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I was bought a Quinny buzz for my first baby, it wasn't even used for 6 months before i was looking to change it.
The first thing i noticed about the buzz was how good it looked, modern, sleek and comes in a variety of colours and limited edition prints. I had the rebel red, and i loved the colour, suitable for both a boy and girl, i had the carry cot and the maxi cosi car seat in the same colour and at first i was happy with the purchase.
It wasn't until i started using it i found problems. The first one being the weight! It is so heavy, heavy to push and heavy to lift when folded! too heavy for me to lift every day in and out of the car! The second was the front wheel. It just didn't want to go in the direction i was pushing, it would turn sideways and get stuck, skidding sideways down the path/street until id bent down and put it straight again. Third was the basket and box bag, i don't see the point in the basket! its so small you cant fit anything in it! and as for the box bag, yes it means you have somewhere to store the raincover but it got in the way all the time and if it was raining/wet/muddy it got filthy! Fourth it seemed wobbly, everything wobbled on it, you put the carrycot on and it would tilt downwards so my baby would always work her way into a ball at the bottom of the cot, when the seat unit was attached it just seemed wobbly, now i expect this from a cheap lightweight stroller but not from a travel system of this price. And fifth it was so big! filled the whole boot of my golf, literally would have to put shopping in the back foot wells of the car!
Now for the good bits... the seat unit seems comfy, it is parent facing and faces out, many recline positions facing both ways, easy to attach and change between the car seat, or carrycot or seat unit, handle has adjustable height positions, easy to fold (can be folded with seat unit attached but only in face out position and it is much easier to fold when seat unit is removed), automatic gas opening, unclip and it opens its self which is really clever and handy.
For me this pushchair was just all wrong, i found it heavy, cumbersome, and awkward, the cons outweigh the pros and to be honest i was glad to see the back of it!
I was very lucky to have won the Quinny Buzz 3 in an online competition while pregnant with my second child. I wish I had bought this pram for my first as it has been by far the best pram I have owned and I have owned a few!
I have used this pram from birth with my daughter as it came with an insert to put into the seat for newborns. It is very comfortable and keeps baby snug! The unit is very easy to lay back and tilt forward. Although when in parent facing mode it doesn't sit upright enough for my daughter who is now 13 months so we have had to switch to forward facing.
The seat unit is very easy to clean as the cover just slides out. This can be tricky the first time but you soon get the hang of it! I love that I can take it out and give it a proper clean!
I have heard a lot of people complain about the wheels sticking and puncturing. I have never had a wheel stick and have only had a puncture once which was my own fault as i rode over a nail in the road!
I use this pram on multiple occasions throughout the day in a quite busy town and often use public transport and my own car.
It is easy to collapse down (although can take a bit of a push) and easy to put back up as it has a gas spring which enables it to pop up on its own!
The footrest is good as it can be lifted for smaller children and dropped down when they grow.
The frame is excellent as you can attach a carrycot or a maxi cosi carseat. The shopping basket, in my opinion could be bigger however.
There are many extras that you can purchase which make the pram a bit more baby friendly i.e parasol, footmuff
Only downside is when collapsed it is sometime difficult to fit into smaller cars
I had heard a lot about these pushchairs when pregnant with my first child.
After hearing a lot of good things I decided to go into local baby stores to have a look and try them out. Also ask the staff for their opinions.
I visited Mothercare and the staff were very helpful, I was shown how to fold and unfold (very easy) how to take the seat unit off, put the Dreami carrycot on etc.
We decided to buy the Quinny Buzz 3 in Rocking black and it was delivered swiftly by mothercare.
Once baby had arrived and we started using it properly we realised what a lovely pushchair it really is!
Very practical if not a little heavy.
We used the chassis with the Dreami carrycot for the first 2 months and our son also slept in this during the daytime.. Very easy to take on and off and lovely and cozy for a newborn. Especially as he was born in November.
We also used the Maxi Cosi car seat with the adapters for the carrycot. Which was great for when I was just popping into the supermarket.
We then moved onto the smaller of seat units which was lovely and comfortable, he could still face me an then could be turned around when he was a little more nosey!
The automatic unfold was amazing. The suspension was great and was lovely to push!
Only downside is they are a little bulky and heavy so probably wouldn't recommend if living in a flat!
After reviewing my Quinny Zapp it was only fair to review our main pushchair which gets used on a daily basis. When we first went looking for pushchairs we were like most overwhelmed with the choice. The colours, the styles, amount of wheels etc it was a bit too much! We sought recommendations from friends and had a look online but it was still quite daunting.
