After three children and multiple baby prams later, I consider myself a self appointed prams Australia expert. I wasn’t always so awesome at researching various products and didn’t always read the latest baby prams reviews, so a lot of the time I learnt from trial and error. Certainly by the time my second and third child came along I knew exactly the best pram to buy depending on the circumstance.
If you are looking at purchasing your first pram, or even second or third pram, you are probably overwhelmed by the various baby prams for sale. There are multiple pram brands all claiming to have the best prams for your baby. There are expensive prams, cheap prams for sale, designer prams, you can purchase a running pram, an all terrain pram, modern prams, traditional prams, 2 in 1 pram, baby prams 3 in 1… the list just goes on and on.
To save you going through the expense of buying multiple prams, and to help ease the overwhelm you are probably feeling, I have put together this best baby prams 2018 Australia guide. In this guide I not only take you through the features of the some of the most popular prams from the best baby prams brands in Australia, but also help you understand all the pram jargon so you can work out what features you actually need.
I also provide a simple pram comparison chart so you can see the prams and their various features side by side. I hope after reading these best prams reviews you will understand there is no best pram in the world, rather there is the perfect pram out there that’s just right for you and your baby’s needs.
Compare The Top Prams 2018
|Baby Jogger City Mini GT||Single||From birth to 29.5 kg||4.0||Check|
|Valco Baby Tailormade Snap Ultra||Single||From birth to 20 kg||3.0||Check|
|BOB Revolution Pro||Single||From birth to 25 kg||4.0||Check|
|Bugaboo Donkey2 Pram||Both||From birth to 17 kg||4.5||Check|
|Baby Jogger City Select||Both||From 6 months to 20 kgs||4.5||Check|
|Steelcraft Strider Compact Deluxe||Both||From birth to 20 kg||3.5||Check|
|Bugaboo Cameleon 3||Single||From birth to 17 kg||4.0||Check|
|Mountain Buggy Nano||Single||From birth (with car seat) months to 20 kg||4.0||Check|
|Goodbaby Pockit+ Stroller||Single||From birth (with car seat) to 17 kg||4.0||Check|
|Babyzen YOYO+ Travel Stroller||Single||From birth (with car seat) to 18 kg||4.5||Check|
|MAXI COSI Zelia Newborn||Single||From birth to 17 kgs||4.5||Check|
|SAFETY 1ST Wanderer X Flat Lay Newborn||Single||From birth to 17 kgs||4.0||Check|
|Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Pram||Double||From birth to combined weight of 45 kg||4.5||Check|
|Maclaren T-01 Twin Stroller||Double||From birth to 20 kgs||4.0||Check|
|MAXI COSI Dana Double Stroller||Double||From birth to 17kgs||3.5||Check|
Types of Prams
A single pram is designed to transport a child from birth usually up to the age of approximately 4 years of age. They come in a range of styles and types from a basic lightweight pram to prams with changeable seats to accommodate a bassinet or car seat.
A double / twin pram is a pram designed to accommodate two children. Double prams come either as a side by side pram or tandem pram (one seat behind the other) with both being able to accommodate children of different ages. The top pram brands for double strollers have the ability to recline each seat independently so an older child doesn’t necessarily have to lie flat whilst a younger child sleeps or vice versa.
Whilst a double pram is fantastic for families with more than one small child, they can be difficult to push around corners, get through narrow spaces and tend to be heavy and bulky to store in your car.
Jogger prams are designed for active families and in particular for parents that want to go jogging whilst they push their children in the prams. These types of strollers are easy to move due to their high quality large swivel wheels and have built in suspension to absorb the shocks and bounces that come with pushing a pram at reasonably high speeds.
The top rated prams for jogging tend to be expensive and also long making it more difficult to get around the shopping centre and easily fold down to store in your car. These types of prams really are just for jogging parents.
A travel system combines a pram with a detachable car seat and is fantastic for parents of newborn babies as it makes transitioning them from the car to the pram super quick and easy. A travel system means you can simply take the car seat from the car and slot it into the pram, no need to remove baby from their car seat and then secure them in the pram.
