ABC Design Salsa 4
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ABC Design Salsa 4

The versatile, awesome-basket, spacious system
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The ABC Design Salsa 4 is an upgraded version of the Salsa 4 Style. Its lightweight, four-wheeled chassis is equipped with a suspension system ensuring a smooth ride even on a more challenging terrain. Another advantage of this stroller is the large shopping basket. After the facelift in 2017, the Salsa 4 features luxurious, minimalistic design and premium melange fabrics with contrasting leatherette details.

The even more spacious, reversible bucket-type seat can be reclined fully in both directions. The leg rest is adjustable independently. The Salsa 3 is also available as a stroller system with a foldable carrycot. The hood of the carrycot, as well as the hood of the seat, can be extended by unzipping an extra panel, revealing a viewing window. To create a travel system, you can add either an optional car seat or the Doozy carrycot that can also be used in the car instead of a Group 0+ car seat. The Salsa 4 was also released in the special edition Wood.

 
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ABC Design Salsa 4 Features & Specifications

The Basics

Type
2in1 stroller system, 3in1 stroller system
Stroller weight
11.9 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
109.5 cm x 63 cm x 97 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
76.5 cm x 63 cm x 32 cm frame only
Chassis material
Aluminum
Country of origin
Germany
Only available as a stroller system
Yes

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
25 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-36 months
Reversible seat unit
Yes
Easy-release memory button(s) on the seat or the carrycot
No
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
No
Reclining backrest
Yes, 3 positions
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Yes
Backrest recline type
Rear-located recline mechanism (e.g., lever-operated)
One-hand backrest recline system
Yes
Extendable backrest
No
Legrest positioning
Yes, 2 positions
Extendable leg rest
No
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
Yes
Footrest
Yes
Backrest height
59 cm
Width and depth of the sitting surface
31 x 20.5 cm
Total length of the seat unit
98 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
Yes
Height-adjustable seat
No
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
No
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
No
Fabrics removable for cleaning
No
Seat fabrics cleaning
Wipe-clean only
Safety harness type
5-point
Harness padding
Yes
Height-adjustable harness belts
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the seat
No
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)
No

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Yes
Extendable canopy/hood
Yes
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
No
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
No
Height-adjustable canopy
No
Removable canopy
Yes
Waterproof canopy
Yes
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
Yes
A pocket integrated into the canopy
No
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
Yes
Peek-a-boo window can be closed/covered
Yes
Quiet (magnetic/no velcro) peek-a-boo window
Yes
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy
No

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
Yes
Bumper bar type (style)
Bar
Removable bumper bar
Yes
Gate-opening (swing-away) bumper bar
Yes
Height-adjustable bumper bar
No
Bumper bar features a fabric (non-wipe-clean) cover
No
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap
No

The Wheels

Number of wheels
4
Front wheel(s) type
EVA foam-coated wheels
Rear wheels type
EVA foam-coated wheels
Front wheels diameter
20.5 cm
Rear wheels diameter
28.5 cm
Swivel wheels
Yes
Lockable wheels
Yes
Removable wheels
Yes
All wheels are double wheels
No
All-terrain version of wheels available to purchase separately
No
Wheels equipped with mudguards
No,
Two-wheel mode
No

The Suspension

Suspension
Yes
Wheels with suspension
Rear
Suspension type
Pneumatic, Open springs
Adjustable suspension softness
No
Rocking chassis
No

The Brake

Central brake system/type
Push down-lift up pedal brake
Deceleration handbrake
No,

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
No
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
No
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
Yes
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
Yes
Self-standing fold
No
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
Yes
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
Yes
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
No
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
No
Outward fold (the seat fabrics are on the outside after folding)
No

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Telescopic
Handlebar material
Leatherette (PU/eco-leather)
Handlebar height
99.5-109.5 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
No
Safety wrist strap
No

The Basket

Shopping basket
Yes
Large shopping basket
Yes
Basket's weight capacity
5 kg
Closable basket
No
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
No
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame
No

