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What pushchair would you avoid next time and why?

(52 Posts)
nappyaddict Thu 27-Jun-13 16:50:52

Cosatto Giggle - carry cot very wobbly, frame very wobbly, veered to the right, frame kept collapsing, then frame snapped, front wheel collapsed, back wheel buckled
Cosatto Supa - frame snapped, wheels wore down quickly
Cosatto Yo - wheels wore down quickly, brakes not very good, front wheels stick and kept spinning out, one not level to the ground, frame squeaked and rocked.
Cosatto Diablo - heavy to push, difficult to steer
Petite Star Zia 3 wheeler - heavy to push, veers to the side, hard to control and push
Cosatto Swift Lite - difficult to push, hard to get up and down kerbs, brakes don't always work, wheels stuck, frame twisted
Chicco For Me - heavy to push
Quinny Yezz - frame snapped
Bugaboo Bee (old one not Bugaboo Bee Plus) - Frame cracked, rivet snapped on frame so it broke, wheel fell apart and came off, handle started getting stiff to extend, then the clip completely stopped working so the handle kept sliding up and down, brakes didn't work well, raincover ripped after a few months.
Loola - heavy in rear facing mode, hard to steer, difficult to push up steps and kerbs
Silvercross 3d - heavy to push
M&P Aria - wonky wheels
Chicco Liteway - front wheels lock and bend
Graco Quattro - veers to one side when pushing one handed
Mothercare pick and mix - wheels buckle
Graco Mosaic - wheels lock
Ziko Herbie - heavy up kerbs and steps
Silvercross Dazzle - wonky wheels
Jane Energy - wheels lock and unlock randomly,
Silvercross Pop - wheels wear down and it becomes heavy to push
Bruin Zen - hard to steer and wheels buckle
Obaby Atlas Circles - heavy to push and hard to steer
Luna Mix - veers to the right
Pliko Switch - heavy and awkward to push
Pliko Pramette - heavy to push
Pliko P3 - heavy to push
Britax Zeta - heavy to push
Silvercross Linear - heavy to push
Silvercross 3D - heavy to push and awkward to steer

MrsHende Thu 27-Jun-13 16:53:33

Wow! Have you had 29 prams?

I would buy my Oyster again but DH wouldn't, he thinks it's not good enough going over bumps.

Caitycat Thu 27-Jun-13 16:54:06

Wow, how many dcs have you got to have tried so many? I don't know I have one bugaboo cameleon which has served dd very well and I intend to use it with any future offspring.

pizzaqueen Thu 27-Jun-13 16:57:38

Hauck Malibu.

Generally poor quality. Then the catch broke and it was permanently stuck on recline after less than 6 months of use.

I hadn't done enough research!

elQuintoConyo Thu 27-Jun-13 16:59:20

I got a cheap travel system, Jane for Nurse (am abroad, don't know if they're available in UK). €270, 18 months on and it's still perfect.
Those expensive ones sound like a pile of bollocks sad

Fleetwoodbigmac Thu 27-Jun-13 17:04:48

Silver cross halo, wheels kept buckling.
Quinny buzz- just too big!
Mothercare 3 wheeler, seat was designed so it was never completely upright- drove my dd nuts trying to haul herself up all the time, otherwise a nice pram.

chocolatemartini Thu 27-Jun-13 17:07:07

I'd avoid the maclaren quest it's soooo bumpy. Needs some suspension. Though I love it in every other way. Also the stokke scoot that I spent loads on and hated.

nappyaddict Thu 27-Jun-13 17:17:27

Bebe Confort Streety - wheels wear down quickly, screw came loose, bolt fell off handle, bumper bar broke, hood attachment has snapped, carry/folding handle snapped off

MolotovCocktail Thu 27-Jun-13 17:28:52

The Silver Cross Sleepover.

It was a super-comfortable pram for dd1 and looked lovely in the classic marina colour. However, it was an absolute tank, not easy to assemble/disassemble/store away and a nightmare going around tight spaces. I reused it for dd2 as a Moses basket only (serves her until she was 8mo as a Moses/crib downstairs!!)

