In a nutshell

Stylish, value-for-money system with excellent sun canopy, secure foot brake and easy folding mechanism

What we tested

  • Fold/unfolding
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Manoeuvrability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort for child
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Easy to fold, roomy shopping basket, stylish design, excellent built-in extending sun canopy (as part of the colour pack), built-in mosquito/shade net, excellent value for money


  • Little suspension, poor quality rain canopy

An extremely affordable and stylish travel system, the BabyStyle Oyster is perfect for nipping to the shops, where you can spend the money you could've spent on a far more expensive alternative.


When I initially shopped for 11-month-old Jack's buggy the BabyStyle Oyster was not available, and I was blinded at the time, like the majority of new parents, by the promise of the Bugaboo.

And the Oyster and the Bugaboo are not dissimilar – forward and rear-facing travel, adjustable handle height, easy to fold, roomy shopping basket, car-seat compatible, suitable for newborns - but there’s one whopping major difference: price.

The Oyster stroller - including chassis, seat unit, fitted apron and raincover - is £249. You then add the optional-but-really-useful colour pack (containing the hood, seat liner and car seat head hugger) for £50, the Oyster car seat for £74 and the Oyster car seat adapter for £15. That's a total of £388 for a travel system.

Weight wise, the Oyster as a buggy is 10.5kg. Using the Oyster as a travel system with the 3.5kg Oyster car seat is 10.25kg.

What we love

The Oyster is quite simply an absolute bargain – it's roughly one-third the price of the Bugaboo as a travel system, yet it outstrips systems of a similar price in its design.

It has a brilliant sun canopy, which cleverly zips out to extend and the neat addition of an integral shade/mosquito net, which is cleverly tucked away under the front of the seat in a zipped pocket.

Strolling in sunshine even with some of the best canopies still leaves Jack squinting into the distance like John Wayne, but the canopy on the Oyster comes down a long way, shading him in all sun angles we encountered.

The shopping basket at the bottom is very accessible, without the need to grovel in the dirt to get to your stuff.

The ride in the Oyster is cosy, but baby Jack was not squashed, and while the seat doesn’t recline to horizontal, it didn’t stop him having a good snooze while out on our walks.

I also borrowed baby Minnie May, who is 4 months and tiny, from a friend and gave her a ride in the optional carrycot (which would add £115 to the total price). Unlike other models I have used, Minnie didn’t rattle around like a pea, and was kept cool by the vent at one end of the unit.

Tackling the car with Jack's current buggy involves much swearing (from me) and laughter (from Jack and my husband) as I wrestle the thing to the ground before hoisting it into the boot. This is not the case with the Oyster, which really is easy to fold down (just two buttons to press), and fairly lightweight.

Better still, it folds with the seat still attached. If you fold it with wheels on, it'll be 56cm (w), 40cm (d) and 75cm (h). If you take them off, it's more compact at 50cm (w), 31cm (d) and 70cm (h).

In addition the Oyster is a doddle to put together and fold – even when sporting one of those special Sunday morning heads that only adults should have, I managed to work it out virtually without the manual.

The Oyster is also compatible with two other brands of car seat, Maxi-Cosi and Britax. Britax has even designed a specific Oyster car seat that has integrated adaptors.

What to watch out for

Both my husband and I felt that Jack had a fairly hard ride suspension-wise, although fair we did take him off road and over some fairly bumpy ground. I think the Oyster is best for urban paths only as the suspension is not really up to rough country lanes - although in all fairness it’s not really designed with this country activity in mind.

The rain canopy seems like an afterthought – it tore on a seam the first time I stretched it into place. It’s flimsy and thin and would struggle with some of the storms we experience after a period of hot weather in Britain.

Who is the BabyStyle Oyster travel system best for?

Style-savvy and budget-conscious urban parents with a newborn.


MadeForMums verdict

Unbelievably good value for money, the Oyster is a travel system that looks fantastic. It’s especially easy to fold and lift into the boot of a car because it is lightweight and compact. However, if you live in the country, it’s not great for those bumpy lanes.

Product Specifications

Suitable for
Child age (approx)Birth to 3 years
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:106cm W:56cm L:93cm
Dimensions (folded)H:70cm W:50cm L:31cm
Travel system compatibleYes
Compatible car seatsOyster car seat, Oyster by Britax with integrated adaptors, Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat, Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat, Britax Baby Safe Plus SHR II car seat
Seat facing directionForward facing and parent facing
Front wheelsLockable swivel
Recline positions3
  • Reversible seat unit
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Folds in both seat unit directions
  • Swivel and lockable front wheels
  • Cantilever independent 4-Wheel suspension system
  • Narrow width chassis (just 56cm wheel to wheel)
  • Quick release wheels
  • Large easyaccess shopping basket
  • Adjustable handle and footrest
  • Adjustable and removable bumper bar
  • Travel system compatible
  • Optional colour pack features extendable hood/sun canopy
  • Viewing window in hood
  • Seat liner
  • Car seat head hugger and reusable bag
Accessories includedFitted apron, raincover, shopping basket, integral shade/mosquito net
Optional extras
  • Colour pack containing hood
  • Seat liner
  • Car seat head hugger. Bag (£50) used to create the system reviewed here
  • Matching oyster car seat (£74) and car seat adaptors (£15) both used to create the system reviewed here
  • Carrycot (£115)
  • Carrycot colour pack (£22.50)
  • Matching footmuff/summer liner (£40)
  • Matching changing bag (£40)
  • Car seat adaptors for other-brand car seats (£10-£19)
  • Blackout sleep shade (£20)
  • Bottle holder (£7.50)
  • Optional tray (£10)
  • Parasol (£22.50)