Phil & Teds is one of those brands where you can just tell they are passionate about making life for us, as parents, easier. They originated in New Zealand and have a great attitude towards all things baby related, which is summed up on their website:
‘phil&teds is the juvenile brand that enables parents to escape nursery prison and ‘adapt&survive’! It ain’t about the baby, baby! It’s about you retaining a ‘sense of self’ – with the kids in tow – with products that ‘fit with me’. We’re all about safety & innovation, proud inventors of multi-award winning products such as the original inline stroller, a travel cot lighter than a baby and the ‘auto-stop brake’. We’re proud of our 18 years of research and development, whilst setting trends and innovations, globally.’
We have been putting their Phil & Teds Dash pushchair to the test recently and are excited to tell you all about it.
What is the Phil & Teds Dash double pushchair?
The Phil & Teds Dash is an urban double pushchair with many different seating options, where your kids are mainly situated with their seats on top of the other. It is a versatile travel system tailored for adventures whilst out and about in cities and in parks etc and combines sleek, modern design with functional features such as easy kerb popping!
(newborn cocoon carrycot)
What was in our box?
Baby cocoon for newborn
I absolutely loved the boxes and packaging all of the Phil & Teds Dash bits came in – they were lovely, bright and modern. Everything was packaged up neatly and safely and it was easy to get everything out of the boxes. I loved the Grey Marl colour way we chose as soon as I saw it and another thing I noticed straight away was how nice and comfortable the seats felt. The whole system put together felt like it was going to be really heavy initially, but after full assembly it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.
I initially struggled with the assembly, and had to watch the YouTube demonstration to clear a few things up, but once I got the hang of it, it was pretty quick to assemble and get up and running!
Check out our video here (when it goes live!!):
Some accessories you can buy to complement your dash:
How we got on
We got on well with the Phil & Teds Dash from the get go. There was a bit of getting used to with how you fold the pushchair up and down, and how you got certain seats in certain positions. Once we’d mastered that though, we were raring to go every time!
The first trip out with it was for a dog walk in the woods. The Phil & Teds Dash was great on the rougher terrain. The suspension and wheels meant that it was a pretty smooth ride for the two kids. Baby L stayed asleep for most of the walk and Little I fell asleep half way through. You can also lock the front wheel to make riding on the less smooth terrain a bit easier.
We had plenty room in the basket for any abandoned hats, scarves and gloves that were taken off by the toddler throughout the walk. I also managed to get some bits out of the changing bag into the basket to lighten the load a little!
Since then I’ve taken the Phil & Teds Dash on walks around our neighbourhood, to the shops, food shopping, for coffee, to a soft play centre, to a farm, to the park – all over the place. There hasn’t been anywhere that I’ve taken it where I’ve felt it has gotten in the way. The fact that the seating is one on top of the other means that the width of the pushchair is great, and you can get away with squeezing through places some other double pushchairs wouldn’t manage.
The adjustable handle height worked well and every one of us that has used it has found a suitable, and comfortable height, for the handle to be. The brake being at the top of the pushchair was a welcome feature as well.
The seats themselves seemed really comfortable and had great linings on them. There were no complaints from the toddler, who would have been sure to let us know if there was an issue!
I really liked the little details on the Phil & Teds Dash, such as the fact the harness straps were SO easy to adjust. I’d never seen that sort of mechanism before.
The zips to recline the main seat were easy to use. And the pocket in the hood was a handy touch, as was the brake being on the handle bars.
In order to fold the chair up and down, there was a mechanism at the side of the pushchair that you clicked into place. As I said before, this took me quite a bit of getting used to but once you’ve got it, it’s easy enough.
It also fits into our boot just fine! (Vauxhall Insignia).
Phil & Teds Dash vs Bugaboo Donkey
We spent ages umming and ahhing about what pushchair to buy and eventually settled on the Bugaboo Donkey, before Baby L came along. The Phil & Teds Dash had been on the list as well so it’s really great to now be able to use both of them, compare them, and share what we think with you all to try and help with your double pushchair decisions.
The first main difference between the two is the seating arrangements. The Bugaboo Donkey has it’s seating options side by side and not one on top of the other. To be honest, this was the main deciding factor for me when we decided to buy the Bugaboo Donkey. I wanted Little I to be able to see Baby L, and I wanted to have his carrycot facing me.
Things that make the Phil & Teds Dash better than the Bugaboo Donkey
Things that make the Bugaboo Donkey better than the Phil & Teds Dash
I have to say, all in all, they are pretty equal matches. It just depends what you are looking for personally as to which pushchair would be better for you.
Would we recommend?
Definitely! The Phil & Teds Dash was recommended to us by quite a few friends, who have it, and we would be happy to pass that recommendation on to other parents. It would suit you if you are after a modern looking pushchair that provides all the necessary functionality a double pushchair needs to make it successful. It makes getting around with two kids that bit more bearable!!
Price and where to buy
£499 for the single pushchair. £149 for the double kit. £69 for the cocoon baby carrycot. You can find out more here.
Did you have a double pushchair for your little ones?
*We were sent the Phil & Teds Dash pushchair free of charge for an honest review. We were not compensated and all opinions are 100% honest, and our own.