Maclaren Quest Lightweight Stroller Review

Maclaren Quest Lightweight Stroller
Maclaren Quest Lightweight Stroller

OVERALL SCORE

86

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The Maclaren Quest is a sporty, lightweight umbrella stroller with all the features that a busy parent needs. This stroller will be your new best friend when traveling. It has a giant sun canopy to protect your child when strolling around. The ultra padded seat is super comfortable for your child. The one-hand fold and deep recline are fantastic features on this umbrella stroller. The Quest has built in safety features to protect your infant and newborn from accidentally falling out of the stroller. While this stroller does not have a travel system option, there is a carrycot that fits onto the stroller and is perfect for a newborn. One of the greatest things about the Maclaren Quest is the lifetime warranty! If something malfunctions with the frame, Maclaren will cover it. This is great if you plan on having more children in the future and don’t want to re-purchase a stroller.

How the Strollers are Reviewed

The following chart rates the stroller for the most important stroller criteria for product specifications, effectiveness, parent preferences, and child comfort.

RATING (SCORE):

   Poor (1-2)   Fair (3-4)   Good (5-6)   Very Good (7-8)   Excellent (9-10)
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Durability
Weight
 EFFECTIVENESS
Brakes
Compact
Ease of Use
Folding
Grip
Maneuverability
Rough Terrain
PARENT PREFERENCES
Accessories
Easy to Assemble
Easy to Clean
Storage
COMFORT
Child Comfort
Sun Canopy
Suspension

Durability

Very Good – 8/10

This stroller is made out of tough yet lightweight materials. It will hold up during all your travels with your baby. Even better, if something does happen, Maclaren has a lifetime warranty, which you may be able to take advantage of.

Maclaren Quest

Weight

Excellent – 10/10

At only 12 pounds, the Maclaren Quest is super lightweight. You can carry this stroller up and down stairs without issue. If you plan on using this stroller for an upcoming trip or vacation, you can bring it with you without adding bulk to your luggage. Traveling with a baby is already a challenge, but with this lightweight stroller, it won’t add any unnecessary weight.

Brakes

Very Good – 8/10

The brakes on the Maclaren Quest are located on the rear wheels. It is a dual lever system where you need to engage both sides for a secure lock. While locking the stroller is straightforward, the levers can be a bit stiff. It does not work too well if you are wearing flip flops.

Compact

Excellent  – 9/10

The Maclaren Quest is super compact, making it a great option for traveling. It can fit in smaller spaces and is good for taking on public transportation.

“The size of this model is just right, allowing plenty of room for the little guy with excellent recline range of motion, but with great maneuverability, weight, and portability when folded. The buckle is also extremely secure.”
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Ease of Use

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller is easy to use. All the various features make it a delightful stroller. The high handlebars and responsive wheels let parents push the stroller effortlessly. The large canopy and deep recline allow your baby to enjoy a comfortable ride. You can put all your belongings in the mesh storage basket. This stroller will only make your life easier.

Folding

Excellent – 9/10

The Maclaren Quest has a classic umbrella fold that can be done with one hand. Some parents say it is easier to fold with two, but it can be done with just a single hand. Once folded, it locks automatically. There is a convenient carrying strap and handle so you can bring the stroller around with ease. Some parents complain that the wheels hit the canopy when folded and dirty the canopy. To avoid this, simply lock the front wheels before folding.

Grip

Very Good – 8/10

Like many other umbrella strollers the Maclaren Quest has two J-shaped handlebars. They are high compared to other strollers, so tall parents can push the stroller without having to hunch over. The handlebars are covered in foam for optimal comfort.

Maneuverability

Excellent – 10/10

Maneuvering this stroller is incredibly easy. Compared to other umbrella strollers, the rubber wheels glide effortlessly across surfaces. Even though the wheels only measure 5.5 inches, they can tackle grass and other terrain. Remember, it’s not a all-terrain stroller so don’t expect a smooth ride on bumpy surfaces, but it does much better than most other umbrella strollers.

