The Maclaren Major delivered 10/09/12 (most of the add ons came a couple days later...still waiting on the shopping basket)
-it's very low profile (folds easily and is compact like a typical umbrella stroller, despite having a much more heavy duty frame)
-is lightweight (16.5lbs)
-it moves easily, smaller footprint
-it sits much higher off the ground (her feet were nearly touching the ground in her triumph)
-it has a rain cover (for an additional $57.95)
-high quality construction/materials (fabric, straps, buckles, etc...)
-it's very open, almost looks unsafe (I purchased the padded laterals which do fill in the sides and provide a little more stability to the whole thing, but they have to come off before you can fold it and they are made of styrofoam so they're a little hard and bulky)
-I'm a little afraid she'll kick the footplate (or the bars behind it) with her feet and hurt herself...but the footplate does come off (the bars behind it don't)
-seat depth is lacking (the triumph was 9", this is only 10")...doesn't provide much support
-everything has to come off before you can fold it (sunshade, foot plate, lateral supports)-that's a big hassle just to get it in your car
-the price- it was $526.95 for just the stroller with footplate (the sunshade $57.95, the shopping pocket underneath $47.95, seat padding $68.95, chest pad $33.95, & padded laterals $44.95 are all additional costs...making it $780.70 almost double the price of the other stroller)
-the sunshade is fixed (so you can't move it to block the sun and you also can't push it back when you don't need it...your only option is to remove it)
-the rain cover only works if you have the sunshade
-fixed 25 degree recline (You can't move it at all...it's never completely upright, but neither is the other stroller, and it also can't recline any further so it wouldn't be super comfortable to sleep in and if we needed to change her diaper, changing it the stroller would not be an option.)
My question is...why can't they design this better...more like their "typical" strollers?? Why don't they have a built in, foldable sunshade on it, why doesn't it come with a shopping pocket underneath, and why does the fabric not wrap around the bars on the side...all things that come standard on their "typical" strollers which are 1/3 the price!! (We're having this same issue with our Britax special needs carseat...which has a flimsy, worthless headrest that is sub par compared to the headrest on their "typical" Boulevard carseat that is 1/3 the price!)
This is the Maclaren Major as it comes (pretty sparse)
The Major compared to the Triumph
The Major with all the add ons (minus the footrest)...see those bars behind her feet? Her therapists are afraid she could get her foot caught in them!
The Major the way we would probably use it (without the sunshade)...you can see that the seat depth is just not great with it. There's not a lot of support behind her knees because of it...but how important is that just for short trips to the doctor? I don't know?
The Special Tomato EIO Pushchair (delivered 10/12/12)
-variable recline (25-75 degree)
-price (at $449.95, it's half the price of the Maclaren)
-everything comes standard (the padded seat, sunshade, shopping basket, lateral supports are all included at no extra cost)
-better foot rest (it can be at multiple angles and provides more leg support...there's more of a chance Reagan would use this one, but it can also be moved out of her way as well)
-easy to push (wheels seem to move easily handle bar is adjustable)
-you don't have to remove anything to fold it (and unfolds easily and quickly because everything is already attached)
-cheaply made (straps, buckles, snaps, fabric...it's just not the same high quality as the Maclaren)
-complicated to fold (the seat back has to be all the way down, the foot rest has to be down, and the clamps that have to be unlocked to fold are not easy to manipulate)
-still HUGE when folded
-feels much heavier (22lbs)
-bulky sunshade (while this can be taken off, it's made to be attached and looks a little strange when not on)
-not a lot of support (I have the straps as tight as I can get them and they still are loose and not supportive and the laterals don't provide much extra support either)
-the extra fabric from the seat doesn't fold away neatly and it sticks out near her head (same thing for the sunshade)
I feel like this is more of an intermediate stroller, somewhere between an umbrella stroller and a jogging stroller. It's way too bulky to be a true umbrella stroller, but not enough maneuverability or comfort to be a jogging stroller. We would get this one hands down if it would just fold like an umbrella stroller...but truth be told, it doesn't even fold up to the size of our larger jogging stroller!! I'm afraid it's just too bulky to be our easy in and out stroller!
Side by side comparison...(these are my measurements...differ slightly from the ones posted online)
Maclaren Special Tomato
21" seat back height 23.5"
10" seat depth 11.5"
15" seat width w/o laterals 13.5-14"
11.5" seat width w/ laterals 9" at narrowest point
13" dist to ft rest 12"
@ lowest position
110lbs max child weight 90lbs
21x28(33) dimensions (w/handle) 23x36(44)
1yr basic warranty 2yr
Looking at the specs, there appears to be more growth with the Special Tomato, but the weight limit is higher with the Maclaren. Doesn't make a lot of sense. If I had to pick one right now, it would probably be the Maclaren. It's light and compact...which is really what I wanted for doctors appts and quick errands. It's more expensive, but it's more sturdy and looks like it will last longer. We know Maclaren, we like Maclaren (and I wanted to like the Major). Our triumph is still in perfect condition and we've used it A LOT! My hesitation, and it's a BIG one, is really the safety issue with the bar behind her feet and the fact that the seat depth is severely lacking. IF the special tomato collapsed better, I would probably just get that one, since the seat depth is better and so is the footrest. But it's so huge, I just can't go with that one! So since I don't really have to pick either...I've decided to ship both of them back and just make due with our current jogging stroller (Baby Jogger Summit XC) for now and look into getting the next step up...the Baby Jogger Liberty! I sure hope I was able to help some of you in your stroller hunt...I hope this was not all for naught (especially since it cost me $60 in shipping just to send back the special tomato stroller)!