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10 of the best all-terrain and 3-wheeler buggies

Whether it's on muddy woodland walks, uneven cobbles or even wet sand on the beach, we've chosen the best pushchairs and travel systems that are specially made for handling rough terrain.

All Terrain Pushchairs

All-terrain pushchairs do exactly what they say on the tin – they are designed to tackle all and any terrain, from smooth tarmac to rough, uneven and bumpy ground. Most models have special features, such as sturdy suspension and large puncture-proof types, making them an ideal choice if you live in the countryside or regularly take your pushchair off-road. There’s a whole range of 3- and 4-wheelers on the market made with this purpose in mind, we have chosen the very best across a wide range of prices and features.

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How did we choose our 10 of the Best?

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

For this list, we considered wheel type and size, suspension and handling, comfort for child and parent, pushchair size and weight, as well as extra features and value for money.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don’t just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.

What to consider when buying an all-terrain pushchair

Wheel size – The general principle is the larger the wheel, the better it will handle rough terrain. Many regular pushchairs have two larger wheels at the back and two smaller ones at the front. All-terrains with large wheels both front and back will give you and your baby the easiest ride and lightest push even over very rough terrain.

Tyre type – Air-filled tyres give the smoothest of rides on the bumpiest of grounds, so if you’re looking for a really tough all-terrain or a buggy you can jog with, these are a great option. However, they are prone to punctures and you’ll need to carry a repair kit. Increasingly, we’re seeing all-terrain pushchairs designed with foam- or gel-filled tyres, which handle rough terrain very well but can add weight.

Suspension – Good suspension will also help to make off-road pushing easier and the journey more comfortable for your baby. Some all-terrains feature adjustable or heavy-duty suspension and shock absorbers.

Number of wheels – A 4-wheel pushchair offers stability and often a bigger shopping basket, as they don’t narrow at the front. However, 3-wheel models tend to be easier to manoeuvre over rough ground (particularly lumps and bumps, such as high kerbs and tree roots) due to the single steer at the front.

Weight and size – All-terrain pushchairs tend to be quite heavy and bulky compared to standard pushchairs. Think about how often you’re going to be lifting your pushchair when folded (e.g. loading it into a car boot or carrying up stairs). Often, 3-wheelers have large back wheels, which can make the pushchair quite wide. While you can also use an all-terrain pushchair for walking around town, it is worth noting that the width of some models can make it difficult to navigate the smaller spaces and aisles inside shops.

Accessories – The joys of UK weather mean that we can encounter rain all year round. If you’re out on long walks a rain cover will be essential, so check if this is included in the price or if you have to buy it separately, along with other accessories such as a footmuff for winter or a cup holder.

Fabric – Are the fabrics waterproof? If you plan to take your pushchair off-road, then you will certainly have to factor in getting it muddy and damp, especially with 3-wheelers being closer to the ground, so check if the fabric is water and mud resistant.

Do I need to buy an all-terrain pushchair?

Yes – if you regularly encounter bumpy terrain, especially if you live in a rural area, a standard pushchair or pram might not have the features to help you tackle this with ease. For example, regular pushchairs that have small wheels at the front can quickly get clogged up with grass, sticks and mud that may prevent the wheels from turning.

Probably not – if you’re looking for a buggy that will be able to handle occasional country walks and regular trips to the park. A regular pushchair is likely to be able to handle these kinds of terrains, as long as it has reasonable-sized rear wheels. The only buggies that really struggle with very rough terrain are strollers with small front and rear wheels and little suspension.

Are all-terrain pushchairs suitable from birth?

Most of the pushchairs on our list are suitable from birth, either with a separate carrycot or a lie-flat seat. However, according to standards that assess whether a pushchair is suitable from birth, “lie-flat” only has to be 150°, not 180°.

Given the scientific evidence behind keeping your newborn baby lying flat in a pushchair, we recommend that if you’re using this pushchair on a frequent and regular basis with your newborn, you use either a carrycot or choose a model with a full 180° flat recline.

How much does an all-terrain pushchair cost?

Depending on your budget size and how much you are willing to spend, prices can vary significantly. All-terrain pushchairs tend to start in the mid-range market and go up to higher-end models – we have highlighted models starting from £199 to over £1,000.

Consider how much you are willing to invest, but leave some wiggle room in case you want to buy extra accessories such as a newborn carrycot or raincover, which sometimes don’t come included.

