For those days when you just want to nip out in the car and pop into a shop to collect something but you have the baby with you, or you’re going down to London on a busy train with the baby in tow and you need a quick easy pushchair to help you out. That’s how I’ve found the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus pushchair.
The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus pushchair is a lightweight pushchair that has the option to be suitable from birth with the additional carrycot or a compatible car seat, or from six months with the main seating unit. We have been using the Zapp Flex Plus with the compatible Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus car seat since Freddie has been born and it’s been a fantastic combination for us. Additionally we’ve been using the Quinny with the main seat unit over the last couple of months and it’s been really quick and easy to use.
The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus
The Flex seat is lightweight and easy to assemble on the chassis of the Quinny. It can be assembled parent facing or world facing and it has various recline positions. Freddie has enjoyed been upright (and being nosey) on his travels and has fallen asleep in the Quinny with the seat unit fully reclined. I really like how easy it is to recline the pushchair; you can press the button in on the rear of the seat and tilt the seat to the desired position.
The straps fit well and have a five point harness. Freddie is still small enough for the first set of holes for the straps but these can be adjusted. We found the straps easy to adjust and I love the rubber chest supports as it makes the straps feel comfortable to put across Freddie’s chest.
One of the best things about this pushchair is how easy it is to put up and down. The first time I used the chassis was with the compatible car seat when Freddie was a few months old. It was pouring down with rain with no sign of stopping and I had to get to and from the shop with the Quinny. It was a dream to put up and affix the car seat as well as fold down.
Thankfully Maxi-Cosi car seat adaptors are included as standard and for a few months I left the adaptors on the Quinny chassis so they were always to hand in the car. I was able to remove the car seat and put Freddie in the car and then quickly fold down the chassis in seconds. Winning! The Quinny can also be folded down with the main seat unit attached. This is a fantastic feature and one that is a major plus point for me. It’s got a compact fold too so it doesn’t take up too much space.
The Quinny has one handlebar which makes pushing the pushchair really easy and smoothly. It’s not adjustable though so it’s just at one height which is fine for me but I wonder whether it out be too low down for someone taller. There’s four big wheels which are quite hard but they don’t seem to affect the smoothness of the ride. The front two wheels swivel making manoeuvring the pushchair easy. The braking system of the Quinny is simple with two pedals; a red one for the brake and the other to unlock the brake.
The seat unit has a fantastic hood which is UV50+ and can be extended to protect little ones eyes from the sunshine simply by unzipping the hood. The canopy is made from water-resistant fabrics so it can be easily wiped away however the pushchair comes with the rain cover as standard.
Unfortunately, the shopping basket on the Quinny isn’t very big and I have struggled to put much in it when we have been using the main seat unit (I couldn’t fit my changing bag under the seat). The shopping basket is much easier to access when using a car seat however and I’ve easily put my changing bag underneath. I wouldn’t feel comfortable hanging a changing bag from the chassis either as it’s far too lightweight to support such an additional weight. Having said that, you can purchase a Quinny Xtra Shopping Bag as an additional accessory if you need to carry something that doesn’t fit into the basket.
I was surprised the seat unit doesn’t come with a bumper bar as standard as this is something I have always had with my pushchairs. It hasn’t bothered Freddie though, he has happily sat in the seat and enjoyed the ride. You can purchase one separately.
We have the Quinny in a classic black chassis with a vibrant red hood colourway. There are 12 different colourway options so there’s lots of choice for every taste. You can even customise your own Quinny with whatever colourway you like from their range of colours!
Overall, the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus has been fantastic for our travels and is definitely the city stroller of choice. I took the pushchair down to London with me on the train as I knew I would have to fold up the pushchair. We’e found it easy to use, it’s nippy around corners and in shops with narrow aisles and is the ideal choice for when using it with a compatible car seat.
You can buy the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus for £335 which is a great price considering the longevity of both the chassis and the main seat unit.
Disclosure: We were sent the pushchair for review. All words and images are my own and this post includes affiliate links.