Silver Cross Pop review

I do have a slight pushchair addiction – anyone who knows me will verify this. I am always on the look out for the perfect set of wheels for Max, so when Silver Cross offered to send me a Pop stroller to try out, I jumped at the chance. I spent a long, long time browsing the colours and trying to decide which to go for, but I did eventually settle on the Sapphire.

Having read up about the Pop, I knew what to expect. The brands best selling stroller, the Pop is a lightweight and compact pushchair with a quick and easy fold – perfect for popping in and out of the car boot for days out. 

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There really isn’t much to put together. Just click on the front wheels and slide the hood down onto the frame and you are good to go. I could easily put this stroller together without using the instructions, it was a breeze.

Silver Cross Pop review

Silver Cross Pop review

The colour is stunning – it is the first thing you notice about the pushchair. The photo’s don’t do it justice, but I have had so many compliments on this. It would work perfectly well for a boy or a girl and it’s just a lovely Pop (see what I did there?) of colour to brighten up the day.

Unfolding is easy peasy. There is a locking catch on the left of the frame – just unclip this, shake the pushchair open and push your foot down onto the pedal in the centre of the rear axle to lock open. It takes seconds and can be done managed with one hand if you are busy holding a squirming tot! On first impressions, the Silver Cross Pop seems sturdy, easy to use and generous in size – the seat seems as though it would easily hold a large toddler with plenty of wriggle room.

Silver Cross Pop review

 

One of the first things I always try out with new pushchairs is the raincover. I find so many are too small and restrict Max’s movement, and some are so difficult to get on – I don’t want to get caught in a downpour nad not know how to fit the raincover, so I always give it a go straight away, just to be on the safe side. The Silver Cross Pop raincover is very easy to fit – just slide over the hood and secure with velcro around the handlebars and above the front wheels. It is reasonably generous in size – it doesn’t restrict Max’s legs at all and there is plenty of room above his head too.

Silver Cross Pop review

We popped Max into the buggy as soon as we had unpacked it, and I think it is safe to say he liked it. There were lots of smiles and he seemed perfectly happy sat in there after his dinner while the grown ups finished off their tea at a family BBQ.

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There is heaps of leg room for him, and I love the leg rest can be adjusted. Just push in 2 levers under the leg rest section and push up or down as required. Older children would be able to rest their legs on the footplate above the wheels too.

The shopping basket is a reasonable size for a stroller – there is enough room for essentials like the raincover, nappies, wipes, a drink and some snacks but you wouldn’t fit much more in. It’s easy to access from the rear and the sides of the pushchair. The brakes are operated with a simple push button on the rear axle, although you do have to make sure it is lined up with the grooves on the wheels or the brake will not engage. The UPF 50+ sun protection hood is a really decent size for a small pushchair – it provides more than enough shade for day to day use. I would love to see a viewing window in the hood, as I do like to keep an eye on what Max is up to! The handles are a fixed height but are comfortable for both myself at 5’3″ and my husband at 5’9″. Even the children can manage it!

Silver Cross Pop review

 The seat is deeply padded, and I feel more than happy with Max being in there for any length of time. The recline is pretty impressive too, with a range of settings from totally flat to very upright, which is the position Max prefers at the moment. I do find that when he is very upright, he tends to slouch down slightly in the seat, but this may well be him rather than the pushchair, as he is a known sloucher! The 5 point harness is straightforward to use and adjust – a simple click together job. My one gripe with the harness is that the section attaching the shoulder straps to the waist clip do slide off the plastic clip very easily – this can be a bit of a pain when you are trying to strap a squirmy toddler in to the seat. It does make adjusting the harness easy, but for everyday usage it is a bit of a niggle.

One of my favourite things about the Silver Cross Pop is the fold. It’s so easy and so quick. You simply pull the strap at the rear of the seat upwards until you hear a release click, then push your foot down onto the pedal on the right of the frame. The stroller will fold forward, umbrella style and lock together automatically. You can then scoop it up with the carry handle to pop it in the car. The folded article is ever so compact.

Silver Cross Pop review

Overall, there really isn’t much to fault on this lovely, compact stroller. It is easy, almost intuitive, to use, practical, functional and really good looking. There are a couple of teeny niggles as mentioned with the straps and the lack of a viewing window but they really don’t affect the use of the pushchair. I have enjoyed using the Silver Cross Pop day in, day out for the last few weeks and find myself choosing it over other pushchairs I own. It’s a great option to have for popping in and out of the car, as well as being compact enough for trains and buses too. Priced at £140, I think it is really good value, if you consider that you can use it from the day your baby is born right up until they take on the world on their own two feet. The Silver Cross Pop will be a part of this family for a long time, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

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41 Comments

  1. July 8, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    My days of pushchair folding are over, but I will confess I still glance at the mums trying to fold the huge pushchairs and get them in the boot. This would be perfect for the school run!

  2. July 8, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    I had a silver cross pop for my son 5 yrs ago and liked it, though it was a little tall for me, but then that’s probably just because I’m short, otherwise it was a great light weight buggy. I love the colour of yours.

  3. July 8, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Great review Kate – Silver Cross seem to do so many great pushchairs and strollers these days!

  4. kiddyreviews
    July 8, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I was considering a light-weight stroller but am a fan of the one handed fold I currently have on my stroller, which I couldn’t find elsewhere. Looks like the Pop might be worth considering!

  5. July 8, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Looks like a really comfortable ride for a little one and I love that colour #TriedTested

  6. July 8, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    great review! really loving the colour. I’ve always like the pop as a stroller too and now I can see why! 😀

  7. July 8, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    What a gorgeous colour – I love the blue on the wheels too 🙂 The big hood looks fab. Would be great to chuck in the car 🙂
    #TriedTested

  8. July 8, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    What a lovely buggy. You’re really giving me stroller-envy. 🙂 #triedtested

  9. July 9, 2014 / 1:39 am

    Great review. Love the colour and he looks so comfy sitiing in it. #TriedTested

  10. July 9, 2014 / 3:55 am

    Great review. I had a silver cross for my first and I love this color. It’s such a great stroller. Love all the photos, your little one is the perfect tester too. So cute. Thanks for hosting my lovely. Glad to finally be joining in again. lol #triedtested

  11. July 9, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    We are way beyond this stage but it does look good #triedtested

  12. mummy2arockstar
    July 10, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    Fab review, I have been looking at the pop recently as we just bought a car. It is a little pricey for just popping my son in when hes tired and were out and about but looks perfect for us. #TriedTested

  13. July 11, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    Looks fab, your son is gorgeous! #britmumsreview

  14. July 15, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Lovely review, pictures and sons.winks. #britmums review

  15. Alina Torma
    June 25, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    How did you take the wheels of for that top picture? I;ve got a pop and it won’t fit in my boot because it’s too long.

    • kate
      Author
      June 27, 2016 / 9:28 am

      There are some push in buttons just above the wheel hub – if you push them in the wheels should slide out. Hope that helps!

  16. T
    January 17, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Do you think this would be okay for a big 2 year old?

    • kate
      Author
      January 17, 2017 / 10:15 am

      I would think so – we have put my 3 year old in here before when he was very tired after a day at the zoo!

  17. February 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

    I’ve got the silvercross pop in black and white I’m just wondering why my seat keeps leaning forward I’m worroes to put little one in it as it doesn’t seem safe

    • kate
      Author
      February 16, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      Oh I’m not sure, sorry – we haven’t ever had that issue. Have you tried contacting Silver Cross to ask for advice?

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