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The best prams and pushchairs according to parents

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It’s an essential purchase all new parents have to make, but deciding on a pushchair for your precious new arrival can be difficult as the choices are seemingly endless. Do you go for a lightweight pram that makes getting your buggy in and out of the boot a breeze, or a complete travel system that allows you to clip your car seat onto your pushchair? There are a few questions you need to ask to make this decision, and we’re here to help.

What's the difference between a pram, buggy, pushchair and stroller?

When it comes to prams, buggies, strollers and pushchairs, there are some slight differences between them.

  • Pushchair - A pushchair is quite sturdy. You should be able to recline the seat fully so that your baby is lying down and have it either forward-facing or parent-facing. It'll usually grow with you, meaning it's suitable for both newborns and older babies, and can often fold flat.
  • Pram - A pram is designed to carry newborns and younger babies, usually while they're lying down. It's sturdy and generally can't be folded flat and it isn't suitable for older children.
  • Stroller - A stroller is lightweight and collapsible and is ideal for older babies and toddlers. You can find our round up of the best strollers here
  • Buggy - This is just another name for a stroller or pushchair! 
  • Double buggies - Have multiples or children close in age? Take a look at the best double pushchairs here. 
  • Travel system - If you're often out and about in the car, a travel system could be ideal for you. It's where the baby's car seat is easily attached and detached from the frame and will either clip on top of the pushchair seat component or attach directly to the chassis with the seat component removed meaning your baby won't be disturbed. Take a look at our pick of the best travel systems here. 

How do I choose the right pram for me?

With plenty of varieties available, it’s a good idea to start making a list of exactly what you’re looking for first. Firstly, you’ll need to answer a few questions...

  1. Is this pram for one baby or two
  2. How old is your little one when buying the pram?
  3. Do you need to use the pushchair in the city or on all terrains?
  4. How much storage space do you have in your boot?
  5. How much space do you have for the pram in your house
  6. Will you be using your pushchair on public transport often? 

Things to look out for when choosing a pram or pushchair

  • For your newborn, you’ll want a pram that can completely lie flat so that your baby can sleep on the move – lying flat on their back is important for their developing spine. You’ll notice many prams come with a newborn bassinet, and the option to switch to a reclining seat once your baby is old enough. Others have space for a carrycot to clip onto the pram frame until your baby is big enough to sit in the seat.
  • Stand out features to look for are reversible seats, so you can push your baby facing you, but turn them round to look at the world when they are old enough.
  • It’s also good to look for a pushchair that is easy to fold (as you’ll be doing this a lot) and easy to convert as your baby grows.
  • Don't forget to check the size of the basket - babies have a lot of stuff and so do us parents when we're out and about so a decent sized basket is a must.
  • If you live out in the countryside, you'll probably want to make sure the wheels and tyres of your baby's pram can handle the rough terrain so that your baby's ride isn't too bumpy! 

The best prams and pushchairs

Won a Gold Award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

Ideal for rural and suburban living, this pushchair has a large, robust design perfect for all-terrain journeys. The dual suspension can handle the ups and downs of off-roading while baby stays snug and cosy in the large, padded seat. And with the iconic one-hand fold, the Ocarro stores away easily, ready for the next adventure.

  • Suitable from birth
  • Lie-flat seat design
  • Ventilated seat
  • Large, extendable hood
  • Head cushion
  • Puncture-proof tyres
  • Easy-access under-seat basket
  • Adjustable pushchair handle
  • Max weight: 22kg 
  • Dimensions: H: 101 x W: 59 x L: 101cm Approx. Folded: H:40 x W: 59 x D: 78cm Approx. Wheel Size: Front: 8" Rear: 11" Weight: 13.5kg Approx.

Our mum tester, Amy says: I must admit I do love this pram! I love the fact that you can put it up and down using just one hand which did make my life easier (especially when caught in the rain)! I like the face the hood comes down quite far but there’s a zip to let some air in and a flap to check on your baby as you’re pushing (my previous pushchair didn’t have this) which does put your mind at ease, especially the first time you put your baby forward facing! Also, the fact that you can fold the pushchair down with the stroller seat on, and it folds down just as neat as it would without the seat is an added bonus as it saves time when out and about in the car! All in all these little features do make a huge difference!

Read our full review of the Mamas & Papas Ocarro here 

Won a silver award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

It’s a smooth ride with all wheel suspension which is ready for any terrain. Suitable from birth, you can maneuver it with one hand and fold the seat flat for deep, relaxed sleeps. Packed away, the retractable rear wheels fold into the frame, allowing it to fit into tighter spaces, so you can take more trips to more places.

