Which? previews hot new pushchair trends for 2013New buggy features and fabrics to watch out for
24 September 2012
Which? travelled to the Kind und Jugend baby products fair in Cologne, so we could bring you a preview of the most exciting pushchair designs heading our way in 2013.
Read on for news on the latest pushchair features and colours, or visit our pushchairs review to find out which pushchairs Which? recommends as Best Buys.
Electric pushchair wheels, electric fold
One of the most eye-catching designs we saw was the 4Moms Origami (pictured right), an American pushchair with a battery in the frame that powers an electric folding mechanism, lights and an LCD display.
The automatic fold is a neat trick, but we're in two minds as to whether the rest of the design is really practical. It's heavy, the seat doesn't recline very far and there's little space for a changing bag on the frame.
Another 'innovation' heading for the UK is the Foppapedretti Myotronic pushchair. This eye-catching Italian battery-powered buggy aims to take 'the effort out of walking baby' for parents who are too posh to push.
We'll be keeping our eye out for both of these hitting our shores.
Urban or air-filled tyres
In the past, manufacturers have tended to design completely different styles of pushchairs for urban and off-road use. But parents are increasingly looking for stylish pushchairs that they can take on any surface without being restricted by their wheels. Manufacturers are responding by putting air tyres on more urban styles of pushchair.
Baby Jogger has already introduced the urban City Mini and the City Mini GT, which has more rugged tyres - visit our pushchairs review from 31 October to find out how the GT fared in the Which? pushchairs test.
This autumn, Baby Jogger follows with the Baby Jogger Versa, an urban pushchair with that can be folded when the seat is parent or forward-facing, and Versa GT, which also has air tyres.
Britax and Graco also discussed their plans for introducing air-tyre versions of some of their most popular recent releases at the fair. We'll update you when we know further details.
Buggy fabrics: hot pink and petrol blue
Although black is a perennial favourite for pushchair owners in the UK, brands such as Bugaboo and Quinny have built their iconic appeal on introducing voguish new colours each year.
Hot pink will be all the rage next year with the getting a Barbie makeover and the iCandy Peach 2 going for a more subtle combination of pinks.
For cooler customers, petrol blue is also emerging as a colour that will turn heads. See it sported by the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 (pictured right) as well as the iCandy and Quinny ranges.
Updates to old favourites
Several brands are planning updates to their successful designs:
- Quinny is introducing a from-birth inlay to the and to provide a lie-flat surface for newborn babies to sleep on
- The Maxi-Cosi Mura Plus adds a very enclosed seat, bigger sun canopy and puncture-free tyres to its design
- The is adding a quilted hood and bigger seat for 2013, along with new purple, lime and black fabrics
- Babystyle will add to its range with the three-wheeled Oyster Gem version of the Babystyle Oyster.
We hope to test all these pushchairs when they become available in the UK.