The Mutsy Transporter offers all-terrain capability in a relatively lightweight and compact package that will fit in the trunk of your car. It can accept newborns with optional car seat and bassinet, but expert reviewers like it better than owners, who tend to pan it for a variety of reasons. It also offers few extra accessories, either included or optional.
Sturdy ride, with good safety features. According to expert testers, the Transporter feels sturdy and stable, with a well-proportioned wheel base and relatively large wheels. The seat comes equipped with a padded five-point harness, and there is a removable bumper bar for further protection in the unlikely event of a tipover. The rear wheels feature linked brakes that operate with a simple up-and-down lever, and the front swivel wheels lock in the forward-facing position when greater stability is required.
Great all-terrain maneuverability. Rolling on 12-inch rear wheels and 9-inch front wheels, the Mutsy Transporter is "smooth as silk," reviewers say, and offers a great one-handed push on all types of terrain. A height-adjustable handlebar means tall moms and dads won't kick the rear wheels when walking. Distinct from other all-terrain strollers that pack considerable bulk and weight, the assembled Transporter is small enough for comfortable indoors and urban use, according to reviews.
The Transporter folds down with a two-handed mechanism that most -- though not all -- users say is easy to use. Once the stroller is folded, you must attach a strap manually, which reviewers say is difficult to do. Most reviewers say the Transporter is bulky when folded, and at 25 pounds, it is not lightweight. When a more compact fold is required, the Transporter has wheels that are easy to pop off.
Operated by a drawstring, the seat-recline mechanism gets mixed feedback. According to reviews it can be difficult to raise and secure the position, particularly with a heavier child, and it requires two hands to recline. The Transporter seat cover can be removed for hand washing or wiped clean; the frame wipes clean.
Light on extras. Without accessories, the Mutsy Transporter accommodates babies from 6 months old up to 55-pound children. Reviews say that the seat is nicely cushioned, with a nap-friendly, removable headrest and a high seat back for taller children, but there are complaints that it is unstructured and slouchy. The seat reclines deeply, but not completely flat. There is a non-adjustable footrest. To use the Transporter with a newborn or a baby under 6 months old, you will need either the bassinet accessory (*Est. $150) or a car-seat adapter (*Est. $35 ) for select infant car seats to turn the stroller into a travel system.
Reviews describe the sun canopy as "decent" but on the small side, and there is no peekaboo window. The canopy features a zippered pocket, but reviewers say it's too small to fit much of anything. The Transporter has a generous under-seat storage basket, but lacks a parent tray or child tray. The stroller does not come with any extras, but rain covers for the seat (*Est. $20) and bassinet (*Est. $35) are available. If you want a cupholder or any additional accessories, you will have to explore other brands.
One-year warranty. The Mutsy Transporter comes with a one-year warranty. The website has instructional videos on stroller use, and it is easy to download the manual.
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 Mutsy Transporter 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
2. 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 Mutsy brand and the Mutsy Transporter specifically.
Review: Bonus Material: Extra and Archived Stroller Reviews, Denise and Alan Fields, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Babble.com's 2011 best-stroller roundup includes the Mutsy Transporter as a Readers' Choice pick, along with a brief review. Editors say the Transporter has a full-coverage canopy and ample storage, along with great maneuverability.
Review: Readers' Choice: Mutsy Transporter, Editors of Babble.com, Not Dated
4. Stroller Queen Reviews
Review Credibility: Very Good "Stroller Queen" Janet McLaughlin's photo-illustrated review of the Mutsy Transporter places it in the snow. She describes it as a stroller that can handle snow and maneuver easily in all terrain, while still fitting in the trunk of your car. She says the 12-inch rear wheels are big enough for outdoor use and small enough for shopping indoors.
Review: Mutsy Transporter Review, "The Stroller Queen", March 19, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Mutsy Transporter receives an average of 3 out of 5 stars, based on just a few user reviews. These mixed reviews say that the Transporter is good but could be better. Cons include the stroller's bulk -- even when folded -- slouchy seat, easy-to-detach safety bar, lack of cupholder, two-hand fold/unfold and awkward recline. The more positive comments include the stroller's light weight, quality construction, smooth rolling, adjustable handle and decent basket size.
Review: Mutsy Transporter Light-Weight Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013