I replaced the Silver Cross with an iCandy Cherry, which I loved.

I now have a Silver Cross Jet Pramette for dd2 (now 14mo). Had to go for a cheap option as money was tiiiiiight last year. However, I really like it - I just wish it wasn't forward-facing only in pushchair mode.

If I could buy any pram/pushchair, I fancy trying the iCandy Peach. That'll only happen if we ever have a dc3!!

flootshoot Thu 27-Jun-13 17:47:57

Hauck citi 3 wheeler. It was nice enough but the hood was paper thin and the thing was light as a feather with a high centre of gravity. On windy days I had a job stopping it taking off like a kite.

Elkieb Thu 27-Jun-13 17:55:39

I had a loola up which was heavy, ugly and awkward. I resented every step!

dadinthehat Thu 27-Jun-13 18:36:35

The Phil & Ted Vibe. Bought it over the more basic models because you can fold it up with the second seat attached. I've probably done that 4 times in as many years.

Plus - the tyres are non- standard, expensive and rubbish. The very strong and a little trigger happy brake just gives you flat spots that wear through until you get burst inner tubes. Totally rubbish.

Quinny buzz - madly tippy, tiny basket. Brakes come on if the back tyres hit a bump. Raincover crap.

Kiddicare imax adapt - just ridiculous. Huge, heavy, folded into a massive shape, brakes were crap. Over time became extremely difficult to push and veered constantly.

LillyofWinchester Thu 27-Jun-13 18:58:42

Have you really had 30 pushchairs?!

MortifiedAdams Thu 27-Jun-13 19:02:31

Preening at the fact that my Maclaren XLR (the one and only pushchair I ever own) is not on your extensive list.

98percentchocolate Thu 27-Jun-13 19:07:17

Mothercare Trenton Deluxe - sturdy but just too bloody big! Couldn't get in and out of shops with it. I did like the one handed fold on it though. Best I've come across.

I candy peach - flimsy, awkward to steer, and DD hated sitting in it. Wasn't comfy for her at all.

scottishmummy Thu 27-Jun-13 19:12:56

Quinny buzz wonky wheel shopping cart
Icandy heavy,cumbersome

Never mind what's wrong with the pushchairs, what the hell do you do to them? I've had a fair few and never had one break. To have had 30 broken pushchairs you've got to have been doing something wrong.

scottishmummy Thu 27-Jun-13 19:18:01

I've had bugaboo cameleon,great pram

WhirlyByrd Thu 27-Jun-13 19:20:16

Obaby - pile o shite buggy that broke the first time we used it!

HandMini Thu 27-Jun-13 19:22:10

Nowt wrong with the old Maclaren XT, I see!

Er, I had a Grace Mosaic for a bit and the wheels didn't lock, tho it was a bit stiff and cumbersome.

forevergreek Thu 27-Jun-13 19:24:40

Have cameleon -never broke

What are you doing to your prams???

Glimmerberry Thu 27-Jun-13 19:27:14

Can't think what you must be doing with these buggies! We've had an iCandy apple from birth to 2, no issues and the whole thing has been thrown on and off at least 20 flights. We have a second hand Quinny Zap which sits in the boot of the car for occasional use in town. No problems with either. In fact I've just bought a new flavour pack for the iCandy so that it feels new when, hopefully, one day we have another DC.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 27-Jun-13 19:27:49

My Maclaren Quest - the breaks on it were shit and if I wasn't holding it it would fall over on the bus if it went round so much as a small corner even without shopping on the back. Also it eventually fell to bits, but that was after 3 years of heavy use. I've seen a fancy Silver Cross pram/pushchair, not sure what it's called, that I want for the next one.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 27-Jun-13 19:29:27

Also I stubbed my toe on the bastard and broke it (my toe, not the pushchair!).

peanutMD Thu 27-Jun-13 19:33:22

Nappyaddict are you just noting down other peoples complaints and rewriting them?

You PM'd me a few years back about the Energy and I told you I had big issues with wheels locking and unlocking amongst other things, did you go buy it and have the same thing happen?

