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Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review

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Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review
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74 Reviews
Reviewed On: 27 May 2022
Kelly Walker
Expert Reviewer
Kelly's Verdict:

We are big fans of the technology that Cybex are constantly working on to make child car seat safety more advanced and essentially safer. This time they’ve taken a big jump to something we’ve not seen before - a car seat with an integrated, full body airbag!

Review Summary

Summary

After seeing how the Anoris T i-Size works, we were impressed. If you watch their video on the technology side, you can see exactly how much has gone into this car seat to allow it to go one step further to protect your child. The impact shield use isn’t for everyone, but the test results speak for themselves and it does make it so easy to get your child in and out. Our little reviewer loved testing it out too.

What’s good
  • Amazing new technology
  • Easy to install
  • Simple to use
  • Safer way of forward facing
  • Lasts longer - around five years
What’s not so good
  • More expensive option
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Review Content

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review

Improving upon their previous impact shield car seats, such as the Pallas G i-Size, Cybex now give us the Anoris T i-Size. This is a car seat that not only secures your child with an impact shield, but has a full body integrated airbag that inflates from the shield within milliseconds of a collision (or less than a blink of an eye). Cybex say that after over 1000 rigorous crash tests  this provides approximately 50% more protection in the event of a frontal collision than traditional forward-facing, harnessed car seats, while still offering the same protection as rear-facing seats. We’ve been putting it to the test with our four year old researcher.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Airbag
Installation

With any car seat, it’s important that the installation isn’t too complicated for the parent or carer, so that there are less user errors. There’s a lot at stake with your child’s car seat and making sure that it is installed correctly is of paramount importance. 

We are pleased to report that fitting the Anoris T i-Size is a very simple process that is quite intuitive thanks to the clever, light up panel ‘safety assistant’, which sits at the front of the base. The picture on the panel is of your car seat with LED lights for the ISOFIX, load leg, impact shield and battery. The first time you use it, you'll just need to remove the battery protection strip from the base of the car seat. As you go through the installation, different sections on the panel are highlighted green or red to let you know if that part is secured correctly or not. 

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Safety Assistant

The Advanced Linear Side-impact Protection will automatically pop out at both sides when you unpack your new car seat. It needs to be out whichever side of the car seat is at the door side, but you can push the other side in if you need more room in the middle seat. It’s great that it isn’t possible to push this back in by mistake either, you have to reach underneath the fabric on the inside of the seat to press the button to release them. If the car door doesn't close with the Side-impact Protection out, you can also fold it in.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side Impact Protection

Starting with the ISOFIX arms; they can be extended independently by pressing the button on the front and back. Once they are both fully out, you can line the car seat up until they connect to your ISOFIX points. Then just push so that the back of the car seat is touching the backrest of the vehicle seat. A wiggle to the left and right will ensure that the ISOFIX arms tighten in against the seat. There is a red to green indicator on each arm that will change once connected, but you’ll also notice that the panel lights up green once both ISOFIX arms are correctly connected.

Next, press the button on the front of your load leg to drop it down into the footwell. It needs to be quite tight to the floor to make the red light on the panel turn to green.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review ISOFIX Arms
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review ISOFIX Indicator
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Support Leg

As this car seat also includes audio alerts, as well as visual, if either the ISOFIX arms or load leg are moved, it will beep to alert you. This doesn’t happen with the impact shield though so it won’t tell you off for removing your child! Once the child is safely seated and the impact shield clipped into place, the final indicator will turn green. It would be nice if there was also a sensor to reassure you that you’ve tightened the belt on the impact shield enough too - though Cybex do advise that even if it’s not super tight, in a collision the airbag would fill this gap and still work to protect them.

If at any time you want to double check the installation of your car seat, there is a check button at the front of the panel that will make it illuminate. There may be a point during your time using the car seat that you need to change the batteries, but the battery indicator will warn you at 30% and 10% when this time comes. It’s important to do this ASAP, as it operates the airbag and indicators. The battery used is CR17450. However, the seat is also type approved without an active airbag system, therefore it will still secure your child in the event of an accident even if the airbag doesn’t inflate.