Here’s our pick of the 10 best all-terrain pushchairs and 3-wheelers:

1. Noordi Fjordi travel system, £880

Best for all-weather walks

Suitable from: birth (lie-flat and carrycot) | Weight: pushchair 8.8kg; carrycot 4kg | Unfolded dimensions: H114.5 – 121cm x W60cm x L102.5cm | Folded dimensions: H106cm x W60cm x L99cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Real-Gel | Suspension: Four-wheel shock absorption system | Raincover included: Yes | MadeForMums Award: Gold – All-terrain pushchair, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle, the Noordi Fjordi travel system focuses on keeping children comfortable in all types of weather. For £880 you get an all-terrain pushchair, carrycot, infant car seat and adaptors, as well as a changing bag, raincover and cup holder – representing great value for money. Tester Rachel, mum of a 4-month-old baby, found that all parts of the travel system worked seamlessly with each other and said that “each attachment feels built to last and all connect together really well.”

When you are walking over bumpy trails and footpaths, an important consideration for an all-terrain pushchair is the quality of the suspension – especially if your baby is sleeping! The Fjordi doesn’t disappoint. It boasts adjustable four-wheel suspension and puncture-proof gel wheels. Water-resistant fabrics, UV 50+ protection, an integrated mosquito net and thermo-regulating fabric in the carrycot mean you can get out and about with your baby come sunshine, rain or even snow.

Our testers were also impressed with the buggy’s ergonomic features, such as the height-adjustable handle. Tester Verity, mum of a baby and toddler, added, “Well made, gorgeous to push and stacked with clever features, the Noordi offers a comfortable place for both my baby and my toddler and it’s held up in good condition on our many (many) lockdown walks!”

Pros: adjustable suspension, all-weather fabrics, robust
Cons: bulky to fold

Available from: Samuel JohnstonPramworld and Baby Planet

2. Kinderkraft All Road, from £199

Best value for money

Suitable from: birth (lie-flat) to 15kg (approx 3 years) | Weight: 11.6kg | Unfolded dimensions: H106cm x W62cm x L93cm | Car seat compatible: No | Wheel Type: EVA foam | Rear wheel size: 7″ and 10″ | Suspension: All-wheel cushioning | Raincover included: Yes | MadeForMums Award: Silver – All-terrain pushchair, MadeForMums Awards 2021

For parents on a tight budget, the Kinderkraft All Road comes with all of the features and handy outdoor extras you would expect from an all-terrain pushchair – such as a mosquito net, raincover and footmuff – all included at a price point that sits at just under £200.

Our Awards testers found the pushchair handled well on bumpy ground, thanks to the large wheels (made from puncture-resistant EVA) with built-in shock absorbers. The front wheels also rotate 360°, which further help the buggy to offer a smooth ride on rough terrain.

While one reviewer found it slightly difficult to access the basket, the All Road has a few clever features to make parents’ lives easier, including a hinged bar that can be removed at either side of the chassis – making getting your baby in and out super simple. The pushchair can also be folded one-handed, something which tester Katrina, mum of a 1-year-old, said was “such a practical quality when you’re trying to watch multiple children.”

In the words of tester Clemmie, mum of a 5-month-old baby, “For such a low price point I was really astonished by the quality of the All Road stroller. It is a fantastic budget stroller for outdoorsy parents who love to get out and about, covering all types of terrain. And it comes with so many extras for any eventuality.”

Pros: light, sturdy, good suspension
Cons: difficult to access basket

Available from: AmazonPramworld and Kiddies Kingdom

  1. Infababy Ultimo 3-Wheel 3in1 Travel System, £799.99

Best for uneven terrain

Infababy Ultimo 3 wheel pushchair

Suitable from: birth (carrycot) to 22kg (approx 4 years old) | Weight: pushchair 13kg; carrycot 3kg | Unfolded dimensions: H109cm x W52cm x L92cm | Folded dimensions: H62cm x W34cm x L37cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Air-filled | Rear wheel size: 11.8″ | Suspension: Spring suspension | Raincover included: Yes | MadeForMums Award: Bronze – All-terrain pushchair, MadeForMums Awards 2021

With its light aluminium frame and three air-filled tyres, this sturdy pushchair was rated highly by our testers for how well it handled uneven terrain. “For our walking purposes, this is probably the best buggy I’ve used,” said tester Jade, mum of a 3-month-old baby, while tester Laura, mum of a 4-month-old baby, added that “the wheels seem very strong.”

What made this pushchair a winner in the ‘All-terrain pushchair’ category at the 2021 MFM Awards was its attention to detail, such as the zipped cover on the large shopping basket, the waterproof carrycot liner (perfect for sicky babies), and the simple seat recline at the push of a button, which our testers found smooth and easy to use meaning their children didn’t wake up when laid back.

