BRITAX Smile : Review
Its been a couple of months since I last brought you a review from BRITAX but I am back and really pleased to still be here to bring you another year of fabulous reviews as a BRITAX Mumbassador for 2015.
Early on in February I was delighted to share with you the press release information for the launch of the all new BRITAX Smile. I am now back to share with you more information regarding this great pushchair as we have been putting a Smile through its paces.
- Open size; 101/106cm H x 62cm W x 104cm L
- Closed size; 45cm H x 62cm W x 81cm L
- Weight; 12kg
- Suitability; Birth to 3 years.
There are an endless list of full specifications but I shall be going into all of these features during the course of my review.
Included with the BRITAX Smile upon purchase you will receive, a Carrycot (to use from birth), Seat Unit (to be used from 6m+), Attachable Hood, Raincover, Front Wheels and Pneumatic Rear Wheels. I have completed an unboxing video which you will find at the bottom of this review which will demonstrate just how easy the BRITAX Smile is to construct, handle, change seating positions for your child and fold/unfold.
For my review I did not receive the Carrycot addition to this pushchair as my child is too old to use it.
The BRITAX Smile is designed to be an ideal pushchair for your child from Birth until they are approximately 3 years old.
Basket – As a parent I was always frustrated with the lack of space a children’s pushchair baskets provided, I enjoyed walking so a large basket was always a requirement with me. This pushchair features a huge shopping basket and when I say huge, I honestly think you could pack for a week away in the basket of this pushchair and not require a suitcase! The basket is also lined with 3m Scotchlite reflective safety strips which help if you are out and about walking in the dark as car/street lights will reflect of these strips keeping your presence known to the public.
Seat Unit – As mentioned earlier the seat unit is only to be used from the age of 6m+, when a young child can support their on head strongly and are of an age when learning to sit unsupported is reached. The seat hosts quite a wide range of features starting with easily adjustable from forward/parent facing by just lifting and turning using the integrated click and go receivers. You child will be protected by a fully adjustable 5 point harness with padded harnesses whilst also riding in comfort with a multi-recline positioning seat and adjustable footrest. On the back of the seat is a small pocket for storing small essentials for easy reach during your travels whilst the hood can be extended using the ventilation window and you can easily check on your child with the viewing window.
Wheels & Brake – The rear wheels are pneumatic, which make for a very smooth ride for your child and easy push for any parent. Whilst front wheels are not pneumatic but are of a decent size to help continue the smooth ride/easy push and are lockable should you need it. Using the brake on the Smile is of a push/click feature, simply push the lever down to set/unset the brake and you will notice there is a little window by the brake which will flick from red to green.
Raincover – I love a pushchair where the raincover is made to fit, is sturdy to last without tearing and also provides space within the pushchair for a child to sit comfortable without feeling claustrophobic. BRITAX really have ticked all the boxes with this raincover and with the added peepo window you can gain easy adequate access to your child keeping them protected from bad weather.
The last bits – The BRITAX Smile also features a telescopic handle, a feature I haven’t needed to use during our time testing the pushchair due to the tallness of it (I stand at 5ft7″) but it is certainly worthwhile knowing its there. The fold/unfold mechanism is a two handed job but this said it feels like it is being run on a form of hydraulic system, its really smooth and it latches on a side clip to prevent accidental unfold. Lastly the wheels are all on a quick release system for easier storage in small spaces. You are unable to fold the pushchair in parent facing mode but you can is forward facing which is ideal, although to save more space in the boot of your vehicle I advise you remove the seat altogether. I would also advise looking into the boot space availability, I drive a fairly average family car and this pushchair literally fills my boot with little space left over.
Out and About – The first maiden voyage of the BRITAX Smile saw Leah enjoy her ride so much she fell asleep (right photo) and since then she has been wide awake and thoroughly loved her new ride. As you can see Leah is very tall for this pushchair, she will be 3 in a fortnight and tall her age. I feel the Smile would really serve a child well until it’s recommended age of service.
As I sit here now I really am struggling to come up with any cons to this pushchair other than its bulkiness but for all the pros this pushchair features you cannot get all this without having a bulky pushchair.
- Large basket.
- Comfortable ride and push.
- Easy to fold/unfold.
- Parent/forward facing seat.
- Perfect for a high mileage lifestyle.
- Great fitting raincover
Price and Availability
The BRITAX Smile is available in a range of 3 colours, Red, Black and Navy with a special edition Grey only available to Mothercare, without the carrycot included you can expect to get hold of one of these with an RRP of about £450 or £589 with carrycot included.
As promised earlier here is the unboxing and introduction video;
If at all you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop me a comment, leave your email address and I shall answer.