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"Fantastic, reliable and leightweight travel system…"
I was looking for a more light weight travel system for my second child and after much research and deliberation, I decided on the Reflex by Silver Cross and haven't looked back since!
Personally, I think the Reflex pushchair has it all! The fact that it converts into a fully fledged travel system gives comfort and stability for baby and flexibility for mum! The Silver Cross Simplicity car seat can be used with the pushchair and adaptors and I find the transition very easy. The car seat is also great because although I prefer using it with the base it has the flexibility to be used with a seat belt as well which is great for holidays and again gives added flexibility.
The Reflex can be used from birth just by lowering the backrest to the flattest position but I also decided to purchase the newborn accessory pack which converts the pushchair into a reward facing pram. The newborn pack includes a protective hood, a lightweight, pullout apron that zips onto the buggy and a padded babynest
made from natural bamboo jersey which ensures maximum comfort for baby and safety from the 5 point harness. My daughter has slept extremely well from day one and I'm very happy with the safety aspects.
When my daughter grew out of the newborn accessory pack, using the Reflex as a pushchair has also been a huge success. The UPV50+ extendable hood is one of my favourite features of the pushchair. After using the McLaren with my first child, I always found the hood didn't properly cover her and hence was problematic especially for holidays in hot climates. The hood attaches very easily and with the extra zip out extension, fully covers my daughter protecting her from the sun in the heat and any wind etc in cooler climates.
The LED safety lights are another great feature. It ensures maximum visibility in the dark and they are easily mounted on either side at drivers eye level and they feature three different modes. You can of course choose not to have these on but I think it's great to have the choice and important for the winter months when it gets dark early.
The ergonomic seat support is sturdy and easy to adjust to different positions and as previously said it lays flat enabling it to be used from birth without the newborn accessory pack. My daughter has often had her afternoon nap in the pushchair and has slept soundly for nearly two hours.
The bumper bar is also a great invention as it gives my daughter something to hold onto and you can also attach certain toys and travel books to it which keep my daughter entertained and happy when sat in the pushchair.
I find the Reflex sturdy yet lightweight and easy to steer. It may not be as smooth as the bigger heavier buggies or those with larger wheels but as far as lightweight pushchairs go, this is one of the best. It's been good with most terrains in the UK and mounts kerbs easily and I find the handlebars comfortable to hold.
The folding and unfolding of the Reflex is of the utmost ease and can be done in a matter of seconds once use to it and it would fit in virtually all boot spaces leaving added room for shopping etc.
The brakes are sturdy and again easy to use. By pressing the red pedals this locks the wheels and pushing the catch back up again releases them.
I've received numerous comments regarding the style of the pushchair and after deliberating on colour, I'm happy with the black as it looks chic, classic and it has kept relatively clean.
I think the Reflex is good value for money and is a very reliable, functional and versatile travel system which I've been extremely happy with from day one and more importantly my daughter is very comfortable in it.
For either a travel system or pushchair, I would highly recommend the Reflex to all friends and family.Read moreLess
"Good for days out…"
Now that our toddler is getting heavier we decided to swap to using a pushchair/stroller rather than his travel system. We've been using the Reflex for a couple of months now and here's what we think of it:
Easy to fold:
The pushchair's not a one hand fold but not difficult to do. To fold you kick up the red plastic bit at the back and push gently on the handlebars until it clicks down. Unfolding takes 2 hands as you need to unclip both sides. Then you pull upwards and press down on the red plastic lever until the pushchair is fully up.
Easy to steer:
Find the pushchair good at steering around. We have the wheels swivel but you can lock them if you prefer. I've taken the stroller to parks, towns and the seaside and it's done well on different terrains. If you're in a really tough place getting a specific all-terrain buggy might be better but for most situation this would do just fine.
Easy to transport:
The pushchair is long when folded but fits fine in the boot of our car or in the footwell of the back seats. If you have a small car it's always a good idea to check before you buy any stroller or travel system anyway to be sure.
I've taken the Reflex on the bus a few times and it fits on no problem as it's an average size. If you're a regular bus or train user I'd recommend getting a buggy like this rather than a travel system as you can fold it easier if you need to.
