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The Bebe Confort Loola Up is a four wheeled buggy suitable from birth with the addition of car seat or carrycot.
The buggy has an adjustable handle bar so is good for different height people (and wearing different height shoes!). The handle is smooth metal which is unlike many buggies which have some kind of rubber coating. I much preferred this but some may find it slippy or uncomfortable.
The basket is large but shallow so doesn't hold masses but is ok for a few things. The hood is a decent size (but not as large as some other buggies so a parasol/shade might be necessary).
The seat is reversible so baby can face the adult which is the main reason I like it. The seat easily clips into the frame as does the car seat and carrycot so it is easy to change things around.
The buggy is very easy to fold and has a good, easy to use brake. It can tackle a number of terrains and is sturdy.
It is easy to recline by a handle on the back of the seat and baby seems very comfortable.
The straps can be on the short side, especially when the footmuff is in use.
The raincover attaches to the hood by zip so it is easy to put on, however it is quite large and does not fold down very small so is a little difficult to take with you.
All in all I did enjoy using this buggy despite the negative points, my favourite points of the ease of parent facing, adjustable handle and the comfortable push is worthwhile.
I did lots of research before buying this pram. I wanted one that was suitable from birth without the need of a separate carrycot, a small fold to fit in our Ford Fiesta, a parent facing mode and a reasonable price. I eventually chose the Loola Up, and overall I have been very pleased with it.
When it arrived, it did require quite a lot of assembling. The instructions were quite clear and it wasn't too difficult to do. Included in the box was the raincover, which I was pleased with, as buying it separately would have added quite a bit to the price.
The seat has 4 recline positions, including completely flat, which is easy to do with a lever on the back of the seat unit. It also can be turned round to face the world, or face parent. The instructions tell you that this is easy to do, but it was far from it! It was extremely stiff, and I have never been able to do it by myself, which is annoying as my husband is out at work all day so not there to help me! Luckily my baby seems to like facing me, and so do I! The handle height also has three positions, although as I like to hang my changing bag on the handle, I rarely use the higher two options as they make the bag slide down the handle. This isn't an issue as I'm only 5"1, although my 6ft husband gets frustrated when he uses it!
We live in a flat and have one flight of steps to get up. As I mentioned before, my husband is at work all day so I have to manage it by myself. The buggy weighs 15 kilos, which is quite heavy when you factor in a baby's weight and all the gear that comes with it! I found I had to take my baby indoors and lay him in his cot, and then go back out to get the buggy.
By the time my son was 7 months, it was getting cold and we needed to buy a footmuff. We went for the Maxi Cosi one as it was a perfect fit for the buggy. However once the footmuff was on the buggy, we found the straps would only just do up, and this was on a 7 month baby. The write up on it says up to age three, so I knew there must be a problem somewhere. I looked into it, and it is a common problem with the Loola and Loola Up! I emailed the company and they were fantastic. They sent out an extended harness within a couple of days of my email.
Over the summer we didn't tend to use the buggy as much, and used a lightweight stroller instead. Then when winter came round again, we needed a buggy with a decent raincover that my son (now 20 months) could not pull off easily. The raincover that comes with the buggy is perfect. It zips around the hood, which is a bit stiff and fiddly the first few times you use it, and poppers up underneath. There is no way my son (who is very strong!) can get out of it.
-Rear and forward facing...this is the best feature of this pushchair without a doubt. And I would recommend the Loola up on this feature alone. It's so easy to turn around,and I love being able to see my baby. Most pushchairs that have this feature as far as I am aware are either really expensive or really fiddly. They don't fold up rear facing, or the are really huge and bulky. The Loola up however is so simple to around, you just push both buttons on either side (and you can push the buttons one at a time as well) and turn it around. Simple!
- adjustable handle height
- lock the swivel wheels without having to crouch down on the floor
- so easy and smooth to push
- relatively small fold, but can get bulky with the seat unit on
- rain cover easy to zip on and off.
- one hand drive! When crossing the road I can easily hold my daughters hand and steer this too.
- rather bulky when folded and seat unit on
- storage basket is tiny, but I just bought happy mummy Velcro clip things so not a huge issue for me.
- heavy when carrying....but easy to push
- straps are too small, I just use it as a 3 point harness instead of 5.
-seat is quite high up...although this could be a positive.
Overall, if you want the rear facing option...a great pushchair to get. Otherwise, there are no doubt better options out there.
I bought this pushchair for my daughter when she was around 10 months old as the previous one was not adjustable to let my daughter face me when the chair was sitting upright...as an overall this and the fact it has one handlebar as opposed to 2 handles was the only positive. The one handlebar is ideal for pushing the little one around in supermarkets etc with 1 hand but, in terms of shopping its not good as it is not possible to put shopping on the handles and the basket underneath is minute so definitely make sure u have a car to put the load in!
Taking the pram apart to put in the car or storage in house is also fiddly :(
And the wheels don't swivel as easily so ensure u have power steering! i think at the time i purchased it, it was online and on offer for only £270 so of course I jumped at the chance to buy it meaning I did not have a chance to see it in person and was quite disappointed by the time it arrived...my advice is to definitely stick to one of the better well known brands...sometimes cheaper is DEFINITELY not the best option as you only end up buying another one a few months later! (which I did.)
Bebe comfort Loola up.
