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As a total newbie to buggies when I was 6 months pregnant everyone was pointing me towards a silver cross buggy but wanted to test out a few before I committed. One that caught my eye straight away was the icandy cherry, in particular the blue limited edition.
The sales lady showed me a quick demonstration of how everything attaches and comes down and seemed simple enough, I had a look around and came back and was able to do everything with ease, plus its very lightweight compared to others. I was sold, especially with the matching changing bag!
The icandy cherry has more features than I was aware was possible when I looked. The chassis is light and easily put down to get in the car boot, the seat comes off before you can put it down though. It came with the pram, and pushchair attachment which looked amazing, has been comfortable for my son and a fleece insert for the pushchair with cover to keep him all snug. It attaches with adaptors (sold separately) to the maxi cosy which saved us a lot of time and energy a long the way. There is a removable bar across the front we have found useful for toys on journeys and it has worn extremely well, no problems at all.
The pushchair has 3 reclines so you can move it with ease for the comfort of your child. Just press two side buttons and it will recline, the same two buttons remove the attachment if you lift it as you push, easier than it sounds!
I was a little worried about a few reviews I'd read but each tended to be resolved so just kept the warranty safe but *touch wood* not needed it as yet.
I'm expecting again and will be upgrading to the icandy peach double and have no reservations about recommending this to anyone, I'm so glad it was my first buggy.
We brought the iCandy cherry for our first child and after 6 months the wheel broke. Although they changed the design due to the design fault we were just out of warranty when we went to get it replaced prior to having our second child, so we weere charged for the new axle and wheels. The new wheels have since broken and fallen off twice now. The last time was in the centre of town with loads of Christmas shopping - you can imagine! Instead of sending new wheels we have to send the entire push chair back to them first. What a pain.Avoid this brand and manufacturer!
The icandy cherry (and the whole icandy range) has and still is a dream buggy.
My husband being one of 8 and having 5 sisters, I had a lot of advice and suggestions on what buggy to get for our first child. Each one of my sister in laws swore by the icandy cherry, yet at the time I wanted to purchase the bugaboo bee, (I wanted to be different) but just to be sure I wanted to test drive one as forking out a small fortune i wanted to make sure I was getting the best of the best.
So dragging my husband to John Lewis, we had a look, the bugaboo was light, small and seemed robust and great for public transport. However, attaching all the bits that came with it seemed a bit too difficult for me (bit dosy me) so the lovely gentleman who was advising us suggested the icandy cherry which was a by less technical for me.
They had just released the purple version of the icandy cherry which sold me completely and so we took the plunge and bought one. I decided to go with the icandy cherry because it had the option of interchanging seats for various stages of development for the baby, with the ease of one click and pull. I liked the option of being able to plug and unplug the cot (this has to be bought separately) to attaching the car seat (compatible with maxi cosi and need to purchase adaptors as with the bugaboo as well) or back to the main seat for when your baby is around 6 months.
Also the ability to be able to have our baby facing inwards to me or outwards when she was older was great, coupled with the ability to recline the main seat in three different positions for when baby wanted to sleep, relax or play.
The icandy cherry has a large basket underneath which was fantastic for shopping but I do agree with the other reviews that the wheels do tend to wear a lot faster than the bugaboo, but we only noticed the wear and tear after two years of vigorous use.
However, in saying that it handles like a dream, it is very easy to steer and very light but also very sturdy. We don't own a car so it was very important for me that the buggy to be compact and light enough to get on London transport quickly and efficiently which the Icandy cherry does.
The only downside is that the handle is a little bit longer than the bugaboo which is extendable and although it isn't much, it really shows when your on a packed bus.
Another point that alright it's easy to collapse, it's got to be in two parts which can be annoying, however icandy have brought out a new updated version of the icandy cherry which is the strawberry which has an extendable handle and is able to collapse in one smooth action and with much more robust wheels.
