Launched in 2017, the Quail Egg is designed to provide all the luxury and benefits of the original BabyStyle Egg stroller but in a much more compact design.
Zoe and her husband tested the Quail with their 16-weeks-old baby and, while they used to live hectic lives in London, they now fully appreciate a more suburban life. They tested the BabyStyle Quail Egg stroller and pram for ease and usability around their local town on long walks.
Super sleek and stylish, the Quail really stands out from the crowd in terms of its sophisticated design – something that was definitely a hit when my husband had a push. Many people pick up on the point the pram has quite a lot of branding, with the ‘Q’ looking like a small bird to go with the name. It’s a nice little touch for sure!
Is it good value for money
With a starting price of £599 (excluding carrycot for newborns and carseat), the stroller competes pricewise with the likes of the Bugaboo Bee and the iCandy Raspberry, although it comes in at a higher price – one of its few negatives.
What age is the Babystyle Egg Quail suitable for?
The lie-back seat says it’s suitable for newborns up to 22kg, without having to buy any added extras. The seat can be fitted both parent- and forward-facing. Personally, though, I wouldn’t have been happy putting my newborn in there. The seat didn’t lie completely flat and there wasn’t much protection from the elements as there are no sides. I’d say definitely not suitable if you have a winter baby and would definitely mean you’d have to buy an extra foot muff.
You would also have to strap your newborn in rather than just lying them down like you would in the carrycot and the seat itself is quite hard as opposed to the soft mattress the carrycot comes with.
The pram states it’s suitable for children up to 22kg, however, I’m not too sure how comfortable a child of that size would be in the compact chair, especially when I think my 16-week-old takes up quite a lot of room already at only 6.3kg! The seat is height adjustable though so you will definitely get plenty of time in there.
How easy is it to put together?
It’s very easy, it simply requires you attach the wheels which is a lovely relief after you’ve put together everything else a baby needs!
How do you fold the Babystyle Egg Quail?
It folds away nicely with one hand in three simple steps (without having to remove the pushchair attachment, although you do have to remove the carrycot – something I definitely appreciate after four months of a bigger pram. It is also freestanding once folded.
To pop it back up, there are two auto lock clips you need to unfold. Initially this does take some getting used to as the pram needs to be the right way up and the clips have to be unlocked in a certain order, but it doesn’t take long to get used to.
Any optional extras you’d recommend?
I would recommend the carrycot which comes with a mattress and raincover as standard as well as a fully adjustable hood and zip on carrycot apron. Carrycot and car seat adapters are available as a complete package price of £877. The carrycot naturally takes away the compact feel to the pram with a mattress of 73cm x 29cm x 16cm – which is actually longer than the Silver Cross Wayfarer making it a not-so-compact buggy. Weighing just 3.4kg though, it is lovely and light!
You can also buy additional extras such as a cup holder, foot muff and a changing bag.
How lightweight is the Babystyle Egg Quail?
This was, without a doubt, the best part of the pram. Extremely lightweight at 10.9kg, I found this a big relief in comparison to my everyday pram which is a Silver Cross. However, it’s important to note this isn’t the lightest on the market with Bugaboo Bee weighing in at 8.5kg, plus it’s slightly cheaper than the Quail.
Does it fit in the boot of a regular car?
Yes it fits easily nicely in the boot of our car which is only a small hatchback, although you’d struggle to fit a lot of shopping around it. It’s a great buy if you travel a lot as you wouldn’t have to buy a separate stroller to take along for trips. It fits neatly in our hallway, too – a major plus point for a neat freak like me!
Is it car-seat compatible?
Yes, you have to purchase car seat adapters separately, but these are compatible with Maxi Cosi, Kiddy, Cybex, Recaro and BeSafe models which is a good bonus.
How many recline positions are there?
There are three recline positions. At nearly four months, my little one, who is very nosy, loved the openness of it and the three recline positions meant he was comfortable whatever his mood. We could interact with each other well and he even fell asleep!
How comfortable does it seem?
My only issue is how hard the seat is, there’s no ‘dip’ so I found my four-month-old slipped a bit, which wouldn’t be a problem for older ones.
What’s in the box?
Hood for the pushchair option
What colourways are available?
The Quail Egg comes in a standard gun-metal chassis in four colourways, Quantum Grey, Strictly Pink, Latte and Gotham Black. The pram also comes with a magnetic back panel, to cover up the adjustments, which are also available in a range of cool and quirky styles for even more individuality.
Design wise, the Strictly Pink was too bright for my taste, and it definitely didn’t encourage my other half to push it, but I love the idea that you can design the look yourself. My baby also suffers with reflux so being wipe clean is essential, but I found that marks showed up very easily on the Strictly Pink.
How did you find the basket?
It’s a generous size and very accessible considering the stroller’s compact nature.
How easy is it to push the Babystyle Egg Quail?
The wheels on the pram have created some of the easiest manoeuvres I’ve experienced making small and tight places, one-handed steering and getting around busy town centres very easy.
What do you think of the handlebars?
I was pleasantly surprised with the height, a feature which usually suffers on compact prams. The handle bar is easily adjustable with just a quick turn making it comfortable for most heights.
How do you find the brakes?
I found them very strong and sturdy.
How well does the Babystyle Egg Quail cope with different surfaces?
When purchasing a compact system like this one, you expect the strength and sturdiness to suffer a bit but that is not the case with the Quail as it handled bumpy terrains just as easily as other prams. Grass, bumpy pavements and wonky curbs were no issue for the wheels or suspension
How do you find the hood?
Both the seat and carrycot come with a hood suitable for both attachments. They’re also both very sturdy options.
The carrycot hood comes up directly over your baby’s head, however, there is no extra sun visor option so you would potentially need to purchase a pram parasol.
The seat does have a fantastic hood that extends so far it practically covers your whole baby so, despite the fact there are no sides, this should do a decent job at protecting them. It’s important to mention there’s no peek panel on the hood though, so if you’re like me and like to check on the baby every five minutes, it could become a bit of a nuisance.
How do you find the wheels?
One of the unique feature points of the pram, the wheels feature Tru-ride Technology PU Polymer tyres. This means they’re puncture free, gives you ‘superior handling’ a ‘comfortable and smooth ride’ and reduces pushing ‘fatigue’ – all which I would agree with especially as I live in a hilly area.
Would it be easy to use the Babystyle Egg Quail on public transport?
I don’t get public transport often but I would feel really confident in getting on and off buses and trains with this pram. Its light weight would also be a major plus with this.
Who would the Babystyle Egg Quail be most useful for?
This pram is perfect for families who live in a busy area and are often required to get on public transport. It’s also great for those tight on space at home or with a small car. If regular travel is part of your lives too, I think the pram would also be really beneficial.
The Quail Egg pram certainly has everything you need and want from a compact pram – it’s stylish, sturdy, light and folds away like a dream. Had I done my research before my baby more, I probably would have opted for something like the Quail and would have definitely purchased the carrycot as an extra for a newborn.
Not only would my back be less achy – I think this would probably save money in the long run as I wouldn’t have to buy another buggy to take on our family holidays nor would I need to consider buying a bigger car.
And if you couldn’t tell by now, I love how small it folds down which would have made many of my shopping trips a LOT easier and my house feel tidier given all the extra stuff a baby needs anyway.
I would definitely recommend for those mums living a more urban lifestyle and are always on the go.
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