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Cheap pushchairs

By Alison Potter

Discover the pros and cons of the cheap pushchairs, strollers, buggies and travel systems tested by Which?

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A cheap pushchair that's going to be comfortable for your baby, easy to push and easy to use, as well as sturdy, is possible. We've even found a stroller costing less than £100 we rated so highly we made it a Which? Best Buy pushchair.

Below are the cheapest pushchairs currently on sale as reviewed by Which? with some of the pros and cons, so you can compare which is best for you. But only logged-in Which? members can view our exclusive ratings and verdicts.

Hauck Sport, £48

The Sport is a cheap, basic stroller that’s claimed to be suitable from birth and it has a forward-facing seat. Its grey melange fabric is pretty on-trend, and the seat and detachable bumper bar are both padded for extra comfort. It pops up now and again as a Special Buy in Aldi where you can bag it for as little as £30. Plus you can usually find it on eBay or Amazon. Read our review of the Hauck Sport stroller to find out more.

Key features:

  • Weighs 6.6kg
  • Folded dimensions 80x44x100cm
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Self-catching clips

Chicco Echo, £50

This colourful, sturdy stroller has been around for quite a few years now. It has two leg rest positions for your growing baby. It can be used from birth and has a one-hand lever recline, rather than the strap recline system you traditionally find with strollers. It can be found for as little as £50 in places such as Asda and at half the price of some other cheap strollers we've tested, it certainly ticks the value box. However, check out the quibbles we had when we tested it before you part with your cash. Take a look at our Chicco Echo review.

Key features:

  • Weighs 8kg
  • Folded dimensions 35x35x111cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 108cm
  • Two leg rest positions
  • Self-catching clip for storing

OBaby Atlas, £59

The affordable OBaby Atlas stroller can be primarily found online, although sometimes it pops up at high street retailers such as Argos. It comes in a great range of colours and patterns, and includes a lie-flat seat unit so it's suitable from birth, dual-wheel suspension and an easy umbrella fold. You'll also get a range of accessories, including a rain cover, parent tray, chest pads and a head hugger for younger babies. But our tests found several things that were a bit small for our liking. Find out whether these make this stroller a no-no for you by reading our OBaby Atlas review.

Key features:

  • Weighs 7.7kg
  • Folded dimensions 30x109.5x25.5cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 104cm
  • Manual storage clip

Mothercare Nanu, £59

This lightweight stroller comes in a variety of fun prints and colours, some of which can be found on offer at Mothercare with £10 or £20 off the standard price. The Nanu includes some handy accessories and features, such as a rain cover, an adjustable calf rest, lockable front swivel wheels and a one-handed recline. The seat can be used from birth but, as with many other strollers, it only has a forward-facing position. Find out how easy it is to use and whether it’s a great-value stroller to pop to the shops with in our Mothercare Nanu review.

Key features:

  • Weighs 7.9kg
  • Folded dimensions 31x104x33cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 102cm
  • Two leg rest positions
  • Manual storage clip

Chicco OhLaLa, £72

The Chicco OhLaLa comes with several useful features, including a lie-flat seat, a lightweight chassis, a compact fold and it weighs in at just 4.4kg. It should easily fit into the boot of a medium-sized family car, with space for other bits. Its compact size also makes it an appealing choice for taking on public transport. But as with many strollers you only have a forward-facing seat unit and the handlebar is non-adjustable. Weigh up the full pros and cons of this stroller in our Chicco OhLaLa review

Key features:

  • Weighs 4.4kg
  • Folded dimensions 45.5x92x29cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 100cm
  • Two leg rest positions
  • Self-catching clip for storage

Joie Nitro, £80

The Joie Nitro is compact, with a light aluminum frame that weighs just 7.1kg and it has a carry handle on the side to make it easier to carry. It’s available from Boots, Amazon and Mothercare, and comes with a rain cover so you won’t need to budget for one separately. Read our Joie Nitro review to see if it’s a budget-friendly option for your family or one to avoid.

