Tutti Bambini Koji Review
The Koji by Tutti Bambini is the little big guy of city strollers. How did it get on in our full review?
What's in the box?
• Chassis and wheels
• Seat unit
The accessory pack (hood and seat fabrics) are to be purchased separately for £80
• Comfort pack
• ByGo car seat
• Changing bag
• Open Size: 95cm x 50cm x 70cm
• Folded Size: 36cm x 50cm x 74cm
• Weight: 8.7kg
• Suitable from: From birth
Choose from, Oatmeal, Charcoal, Midnight Blue, Poppy or Liquorice fabric accessory packs. There is also a choice of two colours in the chassis: black or silver.
Tutti Bambini Koji Review: Chassis
It's easy to see that the Koji is a neat little number right from the word go as it comes tightly packed into a nice small box. The chassis and the seat unit are very easy to assemble. It's simply a case of clicking on the wheels and then clicking the seat unit onto the chassis. The fabrics for the seat unit are purchased separately in the form of an ‘accessory pack' so you will need to thread and pop these onto your seat unit before you're ready to stroll the streets.
When all was set up we stood back to examine the shape and aesthetics of the Koji. It's always exciting when a new stroller comes to the market and seeing what new features it brings with it.
We loved the shape and total individuality of the Koji. The slimline tubing of the chassis gives a definite modern feel to the pushchair and the contrast of angles and curves give a futuristic appearance too.
Simple is effective when it comes to the handlebar on the Koji. It alters in height to several different positions using the grey coded clips on either side of the pushchair frame. We found this mechanism very simple and easy to use, which is always a bonus for busy parents.
The Koji wheels are small, in fact they are actually some of the smallest we have seen. With hard-wearing rubber tyres they stand the test of time when strolling the city streets. One thing that we did notice was the seemingly very narrow rear wheelbase of the Koji in comparison to its wider front wheel base. We did wonder how this would affect the handling of the stroller but after using it for just a few days we soon realised that this was a huge advantage for city living. The Koji could literally fit through any gap, aisle or gate that we came across and it could also turn on a sixpence! We knew that if the front wheels could fit through the opening then the back wheels could definitely follow suit and there was no need to reverse out of awkward spots after realising we couldn't get through!
The brake on the Koji sits next to the right wheel. It's really easy to push down and flick up and is easily visible with its light grey colour.
The basket is a great size and it holds more than you expect. It's very deep for a city stroller basket, so slipping a changing bag in there is possible - though if you do that, you leave little room for anything else. We preferred to hang our bag on the handle and store clothes, coats and other oddments in the basket space.
Tutti Bambini Koji Review: Seat
The Koji seat is different to many seats you might see on other city strollers, mainly due to its size. Usually an urban stroller compromises on its seat size to allow for its compact nature but not this one! The seat is taller and wider than on many full-sized travel systems. During our testing time we used the Koji with a tall 2-and-a-half year old and a chunky 4-month-old. In both cases the children had loads of wriggle room in both height and width.
The seat clicks onto the chassis in either direction. The seat has carry handles on either side with grey coded buttons to squeeze to remove it from the chassis.
Although the Koji seat does recline and lay flat, it is quite an exposed seat, so you may want to think about using the Koji with the carrycot option instead. We laid the Tutti Bambini comfort pack liner and comfort pack footmuff onto the seat and this seemed to add that extra bit of protection for our newborn.
For toddlers, the seat of the Koji was absolutely great as it sits bolt upright and is perfect for nosy little passengers that want to take in the world around them.One noticeably fab feature of the Koji is the height of the seat back. Often we find that our toddlers outgrow the seat in terms of height before the weight limit of the pushchair but the Koji has a very tall seat back meaning it really will last until your toddler no longer needs a pushchair to hitch a ride in.
Even the five-point harness is excellent quality. Its design nods to the triangular outline of the Tutti Bambini logo and the webbing is silky soft and thick. The chunky buckle is simple to use and feels of great quality.
The hood features a lovely mesh panel to allow air to flow through to baby's space on those warmer days. This panel is secured by a magnet so as not to make any loud noises and wake your sleeping baby. The addition of an extendable panel to give you extra coverage from the elements makes the hood one of the largest we have seen on a city stroller.
Tutti Bambini Koji Review 2017: Fold
One of the real bonus points is that the Koji can be folded with the seat attached to the chassis in forward-facing mode AND in parent-facing mode too.
Folding the Koji with the seat in place is just as easy as folding it without and there was no advantage to be gained in size or speed by removing the seat at all. There are a few steps that you need to follow, but they are very speedy to execute.
First, if the seat unit is parent-facing, just use the recline lever to fold the seat unit in half (so the seat back is touching the seat base). Next, you need to retract the handlebar right down to its lowest level before pressing the grey fold button in the centre of the handlebar. When this button is pressed, the pushchair handle folds downwards towards the floor and the whole package free-stands - very handy for popping out of the way in cupboards or in hallways. To unfold, simply reverse the process and flick the pushchair back into position.
You can also fold the Koji with the seat unit forward-facing but you are left with a surprisingly long fold package and we actually found it simpler to fold the seat parent-facing.
Folding and unfolding the Koji was exactly what we expected from a city stroller, quick and simple!
Tutti Bambini Koji Review: Conclusion
The Koji is certainly a unique stroller in terms of looks, while its functions are simple and easy - just what parents need. The quality of its fabrics, plastics and all other components is clear from the start. It sure is a head-turner and will be great for parents who like to look the part as well as have a pushchair that functions well too.
The extendable sun canopy makes this urban stroller a contender in the from birth pushchair market and not just a stroller that parents purchase when their child has outgrown their full-sized pram.
We love the fact that the seat unit is tall, allowing room for toddlers to grow and, although the exposed nature of the seat may not be to everyone's liking, it really is fab when your toddlers want to sit up and take in the world around them.
If you love standing out from the crowd and pushing something that looks a little bit different then the Koji will definitely not disappoint you. It functions well as part of everyday life with both small babies and older toddlers as well as looking great too.
We give the Tutti Bambini Koji 2017 4 out of 5 stars