We live near Kiddicare in Peterborough so we went to test drive or push some that had taken our fancy on our search. After spending a good hour or so we decided to go for the Quinny Buzz 3. It was the pushchair we had been recommended by a few of our friends and as we were able to have it as a travel system it made even more sense. We originally bought the Buzz in the colour known as Storm (black and grey) but we have since bought it in the limited edition Juice colour (pink and orange) as my parents ended up having the first Buzz for when they have our daughter.
The Quinny Buzz is made by a company known as Dorel who own Quinny and Maxi Cosi. The Quinny Buzz is widely available in stores such as Kiddicare as well as being available online so it is easy to get hold of as well as the numerous accessories it comes with. It comes in a wide range of colours to suit everyone's taste as well as a few limited editions that come out each year. The Quinny Buzz can either come with 3 wheels or 4 depending on what you'd like but you can change this should you want to.
The Quinny Buzz can be used from birth and can be used right up to the toddler age or until they are walking easily, thereby making it an incredibly versatile pushchair or travel system. It has the ability to carry both a car seat and carry cot with use of adaptors and once your child is old enough they can be sat in the nice comfortable seat. The main seat itself can be both rear and forward facing which is nice as to move the seat there are two little grey buttons at the side which you just push down and pull the seat up and move it either rear or forward facing so it doesn't take a genius to work the pram! The seat can also be reclined, again by buttons at the side of the seat, so should your child get sleepy you can easily recline the seat into a position they are comfortable in.
The one thing I really liked about the Buzz was that it unfolds automatically so there are no stages that you have to follow to unfold it, it has hydrolic suspension which is great has when you go to fold it, it is easily pushed down and clicked into place. To fold the Buzz there are two buttons/levers on the side of the pram by the seat, one requires you to push down and the other requires you to pull towards you both are easily done without much effort. You just have to make sure once folded back down that it clicks into place as because it opens up automatically it can just spring up!
Now I have the Buzz 3 as I wanted 3 wheels. Now I didn't have a particular reason for this but I just preferred the overall look of the 3 wheels rather than the 4 wheeled design. However, as I said above you can get the two front wheels as a separate accessory should you want to change it. The front wheel can rotate 360 degrees which is great for going around the shops and having to manoeuvre around people but when out walking the wheel can be locked by just using the little grey pedal on top of the wheel. However, I have noticed with both of my Buzz's that after a while of daily use the front wheel locks on its own and gets a bit stiff and this makes it hard to push the pram as the wheel doesn't move. We have therefore used a bit of WD40 on more than one occasion. The back wheels have a pedal over each, one is red which is to put the lock on and the other is grey which takes the lock off, these are easily pressed with your foot.
The handle bar at the top of the pram is adjustable so if you are amazingly tall then you can simply press the button on the underside of the bar and pull it up to adjust to whatever is comfortable. For me this is actually a great thing as I always adjust it as I do feel when it hasn't been I'm having to reach down and find it uncomfortable. The handle bar is covered in a foam type material which although comfortable can get dirty and can be hard to clean which is a slight downside. The handlebar over the seat is also covered in the same foam type material which again when a child who is generally rather mucky puts their hands on it, it isn't the greatest to get clean.
The seat itself is incredibly soft and as nice and padded which makes it comfortable for the child. The straps can be adjusted as to the height which is a great idea for when your child grows. The straps can also be adjusted to make them smaller or longer and it is a five point harness to ensure security for the child. At the bottom of the seat is the footrest which is made from a heavy duty plastic type material, this can be adjusted should you want to which makes it quite useful. The raincover (should you have one) also fastens around the footrest when it is in its most upright position making it quite a secure cover.
We have had our Buzz (or second Buzz I should say) for about a year and it hasn't let us down yet. The tyres (all terrain) have managed to stay inflated although you do get a pump with the Buzz when you buy it just in case. My only gripes are that the front wheel is constantly locking making it hard to pushchair and to get it moving again means that you either have to move the wheel manually or that it gets itself sorted but either way it is incredibly annoying and frustrating. My second gripe is that the handlebars have a foam type material which makes it hard to clean, once clean though it comes up looking great but it should have a much more child friendly material.
