Babystyle and Mamas and Papas are two famous British brands that have been providing quality prams for families for decades. So, they are always compared to each other.
In this comparison, I wanted to compare their famous prams the Oyster 3 and Ocarro. To see which of these provide the best features for families.
I already did a minor comparison on my Oyster 3 review post, but for this article, I will go into more detail. Sharing the similarities and differences.
First, let me do a quick review of both so you get a picture of how well they perform.
About the Babystyle Oyster 3.
Oyster 3 is one of the famous prams in the British market because of its design and features. Suitable from birth either with a carrycot or car seat up to 6 months and 12 month+.
After 6 months your child can use the seat unit up to 20kg which is around 4 years. The seat unit has a lie-flat option which is useable from birth (It’s up to you).
It has a forward and rear-facing seat with a 5 point harness system.
Covered with chest pads and the harness is adjustable. The seat unit also has an adjustable footrest to keep your toddler comfortable.
It’s adjustable with multiple reclining positions.
It’s designed with a big hood with a ventilation system, sun visor, zip extension and has UPF50+ sun protection.
Included is a bumper bar that’s made with leather. An adjustable handlebar is also made with leather. A one-click lock system when folded.
A one system brake and a big shopping basket underneath. You have puncture-proof tyres, all suspension wheels and lockable swivel front wheels.
Oyster 3 is made mostly for the city offering you many colours.
About the Mamas and Papas Ocarro.
I think the Ocarro most be Mamas and Papas most famous prams after so much research it is the most searched one. The reason for that can be many.
It’s suitable from birth with the seat because of the lie-flat option, but not always the best experience. You can use the cot for up to 6 months or you can choose from a few range of car seats.
Suitable up to 22kg and the seat unit has added chest pads and head support to make it more comfortable for your baby.
Ocarro also offers a reversible and reclinable seat unit with many options. A 5 point harness system to keep baby safe.
Mamas and Papas Ocarro has a big UPF50+ hood that’s adjustable and leather made bars. The handlebar is adjustable and has a loop to help out with the pushing.
Reflective wheel rims to help out during nighttime. Punctured proof tyres and all suspension wheels to help out when pushing on tougher terrains.
The frame is ergonomically designed to help out and it has mesh pockets to place your personal items. A big basket underneath that’s easily reachable from behind.
Similarities Between the Babstyle Oyster 3 and Mamas and Papas Ocarro.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Seat Unit and Canopy.
Both seats are advertised to have a lie-flat option which makes them usable from birth. It’s possible, but it’s not always the best option.
Both are also from 6 months up to 4 years. 20kg and 22kg are both always 4 years, but the 2kg gap can play the difference. This makes the Ocarro a little bit safer to choose.
Both seats are reversible and reclinable to make your little comfortable. Both have 3 reclining positions and 5 point harness system with chest pads and the harnesses are adjustable.
Two other difference is that the Ocarro has a mesh pocket behind the seat, a head hugger on the seat and the Oyster 3 has an adjustable footrest.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro have bars that are made out of leather giving a luxurious look to them. Moving on to the canopy. The only similarities are the big hood and UPF50+ protection with peek boo windows and ventilation panels.
Oyster 3 has a sun visor and a zip extension. Asides from these they are more similar.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Carrycot.
Both cots are suitable for up to 9kg which is 6 months. Have a cover on top with a bumper bar attached. Both come with adapters that are easily attached to the stroller.
Almost the same size and big hoods to keep the sun away. Although their designed differ a bit with the Oyster 3 cot being a bit ergonomic and it can be folded.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Frame and Basket.
Both frames are made from aluminium and are stable. Both have removable bumper bars that are made from leather and handlebars as well.
Both also share the same sizeable basket. Big baskets that are mostly reachable from behind. The baskets can take between 5kg up to 10kg of weight.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro back wheels are bigger than the front wheels. Both have puncture-proof tyres with all suspension on all of the wheels.
Making them easier to push on many terrains.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Accessories.
Both offer the same accessories besides the cot and car seats. Such as:
- Rain cover.
- Changing Bag.
- Net cover.
- Footmuff, etc.
Differences Between the Babystyle Oyster 3 and Mamas and Papas Ocarro.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Car Seat Compatibility.
