Top 10 best travel systems for 2019
By Alison Potter
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Best travel systems from our tests, from the cheapest Best Buys to great lightweight strollers, and from all-terrain to double travel system pushchairs for twins or siblings.
A classic 'travel system' is a pushchair that can be used with a baby car seat. It's highly convenient as it makes it much easier to move your baby from one place to another. But bear in mind you shouldn't leave a very young baby in a car seat for long periods; a newborn should lie flat for as long as possible, so restrict time in the car seat to no longer than two hours.
Some travel systems can take a carrycot as well as a baby car seat. These offer multiple functions in one, and make it easier to transport sleeping babies without disturbing them too much. But as with everything for your baby you want to make sure you're getting the right travel system for your needs.
Typically travel systems can be expensive, but we've found Best Buys under £200. They can also be quite heavy so we've selected our pick of top-scoring lightweight travel system strollers, as well as the all-terrain travel systems and travel systems for twins that have impressed in our tests.
Take a look at our Best Buy travel systems to just see the ones that have scored highly in our tough tests.
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Best Buy travel systems for less than £200
This versatile stroller is flat and compact when folded, has plenty of storage space and is smooth to manoeuvre. It reclines far enough to create a lie-flat seat for newborns, and is compatible with a baby car seat or a carrycot. Find out why it's our top-scoring pushchair.
This travel system compatible pushchair ticks of lot of boxes for a very reasonable price. It's easy to fold with one hand, the seat is suitable from birth and it has large wheels which help to make it light and smooth to push. It also takes hardly any effort to turn or tilt back when going up kerbs.
Best travel systems for less than £500
This impressive and versatile pushchair is compatible with a car seat or carrycot, and it’s a doddle to swap the direction of the seat. It’s great to push, practical and easy to use, with handy features such as a roomy storage basket and a viewing window in the hood.
There are a lot of reasons to love this unique travel-system-compatible pushchair. It has hands-free folding, a well-sized seat that's also reversible, and big all-terrain wheels with puncture-proof tyres. It can cope with any surface with ease, providing an excellent drive on most terrains.
Best lightweight travel systems
This pushchair is lightweight in terms of travel systems, but it’s still sturdy and a pleasure to push over most terrain. It turns easily in compact spaces and it’s quick to swap the roomy seat for a carrycot or car seat. Day to day it’s very easy to use and the one-hand fold is amongst the best we’ve seen.
Compact and weighing less than 7kg, this travel-system stroller is a good choice if you travel often. It’s quick to fold with one hand, easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces and carry up and down stairs, and you can take it on some airlines as cabin luggage.
Best all-terrain travel systems
This top-of-the-range travel-system pushchair is a lot cheaper than rivals, and it gives a smooth ride thanks to its all-wheel suspension and puncture-resistant tyres. It also has a reversible seat, a generous shopping basket and a one-handed fold and recline.
You can buy this Best Buy all-terrain pushchair as part of a package that includes a carrycot, cup holder and car-seat adaptors, all for less than £500. It’s very easy to use, packed with useful features and can handle a range of surfaces without feeling at all flimsy.
Best travel systems for twins
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.
This is a great double pushchair that wowed our parent testers. It has a number of different configurations for two young children, thanks to the reversible seats and the ability to switch easily from double to mono mode and back again. You can also use it with baby car seats or carrycots.
All of the recommendations and scores in our table above were correct as of December 2018.
Still not found your perfect travel system? Compare all the rest we've tested in our travel system reviews.
How to buy the best travel system
If you're buying a travel system, it's because you to be able to move your baby from car to pushchair without having to remove him or her from the child car seat.
As a child car seat is of paramount importance for your baby's safety, first choose a seat that will fit in your car and has scored well in our safety tests.
See all our Best Buy child car seats.
Once you have a car seat you're happy with, you can find out which travel system's it's compatible with. Then check the size of the travel system – both folded and unfolded – will it fit in your car boot and how bulky is it to push?
For more tips to find the perfect travel system first time, visit our guide: how to buy the best travel system.
Travel system reviews you can trust
We've put hundreds of travel systems through our tough lab tests over the years, as well as other pushchairs, buggies and strollers. We concentrate on the models that Which? members are most interested in, so we know that our reviews will be useful.
You can trust our tests because we subject every model to rigorous, technical tests in our labs, and also give each one to a panel of parents who can tell you what they're like to live with. We rate every pushchair for safety and durability, as well as ease of use and comfort – for both you and your child.
But that's not all. We also test the child car seats you'll be using as part of your travel system. Which? crash tests every car seat we review to reveal the ones that protect the best and the ones that are car seat Don't Buys