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This is a fantastic buggy which can be configured as a single or double. This buggy has been designed with versatility in mind. You can use as a conventional single buggy or as a double with the smaller or larger seat in either position. Seats can be added, removed or switched with very little effort. Even as a double, this buggy is very manoeuvrable and is narrow enough not to be cumbersome like many other doubles. Before purchasing, I was concerned about whether my children would be happy in the lower seat but they have always enjoyed sitting in either seat and in fact, we often have a third child sat on the front foot step by the end of a long walk! This is a sturdy, well-constructed buggy with very few fiddly catches to snap off. My only criticism is that it is not immediately compatible with the maxi cosi car seat - you have to purchase an additional adaptor for this. However, with hindsight, I would have purchased this buggy when I had my first baby instead of a much more expensive travel system. There is a reason why so many people have this model and that is because it is so well designed and built.
When my second child came along, I researched a number of double buggies and kept coming up with the same problem: no double can be sturdy, flexible, have loads of storage and still be compact enough to get around. The Phil & Ted Sports, however, is a stand-out in its class. It can be very easily used as a single or as a double, and can accommodate either an infant lying down and an older child, or two older children. I have used this with my five year old and two year old on outings which involved a lot of walking, and even with that amount of weight, the suspension is good enough that it wasn't a hardship to push. And it was certainly strong enough to take the older child's weight. I live in an area which requires a lot of driving, meaning I wanted a pram that could be easily folded in and out of a car; no problem, the Phil & Ted Sports folds very quickly and easily. It is a two-hand fold, as the mechanism needs to be pulled on both sides of the pram at the same time, but it is so fast that it's just not an issue. The second seat clicks in and out very simply, and can sit either in front or behind the main buggy depending on the age of your children. The pram is a three-wheeler with a lockable front wheel and excellent suspension; it performed well on my uneven roads and steep hills. Its compact design is a real stand-out feature; it is much easier to manoeuvre in shops and through checkout aisles than even most other in-line doubles. For an infant and older child, the main buggy compartment lies flat with the toddler seat out in front. When the younger child is sitting up, simply clip the clasp at the back of the fabric to turn it into an upright buggy for the older child, and the younger child uses the second seat behind. You should be careful to ensure that the heavier child is always in front; I was worried that my younger child would complain about only seeing the bottom of her sister's chair, but in fact she always had a good line of sight and was perfectly happy. Both seats can also be partially reclined, which is excellent for napping toddlers. When used as a single, the shopping bag compartment at the bottom is very ample; as a double with the toddler seat at the back you would have to be careful about what to put in there so it doesn't get kicked. This compared very favourably against both my McLaren and my Valco both for roominess and ease of access. I also used both the sun cover (very useful in Australia!) and the rain cover, which were quick to attach and detach. It also comes with a wrist strap. There are plenty of other accessories available. I would recommend this in a heartbeat. I have since sold mine, and it retained its value very well. The only thing I would caution against if you intend to resell is that the red/black colourway shows dirt very clearly; I had to give mine a very good scrub before listing it.
