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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.
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"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
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