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Top 11 Best Pushchairs of 2021

Anna Lavfors

Updated November 2, 2021

Top 11 Best Pushchairs of 2021

How we did the test

Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.

We carry out all of our tests ourselves and test all products in real conditions. When we tested pushchairs, we asked children of all ages to try them out, and we used them on tarmac and in an urban environment and also on rough terrain and in snow. The pushchairs have been packed into cars and used on public transport. Parents of different heights and children of different sizes tried out all the pushchairs in the test and the overall impression has been compiled into a score. Things to remember before you buy a pushchair:

  • Use: whether the pushchair is primarily for packing into the car and taking on shopping trips or for using on forest walks makes a difference to which type of pushchair you should buy.

  • Your child: How big the child is and how much they weigh decides how spacious the seat unit must be and whether you need a pushchair with a higher maximum weight.

  • The parent: If the parents are different heights, an adjustable handle can be useful. A parent with back problems may need to prioritise a light pushchair over a more stable one.

It can be worth noting that many pushchair manufacturers use model years, where the functions can vary from one year to another. So in other words a pushchair from 2019 can function differently to a pushchair of the same name that’s a few years older.

1. Thule Spring – BEST CHOICE STROLLER 2021

Convenient and easy to push pushchair with cosy seat unit, really compact when folded

Maximum weight: 22 kg Weight of pushchair: 9.5 kg Folded size (Length): 76 cm Folded size (Width): 45 cm Folded size (Height): 32 cm Type of wheels: Puncture-free foam-filled wheels Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, reclining position

Thule Spring

With its convenient but still robust format, the Thule Spring is a pushchair for a slightly larger child which can withstand being used until you no longer need a pushchair. The Spring has a fixed, forward-facing seat unit. Recommended use is from six months of age, but you can use the Thule Spring with a newborn by buying adapters to attach your baby car seat to the chassis.

The Spring’s maximum weight is 22 kg, and the seat unit is spacious. A normal length child can travel comfortably until they’re around 5 years of age. The backrest can be adjusted steplessly with straps, and can be lowered into a very good – but not completely flat – reclining position. The cover of the Thule Spring is well padded, which means the pushchair feels cosier than other similar ones. The harness has Thule’s characteristic padding on all the straps. The harness can be taken apart into five separate straps, which makes it easier to use the Spring with a footmuff or seat cushion.

The hood on the Thule Spring can be opened with a zip and extended by one extra step on a steep downward angle. This makes it a very good sunshade. The hood has a large, combined peephole and ventilation hatch. When the back is lowered to reclining position, you can also open up a large ventilation hatch in the back section with mesh fabric. The pushchair’s telescopic handle can be set at several different heights and the Thule works extremely well for both shorter and very tall parents. The basket is spacious and easy to access.

The Thule Spring is very pleasant to push. The pushchair is simple to control and can easily be manoeuvred with one hand. The front wheel swivels but can be locked in a fixed position. The three wheels are puncture-free and foam-filled. They are tough and can cope with both gravel and grass. But even though there is some built-in suspension, the Spring is a bit bouncy on a rough surface. It rolls best on smoother surfaces, and in an urban environment simply glides along, smoothly and quietly.

One function that really stands out in the Thule Spring is how it folds up. You can easily fold the Spring with one hand, using a handle under the seat, allowing you to carry it with you. Folded, the pushchair is not only shorter and lower but also narrower. This 3D folding means it shrinks from 60 to 45 cm. With the handle in the right position, you can store the Spring upright.

The range of accessories for the Spring is large, and as always with Thule's products this pushchair simply oozes quality. We’d like to see an adjustable footrest, given that this is a common function on many similar pushchairs. Thule’s slogan for pushchairs is “bring your kids”. And given that it’s pleasant to push, cosy and comfortable and folds up in a really practical way, the Thule Spring really is a pushchair you'd love to push your kids in.

