Pushchairs: Top pushchair picks for different activities
- Find the best pushchair for your lifestyle
- Top pushchair picks from big brand such as Mothercare, iCandy, Silver Cross and Bugaboo
- Buggies for walking, shopping and taking on the bus
To help you buy a buggy that best matches your lifestyle, whether travelling a lot on the bus or going for walks in the countryside, we've hand-picked pushchair models that scored well for particular tasks during our rigorous lab-based and real-life parent tests.
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Pushchairs for parents who walk everywhere
Are you likely to be walking in the park or to and from the shops, nursery or school with your pushchair on a daily basis? Look for a model with good handling, manoeuvrability and comfortable handlebars. We put all pushchairs through an obstacle test with our parent panel, running them over pavements, bumpy ground and stairs.
The following models are worth considering and all have reversible seats, meaning your baby can face you as you walk along. But how well did these pushchairs do in all our test areas? Click on our reviews to find out how they did overall.
If you're likely to go on lots of country walks find out more about all-terrain buggies.
Public transport-friendly pushchairs
Getting a pushchair on and off a bus, train or tube can be a parent's nightmare. If taking public transport is a daily necessity, you'll need a pushchair that scores well in our real-life public transport tests.
Take a look at these good everyday strollers - you'll want to look for something that's lightweight, easy to fold (one-handed if possible) and with a small wheelbase so it's well-suited to balancing on escalators or getting on and off the bus.
Pushchair picks for car owners
If you'll be regularly switching your little one between car and pushchair, a travel system – a pushchair you can attach a child car seat to, as well as a regular pushchair seat – can make life easier. Don't forget to choose one that's easy to fold up and fits neatly into your car boot. We load and unload each pushchair into the boot of a family car (VW Golf) to see how easily it will fit in with your shopping.
There are loads of travel system pushchairs in our reviews that fit this bill. Some of the most popular are listed below, or you can jump straight to our reviews of travel system pushchairs.
If you're buying a travel system, don't forget to ensure the child car seat you buy is safe, too - we've found big differences between child car seats we have tested. Take a look at our child car seat reviews to find a Best Buy.
Best pushchairs for shopping trips
Hitting the shops with a pushchair? You're going to need one with plenty of storage space - a storage basket with 3kg of space is ideal, and you want to be able to access it easily even when the pushchair is reclined.
Also look out for one that can nip between tight shop rails without too much trouble - the following are a great place to start.
Top pushchairs for outdoor lifestyles
A pushchair needn't be a hindrance to hiking, picnicking or enjoying the countryside. Our all-terrain tests put pushchairs through their paces on a wide variety of surfaces, including bumpy ground, so you can find the right buggy for your lifestyle. We run each pushchairs over 86km of rough ground to see how durable each one is.
The three-wheeled pushchairs can be good off-roaders. Look out for adjustable suspension and pneumatic wheels to help it to tackle rough surfaces.
A sling or baby carrier could be an alternative if you don't want to always take your pushchair out.