Best pushchair brands
By Anna Studman
Article 11 of 20
Maclaren is well known for light strollers. If you're considering a Maclaren pushchair, get the lowdown here on how they perform.
Maclaren is an iconic British brand, known the world over for its light and portable buggies. Generations of parents and children are familiar with its products, and today's Maclaren buggies share many of the same key features as the first ones made, including the famous ‘umbrella’ fold.
This type of fold involves pushing up a catch at the back of the buggy to collapse it. On collapse, the pushchair remains the same length, but its width reduces – like folding an umbrella.
This popular feature, along with limited-edition fabrics from designers including Cath Kidston, make Maclaren pushchairs a hit with parents and celebrities alike. While Maclaren doesn’t have the yummy mummy cachet of, say, Bugaboo, it’s a popular choice because its pushchairs are funky and practical.
See how all the Maclaren pushchairs we have tested compare with each other by visiting our Maclaren pushchair reviews.
What is a typical Maclaren pushchair like?
Before you buy a Maclaren pushchair, check our table below where we've summarised from our reviews and research how Maclaren pushchairs score in our tests, how many Best Buys it currently has and how parents rate the brand.
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1 Based on all models tested, and available August 2018.
Maclaren offers a number of single and a few double buggies in its collection, all very light, and many with additional limited editions and fabric options available in the ‘Object of Design’ collection, from a candy bars and sharks to FC Maclaren stripes.
The models all look remarkably similar, but as you move through the range the seats become more padded and adjustable, and the wheels are more robust.
From left: Maclaren Mark II, Maclaren Quest, Maclaren Triumph
Maclaren Mark II review
Based on an original model made in the 1960s, Maclaren says this updated version is the 'lightest full-size reclining stroller ever'. That's a pretty bold statement.
Our lab experts put it through tough usability, safety and durability tests to find out. Read our Maclaren Mark II review to see what we found.
Maclaren Triumph review
This light stroller weights just over 6kg, which means it could be ideal for taking on holiday or away for the weekend.
Does being light and basic mean that it's a pain to use and feels uncomfortable to push? Read our Maclaren Triumph review to find out.
Maclaren Twin Triumph review
You can also get a double version of the Triumph stroller, which Maclaren describes as 'the all-purpose go-fast buggy for two'.
Find out whether it lived up to its claims by reading our Maclaren Twin Triumph review.
Maclaren Techno XLR review
This Maclaren is a stylish top-of-the-range model that appears to be light and roomy enough, even for toddlers. It's feature-packed, but it's certainly not cheap.
Read our full test report of the Maclaren Techno XLR review to find out how this pushchair performed in our tests. Is it one to avoid?
Maclaren Techno XT review
This pushchair has some great features, such as a hood with a window, height-adjustable handles and reflective panels on the hood and seams, does it give a decent ride?
Find out how it scored overall for ease of use and comfort in our Maclaren Techno XT review.
Maclaren Volvo review
A basic, light, four-wheeled stroller that only has one seat position, potentially great for trips away, using on the bus or in urban settings.
But what score did it get when we tested it to see how easy it is to manoeuvre and use on public transport? See our Maclaren Volo review.
Maclaren Quest review
The Maclaren Quest is a light and practical stroller, weighting only 6.1kg, so great while you're out and about. Like some other Maclaren's, it's not a cheap buggy, but is it worth the money?
Find out by reading our Maclaren Quest review.
How we review Maclaren pushchairs
We put each Maclaren pushchair through more than 30 tests to check its strength, durability and safety in line with British standards, including checking for finger traps or choking hazards.
We assess how easy the pushchair is to push, adjust for children of different ages and fold up. We also assess suitability for public transport and test to see if there's space left in the boot of a standard family car once the pushchair is in there.
The final part of our testing involves a panel of parents (and their babies), who rate the appearance and features of the pushchair. They take each model for a spin to see how easy and convenient it is to manoeuvre on pavements, bumpy ground, up and down stairs and around other obstacles.
Discover whether any Maclaren pushchairs top our tests to become Best Buy pushchairs.
How much does a Maclaren pushchair cost?
Expect to pay from around £100 for a Maclaren Volo to more than £300 for a Maclaren Twin Techno. Special editions in vibrant patterns and fabrics cost more.
If you’re prepared to buy second-hand, prices on Ebay can mean you pay a lot less – sometimes as much as half price. Read our advice guide on buying second-hand baby products before you buy.
Where to buy Maclaren pushchairs
You can buy many Maclaren products from a wide range of online retailers, including Boots, and you can search for a list of retailers in your area on the Maclaren website.
Buggies in the 'Object of Design' collection are harder to track down, but some may be available in department stores, such as John Lewis or independent shops.
Maclaren pushchair warranties
Maclaren offers a Sovereign Lifetime Warranty, which guarantees the buggy against manufacturing faults and defects for life. To qualify, buggies must be registered online within 60 days of purchase. The Sovereign Lifetime Warranty applies only to the original owner.
Phone number: 01327 841300
Address: Maclaren UK, Station Works, Station Road, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire NN6 7PF