Easy to pushvery compact when foldedcosy seat uniteasy to reclinelong hood
No adjustable footrestnot fully lying position

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2. Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2.1

Spacious and sturdy stroller that’s nice to push, has tough wheels and is compact when folded

Maximum weight: 27.5 kg Weight of stroller: 9.5 kg Folded size: 79 x 64.5 x 25 cm Wheels: Puncture-free foam-filled wheels Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, full lying position

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2.1

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2.1 isn’t much different to the City Mini GT 2. The design of the stroller has been updated, with a more luxurious feel and more comfortable fabrics. The hood is now firmly attached in a single height position, whereas before it could be adjusted between two different positions.

The GT 2.1 is a fixed forward-facing stroller with three wheels. The wheels are puncture-free and sufficiently sturdy to cope with all types of surface, including gravel, grass and snow.

Very roomy seat unit with full lying position

The stroller is very nice to push. Thanks to the suspension, the GT2.1 feels light and pleasant to steer, and never jerky or hard. It has an adjustable knee-joint handle, which makes the stroller comfortable to push for parents of different heights. The seat unit is spacious. It can hold a child at least up to 5 years of age. The harness is easy to adjust in terms of height and length, and can be taken apart into five separate harness straps.

The backrest is separately adjustable, from a slightly reclining sitting position a completely flat lying position. If the weather is warm, the back of the stroller can be rolled up when the backrest is in lying position. Under this is an area of mesh fabric which lets in plenty of. The hood is long and gives good shade. The hood has a clear plastic window, with a cover kept in place with silent magnetic fasteners.

Adjustable footrest makes it comfy for the child

The adjustable footrest on the GT 2.1 means a sleeping child’s legs don’t dangle. It’s relatively easy to adjust the footrest, but it takes a good amount of force to push it into place in its bracket. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2.1 has a spacious basket that you can easily access from every direction.

Folding the City Mini GT 2.1 is incredibly easy. There are two straps in the middle of the seat unit, clearly marked 1 and 2 to show the order in which you should pull them. When you lift up the stroller with the second strap, it folds in the middle into a flat package. The stroller is easy to get into the car.

Sturdy but rather broad stroller

The main disadvantage of the GT 2 is that it’s almost 65 cm wide, which is relatively broad. If you want to make it smaller when it’s folded up, you can unclick the wheels in just a few seconds.

In all other respects, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2.1 is a real gem, and a clear indication that the GT will continue to be the first choice for many, many families in the future.

Roomy seat unitnice to pushadjustable foot restlong hoodlarge basket
Broad over the back wheels

3. Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Three-wheeler with puncture-free wheels, long hood and adjustable handle

Maximum weight: 30 kg Weight of pushchair: 9.5 kg Folded size (Length): 80 cm Folded size (Width): 62 cm Folded size (Height): 25 cm Width: 62 cm Type of wheels: Foam-filled Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, full lying position

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is a modern classic and a favourite for many parents who need a pushchair with a long period of use that works all year round. The pushchair is a three-wheeler, so it requires a certain amount of skill to push it, particularly to get into a bus or over a kerb. But once you've got used to it, the pushchair feels just as stable as a four-wheeler. The three wheels are foam-filled so they can’t be punctured, but they have a bit of bounce in them all the same, and gravel can’t get stuck in them.

The City Mini GT has an adjustable handle so the pushchair works well for families where the parents are different heights. For the child, the City Mini GT is a comfortable pushchair with a nice wide seat unit, an adjustable five-point harness and a steplessly reclining backrest that goes right down to full lying position. The pushchair doesn’t have an adjustable footrest. The size of the seat unit and the high maximum weight means that pretty much all children can use the City Mini GT until they no longer need a pushchair at all. For a very small child, you may need to top up the seat unit with a cushion to provide more support at the sides.

The hood on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is long and covers the child well even in the lying position. There are two peepholes in the hood, and when the backrest is reclined the entire back section can be rolled up. Beneath this is a layer of mesh fabric that gives a good flow of air through the pushchair. The basket is very spacious and can easily cope with carrying a couple of shopping bags. However, if the backrest is reclined accessibility is a bit more difficult. The way the Baby Jogger City Mini GT folds up is one of its best properties. The Baby Jogger’s Quick Fold technology means that you simply lift the pushchair up by the straps in the seat unit and the entire chassis folds up. Once folded, the City Mini GT is very compact and flat and works really well as a pushchair to carry in the car, but also on holiday.

