In 2022, the trend of strollers getting smaller and lighter (across all categories), is still present. Inspired by the first-ever Babyzen Yoyo (which now offers even a tandem Yoyo Connect setup, and the popularity of quality, taller backrest strollers, Bugaboo came to pitch in with their own take on an ultra-compact buggy with a whopping 56cm backrest, nd Recaro with their Recaro Lexa. (For more cool ultracompact buggies, be sure to read out top 10 of 2022 here)
Even in the world of full-sized models, the trend of strollers trying to get lighter and more compact is more and more on-trend, while people needing something truly sturdy and durable even on harsher terrain have less and less choice, to be honest - your best bet in such a case are nowadays three-wheelers.
Budget prams and pushchairs are a very much appreciated category, but with the options getting wider and wider, one can only struggle to weigh all the options in a world where there are no reviews or paid ones (thank God there's still Strollberry 😉). Be sure to check multiple sources though, and if possible, try the stroller out to see the materials used and the sturdiness "right out of the box", as many affordable models have a very loose frame right from the beginning (which is never good).
Stylish is the word of this year, however, as prams, pushchairs, and buggies get more and more modern and interesting - if not in terms of design, then in terms of colors, patterns, accessories or limited collections. When going out and about, moms and sellers focus on being noticed for a pretty accessory, which a stroller most certainly is. From pastels to bold metallic frames to perforation or cute patterns, if choosing a stroller this year, be sure to go for something eye-catching yet timeless enough. From Red Dot Design Award-ed Kinderkraft strollers through the timeless neutrals of the new AC Designs to a Signature Joie line, there's plenty to choose from. Just a suggestion ;-)
To end this little editorial, I'd add one of my personal observations and a piece of advice in terms of accessorizing - mix and match. Try something new, if it is a backpack changing bag that looks like a real, cool bag you'd wear even without a stroller; a patterned Lodger footmuff or a cute Elodie seat liner, a colorful pouch or divider in your basket space... find a cool piece and use it to make the stroller yours. Even if you'd have a tailor make it for you. 🤩 You'll shine even on a street full of the same stroller brand.
P.S. If considering a very affordable stroller brand/model, do consider the availability of spare parts. We've noticed they are continuously being searched - yet unavailable. Read more about how to (try to) get spare/replacement parts for strollers here.
So - which new release is your personal favorite? Check them out below.
The Cybex Libelle 2, or the New Libelle, is a next generation of the Libelle, an umbrella-style-inspired stroller from the Cybex brand launched in its original form at the end of 2020, updated in 2022. It combines the benefits of low weight (5,9 kg), minimalistic carry-on luggage-dimensions, and spaciousness with 22kg weight capacity suitable mainly for an older toddler, as it does not recline fully.
The seatback of the buggy can be reclined, but only partially, so only suitable for children sitting by themselves already. The leg rest is also adjustable (two positions), however, for your newborn, the Libelle 2 also offers compatibility with a car seat as well as compatibility with the GB brand Cot To Go foldable carrycot (both with the same, Maxi-Cosi/Cybex style adapters). The update actually did not change much of the functionality of the stroller, however, it introduced new colors and finished and a wheel design update.
The Emmaljunga KITE 250 is a unique ultra-compact stroller that, unusually for the type, combines larger, outdoor-feeling, rugged wheels and a truly spacious seat with an ultra-compact folding certified by IATA (when in the smaller-wheeled configuration) - meaning you should be OK with taking it on board with most airlines.
The Kite focuses not only on the unique design with many colorful options of fabrics to choose from. The frame is made from HYDRO REDUXA® Aluminum and leaves only a 25% carbon footprint on the planet compared with normal aluminum. The Solight Ecco® tires are also eco-conscious, and they are larger and more capable of tackling bumps on roads other than just airports and shopping malls.
The seatback is a whopping 68 cm long in the seated position (about 62 cm in the reclined position), but it only reclines halfway. The stroller is, therefore, suitable for children that can sit by themselves already. The seat also boasts a maximum weight capacity of 22 kg, so a use of up to about 4 years of the child’s age.
You can also get the Kite with smaller - 15 cm wheels, which is when the buggy meets the dimensions for IATA hand luggage.
The Joie Parcel is a very light, almost an ultra-compact urban stroller based on the újoie-pact|Joie Pact] design. Thanks to its small dimensions and a weight of 6.9 kg, this stroller is made first and foremost for travels and as a second-stroller use. It can, however, accommodate a newborn, too, thanks to the lie-flat seat and the compatibility with a carrycot and a car seat (both on the same. Maxi-Cosi-style adapters). It be folded with just one hand and carried in hand. The stroller comes in a more luxurious Signature version with higher-quality fabrics and PU leather details, and an extra ventilation option in the rear part of the seat (when it's reclined).
The Kinderkraft Askoy is a 2022 renamed version of the Kinderkraft Cruiser – a simple, lightweight pushchair with a modern design, pastels color, and urban functionality. The differences between the Kinderkraft Cruiser and the Askoy are in the updated details: an improved folding mechanicm on the handle, a new design of the wheels with an open spring suspension and a white circle on the wheel rims, a new style of stiching on the footrest and the backrest, and a logo update. The minimalistic colors and shapes will grab your attention just as much as its affordable price, the one-hand fold, the extra-large shopping basket, the fully reclining seat, and the rubber wheels with a rear suspension system. This versatile stroller is a simple asset of an undemanding urban mommy suitable even for younger children. Instead of a conventional belly bar, the Askoy features a practical child tray and a cup holder, a rain cover, and an apron (all included in the base package).