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Inglesina Quad Review

The Inglesina Quad
Price:   $600.00 List | $499.00 at Amazon - 17% off
Pros:  Self-stands, easy to carry with strap
Cons:  Two wheel suspension makes for a bumpier stroll, heavy and hard to move
Bottom line:  Disappointing performance considering the higher list price
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Manufacturer:   Inglesina

The Skinny

The Inglesina Quad came in 3rd from the bottom of 19 in our tests. It scored below average in most metrics and didn't fare well in comparison to the other strollers we reviewed. While it is a nice looking product, it did not score well for ease of use, and the maneuverability is only better than one other product. We feel if a stroller is hard to push it is a bad choice no matter what else it has to offer. In short, we wish that this stroller brought more to the table and we think most parents will be happier with other options that might cost less or comparable to the Quad.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Thursday
January 28, 2016

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The new Inglesina Quad is advertised as an all-terrain stroller with large wheels made with ball bearings for use over multiple kinds of surfaces. The seating options include the Quad carry cot, the reversible seat, or the Huggy infant car seat all included with this chassis. The carry cot is a flat cot for babies from birth to 6 months. The reversible seat can face out or toward the parents, and is equipped with a padded leg cover, rain shield, and rollaway cover for added protection against the elements. The Huggy infant car seat can be used as a car seat or as a stroller seat. The fabric coating has 3D net inserts that are removable and washable. It has an under seat storage basket and a matching bag and cup holder. The bag includes a changing pad that can attach to the chassis handle.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows a comparison of the overall scores for each stroller tested in this review. The Inglesina Quad is shown in blue.


The sections below provide more details on how the Quad performed during testing for each metric. The metric performance scores were used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability.

The Quad is a larger stroller.
The Quad is a larger stroller.

Ease of Use


The Inglesina earned a 5 of 10 in the ease of use category, which puts it just below the average score of 5.4. The high score in this metric is an 8 earned by both the UPPAbaby Cruz and the UPPAbaby Vista.

The best access for the storage bin on the Quad is from the side  but the front  back  and top bars limit how much you can put in it.
The best access for the storage bin on the Quad is from the side, but the front, back, and top bars limit how much you can put in it.

Storage
The Inglesina has a medium size storage basket with a maximum allowable weight of 6.6 pounds. This isn't that much weight and can likely be overloaded with a large diaper bag. Worse, it certainly couldn't handle any additional weight associated with running errands. We were able to fit a medium sized diaper bag inside with access from the sides and back. Some of the competition allows for over 10 pounds of storage which would be better.

This stroller has a cup holder on the side of the handlebar which has a 1.1 pound maximum storage. There is no parent console or additional storage pocket for smaller convenience items.

The peek-a-boo window on the Quad is made of vinyl and is relatively large.
The peek-a-boo window on the Quad is made of vinyl and is relatively large.

Sunshade
The sunshade on this stroller is fairly large and it does not list an SPF rating. It does not have additional ventilation when open, but it does have a medium sized peek-a-boo window that is vinyl. We prefer the mesh options, because they give an additional ventilation, but having a peek-a-boo window is better than not having one, so we won't split hairs.

The Quad's bottle holder is deep  but narrow.
The Quad's bottle holder is deep, but narrow.

Convenience
The cup holder on this stroller is on the side of the frame. It is compatible with water and baby bottles, and sippy cups in our tests. It has an open bottom design, so it is not suitable for holding keys or smaller items. The cup holder is removable, and it might make the stroller easier to fold and fit in your trunk. However, in our experience taller bottles tend to tip the holder and fell out frequently. While the placement of the bottle means it isn't likely to fall on baby, it will still be annoying.
The Inglesina has a bumper bar that moves out of the way so you can put baby in the seat.
This stroller has an adjustable leg rest, but no foot pad. The leg rest is padded and the bottom part is covered with a durable rubber type material. The edge under the knees is stiff and potentially uncomfortable for little knees wearing shorts.

The recline on the Inglesina is easier to use than other strollers with the two side strap design.
The recline on the Inglesina is easier to use than other strollers with the two side strap design.
This stroller has a recline option that is easy and button push operated. The seat back is adjustable from 17.6 degrees from flat to 62.8 degrees from flat. The range is relatively infinite without designated recline levels.

The Inglesina has the following accessories included in the purchase of this stroller a foot muff, rain cover, and reversible seat.

