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Our first baby was born earlier this year and with the pregnancy came the inevitable worry about what we should be buying, is it safe enough, good enough quality, value for money? When it came to a pram/pushchair, we wanted a very good quality product which would last a good few years should we have more children in the future. The Icandy apple (and the latest version apple 2) are at the more expensive end of the spectrum, however as soon as you take hold and push you can see that it is most certainly a quality product.
There is quite a range of addons and accessories -we purchased the pushchair, carrycot which attachesto the chassis of the pushchair when the seat is removed to create a pram, rainproof covers, and car seat adapters to allow our maxi cosi size 0+ rear facing car seat to attach to the chassis. The car seat attachment is a very useful feature, great if you are running a quick errand and don't want to wake a sleeping baby by getting them out of the seat and into the pram. The attachments themselvea are easy enough to get on and off once you work out which button you should be pressing!
The carrycot is very sturdy, with a hood which goes up and down very easily and a nice comfortable mattress which baby seems to enjoy. There are two bars which lock into the chassis and a fold down bar which locks onto the bottom of the chassis to make the carrycot secure. The rainproof covers which attach to the ccarrycot are easy to fit, but it is a little confusing to work out which way round it goes.
The pushchair attachment is again easy to fit and remove, although it isnt really necessary to detach it from the chassis very often as unlike with the carrycot attachment, the pushchair does not need to be removed from the chassis to fold it up. The pushchair also has the option of a coloured hood -there is black, pink, blue, purple and red to choose from whereas the carrycot is only available in black.
On the chassis itself the back wheels are large and fixed (but are removable with a clip on the chassis) while the front wheels are smaller and have a swivel action. The ease of movement is fantastic, even on bumpy terrain or with extra weight in the tray it is a smooth ride and is very easy to manoeuvre, and levers easily on and off pavements or steps. One of the reasons we chose the I candy is that it is a good height (we are both quite tall and a lot of prams seemed too low down) and the handle is also very easily adjustable. The tray at the bottom is quite spacious and can hold a reasonably heavy load, although you have to make sure it is secure as it could slip out on an incline. When folding the chassis there is a knack to getting the angle at which you must push down on the handle just right. There is also a clip to hold the folded chassis together so it is more easy to carry when folded.
My one complaint about the icandy apple is the ease with which it folds although practise certainly makes a difference. I can't fault its stability and the way it moves so smoothly whilst being sturdy and secure. All fabrics are detachable which is a must obviously and machine washable too. This is definitely a purchase I am pleased with and our little one seems to agree!
Being a first time mum I had no idea how my life would change once my little bundle of joy arrived so I went for a big classic (emmaljunga) pram, gorgeous pram but not ideal for using in and out of the car.
So 3 prams later I was the proud owner of an ICandy Apple. This is an amazing travel system! I loved how on short journeys out of the car I could attach the car seat straight on to the chassis. I found this great for quick trips to the shop for some groceries or mother and toddler group as I always got my son out when we got settled in the room. It is worth being aware of the recommended two hours maximum in the car seat.
I also loved the carry cot, my son just looked so comfy in it. There was plenty of room length and width wise for him to really stretch out. He lasted in the carry cot until has was about 7 months even then he still had plenty of room but my nosy boy just wanted to see more of the world around him!
We then progressed on to the main seat, parent facing so I could see him and him me. It was great for keeping an eye on him as well as being able to interact. We purchased a taggie cover for the bar so it was that wee bit more interesting for him with the bonus of protecting the foam bar! We could also clip toys on the keep them from falling to the ground. I found the reclining positions prefect and so easy to adjust, perfect on long walks where my son fell asleep. The foot rest also adjusts.
Out of all the prams I've used the shopping basket on this one is my most favorite. Plenty of room shopping, I managed to fit in a big bag of potatoes along with two full bags of groceries with room to spare! I really miss it now we don't use a pushchair on a daily basis.
The handle has lots of different settings to suit every height. It's telescopic with the botton to adjust it right in the middle of the handle so very quick if swapping pushers! I found myself adjusting it going up and down hills, was so quick and easy.
The front swivel wheels make it ideal for all ground, with the wheels locked it would tackle most off-road terrains, it was regularly used on forest walks. With the swivel wheels unlocked it made it great around town, nipping in and out of shops was a breeze as it could squeeze through tight spaces.