“The recline is amazing! Your little man will sleep great because it’s a flat recline. Also, the canopy is HUGE. No amount of sunshine will bother him/her. Finally, folding and unfolding is easy, and the weight of the stroller is easy to manage even with one hand.”
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Rough Terrain

Good – 6/10

This stroller is does not do well on rough terrain. The wheels are only 4.5 inches and the stroller lacks a suspension system, so it does not fare well on bumpy or uneven surfaces. Taking the G-Lite onto grass or gravel may prove difficult.

Accessories

Very Good – 7/10

The stroller comes with a rain cover. This is great if you are traveling and are caught in some unexpected showers. There are other accessories available for purchase to improve the usability of the stroller.

Easy to Assemble

Excellent – 9/10

Assembling the stroller is straightforward. Soon after getting the stroller you’ll be ready to push your baby around in it.

Easy to Clean

Very Good – 8/10

The best way to clean the Maclaren Quest is to spot treat as stains appear. You can remove the hood to clean. The seat pad is removeable and machine washable too.

“The sunshade is the best I never worry about the sun getting into her eyes. It’s light weight and folds up very easily and compactly. The carry handles are placed perfectly. Highly recommend this to anyone”
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Storage

Very Good – 8/10

The Maclaren Quest has a mesh undercarriage basket. It’s large enough to fit a small diaper bag and some other essentials. For such a compact and lightweight umbrella stroller, the storage is adequate. When traveling, you can throw your stuff into the basket instead of carrying an additional backpack.

Child Comfort

Excellent – 9/10

Your little one won’t want to get out of this stroller! The huge extendable sun canopy will protect them from the sun’s rays. The deep recline and adjustable footrest are great for napping on the go. The stroller has built in safety mechanisms to make sure that your newborn doesn’t slip out of the stroller when you are pushing it. There is also a carrycot for your baby that works with the Quest. The seat cushions are padded, so your baby will be comfortable all day.

Sun Canopy

Excellent – 10/10

The canopy is absolutely giant! It can extend further for additional sun protection. When the canopy is expanded, the mesh portion in the back will allow a breeze to flow through. The sun canopy has a plastic peek-a-boo window so you can keep an eye on your little one. Parents will also love that this stroller has SPF 50 protection as well!

Suspension

Very Good – 8/10

The stroller has all-wheels suspension. Keep in mind that if you take this stroller on bumpy surfaces, it won’t absorb all the shock. The suspension does help make the stroller easier to push.


What do Experts Say?

“gave it 5 out of 5 stars because this is one of the best if not the BEST umbrella stroller on the market right now. And, the LIFETIME warranty helps too. Watch out UPPAbaby G-Luxe! ” – Moms Stroller Reviews

 

“think the Maclaren Quest stroller is a top rated umbrella stroller and will certainly provide your child the maximum comfort he or she deserves.” – Mommy Stroller

 

“For active parents on the go, the Maclaren Quest provides a lightweight solution, yet provides the comfort your child needs such as adjustable leg support. These extra features are a step up from the Maclaren Triumph, and parents feel it is well worth the price for these comforts for their child. ” – Stroller Envy


Specifications

BassinetsYes
Car Seat CompatibilityNo
Child’s Age Range1 – 5 Years
Dimensions42.8 x 14.5 x 7.1 inches
Forward/Rear FacingForward
Handlebar HeightHigh
JoggingNo
One Hand FoldYes
Passenger Capacity1
ReclineFull Recline
Weight12.6 pounds
Wheel Size5″

Where to Buy?

Amazon$159.99
Pish Posh Baby$159.99
Nordstrom$159.99

Our Rating Process

Our team has read through thousands of customer and expert reviews to understand what consumers like, or dislike, about them.  We gather information about the stroller and its attributes that you can’t find by doing a traditional google search and present them to you.  Because each stroller is unique and has its own set of features, the search process can be strenuous.  In the end, you need to find a stroller that is meant for your needs.  By rating them on the most important criteria, we can help you find the stroller that will be the best fit for you and your growing family.  We also reach out to real moms to find out what they’re looking for.  After all, they’re the one’s who know what’s best.

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