Here is our selection of the best and smallest compact folding buggies:
1. UPPAbaby Minu, £450
The Minu from popular brand UPPAbaby is a compact buggy that combines a super easy fold with a generous sized seat and great handling and durability.
The Minu’s folding mechanism is truly one-handed, and so easy to that you can easily do it with your second hand holding onto a wriggly toddler or other bits and bobs. It is also free-standing when folded and has a handy strap to sling it over your shoulder.
The Minu’s chassis is strong and it handles very well, dealing with bumps and uneven surfaces superbly. It also has an unusually generous basket for a compact and oozes quality, from the sturdy matt metal chassis to the real leather accents. All in all, it offers a complete package and can easily be used as a main buggy by those tight on space.
Read the full UPPAbaby Minu review here
You can buy the UPPAbaby Minu at Pramworld.co.uk or The Baby Room
2. Cybex Eezy S Twist, £270
The Eezy S Twist from German manufacturer Cybex is a fantastic compact buggy that is super easy to fold into a very small package: 53x45x25cm. You can easily store it in the boot of your car, or even the footwell, so taking it on your travels is a doddle.
The Eezy S Twist has some clever design features. It allows you to swap the direction of the seat by just twisting it around, the seat is tested up to 17kg, which is approximately 4 years, and it is super lightweight at just under 6kg.
Best of all, according to our reviewer, it handles very well on bumpy roads and uneven surfaces. Compared to other super compact strollers, which can feel a bit rickety or flimsy, this is a real plus.
Read the full review of the Cybex Eezy S Twist here.
You can buy the Eezy S Twist from John Lewis, Mothercare or Pramworld.co.uk
3. Mima Zigi, £650
The Zigi from Dutch company Mima is a high-end compact stroller, and makes an ideal travel companion thanks to its neat, compact, standalone fold (56x45x25cm). It is not the lightest of buggies at 8.4kg, but you can tuck it folded into quite a few nooks and crannies.
It also comes with a very useful travel bag, and has futuristic style accents that make it stand out in a crowd – such as see-through wheels and snazzy rain cover.
Read the full Mima Zigi review here.
You can buy the Zigi at Harrods or at Natural Baby Shower.
4. Silver Cross Jet, £275
The Jet is a fantastic travel buggy from popular British brand Silver Cross that folds down into tiny dimensions (30x18x55cm). It should easily fit into overhead lockers on airplanes, can be stored standing up and is ideal for jetting around the world.
Thanks to its versatile, articulated bumper bar, you can also wheel it along once folded which really helps when you have your hands full.
Unfolded, the Jet is a stylish runaround that should provide a comfy nook for your little one when on the road. It has a near-flat recline and a generous hood too, although don’t expect to fit too much into the basket or tackle challenging terrain.
Read the full review of the Silver Cross Jet here
You can buy the Silver Cross Jet from John Lewis, Mothercare or Amazon
5. Phil and Teds Go, £149
Phil and Teds Go stroller is super lightweight and compact. It has a great one-handed, freestanding fold and can be easily carried along by its bumper bar.
Its folded dimensions are 54x44x19cm which is great for storing away or taking along on travels. If you buy the raincover, you will also get a mosquito net, so you should be well equipped for trips and all weather.
At just 5kg it is also very light, but this means it is a bit lightweight in its handling too. On the other hand, at a very reasonable price, this makes a great second buggy for those who need a compact option on occasion.
Read the full review of the Phil and Teds Go stroller here
You can buy the Phil and Teds Go from Natural Baby Shower, Pramworld.co.uk or Littlewoods
6. Mutsy Nexo, £269, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner
You want compact, but you want luxury too – right? These two very good reasons made the Mutsy Nexo our Gold Winner in the compact category at this year’s MadeForMums Awards.
Petite and cute, the seat is still a generous size and it’s made with plush material to ensure a comfy ride for your little one. For parents – an extending handlebar, fantastic compact fold for when you’re out and about, and the leatherette detailing keeps it stylish.
A practical but chic stroller, the Mutsy Nexo keeps things light and simple – and when folded it’s a minuscule 65x51x43cm.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Mutsy Nexo pushchair:
“We loved the combination of compact, yet ease of pushing, great fold, but generous and accessible basket. The seat is quite snug, but also cosy.” Anna, mum-of-two.
“We took it to a busy restaurant that was chock-full of buggies by the door, and it folded up beautifully in the corner. It’s also narrow, so great for buses and squeezing through aisles on the train.” Tanya, mum-of-two.
Read the full review of the Mutsy Nexo pushchair here.
You can buy the Mutsy Nexo pushchair from Pram Centre, Uber Kids and Amazon
7. Britax Holiday, £120, MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner
This is probably one of the most compact pushchairs you’ll ever come across!
When unfolded the Britax Holiday measures 101cm high by 43cm wide, by 74cm in length. But when folded it is a tiny 24cm in height, by 25.5cm in width and 60cm long.
