Our extensive independent testing combines lab-based strength, safety and durability tests with an expert assessment of how easy each pushchair is to use and how comfortable it is for both parent and child. Our tests also include convenience ratings from parents pushing their own babies over our specially designed course.
Our pushchair reviews answer the most crucial questions about pushchairs, including:
Which? pushchair reviews are based on more than 30 tough safety and durability tests according to that latest British Standard BS EN 1888:2019.
A pushchair may look great, but the worst ones can be an effort to push - not what you want on a daily basis. Our parent testers get hands-on, putting each pushchair through its paces on our specially designed obstacle course.
They rate how easy each pushchair is to push, steer, fold, carry and adjust to suit their child. They also comment on other useful or not-so-useful features.
Pushchairs are marked down if they have wobbly frames or handlebars, uncomfortable handles or inconvenient shopping baskets, or if they are difficult to fold, lift and carry.
How long it will last Pushchairs are claimed to last from birth or six months up until, usually, three or four years of age. Our experts measure each seat so we can tell you if it will really last as long as stated, or if your toddler's head will start to hit the hood, or their legs will dangle over the edge long before that, meaning you have to fork out for a second pushchair.
Ergonomics We also check seat shape, padding, angle of the seat's backrest and height of the backrest to assess how much support the pushchair gives your child and whether he or she will have a comfortable ride.
Based on the kind of real-life situations you'll encounter every day, we uncover the hidden problems that can turn a pushchair from a dream ride into an unwieldy shopping trolley with a hood, so you don't have to worry about wasting money on the wrong pushchair.
Our parent testers and experts get to grips with each seat, folding and unfolding it. This helps them work out which seats really can be folded and unfolded one-handed, and which definitely have some sort of knack to completing the job without getting frustrated.
Our experts and parent testers work hard to weed out the annoying frustrations of all the pushchairs we test, from using them on public transport to cleaning the covers.
We analyse the data from our parent trials, expert assessments and the safety and durability tests to give each pushchair a total test score, so you can easily see the best and worst and compare different models.
The score we give each pushchair is made up of a combination of the elements of our tests, ignoring price, and broken down as follows:
To become Which? Best Buys, single pushchairs must score at least 80% overall in our tests and double pushchairs must score at least 71%.
If any of the pushchairs we test break during our testing, or our experts feel there is a serious durability issue demonstrated, we will take this into account in the pushchair's overall total score and points will be deducted.
A pushchair's score will be limited depending on the severity of the issue. If we see multiple durability issues, breakages, or if at the end of testing the pushchair is unusable, the score may be lowered so much it could be rated as a Don't Buy.
If our pushchair experts uncover any serious safety concerns about any of the pushchairs we test we will rate the pushchair as a Don't Buy.
We're constantly seeking to improve our testing, to ensure that only the very best models can earn our Best Buy logo.
Some of the pushchairs you'll see reviewed on our website have been assessed under an older test programme (anything reviewed before September 2018) and aren't entirely comparable to our newer results. The review date is shown at the top of the main review page for each product.