Tips for choosing a pushchair for your budget and needs, plus our pick of the very best prams on the market
Buying a pram, buggy or pushchair is a rite of passage when preparing for a baby’s arrival. It’s one of the biggest investments you’re likely to make when expecting and it can easily be one of the most confusing, particularly for first-time parents.
Do you opt for a lightweight model or one with a more sturdy design? Should it have small wheels or larger wheels? Is a modular design best, so you can swap in car seats and toddler seats as your little one gets bigger? And that’s before you’ve even thought about how long it will last, its colour, how easy it is to fold up and how much storage space it offers.
To help you make sense of the world of baby transportation systems, below we reveal our top tips on the key consideration when looking for a pram, buggy or pushchair. This is followed by our choices of the best prams on the market to suit all needs and price ranges.
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How to choose the best pram, buggy or pushchair for you and your baby
Generally speaking, a pram is most suitable for a newborn baby because these options can lay fully flat. A buggy/pushchair/stroller is typically forward-facing – although not always – and ideal once children are sitting confidently from the age of around six months.
You may choose to buy a pram for your young baby and swap that for a buggy once they’re sitting happily. However, the majority choose convertible models that take children from birth up to walking age. These convertible buggies either feature reversible designs with seats that can lie flat and face forward and backwards, or modular systems that allow you to attach a carrycot. Our list includes both convertible and standalone models.
What is the best size for my pram or buggy?
If you have plenty of space at your disposal in your home and a big car, and you’re not a frequent user of public transport, then a large and luxurious buggy will transport your little one in comfort. Otherwise, a lighter and slimmer model that you can easily lift onto the bus or tube, or that can be loaded into the car boot with ease (and perhaps even with one hand), will be a better option.
A complete travel system with a variety of attachments and accessories such as a carrycot, baby seat and car seat that fit onto the basic buggy frame can be a convenient option for drivers, but consider where you will store the attachments when they’re not in use.
What other features should I look for?
Nowadays, there are strollers for just about any situation. If you’re expecting twins or planning a sibling within a year or two of your first, there are models that have expansion built into the design, converting a single pram into a double, and saving you money in the long run. If you’re an avid runner and would like to continue jogging once baby arrives, you can opt for a running buggy, which comes with large wheels and a stable design that’s specifically made for the job.
Your choice of pram or pushchair may optionally include a rain cover, carrycot, car seat, a buggy muff or cosy-toes for the baby, as well as a hand muff for you, a cup-holder, a buggy board, or a number of extras that may make your life easier (and less expensive, if it means you don’t have to purchase these separately). Budget models are less likely to include all these extras, so check what your buggy does and doesn’t include before you buy.
How we test prams
There’s a lot to think about when buying a pram, but you can be sure that our hands-on tests deliver the most honest and comprehensive information about a product. Our reviewers are parents themselves, so they understand first-hand the questions that need answering before making such an important purchase.
As such, each pram in the list is put through its paces at home and while out and about, running everyday chores. We assess each model for everything from ease of assembly, to the effort required to push it, its suitability for different age groups, and the quality and finish of a pram’s fabrics. We also look at how a pram manoeuvres on and off pavements, how small it folds down, and if you can carry it up and down stairs easily. Our list comprises prams that are suitable for newborns, strollers for toddlers, and models that are ideal for travel. You’ll find the key specs of each pram included at the bottom for quick comparison.
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The best prams, buggies and pushchairs you can buy in 2023
1. Stokke Xplory X: Best all-rounder
Price when reviewed: £1,159 | Check price at John Lewis
Granted, you may pay a bit more for Stokke products, but for the extra money you get a whole load of additional features, advanced comfort, stylish design, reliability, durability and optimal customer support.
Superseding the original Xplory V6 model, which was all the rage for many years with yummy mummies everywhere (and, quite frankly, still is), the Xplory X released in 2021 delivers the same high quality and style we’ve come to expect from this top brand.
This sturdy pushchair has large and heavy swivel wheels with a secure grip that makes it effortless to manoeuvre with just one hand. It features luxury woven fabrics and sleek lines, and there’s a lot of plush cushioning around the ergonomically designed seat as well as in the area that will be around the baby’s head. This sleek pushchair is also conveniently compatible with the separate infant car seat and carrycot.
