Top 10 pushchairs for 2020
By Lisa Galliers
A top-scoring pushchair or pram is easy to push, fold and store, and will be a comfy ride for your baby. Browse our 10 best for different lifestyles.
Our top 10 best pushchairs include the best buggies for tackling rough terrain, top-scoring travel systems for transporting your newborn baby, and the best small and lightweight pushchairs.
Each of the pushchairs in our reviews below has been through our revamped, rigorous pushchair lab tests, and emerged with an impressive score above 70%. You can check out all the pushchairs we've tested in our pushchair reviews.
Because we know each parent has different criteria for their perfect pushchair, we've picked our 'best of the best' for different needs in our table below. And because we know price can be a key factor when shopping for a stroller, pushchair or pram, we've also included the best budget alternatives.
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Top scoring Best Buy pushchair
All the key things you need from a pushchair are easy to do, the seat is comfortable and supportive, and it’s easily manoeuvrable and comfortable to push. It’s a fantastic travel-system-compatible pushchair and it’s the joint-highest-scoring on test. Find out why in our full review.
Best pushchair for newborns
Designed to comfortably transport your little one from birth right through their toddler years, the manufacturer claims this pushchair will last until your child is 20kg, which is around five or six-years old. It comes with a lot of features, including a reversible seat, one-hand recline and lockable front-swivel wheels. But is it easy to use and is it practical? Read our review to find out how it fared in our tests.
Best cheap pushchair for newborns
Best all-terrain pushchair
Best cheap all-terrain pushchair
This reasonably priced all-terrain travel system has a reversible seat, or it can be used with a carrycot or Best Buy baby car seat. It’s comfortable for your little one, smooth and easy to push, even on rough ground, and it has a one-handed lever to recline the seat for naps.
Best small pushchair
This compact yet feature-packed stroller ticks a lot of boxes for new parents and those who want to trade in a bulky travel-system pushchair for something more lightweight. The big seat is a selling point, as is an extra-large hood. We've tested the most up-to-date version to discover whether this pushchair is worth buying.
Best cheap small pushchair
Best light pushchair
You’ll be nipping around public transport and boarding aeroplanes with this Best Buy stroller, as it has an excellent one-hand fold and its compact enough to be taken on some flights as cabin luggage. It’s small, light and it can be used with a baby car seat, making it suitable to use from birth. It can also handle a wide range of surfaces with ease thanks to the all-wheel suspension.
Best light cheap pushchair
This pushchair joins the many lightweight, travel-system compatible strollers bursting into shops over the past year or so. It has some really great features, such as a lie-flat seat, suspension, travel-system compatibility and a quick fold. But did it make the grade with our pushchair experts and our parent testers? Read the full review to find out.
Best double pushchair
There are lots of options for converting this travel system into a double pushchair, and it’s by far our highest-scoring double after sailing through our tough tests. It’s well made, versatile and really easy to use. It’s also compatible with a range of Best Buy car seats.
The recommendations and scores in our table above were correct as of December 2019.
Don’t see your perfect pushchair here? Check out our full table of results for the best pushchairs.
How to buy the right pushchair for you
The best pushchair for you depends on a number of factors. If you have a newborn, you'll need one with either a seat that lies flat enough, or a seat that converts to a pram or carrycot. If you want to move your baby easily from pushchair to car and back again, you'll need a travel system.
Where you live will also affect your pushchair choice: lack of storage space means a smaller pushchair that folds compactly, stairs to your front door means you'll want something lighter.
How you're going to use your pushchair also plays a part. If you need to use the bus, you won't want something bulky and heavy. If you like doing lots of country walks, you'll want an all-terrain buggy.
These decisions are made before you even start considering whether you want forward or rearward facing, adjustable handlebars for parents of different heights, finding a pushchair that fits in your car boot, getting the right size shopping basket for you, and so on.
To help you make a decision, read our in-depth pushchairs buying guide.
Should you buy a cheap pushchair?
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.
A cheap pushchair that's going to be comfortable for your baby, as well as easy to push and sturdy, is possible. We've found pushchairs costing less than £150 we rated so highly they were given our Which? Best Buy pushchair status.
But with pushchairs ranging in price from £50 to way over £1,000, you'd expect to see quite a difference in what you get for your money.
Pros and cons of cheap pushchairs
Pros: Cheap, usually lightweight, simple to use.
Cons: Not as sturdy or durable, not the smoothest drive, lack features.
Should you buy a second-hand pushchair?
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.
How does Which? test pushchairs?
We've put more than 300 pushchairs through our rigorous lab tests in the past five years, including all the models Which? members are most interested in. And you know you can trust our reviews, because not only do we subject every model to dozens of technical tests in our expert labs, but we also have a panel of parents who try out the buggies to see what they're like to use day to day. So, as well as safety and durability, we can also tell you about ease of use and whether your child will find the seat comfortable.
And we don't carry any advertising on our website or in our magazines, so our reviews are impartial and not influenced by manufacturers.