Product Type: Quinny prams, pushchairs and strollers
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A love/hate relationship...
Quinny Buzz 3
Member Name: rlc2281
Quinny Buzz 3
Advantages: Looks good. Parent-facing. Adjustable handlebar. Easy to put up.
Disadvantages: Small shopping basket. Can be hard to manoeuvre. Heavy
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.
Summary: Just ok - not as special as it looks
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