Babyzen YOYO review

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0
£309.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

A must-have for globetrotting families as it fits in airplane overhead lockers and comes with a shoulder strap
Fold/unfolding
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Manoeuvrability
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Comfort for child
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Style
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Durability
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Worth the money
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Pros: Super-compact lightweight design (52x44x18cm when folded), four-wheel suspension, folds, unfolds and drives all one-handed, reclining backrest, removable and washable fabrics
Cons: Less seat depth than your standard stroller, little bumpy on rough terrain, small shopping basket
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Most compact stroller ever imagined and first stroller in the world to fully comply with size recommendation for cabin baggage. This means you can store it in the overhead compartment inside the plane! Tested with 3-year-old daughter Minnie and 2-year-old daughter Poppy.

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What we loved 

It’s rare to find a buggy that really does what it says on the tin but the Babyzen YOYO is certainly innovative and lightweight, which is perfect for getting around town and is well suited to life in my typically tiny London dwelling. 

The YOYO’s biggest plus point has to be its size: when folded down the buggy’s dimensions are 52 x 44 x 18 cm which is closer to an oversized handbag than to any buggy I’ve seen before (a Hermes Birkin is 40cm wide). In fact, the YOYO is so small that I couldn’t quite comprehend how Poppy, 2, was going to find somewhere to sit. Worry not! Unfolded, it is remarkably narrow but surprisingly easy to manoeuvre (even with one hand) and with four-wheel suspension makes light work of most bumps. 

Adjusting the straps is easy and there’s minimal fiddling required – just unclip the shoulder straps, pull through the slits in the back rest and re-thread. Style wise this is a good looking number that has echoes of the Bugaboo Frog, especially given the choice of five seat and matching hood colours and two chassis colours. 

Suitable for children from six months old, the YOYO’s stand out feature is its ability to fold completely flat. And although I doubted its potential to transport a 15kg child, my nearly four-year-old daughter chanced her luck and jumped in for a ride with no problems. 

What’s more, at only 5.8 Kg, this feather light buggy is easy to carry, thanks to a shoulder strap, and can be taken on board a plane as carry on luggage.

What to watch out for

Because the YOYO is so lightweight, uneven London pavements did cause us to get stuck on a couple of occasions. What’s most noticeable though is that because the buggy is so compact, the seat depth is less than on many larger stroller (my own unofficial measurement put it at just over 24cm compared to 28cm on a Phil & Teds Explorer). What this meant for us is that when we went down steep curbs Poppy was thrown forward, even when the straps were tight. 

The straps themselves could be seen as a tad flimsy, compared to with a bulky coat on I had to lengthen them to their max’ to fasten the three point-harness. The one-hand fold system takes a couple of attempts to master but I’ve never found a buggy where this isn’t the case.

If you’re out on a shopping mission this probably isn’t the buggy for you – the basket under the chassis is easy to access but with a packet of wipes and a couple of nappies in was full. But for most people the downside will be the price – at £309 this small buggy has a big price tag.

What’s in the box?

  • Chassis
  • Seat cover
  • Back rest
  • Hood
  • Raincover
  • Instruction manual

MadeForMums verdict

A seriously innovative, incredibly compact buggy that will suit parents who are looking for a space saving, travel-friendly way to transport young children around town, and have cash to splash.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Babyzen
Model YOYO
Price GBP £309.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) 6 months to 3 years
Child weight Up to 15kg

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 5.8kg
Dimensions H:106cm W:44cm L:86cm
Dimensions (folded) H:52cm W:44cm L:18cm

Features

Seat facing direction Forward facing
Recline positions Multi-position
Features
  • Super-compact Lightweight design (52x44x18cm when folded)
  • Four-wheel suspension
  • Folds
  • Unfolds and drives all one-handed
  • Reclining backrest
  • Removable and washable fabrics

Accessories

Accessories included Chassis, seat cover and back rest, hood, raincover, footmuff, cup holder, parasol