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Maclaren Four Seasons Pushchair Review

Tue, May 20, 2008

Pushchair Reviews

Maclaren Four Seasons Pushchair

The Maclaren 4 Seasons stroller has got kerb appeal by the bucketload, and I absolutely love it! If pushchairs were judged by looks alone, the Maclaren Four Seasons would be up there vying for the gold medal position. As it is, we need our prams to do much, much more than look good, and – fortunately – the Maclaren 4 Seasons doesn’t disappoint there either.

At the top end of the market in terms of the price you’d expect to pay for a stroller, with a retail price of £225, the Maclaren 4 Seasons gives you all the extras you’d expect, and then some, coming with three reversible seat liners – spring, summer and autumn – and one gorgeously soft and cosy footmuff for winter. This effectively means that you can quickly and easily change the look of the pram, whatever the mood or season, or even just because you feel like being a bit precious and don’t want the pushchair to clash with bambino’s outfit that day (not that I’ve ever been that shallow – yet!).

The Maclaren Four Seasons is available from Mothercare – use the discount code JLK to save an extra 10 %

Using the Maclaren Four Seasons

When you take the stroller out of the box, it’s already fitted with the tan seat it comes with, and you simply select which of the liners you’d like to use that day, and simply velcro it into place, slipping the standard Maclaren 5-point harness through the slots to secure into place. It really is as easy as it sounds, et voila – a whole new pram is born!

All of the liners, including the standard tan seat on the frame, are completely washable, and the tan sunshade/hood is also water resistant. The seat has four recline positions, which are operated by lifting a lever either side of the pram, and gently pushing the pram into the recline position of your choice. To place the seat back in the upright position, you just push it from behind and it clicks into place. Easy peasy, even while baby is in the seat.

What are the main benefits of the Maclaren 4 Seasons?

Apart from the aforementioned reversible liners and cosy footmuff, the Maclaren also comes with UV sunshade hood, rain cover, and the most delightful grey and red suede blanket. It even comes with a stylish and very roomy carry/storage bag, complete with luggage tag – for when you take the stroller on holiday – which doubles as a handy storage bag for all the extra liners which aren’t in use.

The Four Seasons also has the infamous Maclaren 5 second, one-handed fold, and – from a woman who’s struggled for 10 minutes and more trying to collapse the blasted Icandy Apple pushchair in the pouring rain – this feature is no gimmick and its usefulness not to be underestimated. With the stroller in the fully upright position, you simply use your foot to lift the tab at the bottom, and then push down on the lever on the side. Fold the pushchair onto itself, and it locks into position. You can even do this without having to remove the cosy footmuff first. And weighing just about 15lbs, you can do all this holding baby in your other arm and lift with the handy carry strap. Have I mentioned I love it yet?

What’s the Maclaren Four Seasons like to push?

Anyone who’s already pushed a lightweight stroller will know that, compared to a pram travel system with carrycot option, they feel the terrain a bit more. Your baby will generally be closer to the ground, and you just don’t get the suspension that you come to expect with some of the bigger-wheeled pram models. That said, Boo happily sleeps on a stroll round our cobblestone high street, and as I can also push one-handed over said cobblestones while he sleeps, it’s good enough for me.

Taking the Maclaren shopping is where the Four Seasons really comes into its own and performs like a superstar. It’s light, nimble and can spin on a sixpence, letting you nip in and out of crowds with no bother at all. The shopping basket isn’t useful for much more than a small handbag, a few toys and a water bottle, but the hood has a handy pocket on the back of the pram – together with a transparent viewing window to keep an eye on baby – which can hold your purse, phone and car keys with a little room to spare.  The handle bar isn’t adjustable, but it fits like a glove in your hand and can hold a number of shopping bags with ease. Just make sure you keep a firm grip on the handles for mammoth shopping trips when you’re overloaded with goodies!

Any Downsides?

The Maclaren markets this pushchair as being suitable from birth, but – my personal view – I didn’t think the fully reclined position was as flat as I’d like for a newborn baby.  We used the carrycot option with our Icandy Apple frame from birth till 5/6 months, and I don’t think I’d have been completely comfortable with this as an alternative, especially for a tiny baby, but I’d have felt the same about any of the ‘lie-flat, from birth’ strollers too.  I guess this aspect comes down to what you’re personally comfortable with.

Also, the handles aren’t height adjustable but both myself (5ft 7″) and my husband (6ft 1″) can push it with ease.

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Estee Says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I recently bought a Maclaren Four Seasons and was just wondering are they the same size as a Quest, I know that they are heavier but are they wider? I already have a large Peg Perego and didn’t want to have another large pushchair!

    Kind regards,

    Estee

  2. admin Says:

    Hi Estee

    Thanks for your email. I’ve got the Maclaren Four Seasons and love it. I don’t find it heavy, or wide (certainly compared to my iCandy Apple which is a bit of a beast) but I’ve just double-checked the spec of both for you:

    Maclaren Four Seasons Pushchair
    Basic Weight (without hood, shopping basket or raincover) – 6.7 kg/ 14.8lb
    Height/Width/Depth: 42″ x 19″ x 31.5″
    Folded Dimensions: 41″ x 15.5″ x 19″

    Maclaren Quest Pushchair
    Basic Weight (without hood, shopping basket or raincover)- 5.5kg / 12.2lb
    Height/Width/Depth: 41″ x 19″ x 41″
    Folded Dimensions: 40.5″ x 16″ x 13.5″

    So the Four Seasons is 2.6lb heavier, has a slightly higher handle height, but is the same width as the Maclaren Quest, but the Quest folds up smaller.

    Hope that helps a little,

    Louise

  3. Cate Says:

    Hi,

    The four seasons is on a Ryder chassis so its a tad bigger and the handles are higher than the Quest.

    I loved the four seasons but found that if used when the weather is bad (like now) if you fold it the wheels dirty the footmuff! its a brilliant summer pushchair but due to the colour no good for winter!

  4. admin Says:

    Ah yes, the current weather isn’t really compatible with a beige pushchair!!!

    I use my iCandy Apple in winter, but will be looking forward to spring arriving so I can get the Maclaren 4 seasons out again and decide which seat liner I want to use!

  5. Lauren Watkins Says:

    i have a four seasons buggy and i cant find the rest of the seat liners..can i buy them seperatly from anywhere??..thanks in advance

    Lauren
    x

  6. lydia Says:

    were cant i purchase it as the websites im tryna purchase it from arent allowing me to
    regards
    lydia

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