The best buggies for tall or heavy toddlers

Most pushchairs have a maximum weight limit of 15kg, which may not fit the bill if you have a taller or heavier child but still need to use a buggy. We highlight which buggies and strollers are designed for bigger kids

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We’ve rounded up some of the best-performing buggies for larger babies, toddlers and children, with prices to suit all budgets. We’ve found pushchairs offering a weight capacity of 17kg to 25kg, buggies with seat backrests that go as high as 63cm, and others with roomy seats. 

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1. Silver Cross Zest, £145

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 5 years

Maximum weight: 25kg

Backrest height: 49cm

Weighing in at just 5.8kg, you might not expect the ultra lightweight and super compact Zest to carry 25kg.

But this super sturdy stroller from heritage brand Silver Cross features a roomy seat and a decent height back rest, so is the perfect good value buy for all ages and sizes.

It’s also got a one-handed fold, handy carry strap and UPF50+ sun hood, so it’s a good bet for holidays too.

Our reviewer thought the width of the seat was particularly generous, and loved that this stroller could see her little one up to 25kg!

Read our full Silver Cross Zest review here.

Buy the Silver Cross Zest from John Lewis, Boots, and from Silver Cross.


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2. GB Qbit+ compact stroller, £250

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 3 years

Maximum weight: 17kg

Backrest height: 43cm

This luxury compact stroller folds one-handed into a neat, cube-shaped package, so it’s the ideal solution for travel or small spaces.

And the judges in the MadeForMums Awards 2017 found it comfy and spacious for its little passengers, despite the fact it is so neatly-designed that won it the silver gong in the compact buggy category.

It can even be used as a travel system with optional adapters to attach a GB or Cybex infant car seat to the frame.

“Roomy, very paddy and soft” is how our dad reviewer describes the seat on the GB Qbit+.

You can read his full review of the GB Qbit+ pushchair here.

You can buy the GB QBit+ from Pramworld and Uber Kids.


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3. Maclaren Techno XT, £275

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 5 years

Maximum weight: 25kg

Backrest height: 43cm

It may be a lightweight, umbrella-fold stroller, but the tough and enduring design of this workhorse of the buggy world means it can carry a child up to 25kg, and up to 110cm in height.

There’s a reason why every nursery buggy park in the land is packed with these strollers – they are robust, easy to fold, and can be taken pretty much anywhere and everywhere.

We point out some of the details – like four-wheel suspension and reflective wheels – that set the Maclaren Techno XT apart from a standard stroller in our MFM video review.

However, although Maclaren say the Techno XT can be used from birth, as it reclines flat, it’s probably not the most suitable newborn pram as it only faces outwards and doesn’t have much in the way of comfy padding.

Read the full review of the Maclaren Techno XT here.

You can buy the Maclaren Techno XT stroller on Amazon, or Boots.


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4. Recaro Citylife, £325

Age suitable for: 6 months to 3 years

Maximum weight: 17.5kg

Backrest height: 48cm

This great value travel system-compatible pushchair from Recaro is relatively lightweight at 10.2kg, plus has a compact, one-handed fold and can be used from newborn with the additional carrycot (£125).

With a maximum weight of 17.5kg in the seat, it takes a heavier load than some of its competitors, and our mum reviewer thought it would go the distance without getting tatty.

Our reviewer said her daughter had “plenty of room to move around and get comfy” as the seat was much wider than her current buggy.

She also loved its practicality and features like the rugged, puncture-proof tyres.

Read the full review of the Recaro Citylife here.

Available to buy at Very and Argos


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5. Phil & Teds Dash, £499

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 5 years

Maximum weight: 25kg

Backrest height: 63cm

This award-winning buggy scooped the bronze gong in the convertible buggies category of the MadeForMums Awards 2017 – and it’s easy to see why it’s a hit.

The main seat has a huge 25kg weight limit when used upright, so it’s got a long lifespan and won’t leave your little one feeling cramped as the seat backrest is an extra tall 63cm high!

You can also add a double kit (£149) to turn this into an inline tandem for two – perfect for getting more out of your buy.

Read the full review of the Phil & Teds Dash pushchair here.

