“ Brand: iCandy / Seats: Double / Twin Seats / Type: Carriage „
I was a little put off this at first with the way the two seats seemed to be stacked almost on top of each other but having used the iCandy Cherry and loved it I figured it was worth a second look and I'm so glad I did.
It has the classic iCandy look, all neat and compact and padded and handles like a dream with two children in, the part I was really dreading! One big plus point for me was the ability to change it to a single in less than a minute (so the husband didn't have time to change his mind about looking after no. 1 whilst I take no. 2!) So in this respect it is very versatile and fitted in with exactly what we wanted, a single and double.
The chairs / carrycot can be forward facing or rear so although it looks a little cramped I found my son preferred leaning out whilst I watch the baby rear facing. I will be taking advantage of them facing each other when the time comes too. You can really personalise these too, there are lots of coloured add ons easily purchased via ebay.
Lots of people have mentioned its quite big, well a double anything is going to be bigger than a single so I didn't have any quarms about this and still fitted in our boot. You do need to take the seats off before folding down, but they click off easily enough. The basket is iCandy standard and fits well into the design and makes it easier when carrying shopping, its not huge, but then its not going to be with a compact double stroller.
Like all iCandy buggies it is compatable with adaptors to the maxi cosy car seat making travelling easier and faster.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but be realistic in your expectations.
I originally bought a iCandy Apple before my second son was born. I then upgraded to the iCandy Pear when i found out i was pregnant again when my son was just 3 months old.
I bought this pushchair because of the many ways it could be used. By the time my daughter arrived my Son was 11.5 months old. I used the pushchair every day to take my eldest son to school. I found it very useful that i could move the seats around to the way that suited me that day. Some days i would use the car seat and some days i would use the carrycot. My Son always sat in the front seat (furthest away from me) and he had plenty of leg room when parent facing even though he is quite tall for his age.
As my daughter got older she loved the height of the seats so she could see all around her and people watch.
As my Son started to walk more it was useful to choose between having the pushchair as a single or double. If the option of the double was there he would often take that but if i removed the seat he was able to walk so this was good to encourage him to walk further.
I added on a Lascal Maxi buggy board to mine when my son was in the stages of starting to walk and although iCandy don't recommend adding them on it fitted quite well and didn't make it awkward to push like buggy boards can be with some pushchairs. I just made the handle bar higher so my son didn't bang his head. My daughter still had plenty of leg room even when parent facing and actually enjoyed being able to watch her brother.
The iCandy can be very bulky and wouldn't fit in smaller car boots I have a Mazda 6 and its fits fine with room to spare but i don't think it would fit very well in smaller cars. It is also quite heavy to lift as well.
To fold down flat you need to take both seats off the frame and then remove the pip convertor which can be annoying at times and probably wouldn't be very useful if you use public transport a lot.
Although the frame is heavy and bulky its very easy to push and doesn't feel heavy at all. I was able to push it with one hand and get it up and down curbs easy enough.
My children found the seats very comfy and easily fell asleep in them and even better they are easy to wash the covers take a bit of effort to get them off and on but they can go in a washing machine.
The shopping basket underneath is quite large and can fit quite a lot in which is always good for the days when you have your hands full!
I also love that you can personalise the iCandy seats using the flavour packs and colourful footmuffs. Although they can be expensive it gives the pushchair a completely different look.
Although the iCandy pushchairs are expensive they are totally worth the price!
This is one of the nicest pushchairs i have owned and have recommended it to a lot of people with young children.
As an expectant mother of twins I was quite overwhelmed when choosing a pushchair, even though in comparison to choosing a single there is a lot less choice. The first question I asked myself was tandem or side by side. Personally I preferred side by side but the area I lived in had very narrow pavements in places and also narrow shop doorways so I opted for tandem.
When choosing a tandem pushchair I personally didn't think the choice was great. The iCandy was one of the most stylish of those on the market and I also thought that flexibility of the various seating positions, and the option to have carrycots and car-seats on the pushchair made it a winner for us. According to iCandy the Pear offers up to 20 different seating combinations for children up to 3 years. Also the iCandy Pear is a double but can be used as a single which was useful on the occasions Mr Lools had to take a screaming baby for some fresh air whilst the other baby slept!
There are a number of accessories available, including carrycots (in a variety of colours), Maxi Cosi car seat adapters so you can lift your baby (or babies) out of the car in their car seat and straight onto the pushchair chassis. Other accessories that we didn't purchase included footmuffs, changing bags, and parasols.
I purchased my iCandy from a local independent pram retailer, however it is also sold nationwide in John Lewis stores and online . There is a list of stockists in your area on the iCandy website.
The iCandy Pear is not the cheapest tandem pushchair on the market and if bought with many accessories it can work out as quite an expensive option. Including 2 car seat converters and 2 carrycots I paid around £700. The same package at John Lewis costs around £790 I believe.
