The Babystyle Hybrid pushchair has to be one of the most beautiful pushchairs I’ve ever owned. There I’ve said it. Whenever we are out and about with Freddie in the Hybrid, we always get comments from people and I have to agree. It is a beautiful pushchair, not only aesthetically but practically too!
The Hybrid is a very adaptable but stylish piece of kit. With its aluminium chassis, embossed chocolate leatherette handlebar and high quality boucle weave fabric, it really does look smart. We have the Hybrid in Mineral Blue and its such a beautiful colour. The attention to detail throughout makes the Hybrid a real luxurious pushchair. It has stitched signatures on the seat, hood and carrycot and the use of leatherette in various places in both the carrycot and the seat unit adds to the luxurious vibe.
As Freddie is only little (he’s four months old at the time of this review) we’ve been using the carrycot attachment on the chassis. This is an additional purchase separate from the pushchair and chassis. We will review the seat part of the pushchair once Freddie is old enough to use it at six months old and update this review.
The Hybrid is a very clever pushchair. It can be converted from a single stroller to a tandem and can be used in many configurations. Obviously only having one baby I can’t comment on the tandem functions but it’s good to know that parents of multiples can consider this pushchair as an option for their family.
The Chassis can also house various compatible infant car seats therefore transforming it into an adaptable travel system. Car seat adaptors sold separately.
The Hybrid can also convert from ‘Edge’ mode to ‘City’ mode with the change of the rear axle. The Hybrid’s width is only 55cm in this mode perfect for use in busy cities where space is at a premium.
The wheels are easily taken off through the push of a button which is ideal for when putting the chassis in the car and when you need to clean the wheels. The front wheels can swivel making it a really easy to manoeuvre when pushing it along. The pushchair has all round suspension which makes it a real comfortable ride.
The chassis is lightweight but sturdy and can be easily folded down and moved about. As we don’t have much space at home, it’s compact fold is perfect for us.
Height adjustable handlebar
The handlebar on the Hybrid is telescopic and can be adjusted quickly to 12 different heights to suit the person pushing the pram. I love that the handlebar can be lowered so that my five year old can push his baby brother home from school and then I can increase it to suit my needs when walking. The soft-touch leatherette handlebar is really comfortable to hold and doesn’t get too cold in the freezing temperatures!
I also love that there’s the addition of two hooks that act as barriers on the handlebar. This is ideal for placing a changing bag over so it doesn’t slide all the way down the chassis.
Basket and brake
The basket on the Hybrid isn’t the biggest I’ve used but it’s served its purpose on many occasion. The back of the basket can be folded down for easy access but this also means it’s not as deep at the back as it is at the front. The brake is very easy to use and is highly effective.
The Hybrid carrycot is highly practical and has been well used by Freddie over the last couple of months. It’s really easy to attach to the chassis and is easily removed. The carrycot has an adjustable hood which has three positions and the addition of a pop-out sun visor with UPF50+ protection. I’ve popped the sun visor down on a number of occasions to stop the sun getting in to Freddie’s face and also to enclose his sleeping environment a little more.
There’s also a ventilation net under the first canopy which is great for air-flow on those warm sunny days and will prevent a little one from getting too warm.
The carrycot comes with a rain cover and an insect net which are brilliant. The rain cover is a snug fit but Freddie’s never got wet! There’s also a little storage pocket at the front of the carrycot and this is where I keep my house key on the school run!
The only thing I don’t like about the carrycot is the apron. It’s a press stud design so you have to really press hard onto the press stud to attach the apron to the hood. I always struggle with this but you need to have the press studs firmly fastened for the apron to fit the carrycot otherwise it just flaps about. I’m sure a zipped apron would work better but wouldn’t look as neat as the press stud design.
As I said earlier, Freddie is too little to use the seat part of the Hybrid. However I did try him in it to see what he would look like. I think he’s going to absolutely love it! My first impressions are that I love that we can use the seat parent facing or world facing and we can use the height adaptors with it to raise the seat part of the Hybrid up. I love the gate opening leatherette bumper bar and the hood looks big and useful.
As you may have guessed we love the Hybrid. It is a dream to push, looks beautiful and is certainly very comfortable as Freddie has snoozed many an hour in it over the last couple of months. I would love to see a cup holder as an additional accessory as this is the only thing I think this pushchair is missing. However, the Hybrid has to be my favourite pushchair to date due to its functionality and aesthetics.
The BabyStyle Hybrid pushchair retails at £499 with Amazon* (other retailers are available!)
Disclosure: We were sent the Hybrid in exchange for this review. All words and images are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you buy something via the link I get a teeny monetary reward as a thank you!