And if I were to buy a single buggy I would upgrade to the icandy strawberry but as it stands I've upgraded to the Icandy peach as its a double buggy ;)
We wanted a *luxury* stroller that didn't come with a top-end price and so eventually settled on the Cherry. And have to say, other than the odd wear and tear we've been more than happy with ours.
The Mrs gets a lot of pleasure from using it around town and the kudos of an icandy from other mums - plus in practical use, it is lightweight (as most will probably say) but for what we need - a city stroller, this is ideal!
We've read of issues with the back wheels wearing quickly, but having spoken to the sales assistant at John Lewis I was informed that problems sometimes occur after "improper use" - so be careful to not put excessive weight (shopping bags) or else the bearings could split or come to wobble.
However, other than having to spray some mr sheen to keep the folding mechanism working smoothly, we've avoided any problems.
All in all, from a father's point of view, this doesn't score top marks for its durability but for practicality and value for money. Would definitely recommend!
Whilst pregnant for the third time, I spent a lot of time searching and researching for the "perfect pram" at a good price. Many an hour was spent on baby equipment websites, looking through Mothercare catalogues and wandering round several shops - or indulging in "pram porn" you might say! At the time I already had two children, and had experience of several prams and strollers I wasn't 100% happy with, so I was determined to get it right the third and final time.
My criteria was -
Something lightweight, yet sturdy
A forward and rear facing seat unit
A bar handle (so it could be pushed easily one-handed)
A good sized, accessible shopping basket
A compatible carrycot
Easy to fold and unfold
One pushchair that really stood out for me was the iCandy Cherry - particularly the purple (mulberry) colour, as purple is my favourite colour. It appeared to have all the things I wanted, and was a good price at £350 for both the stroller and matching carrycot. It was also compatible with the always popular and well reviewed Maxi Cosi infant car seat (if you purchase the car seat adaptors). I personally used a birth-4 years car seat for my children which stayed fixed in the car, so that wasn't important to me, but appreciate the importance to many others. The other prams I had considered were the Bugaboo Bee (the first edition as the Bee+ wasn't released at the time), and the Babystyle Oyster. The Bugaboo Bee was about £400 for just the pushchair, so decided against it as I couldn't justify the cost - particularly as many people had reviewed the seat unit as being very small (I make big babies!). The Oyster at the time was brand new to the market, and therefore had hardly any reviews, and it also hadn't been around long enough for any initial manufacturing faults to become apparent, so I decided not to risk buying it.
So that left the Cherry! I had read some reviews saying there were faults with the wheels falling off, and the seat unit not staying in position/falling backwards. After more research I found that the new (at the time) 2010 model had improved these points, by double bolting and riveting the wheels, and strengthening the seat attachments with metal "gripper teeth" parts to prevent it slipping out of position. This allayed any worries I had about buying it, and when I discovered at my 20 week scan that I was having a girl, I took the plunge and ordered a purple one!
I have not regretted my purchase one bit - the iCandy Cherry is everything I hoped for and I truly believe it's the perfect (from birth) pram system. My daughter obviously went into the carrycot at first, and it was so snug and cosy for her during the cold January 2010 weather. I loved that there is a bracket under the carrycot which you can clip to the basket frame to keep it solid (over rough ground, cobbles for example), or you can clip it up under the carrycot and it gently rocks when pushing the pram. It was not the largest carrycot and she outgrew it by about 4 months - however by 4 months she didn't want to be laid down flat any more, and was more than happy to go in the seat unit, and I was happy that she could face me still - unlike the Silver Cross 3D where my son had to face forward.
