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Launched back in 2013, Koochi is the new urban, street-cred baby and toddler line created by Bolton-based children’s brand Cosatto.
Still growing its collection, Koochi has a total of three pushchairs and two car seats in its repertoire and the Pushmatic is the brand’s lightweight three-wheeled pushchair.
Billed as being suitable from birth up to about the age of 3 (or whenever your child weighs 15kg) the buggy comes well equipped with a fleece lined cosytoes and a snuggly hood. And if that wasn’t enough it also comes with a raincover and nylon drawstring kit bag, for extra storage.
What’s in the box?
- Seat unit
- Drawstring bag
Any additional extras?
No, everything is included.
From the start I was intrigued by the idea of the Pushmatic as I, like many of you (I imagine), suffer from back pain. And so the prospect of testing a lightweight pushchair was very appealing.
My 18-month-old daughter Georgie had outgrown her first buggy, so we were ready to move on to something that would work for a toddler rather than a baby, but not be too hefty.
How is assembling the Pushmatic?
When I took the buggy out of the box, one of the first things I saw was the instruction book.
The step-by-step details and diagrams were amazingly clear and easy to follow and we had the pushchair completely assembled in about half an hour. The second time I had to do it, I did it alone in about 20 minutes.
As someone who generally hates having to construct anything, I have to say, this was mercifully straightforward. Thank-you Koochi!
Is it easy to get your little one in the buggy?
Yes, getting Georgie in it for the first time was relatively simple. The five-point harness is a fraction fiddly to fasten each time, but you do get used to it.
The cushioning pads for the arm straps and stomach meanwhile just seem to slide off while you’re fastening the straps, so I just left them off and it doesn’t really seem to have made any difference to Georgie.
How comfortable is the buggy?
Once we started using it, Georgie seemed comfortable and happy in it. The cushion works as a comfy headrest and when I put the hood up, she particularly likes the clear plastic strip, which means she can see Mummy and I can see her.
How does the Pushmatic push when out and about?
Really well, the key feature of the Pushmatic is its featherweight lightness. It drives very smoothly even with one hand and makes easy work of uneven pavements.
The front and rear wheel suspension means it drives very smoothly, even over wonky pavements, cobbled streets, gravel paths in the park and isn’t too bumpy getting on and off buses either.
But don’t let the weightlessness deceive you, it feels reassuringly sturdy with its aluminium chassis and not flimsy at all as some other lighter buggies do.
And although it’s not billed as a jogging buggy as such, if you like the idea of combining exercise with pushing your baby or toddler, the Pushmatic would definitely work.
Tell us about the recline options.
There are multi-position recline options, including one which goes right down to horizontal.
I also really like the fact that when Georgie has her nap and falls asleep in the pushchair (which she does most days), I can just very simply pull the cord behind the seat and gently bring it down into a full horizontal recline. And if I adjust the calf support she can lie completely flat.
Is the pram suitable for a newborn?
Yes it is, as the seat unit lies flat. However, most parents would probably prefer a buggy that is both rear-facing and forward-facing, but the Pushmatic is forward-facing only.
Saying that, we had a forward facing pushchair from the start with Georgie and she was generally very happy in it. And the Pushmatic does have a transparent plastic strip in the hood so you can see your child even when the hood is extended.
How long do you think the buggy will last?
I’m not entirely sure the Pushmatic will last till Georgie is three-years-old, (the maximum recommended age) as her feet are already not that far off reaching the bar on the footrest. But it’s certainly perfect for her at the moment.
What do you think about the basket?
The basket is great! I’ve so far been able to load it up with a two pint bottle of milk, a bottle of washing up liquid, Georgie’s changing bag and water beaker as well as various jackets without it feeling like it’s buckling under the strain.
It’s nylon and netted at the sides but generally feels much more durable than a lot of the other baskets around.
What do you think of the Pushmatic’s design?
Style-wise, I could personally do with a lot less Koochi branding. Both of the shoulder/arm pads have very prominent branding. There is also the repeated logo on the hood lining, chassis frame, leg rest and at the back of the hood.
I also don’t find the ‘urban’ styling as appealing as many of the bold and punchy Cosatto designs, but that’s obviously just my personal taste and a relatively minor gripe in the general scheme of it.
Is it value for money?
Yes, at £160 less expensive than many others and in terms of smooth driving, comfort and security, it’d give a Bugaboo a run for its money any day.
Made For Mums verdict?
Overall, I’d heartily recommend the Pushmatic. It drives very smoothly indeed, is comfortable for Georgie, has a roomy basket and is great for her to sleep in when she has her daytime nap. It’s also excellent value for money.
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|Child age (approx)||Birth to 3 years|
|Child weight||Up to 15kg|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:106cm W:56cm L:96cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:56cm W:37cm L:95cm|
|Travel system compatible||No|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|