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Known for their stylish strollers with an eye for detail, egg has ventured into the compact stroller market with the eggZ. The stroller combines the quality finish and luxury levels the brand is known for, with the convenience of a compact stroller that’s perfect for hopping on and off public transport, travel, and strolls on different terrains.
The eggZ’s attention to detail, strong suspension, smooth ride and one-handed fold are designed to give you a compact stroller that doesn’t compromise on style or comfort.
Jenny is a mum to 2 boys, aged 6 months and 3-and-a-half-years old. They live in London and put the stroller through its paces around central London and the suburbs, in parks, cafes, on public transport and also off-road in the woods.
What were your first impressions?
I couldn’t believe how small the box was! This is a very compact stroller, with no real set-up required except putting the wheels on, which was very easy to do. We didn’t feel we actually needed the instruction booklet as it was pretty much ready to go straight out of the box.
It’s clear this is a plush stroller with an eye on detail. The cushioned seat looked really comfy and supportive and I loved the clever details like the “viewing window” for parents to see the baby through the hood, and the foldable flap to have easier access to the basket.
I tested how easy it was to fold down soon after unpacking it, and couldn’t believe the ease of it – it sorts of glides down itself with very little input needed, and can easily be done with one hand.
How does it compare to previous egg strollers?
This is the smaller, lighter sister of the popular egg2 pushchair, with the company aiming to create the smallest buggy they could come up with, while maintaining the levels of luxury and style the brand is known for. At £399, it’s a much cheaper option than the egg2, presumably because it doesn’t have the carrycot or a parent-facing option. It’s designed to be small and compact enough that it’s easy to take on holiday and navigate city life while being robust and sturdy enough to also handle rougher terrain and offer high comfort levels for little ones.
“It has the same luxury feel & style as the original egg but is much more lightweight and a dream to fold!!” commented a reviewer on Trustpilot.
How easy is the eggZ to push and steer?
The eggZ is a dream to push and steer. It’s a really smooth ride, even over rougher terrain. I’ve found that some of the more compact, lightweight buggies with smaller wheels can be more of a bumpy ride, and require manoeuvring over bumps in the road.
However, the eggZ manages this much more easily and seems to have really good suspension, meaning a smooth glide of a ride for the little passenger, and an easy time for the parent.
It’s so light it’s really easy to push one-handed, which is a huge plus for me. Despite being light, it doesn’t feel flimsy and seems to somehow manage to be sturdy and comfortable as well as super lightweight. It was a dream to push over pavements, grass, and rougher terrain in the forest (although it does have small wheels so isn’t a proper off-roading option).
It also has a really tight turning circle which is handy in small spaces like cafes. It has no problem going up and down pavements and was easy to push up the steps to our flat, although was a lot heavier and a bit more cumbersome with our 3.5-year-old on board than with the baby.
The only downside I found is that the handlebar isn’t adjustable and both my husband and I felt we would have liked to extend it a bit. It was still comfortable to push, but having the option of being able to adjust the height of the handlebar would have been nice.
Does it have any clever design features?
Yes! I was pleasantly surprised by a few clever design details. There is a very handy mesh section in the hood, allowing you to view the child in the seat. When the seat is flat you can see their face, and easily see if they are sleeping or not. But when the seat is upright, you can’t see them. I found this a bit of a pain as my baby is only 6 months old so I like to be able to see him at all times. But in a few months’ time when I’m ready for him to change to world-facing permanently, I think this will be really handy.
There’s a great little flap on the basket, which allows easier access and means you can cram more in there – a huge win for me. I’m a fan of a good-sized basket, and on these small, lightweight buggies, you often get a tiny basket, so I appreciated the little flap.
The 5-point clasp is really clever – it’s magnetic, and also comes away in sections so that you don’t have to try to bend an arm through the hoop, you just clip over and under the arm. It took me a while to get used to this, but both I and my husband are huge fans of it once we did.
The button to raise and lower the seat is really easy and convenient and can be done one-handed. The button to lower or straighten the footrest is also very easy to use. There are hooks on the handlebar to hang a backpack. And finally, the bumper bar can be removed on either side and it swivels, so is very user-friendly.
I really appreciate clever little design features and this stroller is full of them!
How easy is the eggZ to carry around?
It’s very lightweight and easy to pick up and carry around. It packs up relatively small and we found it easy to lift up the main stairs that go up to our flat or to put in the boot of the car. It stands up on its own while folded. The bumper bar acts as a handle when it’s folded.
