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Brand: Tesco / Type: Standard / Number of Seats: Single Seat

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      30.10.2013 09:12

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      Ideal for light use.

      Ahh the daunting task of taking young ones abroad...

      I bought this buggy for that very reason. Even though the buggy that I use day-in-day-out is relatively lightweight, I wanted something simple and no frills to chuck about on holiday.

      For £20, you really do get what you pay for. The frame is decently made though, which is important. And the material of the seat itself is, although cheap, fairly comfartable for a little one. The wheels work well, again very cheap looking. You're not after longevity with a buggy like this, so for very light use or heavy use for a short time it's spot-on.
      The only real operational negative for me was the hight of which the handles go. I'm over 6 foot and found it pretty uncomfortable to push around. Not really a problem short-term, but after a week away my lower back was a little achey.

      Does it look good? No. Is it well made? Not particularly. Does it work? Yes.

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      28.08.2011 00:27
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      Stroll on......down to tesco

      I have had so many strollers of the years each of my children have had at least three over their toddler years and I have never found one that
      I was totally happy with no matter how much they cost or what big brand we bough.
      Currently we have a Graco stroller that cost another small fortune.
      Last summer we booked a holiday to spain and I didn't want to take the big clumpy stroller so decided to buy a basic umbrella stroller
      as it was for my daughter we wanted the tesco value kitty stroller but that was sold out online and in store so went for the Alfie one
      instead no reason why girls cant use a blue stroller and the colour is more aqua blue anyways.

      Tesco value Alfie stroller cost me £15.00 reduced from £19.99.
      It come in a small compact brown box with the stroller picture on the front.

      This stroller is incredibly lightweight and Folding the stroller up an down is simple, can be done with one hand and a foot always a good thing because I either have my daughter in an arm or shopping
      hanging from my hand. Alfie stroller is an umbrella styled stroller so folds nice small and compact great because i
      don't have an awful lot of room in my boot. When folded the length of the stroller is roughly 37 inches long.

      The wheels are small on the stroller what a difference from the big ones on my graco stroller, i the wheels i liked because you can change them from fixed to swivel whatever suits
      i always have our on swivel because i find it easier to move around. Wheels are pretty tough and durable, i have used to stroller over
      10 months now and only have a little wear to them.

      The seat is basic, aqua coloured nylon fabric. It only has one seating position and that's upright. I know my daughter is completely safe in this stroller, it has a five point safety harness
      as most strollers do so she is fully strapped in. I have had to clean grubby chocolate hands of the seat a few times and a quick wipe with
      a damp cloth does it due to the nylon it dries quickly too.

      The handles are prefect in height for me to push and I feel they are comfortable enough. Alfie stroller maneuvernicely and
      the really beauty is the compact size and how lightweight it is.
      As i have said, I purchased this for going on holiday with and it did go on that holiday but have used it ever since because it lives in my car boot.
      What a dream it is to put up and down and maneuver around in shops. I think its a great stroller be ideal if having to use public transport too.

      For babies over the age of six months.
      I do recommend Tesco value Alfie stroller although I get the feeling its discontinued now.

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        23.08.2011 23:15
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        Why pay £200+ for a stroller when this more than does the job.

        If you're looking for a basic stroller then you can't go far wrong with the Tesco Value Buggy. For just £20 you get a lightweight (4.43kg), umbrella folding stroller that's perfect for quick trips to town or the park. We've been using our buggy for about ten months now and it's still going strong. The two-stage folding mechanism is easy to operate one-handed, even when carrying a struggling toddler in the other arm, meaning that I can put it up and down within seconds and the folded buggy is able to fit in even the smallest of car boots.

        The handle height might be a little low for some, at 96cm it's perfect for me (5'1"), but Daddy (5'8") has to stoop a little. With a choice between swivel and fixed wheel I tend to stick to swivel and find the buggy incredibly easy to manoeuvre whilst on pavements, "turning on a sixpence" is a phrase that comes to mind. Although there isn't a shopping basket, the two handles mean that I can put a reasonable amount of shopping on the back (be careful of tipping though). The foam grips mean pushing the buggy for extended periods of time is a relatively comfortable affair, although they do seem to absorb sweat and are now a little grubby. The brakes are easily applied with just one foot and have proved to be secure even when parked on a slope.

