Britax B-Free 2018 Stroller Review

The Britax B-Free is a new model from Britax that is an upgraded version of B-Agile with even more cool features.

For starters it has large all-terrain never-flat wheels that can tackle terrain much better than B-Agile. The all-wheel suspension helps to smooth out the bumps. The expendable canopy is also huge, but has a nice magnetic closure instead of the noisy Velcro that you can see on B-Agile.

The seat is also very roomy, but it has higher weight limit of 65 lbs (only 55 lbs on B-Agile), and has an adjustable leg rest (BA does not). The one-hand strap recline goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn.

It also features adjustable handle bar, large easy to access basket, 7 storage pockets (wow!!!), true one-hand fold, standing fold, auto-lock and 5-point harness.

You can convert it into a travel system by getting one of the Britax or BOB infant car seats. Or you can buy it as a travel system. All these cool features come at  higher weight of 22 lbs (vs 16 lbs on BA). This is still a very reasonable weight for an all-terrain model (average is around 24 lbs).

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Bugaboo Fox 2018 Stroller Review

The Bugaboo Fox 2018 is a new luxury all-terrain stroller that is a cross between beloved Bugaboo Cameleon and Buffalo models. The new Fox is AMAZING! This lightweight, sleek and super sturdy buggy combines the best features from both models making it great for any lifestyle.

While weighing under 22 lbs it rolls on large all-terrain wheels (8″ and 12″) that together with all-wheel suspension provide great maneuverability and smoothness. This is probably the lightest all-terrain reversible-seat stroller on today’s market. Impressive! BTW, Buffalo is 27 lbs.

The light weight didn’t effect a high weight limit of 48.5 lbs. For comparison the Buffalo has it at 50 lbs and Cameleon at 37.5 lbs. (FIY, the Buffalo model has been discontinued.) The roomy seat has one-hand lever recline with 3 positions and is positioned higher on the frame (at 23″ from the ground) than on Cameleon.

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UPPAbaby Cruz 2018 Stroller Review

Another popular model from UPPAbaby is Cruz. While having a lot of  the features of the full size stroller, it’s lighter, has smaller footprint, and a more compact fold. This model is somewhere in between a Vista and G-Luxe. On one hand it has a reversible roomy seat with a large canopy like Vista model, but on the other hand the wheels are much smaller.

The good news is that while you will definitely need to buy a lighter stroller if you have Vista, with Cruz model it could be your ONLY stroller.

The Cruz got a lot of small updates in 2017 like:

  • like higher quality fabric on a sunshade,
  • improved material of the pop-out sunvisor,
  • the sunvisor locking better in place when you bring it up and down,
  • the solid polyurethane wheels instead of hard rubber,
  • real leather option for handlebar and bumper bar,
  • new auto lock or you can call it ‘folding clasp’ that holds stroller together once it’s folded

For 2018 they’ve only added real weather handle bar and bumper bar to all of the colors and added new colors. That’s it. Everything else stayed the same.

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NEW! 2019 Cybex Mios 2 Stroller Review

Since there are not a lot of lightweight reversible seat strollers on the market, I was very excited to see a new Cybex Mios 2 model. A little brother to the Cybex Priam model, Mios 2 is a luxury lightweight stroller with a reversible seat and compact fold. It weighs only 19 lbs, but can also turn into a travel system or even a pram!

The retro-modern design together with a maximum functionality create a statement piece that is ideal for modern parents. The narrow frame of only 19.7″ and small foot print make it perfect for navigating busy city streets and tight spaces.

I was really impress not only by the sleek look, but also by great features like: huge expendable canopy that goes all the way down pass the bumper bar, the adjustable leather-like handle bar, all-wheels suspension, roomy basket, adjustable leg rest, flip-flop-friendly brake, swing-away leather-like bumper bar, and compact fold with auto-lock.

