Is a baby on the way and the right equipment is still being sought? Or is an existing child now old enough to consider buying a new pushchair? Then a buggy could be the right choice!
In our big buggy test 2022 we have compiled detailed background information on the subject of buggies. You will find answers to the most important questions and we introduce you to different types of buggies. We also give you some criteria to look out for when buying a buggy.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Buggy: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a buggy
- 5 Decision: What types of buggies are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5.1 What are the differences between buggies for newborns and buggies for toddlers and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.2 If you want a buggy for a baby under 6 months ..
- 5.3 ..or are you looking for a buggy for toddlers (from 6 months to 4 years)?
- 5.4 What are the special features of buggies for several children or twins and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.5 What are the special features of compact buggies for travelling and on the road and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.6 What are the special features of buggies for particularly sporty people and for different surfaces, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- 6 Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate buggies
- 7 Facts worth knowing about buggies
- A buggy is a special form of pram and a practical means of transport for babies and toddlers. Due to the large selection of colours and designs, you will also find the right model for your child.
- A basic distinction is made between buggies for newborns and large toddlers, buggies for several children and twins, buggies for travelling and sports buggies.
- Important purchase criteria when choosing a suitable buggy include the dimensions, the item weight, the materials, the design and the GS test seal.
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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a buggy
What are the advantages of a buggy over other pushchairs?
It is ideal for parents in particular, as its umbrella folding system means that it usually requires only one or very few movements to set up or take down again. This makes it very easy to handle. It is usually not very big and very space-saving, so you can easily stow it in the boot and it is therefore also well suited for small cars.
Normal buggies nowadays weigh between five and ten kilograms and are therefore much lighter than other prams. This special lightness of buggies means that you can take them almost anywhere without having to go to great lengths: whether on holiday, in the city or just for a walk through the woods.
Despite its lightness, a buggy is very sturdy and robustly built so that it can withstand constant folding and unfolding over time.
There is a very large selection of pushchairs, so be sure to look at all the features and especially the customer reviews.
Another important advantage of the lightweight and sturdy prams over the combi prams is the extreme manoeuvrability, which can make manoeuvring through crowded streets or even crowds extremely easy. This makes the buggy the perfect companion and a must-have for every family.
Did you know that in addition to the typical buggies, there are also alternative variants, such as the stroller?
This is very practical if you want to transport several children. In addition, the little ones have more space and room.
Today, there is an enormous variety of buggies, for the mountains, for travelling, for jogging, as combination carriages and in many other different shapes, types and designs, so that there is something for every type, whether parents-to-be or large families.
A brief summary of the advantages:
- Umbrella folding system
- Easy to assemble
- Very light and space-saving
- Stable and robust
- Very manoeuvrable
- Wide variety of designs, shapes and colours
What does a buggy cost?
Otherwise, most buggies can be found for between 40 and 200 euros, but the price can also be several hundred euros up to higher four-digit amounts. Depending on the brand, quality, comfort, design, tyres and other additional equipment, the price will of course vary.
A simple foldable buggy without much extra equipment naturally costs less than a high-quality combi-buggy with adjustable driving directions.
Here you will find a price table that should give you a rough overview of the price range depending on the category. However, prices may vary depending on the quality, brand or other factors and may be above or below the budget mentioned here.
|Maxi-Cosi buggy||from 200 Euros|
|Combi buggy||approx. 150-800 Euros|
|Twin/sibling buggy||approx. 70-450 Euros|
|Travel buggy (simple buggy)||approx. 25-180 Euros|
|Jogger (sports buggy)||approx. 120-600 Euros|
If this is too expensive for you, you can look for a second-hand buggy. Many of them are offered for sale on various Internet portals, such as eBay, or on local markets.
When should I buy a buggy for my child?
However, there are also special adjustable models that can be used by newborns or babies as young as 2-3 months, after all, many buggies also offer a reclining function or different shells. In which small children do not have to sit straight away, but which you can adjust or even convert as the child gets older, thus ensuring the optimum position depending on your child's stage of development.
