Best Single to Double Travel System 2018
iCandy Orange Review
iCandy advertise this travel system as “absolutely futureproof” - and it's a claim that definitely holds up.
If you’re thinking of having more than one child, the Orange has you covered; as well as converting to a double buggy, the Orange has a built in buggy board capable of holding a nine-year-old, so it'll still be going strong long after your first child can sit in it. The Orange has an incredible 30 different seat configurations – so there is always going to be one that works for you. The frame is sturdy but lightweight, each attachment clicks into place easily, and the folding mechanism is smooth and simple. Job done.
The seat unit is one of this buggy’s greatest features. It is robust, comfortable and lies flat with a smooth recline, so it's great for napping on the go. We loved that the carrycot is designed for overnight sleeping; it's super snug and would potentially save you money on a newborn crib. At the very least, it saves taking a travel cot away with you in the early days! You have to remove the seat or carrycot to fold the buggy, but this is standard for most travel systems. And when folded the travel system is freestanding to make storage that little bit easier.
The Orange is packed with features that really make it stand out. First, partly because this buggy can be used in tandem, the handle has a huge range of extension. We can see how this would be really useful when switching from one seat to two, as well as passing between parents of different heights. We also loved the hood, which is UV protected and extendable with cotton mesh panels so you can see your child.
The most stand-out feature was the basket, which is absolutely huge. Our tester managed to fit a changing bag, a lunch bag, raincover, two adult coats and four plants from the garden centre (yes, really) with room to spare.
For day to day errands the Orange is light and easy. It glides along beautifully, even up and down kerbs, and is as fabulous off-road as it is in the city centre. We trialed it down canal tow-paths, through the woods and along pavements, and didn't encounter a terrain it couldn’t handle.
However, there is no getting away from the fact that the Orange is not a nippy lightweight pushchair, its quite wide. Although it's fine on buses and trains (and the lightness of the frame means it's easy to manoeuvre on public transport) we had to remove the wheels to fit it in the boot, which was a bit of a faff.
The iCandy Orange costs £790, which includes a seat and carrycot (convertible from a single frame) and car seat adapters. Although this isn't cheap, we think it’s great value for a travel system that has the potential to grow with your family. A second seat frame can be purchased separately, and from there the buggy can be used with both the seat and carrycot attached, converting to a double for a child and infant at a much lower price than buying a whole new double buggy.
True to form, iCandy have produced a beautiful, stylish buggy. In both looks and functionality, we think the Orange is a timeless option that will last for as many years as you need it.
Suitable from: Birth – 25 kg (single), 15 kg per seat (double)
Weight: 6 kg
Folded Dimensions: L85 x W61 x H30 cm
Resale value: As this model launched in 2017, there’s not yet enough to data to give an average resale price.
Compatible with (carseats): Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Fix, Pebble, Pebble Plus; BeSafe iZiGo and iZiGo Modular, Kiddy Evo Lunafix, Kiddy Evolutions Pro 2, Cybex Aton Q, Cybex Cloud Q, Joie iGemm, Nuna Pipa, Recaro Privia, Evoluna i-size.
Available in black, orange, brown, pink, dark grey, light grey, green, blue.
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