        As this is a fixed seat buggy it is only suitable for babies and toddlers over the age of 6 months, in fact I would say that due to the extremely deep seat ten months would be a better age. My son didn't look overly comfortable until he was almost a year, although he certainly didn't show any real signs of discomfort in the unpadded seat. The five point harness has plenty of scope for adjustment and is easy for an adult to un/fasten whilst being almost impossible for a little one to operate. There is a rubber foot plate, but this is too low to be useful until baby reaches about two.

        With over ten months regular use, the only maintenance the buggy has required is a wipe down to remove spilt food and drink. Being made of nylon the seat is easy to wipe clean and dries quickly. While the wheels have worn down a little they are still in very good condition considering they have travelled hundreds if not thousands of miles. The lightweight frame has also proved to be very sturdy managing to carry my 10kg son (maximum weight of child 15kg) plus shopping without any sign of bending out of shape.

        And so I'm giving the Tesco Value Buggy five stars out of five as for even twice the price I don't think you could find a buggy that is as durable, lightweight and easy to push.

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          06.07.2011 23:54
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          A Great holiday buggy

          When we went on holiday we decided that we would leave our usual pushchair behind and purchase a cheap holiday one while we were there that was more lightweight and that took up less room while we were travelling. That is when we came across a blue alfie buggy from tesco and it was on sale for a bargain £9.99.

          It came as basic as can be without a box and no assembly required just had a small plastic covering to keep it clean. There is no hood no shopping basket it is just a plain basic buggy which is lightweight. The handles are made of plastic and have small grooves on them which makes it comfier to push.

          The seat itself is very basic not a lot of padding but at the same time it is comfy enough for little one to sit in happily. It is suitable from 6 months plus as it does not recline or lie flat and I can see why as the straps are rather large and so need an older baby to sit in it to secure them properly as a smaller baby could not be secured with the 5 point harness.

          The wheels are small and plastic but they are still very well made they have breaks on them so that you can secure the buggy if needed and have swivel wheels so that when your pushing the buggy it does not lock up on you when turning corners which is handy for shopping and having to manoeuvre isles.

          The only downside for me is the height of the handles as it is a small buggy they are rather low and after a few hours of pushing it my back begins to ache from slouching with this happening for me when I'm a lot shorter than my partner he actually found the problem much worse.

          Overall it is a really good pushchair for the money at £10 I can not moan it folds down well to leave plenty of room in the boot for everything else that we needed. It is very basic but what do you expect for £20 usual retail.

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          03.07.2011 09:38
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          A great value range buggy

          I am not one of those people who have to has pink for a girl and blue for a boy and when my eldest got to around 2 years old we decided to wanted a light weight stroller for the summer as she wasn't ready to walk all the time. I was looking on the internet and found this one which I thought would be perfect and although it came in a pink version it wasn't available at the time so we got the blue one.

          I ordered the buggy from Tesco and collected at the Tesco desk so i didn't have to pay for delivery so it cost me £19.99 which is fantastic value and to be honest even if it had just lasted the couple of summer months (or is that weeks) I still felt I would have had my moneys worth.

          The stroller is blue in colour and is very simple, there is literally a metal frame, blue seat which isn't adjustable, four small wheels and a brake. The pushchair is supposed to be for 6 months upover but to be honest I currently have a 9 month old and I wouldn't put her in it as i will go into.

          The seat is not very padded which was fine for my eldest as at 2 years old she was at the stage where she was allowed short periods of walking and therefore she got a break from being in the buggy however I would feel that you would want a little more comfort if you were to use it for a 6 month old. Folded up the buggy is very compact and means that even when I am using a Suzuki Alto which for any of you who don't know is tiny I still have some boot space for a bit of shopping.

          The handles of the buggy have got bits of foam round them making them nice and spongy and making the buggy comfortable to push although the height of the handles are not adjustable which is a pain for me if I am wearing heels. There is a five point harness to secure baby in which is adjustabe and so this feels to be safe for baby or child and the buggy is very easy to give a wipe over which was great as the amount of ice creams that got smeared over it made quite a mess.

