15 of the best pushchairs to buy in 2024: buggies and strollers for growing toddlers reviewed

The best pushchairs that are light to lift, easy to fold, and a dream to steer

A selection of the best pushchairs for 2024
Nuna, iCandy, Joie, Ickle Bubba and Mamas & Papas are among the best pushchairs we tested
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With so many models now available, finding the right pushchair, buggy or stroller can feel like a bit of a daunting – not to mention expensive – task.

Do you want one that is forward- or world-facing, or both? Do you need something that’s sturdy or light? Compact or compatible with a travel system? There are so many decisions to make but they usually come down to two things: your lifestyle and your budget. While some pushchairs cost the same as a second-hand car, there are great affordable options too and, in this guide, we’ve including a range of strollers to suit all budgets and lifestyles, whether you live in a flat in the city or a farm in the country. 

Making an informed choice on the pushchair you buy will make those first couple of years much easier, so we’ve included buggies with a range of features, including reversible seats, off-road wheels, adjustable handles and even LED lights. Read on to decide what features you'd consider essentials or just extras, and to find the best pushchair for you and your baby.

You can also find out how we test and review products to learn more about how we selected the best strollers to feature in this guide.

Best pushchairs - our top pick

We think the Nuna Triv is the best overall pushchair you can buy. It's robust yet impressively light and compact, so it's a practical option if you use public transport frequently or expect to be lifting it in and out of your car boot. It's also a good travel option. 

Beyond that, the Nuna Triv is a clever combination of a sturdy, versatile travel system with all the perks of a lightweight buggy. We love that it has a reversible seat unit, so you can choose whether your baby faces you or the direction of travel. It's also super easy to fold and has great suspension to cope with all sorts of terrain from muddy parks to uneven pavements.

The best pushchairs 2024 as reviewed by our testers

Many of the pushchairs in this line-up have a compatible carrycot attachment or a reclinable, lie-flat seat, so they’re suitable for use from birth right through to toddlerhood. 

Our panel of mums tested these pushchairs over a period of several weeks with their babies aged between two months and two years old.

The Nuna Triv Pushchair - our pick of the best pushchair overall

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1. Nuna Triv Pushchair

Best pushchair: a sturdy yet light and compact travel system that folds easily

Specifications

Weighs: 8.8kg
Age range: Birth - 22kg
RRP: £600

Reasons to buy

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Travel system meets a compact stroller
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Seat unit is reversible and easy to adjust 
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Thoughtfully designed

Reasons to avoid

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Light to lift but a little heavy to push uphill

Tested by: Katie Archer and her son Rory, aged seven months.

With a reversible seat unit and a compact, lightweight frame, this pushchair converts easily to a travel system with the addition of the carrycot or one of the compatible car seats. It has a leatherette height-adjustable handlebar – handy for parents of different heights – plus all-wheel suspension and front swivel wheel locks for a smooth ride on all types of terrain. 

"We both loved the Nuna Triv, which offers the best of a traditional travel system and a compact city stroller," says our tester Katie. "You can tell it's a premium pushchair from the quality of the materials and the design details but it doesn't just look good – it's also incredibly easy to use. It really delivers on its promise of being compact and easy to fold one-handed. It's light to lift and feels much sturdier than other compact strollers. It's marketed as a city stroller, but it feels much more capable of taking on bumpy parks or countryside walks than other products in this category. It has great suspension and tough wheels, so it tackled potholes and uneven curbs with ease. Rory loved being able to face me and seemed very comfortable in the padded merino wool insert."

Our tester's favourite features are the sturdy, extendable sun canopy and the huge shopping basket. She also rates the rain cover, calling it the best she's seen because of a cleverly-designed pocket which folds over the pushchair frame to protect it from splashes. 

Although pricey, we feel the Nuna Triv is worth the investment for such a robustly-designed travel system that ticks every box in what we look for in a buggy, and is one which can carry you through many years of use.


