Best Pushchairs & Prams to Buy
The pushchair and pram is an important piece of equipment that you’ll be using on a regular basis. This article will help you find the right one for you with my review on best pushchairs and prams to buy.
Do I buy a pram and a pushchair?
Essentially no. You will buy a pushchair which you can turn into a pushchair with the addition of a carrycot or bassinet. The carrycot attaches easily to the chassis of the pushchair.
Some pushchair manufacturers will sell a bundle which includes pushchair and carrycot. For others you will need to buy the carrycot separately, in addition to the pushchair. Some pushchairs lie flat and adapt to make a bassinet for a baby. I do not think these offer the same comfort or security for the baby so would always recommend using a carrycot.
What’s the cost of a pushchair/pram
‘How much?’ I gasped when my partner told me how much one of the leading pram brands cost. Quickly followed by, ‘I could buy a car for that amount!’ The cost for the pram in question was a few pounds off a grand! I jokingly asked if it had power steering and cruise control.
Fast forward four months with plenty of trips into town, the park, the woods and a trip to Cornwall under the belt I can say how pleased I am to have bought a premium pram.
Things take a lot longer when you have a baby, even when you have factored in extra time. Faffing around with a pram isn’t going to help stress levels.
What I like about our pram/pushchair
Key aspects which I have come to appreciate include:
- Ease of collapsing and folding
- Folds to a compact size
- Detachable wheels
- Being light but having a strong frame
- Ease of opening up the pushchair
- Ease of adding and taking off the carrycot
- Having excellent manoeuvrability
- Smoothness of travel – across all terrain
- Comfort and protection for the little one.
We bought a Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and although it is on the pricier range, it is an excellent pram/pushchair and I will have it for the little for the next four to five years. I am not sure if the cost of the bugaboo means it is double good when compared to a £400 pram. However, small differences may make a huge difference in a positive way. A balance will also obviously need to be made on your requirements and affordability.
What’s a travel system?
When deciding on a pram and pushchair you will need to bear in mind is whether you want to use the pram as part of a travel system, A travel system enables you to connect a car seat and a carrycot to the pushchair.
You have some flexibility between the brands with many enabling you to mix and match different brands, e.g. a maxi-cosi car seat to use with a Bugaboo pram. Others restrict you to their brand only, such a maxi-cosi.
If you are looking for a baby car seat please take a read of my Best Buy Baby Car Seat blog.
My recommended pushchair buys
In the rest of this blog I will provide you the prams I would consider buying across premium, mid-range and value ranges.
Check on what accessories you get with the pushchair, such as the rain cover, as the lower priced pushchairs tend not to include many accessories with the unit. These can be bought separately adding to the overall cost which you may have not factored.
Best premium Pushchairs and prams to buy
Bugaboo Cameleon 3
I have started with the Bugaboo Cameleon because this is the pushchair I have and is in use daily. It offers the little one a smooth ride which is helped by the large rear wheels and the suspension on the smaller front wheels. It handles rougher terrain well. The rear wheels do stick out a bit so I sometimes catch them when in a tight spot, usually the door of a restaurant catch me out.
Beyond the rear wheels catching in a tight spot it is fantastic in manoeuvring. It can be used with one hand: I sometimes steer and push with one hand when walking the dog with the baby. The height changeable handle can flip so the handle sits behind the front wheels. This is useful in getting out of the house (we have a narrow hallway) and useful in manoeuvring where space is tight to do a turn or three-point turn.
In pushchair mode, if I was using public transport regularly with the little one I would consider purchasing a different pushchair. This is because of the solid frame which the seat is attached to. You end up with the frame and the seat with a frame. Some other brands can fold with the seat which is a useful feature if public transport was often used.
Key for me is getting the pram in to and out the car. The Bugaboo works really well for me. It is light, both folds down and flips out easily, and the wheels can be taken off with the press of a button. The carrycot clips into the frame with ease. It is also solid and gives the little one superb protection. When it is being used as a buggy you can have your little one face you or face the world, and you can easily change the sitting angle.
The pram/pushchair looks great and there are several coloured fabric options that are easily removed and washed. This is travel system compatible with the following infant car seats: maxi-cosi cabriofix, maxi-cosi pebble, maxi-cosi pebble plus, maxi-cosi rock, bebe confort pebble, besafe izi go x1, besafe izi go modular, cybex aton q, cybex aton 4, cybex cloud q, cybex aton 5, cybex aton q i-size, cybex, aton m i-size, kiddy evoluna i-size, kiddy evolution pro2, kiddy evoluna i-size 2 , nuna pipa icon, nuna pipa lite , nuna pipa lite lx, britax-romer babysafe plus ii, britax-romer baby safe plus shr ii. Different car seat adapters would need to be purchased to attach the car seat to the frame.
