Best Lightweight Buggy 2018
Silver Cross Reflex review
Suitable from birth to 25kg, sporting full suspension and an easy umbrella fold; the Silver Cross Reflex is a pushchair that really has it all.
With its classic looks, traditional umbrella fold, and full suspension, the Reflex has it all. Considering that it's suitable from birth to 25kg, and travel system compatible, this buggy offers extremely good value for parents.
- Suitable from birth to 25kg
- Classy design
- Great storage
- Easy to fold and travel-friendly
- No problem with rough terrain and tricky curbs
- Only compatible with Silver Cross car seats
What's in the box?
Reflex pushchair (needs some assembling), head hugger for newborns, extending hood, removable bumper bar, simplicity car seat adaptors, harness, shopping basket, rain cover
What are the specs?
Suitable from: Birth – 25kg
Folded dimensions: L35 x W35 x H106 cm
RRP: £225 at time of review
Estimated resale value: £113 on average at time of review
Key features of the Silver Cross Reflex
- Handles most terrains
- Great storage
- Head hugger
- Full suspension
- Extendable hood
- Innovative extras
- Ergonomic back rest
How does the Silver Cross Reflex handle?
The Reflex is, quite simply, the smoothest operator in the lightweight buggy and stroller category. Lightness and full suspension mean it has no problem whatsoever with rough terrain and tricky curbs. Even the inevitable odd bump won't be felt by your child, as the ergonomic backrest is designed not to touch the framework. This is good for any tot, but especially younger babies. The smoothness of the ride is perfect for encouraging naps on the go.
Our tester and family were impressed with the Silver Cross' recline, controlled by a very slick handle that can move it easily; it both sits upright and lies flat. The harness is a secure five-pointer.
What is the weight limit on the the Silver Cross Reflex?
If you're spending a little bit more on a lightweight buggy then the last thing you want is for your little one to grow out of it in no time at all. Fret ye not, the Reflex pushchair is great if you have multiple kids, as it’s suitable for all ages from birth to 25kg.
This cannot be stressed enough, as it makes it the longest lasting buggy in the category, something our tester appreciated when she was able to use it for both her newborn and her 3.5-year-old toddler. The Reflex's infant set up, which is all included in the price, comes with a padded seat cover and head support for your new baby. This head hugger was a big favourite with our tester's three-month-old who is used to a carrycot, and it definitely helped with her transition to a buggy.
Having initially used the Reflex on holiday, we are now using it daily. I highly recommend this very sleek, easy-to-use, overall perfect pushchair.
Are there lots of extra features?
A number of extras are included on the Silver Cross Reflex, which goes some way to justifying the Reflex’s higher price. As well as the infant padding seat liner, there's a decent-sized UPF 50+ extendable hood, a shopping basket, and a rain cover. It also comes with car seat adaptors, moving the buggy more into travel system territory.
However, these are only compatible with the Silver Cross Simplicity car seat, so may not be an added bonus for everyone.
Can I buy any extras?
Silver Cross also offer a newborn accessory pack for the Reflex (RRP £75), which includes a luxurious baby nest. It also allows you have the pram in parent-facing mode from birth.
Is there much storage?
Travel and storage are made easy thanks to the Silver Cross Reflex. Storage is great with a shopping basket that is more than big enough for everyday essentials. We found you could hang a changing bag off the handles without the stroller tipping over – a basic requirement for any parent. There's also a bumper bar, which conveniently folds down with the pushchair.
How easy is the umbrella fold?
We couldn't fault the Silver Cross when it came to folding. (Believe you me, we tried.) It was just so darn convenient. There's nothing worse than getting (even more) hot and flustered as you fight with a stroller and it fights back on public transport. Silver Cross has a simple umbrella fold that also locks into place well and is easy to move around using a carry handle on the side.
Even the bumper bar folds down so you don't need to detach it before you start the fold-down dance. The sun hood won't pose a problem as it can be removed in one swift moment.
How does it look?
As for aesthetics, the Reflex may not turn heads like the brightly coloured Babyzen YOYO+, but that’s not the aim here. Silver Cross prides itself on its understated but timeless design. And frankly, the quality of the stroller is unmistakable. The padded cover, the iconic shape of the hood and the silver finish on the handles all highlight the quality of the Silver Cross brand.
Can I get the Silver Cross Reflex in a number of colours?
You sure can. It's available in a whole host of colours including sand, vintage red, vintage blue, vintage pink, black and chilli.
Is it good value for money?
£225 is a lot for a lightweight pushchair (though nowhere near the most expensive). We feel the Reflex is an excellent all-rounder, and its long life and impressive additional features make it worth the extra cash. And that's without the fact that it can be used instead of a travel system, many of which cost upwards of £600 (plus the cost of an extra lightweight stroller that you’d presumably go on to buy).
Final word from our tester
'Having initially used the Reflex on holiday, we are now using it daily. I highly recommend this very sleek, easy-to-use, overall perfect pushchair!'
The Silver Cross Reflex is great - good for the sun as the hood comes right over, the handles extend and it includes rain cover. I've been really pleased with it. The only downside is that it doesn't have a cup holder and I haven't found one that fits it.
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