If there’s one thing I love, it’s pushchairs. I never realised I had a stroller fetish until I became a dad, however since Baby L popped into the world, I’ve been known to get visibly excited at spotting a nice looking pushchair. Too much information?
I’ve been massively lucky to get the chance to test various products since starting my blog – one of the brands both the missus and I really can’t get enough of is Stokke – we’ve had the opportunity to try out the Tripp Trapp Newborn Set and Tripp Trapp Baby Set, so I was delighted to get the chance to work with them once more by reviewing their smart urban stroller called the Scoot.
We’ve been using the Scoot pushchair for five or so months now – not meaning to ruin the review, but we totally love this bit of kit. It has turned out to be everything that we hoped…and more! You’ll find my review of the Stokke Scoot below:
The product is described as:
With reclining two-way seat and compact folding design, Stokke Scoot is the smart and ideal solution for a smooth ride around the city and for travelling. Stokke Scoot with its compact size, user-friendly handling and swift manoeuvrability makes your on-the-go lifestyle more enjoyable and playful with your baby. Features include:
- Two-way seat with 3 positions each way: Active, Rest, Sleep.
- Adjustable rotation handle with 3 positions in use and 1 completed folded position for compact folding.
- Large foam filled rubber tires with built in suspension for a smooth ride and no risk of puncturing.
- Lockable swivel wheels that make it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
- Adjustable footrest that can be adapted when baby grows
- Spacious shopping basket with easy access from all sides.
- Roomy seat with superior ergonomics and adjustable harness for baby comfort.
- High seat position to bring the child to tables in cafes/restaurants.
- Oversized canopy with SPF 50+ for protection.
- Ventilation both on canopy and on the side in sleeping position.
- Compact folding and easy to carry.
I’ll admit that I was pretty bloody excited when the box arrived. In a manly way of course, or at least as manly as I can get. On opening the box and removing the component parts, I was greeted with the chassis, seat unit, foot rest, four wheels, rain cover and mosquito net. The thing that hit me straight away was how solid looking everything looked and felt – the chassis was solid whilst the wheels looked like they’d been taken off a tank!
Assembly of the Scoot was pretty simple, particularly with the instructions to hand. The four wheels slotted into the relevant holes on the chassis with a ‘click’, prior to opening the chassis frame up (more info to follow). The seat simply fitted into the slots on the chassis, whilst the footrest also clicked into the relevant holes on the frame. Within just a few minutes, we had our awesome pushchair ready to go.
The thing that initially drew us to the Scoot was the all-in-one fold and its compact nature. Both the missus and I were getting pretty sick of having to take off the seat part of our other pushchair to put it into the car, then reassemble it when we got it out of the car. When you’re on your own and with a little baby, the last thing you want is added complication. The fact that this folds and unfolds as one bit of kit is awesome, particularly as it doesn’t take up all of the boot space either. I really can’t stress how much easier this has made our lives.
To unfold, you press in and slide the grey button with one hand, whilst pulling out the black handlebars which opens the chassis. You can then use the wheels and the floor to open it fully up. The next step is to push up the seat, then unfold the base of the seat. You then need to press in the two white buttons either side of the handlebars which allows you to rotate the handlebars up to your position of choosing.
To unfold, you do the opposite. Press the two white buttons to fold the handlebars in on themselves, then lift the base of the seat. Press in and slide the grey button, which is now visible, and lift the pushchair up. which folds it in on itself. Simple! Like with most pushchairs, there is a knack to doing it, but once you’re practised in the art of folding and unfolding, it can be done within seconds to leave you with a compact pushchair which neatly fits into the boot of your car.
Another great aspect of the Scoot is the fully reclining seat which makes life so, so, so much easier when you’re out and about with your overtired and cranky nipper (plus also means it can hypothetically be used for a newborn, although we’ve not tested that). Whenever we know it is time for Baby L to have a nap, we recline the seat from one of the other two seating positions by simply unclipping two bits at the back of the pushchair, then open the ample-sized hood to help block out distractions (we also use a SnoozeShade, but she does sleep in the pushchair without it too). The seat area when reclined is massively roomy and airy which I’m sure helps with getting the little one off to the Land of Nod.
The handling of the pushchair is superb, which I imagine is down to the large wheels and suspension. The funny thing is that the Scoot is not marketed as being an off-road pushchair (this is the Stokke Trailz), but I cannot fault it when we’ve gone off track. It has coped majestically with grass, gravel and woods, along with ‘normal’ surfaces such as concrete.
