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Nuna MIXX2 Combo Review

Limited car seat compatibility and a larger size make the Nuna feel less than
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Price:   $600 List
Pros:  Easy to install car seat
Cons:  Expensive, only works with Nuna car seats, harder to push
Manufacturer:   Nuna
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 10% 6
  • Safety - 10% 2
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 5
  • Quality - 5% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 5

The Skinny

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 relatively 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 critical. Even if you are looking for a longterm strolling option, there are similar choices that perform better with significantly smaller folded sizes and save hundreds of dollars.


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Pros Easy to install car seatSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Expensive, only works with Nuna car seats, harder to pushLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Limited car seat compatibility and a larger size make the Nuna feel less thanBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories Nuna MIXX2 Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs Nuna MIXX2 Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 19.3 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 23.4"W x 17.5"H x 37"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: From birth with infant car seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/45"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Nuna Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite lx Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Nuna Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite lx Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold No No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.5"/44" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories Pipa car seat adapters, rain cover Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 11:37 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 2007, Nuna was launched with the ZAAZ™ highchair to bring the baby to the table better. This Amsterdam company strives to make practical but clever and thoughtful baby products. Nuna is an international company that sells car seats and strollers.

Performance Comparison



The Nuna MIXX2 is compatible with Nuna brand infant car seats using the included adapters.
The Nuna MIXX2 is compatible with Nuna brand infant car seats using the included adapters.

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're stuck with a Nuna seat (Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite lx). We tested the MIXX2 with the Nuna Pipa.

The Nuna car seat adapters come with the stroller and are easy to attach.
The car seat carrier adapters easily connect to the toddler seat connection point.

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.

The Nuna is both heavy and large making it a poor choice for those who have smaller cars or can't lift heavy items.
The Nuna is both heavy and large making it a poor choice for those who have smaller cars or can't lift heavy items.

Weight and Folded Size


The Nuna weighs just over 19 lbs and measures 15,152 cubic inches when folded. While not overly burdensome, the measurements are why it didn't impress in this critical metric.

The front tires on the Nuna are plastic while the rear tires are rubber; we can't help but wonder if it would be easier to push and turn if all of the wheels were rubber.
The front tires on the Nuna are plastic while the rear tires are rubber; we can't help but wonder if it would be easier to push and turn if all of the wheels were rubber.

Maneuverability


The Nuna has more flex in the frame than it should, and this hurt its ability to be pushed and turned. 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.

The Nuna has an automatic locking mechanism which is one of the only nice features when folding this stroller.
The Nuna has an automatic locking mechanism which is one of the only nice features when folding this stroller.

Ease of Use


The Nuna isn't that easy to use but none of the competition impressed in this department.

Folding the Nuna is initiated by unlocking the frame with both hands simultaneously pulling up on the frame locks.
Folding the Nuna is initiated by unlocking the frame with both hands simultaneously pulling up on the frame locks.

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 is easy with four steps, and it will roll when folded.

The rocker brake pedal is easy to use and works well with helpful color coding.
The rocker brake pedal is easy to use and works well with helpful color coding.

Brakes


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 suitable for any style of shoe.

The storage bin for the Nuna is large and super easy to access all around but the weight allowance is only 10 lbs.
The storage bin for the Nuna is large and super easy to access all around but the weight allowance is only 10 lbs.

Storage


The MIXX2 storage bin is easy to access with the car seat in place you have access from 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 some of the competition.

Sunshade


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 nicer quality but it is more expensive than similar strollers with the same level of quality.
The Nuna is nicer quality but it is more expensive than similar strollers with the same level of quality.

Quality


The Nuna is a high-end stroller, and the price reflects this. However, a lot is going on with this stroller, and it doesn't feel or look as nice as similar options. The seat fabric is coarse canvas but still soft and didn't snag in our tests. The overall fit and finish are 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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz