10 of the best forward and rear facing buggies

Buying a buggy with a reversible seat direction means you can go from parent facing to forward facing as your baby's needs change.

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  • Which direction should a buggy face?

    Should you buy a buggy that sees your baby looking out into the world and the stimulating things going on around her? Or is it best for your baby's development that she looks at you when she's in her pushchair, so you can chatter away face-to-face? Well, there’s now a whole generation of versatile buggies that will give you the best of both worlds, converting from rear to forward facing pushchair and back again.

    Having an option with a reversible seat means whatever age your child, you can choose the seat facing direction that'll work for you.

    If you want to know more about the issues surrounding the direction your buggy and baby face, check out our story forward or parent facing - which pushchair should you choose? Also, don't miss our round-up of buggy types, buggy buyer's guide and travel system buyer's guide for more easy-to-follow advice.

  • Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip buggy, £399

    The Flip buggy is just one of Mamas & Papas popular Armadillo range, the original version of which only came on the market in 2014 but already has four new spin-offs: the Armadillo City; the Flip; and most recently the XT and Flip XT (£479).

    Comparing its Armadillo Flip to rival strollers, M&P say the hood has 19% better coverage, a 12% bigger seat, and a quicker, simpler way to fold the chair, which only requires one hand! Plus the buggy can be folded either in parent or world-facing mode, which our reviewer found very convenient.

    Read the full Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip buggy review here

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  • Bugaboo Bee 3 buggy, £539

    Now in its third incarnation since a number of tweaks, the new Bugaboo Bee 3 still has all the quirky yet chic appeal of the original.

    The Bee 3 features a circular joint system that lets you change the seat direction simply - just fold the seat forward, pick it up and turn it round. The added benefit of the Bugaboo Bee 3 is that is can also be folded with the seat facing either forwards or backwards, so no need to take it apart first.

    Read the full Bugaboo Bee 3 buggy review here

    You can buy the Bee 3 on the Bugaboo website

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  • Maxi-Cosi Elea buggy, £400

    The Elea may not look like anything special at first glance, but it boasts two folding options which mean it can be folded with the seat still attached (the daily fold), or with the seat removed (optimal fold).

    With the seat removed, it goes down to a neat 84cm x 32.5cm x 15cm, a feature our reviewer loved.

    Our reviewer found reversing the seat easy to do, and liked the fact the buggy can be paired with Maxi-Cosi car seats such as the Pebble Plus (£190) to create a travel system.

    Read the full review of the Maxi-Cosi Elea here

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  • Silver Cross Wayfarer buggy, £550

    Silver Cross never went out of fashion, but its traditional reputation has now combined with modern design for a brand with a reputation that precedes it. Even the Royal family love the brand, with Kate Middleton choosing the Silver Cross Sleepover Elegance for Prince George.

    Our reviewer says it's hard not to fall in love with this pram. Touches like the chrome rims on the hood, well stitched fabric, freestand fold function, and large shopping basket all add to the Wayfarer experience, but it's worth pointing out the buggy only folds with the seat attached forward-facing, otherwise it must be removed.

    Read the full Silver Cross Wayfarer review here

    You can buy the Wayfarer on the Silver Cross website

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  • Hauck Twister Trio travel system, £499.95

    Every parent knows how much of a nuisance it can be when changing a buggy from parent-facing position to world-facing mode, however easy the mechanism.

    Well, it seems Hauck had this in mind when developing its latest buggy the Twister Trio, which features a 360° twisting seat unit (hence the name) meaning you can change the position of the seat quickly and easily.

    A lever pulls up, and you simply twist the seat, bassinet or car seat (included) with one hand. Our reviewer (and his kids) loved it, and it proved useful entertainment in the supermarket queue!

    Read the full Hauck Twister Trio review here.

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  • iCandy Raspberry buggy, £460

    The compact and cute iCandy Raspberry can not only face forwards or towards you, but it folds with the seat in either direction too - which our reviewer found very convenient.

    Aside from being small in size (36.6cm x 54cm x 85.5cm) the buggy is also freestanding when folded, taking away the need to try and balance it against a wall somewhere, while MFM parents also commented on the buggy's easy steer.

    Read the full iCandy Raspberry review here 

    You can buy the iCandy Raspberry from Mothercare or John Lewis

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  • Mothercare Xpedior buggy, £199.99

    The Mothercare Xpedior is a serious contender for one of the best value buggies out there as you get a full travel system including car seat for less than £200, and can choose from three wheels or four.

    A clever touch on the Xpedior is the multi-function seat, which converts to a true lie-flat carrycot via a three-position swivel mechanism and the release of a few tensioning buckles.

    This is good for the space-poor, as there is no separate carrycot to store, and no messing about when it comes to packing the pram away in the car, plus it's ultra easy to fold and unfold - a definite plus.

    Read the full Mothercare Xpedior review here

    You can buy the Xpedior here

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  • Phil & Teds Smart Lux buggy, £349

    The most ingenious thing about the Smart Lux is that the seat not only has lots of different reclines and positions, but can also be turned into a deep, lie-flat bassinet thanks to some clever, yet startlingly simple engineering using straps on the underside of the seat unit.

    Our reviewer thought it was a "dream to push", but noted the buggy only folds with the seat attached in front-facing mode, otherwise you have to remove it.

    In front-facing mode, there's a peekaboo window in the hood, which means you can keep a beady eye on your baby without having to crane around the front.

    Read the full Phil & Teds Smart Lux buggy review here

    Buy the Phil & Teds Smart Lux from KiddicareMothercare or on the Phil & Teds website

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  • UPPAbaby Cruz (2015) buggy, £449.99

    An updated version of the bestselling buggy loved by celebrities like Reece Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker, this new stroller is lighter than its predecessor (9.8kg) and is now a little cheaper as includes the car seat adaptors and bumper bar in the box, which used to be optional extras.

    It's a versatile buggy, great for city use as it's easy to manoeuvre and glides along like a dream. It's the more lightweight option and slightly smaller than UPPAbaby's Vista model, so perfect for manoeuvring around busy shops and pavements and on public transport.

    Suitable from six months, or birth with a carrycot (£164.99), this stroller is travel system compatible and has a large and accommodating under seat basket. 

    Read the full UPPAbaby Cruz (2015) review here

    You can buy the UPPAbaby Cruz from Kiddicare, John Lewis or Pramworld

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  • Joolz Day Quadro buggy, £799

    This five-star buggy ticked all the boxes for our reviewer, who raved about its style, comfort for baby, and thoughtful features.

    It's 'luxe without being ostentatious', she noted, drawing attention to the effortless pushing, high seat for fantastic baby interaction and ability to reverse and recline the seat with ease at the push of a couple of buttons.

    Although the original Day buggy was launched five years ago with much attention focused on ergonomic design, the philosophy has endured, and this new version has outstanding comfort for parent and baby.

    Read the full review of the Joolz Day Quadro here.

    You can buy the Joolz Day Quadro from House of Fraser, Natural Baby Shower, Mothercare or on the Joolz website.

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  • More on forward and rear facing baby kit

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    Is parent facing best?

    Prima Baby Awards 2015: travel systems

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