Now you all know I love pushchairs. There’s something about a good pushchair that makes my heart sing – everyone needs a hobby right?! So you can imagine how excited I was to review the latest travel system from Quinny; the Quinny Hubb. A pushchair that will take you from birth through to pre-school, the Quinny Hubb is a durable yet incredibly stylish piece of technology that can handle transporting multiple children. Intrigued? Read on to see what we thought…
Quinny Hubb Pushchair Review
Who Are Quinny?
You probably recognise the Quinny name from some of their infamous strollers that are already on the market; Quinny Zapp anyone? Or the Buzz? Synonymous with beautiful, well-designed products, Quinny describe themselves as making ‘seamless mobility solutions for parents in their urban habitat’. For me, the Quinny brand has always represented great quality and value for money; their pushchairs are absolute workhorses that keep going on and on, coping incredibly with the demands and needs of both parent and child and looking great in the process.
What Is The Quinny Hubb?
Positioned as the ideal city shopping companion, the Quinny Hubb is the latest addition to the Quinny range. An ability to turn on a sixpence, an impressively large shopping basket (with an ability to carry up to 10kg or 20kg if you invest in the additional shopping bag accessory!) and a narrow frame make it wonderfully suited to urban living. Yet don’t rule it out if you’re a little more rural; large foam tyres and a solid feel made tackling the country roads around us a breeze…
Thanks to a completely modular design, the Hubb can be configured to take your child from birth to the day they’re ready to walk alone. Whether you choose to attach a Maxi-Cosi car seat to the main frame, use the carrycot or put your newborn in the Quinny ‘From-Birth’ Cocoon in the main seat unit, there are plenty of options. Graduate from that to using the seat in a forward or rear facing capacity as your little one progresses in to their toddler years.
Thinking of having another? The Hubb’s design allows you to effortlessly switch from ‘mono’ to ‘duo’ mode and back again with minimal fuss giving you a double pushchair in a number of different configurations; double seat, carrycoat and seat, carseat and seat… there’s even a rather nifty toddler hop on and off board should an older child need it.
The Quinny Hubb Stroller is available in six different colours giving you a variety of frame, seat and hood choices. We’re reviewing the navy on grey although I swear the grey looks a little blue/green tinted to me – something I’m rather fond of!
What’s In The Box?
I’m constantly amazed at the small size of boxes that contain pushchairs and the Quinny Hubb is no different; neatly packed in amongst itself in a printed box. Inside the box you’ll find the main frame, seat unit, wheels, bumper bar and a package of additional adaptors. These adaptors allow you to fit a Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus car-seat either in single or double mode, to move the seat unit into a different position, to attach a parasol or a cup holder. There’s also a rain cover included as standard.
It’s easy to put together and took us around ten minutes to unbox and assemble, including instruction reading time – you can watch our video of it on YouTube if you fancy seeing the unboxing and assembly in more detail.
If you’re looking for more accessories, there are plenty available. For newborn babies, there’s a carrycot or a newborn cocoon that fits inside the standard seat unit. Should you wish to take the Hubb into double mode, there are additional seats available for purchase (the second seat is a standard seat size, unlike many doubles!) and a toddler hop on and off board. Then you’ve got items such as an extra large shopping bag specifically for the Hubb, parasol, seat liners, interchangeable sun hoods (for colour changes), footmuffs and even a cupholder. Like I said, there are a lot!
What’s The Quinny Hubb Stroller REALLY Like?
With two children three and under, transporting them around is often a bit of a juggling act. Finding something that will carry them and their unbelievable amount of bags, clothes, toys, refreshments etc is always a challenge. This is where the Quinny Hubb stepped up – they certainly weren’t messing around when they designed the basket on this bad boy, it’s huge.
We took ours out to the beach, to the shops and around the country lanes and it didn’t flinch, even when walking across the village green to get to the park. Put simply, you can feel the quality of manufacture when you use it, from the smooth transportation to the nice feel of the handlebar. Everything feels substantial. When in use, the Hubb is easy to move around, even when fully loaded with a toddler and a full basket. It seems to glide around rather effortlessly which I can only attribute to the large rear wheels.
Everything has been designed well and with purpose. The Hubb is easy to adjust and very intuitive, something that was clear from the moment we opened the box. It’s packed full of little features that make life easier, such as the hinged bumper bar to make getting in and out easy, the extendable hood that neatly folds away when not required, the ability to adjust the seat angle quickly and the secure pocket in the basket.
