Hello Pushchair Expert enthusiasts!
I'm Vicky, a full time mum living in Central London with my husband Steve, our children & a very tolerant cat. We often make use of the many beautiful parks & open spaces. The older kids love going for walks, especially if they can take their scooters or roller blades & we love taking advantage of all the free museums. Over the summer we are planning several trips to the seaside by train, a caravan holiday by a sandy beach & various day trips so hopefully we will be able to test out the buggy in a lot of different situations. My main tester is Austin, my cute 16 month old, but Isabelle (3) will also get a turn to see how well it performs with an older child in it. I'm very excited to get this opportunity & really looking forward to putting the Maxi-Cosi Streety through its paces & seeing what it can do!
I was really looking forward to
testing the Maxi Cosy Streety Plus, so couldn’t wait for it to arrive - there
is nothing quite like the excitement of getting a new pushchair!
Two boxes turned up, one with the buggy in it and the other containing the accessory pack. My first thought while signing for it was “Wow! That’s a small box!” The buggy was obviously very compact and folded down really well! My second thought was that the small box seemed quite on the heavy side, so not really a very lightweight buggy.
I unpacked the boxes on the living room rug to see what was there and how to put it together. The good thing was that the stroller itself was already assembled (I have often had to put the baskets and wheels on previous ones.) That was the simple bit, but after that I had a bit of a frustrating twenty minutes trying to assemble it due to being unfamiliar with the type of buggy and the instructions were not as clear as they could be.
The booklet contained a series of pictures but no headings on each picture and I really could have done with headings saying “opening stroller”, “closing stroller”, “to add the seat unit” etc. - these type of headings would have made it much easier and quicker to assemble. I would also have liked a written description of the actions with the pictures too. It took me a minute or two to get used to the folding mechanism as the instruction book wasn’t as clear as it could be, but it folds up when you twist the handle, push a button on the side and then pull a handle upwards while pushing your foot down on a foot plate, then you need to put the catch on manually. For unfolding you need to release the catch and pull the handle upwards with both hands fairly hard while pushing down on the foot plate until it clicks and locks into place. I’m finding it a bit of a struggle at the moment, but probably because I’m just unused to it, it’s something that will probably get a lot better with time.
The braking mechanism is pretty easy – you push down on the red pedal on one side to lock it and push down on the grey pedal on the other side to unlock it.
Another nice feature is that the seat unit is reversible, so it can be parent facing or outward facing, so far I have put it facing forward because my son is 17 months old and likes to see what is going on, but if he was younger, then I would definitely put him facing me instead. It’s a nice option to be able to choose and I will try it out both ways at some point.
The accessory pack was very easy to put on the stroller and it really was a stunning pack, I chose red and I love the fact that the hood has dashes of red rather than a block colour or spots, it certainly looks different to the average plain red or black designs out there which I personally find a bit boring! The seat pad felt very luxurious, well padded, comfortable and a very good idea to help keep the stroller clean as it can be washed easily. The hood comes quite a long way over the stroller to protect the baby from rain or sun which is another very good feature that I’m pleased with – especially with all this hot weather. The only thing that I think the accessory pack lacks is a piece of fabric to slide over the middle bar as the first thing my son did was to bend over and test his teeth out on it! My son is a bit of a biter when it comes to stroller bars, cots and toys so a good addition would be a sleeve to slide over the bar (preferably in the same funky black and red design as the hood!) to avoid the bar becoming damaged. So far I have spotted him doing it and have stopped him, but I think its only a matter of time before he sinks his teeth into it properly!
It comes with both a rain cover and car seat adaptors which I think is a very nice touch as with some brands I have had, you have to buy the car seat adaptors separately (costing about £30) so I was very impressed that if you buy this pushchair you don’t incur any extra costs to fit an infant seat to the chassis.
The basket looks a fairly good size and should hold a reasonable amount of shopping which is a big plus point as I’ve had some strollers that you can barely put anything in the tray and you do miss having a good basket if you end up trying to carry everything in your hands and push the stroller at the same time! This one looks good!
The handle is quite high and it isn’t adjustable which is a bit of a shame, I am 5ft 10 so it is fine for me and it would be ideal for taller parents, but I am not so sure how easy someone would find it if they were a lot shorter than me as I think its right at the limit of what I would find comfortable! I think the small picture on the Maxi-cosi website said 102cm high.
I put my son in the pushchair and he was very happy and comfortable in it. It looks stunning and it really turned heads when we went out to test it. I’m really looking forward to updating about our first shopping trip.
We took the Maxi Cosy Streety Plus for its first test drive on a shopping trip. The pushchair looked really smart & a lot of people were looking at it, probably because it is a fairly new style & I haven’t seen any others around in our area. Austin was very happy & comfortable in the lovely thick padded seat & the hood was a very good size to keep the sun out of his eyes. The basket was also quite large and held all the shopping really easily even though I bought quite a lot of bits & pieces.
I found the handle very high even though I am quite tall (5ft 10”), but this was a bonus for my husband as occasionally some strollers have had handles which have been far too low for him.
Austin was still trying to eat the stroller bar & I keep having to stop him!
August the 21th 2013
Initially I didn’t feel that the Streety was the easiest buggy to steer & turn & it took a little bit of getting used to but not in a bad way. I had to work out how to get it up & down kerbs as it was a little bit awkward to start with. In the end I found that I needed to push down on the handle bar while putting a foot on the plate at the back near where you fold it to give it enough momentum to tip it upwards to get up a kerb. If you do that, then it’s pretty straight forward.
