The Cosatto Ooba Kimono: A Review | Modern Mummy

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Cosatto Ooba Kimono: A Review

I'm very lucky to have been asked to review quite a few buggies over the last couple of years (you can find all my reviews here if you fancy a read) so I like to think I'm fairly knowledgeable about them - although I realise that what you want out of your pram is totally dependent on your lifestyle.

Evie's newest set of wheels is the brand spanking new Cosatto Ooba Kimono; a high spec and (there's no denying) very PINK travel system. In the past I always avoided overtly girlie baby paraphernalia, I guess because I was always conscious about the possibility of having a boy in the future. But the truth is I love colour, I love pattern and I saw this design and fell in love instantly. (Yes of course all the practical elements are important when choosing a buggy but come on! The aesthetics are important too!)

I've never really had a favourite pram before, but now I've reviewed a few I'm definitely aware of the best (and worst) features and functions that different ones have. I can absolutely, categorically, most definitely say that out of all the prams I've had or tested in the past, the Cosatto Ooba Kimono is the best. I love everything about it. From the adjustable leatherette handlebar, bumper bar, hood and footmuff - and the matching changing bag! - to the huge and easily accessible shopping basket and handlebar mounted break, I can't fault anything.

Available in three colour schemes - marzipan yellow, duck egg blue and kimono pink - which comes complete with gorgeous seventies / Orla Kiely-esque floral lining - the Ooba is certainly eye catching, although I appreciate it might not be to everyone's taste. I have to say, the thing that I love the most about the design is the pink and white chassis and white wheels; it beats a boring black and/or chrome chassis with black plastic wheels hands down. I just LOVE it!

I blogged about the Ooba in a lot of detail on it's release back in June (take a look at that post - here - for the full spec). Now that I've had a month to put it through it's paces, I thought I'd add a few comments on my favourite features.

The Ooba is a very sturdy buggy, and is much more compact than I was expecting too. A cheap, flimsy stroller is one of my pet hates and I would rather have a two part design than an umbrella fold. However I drive a (very old) Mercedes A-Class, a model of car that is renowned for it's teeny tiny boot, and with my last couple of buggies I've opted to go down the umbrella fold route to ensure they'll fit in. I expected to struggle getting the two part Ooba in without having to remove the parcel shelf but no; it fits perfectly - and there is plenty of additional space for shopping etc to the side and on top too.

The pushchair seat can be parent or forward facing which is very important to me and, my absolute favourite feature of all is that the handlebar can be flipped over to change the direction of the seat with the passenger in situ! I've never come across this on a buggy before and it is such a huge help when out and about. I love having Evie parent facing, and being able to move it enables her to get out easily, see things of interest - and is also brilliant when we're out for coffee and I want to sit her alongside me at a table. 

The footmuff is brilliant - it zips on, so can't be kicked off - and is fleecy on the inside for warmth whilst being made of splash proof leatherette on the outside (I suspect it's actually entirely waterproof but of course there is a rain cover to make sure the passenger doesn't get wet in a downpour).

The only downside? As with lots of the best and nicest prams, the Ooba is only available to buy as a 3-in-1 i.e. the chassis comes with both the pushchair seat and carrycot (and a compatible car seat is available separately). I think it would be brilliant to be able to buy the pushchair on it's own. Evie is fast approaching her second birthday so we haven't been able to try out the carry cot and I'm sure there are lots of other parents with children of a similar age that would be reluctant to pay out for the full shebang when half of it won't get used. 

Of course, there are plenty of other brilliant Cosatto buggies in similar bright and bold designs to suit all budgets - I just particularly liked this one and am very grateful to Cosatto for asking me to try it out!

Here's a little video we made on a morning out with our Ooba. Hope you enjoy it xoxo

The Cosatto Ooba Kimono 3-in-1 is priced at £800 and available from all good retailers, including my personal favourite, John Lewis.

DISCLAIMER: We were given a Cosatto Ooba Kimono in exchange for this honest review.



  1. This looks fab but just too bright for me. I love the handle and bumper bar. Amazing tail too:)

  2. I love it. It makes me want to try for that girl I always wanted. Scrap that. Maybe I could just use it for shopping?! ; )

  3. Oh I love this! The pattern is adorable! x


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