At 9.75kg, it’s certainly lighter than the egg2 (a heft 15.5kg). However, if you’re interested in lightweight strollers it’s a competitive market and there are plenty of lighter options available, including the Babyzen Yoyo2 (6.1kg) and Didofy Aster (6.2kg).
How comfortable is it for babies and toddlers?
This is a plush stroller – it’s really padded and cushioned and seemed to be very comfortable for my baby. It has a cosy-looking pillow and cushioned straps. He is not really a fan of lying flat in any buggy but did tolerate it sometimes in the eggZ. This stroller does lie flat so it is suitable for a newborn if parents don’t mind the world-facing position, and if they aren’t set on having the baby in a cocoon. I would find it a bit disconcerting not to be able to see my baby so easily in the early days and am keen to have them face me for as long as possible.
A Trustpilot reviewer also commented on how comfortable the recline position is. “My son, who never used to nap when we went out shopping, has now slept in it every time we’ve gone out. He’s quite long for his age (20 months) and he has plenty of room plus the headrest fits around him perfectly. There is great support for sitting up straight too which is another thing I love.”
The seat unit is really roomy and big enough for a pre-schooler. My 3-and-a-half-year-old found it really comfortable and kept asking to go in it instead of on the buggy board. He easily fitted in the stroller in all the different seat positions and even managed a little snooze. It was just as easy to adjust the seat positions with him in it as with the baby.
One downside is that the hood doesn’t offer much coverage from the sun, especially when the seat is fully flat. I know this is a general problem with all strollers, but this seemed more pronounced with the eggZ than other buggies I have used. It was fine because we used a sun shade, but it’s something to bear in mind.
How easy is the eggZ to fold?
Couldn’t be easier! Honestly, it pretty much folds itself once you press the two buttons on the handlebar. It stands up independently when folded, and the bumper bar acts as a handle. It’s also very easy to unfold with the same buttons. It’s pretty compact when folded and fits easily into our boot with plenty of room for other things (although you couldn’t fit a larger suitcase in there at the same time).
How does the eggZ do on public transport?
This is a perfect buggy for public transport. It’s really easy and light to pivot or lift onto trains, and on buses, it’s a dream – small enough to easily fit down the central aisle, even when the aisle is clogged with shopping bags and people’s legs! This is a really great stroller for city life, or if you spend a lot of time on buses or in small cafes.
What’s the chassis like?
The frame feels strong and sturdy, despite being lightweight. This feels like a well-made buggy that will last. I really like the design and it looks pretty sleek and stylish (I had the Quartz).
Is the eggZ handle comfortable to use?
It is cushioned and really comfortable! It is handstitched and a lot of thought has clearly gone into it. It feels very comfy to push. I do wonder how the matt finish will fare after a year or so of being subjected to sun cream/rain/hand sanitiser etc, but it does seem to wipe clean well.
A downside for my husband and me is that the handlebar isn’t adjustable. Neither of us is especially tall, but we still would have preferred an adjustable handle. We didn’t get backache from pushing it or anything, so it is a minor niggle for us, but may cause problems for taller parents.
What’s the hood like?
As outlined above, I found the hood doesn’t offer great coverage in the sun. Even in the seated position, there were lots of times when we had to use an additional sun shade over the hood to protect our baby. This is common in all strollers I think but did seem particularly pronounced with the eggZ. When your baby is lying flat, and in certain positions, there was no sun coverage at all. However, we were using it at the height of summer and I think it would probably be fine in other seasons. The hood has SPF 50+ which is reassuring. It also has a great breathable mesh peephole window so you can see your child easily in the seat below.
What are the wheels like on the eggZ?
The puncture-free wheels are compact but feel sturdy and long-lasting. I’ve found the wheels can feel pretty spindly on some of these lightweight buggies and can need a lot of manoeuvring over bumps in the road. The eggZ is not like this. The wheels felt strong, despite the size and how lightweight the stroller is. They also feature little eggs on them for leaving a distinctive track behind you, if that’s your kind of thing!
How good is the brake?
The brake on the eggZ is great – easy to use (even in flip-flops), and it has a handy green/red button so you can be sure if it’s engaged or not.
A Trustpilot reviewer found the position of the brake to be a problem on occasion “It can be quite easy to knock it on when walking fast, or if you have big feet like my husband. We’ve accidentally tapped it a few times which obviously means quite an abrupt stop so it’s just something to be mindful of.”
How big is the eggZ basket?
