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Target Holiday Portacot BRT023A review

8.8kg weight. Priced at $49.

CHOICE Expert Rating


What is the CHOICE Expert Rating

CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

Good points

• Insect net.

Bad points

• Serious safety failure: The mattress is not firm enough, creating a possible suffocation risk if a child rolls onto their side or front.
• Very minor safety failure: There are pinching points at the corners where the top rails are joined that are a hazard to the person folding/unfolding the cot.
The manufacturer provided the following response to our findings: "The Target Holiday Portacot has been tested by an independent accredited third party laboratory and has passed the full requirements of the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2195:1999 which outlines regulatory requirements for portable folding cots."
Recommended View more details.

We only recommend models which score 70% or over, meaning that they pass all our safety tests, but may have some very minor failures such as with information labels. 

Overall score View more details.

Based on a combination of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%). Our observations are based on the latest voluntary Australian standard AS/NZS 2195:2010. Recommended portacots pass all safety requirements such as suffocation risks. Lower-scoring models (in the 60–69% range) are worth considering if they meet all key safety requirements. They may fail some minor points such as finger entrapment hazards.

Performance score View more details.

Based on tests to the latest Australian standard for portable cots, AS/NZS 2195:2010 which goes above mandatory requirements. Supplied accessories such as bassinets and change tables are also assessed and factored into the score. The lower the score, the more significant the safety failures we found. See the 'Bad points' for each portacot in our comparison table for details of any failures and manufacturer responses.

Ease of use score View more details.

We assess how easy the portable cots are to set up, pack away and store.

Passed key safety tests View more details.

Whether the portacot passed the most important safety tests of the voluntary Australian Standard, AS/NZS 2195:2010 which goes above mandatory requirements. Tests include having breathable mesh on all sides, and no suffocation or strangulation hazards. Some models that pass key tests still have some minor failures and therefore aren't fully recommended, but are still worth considering.

Price View more details.

Recommended or typical retail price.

In-use dimensions HxWxD (cm) View more details.

The cot's dimensions when set up.

78 x 80 x 106
Packed dimensions HxWxD (cm) View more details.

The cot's dimensions when folded up and in its carry bag (if applicable).

29 x 25 x 77
Weight (kg) View more details.

Total weight in kilograms including any supplied accessories.

Pocket View more details.

A pocket on the cot end for storing small items.

Wheels View more details.

Wheels or castors make the cot easier to move, though some are light enough to move short distances without them.

Brakes View more details.

Most models with wheels have lockable brakes on them. If not, they might instead have two non-wheeled legs which help stop the cot sliding about.

Insect net View more details.

A mesh cover to keep insects away from your baby.

Bassinet View more details.

The base can be set to a higher position, suitable for a sleeping infant up to about six months of age.

Change table View more details.

An accessory that attaches to the top of the cot frame, creating a small surface for nappy changing.

Toys View more details.

Toy accessories can include mobiles that attach to the top of the cot, or other similar entertainment for your baby.


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