Add to this superior safety features, reclining back positions, an adjustable footrest and an extendable, water-repellent SPF 50+ canopy to keep the wind, rain and sun out. Thanks to its mesh design, it also provides snug comfort in the winter while also being well ventilated during the warmer months. It doesn’t have a fixed basket underneath, but there’s something better: a clever, removable shopping bag with plenty of room for belongings, which can be sealed shut to protect your purchases from the elements.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 months to 22kg; Wheels: Lockable swivel wheels; Folded dimensions: 105 x 47.5 x 56cm; Unfolded dimensions: 131 x 100.5 x 56cm; Weight: 13.4kg
2. Babyzen YOYO²: Best pram overall
Price when reviewed: £450 | Check price at Mamas & Papas
The Babyzen YOYO² is the latest update to the incredibly popular original. The main selling point of the YOYO² is its super-light design, which can be stored in the smallest of spaces (such as a cupboard, a small car boot or overhead aeroplane compartment), and is also easy to fold down or flip out again while carrying a child.
The stroller weighs just 6.2kg, and it can also be paired with the newborn pack or bassinet for use from birth. What we love about this pram is that, despite its low weight, it still feels premium, featuring soft fabric and a sturdy frame. Once folded down, the pram can easily be carried over the shoulder using the attached strap.
While this pram is brilliant as it comes, you can customise it depending on your needs, with add-ons including a foot muff, Isofix base for the YoYo car seat, and a buggy board. We used it while abroad in sunnier climes with the detachable parasol, which worked brilliantly over a few days of sightseeing. And it took up barely any space in our suitcase.
So, while many other prams that are designed for travel and convenience try to match the YOYO, in our opinion this remains the best in class for its light, clever, compact design.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 months to 22kg; Wheels: Swivel wheels; Folded dimensions: 52 × 44 × 18cm (HWD); Unfolded dimensions: 106 x 44 x 86cm (HWD); Weight: 6.2kg (13.6lbs) in the 6+ version, 6.6kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet
3. iCandy Orange 3 Designer Collection Crush: Best luxury pushchair
Price when reviewed: £1,149 | Check price at iCandy
The latest addition to iCandy’s premium pushchair line is the Orange 3, updated in a luxurious Black Crush fabric. iCandy is brilliant when it comes to thoughtful design, with this pram no exception; the model arrives with a super-comfy padded seat, a lightweight, streamlined frame, and matte-black chassis frame. We found that not only was this a lovely pram to push as a result of its soft suspension, but it kept our little one secure and comfortable during on-the-go naps. The integrated ride-on board (which is an iCandy signature) was also invaluable for nursery and school pick-ups, negating the need for a bulky buggy board.
There are tons of other great features to shout about, such as a generous 64-litre basket at the base, SPF50+ ventilated canopy, and optimised tyre tread that makes it ideal for on and off-road terrain. The travel system also comes with a carrycot and three-position reclining seat that can be easily switched with adapters. The freestanding fold also sees the pram collapse with the seat unit and bumper bar still attached, which is always a huge plus.
The downside is its high price tag, although it’s expected from a premium brand such as iCandy. While you may find some of the features included here in more affordable models, we don’t think you can beat the iCandy Orange 3 for overall style. The new textured velour fabric, for instance, is a lovely touch that really sets it apart from the competition.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 months to 25kg; Wheels: Lockable swivel wheels with optimised tyre tread; Folded dimensions: 85 x 61 x 60cm; Unfolded dimensions: 83 x 38 x 22cm; Weight: 12.1kg
4. Nuna Mixx Next: Best runner-up
Price when reviewed: £660 | Check price at John Lewis
Cleverly designed and springy enough to ride over all sorts of terrain, the Nuna Mixx Next is a stylish pushchair with outstanding suspension and the scope to work as a complete travel system. Improving on the original Nuna Mixx, this update makes an already excellent pushchair even better, with improved suspension and rubber tyres on the wheels for better manoeuvrability making it rugged and bouncy enough to manage most environments. It also includes a neat extra feature: the back wheels retract when you fold it up.
The Mixx Next also self-stands when folded and the seat can be popped out and replaced with adapters for a car seat or a bassinet. While the latter may be useful if you have a newborn, Nuna’s pushchair is notable for having a full-recline(ish) setting, something many of its competitors don’t. Add the option to fold up the footrest, and you have a makeshift bassinet to keep young babies horizontal and safe.
The seat sits high on the frame, which is handy for larger children who may otherwise be close to dragging their feet on the floor, and the canopy can be unzipped for added cover or lifted in places to allow for extra ventilation. The charm of the Mixx Next is in its use of high-quality material (the faux leather push bar is a nice touch) coupled with a mid-range price tag.
