Said to be the world’s first pram that’s entirely made of high-quality leatherette fabric, the Mima Xari stroller combines luxury, functionality, and simplicity like peanut butter and jelly on toast.
In today’s article, we’ll be diving deep into the Mima Xari, the “Porsche” of all strollers. How does it compete with other luxury brands? Is it even worth the price tag? Let’s find out in this review.
Table of Contents
- 1 Things to Consider Before Buying a Travel System Stroller
- 2 Mima Xari Stroller: A Quick Overview
- 3 Mima Xari Features and Benefits Worth Mentioning
- 4 Conclusion
Things to Consider Before Buying a Travel System Stroller
Travel system strollers typically have an easy-to-connect conversion system. This function allows parents to switch between a regular stroller, carrycot, and infant car seat at your command.
There are some factors to consider before buying a travel system stroller in addition to the essential stroller components, including comfort, stability, and safety.
One of the most vital things to consider when buying a travel system is your baby’s age. A travel stroller’s three-in-one feature is quite appealing, but if you’re not going to benefit or use it more than the stroller itself, it won’t be of much use.
Compare it to buying a coffee machine with 10 or more features: do you need a milk frother and an iced coffee function if you know you’re going to drink espressos 99 percent of the time?
The same is said with travel strollers. These units are specifically made to accommodate newly-born babies to about 10 to 15 months. If your toddler is over a year and a half old, it might be best to purchase a regular stroller instead.
Travel buggies are made for mommies and daddies who love to travel or go out with their little ones. As such, the stroller’s portability is something that should be closely considered.
If you don’t own a car, it’s best to search for a travel system that’s lightweight, compact, and easy to fold and unfold. The same is said if you own a small car. Bonus points if your stroller comes with a carrying handle, in case you need to carry it around when boarding a plane.
Mima Xari Stroller: A Quick Overview
As far as baby gear is concerned, the Mima Xari is the very definition of luxury. But like most luxurious prams, it comes with an expensive price tag. However, the Mima Xari isn’t just a pretty face.
One of the best things about this stroller is its travel system feature. As discussed, the Mima Xari is a 3-in-1 pushchair. It expertly unzips from a standard stroller to a carrycot for your little one with only a few simple steps. Plus, you can use it with a baby car seat if you so desire.
If that’s not enough, the seat itself is highly adjustable and reversible. The folding mechanism is likewise one of the best and most comfortable we’ve seen. On top of what you’d expect in a luxury pram, the Xari has a height-adjustable handlebar, a rain cover, and two shopping baskets.
Things We Like
- Unique design
- Built-to-last construction
- Reversible seats
- 3-in-1 travel system
- Easy and quick folding mechanism
Room For Improvement
- Isn’t suitable for heavier toddlers
- Has a limited height range
- The storage option isn’t the largest
- Not the most affordable
Mima Xari Features and Benefits Worth Mentioning
“The Mima Xari is what dreams are made of,” a friend of ours, who owned a Xari, once said. We would call it an exaggeration if she didn’t look so earnest.
This made us think, is it possible that it’s the “best” luxury stroller travel system there is? Before giving you a definitive answer, let’s break down its features individually.
At first glance, the Xari is indeed a sight to behold. Its stylish, egg-shaped design makes us believe Mima made this stroller to match the ever-evolving modern world. Out with the big, bulky, old-fashioned stroller and in with the sleek and compact Xari.
The stroller’s chassis comes in five stunning colors: black, aluminum, champagne, graphite grey, and elegant rose gold.
However, unlike most strollers, Mima actually allows you to choose the stroller’s base colors, including the seat, basket and sleeve, and canopy, from their website to suit your taste further.
You also get to choose the stroller’s starter pack colors, which comes with the package at no extra cost. No matter your style, Mima has the look for you.
The idea of a collapsible carrycot isn’t unique to the Mima brand. Other notable brands, including Maxi-Cosi and Bugaboo, have the same feature in their luxury prams. What makes it worth mentioning, however, is the fact that it’s exceptionally well-designed.
The carrycot is contained within the buggy’s pod seat, which can be positioned in three different recline positions. It also has two height positions, an adjustable handlebar, a sun canopy, and a rain cover.
