After lots of research and careful consideration, even with the lack of reviews compared to other strollers, I decided to take my chances and purchase the Urbini Omni Solo from walmart.com. Afterall, it was the only stroller featuring a parent-facing option in my budget. I figure a review is definitely warranted.
Here are the factors that played into my decision:
- Price I absolutely, positively did NOT want to spend more than 130.00$. Every other stroller with the features I was looking for were priced at 200.00$ or more. I paid 126.00$ for this stroller including free shipping. Plus, I ordered it on Monday and got it by Friday!
- Features The main feature I was looking for was a parent-facing seating option and the Urbini Omni strollers offer much more! There is the travel system feature,where you just remove the seat and connect an Urbini brand compatible car seat, bassinet-style seat either facing parent or facing the world, or, with the click of a couple of buckles, you can convert the bassinet into a reclinable chair style seat with, again, the option of facing parents or the world. Please note that the compatible car seats for this stroller are very limited both to the Urbini brand and by model. My stroller, The Urbini Omni Solo, which is technically just the stroller instead of the complete travel system, is only compatible with the Urbini Petal Infant Carseat. So please make sure you do your own research about the stroller's compatibility with carseats before purchasing. To make life easier, you could just get the whole complete travel system if that is what you need. There is no child tray or even a parent console and while these weren't issues for me as I have remedies that I either have or can purchase, understandably for some people, the lack of these features could be a deal-breaker. The storage basket is big enough for me and is better accessible through the front. Overall, it is lightweight, smooth, and easy to maneuver. However, it isn't too compact when folded and if you need it to be extra compact, you may have to remove the seat before folding which seems tedious to me. You may want to check the dimensions of the stroller versus your trunk before purchasing.
Here is a generalized list of pros and cons:
- easy to maneuver
- versatile seating options
- ability to create a travel system
- affordable, even when considering the full travel system
- big enough storage basket to store small - medium size bag and other small essentials \
- no parent console
- no child tray
- storage basket may not be big enough to fit everyone's needs
- a little wobbly but sturdy enough to ensure safety
- not compact when folded; may have to remove seat before folding to ensure compactness
- Carseat options for travel system is very limited
Overall, I am really enjoying my new stroller and I hope this review serves its purpose and helps others in their purchasing decisions. I will come back and update this review every few months just to let others know how the stroller is holding up in the long-term.