The Mixx Next is also available as a bundle that includes a carry cot, car seat, 360° car seat base and compatible rain cover, making it more than capable of accommodating newborns and overnight trips. The bundle retails for £1,200 at John Lewis, and this works out around £120 cheaper than buying the additional items separately at their usual RRPs.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 to 4 years or 22kg; Wheels: Lockable swivel wheels; Folded dimensions: 76 x 60 x 42cm, Unfolded dimensions: 82 x 60 x 110cm; Weight: 11.09kg (single); 13.4kg (bundle)
5. Mamas & Papas Ocarro: Best stylish pushchair
Price when reviewed: From £849 | Check price at Mamas & Papas
If your budget can stretch to it, we highly recommend checking out the award-winning Ocarro pushchair from Mamas & Papas. Yes, it’s on the pricier end of the spectrum, but its high-quality and high-class craftsmanship is evident as soon as you take it out of the box. It’s an incredibly stylish pushchair featuring dual suspension and large wheels to make pushing it over various terrains a doddle. Though it’s a sturdy and durable pushchair, it’s surprisingly compact when you fold it down.
The seat itself is the dreamiest, most comfortable environment for your little one. It’s made from a memory foam-style padded cushion wrapped in the same thick, soft, plush and luxurious material that the rest of the buggy is covered in. This includes the rain hood, which is available in a selection of eight modern yet timeless neutral colours. The Ocarro is also available with an array of similarly luxurious extras, such as a nappy bag with a removable changing mat, footmuff, parasol, adapters and cup holder. It’s compatible with the Ocarro car seat and carrycot, too.
The pushchair alone will cost you £849, but Mamas & Papas offers bundle deals if you want to add these helpful extra accessories. Whether you opt for the pushchair on its own or the complete travel system, you’re getting a bunch of superior features including dual suspension, puncture-proof tires, safety reflective wheel rims, mesh pockets that can store plenty of belongings and an adjustable handle for the pusher’s comfort.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 to 4 years or 22kg; Wheels: Lockable swivel; Folded dimensions: 40 x 59 x 78cm; Unfolded dimensions: 101 x 59 x 101cm; Weight: 13.5kg
6. GoodBaby Pockit+ Stroller: Best lightweight pushchair for travelling
Price when reviewed: From £190 | Check price at Amazon
It’s not a complete travel system, but any parent will tell you that the handiest stroller you can buy is one that you can operate single-handedly. This would mean that it would have to be light, simple to operate and cooperative – and the GoodBaby Pockit+ is just that stroller.
Weighing just 5.6kg, it’s the lightest, most compact stroller around (it was awarded the Guinness World Record for the smallest folding stroller on the market in 2014), yet it’s still sturdy and can serve your child up until they’re four years old (or 17kg), so you’ll get plenty of use out of it. What’s more, this impressively compact stroller folds up so small it can even be taken on as carry-on luggage and stored in an aeroplane’s overhead storage compartment.
It’s easy to push and its five-point harness keeps your little one secure. Its soft, hammock-style seat lays almost flat, making it great for naps under a parasol. While its basket isn’t the largest, it will still hold a bag of shopping or your essentials. The canopy, too, is on the small side, but the benefits of this stroller far outweigh these negatives. At £190, it’s reasonably priced, too.
Other worthy contenders for the lightweight and compact carry-on stroller category are the Didofy Aster (6.2kg, £299) and Inglesina’s Quid 2 (5.9kg, £299); but as you can see, the Pockit+ wins for both a lower price and weight.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 6 months to 4 years; Wheels: Lockable swivel; Folded dimensions: 20 x 34 x 42-55cm; Unfolded dimensions: 102 x 42 x 71cm; Weight: 5.6kg
7. Nuna TRIV Pushchair: Best easy-to-carry travel system
Price when reviewed: £600 | Check price at John Lewis
Nuna’s brilliant TRIV pushchair combines style with portability, thanks to an easy-to-fold design that makes for a classy companion for trips around the city. Light and compact, but with plenty of storage space and a range of seating options, it balances the benefits of a full travel system with a frame that can be collapsed and carried in just one hand.
The TRIV’s design is based around a seating system that can be reclined through a range of angles and even popped out to be replaced by an adapter for a bassinet or a car seat. This delivers an impressive level of flexibility, with the bassinet definitely worth considering as an additional purchase if you have a newborn. Even on its own, though, the TRIV’s seat is an adaptable piece of kit, including optional calf support, four reclining options and an extendable water-repellent UPF 50+ canopy with ventilation.