Security-wise, this stroller comes with a 5-point harness, which is always a plus in our book. The chest pads that come with the harness perfectly pair with the matching luxurious liner.
The Xari seat adjustment is somewhat different from regular strollers. Instead of just adjusting the seat itself, you’ll need to tip the entire pod-shaped seat backward.
This feature is both an advantage and a disadvantage.
On the one hand, it allows your toddler to see and experience the great outdoors without holding up or straining his or her head. On the other, this function makes it unsuitable for infants or tiny babies.
Although the seat can’t be used by babies under six months, you can instead utilize the carrycot function, which simply zips open downwards to form a flat base. This allows your little one to sleep while laying down comfortably.
Also, as the stroller is almost entirely covered in leatherette, this buggy is extremely easy to wipe clean in case your child accidentally spills his juice or makes a bit of mess while on the go.
Height and Weight
Perhaps one of the things that might make parents think twice about buying the Xari is its size and weight constraints. The stroller itself isn’t the lightest thing in the world at approximately 33.7 pounds, but it’s not the heaviest either. We’d even go as far as to say it’s the ideal weight for travel strollers.
However, the maximum weight limit on the Xari is only 37.4 pounds, meaning it can’t safely and comfortably carry a heavier child. In comparison, most travel strollers we’ve reviewed can carry up to 45 pounds.
It also has a 20-inch seat-back from the seat’s top to its back, and since the canopy isn’t much higher, we can conclude that it isn’t suited for particularly tall infants. The seat isn’t as deep as we wanted it to be, either. In fact, we found it relatively shallow.
One of the most important aspects of any stroller is its performance when maneuvered around. The Mima Xari, thankfully, doesn’t disappoint.
Since the chassis is rather heavy, Mima made sure to make the Xari’s base extremely sturdy, so you won’t have to worry about the stroller’s safety. The stroller’s design likewise makes it especially easy to push around.
The Mima Xari comes with four wheels, two of which can be locked straight. This is particularly helpful for long walks or maneuvering through the bumpier grounds. The wheels come with a no-puncture offset spoke design due to the foam-filled, shock-absorbing tires, guaranteeing a practically maintenance-free experience for parents.
Made with top-of-the-class suspension, this buggy can handle harsh terrain with little to no issues. It’s smooth, steady, and a pleasure to push around.
The Mima Xari comes with two storage baskets in the bottom of the buggy. Unfortunately, they’re both relatively small for a travel unit. Baby bottles, snacks, and several clothes changes can easily fit in each basket, but you’ll have a bit of an issue storing a large pack of Pampers in there.
So, if the storage unit is what makes and breaks a stroller for you, you might want to (sadly) let go of the Xari.
We love how easy it is to fold the stroller. You can fold it down in less than 30 seconds with one hand!
All you’ll need to do is to move the handlebar so that it rests against the seat’s stop, then pull the side levers upwards, and fold the chair back, facing the floor. That’s it. The stroller is freestanding, so you don’t have to worry about it tipping over.
If you have the carrycot open, all you’ll need to do is fold it inside the chassis, close it shut, and repeat the steps above.
Unfolding the pushchair isn’t as easy as folding it, but it’s still not as challenging as most buggies. Once you get the hang of folding, you’ll be able to unfold the Xari in mere seconds.
The Mima Xari is a beautiful travel stroller that’s easy on the eyes. On top of its state-of-the-art design, it’s also extremely durable, easy to maneuver, and relatively compact. These features suit traveling moms and dads entirely.
The only downside to this buggy is its overall weight and height capacity. It’s not ideal for especially big or tall toddlers. Plus, if your baby reaches the age of about a year and a half, you’ll have to carry the carrycot around even if you won’t use it because it’s attached to the chassis.
If you’re a parent who loves traveling and going out in style, we’d say that the Mima Xari is a great choice.
If you’re searching for a travel buggy that isn’t quite as expensive, however, we highly recommend the Chicco Viaro stroller. Although it isn’t as “classy” or luxurious as the Mima Xari, it’s incredibly versatile, comfortable, and, best of all, spacious!