But, the best feature of Mios 2 is a reversible very roomy seat. It has one-hand lever recline that goes to a flat position suitable from birth and up to 55 lbs. It means you can put your NEWBORN right into the seat avoiding unnecessary car seat time (it’s not recommended to keep your newborn for more than 2 hours a day in the car seat).

QUICK PROS & CONS

Pros Cons
Reversible Seat X Expensive
Light Weight X Works only w/ Cybex and GB Car Seats
Compact One-hand Fold  
Large Canopy
Deep Flat Recline
All-Wheel Suspension
Adjustable Leg Rest  
Adjustable Handlebar  
Bassinet Option  
Travel System Option  

MY RATING:

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OVERALL

Of course I gave Mios 2 5 out of 5 stars because I think this is one of the best lightweight strollers on today’s market. The Cybex Mios 2 is a huge competition for Bugaboo Bee which is also a luxury reversible-seat lightweight stroller. If I had to choose between the two, I would diffidently go with Mios 2 because it has more compact fold, much higher weight capacity of 55 lbs (vs 37.5 lbs), easier to access basket, flip-flop-friendly brake, mesh seat back, bumper bar, and better canopy.

I also like the look of the Mios 2 much more than Bee 5 which reminds me of a wheelchair. LOL.The back of the seat and the legrest are made out of breathable mesh that is perfect for hot weather. We all know how easy little kids start to sweat and how important good air circulation is. Of courses there is a seat liner you can add to the seat for the cooler days.

PRICE

Of course, this luxury buggy comes at a luxury price. You can get Cybex Mios 2 in one of the seven beautiful colors with three different frame colors to choose from for around $649 – $820 (free shipping) depending on the color and fashion. It comes with a bumper bar only, rain cover and car seat adapters that work with Cybex and GB car seats only.

Detailed Review of Cybex Mios 2 2019 Stroller

Here is my detailed review of all the features with photos and overview video.

CANOPY

The canopy is really great. It has two large UVP 50+ panels plus another zipped in panel that you can expose for better coverage. You can see from the photo below that it goes pass the bumper bar. There is also a large dark mesh peekaboo window with closure without Velcro so you are not going to wake up your sleeping baby. It’s always great to have a mesh peekaboo window instead of plastic since it provides better air flow.

SEAT

The seat is very roomy and should fit an older child with no problem. Firstable, the seat weight capacity is 55 lbs and it has a tall seat back and a high canopy. It measures 15″ wide with 23″ seat back and a measurement of 25″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. BTW, the average is around 19″ for the seat back and about 22″ for the canopy height. Plenty of room.

The seat is also reversible. All you need to do is fold the seat, unlock it, swing it around and click it back in. Of course you will need to take your child out of the seat first. LOL. The so called “memory buttons” make click-on and -off an easy task.

The seat has an one-hand lever recline that goes to a flat position suitable for a NEWBORN. Ability to put your newborn right into the seat is what all the parents want, but not many strollers have. I thing that this is a great feature for a lightweight model. If you want to put your young baby directly into the seat, I would suggest getting some kinds of infant insert. You can also replace the seat with the infant car seat or a bassinet.

Parents who leave in the warm climates will really like the removable seat liner that exposes a double mesh underneath. That’s exactly what you need on a hot summer day to avoid overheating your child. Together with the mesh in the canopy it will provide great air circulation.

HARNESS

It has an adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release buckle.

HANDLEBAR

The handle bar goes up and down from 38″ all the way up to 42″ from the ground. Just like the bumper bar it is covered with faux leather. To avoid tipping the stroller backwards, hang your diaper bag on the frame using stroller hooks. You can also use it to hang your water bottle, or shopping bags.

BUMPER BAR

INCLUDED! It comes with a removable swing-away faux leather bumper bar that is very easy to clean. It’s also nice that you can fold the stroller with the bumper bar attached.

The leg rest is 9″ high (about average) and is adjustable.

BASKET

The basket is pretty roomy comparing to other lightweight strollers. Definitely larger than on umbrella models. You will be able to fit medium-large diaper bag with no problem. Because of the frame design, it’s easier to access in the front. The access in the back is slightly narrower, but you still will be able to get into your bag.