It’s also very pleasant to push. The pushchair rolls well and can cope with both snow and more uneven terrain without running into problems – there’s also plenty of space for long strides. One small negative with the City Mini GT is that it’s tricky to get a seat cushion or footmuff to fit nicely, and some people think the sitting position is a bit too backward-leaning. But these are two small minus points on a pushchair that’s otherwise really very good. The GT is often very reasonably priced. If you can get it on special offer, or if you buy it second hand, the City Mini GT can definitely classified as a good, cheap pushchair. It’s difficult to be unhappy with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT, and it’s excellent for many different needs. This is without doubt the best three-wheeled pushchair on the market.

Long period of usenice to pushincredibly convenient folding mechanism
Slightly backward-leaning sitting position

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4. Crescent Nordic XT

Sturdy pushchair with long hood, suitable for the family who spend a lot of time on uneven terrain

Maximum weight: 30 kg Weight of stroller: 13 kg Folded size: 100 x 53 x 47 cm Wheels: Pneumatic Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Three positions, reclined position

Crescent Nordic XT

The Crescent Nordic XT is in many ways the epitome of the classic pushchair. A type of pushchair that’s becoming increasingly rare, probably due to compact folding being a function that has been prioritised in many new models. But it is far from always the case that the pushchair has to be very small when folded. For many families there are other features that are more important.

Extendable hood with good ventilation

Crescent have done a good job in refining its previous pushchair models to what is today the Nordic XT. The letters XT in the product name stand for extended – which is what you can do with the hood. And you really can’t complain about the sun protection this pushchair offers. Fully unfolded, without the extension open, the child gets plenty of shade over their upper body.

Opening the transverse zip makes the hood long enough to reach the belly bar. The extended part is mesh. If the stroller is in direct sunlight, you can just keep the hood in the short position. If the stroller is in the shade, the open extension means the ventilation in the seat unit is improved.

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Long operating time due to high maximum weight

The seat has a backrest that can be adjusted between three different positions. The sitting position is upright, but the lying position isn't completely flat. Instead it’s a very deep, effective reclining positiong. The Nordic XT has an adjustable footrest. The deep reclining position together with the footrest creates a very comfortable sleeping and seating position for your child. The upholstery is comfortably soft but also easy to wipe clean.

The Crescent Nordic XT is a spacious pushchair. A normal four-year-old can fit without problems, and the high maximum weight will further contribute to long use of the pushchair. The pushchair also works well for tall parents, thanks to its adjustable knee-joint handle.

A pushchair that can cope with snow and gravel

Of course, the four large pneumatic wheels require regular pumping. But in return, the Nordic XT gives you excellent accessibility. Rough gravel roads, uneven lawns or snow-covered pavements – this pushchair can cope with most surfaces. Between the rear wheels there’s an easy-to-access footbrake, and the Nordic XT has a really spacious shopping basket.

Folding the Nordic XT isn’t at all difficult. The pushchair is quite big when folded, but can easily be accommodated in the luggage compartment of a standard estate. If size is important, this is the wrong pushchair. But if a spacious seat unit, high maximum weight and sturdy wheels are a priority, then Crescent Nordic XT is the pushchair that will get the job done.

Sturdy wheelshigh maximum weightspacious seat unitvery long hood
Quite large when folded

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5. Baby Jogger City Elite 2

Easy to push stable pushchair and cope with uneven terrain and has a really long lifetime

Maximum weight: 34 kg Weight of pushchair: 11.5 kg Folded size (Length): 80 cm Folded size (Width): 68 cm Folded size (Height): 34 cm Type of wheels: Puncture-free foam-filled wheels Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, full lying position

Baby Jogger City Elite 2

When size isn’t important and easy manoeuvring is everything, perhaps the Baby Jogger City Elite 2 is the right pushchair for you? Because this pushchair is 68 cm wide over the back tyres, which is really large for a pushchair. Then again, the Elite 2 makes up for its size with a number of advantages. This fixed forward facing pushchair has a very spacious seat unit and a high maximum weight. A normal-sized six-year-old can travel it comfortably, so there’s no doubt that the City Elite 2 has a long potential period of use.

