Hi, I'm Aimee I live with my husband Richard a full time civil servant and our two beautiful daughters Jennifer who is three and Betsy who is 13 months. I am a full time mummy and enjoy going to lots of toddler an baby play groups, a favorite of both girls being baby ballet. We also enjoy baking, messy play and getting out and about catching up with friends.
With a few tests of folding and unfolding the pram I now feel confident to take it out for a test run! This is the first pushchair that I have owned with three wheels and straight away I can see the benefits, it is so easy to handle and very nippy round corners, the wheels are very dexterous giving a very smooth ride.
For its first outing we took a walk on the promenade, I have found the shade very good, it kept the wind out of Betsy's face and she was able to have a snooze on our walk, the reclining facility is excellent, she looked so cosy in there. The quinny zapp extra is very light weight and easy to maneouver and feels really smooth as you push it, even Betsy's big sister Jennifer gave it a go!
February the 16th 2013
I decided for our next trip to turn the buggy so Betsy was facing towards me. I have never had this facility on a buggy before. I loved being able to see her as we went out for a walk. I love how far back it can recline so that when Betsy has a nap I can took her in a blanket and recline her further back so she is nice and comfy. The strap fastenings are very smooth and padded and feel very secure. Also the little raised foot rest is great as it is covered by material with a rubber base, so little feet cant either drag on the floor or on the wheels (when she is a bit bigger). I must say it is taking some getting used to having to take the basket off and fold down the frame separately. I love the way it handles when it is up and it is far superior to the pram that I was previously using, however, I have found myself just carrying Betsy when we nip into a shop or something like that as it does seem much more of an effort to assemble the pram. So far though overall we love it!
February the 19th 2013
The first sunny day of the year! I was really impressed with the shade on the quinny zapp extra, I haven't got a parasol sun shade for the pram, but I really don't think you need one as it reaches really far round which adequately kept the sun off Betsy's face. Its really airy inside and the material doesn't retain the heat, so it doesn't get too warm. I love being able to push the pram easily with one hand as I have an older daughter too and I am often walking whilst holding her hand too so this pram is excellent or one handed pushing.
February the 23rd 2013
I have taken some pictures of the pram dismantled in my boot, the metal frame folds down really small and the pram seat itself slots neatly next to it, it leaves plenty of space for shopping bags etc… I am getting the hang of folding up and assembling the pram, it's so lightweight and is no problem lifting it in and out of the boot.
February the 25th 2013
A trip to town and a bit of window gazing, Betsy cruising reading her little ducks book relaxing in her quinny zapp xtra. I look at Betsy in the pram and it just feels like it was made for her, she fits in it so comfortably, and looks so streamline in it. We spent the morning shopping in town, we had a little browse in M&S, the buggy nipped and weaved in and out the displays with ease, its so easy to handle an a really smooth ride, Betsy was able to relax and get on with reading her book!
A trip to the supermarket is made so easy with the pushchair as its so easy to steer and maneouver the pram with one hand and hold the shopping basket in the other. I am also finding that the breaks are really strong and easy to use, one slide click to break with your foot and the other side click to release. Its so easy and convenient to use, I find I am just clicking the breaks on and off when required without even thinking!
A trip in to the village with a light drizzle and my first chance to use the rain cover. It was very secure and covered the pram complete so all the material was kept dry in the rain. It fitted flush around the pram so there were no little gaps were the rain could get through to Betsy. The cover uses quite thick plastic and so its great insulation too from strong winds.
On a trip to a DIY store the easy steering came in handy, so I could push the Quinny with easy weaving in and out of the aisles one handed whilst I held a basket in the other. When we are outside as the weather is still quite cold I tuck Betsy in with her blanket in the stroller, she looks very comfy and cosy. The shade at the top is quite large and so is very effective in sheltering from glaring sun and the cold wind. Its reclining feature is excellent, you can just adjust the baby to lie completely flat if you want to, I usually have it slightly reclined whilst Betsy is having her milk and then when she has a nap if we are out I will lie her further back.
