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The George Foreman grill has 3 main selling points -
It doesn't use fat to cook the food, so is healthier than fried
Because it cooks from both sides of the grill it is twice as fast at cooking, than conventional grilling/frying
It is easy to clean
The 14532 is marketed as a barbeque because it cooks up to 10 portions.
It's exact dimensions are (H)155 mm X (L) 485 mm X (W) 345 mm.
It has a ready to cook indicator on this model.
We bought this for entertaining, as an alternative to the outside BBQ if the weather is bad. It must be pointed out that this grill uses almost 2KW of power, that's almost as much as your kettle which is one of the most power hungry things in your kitchen and twice as much as a 1000w microwave. Not exactly energy efficient.
The grill comes with a large drip tray that you put under the front to catch drips of fat. When cooking to capacity this may need to be emptied a few times during cooking and when you do this fat drips on to the work surface - would have been better if it came with two trays, like my smaller foreman, so that you can swap them over quickly. It also comes with a spatula for cleaning, but I couldn't get on with this or find it any use.
The grill is made of non stick surfaces. I have found that it is much easier to clean when it is still warm, once it has cooled down it is more of a chore. When it is warm I just rub it over with a paper kitchen towel and this seems to be all it needs on the inside. You do get a lot of greasy residue that will build up on the outside after a few uses that will need to be washed with a soapy cloth once in a while.
As I write this review I think I really should use it more often! Probably because I can't be bothered to get it out of the cupboard and the oven and hob are more readily available to use. I draw your attention to the dimensions listed at the top of this review - it takes up a lot of room in your cupboard and it's quite heavy.
All in all, it does what it says on the tin. It cooks food much more quickly than other methods without the need to add fat and is easier to clean than a conventional grill pan.
Lyons is a brand that is well known for it's coffee and tea and is remembered by many as a brand with it's own chain of tea and coffee rooms until the 1970s. It claims to have been making coffee since 1909, so you would expect it to be good.
I put my usual 3 and a half desert spoons of coffee to make 4 cups, and looked forward to drinking my coffee.
I was surprised that the coffee tasted quick weak - and I tend to like a weaker cupper. The body of the drink was thin and watery, the aroma was bitter, but with a sweet overtone.
I tried again using more coffee. The results were much better this time, but I thought that the body of the drink was still lacking and the adding of more coffee although making the flavour stronger also gave it a very bitter tang.
All in all, I would have expected a better product from Lyons - I don't expect to have to use more spoonfuls than my value supermarket brand that I sometimes use. Others may like the bitterness, but it wasn't for me.
I bought this phone last Christmas in a sale for £150 in JAG. It came with preloaded orange software and was locked to the orange network and came in dusty pink. I selected it because I primarily wanted a camera that would always be with me, my phone usage is small.
This phone has a huge built in memory of 8GB and a microSD card slot where you can add up to 32GB more.
It is operated by a touch screen and has a 3D screen in addition to the usual 2D.
The camera is 5mp and as well as stills can take videos in the 720x480 format or VGA it can do slow motion and time lapse recording.
The manufacturers state a 300 hour stand by and 3 hour 50 mins talk time for the battery - I dispute this.
Has a TV out socket with a lead so that you can view your photos on the TV, if your TV has the right input.
It has an FM radio, can receive and send email, make video calls, play MP3s, MP4s has a document viewer - all the things you would expect from a next generation phone.
It is much smaller and compact than the apple iphones and the touch screen is therefore smaller.
Ease of use
Screen. The touch screen is easy to use, you can scroll through menus by dragging your finger across the screen and zoom in and out of photos and videos by the same manner. You can flip from 2D to 3D screen which has a rotating cube that you can select things from - this was supposed to be a big selling point for the phone - but I really can't see the benefit or point of it. It must be said that I have small hands, so have no trouble selecting icons and using the phone's screen, my husband and brother on the other hand had a lot of trouble using the touch screen because of it's small size.
