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10 of the best lightweight buggies and strollers under 7kg – for babies and toddlers

Tested by parent journalists and their babies and toddlers, and using the expertise of MFM editors, industry insiders, awards judges and home testers, we reveal the best lightweight pushchairs for babies and toddlers.

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A super lightweight buggy can make all the difference when you’re doing numerous short journeys moving your buggy in and out of the car a lot, using public transport or even travelling further afield with a baby or toddler.

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They’re also great options to keep at grandparents’ homes, stash in a nursery buggy park or leave with a childminder. But just because a buggy’s light on weight, it doesn’t mean style, usability or practicality have to be trimmed back, too.

What to consider before you buy a lightweight buggy:

  • Age suitability – Many manufacturers advertise their strollers as suitable from birth, as they have lie-flat seats. However, some seats marketed as such do not actually lie completely flat, and you may feel they’re not suitable for your newborn or little baby. It’s always best to check to see exactly how flat the seat unit is and how much head support is on offer if you’d like to use it from birth. A compatible carrycot or bassinet may be needed to provide the ideal lie-flat position for young babies.
  • Parent-facing or world-facing seat positions –While many pushchair seats can be adjusted to face towards you or out towards the world, lightweights are traditionally limited to world-facing only. However, we’re seeing more models that are offering both options, but it usually comes at a cost. Think about what’s important to you and your child (toddlers often prefer to face outwards to see what’s going on in the world around them anyway).
  • Terrain suitability – By nature of the design, lightweight buggies tend to come with small wheels which are better suited to pavements, flat paths and urban areas, although most can handle grass and footpaths without any issues. If you need something that can deal with heavier terrains and bumpy ground, you may want to consider an all-terrain pushchair.
  • Sun cover – You’ll probably need a hood / sun canopy to shade your baby against the sun but on lightweight strollers these can be flimsy or not reach far enough to protect from morning or afternoon sun. Look for extendable canopies with built-in SPF, or keep room in your budget for an additional sun shade, cover or parasol.
  • Recline – Some lightweights have seats that can recline in multiple positions, which is useful for the times when your baby or toddler has fallen asleep and you want them to lie as flat as possible. Look at how this is controlled, on many lightweights it’s a simple pull cord and buckle, rather than a click mechanism.
  • Adjustable calf support –This will give your toddler’s legs something to rest on, but not all strollers have them.
  • Shopping basket –Strollers generally have much smaller baskets than their larger pushchair counterparts so do take a look at the dimensions if you need to store items in your stroller.
  • Rain cover – Always check that the stroller you want comes with a rain cover, as not all do, and let’s face it, in the UK you’re going to need one!

How to pick the best lightweight buggy:

  • Be realistic about how much you are going to use your stroller. Spend more money if you are going to use it every day, as you’ll want the most comfortable and durable stroller you can get. If it’s just for occasional use, like going on a holiday, you’ll probably not want to break the bank, so have a look at these strollers for less than £60.
  • If you’re going to be using your lightweight frequently as your main buggy, look for a stroller that has a seat that can recline (if your child often falls asleep in a buggy), has a hood, swivel wheels and a padded seat.
  • In the summer, sun protection is vital, so make sure it has a roomy hood – and use a hat and sunscreen to keep your child safe from harmful rays.
  • If you need a buggy for public transport, or while travelling around a big city, check these out.

How much does a lightweight buggy cost?

As with any buggy, the more you spend, the more features and higher quality components you can expect. That said, there are bargains to be had and not all expensive strollers perform brilliantly. You can get a perfectly decent lightweight buggy for under £100 but it won’t fold down to cabin-luggage size – or be as durable as a buggy that costs three times that amount. For a reliable buggy that folds compactly and easily, you’ll need to spend around £200. Spending between £200 and £250, you can reasonably expect higher-end finishes and a more robust frame that will last several years as a holiday buggy or second stroller. But if you’re looking for a lightweight buggy as your everyday wheels that will take your buggy from birth to toddlerhood, expect to pay around £300 for the basic stroller, plus extra for the carrycot or newborn snug.

How we chose and tested these pushchairs

When testing pushchairs we consider comfort for both child and parent, weight, size, folded size, wheel type, folding mechanism, fabrications, longevity and whether they are worth the money.

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.

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.

Here are the best lightweight pushchairs for 2021

1. Chicco Goody, £189

 Best for easy folding

Weight: 6.9kg | Age suitable for: birth to approximately 4 years (22kg) | Parent-facing option: Only from birth to 6 months with carrycot (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: No | Awards: Gold – Lightweight Stroller under £250, MadeForMums Awards 2021

This ultra-compact pushchair (folded, it’s small enough to fit as cabin luggage on a plane) won Gold at the MadeForMums Awards 2021 thanks to its “amazing” one-handed automatic fold that works with the press of a button: “you press on the handlebar, and gravity does the rest.” It also unfolds itself, which is ideal if your hands are busy with your baby. Other features that garnered top marks include easy-to-adjust straps, simple-to-follow instructions and one-handed steering.

The Goody particularly impressed our home tester Katy, mum of a six-month-old baby, who said, “This pushchair gets top marks from me for its stylish looks, plus it’s intuitive to use, easy to manoeuvre in narrow spaces – especially getting in and out of small shops and aisles – light to steer and is effortless to push up hills.

At 6.9kg, it’s not the lightest stroller on our list but the bumper bar clad in eco-leather doubles as a handle to carry the stroller once it’s folded, making it “easy to pick up and light to carry.”

It’s not perfect – home tester Anna was disappointed the handlebar wasn’t adjustable as it was too high for her and thought the “flimsy hood” might not stand up to bad weather as it’s not waterproof. But for under £200, the Goody offers great value for money and is an ideal travel buggy or ‘second stroller’ to keep in your car or at the grandparents.

Pros: Extremely compact fold, easy to pick up and carry using bumper bar, compatible with Chicco soft carrycot (sold separately)
Cons: Canopy isn’t waterproof and feels flimsy, non-adjustable handlebars set quite high

Available from: John LewisPramworld and Uber Kids

2. iSafe Zeta Vooom, £109.95

Best for tight budgets

Weight: 6.9kg | Age suitable for: 6 months to 3 years | Parent-facing option: No | Travel system compatible: No | Awards: Silver – Lightweight stroller under £250, MadeForMums Awards 2021

A best buy for budget-conscious parents, this affordable, lightweight stroller “offers the same features as more expensive models”, according to our testers. These features include a one-handed fold, 4-position recline (including life-flat option) and adjustable footrest, as well as a 5-point harness with padded shoulder straps.

The hood deserves a special mention as it is large enough to provide a peaceful, shaded environment for naps on the go and has a large parent window – so you can keep a close eye on your little one while strolling – plus a handy storage pocket at the back.

“The Zeta Vooom is practical, functional and a total bargain,” said tester Lucy, mum of a 4-month-old baby. “It’s light to steer and lift, and I love the small carry handle on the side, which makes it easy to pick up and carry once folded.” However, she conceded that although the buggy can be used from birth, “it’s definitely not supportive enough for a baby under 6 months and is much better suited to older babies and toddlers.”

Available in an impressive array of colours and patterns (11), from neon green to bright pink dots, the Zeta Voom is perfect as a second stroller around town or for holidays, and we feel you can’t go wrong for this level of quality at an affordable price.

Pros: Excellent canopy, 4 recline positions, one-handed fold, extensive choice of colours
Cons: Unsuitable for young babies, two hands needed to push/steer, basic design

Available from: Amazon, Baby Travel and Kids Store

3. Didofy Aster, £275

Best for longevity / bigger children

Weight: 6.2kg | Age suitable for: Birth to 25kg (approximately 5 years old) | Parent-facing option: No – only with car seat | Travel system compatible: Yes | Awards: Silver (joint) – Lightweight stroller over £250, MadeForMums Awards 2021

This is one of several buggies in our list which features MagicFold, a superb bit of technology that allows the stroller to fold in a second at the touch of a button. Our testers unanimously agreed this was indeed magic, making life “so easy” when you have a baby to hold too. Folded down, the stroller is freestanding and so compact it will fit on most airlines as hand baggage. Result!

At a little over 6kg, it’s light enough to easily lift in and out of car boots and on and off public transport. It’s also “a breeze” to carry – “using the plastic handle or with the attached shoulder strap,” explained tester Lucy, mum of a 2-month-old baby, adding “both options are comfortable and it is so light I couldn’t believe I was carrying a buggy.”

Other impressive features include built-in suspension, a surprisingly large under-buggy basket that’s “easily big enough for a changing bag” and deceptively expensive looks. It’s also “very easy to steer along pavements and pathways” nippy enough to “fit through narrow spaces and around tight corners with ease.”

