14 of the most compact folding buggies

Short on space and need a pushchair that's tiny when folded? We have the definitive guide to the smallest and neatest pushchairs with detailed folding dimensions...

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Here is our selection of the best and smallest compact folding buggies:

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1. Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller, £299 (Newborn kit, £129.90)

Age suitable for: From 6 months to 18kg. Can be used from birth with the newborn kit.

Folded: 52 x 44 x 23 cm

Weight: 6.3kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair ­– Joint Gold

Fusing style and sturdiness with a light lift and compact fold, the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller is a favourite among mums. It’s ‘back friendly’ certified by the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) and can be used as a pram with the additional newborn kit – making it a cheaper ‘from birth’ option than the premium iCandy Lime.

When it comes to compact credentials, the Ergobaby Metro fits in most airplane overhead lockers and is nippy enough to take on public transport and collapse with a one-hand fold when needed.

Our reviewer says: “It’s great for anyone who hasn’t got an outside space or area to keep their stroller. It doesn’t take up too much space in baby’s bedroom or a corridor unfolded, or even in a cupboard if you’ve got the energy to be lifting it up and down all the time!”

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Available from: Ergobaby, Natural Baby Showera and Baby & Co

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2. Babyzen Yoyo, £389 (Newborn pack, £190)

Suitable from: From 6 months to 18kg

Folded: 52 x 44 x 18 cm

Weight: 6.2kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Silver

Famous for its easy, instant one-handed fold and ultra compactness, the Babyzen YOYO folds into an outrageously small package of 52 x 44 x 18 cm, which is only beaten by the teeny-tiny GB Pockit. It can fit just about anywhere: in the smallest of car boots or behind a front seat, under a train seat, and of course in the overhead compartment of a plane. With a useful carry handle and weighing only 6.2kg, it is truly a handbag pushchair.

MFM judge Natalie says: “The unfolding function of the YOYO really impressed me – you just pull the handle bar and the whole buggy opens out in about a second. Then there’s the lightweight element. It weighs only slightly over 6kg and can be carried like a tote bag. It looks chic and stylish and the storage basket underneath is both roomy and secure.”

Despite its dinky size, the YOYO is also super-strong and made for durability, rating better for everyday performance than trip-friendly buggies such as the Britax Holiday.

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Available from: John Lewis, Natural Baby Shower and Amazon

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3. iCandy Lime, £650

Suitable from: From birth to 25kg

Folded: 74 x 62 x 30 cm

Weight: 10.2kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Joint Gold

This powerhouse of a compact pushchair has all the functionality of a full-sized stroller. The iCandy Lime bundle includes a carrycot to use from birth and adaptors for car seat compatibility. Like the Cybex Eezy S Twist and Bugaboo Bee 5, it’s one of the only compacts with a parent or world-facing seat, and has elevators that adjust it to the perfect height or distance – doubling up as a high chair when out and about.

With a unique patented fold, the seat and the bumper bar stay on when collapsing and a carry handle helps with lifting and transporting. The dimensions are 74 x 62 x 30 cm when folded with the seat. Whip off the wheels and this shrinks even more.

MFM judge Rachel says: “The Lime buggy follows the chic and sturdy nature of the infamous iCandy range but offers it at a far lower price point. Its most impressive feature is the compact and easy fold that mirrors a handy city stroller.”

You’ll also find an integrated ride-on board to be used by a second child regardless of seat/cot configuration, and a whopping 10kg capacity shopping basket.

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Available from: iCandy, John Lewis and Uber Kids

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4. Mima Zigi, £650 (Carrycot, £250)

Suitable from: From 6 months to 17kg. Can be used from birth with the carrycot

Folded: 45 x 56 x 25 cm

Weight: 8.4kg

The Zigi from Dutch company Mima is a high-end stroller that makes an excellent travel companion thanks to its neat, compact, standalone fold of 56 x 45 x 25 cm. It is not the lightest of buggies at 8.4kg, but once collapsed is sleek and portable and can be tucked into nooks and crannies – including the overhead locker on an airplane.

