Feel the need to brighten up your daily travels with the little person who lights up your life? You may want to say ‘yo’ to one of Cosatto’s latest pushchairs.
Adorned with bright, in your face (but actually quite lovely) patterns, the Yo 2 is the award-winning 2016 upgrade on Cosatto’s 2009 Yo! and is already one of the brand’s best sellers.
Never backwards in coming forwards, Cosatto has designed an eye-catching choice of bold patterns, from marauding arcade inspired monsters to unicorns in a land of fluffy clouds and rainbows.
Looking beyond the patterns (and the fact that I don’t know anyone who says yo anymore), you’ll find this buggy has a lot more to offer.
Bolton-based Cosatto has added lots of extras to the Yo! with its new Yo 2.
It has bigger wheels with some cute reflectors, taller handles, adjustable leg support, a padded removable bumper bar, an extendable hood and a cup holder – all for £264.95.
At that price, it’s comparable to the Maclaren Techno XT (£275), but has more included extras, and is around half the price of shelling out for the snazzy new Bugaboo Bee5 (£539), although that is travel system-compatible.
So, with the Yo 2 you get more for your money, but is it right for you?
Buy the Cosatto Yo 2 direct from Cosatto, or from Kiddies Kingdom, Precious Little One, and Amazon.
What’s in the box?
Removable bumper bar
Rain cover (with its own little bag)
Cosy Toes reversible footmuff
This buggy is a lightweight stroller. How light is it?
It’s 8.8kg. There are lighter buggies out there. Chicco’s Miini Mo is 6.2kg and gb’s Qbit+ is 7.6kg.
But on a practical level the Yo 2 feels very light. It is noticeable.
Does its weight hamper its durability?
Not at all. The handlebars are sturdy with no wobble or annoying vibration, and the wheels (which are bigger than the original Yo!) are strong. The Yo 2 feels strong and dependable.
Is there anything unique about this product?
Cosatto mentions the Yo 2’s ‘unique curved profile’. On top of that it’s got a couple of neat features, like the fold out leg rest and a couple of hidden pockets, but, as with all things Cosatto, what’s unique is the pattern.
A lot of buggy-buyers head straight for the grey, black and cream block colours, but if you want some colour in your life, Cosatto may be for you. The Yo 2 comes in four designs; there’s the Audrey Hepburn-esque black and white striped with pink bow Golightly 2; there’s the more colourful beach ball like Go Brightly; the Magic Unicorn, a pink, blue and white number filled with clouds, rainbows and (you guessed it) unicorns; and the Monster Arcade, an early 80s arcade game inspired green monster stomping through a city.
What do you think of its design?
Cosatto describes the Yo 2 as ‘on the fashion frontline’. It is certainly out there. I think it’s fair to say that the designs are not to everyone’s taste. Personally, I think it’s great to bring lots of colour to your little one’s life. The Yo 2 is a real visual experience.
Was it easy to put together?
Very simple. You just need to pop the wheels on and clip the hood on to the buggy frame.
Is it easy to use in an urban or inner city environment, and on public transport?
It has lockable and swivel wheels – it’s good to have a choice. The Yo 2 turns really well on the spot (no wide turning circle needed), and handles going up and down kerbs well.
It’s light and steers well so is well designed for hopping on and off buses and trains.
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What is the brake like?
It’s a foot pedal just next to one of the back wheels. It’s easy to locate and has a reassuring click to it so that you know it’s definitely on! How easily does it fold/collapse? Can you do it easily with one hand?
There’s a little ring on the back of the frame to tug up on and then you just push forward on the handles and it collapsed very easily. You’d probably do it best with two hands – one to pull the ring and the other to hold the buggy in place.
What did you think of how the various parts adjusted?
A lot of people buying their first buggies make their choice on what it looks like, its size and how comfy it seems. How the various parts adjust, however, can be quite niggling once you get out and about with your buggy. Things like handle height, seat recline adjustment and the size of the hood are worth checking out first.
The handles on the Yo 2 aren’t adjustable but are higher than on the Yo! I’m 5’9″ and they were at a comfortable height for me.
