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Which? reviews the latest cheap strollers for summer

Baby Jogger, Mamas & Papas and Argos strollers were just a few of those put through our tough tests

Looking to upgrade your bulky travel system for a stroller in time for summer? We’ve just reviewed the latest strollers and buggies from all the top brands, including Baby Jogger and Mamas & Papas.

Modern strollers and buggies have a wide range of fancy – and sometimes useful – features, including adjustable handlebars, reclining back rests, larger shopping baskets, all-round suspension, and the option to attach a baby car seat or travel cot.

But all these extras mean a wide range of possible prices.

Read on to find out which stroller has which features, and whether they’re worth paying for.

Compare all our stroller and buggy reviews.

Argos Cuggl Hazel, £40

Weight: 7.2kg
Use with a car seat: No
Use with a carrycot: No

The Cuggl Hazel stroller is a good seller for Argos; not surprising as it costs just £40.

For this price you don’t get many fancy features, but this cheap buggy does have a from-birth seat, which reclines far enough to carry a newborn. It’s forward-facing only, though, so there won’t be any eye contact with your new arrival.

The handlebars aren’t adjustable, which may affect comfort when pushing, depending on how tall you are. But the shopping basket, despite looking on the small side, can take 5kg, which is above average for a stroller.

Read our full review of Argos Cuggl Hazel stroller to discover the other niggles we found during testing.

Red Kite Push Me Sprint, £85

Weight: 6.9kg
Use with a car seat: No
Use with a carrycot: No

Red Kite’s Push Me Sprint stroller is more than double the price of the Argos Cuggl Hazel.

By paying more you get a slightly sturdier design and a bumper bar with leather-look detail, which matches the handlebar.

It’s lightweight, at just under 7kg, and the seat reclines far enough to use with a newborn. But as with the Cuggl, the seat is world-facing only, so you won’t be able to see your baby facing you as you push.

The handlebar isn’t adjustable, which could be a problem if you’re particularly tall. The shopping basket is small, with just 2kg capacity, although that’s average for the strollers we’ve tested.

Read our full review of the Red Kite Push Me Sprint stroller.

 

Familidoo Air, £150

Weight: 5.9kg
Use with a car seat: No
Use with a carrycot: No

The popular Familidoo Air stroller costs £150.

Its bright, eye-catching pattern looks great and it weighs less than 6kg.

The seat is suitable to use straight from birth but, as with many strollers, it’s world-facing only, so no eye contact with your newborn while you’re pushing.

The handlebar isn’t adjustable, but it is set slightly higher than others we’ve tested, so would suit taller parents or carers.

It comes with a raincover included, but the shopping basket only carries 2kg, which is small.

Find out whether it’s worth splashing out for this stroller in our full review of the Familidoo Air.

Mamas & papas Tour 3, £185

Weight: 8.3kg
Use with a car seat: No
Use with a carrycot: No

This smart stroller’s looks are inspired by sportswear, and it’s available with a rose gold and black chassis for £50 extra.

You get all-round suspension, which should help to even out lumps and bumps on your route; an extra-large hood to keep the elements out; and a one-handed recline.

But it’s a little bit heavier than some other strollers.

The forward-facing seat is suitable to use from birth, and it should last until your baby weighs 15kg (around three years old).

It’s not travel-system compatible, though, so you can’t use it with a baby car seat or carrycot.

The grey version is currently on offer for £135. Read our Mamas & Papas Tour 3 stroller review to see if it’s the one for you.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2, £189

Weight: 6.5kg
Use with a car seat: Yes
Use with a carrycot: Yes

The latest version of the Baby Jogger City Tour weighs 6.5kg, and folds compact. Unlike its predecessor, it’s now suitable to use from birth as it’s compatible with a lie-flat carrycot.

You can also use it as part of a travel system with a baby car seat, giving you a versatile stroller option that’s perfect for travelling.

The wheels have been improved, and it has front suspension and a new adjustable footrest.

The seat  has a maximum weight limit of 22kg, which is above average for the strollers we’ve tested, and could be a great option if your toddler is bigger than average or you need your pushchair to last a little longer.

Read our full Baby Jogger City Tour 2 travel system review.

Red Kite Nula Kuro, £250

Weight: 10.5kg
Use with a car seat: Yes
Use with a carrycot: No

Red Kite claims this stroller is ‘lightweight’ but, at more than 10kg, it’s heavier than average for the strollers we’ve tested.

Its seat unit is suitable to use from birth. It’s also reversible, which means this could be one to add to your shortlist if it’s really important to have your newborn facing you.

You can use it with a baby car seat, making it travel-system compatible, but you can’t use it with a carrycot.

It’s not cheap, but you do get car seat adaptors included in the price, as well as a raincover.

We did uncover a few issues that you’ll need to consider before buying it, though.

Read our review of the Red Kit Nula Kuro travel system to find out what you need to know.

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