I saw this stroller in person at a trade show and while the innovative reversible handle is really cool, I’m just not sure the stroller overall is worth $399.99. The quality of the fabrics feel and look subpar for a stroller that expensive when you can get a brand-new UPPAbaby Cruz stroller 2017 for that price on sale, which ALSO comes with a front and rear facing seat and fabrics that are worth every penny. I was shocked at how, comparably, cheap the Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller with One-Hand Fold fabrics looked and felt at second glance. Call me a fabric snob. The canopy has a strange texture reminiscent of a rain jacket though I’m unsure if it’s water resistant.
But the Ergobaby DOES have plenty going for it other than the reversible handle and the ability to shuffle from side to side like it’s doing the Electric Slide moving from left to right and back like no other stroller. The reversible handle is nothing to scoff at because it means you can make your child forward or parent face easily at any moment without removing them from the seat or removing the seat as you would with most strollers. It has a one-handed fold and a great sized super accessible basket, which can hold much more than a diaper bag.
The extra large canopy has several panels is perfect for Los Angeles as is the lovely mesh that hides just under the canopy. The canopy, which attached to the back of the seat with two velcro pieces, can be folded back using two straps that button so that the mesh window–which is an incredible whopping THREE panels!–can be exposed. The cup holder comes included but we found it got knocked off too easily (a symptom UPPAbaby strollers suffer from as well). There is also a peakaboo window that is magnetic.
The handlebar is adjustable to four positions but we noticed that it still felt kinda short and felt longer (about 6″ so) when forward facing versus parenting facing. Even at the highest setting, my husband who is 5’11” found the handle a bit short. I didn’t think that the stroller had a standing fold but then realized that I had to reset the handlebar down to the shortest setting for it to stand while folded. I love standing folds. It comes in super handy when you live in a city and you want to fold up the stroller in the corner of a restaurant.
The seat back height was also a happy surprise. It’s about 19″ but the depth of the seat (about 11″) made it so that my 3-year-old, who is a little over 37 inches tall, still had about 2″ left of head room to the top of the canopy and an insane amount of space to the top of the canopy. It also has a nice high weight limit at 50 lbs. With a new baby on the way, I can tell you that I was REALLY, REALLY impressed with all that head room. It means that if you have a tallish kid, this stroller is going to have a lot of longevity before they outgrow it.
The buckle is easy though possibly too easy for an older kid to get out of and the straps are nice and padded. The back of the seat has a pocket that also doubles as a hidden compartment for the strap to adjust the seat to recline it. I wish this was separate. While you need to hands to adjust the seat back to the highest position, you really need only one to recline it and the straps and the mechanism are super ergonomic even for someone like me with fine motor skill issues.
There are locks on each wheel—and they’re flipflop friendly–and it’s generally easier to push if you lock the two front wheels when you push. The wheels are all the same at about 7″ plus.
I like the fold better than the unfold. Like the Baby Jogger City line, it has a strap that you pull in the back of the seat and instantly makes it fold up. But unfolding it was super awkward. You have to press a button so the stroller unlocks and then pull the handle AND then adjust the seat. My much lighter 14 pound compact stroller, UPPAbaby MINU Stroller, has a one handed fold AND a one handed unfold which is helpful if you have your baby in the other arm/hand. The Ergobaby is about 20 pounds, which is amazing for a full-featured stroller, and isn’t too painful to lift for most people. The fold isn’t the most compact but it’s not going to take up too much trunk space.
Overall, I think this is a great first entry and I can’t wait to see what Ergobaby has in store in the future but I think that the stroller could have been more affordably priced option. It’s not a luxury pick but it gets the job done.
Note: The stroller works with Graco and Chicco car seats using an adapter, Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Car Seat Adapter for Graco/Chicco. There is also a Britax/BOB car sea adapter: Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Car Seat Adapter, Britax/BOB. The stroller folds WITH the adapters in place. For the price, the stroller also doesn’t come with a rain shield but it can be purchased separately: Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Weather Shield and a snack tray is also available separately: Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Snack Tray. The stroller is also newborn friendly with their Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Comfort Cushion, which can be used from 0-6 months.