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The best lightweight buggies and strollers

After three months of in-depth research and parent-led testing, we reveal the UK's best lightweight buggies and strollers to buy right now.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated May 18, 2022

child in a lightweight buggy

Looking for the right lightweight buggy can be tricky business, especially when there are a whole host of features to consider. Umbrella or concertina fold? Four wheels or three? A travel stroller fit for a newborn or suitable for a toddler?

While lightweight pushchairs may not be an immediate choice for many parents with children under the age of two, buggies (otherwise known as strollers) are great alternatives to traditional travel systems. They’re compact, easy to manoeuvre and ideal on public transport, which makes getting around big cities or urban areas a breeze. Their light weights and simple foldability makes them brilliant for taking along on holiday as well.

But which lightweight buggy is the best? We’ve researched the UK’s top buggies and comparatively tested them with a busy family of four over a period of three months. 

How we chose our recommendations

  • Approximately 12 hours researched
  • Over 25 models considered
  • 9 models tested
  • 15 models recommended - this includes six previous Mumsnet Best winners

Mumsnet Reviews aims to combine the wisdom of the Mumsnet forums with expert advice and real-life testing to help us work out which products are worth their price tag. This is why we spent valuable time putting these buggies through their paces, making sure to leave no stone unturned.

Consumer feedback

To work out which lightweight buggies to put to the test, journalist and mum of two Gemma Wilcock spent more than 12 hours researching the latest products on the market and what consumers had to say about them. 

Having used lightweight strollers with her own children, she knew which features to look out for and what parents would need from their buggies for daily use.

Recommendations from real parents

Many of our recommendations came from Mumsnet users who’d already put the buggies through their paces in everyday situations. After scouring the Mumsnet forums, Gemma ended up with a longlist of 25 tried-and-tested products. 

She vetted each buggy, noting which ones were given Best Buys on expert review sites such as Which? and took into account the buggies that came up again and again in her search, as well as new offerings from well-established brands.

Expert guidance 

She also spoke with buggy expert Emma Redding, founder and director of BuggyFit, who sees a huge range of buggies through her work and regularly fields questions about the right stroller for both parent and child. She was able to advise us on what most parents are looking for when choosing a stroller. 

The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) further rounded out our research by providing essential safety information on buying and using a buggy.

We ended up with a list of nine products to put to the test - as well as six previous Mumsnet Best winners we still recommend - catering for a variety of budgets and lifestyles.

And the results are in. Here are the best lightweight buggies and strollers for 2022.

1. Best overall lightweight buggy: Cybex Eezy S+2

Cybex Eezy S+2 buggy

Price: From £315 | Buy now from Amazon

“With regard to lightweight buggies, the Cybex Eezy S range is light and suitable from birth.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Dillydally2020)

With a decent storage basket, one-handed fold and large wheels for gliding over all types of terrain, the Cybex Gold Eezy S+2 is built to tackle everything urban life throws at it.

The seat is sturdy and spacious for children up to the age of four and reclines fully with just one hand, so you can use this buggy straight from birth. The seat unit itself isn’t parent-facing, but the S+2 is compatible with any Cybex or gb infant car seat as well as the Cot S Carrycot if you want more options in the earlier months.

The large wheels and suspension cope just as well on rough terrain like grass and gravel as they do manoeuvring over paths and around shop aisles. The soft foam handle is comfortable to push, but isn’t extendable and the height may be a little high for smaller parents.

The 5kg storage basket can hold more than enough for a day out and, thanks to the S+2’s one-handed fold, it’s easy to get in and out of a small car boot and is freestanding for storing at home.

The pram includes a bumper bar, rain cover and a UPF 50+ sunshade which extends when the seat reclines. Other handy extras you can buy separately are the Cybex cup holder and cover bag to protect the buggy when travelling.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Easy one-handed fold
  • Extendable UPF 50+ sunshade
  • Machine-washable covers
  • 5kg storage basket
  • Includes rain cover and bumper bar

Cons

  • Handle isn’t height-adjustable
  • May topple when seat is unoccupied and a changing bag is on the handlebar
  • Sunshade doesn’t fully cover legs

Key specs

  • Age range: Newborn to 22kg (around four years)
  • Weight: 7.6kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes, but only using a car seat or carrycot, otherwise world-facing only
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 45 x 33 x 60cm

2. Best budget lightweight buggy: Chicco Goody Plus

Chicco Goody Plus buggy

Price: £199 | Buy now from Amazon

“I’ve got the Chicco Goody and my 2.5-year-old still sleeps well in it as it has a raised leg rest and reclines flat. Can steer one-handed and it has a decent-sized basket too.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Fiestyfish)

The Chicco Goody Plus is an update on the Goody - a lightweight, compact and auto-folding stroller which can now be turned into a 3-in-1 travel system. Although it must be noted that the compatible Chicco Kiros i-Size car seat, Chicco Kaily car seat and Chicco Soft Carrycot are not yet widely available in the UK.

