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This buggy is fantastic I brought this when I was expecting my second son and It one of the best investments I've ever made
The pushchair comes in a variety of colours to suit any ones style or personality and they have a number of accessories you can buy to go with your new buggy including cup holders extra bags helpful when you have twice the stuff to carry around and a lovely carrycot for when they are newborn
The seats are from newborn in the main seat which lies flat and you can use the carrycot then this gradually sits up using the zips on the side and clips at the back to put it fully up, the second seat on the double kit is from six months and has poppers on the frame so you can adjust the level and recline slightly both my children love either seat and seem very comfy and content
You can use this buggy for one or two children and the buggy feels no different in either mode it's so light to push and maneuver. This buggy is not a buggy for twins though as the small extra seat you get with the addition pack is from six months. when my second son came along my eldest loved sitting up the top think he thought he was a king on his throne
My newborn loved the carrycot and this came in handy when visiting friends and family as i had some where for him to nap without having to carry even more stuff and now he is 6 months he loves sitting more up right and seeing the world
My 2 year old has now decided he would like to walk more often so this buggy is great when pushing and running after a toddler it moves quick and effortlessly and spins round on a pin point, which is great when on the move, it also has a wrist strap which if you have to let go of the buggy for a moment you know its not going to go anywhere its that added safety
This buggy also folds down so compact for a double and fits in my tiny polo's boot i do however find it a little heavy to lift but nothing I really struggle with. It folds quickly and easily when in the single mode and when the double seat in on the front, Little more tricky when double seat is on the back.
Having two small kids things get messy fast and I have cleaned my phil and teds several times, I just use hot soapy water and sponge it down, let it dry and its like new the fabric is very hard wearing and withstands the stains from little fingers
Another accessory that I purchased was the car seat adaptor this is great when my youngest has fallen asleep in the car and I don't want to disturb him just clip him in and off we go
The downsides to this buggy as I mention before is that it is a little heavy when im lifting it in and out of the car, and when the double seat is on the back you have to fiddle to get that off first, or it will not fold sometimes when in a rush, a little more hassle than needed but maybe its me being lazy
The basket also is not that big especially when in double mode, both ways, when the newborn is in the carrycot the chair covers the basket, so it's not very useful at all and when the double chair is on the back little feet are in the basket taking up room, so you can not fit a lot of shopping in.
Summary of the product is fantastic investment and you get round the minor downsides the kids love it and seem very comfortable in this buggy i would recommend anyone thinking of buying to go ahead you will love it and enjoy as many others have easy to use pushes like a dream and looks good to
Our children were born a mere thirteen months apart, and so it was evident that we would need a buggy system to cope with this set up. I remember spending hours trawling the internet to find the perfect solution. We wanted a buggy that would obviously hold both our two kids securely and comfortably, but also be easy for us to push and essentially have a footprint that would allow access through standard doorways and shop isles without attracting abuse from anyone who happened to get in the way. Did the Phil and Ted tick all those boxes? Well yes it did and more besides.
We paid around the £400 mark for the complete kit from a small independent outlet in Leeds. When we bought ours they were very rare in this country and so the major retailers had not picked up on it yet. Now I see them everywhere including Mothercare, but do bear in mind that the basic buggy costs around £365 (single) you have to purchase the extra seat attachment to make it a double. There are also other extra attachments and accessories which can be purchased, such as the rain hood and cocoon.
We bought just about everything, and I think in hindsight this was a good decision, not only because they were nearly all useful but also because my mother-in-law was paying! So what do you get for your hard earned cash? Well to start with the buggy now comes in a range of colours; we only had the choice of the navy pictured above or a garish red I think. So navy it was then. Next came, the extra seat attachment of course, a rain cover and a cocoon for transporting babies. So with the package complete and unpacked how did it all fit together?
Well to start with there are several ways in which the buggy can be used. Our starting point was with a newborn and a one year old and so we used this set up, which consisted of a flat canvas platform for the baby and then an attachment seat above for the older child. The optional cocoon, made from a tough canvas is essential for a newborn in our opinion as you can place the baby in this first and then position all into the buggy. This makes the whole process of lifting the child in and out really easy as the cocoon has handles. We found that we could easily lift our sleeping baby in or out without waking her.
So with the baby sorted, next comes the older child option. Like most tubular equipment, any pieces that need to be joined in some way are achieved by the use of little spring catches which click into a suitable hole in the second piece. This buggy uses these throughout. I have mixed feelings about this method as sometimes they can be awkward to operate. I found this one reassuringly easy yet secure, which was a bonus. So the seat attachment clicks into place at two points above the baby and there is the standard five point harness which secures them safely in place.
When your baby gets to an age when they can sit up then you can lift and secure the canvas platform up and snap the other seat attachment into place. Now this is the only minor disadvantage we have found with the buggy; the fact that the child who sits in the back position does not have a great view, other than the seat in front. One other thing to note is that the heavier child must always go on the top/front seat, otherwise the buggy could tip backwards; logical really, but we have had the odd moment of minor panic especially when the wrong child has got out first!
