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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Review from a excited first time father to be.May 18 2012
Roberto A. Jimenez
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Color Name: Brown Boost
Choice - Quinny Buzz 2011 in "Brown Boost" To start I should disclose that I am an expecting father, thus, my child has yet to be born (lol) and so I might update this review when stroller is used with my child in it. For now this review is based on my inspections of the stroller once it was taken out of the box, assembled, and tested around a few blocks. In preparation for my first kid I did a lot of research on strollers and narrowed down my choice to the Quinny Buzz.
Why?- My concerns were safety, comfort, ease on collapsing and unfolding, and max weight that the stroller will hold. Secondary factors were style and looks. My choices were narrowed to the Bugaboo Chameleon, Uppababy Vista, and Quinny Buzz. The Quinny won on account of price, weight limit going to 55lbs (Chameleon was noted to max out at a little less than 40lbs), and the auto one handed (or even slight kick) unfolding mechanism. The Uppababy ran 3rd on account of reviews I read stating that the stroller would collapse unexpectedly and the unfolding method seeming to be a bit complicated.
Out of box - The stroller came in a box and was very protected from being damaged during shipping. Just about every corner, hinge, etc was covered with soft foam to keep it from scratching or denting. The assembly was super easy with simply sliding the shopping net in 1st, then snapping in the wheels after. A little extra air in the tires was needed though, but no biggy. The "Boost Brown" color is NOT as shown in the factory pics. The pics depict a chocolate brown color for the seat but only the top shade comes in that color. The seat is more of a light brown (like coffee with a lot of cream added to it...lol). I don't mind, but never-the-less thought some people should know because usually people expect to get what they see (HINT HINT QUINNY inc.)
Test - The tests I performed where just to see how the stroller handled and how easy it would be to put away and bring out. The first thing I did of course was to text the auto-unfolding mechanism. I have to say I am pleased with this function because it actually works. A simple nudge and boom the stroller is up and ready. There is a strap that will help prevent the stroller from unfolding when you wish not to allow it to do so (when in storage, trunk, etc).I saw videos that suggest you can fold down the stroller with the seat on but when I tried that it wasn't too easy and seem to make a snap sound that made me nervous (didn't want to break the stroller or seat). So from now on I will just take the seat off when folding the frame down. I took off the seat to face the pusher and that was a snap. Easy push buttons down, move the seat, and snap back on. One issue is that when the seat faces the pusher it only allows two positions. When its forward facing it has 3 positions. So one position is lost when the seat faces the pusher (construction flaw I guess). I bought a Quinny Dreami (in "Storm" color) for the stroller and, with the included Maxi Cosi adapters, the Dreami slides into place nice and secure. The stroller looks very nice with the Dreami so I'm very pleased.
Outside testing - Took the stroller for a spin around a few blocks. Test was conducted on sidewalks, pavement streets, and around the park (grass, dirt, etc). The stroller is smooth and comfortable. Stroller was a breeze to go off and up sidewalks, the pavemented streets were a smooth walk, and on grass the stroller did not snag. I walked around trees and slid like a snake on all terrains to see the ease of pushing it around and I was able to do so without a problem, even with one hand. Canopy (sun shade) is ok, could have been a bit longer but I do like the peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on my child when the seat is forward facing.
So far: PROS - *Price (compared to other brands with same style) *Auto un-folding *Compact when folded *Easy to assemble (and even disassemble) *Control on terrains *Max weight is 55lbs (which will stretch the stroller life as the child grows) * Good jogger stroller and good all around stroller.
CONS - *Color did not match photo (but still satisfied) *Canopy could be bigger. *Straps could get a little tricky to adjust. Might need more practice. *When seat is set towards the stroller pusher you loose one position placement when compared to when it is foward facing. *"Dreami" is sold separately (Bugaboo and Uppababy have bassinet included) *Cup holder, mosquito cover, rain cover, also sold separately. *Under storage basket is a bit small.
