Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
One of the latest additions to the growing Maxi-Cosi family is the Adorra travel system. Read our review to find out more about this attractive new all-rounder.
The latest addition to the Maxi-Cosi family is the Adorra travel system. Read our review to find out more about this attractive all-rounder.
Maxi-Cosi have released many great pushchairs over the last few years. The Maxi-Cosi Adorra joins this growing family of fabulous rides for your little ones and could even be the best addition to the Maxi-Cosi pushchair family yet. Lets see how it got on in our review...
What's in the box
• Rear wheels
• Front wheels
• Bumper bar
• Maxi-Cosi car seat adapters
• Weight: 11.6kg
• Folded size: 83cm x 66cm x 44cm
• Open size: 113cm x 87cm x 59cm
• Suitability: Birth - 15kg
• Baby cocoon
• General footmuff
• 2-in-1 winter footmuff
• Handlebar gloves
• Modern bag
The Maxi-Cosi Adorra is available in four colours: Nomad Black, Nomad Sand, Nomad Blue, Nomad Grey.
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review: Chassis
You'll be pleased to hear that the Maxi-Cosi Adorra is simple to put together. The box it arrives in is surprisingly small and everything is neatly packed inside. It's just a case of firmly clicking the four wheels into place, attaching the hood to the chassis and attaching the bumper bar should you want it. I didn't even need to look at the instructions - the pushchair was ready to go in just a few minutes. But a word to the wise: just be careful when popping the front wheels on. The Adorra has specific left and right front wheels and it's easy to know when you've got them on correctly as they will only click into place when on the right side. When all is set up, the Adorra is a great-looking pushchair. The stylish brushed aluminium chassis is really pleasing to the eye.
The wheels are all solid PVA. They're great for city strolling but over tougher pavements and paved surfaces we did find the pushchair gave a bit of a wobble as the suspension is minimal. It is, however, really easy to turn and steer with just one hand. At times we would hold our toddler's hand whilst steering the Adorra through crowds of people and never once did it feel strenuous or difficult to handle at all.
When it comes to the Adorra's brake system, it is super-simple. The brake is located right in the centre of the rear axle and is applied easily by pushing down. The brake mechanism is nice and firm and there is an audible click, so you know that you have done it correctly. To remove the brake you simply place your foot underneath the mechanism and lift the lever back up again. If you've got a big stride, you might just find you catch the brake pedal with your toes when you're walking, so watch your step!
The handle is covered with leatherette and feels lovely to hold. It's quite a fine handlebar as they go, which is great news as it sits comfortably in even smaller palms. The handlebar adjusts in height by squeezing the centrally located button and has a fantastic range from 99cm to 113cm. This means the tallest and shortest of pushchair drivers can push the Adorra comfortably for hours without feeling like they are stooping or straining in any way - a real back saver!
If you're looking for an urban pushchair, you will be wanting a generously sized shopping basket to store all of your shopping and baby's luggage - the Adorra gives you exactly that! The shopping basket is huge and we could easily fit two or three bags of shopping in it. Plus thanks to the design you can pile it high without things falling over the sides.
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review: Seat
The seat of the Adorra can be used from birth and can be clicked onto the chassis in the forward or rear-facing position. What we loved about this system was the memory buttons on each side of the pushchair. You press the clearly marked grey circles inwards and they stay in so that you are able to remove the seat unit with just one hand whilst you carry your baby or toddler in the other.
The Adorra seat is also a good width and height - the seat width is 32.5cm and was wide enough to accommodate our 2-and-a-half year old tester and probably a cuddly toy or two as well. The height of the seat back is 44cm and our toddler's head was not quite at the top yet.
The Adorra seat can be reclined using the simple one-hand lever at the rear of the seat unit. There are three positions to choose from. Our toddler loved the bolt upright position when he was awake and always looked extremely comfortable in the luxuriously padded seat unit. Our 5-month-old tester spent her travels in the Adorra's flattest recline position or in a Maxi-Cosi baby car seat using the Adorra as part of a travel system. When using the lie-flat position, there is a distinctive look to the Adorra. The seat unit is made of two different fabrics, which gives a unique appearance to the pushchair when fully reclined. When upright, this excess seat fabric does gather at the top of baby's head but didn't seem to get in the way at all.
The five-point harness has lovely padded covers. The straps are easy to adjust and we liked that there was an audible click when fastening it together. It was easy to clip and unclip, but not so easy that the children could let themselves out! The harness feels of great quality and sports that trusty Maxi-Cosi logo too.
The hood is a very decent size and offers good shade protection. It moves smoothly and is quiet so shouldn't disturb a sleeping baby. The hood is made from a lovely thick material and when fully extended provides a calm and cosy place for baby to snuggle up, no matter where you are.
There is a bumper bar on the Adorra seat and it is covered in the same leatherette as the handlebar. The bumper bar is gate opening and can be opened with one hand, which makes getting a child in and out of the seat much easier.
The seat also has lots of sumptuous padding to keep babies and toddlers of all ages comfortable on long day trips out. We wouldn't have minded hopping in there ourselves!
Maxi Cosi Adorra Review: Fold
Urban living requires a pushchair than can fold easily as you never know when you might need to fold your pushchair down to get on public transport or store in the corner of a cafe whilst you break for lunch. The Adorra is certainly easy to fold and this can be done with the seat unit in place facing rearwards or forwards. It's a great asset not to have to remove the pushchair seat from the chassis to fold, especially if you will be needing to fold and unfold your pushchair often. To fold the Adorra simply squeeze the clasps on the top of the hood together and flip the seat in half. This reveals the central barrel with the main fold mechanism on. Push the barrel to the side whilst simultaneously squeezing the palm clasp in as well. Twist the barrel and in one fell swoop the pushchair folds. It sounds quite long-winded to explain but we can assure you that the fold was quick, easy and most definitely achievable with just one hand.
There is an auto-lock hook that holds the pushchair together when folded and you just need to remember to pull this back with your thumb to unfold the frame. The folded Adorra also stands alone to make it easier to store without having to prop it up against anything.
One thing that we did notice was that the lovely leatherette handlebar rests on the floor when folded so you might need to keep an eye out for scratches and scrapes. The final fold package is quite large for an urban pushchair but it isn't heavy and is very easy to lift and transport.
Maxi Cosi Adorra Review: Conclusion
The Maxi Cosi Adorra is a workmanlike but stylish urban pushchair that will be great 'around town'.
The fabulously sized basket means you can shop to your heart's content or carry all the luggage you might need for your day trip to the wildlife park or on a family picnic.
The seat unit is large in both height and width so will definitely last you the course of your child's pushchair years. It's also gorgeously padded, making it extra comfortable for your little passenger.
Even though we did tend to catch the brake with our feet as we strolled, the brake was overall simple and effective to use.
Those with a limited amount of house space might not favour the Adorra as the overall folded package is large for an urban pushchair, but it is free-standing when folded so it will stand in a corner until it is needed. It is really easy to fold with just one hand, which makes for an easier life for parents.
If you are looking for something between a stroller and a big pushchair that will last throughout your child's strolling years, we recommend you take a look at the Maxi-Cosi Adorra.
We give the Maxi-Cosi Adorra 4.5 out of 5 stars