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How much do you need to pay for a good travel system pushchair?

Find the best travel system pram for your baby and avoid paying over the odds

Generally 3-in-1 travel system pushchairs or prams are pricier than regular pushchairs or strollers. This is because these versatile buggies can also be used with a baby car seat or carrycot.

The average cost of the travel system pushchairs we’ve tested is £500. The cheapest is just £70, while big-name brands, such as Bugaboo, Cybex and iCandy, offer premium travel systems that cost more than £1,000.


See our Top 10 travel systems and advice on how to choose the best


Here’s what you’ll get, depending on your budget:

Travel systems under £200

Hauck Rapid 4 – £70

Hauck Rapid 4

The cheapest travel system we’ve tested is usually £120, but it’s currently on sale for £70. It’s compatible with the Hauck Comfort Fix car seat (£90), making it a complete travel system for around £200, which is very appealing if you’re on a tight budget.

Despite its low cost, it has adjustable handlebars and a one-hand fold – features typically seen on pricier travel system pushchairs.

Read more in our Hauck Rapid 4 review, where you can find out what it’s like to push.

Cybex Eezy S – £165

Cybex Eezy S

If you’re a frequent flier, the Cybex Eezy S is appealing because it’s much smaller and lighter than traditional travel systems. It also folds down into a compact package that’s small enough to be taken on some planes as cabin luggage.

It’s not compatible with a carrycot, but you can replace the seat with baby car seats from Cybex, GB and Maxi-Cosi. Read our child car seat reviews to find out which ones passed our tough car seat tests.

Read more in our Cybex Eezy S review, including how easy it is to attach a car seat to this travel system pushchair.

Travel systems under £400

Silver Cross Reflex – £250

Silver Cross Reflex

Silver Cross travel systems tend to cost upwards of £700, but the Reflex is a third of the price and it’s feature-packed.

It can be used with the Silver Cross Simplicity car seat, and it comes with a newborn head hugger in case you want to use the seat from birth, as well as a rain cover.

Most travel systems have a 15kg weight limit, which is around three years old, but the Reflex is suitable up until your child reaches 25kg, so it should last until your child no longer needs to sit in a pushchair.

Find out whether this competitively priced travel system is worth picking up or is one to avoid by reading our full Silver Cross Reflex review.

Cosatto Wow – £350

Cosatto Wow

You’ll certainly turn heads with the eye-catching Cosatto Wow. On the Cosatto website it costs £600 for the carrycot and pushchair bundle, but it’s currently available for £350 from some online retailers.

It can be used with the Port 0+ Cosatto car seat or Dock 0+ Cosatto car seat. You can also buy the multi-brand car seat adaptors (£30) to attach car seats from BeSafe, Cybex, Joie and Maxi-Cosi.

Read our full Cosatto Wow review.

Travel systems under £600

Maxi Cosi Nova 4 Wheels – £500

If you live in a rural area, you might want to opt for a travel system with chunky tyres and all-wheel suspension, such as the Maxi Cosi Nova 4 Wheels.

This travel system pushchair can be used with the majority of Maxi Cosi car seats. Alternatively, you can opt for the baby cocoon (£50) for your newborn to lie in, or the Maxi Cosi Oria carrycot (£169).

The Maxi Cosi Nova 4 Wheels travel system also boasts a unique hands-free folding system that’s activated with your foot, so you can easily fold it even if your hands are full or if you’re holding your baby.

Read our full Maxi Cosi Nova 4 Wheels review.

Travel systems under £800

iCandy Lime – £650

iCandy travel systems can cost more than £1,000, but the Lime is one of the brand’s more affordable pushchairs.

There’s no need to buy a separate carrycot, as the seat can convert into a pram format, which means you also won’t need to find space to store the carrycot when you no longer need to use it.

It comes with a number of accessories, including car-seat adaptors, seat elevators to raise the seat so it can be used as an impromptu highchair at restaurants, and a rain cover.

It has a built-in ride-on board so older siblings can hitch a ride, too.

The Lime certainly sounds impressive, but would we recommend buying it? Read our full iCandy Lime review to find out.


Compare all our travel system pushchair reviews to find one that’s right for you and your budget.


Pros and cons of travel system pushchairs

Pros:

  • Allows you to use a pushchair from birth if the seat unit is only suitable for babies over six months old.
  • Ideal if you often use a car, as it means you can easily transfer your baby between car, pushchair and home in their Group 0 or Group 0+ car seat without disturbing them too much.
  • If you plan to use your pushchair a lot, a carrycot provides an optimum lie-flat position, enabling your baby to safely take long naps in their pushchair without being disturbed.

Cons:

  • A carrycot can only be used until your baby reaches approximately six months old, and a Group 0/0+ car seat is only suitable until nine months old.
  • Babies shouldn’t be left in their car seat for more than two hours at a time, and in the first four weeks of a baby’s life they shouldn’t be in a car seat for periods of more than 30 minutes.
  • Attaching and removing car seats and carrycots can be fiddly and, in some cases, adaptors are needed but aren’t labelled properly, so there’s a risk of fixing them wrong way round so that the car seat or carrycot isn’t securely connected.

Do parents rate travel systems?

Earlier this year, we asked 3,862 parents what they consider as ‘essential features’ when buying a new pushchair.

One in four parents told us that a compatible car seat was top of their list, and just over one in five wanted a corresponding carrycot to use with their pushchair.

But most important to parents is value for money, with 38% telling us it’s one of their primary concerns when investing in a 3-in-1 pram.

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