There are a lot of useful features for this pram. Take a look at this video to see them in action.
The follow-up from the Camelon model which comes highly recommended by Mumsnetters.
It shares all the positives of the Cameleon, are similar in size and functionality. The Bugaboo Fox provides greater customization and provides more features like a one-piece standing fold, a unique ballpoint break, improved suspension and larger wheels.
The Bugaboo Fox can fold with both the seat and bassinet attached, unlike the Cameleon. This would be a useful feature particularly when using public transport.
I am not so keen on the hand-operated break of the Cameleon. The Bugaboo Fox has a preferred (for me) foot break. Trying to operate the pram and break with just the one hand can be a little tricky. The Fox also has an easier one-hand recline button for the pushchair seat, as opposed to having to simultaneously push two buttons on the side of the pram that is required with the Cameleon.
If you are tall and/or prefer you child to be closer to you the higher seat position will be attractive to you. The Bugaboo Fox is about 24″ from the ground, the Cameleon is about 21″ from the ground.
The same car seat combinations as the Bugaboo Cameleon are offered with the Bugaboo Fox.
For me, this pushchair outfoxes the Cameleon (bada boom… sorry!). The company have improved on an already great pushchair.
See the Bugaboo Fox in action with this demo.
This is a sleek and great looking pushchair/pram. Like the Bugaboo, an aluminium frame provides a lightweight pushchair and boasts the Mutsy i2 has a light carrycot at 3.4kg. The chair is ergonomic providing comfort for the little one.
There is great suspension in the front wheels, giving them shock absorption and making the ride nice and smooth. The front wheels are larger than some strollers which helps when it comes to pushing over bumpy terrain, and curbs, but they’re not so big that they’re heavy.
The pushchair collapses with relative ease and folds down quite small. Some reviews have commented that that the folding of the pram can be a little on the fiddly side due to the three-part fold – the seat goes down first, then the handle and then the squeeze fold to collapse it fully.
This pushchair has a fully adjustable seat with a relatively flat chair on full recline. The hood has a mesh viewing to check on the little one without looking around the hood. The chair can be parent and world facing.
If you are looking to use a car seat with this pushchair you will be restricted to Maxi-Cosi (Pebble Plus, Pebble, Cabriofix, Citi).
See the Mutsy i2 in action in the below video demo.
This British designed pushchair is not made by Apple. Fortunately, like Apple products, it is a well-made and stylish product which has an intuitive feel.
Like the previous pushchairs, the iCandy provides a smooth ride for the little one and gives excellent manoeuvrability for you. It is compact when folded down and there is a frame lock and is free-standing. A useful feature when folded is the over the shoulder carry strap.
The pushchair can convert to a double pushchair which means another pushchair isn’t required for a growing family.
The iCandy is compatible with the following car seats: Maxi-Cosi cabriofix, Maxi-Cosi pebble, Maxi-Cosi pebble plus, Maxi Cosi rock, Besafe iZi GO modular i-Size, Kiddy evo-lunafix (not in twin mode), Kiddy evo luna iSize, Kiddy evolution pro2 (not in twin mode), Cybex aton, Cybex aton q, Cybex cloud q (not in twin mode), Joie i-Gemm, Nuna pipa icon, Britax babysafe iSize.
Best mid-range pushchairs and prams to buy
Nuna Mixx 2019
Nuna is a popular Dutch baby focused company that produce stylish, affordable, and ultra-compact pushchairs.
As an upgrade to the Nuna Mixx 2, the 2019 features new colours in the range and enhanced seating for the little one. With a lightweight but sturdy frame, a roomy seat, large rear wheels, it’s ideal for use whilst in town or off-road at the park or in the countryside.
Folding the pushchair is smooth and easy to do, although hands will be required. There’s a self-catching clip, which holds it all together. The weight may be an issue when using it on public transport. This is heavier than the premium brand pushchairs (over 13kg) and does not as compact when folded.
The pushchair is compatible with Nuna’s infant car seats: the Pipa, the Pipa Lite and the Pipa Lite LX.
Discover more about this pushchair in the below video.
Babystyle Oyster 3
RRP £499 (carrycot not included) Buy here
£165 for carrycot
The Babystyle Oyster 3 is an attractive pushchair offering some nice colour options. It handles well and moves smoothly and easily. The chunky rear wheels and suspension can handle a multitude of terrains.
The Oyster 3 is also lighter than the Nuna Mixx at 11.7kg. A retractable carry handle helps when it comes to carrying. It folds to be more compact than the Nuna Mixx and it folds with seat unit still attached. This is a useful feature for those using public transport on a regular basis.
