Best buggies and strollers

We've put the UK’s top lightweight strollers through their paces and, after months of testing, found that the Cosatto Woosh (£133.29 from Boots) is the best buggy for a toddler. It also offers the best value for money for most parents. Our upgrade pick is the Babyzen Yoyo+ and, if you're looking for the best buggy for a newborn, you can't go wrong with the Maxi-Cosi Laika, which can be transformed into a 3-in-1 travel system. Here are our buggy reviews.

Best Overall Buggy 2019

Cosatto Woosh

Looking for the right lightweight buggy can be a tricky task, especially when there are a whole host of different features to consider.

Are you looking for an umbrella or concertina fold? Four wheels or three? A stroller fit for a newborn or suitable for a toddler?

There are a lot of pushchairs out there ranging from cheaper buys to luxury models, so you'll need to consider your budget as well as your needs.

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The 9 best buggies suitable for infants and newborns

  1. Cosatto Woosh (£133.29 from Boots)
  2. BabyZen Yoyo+ (£389 from John Lewis & Partners)
  3. Mothercare Little Bird Nanu Stroller (£59 from Mothercare)
  4. Quinny Yezz Air (£199 from Mothercare)
  5. Maxi-Cosi Laika (£175 from Samuel Johnston)
  6. UPPAbaby Minu (£429 from Uber Kids)
  7. Chicco Miinimo 2 Stroller (£95 from Amazon)
  8. Diono Traverze (£200 from Uber Kids)
  9. Baby Jogger City Tour Lux (£379 from Halfords)

Prices range from around £30 to over £400, so there really is an option suited to every budget.

How did we choose these buggies?

Mumsnet Reviews aims to combine the wisdom of the Mumsnet forums with expert recommendations and real-life testing.

We spent hours looking at bestseller lists, speaking to experts and scouring the Mumsnet Talk boards to find out which products parents were rating. We then created a shortlist and put the strollers through their paces.

In 77 days of testing with over 154 hours of road time, we scored each model on six key areas: safety and stability, assembly, day-to-day use, cleanliness, aesthetics and value for money.

Finally, five buggies were awarded a Mumsnet Best Badge – these are the products we felt offered the best value for the majority of parents.

When to use a buggy

While many parents prefer a traditional (and often bulky) travel system for their baby, which comes with a baby car seat and sometimes a carrycot or newborn attachment for use with a newborn, some prefer a light and compact buggy, especially when out and about – they're ideal on public transport and for the school run.

They can be used with a newborn or an infant, but are most typically used with toddlers.

Typical features include:

  • Compact, especially when folded
  • Easy to carry and manoeuvre
  • Suitable on different terrains
  • Reclining seat with multiple recline positions, which often makes them suitable for newborns as well as toddlers

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our Buyer's Guide for more information.

Why did we award the Cosatto Woosh Best Buggy 2019?

After weeks of testing different products, we think that the Cosatto Woosh is the best buggy for most families.

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Affordable, lightweight and easy to fold
  • Suitable from birth and offers good longevity
  • Great for the school run, with a generously-sized basket
  • Occasionally struggles on bumpy or uneven ground

What is particularly special about the Cosatto Woosh is just how compact, stylish and easy to use it is. Its simple one-handed concertina fold with one-hand auto lock makes it a perfect choice when on the move (it also takes up very little room in an average car boot) and its quick-release five-point harness and roomy seat unit ensures maximum safety and comfort for your little one.

Our parent tester described it as a “dream for the school run”, especially because she could fit plenty in the storage basket.

This stroller can be used from birth up to 25kg, so it offers good longevity to families, especially those wanting to have more than one child. As a guide, 25kg is approximately a child's weight at four to five years old, although yours may have already outgrown the seat by then.

