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We had a big comfy travel system for my daughter when she was first born as I wanted something that was nicely padded, big wheels so it wasn't rickety, had the car seat option so I didn't have to disturb her transferring from car to pram if she was asleep etc. Once she was about a year old, it was more important that we had something lighter, more portable, and easier to store. We went for the Silver Cross pop in silver as it was on a deal in Mothercare so we paid about £80 I think. I had used friends' cheaper buggies before and they felt and looked cheap, didn't seem very comfortable for the child, so we wanted something a bit better, but that wouldn't break the bank.
This buggy seems comfy, has lasted well, folds fairly easily - I can do it one-handed if I'm holding baby at the same time. I've seen some buggies that don't have the leg support beyond the knees which I don't think are very comfy at all and my baby has hated sitting in those ones . This one has leg rests that can fold down or lift up if baby is reclined, to fully lie flat.
There's a cup holder, which I think is more of a novelty and shouldn't sway a decision to buy one buggy over another. How often do you really need a cup holder? And actually ours went missing when we took it abroad, it came off the plane the other end and was just missing. No big deal really as never used it.
The basket underneath isn't very big and is awkward to actually get things into. I'd say it holds a bag of shopping, but you struggle to push the bag in. We put the changing bag over the handles but have to remember to take the bag off before we take baby out, otherwise it makes it back-heavy and as soon as you lift baby out, the buggy topples backwards from the weight of the bag.
The hood is useful as it stretches a long way over baby's head, and then down a bit more in front with a black mesh covered in plastic, so acts as a sun visor. There's also a see-through section in the top of the hood so you can see through to baby while you're pushing it.
For us, a good buggy, lasting well.
My mum bought this stroller second hand to keep at her house when she was looking after my little boy. I have used it as a secondary pushchair occasionally, and we also took it on holiday recently so our main pram didn't get destroyed, but we were very disappointed with the quality considering Silver Cross are supposed to be experts in this field.
Firstly, lets start with the positives. It has a brilliant hood which is also a sun canopy - we found this to be excellent when we took our son abroad for the first time and were constantly paranoid about him getting burnt. It has a pocket with a zip on the back, which means you can easily throw your keys or purse in there and ensure it is secure. This sounds silly, but is useful when juggling shopping bags, baby and changing bag when out and about. The straps attach together so that you don't have to fight to get baby's arms in them, as they close around the arm to make life easier. The back reclines for when baby is sleeping, but this is true of most pushchairs. Probably the best feature is that it folds very flat, which makes it lightweight enough to lift with one hand. This is great for travelling and getting in and out of cars.
However, this is where the positives end unfortunately. The hood is flimsy and sits wonky on the frame, occasionally falling off completely. My son never looks comfortable in the seat, with his legs dangling off the end, and no matter how straight I have the back of the pushchair, he always seems to slouch and look a bit awkward. The brake is almost non-existant, and doesn't seem to stick on very well, which isn't what you want when you live on a hill (as we do). But worst of all, is the steering. The wheels are terrible and tend to go off in all different directions, especially when dealing with uneven ground. On holiday, we were constantly stopping because the buggy had halted, or even worse it would just shoot off to one side, which is dangerous when you're on a narrow pavement and you end up in the road.
I wouldn't recommend this pushchair at all. It isn't well made, and the steering is dangerous. Even though we acquired it from my mum second hand, a pushchair should never get into a state where the steering puts the baby's life in danger.
If you have read my other pushchair reviews, you will know I have been searching for the 'perfect' pushchair for quite some time. This Silver Cross pop stroller was one of many that I tried out during my search and although it is not my favourite, I thought it deserved a good review since it lasted us a good 6 weeks before I sold it! (This is a long time compared to some pushchairs I owned for just a couple of days)
*Why I chose the Silver Cross Pop*
When I was little, my Mum only ever used the Silver Cross brand. She raved about the quality of the pushchairs and prams she used and so did others that I spoke to. I really wanted a sturdy pushchair that would stand up to the pressures of pushchair life.
*Weight and dimensions*
The advertising claims that this pushchair has a 'lightweight construction' which I would agree with. While it is not the lightest stroller available, it is definitely easy to lift for me. I am not very strong but I found it easy to lift when folded. It's folded dimensions are 28cm x 27cm x 105cm. This makes it compact enough to fit in the boots of small cars. (For example, Mk6 Ford Fiesta and a 2009 Toyota Yaris.)
The back rest of the seat reclines by a strap at the back of the seat. Because it is controlled by a strap it can adjusted to whichever reclined position you would like. However, it is worth noting that it does not go completely flat, it does have an ever so slight angle on it. This would put me off putting a newborn baby in it.