A sturdy buggy with a wide, comfortable seat, adjustable leg rest and padded five-point harness, our two-year-old tester was very comfortable in it.  The seat itself offers three positions, including a lie-flat option for newborns, but without the car seat or carrycot it can't be used parent-facing.

The transparent polycarbonate wheels will handle most terrain and the compact size allows the pushchair to pass through doorways with ease. The stroller automatically folds to a compact size at the touch of a button, which is really useful for the school run, shopping trips and public transport, and it’s also thought to be small enough to take on some airlines as cabin luggage, but do check with your airline before you fly. 

When it comes to storage, the 3kg basket did struggle to store larger items, but you should be able to safely hang a changing bag on the handlebar without it toppling. We love the eco leather handle bumper bar and stitching detail which gives the Goody Plus a modern twist. The price also sits under the £200 mark, which is really good value for money.

Pros

  • Eco leather handle and stitching
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Can be taken on some airlines as cabin luggage
  • Wide, padded seat
  • Covers can be machine-washed
  • Bumper bar folds in and becomes a handle
  • Compact fold for easy storage

Cons

  • Seat isn’t parent-facing
  • Sunshade doesn’t cover all of the body
  • Tyres looked a little worn and scratched after testing
  • The fastener on the seat fiddly and little fingers could get caught

Key specs 

  • Age range: Newborn to 22kg (around four years)
  • Weight: 6.9kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes, with the car seat and carrycot, but otherwise world-facing
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 56 x 46.5 x 25cm

3. Best lightweight buggy for newborns: Bugaboo Bee 6

Bugaboo Bee 6 buggy

Price: £659 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have a Bee 6 now for DD2 and wouldn’t be without it. She’s 2.3 and fairly petite but has bags of room. I like that both the seat height and depth can be adjusted. It’s the buggy I keep in the car as it’s relatively small and easy to fold. The basket is a decent size for a small buggy but can be tricky to access.” (Rated by Mumsnet user YouHaveNoAuthorityHereJackie)

Now in its sixth generation, the Bugaboo Bee 6 has been designed with city life in mind. Compatible with a variety of car seats (when used with the appropriate adapters) and the Bugaboo Bee 6 bassinet, the stroller can be used as a travel system so that your newborn has somewhere safe and comfortable to rest while you’re out and about. 

From six months, the ergonomic seat is very supportive and has extra ventilation for regulating your child’s body temperature. There are three seat positions: upright, reclined and almost lie-flat, and it can be used in parent-facing mode during the earlier months and then world-facing when your child gets older. The seat isn’t as padded as on other buggies we recommend, like the Didofy Aster 2 (see below), so you may want to invest in a seat liner for longer walks.

The compact frame easily wheels through small spaces, such as doorways and crowds, and the stroller can be folded down with just one hand. It’s petite enough to fit into a small car boot and can be left to stand on its side on public transport.

With an extendable handle and swivel wheels, the Bee 6 is a comfortable ride that steers well, although it did struggle going up curbs. The brake pedal is white so stands out against the pram making it easy to engage quickly and hold the pram securely. 

The basket can hold up to 4kg but lets the pushchair down a bit as it can’t fit a changing bag inside  - the Bee 6, however, can hold a bag on the handle and doesn’t topple easily. Make sure to allow plenty of time for assembly though as it takes around an hour to attach all the fabric and safety straps before first use. 

Pros

  • Suitable for newborns when used with carrycot or car seat
  • UPF 50+ sunshade provides full coverage
  • Rain cover comes with its own storage bag
  • Machine-washable fabric
  • Good range of colours

Cons 

  • Seat doesn’t have as much padding
  • Five-point harness feels stiff
  • Expensive
  • Took over an hour to assemble
  • Can’t fit a changing bag in basket
  • Heavier than other lightweight buggies

Key specs

  • Age range: Seat unit: 6 months to 22kg (four years); with carrycot: birth to 22kg 
  • Weight: 9.4kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes (but only up to 15kg with a carrycot)
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 90 x 47 x 36cm 

4. Best lightweight buggy for toddlers: Cosatto Supa 3 Pushchair

Cosatto Supa 3 buggy

Price: £191 | Buy now from Amazon

“I'm 5ft 11 and have a Cosatto Supa 3 stroller which I've just switched my five-month-old to. It’s the perfect height for me. Also has a handle to carry it when folded (umbrella fold) which is handy!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user HalfBloodPrince

Available in a range of fun colours and prints, the Cosatto Supa 3 has been designed to "fire children’s imaginations" while providing lots of handy features for a day out. 