I am a bit of a buggy addict - there I've said it out loud! I have several buggies as at certain points in your child's life you have different requirements from a pram or buggy. Being the shopaholic I am I felt the need to buy a new pram for the new stage. That was until I bought the Phil & Teds Sport. I purchased the Phil & Teds Sport in the red/black colour way as I liked the bright colour. Other colour ways are navy, grey and also lime green. I have also seen royal blue/black but only once so that may have been a limited edition colour. See I told you I am buggy mad, I look at buggies and prams like other people look at cars! When I bought it I bought a bundle as I needed some of the accessories straight away. I have the doubles kit, footmuff, rain cover and also had the cocoon, although my son soon outgrew the cocoon as he is very tall. The package I bought with all the extra bits and bobs cost me around £400 although I am sure there are offers on if you need the extras. Phil & Teds are widely available, we bought ours from Mothercare but other stockists include Kiddicare, and John Lewis as well as lesser known online stores. Not forgetting good old local independent retailers! The Phil & Teds was my third pram or buggy. I really do wish that I had thought further down the line earlier on as I very quickly ended up needing a double buggy as child number 2 arrived! I would strongly advise if you hope to have more than one child - save some money and just buy this to begin with as you will end up buying it eventually. The pram itself is a 3 wheeler which has a lockable front swivel wheel, I always unlock the wheel as I find it makes manoeuvring much easier. The rear 2 wheels are spaced quite far apart which can be interesting in small, cluttered shops to get through. The wheels being far apart does make the buggy feel very sturdy which outweighs any negative. The rear wheels can easily be removed by pushing a button in and pulling the wheel off. This is useful if you have been on a muddy walk to stop the car boot getting muddy. All 3 wheels are tyres which makes it great for pushing outside especially on uneven terrain and grass. I have to also say that in the heavy snow earlier this year this buggy coped really well. It was great to still be able to get out there (even just to do the school run!) I did pass many other Mums who were struggling to cut through the snow - but not with the good old P&T! The buggy is easy to put up and take down although you do need to use both hands simultaneously, which may put some people off. I think that it is so quick to assemble it's not a problem. There is a large foot break that goes almost the whole width of the buggy so you can do it with either foot. I still find my break to be quite stiff, although this could be a benefit as I always know that I have activated it successfully. There is a wrist strap which I find useful especially when going downhill with 2 children the pram can pick up some speed so it's always nice to know you have a tight hold on the kiddies! It would also be really good if out running. The shopping basket is a good size, although when using the doubles kit you do feel a bit as though the shopping is being stood on or little one has no leg room. The rain cover is easy to remove & put on in a hurry and as a useful Velcro flap at the back so you can easily bob your and in to tend to little one (or throw in the odd rice cake!) The hood of the pram is also a good size and can easily be lifted up of clipped down into position. The buggy can be used for 1 child, or use the doubles kit (sold separately) for 2 children or use the cocoon to enable a young baby to lay flat and an older child in the second seat. Both the main seat and the doubles kit seat recline for naps on the go! There are a couple of downsides which are minor and surprising considering the well thought through design. The first of these is that when folding there is not a clip to keep it in place to make it easier to take in and out of the car. So you have to hold it together to keep it flat. It's not a major drama - just a small oversight. The other problem is I have yet to find a changing bag that doesn't keep hitting the child in the lower seat on the back of the head. You can buy panniers that go to the side of the buggy so perhaps they would be the answer. This really is a very versatile pram and can grow with your family. It feels very sturdy and well made, I think it is good value for money.
Phil & Teds: I have many friends who have or used to have a Phil & Teds and I myself had one around 3 years ago as i have 3 children and my 2 eldest at the time were only 21 months apart so this was very practical, small compared to other doubles and very easy to use. I had other doubles and as they were wide i struggled when out shopping, it either took up to much room or i couldnt get through the shop door. Then my friend introduced me to the P&T! It can be used in many ways: >Single pushchair >Double pushchair with 2 seats >Double pushchair with 2 seats, back seat used with a caccoon >Single/double pushchair with another child using the hand strap There is also many accessories to buy for the P&T that are stylish such as nappy bag, there footmuffs - they are very thick and surround your little one so they look snug, the caccoon are for new borns and again these are padded and thick to protect your baby, the back seat to convert into a double etc. I paid around £400 which was a fantastic price for such a fab pram! Its very sturdy, easy to maneovure, easy to connnect the back seat, easy to fold and unfold, plenty of room in the shopping basket ( i also left the back seat connected to use as extra storage) The seats are spacious, easy to push over cobbles/gravel and as we know thats usually a tough job, this will be due to the air filled wheels. There are many new designs now and my personal favourite is the vibe, its very sleek looking but theres many to suit everyones personality and all accessories you will need. Also If you ever need to contact P&T support they are very helpful and quick at sorting out your problem, the pin in my front wheel broke so the wheel wouldnt swivel. The parts are cheap enough which i was suprised about and t arrived in good time. To conclude, this single/double pushchair will not fail you. If you are a walker, enjoy visiting shops, days out this is the pram for you. Such a reliable, practical, everyday pushchair. Well worth the money and more.
