When I was young and childless, I always wanted a Mini. I loved the style of the car, the colours they came in, and the interior too. Alas that never happened, and I now have a big car for my endless amount of paraphenalia that comes with two small children.
That's why I was really excited to hear of a new stroller launching into the UK- The Easywalker Mini. Perhaps I could live the dream of my youth, except with a stroller instead of a car?
I was really excited for the stroller to arrive and to start putting it through it's paces, and was excited with the colour that we got given- Chilli Red with a racing stripe. Just call me a Mum Racer! (Bad joke. Sorry.)
The first thing that struck me was just what a good quality build the Easywalker Mini has. The frame was robust without being too heavy, and the black chassis looks incredibly smart. It's obviously branded with the Mini logo, but not so much that it looks over the top. There is a really nice leather handlebar reminiscent of the Mini steering wheel, which feels really nice to hold and is easy to grip. You can purchase extra fabric packs which make it more Mini like style wise, or you can just go with the original black. As mentioned before, we had Chilli Red which is my favourite, as it is nice and different, without being too garish. We definitely get noticed walking around my town!
On first getting it out of the box, I must admit it took a bit longer to initially set up than some of the other buggies we have had. My husband is one of those who doesn't like to read instructions, but even he was reaching for the booklet after a while. The instruction booklet is a little sparse and it did take us a good half an hour to figure out what we were doing. We struggled getting the added fabric pack on to the buggy, but eventually got to grips with it. Once it is all set up though you shouldn't have to do it again.
So then it was on to our first outing. The buggy handles super well, and I think that is it's best selling point, beside from the styling. That is the main thing we look for in a stroller, after all who wants a pushchair that is hard to push. It's handles like a dream (I actually sound like I am reviewing a car here!) and goes really easily around corners, and is easy to push one handed. There is an adjustable handle so it is comfortable for all heights.
It's really slim in build, so really easy to get through doors and practical when out and about. It doesn't fold up ridiculously small, I guess just standard in terms of pushchairs, but it's compact enough to not phase me in the slightest. We have a big car, but it fits into the boot with ease. My sister has a Mini Cooper and she could just about fit it in the boot, but that was with some serious pushing, so if you are a Mini Enthusiast that might be a little disappointing. But for larger car boots it goes in with plenty of room for shopping bags and other bits.
The seat was comfortable for both Mads and LL, and so therefore shows you that it caters for older toddlers and babies alike. You can get the carrycot attachment to make it suitable from birth, and I do not think you would therefore need another buggy for the rest of the time your child is in one. It is extremely sturdy and robust, yet comfy as well. Mads really enjoys going in it, which at nearly three, is saying something in itself, as she often refuses to do anything but walk! The seat has four levels of recline, and is really easy to do, therefore perfect for snoozes when you are out and about.
In terms of the usual things you look for in a pushchair, the shopping basket is of reasonable size, and I could easily hang my bag over the handle without worrying about it tipping as it is of a good weight. It isn't the easiest to collapse, but nor is it the hardest either. Once you get the hang of it, it is just like any other- easy because you know how. It isn't ridiculously light, but then I am a little bit of a weakling. (is that even an actual word?)
Overall the thing that sets the Easywalker apart is the style- it really is a gorgeous pushchair and we have had a few people come up and ask us what brand it was when we have been out and about. The black chassis combined with the pops of colour from the seat, make it look really smart. The Mini branding does look great, without being too OTT. The main things we look for in a pushchair is the way it manouvres, how compact it folds up, and the style, and the stroller ticks the boxes for all three of these things.
In terms of negatives, the only thing I would really say is that it is a bit fiddly to figure out to begin with, and it isn't the easiest I have ever experienced to collapse, but once you have mastered that it is a really lovely and smart pushchair. It retails at £609.99 in the UK, which is obviously the higher end of the pushchair market, but I think if you are looking for a really good quality stroller then this is a reasonable price. That price won't appeal to everyone, but you are getting what you pay for- a really nice, stylish stroller that's different to others on the market.
We were sent the Easywalker Mini for the purposes of this review, all thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.