The stroller comes with an extendable sunshade which offers great coverage, a reversible foot-muff for keeping your child cosy and comfortable in cooler weather, and a rain cover which fits snugly to the pram to keep everything dry on rainy days.

Suitable from birth, the seat offers multiple reclines and comes with a nicely padded bumper bar for extra peace of mind. The whole buggy feels very safe and supportive, with a secure brake that can be engaged using one of the two mini pedals.

With a classic umbrella fold, the Supa 3 isn’t particularly compact when folded and only just fits into the boot of an Audi A1. It also needs to lie on its side when stored, but there’s a handy strap to make it easier to carry when you need to.

With lots of space in the storage basket, this stroller is great for shopping trips and busy days out, and the four sets of double wheels handle curbs and a variety of terrain – including grass, sand and gravel – really well. 

The fun, eye-catching prints may not be to everyone’s taste, but we’re sure children will love them - and parents will love the budget-friendly price tag too.

Pros

  • Sturdy frame
  • Large UPF 100 sunshade
  • Very effective rain cover
  • Easy to assemble
  • All-round suspension for effortless steering
  • Range of eye-catching colours and prints
  • Comes with a cupholder and bumper bar

Cons

  • Handles aren't extendable
  • Adjustments for five-point harness were fiddly
  • Seat is world-facing only
  • Empty pram topples when a bag is on the handles
  • Bulky when folded

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 25kg (approximately five years)
  • Weight: 7.9kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: No
  • Folded size: 100 x 27 x 36cm

5. Best compact lightweight buggy: Ergobaby Metro+

Ergobaby Metro+ buggy

Price: £299 | Buy now from Amazon

“Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE our Ergobaby Metro+. And it's got the AGR seal of approval so designed to be good for bad backs!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user EisforElephants)

The Ergobaby Metro+ folds down to a super compact size for car boots, public transport, and for storing in most airline overhead cabin compartments when you go on holiday. 

It’s an update on the Ergobaby Metro, with upgrades including harness covers, a vegan leather handlebar which can be adjusted for different heights and 16% more storage – although the instructions warn not to put more than 2.2kg inside the basket and it is quite shallow so not big enough to fit a changing bag inside. 

The ergonomic, padded seat was loved by our tester’s two-year-old who slept soundly when out and about, but the near-flat recline, adjustable leg rest and built-in newborn flaps also allow you to use the Metro+ from day one. Plus, it's car seat-compatible (with adapters).

The PU rubber tyres, spring suspension and extendable handlebar make the stroller a dream to manoeuvre around small spaces and over rough terrain, with a one-handed fold that’s perfect for days when you’re frequently in and out of the car.

The Metro+ only comes with a rain cover, but there’s a host of reasonably priced accessories – including different coloured sun canopies – that you can buy for adding your own touches.

Pros

  • Ergonomic bucket seat for padded support
  • Infinite recline
  • UPF 50 sunshade in different colours
  • Machine-washable covers
  • All-terrain wheels
  • Compact fold fits in most airline overhead compartments
  • Quick assembly
  • Handy seat pocket for storing small accessories like a smartphone 

Cons

  • Sunshade doesn’t provide full coverage
  • Seat is only world-facing
  • One-handed fold takes a bit of practice to master
  • Storage basket is shallow so won’t hold larger items

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 22kg (four years)
  • Weight: 7.8kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 54 x 25 x 44cm 

6. Best lightweight buggy for travelling with toddlers: Micralite ProFold

Micralite ProFold buggy

Price: £225 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have Micralite Profold for my almost seven-month-old and love it. It weighs under 7kg and is cabin-approved when folded down (with one hand)!” (Rated by Mumsnet user Theeasypeasywoman)

Whether you’re taking it on the school run, an overseas holiday or a long walk, the Micralite ProFold stands out as a high-performing all-rounder. As such, we think it's the best lightweight buggy for most families travelling with a toddler.

Where many travel strollers can be rickety or present a compromise in functionality, the Micralite ProFold stands out as a genuine everyday option.