Apart from my gripes I really like my Quinny Buzz, yes it is rather large and bulky but it easy to push around a supermarket as well as the yard and it doesn't feel heavy to push. It does take up rather a lot of room in my estate car but that's the price you pay for having a child so it really doesn't bother me. We are thinking of downgrading to something smaller as our daughter is getting older but I will be sad to see the Buzz go as it is simply so useful. The reclining seat certainly comes in useful especially if we are out for the day and my daughter wants to take a quick nap. It is well made and certainly worth its price tag.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend the Quinny Buzz either on its own or as a complete travel system. It is certainly a popular pushchair as you see them around all the time as from recommendation a lot of people think they are great and me included. It is an easy to use pushchair, easy to fold and unfold and it provides a comfortable seat for your child. I'm giving the Buzz 5 stars as it is a great pushchair!
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Price: RRP £555.00 (including the Dreami Carry Cot) upwards depending on the travel system accessories
Accessories: Parasol, footmuff, mosquitonet to name a few!
Like lots of expectant parents, me and my partner spent hours deliberating between the overwhelming selection of pushchairs. In fact it's the one thing we couldn't agree on and was left almost too late, we only bought ours with days to spare!
We were lucky enough to have the huge Kiddicare base within minutes from our home. Kiddicare is one of the most comprehensive online baby retailors and their flagship and only store in Peterborough is like a baby Ikea! It has an entire floor dedicated to prams and pushchairs so we spent hours in here testing the prams and trying to decide which catered for our needs the best.
As first time parents we had that 'glow' and went a little mad buying things for our bundle of joy. I think thats the way when it's your first! We didn't have a price range in mind for our pram but we did have our own specification. We wanted to get a package deal that included our babies first car seat, we needed something that had storage space and we also needed something that would work for a baby and suit a toddler too as I didn't think I wanted to buy a new pushchair after a year or so. So although we weren't restricted by price we did rule out many prams due to these things.
I had a pre-set idea in my head from the beginning, I had falled in love with a Maxi Cosi pram, and I had also fallen deeply in love with the I-Candy range of prams. In my mind we were having one of those but somehow by the time you added everything up with the I-Candy you were looking at well over £1000 for everything you needed as nothing came with the frame and had to be purchased seperately. Although we didn't have a budget after months I still couldn't bring myself to justify that money for a pram, no matter how beautiful! So after months the I-Candy was out.
Slowly I began to go off the Maxi Cosi too and I began to get a bit worried I wasn't going to fnd one. The Quinny display at Kiddicare was huge but I hated three wheelers! By my seventh month I thought I should at least test one and so I did and instantly I clicked with it and realised it would be ideal!
We finally settled on the Quinny Buzz 3 by the time I was 8 months pregnant. We bought our pram for £700 but we got a great package for that. We got the Quinny Buzz 3 frame and seat, a Maxi Cosi Pebble car seat, a Quinny Dreami Carrycot, Raincover and Footmuff. The only thing we did have to purchase seperately was the shopping basket to attach underneath which cost £18. Considering the car seat retailed for £130, the Dreami Carrycot for £150 etc we had saved over £150 by the time we bought the package rather than individual bits and pieces. We also didn't need to wait long for delivery which was great.
My son is now one and we still use this pram and after a year of using it I feel ready to review it. The Quinny Buzz 3 was the best possible choice for us and has been a very useful and ideal pram in many ways. Firstly the ease of putting it up and down. I've not come across any pram or pushchair that is as easy as this to get up and down. When collapsed in order to put the frame up all you do is pull a flip back and it literally springs up. You don't need to pull or push anything. You then clip the seat/carseat/carrycot on top and it's up and ready to go. To put it down you remove the seating with on push button either side and to collapse the frame there is a switch which you pull down while holding an opposite button and pull towards you. Not as easy as putting up but still very straightforward and not fiddly or time consuming.
It's ability to suit all ages was great too especially with the package that we bought. You get free adapters which mean it can securely hold in place which ever seating element you choose. In his early days my son like most babies would sleep in his car seat so the adapters meant I could just lift the seat from the car to the fram of the Quinny Buzz with minimal effort and they would click and attach in place safely-and I never needed to wake up my sleeping prince! It was the same with the carrycot, it would click in place eitherside and attach to the frame with the easy in/out adapters. This meant my son could sleep flat on his back if we went for walks or were out for longer than a few hours. Now he only uses the main seat that came with the frame but it still perfect because it can be tilted to three different angles and for the first few months I could have my son facing me as we walked and now he's older he can face outwards too and watch people etc as we walk around so it's multi direction was perfect for a growing child.
The handle itself is one handle that lines the top rather than one for each hand. There is a button located centrally which means you can pull up or push down the height of the handle for comfort. This is great because my partner is taller than me and when we take our con out we can alter this to suit whoever is pushing with absolutely no effort at all.