The seat unit is a good size - at the time my daughter was born my son was 2.5yrs old. I sat him in the pushchair and he had plenty of room (and he was approaching 15kg), and it was still incredibly light and easy to push and steer. It has 3 recline positions - horizontal, 45 degrees and "upright". I say "upright" loosely as it's not actually totally upright. As soon as baby can sit up unaided they can easily pull themselves forward more on the belly/bumper bar if they wish. I actually quite like that the seat unit doesn't go totally bolt upright, as it means baby can still relax back without slumping or having to be reclined - and it means nosy babies who aren't quite sitting unaided can still be sat up to see the world. You recline the seat by pressing two buttons where the seat attaches to the chassis (also used to remove the seat from the chassis), and gently letting it go backwards - or pulling it towards you if sitting them up. There is also an adjustable leg/footrest which also operates by two buttons on either side. On the carrycot there is also two similar buttons at the sides, which are pressed to either fold the hood down or to remove it from the chassis.
To fold the pram is a two handed job, and you first have to remove the seat unit/carrycot/car seat. This is the only con to this stroller that I can think of, as I know many parents - especially users of public transport - value the feature of a one-handed fold. I didn't let this put me off the pram, as I always travelled either on foot or by car, so never had to juggle a baby in one hand and a pram in the other. It's an incredibly simple, smooth operation to fold, despite it needing two hands. You simply press the side buttons together (as mentioned above for reclining) and lift the seat unit or carrycot off the frame, then you squeeze the grey part on the handle at the same time as pressing a small button under the handle (much easier than it sounds!), and the frame will release and start to collapse. Then there are two handles on either side of the frame that you pull upwards on, and the whole thing collapses to a very neat package. There is a black clip which you can fasten to hold the frame together. It's so light and narrow when folded, so perfect for those with little storage space. My parents have always struggled with folding my previous pushchairs, but this was the first pram that didn't puzzle my dad or require several tutorials from me!
A couple of other good points to mention are the shopping basket and the raincover/s. The basket is huge! I can fit 3 or 4 large shopping bags in there no problems, and it's easily accessible whatever position the seat unit is in. The raincovers for both the seat unit and carrycot are very well designed. They fit both units perfectly and simply slip over which takes minimal time and fuss - essential in a sudden shower, you don't want to be fiddling and faffing around whilst baby gets soaked. They aren't too tight, so minimising the risk of tearing, and they cover the whole units so no risk of wet feet or rain getting in from any angle. I've also never had any faults with it - I previously mentioned older models having issues with the wheels and seat unit, but it appears the improvements made on the newer model have completely ironed out these problems. It is the sturdiest pram I've had.
I could rave about this pram all day long, but to summarise - it's a full lightweight system which doesn't compromise on quality to achieve it's compactness and weight. It's stylish, affordable and most importantly comfortable for baby and easy to use for mum. I would recommend - and have done many times - to anyone looking for a pram for their baby. If I was to ever have another baby I'd have no hesitation in buying another Cherry.
After having spent many hours in John Lewis debating what to splash our buggy cash on, we decided on the iCandy cherry because it was small (a 'must' in a terraced cottage), light, had strong wheels, attractive and a few hundred pounds cheaper than the Bugaboo. Our son is now 6 months old and on the whole we have no regrets about buying this buggy. The pros are:
- It is light - I was comfortable pushing it a few days after my c-section.
- The wheels are great for the cobble stones in our area.
- The basket is much easier to access than my friends have found the bugaboo.
- We bought turquoise and had a boy but the colour will be equally great for any future girls we may have
- The buggy base is easy to fold (but you need lots of tries to get the knack!)
- It washes well (all of the pram parts have come out of the washing machine like new)
- We used the frame with the car seat attached lots when we go food shopping and that works very well.
However the major cons for us have been:
- The size of the pram. My son was only 7lb 8 oz and we found the pram already seemed too narrow when he was 6 weeks old. We ended up putting him in the pushchair section from 11 weeks (we would have done it earlier but were reluctant too as the website says they shouldn't be in the pushchair until 6 months). There is no way he would have been comfortable in the pram after 4 months.
- There is no iCandy sun shade which I have managed to find. The parasols which are meant to clip onto the pushchairs don't work as the frame is an oval shape in the cross section (instead of round). I am using the Sumner sun shade which attaches perfectly onto my parent's Maclaren buggy but doesn't have anywhere to loop onto the back of the iCandy.
