Silver Cross Wayfarer

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In a nutshell

An ultra-stylish, well-made pushchair from a trusted brand, with one of the best carrycots on the market, but not the best manoeuvrability

  • Pros

    Generous package for the price, suitable from birth to toddler, multiple position recline, smooth handling, lightweight, stylish chrome chassis, compact fold with freestand function, large shopping basket.

  • Cons

    Can only fold with the seat in forward-facing position, wheels small so can get stuck on uneven pavements.

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Our review

Silver Cross is a well-known British brand that dates back to 1877 - although it's currently known for its Royal connections after Kate Middleton chose the Sleepover Elegance for Prince George.

In keeping with the brand, the Wayfarer straddles both the traditional and contemporary. Silver Cross had huge success in the 70s with its pushchair called The Wayfarer.

This new Wayfarer only has its name in common with the old version and is a truly modern pram and buggy for today's mums and dads.

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Is it travel-system compatible?

Yes. The Wayfarer is compatible with the Silver Cross Simplicity car seat to make it a complete travel-system.

Maxi-Cosi Car Seat Adaptors are also available so the pram can be used with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble or Cabriofix car seat.

Is it a quality pram?

Yes, the Wayfarer fabric feels heavy duty and durable with secure re-enforced stitching.

The pram is adequately padded and has a separate mattress, which feels spongy and comfortable to touch.

Certainly my baby daughter found it comfy enough to sleep very soundly in the pram.

You can buy the Wayfarer from MothercareJohn Lewis, PramworldBoots or Amazon

It is easy to steer?

It is a pleasure to steer, especially in tight spots like a crowded supermarket aisle. The suspension is responsive enough to make a walk in the park over grass comfortable for my daughter.

And the lockable swivel wheels mean even if it is a bit bumpy, my daughter doesn't get thrown about.

What to watch out for….

The wheels are fairly small and could be a bit bigger. They are also smooth with no treads, which means it can get stuck on jutting-out pavement slabs and high kerbs.  So you will need to do a fair amount of tipping up and down when going over any raised obstacle.

Is it easy to lift?

The chassis is only 6.5kg (9kg with seat unit attached) and I found it no problem to lift. Folding and unfolding the Wayfarer is done in two simple moves.

How to fold the Wayfarer:

  1. Make sure the seat is forward facing and in the upright position
  2. Pull black lever on the handlebar towards you
  3. Push lever down

How to unfold:

  1. Unhook the black lever on handlebar
  2. Pull it upright

I still can't fold it one-handed and although you can fold it without removing the seat, the seat must be forward facing.

Therefore, if you have it parent-facing, you'll need to either turn it round to forward face, or remove the seat completely. This can be a bit fiddly if you're regularly using the buggy in the parent-facing position.

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Is the pram comfortable for your baby?

The seat has three reclining positions with a simple one-handed move. You can manoeuvre seamlessly when your baby is in the chair without disturbing their sleep.

My daughter naps when positioned on the most reclined one.

Is the pram height comfortable?

The height of the pram is ample and great especially if you’re tall. The handlebar extends smoothly and effortlessly. So it makes a comfortable ride for me at 5ft 7 and my 5ft 11 husband.

Is the carrycot useful?

It’s great for my daughter’s daytime naps when visiting friends. It sure beats the heavier travel cot alternative. The carrycot is a good size and still roomy enough for her now at 6 months old.

The hood pulls opens out enough to provide much-needed shade to settle her down to sleep - usually. And the washable inner lining is handy for those inevitable mucky moments.

What do you get for your money?

For £495 the standard package is really reasonable. It includes the chassis, the pram seat unit, raincover, plus the Simplicity car seat adaptors, apron and hood pack and a cupholder.

Although the apron and hood pack come as part of the standard package, you'll find some retailers selling the apron/hood pack separately for £100, and the rest of the pushchair for £395. Whichever way you buy it, you get a lot of value for your £495.

The raincover zips up making it easy to access your baby without removing the cover in entirety and getting her wet.

And the cup holder?

It’s a nice touch having a place for your cappuccino but beware it can also detach with a little will. It didn’t last long with my nearly 3-year-old son around. He pulled it off and paraded round the house with it on his head!

Reassuringly the cup holder can be re-attached just as easily and quickly. When on the pram, the holder grips well keeping your drink steady.

Can I customise the Wayfarer?

If you want to change colours for the latest baby, the hood and apron pack is available to buy as an addition from most retailers. And with 7 colours to pick from you can customise the look of your pram for not a lot of money. 

Another plus, the hood has an ingenious design that fits the pram and carrycot. So there's potential for good usage and it's a saving of sorts.

Is the brake easy to use?

The brake is on the right-hand side of the chassis. It’s responsive with a one-touch click of your foot.

Ordinarily, the pram is firmly fixed with the brake on but a recent bus journey put it to the ultimate test. With twists n’ turns, the pram did nudge a tiny bit but not in any amount for concern. My general tip for bus journeys is best to stay close!

Is the basket big enough?

The shopping basket is a decent size, but when the carrycot is fixed to it, access is a little more difficult.

With the pram the basket is generous, deep and wide – just what you need especially if you’re carrying for multiple children, like me.

Does it take up space at home?

The Wayfarer is great if storage is an issue at home. Originally I was storing the Wayfarer disassembled.

The chassis folds flat and free stands which is always useful. I had mine in the hall. The carrycot, which also folds, and seat were in the under-stairs cupboard.

Will it fit in my small car?

Silver Cross say the Wayfarer can fit into small cars like a Toyota Yaris or Ford Focus with ease. We have a Honda CRV so I have enough room for shopping bags even with the chassis and carrycot.

Can the Wayfarer fit a buggy board?

Yes. Though, with a buggy board, it’s a bit tricky to get to the brake pedal as easily. But my eldest wouldn’t have it any other way!

What’s in the box?

  • Chassis
  • Carrycot
  • Seat unit
  • Raincover
  • Simplicity car seat adaptors
  • Cup holder
  • Hood and apron pack

Is it easy to build from the box?

Yes - simple. The wheels just popped on and the bumper bar smoothly slotted in.

The carrycot lining and hood needed positioning together before being zipped, but still simple. No complaints about the instructions either. They were very clear and easy to follow.

What are the optional extras?

  • Simplicity car seat, £130
  • Simplifix Isofix base, £99
  • Dual-colour reversible seat liner, £30
  • Sun parasol, £30
  • Wayfarer changing bag, £50
  • Car seat adaptors for Maxi-Cosi Pebble or Cabriofix, £30

MadeForMums verdict:

It's hard not to fall in love with this pram. It can last and grow with your child and/or the next after that, if you have more. It’s a pleasure to manoeuvre and it's a comfortable ride for you and your baby.

The Wayfarer looks and feels altogether well made. Touches like the chrome rims on the hood, well stitched fabric, freestand fold function, large shopping basket all add to the Wayfarer experience.

There's not much not to like - the wheels could be bigger with treads maybe, but this isn't a deal breaker. The Wayfarer looks built to last. And better still, it’s value for money.

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