If you’re buying a pushchair next year, you need to know that grey is the new black and mélange is the new must-have fabric.
Our Which? pushchairs experts hit the recent Kind und Jugend baby and child show in Cologne and hunted down these top, upcoming pushchair trends and more.
We also discovered that lightweight is the big buzzword for travel systems and double buggies, and that running buggies are going to be all over the parks and pavements near you in 2016.
1. Grey is the new black
While there is definitely a lot of colour splashed about new pushchair ranges for 2016, grey is going to be everywhere. 50 shades? We’re not quite sure, but there’s no getting away from it, pushchairs are turning grey – it’s the new black.
The latest version of the iCandy Peach All Terrain, available from October, will come in a smart Pace colourway – dark grey with a coral piping detail, while the new Peach Blossom double will be available in Truffle.
Maxi-Cosi’s latest travel system stroller, the Stella, which will be available from December, comes in a lovely Sparkling Grey colourway which, as the name suggests, has a sparkling detail on the hood.
You can get in on the grey trend right now with the Cybex Priam in stylish Manhattan Grey.
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2. Mélange fabrics
Mélange might sound like something that would come out of Del Boy Trotter’s mouth, but it’s actually the name for a mottled-effect fabric that will be all over pushchairs next year.
It gives pushchairs a really smart, chic look and we spotted it on launches from brands such as Graco, which will be launching its new Fastaction Fold DLX travel system with a mélange fabric option.
The new top-of-the-range Cybex Priam pushchair, in Autumn Gold, also has a mélange-type appearance, definitely making it stand out from the crowd.
If you want to get ahead of the trend with mélange fabric, you can find it on the latest Bugaboo pushchair Bugaboo Bee 3 and Stokke Scoot pushchair. We’re currently testing the Stokke Scoot and will have a review to share very soon.
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3. Running buggies
Running buggies have been on our pushchair trend barometer for a while now. We first reported on Thule’s Urban Glide 2 jogger and Graco’s Relay Jogger in our trends round up a year ago.
Since then, Bugaboo has entered the running pushchair market with its Bugaboo Runner and we’ve tested the Britax Bob Revolution Pro pushchair, which has swivel wheels, making it designed for dual use as a running and a standard buggy.
Hopefully new for 2016 will be a running pushchair from Quinny – but it’s not in production yet so watch this space. Keep an eye out too for the BumpRider Marathon pushchair. This won an innovation award for its three-wheeled, jogging buggy which comes with a pedometer-type device to measure distance, speed and calories burned.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on any new entrants to the running buggy market with a view to testing more.
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4. Lightweight stroller travel systems
Lightweight strollers are a perfect pushchair option when you don’t want to lug a bulky travel system about, or just want to nip to the shops quickly.
But we spotted brands launching lightweight strollers that can take a car seat, making them travel system compatible.
One of these was the funky-looking Oyster Switch. It’s coming soon from Babystyle, best known for its ever-popular Babystyle Oyster 2. The Oyster Switch will be available in a range of six bright colours for around £169 with rain cover included.
The Babystyle Oyster Switch will also include a handy reversible seat so your baby can be facing you, which isn’t a feature usually found on a traditional umbrella-fold stroller.
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5. Twin buggies
The Babystyle Oyster Twin Lite should be available from October. It weighs around 10kg, which is the same weight as some travel systems, has individual hoods for each seat and a seat that recline far enough, BabyStyle claims, to be used from birth. It’s will cost around £299 all in, including colour packs.
UppaBaby is also working on bringing it’s G-Link Twin buggy to the UK (it’s currently available in the US for around $499). Due next year, it should weigh in at around 11kg, will fold easily and stand up when folded.
If you’re looking for a lightweight twin pushchair right now, the Twin Aire from Joie costs less than £150 and is proving very popular.
There are more exciting twin strollers on the horizon for 2016, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy for the moment. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. We’ve not tested twin strollers for a while, but with so many new models arriving a test looks likely in 2016.
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Of course, while trends are important, pushchair performance is key. We’ve got full test results for more than 180 pushchairs. We test each pushchair for safety and durability as well as ergonomics, plus how easy each of them is to use on a day-to-day basis.
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