New to this reviewing thing so have broken down this review into the following sections:
Cost: At first I thought this pram was expensive but as a first time parent I didn't really realise how much these kinda things cost, my partner and I spent a shade over £500 on this pushchair, carry cot and car seat with a base which, when compared with what we got for the money and in relation to other prams out there wasn't too bad. We opted for a car seat from another maker which meant that we had to buy adaptors to allow it to fit the chassis and pushed the overall cost up by about £15 or so, not too bad when you consider what we got for the money.
Design: overall this pram seems a stylish and practical design, but it does have one or two wee niggles.. the chassis concertina folds in on itself and although it has a handy looking storage shelf near the base the folding mechanism is directly below this and does mean the shelf space isn't as much as you might think- there is room for our change bag and a few other bits and bobs but because of the mechanism thats about all. the only other small niggle is the wheels- they're solid and are fairly small- we didn't want a pram with big pneumatic wheels in case of punctures but with the wheels on this being on the small side and solid you do notice all the bumps on the pavement.
Features: As already mentioned the chassis folds in on itself, and although the mechanism that enables it do do so does affect the storage space available the mechanism itself is pretty straightforward and easy to use. After a bit of practice its possible to fold and unfold the chassis with one hand which is a welcome feature when you're struggling with shopping/trying to open the boot of the car etc...The folded chassis seems fairly heavy but not having used any other prams i'm not sure how this compares to others.It does have a well placed handle and in general its also pretty easy to attach and remove the cot, car seat and pushchair attachments as well.
The handle is comfy in the hand and the buttons that lock the front swivel wheels are easy to reach from behind when you're pushing the pram.
Summary: Once you get used to it, this pram is well thought out and fairly easy to use. We use the cot and chassis in our bedroom as our son's bed overnight and often have to dissasemble the cot/chassis and take it downstairs to the car but because of the good design and well placed carry handle this isn't the chore that it might be.
Overall: I would recommend this pram to anyone, its not the cheapest pram out there but you get what you pay for and I feel that this package is one of the best you can buy for the the money, its not perfect and has some some minor flaws but overall I'm glad we picked this item as its such an integral part of our daily lives now.
First impressions deffinately do not count for much in the case of this pushchair. When my partner and i were searching for a pushchair we had a tough checklist of criteria that our pushchair needed to meet. After hours of eliminating travel systems and strollers we finally came across the Loola Up made by Bebe Confort.
When we first saw this walking round the store we dismissed it without taking a closer look as this pushchair looks very high end and we were on quite a strict budget (like a lot of expectant parents are) and didn't think that this model would be anywhere close to our budget. However when we asked the assistant for any reccomendations that they had they brought us over to show us this pushchair.
One of the main problems that we experienced with a lot of other models we had discussed was that there is a height difference or 7 or 8 inches between my partner and i so finding a pushchair with a handle height which is comfortable for us both was difficult. The Loola Up however, has a handle which is perfect as with the push of a button (or two) you can tilt the handle to be at its highest or lowest point, depending on the angle you choose. This was one of the main reasons we purchased this particular pushchair
The pushchair itself was around £264 with a car seat, sounds reasonable, but when you decided you want accesories for it the money really starts to add up. My partner and i invested in the matching footmuff and parasol. Both of these seem very good quality and did add a lot to the pushchair. The parasol was good for blocking out the sun but did sometimes get in the way as it is quite large when opened.
The main problem we found with this unit is that frame/wheels. The frame feels very smooth when you open it up but the bottom of the runners just don't seem to sit on the tracks properly. Whether this is due to a faulty product or a design flaw itself. It did make the frame feel very unstable and wobbly when i was pushing the chair around, especially over slightly rougher/bumpy ground.
Although the frame does beome very compact and lightweight when it is closed down, it is getting it closed in the first place which is the frustrating part. We were told by the assistant that the pushchair has a "one hand folding system" but in reality it often took two us of to get the thing folded. This seemed to be the result of the frame jamming and getting stuck making it very difficult to get it unstuck and folded right the way up. The wheels were also very wobbly and looked as though they were doing to cause the pushchair to run off at an angle if left without brakes on.
On a last note, the storage basket underneath the chair is almost useless for any item of any good size due to a poorly thought out cross bar which stops what could be a very good size shopping basket from being used to maximum effect.
In conclusion, it is no doubt a very smart and attractive pushchair for the money. I just felt that the frame and closure problems that we experienced really did no make this pushchair worth our money. It may have just been this one faulty product or could be a flaw across the whole range. I would deffinately consider this again if a new version was released and i saw considereable improvements to the frame.
I had this pushchair bought for me. Personally, i did not find it very good at all. Firstly, i notices that the wheels splayed out when you reverse it, I assume this is to stop the pushchair from rolling backwards on a hill or something, but I ust found this very annoying. It made it awkward to move around shopping aisles. Also, when the car seat is attached to the chassis, it is sturdy and firm. However when the seat is attached, the frame is not sturdy at all, and the handlebar bends in the middle. Does not feel safe at all. The reigns are small, and do not fit the child for very long. The wheels do not make for a smooth journey on bumpy roads, either, making the pushchair go in directions you do not want! Definately not worth the £250 i payed for it. Wouldn't recommend it, as i was very disappointed.
Height-adjustable handlebar (4 positions) to adapt to the size of the user / Thermo-rubber wheels Removable hood and integrated rain cover / Detachable support ring and 5-point harness / Ultra-padded seat unit cover with reversible winter/summer side.