Phoning - Rubbish. The phone locks itself when you phone - I presume to stop you selecting things with your ear by mistake - this means that you cannot press 1 to select this and that when you phone numbers with an automated menu. To try to do this you have to unlock the phone which takes a few seconds then select the number keypad which is awkward to do and sometimes the phone locks itself up again before you can bring up the keyboard. The answer button to pick up a call doesn't always work first time and neither does the hang up button (I have sent it in for repair, but it came back not much better). It is not easy to select hands free once you answer a call, so you need to remember to do it beforehand.
Texting. Good. It has 3 different keyboards that you can easily toggle from one to the other, these are for alpha, number and punctuation/symbols. The predictive text is good, but the dictionary doesn't know a lot of English words that aren't used by the USA. You can save loads of text messages received; I have had well over a hundred messages on mine.
Camera. At 5mp the camera takes a good picture and is ok for an everyday camera apart from the fact that it takes a while to take the picture and often the moment has gone if it is an action shot. Ok for scenery and poses.
The video camera is really good and easy to use, but I have yet been able to get my videos off so that I can view them on the TV. I believe I have to convert the format, but I haven't looked into it yet. The picture quality is good and I have many videos saved on my phone of my kids in action on various days out and even my son singing in a school play - the sound on the video camera is good too.
This camera was brought out quickly to rival the iphone and be the first to have a 3D screen, the result is that the phone is full of bugs and things that haven't been tested enough for ease of use. The battery on my phone only lasts 24 hours even when it is not used at all. Use the video, camera and make a phone call in the day and the battery will be lucky to last out until the evening. The red and green buttons to answer and hang up a call often don't work first time. I have had the phone repaired twice under guarantee because the touch screen died. Now the guarantee has expired I don't doubt the phone will last much longer than this year at the most, if I am lucky.
Value for money
The rrp price was twice what I paid for it when it came out i.e in excess of £300 and it really is not worth this because of it's unreliability and ridiculous design of the phone locking when you call so that you can't use the number pad. I have spoken to other people who have had the same phone and have had problem with it not working and dodgy software bugs - this phone is worthless in my opinion because of this.
I decided that I wanted to get this for my son's birthday, but was worried about paying such a large amount of money for one toy and would have to get other relatives to chip in. Was it going to be worth the large price tag? I have never had a playmobil toy before.
RRP is supposed to be £199 - but I have never seen it for so much. I found out that the toyshop.com had it on offer for £80 before Christmas, but this was no longer on offer or stocked. The cheapest I could find it was £100 at tesco.com - didn't I wish I swapped my clubcard points for double toy vouchers before Christmas. Then one of my moneysaving expert friends told me that playmobil often do damaged box sales a few times a year. I checked, but their were no sales on, so I thought it would be worth contacting them direct. I sent them an email telling them what I wanted and 2 days later they replied to say one had just come in, did I want it for £50? Yes, Yes, Yes!!
They told me that if any of the parts in the box were missing or damaged to let them know and they would send out replacements free of charge.
Before buying this product I look at various reviews on a number of website that said you need about 1-2 hours to put it all together. My husband and I put aside the evening before my son's birthday to put it together for him so that it was ready to play with straight away. 1-2 hours? They must be joking we spent 4 and a half hours and all we had managed to put together was the main house. On my son's birthday I spent 6 hours putting the rest of it together. The length of time could have been significantly reduced if Playmobil grouped the parts that went together, but bits were all over the place.
Once built, the set was surprisingly sturdy, particularly the buildings. The smaller things were less so, flowers kept falling off the trees and bits are easily knocked off the vehicles.
The set consists of a main farm house with two rooms downstairs and an open hayloft upstairs, an outbuilding, a tree, a combine harvester, a tractor, a milk tanker, a trailer, a plough and rake attachments for tractor, fencing for animals. There are lots and I mean lots of smaller items in this set the most interesting for the kids were the farmer and his wife, fours cows, chickens, duck, various birds, spades, rakes, forks, 2 beds, a table, 2 chairs, cutlery and cups, a chest, vegetables, bench, sink, oven, wheelbarrow, milk churns etc. etc.
My children have the most fun with the tractor and combine harvester - you can load the combine harvester up with hay bales and it spits them out as you push it. The animals are really good - you can position the heads, legs and feet of even the really small birds. The house is a bit of a let down it comes with so many accessories, but there isn't enough room to play with them in the house, or even fit them all in the house.