While we'd recommend this lightweight buggy from six months onwards as there's no carrycot or cocoon available, it is, in fact, also suitable from birth. We love its intuitive design, the ease with which it folds and unfolds, and its high-quality materials.

Pros

  • Folds and unfolds one-handed
  • High performance on all terrain
  • Comfortably high handlebar for tall and short parents

Cons

  • No parent-facing option for newborns
  • No carrycot or cocoon available to buy
  • Handlebar height can’t be adjusted
  • Some movement in the frame

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 15kg (three to four years)
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: No
  • Folded size: 51.5 x 44 x 24cm

Read the full Micralite ProFold review

7. Best lightweight buggy for travelling with newborns: Babyzen YOYO²

babyzen yoyo 2

Price: £429.95 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

“Love the YOYO. Mine has lasted two children over four years, many many flights and is still going strong. I used to live in a third floor walk-up apartment, and fly long haul on my own with the baby fairly regularly and I honestly don’t think I could have managed without it!” (Vetted by Mumsnet user ShyTown)

The Babyzen YOYO² is another excellent travel companion that can be used all the way from birth with Babyzen's newborn pack.

An upgrade to the ever-popular Babyzen YOYO+, the Babyzen YOYO² boasts improved suspension, a higher weight limit, a new faux leather handlebar and compatibility with even more car seats than its predecessor.

It’s lightweight and ultra compact with great adaptability. Better yet, the higher-than-average upper weight limits means that you could score long years of use from this hard-working buggy.

All in all, it's a good alternative to a travel system for parents looking for a compact solution right from the get-go. Just don't forget to buy a rain cover.

Pros

  • Well-cushioned and roomy
  • Generous storage basket
  • Easy to collapse and carry (cover bag and carry strap included)
  • Meets the cabin luggage dimensions of most airlines

Cons

  • White wheels show up dirt easily
  • Rain cover sold separately
  • Requires some assembly
  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth (with newborn pack) to 25kg (four years)
  • Weight: 6.2kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes, if you have a newborn pack, otherwise it’s world-facing only
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 52 x 44 x 18cm

8. Best lightweight buggy for frequent flyers: Cybex Libelle

Cybex Libelle buggy

Price: £189.95 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re jetting off on holiday this summer and want a stroller you can take on the aeroplane, the Cybex Gold Libelle folds down to the size of a small carry-on suitcase.

Cybex recommends double checking the measurements with your airline before flying, but this buggy is so compact and lightweight (one of the lightest on our list, in fact) that it stands up easily on its own and has handles on the side for carrying, whether that’s on public transport or for getting it in and out of a car boot.

The Libelle quickly folds and unfolds with buttons and locks that are white so you can easily identify which parts to press. You can also buy adapters to use this buggy with any Cybex or gb car seat.

The pram pushes well but the handlebars are straighter than on other pushchairs and are angled upwards so they may take a bit of getting used to. Due to its compact nature, the wheels are small so they don’t perform quite as well on uneven ground as they do on pavements, but they’re more than good enough for city life and holidays. The brake is effective but only holds the back wheels.

Although the basket can hold 5kg, it’s worth noting that we found it difficult to fit a changing bag inside the basket. This means the bag may need to go on the handlebar, which does make the pushchair topple when it's empty.

While the pushchair does come with a rain cover, there’s no footmuff or belly bar included (these can be bought separately). But the Cybex Libelle is a great option for parents who want to move around with minimal fuss. A bonus? It comes already pre-assembled. 

Pros

  • Folds down easily to the size of a small suitcase
  • Stands up when folded with handles on one side
  • Effective rain cover
  • Infinite recline
  • No assembly needed
  • Five colours available

Cons

  • Wheels struggled on rough terrain, such as grass
  • The three-point harness slipped when our toddler was bouncing around in the seat
  • Doesn’t come with a belly bar
  • Material is lightweight so will feel cooler in the winter months
  • Thicker substances like mud settled into the material if not wiped quickly
  • Can’t fit a changing bag in the basket

Key specs

  • Age range: 6 months to 22kg (four years) - can only be used from birth with a compatible infant car seat
  • Weight: 5.9kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 32 x 20 x 48cm

9. Best lightweight buggy for longevity: Baby Jogger City Tour 2

baby jogger city tour 2 buggy

Price: £249 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought the City Tour 2 and I love it. It folds small and compactly but not as small as the Yoyo. And you can also buy a bar separately for it if you want to. It’s very comfortable to sleep in too - the foot flap can be lifted. I still use it for my nearly three-year-old and he still fits in comfortably.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Katia2511)

Often touted as a great travel option, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 works equally well as a day-to-day buggy. But don’t be fooled by the name. We think it’s a brilliant push wherever you live.