The backrest is steplessly adjustable with straps, and can be lowered to a flat lying position. The City Elite 2 has been updated with an adjustable footrest. You lift the footrest up, unfold a metal brace and insert it into a bracket. It’s simple, but it works. Removing the brace from the bracket again isn’t entirely simple as it requires a bit of force. But the fact that the footrest can be adjusted means your child can sleep comfortably in the City Elite 2.

The Baby Jogger City Elite 2 has a long hood that gives good shade and protection against the wind. On both sides of the hood are opening ventilation hatches, held in place with silent magnetic attachments. On top of the hood is a large peephole in clear plastic, which also has a magnetic hatch. On a warm summer’s day, you can improve ventilation in the pushchair still further. When the backrest is in lying position, you can roll the back section out of the way, revealing a layer of mesh fabric. This means that air can flow through the entire pushchair, making it cooler.

The harness divides into five separate pieces, so you can attach a footmuff more easily and choose how you want to secure your child. The City Elite 2 has a slightly backward-leaning sitting position, but the backplate can be pushed forward a bit more if you prefer this. The pushchair has an adjustable handle that can be angled to several different positions. The basket is really big, and you can access it equally easily both from the sides and the back.

As with all of Baby Jogger’s pushchairs, the Elite folds up really easily. In the middle of the seat there are two straps – one shorter one marked 1 and a longer handle marked 2. You first pull on strap 1 and then lift up the City Elite 2 using strap 2, and the pushchair folds up in the middle. The chassis locks automatically and the pushchair becomes very flat and compact. You can also click off the back wheels, which takes just a few seconds, to reduce the width to only 53 cm.

The pushchair is very nice to push, has great suspension and rolls really well. The width makes it very stable. If you want to take a stroll on gravel, rough tracks, in the forest or even deep snow, the three large puncture-free wheels on the Elite take everything in their stride. The high maximum weight and spacious seat unit together with a full lying position and adjustable foot support means that the City Elite 2 is just as good for a five-year-old as it is for a one-year-old. This isn’t a pushchair for someone living in a small flat or an urban environment with cramped shops. But for rougher terrain and mixed use, the Baby Jogger City Elite 2 is a sturdy and reliable buy.

Fantastic to pushcopes with all types of terraineasy to fold uplong period of use
Very broaddifficult to release the footrestslightly backward-leaning sitting position

6. Baby Jogger City Mini 2 4W

Stable and spacious pushchair with good lying position, adjustable footrest and convenient folding mechanism

Maximum weight: 28 kg Weight of pushchair: 10 kg Folded size (Length): 75 cm Folded size (Width): 53.5 cm Folded size (Height): 25 cm Type of wheels: Puncture-free Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, full lying position

Baby Jogger City Mini 2 4-wheels

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 4W is the sibling model to the Baby Jogger City Mini 2. The only difference between the two pushchairs is in the 4W designation. Because while the City Mini 2 has three wheels, the City Mini 2 4W rather logically has four. The advantage of four wheels is that the pushchair is a bit more stable laterally. This applies both when the child is getting into and out of the pushchair and also when you’re pushing it. The fact that the City Mini 2 4W has an extra wheel also means that it’s a bit heavier.

This fixed forward-facing pushchair has a generous seat unit that’s comfortable for larger children. They have plenty of space even with thick winter clothing on. The actual seat is both broad and deep, and there’s plenty of height in the backrest. Parents of really long children will be pleased that Baby Jogger have provided a double hood bracket on the pushchair. This means that the hood can be raised and lowered between two different positions. The hood gives good protection against the sun when it’s fully extended. It’s also equipped with two large peepholes with covers.

