Quinny is part of the Dorel group. Dorel is one of the largest juvenile products distributors in the world. Its products are well-recognized brands that have gained wide consumer acceptance for their high quality, safety and innovative designs that incorporate state-of-the-art features and up-to-date fashion.
Quinny has established itself as a world leader in baby stroller design. It uses modern construction techniques combined with ingenious design to make stylish and practical baby strollers for demanding parents and babies. One of these is the Quinny Buzz Stroller.
The Quinny Buzz 4 is a versatile stroller with lots of features but it does have a couple of things that I do not like. It is a heavy stroller and even when folded, it takes up a lot of room so you may have a problem fitting it into the trunk of smaller cars.
But other than the bad points mentioned above, this is a terrific stroller. It is easy to push and maneuver and although folding could be easier, unfolding is easier than any other stroller. The center strut has a hydraulic reservoir that stores energy to unfold the stroller so with a gentle tug, the stroller unfolds itself.
It is adaptable for older toddlers and this is important. Being an expensive stroller you need to get value for your money and the larger seat for toddlers means that the stroller can be used for a longer time.
Alternatives to the Quinny Buzz 4
Before I continue on with the review, it’s important to compare the Quinny Buzz 4 to some of its competitors. Some of the below models are cheaper, some are about the same and some are much more expensive.
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Buzz 4 Features
The Quinny Buzz 4 is a well constructed baby stroller built with safety and quality in mind. The main stroller features are as follows:
- Dimensions: Folded: 85 x 64 x 37 cm Unfolded: 85 x 64 x 101.5cm
- Weight: 28 to 37 pounds
- Automatic unfolding
- Reversible seat
- Adjustable handle, seat and footrest
- Compatible with Maxi Cosi baby seats
- Good range of accessories
Quinny Buzz 4 PROS
- Unique and revolutionary folding system (automatic unfolding)
- One handed folding and unfolding
- Highly maneuverable front swivel wheels, that can be locked
- Forward and rearward facing seat unit
- Height adjustable push-bar, adjustable foot- and backrest
- Travel system when used in combination with matching Maxi-Cosi car seat
- Including sun canopy and Buzz Box
- Super soft and adaptable seat
- Can store 7 six-packs of baby yogurt
Quinny Buzz 4 CONS
- Bulky when in the boot with the seat and have to remove at least 1 wheel to fit.
- Limited storage space.
- Needs a bigger hood.
- No travel bag (for planes and overseas trips!)
- Very wide rear wheels can limit access in narrow areas.
Quinny Buzz Reviews
This stroller is extremely maneuverable and we found no problems in both steering and pushing. It is an urban stroller and although relatively heavy, it was fairly easy to push. Over longer distances it may be tiring.
Even without the seat fitted, this frame looks very modern and sleek. The center stem contains the hydraulics that do all of the work when unfolding. The stroller feels solid and well very well built and there is plenty of suspension so that even on rougher terrain, your child would be able to remain asleep.
The standard seat that is fitted to the frame is a memory foam seat that cradles the younger child beautifully. Around 18 months, the XL seat can be fitted to accommodate a larger child. This takes a little bit of effort to install but once it is done, you probably will not have to do it again.
The chair reclines in three positions when forward facing and in two positions when facing backwards by pressing the two gray buttons on either side of the seat.
Moving the chair from forward to rear facing is equally hassle free. By pressing the same buttons a little further and lifting up, the seat comes away from the frame. Rotate the chair to the opposing direction, slide the posts into their sockets and wait for a ‘click’. This is really simple.
The stroller works well as part of the Quinny Travel System. Using the Maxi Cosi seat, the stroller adapts easily into the Quinny Buzz Travel System to make transporting between vehicles much easier.
The Buzz 4 can fold down with the seat attached, but Quinny advise that it is removed before folding. There is definitely a ‘Knack’ needed to depress both buttons on either side of the frame, at the same time as applying some downward pressure on the handle. This becomes easier in time but initially it is a little fiddly. The collapsed frame is also quite heavy.
Opening is one of the best features of this stroller. Release the catch, nudge the handle upwards and the full expansion happens automatically. This is a great piece of engineering and a real party piece.
The telescopic handle is really easy to adjust and extends to over 3 feet 3 inches. Just press the small grey button on the underside of the grip. So, regardless of your height, you will find a level that suits you.
The five point harness involves interlinking the left and right buckles, then inserting these into the clip. This could be a little problematic with a wriggling child. The shoulder and crotch straps are cushioned, so that if your child falls asleep, they don’t chafe the neck or face.
The canopy folds flat, and will give sufficient shelter in the sun. There is a window in the hood for an adult to look in on the child.
The bumper bar is padded and can detach from both or either side, acting as a sort of gate. The knuckle hinge makes the release effortless.
With 15 inch pneumatic tires on the back providing the cushioning and 9 inch, lockable, molded wheels on the front allowing 360 degree swivel, the glide on the chair is smooth and will deliver a very comfortable ride.
The Buzz Box shopping bag is quite small, even though it claims to have a 11 lb capacity. It would be more suited as a changing bag. It contains the hand pump for the tires, should they go down while you are out.
To make this pushchair practical around town, it would be necessary to buy the shopping bag to actually carry any shopping home.
The Buzz 4 is an extremely well built stroller. It is good looking and ticks all the boxes of desirability. There are enough add-ons to adapt it to suit all tastes.
It is a little overweight and tricky to fold for shorter people. That said, it moves very easily and is easy to push with one hand. The extendable handle is very handy, and the automatic unfold is a really useful function.
The Buzz 3 and the Buzz 4 are basically the same except the Buzz 4 has both front wheels on a ‘fork’ basically like a 4 wheel stroller but better.
The seat is super comfy, easy to clean and has good recline positions in both rear and forward facing. It is now much easier to fold and put the stroller in the car as there is no need to un-clip the seat when it is forward facing (although it was always quick anyway). The stroller is a little bit heavier to lift now.
The rain-cover is excellent. It keeps the whole seat / bassinet dry. The chassis dries off quickly with a towel. The hood is suitable for most days, but on a really sunny day, it can be a problem and the optional parasol is handy.
The wheels are easy to pop off to fit the stroller in smaller trunks. The wheels or tires are pretty much trouble free. As long as you keep them maintained and oiled, the stroller is super smooth with great suspension and is so easy to steer and push, one handed with a coffee up a hill. It is great on walking tracks and can also handle gravel paths, as well as in shopping centers and shops as it is not too bulky.
At cafes / restaurants, it can be used as a highchair. It can pull in close to the table and is at the right height to eat, and doesn’t take up a huge amount of space like other strollers.
The buzz box / bag is very useful as a diaper bag and the optional shopping basket, is really essential for holding larger items.
There are only two major concerns. The first, is that it cannot be converted to a double so if your family expands, you will need to look for another baby stroller. The other con, is that for traveling overseas, it is quite bulky and heavy and does not come with a carry bag which would be useful when traveling on buses or planes.