Hands-on Gear Review

Mountain Buggy Nano Review

Price:   $250.00 List | $249.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Nice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes
Cons:  Limited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern
Bottom line:  A nice stroller to push and turn, but average in most other respects
Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Weight:  13.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions:  21.2"W x 11"H x 20.3"L
Capacity Limits:  Minimum: Newborn, Maximum: 44 lbs
Manufacturer:   Mountain Buggy

The Skinny

The Mountain Buggy Nano is a bare bones umbrella stroller with a compact fold. The Nano earned an impressive score of 7 of 10 for maneuverability with generally average scores in the remaining metrics. While the Nano is a nice looking stroller with a fairly compact fold and easy to navigate wheels, it didn't have any standout features to really drive its score higher. For the price, it feels like this stroller should have offered a little more like an increased recline or a larger canopy with spying window. With several higher scoring alternatives with cheaper or similar prices, it is hard to consider the Nano the best choice, no matter what you're looking for in a stroller. If you need something smaller, that moves well, the Quinny Yezz earned a top score for maneuverability and quality, with a lower weight and smaller folded size.



RELATED REVIEW: The Best Umbrella Strollers of 2018


Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
Thursday
December 8, 2016

Share:
The Mountain Buggy Nano earned average scores in most metrics resulting in an average overall score and rank too low to win any award.
The Mountain Buggy Nano earned average scores in most metrics resulting in an average overall score and rank too low to win any award.

Mountain Buggy began in 1992 when a dad wanted a stroller with all-terrain capabilities to enjoy the New Zealand countryside. With this desire in mind, the Mountain Buggy's all-terrain platform was born. Mountain Buggy continued to improve and change the style over the years creating strollers that work from newborn to toddler on the city streets and over mountain trails.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows where the Nano (shown in blue) ranks compared to the competition.


The following review includes information on how the Nano performed during testing in each metric. Key metrics like weight and folded size had a greater influence on the overall score as being lighter weight is King for umbrella strollers.

The Nano carry strap is not long enough to be a shoulder straps  but is too long to be a good handle as it allows the stroller to swing awkwardly while carrying.
The Nano carry strap is not long enough to be a shoulder straps, but is too long to be a good handle as it allows the stroller to swing awkwardly while carrying.


Weight and Folded Size


In this metric, the Nano earned a slightly above average 6 of 10. This stroller has a weight of 13.3 lbs and measures 4,734 cubic inches when all folded up. While the weight is only average, it is one of the smallest products. However, if you want small and light, the similarly priced Quinny Yezz is only 12.6 lbs and 3,262 cubic inches, making it easy to stow or carry.

Ease of Use


The Nano scored a 5 of 10 for ease of use. If ease of use is a high priority, the Nano may not be as good as some of the competition.

The nano folds into thirds creating a smaller folded package than a traditional umbrella stroller that collapses in on itself in a long folded final product.
The nano folds into thirds creating a smaller folded package than a traditional umbrella stroller that collapses in on itself in a long folded final product.

Fold and Unfold


The Nano fold is more difficult than the average option. This stroller has a two-handed fold with a manual lock and self-stand.

The Nano brake pedal is color coded for at a glance brake checks.
The Nano brake pedal is color coded for at a glance brake checks.

Brakes


The Nano has easy to set and release single action brakes with an accessible pedal that is color-coded to help parents know when which side to press. The pedal is more akin to a pedal found on a standard stroller and is sandal foot friendly.

The low bin back with metal bar across the top make the Nano storage bin difficult to access with larger items.
The low bin back with metal bar across the top make the Nano storage bin difficult to access with larger items.

Storage


The Nano storage basket can carry up to 11 lbs and it fit a medium size diaper bag. Bin access isn't great and is further complicated by the recline of the seat back. The back of the bin is relatively shallow and has a bar across the top that limits how big an item can be and still squeeze in.

