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Ergobaby Metro+ Stroller review: a compact buggy that city-dwellers will love

Lightweight, compact and suitable from birth, the Ergobaby Metro+ Stroller is an ideal solution for parents wanting to get out and about with minimal fuss. But how does it cope with everyday life? Our tester used it for three months to find out.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated Feb 28, 2024

Ergobaby Metro Plus stroller

Price: RRP £320

What we like
  • Safe and sturdy

  • Travel system-compatible

  • Ergonomic padded seat 

  • Very compact and lightweight

  • Offers good longevity

  • Wheels tackle different surfaces well

  • Adjustable handlebar

What we don't like
  • Unfolding mechanism takes a bit of getting used to

  • Sunshade doesn’t give full coverage

  • Storage basket won’t fit larger items

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 4 years | Maximum load: 22kg | Orientation: Forward-facing only | Weight: 7.8kg | Unfolded dimensions: 96 x 44 x 87cm | Folded dimensions: 54 x 44 x 25cm | Included accessories: Rain cover | Warranty: Two years

Our verdict
  • Assembly: 5/5

  • Safety: 4.5/5

  • Stability: 4.5/5

  • Ease of use: 4/5

  • Ease of folding/unfolding: 4/5

  • Comfort: 4.5/5

  • Design: 4/5

  • Ease of cleaning: 4.5/5

  • Value for money: 4/5

The Ergobaby Metro+ manages to combine practicality, style and comfort all in one compact stroller, making it a worthy contender for parents who want to get out and about with minimal fuss. It comes pre-assembled, so it’s ready to go straight out of the box, and it has a comfortable, narrow seat which seamlessly fits through doorways while still being big enough for a growing toddler.

With a five-point harness, almost lie-flat seat and comfortable padding, it feels very sturdy too. After using the stroller for three months, our parent tester Matt was really impressed with how easy to use the Ergobaby Metro+ is, with a quick folding mechanism and compact fold for making life as a parent easier. 

“This is a great buggy for compact size and sturdiness. It folds up so neatly, stands on its own and is so lightweight. I love that there is a handle in the seat, so once folded you can pick the stroller up like a bag and carry it away!” he says.

While the fold can take some getting used to and the storage basket is smaller than we would like, this stroller is particularly ideal if you live in a busy town or city and, because it's cabin-approved is also a good option for family holidays abroad.

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How we tested the Ergobaby Metro+ Stroller 

  • Three months of testing with a dad of two

  • Used multiple times a week

  • Tested with a two-year-old

Our tester, dad of two Matt, tested the Ergobaby Metro+ out for around three months with his toddler. He used it on the school run (assessing how well it fit into the car boot), took it to the supermarket and into town, as well as on muddy walks to the local park and beyond. 

During testing, Matt scored the Ergobaby Metro+ Stroller on different criteria, including: assembly, safety and stability, ease of use, ease of folding and unfolding, comfort, design, ease of cleaning and value for money.

What’s in the box? 

  • Stroller

  • Raincover

  • Sunshade

  • Storage basket 

  • Instruction manual

The Ergobaby Metro+ comes pre-assembled and includes a raincover and sunshade. There is also the Deluxe edition available, which comes with a bumper bar, cup holder and an expandable storage basket.

“There are lots of nice additional items available to purchase direct from Ergobaby including colourful sun canopies, travel bags, support bars and footmuffs. These accessories also seem really well priced and affordable so personalising your pram can cost in the region of £25 to 40, which is brilliant,” parent tester Matt says.

While we didn’t test the Metro+ with a car seat, the stroller is travel system-compatible. It can be used with compatible infant car seats from BeSafe, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi and Nuna, including the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Pro, Maxi-Cosi Rock, Cybex Cloud Z, BeSafe's iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size. But you’ll need to buy car seat adapters separately.

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How easy is the Ergobaby Metro+ to assemble?

Very - the stroller comes ready to use. Matt says, “An instruction manual comes with the pram however it was a very quick assembly as it is all factory fitted.”

All the parts listed above come in the box, including warranty and returns information should you have any issues. This means you can start using the stroller immediately.

Mother pushing Ergobaby Metro Plus stroller

How does it look?

