Thanks to the latest government announcement, freedom is on the horizon! With the rolling out of vaccines and restrictions gradually lifting, #summer2021 is arguably the most anticipated summer of all time. As you can imagine, after three lockdowns and an entire year confined to our own shores, the word on everyone’s lips is:
h o l i d a y !
Whilst choosing the perfect travel pushchair is an exciting parenting rite of passage (especially in the current circumstances), with such an abundance of products on the market it can feel like a daunting prospect. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! If you’re on the hunt for a lightweight travel pushchair to accompany you and your family as you race to warmer climes, we have some very exciting products to share with you:
- Bugaboo Ant
- BabyZen YOYO²
- Cybex Libelle
- Ickle Bubba Globe
- Joie Nitro
Since its launch in 2012, the BabyZen YOYO has seen little by way of competition to rival it for the top spot in premium travel strollers…until now. In 2019, Bugaboo released its first compact, lightweight pushchair, the Ant, which not only matches most of the YOYO’s features but trumps a few of them too. These stylish pushchairs are perfect for urban parents and globe trotters alike and outfitted with a whole host of features that make either one the ideal companion for parents who are on the go.
Not in the market for luxury? You don’t need to pay top price for a quality travel pushchair that gets the job done. The Cybex Libelle and the Ickle Bubba Globe are both excellent mid-priced travel buggies that can still compete with the giants of the market in how lightweight and compact they are.
However, if you're after something cheap and cheerful, the Joie Nitro may be the one for you. A simple and easy holiday buggy, the Joie Nitro is a very affordable option for parents that just need something hassle-free and inexpensive.
Now, when it comes to holiday buggies, there are a few points to consider before reaching for your wallet:
- Newborn Option
- Folded Size
- Maximum Weight
We recognise that everybody has their own list of important criteria when choosing a travel stroller that will suit their family’s needs. Here we will provide a comparison of each of our 5 top holiday buggies according to these 7 points to help you make an informed choice on what will be the perfect fit for your family and ensure you bring home the best travel buggy your money can buy.
|Ickle Bubba Globe||
First up is a price comparison and it’s a close call. Up with the premium compact travel strollers, the Bugaboo Ant is only a mere £30 more expensive than the Babyzen YOYO2, although that’s if you opt for an aluminium chassis on the Ant. If a stylish black chassis is what you’re after, this will cost a little more.
The Cybex Libelle and the Ickle Bubba Globe are both neck and neck at the mid-range price point with 4 pence between them!
Nevertheless, the Joie Nitro really stands out here at a bargain £80, ideal for parents who are looking to buy a second pushchair specifically for travel.
2. Newborn Option
£89.95 for Bugaboo Cocoon
£175 for newborn pack and £235 for the newborn bassinet.
|Cybex Libelle||No, only 6 months +|
|Ickle Bubba Globe||Suitable from birth|
|Joie Nitro||Suitable from birth|
Of these five travel pushchairs, four of them are suitable from birth at varying degrees so this narrows your scope a little if you’re looking for a holiday buggy for a newborn.
The Ickle Bubba Globe and the Joie Nitro stand out here as they do not require an add-on option to accommodate a newborn and therefore will not incur any additional cost to make them suitable for your little one. The strollers recline into a world-facing lie flat position so your newborn can sleep peacefully while you’re on the move. That being said, some parents might prefer the added security of a parent-facing newborn option for their babies while they’re very little. This is where the Bugaboo Ant and the BabyZen YOYO² come in.
Now, there is quite a difference in price between the add-on newborn options for the Bugaboo Ant and the BabyZen YOYO² although you may find that the expense is worth it depending on what you’re looking for.
The BabyZen YOYO2 offers two newborn options to keep your precious bundle of joy safe and cosy in those first few months: a newborn pack and a newborn bassinet. The newborn bassinet is suitable from birth and weighs only 3kg. It is removable and easily clicks onto the stroller frame for your convenience so that you don’t have to wake your little one if you want to head out for some fresh air.
The second newborn option for the BabyZen YOYO² is the newborn pack. This is essentially a canopy, a foot cover and the fabrics which will allow you to turn your stroller into a snug, parent facing, lie-flat option that can be used from birth. This pack is an excellent addition to the BabyZen YOYO² because it folds away with the stroller, enabling you to still utilise the easy compact fold that the YOYO is renowned for.
The Bugaboo Cocoon is very similar to the BabyZen YOYO2 newborn pack in that it is also an additional fabric that you attach to the lie-flat position on the pram. It also has a removable head support to keep your little one snug and secure.
So, the fact that you can adapt both the Bugaboo Ant and the BabyZen YOYO2 to be suitable from birth makes either a worthwhile investment, but the additional bassinet option for the BabyZen YOYO2 does set it apart from the Ant for parents who want to be free to leave the house without having to worry about waking their babies.
