The 8 best lightweight buggies and strollers for 2019

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After four months of in-depth research and parent-led testing, we reveal the UK's 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 buyer's guide further down this page for tips on what to look for when buying one.

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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 11 strollers, ensuring she tested a range of products with contrasting price tags.

How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

In 77 days of testing, with over 154 hours of road time, Katie pushed each stroller to the limit.

She folded, unfolded, pulled, stretched, spilled and washed, and covered over 50 miles with each model to see if it would stand up to the challenges of everyday family life. In total, that's 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 comparisons

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.

And the results are in. Here are the best lightweight buggies and strollers for 2019.

1. Cosatto Woosh: Best Lightweight Buggy 2019

“I have the Woosh and I think it's fabulous.”

1. Cosatto Woosh: Best Lightweight Buggy 2019

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 it's the best lightweight stroller to use with a toddler, ideally from 12 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 doesn't 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: 33 × 48 × 56cm
  • Weight: 6kg
  • RRP: £200
  • Comes with a rain cover
  • Extras to buy: Footmuff

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2. Babyzen Yoyo+: Best Luxury Lightweight Buggy 2019

“I love my Yoyo. It's the best buggy for travelling with, it’s light enough to carry and, as it folds up like a large bag, it's actually easier to carry over the shoulder.”

2. Babyzen Yoyo+: Best Luxury Lightweight Buggy 2019

The ever-popular Babyzen Yoyo+ is so small that it can even be checked in as hand luggage on flights. While it's definitely on the higher end of the price scale, if you're 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. It's 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.

Great for parents who

  • Travel a lot
  • Want a buggy that's 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 18kg
  • Orientation: Parent- and forward-facing
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded dimensions: 52 × 44 × 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

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3: Mothercare Nanu Stroller: Best Value Lightweight Buggy 2019

“We got the Mothercare Nanu for our holiday. It lies completely flat and is pretty good. I can't attach a car seat but my daughter slept well once it was moving.”

3: Mothercare Nanu Stroller: Best Value Lightweight Buggy 2019

Mothercare's 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 won't 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 you're after a no-frills option to get you from A to B, then this product won't 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 can't be extended

Product information

  • Suitable from: Birth to 15kg (although we'd recommend from six months or older)
  • Orientation: Parent-facing
  • Car seat compatible: No
  • Folded dimensions: 31 × 30 × 106cm
  • Weight: 7kg
  • RRP: £59
  • Comes with a rain cover

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4. Quinny Yezz Air: Best Lightweight Buggy for Urban/City Living 2019

“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.”

4. Quinny Yezz Air: Best Lightweight Buggy for Urban/City Living 2019

The Quinny Yezz Air is far from conventional, but it's one of the lightest buggies we tested.

Ideal for parents who need to get around quickly, it's 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 Air's 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
  • Don't 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 doesn't 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 15kg
  • Orientation: Parent-facing
  • Car seat compatible: No
  • Folded dimensions: 27 × 42 × 73cm
  • Weight: 5.7kg
  • RRP: £199
  • Extras to buy: Rain cover and travel bag

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5. Maxi-Cosi Laika: Best Lightweight Buggy for Newborns 2019

5. Maxi-Cosi Laika: Best Lightweight Buggy for Newborns 2019

Like the the Quinny Yezz Air, the Maxi-Cosi Laika is the ideal urban stroller. Compact, easy to manoeuvre and collapse, it's a great option if you use public transport regularly or have a small car boot.

We think it's 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 isn't particularly roomy
  • Storage basket smaller than average
  • Occasionally struggles on bumpy ground
  • Carrycot must be purchased separately

Product information

  • Suitable from: Birth to 15kg
  • Orientation: Parent- and forward-facing
  • Car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded dimensions: 27 × 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

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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 it's very cosy.”

6. Silver Cross Reflex

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, it's both comfy and travel system-compatible – and doesn't take up much room in an average-sized car boot either.

Great for parents who

  •  Have a newborn
  •  Need a product that's long-lasting
  •  Want 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
  •  Some Mumsnet users say the storage basket could be bigger

Product information

  •  Suitable from: Birth to 25kg
  •  Orientation: Parent-facing (only with the newborn accessory pack) and forward-facing
  •  Car seat compatible: Yes
  •  Folded dimensions: 35 × 35 × 106cm
  •  Weight: 8.5kg
  •  RRP: £250
  •  Extras to buy: Newborn accessory pack, Silver Cross Simplicity car seat

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7. Baby Jogger City Tour

“For a pram to use in the city, I would suggest the Baby Jogger City Tour. It's so practical, folds up tiny and is super light. Not only would it fit in any boot but also a backpack too.”

7. Baby Jogger City Tour

Dreaming about a stroller that's small enough to fit into your backpack? Then look no further than the Baby Jogger City Tour (and we're 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 you're looking for something that's 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 7kg
  •  UPF 50+ sunshade
  •  Has a near-flat recline
  •  Spacious seat unit
  •  Can handle different terrain despite its small wheels

Cons

  •  Can't be used with a newborn
  •  Doesn't come with a rain cover

Product information

  •  Suitable from: Six months to 15kg
  •  Orientation: Forward-facing
  •  Car seat compatible: No
  •  Folded dimensions: 45.5 × 23 × 57cm
  •  Weight: 6.4kg
  •  RRP: £220
  •  Extras to buy: Belly bar, handmuff, cup holder, rain cover

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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.”

8. Joie Nitro

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

  •  Suitable from: Birth to 22.5kg
  •  Orientation: Forward-facing
  •  Car seat compatible: No
  •  Folded dimensions: 109 × 30 × 30cm
  •  Weight: 7.5kg
  •  RRP: £80

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A buyer's guide to lightweight buggies and strollers

What is a buggy?

A buggy is both lightweight and collapsible, and is a style of pushchair typically used with older babies or toddlers.

Easy to transport and to store, types range from the simplest of umbrella strollers to sturdier and more luxurious models.

Why use one?

A lightweight buggy can be used as a second pushchair, particularly for things like the school run or the grandparents' house, but may also be a preferred option to a travel system for parents looking for a compact travel solution as soon as their baby is born.

Buggies can also be useful for public transport if you live in the city, ideal for holidays when you’re trying to minimise luggage, and a lifesaver for those moments when your toddler just wants to rest their tired legs.

What’s the difference between a lightweight buggy and a travel system?

A travel system, sometimes called a pram, is the more traditional and bulky method of transporting a baby around.

Travel systems tend to be the go-to for parents because they're compatible with carrycots and baby car seats – the latter of which allows parents to transfer their baby from car to pushchair and vice versa with minimum hassle – and because they're fully designed with newborns in mind.

Lightweight strollers, on the other hand, aren't typically compatible with car seats (although some now are), but they tend to be lighter, more compact and a whole lot cheaper than travel systems, which can actually make them a more attractive option to parents.

Yet, because of how lightweight they can be, buggies are often limited to small plastic wheels and very little suspension, which can make them unsuitable for off-roading and less comfortable for small passengers over long periods of time.

How long can they be used for?

The majority of lightweight buggies generally cater to children from the ages of six months to three-and-a-half years (with a weight limit of 15kg), but some do go up to 25kg, which is around the age of four or five depending on your child.

Increasingly, more and more buggies can also be used from birth, but only if they have a lie-flat recline or a designated newborn attachment.

How much do lightweight buggies cost?

Prices vary from as little as £30 to over £500, so there really are options to suit every budget.

If you're planning to use your stroller every day, investing in one with decent suspension and a good-sized storage basket will be well worth the pennies. On the other hand, if you think you'll only use it occasionally or as a spare, a budget-friendly option might be the way to go.

Many affordable buggies do a surprisingly good job and should come with the essential rain cover and shopping basket too.

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