Infababy prides itself on prioritising safety and comfort, and the Ultimo travel system has been designed with this in mind. The pushchair has a 5-point harness, as well as multiple recline and footrest positions. For parents who like to walk in the evenings, the fabric hoods and covers have a discreet silver/grey piping around the edges, which reflects light on dark evenings to ensure the pushchair is seen by cars.

Tester Jade, mum of a 3-month-old baby, said, “For us, living in a rural location, this is ideal for a pram to stay ‘up’ in our hallway for regular walking use. Love the 3-wheeled, robust design, which is perfect for our country lanes!”

Pros: light, robust, comfort
Cons: buggy can be unsteady

Available from: Infababy

4. Jané Trider & Matrix Light 2 travel system, £860

Best travel system

Suitable from: birth (carrycot) to 3 years | Weight: 14.7kg (with seat unit) | Unfolded dimensions: H83 – 108cm x W60cm x L108cm | Folded dimensions: H70cm x W60cm x L39cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Foam-filled | Rear wheel size: 10.5″ | Suspension: Adjustable with central shock absorber | Raincover included: Yes

Travelling across forests and fields is where the Trider comes into its own, featuring adjustable suspension and a shock absorber on the rear C-shape axle. The large 26cm puncture-proof wheels also help the smooth run; they are strong and robust with a front 360º swivel, which can be locked at the front for bumpier terrain if needed.

MFM reviewer, Rachel, found these all-terrain features suited her active lifestyle: “For exercising, I give the Trider a big thumbs up. Suspension and manoeuvrability at speed are a pleasure. This is where the long handle design comes into play, as there is no risk of hitting knees or feet on the wheels or back axle as you are set away from the frame when running.”

Our testers also liked how the Trider incorporates the PRO-FIX system, where Jané carrycots and car seats can be fitted without the need for adaptors. As part of this travel system, you get the Matrix car seat, which also handily doubles as a lie-flat carrycot.

One of its setbacks is its “thin and narrow” basket, which our MFM reviewer found didn’t allow for much storage. It also weighs a mighty 14.7kg (with seat unit), making it difficult to lift when using public transport or moving up and down curbs.

Pros: Adjustable suspension, easy to switch seats, car seat doubles as lie-flat carrycot, puncture-free
Cons: Small shopping basket, heavy to lift

Read our full MadeForMums Jané Trider Maxtrix travel system review

Available from: Jané and Samuel Johnston

5. Bugaboo Fox 2, from £949

Best 4-wheeler

Suitable from: birth (carrycot) to 22kg | Weight: 9.9kg | Unfolded dimensions: H108cm x W60cm x L105cm | Folded dimensions (two-piece): H34cm x W52cm x L86cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Foam-filled | Rear wheel size: 12″ | Suspension: Central joint suspension | Raincover included: Yes

For a pushchair that suits both city and country life, Bugaboo’s popular Fox 2 has impressive all-terrain features. “The central joint suspension makes all the difference in providing a comfortable ride,” said MFM reviewer Natalie. “It allows the buggy to soak up bumps from the core of the frame, not just from each wheel.”

The Fox 2 is definitely one of the pricier pushchair options, but unlike some all-terrains, the carrycot comes included in the price. Reviewer Natalie called it “one of the cosiest” and “most-pillow-soft” carrycots she had seen, making this a great all-terrain option for a newborn – although it’s not suitable for overnight sleeping. The spacious bassinet also converts into a toddler seat, which is  a brilliant concept that saves on money and space.

We also like that you can adapt the fold depending on your storage space. The most compact fold comes from removing the seat and storing it in 2 pieces. However, you can also fold it with the seat (and even carrycot) attached and leave it freestanding which our MFM reviewer said was an “invaluable feature”. Although it has a relatively compact fold, when stored sideways as a 1-piece fold (e.g. in a car boot) it has quite a big height/depth, so worth measuring your storage space before you buy.

Be prepared to dedicate some time and patience to assemble the Fox 2, as our MFM reviewer and in-house testers did find this to be a lengthy process with complex picture instructions.

Pros: Excellent suspension, spacious carrycot, multiple folding options, puncture-free
Cons: Higher price point, tricky to build

Read our full MadeForMums Bugaboo Fox 2 review

Available from: BugabooMamas & Papas and Amazon

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6. Out ‘n’ About Nipper Sport V4, £374.95

Best for easy off-roading

Suitable from: occasional use from birth (near lie-flat) to 15kg | Weight: 9.8kg | Unfolded dimensions: H103cm x W61.5cm x L137cm | Folded dimensions: H61cm x W61.5cm x L104cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Air-filled | Rear wheel size: 16″ | Suspension: Front and rear suspension | Raincover included: Yes

Out ‘n’ About has a well-established reputation when it comes to all-terrain pushchairs. There’s no denying that the Nipper is ideal for long walks over multiple terrains, with its hardwearing pneumatic tyres. Along with the fixed front wheel and rear suspension, these features make the Nipper “glide like a dream”, according to MFM reviewer Lucy.

