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Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip XT review

Priced at $759.

CHOICE Expert Rating


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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.
• Reclining seat.
• Seat can be outward or parent facing.
• Adjustable handle height.
• Rain cover.

Bad points

• Serious safety failures: 1. 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. 2. Crotch strap can be removed from the seat. • Minor safety failure: 1. A child's head can go over the head end of the seat, but the head barrier stops the child from falling any further.
• Very minor safety failure: Model name is not displayed on stroller.
• No front bar or tray.
• Feels heavy to carry.

After being informed of our results, the manufacturer says it carried out additional tests in an independent and accredited lab which show that their sample complies with the mandatory standard and met all but one of the requirements of the latest 2013 standard. "We are investigating this issue, which relates to the length of the loop on the shoulder strap in its shortest position."

Recall update 13 Sep 2016: The Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip and Flip XT require a repair to prevent the seat in parent-facing mode from tipping backwards under certain conditions.
• See the ACCC's product safety website for more information.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ease of adjusting View more details.

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

Ease of loading/unloading basket View more details.

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

Ease of folding/unfolding and carrying View more details.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Number of wheels
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.

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).

Not applicable
Suitable for newborn View more details.

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

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

Including supplied accessories, rounded to the nearest 0.1kg.

Height (cm) View more details.

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

Width (cm) View more details.

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

Length (cm) View more details.

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

Reversible seat direction
Reversible handle
Front bar or tray
Front brakes
Rear brakes

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