Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Quinny Buzz Xtra 3 - 2014 model

Firstly, let me say that the Quinny Buzz Xtra that you see here is the 2014 model. This was a major update from the older Buzz. It has an all terrain air filled tyres at the front instead of foam wheels, deeper shopping basket (not by much!) and an extendable sun canopy. There's been some changes to the 2015 model though, one of them is the new fold. The 2015 Buzz Xtra folds using levers on the sides of the handlebar like the Moodd and looks to be a lot easier than the old Buzz and Buzz Xtra 2014. Unfortunately another change is the non adjustable leg rest which is a huge disappointment for me as I absolutely love the one on the 2014 model! Please bring the leg rest adjustment back Quinny!

Now for the details. The Quinny Buzz Xtra or older Buzz is one of the most popular pushchairs in the UK. I've seen so many of them in my 4 years of pram pushing that I always wanted to try one and see what they were like. 
What surprised me the most was the seat unit. Now you can of course buy a carrycot to use the Buzz Xtra from birth but it actually comes with a newborn insert that allows you to use the seat from birth. This is great as many babies aren't keen on lying flat all the time and not being able to look around them! 
The seat unit is very well padded but what is so special about it is how fantastic it is for a young baby and how well it suits an older child. My baby is 8 months old here and I found that she's still at that age where bucket type seats don't offer her the support she needs. No problems here! The Buzz Xtra seat cocoons her and makes her super comfortable! My older son is nearly 4 (in 2 weeks!) and over the weight limit (just a little) and he fits in the seat as well. This is a huge surprise as I always heard the Buzz' seat was on the small side. He fits with room to spare and was the most comfortable I've seen him in a long time. His legs were beautifully supported and he asked to stay in the Buzz while he finished playing on his tablet. This says a lot about the comfort of the Buzz Xtra to me. Another thing is that the sun canopy can be slided up the frame of the seat to allow more head room. Huge bonus for tall toddlers who still need a ride and a bit of shade/protection from elements!
The Buzz Xtra has an adjustable 5 point harness with shoulder and crotch pads for comfort. I found the harness to be impossible to adjust tight enough for the baby though, there was still a bit more room in the shoulder straps then I'd prefer. 
As mentioned before the old Buzz and the Buzz Xtra 2014 models have adjustable leg rests that are fantastic for little ones. I really wish Quinny had kept this feature on the newest model.
The sun canopy was always a good size on the Buzz but the Buzz Xtra was given an extension to the hood. When unzipped it shades the baby very well but you can no longer see the baby as they take a nap and you need to lift the extension up to check on them as there's no viewing window.
The Buzz Xtra comes with a gate opening bumper bar that is perfectly positioned for the child to hold on to.
The Buzz Xtra has 5 recline positions as did the older models. There's 3 positions forward facing and only 2 parent facing. I really wish Quinny changes this in the future as I really can't see why the seat can't go all the way upright when parent facing.
I have to say the recline buttons need some work. It's always a bit awkward to recline any seat with 2 buttons and the Buzz Xtra is no exception. What's worse you need to find a way to do it that suits you on this particular pushchair as there's simply not enough room for hands to push the recline buttons in and hold the seat at the same time. For example I could only manage to recline the seat from the front of the pushchair when the seat was parent facing. 
The Buzz Xtra has an adjustable handlebar that is very comfortable to hold. There's a bit of movement in the frame/handlebar but it's not excessive.
The Buzz Xtra has a deeper shopping basket then the older models. I have to say that it's still a very small and very shallow basket. It barely holds anything especially with the frame getting in the way. With the raincover in, there's only enough space left for a bottle of water. It's a struggle not to lose things and it's not a pushchair that you want to go grocery shopping with unless you don't mind carrying all the bags by yourself.  
It's a surprisingly compact pushchair when folded and very easy to lift. The unfold is simply brilliant. Very similar to the Moodd, it unfolds by undoing the automatic lock and guiding the frame up until it locks into position. There's barely anything to do! The fold on this 2014 model and older Buzz takes some practice but it's not difficult at all. It's best to do it from the front of the pushchair.
The UK model of the Buzz Xtra can only be bought as a 3 wheeler. There is a 4 wheel adapter that can be bought separately but it's the old foam wheels and not the new all terrain air filled tyres. This is a huge disappointment as the rest of Europe has the 4 wheel version available as standard. 
The push is where I hoped the Buzz Xtra would excel and it did to some extend. I found it very nimble and extremely easy to steer on even surfaces but the wide rear wheels (64cm) combined with the double front wheel made the Buzz Xtra one of the tippiest pushchairs I've had. It was tippy on uneven pavements, slope and on grass. Even though it was light to push one handed I had no choice but to use both hands for the safety of my baby. It became to much of a safety issue for me to keep the Buzz Xtra even though I loved most of it's features. I really think that the 4 wheel adapter would make a world of difference but I'd need the European all terrain 4 wheels for that. 
The massive pros for the Buzz Xtra are the super comfortable seat that will last from birth to toddler, great sun protection and light push. The cons are the tiny, shallow shopping basket and how easy to tip it is.

This was my pushchair and all opinions are my own.


Unknown said...

Hi! I'm from buenos aires, argentina. I'm between quinny buzz xtra And cybex balios m. Wondering what do you think. Need something light And easy to push; fold and unfold. Thanks!!

Milena Jaros said...

Personally I'd go with the CYBEX Balios M, it's one of my all time favourites! The Quinny Buzz Xtra was good and probably would have been even better with the 4 wheel attachment but there are some cons to it like folded size, basket size, reclined seat when parent facing and wide wheelbase. If you have any retailers near you I'd go and see which one you like best :)

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