The shops may finally be opening after lockdown, but many parents-to-be may prefer to purchase baby necessities such as a travel-system pushchair online, along with a compatible carrycot and car seat in one package or bundle.
This means you’re confident you’ve got the right pushchair accessories, and some deals we’ve found can save you hundreds of pounds compared to buying the items separately.
Read on to find out which pushchair bundle deals we’ve spotted and the important things to consider before investing in a 3-in-1 travel-system bundle.
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We like: How it handles on different surfaces.
We don’t like: Brake isn’t flip-flop friendly.
The seat on the Nuna Triv can be reclined to a nearly flat position so its suitable from birth. This pushchair will last until your child is 22kg, which is around age four or five, so you’ll get plenty of use from this buggy, especially if you purchase it in this bundle.
What else is included: Nuna Triv Carrycot, Nuna Arra car seat, car seat adaptors
Mamas & Papas Ocarro
We like: Large, ventilated hood.
We don’t like: Not great if you’re taking it on public transport.
The Ocarro has a reversible seat, so you’ve got the choice of having your baby facing you for smiles and eye contact, or facing the world. Other useful features include a reclining seat and ‘head hugger’ padding. You can bag some serious savings if you opt for this pushchair bundle, as the Pebble Pro car seat does not come cheap when purchased separately.
What else is included: Ocarro Carrycot, Pebble Pro car seat, car seat adaptors, cup holder
Cybex Eezy S
We like: Light, compact size.
We don’t like: Lack of padding on the seat.
This lightweight urban stroller could be a good choice for those who travel regularly (when folded it’s cabin-luggage compatible on some airlines). It can fit a car seat, but isn’t carrycot-compatible. This bundle includes a Cybex Aton M car seat.
What else is included: Cybex Aton M car seat
iCandy Peach 5
We like: Option to convert from single to double pushchair.
We don’t like: Fiddly to convert seat to take a carrycot.
The iCandy Peach 5 is the 2018 version of this iconic pushchair. There’s also an iCandy Peach 2019 version with updated colour options we’ve tested. The Peach 5 has a reversible seat, 10kg capacity shopping basket and extendable hood with mesh window. It takes a range of branded car seats, but this bargain bundle includes the CBX Aton plus some other bits of useful newborn furniture.
What else is included: Peach carrycot fabric, car seat adaptors, set of seat elevators, CBX Aton car seat, Babylo Cozi Sleep bedside crib, Red Kite Bouncer
Silver Cross Wayfarer
We like: Easy to steer and manoeuvre.
We don’t like: Fiddly harness buckle.
The Silver Cross Wayfarer is a popular model thanks to its smart design and range of features, including reversible seat and adjustable handlebar. Silver Cross pushchairs typically come with the carrycot included, but this bundle also includes the Simplicity Plus car seat. We’ve reviewed the Simplicity car seat, but not this updated version.
What else is included: Wayfarer carrycot, Simplicity Plus car seat, car seat adaptors, change bag, seat liner
Cosatto Giggle 3
We like: Decent amount of padding in the seat.
We don’t like: Small basket.
The bright designs of Cosatto pushchairs means they’re certainly eye-catching when wheeled down your high street. The Giggle 3 (which is also available as a four-wheel buggy) comes with a carrycot included and is travel-system compatible. The Cosatto website offers a range of bundles, where you can get lots of coordinating extras to go with your pushchair.
What else is included: Pushchair, Giggle 3 carrycot, Cosatto Hold Mix 0+ car seat, car seat adaptors, hold Isofix base, changing bag, footmuff, rain cover
Read our Cosatto Giggle 3 review
We like: Range of adjustments for back rest and leg rest.
We don’t like: Tricky to fold.
The seat on the Plumo can be reclined to a nearly flat position, so it can be used from birth, and makes for a comfier snooze position for older babies and children. There’s also some useful extras in this package, including a change bag and cup holder (for that all-important school-run coffee). If you want to purchase an Isofix base for the Otto car seat, it’s an extra £115.
What else is included: Pushchair, Plumo carrycot, Mee-Go Otto car seat, car seat adaptors, change bag, rain cover, mosquito net, hand muff, cup holder
What to consider when shopping for a pushchair bundle
If you choose to go for a pushchair travel-system bundle, there’s a number of crucial things to check before you buy.
1. How easy is it to fit the car seat and carrycot on the chassis?
Travel-system pushchairs take group 0/0+ or baby i-Size car seats. This means you can lift the car seat straight from the car and fit it to your pushchair. However, you should check how easy it is to fit the car seat onto the chassis. The experts and parents in our trials have discovered some travel-system pushchairs can be quite fiddly to do this.
2. Does the car seat come with an Isofix base?
Some pushchair bundles include a base for the car seat, but many don’t. If not, you’ll need to purchase it separately, or you’ll need to feel confident strapping the car seat into your vehicle using the adult three-point seat belt (which is typically more complicated).
3. Check the car seat that comes in your package
Find out if the car seat included in your bundle has been put through our tough crash tests. If it’s on our list of Don’t Buy car seats, we wouldn’t recommend you purchase the bundle.
4. How heavy is the pushchair?
Some travel systems can be heavy and bulky, but we are increasingly seeing lightweight strollers that also take a car seat. If you’re taking your pushchair on public transport regularly, you may want to go for a more compact option. And think about how much weight will be added to the chassis by the car seat in the package – some infant carriers are much heavier than others.
5. Is it easy to fold?
Our pushchair reviews check how easy it is to fold the pushchair and whether you need to remove the seat before folding. Nobody wants to be struggling to collapse the pushchair or remove the seat every time they put it into their car boot or take it on public transport.
6. Will it fit in my car?
Make sure the chassis will fit in the boot of your car once you’ve removed the car seat. You can measure the size of your boot and check against the folded size of the chassis – these details can be find in the Tech Specs tab on our reviews.
For more tips, read our guide on how to choose the best travel system.