We were impressed with the size of this buggy, considering how light it is. With a weight limit that makes it suitable up to around five years, you could get quite a lot of use out of it both on your travels and day-to-day.

Good news too – it's an upgrade on the original Baby Jogger City Tour, which means it's now compatible with a carrycot and baby car seat.

Pros

  • Longer age range than most lightweight strollers and it's more than affordable considering its longevity
  • Folds up small one-handed
  • Reclines fully
  • Carry bag included

Cons

  • Fiddly harness
  • Bit of a bumpy ride
  • Rain cover not included
  • Can’t stand on its own when folded

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 22kg (four years)
  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • Parent-facing option: No, unless used with car seat or carrycot 
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 59.5 x 49.5 x 19cm 

10. Best stylish lightweight buggy: Didofy Aster 2

Didofy Aster 2

Price: £284.05 | Buy now from Kiddies Kingdom

Thanks to its quilted seat fabric, leatherette handlebar and a choice of frame colours, the Didofy Aster 2 is a practical lightweight stroller that will also turn heads.

Parents can choose from three stylish fabric colours - olive green, grey and black - and a black or bronze frame. The included footmuff and leatherette bumper bar both match the stroller’s stylish design.

The Aster 2’s MagicFold feature swiftly pops the stroller up or down with a press of a button. There’s a handle and shoulder strap for carrying the buggy, but our tester did find that the footrest got in the way and the lock came loose quite easily.

The seat is spacious with cosy quilted padding for extra comfort, an adjustable footrest and a multi-recline for a child up to approximately age four. It can also be used with a car seat. 

The Astor 2 didn’t perform as well as other buggies in our topple tests - the instructions warn not to let children lean sideways out of the pram and, during testing, our toddler was able to make it lean to one side. But the swivel, puncture-proof wheels give a smooth comfortable ride for daily life (although they can be harder to manoeuvre on uneven ground). The pushchair whizzed through doorways no problem, but it did sometimes struggle to turn in small spaces.

Didofy have designed the brake to be flip-flop-friendly and it's very easy to engage and holds the pram securely, but our tester did feel the bar was set quite far back so may get in the way for parents with a longer stride.

If you plan to use the Aster 2 for your holiday, it’s small enough when folded to take on most airlines as hand luggage and there are handy extras you can buy, such as a storage bag and a mosquito net should you need to. The expanding UPF 50 sunshade gives good coverage, but you’ll need to cover your child’s legs on sunnier days. 

Pros

  • 3kg storage basket
  • MagicFold technology allows it to be folded with one hand
  • Includes a rain cover, footmuff and cup holder
  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Puncture-free wheels
  • Five-point-padded harness
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Can be carried on most airlines as hand luggage
  • Flip-flop-friendly brake 

Cons

  • Cup holder feels flimsy and can be reached by child in the seat
  • Brake bar may get in the way for parents with a longer stride
  • Stitching in quilting holds dirt and crumbs and mud left some stains on the fabric
  • Wheels didn’t perform as well on uneven ground
  • Footrest gets in the way when carrying the folded buggy
  • Instructions warn to not let children lean sideways out of the pram

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 22kg (four years)
  • Weight: 6.2kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 55 x 47 x 25cm

11. Best lightweight buggy for rough terrain: Silver Cross Pop

Silver Cross Pop buggy

Price: £214 | Buy now from Amazon

As the name suggests, the Silver Cross Pop has been designed to quickly unfold for life on the go.

Our tester’s two-year-old slept comfortably in the padded, supportive seat which has an adjustable calf support for use from birth - although it doesn’t quite lie flat enough for younger babies. 

And while the infinite recline mechanism is meant to be one-handed, it does feel clunky which isn’t ideal if you have a sleeping baby. The seat does, however, have a lovely, cushioned leatherette bumper bar to give parents extra peace of mind. 

Where this pram excels though is in everyday life. The storage basket is a decent size and can hold a changing bag, a change of clothes and a shopping bag. The stroller can be folded down quickly and swiftly for popping to the shops or rushing out on the school run, but you may find it long and a bit bulky if you’re short on space at home or in your car boot. Make sure to check the size of your boot before buying. 

The four sets of double wheels are lockable so perform surprisingly well on all terrain - whether that’s going up and down curbs, squeezing through shop doors or being pushed over grass and gravel at the park. 

Overall, the Silver Cross Pop is durable, easy to clean and looks classy too (choose from four stylish colourways). It currently retails at under £200 which is a great price for such a high-performing buggy. 

