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When my son was born 5 years ago I opted for a budget pushchair and car seat combination. The main reason for this was that the pushchair came with a car seat which is needed to bring a baby home from hospital. As neither my partner nor I drive, the car seat was only going to get used the once. I knew I would carry my baby, but the pushchair was good to have for occasional use. I wasn't keen on the look or feel of the pushchair, however, it did its job and that was all that mattered.
I wasn't in any rush to purchase a new pushchair, as having a baby is an expensive time, and everything is to be used without waste. However, after time, once the pushchair started to become a little small for my son, I was delighted to go on a hunt for a new pushchair. I certainly spent a lot of time looking around at all the many different models, and all the different options available to me. I didn't really want to spend more than £150; however, I would stretch myself a little more if I found the perfect pushchair. After all this is a big buy, and something that needs to be safe and comfortable for baby.
I really did search long and hard, and took advantage of the Internet to search through all the options and compare prices. When I happened on the Confort Loola I knew this was the pushchair for me. However, the hefty price tag made me really think this purchase through. I wanted to make sure there was no other pushchair to compete against this one, and that the design was going to be practical and hard wearing and meet my expectations and fulfill my demands. As such I bookmarked the pushchair, and gave time to consider my choice carefully.
The painstakingly long consideration paid off, as did my price comparing, as I did indeed find this particular pushchair on sale in black. The offer was most tempting and had me waste no time in ordering the pushchair. While I preferred the vibrant red option, I did go for the black, as this one was on sale, and the discount made it worth it. I had already done all my research and knew that this pushchair would be the one for us. I was very happy to bag my dream pushchair for a bargain price. The full retail price of this particular pushchair is £299. The price will vary depending on retailer, and any offers that may be available.
I was excited to get this pushchair and couldn't wait to take my son out in it. Once it arrived, it looked exactly as it did pictured. The quality and overall appearance was first-rate. It really was a beautiful pushchair that looked smart. I loved the design and the chunkiness of it. It looked like a beast that was suitable for all-terrain and be up to anything. This is what pleased me, as my partner and I walk a lot and venture far and wide. We enjoy being outside enjoying the world. Most days we walk several miles, and this meant we needed a pushchair that would be up for that challenge. I didn't want a flimsy pushchair that would wear out quickly. So the high price may seem over the odds, but this looked like a pushchair that was built to last.
- Let’s take a closer look
The pushchair features a seat that faces inwards or outwards. This is a good feature, as some parents prefer to be able to interact and observe their child on-the-go, while others prefer to let their little one view the world around them. This allows you to decide on what you prefer. Changing between the two is something best done at home while the seat is empty. As it requires you to unlock the seat and physically take it out of the frame, turn it and drop it back into position and lock it back into place. This seemed to be a bit of a faff, or so I thought. My daughter’s pushchair had the inward/outward facing option, but this could be interchanged on-the-go, however, this required clicking in the handle and pushing it to the other side. Having said that, I think I preferred the option that my son’s pushchair provided, as it seemed secure and looked tidy when changed over.
To begin with I was unsure if I wanted the pushchair to face inward or outward. I decided I wanted to be able to have my son face me, as I would be able to interact with him and care for his needs with greater ease. It is actually nice to be able to keep an eye on your little one without having to stop. However, after a time I decided to change it over and let my son enjoy the views of the world from his seat. He was a very curious baby that seemed to want to look at everything.
- Riding in comfort
The bucket style seat is spacious and luxurious. It is really padded, with firmness. The seat allows baby‘s body to sink into the chair and be fully supported. There’s certainly plenty of growing space to allow for a long life span should you need it. The five point safety harness is fully adjustable to give a good fit. The pushchair also comes with a huge covering hood, while I say huge, it isn’t cumbersome, as it is a rather well-designed feature. It allows for excellent coverage to protect baby from the rain or heat of the sun’s rays. There is a neat viewing window in the top to allow you to be able to watch over your baby which puts the mind at ease.
