Four-wheel strollers review

Nine out of the 12 strollers we tested passed safety and durability tests — a good result.
 
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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Love n Care Delta BP2750 # $249
Childcare Pulsa 011005 # $150
Graco Mosaic $199
Poco a Poco Volante Plus 1316B $129
Valco Baby Titan N6937 $189

# Discontinued.

What about the rest?

  • The Infa Aspen, Maclaren Techno XT, Steelcraft Profile and Stokke Xplory all scored only 60% for ease of use. The Infa has no pocket and the Maclaren no front bar or tray (though neither did the Childcare or Valco).
  • During testing of the Bebe Care Centaur 011018, both bolts on the front support broke, causing it to fail the durability test. The replacement bolts outlasted the remainder of the test.
  • The Chicco CT 0.4 failed one safety test — the head barrier at the rear isn’t effective enough to prevent a child accidentally slipping through when the seat back is reclined.
  • The Swallow Way To Go failed one safety test — the opening underneath the tray is obstructed by a drink holder on one side, which means a child’s head could become trapped if they weren’t strapped in and slid forward.
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

  Results Features
Brand / model Passed all our safety tests Passed all our durability tests Ease of use score (%) Reversible handle / seat direction Pocket Legrest positions Backrest positions Adjustable handle height Front bar or tray Rear brakes Price ($)
Love n Care Delta BP2750  # (A)
www.lovencare.com.au
75 Handle 2 4 Bar Linked (D) 249
Childcare Pulsa 011005 #
www.cnpbrands.com.au
65 2 5 Individual 150
Graco Mosaic 65 2 Variable Bar Linked 189
Poco a Poco Volante Plus 1316B (B) 65 2 4 Bar Individual 129
Valco Baby Titan N6937
www.valco.com.au
65 4 5 Individual 189
Infa Aspen # 60 3 4 Tray Linked 228
Maclaren Techno XT A071531
www.cnpbrands.com.au
60 2 4 Individual 500
Steelcraft Profile 36733
www.britax.com.au
60 2 4 Bar Individual 159
Stokke Xplory and Xplory Baby Bag
www.exquira.com.au
60 Seat 1 (C) Bar Linked 1900 (F)
Bébé Care Centaur 011018
www.cnpbrands.com.au
60 2 5 Bar Individual 180
Swallow Way To Go 75 1 5 Tray Linked 149
Chicco CT 0.4 # 65 2 5 Linked 270
 

 

  Specifications
Brand / model Maximum recommended weight of child (kg) Bottom basket capacity (kg) Stroller weight (kg)* Dimensions (cm, H x W x D)**
Love n Care Delta BP2750 # (A)
www.lovencare.com.au
ns ns 10.9 105 x 64 x 106
Childcare Pulsa 011005 #
www.cnpbrands.com.au
17 5 8.8 106 x 47 x 91
Graco Mosaic 15 5 8.4 106 x 51 x 89
Poco a Poco Volante Plus 1316B (B) 18 3 7.3 106 x 48 x 86
Valco Baby Titan N6937
www.valco.com.au
18 5 7.7 107 x 52 x 88
Infa Aspen # 18 ns 10.1 106 x 54 x 98
Maclaren Techno XT A071531
www.cnpbrands.com.au
25 2 8.2 108 x 47 x 90
Steelcraft Profile 36733
www.britax.com.au
17 4 8.7 105 x 50 x 90
Stokke Xplory and Xplory Baby Bag
www.exquira.com.au
(E) 2 12.6 116 x 56 x 108
Bébé Care Centaur 011018
www.cnpbrands.com.au
17 3 8.8 106 x 50 x 86
Swallow Way To Go 18 5 8.6 102 x 54 x 95
Chicco CT 0.4 # 15 3 10.1 101 x 60 x97
 

Table notes

# Discontinued.
ns Not stated.
* Including supplied accessories, rounded to the nearest 0.1 kg.
** Maximum dimensions when in use, rounded up to the next cm.
(A) Replaced by Delta II BP2755 with twin wheels at rear.
(B) Now branded as Swallow Volante Plus 1316B.
(C) The entire seat reclines in two forward-facing and three rear-facing positions.
(D) The front wheels have individual brakes.
(E) Baby capsule 9 kg; seat 15 kg.
(F) Price includes 'baby bag' capsule.

Safety and durability tests: A stroller can only pass or fail these tests.

Ease of use score: This is made up of:

  • Various adjustments 25%
  • Various applications 25%
  • Manoeuvering 25%
  • Folding, unfolding and carrying 25%

Features See What to look for

Price: Prices are recommended retail, as of March 2008.

How we tested

  • To test safety based on the Australian standard, our testers checked that the harness straps are adjustable and of adequate strength and length; that the child is securely restrained; and that there are no possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs, or sharp edges. They also tested the stability of the stroller and that the brakes worked well.
  • To test ease of use, our testers checked adjustments, such as reclining functions and the safety harness; and various activities, such as loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel. They also folded and unfolded the strollers, took them over rough terrain, up and down stairs and through doorways, and tested how easily the strollers fit into the boot of a family-sized car.
  • To test durability, our testers put the strollers on our ‘rolling road’ rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5 km/h. They also attached them to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb. In both cases the idea is to find out whether anything breaks, falls off or stops working properly after consistent use.
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