The Maxi-Cosi Elea can be used from birth to 42 months (3.5 years) so I was really intrigued to see how it would handle with Joshua (37 months) in it as he is obviously at the top end of the age bracket for really using this pushchair.
It arrived very well packaged and with minimal building to put it together and so it only took 2 minutes to open and put together, ready for its maiden voyage.
Firstly It was a really big bonus to be able to use it with a parent and forward facing and not only that but to be able to manoeuvre it easily in both modes with a large toddler in there was something unexpected but really fantastic!
With the hood I loved the compactness and the nice tidy zip that hides all the extra material for the oversized bit of the hood. It has 3 recline positions and 2 different leg positions too.
I love the quirky way you have a several options to fold the pushchair, seat in place and forward facing, seat removed and basic fold and then seat and wheels removed for a super compact fold.
The Maxi-Cosi Elea also has the clips on the side of the frame to attach the Maxi-Cosi bag too which is great news, so you can keep the large shopping basket free from the nappy bag and there is more than enough space for all the baby/toddler gear you will need to move around with.
The rain cover that comes with it fits really well and although I am not a massive fan of rain covers on a whole, this one just slots over the hood and with an elastic it is secured under the leg rest. So top marks for making what is normally a fiddly job so easy!
Overall I adore this pushchair and although it was no surprise there are some very similar elements from this pushchair to the others Maxi-Cosi do there is still some little unique ones to each that make them interesting ….. like the swivel wheel on off button (instead of being on the wheels on others the Elea has buttons on the frame to save you from dirty fingers adjusting them.
The only slight tiny thing that was a teeny tiny bit fiddly was the fold buttons. In order to fold the pushchair you have to press a button in on the side of the frame on the right and then a button on each side of the frame so it’s certainly not a one-handed fold option. Also with being left-handed I did find it a little awkward till I got the knack, but having said that it would not put me off purchasing.
Disclaimer: This product was given to us for the purposes of reviewing. All thought’s and opinions are made independently by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse