A safe ride. The Mutsy Easyrider has a padded, five-point harness that parents say works easily for them but can't be opened by children. The rear brakes are foot operated, but each wheel locks independently. The Easyrider locks automatically when folded to prevent accidental opening.
"Dream-like" steering, a three-step fold. The Mutsy Easyrider earns its place in two Best-of-2011 stroller roundups thanks to its "top-notch" steering and super maneuverability. However, unlike many umbrella strollers, folding the Easyrider is a three-step, multi-hand and foot process. One owner calls it "annoying" and notes that the unfold is just as bad. She also notes that the brakes don't lock when the stroller is closed, making it difficult to balance it in the upright position. Other users say it's an easy process, and one user says she can do it with one hand and one foot in flip flops.
The recline and adjustable footrest on the Easyrider are described as easy to use. It's a bit heavier than some umbrella strollers at 15.43 pounds, but has a carry strap for ease of lifting and carrying.
A long usable life. Umbrella strollers often draw criticism for seats that allow children to slump. The Mutsy Easyrider's seat is described as well padded and supportive, with a high back and a footrest that users say adjusts well for children of different ages. The seat also has a decent recline, but not full, so it's only suitable for ages 6 months old and up. It has a maximum weight capacity of 55 pounds, and owners say it's comfortable for larger children, with one owner noting that her 55-pound, 5-year-old loves it.
Experts and owners say the Mutsy Easyrider is incredibly maneuverable even on more challenging terrains, like grass, playground mulch and sand. The stroller's front swivel wheels can be locked in the forward-facing position for even easier pushing on rough surfaces. Users also comment on the Easyrider's good handle design that is well padded and high enough that tall pushers don't have to hunch.
The Easyrider has an adjustable/removable canopy that most parents say is adequate, but not large. There is a small, under-seat basket. A representative for Mutsy said they no longer make a rain cover for the Easyrider, but they do sell a universal rain cover that will work.
Owners report that Mutsy is responsive to service issues even after the one-year warranty period has expired. Mutsy will make new components available as needed.
"Sturdy, attractive and turns on a dime … I'd buy it again at full price." That owner, who also says the fold and unfold is very annoying, pretty much sums up our take on the Mutsy Easyrider: the good overrides the bad. It doesn't accommodate newborns, but if you need a solid, comfortable stroller that works on a variety of terrains, the Easyrider is a good choice.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Mutsy Easyrider was Babble.com's "close second" place winner in their best umbrella stroller category. They say that the Easyrider is well featured, maneuvers very well, and offers a sturdy, supportive design.
Review: Babble Best 2011 Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
2. Canadian Family
Review Credibility: Very Good Canadian Baby editors and testers name the Mutsy Easyrider "Best Umbrella," saying it far surpasses the expected performance of a typical umbrella stroller. They love the well-padded seat and the "dream-like" steering. A mom of three says it's a sturdy stroller with a lot of convenient features.
Review: The 9 Best Single Strollers of 2011, Ali Martell, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good While the Mutsy Easyrider only has a handful of reviews, it receives a perfect 5 out 5 rating from all but one reviewer. Users love the Easyrider's recline and maneuverability. There is one isolated complaint about folding being a three-step process, but another reviewer says she can do it with one hand and one foot.
Review: Mutsy Easyrider Umbrella Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Stroller Queen Janet McLaughlin reviews the Mutsy Easyrider, even taking it on the Stroller Queen obstacle course (dirt piles, sand, grass, playground mulch, bumpy sidewalks). She likes its comfort for children, good recline, and smooth ride, even on bumpier terrains. Overall, she says it's a great stroller for the price.
Review: Mutsy Easyrider Review, Janet McLaughlin, Sept. 4, 2011