I’ve been meaning to write this Babystyle Oyster 2 review for a long time. A really long time. I don’t even know how long ago we bought our Oyster 2 pushchair now, but it must be around two years – and even a year ago I told my husband that meant I couldn’t possibly photograph it for a review because it was not looking its best.
Thankfully, he made me see sense with his logic: surely if you guys are going to read Oyster 2 travel system reviews, your preference would be for the one written by somebody who has owned the thing for longer than a week, right?
Right. So here, it is: my Oyster 2 travel system review, in all it’s battered glory…
What to Look For in a Pushchair?
I wanted a pushchair which could be used for a fairly young infant (less than 12 months), but would last through to toddlerhood – therefore a forward and rear-facing seat was essential.
I wanted something which would fold up neatly and relatively compactly, but was also substantial enough to stand the test of time; something fairly sturdy for use on slightly rough terrain – and it needed a fair-sized basket so I could do a week’s shopping on foot. Essentially, I wanted a decent all-rounder – and I didn’t want to remortgage my home in order to make the purchase.
I had no specific budget to work towards, but as with planning our wedding, I realised pretty quickly that to get a pushchair with all the features I wanted I’d need to double the loose idea I had in mind.
I decided around £400 was a reasonable amount to spend on something I’d use most days for at least a couple of years, and from reading other Babystyle Oyster 2 reviews, it seemed to fit the bill.
Babystyle Oyster 2 Review
Here’s my comprehensive review of the Oyster travel system…
Babystyle Oyster 2 Specifications
- Chassis weight with wheels: 6.75 kg
- Chassis with wheels & seat (complete): 11 kg
- Stroller (with wheels) folded with seat unit: 52 x 70 x 55 cm
- Stroller (with wheels) folded without seat unit: 33 x 70 x 55 cm
- Chassis folded with wheels removed: 26 x 70 x 51 cm
- Stroller erect with seat unit: 80-94 x 93-106 x 55 cm
- Seat width: 30 cm
- Seat depth: 26 cm
- Seat length (fully reclined): 85 cm
- Handle height: 94-106 cm
- Wheel diameter (rear): 25 cm
- Wheel diameter (front): 18 cm
Oyster 2 Add-Ons
One of the great things about the Oyster 2 pushchair is the fact that it can be used as part of a travel system. This makes it really versatile for varying ages.
This can be purchased for around £130 and is recommended for small babies.
- Carrycot weight: 3.5 kg
- Carrycot inside dimensions: 72 x 31 (at centre) x 17 cm
There are a variety of carseats which are compatible with the Oyster 2, including the popular Maxi Cosi Cabriofix (which I have for second time around) and the Britax Baby Safe; alternatively Babystyle also make their own carseat. All of these can easily be affixed using adaptors.
The Oyster 2 boasts a wide range of colour packs (my lovely coral colour is no longer available). For the RRP of £399.99, one of these is included with the pushchair chassis and seat – and for £70 they’re also available to buy separately should you wish to freshen up or update the colour of your pushchair.
The colour pack comprises:
- Seat liner
- Carseat head hugger
- Carry bag
Note: For around £324 it’s possible to purchase the pushchair base and seat without a colour pack; however, if you intend using the pushchair with a hood, the colour pack is a necessary addition.
Oyster 2 Chassis
The Oyster 2 chassis concertinas into three, which makes it quite compact and is one of the main reasons I plumped for this pushchair.
Whenever a grandparent has taken it out they’ve needed a demonstration for opening and closing the base – every time. However I don’t personally find it difficult and think it’s quite simple to operate, though you do require both hands to fold it down.
The basket is could be larger, but is sufficient enough to take around three full bags of shopping.
Raising the handle bar is simply a case of pressing one button, and can be achieved using one hand.
The wheel lock function is the typical pushdown mechanism in the centre of the back wheels and common on lots of pushchairs; again, this can be applied or taken off with the flick of one foot.
Oyster 2 Seat
Using a handle on the back, the seat can be reclined to four different positions, from very upright to almost lying flat (though in flat position I wish there was an extra piece to the hood, to keep the sun off baby). This has proven to be superb for naps. There’s also a detachable bar which can be fitted across the seat and is ideal for hanging toys from.
Once the colour pack is zipped on, this provides a cushioning for the seat and a hood. When the canopy is pulled fully forward there’s a small clear plastic window which allows you to peer into the seat, and a flap which velcroes down.
The pack also provides an apron, which can be clipped either side of the seat and provides some weather protection, though it won’t be as warm as the cosy toes which can be purchased separately.
Possibly the best feature of the seat is the fact that it can be attached to the pushchair forward or rear-facing. When Pixie was tiny I wanted to be able to see her whilst pushing; as she got older it became inevitable that she’d be far more content looking out. (It’s worth noting that it’s quite difficult to manoeuvre the seat from one direction to the other while the baby is strapped in and I wouldn’t recommend attempting it.)
Removing the seat from the base is straight forward, though two hands are required: simply release the two clips either side of the seat and pull it up and away from the chassis.
Oyster 2 Rain Cover
As you’d expect, the Oyster 2 comes with a rain cover. This is probably the most disappointing feature of the pushchair in my opinion – it lasted poorly and I had to replace it quite quickly (with a generic Mothercare alternative – which, incidentally, was cheap and brilliant).
Oyster 2 Manoeuverability
The wheels of the pushchair are hard plastic, and therefore probably a little less suited to rough terrain than those which pump up. However, in general they’re pretty good.
I discovered that the wheels can get stuck sometimes when attempting to negotiate even a small bump or dip, and it’s necessary to raise the front wheel over uneven ground rather than simply pushing against it. Similarly, going down a kerb forwards can cause problems, it’s far safer to go backwards to avoid accidents.
Oyster 2, Folded
The pushchair chassis can be collapsed and stored with or without the seat attached, though the unit is far more compact when they’re folded down independently.
An average-sized car boot is more than sufficient to house the pushchair, but you may struggle to fit much more than the Oyster 2 itself.
My Verdict of the Babystyle Oyster 2 Travel System
For a versatile, mid-range travel system the Babystyle Oyster 2 is a fab investment. I’ll be using it again for baby number two, and apart from a little wear and tear it’s mostly held up for around two years already. The fact that I can freshen it up with a new colour pack should I choose to do so means that this is a really great choice for families who plan to use a pushchair for more than one child.
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