For even more storage I would recommend getting an universal stroller organizer. That way you can take not only your coffee cup, but also a LOT of stuff including keys, phone, water, wallet, snacks, diapers, toys, and more. The amount of stuff it can fit is unbelievable.

WHEELS

It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 5.9″ in the front and 6.3″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight. These wheels are almost the same as on Bugaboo Bee. While Mios 2 is designed for flat surfaces you can still take it on some mommy terrain like mulch and grass. The all-wheel suspension might not be as robust as on joggers, but I definitely helps to smooth out the bumps.

BRAKE

It’s always nice to see a flip-flop-friendly brake. No shoe scratches!

FOLD/UNFOLD

You can fold the stroller with the seat attached facing any direction. Now, they do advertise it as an one-hand fold, but in the last step you have to bend all the way down to the grown when bringing the handle bar down and then press it to activate the auto-lock. You definitely can’t hold your child at the same time… Maybe a phone? Anyways, it does have a standing fold and an auto-lock. It does fold to a compact package of 13″L x 19.7″W x 29.6″H.

BASSINET OPTION

You can turn your stroller into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet called Cybex Carry Cot. It features a comfortable, extra wide mattress that ensures an ergonomically correct and comfortable lying position. The integrated UVP50+ sun canopy protects from sun, wind and rain. The carry cot weighs only 8 lbs and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 20 lbs. I retails for around $259.

TRAVEL SYSTEM OPTION

You can also turn your stroller into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. The car seat adapters are included! It works Cybex and GB car seats.

Video Overview of Cybex Mios 2 Stroller

Here is a video overview.

Cybex Mios 2 Specs

Stroller weight: 19 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 13″L x 19.7″W x 29.6″H
Handle bar height: 38″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 25″
Front wheels: 5.9″
Rear wheels: 6.3″
Overall length: 33″
Overall width: 19.7″

Cybex Mios 2 Warranty

The Cybex has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.

Cybex Mios 2 Available Colors

The Cybex Mios 2 comes in seven different fashions and two different frame colors. It also has a few beautiful fashion collections.

Where to Buy Cybex Mios 2 Stroller

You can get Cybex Mios 2 in one of the seven beautiful colors for around $649- $820 (free shipping) on PishPoshBaby.com. It comes with a bumper bar only, rain cover and car seat adapters. You will have to purchase all other accessories separately. I would definitely get a cup holder or a parent organizer. Can’t live without a cup of coffee. LOL.

~Susan Brian

P.S. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I do my best to answer them as soon as I can.

Bugaboo Donkey2 2018 Stroller Review

The Bugaboo Donkey2 2018 is a luxury all-terrain stroller that converts from single into a double side-by-side model with just a few clicks. You can buy it as a single version and get a second kit later or you can buy it as a double if you are having twins.

The Donkey2 is the ONLY stroller on the market that adjusts from single to side-by-side double mode with the frame going from only 23.6″ wide to 29″ wide. The coolest thing is that the seat is still 11″ wide which is a normal seat width. How did the do it? Well, they put the wheels under the seat instead of having them on the sides.

But that’s not all. The Donkey2 is all about storage! It comes with a large side basket that together with the basket underneath the seat can haul a lot of stuff. Plus, you can hang your diaper bag off the handle bar giving you even more storage space. Great for grocery shopping!

This buggy is perfect for active growing family that doesn’t want to slow down despite having multiple kids. The included bassinet option makes it ready for a newborn.

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Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System Review

The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is one of the most popular budget-friendly travel systems on today’s market. For under $400 you get a great stroller with bunch of features and one of the safest car seats in the world. You really can’t beat that!

The Bravo Trio is designed for everyday use, but mostly on flat surfaces. The all-wheel suspension helps to smooth out the bumps. You will love the roomy seat with deep almost flat recline, adjustable handle bar with foam cover, huge basket that can fit all of your groceries, included parent organizer that is perfect for small items, and a large canopy with peekaboo window.