Built to last:
It's hard to rate this one yet as it's only been a few months. So far though it feels like it's a good quality build and should last the amount of time I'd expect a pushchair to last. We're not really precious about keeping it looking pristine but I haven't noticed any scratches or damage. The fabrics have stayed bright and stain-free and I've had no problem getting marks like suncream off.
Value for money:
At £250 it's on the expensive end of the lightweight pushchair market. Although if you compare one which costs £50 and this one there would be lots of differences. I see this buggy as being more of a hybrid between a pushchair and a travel system hence the price.
You can even bypass buying a travel system and buy the newborn kit for this stroller. Our travel system cost about £450 so we'd have saved quite a bit if we went for something like this straight away. If we have any more kids I'll probably use this one from birth with the kit.
Other things we like:
- Upright seat with good range of recline positions
- Footmuff and rain cover is included
- Extra big hood which can be extended
- Seat feels padded and looks comfortable
- Should last a while, our tall toddler looks happy in it
Some things to consider:
- Shopping basket is average size
- Take care with folding and unfolding the hood
- Needs two hands to fold/unfold
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"Brilliant! Highly recommend it!…"
Bought when baby was 3.5 months as wanted something more public transport friendly for everyday use and my first pram was too bulky and heavy.
Pros: Fantastic well designed large hood which I use all the time - when baby is napping as well as for protection from sun or wind. Comfy seat with 4 useful positions. Well designed good looking stroller especially in the Sky Blue colour which we have. Great to steer. Lightweight but feels sturdy enough for a young baby. Good value as no need to buy accessories eg parasol or footmuff and it's a travel system if you buy the Simplicity car seat.
Cons: slightly long when fitting into a car boot. Feels like it can topple backwards if you had a heavy bag on the handles and you let go. Smallish basket which is hard to access from the back if you have the seat lying flat (but there are poppers on the side you can open which solves that problem!)Read moreLess
I bought this pushchair from a well known store and since I've had nothing but problems. The buttons on both the rain cover and the cosy toes came off within the first month. The pedal type thing to fold it down snapped, the handles were sticking when adjusting up and down. Took it back to the store and they basically shoved it back to me saying there was nothing wrong with it ive since sold it. Don't waste your time buying the reflexRead moreLess
Dreadful pushchair! I purchased this from a well known baby store around 3 months ago. My daughter is just 2 years old.
I found the bolt upright positioning very attractive as my child seems to like being bolt upright but not many strollers are completely upright.
I took it out for a short stroll and found that i had to keep pulling my child up the seat as she was constantly slipping down the seat despite the crotch and waist straps being on the tightest.
The foot rest was also too level with the seat so my child could not get her feet on the footrest and therefore her feet was dangly and catching on the wheels.
I took this back to the shop i bought it from and the assistant had a look at my child in the pram. She saw how my child. Was slipping down and said she would not be happy with her child in this pram like that.
I was offered a refund on a gift card as a goodwill gesture as the pram had been used and was not resaleable as new.
The didnt feel the seat was deep enought for a toddler to sit on comfortably and i think that was why she was slipping down the seat.
I would avoid this at all costsRead moreLess
""A genius design"…"
I was asked by silver cross to review this pushchair. I don't drive so walk up to six miles and use public transport.
The pushchair is simple to put together, much the same as any other buggy. Push on the wheels and attach the hood and that's it, you’re ready to go. I couldn't wait to try it out, so a quick trip down the road to the shops to test it out. It is so easy to push and manoeuvre, especially on uneven pavements and up and down curbs.
My husband is quite tall and loved the adjustable handles. Isla seemed pretty comfy and relaxed as well and loved holding on to the bar. The footmuff that is included is fantastic and keeps Isla warm and snug.
The suspension on the Reflex is so much better than other buggies. Obviously you still feel bumps and vibrations through the handles, but with the ergonomic backrest, Isla was never in contact with the framework so had a very smooth ride.
The raincover is very easy to put on. I always try this on before I take a pushchair out for the first time as I don't want to get caught in a rain shower trying to figure out how to get the thing on! Isla got very excited the first time I took her out in the rain and was touching the sides and trying to poke her fingers through the ventilation holes. It was like she was in her own little bubble!
Isla has never really napped properly in her Pop or other buggies, she seems to just doze and keep waking up. However, in her Reflex she was fast asleep for an hour! The backrest lies completely flat and with the leg rest up as well makes it perfect. I can tell when she's asleep properly because her hands go up by her ears!
