Pushchair reviews: FAQs
Choosing your first pushchair is an exciting part of having a baby, but there's a lot to consider before splashing out on a top-of-the-range travel system or a bargain buggy.
Our FAQs answer common pushchair queries, including how much you need to spend, whether you need buy a carrycot, and what to do if your new pushchair develops a fault or you need to upgrade to a double buggy further along down the line.
Find the answer to your pushchair questions by clicking on the relevant link below:
- How much do I need to spend on a pushchair?
- Is it safe to buy a second-hand pushchair?
- What is a travel system?
- Do I need a carrycot for my newborn?
- Will my pushchair fit in a car boot?
- Do I need a special pushchair to run with?
- My pushchair has developed a fault - what can I do?
- Will I need a double buggy?
Ready to buy? Head to our pushchair reviews to find the perfect pushchair that won't be a pain to use and will keep your smallest passenger comfortable.
How much do I need to spend on a pushchair?
Pushchairs can cost as little as £25, up to more than £1,000 for premium brands. But shelling out hundreds of pounds doesn't always guarantee durability or that a pushchair will be easy to use.
Our advice is to consider the value, rather than the price, of the pushchair when you are buying.
Spend your money on a robust pushchair that only has the features you know you'll use. Spending too much on pushchairs with features you don't use, or too little on ones with poor durability, are some of the most common mistakes.
The price of a pushchair can be affected by a number of factors, including:
- the lightness and durability of the materials used – light but robust pushchair frames tend to be more expensive;
- designer fabrics – limited-edition designer fabric pushchairs are more expensive than standard versions;
- accessories provided – if they're not included carrycots and car seats (and adaptors) will all add to the final price;
- customisable options – hoods, seat liners and aprons available in different colours will also cost extra.
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Is it safe to buy a second-hand pushchair?
New parents-to-be can save a lot of money by buying some baby products second-hand, and a pushchair is a good place to start if you're on a budget.
Never buy a second-hand car seat for a travel system. You cannot tell just by looking at the seat if it has been in an accident that could compromise its protection.
If you are considering buying a second-hand pushchair, you need to make sure it's safe. Here are our top tips:
- Safety labels Check it's labelled with BS EN 1888:2012
- Instructions Get the originals, as these will tell you how to use it safely
- Frame Check it's rigid and sturdy
- Well maintained Look out for dents, sharp edges, broken parts, sharp edges, corrosion or wobbly wheels
- Wheels Check them - badly worn wheels will affect how well the brakes engage
- Brakes Do they still work properly and are they effective?
- Folding Always check the locking mechanisms are still working properly - try folding and unfolding the pushchair yourself, checking for finger traps.
- Harness Only buy a pushchair with a five-point harness. Always check it's not damaged and that its fixing points are intact.
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What is a travel system?
A travel system is a pushchair that can be used with a car seat.
Usually, the car seat will attach directly to the pushchair frame via adaptors, but some pushchairs are designed so the car seat attaches and sits on top of the main seat.
If you use your car a lot, a travel-system compatible pushchair is a great option. It makes transferring the car seat from car to pushchair very simple - and you can do it without waking your baby up. However, don't be tempted to let your baby sleep in a travel-system car seat for too long. Transfer them to a carrycot or lie-flat pushchair seat as soon as possible.
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Do I need a carrycot for my newborn?
Not necessarily. Some pushchairs come with a seat that reclines back far enough to be used with a newborn – which is 150 degrees or more. Newborn babies cannot support the weight of their own bodies, or heads, so need to lie in as flat a position as possible.
Some pushchairs do recline far enough to provide a seat position that a newborn can be held in, but if the pushchair you've set your heart on doesn't have a seat unit suitable from birth (some can only be used from when a baby is six months old), you'll need to buy a carrycot.
A carrycot is an extra piece of kit. Some cost extra to buy, but they do provide a true lie-flat position for your small baby and have sides to give your little one a bit more protection from the elements. Some carrycots are approved for occasional overnight sleeping, which could come in handy.
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Will my pushchair fit in a car boot?
Our pushchair experts check how well a folded pushchair will fit into the boot of medium-sized family car and how much room is left for anything else. Our reviews will tell you if the seat needs removing before folding, or if you have to remove any wheels to squeeze the pushchair into the boot. We'll also tell you what type of fold the pushchair uses – some are really compact when folded, making them much easier to store in a boot.
Generally, travel systems are the worst culprits for taking up the most boot space, especially all-terrain models with big, chunky wheels. Bumper bars can also get in the way when folding. Don't forget that however small a pushchair folds up, when you start adding padded, cosy foot-muffs and rain covers, this all adds to the bulk.
Do I need a special pushchair to run with?
Although all-terrain pushchairs are descended from American jogging strollers, serious runners or joggers would be best off with a specially designed jogging pushchair.
These pushchairs have three rust-resistant alloy wheels, distinctive frame designs, 20in, 16in or 12in wheels, shock absorbers, suspension and a fixed front wheel.
The large wheels make the ride smoother, and give better control and shock absorption in off-road conditions. These pushchairs are designed for running on pavements, and rough and sandy surfaces.
If you're more of an occasional jogger or frequent stroller, an all-terrain pushchair may do. Choose one with 16in or 12in wheels. Look for a lockable swivel wheel, which will allow you to manoeuvre easily in the shopping centre but can be locked for stability – you don’t want a front wheel that swivels off as it hits bumps when you're running.
Current advice is to wait until your baby is around six months old before you take them out running, especially if you're running off road or are on particularly bumpy terrain. This is so they're able to support their head and neck independently. A head support, such as a head hugger, will help to keep the baby’s head from bobbing about too much. Make sure the pushchair's harness fits your baby well, so it holds them in tight if you need to stop quickly.
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My pushchair has developed a fault, what can I do?
Do you have a faulty pushchair? 14% of parents who bought a new pushchair had a problem with it in the first six months. The most common problems were with the wheels and brakes.
If you discover your pushchair has a fault, the Which? Consumer Rights website is packed full of information to help you.
Our comprehensive advice takes into account how long you've had your pushchair and how you paid for it.
There are also example letters to download to help you make your complaint effectively.
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Will I need a double buggy?
A common question we're asked is: do I need a double buggy? The answer will depend on your circumstances.
If you're expecting twins then the answer is probably yes.
But if you already have a toddler and your second baby is on the way, you may be able to get away with keeping your single pushchair and using a sling or a ride-on platform, like a buggy board, for the older child.
Find out what the perfect option is for you in our dedicated double pushchairs guide.
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