Now to my only bug bear about this pram, folding it up and down. It has to be folded with seat unit off so when putting it into the car I had to place seat somewhere while I folded the chassis down. Luckily enough it was easy enough to sit on on my parcel shelf, fold the chassis (which is so easy to do) put it in my boot then the seat sat on top nicely. I did find it quite a big pram in my (ford focus) boot but there was still room for my shopping around it. It is quite a heavy system if you choose to carry chassis and seat unit together, I always chose two trips over struggling! the chassis can stand upright when folded down which was great when in the house, could easily fit in our hall cupboard when not in use.
Now they've started selling all the items separate I do think it's not so great value for money but given my time again I would buy this from the start and avoid wasting my time on cheaper inferior pushchairs.
I am 5'9 and my other half is 6'3 so we have trouble in pram handle height as most seem to low for me never mind him then we found thie icandy apple. It was perfect! Stylish, from birth to 3yrs, can add a car seat to frame, large shopping basket, well thought of brand and essentially a adjustable handle that goes really high!
At least until Baby was born that is! As we are both tall we have tall Babies and this one was 10lb 3oz and 56cm at birth..he was fine in the carry cot, it was a litttle small but I think it would have lasted until he was about 4mths old. However the handle on the carrycot broke and icandy made us send them the carrycot for repair..this took over 2 weeks! So we were left with a 6 week old in the winter with no carrycot..I tried using the car seat on the frame but didnt feel happy using it constantly as its bad for Babies backs and airways so ended up using the seat unit. With the super padded footmuff in it was not too bad and it really helped with his reflux being on a slight angle so he was more comfortable in that respect..so when we eventually got the carrycot back it was redundant!
The customer service from icandy was rubbish-for the price of the pram and the consumer branding they love to protect they really dont help themselves when it comes to customer service!
So here we were using the seat unit-it was all good, easy to push, easy to collapse (Once you know how), can change the hoods/footmuffs/seat liners (cores) colours and mix and match which is fun. You can also get colour matching parasols-I never did though so cant rate these..they also do a palm shade for summer again we didnt use this as already had a generic sun shade. The pram has served up well in the 8mths since Baby was born.
However I am now having to sell it to replace it with a different pram even though I actually love the apple, why? The seat is too small for my Son! He is big-currently 28lbs and 77cm so above average height and when he is sat in the seat if the hood is folded back closed his head is actually touching the hood! If the hood is extended open its fine as does give him head room with a little to spare but I cant spend the rest of his pram days with the hood constantly open..so its having to go. Its a shame as its all round a great pram but when making a pram that suits tall parents they should have considered that the tall parents are likely to have tall Babies too and make the seats that bit longer. I had hoped this would last us until around 18mths when I could swap to a stroller but no such luck.
"Mammy's just going to the doctors, i wont be long" shouting to my 2 little terrors. I had been under the weather, a lot of symptoms but no answers then a few little checks & tests by my doc. He looks at me and asks if its possible for me to be pregnant. "NOT A CHANCE" i shouted but the test said otherwise. Anyhow the pregnancy news settled in and we started to prepare and purchase. Having 2 other children, i new the score and was aware of previous items i had purchased for them and what i will and will not buy for this one. I had always wanted an iCandy system for my other 2 but as its very expensive we just couldnt afford it at the time... so with baby number 3 being my last! I made sure we saved and saved for our iCandy. I new exactly which one i wanted and i wanted everything with it! There i was 7 months pregant and it was time to order our pram, it had to be the iCandy Black Magic with all the trimmings. I can genuinely say this pram was unreal, i loved it! The only pram i ever got attached too.
Here is some information and facts regarding the icandy system:-
Age range: From birth to approx 4 years (20kg)
Harness: 5 point harness
weight of pushchair: 10kg
Leg rest: 4 rest postioning.
Parent facing: Yes
Lockable wheels: Yes
Fabric: its a 'wipe clean' fabric
Handle: Adjusts to a good height ( im 5'3 my partner is over 6ft and we both used it with no problems)
Tyres: back tyres are air filled so perfect over cobbles, stones, gravel etc.. a perfect ride.
Seat unit: reclines into 3 positions.