Overall, I am pleased I bought this instead of a Bugaoboo, but I would advise any parents-to-be who are considering having more than one child to go straight to a buggy which can convert to a double buggy or to buy a Maclaren style stroller which is suitable for newborns as you will save yourself many hundred pounds!
However if you are convinced you want a travel system I would recommend the iCandy cherry.
I did quite some research before buying my cherry. It turned out to be the perfect city stroller: light, convenient, compact and sturdy. The large basket at the bottom is priceless. Definitely recommend it. Only drawback is that if you have a big baby, the carry cot will only last till about 4 months (same goes for Quinny as well). So after 4 months the seat will need to be used. My baby is now 3 months and I love taking him out in the carry cot, also the fact that the car seat can be attached is handy and easy to fix. I'm looking forward to using the seat, especially since it can be forward or parent facing.
As a mummy-to-be, I've sampled a lot of pushchairs, prams and strollers, and I went in the end for the iCandy Cherry. Here's why, and I hope it helps others who might be undecided.
I would say the iCandy Cherry set is probably at the higher end of the scale in terms of price, certainly from what I have seen. It's not the most expensive but it's up there with the premium brands. We paid £620 from an independent retailer, because they were committed to not passing on the increased VAT charge, were running a 10% off sale, and threw in a parasol which should cost around £20. This is a significant saving on John Lewis.
We purchased our set from Nursery Time in Barrowford, Lancashire, which I cannot rate highly enough as a licenced iCandy retailer.
**What do you get?**
In our Cherry set we got the Maxi Cosi Cabriofit car seat (not the later Pebble model which we have heard doesn't really give enough head support for newborns) - this fits the iCandy base, the pram attachment with rain cover and the stroller attachment with rain cover. I also purchased an isofit car base so there's no hooking and unhooking of seatbelts with baby, and we got the parasol thrown in.
As this review is mainly regarding the stroller I'll cover that off in more detail. The stroller is available in a range of colours, we went for black, as it's more stain resistant, but there are girls and boys colours, as well as cream. You can also now get a special edition stroller which is navy blue with a Union Jack motif, which comes with a matching PVC changing bag which hooks over the stroller handle. But as I felt this was quite masculine and we don't yet know what we are having (due March), we went for a plainer black version which we feel will last us.
So, the stroller. It has four wheels of the same size (unlike the Apple model which has two off road style back wheels and smaller front wheels) and is suitable for use in the city and over grass but I wouldn't say it was as suitable for more rural locations - I would go for a more heavy duty wheel in that case. The wheels are fully lockable.
In between the wheels and under the stroller seat there is a waterproof net style carrier for shopping (as I've said, the changing bag hooks over the handle).
You do get a fairly basic clear rain cover with the stroller, and the hood covers the baby's head well, I would recommend a cosy toes for cold weather and these are available via your authorised retailer. Parasols are are fully adjustable and clip onto the side bar of the iCandy frame, and are available in all the colours that the Cherry comes in (or you can buy a darker one, as a cream parasol may not be as effective as a black one for example).
The stroller itself is fairly plain in style with it's block colours and it's white Cherry motif to the front, but it is very well made indeed, easy to clean and very durable. It has three reclinable modes to suit you and your baby, and I find that adjusting the stroller is extremely easy, not at all stiff, or in any way breakable. You can of course have your child front facing or rear facing also.
The stroller is excellent for taller parents, too - both my husband and I are around 6 foot tall, and the height suits us very well.
I would highly recommend the iCandy Cherry set, including the stroller, to any parent. I have tested this very rigorously and compared it to similar stroller sets in the price bracket including Mamas and Papas, Silver Cross and Bugaboo, and this one was by far the easiest to use, most compact and easy to transport (the base itself folds down to almost nothing- perfect for small cars) and the most durable in terms of ease of cleaning and longevity.
