4Moms Origami is the MOST high-tech stroller on the market. It is packed with unique tech features like power folding, phone charger, and pathway lights. To fold or unfold it, you literally just push a button and the stroller does the rest! How cool is that? I also really like the phone-charging ability because I am always on the phone when I go for a walk and it dies very often. LOL. I know, I talk a lot.
The Origami is truly a showstopper especially at night when the pathlights and running lights turned on. Prepare to get a LOT of attention with this stroller! It’s designed for kids from 6 months and up to 40 lbs. If you want to use it from birth, you can replace the seat with a car seat or a bassinet (sold separately).
Origami is definitely designed for urban lifestyle, but on-the-go parents will find it very heavy for traveling and not very convenient for running errands. Grocery shopping will also be difficult since there is no basket. A nice walk around the neighborhood to show off your expensive buggy that’s what it is for. It rolls on four wheels with 6″ wheels in the front and 9″ wheels in the back. The all-wheel suspension will absorb some of the bumps if you decide to tackle some mommy terrain like grass or mulch. But keep in mind, this is not an all-terrain stroller.
I gave this stroller 3.5 out of 5 stars because despite all the cool high-tech features it doesn’t have the practical features I am used to seeing in other strollers like deep recline, large basket, and lockable front wheels. On top of that, it’s VERY heavy weighing 29 lbs and very expensive. But I think that 4Moms are on the right path. Things like path lights, and phone charger should be on every stroller. Why not? I might not be one of the parents who decides to buy Origami, but I find it very inspiring and innovative. There is really no other stroller like that!
All these innovations and high-tech coolness comes with the price tag of $850 for a stroller in silver on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). I know… that’s without any accessories… Think about it as a first iPhone :) LOL.
-Large canopy. When it comes to the canopies, I am very picky. It has a good size canopy with a large pop-out sunvisor that will provide your child with plenty of shade. Now, it doesn’t go all the way down to the bumper bar and does not have a ‘follow-the-sun’ canopy option. The back of the canopy opens up (attached by noisy velcro) to expose a dark mesh window that provides nice air circulation. There is NO additional peekaboo window. So, if you want to see what your child is doing, just lift the back of the canopy.
-Handle bar. It is NOT adjustable. Shorter parents are out of luck because it is a very high handle bar located 41″ from the ground. I hope they change it in the future.
-LCD screen. This is another cool features of Origami. The LCD screen shows a few things: 1) the battery lifetime that charges all of the features on the stroller 2) thermometer that shows you the temperature around you 3) odometer shows you the distance traveled 4) picture of the stroller with a child that determines if there is a child in the seat (in case there is, it disables the folding mechanism) 5) speedometer that tells you how fast you are going. Too bad this is not a jogging stroller because I would love to see how fast I am jogging. It would be also nice to have a calorie counter like on the treadmill :) LOL. They would be able to advertise it as a great alternative to the treadmill… And how about a navigation system, just in case you get lost. 4Moms, are you taking notes? Just call me and I will tell you what to add. LOL.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 16″ wide and 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat is designed to hold a child from 6 months and up to 40 lbs. The seat pad is easily removed, so you can get it in different colors and change it depending on your mood. The seat is very upright. The recline is adjusted by a strap system, but it is VERY minimum. To me, it looks like there is almost NO RECLINE at all. When my daughter Sophia falls asleep, I like to have an option to recline the seat. Also, when I give her the bottle, I like to recline the seat because it is hard for her to lift the bottle up high enough for the milk to flow. Because of the frame design, I don’t think it was possible to make it any deeper.
-Bottle holders. There are two bottle holders inside of the seat on both sides that can hold a regular water bottle, baby bottle, or some snacks.
-5 point harness. It has adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release button.
-Storage pockets. There is a medium size pocket on the back of the seat where you can store small essentials like keys, phone and wallet and also two smaller pockets in the back on both sides of the seat that can hold a water bottle.
-Wheels. The Origami rolls on four wheels with 6″ front wheels and 9″ rear wheels. The front wheels are swivel, but to my surprise, they do NOT lock in place. This is definitely NOT an all-terrain stroller, but will tackle some mommy terrain like mulch, grass, or gravel.
