The Best Car Window Sun Shades

Posted on 13 July 2022

After 5 hours of research, a thorough comparison of 21 sun shades, and our testing of 7 of them, we believe that the LittleLife Car Sun Shade offers the best value for money at the moment.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

LittleLife Car Sun Shade

This sun shade fits around the car door. It has many advantages, starting with its maximum coverage, protection against 70% of UV rays, and the possibility to open the window.

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This pack includes two machine-washable (delicate cycle) car sun shade covers. According to our tests, it is the best choice to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays. By completely covering the window, it even has the advantage of slightly darkening the inside of the car so that your little one can have a nap. Because it fits around the door, it provides double protection. It is sturdy and fits most standard 4- to 5-door cars, with dimensions of 80 x 50 cm. We were even able to open the window while driving and the sun shade stayed in place. Of course, it doesn’t work with frameless windows (some sports cars, for example).

 

 

Best budget

Vulli Fresh Touch

This version, which is fixed with a single suction cup in the center, is the base model par excellence. Easy to install and to fold, it is the most economical solution for most cars.

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Vulli Fresh Touch Sophie la Girafe

As soon as we opened the package, we found the illustration of Sophie the Giraffe on both sun shades, a classic baby toy. During our tests, they were easy to fold. They are practical and protect the vehicle occupants from the sun’s rays while still allowing some visibility through the mesh. Although the size of the car sunshade is not optimal, and it does not fit perfectly into the window frame of all cars, it can be installed using a single central suction cup. Our only complaint is just that the lettering on the design can only be read from the outside, which is a bit of a publicity stunt for the brand…

 

Budget alternative

Safety 1st

Here is a model for the rear window. It took a little while to attach it correctly with its three suction cups, but once in place, it holds well, even with the other windows open.

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With 2 suction cups on the top and a third on the bottom, this large 84 x 34 cm car sunshade is ideal for the rear windscreens of small to medium-sized cars. In our tests, it held up quite well once we got it in place. It proved effective, although sunlight is usually less obtrusive at the rear. Of course, you can open the windows without it falling out, as it is not directly exposed to the wind.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-range Best budgetBudget alternative
LittleLife Car sun ShadeVulli Fresh Touch Sophie la GirafeSafety 1st pare-soleil arrière
LittleLife Car Sun ShadeVulli Fresh TouchSafety 1st
This sunshade fits around the car door. It has many advantages, starting with its maximum coverage, protection against 70% of UV rays, and the possibility to open the window.This version, which is fixed with a single suction cup in the center, is the base model par excellence. Easy to install and to fold, it is the most economical solution for most cars.Here is a model for the rear window. It took a little while to attach it correctly with its three suction cups, but once in place, it holds well, even with the other windows open.
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Honorable mentions

Badabulle (x2) (£11.50 upon publication): a playful alternative. It measures 48.3 x 30.5 cm. Statically attached and easily removable, it comes with a kit of cute repositionable stickers, which kids love to hang out with in the car. This attachment system has the advantage of being non-marking, and our tests have shown it to be effective, easily lasting several days without falling off. Its dimensions make it more suitable for SUVs and family cars. However, if you accidentally roll down the window, it could break.

WIN.MAX (x2) (£9.99 upon publication): a very dark style with a storage cover. This pack includes 2 car sun shades which are installed on the car window by static electricity. They are very dark, and their size (51 x 31 cm) makes them suitable for family cars or SUVs. They have the advantage of coming with a small storage pouch. However, like the Badabulle ones, they failed our test when rolling down the windows, as the fabric ripped.

 

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How to choose your car sun shades?

To protect your baby from the sun’s discomfort in the eyes or excessive heat in the car, the sun shade is a much more practical tool than a simple cloth hanging from the window.

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The most important thing? The attachment system. | Source: Selectos

If you are looking for the best for your little one, but are undecided about the many different models on the market, here is a list of criteria that will help you choose the one that best suits your needs or requirements:

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The most common system, the suction cup one, fits (almost) all cars. | Source: Selectos
  • The suction cup system: is the most common, as it fits easily on all cars but does not cover the entire window. Depending on the model, it can have between one and four suction cups and is easily stored when not used.
  • The dual system: this car sun shade has a double attachment mechanism (suction cups and clips attached to the upper part of the window). It offers the advantage of allowing you to open the window without completely removing it (if the child wants to look out over the landscape and the sun is weak). However, its coverage is not as good.
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This extendable sunshade slides over the top of the door and allows you to open the window. | Source: Selectos
  • Static electricity: as no fixing system is required, it leaves no trace on the glass and can be re-used repeatedly. However, choosing the appropriate format for the window size is crucial.
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For ease of use, choose a machine-washable cover. | Source: Selectos
  • The cover: is an elastic car sunshade that fits over the top of the car door like a sock. It is the only model that allows you to open the window at the same time. It also has the advantage of covering the entire window for maximum protection.

 

How did we do the tests?

To test the car sunshades, we installed them on a car window according to the manufacturer’s instructions. With this, we took our first impressions, judging their ease of use and practicality. Then, we evaluated their design (dimensions concerning the window, fittings…) and their quality (whether they did their task or not).

Subsequently, we carried out the tests while driving. We checked that they stayed in place (with children playing with them, with the other windows open…). This test was carried out in different cars to verify their compatibility with other windows.

 

Other products tested

Munchkin Brica Sun Safety (x2) (£15.00 upon publication): too small. Unfortunately, it does not offer as much protection as its structure, making it uncomfortable and ineffective. You lose 7 cm between the base and the sun shade itself, which is only 38 cm wide. After testing it on several cars (from SUVs to small cars to a family sedan), we can only advise against it.

Zatooto Window Sunshades (x2) (£20.98 upon publication): it does not hold too well. It works like a magnetic curtain. Magnets are attached to the upper frame of the window, and it naturally falls forward to protect the passengers in the car. Although it is very opaque, preventing even a glimpse of the outside, it did not hold up well in our tests. If you touch it a little, it rolls down… Very impractical if there are children in the car.

 

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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