What are the different types of equipment for the buggy and why might I need them?
- Suspension: absorbs impact on uneven surfaces, offers more comfort
- Footmuff: protects and keeps child warm in cold weather
- Tricycle: very manoeuvrable, suitable for jogging, walking on different surfaces
- large wheels: more robust, suitable for off-road use and different surfaces
- small wheels: easier to handle, need less storage space, universal use
- Pneumatic tyres: bounce well, therefore ideal for uneven surfaces
- Hard rubber tyres: very robust, difficult to damage
- Plastic tyres: often used on very cheap buggies, very poor suspension
- Handbrake: offers the possibility to lower the speed, thus reducing sudden braking that could cause the buggy to tip over.
- Reclining function: ideal if your child wants to rest and fall asleep after long journeys.
- adjustable pusher/ with direction change: so the child can watch you as well as the surrounding area, as desired.
- Sun canopy: protects from the sun, and prevents glare from the sun + provides shade.
- Rain and wind protection: Keeps your child dry in the rain and protects against the wind.
- Safety harness: which prevents your child from getting out independently and provides additional safety
Decision: What types of buggies are there and which is the right one for you?
Are you looking for a buggy for you and your darling, but don't know which one suits you and your wishes? Then this is the right page for you. Here we try to help you find the perfect buggy for you and your child. To simplify your search, you can already classify yourself into a sub-category here. What kind of buggy are you looking for?
- for newborns to large toddlers
- for multiple children and twins
- compact for travelling and on the go
- for particularly sporty people and for different surfaces
You don't know what you are looking for?
Then it's best to read through the entire text, at the latest then you will know which buggy you want to buy.
In the following, these different categories will be described in more detail and their advantages and disadvantages will be explained in more detail.
What are the differences between buggies for newborns and buggies for toddlers and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
The buggy is a special type of pram, whether for small or large children. There are special orientations for the very small among us, such as newborns or babies aged a few months, but also for toddlers up to 4 or sometimes even 5 years.
Of course, buggies for babies aged a few months should not have the same features as those for toddlers later on. After all, babies should still be as sheltered and warm as possible. They are not yet able to sit, let alone walk, and can therefore be shielded and protected from the outside world by being transported in a comfortable lying position.
In contrast, the buggy for toddlers should be as compact and easy to handle as possible. In addition, it should offer the child a possible seat for walks or sightseeing tours, but also the possibility to get out and walk by themselves, if they are already able to do so.
If you want a buggy for a baby under 6 months ..
...it is important to make sure that it has a reclining function. In addition, the buggy should be well padded and shielded from the outside world. A buggy with a push function is particularly suitable for this purpose, or at least the child should be able to see in your direction so that you notice immediately if something is wrong. The baby also feels your closeness and has a better view of you.
Ideal for babies are therefore baby buggies (also called Maxi-Cosi buggies) as well as combi buggies.
MaxiCosi buggies are a special type of buggy where you attach a removable baby seat to the frame of the buggy. By removing the infant carrier, it can also function as a child seat, and the pushchair therefore usually offers two functions. The Maxi Cosi is also very light and small and therefore perfect for storage. However, this variant is only suitable for the first months of the child's life until he or she eventually becomes too big for the shell.
The combi-buggy, on the other hand, can be modified as the child grows older so that it is suitable for all ages of the little darling and can therefore guarantee many years of use.
Here you usually have different shells (similar to the MaxiCosi) that you can install in the frame of the pram, e.g. a reclining shell as with normal prams, as well as a baby shell with seat function and/or adjustable seat.
..or are you looking for a buggy for toddlers (from 6 months to 4 years)?
For toddlers, you can therefore also use a combi buggy. As combi buggies are usually a little more expensive, a normal buggy is also sufficient. However, a reclining function is also an advantage here. If your little prince or princess gets too exhausted from the long journeys and the many impressions, he or she can fall asleep.
