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Maclaren Techno XLR review

Priced at $640.

CHOICE Expert Rating

48%

What is the CHOICE Expert Rating

CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

Good points

• Suitable for newborn.
• Adjustable handle height/length.
• Rain cover.
• Boot cover.

Bad points

• Serious safety failures: The straps pose a potential strangulation risk. Shoulder and waist straps don't automatically separate from each other when the buckle is pressed and are difficult to separate manually.
• Minor safety failures: The tether strap can be removed from the frame. The harness did not meet all the requirements for securing the child.
• Very minor safety failure: Warning labels are not properly displayed.
• Quite difficult to adjust the harness straps.
• The bottom basket is almost inaccessible when the backrest is fully reclined.
• The head barrier was hidden on purchase (difficult to notice).
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Recommended View more details.

We recommend models with an overall score of 70% and above that meet all safety requirements.

No
CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

Our overall score combines performance (70%) and ease of use (30%). Our test is based on the latest voluntary Australian standard, AS/NZS 2008:2013. Recommended strollers meet all safety requirements. Some models in the 60–69% range are worth considering if they meet all key safety requirements but fail some minor points (such as finger entrapment hazards). Models we don't recommend have at least one serious safety failure.

48%
Performance score View more details.

Our performance score is based on selected tests to the latest Australian standard, AS/NZS 2008:2013, which we think is better at targeting issues around stability and harness safety than the mandatory standard.

40%
Overall ease of use score View more details.

We rate seat recline functions, using the harness, loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and manoeuvring. We fold and unfold the strollers, push them over rough terrain, up and down stairs and through doorways, and see how well they fit into a car boot.

65%
Ease of adjusting View more details.

How easy it is to adjust the harness, buckles and seat/backrest positions.

60%
Ease of loading/unloading basket View more details.

An accessible bottom container at all seat positions will score well.

45%
Ease of folding/unfolding and carrying View more details.

We rate how easy it is to fold/unfold and carry the pram.

75%
Ease of manoeuvring View more details.

How easy the stroller is to push, pull and steer. We take it through doors, up and down stairs and over rough terrain.

65%
Passed key safety tests View more details.

Based on the Australian standard for strollers, AS/NZS 2088:2013. We check if the harness straps are safe; the child is securely restrained; folding mechanisms are safe and secure; and there are no possible entrapment points for heads, fingers or limbs. We also test the stability of the stroller and that the brakes work well.

No
Passed durability tests View more details.

Durability tests are based on Australian standards. Our testers put the strollers on our 'rolling road' rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h. All the strollers are also attached to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb. These tests show whether anything breaks, falls off or stops working properly after regular use.

Yes
Year tested View more details.

We continually test strollers and add results to our database. We retest popular models after some years to make sure they're still safe, or to check if manufacturers have made improvements.

2013
Availability View more details.

'Tested model' refers to strollers that are currently available in shops and online. 'Discontinued model' refers to strollers that are no longer available in shops, but may be available in second-hand stores.

Discontinued model
Price View more details.

Typical or recommended retail price.

$640
Number of wheels
4
Backrest recline positions View more details.

The number of recline positions for the seat's backrest. 'Variable' means it is adjustable but has no fixed positions. 'Not applicable' means the backrest does not recline.

4
Seat recline positions View more details.

The number of seat recline positions. 'Not applicable' means the seat as a whole does not recline (though it might have a reclining backrest).

1
Suitable for newborn View more details.

Some models recline flat or come with a bassinet, so are ready to use from birth.

Yes
Maximum recommended weight of child (kg)
15
Bottom basket capacity (kg)
2
Stroller weight (kg) View more details.

Including supplied accessories, rounded to the nearest 0.1kg.

10.1
Height (cm) View more details.

Maximum measurement when in use, rounded up to the next centimetre.

113
Width (cm) View more details.

Maximum measurement when in use, rounded up to the next centimetre.

53
Length (cm) View more details.

Maximum measurement when in use, rounded up to the next centimetre.

86
Website
cnpbrands.com.au
Reversible seat direction
No
Reversible handle
No
Front bar or tray
No
Front brakes
No
Rear brakes
Linked

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