Some prams come as a combined travel system, but more often than not you are required to purchase the adapters and car seat separate to the pram and this can work out reasonably expensive. The good news is that many different prams work with different car seats even if they are from different brands.
An umbrella stroller is a lightweight small pram with small wheels and limited features. The advantage of an umbrella stroller is they are small and fold compactly making them easy to get in and out of the car. These strollers are often the best cheap prams and great for family holidays.
Choosing The Best Prams 2018
Prams come in many shapes and sizes and with a range of features. Before deciding which pram to buy, give consideration to the following features to ensure you purchase the perfect pram to meet your individual needs.
Carting around small children and all the things they need takes up a lot of space and a stroller is going to eat into this space even further. Before purchasing a stroller, consider the size of your car boot and ensure you have the ability to adequately accommodate it plus anything else you need to store in there.
It is recommended that you purchase a pram just the right size, no need to find the biggest pram, you will only regret it later. Just buy a pram that comfortably fits your child as well as allowing some room for your child to grow.
Whilst for the majority of the time you will be pushing the stroller along, you will find that you will need to carry it from time to time. Plus even when you are pushing it, add a heavy baby (or maybe two if its a double stroller) and you will soon find yourself pushing a rather heavy load.
A lightweight pram is highly recommended, but of course quality should not suffer. However note that the more features added, the more it is going to weigh.
Age & Weight Of Child
Single strollers are designed to suit a range of children of different weights and ages so it is essential that you check that the stroller can accommodate the weight and age of your child. This is particularly important if you are looking to buy prams online as it may not always be apparent as to the suitability to your child.
Many prams are not suitable for babies until they are around 6 months of age, so if purchasing a pram for a newborn, pay particular attention to this. Likewise if you are purchasing a pram for an older child, check the maximum weight limit of the pram.
It is also recommended that you give your child plenty of room to grow, you don’t want to purchase a stroller that suits your child today only to discover you need to upgrade in a years’ time.
Ease of Use & Storability
The best pram on the market is one that is not only easy to use but easy to store as well.
Your ideal pram is something that is not only a breeze to move around, but also something that is easy to fold and unfold as well as switch seat position. Prams that don’t easily unfold or seats that don’t simply click into place become a real pain real quick! Particularly when your dealing with cranky and tired children at the same time.
It is also vital that before purchasing your pram that you consider where you are going to store it at home when it’s not use, as well as your boot space. There is a huge difference between the bulkiness of prams and you don’t want to end up with a pram that is impractical to store, believe me you will most likely end up buying another one!
Prams generally come with either 3 or 4 wheels; a double stroller can come with more. So what’s the difference?
3 wheel prams tend to be better for all types of terrains, which is why jogger prams have 3 wheels. They have larger wheels and are much more smoother to push. However a 3 wheel pram is likely to be longer, making them harder to get around in small spaces and bulkier to fold and store in the boot of your car.
The most common type of prams have 4 wheels. These wheels are usually smaller than 3 wheel prams and some say a little harder to push. The upside of 4 wheeled prams are they are usually more sturdy, and compact making them easy to maneuver and store.
You are likely going to be spending quite a bit of time with this pram, so it is worthwhile that above everything else you purchase a pram that you are comfortable with, like the look of and is perfect for both you and your child.
As with all baby products, safety is essential! In Australia the mandatory safety standard for prams is covered by the Trade Practice Act 1974 as well as guidelines under the Australian Standard – AS/NZS 2088:2000. All companies making and / or selling prams in Australia must comply with these standards.
These Australian guidelines and standards cover things such as strollers being required to have parking devices with at least one break as well as a tether strap to prevent roll away incidents; harnesses to ensure children don’t fall from strollers; adequate head barriers and foot enclosures to prevent entrapment as well as no hazardous gaps to avoid finger entrapment.
A good solid frame will provide the safest pram as this tends to dictate the sturdiness and durability of the pram overall which is important for your child’s safety.
If you are buying any cheap prams online, double check they comply with Australian standards.