Value for Money
You get a lot in this set, but I think like all Playmobil you are paying for a brand name and not getting value for money. I would not have been happy to pay more than £50 for it and I would say the price would need to come down to £30 or so to be real value for money.
I needed to buy a washer/dryer and wanted a good reliable manufacturer rather than the cheapest I could find. I plumped for Hotpoint as a recognisable brand for washing machines. The WD440 had a spin of 1400 with a load capacity of 5kg (large) for washing and 4kg for most effective drying. The machine was selling in Currys and Comet for £420 (2006), but I managed to find it online for £360 at 365 electrical.
The machine was easy to use. Put the washing in the drum and the powder/fabric conditioner in the drawer, set the dial to the wash programme and off it went. You could also set the machine to dry straight after for a set amount of time. I found this to be useless because it would only dry properly if you put in half the load so you needed to split the washing.
After having this machine for only 6 weeks it started to make a horrendous noise and began shaking the house so much that 2 glasses vibrated off the top of my work surface and smashed on the floor. I called out the engineer.
Whilst the engineer was repairing the machine I complained that I had bought a Hotpoint machine because I thought it was a good reliable make. He informed me that Indesit had taken over both Hotpoint and Zanussi and the machines were all now Indesit quality and parts, but with different frontages - he also said that this probably wouldn't be the last time a saw him! He wasn't wrong there. In the first year I had to call out an engineer 6 times. After this I just started to put up with the things that keep going wrong.
When you clean the machine the writing on the front washes off - so make sure you keep the instructions to know what all the buttons do. I have to put detergent straight into the drum because the powder drawer always leaves loads of powder and water in it. The buttons that select extra heat, time save and crease resist have always been dodgy - I had the whole panel replaced under warranty, but the replacement buttons all got stuck too. I still have the machine 4 years on because we don't have the funds to replace it. The dryer no longer works, the on/off button light doesn't light anymore so you don't know if the thing is on or not. Sometimes I have to rewash things because it clearly has stopped through the middle of a wash cycle for no apparent reason. All in all this machine is a disaster. I will never buy Hotpoint again (or Indesit, or Zanussi) seeing as they are one of the same. Prior to this I had the cheapest washine machine I could buy - a Candy - and that lasted over 10 years without any problems at all. In times when we are all encourage to reuse and recycle, washing machines should be built to last, not throw away and get another after a year or two.
I looked around for sometime deciding which phone to purchase. I wanted a phone with a text facility - my phoneline is with BT and they give you free text messages with all of their options packages so I wanted to utilise this free service. I previously had a philips which was very difficult to text with and gave up the ghost after about 18 months, so I wanted a more reliable manufacturer and decided that had to be BT.
I bought the 3 handset option for £100.
The phone was really easy to set up. You just plugged it in and off you go. You could even put your sim card from your mobile into the base set and it uploads all the numbers into it's phonebook. The problem came (and still exists) when I went to set up the other 2 handsets. You just plug them into the power socket and they work OK, however they cannot see each other - when you answer the phone on one handset the other 2 handsets register this as a missed call. This is really irritating. When you want to do a last number redial you have to make sure you pick up the handset that you last dialled the call on because the other two won't show it. There seems to be no way to register the handsets with the main base in the instructions that came with it. You can transfer the phone book from the base handset to the others and that is about all we have managed to do. All phone can however, see the answerphone - weird!
This phone has a lot of features, but only a very small selection are covered in the instruction leaflet. I'm sure there is a lot this phone can do that I don't know about.
Ease of use - phone calls and answerphone
The phone is really simple. If it is ringing and is on the base, you simply pick it up to answer, if it isn't on it's base you press the green button to pick up the call. It has a volume control from 1 to 5 on the middle button if you need to adjust the call volume. To end the call put the phone back on it's base or press red button.
The answerphone has a digital number display that tells you how many messages you have waiting for you. You can play these messages by pressing play from the base set to hear through the baseset speakers or by using any of the handsets and going to the answerphone menu and play messages through the handset. The menus are self explanantory to record your own message, you can also record memos on the answerphone and turn it on and off by the answerphone base or from any of the handsets.
