Today’s featured pushchair, the British designed iCandy Apple Stroller has been making an increasing appearance when I’m out and about which is likely to have been triggered by a number of awards from baby magazines.
Weighing in at a rather hefty 13.8kg with the seat on (10kg without), this is one of the heavier travel systems on the market.
Available in either stroller or jogger style (3-wheel), it’s suitable from birth (with the carrycot), has a reversible 3-position seat, 7 positional handles (that’s a lorra lorra positions and probably a tad unnecessary unless you’re Inspector Gadget), large shopping basket, all round suspension, and pneumatic wheels for a smooth ride.
Despite its weight, I am told by a few that have tried it out or own it that it’s very manoeuvrable, being surprisingly nifty in small spaces but even though it folds down fairly easily, this is one chunky pushchair and there is no escaping that whether it’s lifting it or how much space it takes up. This doesn’t make it ideal for public transport.
You can use the carrycot on it for pram mode or a Maxi Cosi 0+ cabriofix car seat for quick journeys and the adaptors are included for this.
iCandy are very clever to recognise that accessories and aesthetics make a huge difference because whilst frame wise they haven’t revolutionised the wheel, the quality and colour selection of the footmuff which is made from ‘superfleece’ actually take it up a few style notches. The pushchair itself comes in one colour (black) and you ‘customise’ the look with the footmuff and ‘core seats’ which is like a superfleece padding core for the seat unit in the same range of attractive colours.
It grows with your family and you can make it into a ‘tandem’ pushchair when you have another bambino by buying the additional seat and fixtures.
The RRP has been a bit of a nightmare to get hold of because iCandy don’t permit sales online, with quite a few stores needing to order in. But…I can confirm it’s Â£449.99 including carrycot for the stroller or Â£469.99 for the jogger and carrycot. There are restrictions on how this is sold and you can only purchase it at the RRP. If you want to buy this, you need to find your local stockist.
Ideal for: Aspiring Bugaboo owners that are on a budget
Bang for your style buck: The iCandy has a buying process and price restriction that you’d expect from a limited edition pushchair or one with serious designer credentials. There is no denying it looks good, but because of the restrictions and closed pricing, plus it actually being more expensive and heavier than it’s counterparts, it slips to average.
Weight range: Heavy
Don’t forget that you can see other pushchairs and prams we’ve featured in our new feature The Pushchair Track. Please note that due to various festive season related reasons, the Pushchair Track will be taking a break from daily posting until January.