Key features of the Silver Cross Jet
Age suitability: Six months until 15kg (approx. 3 years), or from birth with infant car seat (extra adaptors needed)
Type of buggy: compact pushchair
Fold: One-handed-ish, super-compact fold
Travel system compatible: Yes, with addition of adaptors
Key features: One-handed fold, stand-up wheelable when folded, adjustable calf support, multi-recline seat, UPF50+ extendable hood
Total cost: £275
Silver Cross’ Jet is the brand’s all new ultra-compact travel stroller. Dubbed by the company as “the global traveller”, the Jet wears its travel badge proud, with a tiny fold that should fit in most overhead lockers on airplanes. In fact, the brand promises that it “conforms to cabin baggage regulation for all key airlines” (although we would still recommend checking before flying).
In addition, when folded, it can also be wheeled about like a small on-board suitcase, which is a very nifty feature and makes it super easy to take along and carry.
At £275, the Jet is in the mid range of the compact stroller market. It is cheaper than the leading Babyzen Yoyo, which costs an extra £100 or so, but more expensive than the likes of the Mountain Buggy Nano (£199) or the new Phil and Teds Go (£149). It is very similar – in price and handling – to the Baby Jogger City Tour.
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The Jet is very similar in some ways to many of its competitors, but its fold is pretty unique. Here is how we got on with it…
What were your first impressions of the Silver Cross Jet?
I received the Jet in its Mandarin bright orangey red version, and loved the look of it. All elements of the buggy seemed sturdy and well made. The bumper bar, for example is sold and the padding and buckle felt quality, not flimsy.
How does the Jet compare to other compact buggies you’ve used?
What makes the Jet stand apart is definitely it’s fold. It’s a bit complicated (more of which later), but once done is very impressive, making this stroller really easy to take on travels.
In terms of its handling, it is very lightweight, and was comparable to the Phil and Teds Go I recently tested. Although the chassis of the Jet seems a bit more sturdy. I also noticed the suspension in the Jet, which made for a more smooth and bouncy ride for little one – rather than a jarring/rattly one. I did notice that the handlebar is at quite an angle, so sits lower than, say, that of the Yoyo. This was really noticeable and made it just a tad too low for my 5’6’’ self – but others might appreciate the lower angle.
What age is the Silver Cross Jet suitable for, can it be used from newborn?
The Jet is advertised as suitable from birth due to its near-flat reclining seat, although we recommend a sturdy, flat carrycot for newborns. However, you can also use it as a travel system with the brand’s Simplicity car seat (and an additional adaptor), so that might be a good option.
As many other compact buggies, it is tested to 15kg, which should see you through to around 3 years of age.
How does the Silver Cross Jet fold?
Gosh, I needed practice folding this one:
- You have to press two buttons together on the handle bar, which makes the bar collapse in an M shape downwards.
- Then you release a pedal with your foot – similar to an umbrella stroller fold – and push gently down on the handle bar.
- At this point I start using both hands, as I can’t seem to work it otherwise.
- It all then folds down and inwards, so it makes the folded proportions narrower too – only 30cm wide.
- The safety catch clicks in place well (every time, which isn’t always the case with these fancy folds).
- You then also have the option of easily taking off the bumper bar to make it super compact, or wheel it along (make sure you release the brake before folding though!).
To unfold the Jet, you need to release the safety catch, pull open and up the handlebar, while also pushing down the foot pedal. Make sure each folding part of the chassis clicks back properly into place (particularly the side chassis bits). There is an indicator by the foot pedal that shows you whether you have clicked it back in place properly – green or red showing whether it’s engaged or not.
How compact is the Silver Cross Jet when folded and unfolded?
It is super compact – 30x18x55cm. I literally elicited a few gasps of surprise when I wheeled the Silver Cross out. It is so easy to tuck away around the house or on transport.
Does it fit in the boot of your car?
Yes, it easily fits in the boot of our car. It has a very compact, neat shape when folded – with its protective cover holding everything in place nicely.
How light is the Jet?
At 5.9kg, the Jet is a very lightweight stroller and compares to the Babyzen Yoyo. There are lighter ones out there, but the Jet really is easy to deal with.
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How does Jet fare on public transport?
It is very easy to take the Jet on public transport. As it’s so light it’s easy to get up and down stairs, even with little one in, and it tucks well into all sorts of places on trains and buses.
I also like its extra sturdy and easy to use bumper bar, as it adds another level of safety – when waiting on crowded platforms, for example.
The only downsize is its slightly awkward folding mechanism. Whereas I would be very happy to take my toddler in one arm and fold the Babyzen Yoyo or the UPPAbaby Minu with the other, the Jet definitely requires two hands – so I would have to put my toddler down in an airport queue or at a busy bus stop, not ideal.
How easy is it to push?
On a day out in London with a visit to the park, the Jet fared very well. It was lovely and easy to push, get up and down kerbs. I really noticed the suspension – it was a very smooth ride.