The City Mini 2 4W has a steplessly adjustable backrest that can be reclined to a flat lying position. One new feature for this model compared to its predecessor, the City Mini 4W, is that the City Mini 2 4W has a built-in, adjustable footrest. If you lift the footrest up there’s a metal stand beneath it. You unfold this and insert in a bracket on the pushchair. It’s a bit fiddly to get this to work sometimes and requires a good deal of force. But once it’s up, the footrest works really well and the City Mini 2 4W is comfortable for the child to sleep in.

The pushchair has a fixed handle that you can’t angle or adjust in terms of height. So it’s important that you try out the pushchair before you buy, to make sure the handle height is comfortable. The City Mini 2 4W has a foot brake in the centre of the back axle, which is easy to access with your foot. The basket is easy to access too.

The folding mechanism is the classic Baby Jogger version, and it just doesn’t get easier than this to fold up a pushchair. You pull on the straps marked 1 and 2 on the seat unit, and the pushchair folds up in the middle at the same time that the chassis locks itself. This pushchair is easiest to push in an urban environment or on fairly good footpaths. But in those conditions, the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 4W is a really stable, convenient and practical pushchair.

Spacious seat unitgood lying positionhigh maximum weightstable and tough
Fixed handlesometimes a bit difficult to adjust the footrest

7. Baby Jogger City Mini 2

Practical and convenient pushchair with spacious, adjustable foot rest and high maximum weight

Maximum weight: 28 kg Weight of pushchair: 9.5 kg Folded size (Length): 77 cm Folded size (Width): 53 cm Folded size (Height): 20 cm Type of wheels: Puncture-free Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, full lying position

Baby Jogger City Mini 2 3-wheels

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a fixed forward-facing pushchair with a high maximum weight and spacious seat that folds up into a compact package. Combining these three properties in a single product is pretty much what Baby Jogger are best known for. And the second generation of Baby Jogger’s pushchairs has now reached the classic three-wheeled City Mini. The update consists of a new design and a built-in, adjustable footrest.

The City Mini 2 has three wheels. The swivel front wheel is a double wheel. The pushchair is very easy to push, but double wheels generally work best on smoother surfaces than in snow or on uneven terrain. In an urban environment, the City Mini 2 is very easy to push and you can turn it with just one hand. The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 has a fixed handle that you can’t adjust in terms of height, which can be a problem for both short and tall parents.

The seat is spacious both widthways and lengthways. Children up to at least 4-5 years will be comfortable in the City Mini 2. The harness is easy to use, with a convenient buckle and straps that you can easily take apart if you want to install a footmuff or simply attach the child over their hips instead. The backrest can be angled steplessly to a flat lying position. And because the BJ City Mini 2 now has an adjustable footrest, the sleeping area offered by the pushchair is very good. You lift up the footrest and underneath it is a stand that you fold out and insert into a bracket. A relatively simple solution, but it works.

The hood on the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is generously sized. It has two large peepholes and there are two hood brackets on the chassis at different heights. This allows you to raise the hood as the child grows. You really can’t complain about the length of time you can use the Baby Jogger City Mini 2.

For practical, everyday use the City Mini 2 is a very popular pushchair. The basket is spacious and easy to access. Folding the pushchair is as easy as it is quick. In the centre of the seat unit there are two straps marked 1 and 2. You pull on strap 1 and lift the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 by strap 2... And as if by magic it folds up in the middle to a very flat package. The chassis locks automatically. Practical, convenient and good value are the words that best describe the Baby Jogger City Mini 2.

Spacious seat unithigh maximum weightconvenient folding mechanismgood flat lying position
Not suitable for snow or uneven terrainhandle not height adjustable

8. Britax B-Motion 4 Plus

Very spacious pushchair with flat lying position, adjustable footrest and long hood

Maximum weight: 20 kg Weight of pushchair: 11.5 kg Folded size (Length): 73 cm Folded size (Width): 55 cm Folded size (Height): 45 cm Width: 55 cm Type of wheels: Foam-filled Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, flat lying position

Britax B-Motion 4 Plus

The Britax B-Motion 4 Plus is a forward-facing pushchair with a long period of use. The seat unit is really spacious and the pushchair has a long, adjustable footrest. The maximum weight is a full 20 kg, which means that even large children can travel comfortably in the B-Motion 4 Plus.

