The Complete Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Review

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Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Review

Julie Monson
Mother of 3, Occupational Therapist & child safety advocate.


The Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro is the updated version of the popular 2Way Pearl. It is part of the 3way Family; the 3WayFix isofix base is also compatible with the Jade carrycot, Pebble Pro/Rock infant seats as well as the Pearl Pro and Pearl Smart toddler seats. This gives you approximately 4 years' use out of the isofix base. It is quick and easy to install and transfer between cars. It allows extended rear facing and forward facing until approximately 4 years. And, most importantly, it gets good safety ratings by ADAC. 

PROS AND CONS OF THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO

PROS

  • Easy and fast installation
  • Audiovisual indicators on the base to alert you if installation is incorrect
  • Good padding
  • Additional bases can be bought for a second car
  • Base is compatible with Jade, Pebble Plus and Rock infant seats
  • Easy-in harness making it more convenient to buckle your child in
  • 10 year lifetime warranty 
  • Free swap service (Maxi Cosi replace a car seat for free if it has been in a crash)

CONS

  •  More complex removal of cover
  • Only really fits from 70cm rear facing
  • Limited legroom for child in rear facing

WHAT ARE THE WEIGHT AND HEIGHT LIMITS OF THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO?

Maxi Cosi 3way Family

The Pearl Pro is an iSize approved car seat from 67-105cm/18.5kg in rear facing or 84cm-10 5cm in forward facing. This usually lasts average-sized children until they are approximately 4 years old. It is safest for children to rear face as long as possible.

WHAT ARE THE SAFETY FEATURES OF THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO?

The Pearl Pro can only be installed using the 3WayFix /2WayFix isofix base (sold separately), which provides additional peace of mind thanks to its audio and visual confirmation when the connection is secure. The base will sound an alarm if the isofix or support leg come loose. It cannot be installed with seatbelt or without the base.

The impact-absorbing material in the top side wings provides enhanced safety in a side impact collision.

Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Safety Rating

It scored an overall score of "good" by ADAC with low risk of injury in a frontal impact collision and average risk of injury in a side impact collision.

WHAT ARE THE COMFORT FEATURES OF THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO?

The Pearl Pro provides optimal ease of use and comfort, due to the easy-in harness which has springs in the harness so that it is easy to strap your child in.

There is no release tab to loosen the harness. Instead, when the buckle is released it automatically releases the harness, making it easy to get your child out the harness. This is also ideal to preserve mom’s nails! 

Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Easy In Harness
Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Recline

It has 3 recline settings for rear facing and 2 for forward facing. In rear facing, the seat must be fully reclined until your child is 97cm tall.

When it is fully reclined in rear facing, the child will probably be high enough to see out the window in most cars. Legroom for the child is limited. 

HOW IS THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO INSTALLED?

Installing the Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro

The Pearl Pro can only be installed in conjunction with the 3WayFix base, which requires isofix brackets in the car. It is quick, easy and almost foolproof to install! The Pearl Pro can be separated off the base, making it lighter to move between cars. A second base can be purchased for additional vehicles.

HOW TO INSTALL THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO IN REAR FACING?

You’ll need to assemble the anti-rebound bar as per the manual. Attach the isofix connectors of the 3WayFix base and the indicators will light up and an audible alarm will sound when both isofix arms are attached to the isofix brackets.

The base should then be pushed as close to the vehicle backrest as possible for a secure installation. 

installing the Maxi Cosi pearl pro rear facing

The support leg should then be adjusted to the correct height in the footwell of the car. The audiovisual alarm will alert you when it is done correctly. The Pearl Pro is then clicked onto the base and reclined to the correct setting.

HOW TO INSTALL THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO IN FORWARD FACING?

Installing the Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Forward Facing

The Pearl Pro is easy to switch from rear facing to forward facing. Put the Pearl Pro int the most upright position and then release the seat from the base. Turn it to forward facing and click it onto the 3WayFix base. The audiovisual indicators will let you know when it is correct.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PEARL PRO AND THE PEARL SMART?

Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro vs Pearl Smart

The Pearl Pro and Pearl Smart have the exact same shell and both install onto the 3WayFix base.

The only differences between them is that the Pearl Pro has a more luxurious upholstery, and the Pearl Pro has the Easy-In harness. The Pearl Smart has a regular harness, that requires you to stick your finger into the tab to release the harness. Other than that, they are the same .

HOW TO REMOVE AND WASH THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO:

The covers and shoulder pads can be removed for washing but are tricky to do so. The cover should be washed at 30° C in a delicate wash cycle or by hand with a mild detergent.

HOW LONG CAN MAXI COSI TODDLER CAR SEATS BE USED FOR?

Maxi Cosi lifetime and swap service

Maxi Cosi seats can be used for up to 10 years, provided they haven’t been in a crash or dropped. 

Maxi Cosi offer a free Swap Service. If your car seat has been in an accident, Maxi-Cosi take your car seat and replace it with a brand new one for free. So you can be confident that your child is safe. And they analyse the seat to get valuable information about how their car seats perform in collisions.

Maxi Cosi international car seat swap service

WHAT IS THE WARRANTY ON THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO?

The Lifetime Warranty covers all manufacturing defects on car seats, strollers and/or carry cots in materials and workmanship when used in normal conditions and in accordance with the user manual, for the first user after registration on our the Maxi Cosi website https://www.maxi-cosi.com/international/lifetime-warranty-form within 3 months of purchase.

To request repairs or spare parts under the warranty for defects in materials and workmanship you must present your proof of purchase and your personal Lifetime Warranty certificate, which you received from Maxi Cosi after registering your product. Make sure to retain your certificate and purchase receipt for as long as you use the product.

IS THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO COMPATIBLE WITH MY CAR?

In order to install the Pearl Pro, the car requires isofix and the support leg may not rest on an underfloor storage compartment. A rear facing car seat must never be installed in front of an active airbag. Click here to check if your car is on the approved fit list:

https://www.maxi-cosi.com/international/car-seat-advisory-tool#/

WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE MAXI COSI PEARL PRO?

Maxi-cosi-pearl-pro-rear-facing-dimensions

In rear facing, it takes up approximately 75cm of cabin space. 

Maxi Cosi pearl pro forward facing dimensions

In forward facing, it takes up approximately 70cm of cabin space. 

OUR VERDICT

The Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro achieved good safety ratings by ADAC and allows extended rear facing until approximately 4 years, which is safest. It has the added benefit of the option of forward facing if absolutely necessary, although this is not recommended. It is a comfortable seat for toddlers and does not take up excessive amounts of legroom from the person sitting in front of it.

The easy-in harness makes it easy to buckle and unbuckle your child. It is a practical and user-friendly car seat. The 10 year lifetime warranty and free swap service, as well as Maxi Cosi's excellent after sales service make this a seat that is definitely worth considering. 

Our Products

Precious Cargo is a proud distributor of Maxi Cosi products in South Africa. Feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange a fitting. 

Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro Recline


MAXI COSI PEARL PRO AND PEARL SMART




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