The foot rest is adjustable via two small buttons either side of it. I used it in the horizontal position all the time I had it as I felt it kept baby in the pushchair better. When it was in the lowered down position my daughter would slide down when sat in it.
The rain cover is usually included if you buy the pushchair brand new. It isn't too difficult to put on although my Mother did put it on inside out a couple of times! It fastens with straps at the bottom of the pushchair near the front wheels which can be a little awkward when putting it on in a rush in the pouring rain. It does cover the baby very well as it goes over the entire pushchair, hood and all.
The hood is not big enough in my opinion. It does not cover baby's eyes from sunshine and it would not be enough to keep them even a little bit dry if you wanted to shield them with it from rain. It does feature a viewing panel so you can see the baby while it is up, this is a nice touch.
The shopping basket that is included is next to useless. It is too small to fit anything I carry into it. It wouldn't fit my handbag in and if the rain cover was in it I couldn't use it for anything else.
*Is it sturdy?*
No! Most definitely not. It almost toppled over a couple of times with me. The first time was pushing it along a pavement past a driveway, so the pavement had a slight lean on it where the kerb was lowered. I was pushing it one handed at the time which could have contributed to it nearly toppling but surely it should be sturdier than that? What if it was windy day? I wouldn't have felt confident pushing it along thinking the wind could blow it over. I know it has a light aluminium frame but this should not mean that its sturdiness is compromised.
It is because of this incident that I decided to sell it. It completely put me off the pushchair even thought it had been 'alright' to use before then.
*What is it like to push?*
I am quite tall for a female, I am 5'10'' so bear this in mind. I found the pushchair caused me back and shoulder ache when pushing it as I had to stoop over the pushchair when pushing it. It does not have very tall handles and they are positioned quite vertical to the back wheels. This meant that if I pushed it standing close to the pushchair I would kick the back wheels so I had to stand far back and lean over to push it.
It is a little rickity rackity to push. It made a lot of rattling noise and did not sound very well made.
*Price and availability*
I bought mine second hand for a very reasonable £20. If you wanted a brand new one it would cost between £95 and £140. It is available from Mothercare, John Lewis, Pramworld and similar shops. It comes in numerous colours and styles. For example- black, purple, blue, pink and a butterfly print.
Overall, I don't love it but it served me well for a couple of weeks. You would be better off spending a bit more money and getting something sturdier.
Bought this pushchair for Baby B once we suddenly realised that we couldn't keep using the travel system and she was indeed 'growing up' so off we went to trawl through the shops and try to find the 'perfect' pushchair for Baby B.
I never knew buying a pushchair was so scientific but my wife had certain standards and expectations and once we were lookng at pushchairs I could see that they did all have different specifications and it was rather a complicated process!
We settled on this Silver Cross Pop for a number of reasons.
We liked the fact that it is light weight so it is easy to get up and down our front steps and to lift into the car. So many pushchairs are really heavy and cumbersome but not this one. It collapses with ease and then nice and compact so easy to store.
It's easy to collapse by just pulling up a lever and then forcing it forward which makes it double up on itself and collapse. This is really easy to do, so easy you can even manage it whilst holding the baby- although not recommended obviously!
The straps are really good as they lengthen easily which is always a bonus! It's frustrating when you h ave to fiddle around and pull at the straps whilst your baby looks at you like you're mad! With this one it's really simple to do!
It comes with a mosquito hood that you pull over to protect your baby from the sun. This is great because I cannot stand using parasols as every time you turn a corner you have to start messing with the parasol! With this hood it pulls down quite far so it usually keeps the sun out of Baby B's eyes!
It is suitable from 4 months onwards so is different to a lot of pushchairs which is from 6 months. It lies almost flat and making it do this is so simple too! You literally just pull a lever at the back and hey presto your baby is fully reclined!
It comes with a waterproof covering too which can easily be fitted and pulled down when it's bad weather... in other words 90% of the time!
It is comfy, there is lots of space in this pushchair for your baby to make themselves comfy. Baby B sleeps quite happily in this and enjoys her trips out in it.
We really rate this pushchair as a whole but it does have a few negatives.
The handles aren't adjustable and my wife says this is frustrating as she's used to having adjustable handles with our travel system and it's always useful to have.
The wheels are small so the ride is bumpy- not that baby B seems to mind! But it's not exactly smooth and we live down a country lane so are often 'off roading' with our pushchair!
The lightweight bonus can also be a bit of a negative too as it means that poor Mrs B can't buy too much shopping to put over the handlebars else it tips the pushchair backwards even whilst Baby B is inside!
The shopping basket- again another issue for Mrs B- isn't very easy to get things in and out of so not very practical again.
