Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
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The only Maclaren I can afford
Member Name: darren55
Advantages: Top quality pushchair
Disadvantages: The price
After having our third child, our old pushchair finally gave up the ghost and was more of a danger to the baby than a nice safe haven so we went out and bought a Maclaren Quest for £144 and so far it has been amongst the best buys we've ever made.
Maclaren pushchairs and strollers are as describe them as a decent brand where you pay for the quality but don't feel that the price is way too high so their products are always superb but also just about affordable for parents feeling the pinch as a one off item. So we bought the blue Maclaren quest for our now four month old baby girl, yes I know blue but it's more a blue outline rather than a blue all over and once you've put the inner padding seat which is patterned than the blue is almost invisible.
The key factors for any pushchair are ease of access and removal and how easy to steer? Well the answer for the Maclaren is very easy on both fronts, the baby is inserted into the pushchair and held by padded arms which click into a front button, to release you press the button at the front and behind. In terms of handling well the pushchair feels so light it's ridiculous, it also has wheels which turn independently and allows for pushing in any direction without having the turning circle of an oil tanker. After our previous pushchair, the ease of getting the pushchair down our back step and around the shops was an eye-opener and makes taking the baby out so much more fun when you can easily steer the pushchair around rather than wresting the handles all the time.
The pushchair comes with the usual rain cover, but there is a pouch behind the baby where the rain cover can be stored when it's not raining in this country rather than stuffing under the pushchair. The biggest factor for me is the lightness of the pushchair and the ease of handling; both are down to good design and use of lightweight materials. The pushchair is also easy to unfold and has a clip which clips the frame together and makes carrying the pushchair around a possibility if out and about. I don't think I could say that about any other pushchair we've ever owned.
This Maclaren cost £144, though that was with a bit of a discount on the day, normally they retail for between £180 and £220. My tip would be buy it from Mothercare as they were substantially cheaper than any other outlet and don't even consider buying through a catalogue as the price quoted was almost £300.
Summary: The best around