  • All-season seat keeps baby cosy in winter and unsnaps to mesh in summer
  • Removable & reversible two-piece seat pad grows with baby.
  • Quick-release, five point harness that converts to a three point harness. 
  • Removable child armbar.
  • Removable, water repellent UPF 50+ canopy provides full coverage.
  • One-hand recline for on-the-go relaxing.
  • One-touch brake and front swivel wheel locks.
  • True flat sleeper recline seat.
  • Large storage basket.
  • Birth to 22kg
  • Dimensions: Open: L 82 x W 60 x H 110 cm, Folded: L 76 x W 60 x H 42 cm, Weight: 11.09 kg

Our mum tester Laura Brown says: This pushchair is lovely. What really stood out to me as a mum is the way the pushchair folds down into a compact space and that it is easy to move once it is collapsed. The pushchair is aesthetically pleasing too. I like that my baby was up quite high. Also, it was really easy to switch from mum facing to front facing. The chair section was really light to turn around easily. Storage is secure too and it’s quite a good size. Handles for mum and baby are comfortable to grip. The lining can be removed easily to clean.

Read our full review of the Nuna MIXX next here 

Won a Bronze Award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

The large rubber wheels are abrasion-resistant, puncture-proof, and provide a good grip on difficult terrain while being lighter than pneumatic wheels. They work to reduce shocks, provide greater stroller stability and comfort. The large rubber rear wheels can handle high curbs and uneven surfaces. It has an aesthetic zipper that allows you to hide excess material in a folded hood and an automatic lock prevents the stroller from unfolding during transport.

  • Premium rubber rear wheels - abrasion-resistant, puncture-proof, ensure proper grip
  • 4 wheel suspension
  • Easy folding and unfolding with one move
  • Deep foldable hood which is extendable
  • Automatic lock (auto lock system), prevents the stroller from uncontrolled unfolding and makes folding easier
  • Detachable safety bar on one or both sides covered with eco-leather
  • Lock against folding incorporated in mechanism in the handle
  • 4 position footrest adjustment
  • Dimensions: 93 x 57 x 105 cm
  • Weight: 9.5kg

Our mum tester Helen Mills-Hurst says: This product is very easy to use. It was simple to assemble and to collapse for transport, although it is quite large when collapsed. I particularly liked the one pedal brakes, very quick to put on and off. The foot muff means no fussing around with trying to stop a blanket from falling off, and having a cup holder was an unexpected bonus. It has a very roomy tray and a little pocket you can put your purse/phone in so they are in easy reach. It is perfect for shopping

Read our full review of the Kinderkraft GRANDE 2020 here

Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

The Cosmos is a premium, one-handed gravity fold pushchair with an affordable price tag, that enables you to focus on your baby rather than wrestling with the pushchair. It is so simple to fold it can be done while you’re holding your baby. When folded, it can be stored upright - perfect for compact spaces at home or when you are out and about. It offers everything you need from birth to 22kg, it is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre through tight spaces. With all-terrain, puncture-free wheels, the Cosmos is at home both on city streets and bumpy country pathways.

  • One-handed fold
  • Folds with seat (two ways)
  • Upright space saving standing storage
  • Advanced suspension
  • Extra large shopping basket
  • Extra large UV sun canopy with mesh insert
  • Ultra lightweight frame
  • High seat position for comfortable lifting child in and out
  • Seat height aligned to average table height
  • Easy to push and steer with one hand
  • Adjustable calf rest
  • Lockable swivel front wheels
  • Puncture free wheels
  • Quick release front and rear wheels
  • Easy flip flop friendly brake
  • Multi position recline
  • Multi position footrest
  • 5 point safety harness
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Suitable from birth to 22kg
  • Dimensions: 57cm x 78cm x 103cm

Our mum tester Joanne Guy says: We really enjoyed reviewing the didofy cosmos, we have used it outside as well as in the shopping centre. It's very easy to fold with its one hand fold system, making life so much easier for a busy parent. It's very easy to push and my baby had a very smooth ride both inside and out. Lightweight and excellent fold for storage.

Read our full review of the didofy Cosmos here

Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

The Out ‘n’ About GT is an excellent solution for parents who require a multipurpose pushchair. Ideal for everyday use with its effortless push, sleek design and lightweight frame gliding around the country or city has never been easier! Suitable from newborn up to 4 years old (approx) and with its range of travel system options and carrycot compatibility, a comfy ride is ensured for your little one. A quick one hand fold and compact design allows for easy handling and transport.

  • Raincover
  • Seat Liner
  • Shopping basket
  • Bumper bar
  • Easy lock pedal brake
  • One hand fast fold with ultra compact folding design
  •  2 year guarantee
  • Lockable 360° swivel front wheel
  • Travel system and carrycot compatible
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Quick release rear wheels
  • Multi-position reclining seat
  • Lay-flat newborn position
  • Retractable sun canopy with peek-a-boo window and pop out visor
  • Newborn to 4 years (approx.)
  • Height adjustable Handle height: 79cm - 106cm

Our mum tester Charlotte Buckett says: The pushchair is lightweight and easy to handle. It can be pushed with just one hand and the adjustable handle means you can find a setting which is most comfortable for you. The three wheels make it easy to manoeuvre and it is slimline, so it is easy to nip into narrow spaces and navigate around people without bumping into them!