We managed to get a speacial edition Quinny Buzz 3. Ours had a very rare all black frame as most Quinny's come with standrad silver frames. Ours is gorgeous and we choose the material in black too so it's all black. I was concerned with how it would conduct the warmth from the sun in the summer months but we actually had absolutely no problems with this. The frame never got hot so I never worried it would burn my son and the material of the seating was breathable and although my son would sweat in the heat sometimes like all children, I never worried he would overheat due to being in the pram itself. Having all black material on the seat is great too because when my son eats or drinks in there and has spillages I don't worry that it looks tatty as the colour masks this quite well until we get home and the covering is wipe clean and really easy to clean up.
In the winter we did use the foot muff which came with the pram. It looked so cosy with him in it, it was fluffy lined and the outside was thick and looked like it would withstand a lot of rain and wind. When he was in it he looked really warm however he did overheat quickly in this, even in winter and he would get so hot and sweaty and it wasn't easy to attach to the pram and hold in place so we didn't get a great deal of use from this in the end.
Using the Quinny is like a dream! It feels light when you push it around and it's three wheels make it so easy to manouvre around that I never feel unable to turn corners etc or get where I need to be with minimum effort. You can lock the top wheel in place so it doesn't rotate 360 degrees and will only go backward or forwards in straight lines but I haven't figured out why anyone would prefer that to be able to turn and go in any direction!? But it's still a possibility! It's large wheels can also be easily pumped up and we always go to the garage and do ours and you notice it suddenly flies around again! It's so lightweight to actually push you sometimes don't realise how fast your walking!
The shopping basket we bought seperately is my main bug bear with this pram. It's tiny and is the only way to hold anything underneath while your out and about. Not having handles makes it very difficult to carry shopping as you can't hang them off anything and the basket is so tiny and very shallow so you literally can get one of two bags of shopping in there and thats it. It's not very wide and it's lack of depth is so frustrating. I find it problematic when I need to pop to the supermarket etc because I don't always need a full trolley's worth of grocery's but I can't very easily push the pram and hold a basket, but neither is the shopping basket underneath large enough to hold a good quantaty of items while we roam the isles. So in that sense it's probably very poor as I know most of my friends have huge shopping baskets which are already built in too.
The frame itself although easy to put up and down is far heavier than I expected. I'm only a tiny lady and it's not too heavy but it does need a good heave-ho to get in and out of the boot. It's a thick metal frame with huge wheels and this really weighs a lot and you do need to strain to hoist it in and out. It's not too heavy it's impossible but it's far from comfortable. However I accept this because I feel it's a very well made, sturdy and safe pram for my son. I feel he's protected in this and I don't worry about it's quality and should an accident occur I feel he's safe in this so I guess it's acceptable to me for that.
It's size is another slight issue. It's very large frame collapses flat and being a three wheeler with large wheels outside the frame rather than under it, it will take up your whole boot and wont even fit in smaller cars at all. This is a pain because my partner has a 3 door car and it wont fit in his boot so we always have to take my car as it's 5 door.
However it's weight is probably the reason I am turning more to a stroller now. I didn't ever intend to purchase another pushchair as the reason I bought this was beacause it was designed to be used until my son outgrew the need for any type of chair support. It's weight annoys me now after a year and I get frustrated with it's lack of shopping space and I feel now he's older by mid next year I may look at a cheap and cheerful pushchair that's lighter and smaller for the car.
Overall a would give this pram 4 stars out of 5. It's been a fantastic pram for the past year. It's easy of putting up and down and ease to manouvre makes it feel like the easiest pram to wheel around. I felt we got a great deal too with everything we got for one price. It's safe and reliable and we've never had a major problem with it so it's worthy of four stars. The downsides are lack of shopping storage and it's large, heavy frame. But I've yet to hear any mother say they have the perfect pram!
If you are a potential parent-then I would recommend you give a Quinny a go-you won't look back easpecially for that first year-there is very little on the market that will beat it!
This is a good town buggy. It is easy to manoeuvre, and is extremely easy to collapse and put up - one of the few that can be done with just one hand. It isn't the smallest of buggies so you will struggle if you have a small car - and the shopping carrier (optional extra) isn't very big. The frame is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi car-seat, and so works well as a "travel system". It is also suitable from birth, which cannot be said for some of the other Quinny buggies.
The buggy comes in a range of colours - rather than the stock black that many other manufacturers go for. We chose the eye-watering yellow but there are several other colours to chose from. The straps are easy to fasten and adjust, and the handle is extendable to accommodate people of different heights.