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible
Yes (without adapters), Yes (with adapters)
Internal dimensions of the carrycot - mattress measurement
79.5 x 37.5 cm (Salsa, 73x27 Doozy)
Carry handle on the carrycot
Yes,
Inclining carrycot mattress
No,
Foldable carrycot
Yes,
Rocking-base carrycot
No
Ventilatilated carrycot base (bottom ventilation system)
No,
Carrycot installable in the car instead of a group 0+ car seat (Auto carrycot)
Yes, Doozy
Carrycot positioned high on the frame
No

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Yes
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
No
Cup holder can be attached
Yes
Reflective elements
No
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
No
Rain cover included
No
Mosquito net included
No
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
No
Seat liner/insert included
No
Changing bag included
No
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
No
Motorized/Baterry-powered
No
LED light(s)
No
Built-in audio speakers
No
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat
No

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Parent reviews of the ABC Design Salsa 4

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  • Nice to drive
  • Stable
  • Large canopy
  • Large bassinet
  • Large basket
  • Handles light-ish terrain
  • Telescopic handle
  • Nice design
  • Bulky
  • Pebbles get stuck in the wheels
  • Poor access to the basket
  • Leg rest cannot be adjusted to a totally flat position
  • The window lets the wind blow in and gets open all the time
  • After a few months the brake started to jam
  • Crappy strap change system on the seat unit

The stroller is really nice and easy to handle. It is not heavy. Telescopic handle is great especially for tall daddies. Overall the stroller doesn't feel toy-like even with my 2-meter guy.

It's not one of the smallest, and it takes up quite a bit of space in the car. The bassinet does fold flat, but I cannnot see how someone will do that every time as it is a bit of work. The bassinet is large and roomy, great for a fall or winter baby. However, mine sloped on the side of the canopy towards the ground, I had to pad out the mattress under the head to keep it level. I don't know if I had a defective piece, I didn't want to claim the warranty however.

I got the 2019 version, so the sport part folds flat, not as an anatomically-shaped bucket seat. It's quite roomy = bulky, which can be a disadvantage, e.g. in the bus if the baby is sleeping. The handle doesn't fold completely down, so I'm always pretty much sticking out into the space so I have to stand sideways.

When I switched to the seat unit, I needed to switch the straps to the lower openings. But that was so hard, first checking the instructions on how to do it at all, and the actual removal and throwing on was a shock, it's terribly tightly inserted, the frame of the backrest is in there... I spent about an hour doing it.

What started bothering me after a while is the small space between the bassinet and the basket - it's tricky to get a bigger shopping bag in there, it only goes well from the backrest side if the baby is sitting in the seat. If he is lying down (or in a bassinet) it's really tight. I'm also annoyed that the wind blows the window open (or the piece of fabric that covers it), there's no button or velcro to hold it in. Sure, it can be sewn.

Overall, though, I'm happy, it will go over almost any terrain - we've been walking in a meadow, even, and it handled it.

  • Large carrycot
  • The carrycot can be folded flat, does not take up much space when it needs to be stored for longer
  • Large canopies on both the carrycot and the seat
  • The seat goes into a full reclining position
  • Suspension
  • Suitable for tall parents (3 handle positions), positions can be changed comfortably with one hand
  • Can handles rough terrain
  • Possibility to use the isofix base with the car seat
  • Colour fastness (I have seen much more expensive strollers that looked awful after 1 year if the colour was darker)
  • The brake started to jam
  • The carrycot tilted as if a bit upside down
  • Bath on the construction rocked with any bumps on the road
  • The chassis, unless it is properly loaded, squeaks
  • Poor access to adjusting the height of the belts on the seat

We chose the stroller because of its big carrycot, since my husband and I are not tiny, we expected the stroller to be one of the bigger ones, which it was. Our son lasted almost 6 months in the carrycot. He was born at the beginning of summer and in winter he didn't fit in there with a thick cosytoes, without a cosytoes he could have ridden for 7 months, I think.

Another big plus for us was the telescopic handle bar, my husband is 2 meters tall and the height of the handle was really comfortable for him, it's a stroller definitely suitable for taller parents.