Recommendations - Buy the Quinny "Dreami" for the stroller. While it will only last you for about 6 months, its still stylish and doubles as a mini baby bed when you go to a friend's/family member's house. It is VERY comfy looking and the materials are very soft. Also I bought the Quinny Buzz on another "bidding" style site, brand new in a sealed box, and lucked out on the price of $265 (no tax, free shipping). =). So shop around 1st.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Smart. Easy. Convenient.Dec 29 2011
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Pros: Light weight (really light weight) Easy to fold up Folds flat Easy to lift into trunk Inflatable tires make it easy to push. Good on the beach if you don't put too much pressure on the front wheels Brake and release pedals are easy to use Accessories
I purchased Safety 1st On Board 35 Air Infant Car Seat, Silverleaf and Quinny Buzz Adapter For Safety 1St Onboard 35 Air Ics, Black so I did NOT have to purchase Quinny Dreami Bassinet, Rocking Black. It worked out perfectly. You can transition the car seat from the stroller to the car without waking a sleeping baby. I would highly recommend all three products.
Edit May 2014: My daugher is petite at 3.5 she is still only 30 - 33 lbs and fits in the regular stroller just fine. If she is tired and cranky I'll take her for a walk in it and she falls asleep in no time at all. Lately she will ask me to take her for a walk so she can fall asleep. Great product.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Amazing.Nov. 22 2013
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Let me just say I NEVER write reviews about anything but this is a wonderful stroller! We originally had the Graco Metropolis stroller that is HUGE, heavy, and a pain for me operate but this is the complete opposite. Lightweight, rolls so nicely, lays flat so it stores excellent, and I love the rear facing and forward facin option not to mention it is SO easy to use. Highly highly recommend.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great strollerSept. 30 2013
Karen E Tabora
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Love this stroller, great for active new parents. We had a regular Chicco Cortina and it was so hard to get around the park areas and sidewalks. we ended up getting the Quinny Buzz due to the large wheels and the option to flip the seat forward or backward, it gave the baby a security of seeing mommy or daddy while going for a stroll.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Ninja Stroller, But Some Improvements NeededMay 13 2014
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Pros: It really can be pushed with one finger, and even though the wheel base in the back is "wide" it's not terribly cumbersome. Sometimes it's harder to get through a small doorway if you have to hold it open yourself but it's doable. in tight quarters, this thing maneuvers like a ninja.
It's sleek and not 'baby'ish or cutesy. I have the limited edition one that is in all black, including the frame. Like a ninja.
The one hand unfold WHEN IT WORKS is great. It allows you to be quick. Like a ninja.
I like the small basket. It keeps people from making you carry their crap. I travel as light as possible. Like a ninja.
Thus concludes it's pros.
It is NOT for long legged children. My son is 99% in height and has had his legs dangling over the foot rest since 18months. They could really improve it by making an extendable foot rest. I don't see why this feat of engineering wouldn't work, once put back in the short position it should still fold fine. He's not even 2 years and i can't see this lasting past 3 before he has to consciously put his feet up or hit the wheels. As it is, he likes to sit with his feet splayed over the bar and legs wide apart, which has given my friends many an opportunity to use the "I learned it from watching YOU, Mom!" joke. Inexplicably, the seat itself is pretty high, so he still has like two more levels of the straps to go before outgrowing it that way. The strap between the legs seems a little short, but my son is skinny so there's still room (but who knows for how long). Also, the depth of the seat is much shallower compared to my Joovy jogger or Britax lightweight travel stroller.
The canopy pops off ALL the time. Almost everytime I unfold or fold it. I'm about to gorilla glue it onto the frame
The frickin' cupholder. That I had to spend an ADDITIONAL 20$ for on top of the 600$ for the stroller. That constantly pops off. And is fairly useless.
