The UK’s best lightweight compact prams, buggies and strollers 2020 (under 8kg)
by Jade Brodie
If you’re doing your research to find a compact pushchair that packs a punch, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Direct4Baby, there’s not much we don’t know about baby products and it’s our business to know everything there is to know about the very latest lightweight prams, pushchairs and buggies on the market. Ultimately, it’s our obsession with trying, testing and reviewing the latest products that means we can confidently recommend the very best pram for you and your baby. In our latest blog post we’ve rounded up our absolute favourite lightweight compact prams, buggies and strollers that we’re stocking in 2019 and 2020. Which of the below compact strollers is right for you will depend on your budget, lifestyle and of course, personal tastes, so if you’re not 100% sure which to go for, then get in touch with our friendly team of experts or make the most of the live chat function on our site where we can offer our impartial advice. Alternatively, if you’re based in the North West of England, then visit our dedicated showroom in Ormskirk, where one of our experts can demonstrate several options that might suit you.
The Silver Cross Jet stroller is ultra compact and ultra lightweight. The reason it’s one of our favourites and first on this list is that it can fold up so small it can be used as a piece of cabin baggage on all major airlines and comes with a protective bag. That means - no more checking in the stroller, waiting around for it in baggage claim, leaving the condition in which it arrives back to you up to Lady Luck and - no more using awful temporary strollers in the airport! Essentially, if you’re looking for the ultimate travel stroller from a world-famous brand then this might just be it.
Sometimes a compact pram just doesn’t have the same stand-out ‘look’ as a standard stroller. Because they are designed to be lightweight, sometimes all focus on style and sophistication goes out the window during the design process. Thankfully, Babyzen has bucked this trend with the YOYO+. Weighing just 6.2-6.6kg (depending on the exact model), the YOYO+ unfolds super easily, can be driven with one hand and can also be classed as a cabin bag on most major airlines.
Stylishly cool and perfect for city life, this lightweight Maxi-Cosi stroller can be folded with one hand, making it perfect for easy folding and unfolding when you’re in a hurry. Ideal for the tube or public transport, this compact stroller is also super comfortable for baby, featuring a lie-flat padded seat and snuggly-soft carrycot - which is why we rate it so highly.
Meet the world’s smallest stroller! Engineered and designed in Germany and featuring a 2-year warranty and washable fabric, the GB Pockit Stroller is the lightest stroller in the list. Weighing just 4.3kg, it’s perfect for those that are in need of one of the lightest prams on the market. Its featherweight design means it can easily be pushed with just one hand.Perfectly practical for when you’re on the move and simple to stow away when you’re not or if space is limited, this pram folds up neatly into a handbag-shaped package in just two steps.
This sporty little number is the Diono Traverze Travel Stroller. With travel in its name, you can be sure that this buggy is perfect for exactly that. It’s available in a range of colours, but personally we love this sport-style version, with bright yellow 5-point harness, one-touch brake system and storage pocket on the back of the hood. As well as looks, this stroller comes with a bunch of practical features too. It’s one of the lightest strollers we stock at 5.6kg, also fits in most overhead cabins if you’re jetsetting with your little one and includes a water-resistant travel bag to protect it from the elements during transport.
A real city-slicker stroller, the Ergobaby Metro Compact Stroller balances style and substance and is an excellent all-rounder in this list. It’s the only stroller currently on the market that is certified “back healthy” for both baby and parent by the AGR of Germany. The multi-zone padding, lightweight build and ability to fold this pram one-handed have all no doubt contributed to this certification. It also picked up a Gold certification in the 2019 ‘Made for Mums’ awards - just in case it needed some more kudos.
Featuring a stylish black leatherette bumper bar and on-trend grey seat fabric, the UniLove Slight Lux Compact Stroller is a great, versatile choice. Its reversible seat gives you the option to have your little one lying flat, forward-facing or parent-facing. Simple to fold into a flat position that is ideal for the car boot, this stroller also features a 5-point safety harness and a height-adjustable UV 50+ zipper canopy - perfect for growing children of different ages.
If you’re looking for a compact stroller that’s a breeze to carry, then the Joie Pact Lite Stroller comes highly recommended. At just 5.5kg, it’s the lightest buggy to feature in our list. It’s suitable for newborns right through to toddlers, features a full-size shopping basket, swivel wheels for when driving on rough terrain and a convenient carry strap. Available in an eye-catching lychee colour, it also features an extendable UPF50+ canopy with visor to keep your little one protected from the sun whether you’re out and about in the UK or abroad.
Offering great value for money, the Familidoo Air Pushchair features a mix of some of the great compact pushchair attributes featured in many of the above models. At 6.3kg, it’s right in the middle of the weight ranges in this list, it also features a 5-point safety harness, can be easily folded with one hand and neatly stored in the carry bag it comes with. As well as boasting front and rear-wheel suspension, this compact pram comes with a detachable T-Bar for added safety and is suitable for ages 6 months and over. Still looking for the best compact stroller? Visit our showroom or browse the full range of compact strollers on our website.