          When out shopping there is no basket underneath the buggy like you get with most buggies but you can put some bags over the handles so this isn't too much of an issue, there is a little footrest which a baby wouldn't need but with an older child this is useful as my daughter was a pain and would like to rest her feet on the wheels which didn't help when pushing it. The buggy doesn't come with a raincover or any protection from the sun but this wasn't an issue to us as we had a universal raincover and a clip on parasol.

          For a two year old this buggy was fantastic value and did the job we required, the buggy lasted through the summer and beyond until we were able to ditch the buggy for our daughter all together. For a baby from 6 months old I would say this buggy does not provide enough comfort and it would be even more uncomfortable for them if they were to fall asleep, I would not recommend it for child this young. Ours is tucked away in the loft at the moment but when our youngest is big enough (probably nxt summer) it will be in use again as for an older child this buggy provides exactly what you pay for a simple but reliable buggy.

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            22.06.2011 21:39
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            a cheap buggy

            We went on holiday to Wales without our buggy thinking that our daughter who was two at the time would be able to walk most of the time but sadly we were wrong so started looking for a cheap buggy we could use just wholes we were there and dispose of after.

            I spotted this on a market stall for £9,99 so it had to be done if it saved my back carrying her all the time, the buggy isn't anything fancy and doesn't come with any accessories, it used to be solid by tesco but has been discontinued.

            The seat on it does not recline when your child falls to sleep so I wouldn't recommend this as a pushchair for young babies or for long uses but for what we needed it didn't matter at all, unlike other really cheap buggies I have brought in similar situations this one has double swivel wheels which is fab and makes it really easy to manover the buggy in small spaces.

            The foot rest is in a good height but made of rubber so wont last as long as the solid ones but for the price it is good enough, it folds easily and very compact so you can put it away without it getting in your way at all.

            It is a very light pushchair that lasted us through the holiday well and got used a few times after by the grandparents without any problems, it was easy to wipe clean and great on flat ground, the handles are not as high as on my other buggies but at 5 foot 7 I didnt have a problem

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              11.10.2010 17:50
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              A decent pushchair for the price but only really if you can't afford better

              My three year old hasn't been in a pushchair for a long time now, she's been a brilliant walker from around 20 months and as soon as she could walk that was it, she was off and refused to even sit in a pushchair. She's recently started nursery and to start with I was taking her in the car, but my next door neighbour (who's son is at the same nursery and is definitely not a good walker) broke her pelvis in a car accident a couple of weeks back.

              Being the good friend I am, I offered to take her son to nursery with my little one because she's completely bed ridden at the moment. The problem is I've only got one car seat, and with just two points left to play with on my licence (gotta love speed cameras!) there's no way I'm taking the chance of having an unrestrained child in the car. There's another problem, she's about 8ft tall with a pushchair to match her height - and with me being a midget 5ft I couldn't see over the handles to push her buggy!

              So last week I went into Tesco to look at their range of pushchairs, thinking it would do for the time I'm taking Karl to school and when she's back on her feet I can put it away for when my new baby is big enough to go into a standard buggy.

              I paid £12 for this one, which I thought was a bargain. I knew it was going to be the most basic pushchair I've ever owned but at the end of the day it was just to get me out of the proverbial.

              The one I picked was orange, not a garish orange but bright enough that you'll definitely see us coming. The colour scheme is the same through the whole pushchair with the wheels, footplate, seat and handle bars all being the same sort of orange colour. To be honest it looks like it's worth £12 so don't think you're in for any big bargain with this cheap pushchair, you really do get what you pay for.

              The seat is fixed to the frame, there's no padding on it so the weight of the child will be what moulds the shape of the seat. It's connected strongly to the frame and even though Karl is quite a lump none of the tabs look like they are going to fray or break anytime soon. The footplate is a bit low down I think, he can only just get his feet on it at three years old so a younger and smaller child will definitely have their legs dangling with no support.

              The front wheels do swivel but not very well so I always keep them in the locked position, this is the only way that the cheapness of the pushchair comes through because the lock doesn't work too well and sometimes it will pop back up so that a wheel will start spinning like crazy.

              I wouldn't trust the brakes too far either as they are very flimsy feeling. You have to push a lever down with your foot on each back wheel to work the brakes and if they don't engage properly then your pushchair will continue to roll.