The iCandy Lime Lifestyle - our choice of the best premium pushchair

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(Image credit: iCandy)

2. iCandy Lime Lifestyle Pushchair and Carrycot Bundle

Best premium pushchair - a super-stylish, high-quality travel system

Specifications

Weighs : 7.5kg
Age range: Birth - 3 years
RRP: £755

Reasons to buy

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Integrated ride-on board for toddlers
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Stylish design
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Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping

Reasons to avoid

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Carrycot feels quite big for a newborn

Tested by: Emily-Ann Elliott, mum to two-year-old Betty and two-month-old Ted.

This stylish travel system is available to buy as a complete bundle consisting of the pushchair frame with seat unit (which can be parent-facing or front-facing) and carrycot, as well as a changing bag and cosy foot muff. It also comes with rain covers, car seat adaptors (so you can easily attach a car seat to the chassis) and elevator adaptors, which allow you to position the parent-facing seat closer to you. It folds compactly compared to other travel systems, which is handy for fitting it neatly in your car boot or storing it at home when it's not in use.

"It's very stylish and everything feels really well made and easy to use – it's sturdy to push, without being too heavy, and the suspension makes it easy to manoeuvre on rough ground," says our tester Emily-Ann.

Our tester's standout features are the integrated ride-on board – brilliant if you have two little ones because a tired toddler can hop aboard – and the fact that the carrycot can be used for overnight sleeping. "That saved us having to take an extra cot with us when travelling away overnight," she says. "I also love the big shopping basket, and the fact that the changing bag can be carried as a backpack."

This is an ideal travel system for busy parents who want a high-quality pushchair that's built to last and which can adapt as your family grows – it's a great choice for a first baby if you're hoping to have another baby in the not-too-distant future. 


The Joie Versatrax Pushchair - our choice of the best budget pushchair

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(Image credit: Joie)

3. Joie Versatrax Pushchair

Best budget pushchair - great value and highly versatile

Specifications

Weighs: 11.7kg
Age range: Birth to 22kg (approx. 4 years)
RRP: £340

Reasons to buy

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Versatile design with reversible seat
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Large basket, accessible from front and back
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Rubber tyres suitable for different terrains

Reasons to avoid

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It's a little heavy to lift

Tested by: Emily-Ann Elliott, mum to two-year-old Betty and two-month-old Ted.

This versatile 4-in-1 pushchair can be used in multiple modes. The lie-flat pushchair seat can be used rear-facing or parent-facing, and you can attach the Joie ramble™ XL carrycot or a compatible infant carrier car seat – both sold separately. We like the height-adjustable handlebar, built-in carry strap, and the fact that it's freestanding when folded – handy for storing it in the hallway.

Our tester Emily-Ann says: "The simple one-handed fold system is useful for parents who have their hands full, although it's a little on the heavy side to lift into the car. The large rubber tyres and all-wheel suspension with front swivel wheels make this pushchair really easy to steer and a smooth ride, even on rough terrain. The seat padding and straps are comfortable for little ones, and my toddler enjoyed holding onto the bumper bar."

Emily-Ann particularly likes the spacious shopping basket and the fact that it can be accessed from the front or the back. "No more discovering that whatever you need from beneath the buggy is stuck at the front, and unloading everything to reach it," she says. The basket also has a zip-up pocket and water bottle holder inside – nice extra touches. We like the expandable hood with ventilation windows, too – perfect for warm weather.

This is a really versatile and smart-looking pushchair. We think it's a great price given all the useful extra design features, such as the one-handed folding system, large storage basket and expandable hood.


The Cybex Zeno pushchair, featured in our best pushchairs roundup

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4. Cybex Zeno

Best urban running buggy

Specifications

Weighs: 12.5 kg
Age range: months to approx. 4 years
RRP: £529.95

Reasons to buy

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Beautifully stylish
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Impressively versatile
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A dream to push uphill

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for off-road
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Not suitable from birth

Tested by: Oli Oakley and her baby daughter.

