Product: Smart Trike 4-in-1 Dream
Age Range: 10 – 36 months
Manufacturer’s Description: The 4 in 1 Dream tricycle with Touch Steering® truly is a pleasure to ride and steer for both parents and children. Not only is it much easier to manoeuvre than the average trike thanks to the new Touch Steering® technology, it also transforms in 4 different ways. Starting at 10 months parents take full control with the steering handle.
As they grow they can practice steering, but thanks to the clever handlebar clutch, Mum and Dad still determine where the trike is headed! Once confidence grows they can start to try out the pedals. In the fourth stage, remove the parent handle and little one can wheel about independently from 30 months+.
With shock absorbent rubber wheels, built in suspension and a patented Swivel Wheel this really is the number one trike out there, and best of all you can assemble this magnificent toy it in just one minute!
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: We have been invited to take part in the “I’m a little smarTriker” challenge by BumpPR, and were sent a 4-in-1 Dream Smart Trike for Lydia to test out and participate in the challenges. We were already fans of Smart Trikes, as Georgie was given one for her 1st birthday back in 2012, and she has always really enjoyed it… and it’s not hard to see why.
When the box arrived and we told Lydia it was for her, she was so excited! She kept cruising round and round the box looking at the pictures and grinning. It took someone picking her up for a cuddle for me to be able to open up the box and unpack the various bits of trike.
The Smart Trike comes fully disassembled and it does look a little bit intimidating as you pull part after part out of the box, but the instructions are clear and easy to follow, so you shouldn’t run into too many problems. The only issue I had was skipping a step by accident and having to backtrack slightly to do it properly – just make sure you don’t let your excitement get ahead of yourself like I did!
Lydia was 10 months old when we received the trike, so we built it in stage one mode, with all of the back rest, padding, and shoulder harness in place. The allen key required to put the trike together was included in the box, although to swap the harness to the waist belt at the 15+ stage 2 will require a screwdriver of your own. I put the trike together quite speedily considering the dozen steps required and the impatient children watching me.
We decided to screw the bucket onto the rear of the trike, as a screw was included and the right holes to screw it into, although this wasn’t mentioned in the instructions. We needed to use our own screwdriver to do this. I think it’s a great improvement to the trike to be able to fix this if you want to, as when Georgie was younger she used to tip her trike bucket by accident, which frustrated her. We could always take the screw out later when she is in the final stage, if she wants to use it as a tipper bucket.
There is a QR code on the front of the instructions that I hoped would take me to a helpful video showing a trike being put together, but unfortunately whatever youtube video it was supposed to take me to has been deleted, and I think it was a warranty video anyway. I took a look at the website though, and there is an assembly video you can watch here, which seems good enough to help with any difficulties you may have putting it together.
Once it was constructed, Lydia was eager to get into her new wheels! Georgie informed everyone excitedly that “Lydia’s got a new motorbike!” and then pushed her little sister proudly around the living room.
We didn’t have to wait too long to take the trike out for a spin, as an unexpected spell of sunshine had us heading out for a quick walk around the village. Mum, Dad and myself all took turns pushing the trike, and were all really impressed by how easy it is to push along and how effortless the steering is. The difference between Georgie’s trike and this one with the touch steering is huge – this trike can be easily steered and pushed with one hand on the flat, leaving the other free to hold hands with Georgie. You could probably push it uphill on a smoothish surface with one hand too, but I preferred to use both hands just to be careful.
The trike has a bottle holder for your child’s drink, and a fun toy mobile phone for their entertainment as you drive around. This is electronic so don’t leave your trike out in the rain, even if you’re at the later stages and all the fabric components are no longer attached! There is also a bucket on the back which will hold a couple of toys quite easily.
In stage 1 mode you have a padded seat with over the shoulder 3-point harness, with a safety bar to stop your baby sliding sideways. A sunshade attached to the back of the seat gives you a bit of adjustable shade for your child, which is nice when the sun is beating down on you. Attached to the parent handle on the back of the trike is a bag for your bits and pieces, which is useful if you don’t have any pockets but want somewhere to slip your keys & mobile phone, etc.
One of my favourite features on this trike, and one that I would have liked to have on Georgie’s, is the parent foot brake. Similar to a pushchair brake, you can push the brake on and off with your foot, making sure that your trike isn’t going anywhere if you need to stop. It’s great to see this safety feature.
Footrests fold down from the underside of the trike for little legs too short for pedals to rest on in the first few stages. The pedals themselves fold out of the way, and are on a clutch system that prevents them from spinning around as you push the trike. We did notice that small pebbles on the road were flicking the peddles around sometimes and flicking mud onto Lydia’s feet. When your child is older, you can unfold the pedals, fold away the foot rest, and let them propel the trike with their pedal power!
The parent handle is lovely to use and hold, and the steering really is so much improved. The handlebar on the trike and the parent handle operate separately, with a setting on the front wheel enabling or disabling the handlebars ability to steer the trike.
Suspension feels good, and Lydia clearly found the ride comfortable as she fell asleep on our most recent outing with the trike! We have now tested the trike over bumpy lanes, grass, smooth tarmac, and gravel. The trike has dealt well with every surface and Lydia has really enjoyed her rides in it. I think she loves to be sat up and exposed more than in a pushchair, as she can see what is going on properly.
Unlike a pushchair, there isn’t a rain cover included with this trike. If it looks like it is going to rain, we have popped Lydia into her waterproof suit before putting her into the trike, so even if we did get caught in a shower (and we did, more than once!), she would stay dry.
Overall I have been very happy with the smart trike so far, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in with the “I’m a Little SmarTriker” challenges when we have moved into our new house next month!
This is a purchase that grows with your child, taking them from infancy through the toddler years. Georgie still enjoys hers and I am looking forward to having them both on out their trikes on walks this spring! £99.99 seems to be a good price for such a long lasting and versatile product. I just love how clever it is as more bits come off at each stage, to allow your child to develop and learn to peddle and steer by themselves.
We give the Smart Trike Dream 4-in-1 5 stars. It’s the perfect transport for walks and outings to the park!