***Using the Pushchair***
The iCandy Pear is a very attractive looking pushchair I bought the black option however there are 5 different colours to choose from, great for those who don't want a plain pushchair.
The iCandy is made from four parts. The two seats, the middle frame which the seats are attached to and then the frame with the wheels and shopping basket. The main downside to this is that the pushchair needs to be disassembled meaning it is quite bulky to store (it just fits into the boot of my Seat Leon however does not allow room for much else). There are a number of other double pushchairs which take up a lot less room and also are a lot quicker to put down.
The iCandy has an adjustable handle bar which is great and makes pushing the pushchair easier as you can adjust this easily to suit you. The handle bar also feels very sturdy which is helpful as this is a very heavy pushchair, especially when two children are inside. iCandy promote that the Pear only weights 10.3kgs (the chassis and wheels) but including the seats / and or carrycots this is one of the heavier double pushchairs that I have used.
The pushchair is quite compact length wise and is very easy to get through narrow doorways for example but to manoeuvre it is very difficult due to the weight (which gets worse as your children grow) but it is still long and therefore often difficult to see the end of the pushchair. This mean on a number of occasions I misjudged corners and often knocked items off shelves in shops due to it being difficult to steer.
The pushchair is very good to use on grass and also different terrains because of the air filled tyres. This gives a smooth ride for your babies. It is possible to push the pushchair with one hand on grass. The iCandy has decent brakes for a double, however to push the break on you do have to use quite a lot of force with your foot. This is fine is you have sturdy footwear on however with sandals or ballet pumps this can be quite difficult. The brakes on the iCandy are sturdy for a double pushchair, and need to be because this is heavy piece of equipment; however a common fault I find in general with double pushchairs is that the brakes are not as reliable as that of a single pushchair.
The seats in the iCandy are fully recline-able which means babies can take naps whilst on the move. The seats also have a hood attached. A bumper bar can be attached to the seats. I personally did not use the bumper bars often. However the bumper bars have a soft foam padding on them which damages easily, meaning the bumper bars can look quite tatty.
The iCandy has a shopping basket underneath, which for a double pushchair is relatively small. The main problem is the depth so it is not possible to put larger items in this.
The iCandy Pear also comes with raincovers which are independent to each seat. These were standard raincovers which fitted over the seats easily and could easily be stored in the pushchairs shopping basket.
***As a pushchair for twins***
This is a great pushchair for newborn twins up to around 6 months old. For newborn babies the flexibility of positions and the ability to attach two car seats was a definite advantage for getting around shops quickly and easily.
After the first six months I found a side by side preferable. As this is a heavy pushchair it becomes difficult to manoeuvre as your children get heavier. The twin who sat in the seat behind often got frustrated as he couldn't see what was going on. I also found that in an upright position the underneath twin could kick the back of the front chair. I was slightly disappointed by this as my children are both small therefore can't imagine if I was to put the boys in this at nearer 3years old which is what iCandy state is the age the pushchair is suitable for use up to.
This is a very good pushchair especially for newborns' and I personally if having to buy another TANDEM pushchair again I would purchase the iCandy Pear. The pushchair is very flexible position wise and it allows the convenience of fitting two car seats to it, meaning you can lift sleeping babies from the car and nip around the shops without the worry of waking your babies. Aside from the price (as this is a relatively expensive product), my main issue is this is a very bulky pushchair. The iCandy pear has to be dismantled and therefore storage wise it takes up a lot of space. I also find this a major disadvantage in comparison to other double pushchairs which take much less time to fold and take up a lot less space.
To parents of children of different ages I think this is probably a more attractive pushchair as you have the flexibility to use it as a single once an older child can walk. As a parent of twins, personally I do not think this is the best option over a longer term hence purchasing a side by side alternative.
I bought the icandy pear in dec 2009 i had an 18 month old and another due in Febuary. We decided on the icandy for three reasons 1. because i use a lot of public transport 2. the adjustable handle & 3. the abilty to transform it to a single. Overall it is a lovely pushchair easy to push. fits easily on buses and the tram and easily changed to a single. My partner called it the 'rolls royce' of pushchairs! He loves the fact that the handles adjustable he's very tall and i'm quite short andhe said it felt vert very sturdy. We do get alot of comments as a double however the newborn carrycot is very small and my daughter only lasted in this till she was four months a major problem considering the other seat is not recommended to be used until 6 months Also when using it as a double the basket is near impossible to use. After just a couple of months use i've noticed that it squeaks and just last week the wheel fell off whilst putting it into the car..Folded up it takes alot of room we have an estate car and it fills the boot. My youngest is one at the beginning of March and is very quickly outgrowing the smaller seat. I do however loves this pushchair as a single!
