When it comes to choosing the right stroller, pram or travel system, it all comes down to your needs as a parent. You might need something that’s lightweight and easy to transport or something with a slick mechanism that makes breaking it down and setting it up a doddle.
Perhaps you’re looking to invest in an all-in-one setup, with the ability to break your pram down into a travel seat with extra storage for family strolls in the park.
Maybe you’re in the market for something to help you go for a gentle jog of a morning. You’re entitled to look after yourself, so why not give your little bundle of joy a comfortable place to relax while you pound the tarmac with complete control of the stroller? That’s what we had in mind when we compiled this new 2016 edition of the Best Strollers list. Care to take a stroll?
1. Baby Jogger City Select Stroller
An upgradeable and well made pushchair
Baby Jogger City Select Stroller
First off, quick disclaimer: this isn’t actually a jogging strolling, despite the fact those words are indeed in the product’s description. Baby Jogger is actually a brand, but just because the City Select wasn’t built for tarmac-pounding exercise doesn’t mean it’s a hard sell. In fact, this stroller has plenty going for it - the main selling point being the ability to upgrade its capacity as the size of your brood increases.
You can customise it to add a total of two seats and click on a gliding platform so a toddler can ride in between you and the pram. If you’ve got a family of quite young children, this stroller is ideal.
2. BOB Revolution PRO Stroller
A durable and versatile stroller for country living
BOB Revolution PRO Stroller
While having a stroller that’s easy to use in and around your chosen town or city, not every model on the market is built for those living in more rural locations or those of us who want to take enjoy the occasional weekend ramble/shortcut across fields and the like. That’s where the BOB Revolution PRO Stroller comes in - it’s built to withstand rougher and more uneven terrain, while still being easy to use on normal streets.
It’s a great hybrid unit, although there isn’t an upright position so your toddler will have to settle for a more relaxed position when strapped into the hot seat.
3. UPPAbaby Vista Stroller
Perfect for a rapidly expanding family
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller
The UPPAbaby Vista Stroller has a lot going for it, and with a price tag north of £800 (for the version with all the frills) you’d hope so. For a start, there’s the option to add on an extra seat and platform (perfect for the expanding family), with these elements also being reversible so you can have the littles ones facing you or facing outwards.
It also comes with a huge on-board stroller basket, with a capacity of 20 Ibs. Considering storage space is a rarity in strollers, prams and travel systems, the ability to hold that much stuff on the move is a godsend. The top end model also comes with its own travel cot for use in the car.
4. Britax Affinity Travel System
Lightweight and stylish, this stroller makes moving your child easy
Britax Affinity Travel System
The Britax Affinity has a lot going for it, including a sturdy yet maneuverable design that’s great for both rural and urban jaunts and a fold-down mechanism that takes a single hand to drop it into a small form. It’s also lightweight, making it nice and easy to pick up when you need to load it into the back of the car and carry it onto the bus.
There’s also a nice touch of class to its design as well, with a chrome finish and a leather design to the handlebar that’s both sleek and comfortable for long periods of use.
5. Stokke Trailz
A high-end, feature-packed stroller
With a price tag north of £900, the Stokke Trailz is easily one of the top-end choices when it comes to strollers, prams and travel systems, but you’re getting a lot of features for all that hard-earned dough. For a start, there’s the height - most strollers tend to be quite low-bearing, but the Stokke Trailz has a high clearance making it great for accessing your little loved one without getting that all too familiar pain in your back from bending over so often.
It’s the small touches that also make the Stokke Trailz stand out, such as ventilation slits on the hood and a waterproof cover for the storage basket.
6. Babyzen YoYo Lightweight Pushchair/Stroller
A super compact and easy to push pram
Babyzen YoYo Lightweight Pushchair/Stroller
Another member of the lightweight stroller family, the Babyzen YoYo is a great choice if you’re looking for a pram that’s easy to push and even easier to store. With so many designs offering so many features, few offer a compact size when storing it at home or in the car. And since space is a premium, the Babyzen YoYo treats it as such with a setup that’s small and quick to fold down.
The shopping basket underneath is a tad small, but it’s also incredibly easy to push around so you’ll be able to take it to the shops, on the school run and on holiday and never worry about losing control.
7. Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller
A neat fold-over design and great looks too
Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller
The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller is another great choice for those hoping to utilise a lightweight design from a quality brand you can trust. The regular version and the XT version both come with a handy fold-over design that’s perfect for quickly shifting the buggy into a compact form.
It’s easily one of the lightweight strollers on the market, save for one snag - it’s quite long when fully extended. It’s not a deal breaker, but with the seat fully reclined and the footrest out, you’re looking at a noticeable 36 inches.
8. Thule Urban Glide
Big wheels and a high clearance make this pram perfect for jogging
Thule Urban Glide
Sometimes a smaller, lightweight buggy just won’t cut it. Sometimes you need something with a little more heft and bulk to it. That’s what you get with the Thule Urban Glide - big wheels, high clearance and a size that’s certain to keep your child safe whatever terrain you might be covering on a day-to-day basis.
The canopy, which includes a secondary window to keep an eye on your child, can be adjusted to multiple positions and the handlebar can be moved to different heights to suit shorter and taller users. You also get plenty of pockets and holders to keep those all important baby items at close hand.
9. Silver Cross Reflex
A pushchair with unrivaled suspension and generous storage
Silver Cross Reflex
The big selling point of the Silver Cross Reflex is its sublime suspension - whether you’re heading off-road for a cross-country stroll or making a school run that’s all kerbs and bumps, this setup will keep your baby or toddler happy regardless. The seat is fully reclinable so it’s also ideal if you want to get around while the smaller person in your life catches a little shut-eye.
The storage basket is also generous, giving you plenty of room to store those all important items and with a long, extendable hood you can also keep them shaded from those occasional sunny days.