In a nutshell

A smart compact buggy, great for travelling and about town

What we tested

  • Fold/unfolding
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Manoeuvrability
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
  • Comfort for child
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.


  • Lightweight, umbrella-fold buggy, compact, easy to use, great price


  • Handles are not adjustable, does not lie very flat

Smart and chic, the Mamas & Papas Pulse scores highly on the looks front, but could do slightly better in terms of frills and functionality.


The Pulse offers everything you’d expect from this type of buggy - easy umbrella-folding mechanism, lightweight, compact.

In terms of features, there’s also plenty to set it apart from the cheaper, more basic models. For example, there’s an adjustable leg rest, padding on the straps, three shoulder strap positions, individual wheel suspension, padded handles. There’s a pocket in the hood for your essentials, a shopping basket underneath (which, as with pretty much all other umbrella-folds, you’ll struggle to reach when the seat’s fully reclined), and the typical brakes that you release by pushing up with the top of your foot – not comfortable in sandals or advisable in expensive shoes. The seat recline is operated via levers at either side.

What we love

Of all the lightweight buggies on the market (and there are thousands of them!), this is one of the best looking – the colours are smart and classic, and there’s just enough detail to keep it interesting without being twee. Reflective piping means you’ll be seen when you’re out after dark.

The seat is padded well enough to keep your baby comfortable, although the fabric on the Pulse is a bit harsh. The ergonomic handles have great padding to absorb the shocks from the pavement.

Opening and closing the Pulse is easy, and as it locks shut and has a handle on one side, carrying it around is easy. It’s nice and light, too, so lifting it into the boot won’t present any problems.

What to watch out for

Mamas & Papas market this as an ideal second pushchair, and in many ways it is, though as a second purchase it’s a little pricey. A few little improvements could make it work as a main buggy, too. The greatest omission is the lack of height-adjustable handles – if it had these it could give some other popular pushchairs a serious run for their money. And while it claims to be suitable from birth, the seat doesn’t lie as flat as some others.

Strangely, given Mamas & Papas’ penchant for co-ordination, there isn’t a matching footmuff available – again, this would make this buggy seem more like a complete package.

It feels a little on the bumpy side when on the move, but not terrible for this type of buggy, and at least the steering is nice and easy.

Who is the Mamas & Papas Pulse best for?

Frequent travellers or any mum short on space.


MadeForMums verdict

One of the best umbrella-fold buggies on the market, but a few simple tweaks could make it even better. It’s a good-looker and if money’s no object, it’s a great second buggy.

Product Specifications

BrandMamas & Papas
Suitable for
Child age (approx)Birth to 3 years
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:108cm W:50cm L:76cm
Dimensions (folded)H:33cm W:29cm L:104cm
Seat facing directionForward facing
Front wheelsLockable swivel
Recline positions3
  • Removable hood with pocket
  • Individual wheel suspension
  • Padded handles
  • Carry handle
  • Toy loop
  • Adjustable leg-rest
  • Padded harness
Accessories includedHood, basket, raincover
Optional extras
  • Buggy bag
  • Parasol
  • Changing bag