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.
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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
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.
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.