The Maxi-Cosi Loola Stroller ($430) is a reversible seat stroller with a telescopic 3-D compact fold, adjustable handles, a generous sun canopy and a large shopping basket.
The Dorel Juvenile Group USA recently brought it to the US from Europe, where it was sold under their Bébé Confort brand.
Want to use it as a travel system? Just take off the seat and attach the Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat (sold separately).
Putting It Together
The chassis comes with the wheels attached and the seat comes folded accordion-style. Open the seat by pulling the sides outward. Undo the shoulder straps and put the seat pad on, then re-feed the straps into their correct position and snap on the seat pad. To finish putting it together, attach the sun canopy and child bumper bar.
The Loola comes in three colors: Oxygen Red, Oxygen Black, and Choco Mint, which has a reversible seat pad (chocolate brown and mint stripes on one side, solid chocolate brown on the other).
The Loola is a very smooth ride, due to a spring-loaded suspension. You can steer it one-handed and there are three handle position: facing up, downwards and inward. The wheels can be used in either a swivel or fixed wheel setting. To use the Loola into a swivel wheel position, click the swivel locks upward; to use it in the locked wheel position, push the swivel locks downward until you hear a click. When compared to similar strollers, the suspension of the Loola is outstanding.
The seat is recommended for children over 6-months-old and has a 5-point padded harness. The weight limit is 50 lbs. The seat is very padded and there are four recline positions. Even in its most upright setting, the Loola’s seat is slightly reclined. The Loola is very sturdy; no matter what I hung off the handlebars, this stroller did not tip in the least.
The storage basket is a great size. If the seat is forward-facing, access it from the back. If the seat is rear-facing, access it from the front.
I was pleased with the sun canopy. There is a dark mesh window so you can see your child (but the sun stays shaded) and the canopy goes down pretty far. The rain cover is included and zips onto the sun canopy.
The fold is pretty simple and compact. If you are folding the stroller with the seat forward-facing: first, lock the wheels in the fixed/straight position, then press the buttons on both sides of the handles and push the handles down, pull the fold release handle (above the basket) upward. Then push the handles down until you engage the fold lock (the lock on the left side). If you are folding the stroller with the seat rear-facing, fully recline the seat, so you can access the fold release handle and pull it upwards. To make it more compact, take the seat off first and fold the chassis the exact same way you folded the whole stroller. Then fold the seat into itself (accordion-style).
To unfold: First, unlock the fold lock on the left side of the stroller. Then stand behind the stroller and push the foot pedal down while pulling the handles upwards. Push down on the handles to make sure the stroller is locked open.
Parents will like that the Loola can stand folded.
Adapters for the Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Seat and rain cover are included.
Push down the red pedal to engage the brake. Push down on the blue pedal to release it.
Pros: The seat is reversible, it will take the Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat, seat, has heavy duty shock absorbers, adjustable handlebars and a compact fold.
Cons: At 26 lbs, it’s not a lightweight ride.
Final Verdict: The Maxi-Cosi Loola is wonderful for long walks and errands, but it’s too heavy for public transportation. The Loola’s price tag is not cheap, but keep in mind the price is less than other reversible seat strollers like the Peg Perego Switch Completo (now around $499) and Bugaboo Bee ($529) — click to read our reviews.