Best buggies and strollers 2019

We put the UK’s top lightweight strollers through their paces. After months of testing, we think that the Cosatto Woosh (£160 from Amazon) is the best buggy for most parents. Our upgrade pick is the Babyzen Yoyo+ and, if you're looking for the best stroller 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.

Looking for the right lightweight buggy or pushchair can be tricky, 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?

Why get a buggy?

While a travel system may come with a baby car seat and even a carrycot, buggies are great alternatives because:

  • They are compact, especially when folded
  • They are easy to carry and manoeuvre, which makes getting around big cities or urban areas simpler
  • Ideal on public transport and great for the school run
  • They typically have reclining seats 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.

And for safety advice, visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Here are the 9 best buggies suitable for infants and newborns

  1. Cosatto Woosh (£160 from Amazon)
  2. BabyZen Yoyo+ (£390 from John Lewis & Partners)
  3. Mothercare Little Bird Nanu Stroller (£60 from Mothercare)
  4. Quinny Yezz Air (£200 from Mothercare)
  5. Maxi-Cosi Laika (£220 from Amazon)
  6. UPPAbaby Minu (£430 from Uber Kids)
  7. Chicco Miinimo 2 Stroller (£110 from Amazon)
  8. Diono Traverze (£200 from Uber Kids)
  9. Baby Jogger City Tour Lux (£380 from Amazon)

The Cosatto Woosh came out on top and was awarded Best Buggy 2019.



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Best Overall Buggy 2019

Cosatto Woosh

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • It's affordable, lightweight and easy to fold
  • Suitable from birth and offers good longevity
  • Our parent tester described it as a “dream for the school run”, especially because she could fit plenty in the storage 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.

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. We think it's the best buggy for a toddler.

As a guide, 25kg is approximately a child's weight at four to five years old, although this does of course depend on the child.

Pros

  • Lightweight – weighs only 6kg
  • Doesn't need assembling
  • Easy one-handed concertina with one-hand auto lock
  • Full suspension
  • Quick-release, five-point safety harness
  • High-tech all-weather fabrics and really easy to clean
  • 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
  • Adjustable calf support
  • Handles most terrains
  • Available in eight striking designs
  • Roomy seat with a large storage basket underneath
  • 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 real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

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

We spent hours scouring the Mumsnet forums to find buggies that real parents rate.

Correlating this research with expert recommendations and bestseller lists, we then created a shortlist of 11 products to put to the test.

It would be quicker and cheaper to send each product out to a different tester, but we believe that consistent scoring and like-for-like comparisons are crucial.

In 77 days of testing, with over 154 hours of road time, our tester, Katie (a busy mum of two with a one-year-old and five-year-old) 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.

Finally, five buggies were awarded a Mumsnet Best Badge – these are the products we feel offer the best value for most parents.

How we tested

With fewer variables in the testing process than other sites, we are absolutely confident in our recommendations.

Our tester scored each model on six key areas: safety and stability, assembly, day-to-day use, cleanliness, aesthetics and value for money.

Safety and stability

  • Topple test – we hung a full bag of shopping on the handles to test how likely the stroller was to overbalance
  • Safety features – we thoroughly checked out the safety features, looking for five-point harnesses that couldn’t be clicked open by small fingers, sturdy straps no tiny Houdini could wriggle out of, and brakes that worked as they should on different gradients

Assembly

  • Did the stroller require assembly and, if so, how easy was this?
  • Instructions – we looked for easy-to-read instructions and online video tutorials to see if enough information was available about the product

Day-to-day use

  • Terrain – we covered a variety of terrain, including pavement, dry bumpy grassland, soft wet ground and up kerbs and steep inclines over at least 80km – in total that’s about the distance from London to Leicester
  • School run – 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
  • Storage – we tested the storage baskets for both volume and capacity to see if they would take a bulky rain cover and changing bag as well as supermarket groceries
  • Manoeuvrability and folding – we also put each stroller through its paces for ease of lifting up and down stairs, manoeuvrability in doorways and narrow spaces, turning circle and the speed at which it could be collapsed and opened (especially when on public transport)
  • Comfort – we carried out a ‘comfort and joy’ test asking how comfortable the child was in the seat

Cleanliness

  • We assessed how easy each stroller was to clean and if it had removable covers for machine washing

Aesthetics

  • Design – we looked at overall design and the number of different options available for each product
  • Material – we analysed fabrics for durability as well as looks, studying everything from the chassis to the hood

Value for money

  • We then added into the equation price, resale value and how long it 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.

It 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.

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 unit

The Quinny Yezz Air (£199 from Mothercare) is far from conventional, but should be considered by parents who are city dwellers or frequent travellers.

As one of the more compact strollers we tested, it has 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.

Extras, such as a handy shopping net and sun canopy, are also included.

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
  • 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 (£220 from Amazon) is the ideal urban stroller as it's super compact and easy to manoeuvre and collapse – it's a great option for use on the bus or for fitting into your car 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).

It also 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 seat
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Easy braking system
  • Padded seat for extra comfort
  • Multiple recline positions
  • Easy one-hand compact fold with one-handed auto lock
  • Quick-release five-point safety harness
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Extendable sunshade
  • Available in four colours
  • 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 Amazon

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How we test

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