We were super lucky to be gifted a SmarTrike 400 a few months ago, and have spent the past few months really putting it to the test. I’ve always been a bit dubious about push-along trikes, it seemed a little bit unnecessary and just more Stuff to trip over at 6am, but we’ve used it so much and Fox loves it.
A few of you have asked how we’ve been getting on with it so it seemed like a good time to let you know…
We mostly use the SmarTrike for quick trips to the park or the shops, it makes it a bit more exciting for Fox as he feels less strapped in (the boy does not enjoy being restrained) and you can tell he feels grown up in it. He thinks he’s steering the way, but thankfully the front wheel locks to parent-controlled until they’re big enough to not just crash into trees/people/every single dog he sees. The SmarTrike is really easy to steer and lightweight to push, it’s also a lot smaller than strollers or pushchairs which can make getting around shops a little easier (although word of warning, they can reach out pretty easily, make sure to check their hands when you leave in case of tiny Winona Ryders (is that reference even remotely relevant anymore?!)). It being so light and easy to push makes it a lot easier to take out now we have toddler tantrums every five minutes because somebody wants to walk everywhere. It’s really no struggle at all to walk holding his hand in one hand and pushing the trike with the other.
Probably my favourite feature is how small the SmarTrike 400 folds up. We don’t have a lot of storage in our house and have a car small enough you could take it on an EasyJet flight as hand luggage, so we are big fans of compact in this house. It makes going away much easier, especially if we are only going to be going on shorter walks or staying in towns.
There are a few reasons I wouldn’t use the trike for a long day out, the seat doesn’t recline and it’s definitely un-nappable, so for those with kids who need their sleep no matter where they are it’s not ideal. Some of the more expensive models do recline so it’s definitely an issue SmarTrike acknowledge. There isn’t the biggest amount of storage on the trike either. While there is a small bag on the back which definitely comes in very handy, it’s not great for a trip to Aldi (you’d have to avoid the middle aisle and we all know that’s impossible). I also find the handlebar slightly too low for me, which isn’t great for my already destroyed back. I’m 5’8″ and a bit and it’s just that little bit too low, and would definitely cause issues for anybody taller. I’m also unsure of how much use we’ll get out of it through the winter, as there is no rain cover (or anywhere to really attach one) so it will be a case of full waterproofs, wellies, and hope for the best.
So do we love it? Yeah, overall I really love our SmarTrike, we have got loads of use out of it and will continue to get use out of it as it grows with Fox – eventually it will become a peddle trike for him to ride himself.
There’s a whole range of SmarTrikes with various levels of bells and whistles (not literally, never give a toddler a whistle) and the prices range from about £80 up to around £180. They’re not the cheapest products but they are an investment and ours is holding up really well so far. They’d make a great first birthday/Christmas present and it’s something that if you asked the grandparents to pitch in on you’d definitely get a lot of use from.
The model we were kindly gifted is the SmarTrike 400, which has now been updated and is no longer available on their website, however I did find it here for £89.99, which I honestly do think is a bit of a bargain.
You can read about the other models available on SmarTrike’s website.
This review was written in exchange for a free SmarTrike 400. All words are, as always, my own and SmarTrike have had no hand in the content or editing of this review.