1. iCandy Raspberry
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