The 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.
The maneuverability is great. The 5″ wheels together with all-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride. Another cool thing about 2016 model is that all of the wheels are removable and replaceable. If one of the wheels brakes, you can easily get a new one.
The fold is very compact, but not really one-hand like they advertise. There is also a carry handle and a strap for easy transportation.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because this is one of the best if not the BEST umbrella stroller on the market right now. And, the LIFETIME warranty helps too. Watch out UPPAbaby G-Luxe! The updated to the Quest 2016 include: improved basket, larger canopy, 4-wheel suspension, removable wheels, new fabrics, standing fold, and lighter weight.
I am very happy that Maclaren has finally updated their strollers. Not like they needed it, but it feels like most parents looking for that latest year and think that the stroller is not as good as the competition if it hasn’t been updated in the last few years. Right? Do you get that feeling?
The Maclaren Quest 2016 comes in eight color combinations and retails for around $299 on Amazon. It comes with a rain cover. Cup holder is sold separately.
-Huge canopy. It’s unbelievable! There is an extendable UPF 50+ medium size canopy, with a large zipped-in panel and a pop-out sunvisor for more sun protection.The extra panel has two mesh windows on the side for better air circulation. I love this canopy ! It’s very rare for umbrella stroller to have such a large canopy. There is also a large plastic peekaboo window located on the back of the seat instead of the top of the canopy. I personally found it hard to see my child. I wish Maclaren would do a normal peekaboo window on top of the canopy with a magnetic closure. BTW, the canopy is made out of waterproof fabric.
-Roomy seat. It is 13″ wide with 18″ seat back and a measurement of 27″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is one of the tallest canopies on the market! Even a tall toddler fill it without any problems. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. The seat has a deep four-position recline that goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn. The recline is operated by one-hand lever system instead of a strap system that most umbrella strollers have. In case you are wondering, the seat is not very upright in the most upright position. The seat fabric is removable and machine washable.
-Newborn safety features. To prevent your baby from sliding out of the seat, Maclaren included head barrier at the top of the seat that you can pop up and a foot barrier which is a hidden mesh for the leg rest that you can attach to the frame. These simple features will keep your baby safely in the seat.
-5 point harness. It has very nice thick adjustable non-padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle. It’s hard to unlock for toddler, but very easy for the parents. To unlock the buckle you need to push it from the front and the back at the same time. The straps are thick and durable (most umbrella models have thin straps). Love it!
-Adjustable leg rest. It has two positions: up and down. Great feature for smaller babies. I like when kids have plenty of stretch room and take a comfortable nap.
-Tall handle bars. The ergonomically positioned handle bars are not adjustable, but are pretty tall at 42″ from the ground. They are covered with soft foam.
-Storage pocket. There is a large storage pocket in the back of the seat that you can use for small essentials. Because of the long shape of the pockets you can even put a baby bottle in there.
-Decent basket. The umbrella strollers are known for their useless small baskets. This one is is not that bad. You you fit a small diaper bag in it or some child’s essentials.
-Wheels. It rolls on 5″ double hard rubber wheels. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight. The maneuverability is AMAZING! It can handle busy streets, uneven pavement, playground mulch and grass with no problem. Of course it’s not an all-terrain stroller, so you are not going to get a very smooth ride going over terrain, but it does the job. I’ve tested a lot of umbrella strollers and Maclarens are above all other umbrella strollers when it comes to maneuverability and terrain handling. I could easily steer it with only one hand. It also feels very sturdy thanks to the aircraft aluminum grade chassis.
-All-wheel suspension. The added all-wheel suspension absorbs the bumps making the ride more comfortable for your child.
-Parking brake. It has two link brakes that lock both wheels in place. They are not flip-flop friendly.
-Easy one-hand fold. It has a typical umbrella fold that you could do with one hand, but you probably wouldn’t because to engage the automatic lock you have to bend all the way down to the ground which will be difficult with a child in your hands. The folded dimensions are 41.3″ x 9.4″ x 11″. And because it weighs only 12.3 lbs you can easily throw it on your shoulder.
-Carry handle and shoulder strap. Once folded, you can use a carry handle or a shoulder strap for easy transportation. Since it weighs only 12.3 lbs, you can easily carry it in one hand.
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-Carrycot option. While there is no travel system option, you can use it with a carrycot from birth. Sold separately.
-Peekaboo window location. The peekaboo window is made out of clear plastic with no closure and is located in the back of the seat. I found it hard to see my child. I wish they would put it on top of the canopy with a magnetic closure. Like many companies are doing right now.
-High price. Almost $300 is a lot of an umbrella stroller. The good news is that this one should last you for years an multiple kids. I always say, you get what you paid for.
-No cup holder. For that price I would like to see a cup holder included, but you can buy one separately.
Here is a great video overview.
Stroller weight: 12.3 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 41.3″ x 9.4″ x 11″
Handle bar height: 42″
Seat to canopy height: 27″
Overall length: 39.4″
Overall width: 18.9″
Maclaren provides LIFETIME warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
This stroller is available in eight color combinations: cardinal/silver, medieval blue/jelly bean, charcoal/primrose, plum/marmalade, charcoal/harbor blue, medieval blue/silver, black, and black/silver.
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 Maclaren Quest 2016 in eight beautiful colors for around $299 on Amazon (free shipping/free return and no sales tax). It comes with a rain cover only.
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