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Review: iCandy Apple pushchair

A stylish and versatile pushchair for town and country.

Posted: 20 June 2006
by Louise Rogers

iCandy Apple

Sophisticated styling, great suspension and highly versatile
Bit of a heavyweight
Features: Suitable from birth with carrycot, seat can be used forward- or rear-facing, clever front wheels can be used together or apart, fixed or swivelling. A maxiCosi Cabrio car seat can be fitted to make a complete travel system. Colour: Black. Accessories: basket, raincover, sun canopy.
Price: £279.99, Carrycot £119.99, Combination £399.99, Foot Cosy £49.99, Changing Bag £29.99
Weight: 13.8kg (with seat), 15kg (with carrycot)
Folded: 100 x 59 x 40cm

The concept:
With its matt black fabric and brushed aluminium frame, this pushchair oozes contemporary class. Versatility and manoeuvrability are the watchwords: the front wheels can be positioned apart, like a traditional pushchair, or moved together to perform like an all-terrain buggy – in either mode they can be fixed or swivelling. The big, air-filled rear tyres and all-round suspension offer your baby a smooth ride and the padded handlebar offers seven different heights – great if you’re considerably shorter (or taller) than your partner.

In action:
Folding and unfolding the Apple is straightforward, including removing the wheels to make it extra compact – the manufacturers claim this will even fit in the boot of a Smart car (I have too much baggage in my life to own such a car…). The carrycot is deep and sturdy, perfect for newborns, and when your baby’s big enough, the seat offers plenty of support and an excellent range of seating positions; it can be positioned facing forwards or back, so you can either interact or just let your baby watch the world go by. The suspension and pneumatic tyres make for a smooth ride for parent and baby alike, and the adjustable hood offers generous coverage from the elements, plus viewing windows in the side so you can keep an eye on junior.

This is a clever buggy, capable of many things, and none are too complicated to achieve: changing the seat position, mounting the carrycot, dismantling – all are a doddle. The basket underneath is capacious and its high sides mean you’re unlikely to shed your belongings as you go. And at £200 less than the Bugaboo Cameleon, it represents good value for style-conscious parents.

This is a fairly hefty beast at 13.8kg, so it’s not one to go for if you’re going to actually lift it on a regular basis, ie, getting it in and out of the car. It can’t be folded one-handed, which will hinder you on public transport.

The ThinkBaby verdict

A sophisticated little number, cool and classy. Sure to turn heads, yet good value for money.
Portability/storage: 3/5
Usability: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Quality: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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does anyone konw where to but the new i-candy apple travel system

Posted: 03/09/2006 at 16:53

You can buy the iCandy at Daisy & Tom's in Chelsea... Not sure if you're in London though... For other outlets just call them on 01462 484858! I'm considering it too and would love to hear from others who have it what they think.
Good luck :o)

Posted: 05/09/2006 at 09:47

The Baby Lady in Canterbury stocks this at £399 for pushchair and carrycot. Accessories: footmuff £50 and changing bag £30. I had a great play around with it yesterday and I think this is the one for us. Very similar to the Quinny although my 10 year old had problems steering the Quinny by not the iCandy. Maneuverability was fab (I only played with it in 4 wheel mode) but it is easy to spin in the tightest of spots. Handle height is fab - I'm 5'6" and it extends upto my chest!!! Will be perfect for hubby who's 6'5". I am trying to find a review before I commit as that's what hubby likes me to do, but I'm very hopeful!

Posted: 05/09/2006 at 11:25

Thanks for the information, I'm in Liverpool but i have managed to find a stockists in Chester.

Posted: 08/09/2006 at 13:55

Although it appears to be a *little* out of date, see for a nationwide list of iCandy stockists.

(There's also a review and thread on the iCandy Apple on this site - do a search by entering 'iCandy Apple' - no space between the 'i' and 'Candy' - in the 'Keyword' search box to see the review, then some useful blog entries by clicking the 'Read more...' link at the bottom of the review page.)

Posted: 08/11/2006 at 17:21

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