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Quinny Buzz Xtra Review
Price: $600.00 List | $299.99 at Amazon - 50% off
Pros: Easy to use brakes, one hand unfold
Cons: Hard to use features, heavy and hard to lift
Bottom line: Average stroller with no standout features or impressive performance
While we loved the Quinny Yezz umbrella stroller, 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 managed to offer in our tests, given our love of the Yezz. 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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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Quinny® Buzz™ Xtra claims to be a rugged all-terrain stroller that professes to work in the city, as well as off road. It is designed with never flat, foam filled tires, locking front swivel wheels, and an adjustable handlebar. The Buzz Xtra automatically unfolds with one button push with a hydraulic system using gas springs. It offers a height adjustable canopy with a visor for additional coverage and a storage basket that holds 11 pounds of supplies. The seat can work for babies who sit independently to around 50 pounds, and it is liquid repellent so spills wipe clean. The seat can be used forward or rear-facing with only 2 positions for recline in both modes.
The comparison chart shown below shows the overall scores for each stroller tested in this review. The Quinny Buzz Xtra is shown in blue. With an 18 out of 19 rank it is easy to see why the Quinny didn't win any awards in this gear category.
The sections below offer detailed information on how the Buzz performed during our tests for each metric. The individual metric performance scores were used to calculate the overall score.
Ease of Use
The Buzz Xtra scored a 3 of 10 for ease of use, which is the lowest score in the group and tied with 4moms Origami. The high in our tests is the UPPAbaby Vista and the UPPAbaby Cruz that both earned 8s in this metric.
The Quinny has a medium sized under seat storage bin that can hold up to 11 pounds. This bin is accessible from the side and the front, but the not the back which is arguably one of the easiest locations for parents to use. The storage 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 the bottom and there was no chance of fitting a standard sized bag or larger. Ease of access is only average on this stroller and we didn't like it as much as the competition. There is no additional storage on this stroller, so parents might struggle with being able to bring enough supplies with baby on a full day's adventure.
The photos above show the Quinny with an open and closed canopy.
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. It earned the second lowest score in the group for sunshades with only the Baby Trend Expedition coming in with a lower score.
The Quinny doesn't offer a lot in the way of conveniences; it is missing a parent console and cup holders that many strollers have standard. It has an accessory tray you can purchase, but it would be nice if it offered some kind of pocket for cell phones or keys, but as it is this stroller is a relatively bare bones option. The Quinny does come with some car seat adapters for some of the major car seat manufacturers.
The Quinny has a padded leg rest with a wide plastic foot rest and both are adjustable. The seat back reclines and is about average for difficulty thanks to 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. The seat back recline range is 17 degrees to 67.7 degrees from flat.
The Quinny earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. The high for this metric is a 9 earned by the BOB Revolution.
One of the nicest features any stroller can offer is good maneuverability and ease of pushing. The Quinny didn't really bring the goods to the table in our tests. This stroller is harder to stop turning making it feel a little like a runaway train. Its smaller footprint does make it easier to get around in smaller spaces, but the frame flexes somewhat when you push it making the Quinny about middle of the road compared to the competition.
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 does make it somewhat easier to turn sharply. It fits through smaller spaces that some of the competition struggled with, but that isn't enough of a good thing to make up for the struggle we had turning it and moving it across various terrain. This doesn't say much for the claim that this is an all terrain stroller. We had increased difficulty on plush carpet that indicates that a trail or gravel road might be too difficult to bother with.
For turning off harder flat surfaces onto rougher terrain, the Quinny had some difficulty in our tests. It 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. But it did perform better in our tests for ease on stairs and curbs than most of the competition. This is the one test that helped bump up its overall score to almost average; without this ability, the overall score would have been lower.
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 and only 6 out of the 19 we looked at scoring lower. Several strollers earned a tie score with the Xtra, but the BOB Revolution Flex and the UPPAbaby Cruz both earned 8s.
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 wet cloth. The fabric feels gentle on skin. The canopy, crotch pad, and shoulder pads are all made from a rougher canvas fabric that seems a little more sturdy than the seat fabric. The storage basket is made from the same rougher canvas and the footrest is a piece of hard plastic. All seem relatively durable and well constructed.
The frame on the Xtra looks like a quality piece at first blush, but it has far too much movement and rattle when in use, making it clear that it probably 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 give and noise.
This stroller has plastic foam filled wheels that can never go flat, but fail to really impress. They look nice, but this kind of wheel isn't the best for all terrain travel further calling into question the claim Quinny is making that this stroller is great for all surfaces. Pneumatic air filled rubber tires are by far the better option for a smooth ride on rough surfaces. So while you won't need to worry about getting a flat tire, the wheels aren't the best quality and their performance reflects that.