Available in two very smart colourways, the Aster doesn’t come with a raincover (that’s an extra £15) but does boast an extendable UPF50 waterproofed hood with peekaboo window and ventilation, helping to protect your baby in sunshine or showers. It’s travel system compatible, and tt’s also the only buggy on our list that has been tested to carry children weighing up 25kg (approximately the size of a five-year-old), so it should last your baby for years – and holidays – to come.

Pros: Large under-buggy storage basket, inbuilt suspension, sleek looks, travel system compatible
Cons: Peephole window only accessible when hood is fully extended, raincover not included, limited colour choice

Available from: Amazon, Kiddies Kingdom,  Baby Planet and Didofy

4. Joolz Aer, £399

Best for travelling with a newborn / eco-conscious parents

Weight: 6.1kg | Age suitable for: 6 months to 22kg (approximately 4 years old) / From birth with additional carrycot | Parent-facing option: No – only with additional carrycot / from birth to approximately 6 months | Travel system compatible: No | Awards: Silver (joint) – Lightweight stroller over £250 and Silver – Compact-fold pushchair over £250, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Ticking all the boxes, the Joolz Aer works brilliantly both as an everyday, out-and-about stroller and as an essential travelling companion – which is why it picked up two accolades in our MadeForMums Awards. At a shade over 6kg, it can easily be carried on one shoulder (thanks to the handy shoulder strap), and concertinas down to a super-compact 53.5 x 45 x 21.5cm, perfect for fitting in an aeroplane’s overhead luggage compartment.

Despite its compact dimensions, there’s a decent-sized basket underneath and our testers found the pushchair provided a smooth, effortless ride even on bumpy country lanes. What impressed the most was how quick it is to concertina down with a mere press of a button.

Our tester Donna, mum of a 7-month-old baby, described the buggy as “fun to use” and noted how much time the folding and unfolding mechanism saves her. “My impatient daughter loves it due to me being able to open it so quickly and get going. Pushing and steering the Aer is also a joy as it just seems to glide and move so quickly and effortlessly whatever the surface.”

Other plus-points were the ease of adjusting the height of the shoulder straps (just slide, no need to rethread), the addition of the raincover and travel pouch in the box, and the sustainable fabric made from recycled plastic bottles that comes as part of the Refined Black colourway.

While the Joolz Aer is only suitable for babies from 6 months old, the buggy is now available with an innovative cot that can be folded down using one hand together with the frame. You can then either carry the complete set with the carry strap or stow it in your boot or hallway ready for your next outing. The cot does add some weight (3.6kg to be exact) and a hefty price hike (£618 for the buggy and cot) but does mean you can use this stroller from birth. The quality materials also mean you’ll be able to use the cot with subsequent children.

Pros: Raincover and travel bag included, height of shoulder straps easy to adjust, innovative folding cot available
Cons: Bumper bar not included (available to purchase separately), no lie-flat position for naps, hood doesn’t come down far enough to provide shade all day

Available from: Pramworld, Natural Baby Shower and Joolz

5. LeClerc – Magic Fold Plus Stroller plus, £359

Best for versatility / customising

Weight: 6.6kg | Age suitable for: 6 months to 22kg (approximately 4 years) | Parent-facing option: No – only with bassinet (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: Yes | Awards: Bronze – Lightweight stroller over £250 and Gold – Compact-fold pushchair over £250 MadeForMums Award 2021

This is the second buggy in our list to include the MagicFold technology that allows the buggy collapse in a moment with a one-handed sliding and squeezing motion, leaving a neat, compact package that can be easily stowed in a cupboard or car boot, or carried away. “The folding mechanism works perfectly every time and can even be done whilst [I’m] holding a child, making it the easiest and most convenient strollers I have used,” enthused tester Charlie, mum of a baby and toddler.

It’s nippy enough to “manoeuvre in and out of small spaces” while the all-wheel suspension means this robust buggy can handle urban environments “from pavement to parks and light gravel” with ease.

Beyond the easy fold and impressive suspension, the pushchair comes with “a range of stylish, user-friendly features and multiple accessories” including 3-position backrest (though not lie-flat), cupholder and travel bag. In addition, you can add a substantial bassinet that’s suitable for overnight sleeping, a car seat (adaptors turn this nifty pushchair into a travel system) and buggy board for older siblings. Plus this stroller is available in 5 muted colours, including green, and can be further personalised with a coordinating nappy bag and footmuff.

