As most of you know I am a massive pushchair lover and can be often found at weekends loitering in Mothercare or other such baby shops assessing baby paraphernalia especially pushchairs.
However this is the first time I have ever used a Quinny product at home and I am really excited!
Obviously for any parent the purchase of a pushchair is a massive investment and so being able to test drive and share my review of this Quinny Buzz Xtra in the hopes it might help if you if you are on the verge of buying is an honour.
From the get go, I feel in love with the striking look of the Quinny Buzz Xtra as it has a fairly unique design and does stand out from the crowd. I also loved the colour options that it currently comes in, base blue, red rumour, rocking black and reworked grey, all striking in their own right.
We selected the base blue as blue is one of hubs favourite colours and so ensuring the pushchair is in his football teams colours I have found him more amenable to pushing too!
When it arrived it was immensely quick to set up with the wheels needing to be clipped on and the front single wheel (it’s a 3 wheel pushchair) slotting into place. I then had to thread on the shopping basket clip, and the hood which also just clips on.
We were ready to roll in less than 5 minutes and no instructions were needed (they are provided if you did need them)
The Quinny Buzz Xtra does give an air or quality and strength from opening the box and that was not lost on me at all.
My First Thoughts
I adored the well padded seat, the oversized hood and the colour. With the included brackets it meant we were able to clip on our Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus car seat with ease making it a super travel system.
You can purchase a separate carrycot for babies under 6 months if you wanted to but the Quinny Buzz Xtra does in fact come with a newborn insert that means you can recline the pushchair flat and use from newborn if you wanted to with the insert fitted.
I loved the big chunky wheels, these are foam filled to ensure no punctures in transit and the front wheel is lockable.
The pushchair comes with a raincover, new-born wedge, parasol clip, bumper bar and the car seat/carrycot adaptors.
There are numerous optional extras you can buy and for us the footmuff was amazing (RRP £60) so snug and can be easily fitted and removed which is a bonus.
I also chose to purchase the 3-4 front wheel unit as I personally preferred the look of the pushchair with the 4 wheels as opposed to the 3.
While I am mentioning extras, I will also say that I purchased a second hand Quinny case/bag that clips onto the frame of the pushchair at the bottom to leave the handle bar and basket free.
Using The Quinny Buzz Xtra
We live in a more rural location than a city, and being in a small village in Nottingham we are surrounded by off road opportunities and this pushchair ate them alive with a smile on its face.
It is easily manoeuvrable and turns exceptionally well, even for its wide appearance and it provided a really smooth ride for Jacob which makes it all the more pleasing for me.
The easy open bumper bar made for light work getting him in and out of the seat unit and the easy access of the footmuff only added to that.
For us the adjustable handle hight worked amazingly well as I am only 5ft tall and my husband is 5ft 9in and so having something that we could both use without straining shoulders or backs is a must.
Its automatic unfold feature is great for making those adventures start quicker and the easy clip on seat unit in either forward or parent facing modes really did mean we were on a roll in no time at all.
The carseat adaptors were a god send on those shop nipping missions where he was sleeping in his car seat and I didn’t want to disturb him.
The raincover was Ollie proof and even my pushchair avoiding husband didn’t mind fitting the raincover as it literally slots over the seat unit and hood with no mess, no threading, no velcro, no nothing! And with an easy access zip you can get into pop a dummy back in or to adjust any pesky hats too!
Using this pushchair everyday has been fantastic, however there was one thing that had niggled slightly and that has been the shopping basket, it is not the biggest. Now don’t get me wrong this in itself is not an issues, hence why we bought the Quinny bag second hand from eBay as it meant we could keep the main nappy bag contents out of the shopping basket and attached to the frame, freeing up the whole of the basket underneath for shopping items.
I have learnt to adapt to not having so much shopping space in the basket by adding on some pram clips to the handle bar to add on my handbag and its worked well for us that way. However for me this pushchair is more a master of off road and rural landscapes with the odd town adventure thrown in for good measure.
Due to the weight this would not be the pushchair for you if you were having to carry up and down stairs on tubes or folding to get on and off public transport. However if you are looking for a stylish and sturdy all rounder to walk the pooches, go on family expeditions through, sand, mud, forests and fields with school runs thrown in for a bit of luxury then this is the one for you.
The Quinny Buzz Xtra is currently retailing at £450 but its one that I have no doubt will last from baby to child without the need to replace if you are looking this one over. It also comes with a lifetime warranty too so it really will last the distance!
Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.