However, we had a few problems with the front wheel - it would quite frequently jam in a sideways position, grinding you to a halt (usually in the most inconvenient of places). The solution is to go around the front and straighten it out or kick it back into place, and then you would be off again.
I brought this for my sons one on a buggy board and one in the pram Good points parent faceing and facing the world quick to fold small when foldedlight wieght prefect with a board ( brought seperate)Bad points when faceing parent it dosent sit up very highit keeps sticking when you fold it rain covers break and after about 6 months the front wheel plays up apart from all this I would still by another one :)
As soon as my husband saw this pram I knew it was the one we would end up with. I'd seen a lovely spotty little number but he wasn't budging on this one.
My husbands shopping list was like he was looking for a car, big chunky wheels (not like a shopping trolly), easy to steer, nice and sporty looking and most improtantly something that would fit his 6tf 4in frame. This pram ticked all the boxes.
This pram looks great and is incredibly versatile. Although the price tag looks steep if you add all the accessories if you shop around there are usually deals on this pram. I got mine from mothercare with £100 off. It's will also take you right through from newborn to toddler. My sister went for a cheaper pram and ended up buying three different ones during the time I've had my Quinny.
The frame can initially be used with the Quinny dreamy which gives you more of a traditional pram feel and allows your newborn to lay completely flat. However if you don't want to spend the extra £150 on this accessory the pushchair can be adjusted into many different positions both facing toward and away from you. One of the settings is almost completely horizontal so is also ideal for newborns.
The maxi cosi car seat also fits onto the frame of this pushchair which is ideal for quick trips. It also means not having to disturb a sleeping baby. You need to remember however that this is only for a quick trip to the shop since the maximum recommend time for your baby to be in the car seat is 2 hours.
As my daughter grew this pushchair grew with her. We started with her facing us and then turned it around so she could see the world. After about 16 months she started to outgrow the pushchair but included with the main frame is a second seat that is recommended for 18 months plus. This has a much deeper seat and will be suitable for her until we no longer need a pram.
The buzz is extremely easy to us. It folds down by just pressing a button on each side and pushing towards the floor. Opening it up is even easier since you just flick a switch and it opens up itself.
It also fits into my small car (Renault Clio). Admittedly for the first two months I had to remove the parcel shelf until I realised that the large wheels at the back are easily removed. You just need to push one button for each wheel and when putting them back on you just push them back in and they click into place. Removing these makes it much easier to store.
The handle bar is also adjustable which makes it comfortable for both my husband and myself to use. I initially thought that it was a bad design since I couldn't hang by bag on the handle but now I realise it is a much safer option since there isn't the risk of overloading and tipping your pram. For £20 I bought the shopping basket that fits underneath the carriage. This is great and easily fits my nappy bag and a couple of shopping bags. If you do decide to hang coats etc from the handle bars you can also buy pram clips from mothercare for £2.99. These are little hooks that fit onto the handlebar.
Included with the pushchair was a rain cover, hand pump for the wheels and also a bag that fits on the back of the pushchair but there are also lots of great accessories that you can buy.
The only negative issue I have had with the buzz is that after 9 months it started to open up on it's own when we were carrying it. Unfortunately this can be quite dangerous if like me you trap your hand. We took this back to mothercare and they replaced the catch that holds it closed. Unfortunately after 18 months it has started doing it again so I recommend taking extra care when lifting it out of the car boot since last week it opened up as I was lifting it out and I managed to scratch my husbands car. I would have given full marks if it wasn't for this.
Hmmm a 3 wheeled pushchair.....
Admittedly, I wasn't too sure when our friend insisted we have her old Quinny. Our son was 6 months and we were already happy with our travel system. Did we really need it? Not really, but like my friend said ' better to have a back up for if our main pram breaks!'.... I guess so....
Firstly, my friend had paid £300 for the Quinny and although it was in fab condition when we had it, I'd not have paid out so much at all. Whilst it's stylish and modern, I'm way past caring about what others think of me because of what pram I'm pushing.
**Maxi Cosi Car Seat**
The quinny came with a maxi cosi car seat which we only had a couple of months use out of as our son was already 6 months old when we received it. It lasted until he was about 8-9 months. It was useful though and I can see why people like the option to just pop the car seat on the frame and get shopping. It's a very simple idea, so i'm not sure why somebody didn't think of it years ago when I had my teenagers. The seat attaches onto the frame via the included adapters. All the best, because it really used to frustrate me trying to get it on, so it soon became the job of hubby! Another thing to be aware of is, although highly useful (if you can get the flippin thing on) - it's not good for bub's back. Ideally I'd not keep a baby in it longer than 1-2 hours max.
