Pushchair manufacturers promoted their newest designs for 2012 at the Harrogate Nursery Fair – and Which? was there to check them out.
The UK’s biggest nursery trade event was abuzz with exciting new prototypes that are destined for shop floors in the coming months. Which? was there, wheeling, prodding, folding and pushing to bring you our first impressions.
Some prices and release dates were yet to be decided, but we’ll update you when we know more. Read on for the latest scoops, or watch the videos of our Uppababy Cruz review and Petite Star Bubble review.
Silver Cross Surf Elevation
Silver Cross has given its popular Surf pushchair a rugged new makeover, adding air-filled chunky tires to cope with the roughest terrain and tougher waterproof fabric. The Surf Elevation should be in the shops in late spring.
Silver Cross also unveiled its latest innovation, which will help the normally four-wheeled Surf Elevation become even more adept at off-roading. It’s a patented adaptor that replaces the two swivelling front wheels with a single fixed-wheel. This is expected to be available in the autumn.
Other Silver Cross pushchairs getting a facelift included the Pop stroller and the ever-popular 3D pram system which both come in new fabric colours.
American brands storm the UK
A new American invasion is expected this summer with the arrival of two hot new brands from the US – Bumbleride and Orbit Baby.
The Bumbleride Indie is an all-terrain three-wheel pushchair that comes in a range of attractive colours. It should be in shops here by early summer.
Celebrity favourite Orbit Baby will certainly attract attention when it’s G2 travel system is released in June – its completely novel design includes a rotating seat which can be attached to the chassis from any direction. The travel system also takes a carrycot and Maxi-Cosi infant car seat, both of which can also be swivelled on the chassis.
American brand Uppababy is also increasing it’s UK presence and is about to launch the Cruz – a smaller, lighter travel system than its runaway success the Uppabay Vista – which is designed for urban living.
Concord is making a foray into the very competitive umbrella fold stroller market with its Quix, the only pushchair we’ve seen with what looks like an integrated flower holder in the handle. Concord says it’s a storage compartment for snacks, but we remain to be convinced that it is big enough to be useful.
We hope to take this pushchair for a spin as soon as it’s released.
Bargain hunters may find what they’re looking for with the new Chicco Today, a great-value travel system pushchair which includes a chassis, seat, soft carrycot, car seat, changing bag, footmuff and raincover all for £300.
It has all-round suspension, a sizeable shopping basket and snack trays for parent and child.
It’s out in July but we’ll be bringing you our ‘first look’ review of it very soon.
Babystyle Oyster Gem
This three-wheeler buggy is a prime example of the emerging trend of products that grow with your baby.
The Gem can either take a small seat for younger children that can face both ways or a hammock-style fabric seat (for an additional £25) that will accommodate older kids. It’s also a travel system that can take car seats and a carrycot for newborns.
Babystyle Oyster Max
Sadly we’ll have to wait until autumn to get our hands on one of this year’s most hotly anticipated releases – the new Oyster Max – which is a double version of Babystyle’s best-selling Oyster pushchair.
- Read our Silver Cross Surf review
- Find out what we think of the Uppababy Vista
- Watch the latest buggies in action in our pushchair video reviews