Other Features Of The Top Prams
Basket/Tray/Cup Holder – Often prams come with a storage basket, which is great for storing all the odds and ends children require, and tray or cup holders so children can eat whilst out and about.
Sun / Rain Hood – If you intend to use your pram in the outdoors, consider the weather. If you live in a sunny climate ensure the pram has a large canopy, large enough to provide adequate shade for your child. Likewise a rain hood is great to protect your child from getting wet.
Seat Recline – Not all seat recline is created equal! In fact some prams may not recline at all. It is recommended for younger children that you get a pram that will recline flat so children can sleep comfortably, but at the very least a few recline positions is beneficial.
Insect Cover – If you are spending a lot of time in the Australian outdoors you may want to consider investing in an insect cover. This is particularly important if mosquitoes are bad in your area as it will protect your little ones from being bitten.
Top Pram Reviews 2018
Best Travel Prams/Strollers
Mountain Buggy Nano Review
Travel system prams are super convenient, particularly for parents of new babies. If you’re looking for one of the best travel pram systems consider the Mountain Buggy Nano.
On its own this pram is suitable for babies from 6 months up to 20 kgs, but with the built in car seat adapter you can use this pram from birth. The Mountain Buggy is compatible with a range of car seats.
This is a great stroller for travelling families as it folds nice and compactly and at only 5.9 kgs is super light. It even meets carry on luggage requirements for most airlines and comes with its own carry bag.
This stroller is easy to unfold and fold with 2 clicks. Other great features include adjustable 5 point harness, lockable front swivel wheels, 2 position recline, rear wheel suspension, adjustable leg rest, large flip out sun visor and a good size storage basket.
Whether this is your everyday stroller or your travel stroller this is no doubt one of the best compact pram options as well as best lightweight pram options available.
Goodbaby Pockit+ Stroller Review
The Goodbaby Pockit+ Stroller is one of the most recommended prams for travelling families.
With the use of the optional adapter, this pram can also be used as a travel system. With the use of either the gb, Britax or CYBEX infant car seat you can use this pram from birth up to 17kgs. Without the car seat this pram is suitable for children from 6 months.
Like the Mountain Buggy, this pram is lightweight and compact, and is in fact one of the smallest folding strollers on the market. This pram can easily be stored in the overhead compartments of an airplane. Other features include a multiple recline positions, large sun canopy, swivel front lockable wheels and adjustable harness.
At only 5.6 kg, the Goodbaby Pockit+ is even lighter than the Mountain Buggy earning its spot as one of the best rated prams for families always on the go. Comes in the great colours too!
Babyzen YOYO+ Travel Stroller Review
The Babyzen YOYO+ is yet another great option for travelling families looking for the best pram with travel systems.
Like the other travel systems mentioned above, this stroller folds down nice and compactly which can be easily stored in the overhead compartments of an airplane. At 6.2 kg it is the heaviest of my picks for travel systems, but still super lightweight.
With the use of a car seat or bassinet you can use this stroller for your child from birth up to 18 kgs. Without the car seat it is suitable for babies from 6 months.
Other features include under stroller storage basket, storage pouch on the back, 3 position large sun canopies, rain cover, one handed folding and unfolding, leather pram look handlebar as well as removable and washable fabrics.
Best Newborn Baby Prams
MAXI COSI Zelia Newborn Review
For parents looking for great newborn baby prams, the MAXI COSI Zelia is a perfect choice.
This infant pram, transforms from a bassinet stroller suitable for newborns to a seat ideal for children up to 15 kgs. It can also be used as a travel system with the use of the MAXI-COSI Mico or City Baby car capsules which are sold separately.
This stroller folds down compactly which makes it easy to put in the back of the car and parents will love the height adjustable handle. Other features include a multiple position sun canopy, cool baby wicking fabric, multiple position recline including full layback, forward or parent facing seat options, 5 point harness with removable harness pads, cocooning boot cover and a large under stroller storage basket.