Shopping basket: Yes, large underneath basket with durable material.
Also has a little window in the hood to keep an eye on your little one.
Here are some of the extras you can buy:-
Carrycot: Thick padded material and also can be used as a moses basket (stand bought seperatly)
Carseat: Fits a Maxi-Cosi carseat, these come with head hugger, shoulder pads, wind sheild and raincover.
Footmuffs: Thick and fleecy footmuffs.
Parasol: Matching parasols can be purchased
Front wheel: can buy to convert it into jogger mode
Nappy bag: Large, stylish bag with lots of compartments.
..And much more
RRP: In total mine cost just over £1100
The pushchair alone starts from around £300
Alot of people commented on my black magic system, the gleaming chrome frame, expensive looking fabric and stylish designs did not go a miss. This really was a pleasure to push, the large air filled wheels made the ride smoother for my newborn. Then when he started using seat unit he always looked comfy but still loads of room to grow in. Its a very sturdy system and well designed. There is only 2 negatives about this whole pram 1 it is large so doesnt fold too small and 2 its tricky at first to fold down but you soon get the hang of it. Yes its expensive but you pay for what you get!It was such a shame when it came time to sell my iCandy, genuinely but in end it did not suit my life style.. I needed a little stroller.
This will not dissapoint you, by far one of the best made pushchairs thats built to last a long time.
We purchased our iCander Apple Jogger just before the birth of our son - the chassis is quite heavy, however I preferred it's sturdiness to lighter models, and have since found it an advantage in use over many different terrains; It's durable and versatile.
We're just moving Baby George out of the carry cot (is it sad that this upsets me??) and is starting to use the seat unit. With both units I found it very easy to change, and both seem to have been/be very comfortable for George. The carry cot was very much suitable for over night and works just as well than if he were in a Moses basket. The seat unit works perfectly and easily in both forward and rear facing modes and I desperately look forward to playing around with the additional colours/flavours (hint for Christmas!).
The front wheel can at times be a bit precarious uphill, but I know from friends this isn't exclusive to iCandy. TIP: try not to overload the basket as doing so has caused it to rub against wheels - but other than minor wear and tear, I have yet to find anything to grumble about. Overall, a fantastic stroller!
I have had my apple for almost a year now and am still extremly happy with it. I am currently 7 months pregnant with my second, and looking into buying the pear converter to turn it into a double. Thought I'd have my say and I fear the apple isn't being wholly appreciated in the way it should!
There is a knack to collapsing the apple, and it is quite a heavy chassis. The grandparents really cant get to grips with the design, but for my personal use I've had no qualms whatsoever. It has a fantastic shopping basket, durable and suitable for country walks and rough terrain, fits through single doors a treat and folds neatly into the boot of our polo. Furthermore, I've had no end of compliments and comments on how comfortable our baby Joseph looks in it!
In general I'd say it requires care and upkeep like most things in life. The foam has split but has been easily replaced by the store - a lesson learned to keep an eye on teething children. Also, if it sticks I was advised silicon spray is the best, mess-free method of getting it folding smoothly once again.
I have no regrets in investing in an apple, particularly now I can continue to use it with the new comer in future (as well as have a play around with colours/flavours). Pricey, but worth it.
When I was pregnant personally this was one of the most important (and expensive) buys when preparing for my little one. I spent months really looking around for the pushchair that I felt would best suit my needs and lifestyle. This one by far has more than met my needs and is so easy to use.
To put together and collapse, this is the easiest and quickest pushchair that I personally have seen on the market. To collapse the pushchair you remove the seat or carrycot (depending on the age of the child) then push the release button on the handle (looks a bit like a brake button) and push inwards to collapse the chassis. There is a carry handle (shoulder strap) in the shopping basket underneath which you pick up and this folds the chassis in half. It folds almost completely flat and uses a clip to lock it into position. From there the chassis can be carried on your shoulder for short distances or put straight into the boot of your car.
(Although compared to others it is fairly light in weight- it does obviously begin to feel much heavier the longer distance your carrying it!!)
To put back together you simply pull the pushchair handle to unfold the chassis and it will lock into place ready for the seat/carrycot or car seat to be clipped in. Although icandy do not do a range of car seats we purchased a maxi cosi one as you can buy separate car seat adaptors from icandy which clip in and enable you to clip the maxi cosi car seat onto the chassis to create a complete travel system which was incredibly useful.
