The moto of the online retailer Tippitoes is ‘Affordable Quality’ and true to it, the company recently brought to the market its new Fuse pushchair.
For the past few weeks, I was on a mission to test drive it with my kids (boy 1 ½ and a girl 4 ½ yrs old). We went on short trips in the city but also took it when travelling abroad. We rode it on easy terrains but also on dirt tracks in the park.
We gave it a really good run and were overall very impressed by its resilience, ease of use and manoeuvrability. I’ll be more specific later, but first here are the facts about the Fuse pushchair:
forward facing pushchair, suitable from birth (due to its muliti-position recline with the lowest position at 20 degrees)
Lightweight at 8.2 kg
Multi back position recline adjustable manually with a harness (allows for more positions than standard 3-4)
Soft and comfortable seat with adjustable calf support
Front swivel wheels with all round suspension
Compact umbrella fold for storage and carry handle for easy transportation
Detachable bumper bar with gate opening for easy access
Viewing window on the hood
Storage pockets on the hood
Five point safety harness with chest pads for added comfort, height adjustable to accommodate a growing child
Footrest for added support
Max child weight: 15kg
What comes in the box
Front wheels (detached)
The RRP of the Tippitoes Fuse is £129 and you can get it at:http://www.tippitoes.com/shop-by-product/out-about/pushchairs-strollers/fuse-pushchair-black-standard.html
The Tippitoes Fuse is a good looking stroller with a square-edged aluminium frame, which is sturdy and stable even when sued by older/heavier kids. The seat is well padded and surprisingly spacious for an umbrella pushchair. I am saying this because we’ve tried other umbrella strollers which were quite narrow and uncomfortable for my son (approx. 13 kg. ½ yrs old). Again if you are using it for short trips to the shop only, it does not really matter. But if you spend more time outdoors and want your kid to nap, then the Fuse is really good for that.
The canopy is also quite large and has a neat ‘peek-in’ window. There is also an in-built net bag and large pocket to hold essentials. I managed to squeeze in snacks, bottle of milk, keys, phone and wallet - in other words all you need for a walk with the kids. The cup holder which comes with the stroller fits easily and is a really nice touch for mums on the go.
The shopping basket of the Fuse is probably not going to take all your day’s shopping but this is a small price to pay for a lightweight buggy.
I found the plastic (vertical) handles comfortable contrary to other what some other people report. Bear in mind that they are not extendable though and not a ‘one-hand’ job on most terrains.
Otherwise the Fuse is very easy to push; swivels quickly and due to its size can manoeuvre easily in narrow spaces (read shopping isles).
The fact it can be used from birth makes it a great buy especially for parents that do not want to spend hundreds of pounds on expensive ‘all-singing’ travel systems.
The Mums Like You verdict: It’s a high-quality, excellent performer in its class and one of the best priced pushchairs on the market.