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Maclaren Quest (2012 model) review

Our rating 
4.2 out of 5 star rating 4.2
User rating
£165.00 RRP

In a nutshell

Maclaren's revamped Quest offers more flexibility than ever, being suitable from birth and still accommodating a toddler. It's also lightweight and a doddle to use, just like the original.
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Worth the money
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Pros: Ready to go straight out of the box, lightweight, suitable from birth, harness big enough for a toddler, easy to fold, good looking, narrow
Cons: Slight rattle to the wheels
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Maclaren fans, rejoice! The new Quest is now suitable from birth, offering even more flexibility. And this well-known umbrella-fold buggy is certainly deserving of its lightweight tag, weighing just 6.1kg.


The Maclaren Quest has had a spruce up. This popular lightweight buggy now has an extendable leg rest and a simple single-hand recline, which allows you to take the seat from full recline to an upright position in seconds. The Quest used to be suitable from 3 months, but the 2012 update sees it become suitable for use from birth.

Although compact and lightweight, a lot of thought has obviously gone into the design of every element, with ergonomic soft foam handles, a handy shopping basket, swivel front wheels and linked brakes, which are very easy to operate with a quick flick of the toe.

There are also some cool new colours for the Quest – black/silver, medieval blue/scarlet and charcoal/mocha bisque.

What we love

The Maclaren Quest is ready to go straight out of the box. In fact, it’s the first buggy I’ve tried that doesn’t leave me puzzled. I’m up and running quickly, thanks to the easy-to-understand instruction booklet that only takes minutes to read.

One of the greatest things about the Quest is that it’s suitable from birth, but also has enough room for a large toddler. I try it with a large 3-year-old who usually finds the harness on a stroller a bit tight. However, the Quest’s one is big enough and very comfortable.

The extendable leg rest grows with your baby, and clever accessories such as the expandable footmuff give it a luxury feel.

The buggy passes the crowded bus test on its first outing. It’s light to lift on the bus, narrow enough to fit into a small space and quick to fold. Another plus is how easy it is to carry – it’s only 6.1kg and has a handy strap so you can sling it over your shoulder.

I can’t help comparing the Quest to my beloved Micralite Fastfold, and although it doesn’t have the ‘designer’ look, the Quest is narrower and easier to carry.

After going through every transport option with a newborn and toddler (from Phil & Teds to buggy board and more), the Quest is the best solution so far. It works well for my toddler if my baby’s in a sling, but can quickly be reclined for my newborn if my toddler wants to walk.

What to watch out for

At times, the Quest can offer a bit of a bumpy ride, so I don’t really feel comfortable with it in newborn mode for a long journey. I prefer something a bit smoother for the little one, but it’s fine for a toddler. I suppose it’s the weigh-up for the Quest being such a lightweight model.

Who is the Maclaren Quest (2012 model) best for?

Anyone who needs complete flexibility from a buggy – be it suitability for a range of ages, lightness for get on and off public transport or ease of folding to pop in the car.


MadeForMums verdict

The revamped Quest is a lightweight, compact stroller that’s incredibly easy to use. The slightly bumpy ride is a small price to pay for the amount of flexibility it offers if you have a baby and toddler, but want to travel light. This is an ideal buggy for public transport users.

Product Specifications


Brand Maclaren
Model Quest (2012 model)
Price £165.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 3 years

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 6.1kg
Dimensions H:104cm W:48cm L:59cm
Dimensions (folded) H:104cm W:27cm L:32cm


Seat facing direction Forward facing
Front wheels Swivel
Recline positions 4
  • Suitable from birth
  • 5 point harness
  • foot-operated linked brakes
  • Removable washable seat
  • Compact Umbrella-fold
  • Water resistant hood
  • Extendable leg-rest


Accessories included Raincover, carry strap
Optional extras
  • Universal reversible seat liner
  • Expandable footmuff
  • Tote
  • Bag
  • Organiser
  • Cup holder