Earlier this year I was asked to remain as a Mumbassador for Britax and of course, I was delighted. We are huge fans of Britax as we have reviewed several of their products over the last couple of years and continue to use their products and choose their brand for our Little Mr’s needs.
We were asked if we would like to review their latest pushchair to the market, the Britax Smile. Little Mr is sadly of the age where he would rather walk everywhere now but as busy parents know it’s not always practical for little ones to walk around everywhere (unless you have all day and don’t actually want to get any jobs done!) so we have been reviewing the Smile over the last couple of months and we love it.
The Smile is a super sturdy pushchair which is compatible with the Britax Smile carrycot and Britax Baby-Safe infant carrier thanks to the integrated Click & Go receivers. No need to buy additional adapters, you can use the pushchair with the car seat or the carrycot depending on whether you’re in the car or popping to the shops for a walk.
I love how the Smile pushchair can be used from birth up until the child reaches 17kg which is roughly 3 years old. Little Mr is nowhere near that as yet so we are happy that the Smile will last us another year at least. Most Parents buy one pushchair to see them through the first few years of their little ones childhood and the Smile would be perfect for that reason alone.
The Smile has a range of fantastic features which are ideal for busy parents. The best feature for me is the extra large shopping basket which is huge. It’s also very accessible meaning you don’t need to disturb the little one who often can be found napping in the pushchair when you want to access the basket. There’s also 3M ScotchLite reflective safety stripes which are a brilliant safety feature making your pushchair stand out at dawn or dusk.
The seat is fully reversible so your child can be parent facing or world facing on their journeys. The seat unit has multi-position recline which is great if your little one falls asleep on the go and you want them to relax and sleep a little bit longer whilst you are out and about. This seat recline along with the multi-position footrest really makes the Smile comfortable for the little one inside.
I really like the 5-point safety harness as you know the child is safely clicked into the pushchair and they’re not going to fall out. The padded height adjustable shoulder straps allow the pushchair to grow with the child giving you increased confidence that the pushchair is safe for you to use. The bumper bar on the seat also is an added safety feature and little ones can hold on along the way.
I wheely like it
The large rear wheels on the Smile are filled with air for ultimate comfort. Your little one won’t feel bumps in the pavement and the full suspension allows you to take the Smile onto less forgiving terrain without it compromising the ride. The front wheels swivel and can be locked into place but personally I like to leave them in the swivel position as it makes the pushchair so much easier to turn and push.
I really like how the wheels can be removed from the frame perfect for taking the pushchair on weekends away, down to the beach or even to the shops. It helps make the frame more compact and will easily fit in to a large boot. It doesn’t fit very well into my boot (5-door Corsa) but I would probably pop it next to Little Mr on the back seat if I wanted to take it anywhere in my car.
I have found pushing the Smile really easy. Little Mr is now 13kg in weight and pushing him up a large hill is not easy. The Smile pushchair is a dream to push, thanks to the telescopic handle which can be adjusted to suit the preference of the person pushing the Smile.
The brake on the Smile is fantastic. You just press the lever down and the brake is applied. So easy to use and brilliant for peace of mind. The unique brake indicator shows red or green depending on whether the brake has been applied; red for on and green for off.
I see you
The Smile has a great canopy which can be extended for sunny days. There’s an integrated ventilation window which can be zipped open or closed allowing fresh air under the hood and there’s also a viewing window on the canopy allowing you to see your little one on the go.
The Smile pushchair is available in three colour options; Red, Black and Navy with Silver being an exclusive colour option to the retailer Mothercare.
My only criticism
The only criticism I have of the Smile pushchair is that I have found it difficult to collapse the chassis. The instructions tell you to hold in the button on the handle and press in the button on the side. I have struggled with this on many occasions. I don’t know if it’s just me but I really struggle with putting the chassis down. I have on occasion, had to leave the chassis up and come back to putting it down until later as it frustrated me. I have been able to put it down but there’s a definite skill to doing it.
Overall, the Smile is a fantastic pushchair. Perfect for a growing family from newborn right through until the toddler stage and beyond. The raincover is also included with the pushchair which is a must and very useful given the unpredictable British weather.
The Britax Smile pushchair is available to buy with and without the carrycot at various retailers. The chassis and seat unit is priced at £450. The chassis, seat unit and carrycot is priced at £589. I think for the price and the quality of the pushchair the Smile is a real contender for one of the best on the market, affordable and stylish with all the usual features that you would expect from Britax.
You may be interested in my other Britax reviews as part of the Mumbassador scheme which include;
Disclaimer: We have been sent a Britax Smile for review as part of the Mumbassador Scheme. All words and photographs are my own and this is an honest and reliable review.