Baby in a lightweight buggy

Choosing the right buggy for your child is no easy task. Can it be used for a newborn baby? Will it fit in the car boot? What is it like on public transport? How comfortable is it for my child? Will it last until my child is three years old or more? How easy is it to collapse?

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 Buyer’s Guide to help you decide.

Which buggies did you test?

  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 Miinimo 2 Stroller
  10. Diono Traverze
  11. Baby Jogger City Tour Lux

After months of research and thorough testing in various conditions and scenarios, five strollers triumphed: the Cosatto Woosh (Mumsnet Best Buggy 2019), the Mothercare Nanu (Best Budget Buggy 2019), the Quinny Yezz Air (Best Buggy for Urban/City Living 2019), the Babyzen Yoyo+ (Best Luxury Buggy 2019) and the Maxi-Cosi Laika (Best Buggy for Newborns 2019).

What is the best buggy for 2019?

The lightweight, colourful and super effective Cosatto Woosh impressed us most with its numerous thoughtful features, choice of designs and impressive performance. We think it’s the best buggy for most families and awarded it Best Buggy 2019.

The Cosatto Woosh does a very good job for a reasonable price. It’s quick and easy to collapse, has lots of little extras, which we think we will be appreciated by parents, and it looks fantastic too.

How did you test the buggies?

We spent hours researching the different types of buggies currently available, collating the models most highly rated on both Mumsnet and across the web, scouring bestseller lists and looking at the latest releases. We then narrowed them down to a final shortlist of 11 to ensure we tested a range of models at a range of prices from budget to luxury.

With each of the strollers we made sure to cover a variety of terrains (pavement, dry and 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!

Shortlist in hand, our tester, Katie, a busy mother of two with a one-year-old toddler, used each buggy for at least seven days in a variety of conditions and situations to ensure that each pushchair was thoroughly put through its paces.

A number of targeted tests were also created especially to test out the buggies. They 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 necessary car boot and public transport test (to see how each buggy fitted inside an average car boot and how it performed on buses and trains).

They were also checked 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 too to check how easy they were to keep or clean.

How did you test for day-to-day use?

Our tester has a primary school age child so all buggies were put through the school run to see how they performed. The school run can be a busy and challenging time for all parents, particularly with a baby or toddler in tow, so each buggy was tested on how well it fitted into the school run routine, with particular attention paid to how easy it 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.

For daily life, each buggy was taken out a number of times. From running daily errands to trips out to a local café or nearby shopping centre, all buggies were tested to see how well they performed as part of normal daily life in a variety of different situations.

Under these typical daily life conditions, our tester paid particular attention to 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 our 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.

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