Product Type: iCandy prams, pushchairs and strollers
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iCandy Cherry Stroller
Member Name: SugarSpun
iCandy Cherry Stroller
Advantages: Stylish, light and sturdy
Disadvantages: Not terribly adjustable, bad for backache and tall/short people
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!
Summary: Great pushchair if you're the right height to push it.