Available to buy at Phil & Teds and Mothercare


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6. Mountain Buggy Terrain, £499

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 5 years

Maximum weight: 25kg

Backrest height: 53cm

If you’re a family looking for an off-roading buggy for outdoor adventure, then the Mountain Buggy Terrain could be the answer to your prayers.

With its 25kg weight capacity, this 3-wheeler all-terrain pushchair could last up to 5 years, and has a one-handed fold, reversible seat liner, and a lie-flat recline.

And Mountain Buggy even include 2 sets of back tyres: 16inch air-filled wheels for those off-road days out, as well as a set of 12inch tyres for using around town.

“Well-built, sturdy and durable” is how our reviewer described the Mountain Buggy Terrain.

Read the full review of the Mountain Buggy Terrain pushchair here.

Buy the Mountain Buggy Terrain direct from Mountain Buggy.


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7. Britax Affinity 2, £535

Age suitable for: 6 months to approx. 3 years

Maximum weight: 17kg

Backrest height: 54cm

A travel system compatible pushchair from baby gear heavyweights Britax, the Affinity 2 has been designed to give parents the best of both worlds – being equally happy in the city or countryside.

With a weight capacity of 17kg, and a backrest measuring 54cm (plus a 20cm adjustable footrest), this mid-range pushchair should go the distance. 

And it can be used from newborn with the optional carrycot (£140), and Baby-Safe i-Size car seat (£190)

Our reviewer thought the Britax Affinity 2 was very comfy for her little ones, remarking that her 3 and a half year old said it was ‘lovely’,

Read the full review of the Britax Affinity 2 here.

The comfort of the Britax Affinity 2 was also highlighted by many of the parents who tried out the buggy in our MFM Forum product test.

You can buy the Britax Affinity 2 from Kiddies Kingdom.


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8. Mee-Go Glide, £599

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 5 years

Maximum weight: 25kg

Backrest height: 54cm

For parents wanting an all-in-one package that includes everything you need from birth to the toddler years and beyond, the Mee-Go Glide ticks all the boxes.

Not only can it be used from newborn with the included carrycot and car seat, but the seat unit has been tested to take a child up to 25kg.

Our reviewer loved the sleek design, manoeuvrability and little touches like the adjustable footrest and freestanding fold.

Read more of what our reviewer of the Mee-Go Glide in the full review here.

Buy the Mee-Go Glide from Precious Little One.


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9. iCandy Peach, £780

Age suitable for: 6 months to approx. 5 years

Maximum weight: 25kg

Backrest height: 50cm

High-end British brand iCandy built the Peach to last – and its 25kg seat weight limit certainly gives it longevity.

It can be used from newborn with the additional carrycot (£185), but its winning feature has got to be its ease of converting from a single to a double inline pushchair.

The iCandy Peach is a real head-turner, and it’s got style and substance in spades – with great manoeuvrability, a reversible, reclinable seat, fully adjustable handle and footrest and tons of accessories.

Our reviewer said it’s “a great investment for new parents with one child looking for a pushchair that will grow as the family does”.

Read the full iCandy Peach review here.

Buy the iCandy Peach direct from iCandy, or from John Lewis.


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10. Bugaboo Buffalo, £909

Age suitable for: Newborn to approx. 4 years

Maximum weight: 23kg

Backrest height: 47.5cm

It may be pricey, but with a convertible carrycot/seat that can take a child from newborn up to 23kg, there’s a long lifespan in this all-terrain offering from Bugaboo.

Designed for tackling city streets as well as going cross country, the MFM bronze award-winning buggy has large, foam-filled tyres, a reclining, reversible seat, adjustable handlebar, and even bag hooks that can take up to 6kg, plus a basket that can carry a whopping 10kg.

It can even be used in a two-wheeler mode, for getting over really tough terrain like sand and snow, and it’s travel system compatible, with adapters (£34.95).

Our reviewer said the “well-padded seat is big and spacious”, a point highlighted by judges in the MFM Awards 2017 too.

Read our full review of the Bugaboo Buffalo here.

Buy the Bugaboo Buffalo from Uber Kids.

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