Having two children with a 23 month age gap is challenging in itself without having to worry about transporting them around whilst out and about so a double buggy is a must have item for people who have children with a small age gap. With so many buggy options available the phil & ted sports is a fantastically versatile and adaptable buggy that can suit a range of ages from birth up to walking age and can accommodate for either one or two children by use of a removable doubles seat. The main seat lies completely flat and is suitable from birth upwards with a 5 point harness and a fairly sturdy and well padded seat. Also available to purchase separately is the cocoon which is great for a newborn to keep them safe and warm, this fits into the main seat. The doubles kit provides a basic second seat for an older child, this is suitable from 6 months upward and only reclines very slightly so is not great for a child who naps frequently. The sports version has large, air filled tyres which are great for off road and country paths as well as city sidewalks, it is also very light and easy to manuveur. There are also attachments available to attach to the buggy for some of the main carseats. I personally like to attach the Carseat to the top of the main seat and let my 2 year old use the doubles seat underneath but believe that phil & teds do not recommend this as it does make the buggy slightly more unstable, but it does allow for my youngest to be parent facing which is not an option in any other set up
I bought the Phil & Teds sport buggy when I was expecting my 2nd child with an age gap of 17 months. My eldest only started to walk at 15 and a half months so a double was a real necessity especially as I don't drive and walk a lot. I found it made life so much easier to be able to put them both into the buggy and just go, so definitely would recommend this as opposed to the suggestion of a single buggy + sling, or single and get the toddler to walk, for mums in a similar situation to myself. Compared to other doubles I felt this is the best option for getting on the bus and into narrow doorways or shop aisles. It is wider than most singles but only slightly, and is much narrow than a side by side, and also much less cumbersome than the one in front of the other type double buggies which take up a lot more room on the bus. It is ever so slightly to wide to go through the gap between the pole and the seats on most London buses so unfortunately do still have to ask the driver to get on from the back door most of the time. The main critisism I have heard from others about the Phil & Teds is that the 2nd child is too close to the floor and low down, but my children never had a problem with it. My older boy used to go in the back seat so that he could hop in and out when he wanted to walk or sit, and now my 3rd baby is in the back and he seems quite happy and content there. I never had a problem with them being unhappy with the 2nd seat. I am now using the pushchair for my 2nd and 3rd child as I had the same age gap again, and the pushchair is still going strong although a few signs of wear and tear but still functioning absolutely fine. The downside I have had is that I have had a few punctures on the wheels, so would recommend getting a spare wheel to keep for emergencies. It is quite easy to take the wheel off and put a new one on, so if you have a spare then this is not much of a problem as you can get the other one fixed in most local bike shops. It is worth this slight problem to have the pneumatic tyres as this makes the buggy so much more comfortable to push and also really easy to bump up and down steps. I take it regularly on the tube so that is invaluable to me as you would not be able to pick it up and carry downstairs with 2 children inside but I can easily bump it up and down without any help, due to the strength of the tyres. It is a very hard wearing buggy and stood the test of time for me, as it has been heavily used for over 2 years now and still going strong. I do find it quite hard to fold down but for me thats not too much of an issue as I have no need to fold it regularly. Overall I would recommend it for any mum with a small age gap, especially those who walk a lot.