I would also have thought your DS was way too old to have used the Yezz.

Sorry if this sounds odd but you've fine a few of these posts.

MiaowTheCat Thu 27-Jun-13 20:03:19

Hauck Malibu - cryptic instructions of the Ikea style - no words, no explanation, no fucking clue. Also depressingly brown and the brakes kept not disengaging properly.

Koochi stroller - has one ASBO wheel. Annoys me a lot because of this but it's rare I need the single so I tolerate it.

Britax B-Dual - would have again if they reduced the width of those fucking back wheels a bit!

nappyaddict Sun 30-Jun-13 21:48:18

I have looked after quite a few different children and these are all buggies that me and their parents have used.

Always fancied trying a Bugaboo Bee+, Bebecar Rversus and Inglesina Ottuto when my DS was of pushchair age.

milk Mon 01-Jul-13 19:37:54

I love my Chicco Liteway shock

Mothercare Spin- fold too big and basket too small.
BJCS- Too heavy after 9 months.
Bugaboo Bee- Too flimsy!

nappyaddict Tue 02-Jul-13 00:16:40

Did you use your BJCS with one or two children? Was it heavy too push after 9 months just rear facing or both rear and forward facing?

Apparently the Loola Up is heavy to push too once child gets a bit older so will cross that off my to try list!

Vicky08 Tue 02-Jul-13 00:21:03

Any Chicco one. They are bad quality and break really easily.

Quinny Buzz - Too big, too wide, too heavy and the front wheel kept getting stuck.
Cosatto Swift Lite - Frame too narrow, brakes were shit, couldn't get it up and down kerbs.
Quinny Zapp - Was never fully upright properly but also couldn't recline (I don't agree with what you say about the Zia though, it was like a much better version of the Zapp).
Cosatto Mobi - Felt a bit flimsy, difficult to steer
Leebruss Travel System - Horrible hard seat, as pretty as it was.
Maclaren Stroller - Just didn't like it and brake didn't work right.
Mothercare backpack carrier and stroller - Squeaky wheels!

I'm sure I will think of others...

Ones I would buy again:

Mothercare trenton pushchair - Amazing proper one hand fold and it even tells you the time and temperature!

Icandy Peach Blossom - This is the one we are now using and after even just 2 days using it, it is amazing for a double and I can push it with one finger with my toddler in the front and baby in carry cot in the back.

EmmalJunga Herqules pushchair - Amazing suspension, easy to push, massive basket and has a changing bag built into the hood.

nappyaddict Wed 03-Jul-13 08:35:44

SchroSawMargeryDaw Which Zia did you have - the 3 or 4 wheeler? I always fancied trying the 4 wheeler one to see if it was wany better but never got round to it.

And which Maclaren did you have?

nappyaddict Wed 03-Jul-13 08:45:23

Thought of another one I had forgottten about

Cosatto Cabi - one of the front wheels kept sticking

I know of a lot of people who had problems with the Cosatto Mobi. Like you say difficult to steer, but also the carry cot tilts very badly so baby slides down to the bottom, the zips kept breaking (manufacturer's fault), one of the back wheels came off when they were crossing the road, handle stuck in one position, material came off pushchair hood, raincover got hole in after second use, pushchair back rest bent etc

SilverSixpence Wed 03-Jul-13 09:31:43

so is there a pushchair that you've liked?

I'm starting to wonder if there is a perfect pushchair at all (other than the Uppababy Vista which looks fab)

Micralite Toro - bit awkward to steer and front wheels splay, v small shopping basket

I had the 3 wheeler, the one that's almost identical to the Zapp only it reclines. It was great imo.

I had the Maclaren Triumph, I think. Can't remember but I really didn't like it.

Cosatto Cabi is actually the Mobi only re-named after many problems, it's crap.

Silver I could totally recomend the Icandy Peach, have only had it a few days but it's amazing, so light to push, great basket, great steering.

Uppababy Vista does look fab.

Silver Also, if you're not too hung up on looks - the EmmalJunga range (City Cross, Monkey,Nitro) would be fab as they are practically identical to the Herqules only with different wheels.