When buying buggies for small children, however, it is important to pay attention to the approved weight and age of the child. As many buggies are only designed for a body weight of up to 15 kg, you should inform yourself well about this beforehand and, if necessary, get a model that is suitable for heavier or older children.
What are the special features of buggies for several children or twins and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
If you are lucky enough to be the mother or father of not just one child but several children of a similar age or even twins (possibly triplets), a sibling or twin buggy (triplets buggy) is particularly suitable.
These are a little more expensive, but simply perfect for multiple children, so you and your partner don't each have to push a pram, but one of you is able to push both of your darlings, while the other is allowed to carry the bags when strolling down the street.
Twin buggies are relatively narrow, so they usually fit through doorways but still have enough room for both children, and with a weight of 10 to 20 kg they are not particularly heavy either. However, one or the other might still find it difficult to take up space in the boot.
Also, these types of prams are often a little more complicated to assemble, but they still fold up relatively well unlike twin prams.
What are the special features of compact buggies for travelling and on the road and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Do you want to travel with your darlings or just go on a short city tour?
Then you know the situation: summer is coming, the sun is shining and everyone wants to go on holiday. But when you get there, your little darling starts to complain because he doesn't want to go: his feet hurt. You and your partner would like to explore the city further, but carrying the child is too heavy in the long run and a pram doesn't fit in the small rental car or in a taxi, so what now?
The perfect solution is a travel buggy.
Not particularly big, not particularly heavy, and above all one thing: practical and super quick to set up and even better to put away again without taking up a lot of space in the hotel room or the car.
There are really specific buggies called travel buggies, but a very simply equipped buggy with as few trimmings as possible is just as suitable.
As the name suggests, you can take it with you on trips, excursions, tours and other trips or just for the road. Its big advantage is that it is very easy to fold, has a very low weight and is not much bigger than an umbrella when folded. This model is the ideal companion for travelling, whether by car, bus, train or plane.
What you could still use in your buggy for the trip:
At the most, you need a sun canopy that provides your child with protection from the sun and shade; ideally, this can also be adjusted, retracted and extended, or folded in or out. It would also be good to have a wind and rain cover to protect the child from particularly windy and rainy days.
It would also be good to have a footmuff that keeps the child warm on cold or evening trips. The buggy should also be equipped with a reclining function so that your little rascal can relax after a long tour while you and your companions finish off the evening with a nice meal.
What are the special features of buggies for particularly sporty people and for different surfaces, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Are you particularly fitness-oriented and don't want to give up jogging despite your child? Then a sports buggy or jogger is probably the best choice for you and your little darling.
The jogger is characterised by its three wheels instead of the usual four wheels of normal buggies. This makes it incredibly manoeuvrable and perfect for the everyday life of a sports lover.
The sports buggy is a little heavier than the travel buggy, but nowadays the manufacturing process focuses on keeping the weight down, which still makes it relatively light and very manoeuvrable.
A jogger is not only the perfect alternative for active parents who jog with their baby, but also like to hike or cover long and rough distances.
Thanks to its tyres with large wheels and robust tyres, it is very easy to drive on many different surfaces. Crossing pebble paths, forest tracks, muddy fields, as well as normal asphalt are therefore no longer a problem for the jogger.
However, you should pay particular attention to the following additions in order to provide your child with the ideal comfort and a special sense of well-being:
Your sports buggy should definitely have good suspension, which makes your child feel particularly comfortable when driving over uneven surfaces.
When testing one of these models, it is important that the wheels are particularly flexible so that you can also get through narrow streets easily. Pneumatic tyres are also ideal, as they are known for their good suspension and smooth running. They give way on uneven terrain and over obstacles such as branches or stones, so the vibrations are not passed on to the child.
Another indispensable accessory is a handbrake that guarantees you the fastest possible intervention if you have to stop abruptly while jogging.