We were umming and ahhing over which double buggy to get as ideally it had to be an all terrain one too. This pram fitted the bill but I was rather unsure of the back seat and whether my kids would take to sitting in it. I took my then 2.5yr old with me to the shops to try them out while I was pregnant. She went straight for the back seat and decalred that this would be HER seat the baby could go else where! I found it all a bit confusing to begin with, with regards to the folding/unfolding but after playing with it at home it all became clearer. The buggy comes in a rather small looking square box and you have to put it together. Easier said than done believe me! The hood got both me and my partner really frustrated. Once made it is a heavy pram but to me that makes it feel sturdy and not like its going to break after using it a few times off road. In the newborn and toddler mode it does the job although the newborn bit does sway a bit when going off road but my son seemed to like it and it sent him off to sleep but some other babies might not like the motion. He sat up in the back when he was about 5-6 months old and he never tried to put his hands in the back wheels or anything else. The back seat reclines slightly by undoing the zip which is great if they fall asleep in the back but it makes it a bit more difficult to push as you keep banging your legs into it. Both my kids fight over who gets to sit in the back! then only thing worth mentioning is that is the child in the front gets out first while the other child is still in the back the pram will tip back. The hood is also a bit of a waste of time as it really doesnt cover the child in the front very well at all and doesnt cover the child in the back at all. I would buy this pram again in a heartbeat but I think the accessories are stupidly expensive and refused to buy them.
This review will mainly focus on the buggy as a single - read my other review on the doubles kit if you're interested in at as a double too. When I fell pregnant with my second daughter we'd decided not to bother with a double buggy as my little girl would be turning 3 and had walked everywhere for the last year but we soon changed our mind when we realised it was going to be winter and it could mean some very cold waits at bus stops! The P&T was advertised as everything we would need - offroad capability, single width for buses, one handle so easy to push and have a hand free for something else, easily turned into a single, space for shopping and it still fits in the car boot. Did it live up to it though and was it really worth that expense? ~~ The P&T ~~ The buggy itself can be purchased as a single or with the doubles kit to turn it into a double. This was a definite advantage for us as we wouldn't be using it as a double for a long period of time so it saved purchasing another buggy (although I did still have my Jane Nurse Dakar as a spare). It has air filled tyres which are great for offroading and makes the buggy far easier to push than the standard plastic wheels you get (or in practice it should anyway!) It has the main seat at the front with a bumper bar and a little footrest with a sun canopy over the top. The 5 point harness was something we liked the idea of too as it holds your baby in properly with no chance of escape! The seat also reclines to a complete lie flat position so one seat is suitable from birth and you can purchase a carry cot and car seat that fits onto it so all in all it sounds pretty perfect. ~~ The Reality ~~ Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a complete buggyholic and I'm really picky about certain bits of buggies and why they don't do what they're supposed to but I'd only ever heard good things about the P&T so thought it was worth a shot. It's not a cheap buggy so really you need to trial it out first but when you're in the North of Scotland you find it increasingly hard to find a shop that stocks what you're looking for it's not always possible (maybe this is why I've bought and sold so many?). Anyway, we purchased our P&T second hand for £250 which included the buggy, doubles kit, cosy toes, double storm raincover and the carry cot. Very expensive for a second hand buggy but worth it? Hm. The airfilled tyres were our first downfall with this one. I've owned other tyres of the same kind and we've never had problems with them, bar a puncture or two, but I didn't like the P&T tyres one little bit. The slightest bit of weight on the buggy seemed to make them sink and it would become almost impossible to push without putting effort into it. There was nothing wrong with the tyres either - pumped up and good as new. Every new mum knows that sometimes a baby needs soothed by a walk but not when it's going you knacker you out just by walking round a corner! The weight of the buggy was a big problem too although we did know it would be heavier when we purchased it. Think about cars - you're told that you won't be pushing the little ford ka but would instead be pushing a ford focus, manageable right? This felt like we'd turned up to be told we were pushing a lorry, especially with the two kids inside. Steering was quite difficult given the weight and if you live somewhere with a lot of kerbs like me then expect your back to be a tad sore after pushing the buggy up them all. The lie flat position so that it can be used from birth was the best part about the buggy, especially as you can buy the cocoon for it (see my other reviews) but even this has flaws. The