The Inglesina has plastic wheels that eel flimsy and cheap compared tot he competition.
The Inglesina has plastic wheels that eel flimsy and cheap compared tot he competition.

Maneuverability


The Quad earned a 4 of 10 for maneuverability, which is 5 below the top score of 9 earned by the BOB Revolution Flex.

The swivel front wheels on the Quad can be locked in place for easier movement over rough terrain.
The swivel front wheels on the Quad can be locked in place for easier movement over rough terrain.

One of the most important aspects of any stroller is the ability to easily push it. Pushing this stroller is not that easy, and it is on par with the Chicco Bravo LE and the Graco Aire3. This is not awful, but not great either. Pushing and turning on flat surfaces requires two hands at all times despite the claims that it is a one handed operation. It has a wide track and did not fit easily into smaller spaces. We had difficulty with turning and it is a slow and wobbly process. It did move over cords and from flat to carpet fairly easily.

Maneuvering on uneven surfaces was more difficult than flat. It is okay rolling and turning in grass, but it gets more difficult over gravel. We couldn't get it to roll over a 1 inch curb and the front wheels got caught on grates and over obstacles in the test that other strollers managed easily.

Taking this stroller over street curbs required us to bend down further than some of the competition and there is a lot of flex in the frame that increased with weight in the seat.

The Quad earned a below average score for quality  with so many pieces and parts that it looks busy and flexes considerable.
The Quad earned a below average score for quality, with so many pieces and parts that it looks busy and flexes considerable.

Quality


This stroller scored below average for quality with a 5 of 10. The top score in this metric is the BOB Revolution and the UPPAbaby Vista with an 8 each.

The fabric on the Quad seat and canopy is a softer feeling canvas material. It feels like it would be difficult to clean and would soak up liquid, but the cover is removeable, albeit with effort. The storage basket is made from tightly woven mesh material with a hard plastic bottom covered in durable canvas.

Notice all the parts in this small view of the brake/frame/wheel junction on the Quad  most of the strollers we looked at were far simpler in design.
Notice all the parts in this small view of the brake/frame/wheel junction on the Quad, most of the strollers we looked at were far simpler in design.

The frame is nicer than the fabric on this stroller; it is a solid frame with a nice finish and tight junction points. The frame is different than the competition and we had trouble deciding if we liked it or not because there is a lot going on. The overall fit and finish is a little bit of a disappointment because some of the material feels like cheap sweatpants.

The wheels on the Quad are foam filled plastic, as were many wheels in this competition. It isn't rare, but it is not our favorite. While you will never have to worry about a flat tire, you will have to cope with decreased maneuverability and passenger comfort common with plastic wheels. These wheels spin fairly easily, but they also feel cheap and flimsy. Overall we prefer the rubber tires that have a smoother ride and better maneuverability.

The handlebar on the Quad adjusts by rotating the bar on the pivot point.
The handlebar on the Quad adjusts by rotating the bar on the pivot point.
The handlebar on this stroller is adjustable from 31.1 to 40.9 inches high, making it a good range for most parents. We liked the shape and feel of the handle, but it is really only average overall.

The passenger comfort of this stroller is limited. It features front wheel shocks and little padding over the hard seat bottom. If this stroller had a sling style seat, rubber ties, and 4 wheel suspension it might offer more for comfort, but it isn't the most comfortable ride and we suspect that longer trips will result in a potentially grumpy passenger.

Safety


The Quad scored average for safety with a 6 of 10. The high score is an 8 earned by the Baby Jogger City Select.

The brake on the Quad is hard to use and during testing we often thought it was set when it wasn't.
The brake on the Quad is hard to use and during testing we often thought it was set when it wasn't.

Brakes
The Quad has single action brakes that are not sandal-friendly. They are only average for ease of setting and release. There is 1 inch play in the brakes after setting, which is not as significant as some of the other strollers. The major problem with this stroller is that during testing we had trouble setting the brake and recommend that parents double check the brake to ensure it is fully engaged. It can go partway down but not lock, and parents might feel like they are.

The cup holder connection on the Quad is designed such that it can rotate easily on the screw  spilling whatever it is holding.
The cup holder connection on the Quad is designed such that it can rotate easily on the screw, spilling whatever it is holding.

Cup Holders
There is one cup holder on this stroller. It is located on the left side of the frame, slightly lower than the handlebar. Due to the location, there is less safety concern for this cup holder than some of the competition, because items that fall out are more likely to fall on the floor than on baby's head. However, in our testing taller items did cause the holder to tip and the bottles fell on the floor. We'd prefer a holder that didn't tip, and a possible solution to might be to use the bottom storage bin for closed bottles and ditch the holder.

