Top 10 pushchair bugbears…and how to avoid them

19 April 2011

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Which? reveals the top 10 things that parents find annoying about their pushchair - as well as how to find your perfect pushchair.

We asked 918 parents whether anything has annoyed them about any of the pushchairs they have owned. The top 10 answers - in order of the percentage of people who had experienced each annoyance - were:

1. The pushchair is too heavy/bulky

2. The shopping basket is too small

3. The pushchair is difficult to store at home

4. The pushchair is difficult to push/manoeuvre

5. It is difficult to fold the pushchair/reverse the seat

6. The brake is difficult to apply

7. The pushchair is difficult to get on/off public transport

8. The pushchair doesn't fit in the car boot

9. The pushchair is difficult to clean

10. The pushchair developed a fault

We also asked parents to tell us their most and least useful baby products – and you can find out their top ten for each in our guide on baby equipment you need.

Try before you buy

Which? home editor Liz Edwards said: 'You can avoid many of these pushchair annoyances by trying out a range of pushchairs before you choose which one to buy. As well as taking each pushchair for a spin around the shop, you can try using all the different features and folding it.

'However, you'll get expert analysis on these aspects and many more - for over 150 different pushchairs - by checking out our pushchair reviews.

'Here we use our lab test data and feedback from our parent panel to rate each pushchair on a wide variety of factors including handling quality, comfort to push, ease of folding, how useful the storage space is, ease of car seat attachment and ease of use of public transport.'

Choosing the perfect pushchair

If you're not sure what type of pushchair will best suit you, you can use our tool – buggy, travel system or all-terrain? – to see the pros and cons of each type.

Then you can use our compare features and prices product sorter to select a pushchair that suits your requirements and price range. You can also set the filters to only show Best Buys if you just want to see the top-scoring models in our tests.

Once you've narrowed it down to your top picks, you can check out the details of each pushchair in the 'specification details' section, to find out useful information such as weight and folded dimensions.

Our research

We surveyed 918 parents in Great Britain aged 16+ with children aged under three, who had acquired at least one pushchair. The survey was conducted online, in January 2011. We asked parents whether they had experienced any annoyances with any of the pushchairs they had acquired.

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