Five pushchairs to watch out for in 2013Which? previews new buggy features and trends
30 December 2012
These new pushchairs will be brightening up playgrounds in 2013 - but are they worth waiting for if you are pregnant now? Which? previews the latest designs.
Read on for our sneak preview of the latest pushchair features and colours coming to the UK in 2013, or visit our pushchairs reviews to find out which pushchairs Which? has tested and recommends as Best Buys.
Britax Affinity pushchair
Preorders are being taken now for the new Britax Affinity travel system, which will cost £360 for the chassis and seat unit. The Affinity can be used from birth and comes in a range of jewel tone fabrics and three chassis colours - white, black and silver. An optional colour pack which includes a seat pad, canopy, basket liner and an apron costs £48.
The seat unit is reversible so your baby can face you and you can fold the pushchair with the seat unit on (but only when the seat is facing outwards). The adaptors to fit the infant car seat and carrycot (£129) are integrated within the chassis so there’s nothing fiddly to attach when you want to switch between modes.
The chunky air-filled rear wheels should make the Affinity manoeuvrable on a variety of terrains. But, this is something we’ll be checking in our full pushchair tests when we send the Britax Affinity to our labs.
Each Affinity has its own individual code printed on the chassis - similar to a car Vehicle Information Number (VIN). Owners can register this code online which should, in theory, make resale of a stolen Britax Affinity harder as it will remain registered to its original owner.
Maxi-Cosi Mura 3 pushchair
On sale in Europe now, but not yet in the UK, is the 2013 version of the , the Mura Plus 3.
Boasting a more enclosed and protective hood than the earlier version, we are keen to get our hands on this new, improved travel system for testing.
Babystyle Oyster Gem pushchair
Set to be released in February 2013, the Gem, which is based on the best-selling Babystyle Oyster, is a prime example of the emerging trend of products that grow with your baby.
This three-wheeler buggy can either take a small seat for younger children that can face both ways or a hammock-style fabric seat (sold separately for £25) that will accommodate older kids.
It’s also a travel system that can take car seats and a carrycot for newborns. We'll test how easy it is to use in our labs as soon as we can get our hands on it
Stokke Crusi pushchair
The newly released Stokke Crusi (£879) is on its way to our pushchairs lab for testing in January.
This is a travel system pushchair with a high seat - similar to - which brings baby and parent closer together and, Stokke believes, encourages interaction and bonding.
It can also be converted to a double pushchair for a baby and toddler or two toddlers by adding the Crusi Sibling seat. This can be used alongside the Crusi carrycot (£269) or the Crusi seat.
Stokke Scoot pushchair
The Scoot is a lighter weight pushchair that Stokke says is particularly well designed for urban streets and public transport.
The Scoot promises a one-handed fold, a reversible seat, suspension, a push-on-and-off footbrake, a height-adjustable handle and a roomy shopping basket.
The Scoot costs £549 and, like the Crusi, is compatible with the Besafe iZi Go car seat.
We hope to test all these pushchairs when they become available in the UK.