All in all though I think it's a good buy, I do recommend it to you.
It costs approximately £110 from John Lewis and is also available in Mothercare.
Silver cross is a well known brand in the baby world. When we were looking for a pushchair for our baby lots of people told us that Silver Cross is the best and so we were swayed by these opinions and we bought this pushchair. It was around 3 years ago now and it cost us £120 since then I have seen it for as low as £80 so you can probably find it cheaper if you shop around. I am glad that we bought it because it has stood the test of time and been very useful.
Opening and collapsing it
One of the difficulties with pushchairs is trying to open them and close them. When you have a child waiting for you in the car and it's raining you just want to try and get the pushchair collapsed down as quickly as you can. This pushchair is very easy to fold down luckily! It involves just pressing a button with your foot and then folding it forwards and it's done! Opening it up I find easily, you just pull out a lever and the frame of the pushchair unfolds and you use your foot to snap it into place. My mother who is in her 60s seems to struggle with it a little bi but I think it is because she makes it more complicated than it really is, I can manage it with one hand. I am really pleased with how easily it can be put up and down.
This is not as comfortable as the very expensive pushchair we bought with our travel system but we found that it was so bulky it was difficult to fold down. This is still a comfortable pushchair but it's not very well padded. It is better padded than a very cheap pushchair but it hasn't got much depth really. The seat is slightly bigger than others so there's plenty of bum/leg room and there is a section which you can fold up or down to provide more room too. Your baby can be reclined so they can relax and sleep or it can be in an upright position so they can look around, it can also be positioned at various points in between so their ideal angle can be reached. This is easy enough to do. It has sides too so if your child is asleep it can rest it's head although these are not well padded it's better than nothing.
Pushing this pushchair is easy to do because it is rather light weight and the wheels turn 360 degrees so it's easy to go round corners. The wheels are not all that large so it does bump quite a bit so not the smoothest of rides. The handles are good for putting bags over them but they cannot be adjusted height wise which may be more beneficial to some. The brake is hopeless. It really doesn't work at all so do not rely on it! I have got used to this and have learnt how to position the pushchair so it won't roll away but it is a big design flaw and I think other people have mentioned this two.
Children come with so many things so having storage in a pushchair is very useful. This one has a little shopping basket under the seat. But you can't really get to it if the seat is in reclined position and if you put too much in it will jut up in your babies bum! So it is a little annoying but it's good to have! There is also a very useful little pocket in the back of the seat where I tend to put things like my phone, keys, change. It is really useful to have.
Our pushchiar came with a rain cover. It was rather difficult to put on at first, we really struggled and it was a tight fit but we managed and because it was so difficult we never took it off but folded it back on itself and secured it around the handles so it wouldn't fall down. It worked fine but it would have been useful to have had a flap in it so we could reach into our baby easier if we needed to instead of going round the sides or having to lift it up. We also found if the rain cover didn't dry out properly it would go a bit mouldy which wasn't very nice.
I was unsure if this was actually great quality as it seemed a bit flimsy when putting it up and down but considering we used this for 3 years I think it has proven that it is good quality as we used it so often. When I look at cheaper pushchairs I can see why this is a better make in terms of quality and I do think it's good that it lasted so long. It just doesn't feel all that luxurious I think.
Do I recommend?
Yes I do. If you want something that is really special and luxurious then this isn't it though! This is quite a normal looking pram although you can buy it in various colours and with patterns on it isn't a great impact on the design world of pushchairs. It is practical, it doesn't take up loads of room in my boot and I like how it's easy to put up and down. We spent £120 and to think that we used it for 3 whole years is really impressive, it has done many, many miles and still is functioning now but does look quite worse for wear! I think it's good but the brake issue is a let down and the shopping basket isn't as good as it good be.
We bought the Silver Cross "Pop Sport" when my daughter, recently five was about a year old, as it was lighter the much more portable than the pushchair/pram we bought when she was born.
One of the reasons I went for a Silver Cross pushchair was they are known to be very sturdy, plus, my parents had a Silver Cross pushchair we lasted for me, then my younger sister and then I played with it as a dolls pushchair and I remember it would take my weight when I was around 8 and was still in very good condition.
~About the Pushchair~
It's a four-wheeled buggy with swivel front wheels (which can also be fixed) and is suitable from birth, although the seat does not recline fully to flat, although it can be used in multiple positions between upright and declined. My daughter used the pushchair until she was about 3 1/2, but only occasionally and only if we went out as a family with my husband as usually she would travel on the buggy board of my son's pushchair.
