Choosing the right lightweight buggy for your child is no easy task. Can it be used for a newborn baby? Will it fit in the car boot? What's it like to use on public transport? How comfortable is it for a growing child? Will it last until my child is three years old or more? How easy is it to fold?
Making sure you purchase a buggy that suits you and your child perfectly can be hard, so if you’re struggling to understand what you need and what will work best for you, make sure you read our lightweight buggy buyer’s guide first to help you decide.
Which lightweight buggies did you test this year?
- Micralite ProFold (£225 from Amazon)
- Cybex Mios (£539.90 from Uber Kids)
- Joolz Aer (£389 from John Lewis & Partners)
- gb Qbit Plus (£242 from Amazon)
- Silver Cross Jet (£225 from Amazon)
- Babyzen YOYO² (£399 from John Lewis & Partners)
- Baby Jogger City Tour 2 (£191 from Amazon)
- Joie Pact (£130 from Argos)
- Bugaboo Bee 5 (£549 from Amazon)
- gb Pockit Plus (£156 from Amazon)
- Hauck Swift Plus (£89 from Amazon)
- Ergobaby Metro (£159 from Baby & Co)
After six months of research and thorough testing with a real-life family, five strollers triumphed: the Micralite ProFold (Best Lightweight Buggy 2020), the Cybex Mios (Best Lightweight Buggy for Newborns 2020), the Joolz Aer (Best Luxury Lightweight Buggy 2020), the gb Qbit Plus (Best Lightweight Buggy for Travel 2020) and the Silver Cross Jet (Best Lightweight Buggy for City Life 2020).
Three other buggies, the Babyzen YOYO², Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and Joie Pact, were also given honourable mentions.
Read next: The best lightweight buggies for 2020
Who tested the buggies?
We spent 11 hours researching the different types of buggies currently available, collating the models most highly rated on both the Mumsnet forums and across the web, scouring bestseller lists and looking at the latest releases.
We then narrowed them down to a final shortlist of 12, from an initial longlist of 50, to ensure we tested a variety of models at a range of price points.
With each stroller, we made sure to cover a variety of terrain (pavement, grassy fields, wet ground and up a steep incline) over at least 80km – in total that’s about the distance from London to Leicester!
Shortlist in hand, our tester, Adele, a busy mum of three, used each buggy for at least seven days in a variety of conditions with her three-year-old toddler.
How did you test the buggies?
A number of targeted tests were created to test out each lightweight buggy. These included:
- A topple test to check safety and stability
- A hill brake test to see how well the brake performed on a steep gradient
- A storage basket test to see how much each basket could hold with essentials being the bare minimum
- A car boot and public transport test
Each product was also tested for steering and manoeuvrability (also in narrow spaces and doorways), lifted up and down numerous flights of stairs to see how heavy they were to carry, and bumped up kerbs to see how easy they were to push. All of the buggies were also put through a specially designed cleanliness test to check how easy they were to keep clean.
How did you test for day-to-day use?
During testing, each buggy was taken out a number of times. From running errands to trips to the lock park, all the buggies were tested to see how well they performed as part of daily life.
Under these typical daily life conditions, our tester paid particular attention to how easy each buggy was to collapse and unfold, how easy it was to ensure a baby or toddler was strapped in safely and correctly, and how well it performed in a hurry.
She also focused on the size of the basket, ease of use, steer ability, the level of comfort the product offered her child and its safety features, looking for five-point harnesses that couldn’t be clicked open by small fingers and sturdy straps no tiny Houdini could wriggle out of.
Finally, all of the buggies were tested at a local park to see how well they performed on different terrain and gradients. Our tester was asked to pay close attention in this environment to things such as stability and smoothness of performance.
Each test and scenario provided our tester with valuable information, which was all taken into account and used to give scores in different categories. Each buggy’s cost, size, features, design and ease of assembly were also considered.
A stroller is an expensive investment for any parent so we believe the best way to choose our winners was to put them through their paces as much as possible, which is why each buggy in this category was thoroughly tested and analysed by an experienced parent tester.
Why you should trust us
Mumsnet has been helping parents make their lives easier since 2000 and in those years we’ve seen, tried and reviewed thousands of strollers. We’ve watched trends come and go and safety features and engineering become more and more slick. We tested each buggy with real children in real situations, as well as standardised lab style testing and we're confident that our testing left no stone unturned.
Do brands pay for these reviews?
All Mumsnet product reviews are written by real parents after weeks of research and testing – brands can't pay to win a Mumsnet Best award. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. However, we never allow this to influence our coverage.