Review | Recaro Monza Nova 2

Recaro Monza Nova 2

There has been a lot of talk lately about the new laws and safety regulations regarding booster seats for older children. In simple terms, as of March 2017, any child using an existing backless booster seat can legally continue to do so, although newly manufactured backless booster cushions on the market from this point on will be approved for Group 3 only, which is for a child who weighs more than 22kg or is over 125cm in height.

So what’s the deal with high back boosters, and why are they safer? In short, they offer side impact protection, which backless boosters do not. They also come with seat belt guides, meaning you can be sure your child is seated and strapped in correctly, no matter what stage they are at. Most high back boosters are suitable right up until 12 years of age, and many see your little one right through from toddler-hood until they no longer need a car seat, adapting to be used with a harness, and then later, with a seatbelt. 

Still confused? Don’t panic. Halfords have a booster seat guide with all the info you need. They are also offering a trade in deal, where you can take in your booster cushion (from any retailer) in return for 20% off any high back booster seat. 

We have recently been trying out the Recaro Monza Nova 2 Seatfix seat – a great high back booster option for children from 15-36kg (3-12 years approx). It has some great safety features – fixed armrests for added hip protection and advanced side impact protection. As well as being safe and secure, there are heaps of practical features too, which ensure your little one gets a comfortable ride. The head rest has 11 different heigh positions, so you can get the perfect fit, even as your child grows. The Recaro air circulation system prevents overheating, and there are even inbuilt speakers in the headrest, connected to an MP3/audio source and an MP3 player pocket. 

Recaro Monza Nova 2

Recaro Monza Nova 2

The seat is super easy to fit, and can be done in a matter of minutes. It comes with Isofix guides, which you simply slot over the Isofix bars in your car. Then pull the Seatfiz arms out fully, and slide them onto the Isofix connectors until you hear a click. You can check it is fitted correctly by looking at the coloured guides on the sides of the seat. Once in place, you thread the seatbelt through the guides underneath the headrest, and strap your child in. Simple.

Recaro Monza Nova 2

Easy to use, super comfortable and offering fantastic safety and practicality, the Recaro Monza Nova 2 is a really fantastic option if you are looking for a high back booster. Priced at a very reasonable £135, this is great value for a seat that will see us through from the pre-school years until Max no longer needs a car seat

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24 Comments

  1. April 17, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I honestly don’t know why parents would use a standard booster seat. A high back booster seat offers so much more protection as well as comfort on journeys

    • kate
      April 17, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I completely agree!

  2. April 17, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I must admit that I am not up to date as far as car seats are concerned because my own children are now grown up and I had to give up my beloved child minding due to ill health, but as far as I can tell this looks wonderful

  3. April 18, 2017 / 8:19 am

    This does look good, very safe and comfortable. My two are in their high back boosters and I wouldn’t want to swap them to anything else because of the extra protection it offers.
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  4. April 18, 2017 / 8:35 am

    My children found the cheap (£30) high back boosters really uncomfortable so we spent out on a nice expensive one and it was the best decision ever! #triedtested

  5. April 18, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Wow! This is really good value for a carseat. Despite the law I prefer my eight year old to sit in a seat with a back, it’s much easier to snooze in a seat with a back :o)

    #TriedTested

    • kate
      April 18, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Yes, the high back is ideal if you have a little one who sometimes falls asleep!

    • kate
      April 18, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Max is 4 next week, so that should give you a good idea of size!

  6. April 18, 2017 / 11:34 am

    This looks great, we have been looking for a new car seat for our almost four year old and this one looks perfect for her x

    • kate
      April 18, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Max is almost 4 too, so I would say it’s perfect for your little one!

  7. April 18, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    We loved our Recaro Monza Nova 2 when we had one. 🙂 Sadly we only had it on loan for a little bit before we could buy a new car seat. 🙂
    It’s a really really good seat and still one of my favourite high back boosters!!

