Maxi-Cosi Kaia StrollerWeb: maxi-cosi.com

Dorel brought its European subsidiaries Maxi Cosi and Quinny to the U.S. a few of years ago to bolster the brand’s efforts in the upper end of the stroller market.

The models. Maxi Cosi’s main focus in the U.S. is car seats, but they’ve been dipping their toes into the stroller pond. Let’s start with the Kaia, a lightweight umbrella stroller ($135; 15 lbs.).

The Kaia stands when folded and works with Maxi Cosi’s Mico infant car seat (adapters are included). It also is sold as a travel system with the Mico NXT ($375).

The basket is smallish, but has decent access. Ditto for the canopy—not the largest on the market, but decent enough. The partial seat recline will work for most toddlers, but not for napping—hence Maxi Cosi suggests using this stroller (without the car seat) for babies six months and older.

One plus: the Kaia has a long distance (12″) between the seat and leg rest, a plus for toddlers with longer legs. On the downside, the Kaia only comes in two colors: you better like black or red.

The Dana looks quite similar to the Kaia but adds extra thick reversible padding. The seat has a one hand, full recline and includes a car seat adapter for Maxi-Cosi infant car seats. The Dana runs $250 and weighs 21.4 lbs. Maxi Cosi has also released the new Dana For2, a side by side umbrella stroller for twins ($400, 28 lbs.). You can use two infant seats and the stroller folds to a standing position. It’s only 31″ wide with the toddler seats, 35″ with two infant car seats attached (standard door width is about 32″).

Maxi Cosi Taxi

Maxi Cosi Taxi holds Maxi Cosi infant seats—or any seat that is compatible with Maxi Cosi adapters like the Cybex Aton.

Maxi Cosi offers up a competitor to the Baby Trend Snap N Go: the Maxi Taxi ($130, 14.7 lbs.). It features an umbrella-style, standing fold and fits any Maxi Cosi infant seat (or infant seats that are compatible with the Maxi Cosi adapters like the Cybex Aton).

Finally, Maxi Cosi most recent release is the Adorra ($400 stand alone; $600 with a Mico Max 30). This full size stroller (26 lbs.) includes a big basket, reversible seat, extended canopy with peekaboo window, mid-size wheels and car seat adapters.

Our view. Maxi Cosi has jettisoned many of its heavier models from past years. The Kaia is probably more in tune with the market—a higher-end umbrella stroller that weighs just 16 lbs.

Feedback on the Kaia has been mostly positive, although the limited canopy coverage and partial seat recline suggest this is aimed more at parents with older toddlers for trips to the mall. The Dana which is due to replace the Kaia, will be an improvement with its full recline and thicker seat pad.

The Maxi Taxi feedback is very positive. The only problem: it’s the most expensive car seat carrier on the market–including Graco’s Snugrider and Chicco’s Keyfit Caddy.

The Adorra is still too new for a rating.

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