Which? reveals parents’ 5 biggest pushchair purchase regrets


27 Feb 2024

Which? reveals parents’ 5 biggest pushchair purchase regrets

Which? reveals parents’ 5 biggest pushchair purchase regrets

A pushchair could be one of the most expensive items you'll purchase when you have a baby, so it’s crucial you do your research to avoid buyers remorse.


But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We spoke to thousands of parents and here are the five most common regrets they shared with us:

1. Too heavy

Some pushchairs weigh as little as four or five kilograms, but they can go up to 20kg, especially if it’s a double pushchair.


More than a quarter of parents admitted they found their pushchair too heavy. If it's likely that you'll be carrying your buggy up and down stairs regularly, or in and out of your car boot or on public transport, then it needs to be a manageable weight.

When you try out a pushchair, bear in mind that you’ll also be dealing with the weight of your baby and potentially additional shopping and changing bags. Which? pushchair reviews show how much each pushchair weighs in the Specifications section.


2. Too big

When considering a pushchair purchase, check the size when it’s folded as well as unfolded.

A fifth of parents wished they went for a smaller and less bulky pushchair, and one in eight revealed they couldn’t actually fit it in their car boot. 

You don’t want a buggy that is impossible to navigate round shops or on public transport. Our reviews, the retailer website or the manufacturer’s website should show the dimensions of the pushchair.


3. Not future-proof

A convertible pushchair, which can change from a single to double and back again, is less common and generally more expensive than the average pushchair. However it can be a wise investment if you're planning on having a second child in the near future.

One in eight parents regretted not going for a convertible pushchair. So if it's likely you'll have two children close in age and your budget can cover it, think about whether the versatility of a convertible buggy would be the best option for you.

Popular single to double pushchairs include the iCandy Peach All-Terrain, Bugaboo Donkey 5, Joolz Geo2, Mountain Buggy Duet 3 and Phil & Teds Sport Inline.


4. Unsuitable age range

Several parents told us they wish they had taken into consideration how long their pushchair would last for when comparing different models and the cost.

Not all pushchairs have seats that are suitable for newborns, so if that’s a must for you make sure your chosen buggy has a lie-flat seat that can be used from birth. Some also have a lower maximum weight limit than others (15kg as opposed to 22kg), so your child will grow out of it faster. 


5. Too expensive

One in seven parents said they thought they paid too much for their pushchair. We’ve found several Best Buy buggies for around £150, so you don’t necessarily need to spend a huge amount to get a great pushchair.

We’d advise taking the time to do research and if possible go into a retailer or to the Baby Show where you can get hands-on experience with as many pushchairs as possible. 

For more help and buying advice, take a look at the Which? guide to the best pushchairs.
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