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Lightweight travel system strollers: which should you buy?

We’ve just tested 12 pushchairs and found both Best Buys and Don’t Buys

Lightweight travel system strollers are easy to carry and compact to fold. They’re versatile, too, as you can swap the seat unit for an infant car seat or carrycot.

They’re generally pricier than your standard stroller. However, as they’re suitable for newborns, you should get more use out of them than a standard stroller, as you can use them from birth up to when your child is around four or five years old.

Before you splash out, you need to know you’re getting the best for your money. We’ve just published new reviews of 12 pushchairs and found huge discrepancies between the latest lightweight travel system strollers.

Certain models are a dream to push, while others struggle. Some allow you to swap the seat in a flash, but others make attaching a car seat or carrycot really fiddly.

Head to our Best Buy pushchairs to see all those that have impressed our experts. Or read on, for our take on the latest lightweight travel system strollers.

Maxi Cosi Laika (£249)

The Maxi Cosi Laika can be used from birth, as the seat can lie flat. Or you can use it with a carrycot for a more secure ride for your newborn.

Maxi Cosi promises that you can attach a car seat or carrycot in just two clicks, and claims that the Laika has a fast one-hand fold.

Car seat adaptors and a rain cover are included with this pushchair, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Read our Maxi Cosi Laika review to find out if the car seat and carrycot are easy to attach, whether that fold really is fast, and how it copes over all types of terrain.

Cybex Eezy S Twist (£270)

A rotating seat unit is the standout feature of the Cybex Eezy S. This means the stroller can be parent-facing or world-facing with one pull of the clever mechanism hidden under the seat.

Cybex says it’s small enough to be approved as carry-on luggage on planes, and it has a one-hand fold.

At £270, it’s certainly not as cheap as most other models, but if this feature-packed travel system stroller can live up to its claims then it could be worth the investment. Take a look at our Cybex Eezy S Twist review to find out whether it does.

Phil & Teds Go (£149)

According to Phil & Teds, the Go is effortless and fuss-free, as well as being one of the lightest compact strollers available, and with one of the smallest fold mechanisms.

It can’t be used with a carrycot, but the lie-flat seat is suitable from birth, and you can attach a car seat to it.

No car seat adaptors are necessary, but you’ll need the Travel System Belt (£9, sold separately) to convert the Go into a travel system stroller. It’s a pretty unique way of attaching a car seat. You can see what our parent testers made of it in our Phil & Teds Go review.

Uppababy Minu (£429)

The Uppababy Minu is a lightweight buggy with a much higher price than the others featured here. And to attach the car seat you’ll also need to add the From Birth Kit (£149, sold separately).

Uppababy claims that it has all the functionality of larger pushchairs, including a spacious seat, but its compact size and narrow width make it much more suited to smaller spaces and urban lifestyles.

It’s packed with features, including colour-coded brakes, all-wheel suspension and a hood that has a large handy pocket for essentials. There’s also a little window to keep an eye on your slumbering child.

If you’re considering pushing the boat out, find out whether this stroller  could be the one for you by reading our Uppababy Minu review.

From-birth stroller alternative

Diono Traverse (£250)

Although it’s not travel-system-compatible like the strollers above, the unique Diono Traverse is worth a mention. This stroller has a lie-flat seat, so it’s suitable for newborns, and it’s a lightweight and compact buggy that looks small and nippy.

Diono claims that it’s ideal for travelling, as it has a compact fold that should fit into most overhead plane lockers. There’s also a smart water-resistant travel bag for protection, and when it’s folded you can wheel it along like a piece of luggage using the telescopic handle.

This all sounds great, but our testing revealed some reasons why this stroller might not make for happy holidays. Check out our Diono Traverse review to find out more.

New pushchair reviews

We’ve also just published reviews of four new pushchairs, as well as the Nuna Demi Grow, which is a convertible single-to-double buggy.

Follow the links below to read each review. You’ll see separate reviews for the single and double modes, as our tests have typically found that convertible pushchairs get a different rating depending on how you use them.

CBX Misu – £199

Cybex Eezy S – £230

Cybex Balios S – £330

Joolz Hub – £549

Nuna Demi Grow single – £600

Nuna Demi Grow double – £800

Find out more about how we assess strollers, prams and double buggies in our guide: How we test pushchairs.

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