Whilst certainly not one of the cheap prams for newborn, not having to purchase a separate bassinet or capsule to accommodate a newborn baby makes it good value and one of the best pram for newborn through to toddler choices.
SAFETY 1ST Wanderer X Flat Lay Newborn Review
The Safety 1st Wanderer is another great choice for parents looking for a newborn pram.
Whilst in the lie flat recline position this stroller is suitable for newborn babies and can accommodate children up to around 17 kgs. With the use of the optional adaptors, it can also be used as a travel system as it is compatible with the MAXI COSI and Safety 1st Infant capsules. You may also use the Safety 1st Wanderer bassinet, which is sold separately.
This lightweight pram newborn to toddler stroller features all terrain rubber types. Other features include reversible position seat, multi position recline, natural antibacterial protection seat liner, 5 point harness, height adjustable handle, removable bumper bag, larger under stroller shopping basket as well as a large extendable sun canopy with a viewing window.
This pram offers parents a great choice for the best value pram for newborns through to toddlers, a great buy baby pram.
Top Single Pram Reviews
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Review
Baby Jogger strollers are constantly among the top 10 baby prams, so there is no surprise that three different Baby Joggers made it to these reviews, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT being the first in these reviews.
First up, don’t be confused with the name, these prams are not suitable as jogging prams, however they are among the best pram for walking on all terrains. The large wheels include front wheel suspensive and provide a smooth ride for your little one.
Parents absolutely love the one handed quick fold of the City Mini, which makes folding up this stroller a breeze. Other features include adjustable handlebar, hand operated parking brake, removable machines washable seat cover, large adjustable sun canopy with peek a boo window, adjustable handlebar and large under stroller storage basket.
The City Mini is suitable for babies from birth right up to 30 kgs. With the use of the optional adapters it can also be used as a travel system as it is compatible with a capsule as well as a bassinet. There are also a range of other optional accessories you can purchase to make life easier such as parent consoles and boards for older children to stand.
Valco Baby Tailormade Snap Ultra Review
The Valco Baby Tailormade Snap Ultra is a great pram suitable for newborn babies up to children around 20 kgs.
This Valco pram is jammed packed with great features to make life easier. Parents will love the one handed seat recline button and the quick release for effortless removal of the seat to make it simple to pack away in the car.
Other features include lockable front swivel wheels, rear storage pocket, large under stroller basket, reversible seat, adjustable footrest, boot cover and 3 position recline.
With the use of optional travel adapters, the pram can also be used as a travel system and is compatible with the Safe-n-Sound Unity, Babylove Snap-n-Go and Maxi COSI infant car seats. Other optional extras include a bassinet, glider board, drink bottle holder, parent console, infant insert and rain cover.
BOB Revolution Pro Review
For the active mum and dad, the BOB Revolution Pro is a great choice.
Great not only as a jogger pram but also an everyday pram, the BOB Revolution is suitable for newborn babies up until 25 kgs. With the use of the car seat adapter and compatible Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant Carrier it can also be used as a travel system.
The front swiveling wheels makes for easy maneuverability whilst the ability to lock the front wheels in forward position makes for increased stability whilst jogging or going over rough terrain. The stroller also includes a superior adjustable suspension system to provide your little one with a smooth ride.
Other features include hand brake, height adjustable handlebar, easy two step fold, multi position sun canopy with large viewing window, internal seat pockets and large under stroller basket. You can also attach the optional snack tray.
With the BOB Revolution Pro, not only will you look the part, but you will have a super practical kids pram too.
Bugaboo Donkey2 Pram Review
For families wanting a pram that grows with their family, the Bugaboo Donkey2 is a great option.
Suitable for children from birth to around 17 kgs, this stroller comes with the bassinet and seat so there is no need to purchase any additional accessories. With the use of the optional car seat adapter and compatible MAXI COSI or Chicco, it can also be used as a travel system.
This stroller is super easy to convert to a double stroller, simply purchase an additional seat and in a few clicks add it to the stroller frame. Other features include underseat basket, side storage compartment, rain cover, 3 position seat recline, adjustable 5 point harness, height adjustable handlebar, adjustable canopy, lockable front swivel wheels and reversible seat.