Pros

  • Lightweight – 6kg
  • Doesn't require assembly
  • Easy fold that can be done one-handed
  • Full suspension
  • High-tech all-weather fabrics and one of the easiest strollers to clean
  • Large double-length sunshade with UPF 100+ – the best in this category
  • Adjustable calf support
  • Handles most terrains
  • Available in eight striking designs
  • Large storage basket
  • Can be used from birth – it has a newborn recline – although we'd recommend using it with a toddler from around the age of 12 months
  • Option to buy a coordinating footmuff

Cons

  • Non-extendable handle
  • Occasionally struggles on bumpier ground
  • No belly bar

How we tested

Each stroller was thoroughly tested by a busy mum of two with a one-year-old and five-year-old, which included both ‘real world’ and standardised testing.

  • We made sure to cover a variety of terrains (pavement, dry bumpy grassland, soft, wet ground and up a steep incline) over at least 80km each – in total that’s about the distance from London to Leicester, so they all had a good outing.
  • With a primary school age child, our tester put all of the models through the school run to see how well they performed. The school run can be a hectic and challenging time of the day for all parents, especially with more than one child to keep an eye on, so we paid particular attention to how each product handled in a hurry.
  • We also put them through their paces for ease of lifting up and down stairs, manoeuvrability in doorways and narrow spaces, turning circle and the speed at which they can be collapsed and opened.
  • We tested the storage baskets for both volume and capacity, seeing if they would take a bulky rain cover and changing bag as well as supermarket groceries.
  • On that note, we also carried out a topple test, hanging a full bag of shopping on the handles to test how likely the strollers were to overbalance.
  • Obviously we also analysed the materials used for durability as well as looks, studying everything from the chassis to the hood, and we thoroughly checked out the safety features of each, looking for five-point harnesses that couldn’t be clicked open by small fingers and sturdy straps no tiny Houdini could wriggle out of.
  • Last, but by no means least, we carried out a ‘comfort and joy’ test – asking how comfortable the children were in the seat. How much did they love it (or not), and how could each model make parents’ lives easier?

Having scored each on the above criteria, we then added into the equation their price, resale value and how long they would last (the maximum age or weight) to work out which model was the best of the best and which others deserved honourable mentions.

All prices on this page correct at time of writing

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Babyzen yoyo+ review

Best for Luxury 2019

Babyzen Yoyo+

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Extremely compact when folded and comes with a carry strap, which means it's a dream to travel with
  • Effortless one-handed steering
  • Multiple recline options, but recline can be fiddly
  • Sits at the higher end of the price scale

The ever-popular Babyzen Yoyo+ is so small that it can fit neatly into a car boot and even be checked in as hand luggage on flights. While it's definitely on the higher end of the price range (£389 from John Lewis), if you're looking for a high quality, lightweight option, this model won’t disappoint.

We love the minute fold, five-point harness and the Yoyo+'s compatibility with baby car seats, which means it can be used from birth (up to 18kg – around four years of age) and could also be a good alternative to a travel system for parents looking for a compact travel solution right from the get-go.

Pros

  • Lightweight – 6.2 kg
  • Full suspension and exclusive ‘soft drive’ system
  • Compact and simple one-handed fold
  • Can be used from birth with newborn attachment – otherwise from six months
  • Parent facing and world facing
  • High quality fabrics
  • Comes with a carry strap and bag (lots of accessories to purchase too)
  • Effortless one-handed steering
  • Quick-release five-point safety harness
  • UPF 50+ extendable hood
  • Roomy seat
  • Compatible with a Babyzen Yoyo+ buggy board

Cons

  • Non-extendable handle
  • Fairly small basket
  • Needs to be assembled before use
  • Tricky to clean

Our tester found it to be the smoothest ride, and most convenient to fold, out of all the buggies she tested.

Buy now from John Lewis

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Mothercare nanu stroller

Best for Budget 2019

Mothercare Nanu Stroller

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Exceptionally cheap and easy to clean
  • A no frills, basic buggy with a simple umbrella fold
  • More suitable for toddlers than newborns and has a fairly short usage time
  • Vibrant retro-inspired design

The Mothercare Nanu Stroller (£59 from Mothercare) is a basic and affordable lightweight choice for parents, also offering both comfort and longevity. We tested the Little Bird design by Jools Oliver.

It manoeuvres and steers well, is compact and takes up very little room when folded (although the fold is a bit fiddly), which is what you'd expect from a classic umbrella stroller. Extras include a rain cover, and the basket is a reasonable size.

