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Venicci 3-in-1 Review

Review Overview

Venicci 3-in-1 Review
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216 Reviews
Reviewed On: 25 Sep 2015
Sophie Bell
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Sophie's Verdict:

Although some of you may not have heard of Venicci, they have been around since 2011, and we've been taking a look at their Venicci 3in1 Travel System.

Review Summary

Summary

If you like to purchase a pushchair that comes with absolutely everything that you could need, in co-ordinating colours, with a decent build quality and at a good price, the Venicci is definitely one to check out!

What’s good
  • Huge hood
  • Soft bouncy suspension
  • Nice carrycot
  • Large basket.
What’s not so good
  • Lower quality car seat
  • Thin carrycot mattress.
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Venicci 3-in-1 Review
Chassis

The Venicci comes in 2 large boxes, with everything you could need. The first box includes the chassis and wheels, with the second box holding the carrycot, seat unit, car seat and accessories. There is some assembly required, but it's simple to do and the diagram instructions are clear to understand, making it relatively quick. All four wheels need attaching to the frame first, but these are easy to do as they just push into the chassis. The rear wheels come in their own little covers, which is great to keep in the car if you cover dirty ground. If using the carrycot first, it will need the rods moving under the mattress to make it stand up, or if going straight onto the seat unit, the hood and bumper bar need attaching. The hood is straightforward to add as it just slides on to the side of the seat unit.

Although not huge, the chassis has a solid, chunky and robust look about it. We have the Denim Grey with a black chassis in for testing, which has sophisticated styling. The grey material is thick and strong with the black wheels featuring silver highlighting on the spokes and matching the frame perfectly. The chassis itself is made from aluminium and light enough to put in and out of the car without too much trouble.

Covering all shapes and sizes, the handlebar can be adjusted from 75cm right up to 110cm. This really is good coverage, and we can't see anyone struggling to find an ideal position with this range. It is finished in leather, so protected from bites, and ties in with the matching bumper bar.

The wheels on the Venicci are pretty large, with 23cm on the front and 28cm on the back. Being air tyres, they are capable of taking on the rougher terrain, but of course come with the risk of punctures. There is a really soft suspension on the rear two wheels, making the ride very bouncy like traditional prams. Because of this, it's lovely to push and is very manoeuvrable with swivel wheels on the front. To lock the wheels, there is a dial at the top of each front wheel, these are clearly labelled as to which way to turn for lock or swivel.

Chassis

As the brake is a ‘press on, press off' pedal style, it's really easy to apply and is situated in the middle of the rear of the chassis for easy access.

The Venicci's shopping basket is a great size, and capable of holding your changing bag and a few shopping bags. There's also a handy mesh pocket on the back of the seat unit so that you can keep your essentials close to hand.

With the Venicci package, you also receive a car seat that can be used up to 10kg. This is compatible to use on the frame with adaptors included, but you can also purchase additional adaptors for the bigger brand car seats such as Maxi-Cosi Pebble, Cabriofix and Citi SPS. The car seat is made in the same co-ordinating material, so matches the rest of the pushchair and accessories. It is a basic car seat that has light padding and a newborn support, as well as padded harness and crotch pads for the 3 point harness. For when you are using the car seat out and about on the chassis, you can attach the hood and apron, which offers a bit more protection.

If an all inclusive package of pram, pushchair and car seat isn't enough, Venicci also throw in some little extras to sweeten the deal. The change bag is a decent size to fit in all of the usual baby paraphernalia with 2 pockets on the inside and 2 on the outside. It shows off the same Venicci logo that is featured on the carrycot, seat unit and car seat, bringing the whole look together. There are handy clips on the frame of the pushchair that you can clip the bag on to, saving you from hanging the bag from the handle or taking up important basket storage. Also, if you need a beverage to keep you awake on the school run, Venicci include a cup holder that clips on to the right side of the frame. It slides on and off with ease to use as and when needed.

Seat

All parts on the Venicci seat unit and chassis that can be moved, are colour coded red, so it's instantly obvious which bits can be adjusted. The seat unit can be added to the chassis either parent or world facing. The fabric used feels of a nice quality, soft to the touch but strong and durable. As it's a denim style, marks shouldn't show up easily and you can wipe clean. In all modes - carrycot, car seat and seat unit, they are attached to the chassis with a simple Click Mode. There are two red buttons at each side of the chassis that you can depress one at a time to remove them. This is brilliant, as with most systems, you could do with extra hands as you need to press buttons simultaneously and also lift up, all at the same time!

A bumper bar is important if you have a child that likes to escape from their harness. Featuring a gate style opening, the bumper bar on the Venicci is easy to operate and finished with leather.