Day-to-day use

Our tester for this review is a four year old that is usually rear-facing. As soon as he was sat in the seat, he asked if he could keep his new car seat and proceeded to run his Hot Wheels cars up and down the impact shield. His older sister also commented how nice the seat looked and that the fabrics were soft and comfortable. The padding on the base, sides and headrest of the Anoris T is really plush. 

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Tester

As it’s a forward facing only seat, the Anoris T is easy for an older child to climb into themselves. The leg is there in the middle, but they can get around that. With it being on the latest i-Size regulation, which doesn’t allow forward facing before 15 months old, it can be used from 15 months to 115cm and a maximum of 21kg, which is your average six year old. This stage of seat generally lasts to 18kg and around four years old, so it’s great that you have that extra use. Be mindful though if you do have a child on the higher centile, as our four year old is already nearly 21kg, so it wouldn’t last him as long.

Once sat in the seat, you just need to make sure that the headrest is at the correct height for them. Just squeeze the button on the back of the headrest and move up or down. Ideally you should be no more than 2cm from the bottom of the headrest to their shoulders.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Fitted
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Headrest

Popping the shield over the child is easily done. Looking at the seat, it stays connected on the right hand side and then is plugged in on the left. Depending on how many children you have, the majority of parents will place their child on the back seat behind the passenger. This means that the shield opens outwards to the door, so when you are placing your child, it hangs down out of the car. It would be great if you could buckle in on either side, but we understand that the connection for all the magic in the impact shield runs through a wire on the right hand side. To combat this, we’d suggest using it at the other side of the car so that you can rest it on the middle seat and not have to lean over the child to fasten the buckle in.

After you have the impact shield in place over the child, you just need to tighten it up. This is done with the two straps in the centre, just pull outwards and it will tighten the shield closer over them. The impact shield itself is shaped with two ridges so that it fits comfortably over their legs.

We did find it really quick to get our tester in the seat and fastened in under the impact shield. Studies actually show that they are easier, with less user error, to use than a harness, which we can appreciate. With a harness you have more steps - make sure the straps sit at the correct height level, extend the harness, put the two clips together, push into the buckle and then tighten sufficiently. This is another stage which lots of parents don’t do quite enough either.

If you have a bit of a houdini child, impact shields can be harder for them to escape from, as they need more strength in their arms to lift themselves from underneath the shield and over. Though not impossible, it’s a good option to take a look at if this is your situation. Our tester couldn’t reach over the shield to press the button to release it either.

As with parents, impact shields can be a bit of a marmite thing with children too. Some don’t like the difference from a standard harness, or panic with it being fitted over them. It may just take a bit of practice or persuasion to get them used to it. Or in our case, it’s a bit of a novelty as it is so different from their normal seat. During the review period, our tester was very comfortable in the Anoris T i-Size and enjoyed travelling in it.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Impact Shield
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Impact Shield Open
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Impact Shield Buckle
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Impact Shield Tighten

Another benefit of this car seat is that as your child is forward facing, but still kept safe, it is easier for them to interact with you and other people in the car. Although we are used to rear-facing, it did make it easier for our tester to talk to me and see me as we travelled. Lots of parents we speak to do turn their children forward facing much earlier than is recommended, so if there is less safety compromise doing this, it’s a win-win for parents!

It’s not an issue with the car seat that we have chosen to use as our usual car seat, but many rear-facing seats often give limited leg room in the car, so using a forward facing seat such as the Anoris T i-Size does give maximum leg room depending on the position of the seat in front. Many parents worry that their child is sat scrunched up in their car seat when rear-facing and wonder about their comfort. For a child used to rear-facing, it can be a big difference to not have their legs up and supported, so might take a while to get used to.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Leg Room

For the age range that the Anoris T i-Size caters for, it’s likely that they will still be napping regularly when in the car. To help with this, the car seat has three different recline positions to choose from and can be adjusted on the go with just one hand. The button to move is just under the front, meaning we could reach it from the front seat when needed.

