Friday, 17 January 2014

iCandy Apple & Quinny Buzz Review

I think the first thing I felt a bit overwhelmed by in terms of things to buy for baby's arrival was the good old travel system. I would have just called it a buggy until I started looking into what's available these days.

We went to Mothercare, Kiddicare and Mamas and Papas as well as looking at various outlets online to try and narrow the huge choice down to a few options suitable for us. 

I thought we were quite set on the Mothercare Orb which in itself is a great travel system that looks fab as well as functional.

From Website:
  • Suitable from birth
  • Unique one-hand rotation that offers forward and parent-facing versatility
  • Converts easily from lie flat pram to multi position pushchair without the use of a separate carry cot
  • Seat adjusts to 3 comfortable positions with easy one hand recline
  • Lockable front swivel wheels for manoeuvrability
  • Simple one hand fold chassis with extra compact fold
  • Compatible with Maxi Cosi CabrioFix or Pebble infant car seats (car seat adaptors required, sold separately)

The Mamas and Papas Sola City was another option we were seriously considering to buy new...

From Website:
  • Telescopic handle - with one-handed adjustability for comfort and tight city squeezes
  • Ready to customise - your choice of fabric and chassis
  • Lockable and removable wheels - for better manoeuvrability and storage
  • Reversible seat - switch them to face you or the world
  • Sitting or napping - multi-position seat recline
  • Super safe - five point safety harness with adjustable height settings
  • Light and compact - just 10kg
  • Car-friendly - travel system compatible
  • Removable swivel wheels - for better manoeuvrability
  • Fold lock - locks shut when folded for easy storage or carrying
  • Sun smart - UPF 50 fabric for maximum protection against UV rays
But then, in came the idea of buying second hand. I would have loved a new Bugaboo or iCandy but always knew at £800+ this was never going to be an option! 

I read so many good reviews online of this travel system and when one came on Gumtree for £160 (including carrycot, seat, rain covers, umbrella, 4 wheel converter) we couldn't resist going to see it! It was in fab condition and we ended up taking it there and then.

It folds down easily enough once you've figured out which buttons to press in what order!

The seat is easily wiped clean and looks comfy.

There's lots of room in the shopping basket area which will definitely come in handy!

The fold up cover is a good size and has a peek a boo window to check on baby if they're facing away from you.

I love the carrycot, I think it looks really stylish and the mattress seems really comfy. We bought some coloured sheets to jazz it up a little.

It also came with adapters so that a MaxiCosi car seat could be attached and an iCandy umbrella (although not sure how much we'll use that!)

(only difference between a 3 and a 4 is the no of wheels!)

Whilst I was researching I also came across the Quinny Buzz which had some really great reviews online from bloggers and mums on forums. I kind of became obsessed, after my iCandy bargain, with finding a Quinny Buzz second hand too! 

I eventually found one for £80 that came with the first stage seat (the padded foamy seat that's suitable from birth) and a brand new 2nd stage seat (for 18 months +). It also came with a footmuff that are usually £60ish and a rain cover.

It's in great condition and will be a good second pram for travelling to the grandparents!

Phew, I could go on about buggies and travel systems for hours - they've become my new obsession. I can't walk past one without having a proper good look at what it is - people must think I'm a right creep staring at their prams but I'll leave it there for now!

What travel systems are you planning for your new arrival?

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