Key features of the Silver Cross Wave pushchair
- Age suitability: birth to around 25kg
- Type of buggy: Twin / tandem
- Weight: 19.5kg
- Fold: Not a one-hand fold but very simple to use
- Travel system compatible: Yes
- Total cost: £995 and a further £250 for a second seat
Founded in Yorkshire in 1877, Silver Cross is a household name in Britain, and a leading brand worldwide for prams and pushchairs. Originally famed for its traditional coach-built prams (as owned by Her Majesty the Queen, no less, and passed on to Kate and William), the company has kept pace with changing trends in travel systems and now offers a range of award-winning products from strollers and car seats to nursery furniture.
As Mum to a newborn and three year old, I was looking for a transport system that was easy to convert between single and double modes.
For the days when my toddler, Alex, was at nursery I needed a sturdy pram for baby Eddie, and for when I go out with both boys – often on public transport – a double buggy is a must.
Is it easy or difficult to build the product? Are the instructions useful?
The pram was easy to put together and the instructions, which have pictures accompanying the text, are very thorough and easy to follow. Allow around half an hour to assemble.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the item?
The Wave boasts 16 different configurations but many require an extra seat or Simplicity car seat. Looking at the website, I assumed that I could create my preferred double format from the £995 double kit (a parent-facing pram on top with an outward-facing buggy beneath). In fact you need to invest a further £250 for a second seat that’s compatible with that configuration.
I also wish I had tried out the buggy straps beforehand. A five-way, magnetic system – the straps are a clever design but both my husband and I found them overly complicated and fiddly to figure especially when our son wriggled about in the seat. They’re also on the short side so there’s not much room for bigger toddlers.
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Who would the product be most useful for?
Parents with two children under three or first-time parents planning a second child. You get everything you need in the pack for a robust, standalone pram and buggy, which can then be converted into a double travel system effortlessly.
Do you have to buy a lot of additional extras?
Further configurations can be costly. Although Simplicity car seat adaptors are included, it’ll cost you £160 for a Simplicity car seat and around £250 for an additional seat or carrycot for ‘Twin’ modes. Otherwise it feels as though you get the full package with the Wave. There are practical extras such as a raincover and mosquito net for the pram and tandem seat – and no skimping on creature comforts either. The apron which is supplied for the buggy comes in such plush cosy fabric it could double as a footmuff in colder weather. You also get a cupholder that’s compatible with water bottles, fruit juice cartons or single-cup thermos flasks to keep you and your little ones hydrated on the go.
You can buy the Silver Cross Wave pushchair at Mothercare, John Lewis and Silver Cross.
Has the product or the parent company won any awards?
Several. The Wave picked up Platinum for ‘Best Pushchair’ at the 2017 Junior Design Awards, and it recently landed the Gold Mother and Baby Award for Best Multiple, Twin or Tandem Pushchair.
Is there anything unique about this product?
Its effortless conversion from single to double mode. Silver Cross calls this the One Plus One® function and it means the switch can be made in seconds. I really loved this feature as I’m constantly swapping between a double buggy and pram. On days where my elder son is at nursery, I don’t want to be pushing his baby brother around in a double buggy, and with the Silver Cross Wave I can keep converting it back to a pram.
What is the basket like in double mode?
With a maximum load of 5kg the basket is a decent size and easy to access with the single pram or buggy. With a double, the base of the pram lies very close to the top of the basket which meant I tended to stuff and squeeze my belongings in and out of the narrow gap. It’s handy to have storage but a larger space between basket and buggy would be more convenient.
How does it ride in the parks, over tree roots, up hills, and how is the suspension?
This first thing you should know about the Wave is that it’s HEAVY! To be fair, it weighs 19.5kg to start and gets heavier with added weights. When it comes to sturdiness, you’re in safe hands whatever the terrain with the Silver Cross Wave, it’s a rock. Saying that, parkland was a bit bumpier than I expected. Uphill it felt even heavier, although the steering was never compromised.
How does it work as a city buggy, on public transport and in shops?
At first I was disappointed with the pram. Although its narrow frame fitted well through shop doors and down aisles, the carrycot always seemed to jut out beyond the designated buggy space on buses and trains. Then I discovered that the pram can be fixed at a lower height (see accompanying video) which made it far more compact. In double mode I needed to use the side doors on buses – the Wave wouldn’t fit past the bars at the front. Initially I was worried about boarding trains with the double buggy, but actually its sturdy frame always made lifting – and landing- feel very safe.
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How compact is it?
The chassis folds flat and is freestanding, while the carrycot and seat need to be stored separately. We tended to store the buggy seat in our cupboard under the stairs, but often kept the roomy pram assembled as it made a great ‘downstairs bed’ for Baby Eddie – not just because of its size. The carrycot has been built with health and safety very much in mind. Its bamboo fabric lining helps to regulate temperature, plus it also has a ventilation panel in the hood, and additional ventilation holes built into its base so it doubles as a safe overnight cot.
