When Toby and I were at The Baby Show in London Olympia last month, we got chatting to the lovely Joie team who were running a cafe (with great coffee) at the show as well as exhibiting their products. We’ve got the Joie Illusion Travel Cot so are familiar with the brand and cannot speak highly enough of the travel cot, which Toby sleeps superbly well in. I told them that I was after a pushchair which folded nice and compact in order to make life easier when we’re on public transport and travelling in the UK and abroad. Joie suggested their brand new, sleek and modern Chrome Plus and have very kindly sent us one to try. I’ll be blogging and vlogging as we take it out and about to different places, but here is a quick introduction and our initial thoughts.
The Joie Chrome Plus comes in the choice of Black Carbon, Royal Blue, Tomato Red, Gorgeous Green or Sand and we chose green, which is Phil’s favourite colour. It’s suitable from birth to 15kg and is a fully functioning travel system because you can fit the Joie Gemm car seat directly on to the chassis and there are also adapters included which make it compatible with Maxi-Cosi Group 0+ car seats, which is a huge tick on the pros list. The pushchair can be forward- or parent-facing and the whole whole thing can fold with the seat facing either way, although it’s more compact when forward-facing. I was very excited when I opened the door and saw the two boxes that had arrived, one with the pushchair in and the other containing the colour pack of a hood, footmuff, seat liner and harness pads. You can buy a carrycot for £100 to use on the chassis but Toby’s now in a regular pushchair seat – he’s growing up too quickly – so we didn’t need the carrycot.
It’s so easy to unfold:
Simply lift the bar up and over
Click the bar into place and lift the seat
Click the seat into place
Add one happy child and you’re done!
And Toby’s very happy to be out and about showing it off:
Out for a local walk
Very happy in his Joie Chrome Plus!
As you can see, we’ve been using the Chrome Plus a fair bit, so what do we think to it?
Things We Love
- It’s lovely looking, loads of people have commented on it when I’ve been out and about!
- It’s light and easy to manoeuvre, even with one hand
- The seat can be positioned anywhere from flat to fully upright and creates a lovely seating position
- The hood is really good, it’s big, covers the seat really well and it stays in place
- The Chrome Plus goes up and down really easily
- When the chair is forward-facing, it folds down compact enough to fit into a small boot (We have a Corsa)
- When folded, you can wheel it around in a suitcase style
- The seat is really easy to swap between forward- and parent-facing and is lightweight
- It can hold our Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat with simple adapters
- The basket is huge, I mean it’s practically a trolley!
Things We Don’t Love As Much
- Although it does fold really well, I would struggle to get it on and off of public transport alone whilst carrying Toby as it is still fairly bulky
- The seat obviously locks into place so that it doesn’t fall backwards, but it doesn’t lock going up. This means it would be quite easy to accidentally pull baby upright by lifting the hood, for example, if your baby is still quite light
- The footmuff is lovely and cosy, but it could attach a bit better for use when laying back. Fully upright, it wraps around the bumper bar, but this doesn’t cover baby enough when the seat is reclined and the velcro tabs it attaches to higher up don’t quite hold it perfectly in place
I think it’s clear to see that the ‘love’ list is far longer and we’re really enjoying it. I’ll do a proper video about how it folds and unfolds and the various features of it, but I just wanted to show you all what a lovely pushchair it is in this quick introduction. I think that at £270 (+£50 if you want a colour pack), the Joie Chrome Plus is excellent value for money and if you fancy having one for yourself, they’re available at all good pram and pushchair retailers now. You can get more information by heading over to the Joie website and they are always on hand via their Facebook page too.
*I was sent a Joie Chrome Plus free of charge to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own*