seat lays very low down when the seat is fully reclined I had a tendency to knock my knees off of the back of the cocoon which isn't what you want with a newborn in it. Baby in harness mode isn't a problem though so it's just for that short time that you have the cocoon you may suffer similar issues. The recline on the seat was also rather tricky to master with several zips and clips to unhook and faff around with. My last niggle? The brakes!! The brakes are a thin bar across the bottom of the buggy that you should be able to press down to stop and lift up to start. The theory is fine but in reality the brakes were incredibly stiff and I tended not to use them in the end as it was more trouble than it was worth. ~~ It wasn't all bad ~~ The width of the buggy for an offroader was great and we rarely had any problems getting through doors or even onto buses (single or double mode!) The sun canopy was also better than others as it was slightly bigger and kept a bit more sun out of the buggy than your average buggy would. This is a problem though if you have taller children as it tends to hit them on the top of the head and becomes unuseable. The buggy is very sturdy and there is absolutely no chance of it tipping with one or two children in it so that extra weight comes in handy really. There's nothing worse than a buggy tipping with your children inside. The basket at the bottom of the buggy is huge in single mode so shopaholics will love it! When our car was written off I managed to fit a weeks shopping underneath without having to carry any and that's for a family of 4 - I don't know any other buggy that has managed that! The recline on the seat (after you get past all the hooks and zips and things) sat in good positions for an awake or sleeping baby/toddler so I never had any worries about mine falling asleep in it. It also fitted into our focus without a problem with a surprisingly compact fold for an offroader. ~~ My final verdict ~~ The P&T just wasn't for us in the end with too many flaws and things we didn't get on with. I thought we'd love this one as much as our other off roaders but it isn't the case. The single buggy was alright but certainly not £250 worth and that's second hand. For everything we had, you're looking at £400+ new which is extortionate for a buggy with so many flaws. P&T have since released the Explorer model that is supposed to address some of these problems so it may be worth looking into if you're really after a P&T.
We bought our Phil & Teds buggy 3 years ago and it's still going strong. It has been used in the following combinations: - baby in cocoon in back with empty seat in front (for me to put my shopping bags in!) - baby flat in back with toddler up front - baby in back seat (after about 5-6 months) with toddler up front - toddler in back seat with baby up front (after about 5-6 months) - Baby or toddler in front with empty back seat. I always put the back seat in even if only one child with me as it provides the best storage space EVER for nappy change bag, grocery shopping, picnics, extra coats, hats, my hand bag.. the list goes on. Especially useful for trips to the beach/park with all the stuff you need with kids. It's my work horse really! My kids are now 3 and 5 and we don't really need a buggy anymore for them to get from a to b but I cannot part with how much stuff I can cart about with this buggy and save my arms! It's great for parks and rougher terrain but also perfect for going to shops as it fits through the doors. Downside: - Over the years the button to collapse the buggy is not as easy to release anymore but it is still fully functional. - The basket underneath has torn from growing feet pressing down on it to get out of the back seat - but I have sewn it back together by machine. - Takes practice to get a child out of the back seat or cocoon - a delicate sliding action!
I was a bit weary of buying this pushchair, thinking it was quite expensive and was considering a cheaper one, but I'm glad I got this one as compared to others I have used it is much better. The main issue with most pushchairs is how easy it is to assemble and de-assemble, and thankfully this one isn't too much trouble, admittedly I had a bit of trouble at first but once you get the hang of it, its really not too hard, and it folds up small enough to fit into the boot of my car, which is an average size car, not a larger people carrier. The height on the pushchair is adjustable, as you can change the agle of the seat, thus moving the handle up and down. You can also adjust the height be moving just the handle itself, so your baby can be seated at the angle that is most comfortable, whether it's sitting up or asleep. The seat it self it great and my baby fits perfectly in the seat, and while I can't know for sure my self, it looks quite comfortable. There is a lot of storage space at the bottom and well and you can fit lots of shopping bags in it, something my wife is extremely grateful for. The handling is very good as the wheels turn very easily without becoming wobbly, and going round corners feels very natural and I don't ever feel like I'm holding people up trying to push it round a tight corner. At £300 its pretty expensive, but seeing how much my friends struggle with their pushchair, especially getting it out of the car and reassembled again, while I'm done twice as fast, you get you money's worth. And it looks much more comfortable, and I think anyone is willing to pay more for there child.
