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27 Dec 2020

Which? lab tests uncover misleading pushchair weight claims

Some manufacturers are excluding key pushchair parts from weight measurements so they can claim the pushchair is lighter than it is

A lightweight pushchair is ideal if you need something that's easy to carry and light to push and they're certainly popular with parents.

But we've found that pushchair weights given on some manufacturer websites are misleading, as they exclude parts that would typically be attached when you use the pushchair.

For example, they might only state the weight of the frame, not the seat unit or hood.

This means that when you're buying a pushchair online without trying it out beforehand, you could find it's heavier than you expect it to be. Read on to find out more.

Read our expert reviews to find the best pushchairs.

Which? pushchair tests

Child in pushchair

In our lab tests, we measure the weight of the pushchair including all of the main components to ensure it accurately represents how heavy the pushchair is once it's been fully assembled.

This includes the frame, seat unit, shopping basket, hood and any semi-permanent accessories such as cup holders.

We've delved into our lab data and compared it to the pushchair weights shown on manufacturer websites to find out which models are heavier than advertised.

Claimed vs actual weight: which pushchairs have the biggest differences?

Person lifting folded pushchair into car boot

We looked at the weights of pushchairs tested at our lab in the last year and found that many are heavier than the manufacturer claims.

Below are some of the biggest weight differences we uncovered.

Mee-Go Plumo

  • Actual weight: 9.1kg
  • Claimed weight: 6.5kg (includes chassis only)
  • Weight difference: 2.6kg

Read our Mee-Go Plumo review.

Silver Cross Pioneer 2020

  • Actual weight: 12.3kg
  • Claimed weight: 10.2kg (includes chassis and seat only)
  • Weight difference: 2.1kg

Read our Silver Cross Pioneer review.

Nuna Mixx Next

  • Actual weight: 13.1kg
  • Claimed weight: 11.1kg (included parts not specified)
  • Weight difference: 2kg

Read our Nuna Mixx Next review.

Didofy Cosmos

  • Actual weight: 10.7kg
  • Claimed weight: 9kg (included parts not specified)
  • Weight difference: 1.7kg

Read our Didofy Cosmo review.

Nuna Triv

  • Actual weight: 9.8kg
  • Claimed weight: 8.8kg (included parts not specified)
  • Weight difference: 1kg

Read our Nuna Triv review.

Five lightweight pushchairs to consider

If you're looking for a light pushchair, take a look at our roundup of some of the lightest pushchairs we've tested below, all weighing less than 6kg.

GB Pockit Air All-terrain, £160

GB Pockit Air All-terrain

The GB Pockit Air All-terrain is designed to be ultra-compact for convenient travelling. It weighs 4.9kg and folds down small enough to fit in your airplane hand luggage.

It's suitable for use from six months until your child weighs 17kg (around four years old).

GB claims it's all-terrain, so is this small, light pushchair sturdy enough to handle surfaces such as grass, sand and gravel? Read our GB Pockit Air All-terrain review to find out.

Mamas and Papas Acro, £179

Mamas and Papas Acro

Weighing just 4.9kg, the Mamas and Papas Acro is one of the lightest strollers we've tested.

It comes with a carry bag and folds down to a compact size, which is handy if you regularly travel on public transport.

Britax Holiday, £80

Britax holiday

As the name suggests, this stroller is designed to be small and light enough for taking on holiday.

It's fairly basic so you won't find features such as adjustable handles, seat recline or a leg rest, but it has the essentials such as a hood and 5kg capacity shopping basket.

At only £80, it's less than half the price of other lightweight pushchairs we've tested. Find out whether we think it offers good value for money in our Britax Holiday review.

Joie Tourist, £150

Joie Tourist

Unlike some lightweight strollers, the Joie Tourist is travel-system-compatible so you can replace the seat unit with a Joie car seat or carrycot.

It weighs 5.9kg and is suitable for use from birth until your child weighs 15kg, which is around three years old.

Find out whether it's easy to manoeuvre and simple to use in our Joie Tourist review.

Phil and Teds Go (2020+), £149

Phil and Teds Go 2020

Launched in June 2020, the Phil and Teds Go (2020+) is a travel system compatible stroller weighing 5.9kg. The seat reclines back to a nearly flat position, making it suitable for your newborn.

As well as being light and compact, it has plenty of handy features including a one-hand fold, one-hand recline and 5kg capacity shopping basket.

To find out whether we recommend it, read our Phil and Teds Go (2020+) review.