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I purchased the Chicco Winter London Stroller in Pink, when my daughter was 8 months old.
She had been in a Silver Cross 3D prior to this, which I loved, but was hard work pushing around when just strolling along.
It was around £50 in Argos at the time, on offer, which I thought was a pretty good deal for a lightweight pushchair that came with a fleece lined footmuff, and rain cover. I dont see the pink version around as much in the shops, but they do have a lovely navy blue & red as pictured, and grey.
When I saw it pictured, it was exactly as above but replace the red with hot pink, which I thought would be nice for summer. So I was slightly shocked when I unpacked it to find that the footmuff was black & pink but the whole pram itself was hot pink. It wasnt a huge issue to me, but I have to admit I liked the contrast of hot pink against the black, so slight twinge of disappointment, but for seconds only!
The pushchair weighs around 7.5kg
The hood is removable, I always kept it on but moved it up as my daughter grew taller.
It has a 5 point harness, and 5 recline positions - it does not lay flat but almost flat. Its listed as suitable from birth, but I personally dont agree, my daughter was 8 months, I would have considered it at 6 months but not before, plurely because it doesnt lay flat.
It didnt get me through the horrendous snowy winters just because the snow was soooo high, so I alternated with my silver cross pram.
It holds a surprising amount in the basket, is easy wipe clean and has foam handles.
I used it for two trips to france via euro star aswell as almost daily (minus 6 weeks in winter) for 2 years and still in brilliant condition managed to sell it on ebay for just over £28! The two trips to france I balanced my holdalls on the handles - only with dd in the pram as it would have buckled otherwise, but it lasted well. I travelled alone so did drag it up a few flights of stairs and it got trampled in the luggage compartment but still came out perfect.
The 3 things that would have been nice - a drinks holder, the footrest should have been slightly more infront rather than underneath, and Id have liked the footmuff to be a bit longer, she was in it the first winter but by the second her legs were too long. Not huge issues, just if I was being picky I'd like those bits changed.
Style wise, its not the most glamerous of strollers compared to some of the newest ones out there, but for the money paid and how long it lasted it was a good deal.
Theres a navy blue in Argos for £69.99 atm, and a moonstone (grey to me!) in Kiddicare.com at £89.99 - that price is a bit much in my opinion, but look out for offers, or check ebay for good seconds!
This is the buggy we are currently using with jess at the moment, it is suitable from birth as it lies completely flat but we didn't buy it until we were getting rid of our travel system when she was 8 months old but I am not a fan of this style for new borns as they look lost in them.
It has the standard five point harness which most buggies have and adjusts really easy with the plastic hoops, it goes really small for young babies and very large as jess is 20 months and still has lots of adjusting to go so will last a while yet.
It has a 5 position recline which allows new borns to lie flat right through to sitting forwards for a toddler, we use this in the almost flat position if she falls to sleep when wee are out ands she sleeps comfortable enough in it.
It is light weight so easy to push even with a toddler in it, the basket isn't brilliant but then they never are but it is a sturdy buggy and I hang quite a bit of shopping on the back and it doesn't tip up like others I have owned, the covers are washable by hand only and they do come up really nice with a quick scrub so will look good for years.
This is a fab short trip and shopping buggy, the rain cover fits really well, it folds up easily and fits nicely in the boot of my car but might be a bit long for tiny boots like puntos so be aware of this as the handles are quite high on it
When my trusty Maclaren finally broke on me it was time to look for a new pushchair. I wanted something light, compact and cheap! The Chicco Winter Stroller in blue was on offer in Argos for around £50 and fitted the bill perfectly. I have now owned this model for around 6 months and this is my experience of the product so far:
The seat has a 5 position reclining backrest and is meant to be suitable from birth. Though for me personally, I wouldn't wish to use it from then as I prefer something flatter. The frame is aluminium weighing in at 7.5kg and its opened size is 64cm x 46cm x101cm. This makes it light to push, lift and compact enough to be used on public transport as it is. If you do have to collapse it, the umbrella fold mechanism means that you can fold it one handed (and a foot) which is useful if you need to use one arm to hold a wriggling child at the same time! The folded dimensions are 20cmx 30cm x108cm and fits easily into the boot of a smallish car. The folding mechanism was rather hard to operate at first but appears to of loosened up with use.
The front wheels can be used on swivel or locked to suite your preference and the linked rear break is applied by lifting a bar at the rear with your foot. This break actually feels more secure than my old more expensive Maclaren. The wheels are chunky plastic and are wearing well after 6 months of a lot of use. This type of pushchair is best suited for town use although it has stood up well to being used on the odd country lane walk as well.
There is an adjustable leg rest to keep your growing child comfortable and the essential 5 point safety harness which is also adjustable and feels safe and secure..
A moderate sized net shopping basket is underneath, not huge but enough for a few items.
There are soft handgrip handles which are non adjustable and at a fairly low height which suits me fine being a shorty but a taller person may wish to look for something with adjustable height handles as theses may well feel to low for comfort.
The detachable folding hood is quite deep, and shades the child fairly well from the sun though I have purchased an additional longer shade also (review to come!).
One of my main reasons for purchasing this product was the fact that it included a rain cover and cosy toes which often must be purchased separately at further expense with other pushchair makes. The cosy toes is fleece lined, warm and comfortable and incorporates a buggy liner. The outside material matches the main pushchair fabric and is a perfectly serviceable and easy to clean Nylon. I know it's easy to clean as the cosy toes have been through the wash on several occasions with no ill effect so far.
I must say that aesthetically the material does look a little "cheap" and scratchy though as I mentioned before, the liner is fleece and this is what the child sits on, so no worries there.
The rain cover isn't the best. Attaches with Velcro tabs at the rear and down by the front wheels. These tabs have now come off but it still does the job if it's not too windy!
All in all, I would say this pushchair has been excellent value for the price I paid. It's no looker, but if you are wanting a town pushchair, great on public transport and cheap give it a try.
I opted for this stroller when my son was 4 months (although it can be used from birth) as the travel system I had was a bit to bulky and heavy to be practical. I wanted a light and compact stroller and that exactly what I got with the Chicco London. It's sturdy, easy to maneuver with a choice of lockable or swivel front wheels and the reclining back means its comfortable for the baby whether they are lying down to sleep or sitting up. It's also easy to put up or take down.
The downsides are that I find the brakes really hard to apply or take off - and the shopping basket is quite small and if the chair is fully reclined, its pretty much impossible to access. I also found clipping the hood into position tricky
I brought it online and got the footmuff and raincover included in the price and all in all, for the price I paid its a great stoller
I love this stroller. Its good for people either using public transport or those that dont want a travel system.
First things first. The price.it is roughly around £69, but i have seen them on ebay for £20.And, as it can be used from birth as it has a lie flat option, to 3 years so do not ever need to change it for a smaller buggy as it is fairly small, folds easily and it is very lightweight, weighs only 8kg and the chassis is aluminium so easy to push uphill, and easy to get on public transport.It also has lockable front whells for rough ground and feels a very smooth ride when you are pushing on concrete.
it has a small shopping basket underneath and comes included with a footmuff, raincover and detatchable hood.All of the metal on it is rounded in shape, so it is very easy to buy a parasol to fit, even tho that is not included in the price.
A really good value for money general all rounder.
5-Point Harness / Reclining Back (5 Positions)