The Best Prams And Strollers For Safety And Ease

One of the most important decisions a parent can make.

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by Hannah Carroll |
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Used almost every day, your pram is vital to getting your baby (as well as you) out of the house - and some go as far as to say it's as important as choosing the family car. So, if you're stuck in a rut about what's the best pram or stroller for you and your family, we've been on the hunt to find the top choices of prams, pushchairs and strollers, no matter your situation.

Designed to carry your baby in the first months of their lives before they can sit up, a pram may be one of the first things you buy for your little one. If you're struggling to think about where to begin, start with your primary location and needs. If you're lucky enough to live remotely in the countryside, you'll want to opt for a pram suitable for all types of terrains. Having twins or already have a small child? Double prams are for you. Busy city-goers? Look for something small and easy to transport. Travel a lot? Don't forget to look into travel prams, too. It may seem overwhelming, but believe us, there's a pram for every parent out there.

Emily Ratajkowski is seen out for a walk with baby pram and family
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The Best Prams To Buy At A Glance:

Best pram overall: Stokke Xplory X, £1,159 on Stokke

Best pram bundle: iCandy Peach 7 Pushchair Travel Bundle, £1,548 on John Lewis

Editor's choice: Silver Cross Reef, £895 on Fenwick

Best designer pram: CYBEX e-PRIAM Winged Stroller and Seat, £2,269.95 on Harrods

The weight, size and usability of your pram or stroller will all play a huge part in your decision-making. Just scrolling through Instagram you can find the best celeb-approved prams, like the Bugaboo pram loved by Kate Middleton and Gigi Hadid. Not to mention Molly-Mae's infamous iCandy pram, seen all over her socials. Not all prams are made equal (even if they are celebrity favourites), and like your car, prams and strollers come in all different shapes and sizes. Don't knock an egg-shaped pram, for example, which has become hugely popular.

Let's be honest, lugging a baby around all day is less than ideal and gliding around with your baby sweetly sleeping sounds much more appealing. Give a parent the perfect pram and a pram organiser, and they can take on the world, so here are our top choices for the best prams, pushchairs and strollers out there.

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Best pram overall

Best Pram and Strollers: Stokke Xplory XCredit: Stokke

Stokke was one of the first manufacturers to introduce the concept of high, parent-facing strollers to bring your baby closer to create a better connection - a highlight feature for parents and little ones alike with a better sense of security. This unique teal colour is sure to stand out; it's safe to say it encouraged an abundance of compliments.

There are many benefits of parent-facing strollers, particularly in the early months – good eye contact helps develop a sense of closeness with face-to-face interaction with sight and sound, encouraging children to communicate long before they can say their first words. We really like that this stroller has been designed to grow with your infant. Whilst they are a baby, you can purchase a carrycot, and as they grow, you can move them into the stroller seat with padded inlays, and as they hit those three-anger years, you can turn the stroller seat forward so they can see the world around them.

This stroller also has some great eco-credentials. It has been manufactured using materials composed of 100 per cent recycled PET bottles across its main fabric and vegan leather assets.

Pros

  • Multifunctional stroller
  • Suitable from birth
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Adjustable and reclining seat

Cons

  • Carry cot sold separately
Suitable for ageBirth to 9kg while using the Stokke® Xplory® X Carry Co; suitable for children from 6 months - 4 years old without
Product size (cm)L: 101cm x W: 56 cm x H: 131 cm
Weight (kg)13.4 kg
Suitable for weight (kg)Up to 22kg
Travel system compatibleYes
Recline positions3
Seat facing directionParent and forward-facing positions​
Folded dimensionsL: 99cm x W: 56cm x H: 34cm
Front-wheel No suspension

Best pram bundle

Best Prams and Strollers: iCandy Peach 7 Credit: Mamas and Papas

Babies need so much stuff. There is no getting away from it. Buying everything separately can be exhausting and time-consuming, so this iCandy Peach 7 bundle is everything you need to get your little one (and yourself) out of the house. Not only does it come with the iCandy Peach 7, but it also has a car seat, base, and endless matching accessories. 

iCandy has a long list of A-list fans, including David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay and Sir Richard Branson, to name a few. The brand is famed for its flawless manoeuvrability, high-quality design and modern style. 

