Silver Cross Reef
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Silver Cross Reef

The multi-terrain urban pram with a large frame base
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The Silver Cross Reef is a May 2022 release of a single, larger-wheeled reversible pushchair with the possibility of a full-featured 2in1 or 3in1 stroller system, and a more all-terrain version of its urban brother, the Silver Cross Dune. Silver Cross actually presents it as a 5in1 as there are optional accessories such as a soft insert cot called "Newborn Pod" usable right in the seat, and a ride-on board available (there's more, e.g. a luxury backpack-style changing bag to buy separately if you want such).

The flat-folding Silver Cross Reef stroller frame features an individual wheel suspension, and the size of the wheels is larger, so even occasional bumps should be ok. The slightly rigid chassis and suspension of Silver Cross strollers overall make it still better for city surfaces mostly. The from-birth "First Bed Folding Carrycot" is a regular folding carrycot with a double sun visor and enough ventilation to allow overnight sleeping. Apart from this bassinet, you can attach a car seat with adapters (either Silver Cross or a Maxi-Cosi/Cybex type of adaptors are available) to create a car-friendly travel system (officially compatible with these car seats: Clek Liing; Cybex, and Maxi-Cosi car seats - all, including the Mico 30, Mico Max & Coral XP; Nuna Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite LX and Pipa RX).

The seat unit of the Reef is reversible, so you can click it on parent-facing or street-facing as needed. The seat has a canopy that includes an extension, a double sun visor, and even a hidden integrated sunshade called "Sun Sail" that will cover pretty much the whole child even in lie-flat mode. Dune also boasts a "Genius harness system" that stays open and features a magnetic buckle for easy harnessing the child in. A lot of padding and luxury-looking recycled/sustainable fabrics are some of the reasons for the luxury look of the pram as well as the high price of this city model.

Silver Cross Reef Features & Specifications

The Basics

Pushchair (seat and chassis only), 2in1 stroller system, 3in1 stroller system
Stroller weight
12.5 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
112 cm x 61 cm x 85 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
71 cm x 61 cm x 30.5 cm
Chassis material
Country of origin

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
22 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-30 months
Reversible seat unit
Easy-release memory button(s) on the seat or the carrycot
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
Reclining backrest
Yes, 3 positions
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Backrest recline type
Rear-located recline mechanism (e.g., lever-operated)
One-hand backrest recline system
Extendable backrest
Legrest positioning
Yes, 3 positions
Extendable leg rest
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
Backrest height
50 cm
Width and depth of the sitting surface
? x 20 cm
Total length of the seat unit
85 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
Height-adjustable seat
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
Fabrics removable for cleaning
Seat fabrics cleaning
Wipe-clean only
Safety harness type
Harness padding
Height-adjustable harness belts
Ventilation integrated into the seat
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Extendable canopy/hood
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
Height-adjustable canopy
Removable canopy
Waterproof canopy
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
A pocket integrated into the canopy
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
Peek-a-boo window can be closed/covered
Quiet (magnetic/no velcro) peek-a-boo window
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
Bumper bar type (style)
Removable bumper bar
Gate-opening (swing-away) bumper bar
Height-adjustable bumper bar
Bumper bar features a fabric (non-wipe-clean) cover
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap

The Wheels

Number of wheels
Front wheel(s) type
Rubber-coated wheels
Rear wheels type
Rubber-coated wheels
Front wheels diameter
19 cm
Rear wheels diameter
25.5 cm
Swivel wheels
Lockable wheels
Removable wheels
All wheels are double wheels
All-terrain version of wheels available to purchase separately
Wheels equipped with mudguards
Two-wheel mode

The Suspension

Wheels with suspension
Suspension type
Open springs
Adjustable suspension softness
Rocking chassis

The Brake

Central brake system/type
One-step rocker pedal (flip-flop friendly)
Deceleration handbrake

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
Self-standing fold
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
Outward fold (the seat fabrics are on the outside after folding)

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Handlebar material
Leatherette (PU/eco-leather)
Handlebar height
98.5-112 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
Safety wrist strap

