Quinny is Dorel’s (Cosco, Safety 1st) Dutch subsidiary known for its stylish multi-function strollers.
The models. The Buzz Xtra ($389, 29.4 lbs.; pictured) is Quinny’s flagship model—this clever tri-wheel stroller has an innovative “automatic unfolding” feature (hydraulics) plus a sleek look with a fully reclining seat that can face forward or back toward the parent. Other features include a quieter, extendable zippered canopy, height adjustable handle and easier lay-flat fold. Price: retail is $600, which includes the car seat adapters for the Maxi Cosi Mico (sold separately, of course) but we’ve seen it discounted below $400. New this year, the Buzz Xtra adds “never-flat, all terrain tires.”
The Zapp Flex ($350, 20.6 lbs.; pictured at left) is Quinny’s lightweight stroller with a reversible seat, full recline and compact fold (you can keep the seat on). This model also accommodates a Maxi Cosi car seat and includes the adapter. The seamless designed canopy zips open to extend. The Flex folds down small and has an auto lock but requires multiple steps.
The Flex also comes in a special version sold only at Buy Buy Baby: the Flex Plus ($400). The Plus has a closed handle and bigger wheels for an extra $50. Quinny tells us the Flex replaces the similar Zapp Xtra although you still find the Xtra online for as little as $200.
Quinny’s most expensive model is the The Moodd (pictured at right), which is available as a $700 version with a white or black frame or as an $800 multi-colored “Britto” model (sold only at Nordstrom). The Moodd features one-touch automatic unfold, reversible seat, adjustable footrest, detachable wheels and funky T-bar front attachment, which makes the stroller look like something out of the Jetsons. A separate car seat adapter accessory works with Maxi Cosi and other brand infant seats. FYI: we’ve seen the Moodd discounted to as low as $370 on Amazon.com.
The final stroller in the Quinny line is the odd ball of the group—the Yezz, which is billed as an ultralight weight urban stroller with carry strap for the bus, subway, etc. At 12.7 lbs, it certainly is among the lightest strollers on the market, but this $280 stroller sacrifices storage to get there: no under seat storage basket, no parent storage, cup holder, etc. The skimpy canopy won’t block much sun. The Yezz has a funky frame, stand up fold and small, skateboard like wheels. In the past year, Quinny simplified the fold to avoid ruining your pedicure.
Our view. Quinny’s hardcore fans love the sleek design and gee-whiz features like the Buzz’s automatic unfolding trick. But Quinny has failed to achieve mainstream success here and a look at parent feedback gives you a clue why.
At 30 lbs. the Buzz Xtra is extra heavy. And while Quinny has improved the stroller in recent years, the wide 25.5″ rear wheels makes negotiating tight spaces difficult.
The Zapp has similar faults. Yes, it is much lighter in weight than the Buzz, but it lacks the simple quick fold found in competitors like Baby Jogger. Instead—the Zapp requires multiple steps, buttons you have to push, and a bottom latch that must be wrestled with. The skimpy canopy is the final nail in the coffin for the Zapp.
Fans say the pricey Moodd pushes like a dream—and for $700, it darn well should. But the skimpy canopy and shallow seat (larger babies will quickly outgrow it) keep this stroller from achieving greatness.
The Yezz is an expensive, niche offering for those looking for the lightest weight stroller . . . and not much else.
One universal issue for Quinny: the smallish seats may be a tight fit for older toddlers. A clue to this issue comes in the top age recommendation for these strollers: at just three and a half years and 50 lbs., bigger toddlers may outgrow these pricey strollers too soon. And even the 50 lb. weight seems optimistic, considering the small seat dimensions.
In Quinny’s defense, we should point out that the company has tried to address their strollers’ shortcomings with recent upgrades and improvements. And feedback on the strollers (especially the Buzz) has improved.
But if Quinny wants to charge a premium for these models, they must address the skimpy canopies on the Zapp and Moodd. When the entire stroller market has moved to the simple, quick fold you see on Baby Jogger models, Quinny looks like a dinosaur. And a pricey one at that. We can understand if folks are attracted to the look here, but be prepared to pay through the nose for a stroller that just doesn’t perform as well as its peers. Baby Bargains Resale Rank: Fair. Rating: C