Oyster 3 is compatible with these car seats:
New Oyster 3 Capsule i-Size
- New Oyster 3 Capsule i-Size
- Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix
- Maxi-Cosi Pebble
- Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus/Pro
- Maxi-Cosi Rock
- Maxi-Cosi City
- Cybex Cloud Q
- Cybex Cloud Z
- Cybex Aton Q
- Joie i-Level i-size
- Joie Gemm
- Joie i-Gemm
- BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size.
For the Ocarro are these:
- Cybex Aton. CYBEX Aton Q. Maxi-Cosi Pebble. Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix. BeSafe iZi Go infant carriers.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Handle Height and Frame.
Ocarro has a loop on its handle which the Oyster lack. Both handles are adjustable but the difference being that the Ocarro handle can be adjusted from 96cm up to 110cm which is a lot.
For the Oyster 3, it’s from 102cm up to 112cm. This makes the Ocarro more suitable for short parents and it has more adjustable options.
Oyster is however more suitable for much taller parents. It depends on your height, but the Ocarro seem to be better for the average human height.
The folding mechanism differs as well. You can fold the Ocarro with one hand and has been reported easy to do. Oyster 3, however, takes two hands and it takes time to get the hang of it.
It also involves more action than the former. It’s however better in another factor. It has swivel lockable wheels, unlike the Ocarro.
This makes the Babystyle Oyster 3 easier to push on narrow terrains.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Weight and Dimensions.
Ocarro is heavier at around 13.3kg which makes it one of the heaviest standard strollers in the market. Oyster 3 is a little bit lighter around 12kg.
Although heavy it’s much easier to carry when using public transport. Both are definitely not travel strollers.
The Oyster 3 open dimensions are L94 x W57 x H102 cm and the folded dimensions are L71 x W37 x H57 cm. For the Ocarro the open dimensions are H:110cm W:58cm L:96cm and the folded dimensions are H:37cm W:58cm L:76cm.
When in open dimension, the Ocarro is a bit bigger in length, width and height. Oyster 3 however wins when it comes to the fold.
Although it has a higher height its length it’s smaller and the width is much narrow. This makes it much more compact and easier to fit in your house, boot and makes it easier to use public transport.
The Oyster 3 wins in this factor.
Oyster 3 and Ocarro Colours and Prices.
Mamas and Papas Ocarro come in these colours:
For the Oyster 3 is these colours:
- Dark blue.
- Dark red.
- Turquoise (dark and light).
- Yellow (mustard colour).
- Green (Two variants).
As you can see Babystyle Oyster 3 wins again, because of the many options it offers. For the prices, the latter is cheaper costing £449.
Mamas and Papas Ocarro cost £849. These are the single pushchairs prices making them one of the most expensive buggies out there. The prices depend on where you buy them and the colours you choose as well.
The prices increase even more if you add the necessary accessories.
Which One is Better?
Although they both offer very good features which make it harder to choose, the Oyster 3 looks more promising. It has more points with the features.
Offers better canopy, wheels, weight, dimensions, colours and price. It’s also more compatible with soo many car seats from different brands.
Ocarro has a better folding system, handle height and the seat unit is a little bit better although it lacks an adjustable footrest.
The folding system makes it stand out more and the more ergonomic design frame makes it also wanted by many, but overall the Oyster does 3 offer better features.
It’s more likely to accommodate many more lives than the former. Which makes it better, but the Ocarro is still chosen by many.
Oyster 3 is also much cheaper. Using it won’t only give you the best features but you will save a lot of money.
Three major cons of these two shares are the price, weight and suitability. Both are very expensive and these are only for single buggies.
They are also are heavy which is not that helpful for the one pushing and carrying the buggies. Both are also only suitable for single babies.
The maximum they can carry is two children of different ages, and with a stroller board is possible. The features one lacks and the other offer are also cons.
Although the Oyster is better the Ocarro is not much far behind. Famous and top quality pushchairs from top-leading brands make them much wanted.
As you can see the reasons why these buggies are famous and chosen by many families. From birth, they will be with the family for years.
The fabrics and materials are also long-lasting. Both are advertised to be best suited for the city, but will also do well in suburban areas.
Keeping you active during your little one’s growth. Which one of these are you going to choose? Will it be the Babystyle Oyster 3 or the Mamas and Papas Ocarro?