Strawberry red and stylish in design, there are several other colours to choose from, black pink and green. Personally I prefer the black one, but our red one was nice enough. The pushchair opens with ust one hand thanks to the spring mechanism. Putting it down however is another challenge with two hands needed this time. I always seemed to have difficulty aligning it. There were push in buttons either side of the frame and if you don't get this right, it's just not going to collapse. Also, if the pushchair is in the parent facing mode, you can't even collapse it until you have taken the seat off - then later comes the problem of getting it back on. Argh! Perhaps it was just me.... hubby seemed to manage it fine.
**Forward or Parent Facing**
The Quinny can face baby forwards or towards parent. When we had our son facing forwards I felt that the upright position was ' too' upright. He looked like he was standing to attention bless him. The whole design of the pushchair in my opinion looked a bit odd, but hey ho, he seemed comfortable enough and was perfectly safe, strapped in.
The adjustable handlebar was great, especially as i'm smaller than my other half and with our other pram he'd be stooping to push it around. It's really easy to steer one handed as well. I miss that factor compared to the strollers we use now.
Wheels are detachable which makes for easy cleaning. The wheels are filled with air and our friend gave us a pump that she had for them. Good job really because the wheels went flat a couple of times. One particularly annoying thing about the front steering wheel was it would sometimes turn sideways and be a job and a half to get it to face forwards again. It has to happen to me! I'm always the one at the supermarket with an out of control trolley! The wheels didn't fair well either in the early snowy weather of 2010. An all terrain wheel would have been better.
Overall, this was a useful ' spare' pram for us and I was very grateful to my friend for offering it to us. I'm glad however that I didn't spend so much on it. It's durable, versatile and looks comfortable. It's easy to clean, stylish and useful. It has a really tiny shopping basket so its a good job it steers well one handed, because you need it to so you can carry your shopping!
I think for the fashion conscious, this is a nice modern pram to opt for. Unfortunately for me, the faffing around with it used to get on my nerves, and I really failed to see why it was so expensive. ' Fashionable' I guess.
Firsts things first. I am by no means a pram expert. This is the only pram that I have ever owned for our first child so I can only really compare to other prams that we tried in the shops. Overall we have been very happy with the purchase. The Quinny buzz is certainly durable, versatile, comfortable for both baby and parents and fairly simple to use. One of the attractive features of this pram over some of the other all in one travel systems that we tried was that the buzz will last until our daughter can walk without needing a push chair, so there won't be any need to buy another buggy in future.
The features of the pram are easy to use. The frame opens out with incredible ease, basically you just release a catch and it opens itself. The parts remove and click into place very easily and it all feels very sturdy, which gives you full confidence. The pram body is fully adjustable and can be rear or forward facing and can be set at different inclines. The handle can also be adjusted to a range of heights to suit you.
My only frustration since buying the Quinny is the number of flat tyres that we have had. If you do buy one of these then I would say that a puncture repair kit and spare inner tubes are essential acquisitions. This is a mild frustration, but when in full working order the tyres do make for a more comfortable journey so overall I think worth the frustration.
I would say that the main draw back to the Quinny Buzz is the price, and I don't just mean the pram itself, but if you want to buy any accessories such as parasol, foot muff etc, then they all come at a fairly hefty price. That being said the pram is good quality, durable and in my opinion stylish, so if you are able to afford a Quinny Buzz and like what it has to offer then go for it, you won't be disappointed. However, I would not say that it is worth pushing the boat out to purchase one of these. There are cheaper alternatives out there and I don't think the advantages of this pram are so great that its worth breaking the bank over.
I have given 4 stars to reflect what I see as the main draw back, the price. The Buzz is still good quality, versatile and nice to use, but I don't think it stands out quite enough to mean that the expense is fully justified, though if you can afford it without struggling then it is worth it. One tip with the price though is to wait for a new line to come out and try and find a retailer selling off the old ones. We managed to do that and got a Quinny dreami carry cot (usually about £120 on their own) and shopping bag included with the pram for the same price you pay for just the Buzz itself.
As soon as I started taking Summer into my care (my youngest adopted daughter), I knew I wanted a bugaboo for her. I saw how well they pushed, the expansion on them and everything. A Quinny pram was my second choice, but I wasn't awfully disappointed with it. Taking care of Summer was a last minute and awfully rushed decision, I didn't want the stinky, smelly, tabaco-covered pram her biological Mum (my SIL) was offering me. I knew I had to do the best by summer, and this is why I wanted a good pram. I was a first timer and never really had any experience of pushing buggies around the town, so Quinny made this a lot easier for me.
