Kinderkraft All Road stroller review
In a nutshell
The Kinderkraft All Road Stroller is a stylish, affordable pushchair that is suitable for all terrains and all weathers, but it has a slightly clunky folding mechanism and an awkward basket
What we tested
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- Worth the money
4.5A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
- Affordable, front and rear-facing, lots of included extras, smooth ride on rough terrain, adjustable handlebar
- Quite bulky, tricky to fold, awkward basket, seat doesn’t lie completely flat
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The Kinderkraft All Road Stroller is the latest all-terrain pushchair from the affordable Polish brand. Designed to help parents and children explore the world together, this stroller has functionality at its heart with an adaptable seat that can go from lie-flat to upright and be either front or rear-facing, shock-absorbing, puncture-proof tyres, a one-hand fold and a whole load of accessories.
At £199, it’s competitively priced and could rival the Out‘n’About GT stroller (£289) or Joie Versatrax (£300) – both of which are suitable from birth and boast great suspension for smooth off-road rides.
Clemmie Millbank is a mum of two boys aged 5 months and 2 years 9 months. She lives in Bristol and tested the Kinderkraft All Road with both children on walks around the park, in the local woods and through the city centre on the nursery run.
What were your first impressions of the Kinderkraft All Road Stroller?
When the Kinderkraft All Road arrived at my door, I was surprised that an all-terrain pushchair could fit in such a neat little box. I hadn’t heard of Kinderkraft before, so I was a little nervous to open it up, but I was pleasantly surprised by the slim-yet-sturdy steel frame and the stylish charcoal fabric. The Kinderkraft All Road comes with minimal instructions and instead points you towards a YouTube video on how to set up the pushchair. The five-minute video was clear and easy to follow and I managed to get the stroller ready to go in less than 15 minutes, however if you prefer written instructions to refer back to this may be a little irksome.
The stroller unpacks to be quite a neat piece of kit, however those large all-terrain back wheels do stick out quite a bit and they only just fitted through the narrow hallway in my Victorian terraced house.
What is the age range of the Kinderkraft All Road?
With a lie-flat seat that can be either world or parent-facing, the Kinderkraft All Road is suitable for newborn babies up to children weighing a maximum of 15kg. However, although the seat does recline into a near-flat position, it doesn’t have quite the same fully-flat position and high sides of a substantial carrycot, so I’m not sure I would recommend this for very little babies.
My 5-month-old baby seemed happy in the lie-flat position of the seat, although the footrest is obviously designed with slightly older children in mind. My toddler is right at the top of the age/weight range and consequently was a bit too long for the seat and it is also rather narrow.
How easy is it to switch the seat between front and rear-facing?
It’s really easy to switch the Kinderkraft All Road between the two. You simply lift the button at the top of the chair and tilt it until it is vertical (there’s a guideline on the seat so you know it’s in the right place), then lift out the seat and switch it around.
How easy is it to fold the Kinderkraft All Road?
There’s a little bit of a knack to folding the All Road. On the handle you push in one button and slide another, which collapses the chassis. It claims to be a one-handed fold, however you do need a supporting hand to stop the pushchair falling loudly to the floor and to make sure the seat is folded up neatly, too. It is a lot easier to fold the seat and chassis together when the seat is in the front-facing position.
MFM tester Katrina loves the ‘click and fold’ system, though. “Being able to fold the pushchair one-handed is such a practical and great quality when you’re trying to watch multiple children,” she says.
How compact is it when folded?
When folded, the All Road stroller measures L81 x W28 x H62cm. It feels quite substantial and certainly takes up a good chunk of our Volvo XC40’s boot, although popping off the back wheels does make it more flexible and it’s very easy to do (although, not ideal if they’re covered in mud). When folded it’s a bit of an awkward shape and not really small enough to hide discreetly behind a door so it does feel like a bulky pushchair to store.
How easy is it to lift into the car boot?
At 11.6kg the All Road isn’t really heavy or particularly light either. It doesn’t have any carry straps, but it is quite easy to pick up the sturdy frame and lift it into the car. The auto lock also means the pushchair doesn’t awkwardly spring open and hit you in the face when loading (trust me, I’ve been there).
What are the wheels like on the All Road and can it handle different surfaces?
The Kinderkraft All Road’s tyres are made of rubber-coated EVA foam and are designed to be durable and puncture resistant. All four wheels have shock absorbers too, so babies stay nice and comfy no matter how rough the ride and - as the name suggests - this is where the All Road really comes into its own. This pushchair is amazing at handling rough terrain as the suspension is really light and bouncy. It easily jumps up kerbs and over rough ground and glides over pavements. “The large wheels are perfect on bumpy pathways around where we live, and the shock absorbers enable a smooth ride,” adds MFM tester Katrina.
When steering indoors, such as around narrow supermarket aisles, the front swivel wheels allow easy turning, but the wider back wheels can make tight corners tricky. As noted, the back wheels do stick out a lot further than the front ones so they make navigating narrow spaces a challenge.
Does the Kinderkraft All Road feel sturdy?
The pushchair’s black steel frame feels very robust, although it may get a little scuffed and scratched over time and it is a little clunky to fold and lift. The puncture-proof wheels are designed to be put through their paces and I feel like they would last through a couple of children.