Ours is black and the sport also came in red, but I have seen the ordinary "pop" buggies in many colours and recently have seen several people pushing a black one with bright pink butterflies on, which definitely wouldn't be my choose!
The seat has a five point harness, which is good for babies which can then be used as a three point harness when the child is a bit older. The harness all clips into a central point which is released by clicking down on the button and my daughter never managed to get herself out, so it seems to be quite child proof! I seem to remember it came with a head cushion for small babies, but we never used that.
The pushchair has a matching hood with a clear visor on the front and a parent viewing window on the top. I found the hood really useful for keeping the sun out, if I remember correctly it has sun protection but also to make the environment darker for when my daughter went to sleep. The hood also fits around the back of the seat, even when it is reclined. There is also a raincover which goes over the whole pushchair and is a thick durable plastic.
The pushchair also has a foot rest, which can be adjusted up or down with a push button on each side. When the child is older the foot rest can be down so they can put their feet on the foot rest.
~Using the Pushchair~
In some ways I prefer four-wheeled buggies for use on the London Underground as its easier to get them on and off escalators than three wheeled ones. I found this one really good for getting around on the underground and it's quite compact, light - its only about 7.5kg as it has an aluminium frame and easy to navigate.
It has two handles padded foam and I did really useful for hanging bags on and unlike some pushchairs which seem to tip up very easily if shopping is put on the handles, this one remains sturdy and upright. There is a basket under the chair which is quite small and a little awkward to get shopping in or out if the seat is reclined.
There is a cup holder on one of the handles which is really useful as I always carry water around with me for the kids. Obviously it comes with a warning not to put hot drinks in it.
The pushchair is very quick and easy to fold up and collapses into quite a small package which is long and thin therefore it packs nicely into cupboards and the car boot. We very rarely use it now as we bought a three-wheeled buggy for my son, but we did take it on holiday last year when we flew.
The pushchair is very cosy for the child with its multiple seat angles, hood and footrest and nice to push. It is easier to push buggies with big wheels up small curbs and over grass etc. but for town/city use this was very practical and I could easily weave in and out of crowds.
There are various extras you can get with the pushchair including a parasol, the matching nappy bag and the foot muff. We got the foot muff which we used a lot and it's quite roomy as my daughter fitted into it until she was nearly three.
~Washing the Pushchair~
I would regularly Hoover out the seat as crumbs would get into the corners, if it needed more, ie. a potty training accident I would get soapy water with a bit of detol and sponge it out, but then it would need time to dry, or occasionally I had to get the hair dryer on it, although it is wipe clean fabic so it does dry quite quickly. Being black it didn't show the stains which was very helpful. The foot muff is machine washable, which was very handy and I have continued to use the same foot muff for my son.
~Wear and Tear and Issues~
The buggy itself is is till in really good condition, what didn't fair so well was the back wheels which wore and got squashed. It is possible to buy new wheels, but they are not cheap, the back one cost about £40, which is considerable seeing as the buggy only cost about £110 in the first place. The only other grip I had was with the brakes it was great at breaking plus was a bit difficult to get off.
This is a good sturdy pushchair which I belie is really comfortable for the child and easy for the parent to push. It's good value, the only criticism I would have after the wheels don't wear we'll, which wouldn't be such a problem if they were cheap to replace, but they are not. All in all I will give it 4/5 stars, losing a point for the wheel issues.
Silver Cross Pop:
My son is using this pushchair at the minute. The detail on his is all over black with a lovely bright blue bubble design. There are many different designs of the pop out now and the designs get better each time.
I purchased my sons from Mothercare on sale for £100, this included the pushchair, cup holder, shoulder and buckle pads and raincover. I also purchased the matching footmuff for £35, so overall it cost me £135. Absolute bargain, as i have spend near enough double that on a standard popular pushchair.
The hood has a built in sun canopy/visor. It tucks neatly under the hood when you do not need to use it then easily pulls down when the sun is out. It has adjustable leg rest and fully adjustable seat so great for when your little one wants a nap. It has a decent size shopping basket too and has a little pocket on back of the hood, great for putting little ones dummy in or like me my mobile and keys.
The frame is sturdy, there is nothing worse than a pushchair feeling flimsy like its about to fall to pieces but in this case its different. A nice well built pushchair that isnt too heavy and folds umberella style so easily fits in small compartments.
Again, my negative is the handles do not adjust. My partner is over 6ft so isnt very practical for him to push our son for long. Also the footmuff doesnt sit perefctly on the seat, so when you put your little one in it drags the footmuff down and the harness doesnt fit right.
Well built, nicely designed, affordable puschair that will last you a good few years.