3. Folded Size
|Bugaboo Ant||55cm x 38cm x 23cm|
|52cm x 44cm x 18cm|
|Cybex Libelle||32cm x 20cm x 48cm|
|Ickle Bubba Globe||45cm x 55cm x 25cm|
|Joie Nitro||30cm x 35cm x110cm|
As you can see here, these strollers all collapse to very compact sizes. In fact, when folded, all but the Joie Nitro are so compact that they will fit in the overhead locker as hand luggage for most airlines, making life easier when navigating airports with children. You'll need to double check with your airline (ahem, we're looking at you Ryanair...) but in theory you could save your pushchair from the perils of the airplane hold and wheel your little one right to the boarding gate before folding it up and stowing it away ready for take off.
The Joie Nitro is the odd one out here. Being an umbrella fold stroller the Nitro folds into a long, thin stick rather than a compact three dimensional pack which can make it marginally more awkward to transport. Nevertheless, you might not be able to stash it in the overhead locker of an airplane but you can sling it over your shoulder using the handy shoulder strap when exploring your sunny overseas destination.
The Bugaboo Ant and the Cybex Libelle have a slight advantage over the other contenders as both are free-standing when folded down which is useful when you’re juggling children and pushchairs abroad. You can tuck them neatly under a café table or stow them away on a crowded bus freeing you up to enjoy the sights! The Bugaboo Ant can even be wheeled like a suitcase to make navigating airports and hotels easy and hassle free.
|Ickle Bubba Globe||6.4kg|
At a puny 5.9kg the Cyber Libelle is the lightest of our five best travel strollers, with the Joie Nitro sitting as the heaviest at 7.7kg. Despite being the weightiest, given that the Joie Nitro is so cheap we feel that allowing for a few extra kilograms seems a small compromise. That being said, with a measly 1.8kg between the lightest and the heaviest of all of these products, any one of these would be an excellent choice for someone seeking a lightweight travel pushchair.
|Bugaboo Ant||Choice of different colours + chassis options|
|Colour packs + chassis options|
|Cybex Libelle||6 different colour options|
|Ickle Bubba Globe||
4 colour options + 2 chassis options
|Joie Nitro||8 colour options + 2 chassis options|
These days it’s not just about what a stroller can offer you in terms of practicality, it’s also what it can offer you in terms of street cred. As baby products fall more in line with fashion trends, we all want a pushchair that will look amazing in our travel pictures as well as helping us navigate the local metro with ease. All five of our top holiday buggies comes in a variety of colours and chassis options, so the forerunner for you will mostly depend on your personal taste. However, the BabyZen YOYO² not only comes in a wide variety of trendy colours, they also sell separate colour packs so you can switch up the look of your stroller whenever you want!
|Bugaboo Ant||Rear luggage basket and large under-seat storage of 8kg combined.|
|Under-seat storage up to 5kg.|
|Cybex Libelle||Under-seat storage up to 5kg.|
|Ickle Bubba Globe||Under-seat storage up to 5kg.|
|Joie Nitro||Under-seat storage up to 4.5kg.|
For such a small stroller, the Bugaboo Ant packs a punch with its storage capacity of 8kg compared to the 5kg capacities across the board. Nevertheless, we feel that with the other four strollers the storage capacity is a small price to pay for their other strengths.
7. Maximum Weight
|Ickle Bubba Globe||15kg|
It would seem that with a larger investment in a holiday buggy, the return is greater longevity. The higher priced strollers, while being, well, higher priced, will last your child until they’re 22kg which is approximately the weight of a 4 year old. If you’re not in the market for a holiday buggy you intend to keep for that long, the Ickle Bubba Globe or the Joie Nitro might be more what you’re looking for.
Bugaboo Ant Benefits
Freestanding + wheels like a suitcase when folded
More storage space
Up to 22kg
Newborn add-on option (sold separately)
BabyZen YOYO2 Benefits
Lots of changeable, stylish colour options
Up to 22kg
Two newborn add-on options (sold separately)
Cybex Libelle Benefits
Mid range price point
Up to 22kg
Suitable from birth
Free Standing when folded
Ickle Bubba Globe Benefits
Mid range price point
Suitable from birth
Joie Nitro Benefits
Compact umbrella fold
Suitable from birth
To conclude, it’s safe to say that the Bugaboo Ant, the BabyZen YOYO², the Cybex Libelle, the Ickle Bubba Globe and the Joie Nitro are all fantastic, multifaceted, lightweight pushchairs, perfect for busy parents. It’s clear with such a wide range of thoughtful features and brilliant ingenuity that whichever model you opt for, none of these strollers will disappoint.
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