The standard Ergobaby Metro+ Stroller comes in two different colours, black (which we tested) or grey, with a black aluminium frame. While it’s not a pram that will turn heads, you can choose from seven different sunshades for an added pop of colour.

Parent tester Matt says, “The stroller looks stylish but with a classic practicality about it. Without purchasing the coloured sun canopies, the pram probably would blend in, but with a pop of colour it would definitely stand out. We could see that this could appeal to some parents.” 

The tyres are made from polyurethane rubber which tackled plenty of different terrain with ease during testing. The design of the Ergobaby Metro+ allows enough space to last the designated age span and is made from good quality, robust material. 

Matt continues, “The handle is made from a really soft leather-look fabric which is lovely to the touch and would not retain water. The design is classic and it is definitely not babyish.”

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Is the Ergobaby Metro+ safe and sturdy?

We were really impressed with how safe the Ergobaby Metro+ felt during testing. While the pram weighs just 7.8kg and measures just 44cm in width, the compact size doesn’t take away from the sturdiness of the stroller. Matt says, “Due to the rear wheel position there is no chance of it toppling over with or without a child in the seat. Everything feels very robust and sturdy for [the relevant age range].”

The seat lies almost flat which means you can use it from birth, although it’s recommended that you use the newborn nest feature to make sure your young baby feels comfortable and secure. Despite the narrow seat, there’s plenty of space for a growing child up to the age of four or 22kg.

The seat mechanism is easily adjusted using a tab and feels secure when clicked into place. Matt says, “The five-point harness feels sturdy and the shoulder sections are well padded. Arms cannot escape easily and although the buckle seems quite small and cheap, there isn’t any risk to little fingers.” 

The grey brake pedal is small but very easy to click on and off and holds the pram firmly in place so you have peace of mind when you’re out and about.

What’s the Ergobaby Metro+ like to use day-to-day?

Thanks to its compact, lightweight design, the Ergobaby Metro+ is ideal for whizzing around the shops and nipping in and out of the car for park trips and school runs. It tackles even the trickiest of terrain with ease too, such as grass and thick gravel. 

Parent tester Matt says, “It’s really narrow and compact so navigating doors and small spaces was a breeze. It steers really well and is a very comfortable push. Wheels were great going through different terrain and difficult grassed areas. We used the wheel lock for thicker gravel and that worked really well. Kerbs were slightly more difficult, but the wheels are great for a pram of this size and they made the ride for our toddler really comfortable and relaxing.”

The stroller is comfortable to push too, with an extendable handlebar for taller parents. Matt adds, “The handles are extendable which is brilliant and the handle itself is really sleek, stylish and comfortable to grip. 

An area that could be improved is coverage of the UPF-5O+ sunshade, however this is a common issue with many compact strollers. “It is good and very sturdy, but it doesn’t cover my two-year-old that well,” Matt says. “The magnetic viewing window is a great touch though.”

The rain cover is very effective at keeping the stroller and your child dry on rainy days, and folded up neatly in the storage basket. 

Like other lightweight strollers such as the Babyzen Yoyo, the standard Ergobaby Metro+ doesn’t come with a bumper bar, you have to buy one separately, but we did use one during testing and it helped to make the seat more comfortable for our toddler. The five-point harness is quick and easy to use, even when you’re in a rush.

While the folding mechanism can be a bit fiddly initially, once you get the hang of it, it makes getting in and out of the car very easy. It folds down very compactly too if you have a small car boot or have a lack of storage space at home. Matt says, “This pram fits perfectly in our boot and doesn't take up much room at all. It collapses very well and uses minimal space and stands safely by itself.”

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Ergobaby Metro Plus folded

How easy is the Ergobaby Metro+ to fold?

While the folding mechanism on the Ergobaby Metro+ is simple, it does take a bit of practice. To unfold, you unlock the lock on the side of the buggy and press the buttons on the handle. “One of the buttons slides sideways which is slightly more difficult to get used to one-handed to start with. You also need to give the pram a good throw to open it out,” Matt says.

