Best Value Travel System 2019
Nuna Mixx 2019 review
The Nuna Mixx 2019 is comfort and style rolled into one. As an upgrade to the Nuna Mixx2, it features a no-rethread harness and even better seating, and it has large rear wheels that can handle any amount of off-roading.
Verdict in 10 seconds
A stylish, easy-to-use pushchair with good storage and a simple fold. Ideal from birth to toddlerhood.
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- Suitable from birth to around age four
- Good on-board storage
- Covers are machine-washable
- Easy to switch between parent- and world-facing
- You need two hands to fold
- Clunky car seat attachment
What are the key features?
- Car seat-compatible
- Automatic quick-click fold lock
- Opens easily with just one hand
- Five-position recline
- Large sun canopy with UV 50+ protection
- Adjustable footrest
- Five-point harness, with quick-click release button
- One-touch, rear wheel braking system
- All-season seat – converts to mesh for summer weather
- Foam-filled rubber tyres
- All-wheel suspension and front swivel wheels
What are the specs?
- Suitable from: Birth to 20kg
- Pushchair orientation: Parent-facing and world-facing
- Number of wheels: Four
- Dimensions: L 83.2–90.9 x W 60.1 x H 114.2 cm
- Dimensions when folded: L 88.8 x W 60.1 x H 56 cm
- Weight: 12.53 kg
- RRP: £450 (£699 as a 3-in-1 travel system bundle) at time of review
- Extras included: Rain cover, footmuff, car seat adaptors
- Compatible with the Mixx carrycot and the Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite LX, and the Nuna Pipa Icon 0+ infant car seats, all available separately. Also compatible with Joie, Maxi-Cosi and some Cybex car seats.
What's in the package?
Depending on your needs, you can buy the seat and chassis on their own, or you can choose a bundle which includes a carrycot and car seat. The cost for this varies between £450 for the basic frame and seat, and £799 including the carrycot and car seat.
There are always bargains to be found if you shop around, but make sure you buy from an approved supplier to ensure you’re getting the real deal.
Alongside the main seat unit, there is a memory foam-style seat insert. The seat itself has five recline options (lie-flat, upright and three in between) along with two calf rest positions.
The carrycot is excellent. It’s very sturdy and solid when assembled, but flat-packs when not in use for easy storage.
Included in the travel system package is a Nuna car seat along with adapters to connect it to the chassis. While the car seat is padded and soft for maximum comfort, it can be fiddly to attach to the pushchair base as it must line up exactly with the adaptors. This can be a struggle with a heavy baby, but this issue is not unique to the Nuna Mixx.
How easy is it to assemble?
The pram is very easy to put together and took no more than five or 10 minutes to assemble completely. The seat is already built with the hood attached, so it’s just a case of putting the wheels on and you’re away. The carrycot also has the hood already attached, so there’s no fiddling to be done there either.
The material on the Nuna seems very hardwearing and had a denim look and feel about it. There was no sign of wear on the wheels after our week-long test period.
The travel system comes with a two-year warranty from the day of purchase, however it does not cover wear and tear or incorrect use. Accessories have a one-year warranty.
Customer service details are easy to access. You can either email or call directly or fill in one of the customer service forms on the Nuna website. A complete manual for assembly and use is available online with easy-to-understand diagrams.
How does it look?
The Nuna Mixx 2019 comes in four colourways, so there’s plenty to choose from whatever your style. We tested the grey which is more like a denim and is accented with a leatherette brown trim.
While the buggy doesn’t shout ‘look at me’, the contrasting colours of the blue denim and brown trim are incredibly elegant.
The hood is a generous size and holds up during heavy wind. It can be extended to block out the sun and it also has a ventilation panel and window to keep the baby cool during summer.
For rainier days, the Nuna comes with a rain cover specifically designed for the carrycot.
The only thing that could be improved is the length of the carrycot as our tester felt a larger baby could outgrow it in just a few short months.
What's the Nuna Mixx 2019 like to use day-to-day?
The Nuna Mixx is lightweight with a sturdy design. At 12.5 kg, it is fairly average in weight (if a little on the higher end of the scale) compared to other travel systems on the market, such as the BabyStyle Oyster 3, but it will leave your baby with lots of room day-to-day.
Our tester found the buggy smooth to push and, although she felt a few bumps on uneven ground, there was nothing too extreme to make it uncomfortable.
She also praised the built-in suspension and chunky rear wheels – these features meant that she barely noticed going up and down kerbs and there were no awkward jolts for the baby.
It handles off-roading and grassy areas really well, absorbing most of the bumps and dips with ease.
