The Egg is BabyStyle’s first luxury buggy. The British brand has aimed high, competing with the likes of the Bugaboo Cameleon and iCandy Peach – albeit at a lower price.
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Well known for its very popular travel system the Oyster, BabyStyle’s Egg has a very different design – based on the curves of a hen’s egg.
Travel-system compatible (with both Maxi-Cosi and Kiddy car seats) and suitable from birth up to 25kg (approx 4 years) with or without the carrycot, the Egg can also be converted (with adaptors) into a tandem buggy for two kids.
The buggy has so far been well-received by parents and bloggers alike but this is MFM, and we have our own thorough tests and examinations to conduct before we decide if it lives up to the initial praise.
My 13-week-old baby Vinnie and I used the Egg everywhere including our Buggyfit class in a woodland area, walks around our local high street, at a village fair held on a field and in the supermarket.
Is the Babystyle Egg style as pretty as it looks in all the press pictures?
Yes, it is! The look of the Egg will be the first thing that strikes you; it certainly struck me!
It’s sleek lines and curves give it real style with no clutter on the chassis, one of the main issues I had when I reviewed Bugaboo’s Chameleon3.
The chassis, which comes in gun metal, black and mirror is sleek and topped with a leather bound handle featuring a section in the middle which turns to extend the height and to collapse the chassis.
And the lightweight carrycot itself is made from quilted cosy fabric adding an extra touch of luxury.
Of course, I know it may not be to everyone’s taste, and in fact; there isn’t a buggy that is perfect for all. But I think almost anyone can see it’s a well-made pushchair that looks good.
We’ve also got the review of the Babystyle Egg double buggy here.
Is it style over substance?
No, it’s not. Out and about the Egg proves itself to be more than just a pretty chassis.
I felt it was sturdy but not bulky; quiet but easy to manoeuvre and stylish but practical. From top to bottom, I loved this pushchair.
I found it easy to meander round aisles in the supermarket and clothes rails in high street shops! At Buggyfit, I’m sure we stood out from the crowd as we lunged and squatted our way through the classes.
The seat unit will be great for Buggyfit as it comes with a ‘secret’ pocket big enough to store the car keys and a clean nappy, which will save weighing the buggy down with the pram bag.
How does the Babystyle Egg fold?
So easily! Although you have to take off the seat unit to do it.
After collapsing I was amazed at how compact it was and with the further space saving facility of popping the wheels off, I was beginning to regret getting rid of the teeny weeny Fiat 500 I scooted around in pre-Vinnie.
All that extra space in the boot meant there was more space for shopping when Vinnie and I went a walk around the shops.
But it’s worth noting that this buggy is not light! In fact, at 13.5kg it is heavy, which can be felt when lifting the buggy in and out of the boot. Luckily, you don’t feel the weight when you’re pushing it out and about.
What about the brake?
It’s situated at the bottom of the chassis in the centre of the cross bar and is flip-flop friendly when clipping it into the on/off position.
Tell us about the shopping basket.
The shopping basket is a great size and easy to access even with the carrycot in place (another of my issues with the Chameleon3).
What about the seat unit?
Although, Vinnie is too young for the seat unit, he’ll be the coolest kid in town when he’s able to kick back in there.
Of course, it’s a matter of taste but I reckon it’s the most stylish pushchair I’ve seen.
Is it travel system compatible?
Yes, the Babystyle Egg can be converted into a travel system with the equally stylish Kiddy Evo-lunafix lie flat car seat I had the pleasure of reviewing a while back.
It’s also compatible with most infant car seats from Maxi Cosi, B-Safe, Cybex and Recaro.
Is it value for money?
After reviewing the Egg, I wasn’t surprised to find it retails at a hefty £699 and goes up to £878 with the carrycot.
I knew it would likely be more expensive than our own Quinny Buzz Extra, which we bought for £550 almost a year ago, but I was surprised to find it was a whole £150 cheaper than the Chameleon3. Especially as the Egg surpasses the Chameleon3 in every way but the price, for me.
Is there anything you didn’t like about the Babystyle Egg?
The only fault is its weight, as I mentioned earlier. At 13.5kg it is heavy to lift when folded, but when pushing or steering it outside you actually don’t notice the weight.
And the second fault, if you can call it that, I could find was in the name I get that the Egg is named such because of the sleek lines and contours.
Perhaps it’s the journalist/PR in me and I’m giving it too much thought but surely an egg makes people think of something delicate, fragile, bland and easily breakable?
All the things you don’t want in a pushchair and everything this pushchair is not!
What’s in the box?
The Egg was delivered in two boxes, the carrycot packed separately from the chassis and buggy element.
- 2x front wheels and 2 x rear wheels
- Seat unit, apron and liner
- Carrycot body
- Bumper bar
- Insect net
Any additional extras?
- Carrycot – £179
- Kiddy Evo- Luna fix car seat £319.95
- Car Seat adaptors £34.95
How is it to assemble?
The hardest part about the assembly of the Egg was removing all the packaging.
All the components were securely wrapped and packaged with plastic sheets and corrugated cardboard ensuring it arrived without a scratch.
Other than that it was a case of pulling the chassis up by the handle and clipping the carrycot into it.
The seat unit was just as easy to apply, whether parent or world facing, and both are removed by pushing in two buttons at the side and pulling the unit up simultaneously, similar to many pushchairs on the market.
In case you hadn’t gathered by now, Vinnie and I loved this pushchair.
If it’s in your price range, it’s the perfect pushchair. Consider choosing it over other better-known luxury brands.
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