Heather Wilson 'Living With' the Maxi-Cosi Loola
My name is Heather Wilson. I am thirty two years old. I am happily married to my lovely husband Chris and we have a beautiful 31 month girl called Sarah and a handsome brown Labrador dog called Jake. Baby number 2 is also due in September 2013! :)
My motto is work to live. From Monday to Friday, I work hard as a Business Improvement Manager. At the evenings and weekends, I love spending time with my nearest and dearest. I love travelling and caravanning and head off at the weekends whenever I can.
Living With Review
I really was delighted when I found out that I had been chosen by Pushchair Expert to test out the new Maxi-Cosi Loola in Graphic Crystal. Since I’ve become a mummy to 39 month old Sarah and 3 week old Matthew, I’ve developed quite a love of pushchairs and all things pushchair-related so I really was very excited to see how the Loola compared!
Unpacking the Loola:
The Loola arrived in quite a compact box. It was really well packaged to prevent any damage in transit.
As I was opening the box, the first thing that I noticed was the striking colour. The graphite really complements the black colour. I was very glad that I had chosen this colour - it really is something that little bit different than all black, yet suitable for either a boy or girl.
As I took the pushchair out of the box, everything looked very high quality and well made.
A rain cover, clip for a parasol and car seat adapters were included - impressive as these are often classed as extras that you need to pay more for.
Setting up the Loola:
I was able to assemble the Loola using the instructions provided however I think that they could be made more detailed - in particular, more detailed explanations could be provided for each instruction.
One point on assembly - re instruction 15b, the hood clips did not click into place as it stated that they should in the instructions. This meant that you wouldn't need to press the button to release.
Another first impression - I really like the fact that the chassis is free-standing when folded. This means that it will be much easier to store. Space is at a premium in our house!!
One of the features that I really like about the Loola is the very large basket underneath.
The basket is very large and deep and you are able to place a lot inside. This feature really would be perfect for users who don't have a car and walk to places a lot.
All my other pushchairs and strollers do not have a basket as large and deep as the Loola’s.
I place the rain cover into the basket and there is still lots of room which is unusual for pushchairs.
In addition to the large basket, there are two small clips on the handle bar which enable you to attach your changing bag. I liked this little feature a lot. When out and about shopping, I attached my shopping bags to it!
October the 10th 2013
My favourite feature of the Loola so far is the recline mode. For me, the ability to recline the seat is an absolute must-have in a pushchair. Bubs often falls asleep in her pushchair and it is really important to me that she is able to sleep comfortably when we're out and about in the pushchair.
The Loola has a fully reclining seat unit. I really liked that the seat could be reclined with one hand. I have yet to find one that can be done easier.
I used the reclined seat at the weekend with bubs and she seemed very comfortable. I was also able to recline the seat with her in it without waking her up.
One feature that I really like is the fact that the whole of the seat unit reclines and not just the back rest.
October the 15th 2013
The Loola's rain cover is a good large size. I found it easy to attach - it simply goes on over the seat unit and then easily pops off when you are done.
I really like that it has air holes on either side to help prevent the cover steaming up.
The rain cover does its job well.
October the 22nd 2013
One very important feature in a pushchair is the brakes.
The brakes on the Loola are really easy to turn on and off. The red brake on the right hand side puts the brakes on and the white brake on the left hand side takes them back off again. I like this feature - my previous pushchair had just the one brake in the middle. Whilst using the Loola, I found that I was less likely to accidentally turn the brakes on or off.
The Loola makes the task of turning the brakes on and off very easy. In the past, I have owned other pushchairs which had brakes that were incredibly stiff where you had to actually get down and pull them back off with your hands! This is definitely not the case with the Loola.
October the 30th 2013
Folding the Loola is quite easy. I really like the fact that this can be done with or without the seat unit attached - really useful if you are short on space. You simply fold down the handle, lift the bottom pedal and pull the buttons near the handle. This enables the Loola to collapse straight down. The Loola folds down quite small and stands up on its own.
You definitely need a large boot to fit the Loola in. The Loola just about fits into the boot of my BMW 1 Series!
Observations whilst out and about:
Since receiving the Loola, we have certainly been out and about and putting it through its paces in both urban and rural environments.