For me, as my needs as a mother to be living in the city, it is perfect for my needs. Of course you should always try out lots of different sets to see which one suits you - but if you had the iCandy Cherry on your 'maybe' list, then I'd seriously consider it as a purchase, as I am so happy that I went for it.
Third in our pushchair-a-thon was the iCandy cherry, because the Apple wasn't available and I was curious.
It's very lightweight, which is fantastic, folds down very easily and *tiny* - it fit in the miniscule boot of a hired VW Polo with room to spare. The only little problem is that to fold it down you need to take the seat right off, which could make folding it for buses difficult when you're juggling frame/seat/baby. Taking it off involves pushing two buttons at the same time, which can also be a bit difficult if you have a baby under one arm or a wriggling toddler by the hand. Something I think is genius however is that when it's folded it stands by itself - so once you've navigated folding at the bus stop you can load chair and baby into the bus then turn around and pick up the frame, which you've not had to lie down on the wet/dirty ground. Fab for storage as well - stand it up in your hallway and Bob's your gender-confused aunt.
Another bonus is that it faces both ways, although if you have the baby facing inwards to you then the shopping basket underneath becomes a little bit difficult to access. There's a zip pocket on the back of the chair part for smaller bits and pieces, which is brilliant. The handlebar is a single one, making steering quite easy, and although this model doesn't have the massive wheels that are on the back of the Apple they're still big enough for it not to get stuck on gravel or grass.
The hood is very easy to attach, and it has viewing windows on the sides so you can peer in at your baby. The brakes are also very good, the included raincover is great and the straps are padded for baby comfort.
Downsides: the height of the seat and the handle are both non-adjustable, so it's good only for people of average height. I'm 5'1 and found it a bit hard going at times despite its lightness. It's also not suitable for newborns unless you buy the carrycot attachment, although it does have Maxi Cosi car seat attachments available which I think is pretty cool.
The frame is only 5.5kg, although this is a bit of a cheat on the manufacturers' part, since the seat brings it up to 8kg. Still, it's very sturdy, looks great and is very easy to steer and push. The footmuff is lovely, too.
It's available in mulberry (lovely soft purple), blue, liquorice (black) and fudge (neutral brown). A rather fabulous black cherry colour is due out any minute, too.
I recommend this for parents of average height, I found it a bit hard to push because the handles were a bit too high, but my husband at 5'11 was a bit hunched over it. Other than that it was lovely and I only wish I was a bit taller!
Love love love my iCandy Cherry!! Excellent value for money, used it for both of my children and will more than likely be using it for number 3 on her way!
When we found out we were expecting our first child, one of our first thoughts purchasing wise was which pram would be the best for us? Not wanting to jinx anything (being a little superstitious that I am) we waited until we got the all clear before going to look at and test a few in John Lewis and Mothercare.
After much deliberation, we settled on the iCandy Cherry stroller, which for £285 came as a package with the main chassis/frame, the stroller seat and a rain cover. It proved to be the lightest of the range (at approx 8kg) we were looking at and so what with living in a first floor flat was very important as we would spend much of our time carrying it up and down the stairs. Unfortunately this ruled the Quinny out (which was my favourite) as it was a whopping 12kg.
The frame folds down to be very compact and fits easily into the boot of our VW Polo. It also has the ability to stand upright when folded down and so fits perfectly into a smallish so ace, such as an airing cupboard when not in use. The mechanism for collapsing the frame is very simple. There is a large button in the centre of the push bar which when pushed (after pressing the safety release on the underside of the button) allows it to smoothly collapse down without too much force. There is then a side catch to keep it from coming open.
All in all, this is a very pleasing and worthwhile purchase. It can also be adapted to fit a Maxi Cosi baby carrier on instead of the stroller seat, however to do this you need to buy the separate adaptor brackets which cost £30. In our opinion and experience, this would also be a worthwhile buy if using a Maxi Cosi.
