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Pushchair review: Inglesina Zippy

Smart design from the Italian brand

Posted: 11 July 2005
by Thinkbaby

Inglesina Zippy pushchair

Great flexibility, sturdiness and easy to collapse and stow
Not much really, sometimes you may want a lighter pushchair, for air travel for example
Features: Designed for single-handed opening and folding via umbrella system. Three baby positions from upright through to fully reclined. Detachable accessories for four-season use. Ergonomic handles and pivoting wheels
Price: £240
Weight: 8.5kg without hood, 9.2kg with hood
Handle: 105cm high
Folded: 99 x 37 x 36cm (hxdxw)

The concept:
Available exclusively at Mothercare in the UK, Inglesina is an Italian brand that first made its name producing English-style prams over forty years ago. Like other pram makers the company has since branched out to produce a wide range of baby travel products and supplemented its good old-fashioned prams with modern, space-conscious collapsibles like the Zippy.

The Zippy is designed for everyday use and its main selling point is it's telescopic folding system that concertinas the pushchair up like an umbrella for easy carrying and storage and should be operable with just one hand. The Zippy is also designed with flexibility in mind and is compatible with the Huggy infant carrier car seat and Zippy carry cot (both need to be bought separately) to turn the pushchair into a travel system.

In action:
We've used the Zippy so far as our main pushchair from birth to eighteen months and it's still going strong. We liked the idea of being able to use it as a travel system and the folding mechanism looked impressive. In use it hasn't disappointed. The mechanism is a doddle to use, you really can operate it with no problem with just one hand - which is incredibly useful when you're out and about just with baby - but the mechanism is also very secure, so we've never worried that it might accidentally collapse.

For transport and storage purposes the umbrella folding system leaves you with a very neat package which is really important if your car boot is less than generous - as is ours.

The multiple position options mean than you can use the pushchair right from birth and, unlike some pushchairs, you don't feel that you're compomising quality for this flexibility because the chair seems to work just as well in all the positions and it's easy to switch between them. We've used the Zippy frame in tandem with the compatible car seat from Inglesina and the two work very well together as a travel system, with the Huggy simply clicking on to the frame so there's no need to faff with moving baby from chair to chair.

You might be concerned that with all that flexibility the Zippy might be fiddly and flimsy, but Inglesina seem to have done a great job at combining the chair options with ease of use and a solid feel. The Zippy is very sturdy but without the heaviness of the super-robust three-wheelers you can buy. The only real sign of any wear and tear after eighteen months is that the brakes on one side now work a little better than the other.

We've already commented on how easy it is to collapse and adjust the Zippy and other usage aspects match this well. Overall the pushchair feels very stable and safe. The five-point seat harness is secure and not at all fiddly while being reassuringly baby-proof. The leg rest has two positions and is easily adjustable for size.

When it comes to handling, the handles are at a comfortable height and, thanks to the pivoting wheels, the Zippy's manoeuvrability is very good. Meanwhile the accessories are easy to fix and remove - like the hood and the transparent rain cover - and the removable shopping basket gives you plenty of storage space below.

For general purpose out and about the Zippy has come up flexible trumps. But lighter and simpler pushchairs are available and that's something we did invest in for travelling by plane as the Zippy was a little too heavy and over-accessorised for air travel for our taste.

The ThinkBaby verdict

Good value and robust pushchair that is nifty to open and stow. Flexibility of the chair will see you through from newborn to over two years and through all seasons.
Performance: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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