After four months of in-depth research and parent-led testing, we reveal the UKs Best lightweight buggies and strollers to buy right now. Looking for the right buggy can be a tricky business, especially when there are a whole host of different features to consider. Umbrella or concertina fold? Four wheels or three? A stroller fit for a newborn or suitable for a toddler? While this type of pushchair may not be an immediate choice for many parents with a child under the age of two, buggies (otherwise known as strollers) are great alternatives to traditional travel systems because they are compact, easy to manoeuvre and ideal on public transport, which makes getting around big cities or urban areas a breeze. But which lightweight buggy is Best? Read on as we take you through the eight top-performing products, as recommended and tested by parents. Need more help? Check out our handy buyers guide further down this page for tips on what to look for when buying one. Read our lightweight buggy reviews | A buyers guide | Why you should trust us How we chose the products to test Mumsnet Reviews aims to combine the wisdom of the forums with expert advice and real-life testing. We commissioned Katie Portman, a journalist, parent and blogger, to research, test and write about lightweight buggies. With two children, aged one and five, Katie has first-hand experience using a multitude of baby products and has also written extensively for magazines on both pregnancy and parenting. She spent a number of hours researching the different types of buggies available to buy and collated the models most highly rated on the Mumsnet forums and across the web, scouring Bestseller lists and looking at the latest releases. She then narrowed down her list to a final shortlist of eleven strollers, ensuring she tested a range of products with contrasting price tags. How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique In seventy-seven days of testing, with over one hundred and fifty-four hours of road time, Katie pushed each stroller to the limit. She folded, unfolded, pulled, stretched, spilled and washed, and covered over fifty miles with each model to see if it would stand up to the challenges of everyday family life. In total, thats about the distance from London to Leicester, so they all had a good outing. Katie used each buggy for at least seven days in a variety of day-to-day scenarios with her one-year-old toddler. She made sure to cover different terrain – this included pavements, bumpy grassland, soft and wet ground and steep inclines – and also performed a number of targeted tests to see how each product fared. These tests included a topple test, a hill brake test, a storage basket test, and a car boot and public transport test. For continuity, we think it’s Best to get one tester to test all the models. This reduces any potential variables during the testing process and means that our results are based on like-for-like comparison. Following testing, Katie then scored the products on six key areas: safety and stability, assembly, aesthetics, day-to-day use, cleanliness and value for money. Five products were awarded a Mumsnet Best badge – these are the products that we feel offer the Best value for most parents. We also gave honourable mentions to three others. And the results are in. Here are the Best lightweight buggies and strollers for 2019. 1. Cosatto Woosh: Best Lightweight Buggy two thousand and nineteen “ I have the Woosh and I think its fabulous. ” Compact, stylish and easy to fold, the Cosatto Woosh is, quite simply, a dream for the school run. Lasting from birth all the way up five years old, it offers great longevity for parents. But, while it can be used with a newborn thanks to the handy lie-flat recline, we think its the Best lightweight stroller to use with a toddler, ideally from twelve months onwards. Great for parents who Need a budget-friendly option Want to simplify the school or nursery run Live in the city Pros Roomy seat with a large storage basket underneath Easy one-handed concertina fold with auto lock Full suspension Quick-release, five-point safety harness All-weather fabrics Large double-length sunshade with UPF 100+ – the Best sun hood out of all the strollers we tested Takes up very little room in an average car boot Really easy to clean Available in eight striking designs Cons Handle doesnt extend for different heights Occasionally struggles on bumpy or uneven ground No belly bar Product information Suitable from: Birth to 25kg Orientation: Forward-facing Car seat compatible: No Folded dimensions: thirty-three × forty-eight × 56cm Weight: 6kg RRP: £ 200 Comes with a rain cover Extras to buy: Footmuff Read the full review View on Amazon Watch the Cosatto Woosh in action 2. Babyzen Yoyo+ : Best Luxury Lightweight Buggy two thousand and nineteen “ I love my Yoyo. Its the Best buggy for travelling with, it’s light enough to carry and, as it folds up like a large bag, its actually easier to carry over the shoulder . ” The ever-popular Babyzen Yoyo+ is so small that it can even be checked in as hand luggage on flights. While its definitely on the higher end of the price scale, if youre looking