March the 26th 2013
We also went on the train which was Betsy's first time. She stayed in the pram for the short journey. It was very steady and easy to wheel on to the train and along the carriage. The break was very secure and the pram did not move about when the train was moving. The easy handling of the pram was excellent so I could hold my bag with one hand and steer the buggy with the other. As the pram is quite compact in its size it easily fitted next to me by the seat with out getting in peoples way.
At the beginning of the week it was quite cold outside so when I took Betsy out in the buggy I tucked her in with a blanket, as you can see she was very comfy and soon asleep! I love the little slot at the side of the buggy so you can see in, and Betsy can see out when the visor is up, but it is still thick enough so it doesn't let in any draft and is very effective in keeping the sun out of Betsy's face.
April the 16th 2013
After a couple of months of testing the Quinny Zapp Xtra I thought I would give a list of the strollers good points:
The overall shelter that the baby gets from the wind/ sun glare with just the top visor covering
The fact the you can choose which way round the baby is going to face, so when we go for walks in the park I face Betsy away from me so she can have a good look at her surroundings, and when she is due a nap I face her towards me so I can watch her drift off to sleep as we are walking.
The breaks are so easy to lock on and off, an are really strong as I have demonstrated in a previous post on the bridgeThe fact that it is so easy to steer and manoeuvre with only one hand, I find this an essential quality in a stroller having an older child too so when we walk I can hold her hand whilst also pushing Betsy in the stroller
April the 25th 2013
On our way to a local playgym we have to cross over lots of cobbles to get in, as you can see in the video the pram remain very steady and easy to push, even though the cobbles are very uneven. It doesnt effect the handling of the stroller either, the wheels just seem to glide over each cobble. Betsy is sitting in the parent facing position so I can see she is comfy and secure.
April the 26th 2013
A trip to our local park. To get to the play area in our local park there are several hills to navigate and a mixture of different surfaces to cross such as grass and thick gravel. The quinny zapp xtra is excellent at manoeuvring over the gravels and cuts through the grass with easy to give a smooth ride for baby, and an easy push over the hills for me. As ever its still possible to do with one hand and the wheels change direction with ease to navigate over different floor surfaces. Another thumbs up for the quinny.
April the 28th 2013
I was taking about the quinny zapp xtra with my grandma this weekend and I mentioned how easy it is to push with one hand. My grandma uses a walking stick and so I though I would see if she was able to control the pram with one hand, as you can see from the picture she had no problem with this
Underneath the stroller is a storage basket which comes in very
useful when out shopping. You can remove it to wash by just unclipping
it and clipping it back on. It can hold quite heavy objects and this
doesn't effect the pram and it is underneath across the centre of the
Now the weather is getting warmer we are enjoying our long walks, Betsy often nods off in the stroller, she is well covered form the sun with the very generous sized visor.
May the 12th 2013
This week I have been in hospital for a few days having some minor surgery so have not been able to get out. Betsy and her big sister Jennifer came to visit me in the hospital. My husband asked me if he would be able to bring the Quinny in, as its so compact it was ok for him to bring it in. It fitted in easily next to the hospital bed and was not at all intrusive.
Betsy enjoyed trying push the stroller around the bed and practised climbing in and out of it.
May the 14th 2013
It was a lovely sunny day today so Betsy and I decided to go for a
little stroll in the village, Betsy was in good spirits and looking very
smiley and proud in her pushchair, as always she is well covered by the
sun from the visor.
May the 18th 2013
May the 20th 2013It's been a nice sunny day today so I took Betsy out for a sunny day stroll. There was lots of different texture of flooring the we wheeled over, from cobbles, to wooden plank bridges etc… the quinny glides over it with ease giving Betsy a comfy ride so she can enjoy watching the ducks on the lake.
May the 23rd 2013A lovely sunny day today so we went for a trip to the park, to get to the playground there are a few small hills and a large grassy area. Betsy's big sister Jennifer decided she would like to push the pram, as you can see in the video it is easy to push even in small hands.
