The UK’s best lightweight compact prams, buggies and strollers 2022
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? Whether you’re a jet-setting parent or constantly taking trips up and down the UK, we’re here to provide some expert advice on what makes a truly good lightweight stroller, compact pushchair or travel buggy. Read on to see our list of the UK’s best lightweight prams and compact pushchairs for 2022. You might just find exactly the right small stroller for you!
What is the smallest Bugaboo pram?
Known for pushing the boundaries on traditional pushchair design, it’s no surprise that Bugaboo have a number of stylish, practical compact prams within their wider collection of pushchair designs. The smallest compact pram in the Bugaboo range is undoubtedly the Bugaboo Ant, which was released back in 2019. Ultra-compact and incredibly lightweight, the Bugaboo Ant was the best holiday buggy released in that year, but can it still claim that title?
Up against some stiff competition from Bugaboo’s latest compact stroller, the Bugaboo Bee 6, the Bugaboo Ant struggles to keep up with its slightly larger cousin in many important categories. While the Bugaboo Ant thrives as the lightest pram in their collection, and has an unrivalled compact fold, it falls down on convenience and practicality when compared to the new Bugaboo Bee 6. Not designed to give the luxury comfort provided by the Bugaboo Bee 6, and without the useful accessories that make travelling with a child easier day-to-day, the Ant is the best travel stroller for parents holidaying abroad, but is less suited to day-to-day travelling than the compact Bee 6.
What is the difference between Bugaboo Bee 5 and 6?
One of Bugaboo’s most popular lightweight stroller ranges, the Bugaboo Bee has seen multiple updates and upgrades over the years and the latest iteration, the Bugaboo Bee 6, benefits from a number of interesting features that set it apart from its predecessor. We’ve already mentioned a few of these when looking at what makes the Bee 6 a suitable day-to-day compact pram for city-dwelling parents, but the full list of upgrades below goes to show just how superior this travel stroller really is.
- Weight: One of the most important factors to consider when looking for a lightweight pram, there is a difference of just over 1 lb between the Bee 5 and the Bee 6, with the former ranking as the most lightweight stroller of the two. This win does come at a cost, however, as the 20.7 lbs Bee 6 has an increased weight capacity of 50 lbs compared to the Bee 5’s 37.5 lbs. This means that the slightly heavier Bee 6 will remain suitable for your child for longer.
- Compact fold: What the Bugaboo Bee 5 and 6 models lack in weight, they make up for with their impressive compact fold. The Bugaboo Bee 5 has always been revered for its impressive fold, but it is still beaten by the simple improvements and clever upgrades on the Bee 6. With the addition of a self-stand accessory to the compact stroller, which keeps the compact pram upright when neatly folded away, the Bee 6 can be folded away as quickly and easily as the Bee 5, but without the additional hassle of trying to gently set it down without scratching the chassis.
- Manoeuvrability: Another convenient update for the Bee 6 compact pram is the wheels. Instead of the 6 inch hard rubber wheels of its predecessor, the updated Bee 6 has 7 inch PU tires with in-built independent four-wheel suspension.
- Safety and comfort: While it’s undoubtedly useful to have a compact pram that suits your needs as a busy, travelling parent, knowing there are certain features in place that protect your child and keep them comfortable is just as important. In the Bugaboo Bee 6, there are a number of improvements made for this purpose, with the canopy fabric upgraded to durable canvas with a ventilation panel and peekaboo window to improve airflow and visibility. On top of this, the fabric of the seat has been changed to a breathable mesh with ventilation holes up the back, making it the perfect travel pram for holidays in hot climates.
- Newborn carrycot: If you find yourself travelling with a newborn in tow, you’ll also be able to make the most of this compact buggy’s coordinating carrycot. Given similar improvements to the Bugaboo Bee 6’s seat, this baby bassinet has an improved ventilation system to increase the comfort of your little one. In order to make your life a little easier, Bugaboo have also made a few quality of life updates, raising the bassinet by 1.5 inches and making it easier to remove from the compact pram base, shortening the time it takes to collapse the holiday travel system when you’re on the go.
Bugaboo Bee 5 Stroller, £499.00
While there’s no doubt that the Bugaboo Bee 6 has seen some impressive and incredibly attractive upgrades, we are still, and likely always will be, impressed by the Bugaboo Bee 5. Compact, convenient and comfortable, the Bee 5 remains a great option for parents looking for a great compact stroller on a budget. If you already have the Bugaboo Bee 5, you can also benefit from some of the new upgrades as the Bugaboo Bee 6 carrycot can be used with the chassis of the Bee 5.
Bugaboo Bee 6 Stroller, £580.50
If you have a little bit more of a budget to spend or are simply looking for the most up to date compact pram, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Bugaboo Bee 6. Offering travelling parents complete confidence that their compact pram can go wherever they go, the Bugaboo Bee 6 has plenty of additional features to merit the additional spend.
Is the Babyzen YoYo worth the money?
While we at Direct4Baby love the Babyzen YoYo², and have been impressed by the innate style of this versatile lightweight stroller since its original release, whether it’s worth the money is entirely dependent on the personal priorities of the parent. For example, the Babyzen YoYo² is perfect for parents looking for an incredibly lightweight pram to take with them abroad, on long and frequent car journeys and on the bus, but it does require an additional purchase in order to increase age suitability to include the first 6 months of your newborn’s life.
BABYZEN YOYO² Complete Stroller, £574.00
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.
Which stroller can I take on the plane?
If you take your little ones on adventures all over the world, having a suitably lightweight and compact pram to take abroad with you is vital. Of course, many airlines will allow you to store larger prams as check-in luggage, but if you’re looking for the ultimate convenience through the airport and on the plane, choosing a carry-on travel stroller such as the Silver Cross Jet is your best option.
Sleek, compact and ultra lightweight, this lightweight 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 2022. 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.
What’s the smallest pram in 2022?
If you’re looking for the most lightweight pram on the market, with an unparalleled folding system that still offers practicality and style, look no further than the GB Pockit+ lightweight stroller.
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 it 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.
What is the most compact stroller?
If your priority lies with the compact and convenient fold more than the weight of a pram, then we can certainly recommend a few compact prams to add to your list of top contenders. Already, we’ve seen the super compact GB Pockit+ and Silver Cross Jet, but if you’re looking for a strong all-rounder that remains super compact and easy to fold, considering the iCandy Lime Lifestyle compact pushchair is also worthwhile.
iCandy Lime Lifestyle Pushchair, £750.00
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.
Find lightweight prams and compact strollers for 2022 at Direct4Baby
At Direct4Baby, we have a wide range of the latest lightweight pushchairs so, if you’re looking for the perfect compact stroller for travelling or getting from A to B with ease, we’re sure we have exactly the right one for you.
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