Just before Christmas I was asked to review the new Summer UME ONE stroller*, after reading a few Amazon reviews I agreed. I’ll hold my hands up and admit I normally HATE strollers. I had one from a very well known company (think in your face prints) and it was the worst pram I’ve ever owned. I also detest the way my mums spare one pushes, So I was very interested in seeing how the UME ONE compared, I’ve been using it for about eight weeks now and here’s my thoughts.
First impressions, the box was a good weight. Not overly heavy but with enough weight to tell me it would be sturdy. It came needing very little assembly and I grinned when I spotted the cupholder. We all need one of these honestly! First thoughts on the look when assembled was it looks fab, I chose the black/grey design and the patten is not in your face. The wheels look really smooth and can be changed from swivel to fixed very easily. The oversized hood is amazing, I love a decent sized hood and this one one ticks that box. The basket looks a decent size and the carry handle looks handy too. First impressions are very good.
On our first outing I laid Baby M right back as he was five months old and still in his carrycot with his big pram. He looked really comfortable and I was really impressed with the straps, they were easy to adjust and the padding on the crutch strap stops anything digging into baby. I easily adjusted the footrest so his feet were up, and checked on him often using the nice large viewing panel. I found the UME ONE really easy to push, the smooth wheels glided along the footpaths with ease and it didn’t feel too bumpy. The handles have groves in them which make them really easy to grip,
Now little man is seven months old he sits upright in the UME ONE and he loves it! He so enjoys being able to look all around him, and quite often holds his sisters hand when we walk which is super cute. I’ve found the basket to be a really handy size to do a quick small local shop, it holds lots and is easily accessible when the pram is in sitting up mode. I don’t ever take a bag if nipping to the shops as the UME ONE has handy built in pockets to store a purse, keys or phone. This is a great feature for me, we’ll be using it at the airport in May and I’ll pop our passports and bits here so I can find them easily.
The sun Canary works really well and is easily to adjust, it doesn’t feel too flimsy either. You simply unzip it to open up the extention.The seat is easy to recline/sit up using just one hand. The fold is also a true one hand fold which takes seconds, my husband was very impressed! The rain cover I found to be a bit annoying to get on, it has two small holes to poke the handlebars through. This can be annoying if you get caught out in a sudden downpour as you have to be so specific with the fitting. It does also stop you getting to the handy posckets which is something worth remembering. Once over the handlebars though it’s easy to fit and kept little man warm from the wind and bone dry. The pram features a built in rains hill so if it’s just spitting, you don’t need to worry about the cover.
Once folded you can carry the pram using the attached strap, it’s held together using a clip on the right hand side. Simply remove the catch and the pram opens up, the brake is a bar that goes across both back wheels and is easy to both apply and remove.
The UME ONE stroller is marketed as suitable from birth as it does lay flat, personally I wouldn’t as I like my baby to be facing me BUT it does indeed lie flat and would be a great buy as would last into toddlerhood, I push my three year old around in it comfortably.
I 100% would recommend the UME ONE to anyone wanting to purchase a stroller, before I tested this I hated strollers and dreaded the time I would need to use one. This has completely won me over, it’s a pleasure to push, looks fabulous AND most importantly keeps my little one safe and comfortable.
Priced at around £120 it’s very reasonably priced, half the price my last stroller cost and is of a much higher build quality.