Nuna Mixx Next pushchair review
In a nutshell
A well-priced, thoughtfully designed pushchair with one-handed steering and an improved, space-saving fold
What we tested
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- Comfort for child
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- Worth the money
4.0A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
- One-handed steering, springy suspension, all-season seat with mesh back, extendable UPF 50+ canopy, easy and compact fold, large basket with handy extra pockets
- Shallow seat for an older toddler, carrycot not included in basic bundle
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The original Nuna Mixx became a hit as soon as it was released a few years ago. Parents loved its stylish look and amazing features like infant-ready flat recline, huge basket, generous canopy, and large all-terrain wheels.
Although the 2020 Next model on the surface looks pretty much identical to the Nuna Mixx 2019, there have been some worthwhile updates such as improved front wheels, even better suspension and ability for it to self-stand when folded.
Nuna also introduced a more compact fold with the back axle folding into the frame. Very cool indeed. With an RRP of £660 (£860 with the carrycot), the Mixx Next sits in the middle range of the market, much cheaper than models from premium brands such as Silver Cross, Bugaboo or Uppababy.
Karolina tested the Nuna Mixx Next with her 3-month-old baby Dylan and 3-year-old Jacob on all sorts of terrain, from uneven pavements to forest walks and grassy fields. Baby Dylan also used the Nuna Pipa Next car seat.
What were your first impressions of the pushchair?
“Wow – that’s made for tall parents!” was my very first thought. I was used to the low-to-the-ground seat of the Bugaboo Cameleon3 (£695 on Argos and the Nuna Mixx Next seemed instantly much taller in comparison. But in fact it turned out that the handlebar, with its adjustable settings, is not unusually high – it’s the seat unit that’s mounted pretty high on the frame. In fact, Nuna says the seat is table-height so can be used instead of a high chair while eating out. And this feature makes it so much easier for getting baby in and out of the seat.
Even before we set it up, I was impressed with the woven, luxurious fabrics and classy new Ellis colourway. It’s a contemporary twist on a timeless plaid pattern with understated lines of burgundy – I’m sure it will wear well over time too.
All the components have that quality feel and faultless finish. Not a flimsy part in sight and I liked the luxe accents such as leatherette trimmings on zippers, piping, and pulls.
How easy is the Nuna Mixx Next to build?
The pushchair was extremely easy to build. We didn’t need to look at the instructions as everything was very intuitive and took less than 10 minutes. Putting up the carrycot for the first time required a bit of a stronger hand but the instructions were easy to follow and I’m sure a bit of a tighter fit helps it to stay brilliantly sturdy.
Also – shout out to the fab insert with no less than 46 (!) clear illustrations. I’m a bit of an instructions-reading geek so I know a good one when I see it. Other brands take note.
How has the Nuna MIXX Next been updated from previous models?
As an evolution to the very popular Nuna Mixx pushchair, the designers took into consideration previous user feedback and introduced a few small but significant tweaks to the 2020 model.
While visually both pushchairs are pretty much identical, Nuna Mixx Next offers an even smoother ride, thanks to improved suspension and redesigned rubber wheels at the front for added manoeuvrability. Previously the front wheels where plastic, now all 4 of them have rubber tires and it shows – it sails across any terrain and is super easy to push one-handed.
One of the main differences between the Nuna Mixx and the Nuna Mixx Next is the folded size. The Nuna Mixx Next folds to a length that’s 12.8cm shorter than the Mixx, thanks to a redesigned axle that lets the back wheels retract under the frame. Good news for your car boot or narrow storage spaces.
One of the biggest complaints from parents about the previous model was that it wouldn’t stand up when folded, so Nuna improved on that as well and the Mixx Next does self-stand, which can also help with lifting the pushchair without straining your back. I like a brand that listens to its customers.
How does it compare to similar pushchairs?
The Nuna Mixx Next is comparable to a number of pushchairs sitting in the mid-range price category.