The footrest is a little different to others, in that it is mainly a plastic strip that is there to allow the backs of the feet to rest against it. I thought this was a little weird at first, but it didn’t cause a problem. My son preferred to have his feet up on the seat with his knees bent anyway, and the spacious pushchair allowed for this.
- Seat and Backrest
The pushchair has 3 recline positions, which are easy to change between. Behind the seat is a plastic hand hold that is to be squeezed together to adjust the seat. Once you have your desired position, you simply let go of the hand hold to lock it into place again.
The seat is removable and is a machine washable fabric, which allows for a good thorough clean. This makes it easy and quick to get the seat in clean condition, ideal for spillages and accidents. It can be difficult to keep a pushchair seat clean, especially once you are at the stage where baby is self-feeding. Food and crumbs can become wedged in the edge of the seat and food can be become ground in, leaving a grubby appearance. So, the idea of being able to remove the seat cover to fully wash it is a fantastic idea that is advantageous. After several good washes and over a long time period of heavy use the seat has kept its colour and shape nicely.
- Brakes and Handling
There is a break leaver on each side behind the wheel, so you can press down on either with your foot, to take the break off you press the blue button with your foot, and the red button to put the break on. The wheels can be changed between swivel or fixed wheel by sliding a button on the side of the chases.
The Confort Loola is a dream to push, as it is very smooth and easy to manoeuvre. One point to mention is that it is a heavy pushchair, so getting up and down steps may be difficult for some. I love the smooth feeling when pushing, as it really is fluid and gives me son a smooth ride. The handle is comfortable to hold adding to the comfort of being able to use for an extended amount of time. This pushchair has covered many miles on all different terrain and has been easy to push and manoeuvre no matter the surface in which it is on.
While the pushchair is chunky and bulky looking, it doesn't feel heavy to push, rather it feels sturdy and it glides along. The only issue, which wasn't an issue for me is getting the pushchair up and down pavements to cross the road and the likes. While heavier than other pushchairs, I wouldn’t say it is as heavy as it looks.
- Keep baby covered
The pushchair features a large hood that is easy to use with a smooth movement to open and close. The hood is fully covering, being very large. This is a bonus, as it allows you to pull the hood over to provide shade and keep the sun out of baby’s eyes. It is also great for when baby is sleeping, as it can be pulled forward even further, as it isn’t attached to pushchair seat. This allows it to be moved to the position needed. I found this to be another fantastic feature that allowed me to keep my son covered from the elements when needed. It also provided cover from the bright light when taking a nap.
- Rain cover
The rain cover supplied zips onto the hood which keeps it perfectly in place, and the underneath it is secured by a press-stud. The quality here is excellent in keeping with the rest of the pushchair. The thickness is great and it doesn’t have that crumpled up look that cheaper rain covers can sometimes have. If kept neatly stored this provides a clear window for baby to view the world easily even when the weather is less than pleasant. I must say, though, that over the years of use this had I didn’t use the rain cover all that much, as I relied on the hood, which was sufficient enough for us. My son would keep dry with only his lower legs getting wet, not that I would stay out in the rain if it could be helped.
- Shopping Basket
The one slight downside I found with this pushchair was the shopping basket. The small mesh basket is a little difficult to assess, plus it is rather small. I would only really use it to keep my sons shoes in if they were taken off. The other odd items might have been put it, but not much. In the end I ended up removing this, as it didn't get much use.
- Buckle up
The pushchair features a 5 point fully adjustable safety harness. There are two positions on the pushchair seat for this to be moved when your baby grows, giving extra growing space. The safety buckle opens with a squeeze of the two sides together which releases the clip.
The pushchair also features a bumper bar with a cover that is removable for washing. This is really important, as baby equipment needs to be kept clean, and often becomes soiled. The bumper bar is removable also, and if you would prefer and as baby grows you may wish to remove this. My son enjoyed holding onto the bumper bar and it gave him that added security. I also found it useful for attaching toys and the likes to keep him entertained.
- Handle height
The handle height is 95 cm – 105 cm. I found this to be a comfortable height for both my partner and I to use, making it easy for us to share the pushing.
