The Joie iSpin 360 is an all-singing, all-dancing ISOFIX rotating car seat that meets the newest iSize car seat approval.
Seeing little one's through from birth to approximately 4 years old, it rotates, reclines and keeps our precious cargo super safe!
ISOFIX rotating car seats are super popular at Car Seat Libraries, with the Joie iSpin one of the most popular options that our visitors come for advice on.
The rotation on the iSpin is super easy to operate, and the seat turns smoothly - so no disturbing a sleeping little one. The recline is also excellent, and the included three part insert helps to avoid head flop for younger ones. The covers are soft and squashy, and look so comfy, that we sort of wish there was an adult size version!
To top it all off - the Joie iSpin scored a very impressive 1.8 on ADAC - one of the best results for an ISOFIX rotating car seat.
Recline and Comfort
The Joie iSpin has multiple recline positions, so you can get the perfect angle for your child, it sits at a nice angle in the upright position, but not so upright your child would be uncomfortable if they fell asleep. When fully reclined, it sits little one back enough that they can sleep comfortably, and in most cars, you shouldn't find your little one's head falling forwards (although, bare in mind that some cars have very slopey vehicle seats, which will sit a rear facing seat up more upright, and therefore you may still get head flop).
The recline can be adjusted facing the rear, door or forward, and the seat also rotates in any recline position.
The newborn insert comes as a three part insert, which is adapted to suit your baby as they grow. This gives a good position for a newborn in the seat, and ensures little one's are comfortable - the insert also helps to reduce how much their head drops forward in the car.
Joie have a great video explaining how to use the three part inserts, which you can view here.
Harness Use and Adjustment
The harness height is super easy to adjust on the iSpin - you simply squeeze a handle at the top of the headrest and pull upwards.
The iSpin is approved up to 105cm, and out of the rotating ISOFIX seats, we have found it to have the biggest internal space. The harness itself also has plenty of length on it to easily accommodate a child to the 105cm height, or 19kg weight limit.
The harness is approved from 40cm, so the seat can be used from newborn, and the included insert will position a newborn well in the seat.
The chest pads have a grippy material on the reverse, so they won't slip off your child's shoulders.
One thing that we seem to have reported with the Joie rotating seats, is children getting their arms out of the harness. There is a gap between the buckle and little one's tummy, which they can wriggle their arms through if they are very determined. If this happens with your little one, you may want to consider a 5 Point Plus anti escape system.
Space in Car and Leg Room
The Joie iSpin isn't the smallest of seats for room it takes in the car, and it takes up more room than it's R44 approved sister, the Joie Spin 360.
The edge of the seat where little one's feet are must be against the vehicle seat back, as it acts as the rebound - however this surprisingly doesn't eat into the leg room available by much at all, thanks to the very generously sized seat.
As you can see in the image above, there is plenty of leg room for this 2.5 year old, and we expect that he will comfortably fit until he reaches the weight or height limit of the seat.
Fitting the seat
The seat fits using ISOFIX, and a support leg. To release the ISOFIX, there is a grey lever at the top of the support leg - give that a squeeze, and pull the ISOFIX arms out - they are then locked in the 'out' position, ready to attach to the ISOFIX points in the car. Once the ISOFIX arms are clicked on, squeeze the grey lever again, and push the child seat into the back of the vehicle seat.
Next is the support leg - confession time... we have SUCH a love/hate relationship with this support leg! We love that the red indicator isn't visible until you've pulled the leg forward, so it will be at the correct angle.
We HATE that the support leg automatically drops down to the floor! On paper it's a brilliant idea, as it ensures the leg is always used. However in practice, it gets in the way when you're trying to attach the ISOFIX, it lifts the seat to an odd angle, making it difficult to attach the ISOFIX arms, and the seat is wobbling all over the place as you are trying to fit it.
To stop the support leg issue, we suggest extending the ISOFIX, then holding the bottom of the support leg to keep it short, while you attach the ISOFIX arms. Once both are clicked into place and you've pushed the seat in, then pull the leg forward to get your red indicator, and let the leg drop down until the indicator goes green and the leg is locked into position.
The support leg is by no means the end of the world, or a deal breaker, but it does drive us a little potty when we're taking it in and out of cars at the libraries!
Rotating the Seat
The rotation is operated by a handle on the side of the seat - there is one on each side, and you simply use the rotation handle on the side nearest you. Simply give it a squeeze, and turn the seat towards the door.
The handle to rotate is in a very natural position to place your hand, and it can be operated one handed. It isn't difficult to squeeze, and the position of the rotation may lend itself well to you if you experience any hand or joint pain.
The position of the handle won't work as well as other seats if you have a three door car, as you'd need to stretch into the car to rotate the seat - we recommend checking out the Silver Cross Motion, or Britax Dualfix 2 if you have a 3 door car.
One thing we really love on this seat, is the slider to prevent the seat being turned forward facing too soon. This slider is positioned at the top of the support leg, and has a 0-15m position, and a 15m+ position. If you have it on the 0-15m side, the seat will not turn forward facing, slide it across, and the seat is released and can go forwards (although, we always recommend to use rear facing for as long as possible)
It's really easy to see why the Joie iSpin is such a popular rotating car seat - it's super easy to use, great recline, nice and comfy, and most importantly, it has a fantastic ADAC rating, making it super safe!
When we review car seats, we work to give as balanced a view as possible, and it is tricky to find anything to dislike about this seat! It's lovely to use, little one sleeps well in it, and it's easy to fit (well, the support leg..!)
We also love that it has a 19kg weight limit, and it's got plenty of growing room internally.
The Joie iSpin gets a big thumbs up here, and we're sure it will remain popular in the libraries for a long time to come!