It's similar in price, weight and features to the Babystyle Oyster3 (£559 from Boots) with a free-standing, compact fold and easy manoeuvrability. However it doesn't perform as well on rough terrain, which is were the Mixx Next perhaps comes out on top.
Like the Mixx Next, the iCandy Lime (£755 on Amazon) also boasts a compact fold and excellent handling on multiple terrains. However it does have some handy extras like the carry strap and integrated buggy board for growing families.
What age is the Nuna Mixx Next suitable for?
It is suitable from birth to 22kg (approx 4 years). The seat lies near-flat, which the brand says can be used from birth, but we recommend using the fantastic carrycot with its firm, roomy base for the best transport for newborns. Although this doesn't come at an extra cost, at £200.
How comfortable is the carrycot for your baby?
In short, I absolutely love the Nuna Mixx Next’s carrycot. It is one of my favourite bits because it’s not only stylish, but also very practical. For example, it includes a ‘Dream Drape’ – an extra bit of fabric that you can extend for additional shade and coverage. This is a safe alternative to putting a blanket or a towel over the canopy to protect the baby from the sun, which isn't recommended as it may block the airflow. Dream Drape doesn’t block air circulation but provides full shade for your sleeping baby.
And sleep they will – the carry cot keeps the baby comfy and cosy thanks to the soft, organic fabrics and multiple ventilation windows. The UPF 50+ canopy and secret storage pocket at the end of the carry cot are also brilliant. I like that the magnetic top cover attaches with no fuss or noise unlike the zipped ones on other pushchairs.
Just like the handle bar and the bumper bar of the Mixx Next pushchair, the carrycot handle is covered with hand-sewn vegan leather – a nice finishing touch on a very thoughtfully designed carry cot.
It can be used from birth up to 9kg and seems roomy enough to last my baby the recommended 6 months.
I also like that the carrycot easily connects to the Mixx frame without any adapters – it just clicks in. It’s not the lightest on the market at 4.3kg, but I believe the weight reflects the quality of the materials and I found it easy enough to remove it with my baby inside.
It is also approved for overnight sleep which is handy. When it is not in use, it can be folded flat. This makes it a very convenient option for parents who don’t have a lot of space at home.
How comfortable is the seat unit?
The seat is packed full of great features which are real highlights of the Nuna Mixx Next, but it’s also the one thing that would probably stop me buying it for my baby.
The seat has an easy-to-operate one-hand lever recline (my favourite recline type) with 5 different positions including a lie-flat one. I have found the flat recline useful for quick nappy changes on the go. It can go all the way to pretty much upright for an older child.
The seat feels well padded, and it's super easy to adjust the harness. Nuna Mixx Next also includes a padded apron and rain cover as standard. The seat position is nice and high which means I don't have to bend down as much to strap my child in, and Jacob enjoyed being higher up when strolling in it.
And can we talk about Nuna’s all-season seat feature? Pure genius! There is a soft seat liner made of Bamboo which wicks away moisture and keeps your baby cosy in the cooler seasons. It’s easily removable and reveals a mesh seat back – perfect for keeping your child cool and comfortable during hot weather.
We love to travel as a family, so this feature alone would have saved our baby a lot of sweat and discomfort during his naps out there. Perhaps if you don’t live or travel to hot countries with your babies it might not be such an important consideration for you, but for me it’s a brilliant feature to have.
I have also found the little pocket on the back of the seat a real godsend for my mobile phone and face mask. Such a seemingly small detail, but it really helps!
How spacious is the seat?
Now for the tricky part. While the seat is marketed as suitable from birth up to 22kg or 4 years of age, my 3-year-old found it uncomfortable. He’s on the small side for his age and currently wears clothing meant for 2 years, so I didn’t expect this to be an issue.
It is fine and roomy enough for just sitting in and strolling around. However, the real issue transpired when we attempted his daytime nap it the Nuna Mixx Next. He woke up mid-nap crying because he was so uncomfortable with his feet dangling down beyond the leg rest. And this is a toddler who can easily nap for two hours on the go in his current Bugaboo Cameleon3.
