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Quinny Buzz Xtra Review

Average stroller with no standout features or impressive performance
The Quinny Buzz Xtra
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Price:   $600 List
Pros:  Easy to use brakes, one hand unfold
Cons:  Hard to use features, heavy and hard to lift
Manufacturer:   Quinny
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 3
  • Maneuverability - 30% 5
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

We were not that impressed with the Quinny Buzz Xtra that failed to score above average in any metric. This stroller looks like many of the newer products on the market, but somehow it fails to bring all the same convenience and ease of use to the table that we found in some of the competition. This stroller is a below average stroller for an above average price. We had higher hopes for this product than it offered in our tests. We feel this stroller is not one that most parents will like as there are options that scored higher and cost less.


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Pros Easy to use brakes, one hand unfoldEasiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useEase to maneuver, easy to use, comfortable, joggerLess expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durableEasy to use, lots of supplies fit in storage, quality materials
Cons Hard to use features, heavy and hard to liftBulkier, harder to transportLarge and hard to liftLarger, may be hard to lift and carryHarder to push with smaller wheels, lower safety score
Bottom Line Average stroller with no standout features or impressive performanceCool multi-purpose jogger with enough features for everyday useGreat moving jogger with all-terrain capability that works well as a full-size strollerVersatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday useEditors' Choice stroller we really enjoy with lots of features that work well
Rating Categories Quinny Buzz Xtra Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler UPPAbaby Cruz
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Specs Quinny Buzz Xtra Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler UPPAbaby Cruz
Weight 28.4 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 21.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25"W x 17.6"H x 39"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 22.2"W x 14.7"H x 36.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0-8 wk
Stroller Seat: 8 wk-8 mo
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo-5 y
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0-8 wk
Stroller Seat: 8 wk-8 mo
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo-5 yr
Maximum: 74 lbs/44"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Prezi
None None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Prezi
Safety 1st
Any seat from the Onboard series (Excluding the OnBoard 22)
Chicco
Keyfit, Keyfit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
Britax
Chaperone
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 30/30
Graco
SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Medium Large Large Large Very Large
Sun Shade Size Medium Large Large Large Large
One-handed Fold No Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 38.1"/41.2" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 40.5"/43.2"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None None Rain Shield, Bug Shield
Setup Time 11:04 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:21 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 4:56 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

Nicolaas (Nick) Quint launched a baby gear company in 1950 in The Hague Netherlands. This was the beginning of the Quinny line. He started with wood playpens and in 1989 they introduced their first strollers and buggies. Quinny's innovative designs and unique features inspired the stroller market. Quinny continues to create unique options for urban life with sharp looks and different folds.

Performance Comparison


The comparison chart shown below shows the overall scores for each stroller tested in this review including the Quinny Buzz Xtra (in blue).


The sections below offer detailed information on how the Buzz performed during our tests.

Ease of Use


The Buzz Xtra scored a 3 of 10 for ease of use, which is the lowest score in the group.

The fold of the Quinny requires two hands to move the side levers.
The auto-lock feature on the Buzz works well.

Fold and Unfold


The Quinny is a two-handed fold (above left), that doesn't self-stand or offer a carry strap, which is really a shame given the larger size. There are 2 steps and it has an auto-lock (above right) feature which is nice, but not enough to make up for the rest. The unfold is a one-handed operation that requires only 2 steps and is very easy.

The brakes on the Quinny have individual pedals for setting and releasing.
The brakes on the Quinny have individual pedals for setting and releasing.

Brakes


The Quinny has single action brakes that are easy to set and release, and are sandal foot friendly. The brakes are stiffer to set than some of the competition, but they are sturdy and we felt confident the brakes are set after applied.

The under seat storage bin on the Quinny Buzz Xtra is small and not that easy to use.
The under seat storage bin on the Quinny Buzz Xtra is small and not that easy to use.

Storage


The Quinny has a medium sized under seat storage bin that can hold up to 11 lbs. This bin is accessible from the side and the front, but not the back. The basket height is low thanks to a frame bar that runs across the center of the basket. We had difficulty fitting a small sized diaper bag in. Ease of access is only average on this stroller.

The Quinny is an average stroller with relatively poor performance in most of our tests.
The Quinny is an average stroller with relatively poor performance in most of our tests.

Sunshade


The sunshade on the Buzz is only medium in size and it doesn't list its SPF. It does not offer a peek-a-boo window, but it does have some ventilation.

The Buzz has a limited number of adjustment possiblities.
The Buzz has a limited number of adjustment possiblities.

Harness


The Quinny has a 5-point harness that is more difficult to adjust equally so for putting on and taking off. The harness itself is difficult to adjust and the shoulder straps are sewn in place and not adjustable at all. It lacks a crotch strap so you might not be able to get the best fit for baby given the limitation of adjustments. The Quinny also has a buckle that is hard to use. The buckle nests requiring the two sides to be put together before inserting in the buckle. The buckle release button is stiff and you might have trouble operating it with one hand.

The recline on the Buzz looks to be almost flat.
The recline on the Buzz looks to be almost flat.

Seat


The Quinny has a padded leg rest with a wide plastic footrest both of which are adjustable. The seat back reclines and has two separate recline buttons that must be pressed at the same time. We think some parents might have difficulty adjusting the recline from behind when the canopy is folded the seat back doesn't easily fit through the frame to recline.

