chose this seat because it was the cheapest at the time but i now wish we had shopped around a little more. Bub is at the wriggly stage (8 months old) and placing him in the seat is a real battle. Maybe all car seats are the same when it comes to wriggly babies? We need to keep bub down as low as possible to enable the seat belt to pass over his arms. Once this is done, the harness clicks in very easily. It seems comfy enough with thick padding but i think the fabric might be on the warm side in the summer and i will be looking for a coolish liner. We paid someone to install the seat even though it is one of the easiest seats to install. Adjusting the seat belt is fairly easy.
Questions & Answers
Hello, my Mum brought me a Hi-Pod Roma as I'm due this week. I've installed it cos it said from Birth. However the seat has no Neck Support for Newborn, but the book and seat box clearly state from Birth! The Angle still looks too high to be safe for baby. The book says to use (if supplied). I can't return it but I'm to scared to use it. Can I buy one seperately and still comply with Australian Standards?
I recall (when I had the seat) that as long as it’s rear facing, theoretically the seat is very much legal for a newborn, but it could just be the design of this seat that it does not have a support c...ushion for the neck. Really for a newborn I’d be more comfortable with a capsule based seat because aside from being able to remove and reinstall the capsule without waking the bub, it will likely have a neck support cushion too. You might be best just parking this Hipod Roma aside until your bub is at least 6months old (because it is a very good seat for older children) and just investing in a rear facing seat with neck cushions - hopefully you’re not in lockdown so that you can actually check them out at Baby Bunting Big W etc …
Hi Kylie w. Thanks for your question. The Hipod Roma complies with the Australian standards and has been tested from birth - 4 years. We do suggest that you look at the angle of the seat as some vehic...les backrests may be more upright than others. There also is a section in your manual which explains about 'packing' which is to assist with restraints which sit too upright. If you require further assistance, please feel free to email email@example.com Kind regards, the Hipod team
Is there a trick to removing the tether strap from the car anchor point? Ours will not unclip. When we try and depress the clip to remove it, it seems slightly too long and it cannot be depressed - it catches against metal middle part of the anchor point. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hi Deb, thanks for your question. This can be depending on which way the anchor clip was attached onto the anchor point. We also ensure checking that the tether strap has been loosened too as this wou...ld make it easier when unclipping the anchor clip. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further assistance. Kind regards, the Hipod team.
There is also a plastic cover/lock in the anchor clip that (annoyingly!) prevents the anchor clip from dislodging from the anchor point easily - it works so well that it's impossible to unlock the cli...p altogether! What I've done is "peeled" off the plastic cover, then swing it round out of the way - sometimes you need a little nose plier to squeeze the clip out. Design fail, if you ask me! Maybe youtube this.
Oh my goodness - you are a genius!! Removed the plastic cover and bingo - unhooked it. So happy - thankyou :-)
is this seat compatible with isofix?
Hi Francisco V. Thanks for your question, The Hipod Roma is not an Isofix compatible seat. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us email@example.com . Kind regards, the Hipod team.
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