Pros: Reliable and simple (un)folding mechanism, good range of colours, several accessories included, customisable with additional accessories, bassinet suitable for overnight sleeping
Cons: Near lie-flat backrest and limited head support unsuitable for use with very young babies without bassinet, mattress covers of bassinet are not machine washable

Available from: Baby Planet Le Clerc and Harvey Baby Store (Ireland)

6. Babyzen YOYO2, £399 (plus newborn pack, £175 or bassinet, £235)

Best for city living

Weight: 6.2kg / 6.6kg with cocoon | Age suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years) | Parent-facing option: No – only with carrycot/up to 6 months | Travel system compatible: Yes | MFM Review star rating: 4.4 stars

Described as “a super nimble pushchair that’s ideal for city-dwelling families, travel lovers and parents with limited space” by MFM reviewer Natalie, mum of newborn baby and 3-year-old toddler, this most recent iteration of the now-iconic YOYO from Babyzen is as lightweight, compact and nippy as its predecessors but has some notable improvements, including individual wheel suspension, leather-like handlebar finish, user-friendly safety harness, safety wrist strap and increased upper weight limit.

The distinct and diminutive curved frame (available in 2 finishes) remains but has been reinforced, all the better to carry a child weighing up to 22kg (approximately 4 years old). The buggy retains its impressive “collapsibility and portability” as it can be folded (in 2 steps with 2 hands) small enough (52 x 44 x 18 cm) to be classed as cabin luggage by most airlines – and easily carried or hung up by the shoulder strap.

The buggy can’t lie completely flat so newborns will require either the structured bassinet, which needs to be taken off the frame before folding, or the soft-sided newborn attachment, which can be folded with the frame.

Natalie found the YOYO2 “very manoeuvrable thanks to rotating front wheels that allow you to pivot, reverse and weave the pram through tight spaces” and described it as “ideal for nipping into shops or taking on busy public transport” – but did point out that it’s unsuitable for more challenging terrains.

Pros: Very nimble, available in 2 frame finishes and 9 seat colours, 2 newborn options, can be used with compatible buggy board
Cons: Doesn’t cope well with uneven surfaces, doesn’t recline completely flat, rain cover not included

Read our full MFM Babyzen Yoyo 2 pushchair review

Available from: John Lewis, Jojo Maman Bebe and Mamas & Papas

7. Joie Signature Tourist, £200

Best for travel system convertibility
Joie Signature Tourist

Weight: 6.6kg | Age suitable for: Birth (with carrycot or carseat) to 15kg (approximately 3 years old)| Parent-facing option: No – only with carrycot (£100) or infant car seat/carrier (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: Yes

Joie has given its popular lightweight stroller-cum-travel system a makeover, increasing its style and comfort, along with its weight and price. As part of the Signature range, a curated collection of premium products, the Tourist is now clad in luxe fabrics in 2 tones that make the stroller look seriously swanky and feel soft and cosy for your baby or toddler. It also boasts magnetic buckles that make securing wriggling toddlers that bit easier, plus an adjustable calf support for a comfortable ride.

Users love the the hands-free, self-fold – press the button while pressing down the handlebar and watch as the buggy tucks itself into a neat, freestanding package reading to be carried using the integrated strap or stowed out of the way.

Technically, the Tourist is suitable from birth thanks to the flat-reclining seat but in practice your newborn will be more comfortable and better supported if you remove the seat and add the Joie Ramble carrycot or compatible infant car seat using adaptors.

The water repellent and SPF 50+ canopy will see off brief showers and overhead sun but some parent users reported it doesn’t reach down far enough to fully protect from the sun.

Pros: Raincover, adapters and carry bag included, freestanding when folded
Cons: Canopy doesn’t provide full shade with buggy in upright position, new version is heavier and more expensive than previous one

Available from: Mamas & Papas, Little Angels and Joie

8. Cybex Libelle, £199.95

Best for frequent flyers

Weight: 5.9kg | Age suitable for: 6 months to 4 years (22kg) / Birth with infant carrier | Parent-facing option: No – only with infant carrier (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: Yes | Awards: Silver – Compact fold pushchair under £250, MadeForMums Awards 2021

One of the lightest strollers on our list is also the smallest when folded – at 32cm x 20cm x 48cm, it’s won a Red Dot product design award for its compact construction – and is tiny enough to store in a plane’s overhead compartment or in the foot well of a car thanks to a clever design that sees the wheels fold inward once the frame is collapsed. “In 3 simple movements, it is the size of a large backpack,” marvelled Pooja, mum of 3-year old, after putting the Libelle – Cybex’s smallest foldable stroller – to the test.

