A little over a month ago, Bridget and I were invited to attend the launch of the brand new Babystyle Oyster 3, which is due for release this Autumn. Among the attendees were a mix of bloggers and parent product testers, all ready to get to grips with the latest Oyster offering and put it through its paces.
Babystyle are a family owned British company based in Leicestershire. My current stroller, the Hybrid, is also a Babystyle product and one that I’ve been very impressed with so I was eager to try out the Oyster 3
During the event, we were given a demonstration of the pushchair and carrycot unit. It was also shown against its predecessor, the Oyster 2 so that we could see the real differences that had been developed. Despite being a bigger stroller than the Oyster 2, the Oyster 3 actually has a smaller, more compact fold. Looking at them side by side, the Oyster 2 fold is much more clunky, and awkward looking next to the tighter fold of the Oyster 3.
The carrycot and its apron have seen some improvements, as has the height and the adjusting of the straps. But if like me, you’ve never had an Oyster, the differences between the two, aren’t that important. They are impressive, don’t get me wrong… but you want to know about what the Oyster 3 does well, not what the Oyster 2 didn’t.
As part of the launch event, I was given a Babystyle Oyster 3 stroller to take home so that I could test it out for myself and form an honest opinion. You can watch our unboxing and assembly video here.
There are some things I absolutely love about this new Oyster 3 stroller and one or two things I’m not so keen on. I’ll talk you through the negatives first, but don’t be dissuaded. It is a lovely pushchair overall and once Paisley is walking everywhere, or the ride on board is available, it will certainly be our go-to stroller. (Currently, this is the 3rd stroller in our collection,
The Oyster 3 Straps
Removing or turning the Seat
Again, I don’t like this feature. Most people do though so please just take this as my opinion and try it out for yourself.
On the seat, hidden underneath a piece of the fabric is a strap that you pull to release the seat. By doing so, you can have one hand there, in the middle of the seat, and one hand on the back of the seat unit and just lift. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the way that works, it’s a very smooth action once the seat is actually released… but actually getting your hand in there and pulling it sometimes feels a bit awkward. I’m not sure what the solution would be here but it doesn’t feel natural or intuitive
What I LOVE about the Babystyle Oyster 3
How it looks
I love the look of the Oyster 3. It’s smart looking. There are a lot of bright and crazy designs on the market at the moment and that’s great if that’s what you like, but personally, I like something a little tidier looking and a little less garish. The Babystyle Oyster 3 comes in a range of 8 fabric colours and 2 chassis colours.
I really liked the red and the green fabrics as well as this grey one that I received. They’re not too bright, the material is lovely and as a whole, the stroller looks very stylish and clean.
The Oyster 3 Basket
One of my favourite things about the Oyster 3 is the basket. With School runs and preschool runs, I’m always carting something about and whenever I nip to the shop, I almost always forget to take a spare bag so having somewhere to throw in some bulky items, that takes a fair bit of weight too, it’s just perfect. It’s deep. It’s out of the way and when I do remember to take some shopping bags, there is a pocket at the front to keep them in. Paisley has also tested it out a few times by climbing in herself.
The hood has a zip and extends when needed. The fabric matches the rest of the stroller and even has a removal visor at the front. At the
I mentioned above that in comparison to the Oyster 2, the fold is much more compact and but that fact that it folds so easily without taking it apart is a win for me! There is no need to remove the seat or to have it facing a certain way to fold it up. As you can see below, it collapses neatly whichever way the seat is facing with very little difference
The Babystyle Oyster 3 wheels.
The wheels are removable which is not only great if you’re lacking on space, but is perfect if you happen to wheel them through something yucky and don’t want to wheel it inside. They are solid wheels so not inflated. I can’t tell you the amount of times Dexter’s first stroller was rendered useless because the wheels had got a puncture! So frustrating. Solid wheels like these are a much better option, in my opinion.
Our overall opinion of the Babystyle Oyster 3
- It’s light to push around, it doesn’t feel like a workout. (Not so light to lift but at least you don’t have to take it apart)
- It looks lovely. It has already turned a few heads and the range of colours is gorgeous.
- The basket is huge. Easily one of my favourite features.
- The hinged bar means you don’t have to take it off. It collapses itself when you fold the stroller up.
- The calf rest changes to a footrest and also has a secret hidden pocket.
- The break is easy to put on and off with the foot pedal right in the middle.
- The swivel lock has been moved to the footrest rather than the front wheels
So, overall, we love it. As I said, we love using it on the journeys that are short enough for P
When it is released this Autumn, it will be available as a few different options starting from the Essential Stroller Package containing 5 items; the stroller, carry cot, Duofix iSizebase, car seat adapters and car seat to the Luxury Package which will include all of those items plus a footmuff and changing bag and then the Ultimate Package which will also include a parasol, a bottle holder, lock and a Rockit Rocker (pictured below).
Have you had a Babystyle Oyster before? I’m curious to know what you thought of previous models and what you think of this one in comparison. Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading 🙂