August the 28th 2013
We ran into one very small problem - when shopping with older children we had to watch that they didn’t start fiddling with the handle as twice one of them twisted the middle of the handle bar – which is part of the folding mechanism & it doesn’t lock into place when the buggy is open so if anyone twists it, then it causes the buggy to start to collapse with the child in it! It doesn’t fold down too far or put the child at any risk, but it’s really awkward to snap it back open properly without removing your child which can be awkward if you have your hands full!
Our next outing involved going to a supermarket which is always a bit awkward when you have one child in a buggy & need to push the trolley with the other hand!
Fortunately we managed to get round easily pushing both with no problems & Austin got plenty of admiring glances as he was charming everyone with his smile!
It was a good stroller to go away for the weekend with as the large basket underneath held our packed lunches & the coats when the kids took them off - although most of the time, Isabelle put her dolly underneath where she could get it in and out easily!
On the way home we took the bus rather than the underground, because Isabelle was asleep. This was the only time I really struggled. We got on the bus & found that the gap between the seats to get to the wheelchair / buggy space was far too small and the buggy seemed to be too wide to get through it. I had to really wiggle it to get it through. I couldn't back up and ask the driver to go in the back door as there were a lot of people behind me so I really thought we were going to get stuck! After we sat down I took a picture of how small the gap is! I don't travel on buses very often in London because I mostly drive and it was the first time I had ever had any trouble.
Isabelle however was very comfy and slept through it all.
November the 20th 2013
Austin has grown and reaching Autumn, the weather has become much colder. I found that I had to remove the seat padding totally for Austin too as he doesn't fit in it any more with the seat pad in - we couldn't do the straps up any more. This is a bit of a shame, because the seat without the pad is very canvassy in feel & loses the lovely plush comfy softn padding to the seat area. I have noticed that the harness straps seem to be a bit too short as well. Austin is very tall for his age and when he has his warm Autumn/Winter coat on, the straps don't seem to have enough space even with the seat pad out to do up properly. I personally would like to see much longer straps to accommodate tall children & Winter clothing.
Autumn sun being variable, this was an outing where the coat needed to be taken off due to warmth! Austin is a very sensible boy & was hopping in and out to play every time we stopped at a new activity. The front bar opens up very easily with a push button to allow independence so children can get themselves in and out as they get bigger, saving you lifting them in and out each time.
Autumn stroll where again everyone needed to take their jackets off! The stroller got loaded up by the kids taking them off & dumping them on the top of the hood without my permission! The buggy is very stable and showed no signs of tipping though! Our picnic was in a big M&S cooler bag underneath in the lovely big basket. Having a big basket underneath has proved very handy time and again!
November the 25th 2013
After struggling with my changing bag slipping down over the handle bar for weeks,
I suddenly realized that the stroller has 2 little bits on it either side of the handle that you can clip a bag on to! I got a lovely bag at the Baby Show in October and I found I could clip it in place! I love this feature - very handy and I have no idea why I didn't realize before!
November the 30th 2013
Daddy is taking Austin for a walk. Having a high handle has been very good because my husband who is tall has had no problems with it. In the past I have had strollers that have been way too short for taller people and he has really struggled with them.
We took a rare trip into town to Oxford Street as I had to collect a present from John Lewis. We took the bus and even though the stroller is quite wide, we still managed to get into the wheelchair / buggy area with no issues. It's fine for using on public transport like buses, but I wouldn't recommend it for taking on the London tube system as I found it far too heavy to get up and down all the steps by myself with Austin in it. On the rare occasions I've gone by tube I've had to wait until some kind person has asked me if I needed any help as I could not carry it on my own. On this trip we went by bus though which was very easy. Austin was very comfortable and fell asleep during the journey.
December the 8th 2013
Isabelle is 3 and a very tall 3 year old, but she was still fine to go in the stroller in December. It's not quite as easy to get round as with Austin in it, but it still performs very well with an older child in it who still gets tired when walking a long way.
December the 15th 2013
This is Austin on the school run. One problem I am having now that the weather is colder is that with the coat on, I can't fasten the harness straps. Austin isn't yet 2, but he is very big and tall for his age, he isn't a very chunky child, but with a padded coat on it makes him a bit too big for the harness straps to do up without really squashing him. Luckily he is a very laid back, easy child and is happy to stay sat down in his stroller without running off and the front bar also acts to protect him and keep him in, however if he had been like my eldest son was at the same age (my eldest has severe ADHD), then we would be in big trouble and it would not work! My recommendation is that the straps on the stroller are made longer to give more flexibility to adapt to taller and wider children and those wearing thick winter coats.
December 27th 2013
This was taken over Christmas while we all went as a family to stay near my parents and one of my sisters. I went into town on the bus and the day was bitterly cold making me wish that there had been a cosy toes option in the mix and match colour pack! We used a very thick quilt to keep Austin warm and he seemed happy enough. Again we really struggled to get the harness to do up over his coat. The harness issue probably will resolve when the weather gets warmer again, but for now we usually do it up round his waist as a 3 point harness instead.
The Maxi Cosi Streety Plus was stunning to look at and we got many admiring glances - I always felt that it looked very smart when we went around and it has stayed nice despite being used for 6 months.
It is very sturdy and has a lovely big basket underneath for any shopping trips or days out with the kids - it holds everything very easily.
The removable seat pads and colour packs are a fabulous idea and it means you can change the whole look of your stroller easily if you want to which would be very useful if you wanted to update it and re-use it for a subsequent child. The washable seat pad was very comfortable and very easy to remove and clean in the event of spillages and the odd nappy or sick incident.
Although it didn't really matter, I thought that handlebar felt a bit plastic and I would have preferred it to have a foam or rubberized coating.
Over all I have thoroughly enjoyed using this stroller.