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Rhiannon is a London-based, first-time mum to an 8-month-old. They tested the pram both in the car and on public transport, as well as in the park.
A well-known name in the baby market, Tutti Bambini sell a range of prams, furniture and accessories. The Arlo pushchair is designed to grow with your family – it can carry two children in car seats, bassinets or upright seats in a variety of combinations. It’s as simple as clunk-clicking in an additional seat to make it work for two children. Depending on which combination of seats you purchase, it costs from £500-£700 – around the middle of the ever-growing buggy market.
But if you’re looking for a double buggy on a budget, it’s much more expensive than other options, such as the Red Kite Push Me Twini Double, which you can buy for around £200.
What were your first impressions of the Tutti Bambini Arlo?
I thought it was an attractive pram that was really easy to assemble straight out of the box.
What age child is the Tutti Bambini Arlo suitable for?
The pram can be used from newborn with a bassinet, and as it can be converted into a double buggy, it can still be used if a second baby comes along.You just click on the second seat, which is really easy to do.
Is the Tutti Bambini Arlo easy to assemble?
It’s really easy to build, without too many instructions – we assembled it in less than 20 minutes.
How easy is it to push?
Compared to other prams I’ve used, I didn’t find it as comfortable to push around; it wasn’t as easy going around corners and manoeuvring in and out of doors as other prams I’ve reviewed. Sometimes it felt like it was pulling to one side.
Is the Tutti Bambini Arlo a lightweight pushchair?
Carrying just one child, it feels really light, but some parents say it’s a bit trickier with two.
How does the Tutti Bambini Arlo ride on different surfaces?
I had absolutely no problem with the pram on any surfaces, including curbs, grass and pavements.
How did you find it on public transport?
It was really easy to get the buggy on and off public transport. It’s narrow and the slim fit was great on buses – one time, me and two other mums managed to get our three buggies into the pram area on a London bus. That was a real highlight.
How does the Tutti Bambini Arlo fold?
You fold over the handlebars and then twist a bar lower down the chassis – it took a couple of goes to remember how to do it, but once I’d learned, it was easy.
How compact is it when folded?
Compared to bigger buggies I’ve trialled, like the Thule, the pram folds down really nicely – with the seat attached too – into a fairly slim shape.
Does the Tutti Bambini Arlo fit in the boot of your car?
Yes, really easily.
How many recline positions are there?
It has three positions.
What do you think of the lie-flat seat?
It’s really great. My son loves to be upright and constantly looking about, so we didn’t use it much, but when he napped, it lowered easily without waking him.
What do you think of the seat unit on the Tutti Bambini Arlo?
The seat is on the narrow side. I also wasn’t sure about the fastening mechanism – perhaps I didn’t quite click it into place correctly, or my baby is an escape artist, but I did once get halfway down the road to find it had opened up, which was a concern.
How comfortable is it for your baby?
Really comfortable – it wasn’t super-soft, but it was padded and seemed a good fit for him.
How easy is it to interact with your child when in the Tutti Bambini Arlo?
Really easy. I liked the backwards-facing mode and I could still see my son when the sunshade was down.
What do you think of the hood?
This was one of my favourite features – it’s really great that it comes down low, so your baby is protected at any angle, and that it has an extendable visor that provides UV protection.
Does the Tutti Bambini Arlo have a large and easy-to-access basket?
It’s really easy to chuck anything in the basket and it has loads of space – as long as you’re only pushing one child. If you converted the Arlo to use it for two kids, you would lose that space.
Do the brakes feel effective?
The brake is operated through a tiny switch on one of the back wheels – although it worked fine, it felt a bit too small.
Is the frame of the Tutti Bambini Arlo durable?
Yes, it seemed really strong.
What do you think of the handlebar?
I really like the leather feel of it. There’s a neat mechanism to change the height (it kind of swings up and down), which is great as I’m 5’6’’ and my husband is 6’3’’.
Is the Tutti Bambini Arlo car-seat compatible?
Yes, you can use it with Tutti Bambini car seats.
Did you like the look of the Tutti Bambini Arlo?
Yes, I thought it was very attractive – mine came in red and although I would never have picked a red pram, in the bright colour it looked quite expensive. It also comes in grey, blue, beige and black.
What is disappointing about the design is that it doesn’t have a bumper bar. Once, while using another pram, I had an incident where my son’s buggy flipped as a bus went around the corner and a bumper bar kept him safe. I also like to keep toys on it and so it was a shame not to have one.
What’s in the box?
The chassis and two seats.
Are there any additional extras that you can buy?
The pram comes as different components, which can seem like you’re paying for extras, but actually it means you just get what you need.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the Tutti Bambini Arlo?
That it can be used with a car seat, so you could buy the whole system, which makes things much easier.
Who would the Tutti Bambini Arlo be most useful for?
People with two children who want a decent, well-designed pram, without spending too much money.
What was your favourite feature of the Tutti Bambini Arlo?
The great sun shade!
How does it compare to other pushchairs and travel systems you’ve tried?
It was slap bang in the middle – I’ve tried out more expensive prams that I preferred, but also cheaper prams that were nowhere near as good.
Is it good value for money?
The price ranges from £500-£700 depending on which system you use, but I think it’s the right price for what you get.
Where can I buy the Tutti Bambini Arlo buggy?
It is available from Tutti Bambini, Pramworld and Precious little one
Overall, this is a good-value pram if you’re looking for a larger model that can hold two children, but its price probably reflects the few drawbacks I found when testing the product. I would recommend this pram to someone looking to buy a sturdy pram within this price bracket, who is happy to make a few concessions.