There’s a super big hood too, which is great for a sunny day. The hood is easy to pull down. While it’s not as fluid or silent as some buggy hoods (this is important for light sleeping little ones!), it also isn’t as clunky and loud as others. It gets a thumbs up from me.
The hood gets slotted in to the front of the frame, which is easy, but Velcro is used to attach it to the back of the buggy. I find this too fiddly and unreliable. I much prefer a zip.
How compact is it when folded?
The Yo 2 measures 29cm x 34cm x 118cm when folded. It’s an umbrella fold and the wheels can be popped off. It goes quite flat but doesn’t stand by itself, and is quite long.
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How easy is it to store?
I find umbrella-fold pushchairs a bit annoying as they can be difficult to store. I feel like I’m stuck in a slapstick comedy sometimes, when I’m leaning a folded/up one against a wall only to see it repeatedly slip down.
The Yo 2 is long and thin though, so doesn’t take up a great deal of space.
It also has a little carry handle, which is useful (pushchairs are always a pain to carry).
How comfortable does it feel?
It’s super padded and comfy. The Yo 2 excels here.
How is interacting with your child when in the buggy?
Easy. The hood folds back neatly, so you can get a clear view of your little one, and for when it’s up, there’s a little peek-a-boo window (with a bonus pocket for stashing your mobile in!).
How does the seat recline?
The seat has multiple reclining positions and lies flat, which makes it suitable for a newborn as well as a sleeping toddler.
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It has a toggle and straps which let you lift the seat up and down. I found this a bit fiddly to operate – it requires both hands and doesn’t allow a very smooth movement. I much prefer a buggy with a release-handle that can be done one-handed and fluidly.
There is also a very neat little leg rest at the bottom of the seat that is very easy to pull out, and great for sleepy little travellers. Must make for a very comfy snooze.
What’s the hood like?
It’s a big hood so has good coverage. It’s easy to put up and down, and moves smoothly without making a noise.
For parents worried about sunburn, it has UPF50+ too, which is reassuring for sunny days.
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Would you use it on holiday?
Yes, it’s light and folds neatly and quickly (great for the last minute panic folding as you heft your luggage onto the check-in conveyor belt at the airport).
Would the weather dictate when you use it?
It has UPF50+ in the big hood and a decent rain cover (if you’re holidaying in England!). Cosatto says the Yo 2 ‘laughs at British weather’.
What are the basket and storage pockets like?
The basket is quite deep and wide. A good size for your shopping (and assorted toys which have been thrown out of the buggy on your travels).
Does it fit in the boot of your car?
Yes, it did. As with all umbrella-fold buggies, it is long. But it’s also slim, and the wheels pop off.
Is it travel system compatible?
No. Cosatto say the Yo 2 is a good choice for people who’ve moved past the need for a travel system.
Who would the Yo 2 be most useful for?
On the go parents who want a light, travel-friendly but sturdy pushchair which stands out from the ever-popular grey and black buggy brigade.
Is the Cosatto Yo 2 value for money?
You can look at this two ways – do you get what you pay for, and how does it compare.
At £264.95 it’s not cheap but there are many other pushchairs out there far more expensive.
The Yo 2 is good quality – it’s light yet feels strong and robust. It’s not a bone-rattler like some buggies, which is also a massive bonus for your little passenger as well as you (some buggies I’ve used felt like they were going to give me white finger because they rattled along the pavement).
The Yo2 is also very padded for your tiny traveller and has an array of eye-catching designs.
So I do think you get a good quality pushchair that is worth the asking price.
There are other pushchairs which do hold their own in comparison though. gb’s Qbit+ is £250, is lighter, folds into a best cube-shape and is freestanding. Chicco’s Miini Mo is £180, is also lighter and freestanding.
But Cosatto has thrown everything in to the Yo2. For your money you get not only the pushchair, but everything you need from reversible footmuff to a cup holder. There’s no need for extras which can prove quite costly. Cosatto’s unique designs may also be the thing that tips the balance for some buyers.
The Yo2 looks fantastic, and its choice of patterns must be a big selling point. It’s also robust and steers well.
I think it’s a good, solid investment which will stand the test of time.
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