Adjustable pushers are also worth considering when making your purchase. These allow your little darling to observe either the surroundings or yourself, depending on your preference. This can give you a better overview should your child ever whine.
Sports buggies are characterised by larger and more flexible wheels. They allow you to drive on different surfaces and still protect your child. A handbrake should also be available.
Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate buggies
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate buggies. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular product is suitable for you or not.
- Dimensions and folding size
- Item weight
- maximum body weight
- Age recommendation
- Type of harness
- Brake system
- Seat and lying surface
- with pram attachment
In the following paragraphs you can read about the different purchase criteria and how you can classify them.
Dimensions and folding size
The dimensions and folding size describe the size of your buggy when assembled and folded. This is important to give you an idea of how much space your product will take up.
Of course, there are different sized buggies, so a twin buggy or jogger is usually much larger than a travel buggy, both in assembled and folded form. However, travel buggies themselves also come in larger and smaller models.
A smaller buggy is always a little more practical than a larger one, it is much easier to manoeuvre, saves space and fits in almost any car. A larger buggy, on the other hand, usually offers more protection, but is clunkier and less practical for transport in trams, buses or cars, as they take up much more space.
When buying a buggy, however, the folding size is almost more important than the size: some buggies appear or are even quite large when assembled, but still fit into small cars when folded.
So be sure to take a look if this criterion is given in the article information.
You can compare the buggies at the top of our page. The table lists all the characteristics of the individual methods.
Similar to the measurement, the weight is about handling.
If a buggy is particularly heavy, it may be well equipped, but it is also particularly unwieldy. It makes it more difficult for you to assemble and disassemble the buggy, and it also costs you a lot more energy when carrying it or pushing it up hills.
There is no need to think about constantly climbing up and down stairs in a flat or house.
Therefore, when buying a buggy, make sure that the weight of the buggy is not already 20 kg, because remember that this is not everything, plus the weight of your child and perhaps shopping or bags that you hang in the shopping net or on the buggy.
So the lighter it is, the easier it is for you to carry it.
Buggies are available from 4 kg to 25 kg. With an average weight of 10 to 15 kg, you are still within the limits. However, it should not be much higher, unless you cannot do without the equipment, design, etc. or you have a strong husband who does not mind being carried.
Maximum load weight
Again, it's all about kilos, but this time it's not your buggy's but your child's. The maximum load weight is the weight of the buggy. Buggies are designed for a certain upper weight limit, which you should not exceed in the long term.
In the worst case, the material can no longer withstand this overload and will break apart, along with your child. To prevent a collapse and a risk of injury to your child.
Be sure to observe the maximum weight load. Many buggies have a maximum weight of 15kg, but there are also special models that have a higher maximum body weight, e.g. twin buggies (30kg), or models that are designed for less kilos.
As mentioned above, not every buggy is suitable for every age of child. For example, there are only a small number of buggies that are suitable for newborns (e.g. MaxiCosi and combi buggies), as they do not offer the ideal features.
The buggy is usually suitable for children who can sit independently. Usually this age is around 6 months, but can vary depending on the child's stage of development or buggy model.
The following is therefore a table for rough orientation:
|Maxi-Cosi buggy||from birth|
|Combi buggy||from birth|
|Single and travel buggy||from 6 months|
|Twin and sibling buggy||from 6 months|
|Jogger||from 9 months|
However, an extra adapter can be used to connect a baby car seat to some models and therefore the buggy can also be used for the child at an earlier age.
The material or components give you an overview of what your buggy is made of and what metals or plastics it is made of.
These can indicate the high quality, stability or also the type of cleaning of your buggy.
Very often, cotton, polyester, polyamide and nylon are offered in coated or uncoated form.
The materials used for the frame are often aluminium, plastic or other metals.
There is a particularly large variety of colours and designs for your buggy, so that a model is usually available in several or different colour combinations. Of course, you can choose these according to your taste and preferences.