The rain cover is a bit of a hassle also, but then again we have found this with a lot of buggies to be fair. It does have quite a lot of clips and fasteners and so takes a lot of setting up. Not so handy for the good old British sunshine and shower routine!
Although it has been a while since we needed the use of a buggy, I remember how handy and useful we found it. For a double buggy it can be collapsed down to a very small size. The wheels can also be taken off, which we found essential for packing into the boot of the car for going on holiday. For quick trips though it folds quickly and easily, although you do have to remove the back attachment first, if you are using it that way. The brakes are good and lock a gear in the wheel rather than on the tyre which I found to be more secure. The most important feature though has to be the fact that this three wheeled buggy even when loaded with two toddlers handled beautifully. There was hardly anywhere we could not take it, doors and shop isles were a doddle. We used to get stopped in the street and questioned about where we got the buggy from, but as I said this was in the early days before they became commonplace. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone who has two young children close in age. It may be quite a lot of money to outlay initially (if you can't talk your mother-in-law round) but when the time came we sold ours on ebay for over £300, so that is worth bearing in mind.
I would highly recommend this buggy to all those with 2 small children, and also to those who anticipate not stopping after their first! It is as narrow as our original single buggy and about the same weight, but with 2 children on board, is a much better bet. I find it easy to steer ( can even do it one handed for a short while) and the air-filled tyres make the ride a bit smoother for the little ones. The downsides are poor access to the under-buggy storage ( I have bought a clip for the handle to hang shopping on) and the price. We bought ours on ebay ( although new) and saved a fair bit. We have had to renew a couple of bits, now we are onto our third child ( eg the basket under the buggy) and managed to find a site which sold spares (called practical pushchairs) . In my opinion, the best option for 2 kids.
As a single puschair i LOVE it, its easy to push, children look so comfy in this especially if you buy the cocoon with the pram aswell, As a double i do like it but not as much as some doubles, it has some good points to it as it saves room, if your getting on the buses its much easier, its also realy easy for going around the shops and things but you cant have much shopping in it at all, i dont like it when you have a newborn in the back either as when my son was laid in there noone knew he was in there so they would barge into him when i was on the bus and things, also he was a big baby so when he got to 3 months old he was too big to lay down in the seat but also too young to sit up in the seat, so we had got the other phil and teds side by side which is wonderful.
The good points to this pram like i said above its smaller than most doubles, its easy to push, you can buy loads of things for this like, footmuffs, bottle bags, saddle bags, cocoons, sunshades.
You can also buy the pram in some realy nice colours, and obvisouly the main good point is the fact you can have it as a single or a double.
One of the main bad points is that sometimes when you turn around a corner the pram tends to tip which is not good at all so you have to be able to have a good grip on the pram, as i said above i dont like it for a newborn baby as noone can see the baby in the back and i dont like how low down they are as they cant see anything around them.
I would recommened this pram to anyone who uses the buses a lot and has limited space, I would also recommend this just as a single pram, but overall i think there is better doubles out there and you can get the phil and teds side by side which is excactly the same but it has 4 wheels instead of three, and is more sturdy and both children can see out.
Phil & Teds E3
I brought this as a single as wanted a lightweight 3wheeler for toddler that was not too wide as I missed my mountian buggy urban.
I used to call it my rebound buggy as desperatly needed large lightweight buggy that fitted toddler.
The seat was quite spacious and had high weight limit of 55lb.
The harness was easily adjustable.
The recline has a single clasp at back that need to be undone to put back up just push seat fowards and redo up clasp.
single handle,light to push even with heavy toddler and managed all terrain well.
The fabric was easy to wash, had handy veiwing window on hood and basket was decent size.
Suitable from birth as lies completly flat.
It comes in range of colours and many accessories to go with this model. You can get footmuff, soft cocoon carrycot and car seat adaptors to fix maxi cosi cabrio to convert to travel system.
You can also get doubles to seat to turn it into double which makes this a very versatile buggy.
It has many positives but for some reason I just did not take to it as did not push as nice and smooth as mountain buggy.
Negatives I guess are no hard carrcot, no rear facing,heavier than mb with lower weight limit.
Would possibly buy again if I needed a double.
I guess im just too fussy
So the search goes on!
when i found that i was expecting my seccond baby there was going to be just 17months between them and so i started looking into double buggys online and saw somebody mention the phil and teds and that was it knew i had to have one!
a single buggy that you can add a seccond seat onto and turn it into a double buggy - the same size as a single!
there were rare over here at the time and had to do a lot of research to find a shop selling them! when my daughter was born i attually didnt have the money to buy one (they were £360!) and so while i saved hard i carried the baby in a sling and pushed around a single buggy. a few weeks later i had the money and went for the e3 in red with doubles kit!
fantastic looking buggy that people would stop me and comment on! such a clever and unique idea.
you either love it or you hate it... some people argue that the child in the back doesnt get much of a view...
the only flaws that i could find was that when in newborn/baby position the toddlers head would touch the hood! the chid in the back seat would put hands on the wheels and that the clips are easy to undo once the child reaches 20mths old and also that if the child in the back falls asleep the seat is so upright and their neck flops making it an uncomforable ride.
they then invented the sport....(read my next review!)