The iCandy Peach 7 is also loved by former Love Islander, Molly-Mae Hague, who collaborated with the brand on a chic new colourway, Biscotti.

The pushchair comes with a built-in carry strap, one-handed fold-down design, swivel bumper bar and puncture-proof, ultra-smooth rolling PU tyres. The leatherette handlebar is also adjustable from 95cm to 105cm.

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Large 44-litre basket which holds up to 10kg in weight
  • Swivel bumper bar for easy access
  • Can be easily converted into a double/twin pushchair

Cons

  • The frame is very heavy to carry when folded
  • Takes up quite a lot of space
Suitable for ageBirth to 6 years
Product size (cm)L: 70cm x W: 61cm x H: 29cm
Weight (kg)12.48 kg
Suitable for weight (kg)Up to 25kg
Travel system compatibleConverts to a full travel system with included car seat adaptors
Recline positions4
Seat facing directionParent and world-facing
Folded dimensions L: 70cm x W: 61cm x H: 29cm
Front-wheelPuncture-proof, ultra-smooth rolling PU tyres

Editor's choice

Best Pram and Stroller : Silver Cross Reef Credit: Silver Cross

Silver Cross gets the royal seal of approval, being widely known as the pram of choice of the Royal Family. Silver Cross prams have carried the late Queen Elizabeth, the King, his children and even his grandchildren - and if it is good enough for the royals, then it is good enough for us.

The Silver Cross Reef was launched in 2022 as a multi-terrain travel system, meaning it's perfect for trips to the supermarket but can also handle a bumpy park trip. Not to mention, the large tyres ensure a smoother ride for your precious baby.

Although this pram is suitable for newborns, one thing to be aware of is that the carrycot is sold separately. The great news, though, is that the carrycot doubles up as a Moses basket, making it perfect for parents who love travelling (or dropping the baby off to the in-laws for some much-needed rest).

Read a full Silver Cross Reef pushchair review over at our friends on Mother&Baby

Pros

  • User-friendly
  • Sturdy
  • Feel luxurious
  • Extensively tested for safety

Cons

  • Carry cot bassinet sold separately
Suitable for ageBirth to 4 years
Product size (cm) L: 85cm x W: 61cm x H: 98.5-112cm
Weight (kg)12.5kg
Suitable for weight (kg)Up to 22kg
Travel system compatibleYes
Recline positions3
Seat facing directionForward-facing and parent-facing
Folded dimensionsL: 71cm x W: 61cm x H: 30.5cm
Front-wheelFour-wheel suspension

Best designer pram

Best Pram and Stroller : Best CYBEX - e-PRIAM Winged Stroller and SeatCredit: Harrods
Price: £2,269.95

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When it comes to luxury strollers, the Cybex e-Praim is the Crème de la crème of the travel system world. Cybex has partnered with global fashion icon Jeremy Scott to craft this exquisite stroller. Not only is it glamorous, with the gold detailing and embroidery but it uses cutting-edge smart technology to make each ride easier on parents.

The e-Praim differs from your traditional pram or stroller because it has revolutionary technology, which makes walking up steep hills look like easy work. An electric motor powers the e-Praim, so parents are assisted when using the travel system. There is also a smart app which parents can use to control the pushing assistance as well as a rocking feature - futuristic to say the least.

We love that this is a uniquely glamorous pram, and every aspect screams luxury. The carrycot can be purchased separately and is well padded, perfect for newborns. The pram itself is smooth and made with the highest quality fabrics.

The Cybex e-Praim also has an extended canopy for extra sun protection. As well as, an adjustable footrest. When it comes to cutting-edge technology and class, it doesn't get much better than this.

Pros

  • Luxurious fabrics
  • Wonderful finishes
  • Attention to detail
  • Great for cities with lots of steep hills
  • Sturdy
  • Heavy duty wheels
  • User-friendly app

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Low battery affects the use of the stroller
Suitable for ageBirth up to approx. 4 years
Product size (cm)L: 88cm x H: 114cm x W: v58cm
Weight (kg)15.2 kg
Suitable for weight (kg)Max. 22 kg
Travel system compatibleYou can attach one of three different options to the frame, depending on the age of the child: the Lux Carry Cot, the Cloud Q infant car seat, or the New Generation Priam Seat Pack.
Recline positions Multi-position reclining backrest
Seat facing directionParent and world-facing
Folded dimensionsL: 315 mm x W: 515 mm x H: 850 mm
Front-wheelAll-wheel suspension

Best pram for twins or multiple children

Best Pram and Strollers: Bugaboo Donkey 5 Duo carrycot and seat pushchairCredit: Bugaboo

Having multiple young children is not for the faint-hearted - you often need to have eyes in the back of your head. We love this pushchair because it makes it easier to look after your cheeky rascals.

