Presenting the Inglesina Swift
Sporty and Comfortable Umbrella Stroller
The colorful Inglesina Swift umbrella stroller is a delight to use, functions beautifully and is quite eyecatching.
If you want a lightweight stroller known for durability, quality and function, then you need to take a look at the Inglesina Swift. This stroller weighs 13 pounds and can carry a maximum weight of 55 pounds. While the Swift doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the pricier umbrella strollers, it does have features that parents rave about.
The Swift has a spacious basket beneath the seat that can hold almost 7 pounds, which is quite big for an umbrella stroller. Parents, you also enjoy tall ergonomic handles and superb maneuverability. The seat reclines in 4 positions and owners give a thumbs up for their child's comfort. Oh, you also get to choose from four colors in the 2012 collection.
Overall ratings are between 4 & 4½ stars for the larger wheels and better maneuverability. Parents like to take this stroller traveling with them so their child can have a comfortable place to nap.
I was quite excited when the box arrived and I took out the Inglesina Swift; I didn't have to assemble anything. Just take off the plastic covering, unfold and use!
What else was a delight about this product? I can tell you it is certainly a best umbrella stroller - one of the top for its price range. By the time you finish reading about the Inglesina Swift, I'm sure you'll agree. So let me start by showing you all the fantastic features.
Inglesina Swift Features:
Durability and performance
The Inglesina Swift stroller has convenient, comforting features while maintaining a light weight of only 13 pounds because of the high strength aluminum frame. When I pushed this stroller, it didn't have that rickety, cheap feel. It was "tight" and well put together. I noticed it has the same folding safety hinges as the newer Maclaren strollers. I also like the black frame, one of the top trends that fashion-forward brands highlight with their latest models.
Your baby can be as young as 6 months old to ride in this stroller and it can hold a child up to 55 pounds. This lovely child is 2½ years old, so you get an idea of the size ratio. You'll be able to use this stroller for many years and keep in mind that most umbrella strollers only hold 30-40 pounds.
The smooth ride and maneuverability of the Swift is a pleasure to take on long walks. The wheels are made of rubber and have a bit of give to them when I press with my finger. This cushions the bumps better than hard plastic wheels. Front-end suspension smooths out the rides, as well. Walking around my neighborhood, the Swift handled the bumps and cracks extremely well - rolled over almost everything with ease.
Now with maneuverability, this stroller turns tight corners quite well, but most umbrella strollers require two hands to turn due to the nature of two handles. However, walking straight on sidewalks, I could push one-handed.
The Inglesina Swift is well-balanced. I hung seven pounds off the handle before the empty stroller began to tip backward. While it is not recommended to hang bags off your handles, most parents do, especially while shopping, so keep it at seven pounds or less.
Since the front wheels have the option to lock into place, your stroller will have more stability on bumpier surfaces and the 5¾-inch wheels certainly help. Best of all the locking levers are very easy to use, whereas other umbrella strollers I've tested were more difficult to lock. I can use my foot instead of my hand to lock and unlock.
Tell me about the seat
While having a reclining seat is a real plus, the Inglesina Swift gives you not two positions but four! Now you can find that perfect angle your child will be most comfortable when it comes to napping or relaxing. It is not a one-handed recline, but is still easy to do. The recline style and 4-positions is just like the Maclaren Triumph, a truly comparable stroller, but the Swift costs $50 less. The photo to the right shows you how far back it goes with the canopy removed.
The seatback is nice and tall at 19½-inches giving your child plenty of growing room; the previous photo shows our cute model who is 2½ years old and look at all that head space she has to the top of the canopy.
There's an additional 5 inches of headroom from the top of the seat to the canopy. The back rest is firm, not a hammock-style seat, so your child will be properly supported and comfortable longer. A flexible rubber footrest provides additional support.
I also like the bright colors! You've got to admit that green is quite eyecatching and the other colors available are gorgeous as well. It is made of polyester fabric that has been waterproofed. I sprayed water on the hood and on the seat and it beaded up and wiped right off. The same will happen with spilled milk or juice, just use a damp cloth and - viola!- good as new!
What is the fold like?
The Inglesina Swift has the standard umbrella stroller fold. Lift up on the lever behind the basket with your foot and push down on the small lever on the right to engage the fold. Do keep in mind that you have to empty the storage basket first and fold back the canopy.
