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BOB Motion Combo Review
Price: $350.00 List
Pros: Small fold, can use canopy w/ car seat
Cons: Heavy, storage, ease of use
Bottom line: Average and difficult to carry
The BOB Motion is an interesting product offered under the BOB name that might draw in some parents who've heard good things about BOB, but aren't interested in jogging. While this stroller is a nice product with pneumatic tires, an easy compact fold, adjustable handlebar, and large canopy, it doesn't seem to have the same level of performance or quality as the original BOB lineup. This product seems to have more in common with the Britax products offered by the same parent company and appears to be very similar in performance to the Britax B-Agile 3 Combo. In this review, as well as the standard stroller review, the B-Agile performed better overall. So with equal car seat attachment scores and a price that is about $70 more than the B-Agile, the Motion may not be the best choice for a stroller and car seat combination.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The BOB Motion is a standard stroller that is similar to the Britax B-Agile in design and components. The Motion has a lightweight frame, pneumatic tires, one hand fold and an adjustable handlebar. It doesn't have a native seat, but it is compatible with models from Chicco, Graco Classic Connect, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio models and Britax Click & Go seats (owned by the same parent company). The Motion comes with adapters for using Britax seats, but the remainder require an additional adapter. All of the seat snap in without the need for a strap, but the Britax seats sit lower in the stroller and allow for easier use of the stroller canopy.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
Bugaboo Bee 3 Combo with a car seat adapter loop that allows car seat carriers to be easily placed inside where they click in with no pressure required. The low for the metric is a 1 given to the BOB Revolution Flex Combo thanks primarily to its two steps installation process and the higher placement of the car seat once attached.
Chicco Keyfit 30, Chicco Keyfit, Graco Snugride Classic Connect 32 and 35 (no Click Connect models), and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio models excluding the Viaggio 4-35 (an award winning seat in our infant car seat review. We tested the Motion with the Britax B-Safe 35, the Chicco Keyfit 30, and the Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect.
Weight and Folded Size
Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Ex with a weight of 10.9 pounds, while the lightest standard stroller is the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo with a frame weight of around 14 pounds.
For commuting the Motion managed only 6 points of 10 losing points for its heavier weight that makes it harder to get into and out of a car, and its lower profile seat that doesn't work well in cafes. This product self-stands when folded, conforms to the 2X4 rule of some public transportation, and folds into a fairly compact package for transport. It has a smaller footprint than many of the standard strollers helping it excel at tighter spaces and narrow doorways. This makes it good for navigating cafes and the like, but the lower seat will prevent baby from seeing over the table top. We would have expected this stroller to rank somewhat higher given its smaller cubic inches, but the heft prevented us from truly loving it for commuting.
Peg Perego Booklet Combo, Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Combo, and the Britax B-Agile 3. The high for testing in maneuverability is the big brother to the Motion the Revolution with a 9. This product has rubber pneumatic tires, adjustable suspension and a locking swivel front wheel with adjustable tracking. The low for the group is a 3 earned by the Chicco Bravo LE Combo with foam filled plastic wheels and a cheaper bushing design with a press on end cap.
For more details and in depth analysis of the BOB Motion maneuverability be sure to read our review of the Motion in the Full Size Stroller Review.
Chicco Keyfit Caddy and the Peg Perego Booklet. Safety testing includes assessing possible pinch points, back and side tipping, and the design and performance of the braking system. The lower score of the Caddy is somewhat expected given it is a cheap dedicated frame stroller, while the lower score of the Booklet was somewhat of a surprise to us.
This product has single action brakes that are very easy to set and release. The wide center pedal on between the rear wheels is easy to access and presses down smoothly locking the brakes into place with a click you can feel. The brakes have good sliding resistance once set, but the play is a little more than we'd like to see at 0.5 inches with several managing at or below 0.25. It isn't the worst in the group however, with the Chicco Liteway Plus Combo rolling about 1.25 inches with the brakes set.
The Motion does not come standard with any cup holder or parent console so there is not an inherent safety concern with this product. However, should you purchase the console or cup holder accessories, you will want to use caution when placing taller objects inside. As with the majority of cup holders we suspect that some items may fall out of the holder and onto baby depending on the terrain you are traversing. In addition, you should never place hot liquids anywhere in or on a stroller.
The Motion has a side tip angle of 15.2 degrees from flat, which isn't great in a group where the best is 25.4 degrees. The Motion might suffer from a fairly high center of gravity caused by the car seat carrier sitting relatively high on the stroller frame above the toddler seat. The back tipping weight is a little more impressive, requiring over 42 pounds of weight hanging from the handlebar before it topples over backwards. While you should never hang anything from the handlebar to avoid potential injuries, we recognize parents may forget or accidentally apply more weight than they should, making this an important test in our minds. The highest amount of weight for any stroller is over 56 pounds on the Britax B-Agile a very similar stroller made by the same parent company as the Motion.
