Prams are the most traditional form of baby transit system. They’re a familiar sight, and generally follow a similar design. However, the best pram should do more than just serve the purpose of carrying your child. It should be comfortable, convenient, and durable. Plus, many newer prams provide an additional seat, which allows you to transform a carry-cot pram into a sport buggy. These new models provide the best of both worlds. You’ll be able to use one system from birth until walking age! But which do you buy?
There’s a lot to choose from, so we’ve done some of the research for you. Below, you’ll find our top three picks from the online marketplace. We’ve combed through lots of the best pram reviews and found three that we think excel in quality, convenience, and value. Our reviews will take you through the best prams essential features, and show you what previous buyers are saying about these prams. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a list of things to think about while you’re shopping.
First, take a quick look at our current best pram reviews and recommendations:
|Infantastic Pushchair Pram|
|iSafe Lil Friend Trio System||A+|
“Very pleased with this pram, would recommend, one happy customer, worth the money.”
This pram combines a traditional lay-down pram design with a buggy seat. This allows you to transform it into a push chair as your child grows. The carry-cot from the pram is also usable independently. Reviewers said it was simple, light, and maneuverable.
This is a lightweight crossover model with all the basic features (footcover, sunshade, harness). It’ll grow with your child, and most reviewers found it light and maneuverable. However, as with many budget models, customer support is limited.
“this pram is just amazing its very light extremely easy to assemble, change parts (i.e change from carry cot to car seat), and pure pleasure to push. although light it is solid…i fell in love with the colour too”
Our top quality pick is a three-in-one system combining a carry-cot pram, a buggy, and a carseat. It’s solidly built and well-equipped for all your travels.
This is a very high-quality buggy. It’s comfortable, spacious, and should serve for as long as you need it to. It costs a lot more than our other picks, but you do get your money’s worth. You’ll have a fully-cushioned, weather-protected buggy with a guaranteed life. Plus, you won’t need to buy any additional equipment, unless you want the carseat base.
“This is a very nice pushchair it looks attractive and certainly more expensive than it was. Lightweight and very spacious. Excellent size basket and hood which keeps the sun off. Would highly recommend if you are on a budget and want something eye catching.”
A budget-priced pram with many of the same features as larger buggies. It’s lightweight, agile, and built to last. The Magica will work from birth to about 3 years, and has plenty of adjustable features to help ease the transition.
The Froggy is a very popular choice. It’s solidly built, and has ample cushioning for your child. It’s lightweight, converts between pram and buggy with ease, and will last as long as you need it to.
The Froggy Magica is the cheapest of our three choices, but it’s also very highly rated. It’s solidly built, well-equipped, and reviewers had very few complaints. You’ll get a sunshade, footmuff, and a lot of storage space. This pram is great for budget-minded parents looking for all the basics. The Infantastic is about the same price, but includes a longer warranty. If you’re looking for a car seat as well, the iSafe provides a complete travel package. It’s comfy, flexible, and has a lot of added comfort features that you won’t find in the Froggy or the Infantastic. Plus, you’ll have a much longer warranty period than the other two models.
Things to Think About
Budget priced prams provide the basics of a push chair system. They generally include a carry-cot and a push chair frame. However, even budget prams now tend to have adjustable seats which will allow your child to sit upright as in a buggy. Some come with basic weather-protectors and shades. Look to more expensive prams for better folding mechanisms, more adjustable features, and more amenities like cupholders and extended sunshades. The most expensive prams come as part of a travel system, which includes a carry-cot, a pushchair, a buggy seat, and a car seat as well.
More expensive prams will tend to have more conveniences and comforts. Top range models will have cupholders, adjustable sunshades, and better padding/cushioning. However, this isn’t just a matter of added bonuses. You’ll also find that many “extras” become essentials in the long run. For instance, you’ll want to spend the extra money for a pram with additional/removable padding if you’ll be using it with newborns. And if you live in a rainy area, a rain cover is more of an essential than an extra. Generally, the smaller, lighter prams have fewer amenities and options. You’ll have less space in the storage basket, and fewer adjustable features as your child grows.
If you’re an urban parent, you’ll probably be using public transportation and navigating busy streets. You want a light, collapsible pram. These tend to be made of plastic. Metal options are sturdier, but they tend to be bigger and bulkier. Lots of newer models combine the strength of metal with the lightness of plastic, thanks to aluminum frames.
There are two things to consider when you think about convenience. One is the convenience offered by the pram itself. You’ll want to look at the added storage and comfort features as well as the folding mechanism and the ride itself. More amenities can improve your experience immeasurably. The other is the overall convenience of the stroller as a part of your lifestyle. For instance, a stroller with large storage basket, sunshade, and cupholders may be very convenient while you’re using it. However, it’ll probably be bulky and less easy to fold into a small package. A good pram should be very portable. You want a fast, convenient folding mechanism. Also look for carrying straps or handles, and make sure it’ll fit in your car boot if needs must.
If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out our buggy reviews page! And feel free to take our list of things to think about along for your own shopping.