Product Type: Silver Cross prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Silver Cross 3D
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Silver Cross 3D
Advantages: Pram and Pushchair dual system. Well Made, Excellent quality materials used, Good Wheels
Disadvantages: Fiddly to collapse, Can be frustrating. Heavy, Pushchair is forward facing
Made by Silver Cross, one of the most recognisable names in the baby industry, the 3D pram system can be used as both a pram and a pushchair and is suitable for all ages from newborn to toddlers. We've been using ours just as the pram since our son was born but he is now at an age and length where he's fast becoming too big for the pram and we have recently tried him out in the pushchair too and whilst I do think that the system has been beautifully designed and undeniably well made I have to admit that it's not without its faults.
Available in a choice of colours and designs, ours is the Oxford Grey colour and at the time of purchase cost £300.00. There is a matching car seat available which retails for £125 by itself but is often included as a free gift if you buy the pram system so do bear this in mind if you are thinking of buying as there are definite money saving opportunities if you time things right. The 3D system comes complete with everything you're likely to need for getting your young one out and about and included in the package are the Apron, Hood, Pram Liner with head support and safety straps, Foot Muff and Rain Cover. A matching changing bag can be bought separately for £35.00 which we also own and all together the system is a stylish looking item that definitely looks the part.
It weighs just short of 12kgs and when folded measures 102cm in length, 38cm in width and 40cm in height. Assembled it stands 104cm in height, 53cm in width and is 95cm long and even with the hood of the pram in place it snugly fits into the boot of my car (a Vauxhall Meriva) though admittedly there isn't much room for anything else once it's in there. The chassis of the pram/pushchair is metal and the wheels are solid rubber so you don't have the potential problem of flat tyres should you run over anything sharp whilst using it, the front wheels are mutli-directional and swivel which is handy when you're pushing the pram around corners and in tight spaces and I would say that it is very easy to push around. The handles are long enough so you don't feel hunched over when pushing the pram and the rubberised ends are comfortable in your hands. There is a shopping basket fixed to the underside of the pram system which is handy although you can't fit a lot into it but it makes for handy storage if, like us, you want to keep a rain cover in there and it would hold a few items that you might need or any bits of shopping or bags that you pick up whilst out.
The 3D system does come with a comprehensive user manual which you will need to read if you're new parents as it can be quite a daunting system to get to grips with once its been taken out of its (very) large box. It is clearly written though with helpful illustrations and once you've used the pram a few times you do get used to how it collapses and assembles although I must admit that the first time we took ours out I ended up having to lie on the floor trying to figure out how to collapse the thing!. It's as straightforward as it can be I suppose given the nature of what it is and though I have nothing to compare it to given this the first pram I've ever owned I would say that once you get the knack of how to put it up and take it down then it should become easier in time. Saying that I have to admit that ours is either temperamental or just plain awkward as it's still difficult to collapse as the catches you have to release are located in the handles and I end up getting into a fluster with it more times than not. Admittedly it is easier to collapse and assemble as a pushchair rather than the pram as you don't have to deal with the pram liner and hood but even so I do think it's quite an awkward thing to deal with, especially as a pram and I'll be glad when our son has fully outgrown his and we use it exclusively as a pushchair. Bear in mind as well that as a pushchair it is forward facing rather than rear so if you want to be able to see your child this might not be the system that is suitable for you, it's a shame that it's not adjustable in this way but I know that this could be an off-putting point to some so definitely worth mentioning here.
The soft materials used are thick and are of excellent quality and I do like the grey colour of ours, it looks an expensive system in comparison to others that are available and I do like the fact that the pram is rear-facing so we can keep an eye on our son when we're out and about with him. I do think that Silver Cross have put together a good item here albeit an awkward one at times but once it's up and our son is happily sat or laid in position it's a dream to push around, its not too wide or too long and it's description of being "compact" is fairly accurate I would say. I do think it looks quite traditional but with a modern edge to it and whilst it's relatively expensive at £300 I would say it's worth the money for what you get and for the amount of use its going to have, especially when my son goes into the pushchair full time. Do bear in mind that it is quite heavy too, again I have nothing to compare this too but in it's collapsed state it can prove a bit awkward to lift into the boot of a car and you definitely give your arms and shoulders a work out by lifting it up!
All in all it's definitely worth going in to a store and trying it out before you part with your cash, my advice would be to give one a good look over and practice how to assemble and collapse it before your new arrival makes an appearance. We made the mistake of buying ours early but letting it stay in its box until a week before our son was born so when it came to using the pram for the first time it was perhaps a little too late to fully get to grips with it. 8 weeks on and I'm becoming much more used to it now and despite it still being difficult to collapse I would still recommend the Silver Cross 3D system to other parents as a potential purchase but would recommend that you give yourselves enough time to get to know it before using it.
In conclusion then 4 stars as a rating seems fair to me, thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Flawless when assembled but can be a pain....
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