The side-by-side seating design allows parents to see both children whilst using, and if you have an older child, you can even allow them to hop onto a buggy board (sold separately). We think this pram is a must for big families.

We have to be honest, sometimes it can feel like you are driving a car when using the Donkey 5. You will definitely dominate the pavement, which is something to consider if you live in a busy city. But, in the best way, you feel a sense of real control when pushing your babies in this high-quality pram.

We have found that this pram is built to last. Our writer, Hannah James, has been using it for the past four years with her three children and claims it's worth its weight in gold (and it is pretty weighty). The pram offers the utmost comfort and can be relatively broken down to fit in most vehicles. We love that it can also be used as a single or double pram.

Pros

  • Comfortable to use
  • Comfortable ride
  • Rear and forward-facing
  • Children can be side by side
  • Five-point harness seats
  • Easy-to-use rain cover

Cons

  •  Doesn’t fold well with seats attached
  • Can be difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces
Suitable for ageBirth – 4 years
Product size (cm)L: 100cm × W: 60cm × H: 60cm
Weight (kg)12.3 kg when used in Mono configuration; 14.9 kg when used in Duo/Twin configuration
Suitable for weight (kg)Up to 22kg
Travel system compatibleYes
Recline positionsThree positions facing the parent or two reclined positions facing the world
Seat facing directionRear and parent-facing
Folded dimensionsL: 24cm x W: 91cm x H: 60cm
Front-wheelSwivel lock with suspension

Best travel pram

Best Pram and Stroller: BABYZEN YOYO²Credit: John Lewis

When it comes to travelling with young children, the key is to make life as easy as possible, and the BABYZEN YOYO² does just that. It folds down with incredible ease, can fit in an overhead compartment and even has a comfortable carry strap. When testing it, we couldn't believe how small it folds without comprising the child's comfort. 

It comes in a convenient bag, which also makes travelling much easier, and unlike many other travel pushchairs, it actually fits in the bag with ease. 

We love that you can choose the colour pack and there is a large selection of colours. This bundle includes a bassinet and colour pack. However, you can purchase the pram separately for older children if the bassinet is not needed.

Pros

  • Cabin baggage size
  • Lightweight frame 6.1kg
  • Multi-positioning reclining backrest
  • Safety wrist-strap for greater security
  • Carry on the shoulder with its padded shoulder strap
  • Supplied with a cover bag

Cons

  • Slightly small basket storage
Suitable for ageFrom birth when used with newborn pack or six months when used with 6+ colour pack
Product size (cm)H: 52cm x W: 44cm x D: 18 cm
Weight (kg)6.1kg
Suitable for weight (kg)22 kg
Travel system compatibleNo
Recline positions Multi-position reclining backrest
Seat facing directionWorld facing
Folded dimensionsW: 52cm x H: 44cm x L: 18 cm
Front-wheelIndependent suspensions on each of the four wheels

Best pram for folding quickly

Best Pram and Stroller : Nuna Mixx Next PushchairCredit : John Lewis

The Nuna Mixx Next Pushchair is a smooth ride with all-wheel suspension, ready for any terrain. Suitable from birth, you can manoeuvre daily life with one hand and fold the seat flat for a deep, relaxed sleep. We love how easy this pram is to fold and open - perfect for busy parents.

We think that this is a good option for infants and toddlers because of the true-flat sleeper recline, which is great for quick naps on the go.

