BabyStyle Oyster Zero Gravity Review
The BabyStyle Oyster Zero has been a parenting favourite for many years but now the Oyster Zero Gravity has arrived and it totally steals the show.
We have long been fans of the Oyster Zero for its ease of use and extra large seat unit. Now it's the turn of the Oyster Zero Gravity, read on to see if we were bowled over by the latest addition to the Oyster family.
- Large seat unit
- Suitable from birth
- Carrycot and car seat compatible
- Automatic zero-effort fold
- Strap recline system,
- Fixed height handlebar
The Oyster Zero Gravity was up and assembled in a matter of minutes. We were also sent an Oyster Capsule car seat as well as the Oyster 3 carrycot as the pushchair can be used as a travel system.
The first impressions of the Oyster Zero Gravity are that the chassis is smart and sturdy yet still light and practical, a mix that some might think is impossible! At just 8.5kg the Oyster Zero Gravity stroller was easy to lift and transport whenever we required.
The wheels again have been cleverly engineered so that they are workman-like but still retain a pleasing aesthetic. All of the wheels have suspension. On the back wheels our passenger enjoyed the spring suspension that absorbed bumps from potholes and the cantilever suspension on the front wheels made for easy pushing over short grass and fine gravel too. The front wheels can be locked into place which we found really handy when heading over grassy fields and to parks.
The basket sits underneath the seat and is nice and spacious. The high mesh sides meant that we could really pile our belongings in there on a day trip out and we never struggled for storage space. There is also a pocket in the basket to keep small items such as bottles to the included rain cover.
The foot operated brake sits in the centre of the back axle and is easily operated by flipping on and off.
Many people will be expecting a height adjustable handlebar on such a cleverly designed and engineered pushchair however the Oyster Zero Gravity handlebar is actually in a fixed position. That being said, this did not cause us any issues when testing and we found the handle height of 104cm to be really comfortable for our 5'6" and 5'10" parent testers.
The Oyster Zero Gravity is a forward facing only stroller that can be used from birth all the way up to a weight of 22kg. We love the long life span that this pushchair offers and the broad and tall seat unit really did allow for a 4 year old to sit in the pushchair comfortably without feeling cramped.
The fabrics are beautifully woven and amplify the quality of the BabyStyle brand. They are soft to touch yet still very practical. We had a few occasions where we needed to wipe them with a damp cloth to clean crumbs and spillages and the fabrics came up like new on both occasions. The colours of the fabrics are also delightful. We are testing the Mustard colourway which is a bright and refreshing buzz of colour but there are also options of Pepper, Mercury and Tonic for those who prefer a gentler hue.
The broad and tall seat is accompanied by a smart and well padded 5 point harness that keeps baby sitting in their seat safely and comfortably. There is also the benefit of a softly padded and nicely finished bumper bar for your little one to hold onto whilst out on their travels.
The adjustable leg rest added to the comfort of the seat for our testers and they loved being able to rest their legs when napping. Although a small feature, we found it extremely useful and it increased the length of the seat for older children to nap in too.
The seat can be reclined to a lie flat position by using the strap recline system. Although we needed two hands to push the seat back up after baby had finished napping, we do recognise that the strap recline helps to reduce the weight of the pushchair design and keeps the fold small.
The hood is covered in the same stunning fabrics as the seat unit. We love the practicality of the hood. It offers superb coverage and always sheltered baby well from sun, wind and even drizzle. The flip out sun visor gives that touch extra shade on brighter days and we loved the addition of the ventilation window which allows air to flow through to the seating area on hot days.
There is the option to use the Oyster Zero Gravity as a travel system by unhooking the seat fabrics front he chassis and attaching the Oyster 3 Carrycot with the use of the carrycot adapters. The carrycot sits at a great high position on the frame and allowed us a really great view of baby as we walked. The deep sides and generous length of the carrycot meant that it provides a safe and comfortable space for babies from birth up to around 6 months.
We also use the Oyster Zero Gravity chassis with the Oyster Capsule car seat. For trips when we were only going to spend a few minutes out of the car and we didn't want to disturb baby, this made the perfect travelling solution. Again, to do this you need the Oyster Capsule adapters which fit into the sockets that the bumper bar would fit into. There is no need to remove the seat fabrics to pop the car seat into position on the frame which also made life that little bit simpler.
The carrycot and capsule car seat can be purchased as part of a bundle to save a few pennies and give peace of mind that you have everything that you need from the get go.
We really can't complete this review without telling you about the fold. The fold is the all new ‘gravity' aspect of the stroller.
The Oyster Zero fold was always on easy but now it has been made perfect for parents who have back problems and do not wish to be bending down regularly and also for busy parents who may often be carrying bags and babies in their hands whilst trying to fold their stroller.
The stroller needs unlocking using the clearly noticeable red flick switch on the right hand side of the chassis. After that you press the foot pedals clearly labelled 1 (on the left) and 2 (on the right) and the stroller folds by itself right in front of your eyes. It locks into position automatically and stands on its wheels without falling over, ready and waiting to be lifted or transported wherever you may need it. It really is that simple.
To pop the stroller back into position just flick the red locking switch again and pull it into position until it locks into place.
Just when we thought that the Oyster Zero couldn't get any better, the Oyster Zero Gravity comes along and blows us out of the water. BabyStyle have put parenting at the forefront of their design and brought it to fruition using clever engineering. The BabyStyle Oyster Zero Gravity feels luxurious but works hard to make parenting life that little bit simpler.
If we were to be really fussy, the strap recline would be our only feature that we would replace with a one hand lever mechanism, however we know the system is produced of quality components and we recognise that it adds to the lightweight and compact nature of the design too.
For such an incredible price at just £299, the Oyster Zero Gravity offers far more than many other pushchairs on the market at that price point.
Overall, Zero fuss and this stroller complemented our parenting lifestyle perfectly.
One handed fold, Free standing when folded, One piece fold, Car seat compatible, Lie flat seat, Quick release wheels
Up to 4 yrs, Up to 22kg
W59 x H104 x D87cm
W59 x H28 x D68cm