A favorite stroller of celebrities, the 4moms Origami offers cutting-edge technologies that include an electronic fold/unfold, self-generating power and an LED screen. But some reviewers warn that the Origami is only a marginally successful stroller. Suitable from 6 months to 40 pounds, the Origami doesn't offer the versatility or flexibility of other strollers in its price class. And at 32 pounds, it is one of the heaviest strollers on the market.
A sensor monitors for the child. To prevent the 4moms Origami's celebrated electronic fold/unfold from accidentally trapping a child, 4moms created a child-detection sensor in the seat that prevents the stroller from folding with a child in it. The sensor has a display on the LED screen to remind absentminded parents that the child is in the stroller -- or not. There is also a safety lock to prevent toddlers from accidentally folding or unfolding the stroller. While most reviewers say the sensor works well, one parent notes that small babies (under the recommended 6 months of age) will not be picked up by the sensor. Parents who are eager to use the stroller before their baby reaches the recommended age cannot count on the sensor working.
Additional tech-driven safety features on the Origami include headlights that come on automatically in low-light conditions, and daytime running lights in front for visibility. You can turn the lights on and off manually with a control knob on the handlebar. The Origami is also equipped with a five-point safety harness and one-touch, linked brakes.
The first power-folding stroller. The 4moms Origami is the first, and currently the only, power-folding stroller. It's described as miraculously easy -- simply turn a dial and a push button and watch the stroller do the rest. The Origami draws its power from generators on the rear wheels that charge the stroller as you walk. The stroller battery can also be charged with an included adapter cable, but this generally is not necessary. The battery is designed to last for 100 openings or closings, and also powers the LED screen and headlights. If for some reason power fails, there is a manual override that allows you to fold/unfold the stroller without power.
Thanks to its generators and batteries, the Origami weighs in at a hefty 32 pounds, but it is fairly compact when folded -- if you can lift it into the trunk. The Origami is equipped with hidden wheels that allow you to roll it like luggage from place to place -- but parents say that lifting the stroller is hard, and that it is difficult to get it up and down stairs.
The Origami has high 41-inch, nonadjustable push handles, and is comfortable for tall parents with a long stride. While reviewers say the Origami is easy to push with two hands, they also say it is definitely not a one-hand stroller. The four wheels with all-wheel suspension perform well on even terrain and can handle rough surfaces, although steering is more of a challenge. Reviewers say that the stroller straps are easy to adjust and that it is easy to recline the seat. The Origami frame can be wiped clean, and the storage bag and seat insert are machine washable.
Lots of gadgets, less versatility. The 4moms Origami is the most tech-savvy stroller available. It features an LED screen over the handlebars with time, temperature, distance traveled (trip and lifetime), speed, battery life and a sensor display of the child. There is a USB port that allows you to recharge your cell phone with an optional accessory (*Est. $40). The charger comes with a handlebar bag that holds the extra wire and your phone. Additional features include two parent cupholders and two sippy cup/bottle holders, a removable under-seat storage bag that reviewers say is too small for a large purse or diaper bag, and a storage pocket on the seat back.
Unlike many strollers in its price class that include bassinet options, high weight ratings and deep reclines, the Origami is only suitable for babies from 6 months old up to toddlers of 40 pounds. A car-seat adapter is available (*Est. $60) for the popular Graco Snugride infant car seat, so that you can use the stroller as a travel system with a newborn. While the seat is described as roomy and comfortable, with a nicely padded harness and adjustable footrest, most reviewers note that the two-position seat does not recline much for sleeping. The Origami does have a large canopy that operates well, with quiet joints that allow you to unfold a sun visor and mesh panel for airflow on top.
Two-year warranty. Consumers report that 4moms offers great customer support -- that they are responsive and fix issues quickly. The website is easy to navigate, with plenty of online resources including well-illustrated instructions, product manual downloads and warranty information. The 4moms Origami comes with a two-year warranty.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent These online stroller reviews are additional materials to supplement Chapter 9 of the 2011 edition of the book "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields. The authors provide ratings for overall brands and for individual models. Available to subscribers only, the bonus materials include a detailed section on the 4moms Origami Stroller, the only stroller offered by this brand.
Review: Bonus Material: Extra and Archived Stroller Reviews, Denise and Alan Fields, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good The 4moms Origami is named first in this roundup of 10 top strollers. Reviewers mention all the tech features that make the Origami unique, but don't talk about its functionality as a stroller. They do not mention how they tested or selected their top strollers, and reviews are extremely brief.
Review: Top 10 Strollers: 4moms Origami, Editors of TheBump.com, Not Dated
3. Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent The U.K.'s Which? magazine -- similar to ConsumerReports.org -- is an excellent review publication, which at times is even more comprehensive than ConsumerReports.org. This article highlights the latest in pushchair (stroller) innovation for 2013 and includes the 4moms Origami Stroller.
Review: 4moms Origami, Editors of Which?, Sept. 24, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate 29 single traditional strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and folded size. The 4moms Origami is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but do not factor into the rankings.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Corley, the About.com guide to baby products, has a lot of positive things to say about the 4moms Origami stroller. She notes that the tech features are unique and useful and that they operate well. She says the stroller is easy to maneuver on smooth terrain and does fairly well on less even terrain. However, Corley states that for the price she wishes the Origami included more accessories, like the car-seat adapter, and notes that the 40-pound weight capacity is low for the overall price.
Review: 4moms Origami Stroller Review, Heather Corley, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz's highly positive review of the 4moms Origami runs through and demonstrates the stroller's unique features. Highlights include the amazingly compact electronic fold and the luggage-style wheels for transport. Schultz acknowledges the stroller's high weight, but says that it is manageable. Overall, she says brand-new technology comes at a premium price, but may be worth it for techies.
Review: Baby Gizmo 4Moms Origami Review, Hollie Schultz, Jan. 4, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The 4moms Origami receives an average of 4 out of 5 stars in just a handful of reviews posted on Amazon.com. Most reviewers like the stroller a lot. One parent says she had issues with sticky wheels, and that 4moms customer service was responsive and sent new wheels immediately. Parents say that the stroller is heavy and large for some errands or when you have to lift it up/down stairs, but that the compact fold is very good. There is one extremely negative review stating that the stroller features failed early.
Review: 4moms Origami Stroller in Silver, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
8. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Good The 4moms Origami receives an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars with just over a dozen reviews posted on BabiesRUs.com. Most reviewers say the stroller is durable, easy to maneuver and comfortable. Users also say it is easy to stow despite its higher weight -- with only a few posters commenting that the weight makes the stroller unmanageable. Multiple users post that customer service is great and that the stroller lives up to expectations.
Review: Origami Power Folding Stroller - Silver, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good "The Stroller Girl" is more skeptical than other reviewers about the practicality of the 4moms Origami stroller. While she acknowledges that the tech gadgets are cool and unique, she also notes that they aren't the kinds of features that add to the stroller's day-to-day utility. She notes the heavy weight, minimal recline and small storage basket as major issues with this stroller.
Review: The Stroller Girl Review of the 4Moms Origami, "The Stroller Girl ", March 19, 2012
10. ABC News
Review Credibility: Good Joanna Stern took the 4moms Origami for a test drive with a mom friend and her 18-month-old daughter. She is impressed with the Origami's tech features that set it apart from any other stroller on the market, and with the electronic fold in particular. However, she states that the stroller offers adequate but not great storage options, requires two hands to push and is very heavy at 32 pounds.
Review: 4moms Origami Stroller Review: The Highest-Tech Stroller Ever, Joanna Stern, April 23, 2012