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.
The market for lightweight pushchairs has come a long way in the last few years. Previously, a lightweight stroller was often a secondary purchase, offering an easy to use option for daily use with older babies and toddlers who have outgrown their pram/carrycot. But now there are now a number of great options in the lightweight category that can be used right from birth, giving caregivers the option to invest in a lightweight model right from day one.
We've rounded up the best of both worlds in our list of the best lightweight buggies. We have affordable strollers that'll handle trips to the shops, day-to-day use and holidays, which are perfect for purchasing once your child hits the 6-month mark. But we've also listed a number of agile and adaptable lightweight options that could replace the need for a larger newborn pushchair.
What they all have in common is their lightweight frames – no buggy on this list weighs more than 7kg with the seat on – and the ability to fold up small for storage, whether that's in your home, in a buggy park at a childcare facility, or on public transport. Beyond that, we've looked for extra features like good storage, great suspension, and other offerings that make these buggies stand out from the crowd. All the buggies in our list have been scrutinised by our editors and tested and reviewed by our MFM reviewers and parent testers.
Best lightweight buggies at a glance
- Best lightweight buggy for travel with a newborn: Babyzen Yoyo2, from £429.95
- Best lightweight buggy for travel with a toddler: Cybex Libelle, from £200
- Best budget buy lightweight buggy: Chicco Goody Plus, £189
- Best ultra lightweight buggy: GB Pockit Plus All-Terrain, £189.95
- Best lightweight buggy for a lie-flat seat: Didofy Aster 2, £299
- Best lightweight buggy for taller toddlers: Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Single, £249
- Best lightweight buggy for use with a car seat: Joie Signature Tourist, £200
- Best lightweight buggy for extra storage: Maxi Cosi Lara 2, £179.99
- Best lightweight buggy for front wheel suspension: Inglesina Quid2, £274
- Best lightweight buggy with a carry strap: Silver Cross Clic, £199
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 larger pushchair seats can be adjusted to face towards you or out towards the world, lightweights are traditionally limited to world-facing only. 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 and rain covers – 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. Also check if a rain cover is provided as many of the hoods on lightweight buggies won't protect from showers.
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 or footrest –This will give your toddler’s legs something to rest on, but not all strollers have them.
Shopping basket / storage –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. Others may have additional pockets or bags that can fasten on, which significantly add to the available storage.
Price – As with any buggy, the more you spend, the more features you can expect, but there are bargains to be had. 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. Most lightweight buggies cost between £200 and £400
Here are the best lightweight pushchairs for 2022
1. Babyzen YOYO2, from £429.95
– Best for travel with a newborn
Weight: 6.2kg / 6.6kg with cocoon | Age suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years) | Parent-facing option: With newborn options only | 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 a lightweight, compact and nippy buggy offering premium features like individual wheel suspension, a leather-like handlebar finish, a 5-point smart safety harness and great storage for its size. It also has the option to add all kinds of accessories, from a roll-along bag to a buggy board.
The Yoyo was originally designed with a world-facing seat suitable from 6 months, but it now offers 2 cleverly-designed parent-facing options for newborns that really make it stand out. First up is the newborn pack (£195), which resembles a cocoon and fastens over the flattened seat base. Alternatively, the bassinet (£235) is a more traditional carrycot-style unit that clicks into the frame. The buggy can also be used as a travel system with the purchase of additional car seat adapters (£60).
Both newborn options are compact and well-designed but if you wish to use public transport or fly, the newborn pack has the added bonus of folding in one piece with the frame. The compact package was the first to be approved by a number of airlines to be stored in their overhead lockers, and although the fold does have a couple of steps and requires a bit of practice, once you have the knack it collapses into a small, neat and light package.
In 6 months plus mode the seat is world-facing only but it's well-padded and comfortable, with a footrest and good side support. It handles well and manages bumps and kerbs better than some of the more budget options. The seat reclines, but doesn't lie as flat as some other models on the list.
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Pros: Very nimble, 2 newborn options (one of which folds), side support on 6+ seat
Cons: Doesn’t recline completely flat, fold has multiple steps
Read our full MFM Babyzen Yoyo 2 pushchair review
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2. Cybex Libelle, £200
– Best for travel with a toddler
Weight: 5.9kg | Age suitable for: 6 months to 4 years (22kg) / Birth with infant car seat | Parent-facing option: No – only with infant carrier (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: Yes
One of the lightest strollers on our list, the Cybex Libelle is is also one of the smallest when folded, at 32cm x 20cm x 48cm. It 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 footwell of a car. The secret is in 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 parent tester Pooja, mum of 3-year old, after putting it to the test. MFM reviewer Sarah, who tested this with her 10-month-old son said, "I feel it is worth the price for the compact fold alone – compared to your average foldaway, it is so tiny." You can see it being folded by the MFM team here.
