Pushchairs: Compare features & prices Mima Xari review http://www.which.co.uk/baby-and-child/baby-transport/reviews/pushchairs/mima-xari/review/
The futuristic-looking Mima Xari pushchair certainly turns heads, but is it a practical choice for parents? Our lab experts and parent panel tested the Xari pushchair on everything from durability to what it's like to push. Did it deliver more than just eye-catching looks?
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- Launch date: Sep 2011
- Type: Buggy
- Which? score:
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How easy the pushchair is to handle on pavements. Most pushchairs perform well in this test.
How easy the pushchair is to handle around tight corners. Most pushchairs perform well in this test.
How easy the pushchair is to handle pushing it up or down kerbs. Pushchairs often struggle in this test and you'll find it challenging with one that gets three or less stars for this attribute.
On uneven surfaces
How easy the pushchair is to handle on uneven surfaces such as gravel paths. Lightweight pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a rattling frame from one that gets three or less stars for this attribute.
How easy the pushchair is to wheel up and down a small flight of stairs. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a bumpy ride, difficulty balancing the weight or brakes that catch on the stairs from models that get three or less stars for this attribute.
On rough ground
How easy it is to handle the pushchair on very rough and bumpy grass. This rating only contributes to the test score of pushchairs that are all-terrain or off-road models.
How easy the pushchair is fold for storage or travel. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a complicated method or some difficulty adjusting models that get three or less stars for this attribute.
How easy the pushchair is unfold for storage or travel. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a complicated method or some difficulty adjusting models that get three or less stars for this attribute.
Lifting and moving when folded
How easy the pushchair is to lift and move when it is folded for storage or travel. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a pushchair to be heavy, bulky or break down into two or more pieces if it scores three stars or less for this attribute.
Storing in a medium family car
The fewer stars the bulkier and more difficult it is to store a pushchair in the boot of a small/medium family car i.e. VW Polo (boot size 383 litres), VW Golf (boot size 393 litres), Honda Civic. Fewer than three stars means you have to remove the seat, wheels or other parts of the pushchair to do so. Read our individuals reviews for more details.
On the bus
How easy it is to get the pushchair up the step on a bus, past the driver's area, along the gangway, into and out of the parking space and off the bus again. Tested using a simulated bus set based on the typical layout of a bus that you enter from the front - not a bendy London bus.
On an escalator
How easy it is to balance the pushchair on an escalator step in the upwards and downwards directions. Our experts perform an assessment of balancing the pushchair on a simulation of a typical London Underground escalator. Most escalator and pushchair manufacturer's caution against doing this, but our observations show that people using the Tube, or changing levels in shopping centres, often balance the unfolded pushchair on the steps of escalators. We believe it is helpful therefore to identify those that are particularly difficult to balance. The provision of a rating for use on an escalator is not a recommendation by Which? that you can or should use the pushchair on an escalator, but an indication of how, if you ignore safety advice you would expect to be able to balance an unfolded pushchair. We'd always recommend that you use a lift where available, or remove your child and fold the pushchair before using on an escalator.
Attaching seat unit and accessories
How easy it is to change the direction of the removable seat units and attach and detach accessories such as car seats and carrycots. Expect a stiff or difficult mechanism from models that get three or less stars for this attribute.
Ease of reclining the backrest
How easy the backrest of the seat is to recline and adjust. Expect a stiff or difficult mechanism for reclining the backrest from models that get three or less stars for this attribute.
Using the brakes
How easy it is to engage the brakes and how effective our testers found them in the user trials.
Shopping basket access and size
Rates the ease of access to and size of the storage.
Handle height, angle and adjustment
Rates the comfort of the height and angle of the handles and how easy they are to adjust.
Comfort to push
Rates how easy it is to push the pushchair. The fewer stars mean that the pushchair is in some way heavy, resistant, cumbersome or uncomfortable to push.
How easy it is to clean the seat fabric and whether the fabric is stained by food spills.