Maxi-Cosi Noa buggy
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The Maxi-Cosi Noa is light and super easy to fold. With its sandal-friendly brakes, this is a buggy destined for summer holidays and trips abroad.
The stylish new buggy from popular Maxi-Cosi, the Noa, ticks all the boxes. It’s good looking, compact, easy to fold and boasts a neat spring-out handle that means you can pull it along trolley-style, in the manner of someone wheeling their suitcase on the way to the airport.
The Noa is suitable for babies from 6 months, up to 15kg, around 3 years.
What we love
The one-step fold/unfold is a great feature on the Noa buggy. The button is conveniently placed at the end of the handlebars – just depress it, and Bob’s your uncle. After a couple of attempts I soon got the knack – the key is abruptly tipping the buggy (though obviously not too violently!) towards the floor after you push the button.
The buggy’s dimensions when folded are pretty compact too. As the Noa stands upright when folded it doesn’t clutter up my porch too badly.
The brakes are brilliant. They’re no-brainers to operate, and work when wearing the flimsiest of sandals. You just step on the lever above the right wheel to operate them, and step on the lever above the left wheel to release.
I also like how ultra-easy it is to lock and unlock the front wheels. Just slide the relevant button on each wheel and you’re away.
The suspension on this pushchair is very springy, in fact amongst the springiest I’ve come across. You certainly don’t need to put in a lot of effort to push. With wheels unlocked, the Noa is pretty smooth, even on more uneven grassy ground as well as on pavements.
There’s no doubt the pull-out suitcase-style handle is a cool, modern touch. That said, you need to get the angle just so in order to wheel it along effortlessly.
I tried this buggy in the cool pillar-box red colourway, and the framework matches the seat covers, which is another nice touch. It also comes in a rather fetching pink, amongst other shades.
What to watch out for
I find the handlebars on the Maxi-Cosi Noa buggy quite and I feel like I’m stooping forward a bit while steering. As I’m nudging 5-foot 4-inches, I’m certainly no giant.
While it’s certainly nice to have springy suspension, it actually veered slightly on overkill.
The seat on the Noa reclines thanks to an easy-to-use zip on each side, but this means there are only two seat positions.
I find the seat harness perfectly adequate, but lining up the two halves of the clasp is slightly fiddly.
Who is the Maxi-Cosi Noa buggy best for?
Parents after a stylish easy-to-fold buggy for everyday use.
Maxi-Cosi, best known for its car seat systems, has clearly done its research, and forward-thinking features like the pull-out suitcase-style handle and one-push fold give the Noa a simple edge over many alternatives. For the money, it feels good quality, and the springy suspension adds to the plush feel. However, slightly higher handlebars would be welcome.