How does the Jet ride on different terrain?
Whereas we have no problems in city and park, the Jet has quite small wheels and is very lightweight, so uneven terrain is a bit of a challenge. As with other super-lightweight strollers, you really have to pay attention that you don’t get stuck at the odd uneven bit asphalt or pebble. However, it does feel sturdy, so can take a few jolts here and there.
What do you think of the wheels?
The wheels are quite small and narrow, but the front wheels are also lockable, which theoretically makes it easier to manoeuvre tricky terrain – although I never find this feature that helpful.
Is the frame strong, durable?
Once the buggy is properly unfolded, the frame does feel sturdy. It is solid and feels of good quality. When tipping the buggy to mount a kerb, everything seems secure and safe.
What do you think of the handlebar?
I found the handlebar a bit too low for me. It’s quite a bit lower than the Babyzen Yoyo or the Phil and Teds Go. However, it is nice and wide and covered in a tactile faux leather finish, which again feels very nice quality. So for a person at the right height, I imagine this is very comfortable to hold and push.
What do you think of the size of the seat unit?
The seat is not a bad size for a compact stroller. The seat back seems longer than the Babyzen Yoyo’s for example, and it also has a good leg support that is adjustable, which is great for a growing baby and toddler.
How many recline positions are there?
The Silver Cross Jet has a gradual recline, adjusted with a toggle at the back. Annoyingly, as with many compact strollers, the most ‘upright’ position is still very much at an angle, so my little one tends to lean forward without back support as he observes the world.
The near-flat position is great – very cosy for a sleepy baby or toddler.
To make the seat upright again, you need both hands to pull the two straps equally tight.
How comfortable does it feel for your little one?
My 2-year-old son slept very well in the Jet’s seat, so it must have been comfortable.
The seat is nice and enclosed when reclined, with the hood providing good cover. You also have the option of opening a vent when the seat is reclined, which is great for hotter days. When upright, the seat is not quite that cosy, as it feels quite rigid. Although the adjustable leg rest is fantastic – you can fold it up or down by pressing two leavers on either side.
How is interacting with your little one when in the buggy?
Interacting is very easy as it has a peekaboo window in the hood, and by their nature, compact buggies make it quite easy to speak to your charges.
What do you think of the hood?
The hood of the Silver Cross Jet is much better than many of its compact competitors, as it extends quite far (with an additional pop-out visor). This makes it a very effective shelter for your little one.
How easy is it to use the harness?
The harness is easy to adjust as you can simply thread the shoulder straps to the right position without dismantling anything significantly. I did find the clasp a bit tricky. No matter how much I fastened it, it always took me a bit of a fiddle. But at least it means it was secure! The harness also has some very thick padding, which is greater for younger babies.
Tell us about the brakes.
The brakes are similar to the UPPAbaby Minu’s in that you step on one, red pedal to engage it an on another, green one to release it. This means you don’t scuff your toes or shoes – but have to remember which side is which.
How easily can you access the basket and is it big enough to store everything you need?
The basket is a nightmare. It is described by the brand as generous, but unfortunately has a big old bar across it. I definitely wasn’t able to pop my changing bag in, but used it for easily accessible loose stuff, such as water bottles, wipes, jackets and so on.
Is it car seat compatible?
Yes, with the Silver Cross simplicity car seat (extra adaptors required)
What’s in the box?
- Protective cover
- Rain cover
Any additional extras that you can to buy?
Simplicity car seat adaptors (£30)
Is it easy/hard to build the product?
It is very easy to build the Silver Cross Jet – just pop on the wheels and bumper bar and you’re done. Unfolding it for the first time is a bit trickier. But the instructions are clear.
What is useful to know before you purchase the item?
I would definitely have wanted to know about the handlebar being that much lower than other compacts. For us it made a real difference. Also, the basket is definitely not suited to putting reasonable-sized bags in.
Who would the product be most useful for?
This is a fantastic buggy for traveling as you will be able to take it everywhere with you and it’s well equipped for all sorts of weather. Its near-flat recline also makes it good for little ones, so it’s very versatile.
What is the price? Is this good value for money?
At £275, I think the Jet is good value for money as a travel buggy, It comes with a raincover and a protective cover for traveling and seems well built, so should hopefully last you quite a number of trips – across multiple kids.
The Silver Cross is a very snazzy little compact stroller that would come in very handy on all sorts of trips. It’s fold is really astounding and very handy when you’re tight on space. It combines this with a very adaptable and comfortable seat, which is great. However, it might be a bit too lightweight to use day-in-day-out. I wouldn’t recommend this buggy as a main stroller for every day, as the basket is just so inaccessible, and the Jet can be a bit temperamental on difficult terrain.
How we tested the Silver Cross Jet
Anna is a mother of two and tested the Jet with her 2-year-old. She put it through its paces in the streets and parks of London and on day trips and school drop-offs.
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