Which? test lab unveils Best Buy buggiesEighteen pushchairs go head-to-head

29 September 2010

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Which? has tested buggies from designer brands and high street shops and found that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a good basic pushchair. 

We've tested designer models from Bugaboo, Silvercross, and iCandy, as well as more basic pushchairs from Maclaren, Mamas & Papas and Britax. 

Which? pushchair expert Lizzy Ruffles says: ‘It’s remarkable how expensive some pushchairs can be. New parents have a lot of things to buy so it’s well worth doing some research before buying a top of the range buggy to make sure you don’t waste money buying a product that doesn’t suit your needs.’

If you're shopping for a pushchair but don't know where to start, check out our pushchair buying guide video for insider tips on what to look for.

Designer pushchairs

The Bugaboo Bee Plus is an updated version of the older Bugaboo Bee. The wheel design and suspension have changed to offer a smoother ride – find out if this marketing claim was born out by our test results by reading our Bugaboo Bee Plus review.

We’ve also tested the Silvercross Surf, which combines a pram that’s suitable from birth with a reclining, reversible pushchair. This isn’t the cheapest pushchair around (it costs £450 and an additional carry cot that turns it into a pram will set you back a further £150) so make sure you read our Silvercross Surf review before heading out to the shops.

iCandy is renowned for stylish, colourful pushchairs. The Peach is the newest model you'll find in the shops from iCandy and is aimed squarely at families looking to expand their brood. With the use of some adapters the iCandy can be transformed to carry two children. To find out how the iCandy Peach did in our tests when used in mono mode, read our iCandy Peach review.

Travel systems

Travel systems, such as the Bugaboo Bee Plus, Silvercross Surf and iCandy Peach, can be used as a basic pushchair, or you can attach a compatible car seat directly to the chassis. This allows you to move a baby that's fallen asleep from the car to the pushchair without waking it up.

If you’re buying a travel system you’ll want to ensure that the compatible car seat offers the greatest protection possible for your baby. Which? tests car seats using crash tests, and our Best Buys all exceed European safety standards. To find out which seats are the safest read our child car seats review. 

There are 46 Best Buy pushchairs in our full pushchair review, including Best Buys starting from just £85.

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