Four-wheel strollers review

Nine out of the 12 strollers we tested passed safety and durability tests — a good result.
 
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03.Product profiles

Profiles - the best

These five strollers passed all the safety and durability tests and received the highest ease of use scores. The Love n Care scored particularly well for this, at 75%.

Love n Care Delta BP2750 #

Love n care Delta BP2750Price: $249

Contact: www.lovencare.com.au

Good points

  • Has the equal-highest ease of use score (75%).
  • The handle can be reversed, so the baby can face you instead of looking straight ahead.
  • Has linked rear brakes that are operated in one movement.
  • Has a boot (leg) cover.

Bad points

  • The rear wheels stick out to the sides and are prone to bumping.
  • The second-heaviest stroller.
  • # Discontinued. Replaced by Delta II BP2755 with twin wheels at rear.

Childcare Pulsa 011005 #

Childcare Pulsa 011005

Price: $150

Contact: www.cnpbrands.com.au

Good points

  • Has a rain cover and a sun cover.

Bad points

  • Has no front bar or tray.
  • # Discontinued.

Graco Mosiac

Graco Mosiac

Price: $199

Contact: 03 8787 3838

Good points

  • The height of the shoulder strap on the backrest is adjustable.
  • Has linked rear brakes that are operated in one movement.

Bad points

  • Harness straps are difficult to adjust.

Poco a Poco Volante Plus 1316B

Price: $129
Poco a Poco Volante Plus 1316B
Contact: (03) 9764 3333

Good points

  • The lightest stroller tested.
  • Has a rain cover.
  • Reasonably priced.

Bad points

  • No pocket in canopy.
  • Note: now branded as Swallow Volante Plus 1316B.

Valco Baby Titan N6937

Valco baby Titan N6937

Price: $189

Contact: www.valco.com.au

Good points

  • The second-lightest stroller tested.

Bad points

  • Has no front bar or tray.

 

Profiles - the rest

Infa Aspen #

Infa Aspen

Price: $228

Contact: (02) 4728 8000

Good points:

  • Rated OK for ease of use.
  • Adjustable handle length.
  • Linked rear brakes.
  • Boot (leg) cover.
  • Ledge at rear to carry a small second child in standing position.

Bad points

  • Difficult to adjust the crotch strap length.
  • No pocket.

Bebe Care Centaur 011018

Baby Care Centaur 011018Price: $180

Contact: www.cnpbrands.com.au

Good points

  • Rated OK for ease of use.
  • Boot (leg) cover.

Bad points

  • Failed our durability test - two bolts at the bottom front part of the frame were found broken after running several hours on the treadmill.

Chicco Ct 0.4 #

Price: $270
Chicco Ct 0.4
Contact: 02 8543 5570

Good points

  • Rated OK for ease of use.
  • Linked rear brakes.
  • Rain cover Boot (leg) cover.

Bad points

  • Failed one safety test - the barrier at the head-end of the stroller is not effective enough in preventing a child from accidentally slipping through towards the rear of the stroller.
  • Front wheels protrude a lot to the sides and are prone to bumping.
  • No front bar or tray.

Maclaren Techno XT A071531

Maclaren techno XT A071531

Price: $500

Contact: www.cnpbrands.com.au

Good points

  • Rated OK for ease of use.
  • Adjustable height of shoulder strap on backrest.
  • Adjustable handle.
  • Rain cover.
  • Boot (leg) cover.

Bad points

  • Difficult to adjust the waist and crotch straps length.
  • Difficult to adjust the shoulder straps length.
  • Doesn't have fittings suitable for attachment of an additional harness.
  • No front bar or tray.

Steelcraft Profile 36733

Steelcraft Profile 36733

Price: $180

Contact: www.britax.com.au

Good points:

  • Rated OK for ease of use.
  • Boot (leg) cover.

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.

Stokke Xplory and Xplory Baby Bag

Stokke Xplory and Xplory Baby Bag

Price: $1900

Contact: www.exquira.com.au

Good points:

  • Rated OK for ease of use.
  • Very good manoeuvrability.
  • Adjustable footrest.
  • Adjustable height of shoulder strap on backrest.
  • Reversible seat direction
  • Adjustable handle length.
  • Adjustable seat height.
  • Linked rear brakes.
  • Rain cover and insect cover.
  • Baby capsule called a 'Baby bag' (sold separately).

Bad points:

  • Crotch strap length not adjustable.
  • Reversing the seat direction is difficult - the seat is difficult to remove and footrest needs to be removed and re-inserted.
  • Tricky to adjust the footrest.
  • The bag is fiddly to use, it tends to fall off the supporting platform, and is not easy to use when seat is in low positions.
  • The release levers for folding the stroller require a certain technique to operate, otherwise you might damage it.
  • The stroller feels heavy and bulky to lift, and the seat should be forward-facing to make it more compact when folded.
  • The optional baby capsule (“Baby Bag”) is easy to mount, except at the 3 lowest height positions in which the locking piece (“eccentric clip”) on the central bar cannot be engaged; and the capsule is difficult to disengage from the locking piece when used at certain lower height positions.
  • Swivelling front wheels are not lockable.

Swallow Way To Go

Swallow Way To Go

Price: $149

Contact: (03) 9764 3333

Good points

  • Rated good for ease of use.
  • Linked rear brakes.
  • Tray near the handle.
  • Boot (leg) cover.

Bad points

  • Failed one safety test - the opening at the foot-end of the stroller is obstructed at one portion and could entrap a child that may accidentally slip through towards the front of the stroller.
 

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