Best Luxury Buggy 2017
Babyzen Yoyo+ Review
Light but sturdy and with a tiny compact fold, the BabyZen Yoyo+ is a buggy that ticks all the boxes as far as portability and comfort are concerned
This lightweight luxury buggy comes with a whole host of features, including full wheel suspension, a reclinable sit, a five-point harness, a rain cover and a UPF+50 canopy. It's a hi-spec stroller at high price tag, but for parents who want to splash out, it won't disappoint.
What's in the box?Stroller chassis and seat fabrics (needs assembling), rain canopy, sunshade, instructions
- Super lightweight (6.2 kg)
- Extremely compact fold
- One handed steering
- 18kg weight limit
- Can be used from birth with newborn pack (£175 from John Lewis)
- Compatible with baby car seats and buggy boards
- One handed fold takes a while to master
- More expensive than other buggies
- Compact fold
- Larger storage basket than previous models
- Four-wheel suspension and patented ‘soft drive’ system
- Extendable canopies with sun protection (UPF 50+)
- Rain cover included
What are the specs?
Suitable from: 6 months – 18 kg (suitable from birth with newborn attachment)
Weight: 6.2 kg
Folded Dimensions: H52 x W44 x D18 cm
RRP: £369 at time of review
Estimated resale value: £280
How does the Babyzen handle?
The Yoyo+ is primarily designed for an urban lifestyle full of steps, narrow spaces and public transport. But, with full suspension included, uneven pavements and rough terrain are a (literal) walk in the park meaning this small, but perfectly formed stroller, will hold its own on weekends away in the country.
Our tester pushed the Babyzen Yoyo+ over 80km of terrain. If you're interested, that's equivalent to the distance between London and Leicester. In that time, she covered city streets as well as rougher terrain and found that it coped well even outside of the urban sprawl that it was designed for.
It has a tight turning circle and a one handle bar, so you can comfortably steer with one hand whilst holding a coffee in the other…bonus. The handle bar isn't adjustable, but the curved design means that most people will be able to find a comfortable pushing position. The only down side is that you'll need to get a pram clip if you want to hang a bag on the handle.
At 6.2 kg it can easily be carried up and down stairs when open, and when folded it's compact enough to fit in even the smallest of nooks (and can be used as hand luggage on a plane).
Ok so it it's small, but is it safe and comfortable?
Lighter can sometimes mean flimsier, but that is not the case with the Yoyo+; it actually feels far more robust than other buggies of a similar weight.
The five-point harness is nicely padded. We found it relatively easy to adjust, though we did have to refer to the instructions initially for the side strap. There's also a comfortable padded seat cushion in the buggy, which goes from upright to nearly flat. This is accessed with a buckle which can be loosened. It was a little fiddly to get the hang of at first, but we nailed it after a few tries.
How big is the hood and sun canopy?
The pushchair comes with a decent sized hood and sun canopy which after initial assembly worked well. It also comes with a rain cover which is compact when folded, tucking away neatly underneath the body of the stroller.
How does the brake feel?
The brake is a single pedal which feels secure. It didn't have that reassuring click that some pushchairs do, but we didn't experience any problems with it.
How easy is it to fold the Babyzen?
When folded, the Yoyo+ is absolutely tiny. It also has a neat shoulder strap, making it (in our opinion) the best stroller for travelling. The fold mechanism is genius; it collapses and opens almost by itself in one smooth movement. But be warned, it did take a bit of getting used to – we didn't find it as intuitive as, say, the Baby Jogger City Tour – but once you've figured it out, it's wonderfully quick and easy.
What is the shopping basket like?
Previous Babyzen models have been criticised for the size of the shopping basket. This model offers a decent sized shopping basket which should have enough storage to fit a day's essentials and a bit of shopping.
How many colours does it come in?
It's undeniable that the Babyzen is a stylish looking pushchair. The sleek design currently comes in eight block colours with a black chassis, wheels and basket.
Are the pushchair fabrics easily washable?
The stroller padding can easily be removed and washed in the machine. Big thumbs up from us.
How easy is it to assemble the Babyzen Yoyo+?
This buggy took a little longer to assemble than some of the other products we tested in the category. It arrived in three smallish boxes and took our tester around 30 minutes to set up. Worth knowing but not a deal breaker in our books. Watch the video below to see how the Babyzen Yoyo+ is assembled.
Can you attach a Buggy board?
You can attach a buggy board to this pushchair. The Babyzen Buggy Board looks great, and there's room for a toddler to stand or sit on it. The only downside is that it will put you back around £99 (John Lewis).
Does the Babyzen Yoyo+ offer good value for money?
At £369 when reviewed, this is about as pricey as you can get in the buggy category, and that's without the newborn nest attachment (£115) or car seat adaptors (£45).
For parents of newborns who live in urban areas, the Babyzen Yoyo+ could offer a great alternative to more traditional (and often bulkier) travel systems. Similar to the Bugaboo Bee5, it offers the comfort you'll want for your newborn and the flexibility to adjust as your child grows.
If you're planning to do a lot of travelling with your child, then this compact and stylish pushchair could be worth the investment. But if space isn't as much of an issue for you, then it might be worth taking a look at the Joie Nitro (£60) or Silver Cross Reflex (£190), before shelling out.
What Mumsnetters say about the Babyzen Yoyo+
'Amazing design and looks. The fold is genius. Easy to carry when folded as so light, folds one handed once you get the hang of it'
'My friend has one and her little boy loves it. She's the only one of my friends who has not talked about changing to a different buggy (our kids are one year old).'
'I hated doing the pram decision. I had my heart set on a Bugaboo Buffalo, and on the way to order it popped into a local shop and saw the Jane Matrix 2 Lite car seat (it's lie flat) fell in love with it and then went for the Jane Trider pushchair which I've loved. In addition, we also have a Babyzen Yoyo+ which is just amazing. To be honest had I have known about it from the beginning I'd have bought that with the baby nest – it's super lightweight, folds up tiny and is narrow.'
‘Babyzen Yoyo is amazing – can't recommend it enough. Lovely and light but does everything you need. Folds up tiny to go in the car etc too.’
'Another vote for Babyzen Yoyo! I've just got one for my one year old (buggy board with saddle for my three year old) and I'm in love! It's so light, amazing to push, even one handed. It's fab. Why didn't I just get one when I was pregnant four years ago and cut out the various Mamas & Papas Urbo, Silver Cross Pop, Baby Jogger double I've had?'
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