Best for Budget 2018

Joie Nitro

Weighing in at under 8kg and sporting a very reasonable price tag, the Joie Nitro packs an impressive punch.

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With a fully reclinable seat, adjustable calf rest and decent-sized storage bucket, the Nitro's got all the features you would usually expect from a more expensive model.

It can be used from birth until your child weighs 22.5kg, and due to its complete wheel suspension, it's a relatively smooth ride. However, given it's a stroller, it will never be quite as snug or smooth as a pram or travel system for a newborn. But our tester and her toddler found it perfectly comfortable and easy to use. At the time of writing, it's cheapest on Very at £59.99.

Even while carrying a newborn in a sling, our tester found the Nitro is very easy to handle. Its foam handles come up nice and high, and it's light and easy to maneuver. The front swivel wheels lock into place if you need the extra stability, and in general, we think the ride feels quite effortless.

Everything about the Nitro is user-friendly, which is particularly important in those early sleep-deprived days. Assembling it out of the box was quick and easy – even with a toddler and a baby demanding our tester's attention, it arrives ready to roll. A classic umbrella folder, there are no tricks to getting it open and locked into place, and folding it down is super straightforward too. After only one outing, our tester was confident about getting it into the boot of the car quickly – and it helped that it was super light, so lifting it was no issue. A carry handle on the side of the frame is also really useful for picking it up and carrying it when needed. Joie call the Nitro a “handy travel mate”, and we have to agree.

A big plus to the Joie Nitro is that you can safely and comfortably attach a Buggy Board to the frame, making it truly versatile for families with a baby and a toddler in tow. In short, our tester found that the Nitro did everything she needed it to, and both her kids loved being in it.

I am so happy with the Joie, it makes getting around on the bus and doing a big shop so easy, and the design is amazing. Practical is what you need when you're a new time mum, and I would highly recommend

The shopping basket under the seat is generously sized, especially for a lightweight strollers, but it can be hard to access if the seat is fully reclined. Our tester used a standard foot muff with the stroller in the winter, but be warned, the accompanying rain cover can be a faff to get on, and we'd have preferred stronger fastenings. The hood was also a bit fiddly and could be a bit broader to provide more sun shade during the (brief) British Summer. This is especially key if you plan to use the stroller from birth when your baby is especially sensitive to the sun.

Overall, the Nitro is really sturdy and will last well with daily use for 2.5 years. It's light, compact, easy to close and open out. Reclining the seat can be done with one hand, the handles are comfortable, and the foot brake is very user friendly. And at such a reasonable price, you can't really go wrong with the Joie Nitro stroller.

The Specs

Suitable from: Birth – approx. age 4
Seat positions: 5
Weight: 7.6 kg
Folded dimensions: H108 x W28 x D31 cm
RRP: £60 at time of review
Estimated resale value: £35 on average at time of review

Available in blue or pink.

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