That attention to detail – from the use of high-quality materials (such as the faux leather push bar and the cosy wool insert) to the clever way the whole unit folds – is a big part of what sets this pushchair apart from the competition. Once it’s collapsed, a leather strap on the pushchair’s base makes it easy to pick up, carry down a flight of stairs and put into a car boot.
The TRIV is an outstanding stroller with an appealing mid-range price, ideal for anyone doing a lot of strolling around and getting in and out of cars.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 to 4 years or 22kg; Wheels: Lockable swivel; Folded dimensions: 32 x 52 x 65cm; Unfolded dimensions: 81 x 52 x 109cm; Weight: 8.8kg
8. Bugaboo Cameleon 3: Best all-in-one stroller
Price when reviewed: £695 | Check price at Bugaboo
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is the third edition of this iconic all-in-one design buggy, immediately recognisable by its neat shape and bold colour options. The Bugaboo has won fans worldwide for its versatile handling and flexible functionality, with a fully reclinable and reversible seat, height-adjustable handlebar and adjustable suspension that ensures a smooth ride on any terrain.
The innovative Dutch design includes a carrycot that converts into a seat (so you won’t need to stash it in the house when not in use), while a smooth and simple switch-and-lock on the X-shaped handlebar easily turns the baby to face towards either you or the world. It has two wheel positions that make for an easy ride even through sand or snow.
The redesigned basket is still roomy enough to store plenty of belongings and shopping but now it’s easier to access. The Cameleon 3 also comes with a host of accessories, including a rain cover and a sun canopy, and you also have the option of purchasing various “Plus Bundles”, which come with other items you may need such as a changing bag, car seat, footmuff and more.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 to 36 months; Wheels: Lockable swivel with foam-filled rubber tyres; Folded dimensions: 90 x 50 x 31cm; Unfolded dimensions: 100 x 59 x 80cm; Weight: 9.6kg
9. Joie Chrome DLX: Best versatile pushchair
Price when reviewed: £300 | Check price at Smyths
The Joie i-Level is one of the best car seats around, especially for young babies, and if you like the convenience of popping the car seat straight onto a stroller, you’ll need to get a compatible pushchair. This is where the Joie Chrome DLX comes in.
This reasonably priced, lightweight and stylish 3-in-1 pram, pushchair and stroller comes with a carrycot for newborns, but it also gives you the option to lay the pushchair seat flat. The pushchair comes with a leg rest that adjusts as your baby grows, and it can face both inwards and outwards for when your baby wants to see the world and not just you. It comes with a comfortable mattress, an extendable hood, a cosy apron and a rain cover.
Other handy features include a handlebar that you can adjust according to your height, a removable bumper bar and ShoeSaver brakes. We also love the size of the sun canopy and the roomy basket.
Despite being lightweight, the Chrome DLX has large, all-terrain tyres with all-wheel suspension and quick-release wheels, and can carry babies weighing up to 17.5kg. In addition to supporting the i-Level car seat, you can also fit the Joie Gemm and i-Gemm seats on the base.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 to 17.5kg in weight; Wheels: Lockable swivel, all-terrain wheels; Folded dimensions: 93 x 59.8 x 38.5cm; Unfolded dimensions: 86 x 59.8 x 113.2cm; Weight: 12.7kg
10. Cybex Priam: Best off-road pushchair
Price when reviewed: £923 | Check price at John Lewis
The all-new Cybex Priam has been updated and is now even better than before (if that’s even possible). This customisable part-pram, part-stroller is suitable from birth, when it’s used with a carrycot, right up to when your baby is four years of age (or has reached 22kg), and combines rubber wheels with impressive suspension on a sturdy frame.
Yes, it may look too good to take on welly walks – but trust us, this thing can handle it, and it’s perfect for all sorts of on- and off-road adventures thanks to its all-wheel suspension that provides a super soft, quiet and comfy ride (and if it gets dirty, the fabric covers are easily removable and machine washable). If you’re one of those daredevil parents, you can even buy an extension pack that replaces the front wheels with a pair of skis.