Ease of use - texting
The menus are just as easy to navigate as most mobile phones if not easier. The text message area is as you would expect on a mobile. The only down side is you cannot use predictive text, so messages take a little longer to type. The phone beeps if you receive a text message and the phone display screens tells you a message is waiting to be read. The menu allows you to save drafts and use templates.
The phone has a blue backlit digital display with black text
If you have caller ID on you line the handsets displays the number of the caller before you pick up the phone -great for screening. The display is easy to read and monocolour.
You can select from a good selection of ringtones including musical ones. You can even devote different ringtones to numbers in your phone book so that you know who is calling by the ringtone playing without looking at caller display. The handset keeps a list of the last 10 numbers to call you and the last 10 numbers you have dialled, from this list you can easily select and callback as you would on a mobile phone.
The phone has an alarm clock that can be set to ring on a one off occasion or at the same time(s) everyday.
You also have an agenda where you can enter an event and date and time.
The phone can be used as standard or you can use speaker phone - I have found people can hear me quite well when I use this and I them.
I have had the phones off the base all day and they have still held their charge - I have yet to have the battery go.
Other than the set up problem (which I still haven't resolved) this phone has been 100% reliable unlike other home phones I have owned which have funny glitches.
I was bought this machine for Christmas. It is worth noting that Argos regularly do half price offers on coffee machines including this one.
Summary - A coffee machine that you put pods into the front and water in the back to produce your drink.
Ease of use.
Really easy, just fill up the jug at the back and place a pod of your choice in the front of the machine by lifting the top and then pushing down gently. Next you press the button on the front and then wait for your drink.
Much easier to use than other machines that I have owned such as the sensio and dulco gusto.
Taste and choice of drinks.
The taste of the drinks is much better than the sensio and on a par with the gusto, but not anything like the drinks you get from a good coffee house. If you like plain filter coffee like me then nothing beats a perculator. The range of pods on offer is good ranging from macchiato to luxury hot chocolate - however each supermarket only stocks a limited range of those available.
You get a ridiculously small amount of drink. You have the option of adding more water, but this makes the drinks too weak (And I don't like strong coffee/chocolate)
The machine is quite expensive, price varies, but it is around the £100 mark although it is possible to get it on offer for about £50. Now here is the killer - the pods are about £3.50 for 16 or for some coffee types £3.50 for 8 discs/pods. That is 43p a cup. Compare this to a cup of coffee from a filter machine which cost about 6p a cup. Hot chocolate powder cost a fraction of the price of the pods.
Due to the governments squeezing the working population I can no longer afford to use this machine, unless for a special occasion or if I see the pods on offer for a greatly reduced price.
This is a seat designed for babies to sit up in unaided. It can be used to feed babies in or to keep them in a sitting position without being strapped in. It was design in south africa as a good postural aid. I had heard many mums rave about these and I knew that some nurseries in my area used them to sit babies in a circle for singing etc.
I bought one when my child was about 3 months old, but they could not sit safely in it because their head kept flopping forward. There is no upper back or neck/head support on this seat unlike a high chair. It is exactly as the picture and is made of a rubbery material and is lightweight.
My child could only sit in this when they were about 6 months. I used it to get them out of the play pen and let them play with some other toys or watch TV. I soon found that the bumbo was useless for playing with toys in because it is too far from the ground for them to reach their toys, anything put on my child's lap fell off on the floor. I believe they have recently developed a tray to fit on this - it certainly needed something like that to make it useful. All in all it was only vaguely useful for about 4 weeks because by that stage my child and managed to climb out of it and did every time. My younger child used to arch his back and immediately fall out of it, so it was not any use at all for him.
I know that all babies are different and some may love it, but for me it was a useless chair. The only good thing about it as far as I am concerned is that I bought it second hand for a £5 and sold it for £15.
