BabyStyle Egg2 review
In a nutshell
A beautiful looking pushchair that’s been built for comfort and ease over all terrains. However, it is quite heavy
What we tested
4.5A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
5.0A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
- Comfort for child
4.9A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.
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4.9A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.
- Worth the money
4.0A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
- Easy steering, stylish, free-standing when folded
- Weight, shallow basket, expensive
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Babystyle has built its Egg range with the inspiration of “warmth, shelter and sustenance” in mind. This is reflected in the Egg2 travel system, with its extra safety features (such as the memory foam car seat head rest), as well as its cocoon-like design.
The range’s style certainly stands out from other brands, making it very distinctive with its curves and ergonomic design. It sits in the premium end of the market, alongside the likes of Bugaboo’s Fox or the iCandy Peach or Uppababy Vista.
The Egg2 is an upgrade on the previous model and includes a larger stroller seat with a new harness adjusting mechanism, a bigger basket, new chunky wheels and a free-standing fold.
Jess is a first-time mum to 3-month-old Jude. They tested the Egg2 (carrycot, seat and car seat) on many walks in the middle of a global pandemic, trying it out on the main road, town centres, supermarkets, rivers, forests and parks.
What was your first impression of the Babystyle Egg2?
My first thought was “wow, how many boxes?” It took the delivery man 3 trips to his van to drop off the numerous boxes that the Egg2 travel system comes in.
I was impressed with each box I opened. I received a stroller in Paprika, a dusty red colour with a matching car seat and lie-flat pram. Paprika is not a colour that I would have been drawn to, but I liked it and the colour looked great alongside the leatherette handle on the frame.
All parts to the travel system feel incredibly well made, the materials used are of the highest quality which makes the Egg2 feel very luxurious. However, it also felt quite heavy.
How easy is it to build?
It is very easy to put the Egg2 travel system together. It was so straight-forward that I didn’t need the instructions. However, if you do get stuck the step-by-step guide is easy to follow. I did need the instructions when it came to installing the carseat and Isofix base in my car.
It took me about 25 minutes to work out how to assemble each part and get Jude into the carrycot for his maiden voyage.
How is the Egg2 different from the original Egg model?
The main improvements to the original model include a bigger seat for the stroller (it is 7cm taller and sits slightly higher than on the original). It also has a different harness adjustment mechanism that makes changing it as your child grows even easier. The basket has increased in size, which is always useful.
In addition, the wheels are now bigger which makes for a smoother ride. Reviews of the original Egg also highlighted a problem with the fold, as the handle bar would get marked when it touched the floor. This no longer happens, as once the frame is folded the handle bar is off the floor, the chassis is now free standing and a new clasp locks the frame together.
What age is the Egg2 suitable for?
The travel system is suitable from birth due to the great lie-flat carrycot, up to 22kg (approximately 4 years) with the toddler seat. The car seat is an infant carrier suitable to 13kg.
What do you think of the carrycot?
I really liked the Egg2 carrycot. It is small compared to other ones on the market, which means you might have to switch to the toddler seat sooner than 6 months if you have a big baby. However, when I placed my baby in the carrycot he felt snug and exceptionally cocooned. He was very well sheltered from the wind.
The carrycot is made from soft material and feels cushioned all around, the mattress is firm and thick enough to support your baby and is made from breathable material. A nice new feature is that it now comes with a ventilation panel in the hood to keep babies cool in summer. The carrycot is light, can be picked up one-handed and is easy to clip on and off the chassis thanks to a carrycot release handle.
Does the Egg2 travel system come with a car seat?
We tested it with the Egg Shell (very cute name) car seat. It conforms to the new i-Size regulations and the manufacturer says it is suitable for babies from 40 cm to 80cm and a maximum 13kg. My baby was very happy in the seat and slept almost instantly when we went out for a drive. It came in the same Paprika colour as the carrycot and stroller tying in the travel system together with style.
Jude fitted snuggly into the car seat, which made me feel like he was better cocooned and protected should there be an accident. It also has superior side impact protection and a memory foam headrest.
It’s very quick and easy to fix the seat's Isofix base into the car and took around 5 minutes in total (once you’ve studied the instructions). The top of the car seat has a shell-like pull-over canopy, to shade babies from the sun. Other car seats I have used have had a material cover which does have a habit of falling off, so this worked much better in comparison.
How do you fold the Egg2 buggy?
It is easy to fold the Egg2 chassis, once you know how. I must admit it did have me stumped before I read the instructions:
- You have to remove the carrycot and make sure the brake is on
- Using the twist barrel in the centre of the handlebar, rotate it forwards to retract the handle as far as it can go
- Then lift the handle in the middle of the basket up, bringing the handlebar back towards the floor
- It clips into place and is then free standing.
How big and heavy is the Egg2?
Once the frame is folded it’s relatively compact and it helps that it is free standing. However, it is very heavy, so some people might struggle with the weight of it, if for example you were taking it away on holiday. The chassis with wheels and seat attached weighs 15.5kg, which is definitely at the heavier end of stroller weight range (and something that also bothered our MFM reviewer of the previous Egg).
