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The latest lightweight strollers for your holiday

We review compact strollers from Argos, Bugaboo, iCandy and Joie

Lightweight strollers and buggies are a must-have for parents taking their baby on holiday.

What you need is a lightweight compact stroller that’s comfortable for your baby and easy to push, as well as easy to transport when folded – especially if you’ve also got little ones and luggage to contend with, too.

Here are the pros and cons of seven new lightweight strollers and buggies we’ve tested that could be perfect for summer holidays:

Go to our Best Buy pushchair reviews to see those that come top in our demanding lab tests.

Argos Cuggl Hazel – £40

If you’re on a budget, then the Argos Cuggl Hazel is an appealing prospect as it offers a host of features typically seen on strollers twice or three times the price.

It weighs 7.2kg, which is around average for the lightweight buggies we’ve tested.

But it’s an umbrella-fold buggy, so its long shape doesn’t make it suitable to take on flights as cabin luggage.

PROS

  • Cheap
  • From-birth seat
  • Above-average-sized shopping basket
  • Viewing window in the hood

CONS

  • Handlebars aren’t adjustable
  • Fiddly strap recline
  • Small brake pedals close to wheels
  • Hard to access the basket when the seat is reclined

Check out our Argos Cuggl Hazel review and see the star ratings for manoeuvrability, ease of folding and unfolding, and child comfort.

BabyStyle Hybrid Cabi – £179

The BabyStyle Hybrid Cabi is an affordable compact stroller that’s suitable from birth.

At 7.5kg it’s pretty light, although we’ve tested strollers weighing as little as 4kg.

It’s not quite small enough to be cabin baggage approved, but it’s freestanding when folded which makes it easier to store.

PROS

  • From-birth seat
  • Light and compact
  • Comes with extendable hood and rain cover
  • One-hand fold

CONS

  • Small shopping basket
  • Handlebar not adjustable
  • Not travel system compatible
  • Forward-facing seat only

Read our BabyStyle Hybrid Cabi review to find out how it fared on our specially designed obstacle course that includes gravel, uneven grass and park wood chips.

Bugaboo Ant – £429

The Bugaboo Ant is a compact travel system-compatible stroller that’s suitable from birth up to 22kg, which is around four or five years old.

The claimed weight is 7.2kg and it folds up into a neat little package that can be wheeled along like a suitcase.

It’s also incredibly compact when folded and is within typical cabin luggage restrictions, as it measures 55 x 38 x 23cm.

PROS

  • Extendable trolley-style handle
  • Large shopping basket
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Parent and world-facing

CONS

  • Shopping basket is open at the front
  • No leg rest or foot rest
  • Two-hand multi-stage fold
  • Small wheels not suited to rough terrain

The Bugaboo Ant is being tested in our lab right at this moment, but in the meantime take a look at our first impressions in our Bugaboo Ant first look review.

Familidoo Air – £149

The Familidoo Air weighs just 5.9kg, and it comes with a handy travel bag to protect the stroller and make it easier to carry.

It’s ready for all weather, as it has a good-sized hood and it comes with a rain cover.

It folds easily with one hand, although it’s a few centimetres larger than the typical cabin baggage restrictions at 60 x 43 x 25.5cm.

PROS

  • From-birth seat
  • Light and compact
  • Comes with a carry bag and a rain cover
  • Flip flop-friendly brake

CONS

  • Small basket
  • Forward facing seat only
  • Handlebar isn’t adjustable
  • Stiff and fiddly to adjust straps

Read our Familidoo Air stroller review for the full rundown on how easy it is to navigate over pavements, kerbs, uneven car parks and grassy areas.

iCandy Lime  – £650

The iCandy Lime is the newest fruit-themed pushchair from the premium buggy brand.

It comes with a carrycot, car-seat adaptors, seat elevators and a rain cover.

At 11.4kg it’s pretty heavy, but it can carry a lot of weight: iCandy says it can transport a child weighing up to 25kg.

It has a built-in ride-on board and a sizeable shopping basket that can take 10kg while you’re strolling round.

It’s fairly large when folded, so it’s certainly not cabin-baggage approved.

It has a handy strap so you can sling it over your shoulder, though, making it easier to take on holidays.

PROS:

  • Shoulder strap for carrying
  • Built-in ride-on board
  • Impressive shopping basket
  • Reversible seat unit

CONS:

  • Bucket seat not the most comfortable for baby
  • Heavy to lift when folded
  • Bulky when folded
  • Expensive compared with other strollers

Go to our iCandy Lime review to see how this new pushchair from iCandy compares with the iCandy Peach and others we’ve tested.

Joie Tourist – £150

The Joie Tourist stroller has a from-birth seat, or it can be used with the Joie Ramble carrycot, as well as Joie Gemm, Joie i-Gemm and Joie i-Level baby car seats.

This travel system-compatible pushchair weighs just 5.9kg and it has a practical carry strap and travel bag to help you transport it when folded.

It’s similar in size to the BabyStyle Hybrid Cabi, so it’s not quite small enough to be cabin-baggage approved, but it has an impressively easy one-hand fold.

PROS

  • Travel system compatible
  • Comes with a carry bag
  • Light and compact
  • One-hand fold

CONS

  • Fiddly strap recline
  • Small brake close to wheel
  • Small wheels
  • Forward facing seat only

Head to our Joie Tourist review to for our full verdict and if there’s anything you should watch out for.

Red Kite Push Me Sprint – £85

The Red Kite Push Me Sprint has a simple one-hand fold and an extendable trolley-style handle to help you move it about when folded.

It weighs just shy of 7kg, so it’s not terrible heavy to carry, but it’s much easier to wheel it along, especially if you’re rushing to catch a train or taxi.

The typical size restrictions for carry-on luggage is 56 x 45 x 25cm, and this stroller is just outside that as in our tests we measured it as 62.5 x 48.5 x 26.5cm.

PROS

  • From-birth seat
  • Light and compact
  • Comes with rain cover
  • One-hand fold

CONS

  • Small basket
  • Forward facing seat only
  • Handlebar isn’t adjustable
  • Not travel system compatible

Visit our Red Kite Push Me Sprint review to find out what it’s like to push and whether our experts discovered anything unexpected.

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