As a Britax Mumbassador we’ve been sent the Smile pushchair to try out.
The smile is a large pushchair suitable from 6 month and should last up to around 3 years (17kg). You can purchase a carrycot separately which you can then use from birth.
Setting up is simple, pop on the 4 wheels and add the seat unit, clip the hood into place and you’re ready to use in less than 5 minutes, no instruction’s needed and I managed with the ‘help of my 2 year old’.
This pushchair has air filled tyres which are good on all terrains and handle gravel, grass and I’ve even managed sand with ease.
The seat unit can be used in both world facing and parental facing mode and changing the seat position is very simply a case of releasing the clasp by pulling these up on either side and then clicking back into place. This pushchair will also fold with the seat in both forward and rear facing modes, although it won’t fold flat in parent facing mode.
It has 3 recline positions which are adjusted by the large catch on the back of the seat unit. It is slightly stiff to use however after time would ease up a little. The adjustable calf support has 3 different positions for use depending on the age of your child/height etc.
There is also a large zipped pocket in the back of the seat which is large enough to hold your phone, small wallet /purse and keys in.
I have found that the seat is on the small side, Harry is 2 and a half and seems too big already for this, he does have head room still but seems squashed and his feet overhang the footrest too which is a shame as he definitely isn’t ready to give up on buggy’s completely yet.
The hood is on the smaller side so not great for those passing showers however the middle does unzip for the warmer weather to reveal a mesh netting to allow airflow while shading at the same time, unzipping this extends the hood and gives better coverage.
The basket is HUGE. It’s the biggest basket I’ve come across on a pushchair so far. It has 2 mini pockets in it which can be used for drinks and snacks perhaps. It is big enough to carry all our school bags & swimming bags. It can also hold Emmy’s scooter for the walk to school when we collect her, and has managed to hold most of my food shopping when needed.
This is a bulky buggy however considering that size it does fold well especially if you do remove the seat unit. It doesn’t self stand once folded.
The handle on this is adjustable by pressing in the catch in the middle of the handlebar, it can be adjusted perfectly for my small size of only 5ft 1 and fully extended in comfortable for Paul who is 5ft 11. I have found reclining this pushchair a little difficult when in forward facing mode as I need to use the handle bar in the lowest position, this means there is little room for movement as the seat recline and the handle/fold button are both positioned in the middle and my hand gets caught between the two.
Folding this is a little tricky to start but you do get used to it. Lower the handlebar to it’s lowest position then press in the catch located half way down on the left of the frame and while pressing this in you press in the button on the handlebar and push downwards, the frame then collapses. It takes a little practice but as they say practice makes perfect.
There is a gated bumper bar which makes getting kids in and out easy and there is the option to remove this completely.
This is a nice all rounder buggy suitable for most terrains and is made to last – as long as you’ve not got a very tall child like me.
This buggy is available in 4 different colours; Red, Navy, Black and Silver. The Red and Navy both come with silver chassis while the Black and Silver have black/slate chassis.
For further information please visit www.britax.co.uk
Disclaimer: We were sent this item as part of our Britax Mumbassador role. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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