**Perks of Poverty/ Price** As I've explained in previous reviews, being the poor relations of the family has saved us hundreds of pounds over the last couple of years, particularly since having Baby Frank. One of the most impressive items we have very generously been given is a Phil & Teds Sport pushchair with all the accessories. These pushchairs cost around £350 new, and then you could easily spend another £100 on accessories such as a cocoon for newborn babies and the double seat kit. I've also had a look on ebay and the second hand sport pushchairs with accessories generally sell for around £200. **One Child or Two** The main attraction of a Phil & Teds pushchair (they make a range of different models) is that they can easily be converted into a double pushchair by adding different seat components. They can cater for one newborn/toddler or child very well and can also accommodate a newborn AND toddler/child or TWO toddlers/children. **You'll Be Smug Second Time** Most of the people I know who have Phil & Teds pushchairs have bought them once they have their second child, and all say that they wish they'd bought it for the first. I'm a first-time mum and so most of my friends are also first-timers and I'm the only one with this type of pushchair. Most of the other mums have travel systems which are often tiny, and you just clip the baby car seat into the frame and off you go. I imagine that unless the mums are going to wait until their first child is around three, or maybe four years old, their initial travel system will be pretty useless once number two comes along. **Three Wheels** The Phil & Teds Sport is a three wheeled pushchair which means it is very easy to manoevre; you can turn it round in a circle virtually on the spot. The other great thing about having three wheels is that the pushchair is very good 'off road' as well. We have taken ours onto a sandy beach, and it was much easier to push than our friend's four-wheeled stroller. The tyres are also good on a variety of terrain as they are like bike tyres. Obviously, this means they can puncture which has happened to ours, but now we have inserted very resiliant inner tubes and we haven't had any problems since. **Transporting The Pushchair** The pushchair is easy to fold up and put up again, and although it's not the lightest one I've tried, it is fairly compact, and I can lift it in and out of our Ford Fiesta boot without too much trouble. I do however, tend to walk around rather than drive, and I think that if I drove everywhere I would find the pushchair too heavy to keep collapsing and putting up again. We've taken it on an aeroplane and it travelled well. You can also buy a travel case to put it in, and if you are a frequent flier I would highly recommend this. **Versatile, But Confuses The Public** We have found that it is really adaptable to Baby Frank's changing needs. As a newborn we had a lovely little 'cocoon' to put her in, which is like a padded rectangular bag which slots into the pushchair when it is in the fully reclined position. This is absolutely brilliant, as if your baby is asleep in the cocoon, you can just lift them out of the pushchair and they do not get disturbed. Plus you have somewhere nice and cosy to put them in once you have arrived at your destination. The only bad thing about the cocoon is that it is quite hard to see your baby when they are in it, and their head is at the end which is closest to you. I have had lots of people look at the other end of the pushchair to try and have a look at the baby, only to be rather surprised not to see any sign of a baby at all. By the end of lots of just such encounters, I felt like pasting a sign on the pushchair saying 'Baby this end' and having a large arrow pointing to where Baby Frank was! **Growing up** Baby Frank grew out of the cocoon at around three months and we now use the seat in a semi-reclined position. This is so easy to adjust which is brilliant for me. The pushchair now looks like the one in the picture. The five point harness is used in this position and is easy to clip together and release, although each of the straps must be released individually so it does take a little while. Baby Frank will be able to sit in the pushchair in its current position for the next couple of years (with a few breaks of course...). **Do A Lot Of Shopping?** The shopping carrying part of the pushchair is relatively small, but does the job for me. Because of the type of handle, you cannot hang bags off it, but I have seen some mums using special hooks for this purpose which can be bought separately. The shopping carrier will also double up as a footwell for the second passenger so I'm not sure that it'll be particularly suitable for transporting eggs around when you have a wriggly two year old on board!! The other thing about this carrier is that once the raincover is in it, there is really very little other room. **And Finally...** In summary, I would recommend this pushchair if you are thinking of having more than one child. I know it's a really good item which will last us many years to come, whilst some of my friends will be buying another pushchair when they have their next child. There are some awkward features but its longevity outweigh these niggles.