The storage basket underneath is huge! You can't fit big items in it, like a changing bag for example, but I have a small bag for using with buggies anyway and that fits underneath fine as well as the raincover, my pac-a-mac, a beaker, toys and anything else that gets passed to me on trips out! It doesn't have great access from the back, especially if the seat is reclined, but it is elasticated on the sides so you can still get things in and out without disturbing your little one. The spacious pocket on the back of the hood is ideal for keeping my purse and keys in so I don’t need to go rummaging around looking for them.
The safety lights on the side of the Reflex are genius and all pushchairs should have them. We don't often go out during the night, but when we do the safety lights make me feel so much safer. The reflective strips are also really good! Very impressed with how visible this pushchair is in the dark!
The massive hood is brilliant and with it fully unzipped and extended is ideal in the sunshine. Isla loved being able to look up through the mesh vents and see mummy!
The only niggles I had were:
• The handles felt a bit wobbly at first, but this is due to the mechanism to make them extend and they are absolutely fine.
• The handles could do with being shaped slightly, just to make it slightly more comfortable to push for long periods.
• The straps are a bit fiddly, especially when Isla is in a particularly wriggly mood, but I’m sure I will get used to that.
In conclusion this is a fantastic pushchair that can be used as a lightweight travel system and I will be purchasing the newborn accessory pack for any future babies! I will definitely recommend this product to anyone and would like to congratulate silver cross for its genius design.Read moreLess
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"Smart and with excellent features…"
Choosing a pram/travel system is one of the most perplexing (and expensive) things you have to get your head around when having a baby, so I was delighted to have the decision made for me when Silver Cross asked me to review their new Reflex pushchair. I tried it out on both my newborn son and my 3 year old daughter.
In my experience big is not necessarily better. We went the full travel system option for our first baby and honestly did not need it. We used the carrycot for the first few months and then ended up buying a cheap and cheerful stroller and used that from around 4 months. I think the Silver Cross Reflex is an excellent option if you don’t have the space or indeed the budget for the big travel systems. And it means you have a stroller from day one that will last them until they’re old enough not to need it all anymore.
The Silver Cross brand is one of the best and the quality finishes in this pushchair is noticeable - as you’d expect for the £250 price tag. We chose the Chilli Red and absolutely love the look and feel of it. These for me were the winning points:
1) The huge hood. This is the best coverage I have ever seen in a pushchair. The hood opens up to give good standard coverage, and then, by accessing a concealed zip, you can extend it even further giving great protection from the sun (or wind).
2) Seat adjustment. The biggest bugbear I had with my previous stroller was the finicky way of adjusting the seat from reclining to sitting up. The Relfex, however, has a simple click and slide mechanism that takes a second and I can do one-handed. It’s also very smooth and has been really useful on the occasions my 3 year old daughter had fallen asleep in it and I’ve been able to adjust to a horizontal position without waking her up.
3) Extendable handles. I can’t quite understand why almost all buggies/travel systems have the option to extend handles but so few pushchairs do? So it was great to see that the Reflex has a very neat button on the handles which extends them for us taller folk. It’s not a huge extension mind you, but certainly good enough.
3) Gadgets. I love a good gadget and the LED integrated safety lights are my favourite feature and will really come into their own in the winter. These are on either side of the pushchair and you can set them to constant, flashing or rotating. You have to press them quite hard for 4 seconds before they activate so there’s no chance of my 3 year old wearing out the batteries unnecessarily or me knocking them on by accident.
I didn’t it easy to unfold the stroller because of the safety clips on both sides. Great for keeping it all together but not ideal if you’re trying to unfold it with one hand while holding a baby in the other.
At 8.5kgs I found it a bit heavy compared to other strollers on the market and not as easy to throw into the boot. But then, I wouldn’t be happy putting my newborn in any of those lightweight strollers so that’s the trade-off.
What’s impressed me most about this pushchair is how comfy it seems to be for not only my 3 month old son but also my 3 year old daughter. A lot of care seems to have gone into making this as versatile as possible for all ages (there's a baby nest, it fits a car seat etc). You end up spending so much money on things for your baby that they grow out of in weeks that it’s nice to know at least one of your investments will last a good few years.
