Tested by: Anna, mum of two
Finding the right buggy can be tricky. It needs to be durable and hard-wearing, but also be lightweight and easy to fold.
Kinderkraft’s Grande 2020 is a stroller you can use from birth – it's recommended that parents use the lowest recline position designed for newborn babies. But how does it fare when compared to other lightweight buggies? Our MNHQ parent tester was keen to find out.
Who's it for?
The Kinderkraft Grande 2020 lies flat so it’s suitable for newborns and can be used until your child is 15kg or 110cm (whichever comes first) – that’s usually around age three. With three settings for the shoulder straps and four for the foot rest, this is a buggy that’s clearly been designed to last.
It’s also been made with both the city and country in mind so will suit the majority of families and lifestyles. At 57cm wide, it will fit on the aisles of most buses and can be folded down quickly with one hand. The 360-degree pivoting wheels at the front give a tiny turning circle (perfect for city life), but they can also be locked if you head to more rocky terrain whether that’s the local park or the woods.
The buggy is beautifully lightweight to push, even when loaded with a child and a changing bag – the maximum weight of a bag attached to the adjustable handle is 1kg.
Both sets of wheels – the 17cm diameter front wheel and the 25cm back wheel – are puncture-proof. Made of premium rubber, they’re great for tackling kerbs and bumpy paths, and also help with shock absorbance to offer a really smooth ride.
Value for money
For what you get, the Kindekraft Grande 2020 offers great value for money, with an RRP of £139. It can be bought from reputable retailers like Kiddies Kingdom.
The Grande 2020 comes with a myriad of extras including a rain hood, footmuff, extended canopy hood, shopping basket and cup holder. While you'll find a 24-month warranty included as standard, fill out this form within 30 days and you get a whopping 10-year warranty as an added extra instead.
The Grande 2020’s longevity makes the price even more appealing. Some parents prefer a travel system in the early days so that they can clip a car seat on without waking their baby. However, it’s now recommended that newborns spend less than 30 minutes in a car seat. This rises to two hours once they reach four weeks old.
Because the Grande 2020 fully reclines, it can be used all the way from birth (as long as you don’t mind the non-parent-facing seat), and the way it’s been designed means it’ll grow with your child through the different settings. The stroller’s seat is wide enough that it can be used with larger children.
At first glance
The Kindegraft Grande 2020 comes in a narrow box, with cardboard to protect the stroller’s key components. There’s very little packaging, which gives it good eco credentials, but it still feels very well protected.
The material of the hood is thick and the frame is lightweight but solid. The footmuff isn’t as cosy as we’d like and the Velcro fastening doesn't offer an overly clean finish, but it’s a nice extra to have and one that you could always substitute at a later date.
The seat isn’t as cushioned as we’d expect, but the big selling point is that it’s washable at 30 degrees once you’ve removed the stiffening pads. This can only be described as a game-changer for parents, particularly those used to wrestling their pushchairs into the shower to hose them down after an accident.
Once you get the Kindekraft Grande 2020 out of the box, it’s really simple to set up. Push the handle in and pull it across, and the frame is fully formed – even the canopy is pre-installed. The last step is to add the wheels, bumper bar and cup holder and you’re ready to go.
Slotting the wheels into place couldn’t be easier and once you hear a clear click you’ll know they’re securely positioned. Assembly took our tester less than five minutes in total, which she was really impressed by.
The buggy is easy to fold down too.While not as narrow as an umbrella buggy, it’s a bit more compact, fitting well into car boots or porches. At 9.9kg, it’s also lightweight enough (although only just) to collapse with one hand – ideal if you’re carrying a toddler at the same time.
If you do get stuck, there’s a very handy YouTube video.
The Kinderkraft Grande 2020 is an update on the Kinderkraft Grande. It’s 300g lighter, which makes a big difference as well as a sturdier steel frame, tyre treads on the rear wheels for great grip and a slightly bigger shopping basket, which can hold 2kg.
The Grande’s hood is nothing short of amazing. It’s a canopy which means that it can be pulled right down (while allowing air to flow through) to give a dark cocoon for naps and to protect your child from UV rays. But, unlike other canopies, if you want to use it as a regular hood, you can zip up the extra fabric.
The hood features don’t end there. There’s also a handy peephole so you can check on your baby without disturbing them. It has a soft-close magnetic fastening which is very quiet on the off-chance that they’re finally asleep.There’s also a very discreet zipped pocket where you can store and quickly reach small items like your phone, keys and baby wipes.
The eco leather on the handles gives the Grande 2020 a luxurious feel despite its budget-friendly price tag and the bumper bar sports the same material.
The Grande is also really easy to clean. Having a seat cover that you can put into the washing machine is ideal, especially during the sticky fingers years, although it took our tester around 10 minutes to put the seat cover back on after washing.
Other useful additions
Our tester’s toddler really liked the back rest. While lots of buggies have a few different reclining options, the Kinderkraft Grande 2020 has what they call an ‘infinitely adjustable backrest’. You pull a strap to adjust the seat, and fix it into place using the buckle. It’s smooth enough to stop your child from waking when you recline the seat and you can choose just how flat to make it. It’s unusual, but works really well.
There’s a five-point harness, which can be fiddly when wrestling with a wriggly toddler, but it means that they are much more secure when in the seat. This one has cushioned pads for maximum comfort and they are also removable for machine-washing when they inevitably get covered in smoothies/dribble/other unidentified substances.
The brake is really easy to use whether you’re right- or left-footed as it’s in the centre of the axel. It’s also easy to clean, which is especially useful if you do lots of walking on muddy paths or parks.
It has a single bar handle, which is great for one-handed pushing, and if you want to hang your shopping on the handles, you can purchase a buggy clip. Note: not all manufacturers recommend hanging shopping on the handles.
- One-handed fold with lock
- Rain cover covers seat in all positions
- Canopy hood with zip to hide excess fabric
- Zipped phone pocket in the hood
- Magnetic soft-close peephole
- Five-point harness with cushioned straps
- Made from easy-clean polyester, strong steel and durable rubber wheels
- Four-wheel suspension
- Four-position footrest
- Three-position shoulder straps
- Infinitely adjustable backrest
- Central stop-and-go brake
- Cosy toes footmuff
- Large puncture-proof rubber wheels (17cm diameter on the front and 25cm at the back) with suspension
- Above-standard 10-year guarantee
- Weight: 9.9kg
- Unfolded dimensions: 95 × 100 × 57cm
- Folded dimensions: 83 × 27 × 57cm
- Materials: Easy-clean polyester, strong steel and durable rubber wheels
- Storage basket capacity: 2kg
- Colours: Black, Burgundy and Grey
Verdict (for now)
Overall, the Kinderkraft Grande 2020 isn’t the cheapest buggy on the market, but it’s excellent value for money for many families.
It offers a smooth ride and folds easily one-handed. So if you’re looking for a durable buggy with great longevity, then the Kinderkraft Grande 2020 is definitely worth considering.
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