Once your stroller is folded, an automatic lock holds the frame in place. You can easily take your Inglesina Swift with you anywhere because it has a handle on the side of the frame, making it a popular stroller for travel. When you hold it, the stroller feels well-balanced and easy to carry. At only 13 pounds, this is a compact and lightweight choice for families on the go.
And that sun canopy!
When I first opened the sun canopy, I was impressed. OK - good size! But then I popped out the sun visor and was blown away at the amount of coverage it provides. The visor itself gives an additional 8½-inches of sun protection. I like that! Another umbrella stroller that has a flip-out visor like that is the UPPAbaby G-Luxe or G-Lite.
What about safety features?
A five-point safety harness secures your child to the seat. The buckle isn't heavy duty, but it does the job.
Another safety feature I really like are the parking brakes. They are big enough to access easily - step down on each to engage and push up to release. The brake levers are not flip-flop friendly, however, they work very well and I am overall quite pleased with them.
Many families like to take after dinner walks or calm a night-time fuss with a ride around the neighborhood. To help ensure that drivers can see you in this low lighting, the Inglesina Swift has reflective accents for extra safety.
Comfort for parents
I like the tall, foam padded ergonomic handles; they are quite comfortable to grasp. Parents who are above average height also love the handles on the Inglesina Swift because they don't have to stoop down, as they do with other strollers the same size.
They don't kick the back of the stroller while walking, either. I'm 5'7" and never once brushed the back of the wheels, even at a brisk walk. The only issue I might see is that shorter folks may find that the handles are too high!
I am also impressed with the mesh storage basket beneath the seat. It can hold a medium-sized purse and some other smaller baby essentials - maybe a smaller diaper bag. But since it is an umbrella stroller, the fact that it has a basket at all is a huge plus.
I put my purse and camera in the storage basket with plenty of room to spare, but you're not going to have enough space for a full-sized diaper bag.
You're also going to have some trouble getting to your items in the storage basket if the seat is reclined. That is the nature of most umbrella strollers with this type of folding design.
But if you have a few small items, just keep them in the zippered pocket behind the sun canopy! It's just the right size for your phone, keys or wallet.
What accessories can I buy?
If this is not enough storage for you, you might consider getting the J.L. Childress Cups 'N Cargo Stroller Organizer because it has two cup holders, a huge mesh bag and zippered compartments for your secured items. It is very well priced and has 4½-star reviews.
Inglesina also makes a rain cover for the Swift in case you might be out in the wind or caught out in some drizzle.
Taking your stroller on an airline for that big family vacation? Ensure that it arrives undamaged by putting it in a Inglesina 2013 Stroller Bag Now this one is a bit pricey, but it is made especially for Inglesina single strollers and it's nice to have a matching brand.
A less expensive alternative to check out is the 4-star rated J.L. Childress Padded Umbrella Stroller Travel Bag which costs almost half the price of the Inglesina.
How much should I pay?
Most places online charge the same price for the Inglesina Swift and that's about $140. Keep in mind that prices are always fluctuating and could be slightly different than quoted.
See my video review of the Inglesina Swift.
A stroller I had reviewed a few weeks before the Inglesina Swift was quite disappointing, so when I took this one out for a test run around my neighborhood I was incredibly impressed.
First the overall quality is amazing and I personally rate the Inglesina Swift as a "best umbrella stroller" at 5 stars. I like the frame, tight and stable, as well as the steering and smooth ride over the bumps. The tall handles are comfortable and I don't kick the wheels.
Other standout features are the tall seatback, incredible canopy and waterproof fabric.
Recent reviewers give the Swift 4½ stars for the quality materials and smooth ride. A couple parents mention the tall handles and how comfortable it is to push. Others like the seat padding, that their child feels comfortable and the great looks.
There are very few complaints about this stroller, except that it weighs a couple more pounds than Maclarens, which was an important factor for one customer who also wanted a carry strap in addition to the handle.
Where can I buy the Inglesina Swift stroller?
The best place to go for the newest model strollers is on Amazon. You cannot go wrong with the prompt service and free shipping.
Just imagine taking your new fully assembled Inglesina Swift out of the box and taking your son or daughter for a ride a few days from now. This one's a sure bet!
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