You can buy the Reflex from www.silvercrossbaby.comRead moreLess
"A really strong and sturdy stroller.…"
I was asked by silver cross to review their new Reflex pushchair. I have a 14 month old son, and we have been using the reflex for 2 months now. We are all really happy with it.
It's easy to push, manoeuvrable, my son is very comfortable and sleeps really well, it is also very easy to recline with one hand, I like that their are 4 definite positions and it clips in to place. My son particularly likes the bumper bar it gives him something to hold onto (or drape hie feet over) when were out and about, and me something to attach toys to. One of our favourite features is the hood, its fantastic we love how big it is, when you unzip the extension it really protects him from the sun, also a life saver to create a dark environment for a nap. The visibility is excellent too, with a flap covering a window in the main hood. There are also plenty of mesh panels in the hood extension for both ventilation and extra visibility.
The brakes feel secure, the wheels are nimble yet sturdy, the rain cover is easy to fit and has ventilation, the handles extend up (perfect for us as we are both tall) the basket underneath is comparable to other strollers this size and folding is very easy to do with just one hand. The size when folded is perfect to fit in the boot of our ford focus and leaves plenty of room for our weekly shop too.
It is not the cheapest on the market however you do not need to buy an addition foot muff as it comes included (it's been too warm for us to try it out so far but it looks plenty big enough to fit winter boots in and still keep them warm.) so it could work out cheaper when looking at alternatives. We are also impressed with the lights on both sides of the frame, with the nights drawing in we are bound to get a lot of use out of them, it feels good to know that the lights and the reflective strips make it really visible in the dark.
The choice of colours available is great though I would recommend a dark colour, we have lime green and the seat liner (which is handwash only) has been washed down twice already. My son is in and out with dirty shoes, he also snacks on the go and the lime green is beginning to look very grubby.
One final down side my husband finds the clips on the straps very fiddly to hold together so they can clip in the buckle. However I haven't had a problem with them and I think they are really secure and feel confident my son won't escape, however much he would like to. They may just be easier for smaller fingers.
The stroller comes with car seat clips as standard, however we didn't use them as my son is out of baby car seat.
As far as we are concerned overall it is as good as the market leader, but with the added extras like the foot muff included and the enormous hood it edges out in front for us. We think it's perfect for us.
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"Lightweight stroller travel system, suitable from newborn…"
We have been using the Reflex now for 8 weeks and are loving it.
It was recommended to us for our second child as a much easier 3 in 1 travel system that we could use the car seat on, have forward facing and then outward facing later on.
From experiencing first time round a heavy pushchair which was hard to put up and down this is a dream!
I needed a pram that was light weight but suitable for a newborn I could collect my toddler from nursery in as well as being out and about due to having a c-section. We chose purple as I wanted a colour and was keen for the black frame. I have had lots of comments when out at how smart the pram looks, if purple is not for you there are lots of other bright colours to choose from and black too.
I have now done a number of nursery runs, trips to the shops and park and am very pleased with our decision! Our little one fits snuggly in the newborn nest and it has been very easy to push. Due to our baby being on the small side at birth he was a little too small for the newborn cocoon at first, to help I rolled up a blanket but he has now grown into the nest nicely and looks very cozy.
It has been very sunny the last few weeks and the hood has sheltered him from the sun.
My partner is tall so the adjustable handles are a bonus and are comfortable to hold. I have tested out the forward facing mode too with my toddler and it is fantastic, the hood goes right over which compared to my McLaren gives a lot more shade. There is also a peep through window that you can open which was nice and will be very handy when I need to peek to see if my child is asleep. There is also a roomy back pocket that I put my keys/phone into which was convenient when my bag was in the basket underneath.
The Reflex comes with two flashing safety lights you affix to the sides so when it is dark it is safer to walk. As it is summer I haven't had the chance to test out the safety lights in the afternoons but come winter these will be on as soon as it is dark.
My only improvement would be for the hoods in both modes to be fully extendable as when in the newborn mode the hood does not go as far down.
Once I started driving I needed to be able to move the car seat from the car onto the chasis, this was simple to do with the adapters that fit the chasis (these come with the pram system and are not an extra) and he remains asleep.
In summary I highly recommend if you are looking for a light weight pram from birth that is not as pricey as some of the travel systems. I would advise though if your newborn is on the small side to use a blanket next to them for the first few weeks.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.