Thanks in part to a frumpy looking canopy and a convoluted frame that seems over the top to some testers, this product is somewhat reminiscent of a red marshmallow in its overall fit and finish. While it certainly isn't the most disappointing in the bunch, and with a cursory glance it seems similar to others in the competition, with a closer look it's disappointing for the price range.
The Quinny offers fairly nice suspension on all 4 wheels and it has a nicely padded seat that combined seem to provide a pretty comfortable riding experience. The larger rear wheels also help create a nicer ride overall, but we think the experience overall would still be improved with rubber tires.
The Quinny earned a 5 of 10 for safety with only the Baby Jogger City Mini GT earning a lower score. The high in this metric is the Baby Jogger City Select with an 8.
The Quinny has single action brakes that are easy to set and release, and are sandal foot friendly. There is about 0.25 inches of play in the brakes after the brakes are set, but a poor level of sliding resistance of the stroller with the brakes set. The brakes are stiffer to set than some of the competition, but they are sturdy and we knew exactly when they were set, parents will feel confident the brakes are set after applied.
The Quinny has a 5 point harness that is more difficult to adjust than a lot of the competition we tested, 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 parents won't have to worry about this, but they also might not be able to get the best fit for baby given the limitation of the number of adjustments that can be made in both the crotch placement or the shoulder height.
The Quinny also has a buckle that is harder to use than most. The buckle is a nesting one that requires the two sides to be put together before inserting in the buckle. It isn't always easy to accomplish and we suspect even harder with a squirming baby inside. The buckle release button is pretty stiff as well and some parents might have trouble operating it with one hand.
Weight and Folded Size
The Buzz Xtra weighs about 28 pounds 7 ounces which is less than the manufacturer claims (a rarity in our experience). The lightest is the Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini, with both weighing about 17.5 pounds. So while this stroller isn't the heaviest in the group, it is heavier than some of the better scoring products and it might be too heavy for some parents to lift and tuck into a car trunk.
The folded size for this stroller is also not that impressive. Measured it is over 17,100 cubic inches and 25"W x 17.6"H x 39"L. So the combined size and weight of this stroller make it a difficult option if your plan is to commute around town for the day.
The Quinny is not a one handed fold, nor does it self-stand or offer a carry strap, which is really a shame given the larger size. It does have an auto-lock feature which is nice, but not enough to make up for the rest. There are 2 steps to folding the Quinny, which isn't as much as some, but still more than others. First you slide the frame release buttons on either side of the handlebar and then press down on the handlebar, which causes the stroller to fold in on itself towards the ground. Folding is easy but not as nice as those that only require one hand and do not require bending over. The unfold is a one handed operation that requires only 2 steps to achieve, and is very easy.
Ease of Setup
The Buzz earned a 4 of 10 for ease of setup. It took us over 11 minutes to get the stroller out of the box and ready to use. The documentation that comes with the stroller is only about average, and we had trouble following them. This stroller took longer to put together than we thought it would by the parts and instructions.
Car Seat Compatibility
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 compatiable with Safety 1st onboard 22 or Graco Snugride Click Connect car seats.
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 really isn't. We suggest paying close attention, going slow, and double checking by tugging firmly on the infant seat to ensure a strong attachment. Once again you will need to be careful of your fingers as they can get caught in the adapter as you remove the seat. Injury is a real possibility with the adaptors for this stroller. This seat feels about as unstable as the Maxi and we weren't impressed with either option.
We think that the performance of the Quinny in our tests indicates there is probably not a best application for this stroller. While it looks good lined up next to the competition it doesn't offer enough to merit the larger price tag and its pushing problems had us reaching for other options. While it does offer a certain diversity for seating arrangements with the ability to rotate the seat to face the parent, it isn't enough to make up for the heavy weight, large size, and smaller hard to access storage basket, not to mention other products offer this as well.
With a price tag of $600 on average this stroller is neither the most expensive or cheapest thing we looked at, but it is more than some of the competition that scored higher and offered more. The Editors' Choice BOB Revolution Flex is almost $200 dollars cheaper and truly is an all terrain stroller with adjustable suspension, rubber air filled tires, and larger easy to access storage. There is also the Britax B-Agile 3 a Best Value winner that is significantly cheaper ($230 less) and much higher scoring (18 points) with similar design features as the Quinny but executed better overall.
Other Versions and Accessories
Quinny makes several other strollers including the Yezz previously mentioned. We did not review any other stroller in their lineup so it is difficult to say if they would be more impressive than the Buzz. These strollers are appear to be fairly innovative in design and certainly have us wondering if there is another product in the bunch we might love just as much as the Yezz.
Additional accessories sold separately that can be used with this Quinny include: Multi-Model Adapter, WeatherShield, Cup Holder, Parasol, Travel Bag, Storage Box, and Footmuff.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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