It is a two-handed job to pop it into the boot of my car because of the weight of it. Once it’s in my boot though, I had more than enough room for the frame and either the carrycot or stroller and other shopping.
Is it easy to push and steer?
This was the biggest selling point for me, just how easy the Egg2 is to steer and manoeuvre, despite its weight. I tried it on all kinds of terrain, forest tracks, main roads, river pathways, cobbles, supermarkets, grass and gravel and didn’t have a problem with any of them.
In fact, I have a gravel driveway and struggle to push my own pram, but not with the Egg2, I think this is down to the size of the wheels. It is such a smooth ride for my baby that he sleeps from the moment we leave the house until we get back. It feels very sturdy and takes tight corners well.
Testers for our MFM Awards agreed that the way the Egg2 handles is one of its main selling points. Home tester Tenisha, for example, said: “We live in the countryside pavements are not too buggy friendly but this is incredibly easy to manoeuvre around.”
What I also like about the Egg2 is the way it mounts kerbs. The wheels don’t spin and I never feel my child is going to be bounced out or that he’s being disturbed from his sleep.
How well does it work on public transport?
Due to Covid we weren’t able to test this, but it is quite a chunky buggy, so you wouldn’t be able to lift it on and off trains, or easily slot it into tight spots on buses, for example.
What’s the chassis like?
The frame is strong, weighty and feels very durable and comes in a lovely matt finish. This works well with the Paprika colour of the rest of the travel system. I know I keep saying that it is heavy, but the upside of this is that it’s clearly very sturdy.
Is the handlebar adjustable?
The huge leatherette handle is a massive selling point for me. I love the fact that you can adjust it to your height. It has 5 different positions and can be changed from 99-111cm. I’m quite tall at 5’7’’, so this works well for me and feels like I have better steering control over the frame as a result. It’s very comfortable to hold and because of its size made it easier to push one handed.
How comfortable is the Egg2's seat unit?
Like the rest of the product, the toddler seat looks comfortable, compact and safe. The adjustable straps seem very practical.
What are the Egg2’s wheels like?
The Egg2 wheels are chunky and sturdy, particularly the back ones. They are simple to clip in when you first put the unit together, they look great and unlike other brands they don’t spin round as much resulting in a smoother ride for your child. I tried them out on a variety of different terrains, and they coped with everything, from dirt paths in forests to cobbled high streets. They also feature larger, puncture-proof tyres which add to the smoothness of the ride.
How good are the brakes?
These are the only part of the system that I was confused about, to put them on you push your foot down on the brake once, to take the brake off you have to push your foot down again. This sounded simple, however, I was unsure of whether or not you then had to pull the pram back towards you, which also seemed to release the brake. Yet once the brake is on it works well.
How do you rate the basket?
The basket is standard size. It’s a bit on the shallow side, but it’s easy to access and store what you need. There are no special compartments, and I had no problem with any items falling out.
What’s in the box?
Egg Shell car Seat
Egg Shell Isofix Base
Egg2 Stroller Chassis with seat unit, apron and rain cover
Egg2 Multi car seat Adapters
What are the additional accessories that you can buy?
Egg2 Backpack - £100
Egg2 Backpack (special edition) - £150
Footmuff - £85
Tandem Seat - £189 - Special Edition colour - £199
Tandem Adapters - £50
Lower Multi car Seat Adapters - £29
Stroller Bottle - £20
Reversable Luxury Fleece Liner - £40
Adjustable Height Adapters - £29
Parasol - £20
Newborn Insert - £60
Bottle Holder - £15
Who would this pushchair be most useful for?
It would be perfect for a first-time parent. You can also buy an adapter to turn this into a tandem buggy if you had more than one child, so it’s a fantastic future-proof buggy.
How does the Egg2 compare to other similar pushchairs?
|Product name||Weight of chassis and seat||One-handed fold (Yes/No)||Folded size (Hcm x Wcm x Lcm)||RRP (£)|
|BabyStyle Egg2 travel system||15.5kg||Yes||71x32x59||1399|
|Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus||9.6||No||90x50x31||£675 (without car seat)|
|iCandy Peach||12.5||Yes||70x70x61||£1300 (without a car seat)|
Where can I buy the Egg2?
It is available from Trendy Baby, Baby Planet and Direct4Baby.
Is the Egg2 good value?
The Egg2 is at the higher end of the luxury buggy market, with prices depending on configuration. If you have the money to splash out on this travel unit then you certainly won’t be disappointed, but it is very expensive and I’m not sure if it really warrants the higher price tag.
A stylish and distinctive-looking travel system that handles very well. It is great on comfort and safety for babies and makes a compelling choice for those who have the budget. However, it is heavy and a bit cumbersome – so you will need plenty of space as well.
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Dimensions||H:113cm W:59cm L:84.5cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:71cm W:59cm L:32cm|
|Child age (approx)||Birth (with carrycot/cocoon) to 4 years|
|Child weight||Up to 22kg|
|Travel system compatible||Yes|
|Compatible car seats|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing and parent facing|
|Front wheels||Four-wheel suspension|