              The handles are a good height for me, so that says that taller people will probably struggle! I've seen a woman at nursery with the same pushchair and she's much taller than me so she looks very stooped as she's walking along, the handles are comfortable to hold though and even pushing the buggy for a fairly long distance doesn't make them rub the skin on my hands.

              I do think this is a good pushchair for the price, it's got me out of the problems of getting Karl to walk even though at his age he should be easily walking the short distance to nursery by now! I'm not sure I'm going to bother keeping it for my new baby though as I can afford better and as far as comfort goes I'd rather use a more expensive pushchair that gives my baby more support.

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                23.06.2010 12:19
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                Great little baby stroller

                Being an inveterate cheap-skate, the prospect of a lightweight baby buggy for under £20 from Tesco's seemed too good an opportunity to miss. I bought the equivalent of (ie. one very similar to) this model back in 2006 and while the look of the product has improved since then, the current price has stayed much the same; four years ago it cost about £15 but the new one it currently available from Tesco Direct for £19.99. (And the pink 'girls' version - the 'Kitty Buggy' - is currently selling for a totally knock-down price of £9.99).

                So my first Tesco Value Stroller was a very natty red coloured version with a dull grey frame - but it was stolen while we were on holiday in 2007 (informational side note: if you're leaving stuff out of your direct line sight on a beach in Bulgaria, better chain it to the nearest lamp-post just to be sure). I bought an equally cheap 'Red Kite' budget buggy from Asda as a replacement back then but it just wasn't the same; the design of the fabric wasn't so pretty, it wasn't as manoeuvrable and the front wheels kept falling off - often to comedic effect but on one, less amusing occasion, while I was busy crossing a main road.

                So with Sprog #2 I was happy to see that something very similar to our original Tesco value buggy is still available. I paid a bargain £19.99 for my 'Alfie' buggy (using Tesco Clubcard Vouchers, so effecitvely we got it for free) last May. It comes in a very attractive sky-blue fabric, with matching handles, wheel inserts and plastic bendy foot-rest. Personally I think it looks fantastic.

                This is a totally stripped-to-the bone pushchair; it's just got the frame, fabric seat, wheels, brake and harness to keep the sprog in. There's no shopping basket underneath, no rain-cover, no possibility of adjusting the height of the handles or the angle of the back-rest, and no sun hood. Personally I can do without all that pushchair accessory gubbins when I'm out and about so think it's brilliant. I do however live about two minutes walk from a giant Tesco that serves effectively all of my current (non-internet) shopping needs; if I was doing a regular high-street-shop or taking my buggy on and off buses in the rain (you see, if it's wet and I want to go to the big Tesco with my sprog, I currently just wait until it stops raining) I would definitely want something a bit more substantial than this.

                As a summer buggy for short strolls in paved areas however this is brilliant. It's pretty manouverable for a swivel-wheeled type buggy and I find it easy to push. It also folds down easily to a smallish size that you can carry with one arm no problem - it weighs just under 5kg (4.8kg to be precise). Stick a clip-on-able sun parasol to the frame and you're away. The detachable sun-parasol I got to go with this buggy (the sunshade is the £10 one on a bendy metal 'spring'-style arm from Argos) can even be folded down into the seat as the buggy folds up so you don't have to bother detaching it - and the buggy will still lock shut (there's a plastic clip on the frame that holds the frame / legs together, stopping the buggy unfolding at inopportune moments).

                As there's no adjustable back-rest, it is of course for kids who can sit up independently - so for babies older than six months. The harness that holds the child in the seat - while quite adequate - does seem a little bit flimsy (eg there aren't any pads shoulder on the straps) though it does seem to do the job - even if the clipping mechanism is a bit stiff and clunky to use. As aforementioned, the handles of the buggy don't adjust which means it is of fixed height. I'm about 5 foot 3 and it's a good height for me to push, but I wouldn't recommend this as a good buy for tall people as theyd find themselves having to stoop down to reach it.

                Overall I'd say this is an extremely natty-looking, great-value buggy that's an excellent buy for going on holiday or days out (ie not taking on huge shopping trips) at home.

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