Having watched various friends struggle with double buggies, I knew I didn't want to go through the same experience, so I was very interested in the Phil & Teds E3, and also the Jane PowerTwin.
I decided on the Phil & Teds on the basis that it didn't look quite so complicated (I am terrible with anything remotely technical!).
Having used the P&T for 6 months now, I can honestly say I am generally pleased with the decision I made.
I can't tell you much about the assembly as I left that to my other half but he did take a while, and is generally good at these things so I can only assume it was a little difficult or he was having an off day!
The pushchair is quite heavy but not unmanageable when lifting, and fitted in the boot of a Peugeot 206 once the parcel shelf was removed.
The cocoon is a useful addition for a newborn, but my hungry baby quickly outgrew his, so it might be worth purchasing this 2nd hand rather than new. He also got bored of laying in the 'drawer' like apperture with little to look at, at around 4 months, 2 months before the recommended transition to the double set up. My eldest enjoyed being high up though, and liked the idea of 'sitting on' the new addition!!
The buggy is a bit fiddly to collapse at first, with buttons that you have to push in and swivel at the side - my advice is learn how to do it before you need to, as it took me 15 minutes of struggling on my first excursion (but I am a bit slow to catch on!). You also need to remove the rear seat before you can put it down, and reattach when next in use.
The straps are fairly secure, but need pulling out before you place children in the seats otherwise they'll get caught up.
Cleaning it is easy enough with a damp, slightly abrasive cloth.
It's pretty excellent for getting round most shops, but there are always going to be some tight squeezes when travelling with two, and steps can be trecherous for the passenger in the back.
Do watch the balance if the child in front is removed, as it's easily tipped when back heavy. And make sure you put your bags in before the children, as otherwise you'll never get a larger bag in, as it goes under the back child's feet.
The rain cover takes a bit of time to get on - but the cosy toes seems pretty snug.
There are a good range of colour options, and extras but they can get pricey when buying for 2 kids, so look at 2nd hand options. Or go to an independant retailer like we did, and haggle for things to be included!
A friend of mine had to send hers for repair through Mothercare and was supplied with a courtesy buggy though, so that might be a place to buy through.
So overall, a good investment for those with two in tow - I have to say I wouldn't buy one for just one bambino though as there are lots of lighter options.
(And it can fit on the bus too - as long as there aren't lots of other mummies with their baby vehicles too!)
i started looking round for a double buggy when i found out i was expecting my 2nd child. my daughter was going to be almost 2 and a half when my son was born and at the point of looking for a double she was still at the stage where she would tire easily when walking so a double seemed to be the best option, and as i relyon public transport the phil and teds seemed to fit the bill perfectly as it wasn't wide like the side by side buggies. However when my son was born my daughter decided that pushchairs were for babies and refused point blank to go in it! So when my son was 3 weeks old i decided to sell it and buy a stroller as it was too big for my needs with just my son going in it.
The overall design and idea of the phil and teds i think is great for 2 toddlers as the double seat underneath is a fantastic alternative to the side by side or tandem buggies, it's actually not that heavy either as i pushed it when 8 months pregnant with my daughter and her friend in doubles kit mode. The cocoon for the newborn is lovely and snug, though i have to say in the end i didn't like the fact that my son was underneath my daughter, nobody could see him except me and half the time people didnt realise that i had a newborn as well!! The raincovers and the windshield for the back when using the cocoon are excellent, very easy to put on and cover the pushchair well. I did like the pushchair in general, it just ended up not being practical for my needs!
good buggy for easy pushing 2 children of different ages eg new baby & toddler. - No backache as with other tandems. I should have bought this buggy first time round but didnt know i would be blessed with child number 2. I would recommend this buggy if you be using it everyday & have to take your children everywhere with you like me eg family not close by. makes you feel happier that your 2 children are safe iin the pram with you. The downside is the back wheels are pretty big & tend to get stuck in small areas eg public transport!!small aisles in shops. The double raincover is a bit awkward to close at the back of the double seat kit when underneath. And i couldnt figure out how it was meant to fit properly when in newborn position. Instructions quite vague for set up & still not figures ot how to shut it properly. The shopping basket underneath isny very big & when a child is in the seat underneath cant fit that much in it. I just feel its another way for you to buy the extras eg pannier bags etc. All in all the good sides do outway the bad sides but i have only had the buggy 6months so all my problems with it probably are teething ones maybe?but because of the cost of the phil& ted you want everything to be perfect but what is?
5-Point Harness / Reclining Back / Reversible Handle