Best for Newborns 2019
Maxi-Cosi Laika review
For expectant parents looking for a buggy that can be used from birth, we think the Maxi-Cosi Laika ticks all the boxes. Compared to a more traditional and bulkier travel system, this model it is effortless to manoeuvre, which makes it the ideal urban pushchair, and looks classy too.
Verdict in 10 seconds
- Can be transformed into a 3-in-1 travel system, but carrycot must be purchased separately
- Very easy to manoeuvre thanks to its effortless steering and small wheels, but occasionally struggles on uneven ground
- Subtle detailing and lots of extras included
- Seat is quite narrow, so comfort could be compromised
- Suitable from birth with newborn carrycot or car seat (both sold separately)
- Compatible with the Maxi-Cosi car seat
- Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre
- One-handed collapse – great for when your hands are full
- Easy to carry
- Easy braking system
- Comes with bumper bar
- Contemporary style
- Lifetime guarantee
- Narrow seat
- Small basket
- 15kg weight limit
What are the key features of the Maxi-Cosi Laika?
- Lightweight (weighs 7.45kg)
- Super compact
- Ultra padded seat for extra comfort
- Can be transformed into a 3-in-1 travel system with matching Maxi-Cosi carrycot and car seat
- One-hand compact fold with one-hand auto lock
- Quick release five-point safety harness
- Multiple recline positions
- Adjustable leg rest
- Extendable sunshade
- Removable bumper bar
- Shoulder strap, which makes it easy to carry
- Leather-look handle and bumper bars
- Available in four colours
- Comes with rain cover
What’s in the box?
The Maxi-Cosi Laika that needs no assembly (except for putting the bumper bar on). It comes with an extendable hood, rain cover, shopping basket, removable bumper bar, carry strap, parasol clip and car seat adaptors (only for Maxi-Cosi car seats).
What are the specs?
Suitable from: Birth (with a newborn carrycot or car seat; otherwise six months) – 15kg (approximately three years old)
Folded dimensions: 27 × 46.5 × 65.5cm
RRP: £249 at time of review
Estimated resale value: £100+ at time of review
How does the Maxi-Cosi Laika handle?
The Laika is incredibly easy to manoeuvre. The wheels are small and the buggy is narrow which means that moving through tight spaces and doorways is an absolute doddle. Steering is super easy too – almost effortless.
It is easy to bump up kerbs and covers the usual flat ground easily, but it struggled on uneven ground, such as cobbles and long grass. This ground doesn’t need to be avoided as such, but it does make for a much bumpier ride in comparison to the more expensive BabyZen Yoyo+, for example.
There are a variety of different recline options, including a newborn almost-flat recline, which is great for babies and toddlers who like to nap out and about. However, a newborn would be better carried in the available matching carrycot so we recommend this model be used from six months plus if a carrycot is not an option. The seat is easy to recline, with the back rest easily adjusted by a strap and buckle system. It’s relatively quick and easy to do, but definitely requires two hands. When unclipped, the seat lies almost flat, and the harness is a secure, quick release five-pointer.
The brake is situated in the middle and is easy to use, sturdy and reliable, however it is slightly smaller than the brake on most other pushchairs we tested, which may be a problem for some.
Our tester’s one-year-old child was comfortable in the buggy, but she did find that the seat is narrower and smaller than usual, which is worth considering if you’re thinking of using it when your child becomes a toddler.
What is the weight limit on the Maxi-Cosi Laika?
The Maxi-Cosi Laika is suitable from six months to 15kg (approximately three years of age) but can be used from birth with the newborn carrycot and car seat, offering good longevity to parents.
It's clear the Laika was designed with newborns in mind – the seat is on the snug side of things and the weight limit is only 15kg. If it's used from birth, there's no doubt in our minds that this is a good value buggy. But if you're looking for a stroller for a slightly older child, a model with a bigger seat and higher weight limit might be a safer bet.
Are there lots of extra features?
Besides the essentials you would rightly expect to be included such as the rain cover and shopping basket, this buggy also comes with a removable bumper bar, parasol clip and car seat adaptors which is fantastic for those parents wanting to use it with a Maxi-Cosi car seat (note that the Laika is only compatible with Maxi-Cosi car seats).
Can I buy any extras?
Yes. If you want to use it is a flexible travel system, you have the option to purchase a newborn carrycot (approximately £90) and matching car seat (approximately £165). In some cases, this may still be cheaper than a traditional travel system. A footmuff can also be purchased for an additional cost.
Is there much storage?
As buggy baskets go, the Maxi-Cosi Laika’s is pretty small. It’s just about adequate for a day out as it can carry a few select items but you definitely won’t be able to fit a standard sized changing bag in the basket as you can with many of the other models we tested.
Reassuringly, our tester did find that she could easily hang a changing bag off the handles without the buggy tipping over, with or without a passenger in the seat.
How easy is the fold?
The Maxi-Cosi Laika has a brilliant one-handed fold which is quick and simple to accomplish, but you'd need to take the carrycot out of the chassis before folding. Our tester loved how easy it was to use and particularly liked using it on public transport as it’s so easy to collapse, light to carry and super compact.
How much space does it take up?
It doesn’t fit into overhead cabin luggage, but, when folded, it is incredibly small, light and compact.
How does it look?
The Maxi-Cosi Laika is a stylish buggy, which, as you’d rightly expect from an expensive model, also has a luxurious feel to it.
It looks great, the materials are of a high quality and subtle design details, like the leatherette bumper bar and handle, really help to make it stand out from the crowd. If you’re looking for something more elegant, this could well be the model for you.
Can I get the Maxi-Cosi Laika in a number of colours?
Currently the Maxi-Cosi Laika is available in four colours: blue, black, grey and sand.
How easy was it to clean?
Our tester found this buggy to be easy to clean. The seat can be removed with ease in order to clean stubborn or deep stains.
Is it good value for money?
Admittedly it is much pricier than other models, but this pushchair performs well, looks stylish and has a luxurious feel to it. Crucially, with the option to purchase a matching newborn carrycot and car seat for an additional cost, it also provides parents with a more affordable and modern alternative to the traditional and more expensive travel systems.
If you’re an expectant parent looking to purchase a buggy that can be used from the day your child is born, then we think the Maxi-Cosi Laika is well worth considering.
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