The Basket

Shopping basket
Large shopping basket
Basket's weight capacity
4.5 kg
Closable basket
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible
Yes (without adapters)
Internal dimensions of the carrycot - mattress measurement
70 x 31 cm
Carry handle on the carrycot
Inclining carrycot mattress
Foldable carrycot
Rocking-base carrycot
Ventilatilated carrycot base (bottom ventilation system)
Carrycot installable in the car instead of a group 0+ car seat (Auto carrycot)
Carrycot positioned high on the frame

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
Cup holder can be attached
Reflective elements
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
Rain cover included
Mosquito net included
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
Seat liner/insert included
Changing bag included
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
LED light(s)
Built-in audio speakers
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat

Parent reviews of the Silver Cross Reef

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  • Absolutely zero
  • Take weeks to return your emails
  • No number to call available
  • Do not understand the concept of customer service
  • And the pram had a known fault of the frame

Avoid this business like the plague.

I purchased a Reef at the BPC expo Canberra. After approx 2 months of use the frame started to collapse. It took over 3 months of back and forth emails, they finally told me it needed to be sent back. They then deemed that by not folding it properly that is why it was faulty, despite the fact it is impossible to fold with the handle up. If they knew their own product they would know this. Anyway, my daughter is now 7 months, I haven't had a functioning pram for over 3 months, and I am $1000 in debt. AVOID.

  • Looks
  • Quality
  • Balance
  • Steering!

Poor quality which is so disappointing. Looks great. Broke early on. Balance poor - hard to get front wheels up kerb when handle low. Suspension poor. Only works on flat pavements.

We are now on our FOURTH replacement chassis

  • Beautiful aesthetic
  • Slick
  • Not clunky
  • AVOID, faulty


Customer service from Tony Kealy, Belfast has been fantastic so far, but I feel I owe it to other parents to review the Silver Cross Reef. We thought long and hard about our pram bundle for our first baby and went for the Reef despite it being one of the most expensive as it looked so beautiful and my family have always had Silver Cross. The pram was a gift from my Mum. Sadly we are now on our FOURTH replacement chassis. The same as multiple other reviews which can be found on John Lewis and other sites, the Reef handle wobbles to the point it feels it will break. After the THIRD replacement, we were assured the fourth was a redesign. We received it last week, and it broke the same way today. I’m so sad as I love the look of this pram, but its design is so poor 😞 I’ll be asking for a refund now and will go with a different brand as have lost faith in the product design and testing process.

  • Manoeuvring
  • Looks
  • Sturdy
  • Folding mechanism
  • Heavy
  • Low wheel base makes it hard to push over any small bump or the curb.
  • Seat is very low to the ground

Disgraceful product by disgraceful company.

Has broken twice in less than 5 months of use. Silver Cross is non contactable. I emailed 7 times and called their stores repeatedly before I finally received a reply. Still waiting since February for a replacement frame and now the hood snapped. DO NOT BUY.

  • Good points:
  • Stylish
  • Nice material
  • Roomy basket
  • Bassinet practical
  • Height adjustable handle
  • Cosy footmuff
  • Bad points:
  • Heavy
  • Difficult to fold and unpredictable mechanisms
  • Difficult to attach stroller seat to chassis
  • Magnetic harness nearly impossible to close with baby in pram - easy when trying in the shop with no baby
  • Hood snapped after 2 weeks of use and was replaced by Silver Cross

Family has always purchased Silver Cross, and when the agreed arrived just in time for new grandchild, there was no contest. The carrycot/bassinet is really good and practical in that it flattens for storing. Comfortable and looks well made and easy to add to the pram chassis.

The stroller however is not so straightforward.

Luxurious-looking with drawbacks

  • looks
  • padding
  • harness (easy and modern!)
  • basket = large, access is neat
  • larger wheels that don't need inflating
  • sunshade on the hood
  • weight
  • larger frame
  • price point
  • shorter calf rest and a seat that overall won't last till the presented 55 lbs
  • not as all-terrain TBH

A very luxurious-looking pram. I love it, but I can see a few drawbacks already. The bassinet sees a bit short so I don't think the baby is going to last there up till the usual 6 months of age. I would probably pick the insert cot if I were to pick again. The seat's calf rest is a bit too short and the footrest is far, so a 1-1.5 years old child will have its feet dangle. And the frame is a bit wide and overall heavy, so even with that flat fold (which is very nice indeed, and one-handed after a few tries), it is not a compact stroller easy to load in your trunk. My last niggle is the all-terrainness, I mean it can go over grass or gravel but it is not a comfort stroller that would do so softly and fuss-free. It is more of a stylish pram that you can show off while tackling bumpy pavements and an occasional dirt road.