What is the Kinderkraft All Road’s seat unit like?
The whole pram, including the seat unit, looks really smart. I tested the grey colour with brown faux-leather accents and I think it looks just as good as some of the high-end brands. You can also detach the cover to wash it, although this is a bit fiddly so not something you’d want to do on a regular basis. The fabric feels durable and breathable, however the seat itself is quite firm and could potentially do with a liner in colder weather. The seat has three different reclining positions (flat, reclining and upright) and you can easily change between them by lifting the switch at the top of the seat. As stated, the lie-flat position isn’t 100% flat, so a traditional carrycot-style pram may be more suitable for newborn babies.
The All Road seat has a five-point harness, which has adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable crotch strap. The buckles all click in easily and are released with the press of a button. There’s a bumper bar for extra safety, although MFM tester Katrina didn’t get on with it. “The bar across the front clips in on both sides but seems a little flimsy to me,” she says.
What is the All Road’s hood like?
I was really impressed with the hood on this stroller. It has so many different features for such a low-cost pushchair. The fabric itself is waterproof so if you’re caught out without the rain cover (which I was a couple of times) the stroller can withstand a short shower without your baby getting soaked. It also has a mesh peekaboo window (with easy to use soft-close magnet) to keep a sneaky eye on snoozing babies and it is made of a material with a UPF50+ filter for protection from the sun. It also has an extra panel which unzips to provide even more cover and then a further mesh panel which unzips for ventilation.
Is it suitable for public transport?
Unfortunately, due to lockdown, we were unable to test the Kinderkraft All Road on public transport, however I don’t think it is really designed with public transport in mind. Although it would certainly be easy to get it on and off buses, folding it down is a little cumbersome and it’s too large when folded to be stored away neatly. The big back wheels may also be quite tricky to squeeze through bus aisles and narrow underground walkways.
How useful is the basket?
The All Road’s basket is a decent size and has a load capacity of up to 5kg, so you can easily store all your essentials in there. However, it is also quite low at the back, meaning smaller bits and pieces can fall out if you’re going up a steep kerb and there’s also a steel bar across the back so you can’t slide your nappy bag in and out. The basket is a lot easier to access when the seat unit is front facing.
Is the handlebar on the All Road adjustable?
My 6' 4" husband really enjoyed pushing this stroller, as the tall chassis meant he didn’t have to stoop and the handlebar has an impressive five different height positions, which you can select by pushing the buttons on either side. The highest one is ideal for tall parents who struggle with fixed-position handlebars.
Is the brake easy to use?
Situated in a natural position, just to the right on the rear axle, the foot brake is activated and released by stepping on it from above (as opposed to flicking it up from underneath). It’s a simple feature that means you should be able to operate the All Road’s brake even if you’re wearing sandals and it saves your shoes from getting scuffed up too.
What’s in the box?
- Instruction manual
- Seat unit
- Bumper bar
- Cup holder
- Rain cover
- Mosquito net
As I was testing the Kinderkraft All Road in January during a national lockdown, I didn't get to test the mosquito net – although it could be handy for holidays – but the rain cover, footmuff and cup holder were all incredibly useful. The footmuff is perhaps a little thin, but it slides on comfortably, looks really smart and it fitted well over my five-month-old. The rain cover attaches on with poppers and the ventilation window at the front was a nice touch and made it easier to interact with my baby when out and about in light showers. The bumper bar is also really nice to use. You can attach and remove it from both sides or one side only. Overall, I was really impressed with the quality and amount of accessories for such a low-cost pushchair, however there are not any other additional accessories available (such as a carrycot).
What do you wish you’d known about the All Road?
I think it’s really important to know that you get a whole lot of pushchair for your money, with loads of useful extras, and it’s a stylish stroller that looks a lot more expensive than it is. However, the slightly awkward basket and clunky fold are worth considering if you’ll be popping it up and down a lot. I also wouldn’t recommend this stroller for newborns as the recline isn’t completely flat and it definitely suits babies aged over 6 months better.
Is the Kinderkraft All Road good value for money?
Yes, I still can’t believe that you can buy this super stylish pushchair for less than £200! All the included extras and the versatile seat are very high quality and certainly make life as a parent easier.
|Product name||Weight (kg)||One hand fold (Y/N)||Folded size (HxWxL)||RRP (£)|
|Kinderkraft All Road||11.6kg||Y||81cm x 62 cm x 93cm||199|
|Out'n'About GT||8.8||Y||95cm x 36cm x 56.5cm||289|
|Joie Versatrax||11.7||Y||81cm x 34cm x 65cm||300|
|Oyster 3 Pushchair||11.7||N||71cm x 37cm x 57cm||499|
Where can I buy the Kinderkraft All Road?
The Kinderkraft All Road is a brilliant all-terrain pushchair with bouncy suspension and loads of useful extras. The folding mechanism takes a bit of practise and the basket could be better, but the sturdy chassis and multi-position seat with super adaptable hood means it is functional in all weathers and comes at a fantastically affordable price tag.
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Dimensions||H:106cm W:62cm L:93cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:28cm W:62cm L:81cm|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 4 years|
|Child weight||Up to 15kg|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing and parent facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|
|Wheel size (front)||7in|
|Wheel size (back)||10in|