Best travel cot brands revealed by Which?Parents rate best and worst travel cot brands
13 July 2014
Looking for the best travel cot? New research by Which? has revealed the best travel cot brands according to parents.
We asked more than 1,000 mums and dads to rate their travel cot on ease of assembly, getting their baby in and out, and packing away. We also quizzed them on how comfortable their baby looks in their travel cot, the cot's portability, and whether they think it provides good value for money.
Our full results page reveals the best and worst travel cot brands according to parents.
Best and worst travel cot brands
There's a wide range of travel cot brands on the market and it can be hard to know which one to go for. Our survey found that the most commonly owned travel cot brands are (in order): Graco, Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Chicco, Red Kite, Hauck and Cosatto.
The least popular of these brands scored a distinctly average 57% overall in our survey, while the best travel cot brand gained a satisfaction score of 68%. With travel cot costs varying widely, it's worth checking that you'll get a good deal for your money - our winner was the only brand to score five out of five in the value for money category.
If you're not sure whether you really need a travel cot, our list of travel cot pros and cons can help you decide.
How to buy the best travel cot
Should you decide to go ahead and buy a travel cot, there are a few simple checks you can do in the shop to make sure you get a decent model.
Ask to see it being assembled, and carry it around to check portability and weight. Experiment with the travel cot's folding mechanism to see whether it's going to be easy to get out and put away, and if you want the cot to double up as a playpen, look for one with lots of space.
Also check whether the extra features - which might include wheels - work well, and think about whether are likely to make your life easier.
You can explore more advice in our guide to buying the best travel cot.