In fact, I actually find the Scoot much better on all terrains than a specific off-road pushchair that I’ve reviewed previously from another company (not mentioning names, but you can have a gander at my other pushchair reviews). The Scoot is pretty effortless to push, control and manoeuvre – it can even be used with one hand, which I’ve done multiple times when out walking the dog with the pushchair. My only slight niggle is that the handlebars and frame are a little loose, which can be felt when going up and down curbs.
Another great thing about the Scoot is that the seat can be parent-facing or forward-facing. Because we have the cutest baby ever, 99% of the time we use it as parent-facing so that we can gaze lovingly at the sprog, but it’s nice to have the ability to switch it around. What’s more, you can spin the seat from forward-facing to parent-facing, or vice versa, whilst the baby is still in the pushchair. There are two white levers either side of the seat, which you push in and lift. I’m not sure if Stokke advise to spin the seat whilst the baby is in the pushchair, but it can be done – just be careful and don’t say that I told you to do it!
One of the most unexpected benefits we’ve found is to do with the rotating handlebars. Not only can they be set into three different positions to cater for different heights, but they actually fold back on themselves as part of the folding mechanism. What we’ve found is that this is extremely useful when out and about when you need extra space.
I’ve lost count of the times that we’ve folded the handle bars back in on themselves so that we aren’t as cramped when in a lift, on public transport or in a restaurant. The latter was particularly useful when Baby L was a bit too small for highchairs – we could pull the Scoot close to the table due to the folded handlebars, then use the high seating position of the pushchair as a makeshift highchair. This also has meant that we’ve not had to worry if there’s no highchairs in a particular restaurant or if we’ve eaten on a picnic bench.
A couple of other points I like about the Scoot include the spacious shopping basket, the very robust and secure 5-point harness and the multiple ventilation points. We’ve managed to fit a lot of stuff into the basket, e.g. when we’ve had a picnic at the Zoo, the harness is easy to adjust to the right size and simple to open / close (a massive bug bear of mine is a harness that you can’t do up when a baby is screaming and moving!), whilst their is a ‘sun-roof’ part which can be opened to make sure you’re little one is the right temperature.
It’s also worthwhile picking up on the colour – we have the Black Melange, which strangely isn’t black at all. It is a medium grey with almost a denim like pattern to it, which we both really love. I don’t recall seeing any other pushchairs which have a textile kit like this, so it definitely stands out, gets attention and looks very smart. There are four other colours available too.
I’ve been a little disappointed to see that the Scoot has scuffed and scratched a bit. Obviously wear and tear is expected and unfortunately my lovely pushchair was never going to stay brand new forever, but it is rather noticeable where the handlebars fold. I think that this has occurred from when it has been laid down on the floor. Another slight annoying thing is that the sun visor appears to be slightly misaligned – it must have been squashed at some point when going in the car for instance – it doesn’t impact the usability, but kind of irritates my OCD when the hood is pulled over! Still, these are two very minor points which takes little away from an otherwise perfect pushchair in my opinion.
The Scoot pushchair costs £529 and can be bought directly from Stokke or on the high street at stores such as Mothercare. Personally, I think that the Scoot is worth every single penny of this asking price and I’d have no qualms in spending this amount on it.
Obviously, there are hundreds of pushchairs out there which cater for every single budget. So, some people will see this as expensive, others will see it as cheap. I can’t comment on using the Scoot with a newborn baby, but I think just over £500 for a bit of kit that lasts from day one through to a few years old – with the added benefit of an all-in-one fold – is really well priced in my view.
We’ve been using the Scoot for over five months now and really love it. I honestly can’t emphasise enough what a great bit of kit this is. If we knew what we knew now, then the Stokke Scoot is the pushchair we’d have bought prior to Baby L being born – I can’t give it much more praise than that.
The positives of the Scoot are endless, but I’ll recap a few here – great looking, easy to manoeuvre, sturdy, good on various terrains, large hood, big basket and secure harness. But, the thing that sets it apart in my opinion is the all-in-one fold. With the Scoot, you can fold and unfold the pushchair in seconds, meaning you no longer have to deal with the hassle of taking the seat off when putting the pushchair in the car – it really is a revelation and makes you wonder why all pushchairs don’t do this.
There is very little that I’d want to change, or think needs improving, on the Scoot. I have three slight niggles, but I’m being massively picky here and they’re almost not worth mentioning in comparison to the positives. Still, I’ll mention them to be completely honest – the handlebars feel a little loose at times where they join the chassis, the frame has scratched a bit more than I’d have liked and the sun visor is slightly twisted.
Ultimately, I cannot speak highly enough of the Stokke Scoot. I really do love it and would have no issues in recommending the Scoot to anyone looking for a pushchair.
The DADventurer Star Rating
5 out of 5 stars
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N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The Scoot Pushchair was sent to me by Stokke with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.
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