The Mamas&Papas Armadillo is a modern looking lightweight stroller that is designed for busy parents who like to run errands, going to the park, or a shopping mall. With so many great features like huge canopy, roomy seat, large easy to access basket, and adjustable leg rest, the Armadillo has created a huge buzz.
It has been named the best urban stroller by many parenting websites. Since the release, it has also received many awards including The National Parenting Center, The Cribsie Awards, The Bump – Best Of Baby Awards, National Parenting Publications Awards. How cool is that?
I absolutely love the deep one-hand recline that provides plenty of room for a child to stretch. The EVA tires and all-wheel suspension will create a smooth ride in case you hit a bump. Parents who travel a lot will love the easy one-hand fold and small footprint. It’s even smaller than City Mini and Britax B-Agile.
The narrow frame (20″ wide) will allow you to navigate narrow store aisles with ease. The stroller is super compact and should fit in the smallest trunk. Most importantly, it weighs ONLY 17 lbs! That’s right, this is a serious competition for the favorites like City Mini and B-Agile. It can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. You CAN also use it with car seat turning it into a travel system.
For parents who want to buy ONLY one stroller, the Armadillo could be the one. It has a sleek design and is full of luxury features. There are also four other models in the Aramadillo family: Armadillo XT, Armadillo City, Armadillo Flip, and Armadillo Flip XT.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I really feel like Mamas & Papas listen to the parents and created a great high quality stroller. I also noticed that Mamas & Papas have really analyzed the competition because in their overview video they keep comparing the Armadillo model to City Mini and B-Agile. That shows you that they were not trying to create just another OK stroller, but wanted to create an AMAZING product. Of course there are a few things I would to improve like non-adjustable handle bar and no ‘follow the sun’ canopy. I also would like for the cup holder and bumper bar to be included.
The Armadillo was on the back order for the first few months after release date, but now it retails for about $289. It comes in 5 beautiful colors with a cool black frame. BTW, I noticed that a black frame is a new trend that many companies are doing. I like that new look. The rain cover is also included, but there is no cup holder or a bumper bar.
-Large canopy. It has a large canopy with a small pop-out sun visor that will provide your child with full sun protection. It also has a small peekaboo window made out of clear plastic with a magnetic closure instead of a noisy Velcro. There is a small toy loop on the inside of the canopy, that you can use to hang small toys for your baby. Mamas & Papas are really thinking about small details. I truly think that Armadillo has one of the best canopies on the market.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. The non-adjustable handle bar is located 40″ from the ground and is covered with foam. There is a convince grip in the middle for one-hand navigation and a short run-away strap for additional safety.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 12″ wide with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. What I really like about this seat is that the back of the seat is made out of hard plastic that will always maintain its shape and provide your child with max support. The seat has an infinite one-hand recline operated by a strap system. Usually with the strap system, you will need both hands to bring the seat back. Not with this one! You can easily bring the seat back with ONLY one hand by pulling on the straps.
-5 point harness. It has 5 point padded adjustable harness with a center release buckle.
-Adjustable foot rest. You can easily adjust the leg rest by pulling the lever underneath. It has two positions: horizontal and angled down. This is a great feature for smaller babies. They will be able to stretch their little feet and sit comfortably. Also, it creates a great bed-like environment in case your child want’s to take a nap.
-Large basket. The basket is not only large, but is accessible from all four sides. The sides are made out of stretchable mesh making it easy to get in. If the foot rest is up, you can get into it from the front. You should be able to fit a large diaper bag with no problems. Parents with long legs will be happy because the crossbar is located much higher than on most of the strollers creating more leg room.
-Parking brake. There is a single pedal located on the right rear wheel. It is flip-flop friendly. A light press on the pedal will lock and unlock both of rear wheels.
-Wheels. It rolls on four EVA tires with 6″ wheels in the front and 7.5″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. The small wheels are designed for flat surfaces and are great for running errands around the town or going to the mall.
-All-wheel suspension system. The all-wheel suspension will help to absorb some of the bumps if you decide to tackle grass, mulch or sand.
-One-hand fold. The fold is super easy. It’s two steps, but you can do them with one hand. First, push the handle bar forward. Next, pull on the strap located in the back of the seat and the stroller will fold. Done! It has a VERY compact fold with dimensions of 21.6″W x 28.3″L x 11.8″H. For comparison City Mini is 24″W x 31″L x 10″H. This stroller should fit in the smallest trunk with no problem. It has an automatic lock and can stand on its own when folded. If I compare the fold with City Mini or B-Agile, this fold is better because the seat is folded inside and is protected from all the dirt.
-Travel System Option. Despite weighing only 17 lbs, Armadillo has travel system option. It works with most popular infant car seats like (you just need to get the right adapter):
- Cybex Aton/Aton2/Aton Q
- Maxi Cosi Citi/Pebble/Cabriofix/Mico
- Graco Snugride Click Connect
- Chicco KeyFit 30 (top rated car seat. I had it and absolutely loved it!)
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-No bumper bar. I wish there was a bumper included.
-No cup holder. I would like to see a cup holder being included.
-Non-adjustable handle bar. It would be nice to have an adjustable handle bar for shorter or much taller parents. It would also set it apart from City Mini and B-Agile that have non-adjustable handle bar as well.
Here is a great video review from NessaLeeTV.
Here is an overview video from Mamas & Papas.
Stroller weight: 17 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 21.6″W x 28.3″L x 11.8″
Handle bar height: 40″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 6″
Rear wheels: 7.5″
Overall length: 30″
Overall width: 21.6″
Mamas & Papas gives 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
For 2013 the Armadillo model is available in 5 colors: black, lemon drop, blue fizz, stripe, and coral pink. All of strollers come with sleek black frame.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Mamas & Papas Armadillo in one of the five beautiful colors for around $289 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). Since this is a new luxury stroller, I didn’t see any good sales on it. But, I think for what you get, the price is very reasonable.