Why we rate it: A luxury convertible pushchair with all the style and craftmanship we expect from Silver Cross
Renowned for creating high-quality single buggies, British brand Silver Cross launched its first double buggy – the Wave – last year. It’s now created its second buggy for two children – this time a convertible buggy called Coast.
Imagine a hybrid of the Silver Cross Pioneer and Wave, and you get the Coast. It’s suitable from birth as a single buggy, and then converts into a double buggy for a baby and toddler with the addition of a sibling seat (cost £225).
It comes in three, ahem, shades of grey (tundra, flint and limestone). It’s stylish, beautifully made and has a lighter frame than the Wave, which makes it an exciting model for 2019.
Why we rate it: The much-loved BabyStyle Oyster returns in a new-improved third version – with added extras
The newest version of BabyStyle’s very popular pushchair, the Oyster 3 has all the features that made the original buggy a cult classic, such as compact fold, good manoeuvrability, sturdy frame, large basket and a good price.
For its 2019 makeover it’s now slightly lighter in weight, smaller in width (even though the seat is the same size) and has a new metal footrest and stylish leatherette trimmings.
The Oyster 3 is set to eventually replace the Oyster 2 and will cost around £499 in its most basic form.
3. GB Pockit Air, from £99 (plus £120 for infant carrycot)
Why we rate it: Extremely lightweight stroller than can now be used with newborns
Following on from the hugely popular lightweight GB Pockit, comes the new Pockit Air.
This new version of the ultra-compact stroller has the same two big selling points – the small size it folds down to and its lightness. When folded it is the smallest and most compact stroller currently available on the market at 30 x 18 x 35 cm.
And with this 2019 version, the new Pockit Air is even lighter than it’s predecessor, weighing a dainty 4.3kg. Plus the development of a carrycot – the Cot 2 Go – means it can now be suitable from birth. It’s also travel system compatible – so a perfect solution if you’re tight on space and need something light.
Available: March 2019
4. Doify Lotus buggy, £950
Why we rate it: No more head-scratching and button fumbling – the Lotus offers an automatic folding system
The Doify Lotus – a new name for buggies in the UK – has come on to the market with an innovative flourish – it has created a self-folding buggy.
Using a simple push button system, the Doify Lotus folds within 5 seconds. Although automatic, they folding system is secure enough to keep older siblings from using it as their personal folding toy.
The pushchair runs off a self-charge battery that recharges while walking with the buggy in 7.5 minutes. One charge cycle will last for 30 automatic folds (open and closing) so no plugging in overnight is required,
It’s not the first of its kind on the market – the American 4Moms Origami stroller originally introduced a similar feature. But the Origami is no longer available and the time could just be right for the Lotus to be a game-changer.
Available: February 2019
5. Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus, from £759
Why we rate it: Bugaboo has improved its top-selling to add more style and an easier-to-use basket
The iconic Cameleon pushchair has had an upgrade for 2019 – putting the Plus into Cameleon3. The best-selling buggy has been improved several times since it was first launched in 2005 – indeed it’s a sign of the enduring popularity of the Cameleon that Bugaboo puts so much focus into making small but key improvements.
So what’s new? The Bugaboo Cameleon3 has been redesigned with a new storage basket that creates easier access (one of the biggest gripes about the Cameleon3), an updated seat frame and new colour combinations that match Bugaboo’s full range of colours.
6. Cosatto Wow XL double, £950 (price to be confirmed)
Why we rate it: Parents after an eye-catching double buggy
Based on the multi award-winning Wow pushchair, this new iteration from British brand Cosatto is now a convertible – so it can be used as a single or double pushchair.
It’s suitable from birth and can be used with two carrycots, which means it can work as a double for twin babies or for a baby and toddler. It’s also travel system compatible with Cosatto’s Dock 0+ car seat.
Available: April 2019
7. Peg Perego Ypsi, £950
Why we rate it: Strong and good-looking with an Italian build
Italian nursery brand Peg Perego is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with parents enjoying the robust European design of its buggies. Its latest launch, the Ypis, features a reversible seat that can be adjusted to 3 positions: sitting, relaxing and resting.
As we’ve come to expect from Peg Perego, it’s a sturdy buggy – which does mean it’s not a ‘lightweight’ pushchair, but it offers longevity and now has more of a British look and feel.
The Ypsi can be converted into a travel system with the award-winning Primo Viaggio i-Size car seat or Primo Viaggio SL car seat.
Available: Jan/Feb 2019
8. Ergobaby Metro, £299
Why we rate it: Parents after a lightweight, compact stroller
LA-based Ergobaby is probably one of the most well known and popular baby carrier experts. Now the brand has taken a step into the buggy market with its lightweight and compact-folding Metro.
Suitable from birth with a carrycot, the Metro is set to take on popular strollers like the Babyzen Yoyo and Mountain Buggy Nano as one of the compact-fold strollers that can fit in the overhead lockers on certain airlines.
Why we rate it: Given its price, the Kuro punches above its weight when it comes to features
Red Kite has been established in the UK nursery market for many years offering good value and budget buggies and baby equipment.
Its new pushchair, the Kuro, costs less than £250 but looks stylish and has a number of features that you would associate with a more mid-range pushchair. These include reversible, multi-position seat unit, freestanding when folded, adjustable handle and foot rest, and travel system compatibility with four Maxi-Cosi car seats.
Why we rate it: A convertible buggy designed for the city, with an active outdoors pedigree
Swedish brand Thule creates ‘transport’ products for an active life (from snowboard racks to back carriers) and in recent years has come into the buggy market with jogging and all-terrain pushchairs.
2019 sees Thule’s first city buggy, the Sleek. The Sleek may be designed for urban life but it also features elements of its all-terrain siblings with its 4-wheel suspension and foam-filled 11″ rear tyres.
The Sleek is also a convertible and can be used for both a baby and toddler or for twins as it takes two carrycots and two car seats in its twin mode.
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