Maclaren Quest 2016 Umbrella Stroller Review

maclaren-quest-2016-2The Maclaren has been a leader in the stroller industry when it comes to umbrella models. Parents love them for high quality, durability, and light weight. The Quest 2016 is no different. It weighs ONLY 12.3 lbs while being able to accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs.

The seat is very roomy with deep one-hand recline that goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn. The adjustable leg rest provides plenty of stretching room for a baby.

The canopy is amazing! It has a zipped in panel and a pop-out sunvisor that make it huge. One of the best canopies you can find on an umbrella model that are known for their small useless canopies.

The is plenty of storage with upgraded basket and a storage pocket in the back of the seat.  While there is not travel system option, which I didn’t expect at such a low weight, you can use it with a carrycot for a newborn. 

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Joovy Groove Ultralight 2017/2018 Umbrella Stroller Review

joovy-groove-ultralight2017-25It’s not a secret that the Joovy Groove Ultralight is one of my favorite umbrella strollers. So, I was very pleased to see a new redesigned 2017/2018 model which is even better than the previous one.

While weighing only 15 lbs it features a very roomy seat with a tall canopy that can accommodate even the tallest toddler. The high weight limit of 55 lbs should last you till college. LOL.

The deep near-flat recline together with an adjustable leg rest offers plenty of stretch room and is suitable for a newborn. Great for long naps and quick diaper changes.

BTW, not many umbrella strollers have a flat recline, so it’s a BIG plus. If you decide put a newborn directly into the seat, I do recommend using an infant insert. There is even a hidden mesh in the leg rest for a newborn as an extra safety feature which will prevent a baby from sliding out of the seat. Keep in mind, there is no travel system option.

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Maclaren Techno XT 2016 Stroller Review

Maclaren Techno XT is one of the most popular umbrella strollers on the market and is my favorite! Why do parents love it so much? Well, because this is a very sturdy stroller with great maneuverability and compact fold. The hard rubber 6″ wheels and all-wheel suspension provides a comfy ride even over bumpy streets and playground mulch. The narrow frame and small foot print allows to navigate in tight spaces like small elevators, narrow store aisles, or between the closed park cars on the parking lot with ease.

The one-hand lever recline has four positions including almost a flat one suitable for a newborn. If you have a very tall child, you will love the adjustable canopy that moves up and down the frame giving your child plenty of head room. And speaking of canopies, this one is absolutely HUGE! It expends in the back to expose one more panel and has a pop-out sunvisor for extra coverage.

The seat is very roomy and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. Smaller babies can stretch their little legs thanks to the adjustable leg rest. While there is no travel system option, you can use it with a carrycot for a newborn that inserts into the seat (sold separately).

The basket should fit your medium size diaper bag with no problems. For extra storage Maclaren added a large pocket in the back of the seat. It’s great for small essentials like keys, wallet, or phone.  Tall and very tall parents will will love adjustable handle bars (which are very rare in the umbrella strollers) that go from 42″ up to 44″ from the ground. The fold is very easy and compact. You can even fold it with one-hand if you really try. The attached carrying strap makes it convenient for transporting. It weighs 15 lbs which is an average weight for a sturdy umbrella stroller.

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I think it has everything you need in the umbrella stroller. The most important features for me are good maneuverability, deep recline and easy fold. Checked! Overall I think this is a very durable high quality model that will last you many years. The biggest drawback of this buggy is the high price of $370. But, I always say, you get what you paid for. You can get Techno XT 2016 in six beautiful colors and it comes with the rain cover. 

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Cybex Agis M-Air4 Stroller Review

cybex-m-air4-16The Cybex Agis M-Air4 model is very similar to the M-Air3 except it has four wheels instead of three. Everything else is pretty much the same. Because of the extra wheel, it weighs a little more, but has a slightly more compact fold.

I get many emails from parents asking me if four wheels are better than three. In my opinion, it’s not big of a difference. The four wheels do feel more stable when you are going over rougher terrain, but three wheels are easier to navigate in tight spaces. Which one you prefer is really up to you. I have three-wheel strollers and four-wheel strollers and can’t say that I would prefer one over the other.

