Best Midrange Travel Cot 2018
Phil & Teds Traveller Review
Phil & Teds’ award-winning designs have made them a cult favourite, and for good reason
If you’re looking for a solid, mid-range travel cot, Phil & Teds’ Traveller is a winner. We loved the generous size, the light weight and the self-inflating mattress.
The Traveller’s tagline is that it’s “lighter than the baby”, weighing in at just 2.8 kg. In its disassembled state, it fits neatly into a long bag, which can be slung over your shoulder – perfect for carrying if you’re relying on public transport (and compliant with hand luggage guidelines). Once assembled, though, it’s a spacious pen with plenty of room to play.
The Traveller has a number of unusual features that really make it stand out from the crowd. One is the zip-down side; you can remove one side of the cot, giving you easy access and (should you wish it) giving toddlers their freedom. We were also excited by the self-inflating mattress, which rolls up small but then expands comfortably once the cot is assembled. Another bonus of the mattress is that you can stick it in the washing machine, which we found especially useful with our tester’s reflux baby.
There is one major downside, though; the assembly isn’t great. Out of the bag, you’re faced with a collection of bars, clips and fabric – just trying to find all the fiddly components can be stressful. After watching some videos online, we were able to piece together the travel cot, and we’re sure that, with practice, you’d soon get used to the complicated set up. However, if the thought of flatpack furniture fills you with dread, you may want to consider something else.
We have tall kids and the Phil and Teds has been brilliant, always found it perfectly sturdy. Yes, quite fiddly to set up but you get the knack.
Overall, the Traveller was a fabulous addition to the category. It's light, versatile, packs down small and is reasonably priced at £139. The assembly can be a pain, but if you can cope with that, this cot will serve you well.
Suitable from: Birth to three years
Weight: 2.6 kg
Folded Dimensions: L65 x W20 x D20cm
Resale value: £44.03
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