A travel system is a complete buggy (inclusive of pram with carrycot and seat unit) that also includes a rear-facing infant car seat, which can be easily attached to the pushchair and easily removed.
Competitively priced, the Hauck Priya compares to travel systems like the Mothercare Roam (£219), the Obaby Chase Zigzag 3-in-1 (£459.98) and the Cosatto Woop with Hold car seat (£545).
We tested it out and about doing the summer club run with my elder child, to the childminders, around town and on bumpier terrain through the woods, with mixed results!
You can buy the Hauck Priya Trio set from Mothercare, Amazon, and Tesco.
Hauck have really thought of everything and with a RRP of £429.99 – and the product often on sale for as little as £200 at some retailers – this is a great purchase if you are watching the pennies.
How easy/difficult is the Hauck Priya to put together?
The instructions were pictures only but all that was needed was to open up the chassis, pop on the wheels and then the seat, so it only took about five minutes in total.
Does its weight hamper its durability?
Made from an aluminium lightweight frame, the Hauck Priya is just 12kg when assembled, that is a lot in terms of buggy weight, but it feels relatively, light.
Because it is quite light in the way it feels, I would worry that it wouldn’t be suitable to use for another child a few years down the line, so if you are looking for longevity, I would investigate further.
What do you think of the seat size?
The roomy 31cm-wide seat is very comfortable and adjustable with one hand. It has a five-point harness, with padded shoulder straps and adjustable foot rest, so all-in-all it was a very comfortable ride.
I felt the upright position could be slightly higher, as it still felt like my daughter was lying back, rather than being able to sit up properly, with her back supported.
The shoulder straps also slipped down quite a lot. The seat could be front or rear-ward facing, so ideal to take you through from birth to pre-schooler. It was very easy to interact with my daughter when rear-ward facing, though at 15 months, I sometimes think she prefers to be forward-facing, looking at the view rather than me!
What do you think of the height of the buggy?
The buggy was at a great height and the handle height is adjustable from 98 to 108cm – perfect for short mums or lanky dads – and everything in between. The handle was soft and comfortable and pops up and down easily.
Would you recommend for use from birth?
Yes! This travel system offers both the carrycot and seat options from birth, which makes it a versatile choice. The Group 0+ car seat also fits comfortably onto the frame, which means if your newborn is asleep after a car journey, you will not have to wake them up – bonus!
What is the car seat like?
I was unable to use the car seat because my little one has just grown out of it, but it boasts a side-impact protection system with patented use of shock-absorbing, PU-foam and a padded 3-point belt guarantee for optimum safety and looks very comfy.
This car seat straps in using a seat belt, rather than an ISOFIX system. In safety tests, it shows that the belt must be positioned correctly, so it is important to get this right. The hood is quite short, so if it was sunny, you would require extra sun protection with your little one while out and about, or blinds in the car.
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What do you think of the fold system?
The fold system was easy to use with two hands and was simple. I had to take the seat off the chassis to fold it but this is very quick and easy.
It does fit in a small space and is far less bulky than some other buggies and strollers. We have a Volvo with a massive boot, so anything fits in there but I’m pretty sure this would’ve fitted comfortably in the back of our old Golf, so Hauck’s claim that is fits in any car boot is probably spot on!
How easy is it to store?
I use a Bugaboo Bee normally and the Priya was far wider, so took up much more room in my hallway and felt more cumbersome going through narrow doorways and through shop aisles.
What do you think of the hood?
The hood is a great addition and pulls down low, so is ideal for keeping the wind and sun out of your child’s face. There is also a mesh section, so you can look in a check they are behaving! It also has a rain cover and apron, so ideal for all weathers.
What is the basket like?
This is a really decent-sized shopping basket – perfect for grocery trips and carrying baby paraphernalia!
How easy is it to push, do the wheels lock and swivel positions make a difference?
My main issue with this buggy was the wheels. Despite being lockable and swivelable 360 degrees, the front wheels really didn’t move as seamlessly as some other buggies I use and the back wheels feel very cumbersome and unwieldy.
I spent a lot of time trying to manoeuvre the buggy, which at times felt very clunky to use and definitely not the sort of buggy you could push with one hand.
It was fine on flat surfaces and pavements but often got stuck on muddier and bumpy terrain. The tyres are large so it should’ve been a relatively smooth ride for my daughter but it sometimes felt like hard work for me. It is a single foot brake, like many other buggies, which was easy to use.
What’s in the box?
- Hauck Priya chassis
- Convertible seat unit
- Apron and chest pads
- Hauck Comfort 0+ car seat
- Detachable bumper bar
- Rain cover
- Drinks holder
This travel system is ideal for parents who want a good buggy, without a hefty price tag. With loads of accessories and thoughtful features, it really will take you from birth to three but there were some issues with durability and ease of use.
A great price point but felt quite cumbersome to manoeuvre and not the most robust on the market.
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