Our pushchairs experts are always on the look out for the top trends and exciting new pushchairs to add to our list of models to test. And a recent trip to Europe’s biggest baby show provided a peek at the most exciting new pushchairs on the way for 2016.
If you’re expecting the pitter patter of tiny feet in the new year, you’re spoilt for choice. You’ll be able to take your pick from the latest iCandy Peach, a lightweight from Babystyle or a rugged new addition to the Baby Jogger fleet. Then there’s a new, nicely narrow travel system from Maxi Cosi or an update to a popular Britax pushchair.
You can find out our pushchair experts’ first thoughts on all these new releases below, but if you need a new pushchair right now, choose your favourite from our pushchair reviews.
1. iCandy Peach 2016
iCandy has unveiled the latest, fourth generation version of the ever-popular and stylish iCandy Peach.
While it doesn’t look massively different to the iCandy Peach 3, it’s reverted back to simply being called the Peach – there’s no number four, just one name, a bit like Madonna. It comes in range of smart new colours, including truffle, and features a striking leatherette handlebar and matching bumper bar. There’s also a new, one-touch buckle, complete with iCandy branding.
– see what our experts and parent testers thought of the last iCandy tested.
Browse all our iCandy pushchair reviews.
2. Babystyle Oyster Switch pushchair
Lightweight, from-birth strollers are marching their way back into fashion, as parents swap bulky travel systems for less cumbersome models. And the latest stroller from Babystyle could be leading the pack.
The Babystyle Oyster Switch is a cute, from-birth stroller that seems to tick a lot of boxes. It claims a lie-flat seat which should be suitable for newborns. The seat can be switched from forward-facing to parent-facing – not a usual feature of strollers, but a very handy one to have. And it’s travel system compatible, which means you can attach a car seat.
If that list doesn’t impress you, the fact it weighs around just 7kg is a definite bonus and it’s available in a range of six bright colours. All this at a very affordable £169 – and that’s with a rain cover included.
Available: Now, from independents
See all our Babystyle pushchair reviews.
3. BabyJogger City Metro pushchair
Baby Jogger pushchairs are a firm favourite with parents and the latest addition to the Baby Jogger range looks set to be just as popular.
The Baby Jogger City Metro is similar to the , but just a bit more rugged. There was a City Metro in the Baby Jogger range a few years back, but this latest, four-wheeled version has had a makeover. The large back wheels and suspension should help when swapping the pavements of city life for tackling rougher terrain at the weekend.
It features a decent-sized hood and a telescopic handlebar. ‘Telescopic’ means the handlebar can be adjusted, which should make it much more comfy to push if parents are different heights. There’s a matching carrycot available, too.
Available: Feb 2016
Baby Jogger pushchairs – find out how parents rate this brand and its pushchairs.
4. Maxi-Cosi Stella travel system
This brand new travel system from Maxi Cosi caught our eye thanks to its stunning new fabric. Maxi Cosi claims that the Stella, at 55cm wide, is the narrowest in its class as an all-terrain, from-birth travel system. The narrow design should help when navigating through single doors or down the aisle of your favourite shop.
It’s travel system-compatible and can be used with a range of popular Maxi Cosi car seats, including the i-Size Maxi-Cosi Pebble and Pebble Plus, and the Cabriofix Group 0+ car seat. All of which can be fitted using car seat adaptors. It can be used with a carrycot, and is available in range of colours, including sparking grey, featuring the latest on-trend melange-style fabric.
Available: Jan 2016
Maxi-Cosi Stella pushchair – find out more about this exciting new launch.
5. Britax Affinity 2 travel system
The Britax Affinity 2 travel system has had a few updates from the original Affinity pushchair. It now comes with a longer, deeper seat and the back rest reclines via a handle now, rather than tricky buttons. That recline can be carried out one-handed. A one-handed recline always goes down well with our parent testers.
The wheels have been updated and modifications have been made to the carrycot to make it easier to use. The ventilation visor on the back of the hood has magnetic closing, which is also usually a winner with our testers as it’s much quieter to use than noisy Velcro.
There will be a range of colour packs available to complete the Affinity 2 as well as an all-black carrycot, for those parents who prefer practical colours.
– read our full test results on the original version.
Which? pushchair testing
Each pushchair we review undergoes a series of strength and durability tests designed to push that pushchair to the limit. Every pushchair is strapped to a bumpy treadmill, loaded with the weight of a 15kg child and a full shopping basket, then wheeled continually over 206km of treadmill – roughly the distance from London to Birmingham – to see how each will stand up to uneven pavements and potholes.
Experts check each pushchair for choking hazards and finger-trap dangers. We make sure handlebars are durable and won’t break. Once our experts are satisfied the pushchairs are safe, well-built and durable, our parent testers get their hands on them to see how good they are on a day to day basis.
– Our reviews are different, find out why.
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- High chairs – our safety tests check stability and for finger traps
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