Pushchairs: How to buy the best pushchair Top pushchair buying tips
Pushchairs can come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes - from straightforward strollers to multi-functional travel systems or even all-terrain buggies - so how do you know which one is right for you and your child? Here are some pointers to help you decide.
Buying a pushchair: top five factors
We asked more than 900 pushchair owners to tell us what they believed to be the most important consideration when buying a pushchair:
|1.||Ease of folding and unfolding|
|2.||How easy it is to manoeuvre|
(Which? baby products survey, January 2011)
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Which? video guide to buying a pushchair
Our video gives you the top five tips to help you buy the best pushchair for you and your baby.
Practical tips to help you find the best pushchair
- We'd suggest you try out a pushchair before buying it, so you can get a proper feel for how it handles and folds, and for the amount of storage space it offers.
- How heavy is it? If you think you'll need to pick up your pushchair regularly - getting on and off buses or up a flight of steps, for example - a lightweight buggy can make life easier.
- Think about how you're going to be transporting your pushchair. If it's going in a car, make sure you've got enough space for it to fit comfortably into your boot. Our pushchair reviews will tell you whether a model will be too big for the average boot.
- Don't leave it too late! Trying out pushchairs with a large bump can be tricky.
- Pushchairs are subject to fashion, and manufacturers regularly change patterns, designs and materials, so last season's designs are often available at sale prices.
- Check which accessories are included with your pushchair. For instance, a rain cover is optional on some models. You can only make meaningful price comparisons when you know what's all-in with each deal.
- If you want to buy a pushchair from a local baby shop, try Babydirectory.com, a site that lets you search by the type of product you're interested in for relevant local shops.
- Some baby shops and websites, such as Mamas & Papas, operate a baby shower gift list service along the same lines as a wedding list, so presents aren’t duplicated.
Pushchair advice from parents
Watch our video for more top tips from parents using pushchairs day in, day out - before heading over to our pushchair reviews to find the model to suit your lifestyle.