- How to fold the pushchair
Above the basket is a large handle which is pulled upwards to fold the pushchair. The unit folds down on itself in a flat position, taking up limited space. Once folding down there is a clasp at the side to hold it together. To open, you can undo the clasp at the side and flick the pushchair open, use your foot to push down the bar at the back which is under the handle you opened it with, and this locks it back into place. This is easily done, yet not something which we needed to do often. The pushchair was kept up for ease of use.
We used this pushchair for a good three plus years with my son. I loved how it looked, smart and stylish, and I loved how it performed, sleek and easy to use. Obviously this pushchair is more suited to those parents that walk and don’t rely on public transport. I wouldn’t even try to get this onto a bus or train, as it is big. As I leave the house on foot and walk a lot, this pushchair suited my lifestyle and needed perfectly. After much use, the pushchair was still in excellent condition to be sold on when we no longer needed it.
I’m so glad I chose this pushchair, as it was the only mode of transportation needed for those early years. It was good to have a reliable pushchair that didn't need to be replaced or give me any niggles of any sort. Okay, so the shopping basket was a little small, but that wasn't an issue for us. I loved using this pushchair and my son was always comfortable with plenty of space. This was my dream pushchair.
The Bebe Confort Loola Up is a four wheeled buggy suitable from birth with the addition of car seat or carrycot.
The buggy has an adjustable handle bar so is good for different height people (and wearing different height shoes!). The handle is smooth metal which is unlike many buggies which have some kind of rubber coating. I much preferred this but some may find it slippy or uncomfortable.
The basket is large but shallow so doesn't hold masses but is ok for a few things. The hood is a decent size (but not as large as some other buggies so a parasol/shade might be necessary).
The seat is reversible so baby can face the adult which is the main reason I like it. The seat easily clips into the frame as does the car seat and carrycot so it is easy to change things around.
The buggy is very easy to fold and has a good, easy to use brake. It can tackle a number of terrains and is sturdy.
It is easy to recline by a handle on the back of the seat and baby seems very comfortable.
The straps can be on the short side, especially when the footmuff is in use.
The raincover attaches to the hood by zip so it is easy to put on, however it is quite large and does not fold down very small so is a little difficult to take with you.
All in all I did enjoy using this buggy despite the negative points, my favourite points of the ease of parent facing, adjustable handle and the comfortable push is worthwhile.
I did lots of research before buying this pram. I wanted one that was suitable from birth without the need of a separate carrycot, a small fold to fit in our Ford Fiesta, a parent facing mode and a reasonable price. I eventually chose the Loola Up, and overall I have been very pleased with it.
When it arrived, it did require quite a lot of assembling. The instructions were quite clear and it wasn't too difficult to do. Included in the box was the raincover, which I was pleased with, as buying it separately would have added quite a bit to the price.
The seat has 4 recline positions, including completely flat, which is easy to do with a lever on the back of the seat unit. It also can be turned round to face the world, or face parent. The instructions tell you that this is easy to do, but it was far from it! It was extremely stiff, and I have never been able to do it by myself, which is annoying as my husband is out at work all day so not there to help me! Luckily my baby seems to like facing me, and so do I! The handle height also has three positions, although as I like to hang my changing bag on the handle, I rarely use the higher two options as they make the bag slide down the handle. This isn't an issue as I'm only 5"1, although my 6ft husband gets frustrated when he uses it!
We live in a flat and have one flight of steps to get up. As I mentioned before, my husband is at work all day so I have to manage it by myself. The buggy weighs 15 kilos, which is quite heavy when you factor in a baby's weight and all the gear that comes with it! I found I had to take my baby indoors and lay him in his cot, and then go back out to get the buggy.
By the time my son was 7 months, it was getting cold and we needed to buy a footmuff. We went for the Maxi Cosi one as it was a perfect fit for the buggy. However once the footmuff was on the buggy, we found the straps would only just do up, and this was on a 7 month baby. The write up on it says up to age three, so I knew there must be a problem somewhere. I looked into it, and it is a common problem with the Loola and Loola Up! I emailed the company and they were fantastic. They sent out an extended harness within a couple of days of my email.