The M-Air4 rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 6″ wheels in the front and 9.5″ wheels in the back. Just like M-Air3 it features a large canopy with a dark mesh window, large basket, roomy seat, flip-flop-friendly brake, all-wheel suspension, adjustable handle bar, swing-away bumper bar, and a one-hand compact fold.

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Cybex Agis M-Air3 Stroller Review

cybex-agis-m-air3-17The Cybex Agis M-Air3 is a lightweight full-featured stroller that you can use every day for running errands or going for a walk at the park. This model is a serious competition for the beloved Britax B-Agile because it has a lot of similar features and then some.

Just like B-Agile it has a large canopy, deep recline, large basket, all-wheel suspension, flip-flop friendly brake, and a very roomy seat. It rolls on three hard rubber wheels that are not all-terrain, but can handle uneven pavement or some mummy terrain like mulch, grass or gravel.

The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. You can also convert M-Air3 into a travel system or a pram by replacing the seat with a Cybex infant car seat or a bassinet.

But that’s not all. The three features of M-Air 3 that B-Agile doesn’t have are: adjustable handle bar, swing-away bumper bar (included), and a standing fold. Despite all the extra features, M-Air3 weighs only 17 lbs! The one-hand fold and standing fold make it perfect for public transit. You can hold a child in one hand and a stroller in the other one. 

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OXO Tot Cubby 2016 Stroller Review

oxo-tot-cubby14OXO has presented two new strollers at the ABC Kids Expo 2015 called Cubby and Cubby Plus. Out of the two, the Cubby is a simpler model that is a little more compact, lighter, and less expensive.

This is a very practical stroller with compact one-hand fold, large easy-to-access basket, roomy seat and a large canopy with large pop-out sunvisor. The never-flat wheels are 6.5″ and 8.5″ which is somewhere in between the full size and the umbrella models.

This model weighs only 17 lbs and can be turned into a travel system with most popular infant car seats.

The Cubby could be a serious competition for Britax B-AgileBaby Jogger City Mini and Mamas & Papas Armadillo because it’s not only in the same weight category, but also has a lot of the same features like large canopy, compact one-hand fold, large mesh window in the back, and large basket.

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Babyhome Vida Plus 2016 Stroller Review

bsbyhome-vida-plus13The Babyhome Vida Plus 2016 is a very similar model to Vida, but has a reversible seat that can be turned into a bassinet. That something you don’t see everyday on the lightweight stroller. As of right now, Vida Plus is THE lightest full-featured reversible-seat stroller on the market. It weighs only 16 lbs.

The coolest thing about Vida Plus is that you can also convert it into a travel system with an infant car seat from Nuna, Cybex, or Maxi-Cosi. And, once your child grows out of the reversible seat, you can purchase a regular seat that you see on Vida model and put it on the frame. That will take you from newborn right through the toddler years.

For those parents who want a very lightweight stroller, but still would like to have a reversible seat, this is a great option because all of the reversible seat strollers are at least 20 lbs.

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Babyhome Vida 2016 Stroller Review

babyhome-vida19The Babyhome has introduced two new strollers at the ABC Kids Expo 2015 called Vida and Vida Plus. Both of these models are upgraded version of the popular Emotion model. The Vida is still a lightweight stroller, but is wider, taller and has more features than Emotion.

Vida has slightly larger wheels for better maneuverability, adjustable handle bar for shorter and taller parents, mesh windows on the side of the seat for better air circulation, larger canopy with attachable sunvisor, and a deep almost flat recline suitable for a newborn. Another interesting accessory that was added for a newborn is a soft nest that you can put on top of the reclined seat to provide your baby with bassinet like environment.

Just like Emotion, Vida has adjustable leg rest, large basket, flip-flop-friendly brake, 5-point harness, all-wheel suspension, and very compact fold. It can also be converted into a travel system and works with Nuna, Cybex, and Maxi-Cosi car seats. Since Emotion also works with Graco infant car seats, Vida might too, but the Babyhome rep didn’t mention it. We will need to wait and see.

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