MomTested: Maclaren Denim Quest Stroller Review

October 26, 2010 by momfarah
shefinds | Kids

The folks at Maclaren recently sent over their new Denim Quest Stroller for me to try out with my toddler. Right off the bat, I fell in love with the fabric.  The dark denim looked chic and stylish, and the white stitching gave it a cool vibe. I couldn’t wait to take my daughter out for a spin in this umbrella stroller.

But not so fast. Because of the dark denim, I first had to wash the seat to “avoid color transfer.”  Yep, unless you don’t mind the risk of your baby’s clothes turning a hint of blue, Maclaren recommends giving it a good wash. Removing the seat from the frame wasn’t rocket science, but putting it back on was a little frustrating—maybe because I was in a rush to use the stroller already.

But once my daughter was strapped in, it was smooth sailing. The stroller is lightweight and compact, but still feels strong and sturdy, and it glides smoothly and effortlessly—even when I’m pushing it with one hand.

The seat, itself, is quite plush and I love how it reclines to four different positions. It has a five-point harness, making it safer and harder for my little Houdini to escape, and it has extendable leg rests to make the ride more comfy. The umbrella shade is a generous size, and you don’t have to worry about getting the denim wet—it’s water-resistant.

But like any other stroller, it’s not perfect. First, it’s not cheap. It’s $240, which might be steep for a lightweight stroller, but take it from a mom who is still pushing a four year-old Maclaren that’s traveled to five states and is still going strong—it’s totally worth the investment.

More cons: the basket underneath is on the small side, and there are no cup holders. Also, the fabric is a little bulky so collapsing the stroller at first can take a little more effort. But I would imagine, as with your favorite pair of jeans, over time the fabric will get softer. And I’ve only had it for a few weeks, so I can’t tell you if the denim will fade over time.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: $240 with free shipping

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