Expecting a baby this year and need a new pushchair? Before the patter of tiny feet arrives, check out our top pushchair picks to watch out for in 2018.
Earlier this year, the long-awaited Bugaboo Fox pushchair arrived in the UK, and the competition has stepped up with new models from big brands such as Babystyle, ICandy and Uppababy also on the horizon.
We’ve shortlisted the hottest picks of pushchairs we’ve spotted so far this year. These pushchairs will hit the shops shortly, and we’re putting each one through our safety and durability testing.
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iCandy Peach 2018
The fifth generation of the iconic iCandy Peach hits the shops this spring and it’s packed with new features designed not to disappoint.
It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since we first tested the original Peach, and things have certainly moved on since then.
The shopping basket now has a huge maximum capacity of 10kg, plus it comes with an optional extra satchel-style bag that fits inside. The bumper bar is not made of foam any more, and iCandy says the seat is longer, and can hold children who weigh up to 25kg.
The main seat unit can be changed into a carrycot, as the fabrics used for the carrycot and seat unit now share the same frame. These fabrics have an innovative ‘zip in, zip out’ design, transforming the carrycot into the seat unit.
Best news of all is the new one-hand recline; iCandy has done away with the difficult and awkward recline buttons.
Read our review of the iCandy Peach 5.
Babystyle Oyster 3
The original Babystyle Oyster was an instant Best Buy when we first tested it 10 years ago. It quickly became one of our most popular pushchair reviews, with a regular spot in our top 10 popular pushchairs.
The Oyster has been through a number of updates over the years, and the Oyster 3 is no exception. It still has the Oyster DNA, but has been updated in response to customer feedback. It looks nicer, is claimed to fold easier, and has a much more compact, slim fold. There’s no need to take the bumper bar off, either.
Babystyle tells us that the seat unit is bigger, and it comes with a pop-out footrest. The wheels are bigger, too.
The carrycot has been improved and it should be easier to remove. It has a rocking base and stabilising feet.
The pushchair can be folded with the seat in either direction.
The Oyster 3 includes a nice big shopping basket (something we know parents love) and it stands upright when folded.
Cost: £499 (stroller), £149 (carrycot)
Read our Babystyle Oyster 3 review
Read our Babystyle Oyster 3 travel system review.
The Uppababy Minu promises all the benefits of a full-size stroller (including the size of the seat) but in a much more compact and easy-to-transport package.
Key features are the promise of a simple one-handed fold, 6.5kg weight, all-wheel suspension and a large shopping basket. There’s also an extra storage pocket in the canopy.
It has a full handlebar, but this isn’t adjustable. Uppababy tells us it will be travel system-compatible.
The Minu can be turned into a from-birth pushchair if you buy the optional baby nest, but this will set you back an additional £170, we’re told.
Available: Spring 2018
Cost: £430 (stroller), £170 (optional baby nest)
Read our Uppababy Minu review.
Britax Holiday double buggy
Heading on holiday with two kids in tow? This brand new Britax Holiday double buggy may be the answer to your double child-transporting woes. We’ve just tested the Britax Holiday single, and this double version is also suitable for babies from six months old up to a weight of 15kg (around three years old). It’s ‘from six months’ because the seat doesn’t recline back far enough for younger babies.
Britax claims that this double buggy folds up easily and to a compact size. Optional accessories include a double raincover and handy travel bag – perfect if you need a bit of extra protection when travelling.
Available: Summer 2018
Cost: around £200
Read our Britax Holiday Double Buggy review.
Mamas & Papas Armadillo Twin buggy
The original Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller was launched back in 2013. It shook up the stroller market by offering a ‘big little stroller’ for parents who didn’t want to drag a bulky pushchair around, so it’s great to see a twin version of the Armadillo pushchair finally arriving.
Mamas & Papas claims that the Armadillo Twin is slim enough to fit through a standard door, despite being a double, while the independent seats should recline far enough to be used from birth. Both feature individual hoods and adjustable leg rests.
Available: Summer 2018