The auto-lock feature also makes folding and storage easier, which can come in handy with bulkier all-terrain pushchairs. Compared to other models, the Nipper does have quite a long fold, so it’s worth measuring up the boot space in your car before you buy. Our reviewer managed to fit it in her Vauxhall Corsa, but reduced its bulkiness by removing the front wheel.

It’s worth noting that the Nipper doesn’t come with a traditional shopping basket underneath the seat, but instead has a mesh shopping pouch. “It has plenty of room for nappies, shopping or a water bottle,” said Lucy, so you can still take a few items out with you. You can also buy a compatible storage basket if you find this isn’t enough.

If your child enjoys a nap while out and about, reclining the seat is done with a strap and toggle at the back of the pushchair, which can be slightly fiddly. “I learnt that you have to support the seat as you adjust the toggle, or your little one will fly backwards,” said Lucy. She also found the hood noisy to adjust, which may disturb a light sleeper.

Pros: Smooth ride, fixed front wheel, auto-lock when folded
Cons: Fiddly strap recline, limited storage, long length

Read our full MadeForMums Out ‘n’ About Nipper Sport V4 review

Available from: Uber KidsVery and Amazon

7. iCandy Peach All-Terrain Forest Double, £1,245

Best single to double

Suitable from: birth (carrycots) to 25kg | Weight: 14.8kg | Unfolded dimensions: H99cm x W55cm x L52cm | Folded dimensions: H42.5cm x W61cm x L70cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Foam-filled | Rear wheel size: 11″ | Suspension: All-round suspension | Raincover included: Yes

There’s no escaping its expensive price tag, but the iCandy Peach All-Terrain Double is certainly a powerhouse of a pushchair that can navigate all types of ground. “It was super sturdy, solid and could tackle almost any surface with ease,” said MFM reviewer Rachel. ”It travelled well on grass, dirt track and gravel. I also used it on cobbles and it didn’t feel like the children were being jiggled too much.”

This super-versatile pushchair can be turned from a single to double with the converter kit, and there are multi-wheel options too (3-wheeler in single mode or 4-wheeler in single and double). The carrycot frame can also be turned into a seat unit, like the Bugaboo Fox 2, saving space.

The Peach All-Terrain also features a simple-to-use harness and buckle on the seat unit. “The straps are super easy to adjust and feel very secure,” said our reviewer.

There’s no doubt that the Peach All-Terrain is a weighty pushchair (19.5kg in double mode) that takes up a lot of space (it can’t be folded with the seats attached), so it may not be the best fit if you’re short on space. However, if you live in a rural area and need a heavy-duty double, this sturdy design is built to last.

Pros: Converts from single to double, 3- and 4-wheel mode, puncture-free
Cons: Heavy, expensive, large when folded

Read our full MadeForMums iCandy Peach All-Terrain Double review

Available from: iCandyAmazon and Baby Planet

8. Mountain Buggy Duet V3, £649 (+ £169 per carrycot)

Best slimline double

Suitable from: birth (lie-flat and carrycot) to 4 years | Weight: 14.7kg | Unfolded dimensions: H114cm x W65cm x L76cm | Folded dimensions: H89cm x W63cm x L32cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Air-filled | Rear wheel size: 10″ | Suspension: All-round suspension | Raincover included: No

Mountain Buggy has designed the Duet to be the slimmest side-by-side double on the market at 65cm, taking up the same footprint as a single. “Despite the seat’s narrow width both my 3- and 4-year-old girls fit into the toddler seat very comfortably,” commented MFM reviewer Sybilla.

Patience is definitely needed when trying to assemble the Duet, taking our reviewer around 45 minutes to put it together. However, once assembled its suspension and the air-filled tyres make steering this a breeze over bumpy terrain. “You won’t have any problems changing direction or lifting the Duet onto the pavement or kerb,” said Sybilla. “Not only is it light, but it’s also easy to steer and you can change direction at the drop of a hat.”

The hand-operated brake also gives a little more control going downhill or over uneven ground, which can be a welcome addition when pushing 2 children on steep ground.

Its 1-piece fold removes the hassle of having to take off the seats, but this also means it doesn’t offer the most compact of folds. Although it’s light to push, at 14.5kg, it’s not so light to lift once folded as one MFM user found: “It’s quite heavy to lift into a car.”

