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iCandy Pear Stroller
Member Name: Lools_24
iCandy Pear Stroller
Date: 10/01/11, updated on 15/11/11 (356 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish and a well thought out travel system
Disadvantages: Expensive, bulky and heavy
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.
Summary: A stylish flexible double pushchair however very bulky and heavy
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