Product Type: OBaby prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Obaby Zezu Pramette - a Comfy Workhorse Pram
OBaby Zezu Pramette & Infant Car Seat
Member Name: sas87
OBaby Zezu Pramette & Infant Car Seat
Advantages: Sturdy, durable, good suspension, comfy for baby
Disadvantages: Heavy, bulky when folded
Before I get too in depth with my personal review - I would like to point out that it is for the pushchair/pramette ONLY. I have no experience of using this as a travel system with a car seat.
The Obaby Zezu pramette is a stylish low budget system where the top unit can easily be switched between a pram and pushchair by simply adjusting a few straps. This makes it an appealing choice for those who don't want to have separate pushchair seats and carrycots to store and wrestle with! There is a matching Obaby infant car seat that can be attached to create a travel system, or you can buy Maxi Cosi car seat adaptors which allow you to attach a Maxi Cosi Cabrio or Pebble infant car seat - which is fantastic as the Maxi Cosi car seats are a very popular choice amongst parents due to their Which? ratings.
I personally bought my Zezu second hand (it was approximately a year old), but I believe they are around the £200 mark to buy new - obviously more if you buy the matching car seat. Buying second hand gives me a good advantage above others perhaps, to indicate how durable the pram is. And durable it is! The canvas type fabrics were immaculate despite a good year of use from it's previous owner, and the wheels showed little wear. I will now talk a bit about the two different modes of use.
Pram mode -
To use the Zezu as a pram, the bucket style seat unit must be reclined fully, and there is a drawstring behind the backrest to make it flat. There is also a strap to unclip behind the footrest which allows that bit to flatten. You end up with a walled carrycot, which you then line with the included white quilted pram liner to make it more comfy for a small baby. There are holes in the pram liner to thread 3 points of the 5 point harness through should you wish to make it more secure - although to be honest there is no danger of the baby escaping anywhere unless you tipped it upside down (NOT recommended!). The liner is not particularly padded, and you can feel the pushchair straps through it slightly, so I personally used a folded blanket or flannel sheet to pad it out a bit more.
The 'carrycot' is a very generous size and would definitely fit a baby until they were of an age to sit up and beyond. Would you believe many other pram carrycots don't fit a baby beyond a few months old?! But this one is definitely wide and long enough to fit my long 8 month old even now if she weren't such a nosy girl preferring to sit up!
Pushchair mode -
To put the pram back into a pushchair seat unit, you basically reverse what I mentioned above - remove the pram liner, push the backrest drawstring back up and re-clip the strap behind the foot rest. This creates a 'bucket' style seat unit. The seat can be clipped on to either face forwards or parent face, and there are 3 recline positions for both directions - upright, semi reclined and fully reclined.
There are 3 sets of buttons on either side of the seat unit where it attaches to the frame - all of which are easy and smooth to operate, and feel reassuringly decisive.
The first (lowermost) buttons are to remove the seat unit from the frame - you have to press both simultaneously and lift to remove. To put the seat unit back on you simply place it in position and it gives a satisfying "click".
The second (middle) set of buttons are large oval ones which operate the recline. Again, you have to press both sides simultaneously, and rock it backwards or forwards to recline/sit up, and again, it gives a reassuring click to lock it in position.
The final (top) set of buttons are for the bumper bar, which you press simultaneously to remove. To attach again you simply push both sides in until they click.
The pushchair seat is a good size and seems very comfortable for both my 8kg 7 month old, and my 3yr 3 month old, who is approaching the 15kg weight limit. Obviously with an older, heavier child, the pram becomes heavier to push, but it still glides along easily with my 3yr old in it (I just avoid hills!). One thing I would mention is that I find the pram much heavier to push when forward facing - presumably because the weight isn't as well distributed - so I tend to always have the seat unit parent facing, which is fine (preferable even) for me, but a point to note nonetheless.
The pushchair chassis has two rear air filled tyres - for which a pump comes included in its very own pocket in the (good sized) shopping basket, labelled "air pump"! There are two smaller rubber front wheels. Having the air tyres makes the pram a dream to push, and makes it feel much lighter than it's pretty hefty 15kg! They also make it incredibly easy to push in snow - which, at the time of writing, we have had rather a lot of recently! The chassis is also quite bouncy and has excellent suspension, so brilliant for long walks. There is a large foot plate at the back of the chassis with a central brake pedal, and another pedal on the front of the chassis which locks/unlocks the front wheels. Both are incredibly easy to use, chunky and decisive.
There is a height adjustable rotating handlebar, which adjusts via two buttons on either side which, like all the others, have to be pressed simultaneously. There is a huge range of height adjustment - the uppermost being comfortable for my 5ft 11" husband, and the lowermost being easily reached by my 3 year old! The one thing to point out however, is that I have found anything lower than the two highest settings make the pram harder to manouver up curbs and things - I guess because the leverage is smaller.
A raincover and apron come included with the Zezu, both of which fit well in both modes. The raincover in particular is a good, thick quality - which folds up easily to fit in the shopping basket. However I do find it steams up easily in very cold weather.
In conclusion, I would say this is an excellent pram for the money. It does everything you could want from a large comfortable pram for walking lots with. It's quite a heavy system and bulky when folded - so if you are in and out of the car a lot, or use public transport I would say this isn't the pram for you. But for those who walk everywhere it's a great "workhorse" pram, with plenty of basket space for trips into town.
Summary: An excellent walking pram