While the dimensions of both pushchairs seem comparable, I think this is down to the major difference in design where the footrest forms part of the whole reclining seat in the Cameleon, while Nuna Mixx has a non-movable footrest that doesn’t form a part of the reclining seat.
I do realise not all 2 to 4-year-olds have daytime naps, or you might not be inclined for them to regularly have their daytime nap on the go, in which case it wouldn’t be an issue for you. Perhaps my younger boy won’t be such a good daytime napper and we will do away with napping before he outgrows this pushchair. However, it’s one of those things that you can’t really know before you get to that age. If I spent a substantial amount of money on a piece of baby equipment, I’d expect it to take us through to toddlerhood with no issues at all.
How do you switch the seat from parent to world facing?
Flipping the seat on and off the frame and switching between parent- and world-facing modes is very simple. You just press two buttons on the sides of the seat and lift it up.
How do you fold the Nuna Mixx Next?
Folding the Nuna Mixx Next is straight forward and compact for a reversible seat stroller, and it folds with the seat attached.
To collapse the frame you:
- Use slide two triggers on the side of the frame
- You gently fold the handlebar forward
- The pushchair folds in on itself, with the rear axle tucking into the frame.
For unfolding you release the locking mechanism and unfold the frame by lifting the handlebar until it all clicks back into place.
I like that the fabrics are at all times protected from touching the ground.
How compact is the Nuna Mixx Next when folded?
The Nuna Mixx Next folded dimensions are 76cm x 60cm x 42 cm. It does seem a bit on the heavy side when I was lifting it in and out of the car (it weights just over 11kg), but I’m used to the Bugaboo Cameleon3 which has to be separated into 2parts for transport – so each part is lighter.
Nuna does fold down more compact however, so it makes fitting other things around it in the car much easier.
As mentioned, an update to the previous model means that the Nuna Mixx Next self-stands when folded, and it’s quite sturdy when stored that way – just not in the path of a running toddler! What really stood out to me was that it is easy to move once it is collapsed – you can pull it like a suitcase, pulling it along on its 2 rear-wheels, which is very handy for transport.
How easy is it to push and steer?
The foam-filled, all-terrain wheels and all-wheel suspension provide a very smooth ride. The wheels roll nicely, so navigating and turning is almost effortless. The manoeuvrability is outstanding! Nuna pushchairs are known for a tight turning radius and turn 360° without any problems. I felt like a skilled Formula 1 driver effortlessly navigating the narrow route from my back garden through the dining room and kitchen to the hallway.
We gave it a go on all sorts of terrain, and it handled bumps and deep kerbs really well. It even did great in a muddy, post-rain field and rough route along a canal. I love how effortless it is to push with one hand. An invaluable feature when your other one is busy assisting a toddler. Or holding a cup of much-needed coffee. Or warming up in your pocket.
How well does it work on public transport?
I’m certain it would do great thanks to the amazing manoeuvrability and reasonable dimensions – it’s not unusually wide for example.
How sturdy does the chassis feel?
The frame seems sturdy and durable, with a chic matt black finish that complements the design well.
How adjustable is the Mixx Next's handlebar?
The telescoping handlebar has 3 different positions and goes up to 110cm from the ground, so it should suit shorter and taller parents alike. It has a stylish look thanks to a luxe leatherette finish and the stitches seem high quality.
If I was to nitpick, the handlebar can get a little slippery when holding it with my woollen gloves on. It made me feel like I didn't have a strong grip on it, but it sure looks much nicer, and seems more durable, than the foam handle on my Bugaboo Cameleon.
How practical is the hood? Does it provide good coverage?
It's one of my favourite features! The fabric is great quality and feels lovely, while also being robust enough to stand up to windy conditions. It has UPF 50+ which gives me a real peace of mind – no fiddly parasol required!
The hood is a great size with two large panels and a pop-out sun visor that can be tucked away if not needed. Under its cover, one of the panels is mesh, and to make the canopy even bigger you can expose a third zipped-in panel which features a mesh window on both sides.
