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A not-too-heavy, reasonably compact, from-birth reversible stroller under £250

Caitlin • 22 Dec 2021

Hi Eli,

I'm based in the UK and looking for a stroller that can be used completely flat from birth, can be both parent facing and world facing and that folds down to be fairly compact and not too heavy (we have a lot of stairs to navigate).

I wouldn't mind using a carrycot initially but would prefer not to have too many attachments to save space.

We're looking at the more affordable end of the spectrum - less than £250. The Joie Versatrax seems to fit the bill but is slightly pricey, especially to purchase the carrycot on top.

Thank you!

Eli • 23 Dec 2021

Hi, Caitlin,

Actually, the Joie Versatrax or the Joie Finiti were the first that came to mind when you needed a pushchair with a reversible seat configuration right from birth. A Versatrax pushchair can be, however, bought from £295 which is slightly over your budget - but I would still think about it as, at this price point, it is one of the better choices out there. You CAN use it from birth even with the seat, even though I strongly recommend a very good footmuff or a cocoon kind of soft-carrycot to put in.

Next in line, for such a low budget, I would actually think about a 2in1 solution where the carrycot converts to a seat unit, which will work for you at least the first 1.5 to 2 years of age. These usually have shorter seat lengths and are not the best with large, tall toddlers, but for the price are very good starting prams + pushchairs and can be sold afterward, making place and budget for the next, lighter and more compact forward-facing only buggy. My suggestions here would be something in the likes of Kinderkraft Juli or a Maxi-Cosi Zelia. You won't have to store the carrycot while still having a sort of lie-flat bassinet at hand in the first months.

My last idea here would be very very nice to push Quinny Zapp Flex Plus reversible pushchair combined with the Quinny cocoon making the bucket-seat surface flat and cozy for a newborn. The buggy + cocoon together would be about £288 and it's a quality, reasonably compact, and a super-spacious pushchair that will last you at least 3 to 4 years.

Your -very berry- Eli.

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