The 12 Best Baby Strollers Under £200 In 2020
Buying a new pushchair can be a real headache. There are so many to choose from. So, busy mummy, I’ve created this handy list of the 12 best baby strollers costing under £200 to make your life a little easier.
Pram, Pushchair, Stroller: What’s the Difference?
Okay, so before I dive in to my list of the 12 best strollers of 2020 we need to be clear about a stroller is. And what it isn’t.
- Pram: a pram is a shortened version of the word perambulator (fancy eh!) and is essentially a carrycot on wheels. It’s designed for newborn and very young babies to lie flat while you’re out and about. Laying flat is considered best for newborns, because their lungs are still developing.
- Pushchair: a pushchair is typically the next stage on from a pram. Suitable for when your baby is a little older and able to hold up her own head. It’s best to start with a pushchair where baby faces you. Then switch it round to outward facing when baby’s ready to see the world.
- Stroller: this isn’t a word we use much in the UK. But it’s fairly common in America. A stroller is basically a more basic version of a pushchair for toddlers and young children. Strollers tend to be more lightweight than pushchairs. And they’re designed for occasional use because little legs get tired quickly.
- Travel System: just to be clear, I’m also not including travel systems in this guide. A travel system is where you buy a multi-function frame that fits a carrycot, pushchair seat and sometimes a carseat too. These tend to be more expensive because they grow with baby and can include lots of matching accessories all in one bundle.
Are Strollers Safe For Newborns?
No. Quite simply the answer to this question is no, strollers are not safe for newborn babies.
Newborns need to be able to lay flat. The NHS give clear advice that strollers, pushchairs or buggies should only be used once baby can sit and hold their own head up.
You can find more advice from the NHS about travelling with newborns here.
Why Do I Need to Buy a Stroller?
You’ll soon discover that your little one really dislikes being confined to a pushchair once she’s found her feet.
Yep, those baby-boots were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do!
Except that toddlers can’t walk very far. Or for very long. So that family day out you’ve got planned, or that shopping trip into town that you really need to do, is far easier if you’ve got a lightweight stroller to use.
Your big, reliable pushchair will seem heavy and difficult to handle when you’re trying to push it while at the same time cling on to the toddler who should be in it. But they’re not in it. They’re trying to run off in the opposite direction.
A stroller is the perfect solution for children aged 2-3 years old. Or for the grandparent (or family member) who only occasionally takes your child out without you.
How Much Should I Spend on a Stroller?
Like most things, the cost of a stroller can vary wildly. So you need to think about how much you’re going to use it. And if you’re likely to keep it for any new arrivals further down the line.
Do you regularly go out with your toddler for long periods of time? Maybe you walk the school run most days but it’s just too far for your toddler to manage?
In which case you’re likely to spend a little more on a stroller than someone who’s buying a smaller buggy for their summer hols. Or for granny to keep at her house for the occasional weekend visit.
A quick search online will reveal strollers from as little as £30 to others well over the £1000 mark.
The most expensive one I found was £3,460! I can’t imagine spending that much money on a stroller. Unless it was made of solid gold and came with a nanny. Or an engine!
I figured that most people reading this would think that’s a bit too extravagant too. So this list only has strollers priced under £200. A far more realistic figure I think you’ll agree.
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The 12 Best Strollers Under £200!
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From Mamas & Papas this stylish and streamlined stroller has a sporty 4-wheel design. It boasts a one-hand instant fold. With a lightweight aluminium chassis it’s durable and practical. Includes a rain cover and UV50+ sun canopy. With a large, easy-access shopping basket below.
Also from Mamas & Papas the Armadillo only makes the list because this colour is on offer at £159, instead of £249! It has a spacious seat, adjustable footrest and lie-flat position. Named a Which Best Buy in 2019 and claims to be “ideal for suburban strolling.” Designed to be compact, with one-hand fold, cupholder, rain cover, and UPF50+ sun canopy.
An Amazon best-seller, this stroller weighs just 8.5kg. It’s practical and user-friendly. With a padded backrest and 5 point safety harness, it also boasts 4 position recline. Compact and easy to carry when folded down.
Picked as an Amazon Choice this super-light stroller weighs just 5.8kg. It’s compact, features the one-hand fold mechanism and can be carried over the shoulder. With a roomy, padded seat this stroller has multi-recline and includes a UPF50+ hood, rain cover and shopping basket. Suitable for toddlers up to 25kg.
A Which Best Buy in 2018 the Pop has similar features to the newer Zest. Whilst stylish and practical, this is a little heavier at 7.2kg. Boasting ergonomic soft grip handles, it has a wide seat and tall back. The Pop is the perfect combination of comfort and practical.
From Mamas & Papas this is an excellent stroller for the money. All-round suspension is designed to tackle most terrains with ease and comfort. The XL hood has integrated ventilation to keep your little one cool. It’s lightweight at just 8.8kg. And it boasts an umbrella fold, one-hand recline to lie-flat and adjustable leg supports to grow with your littler one.
A favourite for holiday-makers and grandparents, this stroller is simple and sturdy. Customer reviews comment on how great value for money this budget stroller is. Weighing just 7.5kg. Umbrella fold and multi-recline too.
This is the only stroller I’m featuring that includes a footmuff and changing bag, which you would normally expect to buy as additional extras. It boasts an adjustable footrest, one-hand fold, rain cover, removable seat for easy cleaning and a parent view window in the hood. Weighing only 6.9kg it’s lightweight, comfortable and roomy.
The biggest selling point of this stroller is that it folds down small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment on an airplane. So if you travel regularly this may be the perfect stroller for you.
From Mamas & Papas the name says it all. Designed with the travelling family in mind this is one of the lightest strollers at under 6kg. It features a one-step fold, ultra-compact fold, UPF50+ canopy, multi-position recline and shopping basket. M&P call it the “pack-along pal.”
The cheapest stroller to make the list, Red Kite are well-known for their budget baby products. Always great value for money, this simple stroller is practical with many of the features you’d expect from a more expensive stroller.
The most expensive buggy on the list, the Hauck Runner is not your conventional stroller. Designed for the fitness-conscious parent, this all-terrain sport-stroller has extra large air wheels, a roomy and comfortable seat, adjustable handle, ventilated hood, large basket. And it can carry up to 25kg. Safe and stylish for the sporty parent.
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