We have a baby who is now twenty two months old and this is his third buggy (I was told but I now know that babies don't come cheap!). We started out with a classic Silver Cross Pram/buggy combo for him which was perfect as a pram but was too bulky when the little fellow was old enough to want to face forwards. Cue our next buggy, the Petite Star Zia (see my review of this one). This is a lightweight three wheeler which we instantly loved, but the more we took our son out, the more I noticed he was looking a bit 'slouched' compared to other babies in their buggies, who were sitting more upright and proud. It sounds like a minor thing, but I was worried about his back and the fact he seemed to be sinking into the buggy a bit, so we promptly went on the hunt to Mothercare for a replacement. This his how we came to this SilverCross Pop buggy.
The Pop is a stylish looking buggy (ours came in blue and black but there are variations of this on the internet). It features a really useful sun cover (this feature seemed to be absent or defunct on most other models in the shop). The one on the Pop actually goes out about a foot and half over the baby's head and then has a retractable visor that can block out low sun on your baby's face when needed (though I'll admit that living in North East England, you don't need to worry too much about the sun!). This is one thing that was really missing on the Zia, and constantly readjusting a sun umbrella whenever you turned a corner was a real pain. The second most important feature for us on the Pop was the firm straight back support for the baby; when we plonked our son in this one to try it out, hey presto, he was sitting nice and straight up looking very comfortable and pleased with himself. The five point safety harness was also a doddle to fit round him and lock together as well (something our Silvercross pram/buggy couldn't boast).
So with a quick test drive round the shop with baby in place, we thought we'd found the perfect buggy solution in the Pop and it was promptly purchased (we got ours for around £100 mark). I was more than happy with the buggy to begin with; I loved the simple folding and reopening mechanism, it collapsed really easily after simply pulling a lever and dropping it, which was very useful out and about. Similarly, the mechanism to drop the back of the buggy down was a cakewalk, and the reclined option was always really welcome when our son decided to take a quick nap on a walk out. There is also a handy little plastic window on the top of the buggy to check that the baby is still in there and snoozing happily away whilst you walk on which is a nice touch. The undercarriage of the buggy does feature limited space for a few things, but let's just say you are not going to get your weekly shop in here!
So is this a great buggy to purchase? Well, my son seems a little big (in the tall sense!) for his age, and this buggy was beginning to look increasingly narrow with him in it. As he went a few months in it, I couldn't help but notice him looking a little squashed inside it, and, as quickly as his feet reached down the footrest, suddenly they were awkwardly hanging over the edge of it with him not knowing where to put them. This extra weight also meant that the buggy began to be a bit of tank to manoeuvre. It was not too bad at first, but as he got bigger you could feel every bump on the path and you almost had to swing the buggy to get the momentum required to mount steep curbs! So I'm afraid the early promise of the Pop soon dissipated for us; I do think it's a good buggy, but because of these shortcomings we found ourselves returning to our trusty old Petite Star Zia after a few months...and it was amazing how light and easy to drive the Zia was after spending a bit of time with the Pop! I guess the grass does always seem greener on the other side!
To conclude then, the SilverCross Pop may get you so far with your baby, and I could wholeheartedly recommend getting it for them when they are very small (ie straight after they come out of the pram), but if you've got a big baby don't expect this to be your last buggy purchase, just enjoy the great features it does offer before they grow out of it!
I have brought this stroller without any sort of prior researching. We were on holiday at the time and my daughter was only 5 months old then. We were using borrowed stroller that was really knackered so went to the first baby shop that we could find. We decided to buy this stroller as we knew silver cross brand, we have paid 150 euros which would have been around 130 pounds at the time but I do not regret it whatsoever. This stroller is brilliant!!!!! We got it complete with rain cover, foot muffs and umbrella. My daughter loved it from the start which was great as she hated her travel system pram and never wanted to sit in it. I wouldnt say its the lightest stroller ever but it has a lot of advantages such as: it fits into a smaller car boot and can be folded with just using one hand which is always useful when you have a small child. It has a strap allowing stroller to be carried over the shoulder when folded. Basket is not the biggest but i have seen strollers with a smaller one so can not complain. I like that rain cover can be clipped over the hood and then strapped at the bottom so will stay on even when its windy. It is very easy to manuver, front wheels can be locked if prefered. It reclines right back to sleeping position, my daugher loves having naps in it. I am so glad that we have I brought it on holiday as i probably would not have chosen it otherwise and would miss out on a brilliant brilliant stroller.
I purchased a second hand Silver Cross Pop after having 2 pushchairs fail me! I have not been disappointed!