The Loola feels nice and solid and I really enjoy pushing bubs around in it. I found the Loola to be very manoeuvrable - especially with its handle. This came in very handy in high traffic and in very crowded urban areas. I do however think that the Loola is more suited to use in urban areas rather than in rural areas. I noticed that the wheels of the Loola sometimes struggled a little when going over uneven surfaces such as fields.
November the 26th 2013
The plastic rain cover:
To me, rain covers are very important. They are great for sheltering Bubs and keeping Bubs warmer when in the pushchair. We have had a lot of cold and windy weather recently and I have used the plastic cover a lot. The rain cover fits snuggly over the Loola. It does not take long to put on. The rain cover is made of quite thick, good quality plastic. I feel confident that it won't tear or rip. In order to make the rain cover breathable, there are quite big holes on the rain cover. I am not too sure about these holes in the rain cover. I think that I would have preferred a more mesh-like material.
The plastic handle bar:
The plastic handle bar is quite flexible and can be adjusted into different positions depending on how you feel comfortable using it - this is easily done by pressing the white buttons by the handle bar and pushing up or down. My husband found this feature particularly useful as he is very tall!
One issue that I did have was that I found the handle very uncomfortable. The plastic was hard and my hand was a little bit sore if I was pushing the Loola for a while. Maybe a covering material like foam would be an idea?
I really like the hood on the Loola. The hood is a good large size. I found that this was especially useful when it was raining or windy - I simply pulled the hood all the way down over Bubs to keep the wind and rain out. It was also very useful for keeping the sun out of Bubs' eyes when it was sunny (though it hasn't been sunny all that much recently!). I found I didn't need to bring a parasol with me. I really like the fact that the hood is extendable. This provides a good amount of coverage from the sun.I like the fact that it sits quite high up as well, leaving plenty of room for Bubs to grow.I like the see-through panel at the top - great for peaking through and keeping an eye on Bubs!
December the 18th 2013
January the 12th 2014
January the 19th 2014
January the 24th 2014
I've been using the Loola quite a bit now and the one thing that I think really needs improved is the handle.
I would really like to see the handle being covered with some comfortable and durable padding.
The square shape of the hard handle hurts my hands if I am pushing it for any length of time. This is particularly the case when I have to push down quite hard on the handle to get the Loola up and over a kerb.
January the 27th 2014
It has been raining practically all the time over the past week, therefore I've been putting the raincover to very good use.
The raincover is so very easy to put on and it fits perfectly.
A lot of effort has definitely (and very rightly) been out into the accessories (and not just the pushchair).
I also really like the fact that the raincover was included with the Loola. I really don't like it when you have to buy everything separately. A raincover is a must-have piece of pushchair kit!
The weather has been very wet and windy this week.
I have taken the Loola out in these difficult conditions. As hard as I have tried, I haven't managed to keep the Loola from getting a bit mucky.
I have found it a bit difficult to clean the Loola. Like most things, it helps to clean it soon after it gets dirty and not to leave it long and let it dry out. I am very glad that I picked the Loola in a darkish colour! Being able to remove the seat unit before folding the Loola is a really handy feature.
February the 10th 2014
February the 24th 2014
The Loola and Public Transport:
Over the past few months I have mainly taken the Loola out to places via my car. This week I decided to test how well the Loola works on public transport by taking it out on the bus to my local town to do some shopping.
Overall I was very impressed. We had no problems at all getting the Loola up and down kerbs and I easily got the Loola both on and off the bus on the way there and the way back. Both of us fitted easily on the bus too.
The Loola has great manoeuvrability and handles very well. It is very easy to push both one handed and also backwards. A particular bonus as I'm often having to do more than one thing at a time! The Loola particularly excels in flat environments. Pushing it is so easy.
March the 10th 2014
At the outset, I really wasn't all that sure about the wheels. I was a bit wary about the fact that they were non air-filled tyres. However, I should not have worried. Whenever we are out and about with bubs in the pushchair, bubs always seems comfortable and appears to enjoy the ride. I really like how it is so easy to change between having swivel and locked wheels - all that you have to do is push the clip at the bottom side of the frame.
I was very excited when I found out that I was chosen to test the Loola. My first impressions of the Loola were very positive. Over the last six months, I've certainly put the Loola through its paces and overall, I have just fallen in love with it more.
The Loola is a lovely pushchair. It is a high quality and long lasting pushchair that any parent would be very lucky to own. It would be money very well spent!
A few positive points:
• I love the graphite colour - it is that little bit different.