Having unfolded the buggy using just one hand, she was impressed that the buggy’s diminutive stature comes without comprising on quality or stability – there’s even front-wheel suspension. “On hilly grass, it handled it a lot better than I expected. It moves and turns smoothly and doesn’t bounce up and down much, making it comfortable and relaxing for my baby.”

With decent padding, a lie-flat recline and adjustable leg rest, the Libelle is comfortable for babies and toddlers from six months but can also be used as a travel system from birth with car seats from Cybex’s gold infant range using adaptors (sold separately).

The slick-looking pushchair is available in 5 colourways, including navy, pink and a striking petrol blue, and has unusual, right-angled dual handlebars that make single-handed pushing tricky, according to our tester.

Pros: Extremely compact and freestanding when folded, very light, easy to unfold using one hand

Cons: No accessories included, not ideal for single-handed pushing

Read our full MFM review of the Cybex Libelle – to come

Available from: BootsBaby Planet and Natural Baby Shower

9. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 single, £249

Best for storing in narrow spaces

Weight: 6.5kg | Age suitable for: From birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years old) | Parent-facing option: No – only with carrycot or infant car seat (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: Yes | Awards:  Bronze – Compact-fold pushchair under £250, MadeForMums Awards 2021

This slimline buggy impressed our testers with its superior ability to fit through narrow spaces and be pushed and steered one-handed down shopping aisles, busy pavements and public transport. They also praised how comfy the buggy was for their riders. “As the buggy was so lightweight I was surprised how padded the fabric was,” commented tester Carolynne, mum of a 4-month-old. For young babies, the seat reclines to a near-flat position but a carrycot or car seat can be added above the seat, turning the whole stroller into a travel system.

Testers also appreciated the truly one-hand folding mechanism and one-piece fold, “making it so easy to fold and unfold”, as well as the storage bag with long straps – “perfect for travelling or even storing.” And while it won’t fold down to cabin-luggage dimensions, it does fold flat (19cm deep) so is ideal if you need to keep it in a narrow hallway or cupboard.

The UV 50+ canopy has an extension panel and mesh panel to allow you to keep an eye on your child but one tester found it was very thin at the back and doesn’t clip down so tends to blow up in a strong breeze.

Pros: Well-padded fabric, carrybag with long straps included, narrow width ideal for navigating tight spaces
Cons: No other accessories included, seatback doesn’t go completely upright for older children, back of hood doesn’t clip onto buggy making it draughty in strong wind

Available from: Amazon and Pramworld

10. Silver Cross Clic, £199

Best for travels with a toddler

Weight: 5.9kg | Age suitable for: birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years) | Parent-facing option: No | Travel system compatible: No

With an elegant frame and unusual colour options like lilac and aqua, this stroller from heritage brand Silver Cross stands out from the crowd and looks more expensive than its reasonable price tag. But its appeal is more than surface-deep – the Clic is loaded with practical features that will make travelling with your child easier.

For a start, it’s one of the lightest buggies on our list at just under 6kg, making it easy to push and carry. The Clic collapses with a one-second folding mechanism that’s activated with the click (hence the name) of a button on the leatherette handlebar. It folds down to a respectable hand-luggage size (54 x 46.5 x 25cm) and is freestanding, making it easy to stow. It even fits into the footwell of most cars. It has a one-hand reclinable lie-flat seat with generously padded safety straps that can easily accommodate newborns and napping toddlers.

It’s not the sturdiest buggy but it’s the pop-out shoulder strap that makes Clic the perfect partner for strolls with a toddler. When they’re keen to get out and explore, simply fold the stroller with one hand (you can use your other to stop your child from running off), then pull out the shoulder strap and sling the Clic over your shoulder, the straps will stay neatly stored under the buggy. No more leaving carry straps at home or having them trailing around.

It’s not ideal for long periods of sitting – several parent users commented that in its most upright position the seat back doesn’t provide as much support as some other models – but for short stints and naps on the go, the Clic is impressive.

Pros: Matching water-resistant footmuff available, extendable UPF50+ hood with pop-out sun visor
Cons: Seat not fully upright, frame feels slightly flimsy

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Available from: Amazon, John Lewis, Natural Baby Shower and Silver Cross

About the author

Gabrielle Nathan has been working as a journalist for nearly 20 years. She began writing about parenting and family travel while pregnant with her first child in 2012, and now has 3 children.