Top Umbrella Strollers: Maclaren Stroller Reviews 2014

The Maclaren Stroller is Born

In 1965, Owen Maclaren, a test pilot and aeronautical designer, set to work on designing a lightweight stroller for his grandchild. He was inspired to do this after seeing his daughter struggling to manage her heavy, bulky pram. Hence, the first ever baby stroller was designed.

Nowadays, parents have a wide variety of strollers to choose from. However the iconic Maclaren stroller, now sold in over 50 countries, continues to be a very popular choice and for very good reason. Maclaren strollers have stood the test of time and proved their reliability and durability to many satisfied parents all over the world.

Here are some very good reasons why you should consider a Maclaren stroller for your little one:-

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It's a dream to steer

The Maclaren stroller steers like a dream. It is perfect for nipping around the shopping mall or going for a stroll in the park as it is almost effortless to maneuver. It even steers easily with one hand which is handy if you have a young child to hold on to as well.


It has a nifty one hand fold mechanism

The first ever Maclaren stroller had this wonderful feature and this continues to be a great feature in all of their strollers. They can all be folded using a one hand, five second folding mechanism, Yes, you heard right! It takes only five seconds to fold this stroller using only one hand! This comes in pretty handy when you need one hand free to hold on to your baby or toddler.


It's a sturdy stroller that'll last through the years

Maclaren strollers are made from high qualitly, durable materials. The frame is made from lightweight tubular aluminium which ensures that the stroller is both light and sturdy. The seat covers are also made of strong, long-lasting materials and can withstand being removed and machine washed when necessary. The fact that all of their strollers come with a Maclaren Sovereign Lifetime Warranty means that consumers can buy with confidence. Register your stroller purchase online within 45 days of purchase to ensure that you receive this lifetime warranty.


A wide choice of models and styles

There are various Maclaren models to choose from, so you can be sure that you will find one that will suit your needs. They range from the very lightweight Maclaren volo which is suitable from 6 months, to the full featured Maclaren Techno XLR Stroller Travel System which can be used from birth.


For parents who are looking for a stroller which is trendy as well as of high quality, look no further. The Maclaren stroller comes in a huge variety of styles, ranging from the Maclaren Heritage Buggy Stroller which is based on the original design, to the very pretty spray flowers stroller designed by Cath Kidston.

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Check the comparison table below to see which Maclaren stroller suits your needs best

 
Maclaren Volo
Maclaren Quest Sport
Maclaren Techno XT
Maclaren BMW
Weight
8.8 lb
14.1 lb
15.3 lb
12.4 lb
Adjustable handle height
No
No
Yes
Yes
Seat Positions
1
4
4
multiple
Removeable Seat Covers (Machine Washable)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Carry Strap
Yes
Yes
carry handle
Yes
Maximum weight of child
55 lb
55 lb
55 lb
55 lb
Age
6 months +
from birth
from birth
6 months +
Price ( on Amazon)
$150
$270
£350
£385
Amazon Rating
4.5 stars
4.3 stars
4.5 stars
4.6 stars


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Maclaren Stroller Reviews


Maclaren Volo Review

This is a basic, no frills maclaren stroller, ideal if you're buying on a budget. As it doesn't recline, it's more suitable for older babies and toddlers. It's very sturdy and lightweight which makes it ideal for airport travel.

Pros:

  • 5 point safety harness with a very secure buckle - your little Houdini won't get out of this stroller!
  • very lightweight at only 8.8lb
  • suitable for heavier toddlers - up to 55lbs
  • very compact when folded
  • convenient carry strap - handy for travelling as you can carry it over your shoulder like a backpack

Cons;

  • it doesn't recline so most suitable for babies of one year upwards
  • shopping basket is quite small so only suitable for carrying a few small items


Maclaren Quest Sport Stroller Review

The Maclaren Quest Sport Stroller is the most popular and highly rated stroller in the Maclaren range and for good reason. Suitable from birth through to toddler hood (it carries kids up to 55lb) and highly durable, it might be the only stroller you'll ever need.

Pros:

  • 5 point safety harness with a very secure buckle (some users complain that it needs to be pressed quite firmly to release but I see this as a plus as toddlers won't be able to work it)
  • suitable from birth to 4 years (and beyond as it has a 55lb weight capacity)
  • great for travelling with younger babies as it has a padded seat cover and fully reclines
  • available in a wide variety of styles, including a designer range
  • nice and compact when folded

Cons:

  • difficult to access the basket when reclined
  • the sun canopy doesn't provide the best coverage - a sun shade extender might need to be used


Maclaren Techno XT

If you're looking for a stroller that's robust enough to use on a daily basis but light enough to travel with ease, then the Maclaren Techno XT could be the ideal stroller for you! This stylish, compact stroller is equally suitable for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers as it has a very substantial 55 lb weight capacity.

Pros:

  • The hood has a viewing window, handy for checking whether your little one has dropped off to sleep yet.
  • Height adjustable handles reduces the risk of back pain. Both tall and not so tall parents will find this stroller very comfortable to push.
  • Has front and rear wheel suspension, making it extra durable.
  • It has an impressive sunshade that pulls down to give excellent coverage from the sun.
  • Can be used for your newborn as it reclines fully and has padded shoulder pads and cushioned seat.

Cons:

  • It's not quite as light as the other Maclaren strollers.
  • It has a carry handle rather than a carry strap so you need to have one hand free to carry it.


Maclaren BMW Buggy

An ingenious collaberation between Maclaren and BMW, the sleek Maclaren BMW Buggy is a work of art. With BMW inspired wheels, a BMW buckle and a BMW logo on the hood, the trimmings are classy but subtle. If you want a stroller that's ultra trendy as well as functional than you can't go wrong with this latest creation from Maclaren.

Pros:

  • Its ultra stylish and classy; dads will especially love the sleek BMW touches.
  • It has four wheel suspension making it easy to push, even over rough terrain
  • It's lightweight but very sturdy making it ideal for travel
  • It has a super comfy padded bucket style seat
  • It has a handy viewing window on the hood so you can keep an eye on your little one

Cons:

  • The silver version of this stroller gets dirty very easily. If you're buying, go for one of the darker colours available.
  • It's more expensive. Ultimately, you need to make a decision whether it's worth paying extra for the BMW trimmings.

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