Releasing the buckle on the Quad is harder than most of the compeition.
Releasing the buckle on the Quad is harder than most of the compeition.

Harness
The Quad has a 5 point harness that is relatively easy to put on and slightly more difficult to take off. It offers adjustable crotch and shoulder straps. It is a little different than the rest, you have to squeeze the top and bottom of the buckle to release, but the shoulder straps get in the way at the top making it a little difficult.

The Quad has a two part 4-5 step fold that is fairly convoluted.
The Quad has a two part 4-5 step fold that is fairly convoluted.

Weight and Folded Size


For weight and folded size the Quad earned a 5 of 10, which is below the average of 6. The highest score in this metric is an 8 shared by the Baby Jogger City Mini, Baby Jogger City Mini GT, Britax B-Agile 3, Mountain Buggy Swift, and the Bugaboo Bee3.

This stroller weighs 27 pounds 2 ounces. Folded it measures 23.8"W x 17.5"H x 34.5"L and is over 14,000 cubic inches. This makes the stroller one of the larger options we looked at, and it might be difficult to fit it in smaller trunks.

Part of the Quad folding process includes removing the seat and pulling the lever while pressing the button.
Part of the Quad folding process includes removing the seat and pulling the lever while pressing the button.
This stroller requires 2 hands to fold, but it has an auto-lock feature, self-stands, and comes with a carry handle that makes moving it easier than those that don't have these features. Folding the stroller is a 4 steps process that is average for how easy it is to accomplish. It is a two part fold, but it might be easier than some with fewer parts. The frame self-stands easily and the seat can stand on its plastic bottom.

The Inglesina's documentation is so frustrating to use that we sort of winged it and put it together without them.
The Inglesina's documentation is so frustrating to use that we sort of winged it and put it together without them.

Ease of Setup


It took us about 7 minutes to get this stroller out of the box and strolling, and it earned a score of 7 of 10 for ease of setup. Unfortunately, the documentation is poor compared to some of the other products. The first part of the manual is illustrations only and the directions are several pages later. It requires flipping back and forth between pictures and the written description. The stroller isn't hard to put together, but we did end up winging the process because the manual was so frustrating to use.



Car Seat Compatibility


The Quad is not compatiable with any infant car seat in its standard form. It does however offer a car seat adapter that can be used with the Maxi-Cosi® Mico AP & Prezi, Cybex® Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, and the Nuna. The Quad's seat needs to be removed, and the adapter then attaches to the frame and the car seats then click into the adapter. The Cybex Aton 2 scored fourth in our infant car seat review. It is a nice seat with many features we really liked. We are disappointed that more seats are not compatiable with this stroller, though it is better than the Expedition that is only compatiable with Baby Trend car seats.

Best Applications


This stroller might appeal to parents who like other products in the Inglesina lineup. Unfortunately, given its middle of the road test reults in our testing process, and its poor overall rank, it doesn't have a best application no matter what you are looking for in a stroller.

Value


With a price tag of $600 dollars on average the Quad is about even with the average price of the strollers we looked at. We found that for the most part spending more money didn't result in getting a better stroller, and while several products in our tests were significantly more expensive, it is hard to consider the Quad a good value. Almost all of our award winners in this review cost less than the Inglesina and all scored much higher than this stroller.

Conclusion


The canopy on the Quad is really fairly large.
The Quad is a larger stroller.
 
The photos above she the seat of the Quad in the upright (left) and fully reclined positions (right).

The Quad came in 3rd from the bottom in our review of standard strollers. It managed a relatively average performance compared to the competition in the group, and it failed to impress us in any category we tested. With a poor ease of use score, and increased difficulty in maneuvering and pushing, it is a stroller that might cause more frustration that it is worth. Given that there are many strollers that scored higher and offer more features for less money we feel the Inglesina is not the best option in this review.

Other Versions and Accessories


For full size strollers Inglesina has two options including the Quad and one called the Trilogy. The Trilogy is about $100 cheaper, boasts a one hand fold, and is lighter than the Quad. We did not review the Trilogy, but we think it looks more like an umbrella stroller in its design than it should.

Accessories available for purchase for the Quad include a Bassinet, Matching Diaper Bag, and Car Seat Adaptor.

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