Top five tips for buying the perfect holiday pushchairWhich? helps you pick the best buggy for holidays

22 May 2011

Maclaren Volo

The lightweight Maclaren Volo stroller

Planning a trip with children this summer? Then a lightweight stroller is the ideal transport for your child - especially if you're weighed down with lots of heavy luggage. 

Which? pushchair expert Victoria Pearson says: 'With holiday season just around the corner Which? has been looking for the perfect holiday buggy. 

'Not all lightweight buggies are easy to fold and carry, or have hoods that will shade your baby from the harsh holiday sun. But Which? tests have highlighted a few that fit this bill and that we'd recommend as Best Buys - we've got 180 pushchair reviews online, including 45 Best Buy pushchairs.'

Here's our top five tips for choosing the best buggy for your holidays:

Five top pushchair buying tips

1 Pick the right weight pushchair

Choose a lightweight stroller, so it can be carried easily onto transport, at airports or around hotels.

2 Look for buggies with a carry handle

Along with choosing a lightweight model, one that comes with a carry handle will make it much easier to hold, and one that comes with a carry strap will mean you can keep your hands free.

3 Test the folding mechanism

Buying a easy-to-fold pushchair will save you the time and hassle of fiddling about trying to put the pushchair down, or back up again, when you're in a hurry.

4 Small wheels for easy manoeuvring

Small wheels mean small turning circles, which are perfect for navigating narrow streets, shops or busy markets.

5 Storage and shafe

Most strollers are pretty basic, but some models have useful extras such as larger storage pouches for all those holiday accessories and a large hood or sun canopy will offer protection from holiday sun.

Latest pushchair reviews

Our latest pushchairs testing includes popular models from Maclaren, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare and Quinny. 

And we now have full test results in for the Recard BabyZen, the pushchair that comes with headlights. Were our lab experts and parent panel dazzled by its performance? We reveal all in our pushchair reviews, and show you what to look for when buying a buggy in our pushchair video buying guide.

Pushchair first look reviews

Trying a pushchair out before you buy it is a great idea, but it's not always possible to pop to the shops. Check out our pushchair first look video reviews for a tour of the latest models.

Our video reviews give you a real insight into a pushchair before you even step foot into a shop, and can help with finding your way through the maze of pushchairs available to buy.  

Take a stroll through our Which? pushchair first look video reviews where you can find our initial impressions on a range of pushchairs including the Bugaboo Donkey, iCandy Strawberry and our latest video - the Joolz Day. 

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