The Nuna MIXX2 is an expensive full-size stroller that is compatible with Nuna infant car seats using the adapters that come with the stroller. In our tests, installing the car seat is fairly easy with the hardest part being the alignment of the sides. You do need to remove the toddler seat and canopy, but that is straightforward and quick. While the process is simple, the size and weight of the MIXX2 are what make it a poor choice for combining with a car seat. in a category like this being lightweight and small is key. Even if you are looking for a longterm strolling option, there are similar choices that perform better with significantly smaller folded sizes where you can choose from a variety of different car seat brands and save over a hundred dollars.
Nuna MIXX2 Combo Review
Pros: Easy to install car seat
Cons: Expensive, only works with Nuna car seats, harder to push
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Our Analysis and Test Results
In 2007, Nuna was launched with the ZAAZ™ highchair to better bring the baby to the table. This Amsterdam company strives to make practical but clever and thoughtful baby products. Nuna is an international company that sells car seats and strollers.
The Nuna Mixx2 (in blue) is a full-size stroller that didn't perform well in our tests for car seat combinations.
The Nuna test results are below.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Nuna works with Nuna brand infant car seats only and the adapters are included with the stroller (at this time). If you choose this stroller and want to combine it with a carrier, you'll be locked into a Nuna seat (Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite lx). We tested the MIXX2 with the Nuna Pipa and it earned a 7 of 10 for ease of attachment.
The Nuna adapters attach to the frame of the MIXX2 where the toddler seat attaches. The infant car seat needs to align at these two points and take a little practice to get it done. The seat virtually drops in place with little pressure. You need to remove the toddler seat and canopy before you attach the car seat. This process is simple and quick. The carrier feels stable and secure and we didn't experience any false installations.
Weight and Folded Size
The Nuna weighs just over 19 lbs and measures 15,152 cubic inches when folded. While not overly heavy, the measurements are why it earned only 4 of 10 for this important metric. The similar UPPAbaby Cruz is only 15.3 lbs without the seat and canopy and 7,860 cubic inches when folded which is almost half the folded size of the Nuna.
The Nuna has more flex in the frame than it should and this hurt its ability to be pushed and turned with a 6 of 10 for maneuverability. This result is slightly better than the UPPAbaby Cruz, but still not impressive for a stroller you'll be using for years.
Pushing off-road in grass and gravel is harder than the flat road, not by much, but again still harder than we think it should be and the flexing frame is still the contributing factor here. The wheels are foam filled rubber in the back and plastic in the front. All-wheel rubber might improve the maneuverability of this expensive stroller.
Ease of Use
The Nuna earns only 5 of 10 for ease of use, but the high for the group is only 6, so none of the products performed that well.
Fold and Unfold
The Nuna requires two hands to fold and it doesn't self-stand or have a carry strap but it does have an automatic locking mechanism. Folding it is easy with four steps and it will roll when folded.
The brake pedal is color-coded so you can tell if it is set at a glance. It is a large rocker pedal in the center of the rear axle. The pedal is easy to use and good for any style of shoe.
The MIXX2 storage bin is easy to access with the car seat in place you have access on all sides. It is a large bin and it fit our extra-large diaper bag. It has a 10 lb capacity which is average but far less than the 25 lbs of the UPPAbaby Cruz.
There is no canopy on this frame when you use the car seat carrier as both the toddler seat and sunshade need to be removed when you use the stroller with a car seat.
Ease of Setup
The Nuna took us 10:47 minutes to assemble and is harder to put together than much of the competition. The manual is good and has only one language, with clear illustrations that are helpful but not overwhelming. The problem is there is more to assemble than most of the competitors.
The Nuna is a high-end stroller, and the price reflects this. However, there is a lot going on with this stroller and it doesn't feel or look as nice as similar options earning a 7 of 10. The seat fabric is coarse canvas but still soft and didn't snag in our tests. The overall fit and finish is busy, but it comes together well. The fabric fits well and the canopy is tight and sleek. This stroller has an adjustable handlebar with a leather cover. It has a nice shape and is comfortable to use. It has suspension, but it is stiff and not as comfortable as some of the competition. Unfortunately, the overall quality is on par with the UUPAbaby Cruz that costs over $150 less on average.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz