The Mockingbird stroller has officially hit the streets, and I’ve spent the last 3 weeks putting it through its paces. What makes this stroller stand out? For one, it’s a beautiful, high-quality chariot worthy of any mortal spawn. And two, it’s being sold direct-to-consumer for $350.
A direct-to-consumer stroller? Brillant! (Or WTF does that mean?)
Before we jump into all the different ways I
tried to abuse it tested it out, here’s a brief business lesson: direct-to-consumer basically means the manufacturer sells directly to you, reducing costs by cutting out the middle-man. Think Warby Parker, Casper Mattress, Dollar Shave Club or Glossier. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a higher quality product for a fraction of the cost since you’re buying it before mark-up. Yeet! (Did I do it right?)
Bringing high-quality strollers to the people.
The base cost of the Mockingbird stroller is $350, which is a damn steal of a deal. Now I know $350 isn’t nothing, and there are plenty of great strollers out there that cost less, but considering the quality of what you’re getting, it’s well worth the cost.
What makes the Mockingbird stroller a boss?
I did not go easy on this puppy. From moderate trails to beaches and regular city sidewalks, I put miles on this stroller with very few complaints. It’s a great stroller for someone who is moderately active and lives in a city or suburban area with mostly paved sidewalks. It handles bumps and curbs as well as anything, but isn’t really designed for rough dirt paths or excessive off-roading. It fit in the back of our Subaru Forester, though even folded up it takes up a fair amount of space (as most strollers of this size would do). It’s also super customizable, with different options for fabrics and colors, and has a ton of accessories if you want to get fancy.
Will it work for multiple stages of childhood?
As long as you opt for either the car seat adaptor (which is said to work with most infant car seats), the carriage accessory (a bassinet), or the infant insert, this stroller can be used from infancy through toddlerhood.
At this point in time, it’s a single stroller that doesn’t have the ability to add a seat, which separates it from it’s closest rivals, like the UPPAbaby Vista or Baby Jogger City Select, but it also costs a fraction of the price, so maybe one seat will suffice? That’s up to you.
Things I’d change if I were queen of the world
- The folding mechanism is in the middle of the handlebar, making one-handed pushing a little tricky
- I’m a sucker for a 1-step folding process where the end result is flat. To achieve a flat fold, the seat has to be removed. Not a huge deal, but something that’s different than say the City Select which can fold flat in one step.
- Not great for small spaces since you have to store the seat and base separately, or deal with a slightly more boxy end product.
Things I Love
- Made of high-quality materials, doesn’t feel cheap
- Smooth ride
- Can easily flip the seat to face you or to face out
- Giant basket underneath – can fit two cats or one three year old (do not try this at home.)
- Sunshade is huge, easily attaches/detaches, keeps kid cool – totally amazing
- Simple to fold
- Light and easy to put in the car
- Sunshade and peek-a-boo window covers connect with magnets instead of Velcro
- Flip flop friendly brake
Would I Recommend the Mockingbird Stroller?
Overall I’m super pleased with this stroller. It feels and looks like it should cost more than it does, and absolutely fit into our wild, chaotic, outdoorsy life. For families who have space to store it (like a garage or hallway where they can just park it at the end of the day), and who are sure they don’t want the option of adding another seat eventually, I’d absolutely recommend it.
Do you have a question that wasn’t addressed in the review? Ask away and we will try to help!
If you’d like to buy one, you can find them on the Mockingbird site.