iCandy Lime Review
A brand-new model from market leaders iCandy, the Lime is a single pushchair with a lot to offer.
Pushchair ReviewA brand-new model from market leaders iCandy, the Lime is a single pushchair with a lot to offer.
iCandy Lime Review: Our verdictiCandy has long been a ruler in the style stakes, but the launch of the Lime could see the British brand take the crown for Style and Substance in 2019. The exceptionally lightweight chassis teamed with a huge shopping basket, high quality wheel materials, durable fabrics and an exceptional finish means that the Lime will be ready to tackle whatever family life throws at it.
The one-piece fold is easy to operate and although a full-sized, fully featured pushchair, the Lime can be lifted easily; essential when using public transport or jumping in and out of the car.
Parents will love the value for money that the Lime offers as it comes with everything you need all in one box. The carrycot fabrics, seat fabrics, hood, car seat adapters, height elevators and raincover are all included, meaning the pushchair can be used from birth to 3 years without the need to purchase any extras.
The integrated ride-on board also means that as your family grows, your toddler can hitch a lift on the back of the pushchair whilst their sibling rides up front.
The iCandy Lime oozes quality and is definitely built to serve parents well whilst still looking pretty.
Pushchair Expert Breakdown
Our overall score: 5 out of 5 stars
iCandy Lime Review: ChassisWhen unpacking the iCandy Lime from the box, you will find yourself coo-ing over its evident quality. When lifting the chassis out of the box, the first thing we noticed is how light it is as well as its classic iCandy chrome looks.
iCandy has always been associated with the superior style of its products and the eye-catching fine chrome frame of the Lime only adds to this reputation. When all set up, the chassis feels stable and stands proud, but is still very streamlined. It easily fits through small doorways and turnstiles so is suitable for city strolling.
The wheels have clearly been cleverly designed and engineered to make the Lime super steady on its ‘feet'. The front wheels are smaller, but still quite a decent size, while the rear wheels have a broader wheelbase and are larger. These back wheels give you the drive you need to push over many terrains and help you to cover the ground. The wheels are excellent quality, made from hard-wearing solid ERP, and really give an excellent ride with the added peace of mind that you won't get a puncture. It is almost impossible to exaggerate how light the iCandy Lime is to steer!
The brake is operated with a foot lever at the back of the right-hand wheel and even when there was a toddler on the integrated ride-on board area of the chassis, it was large enough to see and use easily.
The telescopic handlebar gives a nod to the previous model of the iCandy Strawberry. It's slimline and adjustable in height from 98-109cm. At 5'6", our reviewer used the medium height range of the handlebar and found it extremely comfortable. The handle is also comfortable to grip, which can make a big difference when pushing up hills or on long days out. The leather-look material is just the right circumference to fit into the palm of your hand even if you want to push one-handed.
We all know that with parenting life comes lots of luggage! iCandy has really catered for parents who need enough storage space to equip their small army. The basket is super-large with a huge 10kg capacity, making it capable of holding more than enough belongings to keep you going on a day out.
iCandy Lime Review: SeatThe main seat of the Lime has a backrest height of 48cm, which accommodated our nearly 2 year old well. The hood seemed to brush her hair when pulled back so perhaps the hood could have been set slightly higher on the frame to accommodate taller toddlers. The depth of the seat is great and it really gave baby a comfortable ride.
The seat fabrics will be welcomed with open arms by parents who expect the odd ice cream or juice spillage. They are easily cleaned with a baby wipe and feel and look as though they can really withstand the test of time, whilst still looking sleek.
The recline on the seat unit is a one-handed operation and as simple as can be. The lever is on the rear of the seat and, in true iCandy style, is strong and robust. There are several recline positions so baby can rest and play whilst on the move.
The harness is height adjustable and covered with pads in the same lovely fabrics as the hood. It's a 5-point harness with a round central buckle clasp. Simple to adjust, there is plenty of reach on it to grow with your child.
The bumper bar is completely removable if needed, although it does also rotate and pivot so you can get baby in and out with no fuss at all.
The hood gives plenty of coverage from the sun with its UPF 50 rating and almost touching the bumper bar when fully extended. There is also a handy window for you to have a secret peep in on your tot whilst pushing.
There is also a really handy zip-open storage pouch on the rear of the seat, which was useful to pop keys and phones in.
iCandy created its unique height elevators so you can alter the position of the seat unit to suit your needs, and they come included with the Lime. When using the ride-on board, the elevators can be used to give your standing passenger that little bit more room by moving the seat unit away from the handlebar. There is also the option when using without anyone on the ride-on board to bring the seat unit closer to you by employing the elevators the opposite way around. We found this a great set-up for a baby who has just moved into a parent-facing seat unit from the carrycot.
iCandy Lime Review: CarrycotThe carrycot fabrics pop and clip onto the same frame as the seat fabrics. This makes the Lime excellent value for money as there is no need to buy the carrycot as an additional accessory. When all set up, the carrycot was met with the same admiration as the rest of the pushchair.
The carrycot is transported using the bumper bar as a carry handle and clips off the frame using the memory buttons on each side of the chassis. It was really easy to remove with just one hand.
As with the seat unit, when using the ride-on board, the included elevators can be used to give your standing passenger that little bit more room to hitch a ride comfortably. Again, when using without, you can just flip the elevators around and the carrycot is brought closer to you so that you can interact and peek in on baby.
iCandy Lime Review: FoldWith its proud-standing chassis and large rear wheels, we didn't expect the Lime to fold down too well. How wrong we were!
The fold is the stuff parents' dreams are made of! It is easy as pie to operate and certainly won't have you cursing whilst getting drenched attempting to collapse it into the boot of your car.
The Lime fold stands out for us as there is no need to remove the seat. Just pop on the brake and fold the seat unit in half using the recline button. Then the chassis can be folded using the handlebar. We must admit, it can't be done one handed as you need to release the lock on the left-hand side of the chassis whilst pushing the handlebar down, but it was very quick and easy all the same.
The chassis locks together with an auto-locking clip, which is carefully positioned on the inside of the pushchair frame so it doesn't protrude and catch on objects as you stroll. To unfold the pushchair, pull back the auto-locking clip with your thumb and pull the handlebar upwards until the frame clicks into place. Then push the recline button and unfold your seat.
We give the iCandy Lime 5 out of 5 stars