Phil & Teds Smart Review by Theresa
I have to admit that originally I was drawn in by its’ looks. It’s sleek style, similar to that of my P&T Vibe 2 (which I love), was tempting me to buy it – and to be honest I didn’t put up too much of a fight!
The youngest of my children are 2yr old twins so I usually use a double pushchair but the idea of having a single each for them to use was very appealing. It would mean my husband and I could go our separate ways on days out if we wanted to and have some individual time with each child. I initially purchased one Smart pushchair with the intention of using it alongside my Vibe 2 in single mode but my twins had a different plan. It was such a big hit with the little ones and they both loved it so much, I ended up with two!
When I unboxed and set up my Phil & Teds Smart I was immediately impressed by the weight, it was light yet felt very sturdy, I think the four wheels really help with the stability of it. The sunhood is brilliant, it’s a good size to give ample shade and has the “follow the sun” capability which is a great feature, the sunhood is fixed to the sides of the frame so cannot be removed but it folds neatly back or all the way forwards out of the way when not required. The quick release wheels are all solid, the front ones being 360 degree swivel wheels, and they provide a nice smooth ride.
At first glance the seat unit looks quite basic but the truth is that it’s an incredible piece of technology. The aerocore™ seat is cushioning and supportive, easy clean, hypo-allergenic, ventilating and insulating, UV resistant, waterproof and non toxic, phew! A lot of work has gone into that “basic” seat to make it a revolutionary seat and it’s fantastic!
My favourite thing is that no matter whether it gets covered in fruit juice, chocolate or icecream, it can be wiped clean and spotless in seconds – no need to remove seat covers to wash out stains, this simply wipes clean. I also love that in the summer months it’ll keep my little one cool, yet will insulate them in the winter, superb!
The simple fold is very clever, release two levers, press a button and then the Smart slides into a neat fold with the seat unit still in place. The wheels can also be removed to make it more compact for storage or travel if necessary.
The shopping basket is included with the pushchair and although it is quite shallow it can still hold a few necessary items. The raincover (purchased seperately) comes in its own storage bag which velcro’s to the frame, this is very useful as it keeps it tidy and easily accessible.
The Smart is suitable from birth if using the Peanut carrycot (sold seperately) or using your Maxi Cosi carseat (adaptors sold seperately).
The latest accessory to the Smart range is a set of Verso adaptors. These are sold seperately and allow the seat unit to be parent facing and give a more angled recline than if the child were forward facing. The seat unit is suitable for use from around 4months when using the verso. They can be clipped on and off the frame as required, depending on whether you’d like your child parent or outward facing.
In summary, I really like the Smart, it’s a great pushchair to use and doesn’t compromise on comfort for the child. My favourite thing has to be the seat unit, it’s a fab design and makes life with little messy ones so much easier.
If you’re on the look out for a lightweight pushchair, the P&T Smart is a top choice!
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