Your questions about the Silver Cross Reef


The first bed seems really wobbly when attached to the pram. Is this normal? Worried baby will get thrown about when going up and down curbs.

Hi, Lizzie,

A bit of a wobble is normal, it absorbs vibrations from bumps, and many strollers do have those attachment points made so it is not completely tight. However, if the looseness - wobbling is so strong you're worried your baby might fall out, that is definitely a manufacturing fault and you should contact your seller/distributor/Silver Cross customer service and perhaps claim your warranty - it wouldn't be safe to use a stroller that wobbles too strongly.

.eli - 22 Nov 2023

For a 5/6 month old should the harness straps be at the highest setting or do you start at bottom and move up as they grow (or opposite)? When my baby is in pram the strap pads are right up at his neck like a neck pillow! Thanks

Hey, Soph,

Normally, you start at the lowest or the second lowest setting depending on your child's size. The straps should be at, or just below your little one's shoulders' height. They should then go higher as the child grows, in any case the general rule is to have them attached at or just under the shoulder's height.

.eli - 05 Aug 2023

I have the Silver Cross Reef and the side seems to slip out every now and again. Is my stroller faulty or is there a way to fix this please?

Hey, Han,

I am not sure what you mean by the side slipping out. If you mean the attachment point, well, that should definitely stay on, otherwise it's a health hazard and definitely a fault that should get repaired or the part replaced.

.eli - 02 Jul 2023

How do you keep the Reefs seat footrest locked in place? It falls as soon as my 14 LB 8 month old is put in the seat as well as with light touch when she is out of it?

Hey, Jane,

The leg rest should click into place and get unlocked only by pushing the side buttons. Check if those buttons are not pushed and stuck in so that the leg rest would be loose, but if they are not, something internal got broken, as it should hold. In that case, you'll need to contact the seller or the brand's customer service about a possible warranty claim / servicing or repair/replacement.

.eli - 08 Jun 2023

Can you use the same hood for the carrycot, chair and carseat?

Hi Janeh,

No, unfortunately the hoods are separate for each of the part, so the seat has its own hood, and so does the carrycot, and the car seat. They are not interchangeable.

.eli - 20 Feb 2023


Does the Silver Cross Reef allow for a second seat?

Hiya, Krystal,

If you open the stroller's specifications, this feature is actually in the list - ad the answer is no, this pram does not allow single-to-double convertibility; only 1 seat (or any other part of the travel system) can be attached to the frame.

.eli - 28 Nov 2022

Can the Silver Cross Reef be used for traveling on an airplane? Will they let you on the plane and put it in overhead compartment?

Hi, Cs,

They definitely WON'T let you put it in the overhead compartment as it would never fit, this is a full-size model that is simply not that small. So, as cabin luggage, you will not be able to take the Reef with you on the plane.

You can, however, take it as checked luggage or, with some airlines, as baby's free luggage. In the second case, you will take it to the plane, they will store it after you get on, and will return it to you when getting off.

.eli - 23 Nov 2022

Hi. What is the function of the ‘lever’ which sticks out at the front of the underpram basket to the parent’s right hand side?


It is the automatic lock that holds the stroller together when folded so that it doesn't start opening when for example being loaded in the car boot.

.eli - 11 Sep 2022

Which lay flat (157 degrees) car seat is tested and fits on the Reef chassis? I was looking at the Maxi Cosi Marble but don't know if it has been tested and approved on the Reef frame?

Hi, Nicola,

The brands often test only a few car seats and prefer their own. If not a small stroller, though (which the Reef is not), you should be ok with any car seat that fits the adapters. In this case, I would not be worried about the Maxi-Cosi Marble, the Joie i-Level, The Kiddy Evluna i-size or the Cybex Cloud.

If still in doubt, be sure to write to Silver Cross customer service, they will have the most updated info, I believe. But I am pretty sure that with Maxi-Cosi adapters, abovementioned car seats will be ok.

.eli - 22 Jun 2022

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