The pushchair has a backrest that can be steplessly reclined to a completely flat lying position. You can also set the footrest into a horizontal position, which provides plenty of space for your child to sleep comfortably.

The backrest on the Britax B-Motion 4 Plus is adjusted with straps and a buckle, which is a bit stiff. The handle is height adjustable, and you can also fold it inwards to make the pushchair a bit shorter for travelling by bus or storing it in the hall. The handle is covered in foam, and in the middle there’s a plastic section that’s very useful when you fold the pushchair up or store it standing, as it’s the plastic rather than the foam that takes all the weight. The handle itself is an unusual shape that doesn’t suit everyone in terms of comfort, so we recommend that you try out the pushchair before buying it.

The hood on the B-Motion 4 Plus is long and covers the child well. When the backrest is reclined, you can also access the large storage pocket on the back section. Above the hood is a peephole in plastic. The safety bar swivels and leaves plenty of space for the child. The basket on the B-Motion 4 Plus is gigantic and you’ll have no problems fitting in your shopping or picnic.

You can fold up the B-Motion 4 Plus with just one hand. There’s a grey button on the side of the chassis, which you press it upwards and in, and then you lift the entire pushchair by the straps in the centre of the seat unit. The chassis locks automatically when the pushchair is folded. The B-Motion 4 Plus it is quite heavy, but it’s easy to pack in the car because it’s such a compact package when folded.

The foam-filled wheels can cope with slightly rough footpaths or terrain, but the pushchair rolls best on flat ground, both because it’s a bit stiff to steer and also because of the weight. If comfort for the child is your primary priority and you want to be able to use the pushchair for larger children too, the Britax B-Motion 4 Plus is probably a good choice.

Spacious seat unitlong and flat lying positioncompact when folded
A bit sluggish to steerrather heavy

9. Britax B-Agile M

Very good value pushchair with good lying position, adjustable footrest and spacious basket

Maximum weight: 22 kg Weight of pushchair: 10 kg Folded size (Length): 69 cm Folded size (Width): 55.5 cm Folded size (Height): 36 cm Type of wheels: Puncture-free EVA wheels Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Stepless, full lying position

Britax B-Agile M

The Britax B-Agile M is a pushchair with a fixed, forward-facing seat unit and a high maximum weight of 22 kg. The seat is normal in size and can easily hold a 3-4 year old. The backrest can be inclined from fixed position down to full lying position. The harness can be separated into five straps with just two clicks. The harness shoulder straps can be height adjusted by moving them up or down with the backrest. The fact that the backrest has a full lying position, together with the folding footrest, which can be adjusted between folded and horizontally positions, makes the B-Agile M a very good pushchair for a sleeping child. Overall, the pushchair feels cosy, and the cover is easy to wipe clean without feeling tight or hard.

It isn’t unusual for an otherwise functional pushchair to have a painfully short hood, but Britax know what they're doing. The B-Agile M has a good hood with a fold-out sun visor. The hood can also be extended if you open the zip that runs across it. This makes for a really good sunshade, even when the backrest is in lying position.

This forward-facing pushchair actually has only two negative points. The first is the wheels. The B-Agile M has puncture-free EVA wheels, with an outer layer that’s not very durable. This means that stones and gravel can get stuck in the tyres. This doesn’t affect the function of the pushchair, but can make the wheels rattle somewhat when rolling over smooth floors. And it looks bad. When you pick out the stones, small holes remain.

The other negative point is that the B-Agile M doesn’t have an adjustable handle, and that the height and angle of the handle aren’t entirely optimal when you need to push down on it to lift the front of the pushchair up onto a kerb. With a heavier child in the seat unit, this means you have to really work to get the pushchair up over high pavement edges. Otherwise the pushchair is nice to push. The B-Agile M isn’t ideal for rough countryside hikes, but for normal walks on gravel paths or in urban environments it works fine.

