3 & 4 wheel stollers and prams review

CHOICE tested a mix of three-wheel and four-wheel strollers and prams for safety, durability and ease of use.
 
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05.Previously tested models

Steelcraft Strider 3 30136

Price: $449

Type: Three-wheeler

Good points

  • Reversible seat.
  • The mechanism to lock the front swivel wheel is conveniently located at the handle bar.
  • Rain cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.

Bad points

  • No tether strap.
  • No leg cover or insect cover.

ZuZu Ink 476

Price: $298

Type: Three-wheeler

Good points

  • Rain cover and insect cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.

Bad points

  • No tether strap.
  • No leg cover.
  • Heavy.

Childcare Blaze 013520

Price: $207

Type: Three-wheeler

Good points

  • Tether strap.
  • Rain cover and leg cover.

Bad points

  • No padding on shoulder straps.
  • No insect cover.

Maclaren Quest W0708013

Price: $252

Type: Four-wheeler

Good points

  • Lightweight.
  • Rain cover.

Bad points

  • No tether strap.
  • No padding on shoulder straps.
  • No leg cover or insect cover.

Swallow Bravo

Price: $199

Type: Three-wheeler

Good points

  • Tether strap.
  • Leg cover.

Bad points

  • No padding on shoulder straps.
  • No rain cover or insect cover.

Mother's Choice Ensor Sport JG772

Price: $199

Type: Three-wheeler

Good points

  • Tether strap.
  • Leg cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.

Bad points

  • No rain cover or insect cover.

Valco Prism N3486

Price: $270

Type: Four-wheeler

Good points

  • Padded shoulder straps.

Bad points

  • No tether strap.
  • No rain cover, leg cover or insect cover.

What about the rest of the strollers in the 2007 test?
The remaining three models each failed a safety or durability test. They're all four-wheelers, but that wasn’t a factor in their failure. Three-wheel models in previous tests have had similar problems.

  • A bolt joining a front wheel to the frame of the Bébé Care Orion 011016 broke during our durability test. We replaced it and the stroller completed the remainder of testing without incident.
  • The Roger Armstrong Elyse H603 also failed the durability test. A wheel housing broke and lost its ball bearings. The stroller completed the rest of the tests without any other failures.
  • The Chicco Ct 0.5 Evolution failed one safety test —there’s no head barrier at the rear to prevent a child accidentally slipping through when the seat back is reclined.
 

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