Having unfolded the buggy using just one hand, Pooja was impressed that it doesn't comprise 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.” On the downside, the right-angled dual handlebars can make single-handed pushing tricky.
With decent padding, an "infinite" recline and adjustable leg rest, the Libelle is comfortable for babies and toddlers from six months and it's definitely designed with older babies and portability in mind, as Cybex describes it as their "ultimate travel stroller". However, it can also be used as a travel system using adaptors (sold separately) too.
Pros: Extremely compact, freestanding when folded, very light, easy to unfold using one hand
Cons: Only suitable from birth with a car seat, not ideal for single-handed pushing
Read our full MFM Cybex Libelle travel stroller review
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3. Chicco Goody Plus, £189
– Best budget buy
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 – Compact Fold Stroller under £250, MadeForMums Awards 2022
This ultra-compact pushchair is a two-time Gold Award winner in the MadeForMums Awards thanks to its great price tag and simple one-handed automatic fold, which works with the press of a button: “you press on the handlebar, and gravity does the rest,” explained one of our judges. It also unfolds just as easily, 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 admirable one-handed steering.
At 6.9kg, it’s not the lightest stroller on our list but the bumper bar (clad in eco-leather) does add to the weight – but also doubles as a handle to carry the stroller once it’s folded.
The Goody particularly impressed our parent tester Katy, mum of a 6-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 – it's light to steer and is effortless to push up hills."
It’s not perfect – home tester Anna was disappointed the handlebar wasn’t adjustable and thought the slightly flimsy hood might not stand up to bad weather (although a rain cover is provided for this). MFM Consumer & Commerce Editor Gemma, who tested this with her 2 year old son (pictured), noted that the hood can also get in the way of the handlebar when it's fully pushed back. On the plus side, it comes down nice and low and – coupled with the lie-flat seat – is good for naps on the go.
At 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. It's also suitable from birth, and is compatible with Chicco soft carrycot (sold separately) if you want a parent-facing option.
Pros: Extremely compact fold, easy to pick up and carry, lie flat seat, great value
Cons: Canopy feels flimsy, non-adjustable handlebars set quite high
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4. GB Pockit+ All-Terrain, £229.95
– Best ultra-lightweight buggy
Weight: 5.6kg | Age suitable for: 6 months to 22kg (approximately age 4) from birth with Cot To Go (sold separately) | Parent-facing option: Only from birth to 6 months with Cot To Go | Travel system compatible: Yes, with GB and Cybex car seats
If weight is your number one concern then this is the buggy for you. Coming in at only 5.6kg, it's the lightest on the list. It also has the smallest fold, using similar functionality to the Cybex Libelle to fold in on itself down to a diminutive 20 x 34 x 42 cm, which is well within the size restrictions for most airline cabins and perfect for tight spaces like train luggage racks or your car footwell.
Despite being so lightweight, GB has managed to pack in some good features, including the double wheels that give it its "all-terrain" name. However, you should take that with a pinch of salt. Although those extra wheels do help on cobblestones and bumpy pavements, no buggy this light can truly tackle all terrains, and if you're looking for something for long country walks and very uneven ground you'll need a more traditional all-terrain buggy.
In terms of the seat and storage, in order to keep things light and foldable this buggy does come with a streamlined chassis and small hood, but you still get padded straps and a roomy seat with a decent recline, and there's a basket on the bottom that'll hold the essentials.
Although the standard pushchair is only suitable from 6 months there are options from birth, with the additional foldable Cot To Go (£165) or car seat adapters.
Pros: Lightest buggy on the market, has a tiny compact fold, double wheels for extra manoeuvrability
Cons: Small hood, very little storage, smallest fold requires 3 steps
5. Didofy Aster 2, £299
– Best for a lie-flat seat
Weight: 6.2kg | Age suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years old) | Parent-facing option: No – only with carrycot (sold separately) | Travel system compatible: Yes | Awards: Gold – Lightweight stroller, MadeForMums Awards 2022
If you have a child who's a bit of a motion junkie, the Didofy Aster's lie-flat seat will definitely help with naps on the go. It also makes this buggy suitable from birth without an additional carrycot or car seat, although the seat is is world-facing only, and some parents do prefer to have their child facing them in the early months. Luckily, a carrycot can be added to the buggy for a more secure parent-facing option, which MFM reviewer Lianne considered "a big plus". It is worth noting the seat fabric remains on the chassis in this mode, so although it's practical it's not the most appealing looks-wise.
