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01 .Introduction

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Here, we have test results for 151 prams and strollers priced from $19 to $1699. 

Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which prams are:

A pram or stroller is one of the important baby-related purchases you’ll make. Get it wrong, and you’re stuck with an expensive tank that doesn’t fit into your car's boot, or a lightweight trolley that tips over at the slightest road wobble.

And while size, style, and ease of use are important, ultimately your baby’s safety is the most important element. All prams and strollers sold in Australia are required by law to meet certain sections of the Australian standard (AS/NZS 2088), and most manufacturers go further and have their prams certified to the full version of the standard.

For more information on travel with kids, see Babies & kids.

See how we put our prams through their paces; not all of them make it out alive.

Safety first for prams

Many manufacturers test their strollers and prams to the 2000 or 2009 versions of the standard. However, there is an even more recent version, from 2013. Each revision has aimed to address recently identified hazards and improve on safety. 

We test to and base our recommendations on the latest version of the pram standard, AS/NZS 2088:2013. While we recognise that manufacturers haven't had much time to adapt to the 2013 revision of the standard, this latest update is largely the same as the 2009 version, but introduces further safety tests that target pinching and shearing risks when folding and unfolding the stroller, stability, and harness safety.

You don't need to stop using prams that we've previously recommended based on the older versions of the standard. While mandatory requirements are still based on the 2000 version, we believe the new 2013 standard improves on safety, and we hope by basing our recommendations on this version, we'll encourage the industry to do likewise and encourage the regulatory bodies to update the mandatory requirements to the latest standard. 

We've created two comparison tables, one with models that we've recently tested to the 2013 version and one with those tested to the 2000 and 2009 version of the standard. 

Check our tables to see whether prams in the style you like and at the price point you're considering are also safe and durable.

How we test prams and strollers

Safety

Our testers, Antonio Bonacruz and Matthew Tung, check various aspects of safety based on the Australian standard AS/NZS 2088:2013, including that:

  • harness straps are adjustable and of adequate length (so that the harness both fits correctly and is free from strangulation and other hazards)
  • the child is securely restrained; no gaps they can slip through and the buckle is not too easy to undo
  • folding mechanisms are safe and secure, and
  • that there are no sharp edges or possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs (either for the child in the pram, or an adult folding/unfolding the pram).

They also test the stability of the pram and that the brakes work well. 

Durability 

They put the prams on our “rolling road” rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h, as per the Australian standard. Three-wheelers that look like they might be used for jogging are then tested for a further 10 hours at 10km/h, to see how they stand up to faster speeds. All the prams are also attached to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb. These tests show whether anything breaks, falls off or stops working properly after regular use.

Ease of use 

The testers check adjustments, such as reclining functions and the safety harness, and various activities such as loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel. They fold and unfold the prams; push them over rough terrain, up and down stairs, and through doorways; and test how easily they fit into the boot of a family car. 

Brands and models tested

Models tested to the 2013 version of the standard

  • 4Moms Origami #
  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single #
  • Baby Jogger City Mini Single
  • Bebe Care Edge 4 Lite #
  • Bugaboo Buffalo #
  • Bugaboo Cameleon 3
  • Chicco Liteway Plus #
  • Childcare Rapide #
  • Childcare Alto XLR
  • Childcare Discovery XLR
  • Combi Spazio
  • Dymples Envy #
  • Hauck I'Coo Pluto 11 #
  • iCandy Peach
  • Joolz Day
  • Love N Care Push-N-Go #
  • Maclaren BMW Buggy #
  • Maclaren Techno XLR
  • Mamas & Papas Urbo
  • Maxi-Cosi Elea
  • Mother's Choice Carter
  • Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan
  • Nuna Pepp #
  • Peg Perego Carrello Book Plus with Seggiolino Switch Sportivo
  • Phil & Teds Smart
  • Phil & Teds Verve 2.0
  • Silver Cross Wayfarer #
  • Steelcraft Acclaim
  • Steelcraft Strider Compact
  • Stokke Scoot
  • Valco Rebel Q Sport
  • ZuZu Genisis
  • Zuzu Zippi #