I was given this russell hobbs digital slow cooker for my birthday. I understand it cost about £20 in an argos sale. I have never cook with a slow cooker before so I have no base to compare this model to other slow cookers. This model has 3 settings low, high and auto. The auto setting starts at high until the pot warms up and then drops to low. Some slow cooker recipes direct you to cook on medium setting which obviously is not an option on this model. I usually use the high setting because I don't prepare the food early enough to have it stewing for 10-12 hours, but if you get up early to go to work and have the energy and time to prep your veg it is great. Food cooks in about 5-6 hours on high setting. The crockpot will keep the food warm after the cooking time so if you set it to cook for 6 hours and come in after 8 it will still be hot and ready to eat, which is a great feature.
This particular digital model is not the best thought about design. You set the timer first and then select the cooking level, then it will start heating up. If you like me forget and press the cooking level first and then select the time it does not heat up. It needs some sort of design change to make it obvious to the user that they have not turned it on. The time is another silly feature - it only has to digit windows so does not show mins but hours and the a sixth of a minute. For example 3 hours 6 mins would need to be set as 3.1 and 3 hours 12 mins as 3.2. Surely they could have put in another digit window?
Despite these little quirks that annoy me the product does what it says on the tin and slow cooks food to perfection with the most tender meat from the cheapest cuts.
Tip when using the slow cooker - always add hot liquid/stock to it and not cold as this could significantly increase the cook time. You do not have to brown or sautee anything before you put it in the pot as some recipes suggest - this just browns things to give it a better appearance. It is a lot of extra work and extra use of your electric/gas for little benefit. The taste is better if you don't sautee as all goodness goes into your pot and not some in the frying pan!!
Slow cooking is supposed to be healthy, economical and therefore environmentally friendly - I really don't know how much energy my slow cooker uses so I can't comment on whether this claims are correct or not.
The slow cooker does cook at a very low level and is perfectly safe to leave on all day when you are out unlike some other appliances
I bought this kettle from argos 18 months or so ago. Two, yes two had to be returned within a week because they were faulty, it was third time lucky for me. The kettle is cordless and it easily lifted on and off the base with a sturdy handle with plenty of grip space if you have larger hands. The handle is well placed to balance the kettle when you lift it.
Boiling time - a full kettle take a couple of mins to boil, but a couple of cups full is really quick - no probs getting coffee for everyone in the adverts. The light show you get when boiling the kettle is great, a blue glow seen through the two sided windows. However living in a hard water area limescale has really built up in this kettle especially around the windows. After having this kettle for 18 months (and in being in storage for 8 months of those) the limescale filter in the spout has now split. Large amounts of flaky scale now come out of the kettle when you pour a cup even after I have descaled it 3 time in a row. This makes the kettle now useless. Be warned, the cost of a replacement filter for this kettle is pretty much the same price as a new kettle. So I will be forced to be unenvironmentally friendly and buy a new kettle because of price.
The kettle was good while it lasted, but I'd say it won't last long if you live in a hard water area.
I bought this pram as I wanted a proper strudy pram rather than a flimsy buggy - I wanted something that would deliver comfort and safety for my child. I originally wanted a silver cross as this was the brand that my Mum used for us and has a good reputation. After going to many a baby shop and looking at silver cross I found that the quality was not that good anymore. The shop workers informed my that silver cross was taken over by mothercare some time ago and if I wanted quality swedish was the way to go.
I looked at an emmaljunga smart in the shops and fell in love with it, unfortunately at £400 it was out of my budget so I started searching the internet for something similar that was.
The coronette I bought second hand for £60 has lovely strudy black air filled tyres (I believe this can vary depending on the model and year of purchase). These tyres made going up and down kerbs a breeze and I had no trouble pushing the pram with a toddler and loads of shopping under. My only criticism on this point is that you have to lift the front of the pram to do a turn in the other direction, but on the whole this wasn't a problem for me.
The pushchair itself is fully reclineable and the footrest came all the way up to provide almost a pram, this was really useful when my little one fell asleep and I could convert the pushchair so they would have a much more comfortable (and longer!) sleep.
Shopping - this pram is great for going shopping with because of the large shopping basket under - it is lke going out with your own shopping trolley. It is however, not as easy to manovere around shops than a buggy due to its larger size and fixed wheels.