This is one of several buggies in our list which feature a magic fold, a superb bit of technology that uses gravity to allow the stroller to fold in a second at the touch of a button. Parent tester Leah, who tested this with their toddler, said, "I can’t believe how quick and compact the V2 Aster is. Just as promised the stroller will fold and unfold with one hand in a flash." Folded down, the stroller is freestanding and compact enough to fit on most airlines as hand baggage (but do check before you travel).
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 parent 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 storage basket that’s “easily big enough for a changing bag” and premium-looking design details. It’s also easy to steer and nippy enough to fit through narrow spaces and around corners. Home tester Nicola, who tested this with her 5 month old and and 2 year old, was impressed by its ability to be more than just a travel buggy "I would recommend as a good all round pushchair for both travel and home use," she said.
Pros: Lie-flat seat, easy "magic" fold, large under-buggy storage basket, sleek look
Cons: World-facing only seat, carrycot offers parent-facing option but looks odd on the chassis
Read the full MFM Didofy Aster 2 lightweight pushchair review
6. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 single, £249
– Best for taller toddlers
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: Silver – Lightweight stroller, MadeForMums Awards 2022
If you have a child who's high on the height percentiles, the sleek oval design of this buggy includes a low footrest and long adjustable calf support that's great for longer legs. MFM reviewer Helen, who tested this with her 7 month old and 3 and a half year old said, "I appreciated the adjustable calf support, not always a feature of lightweight pushchairs, which really helped make both children look and feel more comfortable."
This slimline buggy impressed our parent 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 parent 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 too. Like the Didofy Aster, the fabric remains on the seat when you add these items, which does look a bit odd but doesn't affect performance or practicality.
Other key features include a one-hand folding mechanism and one-piece fold, as well as the storage bag with long straps – “perfect for travelling or even storing.” And while it won’t quite fold down to cabin-luggage dimensions, it does fold very flat (19cm deep) so is ideal if you need to keep it in a car boot or 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. MFM reviewer Helen said her baby slept well in the pushchair and the hood "helped to keep him in cosy darkness," but some home testers reported that the back panel flaps about in the wind.
Pros: Adjustable calf support, well-padded fabric, carry bag included, narrow and nimble
Cons: Carrycot/car seat don't look nice on the frame, doesn't fit cabin luggage dimensions
Read our full MFM Baby Jogger City Tour 2 lightweight pushchair review
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7. Joie Signature Tourist, £200
– Best for use with a car seat
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 | Awards: Gold – Lightweight stroller, MadeForMums Awards 2022
If you're looking for a lightweight stroller with good travel system functionality, we love the fact that the tourist quickly adapts to hold Joie's ever-popular infant carriers or the brand's Ramble carrycot. Unlike some others on this list, the seat fabric can be removed before doing this so the resulting look is a little more sleek and has a lot in common with a larger newborn pram.
The Tourist is suitable from birth as the seat unit is designed to lie flat, but MFM reviewer Jen, who tested it with her 6 month old son and 3 year old daughter, said "there is still a slight angle" and recommended the carrycot as a more secure option for children under 6 months. "Niftily combining a carrycot, infant carrier and forward facing seat option 'all in one sweet ride', it’s a clever combination if you’re looking for something flexible and stylish without a hefty price tag," she added.
As part of Joie's Signature range, a curated collection of premium products, the Signature Tourist is clad in luxe fabrics in 2 tones that make the stroller look smart ("a more premium feel than the £200 price point might suggest," said MFM reviewer Jen) and feel soft and cosy for your baby or toddler. It also boasts clever 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 magic fold – press the button while pressing down the handlebar and watch as the buggy tucks itself into a neat, freestanding package ready to be carried using the integrated strap or stowed out of the way. Despite the "tourist' name it doesn't quite fold small enough to be used as hand luggage, but it's still neat and tidy for travel.
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 in some positions, so you may wish to consider an additional parasol or safe buggy cover.