Read a full Nuna Mixx Next review over at our friends on Mother&Baby

Pros

  • Five-position recline: easily adjusts with one hand
  • Adjustable calf support 
  • Height adjustable push bar
  • Quick-release five-point harness for secure strolling

Cons

  • Fabric can become dirty quickly
Suitable for ageBirth - 4 years old
Product size (cm)L: 89cm x W: 119.5cm x H: 113.5cm
Weight (kg)11.09
Suitable for weight (lb)Up to 22kg
Travel system compatible Unknown
Recline positions5
Seat facing directionFront-facing and back-facing
Folded dimensionsL: 42cm x W: 52.5cm x H: 65cm
Front-wheelFoam filled

Best pram for different terrains

Best Pram and Stroller: Out ‘n’ About Nipper Single V4 StrollerCredit: Amazon

If you are a family who loves an outdoor adventure, finding a pram that can handle different terrains is essential. Just because you have a baby doesn't mean you need to hang up your hiking boots and your newborn can go and explore the world with you in this easy-to-manoeuvre pram.

Finding a pram which is lightweight and sturdy can be a real task. Usually, it is one or the other, but this Out ‘n’ About Nipper V4 Stroller marries the two perfectly. It is smooth to push and steer even on bumpy roads, but it won't break your back, lugging it in and out of the car.

We love this pram for woodland walks in the countryside as well as day-to-day use in and around the city.

Pros

  • Bespoke carrycot
  • Range of travel system options
  • Great for off-road/bumpy surfaces

Cons

  • Forward-facing only
Suitable for ageBirth - 4 years
Product size (cm) L: 116cm x W: 61.5cm x H: 97cm
Weight (kg)9.8kg
Suitable for weight (kg)22kg
Travel system compatible Adapters allow you to fit a Maxi Cosy, Cybex or BeSafe car seat.
Recline positions3
Seat facing directionForward facing
Folded dimensionsL: 94cm x W: 61.5cm x H: 42.5cm
Front-wheelSwivel lock front wheel suitable

Best pram for country and city life

Best Prams and Strollers: Wow Continental Pram & Pushchair Bundle BureauCredit: Cosatto

We love Cosatto prams and strollers because of their unique designs. This particular pram is understated, but if your style is a little more flamboyant, everything is from tiger prints to flowers.

The Wow Continental pram is a traditional pram with modern technology. It has dual suspension, making it a truly functioning multi-terrain pushchair. Parents can switch from a tighter suspension for city strolls or opt for a looser suspension for countryside walks. The puncture-proof multi-terrain wheels are great and offer a smooth ride for your little one.

Pros

  • Includes carrycot
  • Comes with a sweet travel companion toy
  • Multiple bold designs
  • Dual-mode suspension

Cons

  • Brakes can be a little stiff
Suitable for ageBirth - 4 years
Product size (cm) L: 63cm x W: 39 cm x D: 21 cm
Weight (kg)Chassis Weight - 9kg
Suitable for weight (kg)Carrycot: 9kg; Seat Unit Single: 20kg
Travel system compatibleCompatible with Port i-Size car seat (car seat and adaptors sold separately)
Recline positions Four recline positions
Seat facing direction Parent and world-facing
Folded dimensionsL: 93cm x W: 64cm x H: 29cm
Front-wheelLockable front swivel wheels

Best timeless pram

Best Pram and Stroller : Silver Cross Balmoral PramCredit: Kiddies Kingdom

Prams can be expensive but if you pick the right one, it can be something that is enjoyed for generations. Cue the Silver Cross Balmoral Pram. There is something wonderful about a timeless pram. This unique 'old fashioned' style pram is a real head-turner - and we cannot get enough of it.

Silver Cross, as previously mentioned, have a reputation for being one of the best British travel system manufacturers. Just because this pram looks like something out of Mary Poppins doesn't mean it is difficult to use. This pram offers a gliding ride created by the patented C-spring chassis.

We love that this pram has a gorgeous cotton pram liner, making it the perfect place for your sleepy baby.

Pros

  • Durability
  • Craftmanship
  • Unique classic design
  • Comfort
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Aftercare kit
  • Large shopping basket
  • White leather harness

Cons

  • Limited terrain
Suitable for ageBirth - 3 years
Product size (cm)L: 133cm x W: 59cm x H: 125 cm
Weight (lb)37 kg
Suitable for weight (lb)30 lb
Travel system compatibleNo
Recline positionsNone
Seat facing directionParent-facing
Folded dimensionsUnknown
Front-wheel Unknown

What To Consider When Buying A Pram

Finding the perfect pram for your family's needs is essential. Your pram or stroller will play an imperative part in your day-to-day life. It will play a crucial role in ensuring the comfort and safety of the baby while travelling or going on walks. There are several factors to consider when buying a pram, including:

Safety features: Safety should be the top priority. Check for features like a five-point harness, sturdy brakes, adjustable straps, and a stable frame to keep the baby secure. All of the prams and strollers listed in this article comply with the UK safety regulations (British Standard 7409:1996 or BS EN 1888:2003). These standards lay out the requirements for all vehicles that are used to carry babies or children.