I had my heart set on the pink one, but in the end I was stuck with the red, which I wasn't too fussed about because the important thing was she had a pram. The price was £300 but luckily my husband paid for it and I was over the moon with it. At that point I was unsure what the difference between a good buggy and a bad buggy was, and what was the difference between an expensive buggy and a cheap one.
As I said I would have much preferred the pink but the red is not bad and it does have a stylish and expensive look to it. The handle can go both ways and I do not in any way like the look of it when it is pushed with the baby facing forward. It looks strange because it seems almost like the baby is standing up and is going to tipple out. The frame of it at the bottom doesn't look too sturdy to begin with but eventually you get used to it, and the three wheels look very strange but again, you do get used to the look.
The baby is well strapped in with the pram and there is a bar which clips over which made me feel very safe when Summer was in. The brakes work fine and as long as Summer was facing me and not the outside of the road, I felt she was safe in it too. I loved the carry cot and I could lay her in it knowing she could sleep safely which really made my day easier.
It find it pushes very easily which I felt make me a bit more comfortable about pushing it. It almost glides along which is great as the streets in Glasgow are very gravely and bumpy. I found turning a bit awkward because of the size of the wheels but I suppose a lot of prams are like that anyway. The seat is made of an almost "spongy" material but it was easy to clean when she sometimes spilt some crisp or milk over it. I had trouble setting up the basket bit at the bottom when I first got it, but it turned out fine at the end and although it was small, it was great for holding in a few bottles of juice that were far too heavy to be carrying myself. The adjustable handle is great as my Mum is incredibly taller than me so she could take over at times. The rain cover is great although I don't know any rain cover that isn't okay. It folds up and down in one go which saves all that juggling around with the pram to fold it into a boot (although I don't drive so that's not much of a problem anyway).
It has a few issues, but it was worth the money. I sold it on ebay for £80 which wasn't bad :)
I am shocked that some reviews of this product are quite negative because I absolutely love my Quinny Buzz 3!! (I am also shocked at some of the spellings in many of the reviews - but that is another story!! Why can't anyone spell 'definitely' correctly??? It does NOT have an 'a' in it people!!!)
We bought this pram for our third baby and I wish that I had bought this for my other two children when they were babies. It is really easy to push and glides along smoothly.Great to push with one hand too. I live in the countryside and have two cocker spaniels, I can push this pram happily on rough terrain whilst also holding the two dogs' leads. It does make it a smoother ride for baby if you have the 'all terrain front wheel' - I don't know why this does not come as standard? It costs about £40 to buy it and add it to your Buzz, but it is worth it if you like country walks.
I bought the pram, dreami carrycot and car seat. I love the carry cot, it is so comfortable for my little girl and we have used it for her to sleep in down stairs, during the day, so have had maximum use out of it. Carry cot and pram chassis together do take up a lot of boot space if you need to travel by car. I have a BMW Tourer and my husband has a freelander, which have enough boot space, but my mother has a smaller car and I can't fit both the carry cot and the chassis into her boot. The shopping basket is small but there is a bag attached that comes with the pram, which I find really useful. I have NEVER had a problem with the front wheel sticking, or with punctures and I use the pram every day - on mud, sticks and stones!!
This pram also looks really stylish and many people have commented to me about how lovely it is. I have just started using the push chair seat and I find this really comfortable for my little girl too.
All-in-all - I love this pram and feel that I would definitely recommend it to other mums.
I had my heart set on the Quinny Buzz pretty much from the moment I found out I was pregnant, so I think it was definitely my heart rather than my head that made the decision to buy it.
I bought the pushchair, the Dreami carrycot and the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat that fits onto it. I didn't know whether I was having a boy or a girl so I chose to buy it in Strawberry (or red to most people...)
Let's start with the things I love:
It's very easy to put up. You literally just pull back a piece of plastic and the whole thing pops up automatically.
The handlebar is adjustable which is great as it means that both myself and my husband can use it without it being too high/low for either of us.
It's parent-facing. This was an essential for me as I wanted to be able to see my little one as we wandered around town. There has also been research to suggest that it's highly beneficial for a baby's speech development to be forward facing for the first 18 months.
The carrycot is fab. We used it for the first 4 months or so and it was nice and cosy for my son who was a winter baby. He slept really well in it and we used to use the carrycot on its own for him to nap in downstairs when he was small.
Being able to put the car seat onto the chassis is very useful if you're just popping into the shops quickly, although it shouldn't be used like that on a regular basis as being in a car seat for too long can cause problems with a baby's spine.