# Newly tested models.

Previously tested models (tested to the 2000 and 2009 version of the standard)
  • Aussie Baby Baby Buggy (A)
  • Babylove Adventurer (A)
  • Babylove Aurora
  • Babylove Focus
  • Babysmart Beema Evo
  • Babyzen Zen (A)
  • Baby Jogger City Classic
  • Baby Jogger City Select
  • Baby Solutions Layback Umbrella (A)
  • Bebe Care Caprice 015415-172
  • Bebe Care Mira (A)
  • Bebe Care Orion 011016
  • Bebe Care Rverse
  • Bebe Care Rverse XLR (A)
  • Bertini I-Ride Silver (A)
  • Bertini X2 Automatic 004863
  • Bertini X4 Lite and Gliding Seat
  • Bootiq Kye Stroller and Bassinet 007884
  • Bugaboo Bee
  • Bugaboo Cameleon 7400 RD01
  • Bugaboo Donkey (Mono) (A)
  • Capella Cony (A)
  • Chariot Cougar (A)
  • Chariot Cougar 2
  • Chicco Cortina
  • Chicco Ct 0.5 Evolution
  • Chicco Echo (A)
  • Chicco Liteway
  • Chicco Trevi
  • Childcare Alto XT
  • Childcare Blaze 013520
  • Childcare Captiva Storm
  • Childcare Discovery (A)
  • Childcare Hola 0151410-140
  • Childcare Vector XT
  • Combi Miracle Turn (A)
  • Combi Urban Walker
  • Combi Well Carry
  • Croozer Kid for 1 (A)
  • Croozer 535
  • Emmaljunga Nitro City
  • Graco Mirage
  • Graco Trekko Metropolitan
  • iCandy Apple
  • Love N Care Adiva Sport
  • Love n Care Alpha (A)
  • Love N Care Atlantis
  • Love N Care Europa
  • Love n Care Mirage (A)
  • Love N Care Uni Coupe BP9756N
  • Love N Care Zooper
  • Maclaren Globetrotter (A)
  • Maclaren MX3
  • Maclaren Quest Sport
  • Maclaren Quest W0708013
  • Maclaren Techno XT (A)
  • Maclaren Triumph (A)
  • Maclaren Vogue
  • Maclaren Volo
  • Mamas and Papas Mylo
  • Maxi-Cosi Mila (A)
  • Mothercare Spin
  • Mothercare Whizzi
  • Mother's Choice Cachet
  • Mother's Choice Ensor Sport JG772
  • Mother's Choice Magnum (A)
  • Mother's Choice Maybel (A)
  • Mother's Choice Vivea (A)
  • Mountain Buggy Single Urban Elite
  • Mountain Buggy Swift
  • Mountain Buggy Terrain (A)
  • Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle (A)
  • Mutsy 4Rider
  • Peg Perego Aria
  • Peg Perego Pliko Mini (A)
  • Peg Perego Pliko Switch Compact (A)
  • Peg Perego Skate System
  • Peg Perego Uno
  • Phil & Teds Classic (A)
  • Phil & Teds Dash SPD
  • Phil & Teds Explorer
  • Phil & Teds Promenade (A)
  • Phil & Teds Smart with Peanut Bassinette
  • Phil & Teds Sub4 (A)
  • Quick Smart Easy Fold
  • Quinny Buzz
  • Quinny Senzz (A)
  • Quinny Zapp Xtra (A)
  • Red Castle Shop'n Jogg Disc II
  • Roger Armstrong Elfin 2
  • Roger Armstrong Elyse H603
  • Safety 1st Shuttle (A)
  • Silver Cross Dazzle
  • Silver Cross Fizz
  • Silver Cross Pop
  • Silver Cross Pop Air (A)
  • Steelcraft Acclaim (A)
  • Steelcraft Agile (A)
  • Steelcraft Holiday
  • Steelcraft Orbit Layback
  • Steelcraft Phoenix
  • Steelcraft Profile
  • Steelcraft Strider 30132T
  • Steelcraft Strider 3 30136
  • Steelcraft Strider Plus (A)
  • Stokke Xplory V3 (A)
  • Swallow Bravo
  • Swallow Whisper
  • Uppababy Alta (A)
  • Valco Baby Ion
  • Valco Baby Matrix (A)
  • Valco Baby Rad
  • Valco Baby Quad (A)
  • Valco Baby Snap 4 (A)
  • Valco Prism N3486
  • Zuzu Genesis (A)
  • ZuZu Ink 476
  • ZuZu Trini
(A) These models have been tested to the 2009 version of the standard.

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Buying a pram or stroller can be a complicated exercise. There are some things you can check for yourself in the shop — such as size, features, and manoeuvrability — but how can you tell whether the model you're considering is safe, durable, and easy to use?

This is where CHOICE comes in. We buy prams and strollers in retail stores and bring them back to our lab for a thorough independent test. We focus on durability and safety, assessed against key clauses of the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2088, plus ease of use.

Safety

Our testers, Antonio Bonacruz and Matthew Tung, check various aspects of safety based on the Australian standard AS/NZS 2088:2013, including that:

  • harness straps are adjustable and of adequate length (so that the harness both fits correctly and is free from strangulation and other hazards)
  • the child is securely restrained; no gaps they can slip through and the buckle is not too easy to undo
  • folding mechanisms are safe and secure, and
  • that there are no sharp edges or possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs (either for the child in the pram, or an adult folding/unfolding the pram).

They also test the stability of the pram and that the brakes work well. 

Durability 

They put the prams on our “rolling road” rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h, as per the Australian standard. Three-wheelers that look like they might be used for jogging are then tested for a further 10 hours at 10km/h, to see how they stand up to faster speeds. All the prams are also attached to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb. These tests show whether anything breaks, falls off or stops working properly after regular use.

Ease of use 

The testers check adjustments, such as reclining functions and the safety harness, and various activities such as loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel. They fold and unfold the prams; push them over rough terrain, up and down stairs, and through doorways; and test how easily they fit into the boot of a family car. 

For more information on travel with kids, see Babies & kids.  

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