Age and weight range: Consider the age and weight range the pram is designed for. Some prams are suitable for newborns, while others are better for older infants and toddlers. Rather than looking at the age specifically, check the max weight to ensure that your child is safe whilst using the pram or stroller.

Size and weight: Think about the portability and storage of the pram. If you're a frequent traveller and will need to fold and carry it frequently, look for a lightweight design. However, if you plan predominately to walk with your baby, having a robust pram with good wheels will weigh more but be better suited to your needs.

Terrain and usage: Consider where you'll primarily use the pram. If you'll be walking for lovely country walks through terrains like peddles or grass, look for a pram with sturdy wheels and good suspension. Alternatively, if you live in a busy city, large robust tyres may make the pram heavier and harder to travel with.

Reclining positions: Check the pram's reclining options. Newborns need to lie flat, while older babies like to see the big wide world.

Storage space: Look for a pram with enough storage space for carrying bags and shopping as well as baby essentials like your changing bag.

Compatibility with car seat: If you plan to use a car seat, check if the pram is compatible with the car seat model you intend to use. The ability to clip your car seat onto your pram makes short journeys much easier.

Canopy and weather protection: A sun canopy is essential to protect your baby from this country's forever-changing weather conditions. A sun canopy will also block out some light, which protects your little one's sensitive skin and enables them to rest. Living in the UK means that a rain cover is pretty much essential, check whether your pram comes with a rain cover or whether you need to purchase one separately. And don't forget your pram muffs for winter!

What Is The Difference Between Pram, Pushchair And Stroller?

It can be very confusing to know the differences between a pram, pushchair and stroller, especially when there are so many baby essentials out there on the market. Here's what to remember:

Pram: A pram refers to a baby carriage designed for newborns or very young infants. Prams typically have a fully flat, padded, and spacious sleeping area. As newborns sleep on average 16 to 18 hours a day, a comfortable and safe pram is essential.

Pushchair: The term 'pushchair' is commonly used in the UK and some other parts of the world. A pushchair is generally designed for older infants and toddlers who can sit up unaided. They typically have a reclining seat, adjustable backrest, and safety harness to secure the child. We recommend always choosing a pushchair with a 5-point harness to ensure your little one's safety. Pushchairs can be more compact than prams, making them easier for everyday use.

Stroller: In the United States, the term 'stroller' is more commonly used. A stroller is a general term that encompasses both prams and pushchairs. But like most American phrases, it is becoming more popular in the UK. Strollers typically can be transformed to and from a pram with the addition of a carrycot - usually, this will be sold separately.

Should I Opt For A Travel System?

Opting for a travel system can be convenient for some parents, but it ultimately depends on your specific needs. A travel system usually consists of a stroller that can be used with an infant car seat. The car seat can be easily attached and detached from the stroller, allowing you to transfer your baby from the car to the stroller without disturbing their sleep. Whilst this does have many benefits, not all prams are suitable.

When Should I Buy A Pram?

It's a good idea to purchase a pram before your baby is born. We recommend putting the pram together so you are confident about how to open and close your travel system before your baby brain kicks in. Having the pram ready before the baby arrives allows you to be prepared for any unexpected early arrivals. Don't forget, setting up prams can be a milestone moment to help you be even more excited for the birth of a baby.

How Much Should I Spend On A Pram?

The amount you spend on your pram is relative to your budget, lifestyle and affordability. Remember that a pram that converts into a stroller can be used for, on average, the next four years, whereas a pram that's specifically designed for babies may only get one year of use. Prams are available at various price points (including designer prams), but it's essential to balance quality and affordability to ensure you get a reliable product that suits your needs.

Hannah Carroll is a Parenting, Lifestyle and Home Product writer for Grazia, specialising in product testing and reviews. With three children, Hannah loves testing the latest industry products on her own family.

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