Retro designs and neon colours are particularly popular at the moment, as are designs decorated with Disney, flowers or other motifs.
The colours pink, pink for girls, as well as orange, khaki, red and the classics beige, blue and black are also very often sought after.
Three factors play an important role in the tyres:
- The tyre diameter
- The number of wheels
- As well as the type of wheels
The tyre diameter
The diameter of the tyres indicates the size of the tyre.
Large tyres start at a diameter of approx. 14 cm, the larger the wheels the more difficult they are to stow, as this naturally increases the overall dimensions of the car. However, slightly larger tyres can easily be removed from the frame of many models and thus be stowed separately, e.g. in the car boot.
With small wheels, on the other hand, this work is not necessary; they are very handy and can be used universally, but are not as robust and stable as larger wheels.
The number of wheels
The number of wheels plays a role, for example, in manoeuvrability and mobility. A tricycle is very suitable for jogging, running and hiking, for example, as they are known for their manoeuvrability and you can run at higher speeds without the child having to jerk around too much, as the jogger has a good balance due to its tricycle system.
As a rule, however, a simple buggy has four wheels, but these can also have double wheels, e.g. 8 wheels, so that they can usually swivel better in several directions and you can arrange and steer the buggy better.
With some models, as with some joggers, this double wheel only applies to the front or rear wheels.
The type of wheels
You can distinguish between pneumatic, plastic and hard rubber tyres, depending on the type of road or path you want to travel on, different tyres are particularly suitable.
For everyday use, however, you should keep your hands off simple plastic or synthetic tyres. These are usually part of very cheap versions, they are neither as robust nor stable as hard rubber or pneumatic wheels, nor do they provide any suspension. This means that every uneven surface, stone or branch that you drive over will be passed on to your child.
Pneumatic tyres, on the other hand, are filled with air, just like a bicycle. This has the advantage that they have very good suspension, which makes them ideal for off-road use or on many different surfaces. The pneumatic tyres yield slightly to obstacles such as branches, stones or uneven surfaces on the road and thus do not transmit the vibrations to your child.
Hard rubber tyres and solid tyres are made of solid or hard rubber and, like plastic tyres, have the problem that they have no suspension and therefore pass on all obstacles and uneven surfaces to the child. However, they are incredibly robust and almost impossible to damage, no matter if you drive over nails, broken glass or anything else, the rubber prevents you from getting a flat tire.
Type of harness
In terms of safety, the belt plays an important role, if you have to brake suddenly, if the road is very uneven or if the child suddenly feels the urge to get out of the car on its own. Then a seat belt is simply the be-all and end-all for every pram, because it protects and protects your child from falling out, getting hurt or getting out unnoticed.
There are different types of harnesses.
Some buggies are only equipped with very simple padded restraining bars that can be snapped open and closed. However, the intermediate openings can sometimes be larger, where the children can slip through, and this variant also does not protect very well against uneven surfaces, but offers the child a lot of free space and is very comfortable.
A simple harness, on the other hand, has only one buckle through which the child can easily slip. This type offers little safety, but is also very rare.
The 5-point harness, on the other hand, offers optimum safety because, unlike the 3-point harness, it distributes the force of a collision over 5 points and thus reduces it.
The 5-point system also prevents the child from slipping under the belt and thus keeps the child in the seat better than a simple belt.
In many buggies, the padded restraint bar is also used in combination with another belt, which offers the child double security.
Depending on how old your baby is, it is important to look at the type of harness and buy a buggy with a suitable harness.
A good braking system is also important for your child's safety, so that the buggy cannot roll away and has a firm footing when you make a stop or park the buggy.
A buggy can have both a parking brake that secures the stance and prevents it from rolling away easily, even on uneven surfaces.
It can also have a handbrake, which, as the name suggests, can be operated by hand when steering. This is particularly suitable for joggers and very active people who are travelling fast, as the handbrake allows you to intervene more quickly and stop the pushchair in time.
