For the past month or so Amelia and I have been testing out the Cosatto Giggle 3-in-1 travel system. I've noticed that many parents tend to stop using their travel systems once their child can start walking for ease of travel and move on to an umbrella/stroller type of pushchair for their toddler. I have always loved our Quinny buzz travel system which we used from birth however she has now grown out of it and we have been using our Petite Star which we bought for holiday. So when we were lucky enough to test this beauty out I couldn't wait for it to arrive!
✓ All round suspension
✓ Suitable from birth carrycot
✓ Pushchair seat with in and out facing option
✓ Compact, easy fold
✓ Lightweight aluminium chassis
✓ Quick-release removable wheels
✓ Lockable swivel front wheels
✓ Adjustable handle height
✓ UPF 50+ sunshade protection
✓ 4 position recline
✓ Lockable swivel front wheels
✓ Removable bumper bar with cover
✓ Spacious storage basket
✓ Carrycot includes carry handle and removable washable liner
✓ Carrycot suitable for occasional overnight sleeping
I love the design of the giggle! We chose the Oaker design as I thought it would be perfect for summer, even though we've not really had much of a summer this year. It is also a lovely neutral colour so will be great for when baby boy is here too. It's definitely a head-turner when out on the streets and we've had so many compliments on it from other parents and passers by. The giggle is also available is many other designs so there's something for everyone.
The straps and shoulder pads are very comfortable and easy to get on and off even with a fussy toddler. We have used the giggle with the bumper bar on and off and it's really easy to remove. There is even a foot rest which is great for older children as not many pushchairs cater for this.
I would have liked to see the shopping basket a little bit bigger, there's barely enough room for one bag of shopping so I tend to put Amelia's bag in there as it's small or coats. Also I've noticed when in parent-facing mode access is slightly restricted by the bar so it's quite difficult to get things in there. It's not a huge issue as I don't really go into town to get much and if we go shopping we always have the car.
I am a huge fan of three wheel pushchairs, I find them far easier to manoeuvre compared to four wheeled one and have never found any issues with any that we have used. The wheels on the giggle are made out of plastic, when I first noticed this I was slightly cautious as I didn't think that they would perform as well, however they are great and I've not noticed any problems in the slightest. They have been great on all terrain and are great for going up and down curbs.
Ease of use
I've found the giggle very easy to use, it's pretty lightweight and has a smooth ride. The folding system is very neat too, although it did take me a while to get used to compared to the Ooba. I like the fact that you can fold the pushchair with the seat attached as some pushchairs don't allow you to do this which can be a pain. It unfolds simply by lifting a clip and pulling the handle up, and you can then collapse it by lifting up a little notch and pressing a button. It's so easy! The handle bar is also adjustable which is great and the lower adjustment isn't too high which is great for shorter people. It's also easy to manoeuvre and steer especially with one hand as I tend to be on my phone a lot.
Amelia is nearly 26 months and still fits in the giggle comfortably although I don't think she will be able to for much longer. She has outgrown a few of our other pushchairs but I can see this lasting for a few more months as she's not that big for her age so there's plenty of room with the straps. It's just the height which is an issue as she's pretty tall. She rarely tends to go in the pushchair nowadays as she would much rather walk if we are going out and about. The only time we really use the pushchair is when we are in town or if I fancy going for a long walk.
The giggle fits very nicely in the boot of our vauxhall astra and there's no need to take the seat unit off from the chassis which is brilliant! It's so easy when out and about to whip open the boot and open the pushchair with one hand. I am yet to take the giggle on public transport, simply because I rarely travel via buses or trains especially with Amelia as it's far easier to jump in the car. However I would imagine that it would be pretty easy as it's a lightweight travel system and not overly big.
The giggle comes with a pram unit, rain cover, foot muff and changing bag so theres no need to purchase anything separately. The only thing which isn't included with this travel system is the car seat however you can purchase this separately along with the adapters to attach it to the frame.
Overall, we really do love the Cosatto Giggle and it's a brilliant choice of pushchair. The Giggle Car Seat can now be used in conjunction with a Cosatto Isofix or Hold Base and I will definitely be using it as a travel system when baby boy is here. I shall do a follow up review using the carry cot and in car seat mode. I would have loved to have had the Giggle when Amelia was born and wish there were pushchairs in such amazing designs!
The Giggle travel system is available to buy from Cosatto for £420 which i think is a reasonably priced travel system especially for the quality and everything included. For more information on the Giggle check out the Cosatto website here.
* We were sent the Cosatto Giggle free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% honest and our own.You might also like: