After lots of research, we handpicked 15 of the top lightweight strollers on the market, collating the models most frequently searched for and most highly rated both on Mumsnet and across the web. Each of the strollers were thoroughly tested, including a range of ‘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.
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 with which they can be collapsed and opened.
We tested the storage baskets for both volume and capacity, seeing if they would take a bulky raincover and change bag as well as a bag of 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 were the children in the stroller? How much did they love it (or not), and how could each model make parents’ lives easier?
Having scored the strollers 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’.
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 of the strollers with real children in real situations, as well as standardised lab style testing and we’re confident that our testing left no stone unturned.
Our tester is a second time mother with a newborn and a 3.5 year old toddler. As an experienced parent, she has excellent knowledge of what to look for in a stroller.
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