Pros 

  • Classy design with a cushioned leatherette bumper bar
  • Quick assemblyDurable material that doesn’t mark easily
  • UPF 50 extendable hood
  • Rain cover keeps both baby and pram dry
  • One-motion fold
  • 5kg storage basket
  • Handles are suitable for all heights

Cons

  • Bulky when folded down - struggled to fit in Audi A1 boot
  • Five-point harness feels flimsy
  • Stroller toppled when changing bag was on the handlebar and the pram was empty
  • No parent-facing option
  • Handlebars are angled so aren’t particularly comfortable to push

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 22kg (four years)
  • Weight: 7.2kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: No
  • Folded size: 105 x 31 x 35cm

12. Best travel-system-compatible lightweight buggy: Cybex Mios

Cybex mios

Price: £639.90 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

"We have the Cybex Mios which is a great pram and we wished we had brought it with the travel system at the start rather than stupidly shelling out on a Silver Cross. It folds easily, is compact so fits easily in the car but has reasonable suspension so fine on country paths as well as round town.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Bex000)

The Cybex Mios straddles two pushchair categories as a fully-functioning travel system with the nimbleness and foldability of a lightweight pushchair. We were particularly impressed by how easily it switches between parent- and world-facing.

Even without adding a carrycot, the Mios offers a cosy fit for newborns with the leg support lifting to create an enclosed pram of sorts. At the same time, it also manages to be roomy enough for a three-year-old with lots of space to grow.

Despite being on the heavier side, this buggy is still a big performer across the age range.

Pros

  • Genuinely suitable from birth (some buggies better from six months)
  • Manages well on all types of terrain
  • One-handed fold and recline
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Lots of accessories available including footmuffs, cup holders and changing bags

Cons

  • On the heavier side for a lightweight buggy
  • Hefty price tag (carrycot also sold separately)
  • Folding mechanism may take some practice

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 22kg (fours years) 
  • Weight: 9.9kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 65 x 50 x 30cm

Read the full Cybex Mios review

13. Best easy-folding lightweight buggy: Joolz Aer

joolz aer buggy

Price: £419 | Buy now from Samuel Johnston

“Look at the Joolz Aer if you're willing/able to spend a bit more. It's about £400 but it's the quickest, easiest one-handed fold, fits in an overhead compartment and weighs something like [6kg]. Very comfy with a good recline as well.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Somebunny)

Folding doesn’t get easier than with the Joolz Aer. Throw in a stylish design and a generous storage capacity and this buggy is a must-have for anyone looking to downsize at six months plus.

We also love the Aer’s padding and extra-long seat. This is a comfortable ride across the age range, ideal for reluctant walkers (although not suitable from birth), and it manages to achieve all of this while also folding up surprisingly small.

Our tester found the Joolz Aer to be the most convenient to fold out of all the lightweight strollers she tested.

Pros

  • Impressive storage
  • Superb one-handed fold and unfold
  • Airy design for hot weather
  • Extra long seat – ideal for taller children

Cons

  • Not suitable from birth
  • Recline mechanism is a bit awkward
  • Pricey
  • Leg rest and bumper bar aren’t included

Key specs

  • Age range: 6 months to 18kg (three to four years) 
  • Weight: 6kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes, if you use a carrycot, but otherwise world-facing
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: No
  • Folded size: 53.5 x 45 x 21.5cm

Read the full Joolz Aer review

14. Best lightweight buggy for city living: gb Qbit Plus All Terrain

gb Qbit Plus buggy

Price: £269.95 | Buy now from Uber Kids

The gb Qbit Plus All-Terrain is an impressively small buggy with the functionality of a full-sized travel system.

Whether you're off on holiday or moving on and off public transport, this buggy makes sure your child has a smooth ride as well as somewhere cool and comfortable to nap.

While we do wish it had a slightly deeper storage basket, the double wheels and all-wheel suspension help to solidify the Qbit Plus as a great travel and city-life option.

Travelling, whether on public transport or further afield, often calls for high performance across a range of scenarios and the Qbit Plus All-Terrain certainly fits the bill.