    As a car seat expert advisor, I would like to point out a couple of safety things in regards to a high back booster – I hope you are OK with that. 🙂
    First of all, I would like to just point out to anyone with a child in this age range – that even though a high back booster (currently) is from 15kg onwards – children are safer in a harness as long as they are still within the height and weight of said harnessed car seat. 🙂 So even if your child has reached 15kg – if he/she still fits the car seat height wise they are far safer in the harness until it is outgrown, which is at 40lbs/18kg in all but 5 forward facing car seats currently on the UK market. 🙂 So keep the children harnessed! 🙂

    Secondly – boosters are for BIG KIDS. They are not for pre-schoolers. Children under the age of a minimum of 4 years old -should for safety reasons be harnessed and not boostered. This is because children have very soft bones and for the high back booster in particular – the width of the hips and the iliac crest are not wide enough and hard enough to keep the lap belt in place. Also sitting in a high back booster with only an adult seat belt – means the child has a LOT of movement, which is unsafe – as in moving in the seat is unsafe. 🙂 For the high back booster to do its job properly the child has to be sitting completely still, never take their arms out of the seat belt or lean over and so forth. This is very difficult for most children under the age of 5-6 years old.
    However if a high back booster is the only alternative (say the child has reached a max weight or height of their current seat – and you don’t have the economy to change to either a different harnessed seat with a taller harness position (like a 123 seat like Joie Elevate or Britax Evolva for forward facing – they have one of the top harness slots on the market, there are also both rear facing and forward facing car seat to 55lbs/25kg) and therefore decide to go for a high back booster – booster training is important. 🙂 So start off with short journeys and really really make it part of the game to teach the children how to sit in the car seats for their own safety. 🙂

    All that said – extended rear facing is the safest way for any child to travel up to a minimum age of 4 years old. 🙂 To avoid a child growing out of the car seat too early – and therefore boostering at a too young an age, it’s important to follow each individual child’s percentile, so for a child that is very likely to reach 18kg/40lbs before the age of 4 years old when you look at his red book – a rear facing car seat to 25kg/55lbs would be the best and safest choice , and by the time they have completely outgrown that car seat – they are fully capable of boostering. 🙂

    As for your son – he looks super impressed with his new car seat. 😀
    I would just like to point out though (I don’t know if it’s changed since the picture was taken) that the correct head rest height on a booster is a two finger space between the shoulder and the red seat belt guide. 🙂 That way you will easily always know it’s at the correct height. In the picture you can see that it’s too low – but for all I know this has changed since the picture was taken. 🙂 But I have to point it out for obvious safety reasons. 😀

    Anyway – sorry for the long reply! But I can’t move on from a car seat post without spreading some vital info, I hope you can forgive me. hehe
    Thank you so much for a lovely review! 😀

    #TriedTested
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  8. April 18, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    This looks like a really great seat. Safe, looks comfortable (judging from your son’s big smile!) AND music in the headrest. What a great bit of kit. Thanks for the review, will keep it in mind. Kate #TriedTested

  9. April 18, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This looks like a fantastic car seat. It looks really comfortable and secure x #triedtested

  10. April 18, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    The change over of car seat laws have been so confusing but I cannot begin to understand why a backless booster would be used when it offers such little protection. What a fancy seat with inbuilt speakers etc. #TriedTested

  11. April 18, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Thankfully I’ve never seen any of my friends use a backless booster seat, I’m not sure why you would! This looks a great seat, I always look out for ones that are isofix x
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  12. April 18, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Technology keeps moving forward and we’d be mad not to take advantage of great new safe seats like this. I cringe now at what my kids used! #Tried&Tested

  13. April 18, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    It looks super comfy and I love the smart red colouring. My big two are in high-back boosters whilst Amy still has a five point harness for now.
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  14. April 19, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    That looks like a very comfy high back booster and sounds like it is a good safe seat too. I like the addition of the inbuilt speakers in the headrest too! #TriedTested

  15. April 20, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    We love our Recaro Monza Nova! Ours is blue and a previous model but we are very happy with it! Max looks happy in it!

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