Maxi-Cosi, a popular car seat brand in Europe, is well-liked in the states as well — especially in urban areas. Boiling it down, people generally buy the Mico because they want one that’s not crazy expensive, but fashion-forward (I hate that phrase – gag) and is compatible with many luxury/European strollers.
We used to discuss the regular Mico, but I’ll be honest: it’s not one I would recommend (cheap, flimsy and a poor quality canopy). At that price-point, you’re much better off with the Chicco Keyfit. Just sayin.
That leaves us with the higher-quality option, the Mico Max 30. The Mico Max 30 has the air protect “AP” side impact protection feature that Dorel offers in most of its brands (the regular Mico 30 does not). Furthermore, the Max 30 has an anti-rebound bar (seen below) – and a large canopy, though it does feel flimsier than most. Read more about anti-rebound bars and such.
At 9.5 lbs, this seat is on the heavier side of infant car seats (whereas the big selling point for the regular Mico was that it was quite light).
Upside: you can remove the seat pad very easily without having to mess with removing the harness and straps, which is usually a huge pain. The seat fabrics are machine washable and dryer safe, so it’s much easier to clean the pad on this seat than on others.
A potential downside: while this seat may seem petite, it’s actually quite long when installed in the back seat, so I don’t recommend it for compact cars.
The premium version of this seat, the “Max Plus” ($299), offers a stability load leg (instead of the anti-rebound bar) and also has a super cool feature called a “Flip Away Buckle”, which won’t get in the way while getting baby in and out of the seat. It’s a very cool feature, I love it!
Note also that you may have difficulty finding stroller adapters for some of the popular American strollers. For example, you won’t be able to use this car seat with a Graco stroller. If you’re sold on a European stroller, however, you’ll probably be in good shape.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a nice seat in the medium/high price range that has good safety features (and great color selections!) check out the Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 — especially if you are sold on a European stroller. Not recommended for smaller cars.
*All of these seats have an American belt path, so maybe #not-so-Euro.