They're sturdy, but not too heavy. They're easy to use, especially when folding and unfolding the stroller. They're compatible with one of the safest car seats on the market, the Nuna PIPA. And they offer a luxurious look and feel—without the luxury price point.
So which is better: the Nuna MIXX2 or the Nuna TAVO?
The MIXX2 is the higher-end stroller, featuring more premium materials and a reversible seat that can be removed and replaced with a bassinet or car seat. But while the TAVO's seat is not removable, it still offers features the MIXX2 doesn't have, like an all-weather seat and an adapter-free car seat connection.
In this post, we'll explain the differences, benefits and drawbacks of the Nuna MIXX2 and Nuna TAVO. First, let's take a look at each stroller.
The versatile MIXX2 is Nuna's most popular stroller, a stylish yet durable stroller that offers a smooth ride no matter where you're strolling. Compared with the TAVO, the MIXX2 offers larger wheels with rugged tread that make it a good match for families looking to venture onto dirt, gravel and grass.
For your newborn, remove the stroller seat and attach a car seat or overnight-approved bassinet in its place—or recline the seat to its true-flat position. A reversible seat allows your child to face you when she's napping or face forward once she's old enough to explore the world.
While being a more budget-friendly option, the Nuna TAVO doesn't skimp on features. In spring 2018, Nuna redesigned the stroller (calling it the 2019 version) to include a brown leatherette handlebar, upgraded fabrics, a shiny black frame, and a removable seatback pad that creates an all-weather mesh seat to keep your child comfortable in the heat.
Unlike the MIXX2, no adapters are required to turn the TAVO into a travel system: Simply place the car seat between the back of the seat and the bumper bar, and the car seat safely locks into place.
The video below shows the previous version of the TAVO; this post will be updated when a video of the 2019 TAVO is available.
With its extra features like a removable seat, upgraded wheels and fabrics, and bassinet compatibility, the Nuna MIXX2 costs $250 more than the Nuna TAVO.
For the MIXX2, no cost savings are achieved by purchasing the stroller and a Nuna car seat together as a travel system. (Strolleria sells all products at the lowest prices allowed by our manufacturers).
However, Nuna allows retailers to discount TAVO travel systems by $50 when the stroller is paired with the PIPA Lite or PIPA Lite LX, making these travel systems the best value.
Size isn't much of a differentiating feature between the Nuna MIXX2 and Nuna TAVO. The strollers are similar in size and can be used for the same duration. Because of its larger, more robust wheels, the MIXX2 is 2.5 pounds heavier than the TAVO.
Additionally, only the MIXX2 can be used with the MIXX2 bassinet. Why is a bassinet necessary when an infant can ride in a car seat? A bassinet allows your baby to lie flat, which is better for her neck and spine than the slightly upright position of the car seat. The MIXX2 bassinet also offers far more ventilation than a car seat, which, with its protective foam, tends to make babies sweaty.
Plus, the MIXX2 bassinet is approved safe to use overnight when placed on the MIXX stand or any flat surface. Many families use the MIXX2 bassinet as baby's first bed, or at least for travel and naps at Grandma's house.
Nuna car seats attach to both strollers, but in different ways—see the car seat compatibility section for details.
The photo below shows all the configurations of the MIXX2.
The MIXX2 features a black leatherette handlebar and bumper bar, while the TAVO features a brown leatherette handlebar and a fabric-covered bumper bar.
But the TAVO includes two features not seen on the MIXX2: the all-weather seat and a "Sky Smart" canopy with additional ventilation. Both options help keep your child cool in warm temperatures.
The Nuna MIXX2 and Nuna TAVO fold similarly: Pull up on the triggers integrated into the frame, and the stroller instantly folds in half. For the MIXX2, the seat must also be folded with the press of a button on the back of the seat.
Both strollers lock when folded and can be trolleyed like a suitcase, making the strollers easy to transport when not in use.
The Nuna MIXX2 and Nuna TAVO are designed to pair with the Nuna PIPA series of infant car seats: the PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX. (See our comparison for the differences between the three seats.) The difference lies in how the car seats are used on each stroller.
The stroller seat is removable on the MIXX2, allowing you to attach a car seat in its place. While your purchase of the MIXX2 includes a pair of car seat adapters, the MIXX2 ring adapter (sold separately) makes the car seat faster and easier to snap in and out of the stroller.
With the ring adapter, the maneuver becomes one-handed, while the included adapters require two hands. Both types of adapters fold with the stroller; see the ring adapter in the right of the photo below.
No car seat adapters are required for the Nuna TAVO: The car seat simply snaps into the seat, secured by the bumper bar. But because the seat on the TAVO is not removable, the car seat sits on top of the stroller seat, which adds bulkiness and weight. The canopy of the stroller can either be removed for a cleaner look or used in combination with the car seat canopy to create a full-coverage cocoon for your baby.
More accessories are available for the Nuna MIXX2 than for the Nuna TAVO, making the MIXX2 a more versatile stroller. The MIXX2 can be paired with a bassinet approved for overnight sleeping or a footmuff that keeps your child warm in wintertime. And it offers every parent's favorite accessory: a cup holder for Mom and Dad.
Nuna offers the following accessories for the MIXX2:
For the TAVO, the following accessories are sold separately:
So which stroller is better: the Nuna MIXX2 or the Nuna TAVO? Only you can decide which is best for your family, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.
The removable seat gives the MIXX2 more versatility, as the stroller seat can face either direction and be replaced with a car seat or bassinet.
Cost-conscious parents may opt for the Nuna TAVO, which costs $250 less but still offers a number of desirable features, like easy car seat compatibility and an all-weather seat.
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