The basket is also nice - big, but I had some mixed feelings about the bar that goes through the middle. In the end it didn't get in the way, it was rather handy when we carry the baby carrier in there, so that I can tuck it under and it doesn't stick out so much.

We have a 3in1 combination also with the car seat, here I rate as a big plus that it is possible to buy an isofix base and the carseat can be just clicked on and not bother with the car safety belt. But with the car seat I would have liked to see the belts moved one position higher in the back (there are 2 positions), because he had them pretty close behind his back and then they seemed to slide down from his shoulders.

I was slightly disappointed with the carrycot. It was big, but it had a weird slope, and it bunched down at the head. Although it didn't bother the baby very much, the mattress was higher under his head, so that probably compensated for it. It also moved on the chassis a lot, as if it was swinging, which also surprised me unpleasantly. The canopy was great, large, it just jerked a bit when it folded down. In the first few months the little one was able to wake up immediately to any sound and movement, so it woke him up a couple of times. Also the frame, which squeaked in the tight joints. The squeaking was better or absent when the stroller was heavily loaded (e.g. when the changing bag was packed or when the little one gradually grew and got heavier).

In the pushchair part I was struck by the very poor access to the belt buckles when I wanted to put them in a different position on the backrest. It's hidden under the fabric and yet the metal part that needs to be pulled to position the backrest goes through them. The actual positioning was not always the easiest either. On the other hand, I find the seat unit spacious enough. And it goes into a full lie flat recline. Just like the carrycot, it has a huge roof.

We had no problem with the stroller even on rough terrain, we walked on dirt roads and had no problems at all. The back wheels are big, so I was able to go up and down the stairs with it. From time to time some pebbles got stuck in the wheels, but it was nothing terrible, I got it out with my foot and the problem was over. But after a while the brake started to jam. It was usable and functional, it was just that you had to find the position of the wheelchair where you could push it down, so we were struggling with it from time to time.

To sum it up, we chose the stroller for the big carrycot, the long seat surface area of the pushchair, the sprung wheels to handle some lighter terrain, and to be suitable for tall parents as well. I didn't want inflatable wheels or rattling plastic wheels. It did all of these things, but after using it, I know I would definitely look around for something else.

  • value for the price
  • car seat
  • roomy carrycot
  • roomy seat
  • large hoods
  • roomy basket
  • suspension
  • tall parents suitability
  • thin hood fabric
  • bar in the basket
  • frame folded size

I got convinced by this one for the suspension (sooo nice), larger wheels and the whole frame (me and my hubby are both tall), and the storage underneath. I must say I still love those - just sorry there's the bar in the basket that makes it a liiittle but less accessible than I'd like.

Good things I have to mention, too, are also the roomy carrycot 👍 with a huge hood, a roomy seat as well 👍 with maybe a bit less elaborate recline mechanism, and also a huge hood (could be thicker, though), and the overall sleek look.

What I mind after 20 months of use is that the frame is not the most compact, to be honest, even if maybe not the largest (I remember trying different things in the shop and this seemed small, compared to many others).

I do recommend the matching car seat, it was nice and it lasted us about 10 months of age - then we swapped for a 0-18 kg category. The price for it was really very nice.

Incredible quality for such a price

4
  • Large bassinet
  • Large seat unit
  • Extendable canopy
  • Adjustable pushbar, good for tall parents
  • The brake is near a wheel, not in the middle of the bar, so it's not in the way
  • Nice design
  • No color fading
  • Sturdy aluminum chassis
  • Not a hard plastic and also no punctures on the wheels 👍
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • The brake gets stuck sometimes, you need to find the right position
  • The harness adjustment is not the easiest

I recommend it, there are a few downsides but otherwise, it suits us very much. I think it's incredible quality for such a price.

My personal opinion is that it's a success. I don't find it too heavy nor too bulky. Most stroller systems fold only after removing the seat unit (chassis separately)- I don't see that as a minus of this one. The only minus, however, are the accessories - after paying quite a lot for a 2in1 set, one would expect at least a rain cover or a mosquito net to be included, but no - you need to buy everything separately.