The Nano canopy is on the smaller side and lacks a peek-a-boo window.
The Nano canopy is on the smaller side and lacks a peek-a-boo window.

Sunshade


The canopy on the Nano is on the small side and doesn't cover to the knee. The canopy doesn't have an SPF rating or a peek-a-boo window, which it may not need, given how small the shade is.

Each strap on the Nano's harness inserts in the buckle separately and the shoulder straps do not tighten small enough for smaller passengers.
Each strap on the Nano's harness inserts in the buckle separately and the shoulder straps do not tighten small enough for smaller passengers.

Harness


The Nano has a 5-point harness rethread that is fairly easy to alter with a large tab to press through the slots in the seat. Adjustment on straps is also easy, by lifting the tab and pulling the strap through and closing the tab. The buckle is a little convoluted with all the straps being inserted into the buckle one at a time, with 4 pieces to connect.

The Nano's recline adjustment toggle is one-handed to lower  but requires two hands to raise.
The Nano's recline adjustment toggle is one-handed to lower, but requires two hands to raise.

Seat


The Nano seat has an adjustable seat back that reclines midway to flat and an adjustable leg rest that extends out for additional napping space. The seat and rest have adequate padding, but the recline adjustment isn't far enough for truly cozy napping. The recline adjustment toggle is plastic and can be operated with one hand with the press of a button, but requires two hands to sit upright. The footrest is nicely placed in front of the seat so that passengers can use it without tucking feet under the seat.

Car Seat Compatibility


This stroller is compatible with a variety of infant car seat carriers including Mountain Buggy Protect, Phil and Teds Alpha, some Graco Snugride Classic Connect seat, Snugride Click Connect 32, 35, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco Keyfit 30, Maxi Cosi, and Cybex Aton.

We do not recommend lightweight strollers for babies under 6 months old without the use of an attached approved infant car seat carrier. Lightweight products without a car seat lack the best design or features necessary for true suitability for babies under 6 months. Younger babies lack the head and neck control necessary to help avoid potential injury that can possibly occur while moving over uneven terrain. If you plan to use your new stroller for children under 6 months old, we believe you should choose a stroller that works in conjunction with an infant car seat carrier (see stroller comparison chart for possibilities). Always ensure that baby is secured with a properly fitted harness. Adults should always keep an eye on baby, and check the harness straps regularly.

Ease of Setup





Setting up the Nano is easy, with no tools and an average manual. It took us 4:32 minutes to put it together, going from openingthe box all the way up to being ready to use.

Maneuverability


The Nano earned a 7 of 10 for maneuverability, which is a nice score for an umbrella product. This stroller moves and turns like a larger stroller with better wheels. We had no difficulty pushing and turning on flat surfaces, with a small decrease in functionality when we hit rougher roads. However, pushing and turning on grass and gravel is still better than most of the competition. Even negotiating curbs is easy with a longer handle and less bounce.

The single front wheels on the Nano help it outperform the dual wheel competition.
The single front wheels on the Nano help it outperform the dual wheel competition.

This stroller has rear wheel suspension and a single foam covered handlebar. With the limited seat reclines, 2 wheel suspension it probably isn't the best for passenger comfort. However, it does have an adjustable leg rest and adequate padding, so it isn't uncomfortable.

Quality


The Nano earned a 6 of 10 for quality. The Nano has middle of the road components and materials that look rather nice. However, the final product had difficulty competing with some of the competition and came out feeling rather average with no real standout nods to quality with the possible exception of nicer wheels that move smoothly.

Manufacturer Video



Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

You Might Also Like

BabyGearLab Member Reviews


Most recent review: December 8, 2016
Summary of All Ratings

BabyGearLab Editors' Rating:  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 (4.0)
Average Customer Rating:  
 (0.0)
Rating Distribution
1 Total Ratings
5 star: 0%  (0)
4 star: 100%  (1)
3 star: 0%  (0)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)


Have you used this product?
Don't hold back. Share your viewpoint by posting a review with your thoughts...