for a good-quality, compact stroller, then this model won’t disappoint. We love the minute fold, the five-point harness and the Yoyo+s compatibility with baby car seats, which means that it can be used from birth right up to 18kg. Its also a good alternative to a travel system for parents looking for a compact solution right from the get-go. Katie found it to be the smoothest ride, and most convenient to fold, out of all the lightweight strollers she tested. majestic for parents who Travel a lot Want a buggy thats both parent- and forward-facing Have more money to spend Pros Compact and really easy one-handed fold Full suspension and soft drive system for effortless steering Quick-release safety harness Roomy seat Multi-position recline Comes with a carry strap and bag UPF 50+ extendable hood Compatible with a Babyzen Yoyo+ buggy board Cons Non-extendable handle Fairly small basket Needs to be assembled before use Tricky to clean Product information Suitable from: Birth (with a newborn attachment) to eighteen kg Orientation: Parent- and forward-facing Car seat compatible: Yes Folded dimensions: fifty-two × forty-four × 18cm Weight: 6.2 kg RRP: £ 389 Extras to buy: Buggy board, parasol, footmuff, leg rest, mosquito net, travel bag, cup holder, the compatible BeSafe iZi Go Modular car seat Read the full review View on Pramworld 3 : Mothercare Nanu Stroller : Best Value Lightweight Buggy two thousand and nineteen “ We got the Mothercare Nanu for our holiday. It lies completely flat and is pretty good. I cant attach a car seat but my daughter slept well once it was moving. ” Mothercares Nanu is a basic umbrella stroller that offers both comfort and simplicity. It manoeuvres and steers well, takes up very little room when folded (although the fold is a bit fiddly) and wont pinch at those purse strings. While the Nanu is more suited to toddlers than newborns, which means that it could have a fairly short usage time, if youre after a no-frills option to get you from A to B, then this product wont let you down. Great for parents who Have a toddler Are on a tight budget Want a holiday-friendly option Pros Very affordable Easy to clean Roomy seat Four-position recline Adjustable five-point safety harness No assembly required Lockable swivel front wheels Adjustable calf rest Vibrant retro-inspired Little bird design available Large sunshade Cons Can only be used up to 15kg (approximately three years old) Umbrella fold needs two hands and some practise Hood has no UPF for sun protection Struggles on bumpy ground Handles are foam and cant be extended Product information Suitable from: Birth to 15kg (although wed recommend from six months or older) Orientation: Parent-facing Car seat compatible: No Folded dimensions: thirty-one × thirty × 106cm Weight: 7kg RRP: £ 59 Comes with a rain cover Read the full review 4. Quinny Yezz Air: Best Lightweight Buggy for Urban/City Living two thousand and nineteen “ For parents who live and work in the city, this is a fantastic stroller. The only downside is the lack of basket and you have to purchase a rain cover separately. ” The Quinny Yezz Air is far from conventional , but its one of the lightest buggies we tested. Ideal for parents who need to get around quickly, its easy to push, great for public transport and effortless to carry – weighing in at just over 5kg. It also has a simple three-step fold and stands upright when folded. It may only last up until your child weighs 15kg, which is around age three, but what this travel buggy lacks in longevity it more than makes up for in manoeuvrability and comfort. The Yezz Airs sleek, almost futuristic, design is definitely a head-turner too. Great for parents who Live in the city or travel frequently Want something that little bit different Dont need much on-board storage space Pros Remarkably compact and practically featherweight A three-wheeled, contemporary model with 3D knitting technology Comfortable hammock-style seat to support all pressure points Skate wheels and front swivel wheels Compact fold with shoulder strap for easy carry Ergonomic pushbar Reversible sun canopy Cons Not suitable from birth No storage basket (knitted storage bag only) Seat doesnt recline Can be tricky to clean Struggles on bumpy ground Foot lever is a bit stiff when unfolding Product information Suitable from: Six months to fifteen kg Orientation: Parent-facing Car seat compatible: No Folded dimensions: twenty-seven × forty-two × 73cm Weight: 5.7kg RRP: £ 199 Extras to buy: Rain cover and travel bag Read the full review View on Baby Planet Related: The Best baby thermometers to buy 5. Maxi-Cosi Laika: Best Lightweight Buggy for Newborns two thousand and nineteen Like the the Quinny Yezz Air, the Maxi-Cosi Laika is the ideal urban stroller. Compact, easy to manoeuvre and collapse, its a great option if you use public transport regularly or have a small car boot. We think its the Best pushchair for parents with newborns as it can also be transformed into a three-in-one travel system with the compatible Maxi-Cosi carrycot. With multiple recline positions, an easy-to-use footbrake and a whole host of included extras, such as a removable bumper bar and car