May the 29th 2013On a recent trip to the park I got a good example of how Betsy is able to have a look through the side of her pram without having to crane her neck round the visor to see. Betsy is able to see out and yet it is still great for keeping the suns glaze from her face. I think this is a really great aspect to the pram.
We have been testing the quinny zapp xtra for about 5 months now and have used it nearly everyday. It is still in excellent condition and as far as I can tell the only wear and tear on it so far is some very slightly frayed stitching on the visor as you can see in the photo. The zip is of excellent quality and is really strong. I am really impressed with the stroller and so far has more than exceeding my expectations of it.
June the 2nd 2013
Here are some shots showing the generous visor size, ideal for summer to keep Betsy in the shade, As you can see it is larger than most strollers visors therefore giving a greater shade cover.
June the 9th 2013
A lovely sunny day at Blackpool zoo today, the hottest day of the year so far! as always the quinny zapp did not provided excellent shade coverage for Betsy and was easily cleaned after a very messy ice lolly just using some baby wipes. Even though the sun was very strong the material remained nice a cool for Betsy and didn't over heat.
June the 18th 2013
A day out and a train journey to meet daddy for lunch. Betsy easily fitted along the corridor of the train and we were able to pick our seats as the quinny's easy steering and nimble frame helped to fit in small spaces, this was really handy so I didnt need to get Betsy out and park the buggy up.
June the 19th 2013
Here are some images of the Quinny minus Betsy, one of my favourite features about it is the strip of material around the top of the hood so that you can see in at the baby even if they are world facing. Rather than craning your head round the corner you can just peep through the visor screen. It's a really useful feature, and still keeps the sun at bay for baby.
June the 25th 2013
It was a beautiful sunny day today so Betsy and I decided to walk and pick up her big sister Jennifer from nursery instead of taking the car. On the way we pass through a little wood clearing which has a very steep hill, its very easy to keep the quinny under control whilst holding Jennifers hand to.
June the 28th 2013
A lovely day and Betsy and big sister Jennifer enjoyed an ice cream on a
walk home from nursery, as you can see Betsy is enjoying her comfy seat
to eat her icecream :)
This weekend we went to Gullivers World in Warrington, we had a lovely day at the fair. We took Betsy in her Quinny which was very good for storing our picnic in underneath. The underneath storange compartment is quiet deceptive in size as it looks quite small compaored with other pushchairs, however the space that you get is deep so it easily sotres big pop bottles etc and you can get quite alot in.
July the 5th 2013
Betsy enjoying some biscuits on day trip out, crumbs very easily cleaned up by the clever foot rest catching the crumbs. The Quinny in world facing position and back is sitting straight up so Betsy can comfortable eat her biscuits.
July the 8th 2013
July the 10th 2013
A trip to the park today and a duck stopped by to admire the Quinny :) There are a few steep hills around the duck pond at out local park, but the brakes on the stroller are excellent, I feel very reassured when using them near the pond.
July the 17th 2013
July the 23rd 2013
This is a close up look at the section where the pram seat clicks in to. It is very easy to use, when the seat is in the correct position the numbers line up. It is very smooth and not complex to use and is easily wiped down to clean.
July the 26th 2013
We had a little seaside this break week. We took the quinny on the
beach, I found it quite difficult to push on the sand though. The sand
was damp with seemed to clog up the wheels a lot, I had to drag it
backwards on to the beach as there was not any traction on the wheels
as they are so smooth.
Final Review 2013
Overall I have found the Quinny Zapp Xtra brilliant, a great all rounder. I would have to rate it 5 out of 5.
1. very easy one handed steering and very smooth handling
2. excellent strong breaks on even a very steep gradient, with an easy on off push to activate
3. very comfy for the baby to either have a nap or sitting upright, brilliant two way facing feature either parent facing or world facing
1. no traction on wheels so not easy to push on changing surfaces i.e. sand
2. smallish under basket, quite deep but not very wide for storage
3. the two back wheels protrude quite a lot and so often get caught on the end of shop aisles
Over the past six months Betsy has grown and developed with using the stroller, it has been a pleasure to review it for you.