Kitchen gadget maker OXO has slowly tip-toed into the baby market in recent years with sippy cups and even a high chair. So the next logical step would be a . . . stroller? Yep, OXO is rolling out two strollers in mid 2016. Let’s take a look.
The models. The Cubby and its cousin, the Cubby Plus, are basically full-sized strollers. The Cubby ($300, 17 lbs.) features a one-hand, center-pull quick standing fold, large canopy with sun visor, air ventilation at the back of the hood and lots of storage—including pockets at the back of the seat, which is unique. OXO went with EVA foam-filled wheels that are slightly larger in back, so while these strollers will handle most urban walks they won’t be suited for all-terrain adventures.
Car seat adapters are available for Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego and Britax as a separate accessory.
The Cubby + ($400, 21 lbs.) is an upgraded version of the Cubby. This stroller adds an interesting one-pull harness tightening system, adjustable footrest, a storage basket that pops out, one-touch brake, and additional ventilation at the back of the seat. Plus a telescoping handlebar with three positions. The fabric on the Cubby+ is an upgrade over the basic Cubby.
We liked all the storage compartments (especially on the Cubby+)—kudos to OXO for that level of detail.
Coming later in 2017 from OXO Tot is the Air, a lightweight (10.7 lbs.), ultra-compact stroller with extended sunshade, decent storage (basket and pockets), pedicure friendly foot break, and two-trigger umbrella style fold. Price: $180, which isn’t bad considering the similar GB Pockit is $250 at retail. Here is a video preview of the Plus that we shot at a recent trade show (the second video is the fold):
Here’s the Air’s fold:
Our view. So what’s not to like about OXO Tot strollers? Well, the seats on the Cubby and Cubby Plus only have a partial recline, so OXO recommends the strollers for babies six months and up. In this price range, however, most of OXO’s stroller competition can be used from birth.
While these strollers are feature-rich (kudos to the pull-strap harness tightening system on the Cubby Plus), the design aesthetic is . . . meh. These strollers look like they were designed by committee, down to the boring color palette. Since OXO has no brand equity in the stroller space, the generic look of the Cubby might make it a tough sell on the secondary market.
So it is a wait and see on these strollers. When they debut in the summer of 2016, we’ll check the real world feedback from parents before assigning a rating. Rating: C