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Budget XL Special Needs Stroller


OVERVIEW

For many years the standard pushchair for an older/larger child was the Maclaren Major Elite. Our understanding is that the patent on that model has now expired allowing other manufacturers to copy the design.

The Budget XL is just one name for a copy of the Maclaren Major Elite, other companies sell 'copies' under the names:



The key differences we can see between the original Major Elite and the Budget XL, good and bad, are:

About 25% cheaper than the Major Elite.

The Seat Fabric wraps around the side of the frame giving some side protection.

The Footplate is a bit more fiddly to put on (although the Major Elite Footplate will fit the Budget XL and we can supply it if you really want)

There are three levels of holes for the shoulder harnesses compared to four levels on the Major Elite, and the straps are slightly shorter

Shorter Warranty.

The Budget XL is designed specially for the older/larger child who is not able to walk or, more likely, can walk...but either not far enough or reliably in the direction which you want to go.

The Budget XL covers an age range from say 2 years to 8 years, although suitability is more about size rather than age. This larger model is based on the standard 'umbrella style' folding strollers, the Budget XL is essentially just a larger 'beefed up' version. It has an adjustable footplate which can be positioned at three levels to suit the child's leg length so the pushchair can grow with the child.

The Budget XL has relatively small 7" wheels which are best suited to smooth urban surfaces, rougher surfaces - a cobbled street or park will prove a challenge especially for the older or heavier child. On the other hand the relatively small 'footprint' of the Budget XL makes it much more suitable than other pushchairs for use around town, inside shops or other places indoors, e.g. School.

Robustly made with an aluminium frame the Budget XL is sturdy but still reasonably lightweight. It is tested for a child up to 50kg BUT do not rely on this 'potential' capacity as most children would outgrow it dimensionally (especially in the leg length) before reaching that weight. It would also be difficult to push if fully loaded.

It is possible to fit a Buggy Board to the Budget XL to help transport a second child

We recommend that you assess the suitability of the Budget XL dimensions rather than relying on either age or weight alone...and if in doubt please call us on the number at the top of this page, we are always pleased to talk to you.

The Budget XL has a basic One Year Frame Warranty but do be aware that this only covers defects of manufacture not 'wear and tear'. It is designed for a child who is happy to be in the pushchair - both the warranty and the safe working load may be significantly reduced if the child is not a co-operative occupant.

The Budget XL pushchair is not 'Crash Tested' it cannot be used for transporting a child in a vehicle.

Whilst the Budget XL may be used for someone with special needs the seat may be unsuitable if they require postural management support, if in doubt please seek the advice of your physiotherapist.

Wheels
  • 7" wheels - rear fixed, front swivel
  • hard 'tyres' NO suspension
  • not lockable
  • good manoeuvrability in small places, best on smooth surfaces

Adjustable Footplate
  • three position footplate to suit child leg length
  • location slots for fitting foot straps (not supplied)
  • has to be removed before folding (can be a bit fiddly until you get 'the knack')

Seat
  • fixed angle not adjustable
  • exposed position for the child, lacks privacy (may be improved by adding a sun hood)

Key Features
  • maximum weight limit 110 lbs, 50 kg (but check dimensions)
  • lightweight but robust aluminium frame
  • 1 year warranty
  • five point harness, shoulder height adjustable four levels
  • dual rear wheel parking brakes
  • low maintenance - wipe clean (sponge-able) fabrics, tough plastic non pneumatic wheels (no punctures !)

CUSTOMISE

There are some 'special needs' accessories for the Budget XL:

There are the usual accessories you would expect for a pushchair to make it comfortable for your child and practical for you:

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