Tuesday 7 February 2012

The Quinny Zapp Xtra Review

I recently became the proud owner of the Quinny Zapp Xtra (Rebel Red - The colour was very close to my heart).

So why did I choose to purchase the Quinny Zapp Xtra over other choices out there?

Well....it fit in with my 3 main necessities:
  • I wanted a parent facing stroller - I did have the Mothercare Spin up until this point, and I like to have the option of whether Leo is facing me or not. He is 7 months old and for the moment I would rather he faced me - When the time comes for him to face out to the world, this is possible with the Zapp!
  • I wanted RED! With the Spin it was in Silver...I wanted to have a vibrant exciting colour, and Red was the perfect one for me! It was not too out there but it shouts 'Here comes Leo'!
  • I wanted 3 Wheeler - When I was in the market for my original Pushchair back in April 2011, all the above were on my list of 'Needs' and I got none of them! So when it came to returning to the market for my stroller, I wanted to make sure I got EVERYTHING I neglected the first time round!
So that is what drew my attention to the Quinny Zapp, and it all kind of went very fast from there...10pm at night and I am getting the jitters from my Pushchair Addiction. Maybe I didn't need a new stroller just yet, but I managed to justify it to myself and then TOLD Luke in no un-certain terms what I was doing. Then my card details were inserted and Kiddicare were instructed to deliver that week. I was like a child at Christmas!

In The Box
The Quinny Zapp Xtra Rebel Red retails on Kiddicare at £229.99

The Zapp Xtra Comes complete with a sun canopy, raincover, shopping basket and adaptors for attaching the maxi-cosi infant car seats.

The Footmuff has to be purchased separately at a cost of up to £60.00. I like the option to have the Footmuff, especially as it is so cold out at the moment, It would be a nice touch to include this in the price, but this may just be my wishful thinking.

If you decide to invest in the Footmuff, you will eventually find that it is the same one used with the Buzz. I feel this could have been communicated to a better level, as it took me one wrong order and more re-search to find this out!

The Zapp comes with some impressive features and my first impressions were glowing recommendation to anyone and everyone that would ask...or didn't ask for that matter!

I en-listed help in putting the Pushchair together as my ability to attempt this task alone on first 'Go' is always time consuming and frustrating. Apparently though the instructions (if you call them that...they are just diagrams!)  make this task first attempt a trial for anyone. It is actually very simple once you realise what you have to do. 

The frame folds tightly and compact and will fit in pretty much any car (even those small ones!), the only thing that takes up the majority of the space is the 'seat' as this has to be stowed away separately and cannot be folded up with the frame, as you can with other strollers.

Once put together you can attach the seat either to face the parent, or out into the world to see the wonders of the people and sights passing by. We are currently using the parent facing option as I do enjoy a good old chit chat with Leo while out and about and he seems to enjoy this at present. I know the time will come in the next few months where Leo is not wanting to speak to his Mummy any longer and it will be high time to let him see the wonders of the world on his own!

The seat has 2 recline positions in the parent facing option and 3 recline positions in rearward facing.

It has to be said that Leo is incredibly comfortable in the seat which cups him nicely, he sits in it just lovely.

One of the main reasons for the change was in his old Pushchair he did seem to 'dangle' somewhat, he was not seated as I would have liked, so this did prompt us to change sooner than we may have otherwise, I am very happy that we did choose the Quinny Zapp.

The Zapp Xtra is suitable from birth to approx. 4 years old, one of my thoughts on up-grading earlier was that if I was intending to spend this kind of money on a Stroller, then I wanted to make sure I got my moneys worth out of it.

Quinny Zapp Xtra Features as per The Kiddicare Website

  • Eye-catching sleek and attractive design.

  • Highly manoeuvrable front wheel on the Zapp Xtra can rotate 360° and is lockable.

  • The Zapp Xtra is the most compact buggy in the world when folded (70 x 25 x 29 cm - frame only).

  • 3D compact fold.

  • The Zapp Xtra is the ideal travel system when combined with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble or CabrioFix infant car seat (both sold separately).

  • Comes complete with a sun canopy, raincover, shopping basket and adaptors for attaching the maxi-cosi infant car seats.

  • 3 recline positions when facing forward.

  • 2 recline positions when rearward facing

  • My Views:
    Zapp Xtra Pros:
    • Light weight.
    • Portable.
    • Compact.
    • Convenient for my every day needs.
    Zapp Xtra Cons:
    • The entire Pushchair doesn't feel extremely sturdy (flimsy), this is in comparison to the Mothercare Spin that I used previously which was very 'solid'. It has been absolutely fine and I have taken it up and down some steep slopes, it just has a plastic feel to it on a whole.
    • It Folds in two parts - It would be nice if it folded all in one piece.
    • A small shopping trolley.
    Over all I feel that the Quinny Zapp Xtra is a brilliant Stroller and it caters for all my personal needs, and suits Leo down to the ground. All being well (with my Pushchair addiction) this will cater for Leo and I until we no longer need a Stroller.

    I am very happy with my choice and read numerous reviews on many different Strollers before purchasing my Zapp, but none of them seemed to come as close in Specification or looks! (I swear I don't always judge a book by it's cover!)

    If you are looking for a compact, easy to navigate and good looking Stroller that you can pick in 7 unique colours:
    • Rocking Black
    • Rebel Red
    • Natural Mavis
    • Blue Scratch
    • Pink Blush
    • Fading Green
    • Graphic Purple
    Then it sounds like you may have met your match (as I did...) with the Quinny Zapp Xtra.

    I hope this review has helped some potential Quinny Zapp Xtra buyers with a full and honest review! I think if you join me in the Quinny boat, you will have a very, VERY happy baby!

    Laura xx


    1 comment:

    1. They have brought out the zapp xtra with folding seat in the USA and has not yet been brought over to the uk :(
      I had this pram zapp xtra and took it back as it felt to flimsy and it was just too irritating with the seat not folding up. I have also had just the zapp and loved that but the seat didn't recline. We need quinny to bring over the quinny zapp xtra with folding seat and stop getting people to buy this one as its a waste of money knowing he have made one that the seat folds with the pram


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