Our overall score is based on a combination of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%). Our observations are based on the latest voluntary Australian standard AS/NZS 2088:2013, which we want more manufacturers to work towards meeting.
Our Recommended models meet all safety requirements, but may fail some very minor information requirements (such as instructions and labelling).
Some lower-scoring models (in the 60–69% range) are worth considering if they meet all key safety requirements, but fail some minor points (such as finger entrapment).
Models scoring below 50% usually fail at least one major safety requirement and are not recommended.
Our performance score is based on selected tests to AS/NZS 2008:2013. Models that pass all tests score 100 for performance; models with very minor failures score 80; models with other failures score 65 or less, depending on the severity of the failures. We test to the mandatory standard from 2000 too, but our recommendations are based on the latest voluntary standard which we believe is better at targeting issues around stability and harness safety.
We hope by basing our recommendations on the 2013 version, we'll encourage the industry to do likewise and encourage the regulatory bodies to update the mandatory requirements to the latest standard.
The ease of use score is our assessment of the seat recline functions, using the harness, and various activities such as loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel. Our testers fold and unfold the strollers, push them over rough terrain, up and down stairs and through doorways, and even assess how easily they fit into the boot of a family car.
Our test is based on the Australian standard for strollers, AS/NZS 2088:2013. We carry out various tests, including checking that the harness straps are adjustable and of adequate length; the child is securely restrained; folding mechanisms are safe and secure; and there are no sharp edges or possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs. We also test the stability of the stroller and that the brakes work well. A stroller that meets these crucial tests is worth considering.
Durability tests are based on Australian standard for strollers, AS/NZS 2088:2013. Our testers put the strollers on our 'rolling road' rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h. All the strollers 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.