During testing, we found the buggy collapsed well and, once you get the hang of the unfolding mechanism, it makes life for busy parents easier. “The school run was simple and easy and saved so much time getting in and out of the boot as the unfolding and collapsing was so smooth after getting the hang of the button,” Matt says.

The Ergobaby Metro+ is really compact when it folds and it’s light enough to be carried around easily, especially with the integrated handle on the side. While we didn’t travel on an airplane with it, it’s cabin-approved and small enough to fit in most airline overhead storage.

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How comfortable is the Ergobaby Metro+?

Very. Despite being one of the narrowest prams on the market, the Ergobaby Metro+ still has plenty of room to last for up to four years. You have the option to attach a car seat to the stroller to turn it into a travel system and it has a near flat recline seat with lovely, soft padding to make the stroller comfortable for daytime napping. 

While we didn’t test it with a newborn, the seat has an adjustable leg rest with hidden flaps which fold up to create a newborn nest. This is designed to help younger babies feel more cosy and secure in those early months.

Matt says, “There is ergonomic padding in the seat which you can tell is really comfortable just by touching and feeling it - it even has been certified and recommended by some of the top back/comfort specialists.”

The seat has an infinite recline too and it’s very easy to move up and down so it doesn’t disturb a napping baby. “When fully reclined, it still had a smooth movement to it, allowing our son to sleep soundly in it with no disturbance,” Matt says.

Ergobaby Metro Plus storage

What’s the storage like?

One of the essential parts of a stroller for parents is the storage - somewhere to store the many snacks, toys, changes of clothes, nappies and baby wipes you need when out and about. 

While the storage basket on the Ergobaby Metro+ is a good size with easy access for baby essentials, it is shallow so can’t hold larger items like a changing bag. Our tester, Matt, was able to hang his changing bag off the handlebar during testing instead and the Metro+ still felt safe and pushed well.

Matt says, “A changing bag would definitely not fit underneath but using the handle would be the best option as there is no topple in this pram.”

If storing larger items is important to you, the Deluxe edition comes with 22% more storage then the regular Metro+ according to Ergobaby.

Are there any added extras?

The Ergobaby Metro+ comes with a raincover, storage basket and sunshade. We also tested the stroller using a bumper bar our tester already owned, but this has to be bought separately unless you purchase the Deluxe edition.

The Ergobaby Metro+ Deluxe also includes a cup holder and an extendable storage basket, costing around £60 more than the original model.

Is it easy to clean?

Thanks to the dark colours and sturdy, quality material of the Ergobaby Metro+, the stroller is easy to clean. “The fabric really allows for a good clean. Being all black too is a great thing as it hides those small blemishes,” Matt says.

Our tests included checking how the material handled liquid being spilled and how easily the covers can be removed for machine-washing. “The liquid mopped up well and with a little scrubbing the mud came away easily and dried well. The covers are easy enough to remove and can be washed in a washing machine on a low heat and air-dried flat,” Matt says.

After three months of testing, the pram still looked in great condition, with just some wear and tear on the tyres. “The pram looks a little battered on the wheels from the gravel but this came away with a little pram bath!” Matt says.

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Is the Ergobaby Metro+ good value for money?

The Ergobaby Metro+ has an RRP of £320, although it can be bought for around £250. For a smaller stroller, it’s at the higher end of the price range, there’s a lot to like that makes it good value for money.

Easy to use, with a lightweight and compact frame that quickly folds down, whether you’re loading it into your car boot or taking it on public transport, this stroller offers plenty of room for a growing toddler. 

Parent tester Matt says, “It is quite a hefty price tag for a small pushchair, however it is of nice quality and standard and therefore I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.”

About the author 

Gemma Wilcock is a freelance writer and copywriter. At Mumsnet, she creates content providing useful parenting advice, information and top products to make life easier – as a mother of two children herself, Gemma knows how important it is to get the right advice. 

Gemma loves writing about subjects that will be helpful to the reader – and herself! - including recommending top products on Mumsnet that help parents in their day-to-day life, such as writing reviews for reviews for lightweight strollers, pushchairs and double buggies.

She knows how important online reviews are when it comes to making a purchase so she always makes sure to thoroughly research every product so we are recommending the best ones on the market.