Best travel cot brands
By Lisa Galliers
Travel cots can be invaluable when you're away from home and want somewhere cosy and familiar for your baby to sleep.
Which? goes further to test travel cots for safety, durability, stability and easy of use, and we've discovered there are differences between the best and the worst.
90%Our highest-scoring Best Buy travel cot
A good travel cot needs to be ease to use, safe and durable, so that when you go away with your baby, it won't add to your stress and you'll all, hopefully, get a decent night's sleep. A bad one will simply be more trouble than it's worth.Find out which models are the best travel cots.
Our unrivalled and independent travel cot testing reveals differences between models, but we can't test every brand, so that's where parents come in.
We surveyed 2,000 parents of children aged five or under, of whom 1,018 owned a travel cot, to find out what travel cot brands they own. We then asked them to rate each brand on comfort, how easy the travel cot is to use and how portable it is.
|Best travel cot brands|
|This table reveals the best and worst travel cot brands, with own-brand products competing against branded rivals, with some surprising results.|
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Graco is, by a fair margin, the most owned travel cot brand of the parents we surveyed. Mothercare and Mamas & Papas are joint second, with 16% of parents owning this brand, followed closely by Babies 'R' Us and Chicco, with 11% ownership. Nuna was the least-owned brand, with just 1% of those asked naming this brand.
But the most popular brand doesn't necessarily mean the best.
Choosing the best brand of travel cot
One brand reigns supreme among the travel cots that parents rated, beating stiff competition from other top-selling, but cheaper brands. Our top-scoring best travel cot brand gains an impressive 74%, while the brand at the bottom of our table scores 60%.
Only one brand impressed owners enough to be rated good, with four stars across the board for comfort, ease of use and portability. No other brand scored as well in all three of these areas.
Only two brands were rated good for portability, one brand was rated as poor, with two stars, which indicates that a lot of parents don't find travel cots as travel-friendly as you'd expect.
74%Highest-scoring travel cot brand
How we calculate the best and worst brands
Our unique Which? customer score ratings are based on how satisfied parents are with their brand of travel cot overall, and whether or not they'd recommend it to a friend of family member. The star ratings are calculated from the percentages of people who rated this attribute as excellent, good, fair, poor or very poor.
Parent using the best brand travel cot
I liked how easy it was to use and how quick it is to put away, it's not too big or too heavy
Our travel cot research
*In February and March 2016, we surveyed 2,000 parents of children aged five or under, of whom 1,018 owned a travel cot.
The complete list of brands included in the survey was: Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Baby Bjorn, BabyDan, Babymoov, Brevi, Chicco, Disney, Graco, Hauck, Jane, John Lewis, Joie, Koodi, LittleLife, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, Nuna and Red Kite.
A brand must receive at least 30 responses to be included in the table.