The pushchair’s unique style accents of see-through wheels, the metallic-piped triple visor and an ultra-cool rain cover make it really stand out from the crowd. It’s expensive, but will suit parents wanting a more distinct, premium pushchair than the crowd-pleasing iCandy Lime or Bugaboo Bee 5.

Our reviewer says: “The Zigi is so easy to fold, which is great when going on transport. It has a compact footprint and is easy to store away. It also has a great hood that provides fantastic coverage from the elements.” Purchase the elegant carrycot and the pushchair can be used from birth too.

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Available from: Natural Baby Shower, Cheeky Rascals and Pram Centre

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5. Mutsy Nexo, £279 (Musty Safe2go car seat, £119)

Suitable from: Claims to be suitable from birth (lie-flat seat but we wouldn’t recommend long periods for newborns) to 15kg. Can also be used with a car seat from birth.

Folded: 65 x 51 x 43 cm

Weight: 9.5kg

For parents looking for a practical but chic pushchair, the Mutsy Nexo delivers. An intuitive concertina fold shrinks the stroller down to a portable 65 x 51 x 43 cm and the wheels pop off to make it even smaller.

Our reviewer says: “Thanks to its nifty fold the Nexo is great to store away. The folding mechanism is so easy that I often fold it down and slot it neatly into a corner of the room, even if there’s no need to. It can also be folded with the bumper bar in place, which saves much faff.”

The Musty Nexo is not the lightest pushchair on the list, but it rivals the more expensive Bugaboo Bee 5 for being travel system compatible. With adaptors, you can attach a Musty Safe2go car seat, or other models, to the chassis. In addition to stylish leatherette detailing and choice of six classic shades, you’ll also find an adjustable handlebar, generous-sized seat and ample shopping basket – welcome features that aren’t always standard with a compact.

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Available from: Pram Centre, Uber Kids and Precious Little One

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6. Cybex Eezy S Twist, £270

Suitable from: Claims to be suitable from birth (lie-flat seat but we wouldn’t recommend long periods for newborns) to 17kg. Can also be used with car seat from birth.

Folded: 56 x 45 x 25 cm

Weight: 5.9kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Bronze

The Cybex Eezy S Twist is a fantastic compact buggy that folds effortlessly into a small package of 56 x 45 x 25 cm. You can store it in the boot of your car – or even the footwell, to maximise luggage space when travelling. This stroller also has standout design features that are updates on the previous Eezy S model.

A unique option that you won’t see on many compacts is the ability to switch the direction of the seat between parent and world facing, by just twisting it around.

The Eezy S Twist also weighs just under 6kg but tested to hold up to 17kg (approx 4 years), giving it more longevity than the similar lightweight Silver Cross Jet. What’s more, the highly portable frame doesn’t compromise performance as it handles well on bumpy roads and uneven surfaces.

MFM judge Christy and mum of 2 says: “What sets this pushchair apart is that in addition to being airline-friendly, the reversible seat works well for both younger babies and toddlers, so it lasts. It’s really lovely to push too.”

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Available from: Mothercare, Natural Baby Shower and Baby & Co

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7. UPPAbaby MINU, £450 (Newborn kit, £150)

Suitable from: 6 months to 15 kg. Can be used from birth with the newborn kit or a car seat.

Folded: 52 x 29.2 x 58.4 cm

Weight: 6.7kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Finalist

The UPPAbaby MINU is a compact stroller that’s been built for convenience. Suitable for babies from six months old, it has a multi-recline feature for on-the-go naps and folds down to a 52 x 29.2 x 58.4 cm package. From birth, you can add on a carrycot, and car seat, making it a slightly cheaper travel system than the heavier Bugaboo Bee 5.