The feature I loved most about this pushchair was that you can have the seat or carrycot facing towards or away from you when using the pushcahir so as my daughter grows I can then change the seat around, at the moment she still faces me when pushing. This feature really gives you peace of mind when your child is young and promotes communication/facial awareness and recognition/eye contact etc, all of which is very important when a child is a baby.
When using the pushchair seat it can be reclined using 3 settings which is perfect for when your little one nods off. To operate you stimultaneously push a button either side of the pushchair. This feature does not work if you have the carrycot attachment on- the child is lying flat already, therefore the function is not needed.
The brake is near the bottom of the pushchair, like a footpedal- you press it down to lock the back wheels and flick it back up to unlock the wheels. Very easy and simple to use.
Also although the pushchair is lightweigh, the designers have cleverly distributed the weight so that you put heavy things on the handle- I put my changing bag on there, it doesn't topple over. This was always a concern of mine when buying a pushchair but the pushchair is always very, very stable with no signs of tilting no matter how much shopping I do!! I know that the carrycot is heavy and the seat attachment is fairly heavy so I suppose this adds to the overall stability of the product.
There is also a fairly large shopping basket underneath which is so useful and although harder to get to when you have the carrycot on instead of the seat or car seat is still very useful and you can fit quite a lot in there. Shopoholics take note!!!!
Lastly the feature I also loved was the extending handle, I am almost 6 foot and did not want a pushchair that I would have to lean over or give me back ache when using because the handle or arms weren't long enough. This pushchair is just perfect as it extends and retracts easily to accommodate the users height. My mum is 5'4 and finds the pushchair equally as easy to use as I do.
Ok so I may have invented that word but what is the next important point to consider when buying a pushchair? What is it like to manoeuvre, drive, push, steer etc?!! I was really impressed with how easy the icandy is to push around and manoeuvre through tight spaces. The back wheels are locked and the front wheels rotate but because the pushchair is so lightweight it really takes little effort to push. You can turn the pushchair right around in the smallest of spaces. All my friends and family have all commented on how easy it is to steer and push. The only thing you have to remember is that because the pushchair chassis is able to fold in half the back wheels come out further that the front wheels therefore the pushchair is wider at the back than the front. Whilst getting use to this a few shopping fixtures have been taken out when I first bought it :-) now its like driving a car- you know exactly what spaces you can and can't fit through!! Just takes time to get use to!!
Like I have mentioned you can use a maxi cosi car seat with adaptors bought from icandy which was useful. My husband and I weren't sure whether we would get much use out of the carrycot but decided to buy it anyway for the 'ahhh factor' if anything- (the pushchair then looked more pram like with the carrycot on it.) My daughter was just under 6lbs when born at the end of September. The weather then went arctic and has only just started to warm up. For us the carrycot paid for itself, I could put my daughter in it- get her weighed go to the shops, just get out of the house safe in the knowledge she was tucked up warm and sleeping. It was also used a lot when we went to visit relatives around Christmas. Although icandy do not advise parents to use the carrycot as a moses basket for your child to sleep in overnight, it was so useful for my daugther to sleep in for a few hours during the day or night before we'd go home and put her into her car seat then cot.
My advice would be that if your having an autumn/winter baby (like I did) or winter/spring baby it's worth every penny. If your having a spring/summer baby, I'm not sure how much use you would really get out of it. Although icandy do not advise parents to put newborns into the pushchair seat attachment we have friends who's daughter was born in the summer 6 weeks early and they didn't really use the carrycot. They padded the seat out with blankets and she was always snug as a bug in there. It's really up to you and whether you are able to afford the carrycot as it is an added expense to an already expensive pushchair in the first place.
The seat and carrycot come with raincovers- the carrycot raincover is brilliant with a little opener for you to get to little one to put glove back on/mop up sick/put dummy in etc.!!!! The rain cover for the pushchair seat is just a cover but fits very nicely on my maxi cosi car seat so I didn't have to buy a separate car seat rain cover which was a bonus!!