Is it affordable for what it is?
At £995 the Wave is towards the upper end of the double buggy market but the quality is unquestionable. This is a sturdy, luxury item that converts from single to double in seconds. That alone would justify the price tag for many mums and dads but the buggy also comes with some welcome extras such as a raincover and cup holder.
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Is it suitable from birth?
Absolutely. The pram is nice and narrow but very sturdy with a protective hard shell. My only reservation is that, in double mode, you can’t easily see you baby because the pram goes below the buggy. Also, if you misjudge the length of the buggy, which I did on early outings, the head end of the pram is the first point of contact for any bumps.
What do you think of the seat size?
Although the seat is a good size – around 50cm in length – the straps are quite restrictive. My three-year-old, Alex, is tall for his age and once the cold snap kicked in I could no longer secure the seat straps around his thick winter coat. He falls well within the maximum weight for the seat (15kg) so it’s a shame the straps weren’t a few centimetres longer to accommodate him.
When can you use the sibling seat from?
The seat is suitable from 6 months.
What do you think of the height of the buggy?
The seat is fixed at a high level giving your toddler a great view of the passing world, and Alex loved his ‘big buggy’. The only downside is that you’ll need to lift your toddler into the seat – or get them to use a grow-tall step – as it’s too high for them to climb in unaided.
Is the frame strong and durable?
Very. The Wave sometimes felt heavy – for example when lifting it up onto kerbs or going uphill – but the frame never felt flimsy and has also stayed scratch-free so far.
What do you think of the fold system?
It isn’t a one-hand fold, but it is very straightforward: you simply press and hold the black button on the right-hand side of the handle and pull the release triggers towards you.
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What do you think of the handle?
As with the frame, this felt robust and solid, and looks very classy with leatherette fabric and a shining Silver Cross logo. If anything, it feels a little on the thick side to hold – I preferred the slender grip of the Joolz Geo2 I recently tested. It can also be adjusted to suit your height with five different positions.
How comfortable does it feel for your little ones?
Details like the padded Jersey seat lining on the buggy and plush bamboo fabric on the inside of the carrycot ensure a cosy ride. Plus the pram is full-sized (a similar size to a Moses basket) so your baby has plenty of room to grow.
How is interacting with your little ones when in the buggy?
Both the pram and buggy are parent-facing so there won’t be much interaction between your children – although Alex liked to poke his head out and peek round at his brother now and then. Having Alex face me in his buggy meant we had some nice chats on the move but I couldn’t see his baby brother without craning my neck, which made me feel a bit nervous when he was a newborn.
What do you think of the hood? Can it be used as a sun protection?
Yes. I was really impressed with the extensive coverage of both the pram and buggy hoods. There’s even a pop-out visor for extra protection, plus it’s UPF50+
What do you think of the tyres?
I liked the fact that the tyres are puncture-proof – pumping up and replacing buggy wheels (as we did with our old Bugaboo Frog) just seems a bridge too far. The smaller front wheels give you a bit of a bumpy ride off-road, but worked smoothly on everyday pavements. They weren’t always successful in mounting small kerbs however. I found myself lifting the front wheels to compensate.
Tell us about the brakes.
The brakes are two-phase with a red pedal for stop and a separate green button to go. I found this system a bit fiddly at first. Unlike a simple flick-up, flick-down pedal brake you have to look at what you’re doing to locate the green button – but at least that way you’re less likely to unlock it by mistake.
Does it fit in the boot of your car?
Folded and dismantled, the double buggy took up around three-quarters of our boot, the single pram around two-thirds, both of which were do-able for daytrips and weekends, but not really an option for holidays. That said, our Vauxhall Meriva has a relatively small boot.
What age child is it best for?
The double buggy is perfect for a baby under 6 months and for an older sibling under 15kg. If your toddler is big for their age you might want to try before you buy, as although the seat size is generous, the straps are on the short side and the buggy apron might not accommodate longer legs.
What’s in the box?
- Platinum chassis
- Carry cot with padded mattress
- Seat unit
- Hood and apron for seat
- Hood and apron for carrycot
- (Sumptuous Jersey) padded seat liner for extra comfort
- Shopping basket
- 2 rain covers (for the cot and seat)
- 2 mosquito nets (for the cot and seat)
- Cup holder
- Tandem seat adaptors
- Simplicity car seat adaptors
I would definitely recommend the Silvercross Wave to first-time parents planning to have a second child, or to parents with two children under three. I can’t fault the pram – it’s a luxury item that feels really sturdy, while the swift stress-free conversion from single to double is a massive plus: you can easily switch between the two as and when you need them. My only real criticism is that your baby feels a bit far away in the double buggy, which is also longer than I would like and takes a bit of getting used to.
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