Like many mums, I love a good pushchair. They can be statement pieces as well as a practical part of parenthood and I can’t resist seeing what’s new on the market. I suppose it’s a lot like men and fancy cars.
Here at Leelee loves we love putting things to the test and giving you an honest impartial review to help you make the right choice!
This month we’ve been putting the Diono Quantum to the test. Retailing at £500 and available in three colourways, Teal, Black and Red the Quantum is a multi-mode travel stroller, engineered with clever design features to keep baby safe, secure and protected.
Sounds great, right? Let’s see!
Designed to handle all terrains and take your child from birth to walking the Diono Quantum boasts plenty of great features.
The Quantum comes with everything you need from the get-go. Its convertible 3-in-1 seat means there is no need to purchase a separate bassinet like most travel systems. It also saves on storage once baby outgrows it. You simply remove the mattress and convert the seat unit. No need to find a place to store that bulky bassinet.
We haven’t tested the Quantum in this mode as Little Fox is way beyond his baby days. It does, however, look spacious and feel comfortable to the touch with a high quality padded mattress insert.
The 3-in-1 seat is spacious and will see your little one beyond 3 years of age. Little Fox is almost 3 and has ample room in here, the amount of space for something that can fold up so compact is impressive.
The seat recline is simple to control with a lift up leaver on the back of the seat you can do it one-handed. The reclining seat is also perfect for those daytime naps when out and about. Little Fox doesn’t nap anymore… But the Quantum is so cosy he couldn’t help himself. The large hood combined with the reclining seat makes for a perfect place to catch some Z’s.
The Quantum has what I can only describe as an enormous hood. Forget about purchasing parasols or any other shade related pushchair extras when summer rolls around, this hood is all you need. It’s enough to cover your little one without you having to worry at all and comes complete with a large rain cover too. I find the fewer extras you have to buy the better. Which is why I was really impressed to find it also came with adaptors in the box. I’ve always had to purchase these separately. These are suitable for maxi-cosi, Cybex and Nuna car seats.
You can also have the Diono Quantum both rear and forward facing which is a must for those baby days.
For those who are taller, the handlebar does have 6 height options and a neoprene covering for good grip. My only qualm is the shape and size of the handlebar. If you have large hands this wouldn’t be an issue. The handlebar is square in shape and I struggle to keep my hands around it. I would prefer a thinner handle and feel this would make the Quantum easier to manoeuvre. It can also be heavy when going up curbs.
With a large basket underneath the quantum boasts ample storage space. It also has a handy zip up pocket on the back of the seat unit to store essentials such as your phone or purse.
The foot-break is one of my favourite features of the Quantum. Forget about every other ‘flip-flop friendly’ break you’ve heard of. Because most of them just aren’t. They hurt your feet, no matter what you’re wearing. The Quantum has a one push foot break, a large button you simply press in with your foot to lock and again to release. It’s a strong break and I haven’t found any give in the pushchair when resting on hills either.
My must-have features on any travel system would have to be a good reclining seat, compact fold, sun protection and storage. The Diono Quantum met all of these and then some. I’d prefer if it were more light-weight with a thinner handlebar but aside from that, it gets a great big thumbs up from us.
For £500 the Diono Quantum leaves little to be desired, available in three colourways, Teal, Black and Red it’s a fantastic entry option for those not wanting to spend too much but also not wanting to miss out on any great features.
I’d certainly recommend you pop it on your list of potential pushchairs and give the Diono Quantum a go!