I know that other parents have found the chrome scratches easily, it can do, there are a few scratches on one of the sides of my chassis but that was my fault, when trying to put the pushchair together, that side managed to touch the ground- causing the scratches. As long as your careful, my pushchair is six months old and still looks like new. My only negative is that the tread on the wheels wore quickly but then again it perhaps reflects how much I have used the pushchair in the past six months.
Lastly I was told that I should be able to use this pushchair until my daughter is two and a half- three years old. The straps on the seat are adjustable both size and height wise so if this is the case it will be a fantastic purchase that has paid for itself over the many, many months of use.
Overall a brilliant pushchair that I am still so pleased with. It does everything you would want and need a pushchair to do.
I could go on all day about how great this pram is but i dont want to bore you so ill keep it short. I bought my Icandy pram after trying out 4 others. The features that made this attractive was the huge basket underneath for all the shopping, the contempory black and silver look, the adjustment for the height of the handle, the upgrade pack to turn it into a double(pip converter)and the choice of accessories you can get for it i.e the car seat, carry cot and the colour packs. I have used this now for 3 years and it is still in quite good condition as its made really well and is a really sturdy pram. My daughter now is 3 and she still fits in the seat as its a really good size but mainly use this now for my 3month old with the maxi cosi car seat. This is a dream to push in any types of weather and so reliable. Ther only downfalls to this is that its wide even when folded up and very very heavy. Also it faces both ways but can only be folded up with the seat on when face away from parent. But I would recommend this as its the best one iv come across.
We bought our icandy after doing allot of research. As first time parents we wanted everything to be perfect so I looked into allot of alternatives but kept coming back to the icandy apple mainly because it looked great and seemed to offer everything we wanted.
Practically its really good, the basket underneath is really spacious for any shopping bags and does a really good job sheltering them from the elements.
The handles extend, which was a must for my husband who is over 6ft. They remain really sturdy despite being extended to the maximum. So makes a very comfortable push!
Once you've got the hang of it its very easy to collapse, I think I managed on the 3rd attempt, my husband did it straight away! Although it's fairly big the wheels come off & go back on very easily to make getting it into smaller boots a breeze.
My daughter is extremely comfortable inside the seat, she moved from the carrycot to the seat at around 6mths I was happy that she was safe and very snug inside the padded soft seat. Now over a year on she is still very happy in it, she still has plenty of room and still fits nicely inside the foot muff.
The only negative point that I can think of is that it's not great on very muddy terrains, the mud guards get clogged up easily.
The icandy stroller has been out for a while now and is one of the market leaders in Premium Baby products. It isn't cheap at over £480 for a basic model but it does look great at the end of your hand.
I chose this buggy as it can face both backwards and forwards. Something that was very important to me after having only forward facing pushchairs and seeing a programme on TV about the benefits of rear facing strollers.
I 1st saw this buggy on the end of someone elses arm in a Hugo Boss shop. Maybe its just me but as soon as I found out I was pregnant I couldnt help notice what everyone else was pushing! I thought it was so stylist I went home and researched it on the internet. It got great reviews so I decided to purchase.
This stroller is very lightweight and easy to lift in the back of the car. Icandy tends to bring out a new version of the stroller every 6 months or so most of which have new features which are patent pending.
Another plus point to this stroller is the large basket at the bottom which holds quite a lot of shopping. So many pushchairs now seem to be totally impractical although stylish. This ticks both boxes.
The only downside to this buggy is the price. I think if you bought all the extras including car seat, cosytoes, raincover etc. you would be looking at more than £600! An insane amount of money for a buggy unless you're super rich of cause. My basic model serves me fine.
I simply adore my iCandy Apple and even though I had to twist OH's arm after falling in love with one I saw in John Lewis, he now can't stop singing it's praises. We do quite a lot of walking too and love how easy it is to collapse and put back up again, fit into our tiny car boot and how great it is off road.
I was really nervous about choosing my first pram, it's a big commitment but I can honestly say we're so happy with our iCandy Apple. I love the idea of the 'flavours' where you can change the colour of the hood and core seat snuggles. We actually brought three so we can mix and match! Aside from the aesthetics it really is a good solid and sturdy pram so I know my child is safe yet easy to handle and move around shops, parks, public transport etc.
