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Maclaren Mark II Review

Hard to push and turn stroller with poor nap-ability and difficult to use harness and fold
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Maclaren Mark II Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $200 List
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Manufacturer:   Maclaren
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 8.0
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 4.0
  • Maneuverability - 25% 3.0
  • Quality - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Maclaren Mark II has been discontinued.
Easy to carry
Light weight
Poor maneuverability
Long harness straps
Hard to use buckle
The Maclaren Mark II scored higher than the more expensive the other Maclaren we tested in this review. This minimal stroller earned a top score for weight and folded size with the lowest weight in the group of 8.6 lbs. Unfortunately, it failed to impress in any of our other tests with low scores for ease of use and quality, and next to the lowest score for maneuverability. The Mark is difficult to push and turn with almost no recline and a difficult harness and fold; it can't match the other products in its price range that offer more features and better functionality. The Mark II a stroller we have trouble recommending.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Owen Finlay Maclaren started Maclaren in England in 1965. As test pilot and aviation engineer Owen wanted to create a lightweight stroller with an easy fold that was small when folded for travel. Mclaren took inspiration from airplane landing gear to develop the first folding stroller. The Maclaren collapsed in on itself much like an umbrella, creating the first umbrella stroller. Maclaren's patented design remains essentially unchanged and he was honored as a Member of the British Empire for his invention by the Queen herself.

Performance Comparison

maclaren mark ii - the mark ii has a nice shoulder carry strap that leaves you hands...
The Mark II has a nice shoulder carry strap that leaves you hands free, but it isn't as comfortable as the one on the Quinny Yezz.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size

The Mark II has impressive weight and folded size results, with a weight of 8.6 lbs. While it is one of the lightest options, it is not the smallest, measuring 5,536.44 cubic inches when folded. Depending on your needs, smaller might be more important than the 3 lb difference. This stroller has a nice shoulder carry strap.

Ease of Use

The Mark II is harder to use than most of the competition.

maclaren mark ii - the maclaren mark ii is the lightest, but not the smallest folded...
The Maclaren Mark II is the lightest, but not the smallest folded product.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold

The Mark II has Maclaren's one-handed collapsable umbrella fold. The fold is initiated using feet and locks closed automatically, but it does not self-stand.


The Mark has double action brakes that require two pedals to set. These brakes are easy to set, release, and use wearing sandals.

maclaren mark ii - the mark ii has odd access to storage with a high back and side...
The Mark II has odd access to storage with a high back and side cross bar.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The bin on the Mark II holds up to 4.4 lbs maximum and fits our small diaper bag. Accessing the bin is a bit of a joke with a weird shape that has a high back with side access obscured with bars. There is no additional storage on this stroller.

The Mark II sun shade has a kick out visor and is UPF 50+.
The Mark II sun shade has a kick out visor and is UPF 50+.
The Mark II peek-a-boo window does not have a cover, but it is...
The Mark II peek-a-boo window does not have a cover, but it is relatively small and tinted with cross hatching to help protect baby from direct sunlight.


The Mark II canopy is medium in size and has UPF 50+. It features a kick out visor (above left) and a square peek-a-boo window that is cross-hatched vinyl (above right). The window has no cover and is hard to see through, but at least it doesn't leave baby exposed to direct sunlight.

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While the Mark II harness is easier to use than the Maclaren Techno, it still is stiff and the shoulder straps are too long to secure smaller children in the seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Mark II harness is difficult to operate. This harness has easy rethreaded height adjustment, but changing the length of the straps is difficult because you need to feed the strap through each piece twice. The buckle is a nesting buckle that requires partial assembly before inserting the straps.

maclaren mark ii - the mark ii seat back reclines by unzipping the sides. the recline...
The Mark II seat back reclines by unzipping the sides. The recline is minimal and will not allow baby to nap comfortably.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The seat on the Mark is similar to the Inglesina Net and just as disappointing. The seatback is made of mesh and reclines about 2-3 inches by unzipping the sides. Baby is unlikely to even notice the new angle and it certainly isn't napping worthy. The Mark II doesn't offer a leg rest and the small footrest is unreachable by smaller children


Ease of Setup

The Mark II is easy to assemble taking us about 3:00 minutes. It doesn't require any tools, and there are no canopy instructions, but it isn't difficult to figure out.


The Mark II is one of the more difficult strollers to push. This stroller has small plastic wheels with a dual wheel design. Pushing the Mark is uncomfortable with solid plastic handles. Navigation is difficult and the stroller flexes when you try to make tight turns leaving it feeling unresponsive and sloppy. Moving to uneven surfaces makes the job even harder with the wheels getting stuck and refusing to move in the direction you choose, as they are pulled off course by any small bump or groove. It is not a good option for terrains you might encounter at a play park.

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The small dual front wheels on the Mark II cause it to veer off course while pushing on uneven surfaces like grass or gravel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Mark has lackluster all-wheel suspension and no padding on the seat. It is unlikely that this stroller is comfortable, as the mesh seat has no padding, no leg rest, and does not recline enough for napping.


The Mark II offers disappointing quality for the price and reputation. The overall look and feel of the Mark II are lackluster with exposed rivets and connection points. This stroller has plastic wheels and flimsy feeling fabric with no seat padding or useable storage. The handles are uncovered plastic with rough edges that rub on skin and while it gets the job done, for the price it feels like it should do it with nicer fabric or a more streamlined frame.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team