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Babyzen YOYO+ review: Do you agree?

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TinaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Jul-18 10:45:27

We reviewed the BabyZen YOYO+ and we'd love to get your feedback.

Do you agree with our findings? Does the review answer your questions? Is there anything we've missed out?

We tested the BabyZen YOYO+, along with 12 other pushchairs that were highly recommended by Mumsnetters, in an attempt to find the ultimate lightweight buggy for parents. The overall category winner was the Silver Cross Reflex, and the Babyzen YOYO+ was awarded Best Luxury Stroller, find all our the winners in our round up of Best Lightweight Strollers.

We want to make sure we've left no stone unturned in these reviews, that's why we're asking you for your feedback. Is there anything else you'd like to see in this review? Let us know below and we'll try our best to include it.

Thanks!

HidingUnderTheSofa Wed 11-Jul-18 18:07:18

I have a YoYo with the newborn accessory pack for my three month old and LOVE it! I rarely use my much heavier travel system (that I spent a fortune on, but that’s another story...) as I find the YoYo so practical.

I think the review is really helpful but there are a couple of extra things that I’d mention:

- For babies under six months using the newborn accessory pack so the baby is laid flat facing you the baby lies much lower down than most other buggies. This took a little getting used to and it’s not a huge problem but it does mean that my baby feels a little more exposed/vulnerable (eg to curious dogs passing close by).

- I’d generally rate the newborn accessory pack for using the YoYo for a baby under six months but it’s not got a hard shell to the canopy that goes over and around the baby’s head so, as above, it does feel more exposed and offers less protection to the baby than a larger buggy does. It’s amazing how many people don’t look where they’re going and so I do worry about someone barging into it (precious first born grin )

- Although the handlebar height can’t be adjusted, the handlebar has quite a curve to it which means that most people should be able to find a comfortable height to hold onto depending on whether you hold the handle in the centre where it’s higher up or lower down on the sides.

- the brake is quite hard to switch on or off if you’re wearing sandals- I tend to have to bend down and use my hand if I’m wearing sandals.

- I was really, really pleasantly surprised at how smooth the ride is. Because it’s so light you can so easily tip it up and down over kerbs even when pushing it one handed, but it’s never felt flimsy or like it’s going to tip over. The pavements where I live are really bumpy and the YoYo seems to be a much smoother ride than my larger buggy with much bigger wheels which is supposed to have all singing and dancing suspension.

- Certainly when you use it with the newborn accessory pack you can fold down the handle whilst the baby is laid in the stroller to make it even more compact whilst you’re parked up in one place. This is brilliant if you’re at a restaurant or coffee shop as it hardly takes up any room at all. I don’t know if you can do this when you have it set up as a 6 month + stroller though.

TinaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Jul-18 09:44:49

Thanks for your feedback HidingUnderTheSofa that's really helpful. Anyone else have more thoughts they want to share?

Velvetdragon Sat 14-Jul-18 00:11:14

This had been top of my want list when I was looking for something lightweight, compact when folded and also one handed fold. It always gets glowing reviews so I nearly ordered online without seeing it in a store. It quickly dropped off my list after trying it in store. I could not figure out how to operate the one handed fold (you need at least 3 pairs of hands) and neither could 2 store assistants! It just wasn't intuitive enough compared to others I tried. It also doesn't sit upright enough for my toddler. We chose a mothercare ride, as it was simple to use and the seat is fairly upright for this style of stroller so my child was comfortable. Granted its not as stylish but I can handle that considering it's easy to use and fits in the over-head compartment of a plane. Oh and it was considerably less expensive.

TinaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Jul-18 09:48:23

@Velvetdragon ah yes the fold on the Babyzen is definitely less intuitive than other pushchairs out there. It took a while for our tester to get the hang of it. We found the Baby Jogger City Tour to be the easiest to fold during testing. Glad the Mothercare Ride worked out for you though!

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Thu 19-Jul-18 14:21:21

Personally I really dislike it, it feels very flimsy with a 2yo in (had several incidents with the handle folding in on itself...pram was replaced and the same thing happens), it doesn’t sit up properly or feel big enough to sleep in-certainly the 2yo I use it for doesn’t sleep in it but he does in other strollers.
Twice on a bus it has fallen over sideways when the bus has stopped, something I haven’t experienced with any other buggies (I’m a nanny and have used ALOT!). As a PP says, the fold is really not intuitive at all! I also find it quite tricky to comfortably push as it’s so narrow and the wheels are so small. I feel it’s better suited to take on holiday or in airports but I personally would never recommend it as an everyday buggy.

Positives...The basket is an ok size....

TroubledLichen Thu 19-Jul-18 14:35:24

Ah yes you do have to practice the fold. I can do it one handed no problem now but I did have to watch a fair few videos of dishy Frenchmen demonstrating to get it 😉 You also need two bands to fold the handlebar so fold that first, then remove baby, and then reach under to fold the frame with your remaining hand.

It is our main pushchair and I have no complaints or issues, it’s a godsend for when I have to carry it up 3 flights of stairs to our flat. We also have an icandy peach (biggest waste of money ever) but the YoYo wins out every time except when we get a lot of snow in the winter.

TroubledLichen Thu 19-Jul-18 14:35:46

Hands not bands oops!

BendydickCuminsnatch Thu 19-Jul-18 14:48:12

I got the Mountain Buggy Nano instead, love it! Lie flat, car seat can attach, folds small enough for hand luggage, my 3 yo is comfortable in it. Can’t go wrong!

Soapysoapsoap Fri 20-Jul-18 09:02:23

We have a yo-yo and, to be honest, I think it’s overpriced and flimsy. The wheels get stuck when I fold it up and down as well, making it a chore rather than a breeze.

I don’t know of a better lightweight buggy because I haven’t tested them all. But i think the yo-yo is pretty rickety.

Also - bad customer service. Our wheels were faulty and the mechanism ripped the hood after owning it for a really short amount of time. Babyzen doesn’t replace faulty buggies, they gave me new wheels to attach myself. So unimpressed. The least they could have done is attach the wheels for me to ensure they were safely on!

The babyzen fabric pack I bought (£80!!!!) is horrible.

I know that the yo-yo has got a cult following - I just wish I hadn’t joined it. If it were the only buggy I’d ever owned, I probably wouldn’t be so critical of it as I wouldn’t know how much better made a buggy could be - but I’ve had two other huge brand names that were both far superior.

Go and test others in the same category if you’re tempted to buy it. There are lots that fit on the overhead of a plane now.

As it is, it’s the only buggy I use - but only because I don’t want to spend to replace it and my DC is getting too old for it now, so soon, I’ll sell it.

To sum up: overhyped, overpriced and bad customer service.

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