While it’s not got the same upper weight capacity as the Ergobaby Metro, the seat is roomy and comfortable for a growing tot up to 15kg.

MFM judge Rachel says: “The folding mechanism is super-easy to do with one hand, and it’s lighter than you’d believe possible for such a sturdy buggy. The carrying strap also means you can carry it like a shoulder bag. I originally wanted it to be a backup, ‘keep-in-the-car’ pram to take away on holidays but it can definitely be used as a main buggy.”

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 Available from: Pramworld and Precious Little One

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8. Silver Cross Jet, £275

Suitable from: Claims to be suitable from birth (lie-flat seat but we wouldn’t recommend long periods for newborns) to 15kg

Folded: 30 x 18 x 55 cm

Weight: 5.9kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Finalist

The Jet is a fantastic travel buggy from Silver Cross that folds down into tiny dimensions of 30 x 18 x 55 cm. It will slide easily into the overhead lockers of most airlines and can be stored standing up. Due to its versatile, articulated bumper bar, you can also wheel it along once folded which really helps when you have your hands full.

MFM judge Maeve says: “This buggy is a real joy to travel with. It’s really compact and folds away neatly into the boot of a car, a storage space on a train or simply around the house. It also looks stylish and feels well made.”

As with other compact strollers, you can’t expect to fit too much into the basket or tackle challenging terrain, but the Jet does excel in being ultra-light – unlike the much heavier, but similarly-priced Mutsy Nexo. A generous UPF50+ hood, multi-recline with calf support and a free raincover are all nice extras.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Silver Cross, John Lewis and Mothercare

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9. Ickle Bubba Globe Prime Stroller, £239

Age suitable for: Claims to be suitable from birth (lie-flat seat but we wouldn’t recommend long periods for newborns) to 15kg

Folded: 45 x 55 x 25cm

Weight: 6.4kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Finalist

As well as folding up to an airplane-friendly size of 45 x 55 x 25 cm, the travel system compatible Ickle Bubba Globe Prime is packed with features that make it a great value compact stroller.

MFM judge Annette says: “I found the Globe Prime so easy to use as it’s compact and can be put it up in a matter of seconds – perfect if you are a busy mum! It fits in a small car and is lightweight yet durable and easy to turn corners and mount pavements.”

It has a similar price point to the Musty Nexo, but is lighter and comes with lots of little extras. Included in the box is a luxury quilted seat liner and footmuff for comfort, a handy cup holder and buggy organiser, plus a full-length raincover and storage bag.

Available from: IckleBubba, Online 4 Baby and Kiddies Kingdom

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10. Diono Traverze, from £179

Age suitable for: Claims to be suitable from birth (lie-flat seat but we wouldn’t recommend long periods for newborns) to 15kg

Folded: 60 x 41.5 x 23.5 cm

Weight: 5.6 kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Finalist

Folding up to a respectable 60 x 41.5 x 23.5 cm, the Diono Traverse is a great choice if you’re looking for a travel-friendly buggy without a flimsy feel.

Our reviewer says: “The Diono feels very sturdy for a compact pushchair. It folds down smoothly, is fairly compact and it stands up when folded too. I also love the comfy, squishy seats.”

Unlike the Babyzen YOYO, or the cheaper GB Pockit, this pushchair isn’t quite small enough to be compatible with every airline overhead locker, but it is wonderfully portable when travelling thanks to the nifty telescopic handle. This enables you to pull it along like a suitcase when folded. Also in the box comes a handy travel bag and raincover.

Available from: Diono UK, Precious Little One and Pramworld

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11. Bugaboo Bee 5, from £549 (bassinet from £200, baby cocoon from £89.95)

Suitable from: Claims to be suitable from birth (lie-flat seat but we wouldn’t recommend long periods for newborns) to 17kg. Can also be used with bassinet, baby cocoon, or car seat from birth.