We bought the Phil and Teds sport buggy over 3 years ago as we had a toddler and a baby on the way. The buggy itself was very expensive and then we discovered that everything that went with it was an extra as it came with nothing! We had to buy the doubles kit (another seat), sleeping bag (snuggle and snooze), the cocoon and two rain cover as we were told that we needed 1 for when the buggy is a single and 1 for when the buggy is a double (over £200 worth of extra's in total!). The wife had to have it! (I prayed to the bank manager!) We had only been using the buggy for about 5 months when the stitching started to come apart and the material was ripping where the baby went (the original seat in the buggy that you have to unzip) so it was only carrying a few pounds. We took the buggy back into the shop and complained and after many months we got a new one (and very thankful that we could return the loan double that needed a wide load sticker on the back!). We have not had any more problems since (I've never heard of another one doing this so I think we were just very unlucky). We have found that you can't put too much weight into the shopping basket on the bottom otherwise it drags on the pavements and the brake is very hard to put on and off. Three years of using this buggy and we have yet still to use the single buggy rain cover! I would recommend if you are going to buy one of these buy the double rain cover only. On the plus side the width of the buggy is the same (if not slightly smaller) than a single buggy, you can push it with one hand and it will easily push over sand due to the three wheels. The buggy is very easy to convert from single to double etc and folding is no problem at all, you can even take the front wheel off once folded if you have limited space in the boot. We registered the buggy with Phil and Teds and if a safety issue is brought to their attention and they make a part they will send it to you through the post. Overall I am glad we got this buggy and would not have considered one of the other doubles, however, I would say to keep in mind that the price you pay is just for the buggy unless there are any special deals on.
After discovering I was my pregnant with my third child I thought it was time to invest in a new double buggy. We already had a side by side buggy which is a nightmare to get through doors and pushing it round the shops is a nightmare as people can be so rude if they can't get past you. I saw another mom pushing a Phil & Ted and thought that's the buggy I have to have. I thought I would do my research because who exactly was Phil & Who exactly was Ted? Phil & Teds is a Company based in Wellington. They concentrate on quality and value there staff backing them to succeed with their careers. I went out and we decided on the Phil & Teds Sport. It cost around £348.00 but that was with the doubles kit and the raincover. The buggy itself The buggy is a 3 wheeler and comes in all sorts of colours. Black, Red, Blue Lime Green and you can even get a graffiti style one which is quite trendy looking. The Buggy can be collapsed quite easy by two little levers on the side that you pull out and the main seat collapses into the frame. If you have a smaller car you can clip off the front wheel and it fits perfect into a smaller boot. The Wheels are quite chunky and hardwearing great for off road and the front wheel can be locked into place or left to swivel, this again is controlled by a little lever. There is a brake just located by the back wheels which is very efficient as the buggy doesn't move once in place but this is quite stiff and can take some might to press down. The main seat can be used for a toddler or you can lay it back flat, attach the cocoon (sold separately) and put a newborn baby in it, they can even face you so you can keep an eye on them. There is a shopping basket under the main seat which is quite roomy compared to other models I have seen. You can also still use the basket if you have the doubles kit attached to it. There is a 5 point harness with 2 shoulder straps & 2 waist straps and the middle part that they connect to brands the Phil & Teds Logo and it also lies central of the child so it's kind of like the child has reins on but is strapped down. (Hope that makes sense). There is a hood over the main seat which has a peephole over it so you can have a little peek at bubbas whilst on the move. Most buggies come with either the singles raincover or double raincover which is easy to fit. You just