New in 2014, the iCandy buggy is rapidly becoming the urban yummy Mummy/hipster's buggy of choice. Their lightest pushchair yet, the iCandy Raspberry comes in 7 fabulous colours, folds easily with the seat in situ and has a range of accessories available to add, including a cup holder.
The logo is lazer-etched onto the ally chassis, none of these proletariat transfers to scuff off here. The iCandy Raspberry has independent wheel suspension, giving a far smoother ride than competitors, while the suspension copes well with urban potholes and uneven surfaces.
A cunning flip-up seat provides cafe-friendly access to the cavernous underslung storage area and more secure cubbyhole for valuables up front, which can also accommodate the raincover. The hood is far larger than similar buggies, so little one can nap underneath with minimal faff, and the raincover is latex rather than hard plastic so folds away sumptuously. It goes up fast and easy too, unlike some competitors that require a marquee licence and several days practice to beat a sudden shower. The dual facing seat unit (nice touch) has three recline positions, the final one being entirely flat – essential for infants.
On the downside, the iCandy Raspberry clamshell seat straps are pretty short, so if you've got a big toddler test one first. It's also not the most compact when folded, so urban car drivers should check boot space (it'll scrape into a VW Polo but with a Fiat 500 it's in the back with junior.)
The iCandy Raspberry sits at the premium end of the buggy market. It's beautifully made, customisable with eye-catching 'flavour packs' and steers like a dream. Not only that it'll last from birth through to 15kgs, taking the sting out of that £460 RRP price.
Overall, it's our buggy of the year!
£460 | iCandy
Taga Bike Stroller
A Brompton for the Bugaboo generation this hybrid Dutch design converts from a bicycle made for two into a buggy so you can ditch the car and stay fit on your trips to Waitrose. Easily expandable the Taga can be fitted with an extra seat for multiple siblings and even a big storage bucket for shopping runs.
Silver Cross Surf Aston Martin Edition
This thoroughly British, gobsmackingly expensive collaboration boasts an ultra-light magnesium alloy frame, air ride suspension, leather and suede lifted straight from the forecourt while the aluminium wheels are modelled on the Aston Martin One-77 car. Just 800 available, and only from Harrods in the UK, Silver spoon sold separately.
£2,000 | Harrods
The most tech buggy every features a power-folding mechanism that opens and closes itself at the touch of a button, has sensor controlled LED running lights for improved visibility plus pimp-my-pram kudos while the LCD dashboard (yes, dashboard) keeps you posted on speed, distance and temperature and even has a USB socket for charging your phone as you stroll.
Orbit Baby G2
If it is good enough for Kim Kardashian and Matthew McConaughey…wait, no, let’s try this again. The Orbit Baby might pull the headlines as the current all-American celebrity stroller but the upright vaguely orthopaedic looking G2 is supremely spec’d and can rotate and recline any number of slot in seating options in one graceful movement.
£540 | John Lewis
Maclaren Mark II
Bucking the trend for busting the budget on a buggy the new Mark II – your parents probably had the original – is the lightest available push chair, weighing in at just 3.3kg. Fold up impossibly small too, great for chucking in the boot of the car or taking on public transport and with four wheel suspension it’s a surprisingly smooth ride.
£145 | John Lewis
Quinny Longboard Stroller
Sadly still at the pre-production stage, but this skateboard stroller hipster hybrid looks dangerously good fun whether you’re pushing or being pushed. Designed by buggy experts Quinny the lightweight seat folds flat against the traditional ply longboard for easy storage (think Hipster hallways)while the oversized wheels help to absorb some of the vibrations.
£TBC | Longboard Stroller
Bugaboo Cameleon 3
One of the most successful travel systems ever, the Cameleon can be all things to all parents converting from pram to pushchair and compatible with the popular Maxi Cosi car seats. Effortlessly cool around town but thanks to the chunky wheels, suspension and reversible handle it can be ready for off-road, even sand and snow, in seconds.
From £799 | Bugaboo
Bob Gear Ironman
A serious buggy for runners with no intention of dropping off the pace after parenthood, the 10.6kg Ironman has 16” pneumatic semi-slick tyres, fixed front wheel for added stability at speed and a high strength aluminium frame. Good from six months to three years and also available as a double (the Duallie) for ultimate shows of endurance!
Single £445, double £485 | Bob Gear
Folding to an impossibly compact 52 x 44 x 18 cm the YOYO is the first stroller in the world small enough to be accepted as cabin baggage (IATA approved). At about half the size of normal design, can be folded one-handed and weighs just 6.4kg (new-born edition). A breakthrough for jet set mum and dad, now if they can just stop little Herbert kicking our seat…
£319 | Mothercare