Stroller Review: Maclaren Techno XT
Filed under: Baby Essentials
The Basics: The stroller weighs 15 pounds. Good from birth to 55 pounds. Twenty inches at the widest point when it's unfolded. Collapses to 46 by 14 by 18.5 inches.
The Lowdown: Maclaren is known for its wide selection of umbrella and umbrella-plus strollers. They've made their name on models that are durable enough to last you through your stroller years (they offer a lifetime warranty), but are still light and compact enough for travel and easy storage.
The Techno XT follows suit. It doesn't provide the storage that you'll get with larger strollers, and the 6.5 inch wheels aren't large enough to handle any rough terrain. However, in exchange you're getting a stroller that folds up in about 10 seconds, fits in even the smallest of car trunks, and is light enough that you can scale a few steps with a child in the seat.
Of all the Maclaren models, we prefer the Techno XT. It's a bit pricier than the Triumph, Quest and Volo models. However, you can use the Techno XT from birth, thanks to it's full recline. The Triumph and Quest are only good for three months and up, and the Volo is good from six months and up. If you have an older child, the Triumph and Quest may be better options for your family. Maclaren also offers the Techno XLR. For about $50 more, the XLR is car-seat compatible, but we found the frame to feel much bulkier than the XT and that the maneuverability paled in comparison.
You'll Want It If: You're in the market for a durable stroller that is easy to store, and don't need all the frills of a luxury stroller.
Editor's note: In November 2009, Maclaren recalled more than 1 million strollers, including their Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller models. The strollers were said to pose a fingertip amputation hazard to children. To ensure your child's safety, Maclaren's umbrella strollers should be fitted with the company's hinge covers, which are available at maclarenbaby.com.
The Maclaren Techno XT Stroller is available for $260 on Amazon.