If you're an active, sporty parent who sees no reason to stop running just because you've had a baby, this is one of the best pushchairs you could buy. Our tester was excited to try it out - she'd heard lots of hype about it - and found it more than lived up to her expectations. Designed for urban environments, it's an impressively versatile 4-in-1 multisport running pushchair. You can choose whether to push the stroller in front of you while running or attach it to your waist and pull it behind you. It's also suitable for cycling or cross-country skiing.

Our tester, Oli, took it on her regular runs with her daughter on board. "It's lightweight and the wheels are a great size, plus the seat is very comfortable for the child," she says. "It runs very smoothly and it's easy to put together. It also folds down smaller than any of the other buggies I've used, so it would fit easily in the boot of a car."

Overall, this is brilliantly designed pushchair for sporty parents. "I love the Cybex Zeno - it's very comfortable for my baby and she seems happy in it," adds Oli. "I think it will only get better to use as she gets older. I love the way it looks and have had lots of complements about my stylish buggy. My favourite function by far is the pushing element as I find I have more control and it feels more comfortable, but it's great to have options in terms of how you use it."


The Mamas and Papas Airo pushchair - our pick of one of the best pushchairs 2022

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(Image credit: Mamas and Papas Airo)

5. Mamas and Papas Airo

Best lightweight pushchair - a light and compact pushchair that's perfect for travel use from birth

Specifications

Weighs: 7.6kg
Age range: 0-22kg (Birth to approx. 4 years)
RRP: £399

Reasons to buy

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Easy to carry
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Compact
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Lie-flat seat

Reasons to avoid

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Best for urban use

Tested by: Lynsey Hope and her daughter Ivy, aged 18 months.

The Airo is the lightest pushchair yet from Mamas and Papas. It's sleek and streamlined, light enough to carry backpack-style, and suitable from birth. We asked writer Lynsey Hope to put it to the test with her third child, Ivy, who was 18 months old at the time of testing.

If you're looking for a travel-friendly pushchair that's plush enough for a newborn, this is it. And if you're thinking of trading in a heavy travel system for a lighter, nippier buggy for a growing toddler, the Mamas & Papas Airo pushchair is ideal.


Ickle Bubba Globe Prime Stroller - one of the best pushchairs 2022

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6. Ickle Bubba Globe Prime Stroller

Best pushchair for city living

Specifications

Weighs: 6.4kg
Age range: Birth - 15kgs (approx. 3 years)
RRP: £199.99

Reasons to buy

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Truly lightweight
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Stylish
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Handy extras

Reasons to avoid

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 Small shopping basket

Tested by: Emily-Ann Elliott, mum to Betty, two, and Ted, two months.

Easy to fold, carry and manoeuvre, this travel-friendly pushchair fits into the overhead storage compartment on an aeroplane and has an integrated carry strap with a leather shoulder pad. It comes with a quilted seat liner, footmuff, cup holder, rain cover, buggy organiser, and a protective storage bag. You can recline the seat easily with one hand – useful when your baby nods off in the buggy– and you can attach a compatible infant carrier car seat to the frame to create a travel system.

Our tester Emily-Ann says: "This is truly lightweight compared to other pushchairs, so it's perfect for travel use or for parents who use public transport. The storage bag has straps so you can wear it like a backpack – useful if your hands are full when travelling. Once assembled, it's easy to fold and unfold. It's best suited to smooth ground but it's really easy to manoeuvre and feels stable when pushing. The black and rose gold colour combination is very stylish – for such an affordable option, this looks really good."

Overall, this is an excellent buggy at a really affordable price. Emily-Ann commented on the extra accessories and thoughtful design details, such as the hood viewing window for keeping an eye on your baby; the adjustable leg rest for comfy naps; and the handy storage pouch for your valuables. "My toddler loved holding on to the bumper bar across the front and although the shopping basket could be bigger, I think that's a fair price to pay for something so compact," she adds. 