The basket is easy to access and holds a good amount. The B-Agile M has a foot brake by the right back wheel. On the same side of the chassis is a button you push to unlock the folding mechanism. After this, you lift the pushchair using the straps on the seat. You have to do this with quite a jerk, but this quickly becomes natural and the Britax B-Agile M folds in the middle, after which the chassis locks automatically. Then you can easily lift the pushchair into the car, where it fits even in smaller boots. Given everything you get, the B-Agile M is an extremely good value pushchair.

Very good valuegood lying positionadjustable footrestspacious basket
Gravel sticks in the wheelsdifficult to get up kerbs

10. Elodie Details Stockholm Stroller 3.0

Attractively designed umbrella pushchair with good lying position and long hood

Price class: Medium Weight of stroller with seat unit: 8.5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 118 x 28 x 33 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Included Rain cover: Purchased separately Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Split, not height adjustable Maximum weight: 15 kg Adapter for baby car seat: No

Elodie Details Stockholm Stroller 3.0 Powder Pink

Elodie Details are best known for their pushchair and other baby accessories, but the Stockholm Stroller has actually been part of their range for many years. The pushchair is a classic umbrella version with a slightly more fun design, and now Elodie Details have updated it with tools that will allow it to remain current for a few more years. The Stockholm Stroller 3.0 is a forward-facing pushchair with a split handle. What makes it an umbrella pushchair is how you fold it. Instead of only folding in the middle, an umbrella pushchair also folds up widthways. This makes it narrow but long when folded. The Stockholm Stroller has an extendable hood with a magnetic catch, equipped with a long sun visor that can be unfolded. It provides very good shade for the child. The backrest can be inclined to several positions, including a lying position, and the footrest is also adjustable, adding to the child’s comfort when sleeping. The basket can hold a reasonable amount but is rather difficult to access.

What primarily distinguishes the Elodie Details Stockholm Stroller 3.0 from its predecessors is that the new version has single front wheels. Double front wheels are often used on smaller pushchairs to make them more stable, but the Stockholm Stroller 3.0 doesn’t feel at all wobbly and the single front wheels make the pushchair much easier to steer. It’s undoubtedly much nicer to push now. The pushchair has also been given a cup holder bracket, and you can buy both the cup holder and a safety bar separately. The strengths of the Elodie Details Stockholm Stroller 3.0 are the spacious seat unit, the attractive design with lots of stylish details – such as the storage pocket on the back of the backrest – and the long hood. Even if the Stockholm Stroller 3.0 has been made much easier to steer, a split handle always means it’s more difficult to push with one hand. If you’re interested in an umbrella pushchair, the Elodie Details Stockholm Stroller 3.0 is one of the nicer alternatives on the market.

Long hoodspacious seat unitvery attractive design
Split handlerather inaccessible basket

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11. Bumprider Connect

Stable pushchair with full lying position, high maximum weight and ability to transform into a sibling stroller

Maximum weight: 22 kg Weight of pushchair: 8.9 kg Folded size (Length): 59 cm Folded size (Width): 49 cm Folded size (Height): 27 cm Type of wheels: Puncture-free PU wheels Front wheels: Swivel Backrest: Stepless, full lying position

Bumprider Connect

The Bumprider Connect is unique in that it’s both a pushchair and a potential sibling stroller. Using magnetic brackets on either side of the chassis, and an additional attachment between the front wheels, you can attach two Connects together. The advantages of such a solution are obvious. In seconds, you can go from two parents pushing a stroller each to attaching the two together and taking turns to push the children.

This also means that you have a sibling stroller that can be separated into two parts, taking up minimal space in the car when folded. But there are also disadvantages of attaching two Bumprider Connects together – such as the sibling stroller being a full 98 cm wide! This is in comparison with normal sibling strollers which are usually between 74 and 79 cm wide. Two Connects are so wide they simply don’t fit through a normal door. So the best approach is not to view the Connect as a sibling stroller that can be divided in two, but instead as a substantial pushchair with magnetic connection as just one function among many.

