When my husband was finished putting together our new Mutsy 4Rider, he said, “Honey, your ‘Rolls Royce’ stroller is ready for a test drive.”
Just for fun, I wheeled it around our house, which is part carpet and part hardwood floors, and it drives like a dream. It took my husband about 20 minutes to assemble the stroller. The only tricky part was figuring out how to fold it. The manual was not very clear, but after a few minutes, we managed to figure it out—it is actually very easy to do! It folds nicely and could easily fit in a small trunk, closet or even under a bed. It can also fold with the seat or bassinet attached, so you don’t have to reassemble it each time you go to use it.
During my pregnancy, I kept saying that the stroller is the most important piece of equipment, and that we needed to get it right. We live in the suburbs, but also go into the city, so we need to be able to pack the stroller in the car easily and be able to take it on multiple types of terrain (sidewalk, gravel, cobblestone, grass, etc.). This stroller fits the bill for both needs. It’s lightweight so it’s easy to get in and out of the car, especially for me at just 5’2”. The rubber tires are air-filled and the front wheels swivel 360 degrees, so it’s easy to maneuver. You could take your baby from the mall to the park to the beach and you would only need this one stroller. (You could probably jog with it too, but if you run frequently, I would invest in a stroller designed specifically for jogging.) Guiding it with one hand is no problem, and it handles bumps like a Cadillac. My husband and I can trade off driving it easily because the handle bar height is adjustable with a simple click.
One of the coolest things about this stroller is that it can accommodate a newborn, a toddler, or even two babies. This is a huge plus for me, as I’m a mom to twins. I have a side-by-side stroller, but sometimes it’s bulky or just too big to take certain places, especially if I’m by myself. The Mutsy is compatible with my Peg-Perego car seat, so I can strap one baby to me in the baby carrier and leave the other baby in the car seat. Navigating a single stroller is so much easier than a double stroller.
The Mutsy 4Rider also has all kinds of cool accessories—and heaven knows I love accessories! I will definitely get a lot of use out of the Duoseat ($199). My baby girls are too small for it now, but it will be great when they get a little bigger. The Duoseat converts the single stroller into a tandem (one seat in front of the other) stroller, so it’s compact and both seats have canopies. The Fun Seat ($119) is another option. It is a fresh orange color, and it has handlebars so your baby can “drive” as you push the stroller. Other accessory options include the shopping basket ($59), dinner tray ($29), step-up board ($85), rain cover, foot muff, parasol (yes, an umbrella!) and a stylish diaper bag. All the accessories are extras are available separately (be careful—they can add up!). For me, the must-have accessory is the shopping basket. It’s great for an outside market, a festival, or a quick stop at the grocery store.
When I was researching strollers, I was looking for a seat that fully reclined and that was reversible. The Mutsy 4Rider seat has both these options. It is nylon and nicely padded so it can be wiped off easily and seems really comfortable. The seat also has a front bar that is removable and a large canopy with a window so you can sneak a peek at your little one.
The Mutsy is definitely a high quality stroller, right up there with the Bugaboo, Quinny and the like. Bottom line: It is worth the price tag. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
The pros, in short: lightweight, sturdy, compact, multifunctional (baby to toddler capabilities), stylish, smooth ride, 45-pound weight capacity, safety brakes, high quality materials, compatible with Peg-Perego and Graco car seats
The cons, in short: No accessories included.
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