Ellie Fairman takes the iCandy Orange out for a spin with precious cargo newborn Arthur and toddler Kitty.
After our second baby Arthur was born, with Kitty still being under two, we really needed a practical and comfortable double pushchair for everyday use. The stroller we already had for Kitty didn’t have the option of adding a second seat so we were back at the drawing board, and found that the Orange model by British brand iCandy ticked all of our travel-system boxes.
The iCandy Orange is a super-stylish tandem travel system that has a real luxe feel to it. I love that there’s a great variety of colourway choices, from bright pops of orange to cool matte greys like our choice, Carbon. The quilted fabric is chic while being practical and wipeable, which is a big plus! What stands out for me is the dark grey aluminum frame, which is a great alternative to the traditional chrome or black of most pushchairs. It’s a really sleek contemporary design, plus there are lots of matching accessories too.
Initially the pushchair appears quite chunky, but the frame is deceptively lightweight; ideal when pushing two babies around! It manoeuvres easily, even on the roughest of terrain, although I’d say it’s best suited to flat paths. But what really made this pushchair stand out to us is the 30 parent-facing and world-facing seat configuration options.
The unique elevators work in a rising extension capacity, allowing the seat units to sit with a cinema-style view for both children. It’s super-versatile with a built-in ride-on buggy board on the base of the pram, which in time I’m sure Kitty will love. The longevity this pushchair offers is so useful for growing families in our position. It also has an enormous basket – perfect for popping out to the local shops or taking a picnic to the park.
Another feature I love is the large hood, with an extra visor and hidden side vents which will be very useful come the warmer months! The pushchair is simple to fold and release and folds pretty compact with a simple pull-up and push-down mechanism. It also has quick-release wheels so it easily fits into the boot of my Mini Cooper!
iCandy Orange pushchair from £875 at John Lewis
At first glance the padded seat unit seemed relatively small. However, Kitty, who’s now a 21-month-old toddler seems pretty happy sitting in it for long distances and has enjoyed many naps with the seat in the recline setting.
The bassinet is a good size for larger babies, and can be used for overnight sleeping, which means we can travel with just one cot. We accessorised the pushchair with the iCandy duo pod to keep cosy in the cooler months!
iCandy Orange Review: The Verdict
iCandy really has thought outside the box when it comes to a tandem pushchair. It’s a smooth comfortable ride ideal for a growing family like mine! It has a number of unique features such as the built-in buggy board and the elevators, making it super-practical without skimping on style. I’d definitely recommend the iCandy Orange!