Product Type: Quinny prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Quinny Buzz 3
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Quinny Buzz 3
Advantages: Easy to use and unfolds quickly
Disadvantages: A bit bulky
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!
Summary: A great pushchair which is suitable from birth upwards