Good bits? It has nice high handles! Something my first pushchair failed to have! It has a cup holder - perfect for grabbing a coffee on the go or even putting baby's bottle in (although I have an extra bottle holder too - purchased separately). Nice big shopping basket! I can fit the essentials in without affecting the usage! It's fairly light - I have had lighter but I can easily carry it up 2 flights of stairs with my daughter in to get to our flat. It also has an easy to carry handle so you can pop it over your shoulder when folded as well as an additional side handle. The sun visor saves you having an extra parasol! The rain cover has ventilation holes & very easy to get on and off.
Bad bits? The brakes are awful! The pushchair was in excellent condition when I bought it as it had been used as a second pushchair (and hardly touched). But the brakes still seem to fail! No matter how hard I try I can't get them to work 99% of the time! The sun visor doesn't always work especially in winter when the sun is low! It doesn't fit my boot! But then lets face it I have a Ford KA and there's not many strollers that do fit my boot so we cope! The footmuff isn't the biggest and my daughter's legs are slowly outgrowing it at 14 months!
Overall I love this pushchair and although there are a couple of flaws - they really don't matter! I still love it!
I had been using a Mamas & Papas pram from when my daughter was born until she was about 8 months old and not being able to drive, my pram had to be sturdy enough for getting on and off buses and trains! One morning I was putting this pram up as usual about to go for a wander rind town and hard a crack....not what I wanted to hear. To my horror, the cross section at the bottom had snapped and now the pram wouldn't be able to be used as it wouldn't be safe.
So, now I needed a new pram! I went down to mother are and had to pick from their section. Thankfully, they had a good range but the Silver Cross Pop stood out to me. Silver Cross is a reputable brand and the build quality of the prams and strollers they produce is definitely above average. I'm have now been using this pram for over 18 months and it still works just as it did when I first got it home and apart from the odd scratch, looks as good as new! I did have to purchase the footmuff for the stroller separately, which I did think was quite expensive at £40, but the pram did come with the raincover, cup holder and under seat shipping basket. The raincover features ventilation holes, which help to prevent the cover from steaming up when the cover is over the child and becoming full of condensation. The cup holder can be placed on either one of the handles and the under seat shopping basket is big enough to carry a small supermarket shop.
The only problems which I have with the footmuff is that now my daughter has reached 2 n half years old, the footmuff is too small to be zipped over her and means she has to have a blanket over her which is a bit annoying when she kicks it off and it gets dragged along the floor getting covered in mud. That's the only criticism I have regarding the Silver Cross Pop!
The pushchair is lightweight and very easy to fold. This makes it easy to get on and off buses and trains and also fits easily into the boots of most small cars. Silver Cross have also added a sun visor onto the rim of the hood. This is particularly useful as it folds away easily into the body of the hood and provides protection from the sun without the need to attach and carry around a parasol which can get in the way when walking round town or folding the pram up.
Overall, the pram is definitely good value for money and does just as good a job as a pushchair double the cost would do. If it wasn't for having the need to buy a double pushchair to accommodate a toddler and a newborn, I would continue using this pushchair for my toddler and for my newborn as well until she no longer needs to use a pushchair.
When my son was born, I went on a rampage looking for a suitable pushchair. I wanted something that I could use for my child from birth to early toddler years. It's an economical choice, after all, to want to use a purchased item for a significantly long time. The better to make the most of it, right? But it didn't occur to me then that such a contraption existed.
Most of the choices I found were either for babies or for toddlers, nothing that would cover the two. It was quite frustrating at first, especially since I didn't want to rush and buy something expensive that would end up useless and overpaid.
It's a great thing that I finally came across Silver Cross Pop Classic Lightweight <a href="http://www.silvercross.co.uk/pushchairs/">pushchair</a>. I have to admit that it was the sleek design that first caught my eye. There was something quite unique with how it looked. The fabric was very soft and looked quite sturdy, as did the frame.
What's more, it's actually quite lightweight at approximately seven kilos. That's definitely a boon for mums who have a hard time working with the folding mechanism on heavy pushchairs. There's also a dual automatic folding lock to make things easier and safer for both mother and child.
Of course, what really sold this pushchair was the fact that the seat could be reclined all the way to a lie-flat position. That's perfect for babies. Toddlers, of course, can use the seated position. This makes it perfect for the transition from baby to toddler, right?
I have to mention that it's also really reliable in terms of safety. It's got a five-point harness, lockable wheels, a patented safety hinge, and adjustable calf support. It's also really easy to clean. Aside from that, the pushchair comes with a lot of interesting accessories. There's the multi-position cup holder, harness pads to protect your baby from chafing, a ventilated rain cover, and a really cool shopping basket that hold your additional materials.
It's definitely a great choice.