The 'smooth' handle. I wish there was some kind of ridge on the sides of the handle right where it curves and becomes the frame. My diaper bag (from Skip Hop) had small loops that clipped on, but after three months I really didn't need a gigantic bag filled with useless crap for most outings since he was a voracious breastfeeder with no interest in pacifiers and needed nothing but one small bottle, a small change of clothes, and some diapers and wipes. But any regular short handled bag (plastic shopping bag, reusable tote, regular purse handles) has no place to hang or clip on (and remember the basket is very small). I bought that 'mommy hook' and all that happened was it slid down the frame all the way to where it met the bottom of the chassis, and then the bags get banged by the wheels and interfere with the folding. I'm addicted to those "Gear-Tie" rubber coated wires that can be bent a million different ways and have a million uses. For <5 $ they are THE best baby/child investment. I'll wind it around the handle and it acts like a bumper keeping the hook in place, or as a place to attach the bag since it's too tight to slip.
And the biggest con of all THE FOLDING
UNFOLDING First, the 'unfold' is unleashed when you pry a plastic piece off the frame. So technically it can be done with one hand. But it can NEVER be done when time is of the essence (Like a child trying to run off) or when your other hand is actually occupied with something. Then, when you DON'T want it to unfold, it'll pop open for no reason at all. Like when putting it in the trunk or trying to get off the tram at Disney. YES, it has a strap to keep it secured closed if it does pop open, but the strap is at the bottom of the basket, basically requires getting on hands and knees, and has to be done with two hands. Usually, if I need it to stay closed, I'll wrap the seat frame to the base frame with a fabulous Gear Tie which only takes a second to undo.
FOLDING **********************ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS***************************** No one can figure it out if they aren't very familiar with how it works already. Hands full of baby and various baby crap? 'Hey can you fold the stroller for me? Put your hand there...now put your other hand there...no not there, over there. Okay that hand has to push down and the other hand has to slide forward. No...at the same time...push it down and slide. TOGETHER. Argh! You have to do that AND push down ON the stroller. Forget it! I'll do it. Here, take the kid..."
And that's if there is someone. If you're alone, good luck. Once the kid is mobile it's, "Wait here, perfectly still while I fold the stroller. WAIT. WAIT HERE. Don't move. OMG DONT RUN INTO TRAFFIC. Why don't you listen? B/c you're 18 months isnt a valid answer!" I'm not gonna lie. On a solo trip to Disney at 18 months I used, you guessed it, a GEAR TIE to handcuff him to me b/c he was determined to run into the Tram lane or the cars leaving the parking lot while I tried to fold the stroller. Just briefly. I wasn't proud, but it had to be done.
Also the Folding/unfolding can only be done with the primary seat in the forward facing and upright position. So any car seat or carry cot has to be removed first and if the kid likes to ride in the primary seat backwards then that also has to be removed. Luckily, my kid was trying to escape the carrycot at 2 months, so that got retired, and preferred looking forward at the world instead of gazing lovingly at me as I pushed him.
Overall, it's a stroller that can handle AMAZINGLY over most surfaces and will work quite well if you prefer something sleek and pared down instead of a lot of bells and whistles like a snack tray or a kid cupholder. People really are amazed at how it can navigate a crowd and not become a comedy of errors when trying to do so in a tight space (and I am not very graceful on my own). It also has a very horizontal recline if your'e lucky enough to have one of those kids that naps in strollers (I do not).
Along with the now infamous Gear Ties, I recommend getting that Green Slime stuff for the tires, as it reduces flats in any stroller using rubber inflatable tires. It can probably be used for jogging, but it's not INTENDED for that b/c there are no shocks (i've seen some people call it a jogging stroller, and I feel that is misleading). It does make a great walking stroller though. And it is overall still quicker/easier to get out of the car and ready than a more standard stroller like the Safety 1st travel system one that a friend of mine had. Another friend ended up buying it even after hearing my quibbles because she liked the way it handled so much. I think it is worth the price tag in the long run, but can forget how much I like it when the occasional issue pops up.
Plus I'm STILL mad about paying another 20$ for a useless cupholder.