Key features of the Allis Venus Pushchair:
Age suitability: Birth (with optional carrycot) until 15kg (approx. 3 years)
Type of buggy: 2-in-1 pushchair
Fold: Easy fold, with seat attached
Travel system compatible: Yes
Total cost: £199.99
Allis Baby (the modern baby) is a baby travel brand designed by parents, for parents. It as been around since 2009 and designs and produces modern baby travel products.
Allis Baby is most known for its 2-in-1 Venus baby pram pushchair. They also have recently designed the Allis Plume pushchair and the new Allis 2-in-1 City Pushchair (this to be the newer and updated version of the Allis 2 in 1 Allis Venus Pushchair). They do also manufacture baby-changing bags.
The 2-in-1 Allis Venus pushchair retails at about £199.99 this includes the Chassis, Carrycot/Seat unit and Rain cover.
What are the main competitors to the Allis Baby buggy?
It is a great option for parents that are on a tight budget but still requires a travel system. Other competitors in this range are the Ickle bubba stomp V3, which retails at about £300 for the 2 in 1 and £400 for the 3 in 1 travel system.
The Cosatto Wow travel system that retails for about £350-£500 depending on the bundle you purchase. And finally the Koochi Modhero travel system that retails at about £249.99.
The Allis Venus is the cheapest out of its group/competitors on the market, with the Koochi Modhero being the closest to it.
I, however, had never heard of the Allis Venus brand until I got picked to product test it, compared to the other brands in its group that I had heard of and knew the brand.
My first impressions of the pushchair when I received it in the post were firstly that it was packaged really well and all parts were protected.
It came in a good size box and wasn’t too heavy.
How is building the Allis Venus buggy?
When I took it out of the box I had to put it together. This was really straightforward and easy.
The instructions are really easy to follow and it’s as simple as attaching the wheels, clipping on the seat and attaching the hood.
What do you think of the style of the pushchair?
The first thing I noticed was that the frame was white. I personally loved the look and you could also see the suspension.
However when it came to the seat/carrycot unit, as this is 2-in-1, it has clips that transform it between carrycot and seat unit I did not particularly like the colour of this, the grey colour was ok.
I guess this is personal opinion though I just thought it looked like a funny beige colour and was too light in colour (especially as it would show any mark) I personally would have preferred a darker colour.
However when up the overall look of the pushchair was to a good standard and I couldn’t wait to try my son in it and take it outside.
What age range is the buggy suitable from?
The Allis Venus pushchair states that it is suitable from birth to15kg (approx. 3 years), but I do not agree with this.
When I placed my 2 1⁄2 year old daughter in it, it made the pushchair feel unsteady. She was too tall for the hood to be used and her legs would hang over the end of the pushchair with nowhere to go.
I would definitely recommend that it should be used for under 2 year olds. When my son used it, he still fitted in the carrycot (this is a good size) and fitted perfectly in the seat unit. However he is on the chunky side and hasn’t got much room to grow.
Is it easy to change from carrycot to seat unit?
Yes, it’s simple to convert it from carrycot to seat unit as it’s just the simple matter of pushing the 4 clips together; 2 at the side, and 1 each at the bottom and top.
When used as a carrycot the clips just hang down, which I personally don’t like. I have used other travel systems before, like the Bebecar and the Venicci, and I personally still prefer these brands.
I think when the seat unit and carrycot are separate that are sturdier and look better too. I personally don’t like the seat units/carrycots in one since I have tested out the Venus Allis pushchair.
How does the Allis Venus push?
The pushchair itself is ok to push because it is light and the suspension is very sturdy. Sometimes it’s hard to get up kerbs and it tips when a heavy changing bag is attached to the handle of the frame.
It does feel flimsy on the rougher terrains but if used on a flat surface, is it great to use and the steering is good on it.
If bags are hanging from the handle or if you’re on the bus, the pushchair tends to start tilting so it has to be held by the parent. On public transport, it is small enough to fit in buggy bays so this is a good feature and light enough to get on and off the bus and fold up if necessary.
What’s the brake like?
The brake is temperamental unless its lined up perfectly with the wheels, so it takes a bit of getting used to when the brakes are on, though it is sturdy while it is still. I do like the fact that the break turns from green to red to let you know when it is on/off.
The frame is strong and a good design. However because of the suspension I think this makes the frame less sturdy.
How does the Allis Baby Venus fold?
The fold is really easy just lift up two clips from either side of pushchair and fold down and there is a clasp that holds it in place when folded. You do however need to take seat unit off when folding down the frame.
The handle of the pushchair looks cheap and is not good quality. This is because the handle is just made from foam and moves when pushing the pushchair.
The foam is also too short on the handles you can see some of the frame on both ends of the handle when they meet the tilt function of the handle bars. The handle bar height adjusts by tilting it up or down but I would prefer the handle bars to move up and down as I am tall I found this pushchair handle bars to be too low for myself.
The seat unit cover is memory foam. I like this feature however underneath this is just a bit of wood covered in the seat unit material. The size of the seat unit is small and my son looked really uncomfortable in the seat so it needs to be bigger in depth and width.
The recline positions are good however the most upright position makes the seat depth narrower and my son doesn’t sit right in it. The lay down recline position, in contrast, is good. I think the pushchair needs to be comfier for babies as its quite hard. My son prefers his old pushchair better.
The size of the carrycot is great – it’s wide and long so this suited me really well.
How to choose a buggy to suit your lifestyle
There is no handle on the hood to help to lift the carrycot if baby is sleeping and you want to take the baby in the carrycot but off the frame. The hood has two settings; I don’t like the fact it’s just a clip to make it from standard coverage to extra coverage. It would be so much better if it was a zip.
The good thing is that it can be used parent-facing as well as forward-facing. This is one of its best features as I can interact with my little one. I personally prefer the parent facing option and so does my son. It folds down compactly but you do have to take the seat unit off. It fits well in my boot however I do have a massive boot so in a standard boot I would think it would take up most of the boot.
This pushchair would be best used whilst your child is young as when they get past the 1 year old mark they start to look like they are outgrowing the seat unit.
What’s the basket like?
The basket is used best when the seat unit is in parent-facing position. In forward-facing mode, you can hardly put anything under the basket, but in the parent-facing direction the basket is easy to access and use. I used the rascal buggy board on this pushchair. It works ok but makes the pushchair awkward to push and really hard to get up kerbs.
Why your newborn needs a lie flat buggy
If I purchased this item I would have wanted to know more about the item as the description on the Allis Venus website is vague and there is not much research on the brand either. I would not have brought this pushchair if I had seen this online.
Also this pushchair is not available to see or try out in your local shops unlike other brands. This product would be most useful for parents that had a low budget and just wanted a standard pushchair. I would not say there is anything unique about this product as I have personally seen better designs/brands available on the market.
I do think if you have a low budget then this is a great pushchair to purchase. It is good value for money because it is one of the cheapest I have personally seen on the market but I do believe in the saying you get what you pay for.
You also do not get a changing bag with this product so would need to purchase this as an extra. Overall I personally did not like this 2 in 1 travel system but this is my own opinion.
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