Cosatto’s brand new stroller ‘Busy‘ is launching this week, and we’ve been lucky enough to take it for a spin before anybody else! Prior to the Busy arriving, we’d been using our Yo 2 for daily life. I walk everywhere (I don’t drive), so I need a practical pushchair that can hold everything we’ll need while out, with a great one handed steer. I was very interested to see how the Busy would fare on school run journeys, trips into town on the train and walks in the countryside – all things I do on a weekly basis.
Busy comes in three different colourways – ‘Electro’ (as pictured in this review), ‘Seattle’ and ‘Spectroluxe’. If we didn’t have the Yo 2 in the ‘Go Brightly’ print, I probably would have chosen ‘Spectroluxe’ for the rainbows, but I decided to opt for the slightly more demure ‘Electro’.
Age group: From birth to 15kg (approximately 3 years old)
Facing: Front facing
Anything else included? Footmuff.
Harness: Five-point safety harness with padded straps
I have to say I was a little bit underwhelmed when I first opened the box. One of the things I LOVE about Cosatto as a brand are their bright colours and designs, and the Busy’s ‘Electro’ print just felt a bit dull in comparison to the Yo 2.
Also, as the pushchair had come straight from the factory, there were no instructions in the box (or online at this point – they’re up now!)… However, it still only took about 15 minutes to put together and I did feel a bit smug afterwards for conquering that task!
Once it was up I couldn’t help but notice the three wheel drive and the huge basket!
I’ve been the proud owner of the Busy stroller for a month now, so what have I thought?
Things I’ve loved:
The basket. The thing I love most about the Busy is the huge basket! It’s massive – and therefore perfect for those school runs where you have all the bags and wellies in the basket, but you also need to visit the supermarket for essentials before going home. It can fit everything in – including the raincover!
Also, what I usually find with huge baskets is that I cram lots in and then have to take everything out to access what I need… but Cosatto have thought about this and have installed zips on both sides of the basket for easy access! It is such a fantastic idea, and has saved so much time.
One handed fold. Usually I hear the feature ‘one handed fold’ and I think “Yeah, right!”, but the Busy’s one handed fold actually works! It’s so useful on public transport when I have to fold the pushchair, but also have a toddler to contend with. All you have to do is press a button, twist the handlebar and push downwards, and the pushchair folds easily.
Lightweight. So you’re on the train, you have the toddler holding your hand and you need to lift the pushchair into the storage rack… Thankfully the Busy is super light (it’s made from aluminium), so therefore easy to lift with one hand!
Easy one handed steer. One thing that I look for in a pushchair is an easy one handed steer. It’s imperative; with H-Bear wanting to walk a lot more these days, or on the school run with Busby holding my hand to cross roads, that a pushchair can be pushed with one hand with ease, and the Busy definitely passes that test! Perhaps it’s the three wheel drive that makes it more nifty? Or the one, strong handlebar? Whatever it is, the Busy works brilliantly.
Aesthetically pleasing, if a little more subtle than normal. I touched on my initial reaction to the Electro print above. It’s taken me a few weeks, but I’m really starting to love the more subtle look of the Busy. We don’t get the same “Wow! What a print!” reactions in public as we have done with past designs, but equally, sometimes it’s good to be a little more subtle – and Nick definitely prefers this. The print is black (although a deep purple in some lights) with little squares of colour.
I love the coordinating pattern inside the hood too. It’s all very unisex, which is fab!
Great on all kinds of terrain. The Busy has all-round suspension, three wheel drive and chunky plastic wheels making it perfect for all kinds of walks; from uneven paths to grass. We’re off to the Lake District again in a few weeks, and I’m looking forward to putting it to the test on a more long distance trek.
Fab brake. The pedal brake is very efficient and easy to use, although I do find myself forgetting to use it sometimes without the wonderful red-green system I’d come to love on the Wish! (Tired parents need colour prompts!)
Snooze-approved. H-Bear has napped in the Busy quite a few times now and always looks super comfy. I love how the seat is almost bucket-like when laid down.
UPF50+ Canopy. The canopy is fantastic on sunny days, and provides more than adequate coverage without frustrating H-Bear that he can’t see everything!
Raincover. The raincover is huge and can be used with the canopy all the way down. It provides total coverage of the pushchair too, which is great.
Extra accessories. The Busy comes with a wonderful looking footmuff, which we can’t wait to start using in the next few months. Honestly, it’s like a sleeping bag – I’m quite envious of H-Bear already! It’s adjustable too, so perfect for using as your child grows.
Is there anything I haven’t loved?
Foam handlebars. I must talk about this in every single pushchair review… I hate foam handlebars and how saturated they get when it rains. Leatherette is the way forward and should be introduced onto every pushchair. However, what I like about the Busy is that you can avoid the soggy foam by pushing the stroller from the centre of the bars where the one handed fold button is.
Velcro on viewing window in canopy. I love having a viewing window in the canopy of a pushchair so I can see whether H-Bear has (finally) dropped off to sleep, so I was excited to see that the Busy had one. Sadly, it attaches to the hood with velcro… and every parent knows that the one thing you don’t want to be while your child is dropping off to sleep is noisy. And velcro is a very noisy, sudden sound. A little magnet clasp would be a great, silent alternative.
Adjusting the seat from sitting to lying down. It should be easy to adjust the Busy seat as all you have to do is push a toggle clip at the back of the seat… I don’t know whether this will loosen with usage, but at the moment I find that the clip is quite stiff for the initial release. The action from lying to sitting is much easier though.
The seat length. Now, at the grand age of 2 years and 1 month I wouldn’t say H-Bear is the tallest toddler in the world… but when he’s sitting in the Busy, his head reaches the top of the seat and it will only take a few more growth spurts for his feet to reach the shelf at the bottom. Also his toes poke out when the raincover is on, which is fine if he’s in wellies, but not so great if we’ve been caught out by the weather and he’s only in canvas shoes. The Busy is suitable from birth until 15kg (approximately 3 years), but I’m a little concerned that he may grow out of it before he reaches 3!
Busy is a practical stroller for parents on the go. It took me a couple of weeks to really fall for this pushchair (and I think a large part of that was down to missing unicorns and rainbows on the canopy!), but now I couldn’t be without it on our adventures! The basket makes it ideal for picnics in the park and beach explorations with buckets and spades in tow. The wheels and suspension mean it’s perfect for woodland walks and cobbled street climbing. And the one handed fold and lightweight chassis make life easier on public transport.
Busy costs £229.95, which includes a 4 year guarantee, footmuff and raincover. The stroller is available to preorder on the Cosatto website now!