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Mamas&Papas Armadillo Flip Review

Review Overview

Mamas&Papas Armadillo Flip Review
Expert Reviewer
143 Reviews
Reviewed On: 03 Aug 2015
Helen Taylor
Expert Reviewer
Helen's Verdict:
4.5 / 5

Review Summary

Summary

Great looking, well made and clever, the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip is a trendy, practical pushchair. The hood is brilliant, being both huge and very quiet to use. However, this is trumped by the excellent fold and parent facing ability of the seat.

What’s good
  • Clever fold
  • Seat
  • Style
What’s not so good
  • Expensive
  • Handle not height adjustable
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Review Content

Mamas&Papas Armadillo Flip Review

At first glance, the Armadillo Flip is a very pretty pushchair indeed. We have it in 'Teal Tide', which is very striking, but not too flamboyant for everyday use. The matte gray chassis is the perfect colour match for the teal seat unit. The hood is huge, coming round to almost meet the seat at the front when the seat is upright and the hood is fully extended. It features a large window so that you are able to keep a keen eye on your little one whilst they are world facing. This is secured shut using magnets, so if your little one is asleep there is no chance of this waking them up. The seat liner is very soft and padded, and is made from a memory foam-like material, so it would be quite easy for anyone to fall asleep in there!

The foam coated handle, although not height adjustable, is very comfortable to hold, and feels very hard wearing. The barrel in the middle of the handle is actually the very thing responsible for the superb fold on this pushchair – more on this later. Braking is taken care of by a pedal that sits just inside the right rear wheel. Press down for on and lift with your toe for off. Brake action is light and easy. At the front, the wheels are lockable by means of a lever behind the wheel axel and can also be removed at the press of a button. The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip has a decent sized basket measuring 40cm x 45cm x 15cm that is best accessed from the front by lifting the leg rest.

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Seating on the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip is really flexible. The clever seat can be used parent or world facing and as it measures 50cm x 28cm, it will last you well into your child's toddler years, with excellent shoulder room. Backrest adjustment on the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip is one-handed. It has three positions; upright, 45 degrees, or lie flat. Pull the yellow lever on the back of the seat to drop it back down to its lie flat position. The seat can be raised with one finger back up to its upright position when required. The 5 point harness has padded shoulder and crotch straps. To do it up you need to clasp together each side and slide this into the main buckle. It is a little tight, but made easier by the chunky buckle size. Reversing the seat is as easy as sliding the yellow tabs on top of the lower seat frame back and squeezing the buttons underneath the seat as you lift it off. You can then drop it back in place facing the other way.

We love the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip fold; it's as simple as it is clever. First, lift the yellow tab at the back of the seat to move the backrest forward until it touches the footrest. Now, slide the yellow tab on the handle and twist the centre of the handle towards you. Then, move the handle away from you until it is over the front of the pushchair and grab the handle that is on the back of the seat base and lift. The auto lock engages and you are done.

The best thing is that the seat is now folded over on itself, protecting the padding from the elements. We have to say it is brilliant. When you get the position of the front wheels right, it is freestanding.

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Conclusion

Great looking, well made and clever, the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip is a trendy, practical pushchair. The hood is brilliant, being both huge and very quiet to use. However, this is trumped by the excellent fold and parent facing ability of the seat.

At £399, it is by no means cheap, however if you are looking for one pushchair to use in and around town from birth until well into your toddler's older years, then the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip will most probably be for you.

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