Out and about - The large wheels and great suspension make walking on pavements and up and down kerbs a comfortable ride for your baby with the suspension coping well with uneven slabs and bumps. I have taken this pram to many national trust gardens and it had no trouble being pushed on gravel, grass or muddy track. I have pushed it around a bluebell wood - it has even coped with exposed tree roots without much effort.
Handle - the handle has adjustable height which is great for someone small like myself who found some pushchairs with fixed handles too high.
I don't know if these came as standard or not, but my coronette came with a fantastic raincover that was nylon with relective strips on the side. It was great because is was elasticated so quickly and easily stretched over the pram with a gap at the front round the hood area. I have found this so much better than the see through plastic raincovers I have had for other prams - the kids tend not to like these and pull them off and I think they get way too hot in them. It was so good I ordered another one direct from emmaljunga for a double pram I bought when my second child arrived.
This pram is really easy to fold and unfold and has special safety clips to stop the pram collapsing if you don't put it up correctly. It is a little heavy, but fit comfortably into the boot of my PT cruiser- not sure if it would fit into a much smaller car boot though.
All in all a great buy.
I bought this oven about six months ago for just under £700 from BHS direct. I spent months researching ovens and decided that NEFF would be the best quality oven and that a series 3 would suit my needs and budget. You (like my OH) may think that this is a lot of money to pay for an oven, but it really is worth paying the extra for something so reliable and energy efficient.
The number of functions you can choose from are as follows:-
circoTherm - ultra efficient fan oven for roasting and baking
Top and bottom heat - for baking/roasting on one level only
Circothern intensive - for ready made products that require a lot of heat from under -such as pizza, lasagne and quiche
Circo-roasting - for a spit roast style chicken and anything needing extra crisping/browning
Large Grill- for a lot of items ot large item
Small grill - for smaller quantities
Bottom heat - for items requiring a crust on underside
Low temperature cooking - great for cooking rare steaks
Defrost - For a gentle defrost quicker than room temperature.
All series 3 neff ovens have the above functions but this model also has a slide under door - great to keep kids from running in to it and for smaller kitchens to give more space. The model with a normal door is B15E42.0GB and about £100 cheaper. There is a pyrolytic (self cleaning) version model number B15P42S0GB. The pyrolytic oven use loads of energy and extremely high temperatures to burn off food, I wanted something energy efficient so I decided against this option.
This oven has four small rotary controls that change the settings in the digital display. The two on the left handside set the timer, clock, start/end cooking time and turn rapid heat on and off. The right hand two change and display the temperature. In the centre of the oven is a dial selector which is simply turned until it points at the correct icon for the type of oven function you require. All these controls push in to be flush with the oven when not in use, which stops dust and grime collecting on them so much and makes cleaning easier.
Ease of cooking/operation
This oven is great for even and controllable heat. I have been trying to bake the perfect victoria sponge for 10 years with no success until I bought this oven. My sponges raised evenly and doubled in size using the circotherm oven setting and cooking on the bottom shelf - magic as far as I'm concerned. Food is always cooked evenly. You can immediately see what temperature the oven has heated up to by looking at the bar display on the front of the oven or the exact temperature to the nearest degree by pressing the info button.
On the downside, I find the oven takes quite a while to heat up to the required temperature even though the manufacturer spec says that it heats up ultra quickly and efficiently. However, if you are in a hurry you can use the rapid heat option to heat up the oven to temperature in a fraction of the time.
The timer function is great and allows you to put food in the oven and select the start and finish cooking time, it even takes into account the effect of the oven heating up to temperature on the food in its calculations. The timer beeps loudly when cooking time has ellasped and can be used as just a bog standard beeping timer rather than stopping the cooking.
The oven has a childproof look which prevents children (or interfering relatives) from operating the oven. This can be turned on or off easily.
This oven comes with the back, ceiling and side of the cooking compartment coated with a layer that absorbs and disintegrates splashes, meaning you only have to clean the bottom and oven door. If these self cleaning surfaces stop working so well, you can select an oven cleaning operating mode that renews them. I have had my oven for 6 months and I haven't had to do this yet.