The Silver Cross Reflex Quartz - one of the best pushchairs 2022

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7. Silver Cross Reflex Quartz

Best pushchair for sturdiness and longevity

Specifications

Weighs: 8.5kg
Age range: Birth to 25kg
RRP: £243.75

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy and smooth to push
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Luxurious, comfortable seat
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Extendable sun canopy

Reasons to avoid

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Less compact than other strollers
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The basket is tricky to access, especially with the seat reclined

Tested by: Katie Archer and her son Rory, aged seven months.

With a lie-flat seat recline, airflow backrest and a newborn head hugger, this is a good choice if you're looking for a sturdy but light stroller that's suitable for use from birth. You can attach a Silver Cross infant carrier car seat to create a travel system.

Katie, our tester, says: "This stroller was a hit with Rory – he found this extremely comfortable, had some long naps in it and was obviously very happy sitting in it, thanks to the supportive backrest and plush, padded newborn insert."

Our tester found the pushchair a little unwieldy going over curbs, up steps, and when pushing it uphill. "It also felt wide for narrow streets and doorways, and difficult to fold for public transport and storage – you definitely can't fold it with one hand, so you need another adult around to hold the baby while you fold it," she says.

This pushchair is very well made – robust and sturdy, and clearly designed to withstand years of everyday use. It's also smooth to push, offering surprisingly good suspension over bumpy ground for something reasonably light. The extendable sun canopy hood is effective at blocking out the sun and offering an extra layer of cosiness for naps. The leather bumper bar is articulated to fold with the stroller, which our tester thinks is a nice touch.


Cosatto Woosh XL Pushchair - our pick of one of the best pushchairs

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8. Cosatto Woosh XL Pushchair

Best pushchair for easy storage

Specifications

Weighs: 6.8kg
Age range: Birth to 25kg
RRP: £299.95

Reasons to buy

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Striking, stylish design
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Folds easily with one hand 
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Light and manoeuvrable
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Compact - easily fits small car boots

Reasons to avoid

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Fixed, forward-facing seat
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The seat recline is fiddly to operate with the child in the seat

Tested by: Lisa Harris and her baby Juno, aged five months.

This is a super-stylish pushchair designed in collaboration with singer Paloma Faith. It's really lightweight and folds easily, plus it's free-standing for easy storage. We like the handy extra features for busy parents – a secure pocket in the hood and basket, a large rain cover and a cup holder. The bold, striking print makes it a hit with kids and a talking point with parents.

Our tester Lisa says: "I felt like I'd slipped into a designer outfit when pushing this stylish pram out and about! Friends loved the bold tiger print and cool, rose gold finish. It's easy to steer with one hand, and the swivel front wheels navigated narrow shop aisles and busy streets easily. The secure and well-hidden back pocket in the hood is really convenient for a mobile phone, wallet, face mask and other essentials."

"This is a cool, city-slicker style pushchair that's simple to fold and unfold with one hand. The rear foot brake and front wheel controls are easy to operate with one foot. The safety straps release all at once, which makes it quick to get my baby out, although it's a little more fiddly to strap her in.  The large rain cover is very secure, even in high winds on the beach, and the cover carries the same bold print as the pushchair so it still felt smart even in a downpour. It kept things in the bottom basket dry too! The seat reclines almost horizontal, which is great for baby naps in the middle of the day, and the inside of the pram is dark, so she slept really well too."

This pushchair is so stylish, our tester opted to take her sleeping baby out to a restaurant one evening. "There's also a large viewing window in the hood to quietly check on your sleeping (or not!) baby," she says.


Cybex Melio Carbon Stroller - one of the best pushchairs in our buyers' guide

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9. Cybex Melio Carbon Stroller

Best pushchair for one-handed folding

Specifications

Weighs: 5.9kg
Age range: Birth to 15kg (approx. three years)
RRP: £462.22