Key features:

  • Weighs 7.1kg
  • Folded dimensions 24.5x32x110cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 109cm
  • Self-catching clip for storage

Graco Featherweight, £85

The Featherweight is one of the lightest strollers you can buy, weighing roughly the same as the average newborn baby. It has a one-hand fold and a carry strap, so it’s a good option if you’ll be frequently carrying your pushchair up and down stairs or using public transport. There are only two recline positions - a lie-flat position for newborn babies, and a 120-degree angle recline to enable toddlers to comfortably slumber. Find out if there’s anything else you should know in our Graco Featherweight review.

Key features:

  • Weighs 3.6kg
  • Folded dimensions 44.5x90.5x27.5cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 97cm
  • Two leg rest positions
  • Self-catching clip for storage

Hauck Rapid 4, £96

You'll spot the Hauck Rapid 4 stroller in Asda, Littlewoods and Mothercare. Its price seems to go up and down, but you may be able to find it on offer for less than £100. For this you get a stroller with a lie-flat position, adjustable handles and one-hand recline. It's heavier than other strollers we've tested, though, and there's no parent-facing option. Find out what our tests revealed in our Hauck Rapid 4 review.

Key features:

  • Weighs 9.5kg
  • Folded dimensions 54.5x82.5x28cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 77-109cm
  • Five leg rest positions
  • Self-catching clip

Mamas & Papas Cruise, £99

The Mamas & Papas Cruise is a simple stroller that’s lightweight and suitable from birth. It might not have many fancy features, but it comes with a cup holder and rain cover, and it has suspension on the front wheels. The handlebars are fixed and they’re a little bit high, so it’s worth trying it in store before parting with your cash. See whether the Cruise is impressive enough to obtain a Best Buy in our Mamas & Papas Cruise review.

Key features:

  • Weighs 8.3kg
  • Folded dimensions 27.5x110.5x31cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 108.5cm
  • Two leg rest positions
  • Self-catching clip for storage

Joie Brisk LX, £100

The Joie Brisk LX has all the features of a full-sized newborn stroller but in a compact package. Its full price is £150 but if you shop around it's possible to get it for around £100. It's lightweight, travel system-compatible (with a range of Joie car seats) and it has a one-handed fold. It looks like the perfect low-cost alternative to a bulky travel-system pushchair, but our tests revealed a negative that could be a deal-breaker for some parents. Read our Joie Brisk LX review to find out what it is.

Key features:

  • Weighs 8.1kg
  • Folded dimensions 34x110x34.5cm
  • Suitable from birth
  • Maximum weight 15kg
  • Handle height 101cm
  • Three leg rest positions
  • Self-catching clip for storage

Pros and cons of cheap pushchairs

With pushchairs ranging in price from less than £50 to way over £1,000, you'd expect to see quite a difference in what you get for your money. Cheap pushchairs tend to be of the more lightweight stroller variety – think second pushchair rather than your all-singing, all-dancing travel system. In days gone by a stroller meant a forward-facing pushchair with a fixed seat position that wasn't suitable from birth. But now we're seeing more cheap strollers for babies – those with seats that recline far enough back to be suitable for newborns. 

You can now get cheap strollers that also do the job of a travel system, ie you can attach a baby car seat. But bear in mind that you'll have to pay extra for the car seat. 

In general the pros and cons of cheap pushchairs are:

Pros: Cheap, usually lightweight, simple to use.
Cons: Not as sturdy or durable, not the smoothest drive, lack features.

Second-hand pushchairs

Of course, if you're in the market for a cheap pushchair, buying new isn't your only option. You can pick up some great bargain pushchairs from second-hand sites such as Ebay and Shpock. At the time of writing, for example, we spotted a Britax B Agile for £24 second-hand, an iCandy Apple 2 Pear for £41 and a Joie Pact stroller travel system for £21.

If you choose to go down the used route, check out our second-hand pushchairs and prams safety tips before you buy.
 

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