Pros

  • Weighs 7kg
  • Can be used from birth, although we'd recommend six months or older
  • No assembly required
  • Lockable swivel front wheels
  • Multi-position seat with one-hand adjust
  • Easy to recline
  • Stunning retro-inspired Little Bird design
  • Five-point safety harness
  • Adjustable calf rest
  • Compact umbrella fold
  • Affordable
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Can only be used up to 15kg (approximately three years old)
  • No extras included
  • Sunshade has no UPF
  • Struggles on bumpier ground
  • Its two handles are foam and can't be extended

While it may not be as smooth to steer or as easy to fold as other models in this category, if you're after a newborn pushchair that does the job but is on the cheaper end of the scale, the Nanu might just be for you.

Buy now from Mothercare

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Lightweight buggy

Best for Urban/City Living 2019

Quinny Yezz Air

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Remarkably compact and lightweight at only 5kg, which makes it ideal for public transport
  • A three-wheeled, contemporary model with high-tech fabrics
  • Offers limited longevity
  • No storage basket or reclining seat

The Quinny Yezz Air (£199 from Mothercare) is far from conventional, but should be considered by parents who are city dwellers or frequent travellers. It is one of the more compact strollers we tested, with a simple three-step fold which is ideal for use on public transport.

It's a go-to for parents who need to get around quickly and easily as it's super lightweight, effortless to carry (weighing in at only 5kg) and stands upright when folded. It also includes extras such as a handy shopping net and sun canopy.

Pros

  • Featherweight at 5kg
  • Three wheels
  • Comfortable hammock-style seat to support all pressure points
  • Manoeuvrable and easy to push
  • Features high-tech 3D knitting technology
  • Skate wheels and front swivel wheels
  • Compact three-step fold and stands upright when folded
  • Ergonomic pushbar
  • Reversible sun canopy
  • Three-point safety harness

Cons

  • Not suitable from birth – can only be used from six months plus
  • Seat cannot be reclined
  • No storage basket or rain cover
  • Child weight limit only 15kg
  • Can be tricky to clean
  • Struggled a bit on bumpy ground
  • No belly bar

What this travel buggy lacks for in longevity it more than makes up in manoeuvrability and comfort. Its sleek, almost futuristic design, is definitely a head-turner too.

Buy now from Mothercare

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Maxi cosi laika buggy

Best for Newborns 2019

Maxi-Cosi Laika

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Can be transformed into a 3-in-1 travel system, but carrycot must be purchased separately
  • A doddle to manoeuvre, but occasionally struggles on bumpy ground
  • Subtle detailing and lots of extras included
  • Seat isn't particularly roomy

The Maxi-Cosi Laika (£175 from Samuel Johnston) is the ideal urban stroller as it's super compact and easy to manoeuvre and collapse, making it a great option for use on the bus or for fitting into your boot.

We think it's the best pushchair for parents with newborns as it can be transformed into a 3-in-1 travel system (with a Maxi-Cosi newborn pack), has multiple recline positions – such as a newborn flat-line recline – and includes a whole host of extras such as a removable bumper bar and a car seat adaptor.

Pros

  • Weighs 7.45kg
  • Easy to carry – carry strap included
  • Suitable from birth
  • Multiple recline options including an (almost) lie flat recline
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Easy braking system
  • Padded seat for extra comfort
  • Multiple recline positions
  • Easy one-hand compact fold with one-hand auto lock
  • Quick-release five-point safety harness
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Extendable sunshade
  • A breeze to clean
  • Includes a number of extras such as a removable bumper bar and car seat adaptors

Cons

  • Narrow seat
  • Small basket
  • Only 15kg weight limit

If you're an expectant parent looking for a stroller that can be used from the day your child is born, the Maxi-Cosi buggy is an option well worth considering.

Buy now from Samuel Johnston

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How we test

We've put hundreds of baby products through our exhaustive testing process to produce reviews that are accurate, honest and trustworthy. Here's what we did to test lightweight pushchairs and find the best buggy for 2019.

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Lightweight strollers

Buyer's guide

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