In December 2017, a new stroller hatched in the form of the Quail by egg®. A forward and rear-facing compact-folding stroller with the same luxury finish as its renowned big sister, we were keen to put it to the test..
If you want all the luxury of the egg® stroller but need something more compact for urban use then the Quail could just be your perfect companion. The Quail features the distinctive curves and style that we know and love from the egg® but offers the practicalities that new parents need for city living. So how did it perform when we put it through its paces?
What's in the box?
• Seat unit
• Magnetic seat panel of your choice
• Weight: 10.9kg
• Folded size: 70 x 31 x 54cm
• Open size: 84 x 54 x 96cm
• Suitability: 0-22kg
• Handle height: 96-109cm
• Additional magnetic seat panel
• Multi-car seat adapters
• Quail carrycot (includes one set of multi-car seat adapters)
• egg Quail Ride-on board
• egg Quail Thermal Shopping Basket
Strictly Pink, Quantum Grey, Gotham Black, Latte
The Quail is as unique as it is gorgeous. It was easy to set up and didn't require a PhD to assemble, which is always a good start.
The gunmetal chassis has an element of class and the gentle curves just add to its supermodel appeal. The Q-shaped Quail logo features in quite a few places on the pushchair and you will notice it looks like a little bird, a really lovely touch to the branding.
The handle height is adjustable by rotating the central barrel and we are certain that drivers of all heights will find it comfortable to push. The handle is more of an oval shape than round and doesn't quite sit in the palm of your hand as comfortably as we expected.
The small black wheels are perhaps the cutest you will ever see on a pushchair with quail footprints forming the tyre treads. We really rated the ultra-smooth push and the fact that the pushchair had such a small turning circle was really handy when steering in tight spaces.
When you press the brake you again get the feeling of quality and luxury. The lever is smooth to use and pushed on and off really easily.
For a compact stroller the basket is actually a very generous size. The sides are high and it easily held coats and a nappy bag. You can buy a thermal shopping basket accessory, which is a cool bag that clicks onto the back of the chassis, so is a great addition if you need more storage.
You can convert the stroller into a travel system by purchasing the car seat adapters separately. You can also buy a Quail carrycot to click onto the chassis, which includes the multi-car seat adaptors.
With a lie-flat seat, the stroller can be used from birth and it is suitable up until your child reaches 22kg in weight. An impressive feature ensures that you can really make the most of the pushchair and use it for the maximum length of time: You can extend the height of the seat in a matter of seconds by pinching the hidden levers on the back and the difference in height from lowest to highest settings is fantastic.
We loved that all these clever mechanics at the back of the seat are covered with a magnetic seat panel, that couldn't be quicker or easier to pop on and off when needed. These are available in six colours, some with different patterns or textures, so the only problem you might encounter is deciding which one to choose! Some of the designs definitely make a statement, but there are a few subtle options too if that's more your thing. The seat panel provides a cover for the seat mechanisms and just gives the Quail that iconic egg-shaped seat profile.
The harness is quick and simple to use and fastens together into the most gorgeous egg-shaped white buckle. Adjusting the height of the harness is blissful as you just pinch the other levers on the back of the seat.
There is a lovely rounded shape to the hood and even though it doesn't extend, it still covers baby and child adequately. The visor feels padded, which we thought was strange at first but in actual fact it helped the visor to keep its shape. The height of the hood can be adjusted along with the seat height and we think this flexibility is a great feature that really sets the Quail aside from others in its category.
You can click the seat on and off and into parent and world-facing positions easily and also recline the seat whichever direction it is facing.
Whilst we love the seat and soft fabrics with plenty of padding on the backrest, the bottom of the seat itself doesn't feel as padded and is quite open at the front. We found it was more comfortable for baby to sit in with a liner or footmuff for a bit more shelter. Both are available as additional accessories and the Quail footmuff is so gorgeously soft inside you might want to snuggle up in it yourself! Of course, you can use the Quail Carrycot for a newborn, which offers them a cosier place where they are really well sheltered from the elements.
If a small fold is at the top of your list then the Quail should be on your shortlist.
What we really love is that the stroller can be folded with the seat unit attached in either direction and is as small as it would be if you detached the seat unit.
It is a three-step fold but don't be fooled as it is still quick and simple and doesn't take more than a few seconds to complete.
When folded, it stands freely without the need to lean against anything. This was a real bonus during our testing time as it could be stood neatly in the corridor in between outings without any danger of marking the walls.
You do need to make sure that you unhook the two autolock clips from the frame before you unfold the pushchair. The Quail features both a primary and secondary lock, designed to keep the chassis securely closed while it's being carried or during transit. We did find that initially we sometimes forgot about the additional clip on the footrest and couldn't click the chassis back up into place, but this is likely to become second nature with frequent use.
The petite nature of the Quail has by no means compromised on its features. The adjustable seat back and higher weight limit of 22kg means that you can really get the most out of this little pushchair for as long as your child needs to ride in it. This compact stroller has been really well thought out in terms of design and it isn't just a pretty face. It looks elegant but the clever mechanics such as the easily adjustable harness and seat height are really ingenious and actually make parents' lives far easier for longer-term use. Not to mention how handy the compact fold with the seat unit attached in either direction can be when you need to store or transport the pushchair.
The wheels gave one of the smoothest rides we have experienced from a compact stroller and we really loved the way that you can parent-face your baby or toddler to allow for those all-important chats and interactions. The seat unit is quite open for those who wish to use it from birth but this is easily remedied by using the Quail Carrycot or footmuff. The design means the seat isn't the widest if you are planning on using with an older or larger passenger, but if you want style and substance in a small package then we think the Quail really ticks these boxes.
We give the egg® Quail 4.5 out of 5 stars