The UK’s best lightweight compact prams, buggies and strollers 2021
Finding the right stroller for you and your family can be a difficult task, especially if you aren’t sure what your priorities are. Of course, baby comfort and safety will always come first, but there are so many other considerations to be taken into account - how much do you value style? What is your budget? What are the specific demands of your lifestyle?
At Direct4Baby, we’re more than experienced in helping parents work out exactly the right stroller for them and, in this blog, we’re going to be giving advice on what stroller to buy if you’re a big traveller! Traveling parents, whether they find themselves jetting off on holiday, travelling around the country or filling their days with short and frequent trips around town, need a lightweight and compact stroller to suit their busy lifestyles.
Sound like you? Take a look at our list of the UK’s best lightweight prams and compact pushchairs for travelling. You might just find exactly the right stroller for you!
First on our list of lightweight buggies has to be the Silver Cross Jet Stroller. Sleek, compact and ultra lightweight, this pushchair weighs only 6.2kg. As the name suggests, this is the ultimate travelling stroller, especially if you make your way around the world by plane. The compact folding system allows this pram to be folded away and stored as cabin luggage within the overhead compartments available on most major airlines and, with a handy cover to keep it protected, you’ll arrive at your destination without a scratch. Incredibly convenient, this easily foldable pushchair can also be wheeled around as easily as a suitcase in its compact form, making transporting it around busy terminals a breeze.
While remarkably compact and lightweight, these benefits don’t come as a trade off as this stroller still displays the glamour and style that Silver Cross is known for, with the special edition ‘eclipse’ colourway coming with a high gloss black chassis and rose gold embellishments. On top of this, the pram itself is incredibly comfortable with a multi-position reclining backrest and features a fully extendable UPF50+ hood, an air-flow ventilation system and a pop-out sun visor so, wherever you’re jetting off to, your baby will be fully safe and protected.
If you’re impressed by the Silver Cross Jet Stroller, wait until you see the new Jet Compact Stroller for 2020. One of the most impressive releases in 2020, not only does this new generation of the Jet stroller benefit from all the incredible features of its predecessor, but it is also even more lightweight at only 5.9kg. This updated version also takes comfort and manoeuvrability one step further, with wider front wheels providing increased suspension, allowing you to tackle any surface you may be faced with on your travels. An improved ergonomic seat is also new to this model, ensuring your baby will remain comfortable on every single journey.
Not the most lightweight stroller on the market, the speciality of the iCandy Lime Lifestyle Pushchair is it's incredibly quick and compact folding system. The TotalFold folding system allows parents to effortlessly convert their pushchair into its compact form, which is small enough to transfer easily into the boot of a car, to move onto public transport or into a convenient storage compartment on a train.
Functioning as a super transportable and compact travel system, the iCandy Lime Lifestyle includes the seat unit and carrycot which, together, gives you suitability from birth all the way to 25kg! This long lifespan means this is a stroller that will last you for years to come and, with all the extras such as a convenient changing bag, raincover, large shopping basket and more, this compact stroller certainly has a lot to give.
At Direct4Baby, we love seeing an upgraded stroller and the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller 1.5 is the perfect example of why. The first model in this series, the Ergobaby Metro Compact Stroller was incredibly successful, having been certified as “back healthy” for both baby and parent by the AGR of Germany and picking up a Gold certification in the 2019 ‘Made for Mums’ awards. Since the original model, Ergobaby have pushed their design even further to produce a compact stroller that is perfect for every occasion.
Retaining the style and comfort of the Metro Compact Stroller, the Compact City 1.5 features the same easy fold chassis that is collapsible with one hand, allowing you to hold your baby in one hand and fold with the other. The improvements are plentiful too, with the newer model boasting an increase in carry weight (18kg to 22kg), which will ultimately extend the usability of your stroller, the fabric has been upgraded with a snag and shower proof replacement and the chassis itself has been reinforced with aluminium making it more durable than before.
Perfect for on-the-move parents, especially those that live a busy life in the city, the GB Pockit+ All City Fashion Edition Stroller is built for comfort, style and, above all, transportability. With it’s super lightweight frame, this pram weighs only 5.6kg and is completely collapsible within only two-steps, making it incredibly fast and easy to fold and lift into the boot of a car for journeys, or onto public transport. For parents traveling abroad, the folded chassis is also airplane hand luggage compliant, making holidays by plane child’s play.
Beyond these incredible features, which have earned its place on our list of lightweight strollers, this compact pram also specialises in adaptability, with its chameleon-like configuration settings allowing you to customise it to fit your exact parenting needs.
Sometimes, a compact pram just doesn’t have the same stand-out ‘look’ as a standard stroller as, in an attempt to design an easily foldable, ultra lightweight pram, designers often choose to sacrifice style and sophistication in favour of practicality. Thankfully, Babyzen has bucked this trend with the YOYO² Complete Stroller which, with a lightweight frame of just 6.1kg, achieves manoeuvrability without losing any style points.
Suitable from birth to 6 months with the Babyzen YOYO Newborn Pack, and then up to 22kg with the world facing seat, this adaptable compact buggy is long lasting and, with the high quality materials, it will last for generations.
Weighing in at under 6kg, freestanding when folded and featuring an easy two-step folding system, the Joie Tourist Compact Stroller is an excellent choice for travelling parents on a budget. The included carry bag and strap also make manoeuvring this ultra lightweight pram in it’s folded form simple and easy, turning travel from a nightmare into a breeze.
This compact stroller is available to purchase alone or, for the tiniest travel companions, it is fully compatible with the Joie Ramble Carrycot. With baby-soft lining, this comfortable carrycot offers a lie-flat space to sleep for your little one so that, while you’re off on your adventures, you can be confident knowing your baby is safe and happy.
Lightweight compact strollers at Direct4Baby
At Direct4Baby, we have a wide range of lightweight pushchairs so, if you’re looking for the perfect compact stroller for travelling, we’re sure we have exactly the right one for you.
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