Best Budget Travel System 2017

Joie Chrome DLX

For under £300 (£490 with the carrycot and car seat), the Chrome DLX is a steal. It’s not the flashiest of designs, but for under £500 it’s pretty damn good.

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We loved its fold – one of our favourites in the category – and the fact that you can add a seemingly infinite number of bags without the pushchair toppling over. It’s an excellent off-roader with a extra big sunshade.

This travel system is sturdy. So sturdy, it would probably stay upright in a hurricane (disclaimer: we did not test it in a hurricane). After piling bags and a child onto this pushchair it remained as unshakable as ever, which is great news if you like to take a lot with you. But this doesn't mean it's clunky; in fact, we found the Chrome DLX fine to manoeuvre and it performed particularly well on rough terrain thanks to the full suspension and large tyres.

Joie refer to the system’s “gravity fold” – gravity does the work for you as the pushchair collapses down and automatically locks. Handily this can be done with the seat still attached, giving you extra room in the boot without having to bring it separately.

If you’re looking for a travel system from birth, we’d definitely recommend you buy the carrycot. While the seat does recline fully, it didn’t feel comfortable enough for a newborn over long periods of time, and we’re not sure the straps would hold them upright. For slightly older babies, the recline is great though. It’s super smooth and would be perfect for adjusting napping tots without waking them.

On the downside, you do get what you pay for. While it functions well, it doesn’t look the classiest, and the car seat can be fiddly to attach. We also found that the harness tended to loosen over time.

Another point to consider is that the Chrome DLX is only compatible with Joie car seats Gemm and i-Gemm. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as they're perfectly good car seats – in fact, the i-Gemm was our Mumsnet Best for Budget Car Seat from Birth 2017 (review coming soon). However if you’ve already purchased an alternative car seat, you might have to give the Chrome DLX a miss.

Despite these restrictions, for £490 this is an excellent travel system which does what it says on the tin (and does it well).

The Specs

Suitable from: Birth – 17 kg
Weight: 12.7 kg
Folded Dimensions: L93cm x W59.8cm x H38.5cm
RRP: £300 (carrycot £100, car seat £90)
Resale value: £80
Compatible with (car seat): Joie Gemm and Joie i-Gemm

Available in grey or denim.

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