-Running and pathway lights. This is a unique feature that I really liked. There are two running lights on top of the front wheels and pathlights underneath that will illuminate your path and also make you visible to drivers if you are walking at night. The lights have a built in sensors that allows it to turn on automatically when it gets dark. The coolest thing is that you don’t need to buy batteries, the lights get charged while you walk! This feature truly stops people in their tracks.
-All-wheel suspension system. Now, this is not the same suspension system that you see on jogging strollers, but it’s still helps to absorb some of the bumps.
-Basket. The basket was a disappointment for me. It is a small size basket that hangs from the frame looking more like a backpack than a basket. LOL. It won’t fit a large diaper bag and it’s very hard to organize things in it. Forget about grocery shopping! The maximum you can fit in it is a few toys and some small items like keys, wallet, or sunglasses. Now, since you have no place to put your diaper bag, you probably thinking about hanging it from the handle bar right? Well, 4Moms don’t recommend hanging ANYTHING on the handle bar. Really? I think at 29 lbs, this stroller is not going anywhere, so you can hang a thing or two.
-Parking brake. There is a flip-flop friendly foot brake on the right rear wheel that locks both rear wheels in place. All you need to do is to step on it once to lock it and if you step on it again it will unlock it. Easy!
-High-tech fold. The fold is to die for! The people in the park stopped and stared when I folded and unfolded the stroller. It’s that cool! You just need to push a button and it folds down. There is also a sensor that prevents stroller from folding if your child is in the seat (in case you forget. LOL. With the amount of sleep I’ve been getting lately, that sensor might come in very handy). When folded, it has small wheels in the back that allows you to roll it behind you like luggage. There is no automatic lock because once it’s folded you don’t need to worry about it unfolding. It’s like a folded robot. You can also manually fold it in case it’s out of power. The folded dimensions of the stroller are 38″ L x 21″W x 14″H.
-Power generator. I get a smile just writing it. What other stroller has a power generator? A fully charged generator will last 100 open and close or a few months of non use. The generator gets charged when you walk, so there should be no need for you to charge it manually (but you can plug it in).
-Cell phone charger. There is a USB port in the LCD screen that you can use to charge your phone. You will need to buy the cord separately.
-Cup holders. INCLUDED! There are two parent cup holder for parents that will fit a large Starbucks coffee with no problem :) Oh, we all need more coffee.
-Small basket. Although 4Moms keeps saying on there site that Origami model has a lot of storage, the basket underneath the seat is very small. Truly, it looks like a small backpack rather than a basket. I do like to go grocery shopping with my stroller, so I want to see a large easy to access basket. Very often, I just need to buy a few things for my daughter Sophia, so I can make her some baby food like apples, carrots or sweet potato, and maybe some milk or baby yogurts. Well, with Origami you can’t buy much. Maybe an apple.
-Seat recline. There is almost no recline. I don’t know if this can be fixed because of the way the frame is positioned. This is a deal breaker for me. Sorry. I need a deep recline for my baby.
-Low weight limit. 40 lbs is kind of on the lower side. Most stroller have 50 lbs and up. Kids are getting bigger and bigger, taller and taller these days. LOL.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. Located at 41″, the handle bar is great for taller parents, but not very convenient for shorter ones. I would recommend testing it first.
-Weight. 29 lbs is very heavy for me. After that cool fold, someone needs to lift it up and put it in my trunk. I just haven’t been at the gym in a while.
-Price. Ouch! All I can say. You really have to pay for the technology. It’s the first power-folding high-tech stroller and of course it comes with the price of $850.
Baby Gizmo has a great video review.
Stroller weight: 29 lbs
Weight limit: 40 lbs
Folded dimensions: 38″L x 21″W x 14″H
Handle bar height: 41″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Rear wheels: 9″
Front wheel: 6″
Overall length: 32″
Overall width: 28″
4Moms provides 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be an original owner. More information on the warranty can be found on page 26 of the manual (they really make you work for it).
For 2017 Origami has a black base with different colors of the seat pads: black, sliver, pink, red, blue, and green.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Origami in silver for around $850 on Amazon (free shipping/returns).
You can just get a plain black one and buy an additional color seat pad that costs around $85 on Amazon.
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