There is also a mesh peek-a-boo window on top of the canopy, so the air circulation should be great even on the hottest summer day. I tested it in the autumn but would have loved to have it on all our summer adventures.
The peek-a-boo window has a magnetic closure instead of noisy velcro, so it won’t wake up your sleeping baby. It also has double quilted stitch work inside of the canopy to make it even fancier. I’m sure this canopy must be one of the best on the market. It provides full coverage from the sunlight and I love having all the ventilation options.
Although it does seem quite low on the seat, which sometimes causes an issue when using it with my toddler.
How do the wheels perform on the Mixx Next?
The Nuna Mixx Next has redesigned foam-filled wheels and all-wheel suspension to help the pushchair absorb more shock over uneven terrain. Unlike in the previous models, all 4 tyres of the Mixx Next are rubber for added durability.
Nuna Mixx wheels not only roll very nicely, but also look stylish. Also, after getting mud all over them several times – I noticed they clean up really well, looking pretty much new again, no matter how dirty we got them! They are also easy to click on and off the frame.
How easy are the brakes to use?
The single action brake between rear wheels has colour indicators and is flip-flop friendly. No scratched shoes! It firmly locks the pushchair even when it’s positioned on a steep hill. Using it is simple and intuitive, but I found it a bit tricky to unlock when the basket was very full.
How big is the basket on the Nuna Mixx Next? Is it easy to access and practical?
The basket is one of my highlights! In fact, Nuna pushchairs are known for their huge baskets. Not only is it super generous, it can be split into two compartments which I found handy for staying more organised.
Also – very importantly – it’s super easy to access, even when the carry cot is in place. This makes a very welcome change from my usual Bugaboo Cameleon where getting to the basket with the carrycot in place can be infuriating.
I didn’t encounter any problems with items falling out of the basket, and due to the higher seat, there is plenty of room to slide even large bags in and out without disturbing a sleeping child.
The basket is made of a fairly stiff material, so it doesn’t sag down. And finally – there’s a secret zipped pocket inside where you can keep smaller items like your keys or wallet stored securely and accessibly. Such a seemingly small detail – but it was love from me.
How easy is it to keep clean?
The lining, as well as seat fabric, are machine washable which is always a must-have on my, and I’m sure other mums’, wish list.
Is the Nuna Mixx Next car seat compatible?
Yes – I used it with the brand’s Pipa Next i-size car seat (you also need to buy adaptors or purchase as a travel system).
What’s in the box?
- Rain cover
- Pushchair apron
- Car seat adapters
What are the additional accessories that you can buy?
- Compatible car seat
- Winter footmuff
Now you’ve tested it, what would you have wanted to know before purchasing the pushchair?
Had I only tested it with my baby, I would give the Nuna Mixx Next 5 out of 5 stars and wouldn’t have been aware of the seat size issue for an older toddler. I would definitely have wanted to know that older kids could potentially find the seat uncomfortable for extended naps.
Is the Nuna Mixx Next worth the money?
That’s a tricky one for me, as my toddler found the seat too uncomfortable to sleep in, so for me it would have meant buying an additional product for my growing child. If this is not an issue for you, I would say it does deserve the price tag.
It is one of the best pushchairs out there, with so many truly helpful and functional features – and at £660 (£860 for the carrycot bundle), I'd say it rivals some of the more premium brands on the market.
Where can I buy the Nuna Mixx Next?
The Nuna Mixx Next truly is the perfect all-rounder with a quality feel and the smoothest ride. It beats many more established and premium brands with its features, functionality and ease of use. However, you might find that the toddler seat is not as generous for a growing child as it should be.
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Weight||11.09kg – Without armbar and insert|
|Dimensions||H:110cm W:60cm L:82cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:42cm W:60cm L:76cm|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 4 years|
|Child weight||Up to 22kg|
|Travel system compatible||Yes|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing and parent facing|
|Front wheels||Four-wheel suspension|