Details of the Babystyle Oyster Twin Stroller
Age suitability: From 6 months (it features a near-flat recline, but we would recommend a carrycot for very young babies) to 15kg (approx 3 years)
Dimensions: 67x73x27cm (folded without bumper bar), 90x73x76cm unfolded
Width: 78.5 cm
Colours: Tungsten Green, Oxford Blue
Features: Double basket, independent recline for both seats, lockable front swivel wheels, two storage baskets, raincover included, all-round suspension
BabyStyle is a brand with a fantastic array of strollers, prams, travel systems and more. Its Oyster3 single is very popular, and the Oyster Twin also promises an easy-to-manoeuvre side-by-side stroller, ideal for two kids close in age.
With an RRP of £299 it is very reasonably priced, compared to other popular twin pushchairs. The Baby Jogger Citi Mini Double, for example, has an RRP of £499, while the Out N About Nipper retailers around £430. There are also significantly cheaper side-by-sides, such as the Joie Aire Twin (£140), but these usually don’t offer all-round suspension and a smooth ride.
You can buy the Oyster Twin from BuggyBaby.co.uk or Precious Little One
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I was pleasantly surprised to see that the stroller comes part assembled, the only thing I had to put together was the wheels and that was a pretty straight forward procedure and took less than ten minutes to do.
Even though the width is a relatively narrow 78.5cm, it still seems to take up a lot of room and I found it difficult to find a space for it when unfolded.
Is it easy/hard to build this product, were the instructions useful and how long did it take?
It is easy to assemble the Oyster Twin, because the pushchair is part assembled. The instructions weren’t that great – it was a little frustrating to figure out where everything goes. All in all it took less than 10 minutes to assemble.
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How easy is it to push?
The Oyster Twin is very lightweight and very easy to push for a for a double buggy. I used it with two babies aged 1 and 2 years of different sizes, and the Oyster Twin glided effortlessly over different terrains.
How does it ride on different surfaces?
The Oyster handled different surfaces quite well. It’s a smooth ride that copes well with London’s uneven roads and pavements. My younger travelling companion Freddy fell asleep during our afternoon stroll to the shops.
What do you think of the wheels?
The wheels do look good and handle London’s bumpy roads well. They seem strong and durable and are colour coded to match the stroller’s chassis. The rear wheels are slightly larger than the front wheels and this complements the overall look of the pushchair
Is the frame strong, durable?
Considering how lightweight the overall stroller is, The Oyster frame seems very strong and durable. Oyster has managed to create a no-frills stroller that is safe and sturdy.
How wide is the Babystyle Oyster Twin compared to other buggies you’ve used?
The Babystyle Oyster Twin is 78.5cm, which is quite wide. Compared, for instance, to the Mountain Buggy Duet (63cm), Mountain buggy Nano Duo (73cm), Red Kite Push Me Twini (74cm), Bugaboo Donkey (74cm) and the Baby Jogger City Mini Double (76cm) it is one of the widest on the market. You’re likely to struggle to get it through most doorways.
It was difficult to navigate this stroller in confined space and at one stage I even had to use a different exit because it was too wide to go through the retail park exit.
The swivel wheels are very good, especially when you are trying to go around corners. Lifting the stroller (without children strapped in) was also easy, as it was very lightweight.
What do you think of the Oyster Twin’s fold system?
The fold is where I really struggled. Because the instructions were so basic it took me ages to work out how to close the pushchair. It’s a two-handed procedure that is pretty straight-forward once you figure out how to do it. Unfortunately, once closed it still takes up a lot of space
Is the Oyster Twin compact when folded?
No it’s not. Even though it folds down without you having to take it apart, it takes up a lot of space due to its width. Its folded dimensions are 67x73x27cm, without the bumper bar. However, it still compares favourably with other twin buggies. The Baby Jogger Citi Mini Double, for example, folds down to 28.5x76x78.5cm.
What did you think of the handle?
The handle bar has a nice comfortable grip. The drawback is that it can’t be adjusted, so taller people may find this a bit of a hindrance.
What do you think of the seat unit?
The seat unit is light with very little padding. It doesn’t seem as comfortable as other buggies I have used and doesn’t offer up much support for smaller babies. I found that 1-year-old Freddy kept slouching to one side, and in the winter months you may have to buy extra padding to keep the children warm.
There are only 3 recline positions one of which lies flat. I didn’t really like this, as I don’t think this buggy is suitable for newborns. The plus side is that the seats have a very generous depth, and both kids did seem very comfortable in the seats.
What is the harness like?
The adjustable 5-point harness is great and easy to use. It’s a simple slot-and-click procedure that holds children of different sizes quite securely.
How comfortable is it for baby/toddler?
Clay and Freddy loved their afternoon out in the Oyster so much, that Freddy took a snooze and Clay enjoyed watching the world go by. What is great is that there is enough room for quite large children and enough space for when they get bigger.
How is interacting with your little one when in the buggy?
The stroller is only world facing, so it’s tricky to interact with your little ones.
What did you think of the hood?
The hood looks good and is durable. It seemed to keep the sun out of the kids’ faces quite well and it folds over quite far.
Tell us about the brakes?
The base of the basket is where the brake is situated, it’s a large pedal and very simple to manoeuvre with a simple flick of the toe. And the brakes are very sharp.
Does the Oyster Twin fit in the boot of your car? How does it fare on public transport?
I didn’t actually use my car when I went out with the children, I relied on public transport and I was very impressed at how well it coped on the bus. Using the bus exit doors, the buggy was very easy to manoeuvre and slotted well in the allocated space reserved for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Even after I had parked the buggy, there was still enough room for another pushchair to be parked in the allotted space.
What age child is it best for?
I personally feel that this stroller is at its best for toddlers and pre-school children aged 18months and upward because it offer offers little support for smaller children, as it not much of a snug fit.
How easily can you access the basket – what do you think of the size?
Oyster Twin boasts a very generous basket, which is very easily assessable, you can get a fair amount of shopping in the basket with little disruption for the kids. Another plus is that it has extra pockets at the back of the hood/canopy. This is a great as you can place keys or a phone in a discreet and safe place.
What’s in the box?
- Seat unit
- Bumper bar
- Rain cover
The Oyster Twin stroller is a reasonably priced double pushchair, but in terms of the actual build it is quite basic. It is well colour coordinated and very lightweight, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of luxury and the brand hasn’t thrown in any extra’s that would make it more appealing.
The plus side is its very generous seat that will help your child transition from baby to toddler with relative ease.
I wouldn’t recommend this twin stroller for parents with a newborn and toddler, but rather to families who have two toddlers close in age who are transitioning from pram/ pushchair to buggy. You could realistically use this pushchair until your child goes to pre-school.
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