We brought the icandy pear in 2008 as we had an 18month little boy and a baby on the way. The reason we choose the icandy pear was that is was small enough to get on public transort and converted to a single when my son was ready to walk however it wasnt long befor we were dissapointed. Within weeks of use we noticed it made funny noises as we walked along after some reserch on the internet we found out this was very common. The shopping basket was very large perfect for the weekly shop how ever you couldnt get to it easily in double mode. The icandy pear is not the smallest buggy folded it has four parts to it the frame the ip converter and the two seats so a large storage space is needed unless can be kept up as we did. I would reccomend the icandy pear if you are looking for a pushchair were both children can face you, adjustabal handle and plan to keep the buggy up. I wouldnt recommend the icandy pear if your eldest child is tall for their age as my son out grow the icandy within 4 months of us buying it so we changed to a singe and buggy board.
I agree with Beckyno2, an excellent family pram! We already had the apple so when our son was born all we had to do was buy the pip convertor to turn it into the double Pear, instead of going out to buy another stroller. I was quite worried about how I would manage pushing around a double after some of the stories I have heard but it really is a dream and I have never had any troubles. Thumbs up from us!
We initially had the iCandy Apple and brought the pip converter to turn it into a Pear when we were expecting number 2 and i still think it's one of the best prams out there (double or single!).
One of the main advantages of the Pear is that because it's a double seat on a double chassis you can have your children forward or rear facing. Therefore my eldest can sit in an upright position facing out whilst Im looking at my youngest in his carrycot.
I was really worried about getting a double, what with the hassle some of my friends were having with theirs but I don't find it that different from a single. It's easy to get around the shops, public transport hasn't been an issue and it fits perfectly into the boot of my Polo.
I also love that once my eldest is walking I can just convert it back into the single Apple again. It's a great family pram!
Choosing a double pushchair can be a difficult and laborious task. In comparison to the standard single buggy there really aren't very many doubles to choose from.
The first decision to make is whether to opt for a side by side or a tandem. My husband and I live just opposite a canal and our area is edged with rural parts. We therefore have many narrow paths to conquer and it was for this reason that we chose to opt for a tandem.
The iCandy Pear was our pushchair of choice. We surveyed and road tested many and although none can be deemed perfect, the iCandy did not have the flaws of some such as difficult breaks or a baby almost on the floor.
The iCandy predominantly has four pieces. The frame with wheels and shopping basket, the middle frame (Pip Converter) which supports the two seats and then of course the seats themselves. It has a rain cover for each seat and bumper bars which can be added if required.
I will briefly run through the downfalls of this pushchair, though I will state as aforementioned, no double pushchair is perfect or niggle free. When you have two young children, you simply have to get by with one of them.
Raincovers: These fit rather tight over the seats and can be easily kicked off by your child. They do not fold easily and so are difficult to store in the shopping basket beneath.
Bumper bars: In hindsight I should not have attached the bumper to my toddler's chair. They have a soft foam cover which is all too tempting for some small children to bite. It comes away in small chunks and in my opinion could be a choking hazard. The bar on my toddler's seat has also cracked a little too.
Shopping basket. It isn't the smallest but it isn't very deep and with both seats attached it can be difficult to access larger objects such as a handbag or changing back.
Manoeuvrability: The iCandy is rather heavy, clumsy and difficult to steer. It cannot however be expected to be lightweight when it has two children in it and requires the strength and stability to withstand the weight of two.
Storage: As aforementioned this pushchair has four main parts. It needs to be taken apart to fold down and takes a little more than average in storage space.
Now for the positives as this really is a good pushchair overall.
Handle: The iCandy has a single handle which is padded for comfort. It can be extended to a rather large length. This not only allows it to suit people of different heights, but also acts as a counterbalance for some of the weight when slightly extended.
Compact. When set up with both seats attached this pushchair was a little smaller than my current single, the Mamas & Papas Luna. It is perfectly compact without compromising space for your children.
Appearance: The iCandy is a very smart pushchair in terms of appearance. It is not overwhelmingly large as some doubles are. It is sleek and it is stylish.
Seats: When initially enquiring about the iCandy I was informed that it has the largest seats in comparison to all tandems. I cannot guarantee if this is still accurate but it certainly seems so when looking at others.
The seats allow space for napping and are comfortable and padded. They can be adjusted to different angles from upright to horizontal. The foot rest is also adjustable for added comfort.
There are hoods above each seat which simply click back, folding flat at the top of the headrest.
Flexibility: Almost everything on the iCandy can be altered and adjusted. The seats can be placed in different positions and it is also compatible with one or two Maxi-Cosi car seats or iCandy carrycots.
The iCandy is available from a number of stockists including John Lewis and retails at around £600.
In summary, given the opportunity to purchase my double again I would still opt for the Pear. I might be tempted to road test the new iCandy Peach which is apparently an upgraded version, though I know very little about it to comment.
The perfect lightweight double with no niggles does not exist. Choosing a double is a matter of compromising and finding which suits you best. I would, and indeed often do, recommend the iCandy Pear to parents of two young children.