We’ve pitted some of the latest cheap strollers against each other to see which ones will give your child a comfy ride and won’t be a chore to push.
Two of these cheap strollers passed safety and durability tests and sailed through our test course and usability assessments with parents, children and our pushchair lab experts, scoring highly enough to become Which? Best Buy strollers.
Cheap strollers: what do you get for your money?
A lightweight stroller – a basic pushchair – is a great addition to any packing list if you’re heading away – especially if you are weighed down with lots of heavy luggage; or even just to keep in the car boot as a spare.
Generally, strollers are lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and usually pretty quick to fold; so they’re also useful if you’re heading to the shops or on public transport.
Downsides include small, hard plastic wheels that aren’t ideal for bumpy ground, and little or no suspension. Some strollers aren’t suitable for newborns because they don’t recline enough to create a lie-flat position.
The OBaby Atlas stroller is just £85. It’s a basic stroller that you can pick up at Argos, Kiddcare and Mothercare. It’s available in a wide range of colours and patterns, and its key features include a lie-flat seat unit, dual-wheel suspension and an easy umbrella-fold mechanism. It also comes with a range of accessories, including a raincover, parent tray, chest pads and a head-hugger for younger babies.
Read our full test review of the OBaby Atlas to see whether this basic pushchair made it through our strength and durability testing.
Mamas & Papas Cruise
The Mamas & Papas Cruise will set you back £99. It’s similar to the OBaby in that it’s a basic stroller. The Cruise is available in a choice of two colours, and its key features include a lie-flat seat unit, front-wheel suspension and an easy umbrella fold. It comes with a cup holder and raincover, but that’s about it.
Read our full test review of the Mamas & Papas Cruise to see how it compares with the OBaby Atlas.
Joie Pact Lite
‘Pack fast, pack flat’ says Joie. Its Joie Pact Lite stroller weighs just 5.5kg and folds down super-small, into a carry bag, ready for your travels. It can’t be used with a baby car seat, unlike its older sibling the Joie Pact, but still still has some handy features, such as a lie-flat seat, large shopping basket and all-wheel suspension. It costs around £140, though.
Head to our Joie Pack Lite review to find out whether it’s worth paying a bit more for your stroller.
The clue’s in the name with this new Britax offering. This ultra-lightweight Britax Holiday stroller weighs just over 5kg and folds up very small – so you can easily take it on holiday or away for the weekend. Designed for older babies, it can be used from six months upwards, and Britax says it can be folded with one hand. It costs around £130.
Is this the stroller to take away with you? Read our full test review of the Britax Holiday to find out.
While many parents’ baby budgets are tight, we’d suggest you spend as much as you can on a decent pushchair, because it’s going to be your constant companion for a good number of years. You might even end up spending more time with your pushchair than with your partner.
Our latest testing also includes three new double buggy reviews. If you’re looking for a cheap double buggy, we’ve just retested the classic Maclaren Twin Triumph, £199, suitable for use with babies who are six months or older, to see how well it stands up to newer rivals. For a bit more money, you can get your hands on the tandem Joie EvaLite Duo, £250, which weighs just 10kg and can be used with a newborn and an older baby or child. For extrovert parents with a bit more cash to splash, we’ve put the colourful Cosatto Supa Dupa, £355, which can be used from birth with twins, through our tests.
Latest pushchair reviews
If your favourite isn’t listed in those we’ve mentioned above, you can follow the links below for more pushchair, pram and stroller reviews of models we’ve just tested.
- Babystyle Oyster Atom, £199
- Britax Holiday, £130
- Graco Views, £365
- Mamas & Papas Armadillo, £200
- Silver Cross Pop, £110
Prices correct as of 8 February 2018.