Thank god I've bought an Uppababy Vista! smile

janey223 Wed 03-Jul-13 10:45:56

Silver cross surf - seat too narrow, DS was always sliding down it. Best suspension I've had though and tackles ice easily.

Hauck city - break rubbish, has a mind of its own on the bus. DS loved it and refused to go back in surf

Chicco lightway (I think) made for midgets it was so low down!

Then I got an oyster and I adore it so does DS, the front wheels buckle under sometimes (going in bus) and more commonly now he's nearly 15kg and always sat on the edge so I've just gotten a bugaboo bee.

nappyaddict Thu 04-Jul-13 16:49:42

My favourites are:

Maclaren XT
Maclaren XLR
Obaby Atlas
Obaby Atlas V2
Luna (4 wheeled one)

nappyaddict Thu 04-Jul-13 16:58:41

Oh and Nipper 360.

hannahscrace Sun 16-Nov-14 01:11:23

I have a cosatto supa and it is very wobbly. really disappointed because it was georgous. wasnt cheap for me and had to buy a second hand one because dont trust it. has anyone elsr had this problem??

Hauck malibu - it had a jagged piece of plastic attached to the frame that ripped my 6 months old leg to shreds, when I complained they noted the blood damage on the seat and offered me a replacement angry Demanded a refund and threatened them with trading standards, if your buying a pram avoid hauck!

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Sun 16-Nov-14 02:13:31

That's an interesting list
I've got a mutsy evo but have a cossato lite? And a chicco thing as in I don't know what it is as I bought it 2nd hand.
The mutsy takes up a lot of room in the boot, and is a 2 handed fold
Carry cot is a good size and if carried by the handle is weighted correctly so doesn't tip to one end, pushes very easily and is light to put in boot, or bounce up and down stairs. And the handle is adjustable. This is now my house pushchair for walking as dh and I have an umbrella pushchair in each car or use slings.
The cossato wheels squeak and isn't as nice push as the wheels stick sometimes but I got it for free so does the job and lies flat.
The chicco lies a bit far back when in upright mode but does lie flat and has quite big wheels for the boot, but pushes quite nicely and the handles are at a good height. And I got it or a fiver so it will do.
But need to find a rain cover for it which is proving tricky.

cerealqueen Tue 25-Nov-14 00:22:20

You need to change your name to 'buggyaddict' grin

quinny, only because in parent facing mode, dd could not sit upright, was always slightly reclined. They might have changed the design by now though.

toomuchtooold Sat 29-Nov-14 14:21:59

I have loved my Mountain Buggy Duet for the 2.5 years I've had it. Sadly it has two problems: one, it has air tyres that you need to deflate if you take it on an aeroplane. Two, it folds into almost exactly the same area as it is unfolded. We got a pile of shite Obaby Apollo for the nursery run (as the MB was too big to store) and as it has solid wheels it's currently with me as we prepare to move abroad, the MB having left in a big lorry yesterday afternoon. I've got tape and string and I'm trying to bodge something that will stop the kids from just slipping down it till they're basically suspended by the harness. Aargh bloody thing. And it weighs a ton as well.

FairyTrain Sat 29-Nov-14 20:11:47

It's an urban myth that you have to deflate the tyres to take on an aeroplane BTW. I'm looking for a light weight "town buggy" that I can use one handed...heat does anyone recommend??

FairyTrain Sat 29-Nov-14 20:12:13

heat?? what

GotToBeInItToWinIt Sat 29-Nov-14 20:18:16

Only tried one, the Uppababy Vista and I love it smile

Finola1step Sat 29-Nov-14 20:19:36

The Quicksmart Easy Fold Stroller. DH thought it would be great. I thought it would be a pile of shit. He bought it. I was right.

FairyTrain Sat 29-Nov-14 20:28:26

Uppababy is £599 shock!! Looking less than £200

Carks31 Sat 29-Nov-14 20:32:20

see if you can get a secondhand vista? I love mine, recommended by several friends and a few of them have used it for 2nd children with no issues.

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