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20 October 2020

Should you buy an iCandy pushchair?

iCandy pushchairs are popular, but how do they stand up to our tough tests? Read our brand guide below to find out.
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Anna Studman

The iCandy pushchair brand was launched in 2005 and is part of a British family business that dates back to the early 1930s.

It's a premium buggy brand that prides itself on its luxurious look and stylish designs and it's notable for naming its pushchairs after different types of fruit, such as the iCandy Apple, Raspberry, Peach and Strawberry. 

iCandy pushchairs are primarily designed for urban parents and come with higher prices than most of its competitors. When you're budgeting, it's worth noting that for most models you have to buy the hood separately in a 'flavour pack' to get it in your preferred colour.

Check out our iCandy pushchair reviews.

What is a typical iCandy pushchair like?

Our table reveals key information about the iCandy brand and its products from our tests both in the lab and with parents.

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iCandy brand overview
Number tested M
Average score M
Customer score M
Range of scores M
Best Buys M
Don't Buys M
Pros M
Cons M
Table notes 1 Based on all tested models still available June 2020.

There are six pushchair models in the iCandy range – Apple, Lime, Strawberry, Peach, Orange and Raspberry.

iCandy pushchairs can be used as a travel system by attaching a range of baby car seats, including the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix or the Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat, available separately. Find out how these performed in our Maxi-Cosi baby car seat reviews

The Lime is the latest model from iCandy, while the Peach is one of the most popular models. It's on its fifth version and is available as a single or double pushchair, as well as an all-terrain version. The Apple can be converted into a double buggy if you buy a Pear adaptor kit (so it becomes the Apple 2 Pear) to hold a second seat and the iCandy Orange is another convertible single to double.

From left: iCandy Peach Blossom 3, iCandy Raspberry, iCandy Strawberry 2

iCandy Lime review

The iCandy Lime was released in 2019 and is a stroller that's travel system-compatible. It's a hybrid of the iCandy Orange and Raspberry, but with an all-new innovative fold system that's claimed to be quick, easy and compact. 

But is this pushchair really the Holy Grail for parents looking for a compact travel-system-compatible pushchair? Find out if the iCandy Lime performed well in our tough pushchair tests.

iCandy Peach 5 review

The original Peach pushchair has been a popular model for many years and can be converted to a double, making it the Peach Blossom. 

This latest single Peach is packed with new features. Find out if this version, the iCandy Peach 5, has been successfully updated, or whether it left our lab experts and parent panel underwhelmed.

iCandy Peach 5 Double review

We've also reviewed the Peach pushchair when converted to a double. The conversion kit has been redeveloped, apparently making it easier to convert and use.

Our review of the iCandy Peach 5 Double reveals whether these changes have made it a Best Buy.

iCandy Raspberry review 

The Raspberry is a travel system, which is mainly designed for an urban environment. iCandy claims it's the lightest pushchair in its range and looks similar to the Bugaboo Bee. 

But will it really be ideal for those living in the city? To find out what our experts thought ahead of our full test results, read the iCandy Raspberry review.

iCandy Orange review 

The iCandy Orange pushchair is the first converting tandem double from the brand since the super-popular Peach. The Orange has several innovative features, the most noteworthy being an integrated ride-on board for your toddler. 

Read our iCandy Orange review to find out if this is the perfect pushchair for your little one.

iCandy Orange double review 

The iCandy Orange double pushchair joins the ever-popular Peach in iCandy's range for parents expecting twins, or a newborn to join their toddler. The Orange has special risers to make one seat higher than the other, so you'll be able to see both your children at the same time.

Is this pushchair worth its price? Read the iCandy Orange review to find out.

iCandy Peach All-Terrain review

The iCandy Peach Jogger has been renamed the All-Terrain. This is a three-wheeled version of the popular Peach pushchair but, unlike the iCandy Peach 3, this version can't be converted into a double.

