Unfortunately wanting to like something doesn't always translate to actually liking it. This stroller had many of the things we liked in a product of its type, like a nice canopy, storage bin, and adjustable cozy seat, but it all isn't enough to make the stroller one we can recommend. Given its higher price tag, the third highest in our review, it should have done a better job at doing what it does. While we don't think you will hate this stroller, and should you be given it as a gift we think it will meet many needs and desire, however, there are strollers out there that do the job better for a more reasonable price. Even those that were more expensive had some interesting features and quality additions that make them better options than the Quest.
Maclaren Quest Sport Review
Pros: Adjustable recline, parent pocket
Cons: Maneuverability, hard to use
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Quest Sport is a lightweight travel stroller that is suitable for children from newborn up to 55 pounds. It has a 5-point harness, under seat storage, and adjustable leg rest. The seat back reclines, the canopy is water proof and attaches to the seat back, and it sports ergonomic handles. It comes with a weather shield, carry handle, and washable seat covers. This stroller is made by Maclaren and comes with a warranty.
Ease of Use
This product did poorly in the ease of use category, with only 3 strollers scoring lower. It scored only 4 of 10, which is a disappointment for a stroller made by a manufacturer with such a good reputation. The other Maclaren stroller we reviewed, Maclaren Triumph, scored better in this metric earning a 6.Storage
The sun shade on the Quest is an average size canopy that is rated at 50 SPF.The back of the canopy covers the back of the seat when reclined, but it does not officially attach by any method. It can be opened for increased ventilation or to access the rider from behind. The canopy has lock out arms that keep it taut, and there is a peek-a-boo window on the back of the canopy, but you can't see much of the baby with the window unless the seat is reclined.Convenience
Joovy Groove, it cannot store cups or bottles, and is really better suited to small personal items like keys or a phone. While it may not do everything, it does do some things, and many strollers didn't offer a parent accessory option at all.
The leg rest on this stroller is adjustable and has two settings, straight out and curved down. The latches hold it up and have to be manually engaged otherwise it defaults to the down position. This helps little ones catch a better nap than they would in a stroller that doesn't have an adjustable leg rest. The stroller also comes with a cover that attaches to the seat sides with 4 snaps to function as a bassinet for littler ones. The reclining feature has four settings and is adjustable with just one hand to move it up or down.
This rig also had some trouble with the curb and stair tests, but not as much as some of the other strollers. While the brakes did catch somewhat when the stroller was tipped back and edged up over the curb, they didn't fully engage or lock up so it was still possible to move the stroller without having to support its full weight. It did click and need brake adjustment when it reached the next level, but at least it moved.
Safety is something we are always concerned about. We tested and reviewed different features for safety concerns; including harnesses, brakes, and tipping tests. The Quest scored below average for this metric, but it is still on par with many of the products we tested. The product that scored the highest in this metric was the Quinny Yezz.Brakes
This product had a side tipping point of 27 degrees. This is on par with many of the other strollers we looked at, and was better than average which was just under 26 degrees. It required 31 pounds of pressure hanging off the back before it tipped over backwards. This is below average, but nowhere near the bottom of the group which was the UPPAbaby G-Lite, which needed only 18 pounds.
The frame itself is almost identical to the Triumph, with the exception of the structure for the reclining feature. The frame is sturdy, doesn't flex much, and the connections are simple and tight. The wheels are better quality than many of the products we reviewed, but their smaller size, and lack of shocks, made the stroller a little bit unsteady.
The comfort of this product isn't the best either. It has a sling style seat with very little padding; so even though it had the adjustable back and leg rest, it just wasn't all that cozy. Add to the experience a stiff frame with no shocks, and it just can't compete with the other strollers in this category.
Weight and Folded Size
This product is just over the average for weight and under the average for cubic inches. It weighs in at a little over 14 pounds, which may sound like a lot but is almost 5 pounds less than the heaviest product we tested. While the lightest product was closer to 8 pounds, Jeep Wrangler All-Weather, it also scored so poorly it is hardly a contender. Once folded it measures out at 10x41x12, and 4920 cubic inches. This made it one of the shortest umbrella fold style strollers in our review. Even two of the lighter products were not as short as this stroller. Only 4 out of the 16 products were smaller when folded, and two of those folded in half not in like an umbrella.Ease of Folding
This product is a true one hand fold that offers an auto-lock feature but no self-stand capability, but it did have a handy carry strap for easier transport once folded. The stroller had a lot of play once locked and expanded as much as 6 inches when leaned against a wall. It takes 3 steps to close this product, which is on par with most of the strollers we reviewed, and it is sandal friendly for sensitive feet. It was equally as easy; after releasing the lock feature the stroller falls open and there is just one pedal to engage for a full open. This product scored better than 10 of the others we reviewed in this metric.Commuting
Ease of Setup
This product took just over 4 ½ minutes to set up from box to ready to stroll. It comes fully assembled right out of the box, but it took over 4 minutes to find the page in the documentation that explained how to open the stroller. The documentation are an international style that seem to have too much information and not enough all t the same time. A quick start guide would have been a great help and decreased the setup time to less than a minute. Better illustrations, or actual photos would have also been useful.
There may not be a best application for this particular stroller. With a higher than average price tag, it really should be able to act as more than an easy to transport umbrella type product. Yes, it has a storage bin and additional pocket on the canopy, and yes it can recline with an adjustable leg rest, but it just failed to execute any of the features to the same level as many of the other items we reviewed. When you also consider that many of the other products we reviewed either scored significantly higher or were less expensive, it made this stroller hard to find an application for.
While this stroller was not the most expensive stroller we reviewed, that honor goes to the Mountain Buggy Mini, it was the third most expensive. This inflated price tag meant we had higher expectations for this particular stroller, expectations that were not met. There isn't anything wrong with this rig in particular, there just isn't that much right with it for the price. There were 10 other products in our review that scored higher for a cheaper price.
This stroller has a nice short length and a doable weight that makes it easier than most to carry a long distance. It has many of the conveniences and extras we like to see including a nice canopy, under seat storage, parent accessory pocket, and a recline seat with adjustable leg rest, but it failed to do these things well. In the end, it did not score well in our tests, and came in just 13th out of the 16 products reviewed. All this made it a product we just can't recommend, even if we wanted to. Our Editors' Choice, the UPPAbaby G-Luxe, is cheaper than this product and had more options that were done better than the Quest. It is ridiculously fun to look at and will draw you to it in a way the Quest Sport just can't. Even our Best Value pick, the Chicco Liteway earned 10 points more, has many similar features, but is over $100 less than the Quest.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz