Best Buggies and Strollers

We put the UK’s best lightweight buggies through their paces and, after extensive testing, found that the Cosatto Woosh offered the most value for parents. Our upgrade pick is the stylish Babyzen Yoyo+ which is suitable from birth and, for tight budgets, you can't go wrong with the Mothercare Nanu with a compact umbrella fold and retro-inspired Little Bird design.

Best 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 it's important to consider your budget as well as your requirements. Many parents opt for a model that fits with a carry cot or attachment if they have a newborn, while some find that they'd prefer a traditional travel system for everyday use and a light and compact stroller when out and about – they are ideal on public transport and for the school run.

Prices for lightweight buggies range from around £30 to over £500 so there really is an option suited to every budget. Typical features include:

  • Compact, especially when folded
  • Easy to carry and manoeuvre
  • Suitable on different terrains
  • Multiple seat recline positions

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

After weeks of research and testing, we decided that the Cosatto Woosh buggy provided the best value overall. As such, we think it's the best buggy for most parents.

What is particularly special about the Cosatto Woosh (£129.98 on Uber Kids) 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 and its quick-release five-point harness and roomy seat ensures maximum safety and comfort for your little one.

This model can be used from birth up to 25kg, so it offers good longevity to families, especially those wanting to have more than one child.

Pros

  • Lightweight – 6kg
  • Doesn't require assembly
  • One-handed collapse
  • Full suspension
  • High-tech all-weather fabrics
  • Large sunshade with UPF 100+
  • Adjustable calf support
  • Handles most terrains
  • Available in eight striking designs
  • Large storage basket
  • Can be used from birth

Cons

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

All prices on this page correct at time of writing

How we tested

We spent hours researching bestselling buggies, speaking to parents and experts, and scouring the Mumsnet Talk forums to find out which products parents were using and what they loved and hated about them. After this, we narrowed the search down to 10-15 of the best pushchairs on the market.

Each of the strollers were thoroughly tested, including 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 pushchair 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 are 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 pushchair 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.

With all this in mind, we awarded the Cosatto Woosh Best Buggy 2019.

11 of the best buggies on the market

  1. Cosatto Woosh
  2. BabyZen Yoyo+
  3. Mothercare Little Bird Nanu Stroller
  4. Quinny Yezz Air
  5. Maxi-Cosi Laika
  6. UppaBaby Minu
  7. Zeta CiTi Stroller
  8. Joie Nitro LX Stroller
  9. Chicco Minimo 2 Stroller
  10. Diono Traverse
  11. Baby Jogger City Tour Lux

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More Mumsnet Best Buggies

Babyzen yoyo+ review

Best Luxury Buggy 2019

Babyzen Yoyo+

The ever-popular Babyzen Yoyo+ is so small it can be checked in as hand luggage on flights. While it's definitely on the higher end of the price range (£369 from John Lewis), if you're looking for a high quality, lightweight pushchair, this model won’t disappoint.

We love the minute fold, five-point harness and the buggy's compatibility with baby car seats, which means it can be used from birth and could also be a good alternative to a travel system for parents looking for a compact travel solution right from the get-go.

  • Lightweight – 6.2 kg
  • Full suspension
  • Compact one-handed fold and comes with a carry strap and bag
  • Can be used from birth with newborn attachment – otherwise from six months
  • High quality fabrics
  • Effortless one-handed steering
  • Exclusive ‘soft drive’ system
  • Quick-release five-point safety harness
  • UPF 50+ extendable hood
  • Compatible with a Babyzen Yoyo+ buggy board (bought separately)

We found it to be the smoothest ride out of all the pushchairs we tested.

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Mothercare nanu stroller

Best Budget Buggy 2019

Mothercare Nanu Stroller

The Mothercare Nanu Stroller (£49 from Mothercare) is a basic and affordable lightweight buggy option for parents and offers both comfort and longevity. We tested the Little Bird design by Jools Oliver.

This pushchair manoeuvres and steers well, is compact and takes up very little room when folded, which is what you'd expect from a classic umbrella stroller. Extras include a rain cover, and the basket is a reasonable size.

  • Weighs 7kg
  • Can be used from birth
  • 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

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

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Lightweight buggy

Best Buggy for Urban/City Living 2019

Quinny Yezz Air

The Quinny Yezz Air (£164.99 from Very) is far from conventional, but should be considered by parents who are city dwellers or frequent travellers. It is one of the lighter and more compact strollers we tested.

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

  • Featherweight at 5kg
  • Three wheels
  • Comfortable hammock-style seat
  • Manoeuvrable and easy to push
  • Features high-tech 3D knitting technology
  • Skate wheels and front swivel wheels
  • Compact three-step fold
  • Ergonomic pushbar
  • Reversible sun canopy
  • Three-point safety harness
  • Not suitable from birth

What this travel buggy lacks for in longevity it more than makes up for when it comes to manoeuvrability and comfort. It has been designed to evenly support all pressure points with its hammock seat.

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Maxi cosi laika buggy

Best Buggy for Newborns 2019

Maxi-Cosi Laika

The Maxi-Cosi Laika (£175 from Samuel Johnston) is the ideal urban pushchair as it's easy to manoeuvre and super compact, making it a great option for use on public transport.

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.

  • Weighs 7.45kg
  • Easy to carry – carry strap included
  • Suitable from birth
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Easy braking system
  • Padded seat for extra comfort
  • Multiple recline positions
  • One-hand compact fold with one-hand auto lock
  • Quick-release five-point safety harness
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Extendable sunshade

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

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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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