The handlebar is a bar that goes across the whole pushchair - this makes it very easy to "drive" one-handed which is great if you need to carry something at the same time as pushing it.
It looks good.
That pretty much sums up all my positive thoughts about it.
Now for the things that I hate:
As easy as it is to put up, it can be a real pain in the backside to put back down again. You push in 2 buttons on either side of the frame while standing in front of it and then pull it towards you and down. If you don't push the buttons correctly then it doesn't collapse and I've lost count of the number of times that I've had to attempt it 3 times or more before actually collapsing it.
Also, to collapse the pushchair in parent-facing mode you have to take the seat off to do so. This is relatively easy, although I always seem to have some problems getting the seat back on. There are 2 vertical bars attached to the seat that slot into the chassis and I struggle to line it all up properly to get in place.
The shopping basket is minuscule. Ridiculously small. You can barely fit anything in it. This is where the single handlebar comes into its own though as you need to be able to push it one-handed in order to be able to carry your shopping home!
When parent-facing you can't choose an "upright" position. There's 2 positions that you can choose - lying flat, or slightly reclined. This was fine when my son was smaller, but now he's 15 months he wants to look around more and so having him parent-facing doesn't work any more as he just strains to try and sit upright.
I find that the front wheel regularly gets turned sideways and it's annoying to get it back into a forward facing position. This happens in a lot of shops with a smooth floor (I find that supermarkets are the worst) and is incredibly frustrating. I don't know whether the Buzz 4 would have been better in this regard - perhaps so as there are 2 wheels at the front rather than just the one.
The wheels puncture easily. Although this is overcome by filling them with "slime" that you can get from somewhere like Halfords. You put this into the tyres and it forms a protective coating on the inside that automatically repairs any punctures.
The rain cover is a really tight fit (for both the pushchair and the carrycot). I have spent a lot of time in shop doorways wrestling with it to try and get it on. Very annoying.
The chassis seems a bit wobbly and squeaks as I push it.
It's quite heavy.
On balance I find the Buzz just "ok". I don't hate it so much that I never use it, but equally I don't love it either. If I could go back in time 2 years I would probably go with something else, but even now I'm not sure quite what! I plan on keeping it for baby number 2 (if I have one), especially as I found that the carrycot was really good and it's so easy to attach the infant carrier to. When I was on maternity leave we had quite a lot of snow and it was hard to go out with the pushchair because the front wheel struggled with it. I know that they now do an "all-terrain" front wheel, so it would be interesting to see how this improves its performance.
One thing I've not done yet is attempt to fit the larger "toddler" seat. Looking at it I suspect that this might be quite difficult and might be another addition to my list of "hates". My son is swiftly getting too big for the smaller seat so I think I may have to brave it soon... Also, I've not had the need to wash the seat. Apparently you can do it, but I can't vouch for how it cleans up.
When I first became pregnant I had firm ideas about the type of pram that I wanted. I wanted something big and traditional looking; this was not to be! I had not long purchased the car of my dreams, a tiny Fiat 500. If I wanted to keep the car, it was time to find a travel system which could be accommodated in this! There were only two travel systems which I found to fit the 182 litre boot, at the time I felt like this was the better of two evils. I have, however, grown to love my quinny buzz.
This is a pushchair which is suitable from birth, although I also purchased the dreami carrycot. I like the fact that the pushchair can face the parents. I feel that at 4.5 months I should be interacting with my baby as we wonder about, but as she gets bigger and wants to see what's around about her, she will be able to face the world! The pushchair also lies almost completely flat, so when she is sleeping I am not worried about what is happening to her neck. It is also very enjoyable to push.
My one complaint would be that the front wheel which comes as standard is not the best. It is made from a hard material and looked terrible after very little use. We purchased the pneumatic front wheel which is available and looks much better, but it did set us back £41!
All in all I felt we made the right purchase!
Being a pramaholic I tried quite a few prams in the past. Quinny Buzz was one that I was getting rid off pretty fast. I bought it used from Ebay, so fortunately I didn't pay so much for it as I would if I bought it new in a shop. I find the whole frame not sturdy at all. When you put the basinet on or even the seat, it's still really wobbly, I can't immagine how my baby felt in it. And it wasnt because it was used. I tried it in a shop as well and was still wobbly. Also the front wheel is quite small for any terrain and when you go over the curb, the whole pram almost falls forward. I find it quite dangerours. Also the handle you push with is not round so your hands start hurting after very short while. I wasn't impressed at all.
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