Folded: 90 x 46.5 x 32 cm

Weight: 8.9kg

The Bee5 takes all the good bits of the previous versions – compact, lightweight, robust, super manoeuvrable – and packages them up into a buggy that’s great for city life or travelling. When folded, the Bugaboo Bee 5 measures 90 × 46.5 x 32 cm and can be stored on its side, or flat – easily fitting in the boot of all but the very smallest cars. It’s not in the same camp as extra-small zippy compacts such as the YOYO or GB Pockit, but it does have other benefits.

Our reviewer says: “I absolutely love the clever thinking behind the independently extendable seat backrest and seat base. It means the pushchair really can grow with your child – and also that it can be personalised to fit, especially if you have a tall toddler. With the additional carrycot it can be used from birth, or there’s a cocoon that supports baby on it’s very decent flat recline.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: BugabooMothercare and John Lewis

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12. Recaro Easylife, £189

Suitable from: 6 months to 15kg (approx 3 years)

Folded: 59 x 48 x 26 cm

Weight: 5.7kg

The Recaro Easylife is not just compact when closed into its neat 59 x 48 x 26 cm package, it’s light too at just 5.7kg. This places the pushchair in the same lightweight category as the Silver Cross Jet, but almost £100 cheaper.

A compact, standalone fold and featherweight lift aren’t the only features of the Easylife either. You’ll also find all-round suspension on its eight wheels, multi-recline positions for naps (not completely flat, so unsuitable for newborn babies), and a large hood with UPF50+. The one-handed collapse is particularly easy to manage when out and about plus the padded seat and fabrics give a sporty, durable feel.

Our reviewer says: “The Easylife seems to have found the right balance between style and value for money.”

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Available from: Uber Kids, Halfords and Very

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13. Britax Holiday, £120

Age suitable for: 6 months to 15kg (approx 3 years)

Folded: 24 x 25.5 x 60 cm

Weight: 5kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Compact Pushchair – Finalist

The Britax Holiday is probably one of the most streamlined pushchairs you’ll ever come across, as when folded it measures a tiny 24 x 25.5 x 60 cm. Suitable from six months upwards, it works well for the nursery run, to keep in the car or at the grandparents’ house.

The Holiday is also the perfect pushchair for – you’ve guessed it – going on holiday. Our reviewer says: “It does exactly what it says on the tin; it’s a fabulous buggy for taking away as it is incredibly lightweight and folds super-compactly. Plus, the handy carry strap means it can be thrown over your shoulder for a genuine travel option.” Mesh panels allow for better circulation and the sun hood gives a bit of protection too.

A simple-fold alone is fantastic, but the bonus is that it’s also freestanding. The Britax Holiday is not as robust as the slightly more expensive Diono Traverze, but for it’s price, it’s a good second buggy option when you need less durability and more portability.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Britax, Amazon and Argos

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14. GB Pockit, £150

Age suitable for: 6 months to 17kg

Folded: 35 x 30 x 18 cm

Weight: 4.8kg

The GB Pockit can be used from six months to around three years and weighs a barely-there 4.8kg. Due to minuscule measurements of 35 x 30 x 18 cm, it set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s ‘smallest commercially available folded pram’, so of course it easily fits into an overhead locker on an airplane. You fold the Pockit in two ways, both of which promise to be only two steps, taking seconds.

Our reviewer says: “The Pockit is a very clever piece of design and engineering. The first fold is the quickest, leaving the back wheels poking out from the ‘buggy sandwich’ – for when you’re in a hurry to fold down to get on a bus. If you have an extra few seconds, you can achieve perfection by folding the back wheels in before allowing the frame to concertina all the way down. An amazing option to get a tiny size for luggage racks.” Compared to the equally tiny Babyzen YOYO,

functionality such as a recline feature is missing, but as with the purse-friendly Britax Holiday, there’s a good choice of colours. The Pockit stroller’s six shades include punchy brights and neutrals.

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Available from: Amazon and Uber Kids

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