Pros

  • Can convert to 3-in-1 travel system with a carrycot and baby car seat
  • Extremely easy to fold
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Main seat unit has a lie-flat recline position

Cons

  • Handlebar not adjustable
  • Shallow shopping basket
  • Slightly awkward brake pedal
  • Maximum weight capacity isn’t as high as other buggies

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth to 15kg (three to four years)
  • Weight: 7.7kg
  • Parent-facing option: Yes, if used with a carrycot or car seat, but otherwise world-facing
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 49 x 33 x 53cm

Read the full gb Qbit Plus review

15. Best lightweight buggy for versatility: Silver Cross Reflex

Silver Cross Reflex buggy

Price: From £255 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have the Reflex - it’s a really nice pushchair. The seat sits completely bolt upright (my DD hates being slumped). I find the basket quite roomy too - can fit my changing bag in easily. I tried a Pop as well and found the Reflex much nicer to push.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user voxnihili)

Thanks to its classic design, full suspension and travel system compatibility, the Silver Cross Reflex is a stroller that offers great versatility and value for money.

To start, it’s super comfortable. The seat is moulded to the shape of your baby’s back to provide extra support and allow air to flow through, which is great for keeping them cool on warmer days. The Reflex can be used from birth and comes with a padded seat cover and head support for young babies. There are also car seat adaptors included for use with a Silver Cross Simplicity car seat.

The stroller comes with a host of extras which goes some way to justifying its price. The UPF 50+ extendable hood is a decent size, the 5kg shopping basket is more than big enough for everyday essentials, and the rain cover keeps your child completely dry. There’s also a bumper bar which can be folded down with the buggy.

The simple umbrella fold is very effective and it locks into place so the buggy can be carried around using the handle on the side. It’s a dream to push too. Much like the Silver Cross Pop, the Reflex handles even rough terrain and tricky curbs very well.

Pros

  • Great storage
  • Easy to fold and travel-friendly
  • Comes with a head-hugger for newborns 
  • Full suspension effortlessly handles rough terrain and tricky curbs
  • Ergonomic backrest
  • Extendable hood
  • Secure five-point harness

Cons

  • Only compatible with Silver Cross car seats
  • Heavier than most of the prams in our round-up
  • Umbrella fold makes it bulky when folded down

Key specs

  • Age range: Birth up to 25kg (around five years)
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Parent-facing option: No
  • Travel system/car seat compatible: Yes
  • Folded size: 110 x 31 x 40cm
baby in lightweight buggy

What is a buggy?

A buggy is a style of pushchair that's lightweight, compact and typically used with older babies or toddlers.

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

Lightweight buggies often take up less room than full-sized travel systems or more traditional prams and, unlike the latter options, don’t always have fully-reclining, newborn-friendly seats.

Genuine birth to toddler options are increasingly hitting the market though (complete with a full recline and parent-facing seat), aimed at parents looking for a compact travel solution as soon as their baby is born. We’ve included some options like these in our testing.

Why use a lightweight buggy?

Parents often look to strollers when they're ready to move on from bulkier travel systems, seeking a less complicated solution for grandparents or something less fussy to take on holiday.

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.

How long can lightweight buggies be used for?

Usually, lightweight strollers are suitable from six months and can extend to either three-and-a-half years (15kg) or even four or five (25kg).

However, some models extend even beyond this age limit, accommodating children as old as six. Always check the weight limit on the buggy you’re considering before you buy.

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 of newborn babies 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.

Unlike travel systems, lightweight buggies aren't always compatible with carrycots or car seats, and smaller wheels might rule out off-roading. However, 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 once their baby is a bit older.

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.

How much you choose to spend may depend on how often and where you plan to use it. Solid options can be found on either end of the spectrum though, so a lot will come down to personal preference.

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.

child in buggy

How to choose a lightweight buggy

A few different factors will determine which stroller is the right fit for you. Be sure to clarify your criteria before you start looking to avoid being overwhelmed by choice or railroaded into buying something that won’t meet your needs.