Pros: Great as a travel system, premium looks at competitive price, magnetic harness buckle
Cons: Canopy doesn’t provide full shade with buggy in upright position, doesn't fit cabin luggage dimensions
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8. Maxi-Cosi Lara 2, £179.99
– Best for storage
Weight: 6.4kg | Age suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years old) | Parent-facing option: No – only with car seat | Travel system compatible: Yes
In order to keep lightweight buggies as streamlined as possible, one thing that you often have to compromise on is storage. A light frame just can't accommodate a big basket. However, Maxi-Cosi has come up with a really innovative solution with its Lara 2 buggy: it's added a second basket directly underneath the seat. It's not huge, but it's perfect for keeping items like your wallet and phone within reach, and even provides a secure spot for valuables while your baby naps – when the seat is reclined it reduces access.
Along with those storage options, this buggy also packs in other great features like a bumper bar, carry strap, and double wheels for more manoeuvrability on varied terrains (as with the GB Pockit+, this doesn't mean a smooth ride over very tough terrains, just that it'll tackle slightly uneven surfaces with a little more grace). All this and it still comes in at only 6.4kg.
The fold is a one-touch magic fold, and it collapses to an admirably small size that Maxi-Cosi claims meets cabin baggage for some airlines (do check before you fly as it's a little deeper than some others on this list).
This pushchair also has the benefit of being compatible with Maxi-Cosi's range of infant carriers, although there isn't a carrycot option. The seat is suitable from birth if you don't mind it being world-facing.
Pros: Extra storage basket, double wheels for a smooth ride, carry strap, magic fold
Cons: No carrycot option, slightly larger fold than some on the list
9. Inglesina Quid2, £274
– Best for front wheel suspension
Weight: 5.9kg | Age suitable for: Birth to 22kg (approximately age 4) | Parent-facing option: No | Travel system compatible: No | Awards: Bronze – Compact fold pushchair over £250, MadeForMums Awards 2022
Lightweight strollers are generally designed for use on pavements, footpaths and relatively smooth terrain, but they can vary wildly in how they handle occasional bumps, kerbs and cobbles. "The Quid 2 has swivel wheels with suspension, which allow for a pleasingly smooth ride," remarked MFM reviewer Amy, who tested this stroller with her 2 year old daughter. She added that it "feels sturdy and durable – certainly more robust than some other light strollers I’ve tried."
It does all this while still remaining very light: at 5.9kg it's among the lightest on this list. It also boasts a one-handed fold that's compact, but may not quite meet some airline cabin baggage restrictions (check before you travel). It will, however, slot easily into a boot or a train luggage rack for summer days out. The hood offers UPF 50+ sun protection and there’s a ventilation panel on the back of the seat to increase airflow on warmer days.
This is one of many buggies in this category that is suitable from birth (albeit world-facing) but our reviewer found it reclined to a 170-degree angle, rather than completely flat. A baby snug pad can be purchased to provide more comfort for newborns but overall we feel this performs better – and will be more useful – past the 6 month mark.
Pros: Fantastic hood extension, great suspension and handling, easy fold
Cons: May not be suitable as cabin baggage, doesn't recline fully flat
10. Silver Cross Clic, £199
– Best for a carry strap
Weight: 5.9kg | Age suitable for: birth to 22kg (approximately 4 years) | Parent-facing option: No | Travel system compatible: No | Awards: Bronze – Compact fold pushchair under £250, MadeForMums Awards 2022
Silver Cross has been a mainstay in the lightweight buggy market for years with its umbrella-folding Pop stroller (£245), but this newer model is a more innovative and modern alternative. It's over 1kg lighter than the Pop and has a much smaller fold, and is loaded with practical features that will make travelling with your child easier.
One of only a handful of buggies on our list to come in under 6kg, it's very 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. It folds down to a respectable size (54 x 46.5 x 25cm) and is freestanding, making it easy to stow. Parent tester Jenny was able to take it on a plane, saying, “It went in the cabin overhead storage easily, and when checking our bags in the lady on the Tui desk was very impressed with how well it folded down."
This isn't the sturdiest buggy on the list, and it does struggle with more difficult terrains like damp grass. Our home testers and reviewers rated it as a travel buggy, praising the extendable UPF 50+ hood with extra pop-out visor, and the fact "it made striding across Heathrow and right up to the plane an absolute doddle."
The pop-out shoulder strap also makes Clic great 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 pushchair over your shoulder.
The pushchair is suitable from birth, but only as a world-facing stroller. MFM reviewer Jessica, who tested it with her 4 month old, said "I personally wouldn’t have felt comfortable using it until my baby had good head control (around the 3-month mark), or when she was old enough to enjoy being propped a bit more upright."
Pros: Easy fold, very light, extendable UPF50+ hood with pop-out sun visor
Cons: No parent-facing option or travel system option, not the sturdiest for everyday use
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