Over the summer we didn't tend to use the buggy as much, and used a lightweight stroller instead. Then when winter came round again, we needed a buggy with a decent raincover that my son (now 20 months) could not pull off easily. The raincover that comes with the buggy is perfect. It zips around the hood, which is a bit stiff and fiddly the first few times you use it, and poppers up underneath. There is no way my son (who is very strong!) can get out of it.
-Rear and forward facing...this is the best feature of this pushchair without a doubt. And I would recommend the Loola up on this feature alone. It's so easy to turn around,and I love being able to see my baby. Most pushchairs that have this feature as far as I am aware are either really expensive or really fiddly. They don't fold up rear facing, or the are really huge and bulky. The Loola up however is so simple to around, you just push both buttons on either side (and you can push the buttons one at a time as well) and turn it around. Simple!
- adjustable handle height
- lock the swivel wheels without having to crouch down on the floor
- so easy and smooth to push
- relatively small fold, but can get bulky with the seat unit on
- rain cover easy to zip on and off.
- one hand drive! When crossing the road I can easily hold my daughters hand and steer this too.
- rather bulky when folded and seat unit on
- storage basket is tiny, but I just bought happy mummy Velcro clip things so not a huge issue for me.
- heavy when carrying....but easy to push
- straps are too small, I just use it as a 3 point harness instead of 5.
-seat is quite high up...although this could be a positive.
Overall, if you want the rear facing option...a great pushchair to get. Otherwise, there are no doubt better options out there.
I bought this pushchair for my daughter when she was around 10 months old as the previous one was not adjustable to let my daughter face me when the chair was sitting upright...as an overall this and the fact it has one handlebar as opposed to 2 handles was the only positive. The one handlebar is ideal for pushing the little one around in supermarkets etc with 1 hand but, in terms of shopping its not good as it is not possible to put shopping on the handles and the basket underneath is minute so definitely make sure u have a car to put the load in!
Taking the pram apart to put in the car or storage in house is also fiddly :(
And the wheels don't swivel as easily so ensure u have power steering! i think at the time i purchased it, it was online and on offer for only £270 so of course I jumped at the chance to buy it meaning I did not have a chance to see it in person and was quite disappointed by the time it arrived...my advice is to definitely stick to one of the better well known brands...sometimes cheaper is DEFINITELY not the best option as you only end up buying another one a few months later! (which I did.)
Bebe comfort Loola up.
New to this reviewing thing so have broken down this review into the following sections:
Cost: At first I thought this pram was expensive but as a first time parent I didn't really realise how much these kinda things cost, my partner and I spent a shade over £500 on this pushchair, carry cot and car seat with a base which, when compared with what we got for the money and in relation to other prams out there wasn't too bad. We opted for a car seat from another maker which meant that we had to buy adaptors to allow it to fit the chassis and pushed the overall cost up by about £15 or so, not too bad when you consider what we got for the money.
Design: overall this pram seems a stylish and practical design, but it does have one or two wee niggles.. the chassis concertina folds in on itself and although it has a handy looking storage shelf near the base the folding mechanism is directly below this and does mean the shelf space isn't as much as you might think- there is room for our change bag and a few other bits and bobs but because of the mechanism thats about all. the only other small niggle is the wheels- they're solid and are fairly small- we didn't want a pram with big pneumatic wheels in case of punctures but with the wheels on this being on the small side and solid you do notice all the bumps on the pavement.
Features: As already mentioned the chassis folds in on itself, and although the mechanism that enables it do do so does affect the storage space available the mechanism itself is pretty straightforward and easy to use. After a bit of practice its possible to fold and unfold the chassis with one hand which is a welcome feature when you're struggling with shopping/trying to open the boot of the car etc...The folded chassis seems fairly heavy but not having used any other prams i'm not sure how this compares to others.It does have a well placed handle and in general its also pretty easy to attach and remove the cot, car seat and pushchair attachments as well.
