10 of the most compact folding buggies

Want a buggy that's space-efficient when it comes time to collapse and stow? Here is a definitive guide to the 10 neatest and niftiest pushchairs you need to know about…

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  • Pushchairs for small spaces

    If space is at a premium – be it a tiny car boot or limited storage space in your home – a buggy that’s compact once folded will save a lot of hassle.

    For some parents, it’s the way a buggy folds that’s key, be it the classic one-handed umbrella-fold of Maclaren’s buggies or the innovative and unique QuickSmart folding system. But for other mums and dads, it’s the size of the end that matters most, not how they get there. This may especially be the case if you're after a buggy that you can travel with on holiday.

    If your head's swimming with buggy specs and centimetre-measurements, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief - we’ve hunted down 10 of the tiniest when folded buggies right here. And, of course, you want a buggy that offers a decent performance, not just slimline stowage, so all pushchairs featured have scored well in our roadtests.

    Finally, before you spend any cash, read our no-nonsense buggy buyer's guide.

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  • Babyzen Yoyo 0+ buggy, £375

    The Babyzen Yoyo 0+ folds into a record-breaking package of only 52 x 44 x 18 cm, which is half the volume of a standard umbrella-stroller.It can fit just anywhere: in the smallest car boots or behind a front seat, under a train seat, and even in the overhead compartment of a plane. With a useful carry handle and weighing only 6.5kg, this is truly a handbag pushchair. 

    Read the full Babyzen Yoyo 0+ review

  • Quinny Speedi SX 3-wheeler buggy, £264.25

    The Quinny Speedi SX is a 3-wheeler buggy that can tackle off-road terrain with grace. It’s got great suspension and scores full marks for easy of pushing and steering. Check out the Quinny Speedi SX’s folded dimensions – it’s small, with quick release detachable wheels for real compactness. Great for country mums.

    Read the full Quinny Speedi SX 3-wheeler buggy review

  • Recaro Easylife buggy, £189

    At only 5.9kg with a one hand open and fold, roomy seat and tall handlebar, it's a miracle the Recaro Easylife also folds down to a tiny 59 x 27 x 50cm. It also has a very robust feel for a compact and our reviewer felt it was great for holidays and day trips.

    Read the full Recaro Easylife review here

    Click here to buy the Recaro Easylife on Amazon

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  • Mountain Buggy Nano buggy, £199

    Weighing in at just less than 6kg, the Mountain Buggy Nano not only folds down small enough to fit in an aeroplane overhead locker, but it's light enough to lift into one as well. With its cute travel case and built-in car seat adapters, this is a great little buggy for family holidays and city breaks. See the Mountain Buggy Nano's folded dimensions here 

    Read the full Mountain Buggy Nano review

    Click here to buy the Mountain Buggy Nano on Amazon

  • Phil & Teds Smart buggy, £194

    The Phil & Teds Smart weighs just 7kg - a feature that's partially due to the innovative new material the seat pod is made of. The Smart folds like a step ladder - with the seat attached, the rear wheels come forward to meet the front ones. Then, the handles are pushed down inline with the top of the seat. To get the folded dimensions down to 75cm x 45cm x 20cm, you just remove the wheels.

    Read the full Phil & Teds Smart lightweight buggy review

    Click here to buy the Phil & Teds Smart buggy on Amazon

  • Silver Cross Reflex lightweight buggy, £250

    For those who love an umbrella fold, the Silver Cross Reflex is as good as it gets. Combining the practicality of an umbrella fold with the comfort and convenience of a pram and travel system, this pram is extremely versatile and sturdy and measures 106cm x 31cm x 35cm when folded. 

    Read the full Silver Cross Reflex review here

  • iCandy Raspberry, £460

    Although the iCandy Raspberry's fold and lock mechanism has a definite knack to it, our reviewer noted just how easy it is to store.

    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

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  • Mothercare Xpedior travel system , £200

    The Mothercare Xpedior may not look very compact, even its advertised folded dimensions (58cm x 46cm x 73cm) make it seem large.  

    But when folded (in two parts) it's flat.  In fact in our MFM car boot test - where we put 10 of the most popular buggies on the market in three different car boots - the Xpedior managed to fit in the boot of our smallest car, a compact Mini!  

    Admittedly it takes up all the room, but not even a Bugaboo Bee 3 or iCandy Raspberry can fit in the boot of a Mini. 

    Read the full Mothercare Xpedior buggy review

  • iCoo Acrobat SND, £549.99

    A subsidiary of Hauck, iCoo is at the high-end, ultra-stylish end of the spectrum, and the Acrobat SND is definitely design-led.Our reviewer loved the grown-up design, and noted the Acrobat's fold to just 33cm deep and 68cm high (or 90cm high with the hood attached) would easily fit under the stairs or in a porch, ideal if you are in a flat.

    Read the full iCoo Acrobat SND review here

  • Bugaboo Bee 3, £539

    Although the folding mechanism isn’t one-handed on the updated Bugaboo Bee 3, the system does fold down in one movement and our reviewer found this one of the easiest buggies to fold, once you get the knack.

    When folded, the Bugaboo Bee 3 measures 89cm x 46 cm x 30cm and can be stored on its side, or flat when folded - easily fitting in the boot of all but the very smallest cars.

    Read the full Bugaboo Bee 3 review here

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Last updated on 10 July 2015


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