Seat and reclining area
Some buggies have a seat and a reclining function that allows your child to fall asleep during the ride. This function is particularly suitable for longer journeys.
In addition, the seat of many pushchairs is adjustable so that it can be moved to different degrees, so that the child can squat more upright, half like this or completely lying down, depending on the condition and preference.
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In addition, the seat and lying surfaces vary in width and length depending on the model. The larger the seat or reclining surface, the more freely the child can move, but the more space the buggy takes up.
It is therefore a good idea to try out the seat or recliner before buying.
Additional pram attachment
Combi and Maxi-Cosi buggies often offer several shells that you can fit depending on the age of the child.
But some other models also offer additional shells that you can attach with the help of an adapter, so that a newborn baby, for example, can also use the buggy with the baby shell.
There are various attachments, including baby shells, but also seat attachments for toddlers, etc., which make a buggy designed for a baby also suitable for a toddler.
GS means tested safety.
Your buggy should have this seal or a TÜV seal, because this certifies that your buggy meets the requirements of the product safety law with regard to guaranteeing the protection of the safety and health of persons.
This also includes the requirements of the European directives and/or regulations.
In the following table you will find the most common seals of approval for the safety and quality of buggies in Europe. You can use the seals to see whether the buggy meets basic safety standards and make a purchase decision with peace of mind.
|Test seal||Institute that tests||What is tested?||What is not tested?||What should I look out for?|
|GS seal||The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health appoints the GS test centres||Compliance with the requirements of the Product Safety Act||The seal does not provide any information about the lifespan of the buggy||Make sure that a test centre is named and that the information matches that on the packaging|
|TÜV mark||Technical Inspection Agency||DIN EN 1888 specifies the requirements for parking brakes, the use of chemicals, the locking mechanism and warning notices||The requirements for textiles are lower than necessary for the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 seal||-|
|CE mark||The manufacturer certifies himself that the product meets the requirements. The authorities only check independently after a complaint has been made||There is no separate law for buggies, so compliance with the DIN EN 1888 standard is checked||The requirements for textiles are lower than those required for the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 seal||May also include an identification number of the testing body. In this case, an authority has already tested the product.|
|OEKO-TEX® Standard 100||International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (OEKO-TEX®) based in Zurich (Switzerland)||The health safety of the processed textiles. They must be free of harmful substances||The seal does not provide information on whether the plastic parts of the pram may also contain harmful substances||The test number on the seal provides information on whether the seal is current|
Facts worth knowing about buggies
Where exactly did the buggy originate?
Nowadays it is hard to imagine life without prams, buggies or joggers, what would we do without them? The pram makes transporting the child much easier.
A few centuries ago, however, people could neither afford nor use this comfort. In the Middle Ages, women had to carry their children or push them around in uncomfortable carts.
It was not until the Victorian era of the 19th century that the pram was first introduced in London. It was mainly used by nannies who drove the children of the well-to-do bourgeoisie and the rich aristocracy. It was out of the question for the plebs and the commoner.
In 1840, the carriages were mass-produced in a factory for the first time. After many competitors became aware of them, the number of prams increased rapidly, making the product cheaper and cheaper and at some point it became a mass product.
Over the years, the product spread to the rest of Europe, New York and Washington.
However, these means of transport were initially only suitable for children and not for small babies. In the beginning, they were still very clunky and took up a lot of space for storage. So there was no comparison with today's buggies.
This only changed in the 1970s when test pilot Owen Finlay Maclaren found it difficult to put his granddaughter into one of the impractical clunky things. This gave him the idea of producing particularly light means of transport, using the lightweight construction he knew from aeroplanes.
His prototype was made of aluminium, and to this day buggies are largely made of precisely this metal. It weighed less than 2.7 kilos and could be folded up easily by hand.
In 1964, the time had finally come and Owen Maclaren applied for a patent for his first buggy.
Original Maclaren buggies are still available today, but the company no longer only produces buggies but also many other baby products.
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