Review: Cybex Topaz Stroller

01/16/2010 at 05:00 PM ET
Courtesy of Cybex

Cybex is known for designing sturdy, well-made baby buggies that stars love — Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Heche and Britney Spears are fans — so when they launched the Topaz ($260) last November, we were excited to check it out.

Click below for our review!

At 17 lbs., it’s pretty compact. Plus, it’s loaded with tons of great features (4 recline positions, height adjustable handles, a bumper bar, a leg rest with two positions and a one-handed adjustable central harness system) that will impress any parent.

Things We Like:

Crafted from lightweight aluminum, the Topaz is easy to put together. Just snap on the back wheels and go. Plus, you don’t have to worry about little fingers getting caught — it comes with canvas hinge covers to protect mini digits.

Even though it’s an umbrella stroller, it’s not prone to tipping, standing up to extra weight.

It also features a sun canopy with a UV-protected window. In the summer, you can remove the side fabric panels for a cooler ride.

We love the integrated head hugger, which attaches to the harness and is removable.

The cozy footmuff is also a great add-on. It attaches with velcro to the top of the seat — which means it won’t slump down. You also don’t have to unhook the harness straps to put it on. It lays on the back of the seat with cut-out inserts to go around the harness straps.

Our fave feature is its versatility. When the Cybex Aton Infant car seat becomes available in the U.S. this fall, you’ll be able to turn the Topaz into a compact travel system.

Things We Don’t Like:

While adjusting the harness straps through the Central Harness System was easy, it took a lot of tries to be able to get it loose enough to fit my 2-year-old.

Folding it wasn’t so easy at first, either. You have to push the locking mechanism up and back and then release the secondary lock by pressing down on the pedal to get it to fold down. Once I mastered it, I was able to do it quickly.

CBB rating:

Recommended for children from birth up to 44 lbs., the Topaz is a terrific option for everyday. We just wish the Aton Infant Car Seat would hit the U.S. market sooner — then it would be the ultimate travel stroller!

-– Nancy Horn

Share this story:

Your reaction:

Add A Comment

PEOPLE.com reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 8 comments

fuzibuni on

i think that stroller has a really cool look to it.
seems to have lots of great features too…

De on

The price is a smidge steep BUT since it’s suitable from birth to 44# it’s not so bad.

This is a really neat stroller. I wonder if other infant seats would work with it?

It’s on my maybe list, I love the colors. :)

Emaline on

I was waiting for an extremely high price but that’s really not bad compared to most celebrity strollers!

Nancy on

I am the writer of the review. The Topa is only formatted for use with the Aton Car Seat. I saw it in action with the stroller this past June and the infant car seat was extremely well designed. If you compare the Topaz to a similar umbrella stroller, the Topaz costs less. Plus, it didn’t tip – which was really refreshing!

Nancy on

I am the writer of the review. The Topaz is only formatted for use with the Aton Car Seat. I saw it in action with the stroller this past June and the infant car seat was extremely well designed. If you compare the Topaz to a similar umbrella stroller, the Topaz costs less. Plus, it didn’t tip – which was really refreshing!

Lisa on

We’ve had these in Europe a while now and they are really a great line of strollers! They push SO smoothly, and the fabrics are so lovely. They do actually also take a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix as the Aton adapters are interchangable with Maxi Cosi’s (and Maxi Cosi adapters are interchangable with Atons). I’ve got a Cybex Callisto and the Aton adapters for my Maxi Cosi (I live in the UK). I’m not 100% sure it would take the US version which is the Mico but I think the adapters for the Mico are the same as for the Cabriofix so it should work. The Aton is itself a great car seat though and I’m sure it will be popular once it’s released in the USA although I wonder how much they will change in it, since the Maxi Cosi Mico is SO different to the Cabriofix. Often manufacturers change various things on products to introduce it to a new market so it will be interesting to see what happens. The bassinet is geat too! I totally agree abou the harness system, I hate it. I theory its a good idea but not in reality. It’s a nightmare to get off if you want to use a footmuff which is a non Cybex one or a seat liner. I WISH they’d just use a regular harness system, personally I see the Cybex one pull system as more of a marketing thing then something practical. It’s the main thing I dislike about it, it’s very fiddly. But that’s just a side thing and over all GREAT strollers as their canopies leave loads of head room. Highly recommend Cybex products!

Tara on

People mag – please be up to date with safety issues when reporting.

I thought this stroller was chic and awesomely designed too. But then I went to their web site. The stroller is being recalled due to SAFETY!!!! DO NOT BUY!

http://www.regallager.com/recalls/cybex/default.aspx

On the front page of the Cybex web site there is a link to a recall press release. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are recalling the CYBEX RUBY, ONXY, AND TOPAZ STROLLERS due to children’s fingers being cut off!!

Please always research before buying and using on your children. Nothing is more important than safety.

Misty on

Tara- Its the same recall as Maclaren. Maybe that’s why the Cybex strollers now comes with hinge covers as well.

advertisement

From Our Partners

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters