I have had my fair share of pushchairs in my 9 years of being a parent. I’ve had various brands and styles, singles and doubles. I like to think that when it comes to pushchairs, I have a fairly good idea of what I want out of it, what works and what doesn’t.
I am finding with quite a few of the latest pushchairs the basket is just way too small. For me, having a large basket is a must as I try to avoid hanging bags on the handles (most brands advise you not to anyway).
The past few weeks we have been out and about testing the new BRITAX SMILE.
Britax claim that the SMILE is the ideal every day pushchair for busy parents on the go. Designed with modern families in mind, this cleverly crafted stroller provides parents with the freedom to look and feel great whilst having a pushchair to support them on the move.
As with all the Britax pushchairs they are packed so there is minimal assembly required. Everything was already in place. All that was required was the wheels putting on and the hood. It took me less than ten minutes to set the pushchair up.
I really like the colour of the metallic black chassis on this pushchair. Although it is quite heavy to carry, it is easy to fold up and has a large basket underneath. I wasn’t too sure at first as part of the frame runs through the basket. I thought that it would hinder the space and make it harder to store items in there, but it’s not actually too big of a deal. You can still fit quite a fair bit in the basket – although you may have to do a little jiggling about on occasion.
We did have a slight issue when trying to figure out how to fold down the pushchair. The instructions seem to be a little confusing. The handle is adjustable, and on the left hand side of the chassis there is a little black button. To fold the pushchair down, you need to push the handle down, hold the little black button down and push the handle further in and down and this will collapse the frame. I found myself getting a little frustrated with it to begin with, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not too bad and fairly easy to fold. However, Paul really dislikes the folding. I must admit, it’s not the easiest folding pushchair that we have had.
There really isn’t anything that I particularly dislike about this pushchair.
The seat is large and can be used from birth up to 17kgs (approx 3 years), has multi-position recline, adjustable footrest with three positions, fully reversible – so can be either parent or forward facing and has a 5-point safety harness with padded height adjustable shoulder straps.
The BRITAX SMILE also has integrated CLICK & GO receivers to make it easy to create a travel system, full suspension and air-filled rear wheels, lockable swivel front wheels, all of which are quick release for a more compact storage. The hood is really large with a viewing window and a ventilation window. You also get a raincover included!
There are also some little extras that are super handy. The large shopping basket has 3M ScotchLite reflective safety strips so you can be seen when out at night. The basket also has two handy little pockets inside. I found these great for carrying drinks bottles and wipes. There is also a handy little pocket on the back of the seat. This is where I put my purse and keys when we are walking on the school run and I don’t want to take my handbag with me.
I haven’t used this pushchair on public transport yet. I had considered it, but Paul wasn’t sure because of the weight of it. Unfortunately, a fair amount of tube stations do not have lifts and therefore you would need to carry the pushchair up the stairs.
I have found it easy to store, and to get it in and out of the car – although the seat does need to be removed to fold down the chassis.
Overall, this is a great pushchair. It’s easy to push and the added suspension makes for a smooth ride on all surfaces.
The BRITAX SMILE is now available from leading nursery retailers at an RRP of £590, inclusive of carrycot, in Black, Navy, Red and Silver.
*Disclaimer – we were sent the BRITAX SMILE for the purpose of this review, however, opinions are our own.