To find out more about potential safety concerns and how well the Motion stacks up against other standard strollers check out the complete detailed review in our standard stroller write up. The Motion review there will include more information pertaining to the toddler seat and 5 point harness offered o the motion. This information is not covered here as the seat will not be used with a car seat attached.
Ease of Use
The Motion has a medium sized storage bin under the seat with a 10 pound maximum weight limit. This limit is about average for the group and neither impresses or greatly disappoints. The UPPAbaby products are the best with capacities of 25-30 pounds, while the Bugaboo Bee can only hold 4 pounds, making its larger bin seems sort of useless. We were able to fit out medium sized diaper bag in the bottom of the Motion with only average ease of access from the sides and back. The access in the back is inhibited both by a fully reclined toddler seat that puts the bin at a far distance from the user and a back bar that curves across the back and makes it difficult for larger items to be squeezed past. The design of the bin and placement are similar to that found on the Britax B-Agile.
The canopy on the Motion is large and offers added ventilation and a mesh peek-a-boo window. The benefit is you can use the canopy with Britax/BOB car seats, but you will need to remove it for use with the majority of other seats because it gets in the way of attaching the carrier and prevents them from clicking into place. We like that the peek-a-boo window will let you keep an eye on baby and the larger canopy will cover the carrier with the help of the car seat canopy. More reasons why the combination of Britax seat and Motion stroller works best.
This product does not offer any other items for convenience by way of parent console or additional storage. There are some added features like a padded leg rest and an infinite position recline on the toddler seat that you can read more about in the detailed BOB Motion review in the standard stroller review.
UPPAbaby Vista Combo.
The frame on the Motion is simple and sturdy, but we don't care for it as much as we do the City Mini or the B-Agile; it has a lot of flex in the frame that gives in a soft feel with a lot of play when pushed. The fabric covering the frame is sort of sloppy looking compared to the sleek look of the competition and the overall fit and finish looks a bit disheveled. The wheels are pneumatic and rubber but are not up to the same quality and standards as those found on the more traditional BOB lineup of jogging and adventure strollers. Arguably, the Motion is not designed for similar activities, but we think parents might be expecting the same level of quality only to be disappointed by the somewhat downgraded materials and components of this standard BOB offering.
The Motion offers all around shocks on each wheel that add some comfort for the passenger, but not as much as the adjustable suspension found on the BOB Revolution. However, given that some of the competition offers no shocks or only 2 wheel shocks it is a nice touch that sets it apart from several similar options.
The Motion is hand wash only and has a 5 year warranty on the frame with a 1 year warranty on components.
Ease of Setup
Baby Jogger City Mini Combo and the Mountain Buggy Swift Combo. The high for the group is the UPPAbaby Cruz with a 10 and a simple 7 step quick setup guide. The low is the Bugaboo Bee with a 2 and a set up that includes putting almost every component together while most strollers came somewhat assembled, the Bee did not.
The instruction manual for the Motion is good compared to the competition. It has each language in its own section, and each step has a corresponding picture so you know what you are doing. It took us 6 minutes and 45 seconds to get this product out of the box and ready to use.
Parents who are drawn to the BOB name but aren't ready to commit to a big jogging style stroller might be interested in this product. It offers similar styling in looks to the more traditional BOB products, but it has 4 wheels and a smaller footprint more in line with a standard style stroller. Given that this product is made by the same company as the Britax B-Agile 3 and is very similar in style and components it is hard to say it really has a best application given that the B-Agile scored higher overall and is about $70 cheaper. We think most parents will be happier with the B-Agile over the Motion, even if they love other BOB products. The Motion has more in common with the Britax B-Agile than any other BOB stroller on the market.
The Motion has a list price of $305 which makes it one of the cheaper standard style strollers in this review. However, the B-Agile earned a few more points overall and has a higher total score than the Motion and it costs on average about $70 less. We think this makes the Britax product a better value overall than the Motion. Given the popularity of Britax and the Best Value award it won both in this review and the standard stroller review, we think it is a good value for a good product.
Other Versions and Accessories
The same parent company makes BOB and Britax products now. In this review we also considered the Britax B-Agile 3 Combo and the BOB Revolution Flex Combo. The Motion has more in common performance and design wise with the B-Agile, but it has the looks and familiar color scheme of a traditional BOB jogger. In this review we preferred the B-Agile over the Motion, but the Motion performed better for car seat attachment and weight and folded size than the Revolution. Depending on your stroller goals the Revolution won an Editors' Choice award in our Standard Stroller Review and earned 4 out of 5 stars in the Jogging Stroller Review. While it did not score well for car seat attachment, it does offer a nice high performing stroller that can work as a standard stroller or jogger. The B-Agile 3 earned a Best Value award in this review and in our standard stroller review, making it a good option for a long period of baby's strolling years.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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