Buying a buggy is often the number one item on your baby to-do list – or at least one of the most fun things to choose. And the good news is that you don’t have to raid all your savings to get an eye-catching, top performance or chic-looking pushchair.
With that in mind, we’ve found 10 buggies that cost less than £500, helping you to stretch your finances a little further but keeping you on trend.
These buggies do not fall under the ‘budget option,’ which is covered by our 10 of the best buggies for less than £150 and 10 best buggies for less than £250. Instead they allow for a little more luxury, but within the mid-price bracket.
We know that price is not everything. It certainly isn’t the only factor in this comprehensive selection. In fact all of the featured buggies have scored 4-stars, 4.5-stars or a full 5-stars in our rigorous reviews.
If you’re still at the stage of deciding which type of buggy will suit your needs and lifestyle, don’t miss our step-by-step guide to buying a buggy. Plus catch up on the latest thinking about forward facing vs parent facing buggies.
Silver Cross Wayfarer, red
Silver Cross Wayfarer buggy, around £495
A well-known British brand with a royal connection – the Sleepover Elegance was chosen by Kate Middleton for Prince George – Silver Cross signifies luxury. The Wayfarer is an updated version of a 70s classic pushchair, and now features a stylish, all-chrome chassis. A lightweight pushchair, at only 6.5 kg and 9 kg with the seat unit attached, the Wayfarer can be used either rear or forward facing and is travel-system compatible. The Wayfarer scored full marks in our MFM review.
Read the full Silver Cross Wayfarer buggy review
Red, tandem, stroller
Phil & Teds Dot, around £409
Super versatile, the Dot can be used as a single buggy, and then adapted to fit two (a toddler and baby) with the Double Kit add-on. But the great thing is that it works brilliantly as a single buggy – it doesn’t feel a big compromise to have the flexibility of turning it into a double later on.
Makers (and double-buggy experts) Phil & Ted describe the Dot as a compact and lightweight inline stroller and they weren’t wrong. At just 59cm wide the three-wheeler can fit into most narrow hallways and shopping aisles.
You can also buy a parent-facing carrycot and it’s travel-system compatible, so perfect from birth.
Read the full Phil & Teds Dot review
Red Stokke pushchair around £499
Stokke Scoot, around £499
A potential rival to the Bugaboo Bee, high-end Scandinavian brand Stokke has created its most compact buggy yet, in the form of Scoot.
Perfect for city dwellers, with versatile rear and forward facing seats, the fashionable Scoot is very eye-catching with its vibrant colour range and silver chassis.
It comes equipped with a handy and decent-sized shopping basket and is travel-system compatible. The Scoot scored 4.5 marks in its MFM review.
Fitness buggy, red, three wheels
Chicco Activ 3, around £399.99
If you could sum up Chicco’s Activ 3 in one word it would be ‘adaptable’.
This buggy can tackle all terrains; it has an extendable handle bar for tall parents and is ideal for walkers and running enthusiast alike. An everyday stroller which doubles as a fitness jogger, the Activ 3 sports durable, non-puncture tires and great suspension.
It also boasts a single-handed open and close facility and travel-system compatibility to its admirable list of features.
Read the full Chicco Activ 3 review