Suitable from 6 months upwards, the Holiday is a perfect pram for – you’ve guessed it – going on holiday, the nursery run, to keep in the car or at the grandparents. At this price, you could just use it as a second pram for said occasions. Mesh panels allow for better circulation and the sun hood gives a little bit of protection to overhead sun – so it really is the perfect holiday pram.
A well-designed option at a reasonable price, the fold alone is fantastic, and we love that it’s free-standing too.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Britax Holiday pushchair:
“This pushchair has changed our lives! I am a disabled mother who struggles with heavy pushchairs, so this has been a revelation. The pushchair is so light that I can easily lift it in and out the car, and carrying it on my back is also very easy. This pushchair would be great for holidays, but I’ve been using it for everyday use and it has been holding up very well.” Sarah, mum-of-one.
“The carry strap is a handy feature, it folds quickly and easily, is pleasant to push, and is great value at £99.” MFM Reviews Editor, Magda Ibrahim
Read the full Britax Holiday review here.
You can buy the Britax Holiday at Argos, UberKids or BabyBuggy.co.uk
8. Babyzen Yoyo, £332, MadeForMums Awards Bronze Winner
Famous for its easy, instant one-handed fold and compactness, the Babyzen Yoyo 0 folds into a record-breaking package of only 52x44x18cm, 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.
Ideal for busy parents on the go, it’s a worthy winner of our bronze award for most compact buggy in this year’s MadeForMums awards.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Babyzen Yoyo pushchair:
“I love that this pushchair is really one of very few that can actually meet airline overhead compartment requirements. It can also be used as an everyday stroller despite its small size, as it is strong and well made.” MFM Reviews Editor, Magda Ibrahim
“The option to change colour means longevity, even with different gender children.” Melanie, mum-of-three.
Read the full Babyzen Yoyo review here
Buy the Babyzen YOYO from Mamas & Papas, John Lewis or Mothercare
9. Bugaboo Bee 5, £549
The Bee5 takes all the good bits of the previous versions – compact, lightweight, robust, super manoeuvrable – and packages them up with the buggy equivalent of a luxurious big bow.
When folded, the Bugaboo Bee 5 measures 90×46.5x32cm 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 5 review here
Buy the Bugaboo Bee 5 from Bugaboo, Mothercare and John Lewis.
10. Recaro Easylife, £189
Not just compact when folded into a neat little 59x48x26cm package, the Recaro Easylife is light too, at 5.7kg.
But the compact fold and tiny weight of this previous gold award-winning buggy doesn’t mean it scrimps on features. It’s got multi-recline positions, all-round suspension on its 8 wheels, a large hood with UPF50+, and a one-handed fold.
Not surprising our judges were impressed with this great value pushchair.
Read our full review of the Recaro Easylife here
Buy the Recaro Easylife from Amazon and Uber Kids.
11. GB Qbit+, £230
With an almost cube-shaped fold, measuring just 42x53x49cm, this is one compact pushchair.
Scooping the silver gong in the MFM Awards compact buggy category in 2017, the GB Qbit+ weighs 7.6kg and is spacious and comfortable for its little passengers.
It’s got a lie-flat recline, making it suitable from birth and the best bit? It can be used as a travel system with optional adapters to attach a GB or Cybex infant car seat to the frame.
Read our full review of the GB Qbit+ here
Buy the GB Qbit+ from Amazon or Natural Baby Shower
12. Baby Jogger City Tour, £189
The Baby Jogger City Tour is the brand’s most lightweight, compact stroller to date, weighing just 6.4kg and folding down into its own tailored backpack.
Folding down to 45.5x23x57cm, it even fits hand luggage guidelines across all major forms of transport, making it perfect for holidays and families who travel a lot.
The Baby Jogger City Tour comes in 3 colours and can be used from 6 months to around 3 years, plus it’s got a UPF50+ hood and front wheel suspension.
Read our full review of the Baby Jogger City Tour
Buy the Baby Jogger City Tour from Amazon and Uber Kids.
13. Mountain Buggy Nano, £209.99
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. Its folded dimensions are 51x30x54cm (with wheels) or 46cm without.
With its cute travel case and built-in car seat adapters, this is a great little buggy for family holidays and city breaks.
Read the full Mountain Buggy Nano review
You can buy the Mountain Buggy Nano at John Lewis, or on Amazon.
The GB Pockit weighs a barely-there 4.3kg and set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s “smallest commercially available folded pram” in 2014 due to its minuscule folded-up measurements of 35x30x18cm.
Designed by GB (an amalgamation of parenting brands GoodBaby and Cybex), the Pockit stroller can be used from six months to around three years, and comes in six colours.
The Pockit can be folded in two ways, both of which promise to be only two steps, meaning that it can be folded and unfolded in a few seconds. And of course it easily fits into an overhead locker on an airplane.
Read more about the GB Pockit stroller here.
The GB Pockit stroller is available from John Lewis and Amazon
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