I bought this pushchair for my first baby over two years ago and I am now using it for my second. Overall, I have been very pleased with it.
It is very lightweight, and is classed as a stroller even though it is technically a travel system. The components are the chassis, pushchair seat and carrycot. It is also compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio first stage car seat (birth to about 9 months), although you do need adaptors for this.
We didn't get the carrycot as we felt the carseat was adequate; very young babies are not supposed to spend a long time in a carseat as it is not good for their spinal development, but if it is for a short time, it is not a problem.
It has great maneuverability as it has (lockable) swivel wheels and a handlebar, meaning it can be steered with one hand (useful when you have an older child as well). The pushchair seat can be foward- or rear-facing, which is handy as the baby gets older.
The shopping basket is nice and deep so things don't fall out of it easily, and it folds up quite small although it's easier if you take it apart first. When you fold it, it will stand on end, so you don't have to lie it flat on the ground while you mess around making space for it in the boot (too many times!) and then do your back in picking it up again.
We chose the Cherry over the Apple because it was a smaller and lighter - fully assembled, it weighs 9kg, against 13kg for the Apple (for comparison, the Maclaren Techno, which is not a travel system, weighs 8kg). Having said that, it is very sturdy considering how light it is, and for a small pushchair it's quite roomy; my toddler can still fit in it easily and he is quite hefty for his age. It also has small wheels, which makes it easier to negotiate the front steps up to our house.
When we bought the Cherry, it was a straight choice between this and the Apple. Since then, iCandy have brought out the Pear (which is available as a conversion kit for the Apple and as a pushchair in its own right) and the Peach, both of which can be used as a double or twin pushchair. From looking at the iCandy website, the Cherry and the Peach would appear to be comparable, and likewise the Apple and the Pear. The Peach is heavier than the Cherry and has larger wheels, but it seems to be slightly smaller when used as a single pushchair. There seem to be so many permutations that the iCandy pushchairs can be combined into that I really would recommend trying them all before deciding which of them, if any, is for you. iCandy don't allow their products to be sold online, so you have to go to a stockist anyway. There is a stockist locator on the website at www.icandyuk.com; apart from John Lewis, they all appear to be independent retailers, at least in our area.
The Cherry costs in the region of £250 for the pushchair, with another £150 for the carrycot and £110-ish for the carseat (but then, you'll need one of these anyway) - it's hard to be sure as no online sales means no online prices. It comes in four colours: purple, turquoise, coffee/cream and black/red.
We have only had one problem with the Cherry when one of the wheels fell off, which I understand was a common problem with the original model. It was fixed with no trouble, and I believe the problem has been corrected on the new pushchairs.
I would definitely recommend this as a lightweight, durable pushchair. I love mine and will be using it for some time to come.
I bought this brand new for about £350. I found out later this was a bit over the odds for it.
Anyhoo, I loved the colour and it handled well. Was easy enough to put up and down for travelling. Though putting it in the car in two parts meant bus travel on my own with baby was a big no no....
The carrycot was lovely for the baby but the raincover for it was fiddly beyond a joke! It got to the point that it was easier to stop in a shop for shelter and hope the rain went off rather than faff about with the raincover! It was too tight.
The shopping basket was not well designed i thought....you had to squish things into it at a weird angle! Never had a pram like it before!
The wheel came flying off in the first 3months of use. To be fair the lady at the shop replaced the Chassis. ICandy are good to the customer that way...didnt have a consumer war on my hands thankfully!
I never used the stroller much, and bought a smaller easy fold buggy for baby when she was old enough. Easier to get in the car. The raincover for the stroller was easy to put on and I miss being able to see her facing me in the wee buggy. The stroller allowed that option.
I sold it on at a good price though. The replacement chassis was fine and I had no problems there.
All in all, in hindsight I should have just bought something cheaper to get through the first stage as by 6 months she was too long for the carrycot.