Despite having a pram that I absolutely loved I have to admit it was a little bulky and not exactly the easiest chassis to transport and when the time came for me to return to work we realised we needed a small buggy for our parents to use when they looked after our son.
I had a look on the Silvercross website and they were on offer at £85 instead of the RRP of £110 and since we have purchased ours they have now come down to £75. I had looked at alternative buggys but wanted one that felt secure when on the ground as I am used to seeing buggys that tip backwards as soon as the baby is removed and wanted one that felt sturdy to push with both baby in and out of it.
This pushchair is suitable from birth as it has a lie flat facility and it is easily adjustable although for the purpose of this review I will be reviewing it for use from 6 months onwards. I was never keen to purchase a pram like this for our son to use from birth as despite its claims that it will lie flat it really doesn't lie completely flat like my current Linear Freeway.
The pushchair claims to be ultra lightweight at 7.2kgs but I would say that to me, that is not "ultra lightweight" compared to other brands of buggy in the market place.
Lockable front wheels make it easy for Nana to use if those wheels get a bit unruly. My mum really does not like swivel wheels and prefers for them to be locked, I on the other hand find swivel wheels ideal and would not be without them. To lock the wheels there is a small lever inbetween each of the two wheels on either side of the front of the buggy, simply push this down and the wheels will lock into place. You can lock the wheels from any position and simply walk on and they will lock into place.
There is a fully adjustable calf support which when you press the two buttons in on either side the calf support can be lifted up and down to the required position offering extra comfort for your child.
There is a five point safety harness which is easy to use, the shoulder straps are fully adjustable and the waist straps are also fully adjustable to offer a perfect fit. The shoulder straps slide onto the plastic clip that is attached to the waist strap and then they click into the round Silvercross crotch strap which is also fully adjustable.
To the centre of the circular crotch strap is the Silvercross logo and simply press the centre button in and the straps are released.
I do find it a little fiddly to secure as you really need to push the clips in until it clicks securely but one it is fastened baby is going nowhere and I suppose it has to be fairly difficult to fasten or your child would simply press the button and unsecure themselves from the buggy.
There is a great hood with an tuck away sunshade, perfect for when the sun is just in their eyes as it blocks it out quickly and easily if you do not have a parasol at hand. There are also two plastic clips to secure the hood in place.
To the top of the hood is a small window for you to check on your child, ideal when the pushchair is in the lie flat position as you can simply lift the flap and view baby and place back down to prevent light from entering the pram from the top, a nice handy reassuring feature.
There is also a carry strap allowing you to carry over your shoulder ideal if you are out and about using public transport and you are on your own with your child and do not have a free hand.
The handles are padded and are similar to those on my linear freeway chassis and I do like it as its more comfortable, however they are not free from damage and I have to take extra care to ensure that no chunks are taken out of the handles when storing away.
A raincover is included with the buggy and is easy to use by securing with velcro straps and it folds up nice and compact so it can be stored in the shopping basket underneath.
The shopping basket is not ideal and I found that I can only use it for small items as the seat unit is very close to the top of the basket.
The buggy is available in various colours including red, black, pink and purple.
The chassis is silver and black with lovely comfortable grip handles.
Overall this is a great buggy to have as it will store in the smallest of cars easily, this has been tested in both a Vauxhall Corsa and my Ford Focus and there is still plenty of room.
The buggy is easy to fold up and can be done quickly and easily with just one hand.
The material is easy to wipe down and the straps come clean quickly with just a sponging down.
You can easily remove the hood if it is not required as well.
This is a great value pram packed with features and I have to say I use almost every feature.
I think if there is just one thing I would change that would be to make it a little more lightweight.
Being a mother of three, I've had many prams and pushchairs over the last 7 years! Despite not getting on with the Silver Cross 3D, it didn't put me off trying the Pop when the time came to buy my son a lightweight pushchair. The Pop is a fantastic umbrella folding buggy - one of the best, along with the Maclaren Quest which I've also had and loved. It's actually very similar to the Mac Quest with a few more plush features, although it makes it a fraction heavier.
It's extremely lightweight and easy to both push and carry. It has a carry handle on the side of the folded frame, and a carry strap which attaches to the handles and folding bracket. This allows it to be either slung over the shoulder or carried horizontally like a suitcase, so perfect for public transport. It's easily folded with one hand. Unlike most umbrella fold prams you don't kick up the knob in between the rear wheels, then push down with your foot on the side lever to fold - instead you pull the carry strap upwards and then do the lever, which makes it marginally easier to do quickly. There are two folding locks on either side of the frame rather than the standard one on the right hand side. This keeps it more secure and symmetrical, so it's not gaping at one side. The only downside is that when it comes to unfolding it can be a bit tricky to do one-handed, although not impossible.