seat adaptors, it has pretty much everything you need for a day out with your baby. Great for parents who Are looking for a stroller that can be used from the day their child is born Have a higher budget Live in the city Pros Can be used as a travel system Carry strap makes it easy to carry Has a lie-flat recline for tiny babies Padded seat for extra comfort Simple concertina fold Expandable sunshade Quick-release five-point safety harness Adjustable leg rest A breeze to clean Cons Seat isnt particularly roomy Storage basket smaller than average Occasionally struggles on bumpy ground Carrycot must be purchased separately Product information Suitable from: Birth to 15 kg Orientation: Parent- and forward-facing Car seat compatible: Yes Folded dimensions: twenty-seven × 46.5 × 65.5cm Weight: 7.4kg RRP: £ 249 Extras to buy: Laika carrycot, car seat (Maxi-Cosi Rock, Citi, CabrioFix, Pebble and Pebble Plus), handlebar gloves, footmuff, parasol, baby cocoon Read the full review View on Amazon 6. Silver Cross Reflex “ I have one and love how compact it is. Very handy for public transport. I also use the newborn insert and its very cosy . ” Sporting full suspension, an easy umbrella fold and an ergonomic backrest, the Silver Cross Reflex is a simple but practical choice for most parents and one of the smoothest operators around. While it may not turn heads like the stylish Quinny Yezz Air, its both comfy and travel system-compatible – and doesnt take up much room in an average-sized car boot either. Great for parents who Have a newborn Need a product thats long-lasting long a buggy that can handle bumpy terrain Pros Easy to fold Travel-friendly Handles bumpy terrain and tricky curbs well Can be used with the Silver Cross Simplicity car seat Curved seat for maximum comfort and air flow Included head support for newborns Multi-position recline, including a lie-flat position Puncture-free swivel tyres Extendable (and ventilated) hood with UPF 50+ protection Lots of extras included, such as a removable bumper bar, a rain cover and car seat adaptors Cons Only compatible with one type of car seat several Mumsnet users say the storage basket could be bigger Product information Suitable from: Birth to 25 kg Orientation: Parent-facing (only with the newborn accessory pack) and forward-facing Car seat compatible: Yes Folded dimensions: thirty-five × thirty-five × 106cm Weight: 8.5kg RRP: £ 250 Extras to buy: Newborn accessory pack, Silver sour Simplicity car seat Read the full review View on Amazon 7. Baby Jogger City Tour “ For a pram to use in the city, I would suggest the Baby Jogger City Tour. Its so practical, folds up tiny and is super light. Not only would it fit in any boot but also a backpack too. ” Dreaming about a stroller thats small enough to fit into your backpack? Then look no further than the Baby Jogger City Tour (and were not even joking either). With a fold that gives the Babyzen Yoyo+ a run for its money, the City Tour is, without a doubt, one of the most compact buggies out there. So, if youre looking for something thats small and light enough to be packed down easily, then this may be the ideal choice for you. Great for parents who Travel often, including on public transport Have a child who is six months or older Live in the city Pros Really easy one-handed fold – one of the easiest of all on test Can be packed down into a backpack-style carry bag – ideal for holidays Ample storage space that holds up to seven kg UPF 50+ sunshade Has a near-flat recline Spacious seat unit Can handle different terrain despite its small wheels Cons Cant be used with a newborn Doesnt come with a rain cover Product information suited from: Six months to fifteen kg Orientation: Forward-facing Car seat compatible: No Folded dimensions: 45.5 × twenty-three × 57cm Weight: 6.4kg RRP: £ 220 Extras to buy: Belly bar, handmuff, cup holder, rain cover Read the full review View on Amazon 8. Joie Nitro “ We got a Joie Nitro last year. Easy to fold down, reclines, and lightweight but not flimsy. It replaced our normal buggy not long later as it was easier to use. ” The Joie Nitro is a well built piece of kit that stands its ground against much pricier models. With a pleasing design, fully reclinable seat and four-wheel suspension, the Nitro is a great budget option for parents and a handy travel companion for that much-needed family holiday. Great for parent who Need a stroller fit for a toddler Have a tight budget Are after a travel buggy for holidays Pros Full suspension Adjustable footrest Rain cover included Four-position recline Reasonable price tag Buggy board can be attached Foam handles come up nice and high Easy umbrella fold Can be used from birth, but more suited to older babies or toddlers Well-padded seat Cons Footbrake can be a little stiff Small sunshade, but it is removable Fiddly rain cover Storage basket is hard to access if seat is fully reclined Product information feasible from: Birth to 22.5 kg Orientation: Forward-facing Car seat compatible: No Folded dimensions: one hundred and nine × thirty × 30cm Weight: 7.5kg RRP: £ eighty Read the full review View on Argos
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