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I am looking at both on e-bay, would appreciate comments on which better. My DD is 4 months, and would like something which will last. Need it for general use, round shops, walking. Don't really do public transport. Have an estate car with big boot, so don't mind if doesn't fold down tiny. Any comments welcome!!!!
buzz are not the best round town. Nor off road for that matter. The rear wheel base is way too wide to get round shops easily, and the basket is pointless. For a good walking pram I would look at something like a mountain buggy or baby jogger, they are both much easier to push than a buzz, wouldnt be any heavier or bigger folded and the seat is much roomier, may not be a big concern now, but the buzz seat is not very generous, even the XL seat a toddler looks cramped by 2 years.
Bear in mind that in last winter's snow I could not have left the house with the Maclaren Techno XT (even though it had served me v well for nearly 2 years). I thankfully had just ordered a phil and teds for DS2's arrival in spring, it was a complete godsend so I could go out. This alone is worth rethinking having the maclaren as your only buggy. Even if you just go around town it is worth considering what you do if you go to the beach, in snow, on slightly rocky ground - the Maclaren did not fair well in these and if you have a big enough car I'd consider something with more tred.
I have both a buzz and techno XT (bought the techno XT as granny looks after DD 1 day per week and she couldn't collapse the chassis or clip / unclip the harness on the buzz - other granny can't manage the techno XT harness either...) Bought the buzz originally because the chassis fitted into the boot of my mini cooper.
Liked the buzz as a pram and was lovely to walk around quiet country lanes however have barely used it since getting the techno XT. Never found the wide wheel base a problem with the buzz personally but I know it puts some people off. Have the 4 wheeled version - felt much more stable than the 3 wheeled model.
Tend to use a carrier on rougher ground / in the snow however the techno XT has been to the beach on a number of occasions and copes with gravel paths ok.
I can't say I have any regrets about getting the buzz - I'm not sure I'd have wanted to put a small baby in the buggy, however the techno XT wins hands down on ease of use / portability.
Hi Flossie After looking for aaages for a secondhand maclaren techno, we have bought this brand new for £30 incl postage - it comes with a raincover and we hope that as it looks to be a v similar colour the footmuff from our current Babystyle Oyster will go on it. Fantastic reviews here Result! Having said that, clearly these reviews don't give an impression of how long the buggy will last. VERY cheap though!
i just reluctantly sold my buzz, as ds is nearly 2 and i hardly use it, i've used it since ds was 4-5months-ish and LOVED mine,it feels wide at the rear wheels,but tbh isnt actually much wider than other buggies. i used my buzz in town and off road,i loved it off road as it was so easy to push.
i have a zapp and a buzz, i use the zapp if im doing lots of shopping or if im in someone elses car,but its usually the buzz i go for!!
no other stroller compares to maclaren, in push, ease of use, quality, nice fabrics etc. if you are getting a stroller go maclaren. But personally for a 4mo i'd like them in something more pram like for the first year?