When it came to day-to-day use, she found the buggy really stepped up to tackle all the demands of her hectic life – she took it to football training, around the park and out with her when walking the neighbour’s dog. It effortlessly handled the school run and the grocery shop too.
The storage basket can fit two to three bags of shopping or a changing bag with space for an extra bag or a few loose bits and pieces without making the whole buggy too bulky. Nuna recommends you don’t load the basket with any more than 4.5kg though.
Our tester’s six-year-old son liked to push it and it was just as easy for him to handle and steer as it was for her six-foot partner. This was helped by the easily adjustable handle which has three positions, so you can switch between heights on the go.
In fact, the only real awkwardness came when our tester had to carry the buggy up and down stairs. It was almost impossible to do with one hand while holding the baby with the other as there is no integrated carry handle.
The Nuna Mixx is amazing value for money. Big basket, tyres fab for off-road walks and carrycot very ergonomic. My baby is 16 months old and I doubt I’ll bother getting another buggy.
How does it fold?
The Nuna is very easy to fold – the mechanism collapses towards the floor meaning that all four wheels remain on the ground at all times, which prevents it from getting wet or dirty as you're folding.
Nuna claims that you can fold the buggy with the seat facing both ways, but, when our tester attempted to fold it with the seat facing backwards, it didn’t close properly. She noted that the seat hung off the back of the frame, which didn’t happen when it was folded with the seat in a forward-facing position.
Keep in mind that you need to press a button on each side of the frame to fold it. You'll need two hands free and will need somewhere safe for your baby while you collapse the buggy.
Once folded, it fitted into our tester’s medium-sized boot easily, leaving a bit of space for bags and extras.
How comfortable is it?
The seat unit will easily fit a toddler while not swallowing up a tiny baby either – we tested it with a seven-month-old and two-and-a-half-year-old.
It lies flat which makes it suitable from birth. It’s very easy to change the seat recline, so it can be transformed from an upright to a lie-flat position effortlessly.
This not only helps with naps on the move (it’s so smooth you can transition the seat without disturbing a napping toddler), but also means that the pushchair is suitable for a newborn even without the carrycot.
The seat is both parent- and forward-facing and it comes with a good head support cushion for the seat to make it more comfortable for younger babies. This can be removed to make the seat roomier for bigger children.
How safe is it?
While the Nuna Mixx is light to push, it doesn’t tip or fall when weighted with heavy shopping bags with or without a child in the seat – this is true whether it has the carrycot, seat or car seat attached.
This buggy was thoroughly tested on bumpy paths, long walks and shopping trips and there were no safety concerns at all.
The brake holds well, is easily accessible and effortless to flick on and off with your foot as it’s positioned in the centre of the bar across the back of buggy. It also doesn’t stick like some others on test, most notably the Mamas & Papas Ocarro, which did get stuck on occasion.
The five-point harness works as it should – it is very secure and easy to use. All parts fit together well and can't easily be unclipped by little fingers.
When it comes to the seat unit, the recline feels very sturdy. There is a pull-out handle on back of the chair, which means it's easy to adjust and remains secure once in place.
The pushchair also has a belly bar but this sits quite low on a small baby, so our tester felt that was more for the baby to hold rather than for added security.
What about the extras?
The hood on the seat has a UV protection rating of 50+ and it covers the baby remarkably well when fully extended.
The rain cover was effective in keeping the baby dry and it was also very quick and easy to fit for those sudden showers. It’s lightweight, folds down well and fits easily into the on-board storage basket.
A great design feature that our tester really liked is that the storage basket can be split into two compartments which means you can separate your shopping from your baby essentials. Plus, there's a handy zip pocket if you want to hide anything away.
How easy is it to clean?
The high-quality fabric comes mostly in dark colours, so the majority of marks and stains are unlikely to show. We tested the Aspen colourway.
The seat fabric is hardwearing, which means it can go through the washing machine and come out like new. It can be unzipped at the back and pulls off completely to be put into the wash. A wet wipe does a good job if you need to do a few spot cleans throughout the day.
As for the carrycot, it comes with a removable sheet for easy washing. The sides and hood unfortunately can't be removed, but a quick scrub with a wet cloth and water will soon remove any marks.
After our week-long test period, the chassis and wheels were remarkably scratch-free and, with the ease of washing the covers, this buggy could stay looking brand-new for a long time.
While there are cheaper travel systems out there, the Nuna Mixx 2019 is well worth the money – at £450 for the basic seat and chassis, it’s not going to break the bank for the majority of parents.
It's a solid all-rounder and performs really well. Our tester found it easy for her whole family to use, from her six-year-old son to her six-foot tall partner. It slotted into their busy, active family life, making itself a useful, comfortable and stylish asset for any eventuality.
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