A while back the lovely people at Diono sent me their brand new travel system to review. Since attending the launch event and writing up my first impressions about the Diono Quantum travel system, I’ve been putting this fabulous new buggy through its paces. (With some help from Little Mister H of course!)
I thought it was about time that I write-up some more considered thoughts about the Diono Quantum Travel System.
The Diono Quantum travel system – a review
A different proposition
The main reason I’m a fan of the Diono Quantum Travel System, is that it is extremely different to the other buggies and travel systems we’ve used. When Little Miss H was a baby, we used a travel system that needed so many different bits and pieces. Some of these we had to purchase separately.
There’s none of that with the Diono.
For one thing, the ingenious 3-in-1 smart seat means a single unit acts as the bassinet and then (with the fastening of a few clips) converts to a toddler seat. This means less room in your hallway or garage taken up by separate parts. In a small house like ours, that’s a huge bonus. Also included in the price are car seat adaptors, which work perfectly with our Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix.
Lots of room for big kids and bags
Another great thing about the toddler seat (as well as the fact it can be both forward and rear facing) is its size. Little Miss H was always a tall girl and she outgrew our travel system and stroller before she was up to a long walk. We had to buy an extra-spacious stroller for her last days of being pushed.
We did like this stroller, but it seemed like a bit of a waste to buy a new buggy just for a few months of use. The extra-large seat of the Diono Quantum means the system can be used from birth until your little one is walking everywhere.
If we’d had the Diono Quantum Travel System from birth then there would have been no need for this (which would have saved us money and effort). This is also handy if you have a baby and a toddler and want the option to use the system for either.
One more thing about space – I don’t drive and we live about half an hour’s walk from the shops. So room for bags and boxes is really important for me. The Diono Quantum meets my needs because the basket is HUGE. It has made my regular trips to town with Little Miss and Little Mister so much easier.
I should say that the consequence of all this room is that the Diono Quantum is pretty bulky. And this for me, is the only downside of this travel system.
It folds neatly enough, and we can get it into the boot of our Fiesta. But I hear lots of grumbling from Mr H (he does like a grumble) that there’s not room for much else. I think this is only an issue if you’re comparing it to a stroller. The Diono Quantum is probably comparable to most other travel systems in terms of the space it takes up when folded.
However, the Diono Quantum Travel System can be folded with one hand and has a shoulder strap so that it is easy to transport. This is amazing. Especially, if like me, you are juggling bags, a fidgety baby and a four year old who has a habit of running off.
Give me a brake
The last feature of the Diono Quantum that I want to mention is the brake. And I LOVE IT! Because the Diono has a single, large central brake.
Having spent years trying to faff around getting the brakes on various systems and strollers to work (I’ll admit I am not the most coordinated) this is so easy. One push, whatever your footwear, and it is done. Brilliant!
Also, the brake firmly holds the travel system stationary. This is perfect for me. I often get the bus around town and the last thing I want is for Little Mister H and his buggy to go whizzing down the aisle of the bus.
Other reasons we love the Diono Quantum
Oh go on, let me mention some other things that set the Diono Quantum Travel System apart from other travel systems on the market.
1. The canopy
The Diono Quantum has a huge extended canopy. This is great for sunny weather and shielding a sleeping baby. I have never seen a canopy on a buggy that completely covers the baby.
The Quantum comes in a range of gorgeous colours. Ours is the teal, which is lovely, but I am also partial to the navy ( which is exclusive to Babies R Us).
The six position handle bar means you can easily adapt the height so that is comfortable to push.
Tunbridge Wells has many hills and I often worry about accidentally letting go of the buggy and it rolling downhill. But the Diono Quantum has a safety wrist strap on the handle to ensure that this isn’t a problem.
The Quantum includes a peek-a-boo window and a ventilation panel. Which means you can check on baby when the toddler seat is forward facing.
For £500, the Diono Quantum Travel system pretty much gives you everything you need. I wish it had been around when Little Miss H was a newborn. It is fair to say that I’m a fan!
You can find lots more information on the Diono website
We were sent the Diono Quantum Travel System for the purpose of this review. But as always, all words, opinions and images are 100% my own and completely honest.