Best buggies for tall parents

Here is our selection of buggies with design features that make life easier - and more comfortable - for taller parents

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If you’re taller than the average Joe or Jane, then using some baby-related products can be a pain in all sorts of places – and finding the right buggy is particularly tricky.

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Taller parents can find themselves stooping too low to reach baby, hunching constantly over the handlebars, shortening their stride to avoid the rear axle – or “kick bar” – or banging their feet.

Since you’ll be spending a huge amount of time propelling your baby in a pushchair from A to B (or a million times around the block to get them to sleep!) it is well worth trying a few and figuring out which suits your height the best. And it goes without saying that a taller parent can often mean a tall baby, so considering seat size is also important.

We have made a start on the search by selecting some of the best pushchairs that have tall parents-friendly features – extra-high handlebars, cleverly designed rear axles or particularly well-positioned brakes and seats.

See our pick of the best pushchairs for tall parents:

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1. UPPAbaby Vista, £929.99

  • Age suitability: from birth (carrycot included) to 15kg (approx. 3 years)
  • Folded dimensions: 65.3x44x83.8cm
  • Maximum handle height: 108cm
  • Weight: 12kg (frame and seat)
  • Key features: Extendable handle height, adjustable hood with pop-out sun protection, high seat, standing fold with seat

The UPPAbaby Vista often gets cited as a great option for tall parents. The popular American brand offers sturdy and well-designed pushchairs that have very well-thought-out features. The Vista can be used from birth with the included carrycot and is hugely versatile, as the toddler seat can also be parent-facing, and the Vista can be adapted as a double.

Its tall parent credentials include a telescoping handlebar, which extends by 12cm to 108cm. This is not the tallest handle height out there, but the Vista has the added benefit of a high back wheel axle, so it’s much easier to push with long legs.

The toddler seat also has an adjustable canopy to accommodate your growing child, and it sits high off the ground (around 59cm), which is great for taller parents to interact with little one – makes strapping in much easier too when there’s not so far to bend. It’s also worth mentioning the massive basket, which is a great help when out and about.

Read our full review of the UPPAbaby Vista.

You can buy the UPPAbaby Vista from John Lewis or PramCentre


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2. Mountain Buggy Terrain, £499

  • Age suitability: from birth (with additional carrycot) to five years (up to 25kg)
  • Maximum handle height: 117.5cm
  • Folded dimensions: 93 x 63 x 39 cm
  • Weight: 12.9kg
  • Key features: Retractable leg rest, adjustable handlebar, full recline to upright seat, hand-operated control brake, shock-absorbing suspension

Mountain Buggy is a fantastic brand for the tall parent, as most of its pushchairs feature adjustable handles, with a long maximum extension and great seat capacity to accommodate the larger child. Originally engineered to suit the outdoorsy parent, the Terrain is particularly impressive. It has an adjustable handlebar height of up to 123.5cm, but retains a relatively manageable footprint of 99cm in length.

The Terrain is definitely not one for the faint-hearted, as it is designed to be used on literally all terrain. However, it also features a good folding mechanism with folded dimensions of 93 x 63 x 39 cm. If you’re not quite in the market for an all-conquering jogging buggy, the Terrain’s lightweight sibling, the versatile allrounder Urban Jungle, is geared more towards urban parents, but also features a higher than average adjustable handle with a maximum of 117.5cm.

Read our review of the Mountain Buggy Terrain.

You can buy the Mountain Buggy Terrain from Mountain Buggy UK or BuggyBaby.co.uk


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3. Stokke Xplory, from £899

  • Age suitability: from birth (with carry cot) to 20kg (approx. 4 years)
  • Maximum handle height:123cm
  • Folded dimensions: 105×47,5x51cm
  • Weight: 12.8kg (chassis and seat)
  • Key features: Height adjustable seat, adaptable handle (including height and angle), removable storage bag, smooth handling

The innovative Stokke brand is all about adjustability. You can change seat height to multiple positions to bring your little one much closer to you. This makes a great difference as you don’t need to constantly bend down to interact with your child, and also means that the Xplory can be used as a high chair when you’re out and about. The handlebar is also super adjustable, as you can change both the height (to an impressive 123cm) and the angle of the bar – great for finding the perfect pushing position.

The Xplory also tackles another tall parent challenge: with a longer stride, tall people often end up kicking the back of the chassis when walking. The Xplory, however, has a raised back wheel axle, so it never gets in the way.

Here is our expert review of the Stokke Xplory.

You can buy the Stokke Xplory from Pramworld  or Stokke  direct.


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4. Phil & Teds Voyager, from £599

  • Age suitability: From birth to 20kg (approx 4 years)
  • Folded dimensions: 33 x 60 x 89cm
  • Maximum handle height: 120cm
  • Weight: 12.9kg
  • Key features: Handbrake, adaptable seating options, including double set-up, puncture-proof tyres, convertible seat

Phil and Teds is a sporty brand that is aimed at the active parent. It therefore offers a range of hugely flexible pushchairs, and its Voyager model has a great extendable handlebar with a maximum length of 120cm. With the Voyager you also get a relatively compact fold, with dimensions of 33 x 60 x 89cm, and great adaptability. The seat is convertible from carrycot into toddler seat, you can use it for twins, baby and sibling or even two toddlers – and you can use the seat parent- or world-facing.

It also has a hand brake, which is great for tall parents – much easier to locate on the move.

Read our Phil & Teds Voyager review here.