The wheels on the Pop are excellent for a stroller - they have good suspension and are slightly larger than average (compared to the Quest for example) which makes for a very smooth ride. They don't wear too quickly and have good quality, solid brakes and locks on the front wheels, both of which go on and off with a reassuring click. You can lock the front wheels when they are in any position, you don't have to align them first, and when you push the buggy forward they automatically lock when they turn forwards. The brakes do their job well and look chunky and stylish compared to your bog standard buggy brakes. I've read reviews that say the brakes are bad as you can't bump the buggy down stairs - however buggies are not designed to be bumped down stairs so I think that is an unfair point.
The handles are ergonomic and feel nice in the hand. I much prefer plastic/rubber handles to foam ones as they wear better and don't end up ripping chunks out, and feel nicer to hold. They are of a good height - perfect for me at 5ft 6/7, and never had any complaints from my 6ft husband.
The seat has nice fabrics and adequate padding for babies from 2-3 months old onwards. The Pop is advertised as being suitable from birth, however the seat unit doesn't lay completely flat so I'd personally wait until they are at least a couple of months old. The seat has several recline positions, and it's so simple to raise and recline the seat smoothly with minimal disturbance to the child. There is a good sized hood with a viewing window and zipped parent pocket - I found this especially useful to put my phone, purse and keys in if I wanted to "pop" to the local shops quickly without taking my whole bag. There is even a cup holder which is removable and can be placed on either handle!
It has a slightly different style harness and buckle to most buggies. Instead of the strap that goes over the shoulder and strap that goes round the waist being connected, they are separate, and you have to join them together on each side before clipping into the buckle. Some people hate this as it takes a few more seconds to strap the child in - I personally love it as I didn't have to wrestle my son's arms (especially if wearing a thick coat) through the straps. It also means you can use it as a 3 point harness should the child get too big for the shoulder straps - although my son was walking permanently by the age of 2 so was never an issue for us. The round shaped buckle is also more difficult for a child to undo themselves, making it more secure.
The shopping basket is of a good size and easy to access when the seat isn't fully reclined. I like that the bottom of the basket is made of one piece of solid fabric with mesh sides, rather than beings totally mesh - it means it shouldn't rip easily and is just another small feature which makes it the quality you'd expect of Silver Cross.
The only downsides to the buggy is that the raincover doesn't come low enough to cover the footrest, so an older child gets wet feet. I believe this is quite a common feature of many buggies though. Also the seat is quite shallow and the crotch strap loosens easily, meaning the child can end up slipping down if they wriggle a lot or are thrashing around because they don't want to be strapped in.
Overall I really like this buggy and got a lot of enjoyment from using it. It was a good price at £100 and think it's one of the best buggies on the market for this price. It's not perfect, but very nearly! I would not hesitate to recommend it!
We paid just over £100 for this stroller. As a first time mummy, an experienced baby product tester I was not (I have learned from the error of my ways!). Where do I start? The good points I guess, as this will be the shortest part of the write up!
It has a handy pocket in the back, in which you may shove your sweet wrappers and used tissues when there's not a bin handy! You can squeeze a cup and a nappy in at a push! The fabric is thick and hard wearing, and being black- doesn't show up the perils of day to day use. It's not too heavy and fits into the boot of out Vectra without too much drama!
The bad points (make yourself a brew now and come back as this could take some time).
Handles are too high (I'm 5.2- any shorter and they'd have my eyes out). They're also light grey- grubby city! The back doesn't seem to recline enough and when I attempt to pull it down, I seem to end up making haughty huff and puff noises due to fabric wrapped around the sides which prevents the easy transition between upright and laying back. The central strap (between bubba's legs) is permanently at it's longest as, as soon as you have pulled it to a shorter length, it slips right back down as the buckle doesn't keep it tight. The straps aren't ever so secure as they won't shorten enough to keep my son snug (he is quite tiny so other children may not share this problem).The brakes don't work properly and have never done so, it takes a good few pushes with one foot, then the other, then back again until you hear any form of clicking noise, and even then, they're not always in place. The basket underneath it is difficult to access if you have the rain cover in it, but is ideal if your day's shopping consists of an eye liner and a satsuma. And the rain cover...protects the your child from the wetter elements to the knees only (and my son is a short little guy!). There was also a cup holder which slotted onto the handle, which is a nice size for your take away Latte, but if your child uses a tippee cup with handles- it won't fit. After a while, the holder slipped off every time I collapsed the stroller so I gave up on it!
On the whole, I'd recommend that you buy this if you enjoy complaining and have run out of things to complain about! You can have a grumbling field day- every day!