With a weight over 20 pounds no matter which adapter you use  the Quinny would not make a good stand in for a car seat frame product.
The Quinny comes standard to use with some Maxi-Cosi infant car seats.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Quinny Buzz comes standard with Xtra adapters that work with Maxi Cosi car seats. We tested it with a Maxi Cosi Mico Max. The adapters click in easily after you remove the toddler seat (and canopy) and there is no assembly required. The seat is easy to install but has some finger catching concerns when you remove it. It doesn't feel stable compared to other combinations.

These are the standard seat connectors on the Quinny that work with the included toddler seat and some of the Maxi-Cosi infant car seats.
The car seat adapter frame for the Quinny adss over a pound to the total weight and works with several major brands.
The photos above show a close up of the Xtra with the Maxi adapters (left) that come standard and the Chicco adapter frame (right).

Parents can purchase an additional car seat adapter frame that works with Safety 1st Onboard series, Maxi-Cosi Cosi35, Graco Snugride 22, Graco Snugride 32, Graco Snugride 35, Chicco Keyfit 22, Keyfit 30, Combi Shuttle 33, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 30-30, and the Britax Chaperone. The adapters are not compatible with Safety 1st onboard 22 or Graco Snugride Click Connect car seats.

The Chicco does not feel that stable on the Quinny  and we feel there is potential for finger injury when removing the seat from the frame.
The Chicco does not feel that stable on the Quinny, and we feel there is potential for finger injury when removing the seat from the frame.

We tested the adapter frame with the Chicco Keyfit 30. Connecting the seat to the adapter is easy, but we had trouble getting it installed completely each time. If the car seat is tipped too far back when you install it, it sounds like it is clicking in, but it isn't. We suggest paying close attention, going slow, and double checking by tugging firmly on the infant seat to ensure a strong attachment. You will need to be careful of your fingers as they can get caught in the adapter and an injury is a real possibility.

Ease of Setup


The Buzz earned a 4 of 10 for ease of setup.

It took us over 11 minutes to get the stroller ready to use. The documentation that comes with the stroller is only average, and we had trouble following the directions. This stroller took longer to put together than we thought it would.

The swivel front wheel on the Buzz can be locked in place for better maneuverability over rough terrain.
The swivel front wheel on the Buzz can be locked in place for better maneuverability over rough terrain.

Maneuverability


The Quinny earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. This stroller is harder to stop turning making it feel a little like a runaway train. Its smaller footprint makes it easier to get around smaller spaces, but the frame flexes when you push it. This stroller is hard to push with one hand and even with two hands it is not easy to turn quickly, but the shorter wheelbase makes it somewhat easier to turn sharply. It fits through smaller spaces, but we still struggled to turn and move it across various terrain. This doesn't say much for the claim that this is an all-terrain stroller. Plush carpet is a challenge for this stroller indicating that a trail or gravel road might not be worth the hassle.

For turning off flat surfaces onto rougher terrain, the Quinny rolls relatively well, but it will take a little more strength and the double front wheels catch on gravel so badly that we almost tipped the stroller over more than once during testing.

The folded Buzz is neither the smallest or the lightest option in the group.
The folded Buzz is neither the smallest or the lightest option in the group.

Weight and Folded Size


The Buzz Xtra weighs about 28 lbs. The lightest is the Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini, with both weighing about 17.5 lbs.

The folded size of this stroller is not impressive. Folded it is over 17,100 cubic inches. So the combined size and weight of this stroller make it a challenging choice for a commute around town.

The Quinny did not score well for quality.
The Quinny did not score well for quality.

Quality


The Quinny scored a 6 of 10 for quality; its highest score in any metric we tested. However, this score is still lower than average with several other strollers scoring higher.

The Buzz has some of the softest fabric in the group made better with its ability to repel water that practically wipes clean with a damp cloth. The canopy, crotch pad, and shoulder pads are all made from a rough canvas that seems more sturdy than the seat fabric. The storage basket is the same canvas and the footrest is a piece of hard plastic.

The frame on the Xtra looks nice at first blush, but it has far too much movement and rattle when in use, making it clear that it has too many junction points. The fabric does fit the frame nicely, but it would have been nice to see a higher quality frame with less flex and noise.

This stroller has plastic foam filled wheels that can never go flat but fail to impress. They look nice, but this kind of wheel isn't the best for all-terrain travel further calling into question the Quinny all terrain claim. Pneumatic air-filled rubber tires are by far the better option for a smooth ride on rough surfaces.

Thanks in part to a frumpy looking canopy and a convoluted frame, this product is reminiscent of a red marshmallow in its overall fit and finish. While it certainly isn't the most disappointing, with a closer look it's disappointing for the price range.

The handlebar on the Quinny is adjustable with the telescoping design  which we prefered.
The handlebar on the Quinny is adjustable with the telescoping design, which we prefered.

The handlebar on this stroller is somewhat adjustable and the feel is about average. We did like the shape and feel, as well as the smooth transition between the padded handle and the hard plastic centerpiece where the handle release button is.

The Quinny has nice suspension on all 4 wheels and it has a nicely padded seat that seems to provide a comfortable riding experience. The larger rear wheels also help create a nicer ride overall, but we think the experience would be improved with rubber tires.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team