We were lucky enough to have been bought our pram by a relative which I was very grateful as I have been advised that this pram is one of the most expensive on the market! We have no idea how much it costs but all I can say is that no matter how much it was it is worth every penny! We had the maxi-cosi car seat as well which just requires 2 clips to attach to the base of the pram which is really convenient when the baby is asleep and you don't want to wake them! The pram is so easy to dismantle you unclip the main seat and push the handle in and the base collapses and it can be lifted by the handle in the bottom part, (bit difficult to explain in writing but it is honestly so easy!) The pocket underneath the pram can fit so much in it! I have done pretty much a weeks worth of shopping and have fitted the bags underneath! The main seat can be adjusted to 3 different angles, I began with the seat horizontal with the hood up to shade from the sun. The main seat can also be clipped both ways so you can have your baby facing you or when they get a bit more nosey you can face them outwards. The pram came with a rain cover which fits very well over the pram and has holes in so they can breathe! There is a bar to put over the pram so they can hold onto it when they are a bit older and more importantly to stop them from crawling out!!!! The pram is so easy to manouver you could push and steer it with one hand, there is a foot brake so you can lock it if on a slight hill and trust me the pram is so mobile that even the slightest bit of a hill and it will start rolling! The only downside I would say is that the back wheels are very wide so when you are out and about you think you have plenty of room to fit through small spaces and find the back wheels tend to catch! I think the wheels are more than likely designed this way for stability so shouldn't really complain. Would recommend this pram to anyone think it is by far the best on the market.
Simply the best stroller EVER! It has a huge seat unit and is so ease to streer and I especially like the fact that I could choose any hood fabric I liked. Hubby loves it as the body is black and it looks like it was made with travel in mind. We have the jogger version and its looks quite sporty. We do a lot of walking and it moves over rough ground very well. I has a large shopping basket and great suspension. One of the maain features is the adjustable handle height.... It is simply huge. I am quite small and hubby tall so it makes a big difference to both of us to be able to adjust the handle height to suit our needs. We did use the Carry cot initially and that too was huge. Bubs stayed in there until he was at least eight months old.
Overall a very well made clever product.
The icandy apple comes as either a four wheeled or three wheel stroller designed to be used from birth with the matching carry cot. The quality and finish is clear at first glance, the fabrics are either ultra soft for the contact areas or really rugged where need, such as the foot support. The frame is made of durable satin finish aluminium, the axles and wheel supports seem incredibly durable, tyres are solid at the front with inflatable tyres on the rear. I know there seems to be a love/hate relationship with pneumatic tyres but I've not had any issues myself and they have proved ideal for the walking we do. As with our bike tyres I pump them up approx every 3 months and that makes the pushing quite light work. The seat faces either forward or rearward and can be changed in a few moments; the basket carry's everything we need including the extra non baby items we don't want to carry. The colour of the stroller can be changed as these are 5 colours available separately.
The next part is unique; this already ideal stroller can be upgraded to a double (tandem), this they call the pear. When our second child arrived we had bought the kit and had tried it out already. The kit comes with: a set of bars designed to accept 2 seat units, these come with it as do a wider set of wheels for the front of the stroller. At first we used the main seat unit with our first child and either the carry cot or the maxi cosi car seat for our new arrival, but as he out grew the cot this was changed into the second seat unit. At this stage we could still chose whether we wanted both boys to face us or forward, I have to say we seemed to get on well facing forward from day one so we never changed; I've met mums since who have always had their two facing her.
Clearly the stroller is larger in the double form but with the right demo, and a little practice this folds into a size only slightly larger than the single as all the parts "spoon" together when stacked. It fits in our Ford Focus boot OK if there little else in there.
The stroller is heavier with the 2 boys and the extra parts but not as much as I had expected. We still cover the same walks as before with little effort although the boys are getting heavier each month. One unexpected advantage was the use of the handle bar, the apple (and hence also the pear) has a handle bar that seems to reach higher than any other. When extended this greatly eases the effort needed to go up curbs, steps or even over rougher ground.
By the end of the year we expect to convert the stroller back to a single as Ben will be walking most of the time, I'll get a buggy board before then. This was a great choice and we've no regrets so far. Oh we lost the pump that comes with the stroller but it's just a standard cycle pump so in fact we found it easier to use the larger cycle pumps we already had.