Find out if this all-terrain model really is any good on all surfaces by visiting our review of the iCandy Peach All-Terrain.

iCandy Peach All-Terrain double review

The iCandy Peach All Terrain Double is a convertible pushchair, which turns from a single for use with two children by adding another seat unit, a carrycot or car seat. 

It was updated for 2019 with more than 70 improvements, including the ability to swap it from a three-wheel buggy to four wheels depending on your preference. 

Read our iCandy Peach All Terrain double review to find out if this pricey double buggy is worth the investment.

iCandy Peach All-Terrain travel system review

The iCandy Peach All Terrain travel system not only converts from a single to a double, but you can also use it as both a three-wheel and four-wheel pushchair.

We took it to our lab and put it through a barrage of tests to see if it's worth investing in. Read our iCandy Peach All Terrain travel system review to see what we found.

Double iCandy pushchairs compared

Both the iCandy Orange and the Apple 2 Pear are convertible single-to-double travel systems. That means you can use them with a pushchair seat, carrycot or car seat with the correct attachments, for one or two children.

These prams are suitable from birth when transporting your baby in the carrycot (which is included with both models), and from six months in the pushchair seat. This is because newborns and young babies need to lie flat, which is possible in a carrycot, but not always an option in a pushchair seat.

Only the iCandy Orange Double comes with car seat adaptors included. You’ll need to buy them separately (at a cost of £30) if you opt for the Apple 2 Pear pushchair.

The weight of each of these pushchairs also varies which, if you have to lug your pushchair up flights of stairs, or heave into the back of a car, is something to consider. The Orange Double is the heaviest, weighing 18.7kg, and the Apple 2 Pear is just over 17kg. When we review pushchairs, we record their usable weight – that’s the real weight of the pushchair, plus everything you’d use with it. That way, you get the truth about exactly what you’re going to be pushing around.

While both come with some of the more common accessories – a pushchair hood, shopping basket and raincover – the Orange Double price also includes a ride-on board for your older child to stand on while you’re pushing your baby.

Second-hand iCandy pushchairs

A few of the iCandy pushchairs, such as the Cherry, are no longer sold, but can be bought second-hand, saving you money on expensive models as well. Read our second-hand pushchairs reviews to see if an older model might be the way to go. 

How we review iCandy pushchairs

Our experts in our test lab put each iCandy pushchair through more than 30 tests to check its strength, durability and safety in line with British standards including checking for finger traps or choking hazards.

We assess how easy the pushchair is to push, adjust for children of different ages and fold up. We also assess suitability for public transport and test to see if there's space left in the boot of a standard family car once the pushchair is in there.

The final part of our testing involves a panel of parents (and their babies), who rate the appearance and features of the pushchair. They take each model for a spin to see how easy and convenient it is to manoeuvre on pavements, bumpy ground, up and down stairs and around other obstacles.

Find out whether any iCandy pushchairs have topped our tests by browsing our Best Buy pushchairs

How much does an iCandy pushchair cost?

Expect to pay from around £400 for an iCandy Strawberry to more than £1,000 for the iCandy Orange double buggy.

Compatible carrycots start from around £100, and there's a wide range of matching accessories available such as changing bags and blankets. 

The Pear upgrade kit to convert an iCandy Apple into a double (including new seat units, frame and front wheels) costs around £300.

iCandy pushchairs are a good bet if you're prepared to buy second-hand pushchair as they tend to hold their value on Ebay. Read our advice on buying second-hand baby products before you buy.

Where to buy iCandy pushchairs

The iCandy range is available from John Lewis and independent baby boutiques, as well as from online retailers and the iCandy website.

iCandy pushchair warranty

iCandy offers a 24-month warranty for the chassis and seat frame, and a six-month warranty for seat fabrics, carrycot and accessories.

You can get an additional six-month warranty on the chassis and seat frame by registering your pushchair with iCandy within six months of purchase.

The warranty applies only to the buggy’s first owner, though.

Contact iCandy

Website: icandyuk.com

Phone: 01767 604400

Fax: 01462 485029

Address: iCandy World Limited, Montgomery Way, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 8UB.

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