The Stokke Crusi was first brought to my attention when my sister attended The Baby Show on my behalf last year and raved about it (read about her favourite finds here), so when the lovely team at Stokke offered me the opportunity to review a Crusi, I jumped at the chance.
Well known for being one of the top manufacturers in the luxury market, Stokke are famous for their innovative designs and quality products, so I was super excited to roadtest the Crusi.
Described as “the multitalented connection stroller” that offers “a wide range of options using interchangeable Stokke components”, the Stokke Crusi can be used from birth until your little one reaches 33lbs.
Well, It’s a stroller that’s designed to place your little one much closer to you than a normal stroller would, thanks to the high seat setting. This helps to stimulate bonding and development, as well as an increased sense of security and comfort for your child. I think this is such a clever concept and I’m amazed that other brands haven’t followed Stokke’s lead and raised their seat heights too.
I found setting up the Stokke Crusi really easy. The manual has clear instructions / graphics to assist but to be honest, the assembly was so self-explanatory, you are unlikely to need it. Out of the box all you need to do is pop the wheels on the chassis, click the seat/carrycot in place and you are ready to go. I like that when you push the seat onto the frame there are handy indicators on either side of the seat that turn green if the seat is attached to the chassis correctly (they remain red if not) and there is a loud audible, reassuring click to give you that extra peace of mind that it is connected safely.
Despite being rather heavy, the Stokke Crusi is really easy to collapse and store. To fold it, the seat(s) need to be removed, then all you have to do is press the two levers at the side to unlock the frame and the wheels merge. Simple! You do need a reasonable amount of boot space to accommodate the Stokke Crusi so it wouldn’t be suitable if you have a small car, but if needs be the wheels can easily be removed from the chassis by pushing the center spoke.
As you can see, the Stokke Crusi takes up most of our boot space, despite it being a 4 x 4, so to determine if the Stokke Crusi will fit in your car, here are the dimensions taken from the Stokke website:
The only criticism I have of the chassis, is that there is no way of clipping it shut when it’s folded. As it’s quite large to lift, I find that it pops open quite easily and a frame lock would be a most welcome addition.
The Stokke Crusi is a hefty thing, weighing in at 27 pounds with the seat and nearly 30lb with the carrycot, but surprisingly it doesn’t feel heavy to push and because you remove the seat and collapse the chassis separately, you’re essentially dividing the weight before lifting the component parts, so you’ll easily be able to lift it into your car.
It’s universally acknowledged that you can never have enough storage space in your stroller basket. Thankfully the Stokke Crusi boasts a huge cargo basket underneath the seat, with plenty of room for your shopping and/or a changing bag. It also has a handy drawstring back that allows you to keep your stuff secured if you are loading it up and as the seat is high, there is a lot of vertical space as well, ensuring that the basket is easily accessible from every side.
For me, the Stokke Crusi’s standout feature is most definitely the seat. I really love the high seat position, which not only offers Phoebe a great vantage point to see everything that is going on around her, it also means I can tend to her without having to bend over.
The seat can be used both parent-facing and forward-facing in differing positions. There are three recline options when the seat is parent-facing, sleep (lie flat), rest (reclined half way) and active (upright) and two recline options when it is forward-facing, rest (reclined half way) and active (upright). It’s also worth noting that the seat can be used parent-facing from birth thanks to the removable newborn insert.
Switching the seat from rear-facing to forward-facing and vice versa is incredibly straight forward, as is adjusting between the different recline positions. On most other strollers this is done via a lever on the back of the seat, but on the Crusi the recline lever is actually a button under the seat that you press to tilt and although I found it a little awkward at first you soon get the hang of it. There is also a handy bumper bar that is great for attaching toys to and for Phoebs to hold onto on our travels and the adjustable ergonomic footrest is brilliant to prevent little legs dangling down.
I can honestly say that Phoebe is in her element in this seat. She really enjoys sitting upright in the ‘active’ position and watching the world go by. I also have peace of mind thanks to the five point safety harness (with its three shoulder height settings) that keeps her optimally secured in the seat.
The canopy on the Stokke Crusi is really robust. It’s not the biggest on the market, which is a shame as I love the oversized ones that offer more protection when your little one is fully reclined, but it is definitely ample and keeps Phoebe covered and protected from the elements. There is also a zippered mesh panel for better ventilation on a warm day (and allows you you to take a peek at what your little one is doing) and a visor that pops up to help reduce the glare in the sunshine.
Suitable from birth to approximately six months, the carrycot looks great and is well-padded providing your little one with a very comfortable ride. It features an air ventilated base allowing airflow, a large protective hood and like the seat, the carrycot slots onto the base really easily with the green indicator showing it has been fitted correctly. Conveniently the carrycot also features carry handles that zip away in handy little side pockets when not in use for easy portability. I’ve not had the need to use it so can’t comment from personal experience, but I can say that the cosy, soft inner lining with most definitely keep your little one snug as a bug.
The Crusi features a smooth suspension system and soft rubber wheels, ensuring a smooth ride for your little one, on various terrains (well, the ones I’ve tested anyway!). The padded, adjustable height handlebar has a few different locking positions and is ideal for Andy and I as we differ in height and it’s really comfortable to push around for lengthy journeys. You can also purchase a cup holder that attaches to the chassis handle if you so wish.
The Crusi is also really easy to manoeuvre, even one handed, thanks to the over-sized rear tires and lockable swivel, front wheels. A single brake activates all four wheels on the right side of the chassis and the rear wheels feature handy splashguards to prevent debris from entering the cargo basket.
If you’re planning to have more little ones in future, the Stokke Crusi is the first stroller in the Stokke line to allow for a second child seat, transforming it seamlessly into a double stroller. Featuring a comfortable, padded seat and a retractable sun canopy, the ‘Sibling Seat’ can be attached in two positions and is for children weighing up to 33 pounds.
I haven’t had the opportunity to test the sibling seat as Jack is too heavy, but I think it’s a brilliant feature and makes the Stokke Crusi a worthwhile, longer-term investment. My only gripe is the lack of storage space when the sibling seat is in use.
The Stokke Crusi is currently available in eight colours (l to r): Red, Brown, Black Melange, Purple, Beige Melange, Black, Urban Blue and Deep Blue.
I am a huge fan of grey so chose the ‘Black Melange’ and I adore it. The fabric feels very luxurious and with the exception of the canopy and visor, the covers can all be removed and machine washed at 30°C which is very handy when dealing with messy babies and toddlers! It’s super easy to remove the textiles too as they are connected to the seat with poppers/zips.
Costing £1168 for the Chassis, Seat and Carrycot or £1437 for the Chassis, Seat, Carrycot and Sibling Seat, the Stokke Crusi most certainly doesn’t come cheap, but if you are looking for a stroller that can grow with your family and stand the test of time, has a three year warranty, has been constructed with impeccable attention to detail and has a top notch design, the Crusi represents excellent value for money.
I adore this stroller. Not only is it aesthetically stylish, garnering a huge amount of admiring glances and compliments whenever we leave the house, it’s also a dream to push, and has the plushest, softest seat keeping Phoebe extremely comfortable, even on long walks. As with all Stokke products, the attention to detail and design is first class and I really like that the chassis is free of visible nuts and bolts ensuring a sleek, streamlined, modern look.
Above all, it’s the longevity that is one of the biggest draws to the Crusi. The fact that it can be used from birth and incorporates a sibling seat makes it a worthwhile investment as it will grow with your family and adapt to your changing needs.