Which? tries out the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip pushchairHow good is the one-handed fold on this pushchair?
12 November 2014
Mamas & Papas says that the new Armadillo Flip pushchair is the only buggy you will ever need, so we were keen to try it out to see just how easy it will make your life as a parent.
The Armadillo Flip travel system, which can be used from birth with a carrycot or car seat, has a large seat, is compact when folded and, most interestingly, can apparently be folded using just one hand. But does all this make it the ideal pushchair?
Update: we have now fully tested the Armadillo Flip. Head over to our Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip review for our verdict.
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Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip pushchair
The one-handed fold is certainly a plus point of this pushchair, if it really can be done. Not all pushchairs have this feature - the Mamas & Papas Mylo 2, Britax B-Agile 3 and iCandy Strawberry are examples of ones that do - but it is very helpful when needing to manhandle a pushchair into a car while holding your baby.
It's also very compact when folded, an advantage if you have a small car or minimal storage at home. The large seat could easily see the Armadillo Flip lasting you and your child a long time.
But it's worth noting that the pushchair is only suitable until your child is 15kg. This is the case with many pushchairs, though a few have a maximum weight of 25kg.
The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip costs £400, not counting the cost of an accompanying carrycot and compatible child car seat, which you would need to buy in order to be able to use it from birth.
This is a reasonable price for a travel system. However, we have found Best Buys for less than £300. So if this buggy worth buying? Head to our pushchair Best Buys page to see what you could get for your money.
At Which?, our pushchair tests are based on expertise from years of testing hundreds of pushchairs. We've listened to what you've told us is most important to you in a buggy, and test accordingly.
You'll be using your pushchair everyday, so we test everything from how well it will cope on a number of rough terrains and whether it's smooth to push, to how easy it is to fold and put in the boot of a medium-sized car.
Each pushchair is wheeled approximately 206km along a very bumpy treadmill in our test lab, and is tried out by a panel of parents so they can asses how easy it is to use with their baby.