Baby transport buying guide

Strollers, carriers, car and bicycle seats: we tell you what to look for.
 
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  • Updated:3 Oct 2009
 

02.Strollers - what to buy?

The following models were recommended in our 2009 stroller test.

BébéCare Rverse

Bebe Care RverseFour-wheeler
Price:
$600

Good points

  • Generally easy to use.
  • Reversible seat.
  • Seat converts to a bassinette.
  • Rain and leg cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Adjustable handle height. 

Bad points 

  • Nothing in particular.

Bootiq Kye Stroller and Bassinet 007884

Bootiq Kye stroller and bassinetThree-wheeler
Price:
  $500

Good points

  • Generally easy to use
  • Reversible seat.
  • Seat can be replaced with the bassinette supplied.
  • Rain and leg cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Adjustable handle height.

Bad points 

  • Our first sample had some durability problems so we bought a second sample, which passed all our tests. The first sample’s problems may have been one-off incidents.

Chicco Trevi - Best Buy

Chicco  TreviFour-wheeler
Price: $399

Good points

  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Bottom basket is comparatively high and easy to access when the seat is up (but access is restricted when the seat is fully reclined).

Bad points 

  • Rear brakes not linked.

Love N Care Adiva Sport

Love N Care Advia SportFour-wheeler
Price:  $449

Good points

  • Reversible seat.
  • Seat converts to a bassinette.
  • Rain, sunshade and leg cover.
  • Mattress supplied.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Adjustable handle height.

Bad points 

  • The adjustable crotch strap has a minimum length of 18cm, which is comparatively long, so this stroller may not suit smaller children.

Bugaboo Bee

Bugaboo BeeFour-wheeler
Price: $899

Good points

  • Reversible seat.
  • Rain cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Adjustable handle height.

Bad points 

  • Swivel wheel locks are comparatively hard to operate.

The following models were recommended in our 2008 stroller test.

Childcare Hola 0151410-140

Childcare Hola 0151410-140Price: $400
Type: Four-wheeler

Good points

  • Easy to operate the locking mechanism for the swivel wheels.
  • Easy to convert the seat to a bassinet (or vice versa) as there are no extra parts required.
  • Reversible seat.
  • Adjustable handle height.
  • Rain, insect and boot (leg) covers.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Tyre pump.

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.

Note: this model is exclusive to Toys R Us.

Bébé Care Caprice 015415-172

Bebe care Caprice 015415-172Price: $500
Type: Four-wheeler

Good points

  • Easy to convert the seat to a bassinet (or vice versa) as there are no extra parts required.
  • Reversible seat.
  • Adjustable handle height.
  • Rain, insect and boot (leg) covers.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Parent's bag with change mat, pouch and wallet.

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.

Love N Care Uni Coupe BP9756N

Love N care Uni Coupe BP9756NPrice: $499
Type: Four-wheeler

Good points

  • Reversible handle.
  • Insect cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.

Bad points

  • Handle height/length not adjustable.
  • No rain or boot (leg) cover.

Mountain Buggy Single Urban Elite

Mountain Buggy Single Urban ElitePrice: $860
Type: Three-wheeler

Good points

  • Adjustable handle height.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • Tyre pump.
  • Extra padded seat cover.
  • Parent's bag with change mat.

Bad points

  • No rain, insect or boot (leg) covers.

Steelcraft Strider 30132T

Steelcarft Strider 30132TPrice: $449
Type: Four-wheeler

Good points

  • Reversible seat.
  • Adjustable handle length.
  • Rain cover.
  • Padded shoulder straps.

Bad points

  • No insect or boot (leg) cover.
 

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