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From finding out I was pregnant, I spent months researching prams before deciding which one to purchase. I had a booklet featuring the full Mutsy product range (without prices) from day one, but dismissed the brand since it looked VERY expensive! However, after getting fed up of trawling through various websites, I decided to (just for a laugh) find out the prices of the Mutsy. I was amazed to find I could get the full package (including chassis, carrycot, pushchair, car seat, raincover, parasol, changing bag, foot muff) for around £650-£700. OK, so I know it' still a lot of money, but this seemed very reasonable compared to such as the Bugaboo, Stokke etc which can hit the £1000 mark.
I was drawn to the Mutsy for it's style. It's a Dutch brand, & the sleek, funky contemporary European styling is evident. The chassis is larger than most (the wheels can be removed to fit it into a small boot), but is worth the size for it's robustness. The wheels are chunky & forgiving on the bumpiest of woodland walks, the suspension is excellent. The front wheels rotate fully for the easiest maneuvering I've found on a pram.
The handle has 4 height positions - perfect when my mum is only 5'3" but my husband is 6'4", and can be easily controlled one-handed due to the single bar.
The carrycot, chassis & car-seat all click on & off simply, without the need for adaptors, making it a true travel system. Also they can all face either way.
The change bag clips onto the back of the pushchair for ease of carrying. On the subject of storage, the one main downside of this pram is the basket underneath. It's tiny. The depth means that anything light could easily be flung out. A real shame, but alternative bags are available from Mutsy, should you really need the storage capabilities.
The range of colours & styles is excellent too. I chose the Mutsy 'Sport' style, in Ocean which is a vibrant turquoise & really stands out! There are plenty of more neutral colours available too for the less adventurous.
Word of warning - when you first get the chassis & can't seem to collapse it - really give it some welly & a bit of WD40! I thought mine was faulty, but it just really takes some work initially to get it going!
I'm glad I did my research & opted for the Mutsy - I think it's fab!
I spent months researching this pram and I love it. It looks cool and its so easy to use.
It fits easily into to my tiny punto boot. All I need to do is pop off the wheels (which is dead easy) and its fits in no problem.
I can steer it one handed ( which when researching buggies is essential). It feels so nice to push and with a height adjustable handle it means my 6ft hubby and push it with no problem.
The carrycot was fab for when my little girl was little - she grew out of it quite quickly as she was such a big girl but it was fab for sleeping in at night when we stayed away overnight.
I bought the maxi cosi car seat to fit into the chassis - the adapters for the mutsy where about £15 and means I can transfer my sleeping baby from car to buggy very easily.
One problem with the mutsy is that it is quite big when storing but I personally think its worth it as the Mutsy 4rider is so fab.
I have found the seat bit of it quite big and we still are not using it very often as my 5 1/2 month old still looks a bit small for it.
Another downside is that because Mutsy is not a UK brand lots of the cool Mutsy products that you see on their website are not available in this country which is a pain as I have seen a great beach bag which sits inside the basket. The basket is quite small which is a bit of a pain but the Mutsy change bag clips onto the chassis which leaves the basket bit free.
I think the Mutsy is great - I like the fact they are not that common and people always comment on how cool it looks. It steers really well and we can do a turn in the smallest of spaces. Its light so easy to pack and unpack out of the car.
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