Another useful feature is the hood height can be raised as your toddler grows with ease using a side slider mechanism. The seat has a full ‘lie-flat recline’ making it suitable from birth. However, I think a cushioned carrycot is better for a newborn. A carrycot can be bought separately for this pushchair.
This pushchair is compatible with the following car seats: Maxi-Cosi cabrio fix, Maxi-Cosi pebble & pebble plus, Cybex cloud q, Cybex aton q, Joie i-level, B-Safe izi go modular i-Size, Besafe izi go x1, Kiddy evo luna i-Size 2. The company also do their own Oyster 3 car seat but Which? review do not recommend buying the Oyster 3 car seat due to failings in safety tests. poor crash test results uncovered
Carrycot (Maxi-Cosi Oria ): £169
Carrycot available for £169 here
Buy the full travel system: pushchair, carrycot and baby car seat for £680 here
Maxi-Cosi offers an easy to use travel system suitable to use from birth up to three-and-a-half years old. It is a travel-system compatible with a range of Maxi-Cosi baby car seats including the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus and the brand new Rock.
It works well as a city stroller and is generally smooth, and handles well. However, with minimal suspension and solid PVA wheels, the ride can be choppy on rougher ground. The handlebar adjusts in height covering the tallest and shortest of pushchair users.
The Adorra is easy to fold and this can be done with the seat unit in place facing rearwards or forwards. This is useful for those needing to fold and unfold the pushchair on a regular basis. It’s more on the chunky side when compared to others in this post when folded, so will take up more room at home and in the boot of the car.
The seat is large in both height and width so will definitely last you the course of your child’s pushchair years. It’s also well padded, making it extra comfortable for the little one.
Best value Range and prams to buy
RRP £299 (without carrycot)
£169 for carrycot
This is one of the lighter pushchairs to be commented on at under 10kg. Being light will be useful to those parents who will be doing a lot of lifting of the pushchair e.g. with public transport.
It has an easy and compact fold. The design is intended to save your back by removing the need to bend down when you fold. It is freestanding when folded and we loved having this option for the Zelia to be tucked away in a corner or behind a door when at home. Note that the rear wheelbase is wide and may catch on door frames, but this provides a sturdy pushchair.
The Zelia is can be set bassinet pram for a newborn and transformed into a forward and rear-facing pushchair. I prefer to use a carrycot for a newborn, but this would be at extra cost. Although, this would be a useful option if using public transport and needing to collapse on a regular basis. The seat recline does require two hands which may not be so preferable if you have another child to hold on to. It has been commented on that the seat is on the smaller side so you may not be able to use as long as some of the other prams.
Unsurprisingly, this is compatible with the Maxi Cosi car seat range: Maxi Cosi Cabriofix, Maxi Cosi Pebble, Maxi Cosi Rock, Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, Maxi Cosi Citi.
Mamas & Papas Armadillo
RRP £249.00 (without carrycot)
£189 for carrycot
The Mamas & Papas Armadillo is a light pushchair under 10kg. Small wheels all round make it a portable and a good pushchair for city living. It is ideal if you don’t want a bulky travel system, plus it’s very easy to push and manoeuvre. It may not be so easy to push if you are tall as the handlebar is non-adjustable.
The Armadillo is a good all-round pushchair that has a lie-flat seat suitable for newborns or it can be used with a baby car seat. Trying to avoid being a broken record, I have mentioned already that I think a carrycot is best used for a newborn. When folded flat this stroller is nice and compact and has a carry handle.
The Armadillo is compatible with the following car seats: Cybex aton, Cybex aton q, Cybex cloud q, Maxi-Cosi cabriofix, Maxi-Cosi pebble, Maxi-Cosi rock, Besafe iZi go, Joie gemm, Joie i-Gemm,Maxi Cosi Pebble plus.
The Laika offers a compact fold which is neat, tidy and secure – ideal for taking on travels, public transport and storing away in the cupboard
Not the best looking when a carrycot is used with the pushchair in my opinion but it is a decent pushchair for the price. It is sturdy and adjusting the straps to different heights is not too bad compared to others. The handlebar is fixed in height so not the best for tall parents.
The smaller wheels are good for the city but it can become more of a rickety ride unless surface is smooth. The seat back of the stroller isn’t the tallest so not ideal for taller children when they are taking a nap.
It is car seat compatible only with Maxi-Cosi car seats. It comes with attachments for maxi cosi carry car seat and carrycot (not included).
I hope my best pushchairs and prams to buy review helps you confidently choose the right pushchair at the right price for you.