Believe me when I say we have tried a bunch of different window shades for the backseats of the car. Keeping the kids happy and safe is top priority. That, and doing whatever I can to keep them quiet or sleeping in the car. We first tried the suction shades with the cute characters on them. You know, the shades that scream baby on board and make your car an undeniable mommy wagon. The problem with these shades is that they don’t fit the whole window and there is inevitably light shining though to wake baby. So you try position two shades in the window, each at different angles and shove down in the frame to stop them popping off. That works for a bit, until your child figures out how to pull them off the window. Paige also soon figured out how to tear off the last window film I bought. Then there are the stretchy mesh shades that eventually wear and flap around, and you need to get the exact fit for your model of car. By far, the best window shade we have used is Magic Mesh.
Personal choice plays a big part in deciding what shade would best suit your car and lifestyle. There are pros and cons for all types of window shades, and they all work to a degree. Magic Mesh, however, has ticked more of our boxes than any other shade and we can recommend it. We have been using them for around 6 months now, and it still looks like new. Here’s what you need to know:
Pros of Magic Mesh
- It doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view. I have found certain shades distracting whilst driving, but this mesh is easy to look through and you don’t even notice it when looking at it from the driver’s seat.
- They come in fun designs which the kids will enjoy from the inside, but won’t be seen from the outside. Dad will probably appreciate this feature most as he may not want your child’s favourite Disney characters on his car. The window looks like it has a tint on it and it’s a little harder to look in from the outside. It’s also easy for your kids to see through the mesh so it won’t block their view either.
- It fits the entire window so your child can’t pull it off. It’s thin and allows the window to open and close.
- Safe to use on smash and grab. I was a little hesitant at first, and I haven’t tried removing the mesh to try find out, but apparently it has no effect on existing tints and films.
- Provides 100% coverage and UV protection.
Cons of Magic Mesh
- I can’t say I enjoyed applying the mesh, and the second window came out better than the first. There is a video to guide you through, however it is still a little fiddly. I found it easier when I traced out the window shape using a sheet of newspaper first, adding an inch all around. I then used this pattern to cut out the mesh before applying to the window. The time spent applying the mesh is fortunately a once off, and you never have to touch it again.
- Can’t be moved between cars. Once applied, it cannot be removed and reused. We waited until we bought our new car before applying.
- They are pricier than other shades. It’s worth it though. You can buy them from Kids Emporium stores or online.