Jazz EaSyS Size 1 Review
My reasons for choosing the Jazz EaSyS Special Needs pushchair:-
Looks – The Jazz EaSyS looks like a ‘normal’ pushchair so it was more acceptable to my daughter to use (she called it her ‘Big Girl’ pushchair). There is also different colour options to choose from.
Handling – The Jazz EaSyS is very easy to push, even considering the weight of it (approx 18kg) and it turns easily which is useful when shopping. It handles just like a standard pushchair, except it is less prone to tipping.
Off Roading – The Jazz EaSyS copes well with parks, gravel paths and muddy paths. We even took it to the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey which is a National Trust area of woodland. It couldn’t do the wooden steps laid into the side of the valley but I don’t think many pushchairs could!
Comfort – The seat is well padded and is almost infinitely adjustable – the width of the seat, the height of the seat back, the angle of the leg rest, the length of the leg rest, whether the child has extra support (e.g. lateral supports or pommels, etc can be added if needed), the rake/tilt of the seat and best of all the seat reclines to flat but as it does so it moves the seat so that the centre of gravity has change so the seat isn’t vulnerable to tipping over. The suspension can be adjusted to suit the terrain or child’s comfort too.
The Hood – The Jazz EaSyS hood is very large and can be adjusted to be higher or lower according to the height of the child – it also has dials on each side so you can adjust how easy it is to move the hood open/closed. The hood has a large viewing panel so the if it is raining/windy you can pull the hood down in front of the child and pull the flap back (attaches to the hood with velcro and there is more velcro to hold it back too) and the child can see out. There is also a big back pocket that holds the leg cover so it’s stored away neatly.
The Sleeping Bag – This comes in two parts – a back rest cover and a bag for the child’s legs. This velcros and ties on the the seat and the leg rest to stop it falling off. It is very snug and is roomy too (my daughter had lots of feet room. It wouldn’t be ideal for a young toddler though as it would be too big, I feel (my younger daughter sometimes sat in the Jazz and the sleeping bag swamped her). It seems to be splash-proof rather than completely water-proof though but it is thickly padded so would be fine in a light shower if not a heavy down pour (the leg cover can be added on top to help water-resistance.
Shopping Basket – The shopping basket is large and easily accessible due to an extending panel. It does have the suspension/tilting mechanism with in it though so there isn’t as much height to the basket as the could be.
Parent/Outward facing – You can choose which way the Jazz EaSyS seat faces and it is fairly easy once you have the knack (I even swapped the seat round with my daughter still in it – though it was very heavy!)
Handle Bar – Very adjustable in height and this also helps when folding as you can make the fold slightly smaller by flipping the handle closer.
Accessories – You can get extra padding for the frame, extra supports, play tray, different harnessing (we had a lap belt and X-harrness), full shower cap style raincover (clear plastic), parasols, indoor stands/frames for the seat unit so the child can use their Jazz seat indoors as well. It can also be used on transport as it has tethering points on the frame.
Second Child Carrying Capabilities – The Lascal Buggyboard is compatible with the Jazz EaSyS (we had a Maxi version on it). It works really well but only in outward facing mode as otherwise the leg rest is in the way of the 2nd child’s legs. The recline is also limited in the same fashion. It handles well with the buggyboard on and I didn’t notice the same deterioration in handling that I have noticed on some pushchairs when used with a buggyboard. It is also compatible with a BuggyPod (side car type seat with one wheel). This was absolutely horrendous to use and I wouldn’t recommend adding on to the Jazz unless it is your only option (note: the addition of the BuggyPod means that even going on slightly bumpy ground/uneven paving is very precarious and, in my opinion, only suited to supermarkets/shopping centres with very large lifts). The Jazz needs an ordinary sized connector and a large connector (the large connector is available as an extra in pairs) as the front and back parts of the frame are different sizes. Having the BuggyPod on did also attract a lot of attention (pointing, staring, people stopping in street) which really upset my daughter.
Transporting – The Jazz EaSyS went on buses easily and didn’t take up masses of room. It’s not a particularly compact fold but you can fold the leg rest up and the handle down to make it a bit smaller. It is easy to fold too (just pull two catches up on either side of the frame).
The Jazz EaSyS looks like a ‘normal’ pushchair so people often didn’t realise it was a SN pushchair and were rude to my daughter about being in the pushchair instead of her younger sister.
My daughter was close to outgrowing it by leg length when she was about 107cm (though she is very leggy), the weight limit is massive compared to the height limit so it probably would have been better for us to get the size 2 model in hind sight. Luckily she doesn’t need it any more.
The Jazz EaSyS is very heavy and was almost impossible for me to put in the boot by myself (lifting in over the lip of the boot was difficult for my husband too). It probably would be a lot easier if you split it into the seat & chassis and lifted each part separately.
All in all the Jazz EaSyS is a very good SN pushchair and I would certainly buy another one if we had need of it again, it was supportive and comfortable for my daughter and it was easy to push – what more can you want?
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