When I found out I was pregnant with Freddie, aside from the huge shock and excitement that we were going to be parents again, my thoughts turned to the practicalities and all the baby stuff we would need. In my opinion, one of the baby essentials you need is a good travel system for school runs, trips to the shops and family days out. Diono asked us if we’d like to review the brand new Quantum Classic and obviously, being the pramaholic that I am, I couldn’t wait to try it out.
The Quantum Classic is without a doubt, a beautifully stylish pram. With its luxurious fabric, all terrain pneumatic tyres, leatherette handlebar and four-tier eclipse canopy, it’s a brilliant choice for parents who want a little bit of luxury when they’re out and about with their little ones.
Features of the Diono Quantum Classic
The best feature of this pram is that it has an innovative smart seat which converts from bassinet to toddler seat meaning that you don’t need to buy an additional carrycot from the outset. Suitable for use from birth, the bassinet is really soft and spacious and comes with a plush liner and mattress. I was surprised at how deep the bassinet was considering it has dual purpose but it’s brilliant.
We have been using the pram with the bassinet in parent facing mode as Freddie is so little but it’s great to know we can change it to world facing if we want to and then convert it into a seat when he’s old enough to sit up. The bassinet is suitable for little ones until they’re 9kg (20lb) in weight or 63cm in height. The toddler seat can be used either parent or world facing and can hold a toddler up to 22kg and 101cm in height.
The hood on the Quantum classic is huge. It has a brilliant four-tier eclipse which allows me to pull down the hood keeping Freddie all cosy inside. I’ve been using the hood with just the three tiers in use but would use the fourth if it was windy and Freddie needed extra coverage. It also has a flap on the top of the hood (peek-a-boo style) so I can see if he’s sleeping (or not!) Sometimes when they’re fast asleep you don’t want to disturb them by opening up the hood to take a look inside letting in sunshine or the wind so the lift up flap is brilliant. Additionally, the quantum classic has a section at the rear of the canopy that you can lift up allowing air to circulate through. This will be perfect in the summer days when we’re out walking with Freddie in the pram.
The chassis has a large basket which can hold quite a bit of shopping. However when using it with the bassinet, access isn’t the easiest. I find that I can pop smaller stuff in the basket at the front of the pram but would struggle to put the changing bag under there with easy access. I’ve been storing the bassinet raincover in the basket as with the great British weather, you never know when it’s going to rain.
The Quantum Classic has a brilliant one-step brake which is so simple to use; simply step on it once to enable the brake and step on it again to take it off. So simple yet hugely effective.
I really like the chestnut brown leatherette handlebar, I’ve found it’s larger than other pushchairs but still a comfortable hold when pushing the pram. The handlebar is height adjustable making it easy to push for the smaller or taller parents. The bumper bar is also leatherette for when using the toddler seat which will add another element of luxurious style to the pram. It also has a clip for a cup holder which can be easily removed when not in use. The handle comes with a tether strap attached.
The wheels on the quantum classic are all terrain so you can use the same tyres across any surface. We’ve been using them on the pavements and across a muddy park and have no issues at all. The two rear tyres are pneumatic (air-filled) and the travel system comes with its own pump should you need to pump up the tyres for any reason which can be easily stowed away in the basket of the pushchair in it’s own dedicated holder. The two front tyres can swivel making it easier to go around corners yet can be locked when needed. All the wheels are removable for easy cleaning, storage and transporting (in the boot of the car).
The Quantum Classic is easy to assemble and take apart. We live in a small terraced house so space is at a premium, therefore we’ve been removing the bassinet and folding up the chassis on a daily basis to make space in our hallway. It’s really simple to remove the bassinet as is folding down the chassis with its super compact nesting fold. I’ve folded quite a few in my years as a parent and this is one of the easiest. It folds down quite small so it would fit into the boot of my car easily. The bassinet should be removed before folding the chassis yet when using it with the toddler seat, you don’t have to remove the seat to fold it up!
The pushchair is compatible with the Diono Radius infant car seat (sold separately) so can be used as a complete travel system. It’s good to know the pram comes with adapters as standard should you already be using the radius infant car seat.
What we love
I love that the bassinet will transform into a toddler seat. For me, that’s a huge plus point to this pram. There’s no need to buy an additional carry cot and you can use the Quantum Classic from birth. I also love that the bassinet apron is zipped around the bassinet. I hate press studs and find them tricky to pop on and off so being able to zip the apron up is brilliant. As it’s zipped it won’t fall off easily which is great as we’re taking the bassinet off the chassis daily. I also love the thick fabric and colour of the pram. It’s classic and timeless so won’t be ‘out of fashion’ in a couple of years.
What we’re not so keen on
When assembled the pram feels quite bulky but given that, Freddie has lots of space inside the bassinet to sleep this isn’t a huge issue at all.
How we found it
We’ve been using the Quantum Classic over the last month with our newborn Freddie and it’s been brilliant. Easy to assemble, and easy to fold. Freddie has always fallen asleep inside it and seems to be really comfortable in there. We used the pram on the snowiest day for the school run and Freddie was cosy and very peaceful which I believe is testament to the luxuriously soft bassinet, snow blocking hood and rain cover and tyres which make it a really smooth ride. We’re enjoying using the Quantum Classic, it looks stylish and is hugely practical. Without wanting to wish time away as these newborn days are so precious, I’m looking forward to using the pram with its toddler seat too for all our days out and adventures. I would recommend it to parents who want to buy just one travel system to see their child through their early newborn days well into their toddler years.
The Quantum Classic retails for £675 which I think is a brilliant price considering the pram has a dual purpose and will last a number of years.
You can find out more about the Quantum Classic pram from Diono here.
Disclosure: We were sent the Quantum Classic for the purpose of this review. All words and photographs are my own.