  • Safety: Make sure the buggy feels sturdy enough to withstand daily life. It’s not recommended to hang a changing bag on the handlebar but if you think you’re going to need to, check whether it will hold the weight and not topple easily. All pushchairs in the UK should carry a safety label confirming compliance with BS EN 1888. If you’re buying an older model, it’s worth checking that the pram hasn’t been recalled for safety reasons.
  • Harness: Look at the harness - does it feel secure? A five-point harness is best for keeping your child safe. Make sure there are no gaps for little hands to get caught in and that any accessories, such as a cup holder, are out of reach.
  • Brake: Test out the brakes to ensure it's effective and can be easily applied using a variety of footwear.
  • Location: For a start, where are you most likely to use it? Will you be taking it on city pavements, hopping on and off buses, or do you need something that will fold up small into your car boot and potentially be taken into a muddy field? Many parents reach for a lightweight buggy when preparing to go on holiday so you may be looking for something that can fit inside the locker of a plane as hand luggage. If purchasing in-store, be sure to mention where your buggy will be getting most of its use.
  • Size of wheels and manoeuvrability: When thinking about location, you'll also need to consider the terrain you'll be using the buggy on, and in turn the size of the wheels and how easy it'll be to use, whether you're needing something for city or country life. Bigger wheels tend to be better for uneven surfaces due to the suspension. 
  • Age range: Is the buggy suitable from birth? If it is, it will need to fully recline and you may want to make sure it's padded and sturdy enough for a tiny baby while holding any bags you’ll be taking along with you. Whether a buggy fully reclines or not can also be a dealbreaker with older babies and toddlers, especially if it'll be a safe place for your child to sleep when out and about. Additionally, what’s the upper end of the age range like? Do you want a buggy that'll last beyond early toddlerhood?
  • Maximum weight of seat: The maximum weight of the seat will also let you know the age the buggy can be used until. If you're wanting an option with longevity, bear in mind you'll need a larger weight capacity as your child grows. 
  • Comfort: You’ll also want to consider the height of the handlebars, particularly if you’re tall or if the buggy will be shared by adults of varying heights. Are the handlebars long enough? Is there potential to adjust the handlebars if not? This could have a huge impact on your comfort, which you may not realise until the damage to your back has been done.
  • The way the seat faces: If you have a newborn you may want a buggy with a parent-facing orientation so the baby is facing you, whereas a world-facing stroller will likely be better for toddlers. While most tend to be forward-facing, some include the option to change the orientation to parent-facing with the addition of a car seat or carrycot, but you'll need to check these are compatible with the buggy you're buying and will allow you to have your child in a parent-facing position.
  • Weight: Weight can vary wildly between strollers, with some even coming with handles for carrying around while others require a lot more effort. Whether you’re lifting it into a car boot or taking it up a flight of stairs, you’ll want to be sure that your model is an easily manageable weight for you.
  • Foldability: Buggies conventionally fold in half with the activation of a switch at the back. However, many models now fold to an even more compact shape and size. You’ll want to consider the size of your boot or anywhere else the buggy is likely to be stored as well as how easy is it to fold. Can it be folded one-handed when on public transport, for instance?
  • Storage space: Strollers generally have smaller storage baskets than travel systems, but the size of the basket can vary from model to model. You’ll want to consider how much room there is in the basket, how accessible it is with a child sitting in the chair and how stable the stroller is if a bag were to be hung on the handles – this sometimes goes against manufacturers’ instructions, but is a criteria that many parents consider.
  • Calf support: You may want some extra cushioning around the calf area to make it more comfortable for your child as an extra feature.
  • Accessories: The accessories a lightweight stroller comes with can also vary. While most come with a rain cover, shopping basket and sun canopy, you’ll want to look at how generous these are and keep an eye for any extras. Are there pockets? Can the wheels be upgraded? Are any other accessories available for purchase? And does it offer good value for money overall?

What is the best lightweight buggy?

After putting all the lightweight buggies through their paces over the course of three months, we think the best lightweight buggy to buy right now is the Cybex Eezy S+2. With a fully reclining seat, the stroller can be used from birth and will provide a safe, comfortable place for your child to rest up to the age of four.

It’s also compatible with a car seat and carrycot so can be converted into a 3-in-1 travel system. While the pram itself is compact and lightweight for manoeuvring round shop aisles, the large wheels can tackle any terrain that daily life throws at it.

How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

To make sure that all the buggies were put through their paces in the same everyday situations, we tasked dad Matt Davis and his family with rigorously testing each buggy. With two children at home – aged five and two – he was able to get out and about with each of the strollers to see which ones were built to tackle everyday life with ease.

Matt spent three months testing nine buggies - more than 200 hours in total. He assessed each product on a variety of key criteria including safety and stability, assembly, day-to-day use, cleanliness, aesthetics and value for money. 

This entailed looking at everything from how easily the buggy toppled over, how much storage the basket held, how quickly and easily it could be folded down, and how the recline and brake performed. He also assessed the quality of any accessories included, such as a rain cover and footmuff.

Matt also looked at how comfortable his two-year-old was in each buggy. He spent around 30 hours with each stroller, testing how well it coped with shopping trips, whether it was suitable for muddy walks to the park, how easily it fit into the car boot for the school run and how well it managed rougher terrain.

Matt made detailed notes on each product, scoring them out of a total of 48 points on how well they performed in each area. When the final scores were in, the products that performed the best were included in our round-up.  

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