throw it over the buggy and it has several press studs that you just clip on to keep it in place. The handle bar can be adjusted in to several up or down positions which ever suits you better. Ease of Use The Buggy is so easy to push even with one hand and it comes with a hand strap attached to the handle bar that you just put round your wrist whilst out and about. It's a nice ride on smooth or rough surfaces and great also in wet weather. The only down is the buggy weighs nearly 11kg so can be quite big to lift when upright. The Buggy fits into the car quite comfortably. As you fold the buggy down there is a metal handle for you to lift the buggy in and out which is a good idea. If you have a smaller car you can take the front wheel off and fit into the boot, which is probably one of the best benefits of this buggy as alot of double buggies won't fit in a normal boot. Where to Buy Ebay- Used or New Boots Mothercare Babies R Us Kiddicare Positives It is a really trendy looking buggy, easy to use/push, you can get it through doorways and when used with the doubles kit it you can fit two toddlers into it. Great to get into smaller boots. Negatives The Phil & Teds is quite pricey but personally I think it is well worth the money and if you look around you can pick them up cheaper via websites like Ebay etc. The brake can be a nightmare and really needs a forceful foot to push it down. Conclusion I love my Phil & Teds and would not want to swap it for any other buggy. It easier to push than any other I have tested. It has so many options of where the babies/children go in it, and my little boy loves sitting in the doubles seat at the back I think he thinks it's like a little adventure. I would recommend over any other buggy and trust me I have tried a few!!
This is pushchair number three for our family. We have a 16 month old son and are exppecting the arrival of our second child over the next few weeks. When we found out we were expecting our second child we decided that we would need to purchase a double buggy- and went for the phil and teds for a variety of reasons. The Phil and teds fits into the boot of our car (Suzuki Swift- we only need to remove one wheel) I only have use of the car at the weekends so we needed something that could be used with ease on public transport and the buggy needed to be able to fit into our narrow hallway with space to fit around it. I originally wanted a side by side buggy- but I could not find one which fit all of our requirements- so we felt that the phil and teds would last us longer as it would go back to being a single buggy when our oldest son wants to walk everywhere. As yet I have only used it as a single buggy- however it is easy to manovere and fits through most doorways. It can go off road- however the tyres do puncture easily. Our son likes to be upright and enjoys the view he gets from the pram. The adjustable handlebar is great for my partner and myself- we are both comfortable pushing it. I am worried that the visability for the youngest child when it gets old enough to sit in the lower seat position- however I will be fixing a variety of toys to the back of the upper seat. There will also be limited storage in the pushchair when the youngest child is old enough to sit in the lower seat- and a changing bag will be impractical to hang on the handlebar with two children. To combat this I will be investing in the pannier bags for extra storage. Disadvatages The break on the pushchair is very stiff and impossible to operat in flip-flops- but with solid shoes on just require a hefty kick. Expensive- especially if you invest in the accessories. However you can find bargains on ebay and the prams do sell for a good second hand price
i had this for my 2 who were close in age. It was ok when the baby could sit up and I could change it and have the seat on the back although I felt slightly guilty when one of the children was stuck in the back(like a naughty seat), and not in view of anything when the baby was under my toddler seat, people commented that he was a doll, one person said they though i put him in the shopping basket but the reason I didnt get on with it is because my baby was a big baby and it was very difficult to put him in without waking him, very awkward, no basket as childs feet are there. I did like it because i could get in and out of shops easily and my toddler liked to walk but got tired so the back seats v handy for that and it looks good.
5-Point Harness / Reclining Back / Reversible Handle