The handle is comfy in the hand and the buttons that lock the front swivel wheels are easy to reach from behind when you're pushing the pram.
Summary: Once you get used to it, this pram is well thought out and fairly easy to use. We use the cot and chassis in our bedroom as our son's bed overnight and often have to dissasemble the cot/chassis and take it downstairs to the car but because of the good design and well placed carry handle this isn't the chore that it might be.
Overall: I would recommend this pram to anyone, its not the cheapest pram out there but you get what you pay for and I feel that this package is one of the best you can buy for the the money, its not perfect and has some some minor flaws but overall I'm glad we picked this item as its such an integral part of our daily lives now.
First impressions deffinately do not count for much in the case of this pushchair. When my partner and i were searching for a pushchair we had a tough checklist of criteria that our pushchair needed to meet. After hours of eliminating travel systems and strollers we finally came across the Loola Up made by Bebe Confort.
When we first saw this walking round the store we dismissed it without taking a closer look as this pushchair looks very high end and we were on quite a strict budget (like a lot of expectant parents are) and didn't think that this model would be anywhere close to our budget. However when we asked the assistant for any reccomendations that they had they brought us over to show us this pushchair.
One of the main problems that we experienced with a lot of other models we had discussed was that there is a height difference or 7 or 8 inches between my partner and i so finding a pushchair with a handle height which is comfortable for us both was difficult. The Loola Up however, has a handle which is perfect as with the push of a button (or two) you can tilt the handle to be at its highest or lowest point, depending on the angle you choose. This was one of the main reasons we purchased this particular pushchair
The pushchair itself was around £264 with a car seat, sounds reasonable, but when you decided you want accesories for it the money really starts to add up. My partner and i invested in the matching footmuff and parasol. Both of these seem very good quality and did add a lot to the pushchair. The parasol was good for blocking out the sun but did sometimes get in the way as it is quite large when opened.
The main problem we found with this unit is that frame/wheels. The frame feels very smooth when you open it up but the bottom of the runners just don't seem to sit on the tracks properly. Whether this is due to a faulty product or a design flaw itself. It did make the frame feel very unstable and wobbly when i was pushing the chair around, especially over slightly rougher/bumpy ground.
Although the frame does beome very compact and lightweight when it is closed down, it is getting it closed in the first place which is the frustrating part. We were told by the assistant that the pushchair has a "one hand folding system" but in reality it often took two us of to get the thing folded. This seemed to be the result of the frame jamming and getting stuck making it very difficult to get it unstuck and folded right the way up. The wheels were also very wobbly and looked as though they were doing to cause the pushchair to run off at an angle if left without brakes on.
On a last note, the storage basket underneath the chair is almost useless for any item of any good size due to a poorly thought out cross bar which stops what could be a very good size shopping basket from being used to maximum effect.
In conclusion, it is no doubt a very smart and attractive pushchair for the money. I just felt that the frame and closure problems that we experienced really did no make this pushchair worth our money. It may have just been this one faulty product or could be a flaw across the whole range. I would deffinately consider this again if a new version was released and i saw considereable improvements to the frame.
I had this pushchair bought for me. Personally, i did not find it very good at all. Firstly, i notices that the wheels splayed out when you reverse it, I assume this is to stop the pushchair from rolling backwards on a hill or something, but I ust found this very annoying. It made it awkward to move around shopping aisles. Also, when the car seat is attached to the chassis, it is sturdy and firm. However when the seat is attached, the frame is not sturdy at all, and the handlebar bends in the middle. Does not feel safe at all. The reigns are small, and do not fit the child for very long. The wheels do not make for a smooth journey on bumpy roads, either, making the pushchair go in directions you do not want! Definately not worth the £250 i payed for it. Wouldn't recommend it, as i was very disappointed.
Height-adjustable handlebar (4 positions) to adapt to the size of the user / Thermo-rubber wheels Removable hood and integrated rain cover / Detachable support ring and 5-point harness / Ultra-padded seat unit cover with reversible winter/summer side.