As the seat back fully reclines, it offers a lovely flat surface for a sleeping child. To recline, there is a lever half way down the back of the seat unit and there are 3 positions from flat to upright. Being 48cm high, the seat on the Venicci is neither the shortest or the tallest that we have looked at, so should be an option that can last you up to the 3 years or 15kg mark.

 

With an impressively large hood, the Venicci keeps the child completely covered and can be extended further via a zip. This keeps the child fully in the shade even when the seat is fully reclined. It also features a little pop out sun visor to keep the sun completely away. The material is all UPF 50+, so you can rest easy that any harmful sun rays will be kept from your baby. There's a handy little peekaboo window so that you can still keep an eye on your little one if the seat unit is world facing. Though it isn't secured by any Velcro or poppers, the material is stiff enough that it folds out of the way and stays put. This is actually a bonus as noisy Velcro can sometimes disturb sleeping babies.

The footrest is adjustable and keeps a child's legs fully supported. Moving vertically from downwards to fully up with two buttons on the inside, it is lined with plastic so shouldn't get too dirty and can be wiped clean.

A standard 5-point harness is on the seat unit, with a traditional buckle fastening, rather than the button style that you see on most pushchairs now. It's not the easiest to undo, so older toddlers shouldn't be able to escape. With 2 height settings on the harness straps and 2 for the crotch, it adjusts from baby to toddler and can be lengthened to accommodate.

The liner of the seat unit incorporates a zip around the edge, which is there to attach the included footmuff to. Though not a thick footmuff with barely there padding, it is soft and will keep drafts from getting into baby as it pulls quite high up. In cold weather, an additional blanket and warm clothing will still be required.

The Carrycot

For ease of storage, the carrycot comes flat packed in the box. It's uncomplicated to pop up into shape, using the 2 bars underneath the mattress. Once done, it's ready to click on to the chassis. This is done in the same way as the seat unit, without needing any additional adaptors.

We really like the Venicci carrycot. Not only is it a great size - L79 x W36 x H20 (cm), so well capable of lasting right up to 6 months, but it has the additional feature of being able to raise the backrest, for when a small baby is in between the laid flat and seat unit stage. From flat, there are 4 positions, and I think it's an excellent idea - especially useful if you have a baby suffering from colic or reflux.

The carrycot is lined with a light, soft cotton that is removable should you need to give it a wash. The included mattress isn't the thickest that we have tested, so it might be worthwhile to invest in one that will keep your baby more comfortable. There's a matching apron with poppers to stretch over the top, keeping baby protected and really finishing the look.

As there is a carry handle integrated in to the hood of the carrycot, it's really easy to remove from the chassis and transport. The hood is large enough to keep a small baby shaded, and has the same little sun visor as the seat unit. It can be moved up and down using the buttons on the outside of the handle. If you have a Summer born baby, the back of the hood also folds up to reveal a mesh layer, which improves air circulation.

Fold

The fold is easily achieved, and can be done with the seat unit attached in world facing mode. All you need to do is press the two buttons at either side of the handlebar frame and pull them up to release the lock. You can then push down the handle to complete the fold. The brake does need to be in place with the wheels facing forwards. The lock isn't automatic, so will need clipping on. To put the pushchair back up, it's just a case of removing the lock and pulling the handlebar up until the chassis clicks back into place.

The fold of the chassis is pretty compact, and as you are able to remove the front and rear wheels, you can make it even smaller to better fit your car boot. You'll just need the extra space for your carrycot, but as the carrycot can also be laid flat, it doesn't take too much more room.

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Drivability

Thanks to the fantastic suspension and large air tyres on the Venicci, the ride is really smooth for your baby or toddler, even though it takes some getting used to for the pusher. As you can fully adjust for each user, it's comfortable to push for people of different heights with the soft leather handlebar. It's also smooth and easy to manoeuvre over any terrain with swivel front wheels. If you aren't using it as an off roader though, the suspension can be adjusted. There are two small switches underneath the springs that tighten them, making the suspension a little bit harder. These are initially quite difficult to locate, but once found, they are game changer.  

Conclusion

The Venicci has features included that really remind us of a traditional bouncy pram, with its soft suspension and adjustable carrycot. It's equally at home in the shops as well as in the park, the spacious basket holding plenty of bags and the large air tyres and suspension carrying you smoothly over rough terrain.

Though additional purchases may be needed in the form of a thicker carrycot mattress or a more  established car seat, it still offers good value for money.

If you like to purchase a pushchair that comes with absolutely everything that you could need, in co-ordinating colours, with a decent build quality and at a good price, the Venicci is definitely one to check out!

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