Friday, 19 February 2016
We review some of the most stylish pushchairs around
Want your baby’s pushchair to turn heads for all the right reasons? then you’ll be needing one in a modern muted hue, says Chris Riley
Best for... compatibility
‘This is so cool – and folds easily too. I can safely hold the carrycot and collapse the pushchair at the same time’ Sasha, London
IN A NUTSHELL
the new hide and seek collection bolts super chic camouflage styling onto this very impressive premium pushchair from the uber-cool German brand.
It’s a three-in-one travel system suitable from birth to 17kg – age four or so. the dimensions are 95.5 x 57.5 x 31cm and the frame weighs 4.9kg, though that’s without factoring in one of the two seat options (the 2-in-1 light seat is far less weighty than the Comfort lux seat). also compatible with two Cybex car seats, or the carrycot option. seat height is 80cm, so rolling baby up to most tables won’t be a problem.
If you go for the lux seat, not only does it offer extra support for your little one, but it also folds completely flat. the one-handed action is nice and straightforward, and it’s freestanding when collapsed. there are also, believe it or not, ski attachments so you can turn your pushchair into a mini snowmobile (the skis themselves are an add-on), should you be determined to not miss out on your annual trip to Val d’Isère.
as you might expect, quality comes at a luxe price. While it ticks all the right boxes, at potentially upwards of £1K, you’re paying for it too.
GREENTOM UPP 3-IN-1
Best For... eco-friendliness
‘We chose this because we love that it’s made from recycled materials – and it looks cool, too!’ Farrah, Winchester
IN A NUTSHELL
From the Dutch company dedicated to producing 100 per cent sustainable products, the eco-friendly upp stroller is proof, were it needed, that style and green credentials can go hand-in-hand.
suitable from newborn to around four and a half, with a maximum weight of 18kg and height of 110cm. It’s 103 x 55 x 77cm and it weighs 8kg. the upp offers three seat options: carrycot, parent-facing and world-facing (the latter two from six months), so it adjusts very easily to your developing child’s changing needs. Plus there’s a straightforward fold with upright storage.
Well, you really are doing your bit for the planet here. the frame is made from recycled polypropene and bioplastic, with the fabric derived from recycled soft drinks bottles – 53 of them in the upp carrycot, for example.
NIT-PICKING With all that plastic, the upp has a simply unique look and, indeed, feel (it’s a bit like handling a scaled-up toy). and as greentom founder and designer Bart Bost – a man as charming as he is driven and intense – freely acknowledges, this means it’s not going to be for everyone. But he doesn’t have a problem with that. and neither should you.
Best for... doubling up
‘There’s a ten- month gap between my two, so this was a good buy for us as it’s easy to add a second seat’ Melanie, Liverpool
IN A NUTSHELL
Mothercare’s brand new addition to its buggy line-up is bang on trend with its clay colourway, delivering good looks and value in equal measure – and it has a very parent-pleasing extra: it can convert to double buggy mode.
suitable from birth, with a max weight of around 15kg. can be used as a full travel system with adaptors compatible not only with a Mothercare car seat, but also products from Maxi-cosi, Besafe and cybex. It weighs 13.5kg, includes a foot muff, liner and the Mothercare Weathershield, and the fabrics are treated with silver nano antibacterial technology. priced at £100).
For a comfortingly robust and sturdy bit of equipment, it has a pretty compact fold – down to 89 x 60 x 36cm – which is a big help when it comes to transporting and storing. Best of all, the genie’s neat design allows it to convert into a tandem buggy with the addition of an extra seat (reasonably ￼￼
In tandem mode, you’re going to find that enormously useful storage basket becomes a bit less accessible, unless you configure the lower seat to be outward-facing. While that’s possible (told you it was well-designed), it will have an impact on manoeuvrability.
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