Getting it in and out of the car is simple but it does take up a fair amount of room in the boot as the main body collapses flat rather than folding in two. You can pop the wheels off if you need a little more space but it was nothing our Honda CRV couldn’t handle. It takes moments to take the buggy from collapsed to fully functional and back again if needed.
In use, both my kids loved it. The one year old was a huge fan and seemed to rather enjoy propping her feet on the foot rest (or sticking them over the bumper bar, as is her current preferred way to travel). The seat had her upright and well-cushioned over any small bumps. When the time came for the three year old to check it out, there were no issues. He’s fairly small for his age but there was still plenty of room and whilst we could invest in a second seat for him, we’re most likely going to invest in the Hubb’s toddler seat for him!
What Did We Love?
Did I mention the whopper basket situation? That’s a real big thing for me especially when paired with a simple hidden pocket at the front that allows you to store essentials such as phone and wallet securely. The hood design is also a huge plus; it’s large enough to provide great sun protection without limited visibility too much for your little one. If you want to take things further, you can unzip it to reveal an extendable portion which is ideal for super hot days (it’s got a UV protection rating of 50+ which is perfect) or helping induce nap time! Hood size is one of the things I really felt was lacking on our iCandy Peach so it’s great to see that Quinny have this covered.
I love the flexibility of being able to take it from a single to double mode without having to compromise on seat quality for the second child. So often a second seat is narrower or hidden away and yet the design of the Quinny Hubb removes this issue. Thanks to the stage we’re at, I’m particularly impressed with the thought of the toddler board as our son currently spends a lot of time in the basket of our other pushchair or on the buggy board which makes things unwieldy. I also love how you can have two seats facing different directions, so one is forward facing and the other parent facing – a real plus over those where the rear sitting child is left staring at the back of the other seat!
Oh and the brake, my favourite feature that I nearly forgot. As someone who seems to spend their life unable to put a brake on properly or struggles to take it off, this was a revelation. I managed it in sandals, something which for other pushchairs is often impossible. In fact, it was using that that made me fall in love with the Hubb at the very beginning. Ladies who struggle away in flip-flops during the summer, this is the buggy for you.
What Could Be Better?
As much as I enjoy collapsing this pushchair – honestly, it’s quite beautiful to watch the chassis collapse down smoothly – it’s big when collapsed. I’m comparing this to other pushchairs where the main chassis folds in half which makes them a smaller but fatter piece of metal to fit in the boot of the car. The Quinny Hubb is thinner but larger. That said, whilst it’s big, it’s also light and stays folded well so that it’s relatively easy to move around even if it’s a little awkward. I could see it folded up behind a door in an urban environment easily! Additionally, in the car, you can lay it on the floor of the boot and load bags on top thanks to the flat design so it’s not all bad, just something to be mindful of.
The Hubb is up there with some of the pricier pushchairs around, thanks to an RRP of £629 on the Quinny site. Personally, given the build quality and the fact that it easily moves from single to double, I don’t think this is too hefty but I’m sure it would put some people off. For me, some of the accessories are on the pricey side such as the additional shopping basket at £69. However, if I was using this pushchair without a car on a daily basis, I could see how that would quickly be worth it’s weight in gold.
In Summary, Would I Buy One?
I know I mentioned I’m a bit of a pushchair addict but the Quinny Hubb has certainly won a place in my heart (and my car boot!). It’s everything I want from a pushchair at the moment; smart, functional and oh so pretty. It feels big but it isn’t, is packed full of little things that make you smile and it’s a real workhorse. I’m genuinely a little upset that I didn’t buy this as my first pushchair thanks to it’s flexibility in design to move from mono to duo mode and the fact that I’m not in a position to fully utilise that makes me sad. It’s almost enough to make me consider having another baby. Almost. I just need to convince Dave that that’s a valid reason… I’m sure he’ll be fine with it.
The Quinny Hubb Stroller is available direct from Quinny or from a variety of local retailers and has a recommended retail price of £629. To find your local retailer visit the Quinny site.
If videos are your thing, you can find our Quinny Hubb unboxing and assembly video over on YouTube. You’ll see me assemble the Quinny Hubb from the initial box opening to a useable buggy in just a few short minutes, proving just how easy it is to do!