Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Pliko Pramette - less shake, rattle and roll - more wobble, rattle and flex
Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Member Name: sas87
Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Advantages: Easy to use, nice wheels, good basket and pretty fabrics
Disadvantages: Flimsy!! Not padded enough in pram mode
Around 6 years ago, 'pramettes' - or 2-in-1 pram/pushchairs - were all the rage. The Mamas and Papas Pliko pramette and the Silver Cross 3d were best sellers, and it was near impossible to walk up the high street of any place in the UK without bumping into several of them.
So why was the pramette so popular? The idea of essentially a "lightweight" buggy/pushchair, with the ability to be a rear facing pram for the first 6 months - being an "all you will ever need until they are out of pushchairs" package - was certainly appealing. In reality though, the pram first of all never lasts 6 months, and the "lightweight" stroller isn't nearly so lightweight once the baby gets bigger! It's all very well for me to say this now, 6 years later - but the truth is I have had both and was sucked in to the hype as much as the next mum who follows the latest trend.
The Pliko itself is an umbrella folding pushchair, but unlike the standard buggy that folds in half, it sort of slides into itself to fold. It's a fairly compact size as far as the previous eras travel system went - you can see why everyone was so excited by it compared to the Graco or similar type travel system, which at one point was virtually all you could get, as they were much bulkier and not parent facing (unless using the car seat which isn't recommended for long periods). The Pliko could also be used as a travel system when bought with the matching car seat.
To use it as a pram, you unzip the top of the seat unit, recline the seat and fold the whole fabric forwards over the bumper bar, to create a flat carrycot-like area. The hood is then taken off the frame and clipped back on in reverse. There is an apron which pops on and it makes a lovely looking little pram. It's a really simple and quick method to change between forward facing and pram modes - far less of a faff than the Silver Cross 3D with the separate liner. The downside to using it as a pram, is that the fabric really isn't padded enough, and you can feel all the bumps of the frame through it. Because of this I wouldn't want to put a baby directly on to it without padding it with a folded blanket or something first - but then this makes the pram area shallower, and less secure.
To change back to a stroller, you simply fold the seat fabric back and zip it back up, and swap the hood back around. The size of the seat is reasonable, but I wouldn't like to push a child much older than a year in it because the frame flexes quite a lot and can feel unwieldy to push. It's a fairly heavy pushchair considering it only has thin "buggy-style" handles, and to add the further weight of a child just means that the handles flex instead of steer - making it difficult to push two handed, and impossible to push single handedly. The handles are height adjustable but only have 2 settings with about an inch difference - so a bit pointless really, and the adjustment makes the handles wobbly on top of the flexing bars.
The hood is a good size and can be pulled over quite far to provide protection from the elements - it's also waterproof/resistant, and the raincover zips inside the hood rim which looks really neat and is less bulky to store than a full raincover. The downside to the hod is that - like so many other aspects to this pram - it's flimsy, doesn't stay in position and blows backwards in the wind etc. Also when rear facing, the peekaboo window in the hood flaps around in the breeze. It's pretty infuriating.
The basket is a fair size, and the wheels seem sturdy and wear well, has reasonable suspension, and yes the fabric designs are pretty (I had the cute polka dot design) - but in all honesty they are the ONLY plus points to the Pliko Pramette. Given that they are still sold to this day, at a fairly high price of £349 (with less sturdy looking single wheels I might add) - I would say there are many more prams and pushchairs on the market far better than this for a similar, or better price. I personally would always go for one with a single bar handle, as they are so much sturdier and easier to steer one-handed.
Summary: Still on sale, but really outdated by today's standards