Here we review the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat, a revolutionary travel car booster seat. Our mifold booster seat review will look at how it works, how easy it is to use and how easy it is to travel with.
When we travel with the kids, we always take a portable car booster seat with us – we do a lot of travelling to and from airports in taxis or hotel cars and if we are on a city break, we usually take a taxi across town at some point.
So having a travel booster seat with us is essential for the safety of the kids.
But, I’ll be honest – they can be a pain to carry. We always used to travel with our Trunki BoostApaks, which are great as they double as backpacks – but they are heavy for the kids to carry (especially when loaded up with a water bottle, iPad for the plane and a couple of colouring books or toys) so I inevitably end up carrying both my kids backpacks, as well as my own bag.
So I can tell you that I was super excited to come across the newest folding booster seat on the block – the mifold Grab-and-Go car booster seat. For me, this promises to be the perfect portable booster seat for travel.
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What is the mifold?
The mifold is a revolutionary travel booster car seat designed for children aged 4 years and above. The best thing about the mifold booster seat for travellers is that it is one tenth of the size of a regular booster seat, and folds up small enough to be able to fit into your handbag or child’s backpack.
You can see in the photo below, the difference in size between a regular booster seat and the mifold booster.
Parents with large families will also be pleased to hear that you can easily fit three mifold booster seats across the back seat, even in small cars.
This foldable car seat is available in six colours: Perfect Pink, Denim Blue, Lime Green, Slate Grey, Pearl Grey and Yellow Taxi.
Different mifold models
Since we first reviewed the mifold, they have introduced newer versions, namely the mifold hifold and the mifold comfort and the mifold sport. Here we take a quick look at the different versions:
The mifold hifold is great if you are concerned about side impact protection in a booster seat. It is the world’s most adjustable high back booster and is suitable for kids aged 4 and up, between 40-100 pounds and 40-59 inches tall. It is regulated for global use, except Australia.
This booster can be adjusted separately in 4 areas including, the seat width (3 settings), the body width (3 settings), the head width (3 settings) and the height (9 settings), meaning you can easily change it for different children or as your child grows.
The mifold hifold folds down to a compact size for storage and has a carry strap.
The folded dimensions are 14.6″ x 13.5″ x 10.7″ – so obviously not as compact as the mifold original. For this reason it is probably best suited for car pooling or taxis to somebody else’s house, rather than air travel for example.
The mifold comfort is similar to the original, just designed for comfort, with its comfortable “Compact Comfort” padded seat, updated shell design and anti-slip pads.
Like the original, it is designed for kids aged 4 and up, 40 to 100 lbs, and 40 to 57 inches tall.
The mifold sport is similar to the mifold comfort, but with a sport racing seat design and luxury leather-style seat pad.
How does the mifold work?
Instead of lifting the child up like with a regular booster seat, the mifold brings the car seatbelt down so that the adult seatbelt correctly fits the child.
Belt guides (adjustable to three sizes) on either side of the child’s hips holds the lap belt against the hip bones, and away from the stomach, while a third clip on an adjustable strap pulls the seatbelt chest strap down across the collarbone, and away from the face and neck.
Watch the following video to see in detail how the mifold works:
How safe is the mifold?
The mifold conforms to the most universally accepted global booster car seat regulations – European Union ECE R44.4; FMVSS 213 in the United States and the RSSR regulations in Canada.
Note that regulations do vary from country to country. In the US and Canada, the mifold is designed for children weighing 18-45kg and between 100-145cm tall. In Europe, the weight range is from 15kg up and until a height of 150cm.
Also note that the mifold does not conform to Australian car seat regulations. It is allowed to be used in the UK.
What do we think of the mifold?
I expected the mifold to be a little fiddly to set up – but in fact it took around a minute (yes, I timed it!) to get my daughter secured in the car with the mifold car seat.
As this was the first time I had ever used it, this included adjusting the shoulder strap to the correct height, so I expect as I get used to using the mifold, it will become even easier and quicker. It was very simple, and my daughter said she was comfortable when using it.
Conclusion of our mifold review
I think the mifold fold up booster seat is a completely revolutionary travel product for travelling parents.
For full time use in the car at home, I will continue to use high-backed booster seats with side impact protection. However, when we are travelling with the kids, I will definitely be taking my mifold portable booster car seats with me from now on – for use in taxis and for airport transfers etc.
*Update* – we have used this on the go booster seat many times since I wrote this review – in taxis and for airport transfers and we still love it as much as we originally did!
Have you tried the new mifold Grab-and-Go car booster seat? What do you think of it?
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