Pros: Ultra-slim, lighter weight for a double, easy to manoeuvre
Cons: Narrow seats and bassinet, difficult to assemble

Read our full MadeForMums Mountain Buggy Duet review

Available from: Mountain BuggyJohn Lewis and Samuel Johnston

9. Baby Jogger City Mini GT2, £429 (+ £199 for carrycot)

Best for city and country living

Suitable from: birth (carrycot) to 22kg | Weight: 10.3kg | Unfolded dimensions: H109.5cm-112.5cm x W65cm x L105cm | Folded dimensions: H25.5cm x W65cm x L81cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Foam-filled | Rear wheel size: 8.5″ | Suspension: All-wheel suspension | Raincover included: No

Proving that all-terrain pushchairs don’t have to be large and cumbersome, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is a streamlined design that offers lots of all-terrain handling in a smaller package.

Despite having relatively small wheels for an all-terrain buggy, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 boasts all-wheel suspension that allows you to negotiate any terrain with speed and ease. “It glides across all surfaces, giving your child a smooth ride,” said MFM reviewer Becky. “Its agility makes it a great option for those who like rugged family adventures off the beaten track.”

But the real standout feature for our MFM reviewer and testers was its super simple one-handed fold – you just pull on the 2 separate loops located on the seat. One of our testers did note that the seat fabric is left exposed on the outside once folded which “could easily get muddy/worn when in storage/being taken in and out of the car boot”. However, this is where the freestanding fold comes in handy, making it easier to keep clean and store.

Another popular feature is its hand-operated brake on the right-hand side. “Although I found the handbrake a little hard to get used to, its position means there is no chance of kicking the brake by accident while walking along,” commented MFM reviewer Becky – particularly useful when pushing across uneven ground.

Pros: Compact size, one-hand fold, puncture-free, hand-operated brake
Cons: Seat left exposed once folded, not as smooth off-road as bigger all-terrains

Read our full MadeForMums Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 review 

Available from: AmazonKiddies Kingdom and John Lewis

10. Bumbleride Indie 2020, £499.99 (+ £149.99 for carrycot)

Best for sustainability

Suitable from: birth (lie-flat and carrycot) to 25kg | Weight: 10.8kg | Unfolded dimensions: H67cm-116cm x W62cm x L94cm | Folded dimensions: H29cm x W48cm x L81cm | Car seat compatible: Yes | Wheel Type: Air-filled |Rear wheel size:12″ | Suspension: All-wheel suspension | Raincover included: No

With its big pneumatic wheels, a 360º swivel front wheel with an in-line lock option for all-terrain and great suspension, the Indie is a great town-to-country buggy that’ll handle wet and muddy woods or parkland.

MFM reviewer, Claire, particularly liked how these features made the Indie easy to manoeuvre in different situations. She found the ability to swivel it one-handed “really easy” with a dog lead in one hand or if you like to sip a coffee when you stroll. When it came to more active elements of her lifestyle she added, “The sturdy suspension means the baby stays asleep even when I run with the buggy.”

Bumbleride has also placed sustainability at the heart of its brand and now the Indie 2020 uses eco fabric made from 100% recycled polyester. In fact, each pushchair uses 28 recycled plastic bottles, according to Bumbleride. In its black colourways, it has also said it’s using a new dye process that conserves between 94 to 151 litres of water.

You can see the craftsmanship and care that went into the production, with an adjustable footrest for infants and deep footwell for toddlers, as well as a “really roomy basket”. However, a downside is that the buggy does not come with many accessories and you’ll have to buy the raincover (RRP £29.99) – which is pretty essential for British weather – and the padded seat liner and footmuff, (RRP £49.00) separately, so you might need to spend a bit more to kit out your Indie.

Pros: Sustainable design, all-wheel suspension, large shopping basket
Cons: Not many additional accessories

Read our full MadeForMums Bumbleride Indie review

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Available from: Smart Kid Store and Little Arrivals 

About the author:

Georgina Probert lives in the Kent countryside with her husband, two daughters – age 13 months and 5.5 years – and cat Molly. She regularly takes the kids on muddy off-road walks through fields, woodland and rural pathways, so knows what she wants from baby carriers and all-terrain buggies.

Georgina has been a journalist for more than 14 years, working on a wide range of magazines including Family First, Homes & Gardens, Good Homes and Cage & Aviary Birds. She went freelance following the birth of her first daughter in 2016 and has since written about whatever piques her interest, from behavioural insights and international education to slow living and parenting.

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