Because the Bumprider Connect undoubtedly has other strengths. As a pushchair it's very sturdy, and feels really stable to push. The wheels may be small but they don’t complain about a bit of gravel or uneven surfaces. Of course the Connect rolls best on tarmac or in an urban environment. The basket is small in relation to the size of the pushchair, barely being large enough for a baby changing bag. The seat is spacious, however, with plenty of legroom. It would have been better if the backrest was a bit higher. As it is, the child grows out of the pushchair height-wise long before they’ve reached the maximum weight of 22 kg.

The backrest’s sitting position is nice and upright. You can use a strap to lower it into a very shallow reclining position, which isn’t enough for the child to sleep comfortably. After that, you can undo the strap completely, and then the backrest folds right down to create a flat lying position. The fact that the Bumprider Connect has a full lying position with an adjustable footrest and a very comfortable padded seat cushion makes it excellent for your child to sleep in.

The hood works well when the seat unit is in sitting position, but in lying position it’s a bit short. The handle isn’t height adjustable but has a good angle and makes it easy to push and manoeuvre the pushchair. It folds up quickly. You fold in the handle then push in a button under the seat unit and lift the Connect by the handle also located there. It folds at three joints, becoming very flat and compact. The Connect also has built-in brackets for Bumprider’s standing board. There are few other pushchairs that are as versatile as the Bumprider Connect.

High maximum weightstablefull lying positionbuilt-in attachments for standing boardcan become a sibling stroller
Rather low backrestsmall basketshort hood

All about Pushchairs

A pushchair is a simpler version of a buggy or stroller, intended to be used by a slightly larger child. Pushchairs can only hold the child facing forwards, and often have a reclining position rather than a full lying position. The pushchair can and should also be small and neat when it's folded up. Some pushchairs can be folded into a neat squareish package, while others – known as umbrella pushchairs – fold up widthways into a longer package. There are pushchairs with lots of functions and those with only basic functions.

Choose the number of wheels for how you’ll use the pushchair

One thing that varies between pushchair models is the wheels. They are available with both three and four wheels. There are also many tyre types: air-filled, plastic, double and single. There are pushchairs with fixed front wheels and pushchairs with swivel front wheels. If you're going to use the pushchair in the snow or on rough terrain, it's useful if it has large wheels – ideally air-filled ones. If it will only be used in an urban environment, small wheels may be sufficient, in which case swivel front wheels are recommended.

Because a pushchair is often purchased to replace a pram, it can be a good idea to try the child in the pushchair before buying it, to make sure there’s space for them to grow. Exactly when your child should start travelling in a pushchair varies. But it's common to replace your child’s first pushchair with a simpler model when they're about 1.5-2 years old.

Things to remember when buying a pushchair

So that the pushchair can be used for as long as possible and by larger children too, the following functions are important:

  • that it isn’t immediately too cramped for the child’s legs under the safety bar when they have winter clothes on
  • that the lying space isn’t too short
  • that the child's head doesn’t hit the hood when you unfold it
  • that the maximum weight is high enough
  • that there’s a footrest that works for longer legs

It’s worth noting that many pushchairs have a maximum weight capacity of 15 kg – which is a kind of standard – while others are able to carry significantly higher loads of up to 20-25 kg or more. This also gives the pushchair a longer lifetime.

How to find a good, cheap pushchair

The idea of a pushchair is to replace the travel system with something cheaper and more durable. Your child may not be travelling in the pushchair as often and you may also want something easy to push to and from the shops or simply use on the odd occasion. But even when you’re just buying a pushchair, you need to be sure of what your requirements are. If you’re used to a travel system with plenty of storage space and you intend to keep on going to the shops with the pushchair, it’s a good idea to choose a pushchair that can also hold a couple of shopping bags. Some people also use the pushchair as a travel stroller, in which case it’s important have a good hood that protects your child against the sun. There are also cheap, very basic pushchairs that may have no reclining position or where you have to buy the hood separately.

Check out our buying guide with more important things to think about when buying a pushchair. Linked to buying guide

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