Mothercare Vesta 3-wheeler
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Mothercare’s Vesta 3-wheeler travel system is a cheap and cheerful option for anyone looking for a straightforward stroller and infant car seat. It may not have all the bells and whistles but for £220, it looks good, moves well and offers all the support your little one needs.
The Mothercare Vesta 3-wheeler travel system is described by Mothercare as a “great value-for-money 3-wheeler with infant carrier car seat included in the price.” The Vesta is Mothercare’s lightest 3-wheeler at 10.2kg, though certainly not the lightest on the market with some competitors offering options well under 10kg. The Vesta has a 2-position adjustable seat, underseat storage, hood, bumper bar and washable seat liner. The infant carrier that comes as part of the price is suitable until your baby is 13kg, or about the 12-15 month mark. At 3.4kg it’s light, and has side impact protection and an indicator, which is meant to help with positioning it correctly in the car.
The Vesta 3-wheeler travel system and I didn’t get off to the best of starts as I stabbed myself on one of the ties used to package the Vesta up. As blood gushed from behind my nail, I did consider adding to the endless list of buggy complaints, before deciding I was being dramatic. So I got on with putting the buggy together and testing it out…
What we love
The price is a definite plus point. The Mothercare Vesta 3-wheeler travel system certainly gives you some bang for your buck and looks really great in a brightly coloured flame red, suitable for girls or boys. I have to say, my little 5-month-old Rosie looks incredibly cute sitting in it, but then I would say that, would I?!
The Mothercare Vesta moves really easily. The front swivel wheel spins effortlessly so you can manoeuvre the buggy with ease. It’s nice and compact, folds down and fits into the car boot with plenty of space to spare, and it also has a handy storage pouch at the bottom, which has easy access in and out, unlike some other designs I’ve seen.
The harness feels good and safe and when I push the clasps together, Rosie seems totally secure and quite happy for us to be out and about on our travels.
The matching car seat is lovely and lightweight, as well as really snugly. And it looks great in the car, too.
What to watch out for
Just putting the buggy together is really quite a mission. In fact, I found it impossible. There isn’t a lot to do and the axle goes on without a problem but it’s the back wheels I had difficulty with. There are four parts that need to be threaded on in a specific order, which is fine, but they didn’t seem to click into place very well and when I went to move the buggy, the wheels fell off! Needless to say, I put it aside for my husband to sort out when he got home and sure enough, he got them on with no trouble. Perhaps it’s just me being a bit rubbish with wheels, techie stuff and building things, but I definitely think it’s tricky.
The main red fabric looks great but feels a bit cheap. It’s no less than I’d expect at that price but Rosie likes to scratch at it and the sound drives me insane!
I also had trouble attaching the infant car seat but after a bit of practise it goes in okay. It looks a bit of a shambles, much like another big name brand where the car seat just seems to sit on top of the buggy, but I guess it’s useful to be able to push your baby around in it.
Lastly, there is no pram option so I wouldn’t have been happy putting Rosie in the Vesta for a good few months. While that has its advantages of being compact and easy to get around, I think a newborn needs a space to properly lie down in when you’re out for walks.
Who is the Mothercare Vesta 3-wheeler travel system best for?
Parents after an easy-to-push 3-wheeler who don’t want to spend a fortune on models with chunky blow up tyres and off-road features.
You get what you pay for with the Mothercare Vesta 3-wheeler travel system. For its price, there’s not a lot to complain about. It’s compact, manoeuvres with ease, and with a car seat included in the price offers very decent value. However, it isn’t for parents who want a travel system that includes a pram mode or luxury features.