It’s a reasonable size. I am a bit of a basket obsessive – I covet a large shopping basket for trips to the shops, and to be able to store all of the things that make life easier (we are needing to take a sling with us everywhere at the moment for naps, so I really do need a decent sized basket). Most lightweight strollers have pretty pathetic baskets in my experience – the basket in the Bugaboo Bee is barely useable when the seat is world-facing.
But the eggZ has a decent basket, considering the size and weight of the stroller. It’s still not a huge basket like you would see on much bulkier buggies, but there will always be a compromise when you get all the advantages of a lightweight stroller. I think the eggZ has done a great job of fitting a decent-sized basket to a lightweight buggy. I stored our nappy bag on the handlebar, and also had a hook for extra shopping bags, but you could easily fit one or two shopping bags’ worth of items in the basket.
The access is also much better than on some lightweight buggies – and the clever little flap really helped with this too. It’s well designed so things don’t easily fall out of the sides. All things considered, I was pleased with the basket on the eggZ.
Can you attach a buggy board?
Yes, we used a Lascal maxi with the eggZ. Because the handlebar isn’t adjustable my pre-schooler had to stand behind the handlebar which was slightly awkward to push, but not too bad (and much easier than with our Bugaboo Bee). The buggy board itself was actually well positioned and much harder to kick by accident than with other buggies I’ve used it on.
It was a lot harder to push and steer with my pre-schooler on the stroller than just the baby, but that’s to be expected, and it was a much smoother ride than on other lightweight buggies I’ve used the buggy board on, where it felt as if the frame might bend! The eggZ feels more robust.
What’s in the box?
- eggZ stroller
- Four wheels
- Bumper bar
- Rain cover
Can you buy additional accessories for the eggZ?
Yes, there are a couple of accessories that are compatible with the eggZ stroller – the egg2 luxury fur seat liner and the egg changing backpack.
Can the eggZ be used with a car seat to create a travel system?
No, sadly not. The seat is not removable.
Now you’ve tested it, what would you have wanted to know before purchasing the pushchair?
The biggest issue for me is that the eggZ is not parent-facing, but they are upfront about this so it isn’t a surprise. If it wasn’t for this aspect, this would be a pretty perfect buggy for us. And once we are happy to move our baby to a world-facing position, I think this buggy will be a firm favourite for us and I can see us using it for years.
Who would the eggZ be most useful for?
Parents or carers who live in a city or prefer small, lightweight strollers which are a breeze on public transport or tight spaces, but which still pack a punch on rougher terrain. It would also be a great lightweight option for holidays. Also, parents who appreciate the lux, plush design, and clever features of the eggZ. Not so good if having a parent-facing option is important, so parents of newborns may be less keen.
Is this pushchair good value for money?
At £399 I think this is pretty reasonable for what you get – plush comfort for your baby, an easy smooth push for you, and very easy fold-up of a lightweight and compact stroller. Parents of newborns would probably want something with a parent-facing option, so this may be bought as a second buggy for slightly older babies, which would make it a more expensive option. It’s a lot more expensive than a simple umbrella buggy, but it does offer a lot more. It would also be great for travel, which I think will be a selling point.
How does it compare to similar pushchairs?
|Product||Weight||Key feature||Other key feature||RRP|
|eggZ||9.75kg||One-handed fold||Full recline||£399|
|Ergobaby Metro+ Compact||7.8kg||One-handed fold||Height-adjustable handlebar||£299.90|
|Pro-Fold stroller||7kg||One-handed fold||Cabin approved||£195|
|Leclerc Magic Fold Stroller plus||6.6kg||One-handed fold||Cabin approved||£359|
Where can I buy the EggZ?
I would highly recommend the eggZ for slightly older babies who can happily face away from their parents, or for parents who don’t mind not having the option of their baby facing them. It’s a cool, lux, plush design, very comfy for babies and toddlers. It is super lightweight and small (easily fits on buses and in tight spaces), but doesn’t compromise on being strong and robust. It rolls over bumps, grass, and woodland well. It is very easy and light to push (one-handed is no problem at all) and folds up incredibly easily, and is compact and freestanding when folded. It has a number of nifty design features and is generally a dream of a stroller.
Once my baby is old enough for me to happily have him world-facing, this will be a great stroller for our family. Small downsides like the handlebar not being adjustable, the hood not having huge coverage, and the smaller basket are the compromise for the lightweight and compact side of things.
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Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:111cm W:48cm L:48cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:30cm W:44.5cm L:84.5cm|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 4 years – approx.|
|Child weight||0kg to 22kg|
|Travel system compatible||No|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|