As the Anoris T i-Size could be used for around five years, it’s great to know that the covers are all machine washable at 30 degrees should it get a bit grubby.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Recline
Safety features

Since the start, Cybex have wanted to create a car seat for children with an airbag that gives the same protection as a car airbag does to adults, so the Anoris T i-Size has been a long time in the making. The revolutionary new airbag technology is all hidden inside the impact shield until it detects a collision and inflates within milliseconds.

The way that the airbag inflates in a c-shape around the impact shield means that it protects the child’s head, neck and body before the force of the collision even reaches them! We told you there was very clever technology in this car seat! It’s designed to stop any forward motion of the child by holding them securely in place and reducing abdominal pressure. Cybex say that this method of securing the child is up to 50% safer when compared to a forward facing, harnessed seat, where the force is all on the head and neck.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Airbag 2

You might wonder how the car seat knows whether you’re in a collision or just heading down a bumpy track on your hols, but Cybex advise that the chip inside the Anoris T i-Size is so advanced that it runs its own algorithms to work out what is an excessive enough force to need to protect the child and inflate the airbag.

We’ve told you how to operate the Advanced Linear Side-impact Protection, but do you know what it actually does? In the latest R129 i-Size regulation, side impact collisions are also tested to make sure the car seat performs. As side crashes make up around a quarter of all road accidents, it’s an important one to now include. These protectors on the side of the Anoris T i-Size, reduce the side impact force by up to 20%, by transferring the force into the car seat’s energy absorbing shell and headrest.

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side Impact Protection 2
Conclusion

After seeing how the Anoris T i-Size works, we were impressed. If you watch their video on the technology side, you can see exactly how much has gone into this car seat to allow it to go one step further to protect your child. The impact shield use isn’t for everyone, but the test results speak for themselves and it does make it so easy to get your child in and out. Our little reviewer loved testing it out too.

It’s easy to install in the car, making sure that even if you aren’t familiar with ISOFIX and support legs, that it guides you through with the LED panel and alerts you if something isn’t right. Once installed, the day to day use is great too. It’s certainly not a case of complicated technology and safety aspects = complicated for the parents! Cybex have done the hard work for you there.

Now, the elephant in the room (or car) - the price tag of £559.95. We appreciate that the Cybex Anoris T i-Size will be at the higher end of the budget for many parents, but for those that can spend that on a car seat, there are lots of reasons to choose it to have this level of safety. Lots of people spend upwards of £600 on their new phone, so to buy something that is going to keep your child as safe as possible for over 5 years is definitely worth it! In comparison, if people have already bought into the Cybex family, a Cloud Z and Base Z will set you back £439.90 and only lasts 18 months to two years. Of course, if your budget doesn’t run to this price, there are lots of other great options too.

Thanks to the amazing new technology that has been developed, the Cybex Anoris T i-Size has just been awarded a fantastic score of 1.5 at the Spring ADAC testing. The overall score goes with a top score of 0.9 in frontal and side impact crash safety and 1.2 in the overall safety category - an impressive set of results. The lower the score, the better the rating, and a 'sehr gut' or Very Good rating of between 0.6 and 1.5 is very tricky to obtain. The Anoris T i-Size joins a very small family of car seats that fall into this category of safety.

As big rear-facing enthusiasts, it is harder to consider a seat that only forward faces as a safe alternative, but after testing we can certainly see the pros behind having a car seat like this for those who want the forward facing option for their child. Cybex say that the Anoris T i-Size is a new way forward, so if you do decide to forward face your child sooner, as lots of parents do, and want something to last you longer after baby outgrows their infant carrier, then this should definitely be on your shortlist of car seats to consider!

Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side ISOFIX Points
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side Panel
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side Air Bag Shield
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side Reclined
Cybex Anoris T i-Size Review Side Child
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