Cots review

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  • Updated:27 Nov 2008
 

02.Results

What to buy

Brand and price

  • Childcare Harbour XT - $350
  • Kingparrot Scout - $470
  • Love n Care Classic - $599
  • Sunbury Dreamtime C102 - $525
 

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Results table

  Performance Features Specifications
Brand and Model Passed information requirements Dropside Teething strips Castors/brakes Junior bed conversion kit Dimensions, H x W x L (cm)* Price ($)
Passed all essential safety tests
CHILDCARE Harbour XT
www.cnpbrands.com.au
107 x 77 x 136 350
GROTIME C34 Babe
02 6350 7000
  106 x 72 x 108 349
IKEA Leksvik
www.ikea.com.au
91 x 80 x 137 349
KINGPARROT Scout
www.king-parrot.com.au
100 x 79 x 139 470
LOVE N CARE Classic
www.lovencare.com.au
108 x 84 x 139 599
REGENT Nu Gembrook
www.babyco.com.au
  113 x 76 x 135 499
SUNBURY Dreamtime C102
www.sunburynursery.com.au
112 x 77 x 136 525
SWALLOW Jessie
www.babyco.com.au
116 x 75 x 136 289
Failed at least one safety test
DELTA Jasmine
www.toysrus.com.au
  130 x 77 x 141 550
MOTHER'S CHOICE Bellevue
www.igc.com.au
 
111 x 79 x 139
299
 

* Maximum dimensions when in use, rounded up to the next cm.

Table notes

Safety tests and information requirements See How we tested, below for an explanation of these results.

Price Recommended or average retail as of September 2008.

How we tested

The cots were assessed against selected clauses from the Australian/New Zealand standard for cots, AS/NZS 2172:2003.

  • Safety Includes tests to make sure the cot is deep enough to prevent a child falling out, there are no sharp edges or protrusions, and no head, limb or finger entrapment hazards.
  • Information Adequate instructions and labels regarding assembly, maintenance, mattress specifications, safe use, date of manufacture and supplier contact. This information is important, but not as much as the safety tests; failure of information requirements is usually a relatively minor problem.