What's this? Overall score is based primarily on ease of use, maneuverability and safety. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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Summary:This Combi stroller is a departure from the company's usual compact/umbrella designs. The Catalyst, accommodating up to 50 lbs, is, per Combi's web site, a bassinet/stroller, with its lie-flat recline; a travel system with compatible Combi infant car seats (adapter included); and a toddler stroller. The seat is reversible. We found it bulky and heavy, but it does have some good features.
The Combi Catalyst is part of the stroller
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, traditional stroller
models like the Catalyst are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Ease of use:
Ease of use is based primarily on ease of using and adjusting the safety harness, folding and unfolding, adjusting backrest, lifting and carrying, engaging wheel brakes and car seat removal and installation (only for compatible strollers).
Maneuverability is assessed by trained staffers on how well the strollers maneuvered S-turns through cones, narrow sections, grass, dirt trails, uphill, downhill and curbs while walking.
Safety is assessed by testing for compliance with the most current version of the standard, ASTM F833-13, and stability and usage tests designed by Consumers Union.
About This Brand
Combi USA was established in 1989, a subsidiary of the Japanese-based company that was established in 1957. It is recognized for its numerous baby products, from play yards to swings to strollers. It also manufactures infant frame carriers and most recently, car seats. Available at baby superstores and specialty retailers, and online.
5-pt harness Five-point harness secures child firmly. Unlike a three-point harness, it secures the upper body.
Suitable for 6 mos. and under Suitability for babies 6 months and younger means the stroller could include a safety flap at the child's feet so he or she doesn't slip out of a large leg hole, or some other means of containing a child of this age. Even with this added feature, the harness should still be used.
Suitable for 6 mos. and under
One-touch brakes One-touch brakes work quickly for added safety. They're also more convenient than standard brakes.
Adjustable handle An adjustable handle can accommodate parents of different heights.
Stands folded This is convenient in restaurants or other tight spaces. It also makes storing at home easier.