This high-end stroller is the first of its kind to feature a new and innovative one-pull harness system that can precision-fit your child securely in their seat in seconds using just one hand every single time. Other nice touches include an SPF50+ canopy, a backrest pocket to store your phone and keys, and a shopping basket that folds down when it isn’t in use.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 months to 22kg; Wheels: All-terrain wheels; Folded dimensions: 83.5 x 51.5 x 31.5cm; Unfolded dimensions: 92-83 x 60 x 98.5-108cm; Weight: 12.6kg
11. Kinderkraft XMoov 3-in-1 Travel System: Best affordable travel system
Price when reviewed: £299 | Check price at Mytinytot
To buy a good baby travel system that has a car seat and a carrycot, plus plenty of handy extras, you might think that you’d have to take out a small loan… but you’d be mistaken.The KinderKraft XMoov 3-in-1 travel system is remarkably reasonably priced for the quality (sturdy frame and luxurious mink fabric throughout) and the number of features it offers.
These include, but aren’t limited to, a nappy bag with removable changing mat, a rain cover, cup holder, footmuff, extendable canopy and a height-adjustable handle. In addition to all of this, the front wheels swivel and can be locked for solely going straight, while the brakes at the back wheels have a simultaneous double clamp to fix the pram promptly in place.
The reclinable car seat has adjustable shoulder straps with protectors for the baby’s optimal safety and comfort. The pumped wheels on this all-terrain stroller also have a shock-absorbing mechanism allowing it to glide effortlessly on all kinds of roads, making it the perfect option whether you live in a busy city with mismatched pavements or in more rural surroundings with dirt roads.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 months to 22kg; Wheels: Pumped, all-terrain, locking, swivel, self-aligning; Folded dimensions: 75 x 42 x 62cm; Unfolded dimensions: 92-116 x 110 x 60cm; Weight: 11.8-14kg
12. Cybex ORFEO Travel Pushchair: Best hand-luggage compatible pushchair
Price when reviewed: £320 | Check price at John Lewis
Cybex’s new ORFEO pushchair is designed for travel with your tot, sporting an ultra-compact, hand-luggage-compatible size. It can be easily folded and stored in any overhead compartment, while boasting an ergonomic lie-flat recline and adjustable leg rest. In terms of longevity, Cybex says that it can be used from birth (with the addition of the newborn nest or compatible car seat) to approximately four years old – although this will largely depend on your child’s height. This pram was tested with a very tall 20-month-year old passenger and his legs did dangle off the seat a little already.
Rather handily, this pram comes assembled, so it can be used straight out of the box after quickly attaching the wheels. It also folds down in an instant; you just press the two handlebar buttons at the same time (it takes a couple of attempts to master the technique, but it’s fairly intuitive). The one-pull harness – like that on a car seat – is also very handy, especially if you find complicated clasps a total nightmare.
It’s a very nippy little pram that’s perfect for city life, taking on holiday, or just away for a long weekend. Likewise, it makes a compact option for keeping in the car boot if your main pram is quite large and cumbersome. Overall, this is a brilliant lightweight pram that you’ll be glad you invested in come holiday time.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 years (with added nest attachment) to approx 4 years old/ 22kg in weight; Wheels: Pumped, swivel; Folded dimensions: L53 x W48 x H16cm; Unfolded dimensions: L77 x W53 x H102cm; Weight: 6.3kg
13. Nuna Triv Next: Best lightweight pushchair
Price when reviewed: £600 | Check price at John Lewis
We’re big fans of the original Nuna Triv stroller, so we were excited and intrigued to see how its latest update, the Nuna Triv Next, fared in comparison. Placed side by side, both iterations of the Triv look near-identical, but there are some subtle yet thoughtful improvements.
The main points of difference are the tyres that are around two inches bigger, plus an improved frame that makes the pram easier to manoeuvre on and off pavements (something that did need improving). What’s more, while the frame and wheels are larger on this model, it’s actually slightly lighter in weight than the original Triv weighing just under 9kg. The wheelbase has also been widened to improve stability, and the footrest includes an extension to keep extra-tall toddlers comfortable.
Meanwhile, the comfy seat can be placed forward or rear facing, and its spacious basket works well for everyday life. We found it fit shopping, school bags and water bottles with ease, holding the weight well. The breathable mesh-covered seat is cleverly designed to keep your child’s back and legs warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This detail also gives the pram a premium finish alongside the brown faux-leather trims.
All in all, this is a practical and smart-looking pram that you can use from birth (with the additional bassinet) until your child is around 22kg.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable for 0 years (with added bassinet) to approx 4 years old/ 22kg in weight; Solid wheels: Pumped, swivel, lockable; Folded dimensions: 32 x 58 x 69cm (LWH); Unfolded dimensions: L85 x W58 x H106cm; Weight: 8.72kg