The oven comes with a really large oven tray with removeable wire tray that can be used as a shelf and two other wire shelves.
Neff products come with a 2 year guarantee rather than the usual 12 months you get from other manufacturers.
I bought this car seat from Halfords in a sale for £90. Was £100, but I cheekily asked the manager for money off because I was buying the isofix base to go with it at the same time.
My seat was the black reflection material - it was a well padded seat, that came with a headhugger for newborns and was in a nice reclining angle. It should be noted that if you do long journeys the manufacturer doesn't recommend that a newborn be in the seat for more than 2 hours or they could have breathing problems. The car seat can be fitted onto the isofix base or onto a base fitted with seat belts or can be held independantly with the seatbelt (tried this once - and it wasn't that stable on my rear seats). The use of the isofix base however made the car seat extremely stable and didn't wobble a inch - I would recommend this. It took a while to get used to smoothly releasing the car seat from the base - my husband found it really simple, but I struggled to release it sometimes. I used it in conjunction with my quinny zapp pushchair frame that it easily clicked onto.
It comes with a sunshade that is really useful, such a shame that it didn't come with a raincover. At the back of the seat is a little compartment which is the perfect size to fit nappy wipes and a couple of nappies - I found this really useful. The straps were easy to do up around your baby it came with extra padding around the buckle, however I found this kept falling off and we lost it in the end. The straps come with little shoulder pads on them. These weren't padded enough for my liking,so i bought additional thicker pads to go on mine.
I used this seat until my son was 14 months - he is quite tall and could probably have stayed in it for a couple more months, but he was too heavy for me to carry in it by then.
I bought this pushchair new as a second lightweight pushchair for going round the shops. I particularly liked the travel system option and used it with the cabrio car seat. The car seats lifts straight out of the car and fits onto the frame - this is easy to do, although I found it quite tricky to release the seat from the frame to go back in the car, on the other hand my husband had no trouble doing this. The pushchairs strength is in it's easy manoverability. Having previously bought cheap buggys that steered like shopping trolleys this was a breeze - great for getting in and out of shops. Now here's the downside; the buggy is very unstable so even the weight of a handbag can push it over - no where to put your shopping. My older child was in a bigger pushchair with a big shopping trolley under, so this wasn't such a big problem when we went out as a family. I found the pushchair was more stable with the car seat in than the material seat so I didn't use the material seat until my child was one. The material was quite difficult to stretch over the frame - not something I would want to do again in a hurry. The folding and unfolding of the pushchair was one of the easiest I have used and it folds up more compactly than a normal pushchair, but more bulky than a cheap buggy - claiming that it can fit in the footwell of a car is a bit of a stretch in my opinion, it didn't fit in mine and I have a PT cruiser. The footrest for the child is not that large resulting in toddlers putting their feet on the floor sometimes - I ran over my son's foot once not realising he had stuck it out. The chair is so unstable, my son had a habit of throwing his head back and this resulted in the pushchair falling backwards on more than one occasion -luckily he wasn't badly hurt- really dangerous. The only way to combat this is to never take your hands off of the handles - not even for a moment. I would never buy one again because of this. It is hard to believe that they are allowed to sell something that could result in serious injury to a child.
Bought this new from Boots. It was easy to assemble and seemed very stable and sturdy. The best features are the removeable trays and the reclining seat. My son is always falling asleep when he eats so it is great to be able to recline him to make things more comfy for him. The trays lift off completely so it is easy to get a child in an out of the chair and easier to clean the trays. One tray sits inside the other which can be used in place of a plate with it's different sections for food. Both trays are branded dishwasher proof, yet they are both too large to fit in my full size dishwasher! The trays can be released by using just one hand from the front (which is easy for my husband, but a bit trickier for me and my tiny hand) or by two hands from either side. This chair is really stable my son has frequently flung himself around in and against it in a paddy, but it hasn't so much as wobbled. On the downside the chair is still rather bulky when folded up, no good for a small kitchen. The tray can be attached to the back legs for storage, but this knocks/falls off so easily that it is a pointless feature.