You can buy the Phil & Teds Voyager from Amazon, Phil & Teds or Buggy Baby


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5. Jané Rider, £845 (includes carrycot and carseat)

  • Age suitability: From birth to 15kg (approx. 3 years)
  • Maximum handle height: 110cm
  • Folded dimensions: 62x60x38cm
  • Weight: 10.3kg (chassis only)
  • Key features: superior suspension, higher seat, compact fold, handbrake, hood with UV protection

Jané is a great brand, which has been designing pushchairs since the 1930s, and their modern range offers some interesting options for taller parents. The brand has developed an innovative chassis design for some of its models, which feature an inverted ‘C’-shaped rear structure. This detail provides ample room for your feet and clears rough terrain more easily, so those with long strides should feel more comfortable using this product. The maximum handle height is 110cm, which is not bad for a tall parent, and the brake is also located at the handlebar for better access.

This pushchair is also super adaptable and has a high seat, which allows your kids to eat at the table with you when out, and makes interacting with them so much easier. The fold is also a fantastically compact 62x60x38cm, which makes it a good option for those tight on space.

Read the MFM review of the Rider.

You can buy the Rider from Jané


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6. Britax B-Ready, £520

  • Age suitability: 6 months to 17kg (approx 3.5 years), from birth with carrycot or infant carseat
  • Maximum handle height: 115cm
  • Folded dimensions: 35x61x97cm
  • Weight: 13kg
  • Key features: spacious basket, reversible seat, adjustable backrest and footrest, central suspension

A hugely adaptable pushchair, which can be used as a tandem, with carrycot or as a single, the Britax B-Ready ticks a lot of boxes. It has great features including a large basket, reversible seat and – perfect for tall parents – a handle that adjust to 115cm. The kick bar at the back is also elevated, so you should be able to push with ease, no matter what height you are.

You can buy the Britax B-Ready from Amazon


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7. Joolz Day2, £849

  • Age suitability: from birth (with additional carrycot) to 20kg (approx. 4 years)
  • Folded dimensions: 92 x 59 x 44 cm
  • Maximum handle height: 110cm
  • Weight: 12.9kg
  • Key features: high seat, compact fold and upright storing, adjustable footrest, eco-cred

Dutch brand Joolz has a fresh approach to designing products for parents, with a focus on good design and sustainability. For example, the company occupies a sustainable renovated factory in Amsterdam, has designed packaging that can be converted after unboxing (into a birdbox, a reindeer or a chair!), and it plants a tree in Colombia for every pushchair sold. So for the taller parent who values eco-credentials, this is a brand worth looking at.

The Joolz Day2 is aimed at the cosmopolitan parent who likes going out with friends, in restaurants and parks. In terms of design features, it has a handlebar which extends to 110cm, and at a good angle to keep your stride clear of the chassis. The seat height is also good, saving your back from constant stooping.

You can buy the Day2 at John Lewis


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8. Bugaboo Fox, from £979

  • Age suitability: from birth to 17kg (approx. 3.5 years)
  • Maximum handle height: 108.5cm
  • Folded dimensions: 46x60x88cm
  • Weight (chassis, seat, wheels): 9.9kg
  • Key features: Central suspension, high seat placement, self-standing fold, ultralight chassis, large basket

The Fox model is an impressive addition to the Bugaboo family and is packed full of features that make for a smooth ride, and comfortable handling. The iconic Dutch brand does innovation remarkably well, and the Fox is packed full of new features. It has a smooth central suspension, a great seat height of 59cm to make tall parents’ life easier and a handlebar that’s adjustable up to 108.5cm. The back axle kick bar is also higher than usual so you can stride out with confidence. Best of all, the ultra-light aluminium chassis makes this buggy super user-friendly and light, and its fold is nice and compact too.

Read our full Bugaboo Fox review here.

You can buy the Fox from Natural Baby Shower, John Lewis and The Baby Room


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9. Bumbleride Indie, £579

  • Age suitability: From birth (with extra bassinet) up to 25kg (approx. 5 years)
  • Maximum handle height: 116cm
  • Folded dimensions: 81x48x29cm
  • Weight (frame only): 10.8kg
  • Key features: adjustable handlebar, extendable canopy with UPF protection, recycled textiles, all-wheel suspension, single-lever recline with vented backrest, welded lighweight aluminium frame

The Indie is an all-terrain stroller, perfectly adjustable for an active family. The California-based Bumbleride will come to the UK this Autumn. It started as a family venture to cater for an active lifestyle, and works with suppliers that innovate to save energy, conserve water and reduce pollution. Its fabrics are made from 100% recycled polyester made from post-consumer water bottles. But best of all, the brand caters well for tall parents, with the Indie’s handlebar adjustable to an impressive 116cm.

You can buy the Bumbleride Indie from Amazon, with more retailers to come in the Autumn.

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10. Maxi-Cosi Nova, from £475

  • Age suitability: From birth with carrycot to 15 kg (approx. 3 years)
  • Maximum handle height: 105cm
  • Folded dimensions: 90.5x64x48cm
  • Weight: 16.10kg  
  • Key features: near-flat toddler seat recline, adjustable leg and headrest, parent-facing, extendable canopy, hands-free folding, large shopping basket

The Maxi-Cosi Nova has won some prestigious awards (including the Red Dot design award), specifically for its innovative hands-free fold – just release a pedal with your foot and the Nova folds gently in on itself (disclaimer: not yet tested at MFM HQ). Its handle height is not the highest, but it has an interesting chassis, with a raised back section, so you should have plenty of room for a comfortable walk, even with long legs.

The Nova is available from Precious Little One and Pramworld

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