  • Spacious
  • Easy to push
  • 25 kg weight limit
  • Great in the city
  • Little harder ride on harsh terrain
  • Two-piece fold - no folding with the seat attached

It's a little robust and heavy for my taste, but anyway, it's excellent. The bassinet is spacious - my daughter used it up to her seven months. The seat unit was also good for me... And the large basket, beautiful design... We had the 2018 model.

The quality of this stroller is good. However, it is heavy. It is made of two parts that are folded separately, which is very impractical in a small car. The seat unit has a very wobbly canopy. The leg rest cannot be put in a horizontal position. I also feel it is pretty small for a big kid.

  • Telescopic handlebar
  • Suspension
  • Spacious
  • Large hood
  • Easy manipulation
  • Nice design
  • Sturdy chassis
  • For all terrains
  • Leather bumper and handlebar
  • Large shopping basket
  • The seat unit cannot be folded together with the chassis

It is an excellent stroller. Nice, good quality, suitable for every terrain, affordable price. The only disadvantage is the fact that the seat unit cannot be folded together with the chassis - however, this is very common for a majority of stroller systems

  • Spacious bassinet
  • Large canopy
  • Sturdy
  • Big wheels
  • Great maneuverability
  • Bucket-type seat of the 2018 model
  • Cannot be folded in one piece

Excellent pram for a winter baby. Spacious carrycot, large canopy, big wheels, suspension system is there...

My daughter could fit in the carrycot until she was 8 months old. The chassis is quite sturdy. The comfortable leather handlebar is height adjustable. This pram is suitable for tall parents and is easy to maneuver.

My 2018 model has a bucket-type seat, which I am not a big fan of. The 2019 version already has a seat with a lie-flat position. However, the folding is still the same; the chassis and the seat have to be removed and stored separately. Only due to this reason I had to cut 2 points. Otherwise, it is a quality pram for an affordable price.

Your questions about the ABC Design Salsa 4

1)

One of the reviewers mentioned that she thinks the seat unit is “pretty small for a big kid”. I’m confused as I thought this was a marketed as a large and spacious seat.

Though the depth of the actual sitting area does seem fairly shallow!

Hey there!

A good question indeed. The seat size (as well as lightness, compactness, prettiness and more) are highly subjective, however, and even more so with strollers. I heard multiple mums saying very contrasting opinions about the same stroller model, and here's the same thing.

I've had the Salsa 4 in my hands and can confirm the seat is large and spacious - for a reversible stroller. Read more about reversible stroller seas here so you understand the reversibility is always making the seat shorter and narrower, and with less space to the top of the canopy, than any forward-facing only stroller.

The Salsa 4 seat unit, with the seatback of more than 50 cm, is truly above average, compared to about 43-49 cm on average with this type of pushchair. The seat depth of 20 cm is not huge but I consider anything from 20 cm up an OK size, with the adjustable leg rest making it better. The parent leaving a negative comment about the seat size either didn't take the type into consideration OR just had different expectations, and that is very normal with strollers (and parents).

The fact remains... the seat is spacious in my eyes. With a very large toddler, any reversible pram will seem small. The same goes for too many expectations. If your priority would be the longestlôasting possible, I'll suggest a larger non-reversible pushchair instead (ie., a Baby Jogger City Elite 2.

.eli - 26 Oct 2021
2)

Hi!

The reviews say the ABC Salsa 4 can’t be folded with the seat attached, but the specs state otherwise. Could you please clarify which is true for this model?

Thank you!

Hey, Vin!

A good question! The thing is, the official way of folding the stroller is WITHOUT the seat. We tried, however, and it IS possible to fold the newer models WITHthe seat attached, thus it is so in the specs. The thing is, you can only do so with the seat forward-facing - I mean, with the rear-facing seat, the package would be anyway so large it would be absolutely impractical anyway.

So yes, it can be folded with the seat facing the world, but the folded size (with the seat) is quite large and it is, therefore, often better to remove the seat before folding (which is the recommended way anyway).

Hope I helped!

.eli - 23 Sep 2021

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