I get around a bit when it comes to pushchairs/strollers/buggies. By the time Nova was half a year old we’d been through four of them, which is nearly one for every month of his life!
In my defence, it wasn’t an intentional thing. One of them got annihilated by the airport luggage carousel and one of them seemed ideal but turned out to be rubbish once we started using it.
So, when I say that the Nuna PEPP Luxx is a great stroller for your travels I really do mean it.
I guess I should highlight that I travel a lot, so a flimsy umbrella type buggy is never going to work for me or Nova. If you just go on a one-two week holiday once a year to sit by the pool and not really explore then yeah, you might want to just get a £20 buggy that you don’t have to worry about.
If, however, like us you travel a fair bit and like to go on lots of walks, discovering your new destination then I can’t recommend this one enough. Like I say, I’ve tried a fair few out so like to think I know what I’m talking about. I think it’d also make a great day-to-day stroller and I’ve actually started using it when I just want to nip out too.
So what makes the Nuna PEPP Luxx so great?
♥ The Canopy
The extendable sunshade (or canopy as they call it) is miles better than any I’ve seen. Most of the time we venture to sunnier places than the UK, so this feature is super helpful.
It simply pulls out to create a super sturdy little ‘roof’ over your baba. You can pull it out a little bit or all the way, and it even has a genius flip out eyeshade, which is basically an extra bit of material that you unzip from the canopy to create an even better shield from the light. That perk is a lifesaver when it comes to on-the-go snoozes.
♥ The Flat Recline
And talking of which, this feature also deserves a gold star. We seriously underestimated the value of a flat recline, until we got so fed up of having to try to prop Nova’s head up with muslins as he slumped forward in his former upright stroller.
The PEPP Luxx not only goes into a flat recline, but it also does so with complete grace thanks to the side zips. You probably won’t appreciate what I’m about to say unless you have a baby or you’ve tried to shift a stroller from upright to flat with a sleeping baby in it. Let’s just say that often it’s so tricky to do it whilst they’re in the buggy that they just end up waking up. And baby or no baby, I’m sure you’ll know that waking a sleeping baby is never a good thing.
Nova often goes into his buggy awake. It’s not until we start moving that he falls asleep, so we’d have no chance of getting him to happily lie flat whilst he’s awake, so it’d be no good to simply do that.
With this magical buggy there are three positions – upright, laidback and flat (my terms of endearment, not Nuna’s). You just adjust a zip on each side of the buggy to swap between the various positions and because it’s a zip (rather than a lever or strap that you have to yank), you can do it really gradually. Nova usually starts upright then once he starts to nod off we go to the middle one, then once he’s really out of it we fully recline and he sleeps soundly and comfortably.
Can you tell how much I love this feature?!
♥ The Style
Ok, don’t judge me but the third reason to love the PEPP Luxx is the style. Just like the travel cot, it’s just so classy and chic.
We went for ‘indigo’, which is essentially navy and timeless in my opinion. It also comes in some other stylish colours; berry, graphite, night, blackberry, chocolate and cilantro. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.
The frame and body of the buggy is simplicity at its best. There’s nothing garish or ugly about this stroller, so much so that we’ve had loads of people stop us to tell us how stylish it is. You don’t need to tell me!
♥ It’s SO practical
The PEPP Luxx folds ridiculously easily – just gently lift a section on the handlebar and push it into itself. It folds down flat, resting on the four wheels so you can easily store it under a bed and wheel it back out when you need to. I imagine that’d be handy for people living in smaller homes.
It can also stand upright on it’s own, so you don’t have to lean it on a wall. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I often find the other sort always end up slipping down from their prop, nearly breaking my leg in the process.
Opening it is even easier – you can do it with just one hand, which makes it perfect when you want to use it at the airport.
Unlike most of those cheapy umbrella style buggies, you can adjust the handlebar height of the PEPP Luxx, so it’s great for both smaller travellers and taller ones like me – I’m nearly 5ft 8.
The braking system is in-keeping with the style of the buggy, in that it’s super simple. You just flick the middle section of the base up or down. The PEPP Luxx also has ‘progressive suspension technology’, which in the real world means that it’s a smooth ride for your little one.
We’ve used our one on cobbles, grass, gravel, pavement, shiny floors…the list goes on and it’s been surprisingly good. Admittedly our big travel system stroller seems a bit more robust for off-roading, but the PEPP Luxx hasn’t let us down yet and we did some serious mileage with it in Canada!
What’s not to love about the PEPP?
The only thing that comes to mind is the comfort of the handlebar. After an hour or two of walking it starts to hurt your hand, or at least it did for me when we were walking in Edmonton, but we were trekking up a maaaaasive hill so that could have been part of the reason. I got round it by using one of his blankets or muslins on it if we were doing a big walk. Jay didn’t have any issues, so it could just be my girly hands!
Like I say, I love this buggy and have even been using it at home, though it will remain as my travel buggy. Those wheels are going to have some adventures, eh?!
You can find out more about the Nuna PEPP Luxx here.
Big thanks to Nuna for providing the buggy, though I should probably highlight that we had already brought this one anyway – we love it that much. Great minds think alike!