by Amy Venzke January 13, 2021 7 min read
They're sturdy, but not too heavy. They're easy to use, especially when folding and unfolding the stroller. They're compatible with some of the safest car seats on the market, the Nuna PIPA series. And they offer a luxurious look and feel—without the highest price tag.
So which is better: the Nuna MIXX Next or the Nuna TAVO Next?
The MIXX Next is the higher-end stroller, featuring a reversible seat that can be removed and replaced with a bassinet or car seat. But while the seat of the TAVO Next is not removable, it still offers features the MIXX doesn't have, like an adapter-free car seat connection and a larger ventilation panel.
First, let's take a look at each stroller.
The versatile MIXX Next is our most popular Nuna stroller, a stylish yet durable stroller that offers a smooth ride no matter where you're strolling.
Compared with the TAVO Next, the MIXX Next offers more rugged wheels 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.
Updated in early 2021, the MIXX Next includes enhanced suspension for a smoother ride; a more compact, standing fold; and a magnetic harness buckle that makes it a snap to buckle your child.
While inventory lasts, a limited number of MIXX strollers remain available at Strolleria for $649.95, or $100 less than the MIXX Next. Learn more about the differences between models in this Nuna MIXX vs. MIXX Next comparison.
While being a more budget-friendly option, the Nuna TAVO Next doesn't skimp on features.
Unlike the MIXX Next, no adapters are required to turn the TAVO Next 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.
Updated to the TAVO Next model in late 2020, the stroller now includes improved suspension; a smaller, standing fold; added leatherette details and a magnetized harness that makes it quick and easy to buckle in your child.
You can save $100 on your purchase of either stroller by opting for the previous model, MIXX or TAVO, which are in limited supply at Strolleria while inventory lasts.
For both models, Nuna weighs the products without the inclusion of some components as noted.
The Nuna MIXX Next offers more configurations than the Nuna TAVO Next because its seat can face either direction, while the TAVO seat only faces forward. Additionally, only the MIXX Next can be used with a 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 healthier for her developing neck and spine than the slightly upright position of the car seat. Car seats can restrict baby's airways and aren't recommended for prolonged use or sleeping.
The MIXX bassinet is approved safe to use overnight when placed on the MIXX stand or any flat surface. Many families use the bassinet as baby's first crib at your bedside, or at least for travel and naps at Grandma's house. Plus, the bassinet also offers far more ventilation than a car seat, which, with its protective foam, tends to make babies sweaty.
Both models are also newborn-friendly when you recline the seat to a fully-flat position, and the end of the seat can also be enclosed with fabric snaps for a cozier setting.
All Nuna car seats attach to both the MIXX Next and TAVO Next, but in different ways—see the car seat compatibility section for details.
The photo below shows all the configurations of the MIXX Next.
See the available configurations for the TAVO Next below.
Both strollers include a seat insert that can be removed to reveal a mesh seat back, which helps cool off your child in warm temperatures.
See the all-weather seat on the MIXX below, as well as the ventilation panel on the back of the canopy.
The back of the TAVO Next canopy can be unzipped to open a large ventilated window. See the all-weather seat and the "Sky Smart" window in the photos below.
Both strollers feature Nuna's new MagneTech Secure Snap technology that uses magnets to guide the harness buckle into place. The magnetic buckle makes buckling your child faster and easier, adding a bit of simplicity to your daily life.
The Nuna MIXX Next and Nuna TAVO Next fold similarly: Pull up on the triggers integrated into the frame, and the stroller instantly folds in half. For the MIXX Next, the seat must also be folded with the press of a button on the back of the seat.
Both strollers can be rotated into a standing position when folded for convenient storage and pickup. You can also trolley either stroller like a suitcase, making the strollers easy to transport when not in use.
The Nuna MIXX Next and Nuna TAVO Next are compatible with any car seat in the Nuna PIPA series: the PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite R, and PIPA Lite LX. See our comparison for the differences between the five models.
The difference lies in how the car seats are used on each stroller.
The stroller seat is removable on the MIXX Next, allowing you to attach a car seat in its place. The MIXX and MIXX Next come with Nuna's unique ring adapter, which makes snapping the car seat in and out of the stroller an easy, one-handed maneuver. See the ring adapter in the photos below.
No car seat adapters are required for the Nuna TAVO Next: 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 MIXX Next than for the Nuna TAVO Next, making the MIXX Next a more versatile stroller. The MIXX can be paired with a bassinet approved for overnight sleeping, and unlike the TAVO Next, it offers every parent's favorite accessory: a cup holder for Mom and Dad.
Nuna offers the following accessories for the MIXX Next:
For the TAVO Next, the following accessories are sold separately:
The removable seat gives the MIXX Next 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 Next, which costs $250 less but still offers a number of desirable features, like easy car seat compatibility and an all-weather seat.
Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents.
If you have more questions about the Nuna MIXX Next vs. Nuna TAVO Next debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at email@example.com or 480-442-9433.