Read our full review of the Out 'n' About GT here 

Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

With large, puncture-proof wheels, an advanced suspension system, and smooth backrest adjustment. Kinderkraft Cruiser provides a comfortable experience for both the parents and the child. The stroller features a useful, detachable feeding tray and a large basket for all baby's essentials. With premium rear rubber wheels are puncture-proof and abrasion-resistant. They also offer great, all-terrain shock absorption performance.

Large (25 cm), premium rubber rear wheels – wear resistant, puncture-proof tubeless tyres ensure excellent traction

  • Detachable, tray-shaped seat handle
  • 4-wheel suspension system
  • Easy to fold and unfold in one move
  • Anti-fold lock integrated in the handle
  • Easy dismantling of the bar, eco-leather finish
  • Smooth backrest adjustment into fully reclined position
  • Large, extendable canopy
  • Dimensions: 87 x 34 x 106 cm; weight: 7.6 kg

Our mum tester Annique Jeffrey says: This product makes my life easier as a Mum because the stroller is compact enough to fit in the boot of my small run around car. It also provides a decent level of comfort for my little one. The open and close function is quick and easy, so no need to be faffing around. The cup holder is a blessing, as it means I don’t need to keep bending down and looking for my water bottle in the shopping basket!

Read our full review of the Kinderkraft CRUISER here

Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

This fully-featured compact pushchair is perfect for city living or jet-setting travellers. TRIV™ is cleverly designed with a seat that can face both ways and fold both ways, and can easily convert to a travel system. The ring adaptor can even fold with the frame, creating the perfect sidekick to your everyday adventures. For a quick trip to the corner shop or getting across town, TRIV packs up quickly, folds with one hand and stands on its own, keeping your busy hands free. 

  • Rain covers, sun canopy, carrycot/car seat adapters all included
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • One hand fold mechanism 
  • Free standing when folded
  • 5-Point harness type
  • Lockable swivel wheels
  • 3 Reclining positions
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum User Weight 22kg
  • Dimensions H109 x W52.5 x D89cm

Our mum tester Jennie Corrie says: This product made my life easier as a mum because the compact design with multiple configurations allowed me to adjust the seat to my needs at any given time. My son is above the 99th centile for both weight and height and this seat was plenty big enough for him and still had growing room! The extension on the handle bar was extremely generous so was comfortable to push for both myself and my husband.

Read our full review of the Nuna TRIV here

Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

New dual-action rear suspension paired with front suspension ensures a softer ride and a downsized fold makes the CRUZ V2 easy to carry and tuck into tight spaces or boots. Bigger wheels create a smoother ride over tough terrain and the toddler seat can now accommodate children 6 months up to 22kg. A higher back, longer leg rest, and a deeper footrest provide added comfort for growing children. 

  • Extending sun shade, raincover, insect net all included
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • Parent Facing
  • Two hand fold 
  • Free standing when folded
  • 5-point harness type 
  • Lockable swivel wheels 
  • Maximum weight: 22kg
  • Dimensions: H41.9 x W83.8 x D57.8cm

Ou mum tester Jennifer Broomfield says: This product feels very lightweight and is easy to manoeuvre. My son is walking so has been perfect out on our walks when I’ve decided to let him walk for a little while as I can easily keep my child on his reign and push this stroller around at the same time. The brake system is a very clever design and much better than the pushchair I have, putting the brake on and off is much easier and I’m not scuffing any of my shoes. The handle is very comfortable also which is great for long walks.

Read our full review of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 here

Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Pushchairs category 

This elegant pushchair is as easy to fold, as it is on the eye – the handy quick release on the back of the seat will have you packed up and ready to go in the blink of an eye, whether the seat is fixed forward or rear facing. The clever freestanding when folded design also makes it easy to lift and store. The versatraxTM handles like a dream thanks to the Sweet StrideTM single front swivel wheels, all wheel suspension and one touch brakes.

  • One hand flat fold.
  • Freestanding when folded.
  • 3 forward and 3 rear facing recline positions.
  • 1 hand recline adjustment.
  • Reversible seat.
  • 5 point harness.
  • Lockable front swivel wheels.
  • Handle height adjustable from 101 to 109cm.
  • Dual wheel suspension.
  • Linked brakes.
  • Adjustable leg rest.
  • Compatible with joie i-snug, joie i-gemm, joie gemm car seat, joie i-level car seats.
  • Raincover, removable washable cover, shopping basket, bumper bar, detachable bumper, detachable hood chest pads all included.
  • Weight 11.7kg.
  • Age suitability: from birth to 22kg (approx 4 years).
  • Folded dimensions L34, W65, D81cm.

Our mum tester Laura Minns says: The foldability of this pram is excellent! The pushchair is really robust in build and quality- the wheels for example are thick and great for different terrains. So to get a pushchair which is so sturdy and also fold so compactly is a really unique feature. The easy pull handle to fold the pram is such a great feature and makes getting it in and out the car so easy. It also makes the pram much smaller to store than long, conventional pushchairs.

Read our full review of the Joie versatrax here 

 
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