But the main feature that I like the most is how easy and compact it folds. And since it only weighs 23 lbs you can easily through it into your trunk.

The included Chicco KeyFit 30 is one of the best car seats on today’s market. My daughter absolutely loved it! It comes with a car seat adapter and one car seat base for the car. You can use the car seat on top of the main seat or the stroller, or you can remove the seat of the stroller and use only the frame. While it does come with a car seat adapter there is no bumper bar nor child’s tray included. I would definitely get a child’s tray too, because it’s super useful. Your child can put a sippy cup in it, toys, snacks or just use it to pull himself up. 

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Baby Jogger City Premier 2017 Stroller Review

The new Baby Jogger City Premier (it was called City Metro at the ABC Kids Expo) is a single version of the popular City Select model and an upgraded version of the City Versa. This new model took all the best features form Select and Versa creating serious competition for full size reversible seat strollers like Nuna Mixx, Nuna IVVI,  Armadillo Flip XT, and Britax Affinity.

It has a reversible seat with a deep recline suitable for a newborn. The seat can accommodate a child up to 50 lbs. The adjustable leg rest goes up and down and also extends to provide more stretching room.

The adjustable handle bar telescopes out giving tall parents more leg room. The large canopy goes down almost to the bumper bar and has two peekaboo window with magnetic closures. The hand brake is super flip-flop-friendly! LOL.

You will also like the large easy-to-access basket underneath the seat. The foam-filled wheels are a great size (12″ and 8″) and will never go flat. Unlike City Select, Premier has a VERY compact fold with the seat folding in-half. I would say this is as compact as reversible-seat strollers get.

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Bugaboo Bee 5 2017/2018 Stroller Review

Bugaboo Bee 5 is a fourth generation of a Bee model which is a luxury lightweight stroller that has a reversible seat. For some reason they did skip number ‘4’.

The Bee 5 model is designed for urban lifestyle where parents live life on the fly. It’s good for running errands, using public transit and traveling.

The large basket can fit a lot of stuff when going grocery shopping. The narrow frame allows to navigate in tight spaces like elevators, narrow store aisles or doctor’s office. The extendable reversible seat grows with your baby providing her with much needed comfort.

The deep one-hand recline is great for long naps and quick dipper changes. The wheels are small, but will be able to tackle SOME mommy terrain like grass, mulch or gravel.

The all-wheel suspension helps to absorb the bumps. Keep in mind that this is NOT an all-terrain stroller so long walks at the park or around town with uneven surface might be very bumpy.

You can turn your stroller into a pram by getting a bassinet. This is a great option for parents who want to buy only one stroller. This way you can walk with a pram for the first 6 months and then replace it with a seat.  Or you can convert it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat.

For 2017 here have been a couple minor updates from Bee 3 model:

1) They’ve added new color combinations and different customization options so you can customize it from top to bottom

2) It’s now easier to adjust the height and the depth of the seat

3) They’ve added a small pocket inside of the basket for small essentials so you have place to put your keys. I would rather see them add a small pocket in the back of the seat.

4) The suspension on all wheels got improved to provide a smoother ride.

Note: There has been NO change for 2018.

I gave Bee 5 4 out of 5 stars because despite some of the updates it’s still missing a peekaboo window, has hard to access basket, the fold is very bulky, it doesn’t include cup holder, and the buckle is a puzzle-piece. But, the main problem I have with it is a very high price. If a compact one-hand fold is important for you, I would suggest looking at Cybex Iris M-Air model. Iris is also light, compact, has reversible seat and huge basket.

Overall, I think Bee 5 a great stroller for on-the-go parents who want a lightweight stroller with a bassinet option and a reversible seat. Even after all of the great upgrades, it still looks like a wheel chair. Right? LOL. Unfortunately, the price didn’t get any lower. You can get the stroller frame with the seat and a canopy for around $789 depending on the color.

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