The Bugaboo Donkey2 pram is a great option for parents wanting a stroller packed full of features and the option of a double stroller down the track.
Baby Jogger City Select Review
If you like the sound of the Baby Jogger City Mini above, but want something that converts into a double stroller, then perhaps the City Select is for you.
Like the City Mini this Baby Jogger is not for jogging despite its name, but its 4 large all terrain wheels make it one of the good prams for walking on a range of surfaces. Other features it shares with the City Mini include an adjustable handlebar, large sun canopy, under stroller storage, multiple position recline, hand brake and the ability to be a travel system with the use of the optional adapters. It also has the quick and easy folding system and the ability to add a parent console, tray and cup holders.
The City Select is suitable for babies from the age of 6 months to around 20 kgs. For babies under 6 months you can use the adaptors for a capsule or bassinet. You can easily add a second seat to accommodate two children. With a glider board it can even accommodate a third older child.
With the ability to convert to a double stroller, the City Select is one of the good baby prams for families that are considering growing their family.
Steelcraft Strider Compact Deluxe Review
Another good choice for parents wanting the option of a double stroller, is the Steelcraft Strider Compact Deluxe.
Jammed packed with features the Steelcraft Strider is suitable for babies from birth up to around 20 kgs. The reversible seat has four recline positions, padded head cushion, padded insert as well as an adjustable footrest.
With the use of optional travel adapters, the pram can also be used as a travel system as well as being able to accommodate the Strider Compact Bassinet, Strider Compact Second Seat & up to two Steelcraft Infants Carriers.
Other features include one touch brake system, adjustable handle, lockable front swivel wheels, under stroller storage basket, removable storage pouches, boot cover, rail cover, two drink bottle holders and an extended canopy with viewing window.
Easily converted into a tandem stroller with the purchase of an additional seat, this is a stroller that can grow with your family.
Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Review
The original Bugaboo stroller is jammed packed with features!
Suitable for children from birth to around 17 kgs, this stroller comes with the bassinet and seat so there is no need to purchase any additional accessories. The bassinet is easily removed with a one hand release and the multi position recline seat is easily inserted. It is also able to accommodate a car seat with the optional car seat adaptors.
This stroller is adjustable not only for baby’s comfort but for the comfort of the parents too. The handle bar is height adjustable, as is the stroller’s swivel wheel suspension for optimal performance. The stroller is also lightweight and folds nice and compactly.
Other features include large underseat basket, reversible seat, rain cover, 5 point harness with adjustable shoulder straps and machine washable fabrics.
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 pram is a great option for parents wanting a bassinet as well as a stroller packed full of features.
Best Double/Twin Pram Reviews
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Pram Review
The final Baby Jogger stroller in these reviews is the City Mini GT double, one of the most popular double prams for sale among parents.
The City Mini is suitable for babies from birth right up to 22.5kgs (the combined seat maximum is 45 kg). With the use of the optional adapters it can also be used as a travel system as it is compatible with a car seat, although only 1 at a time. There are also a range of other optional accessories you can purchase to make life easier such as parent consoles and boards for older children to stand.
Parents absolutely love the one handed quick fold of the City Mini, which makes folding up this stroller a breeze. Other features include large all terrain wheels, adjustable handlebar, hand operated parking brake, removable machine washable seat cover, large adjustable sun canopy with peek a boo window, adjustable handlebar and large under stroller storage basket. Features such as the canopy and recline can be adjusted independently per seat.
Like the other Baby Joggers in these reviews, don’t be confused with the name, these prams are not suitable as jogging prams.
Loaded with great features, the City Mini double is an ideal choice for parents after one of the best twin baby prams or a pram for a newborn and toddler.
Maclaren T-01 Twin Stroller Review
The Maclaren T-01 Twin stroller is a fantastic choice for families looking for one of the best affordable prams for two children.
With fully reclining independent seats, this Maclaren pram is suitable for newborn babies through to children around 15 kgs. Having seats that recline independently of each other make this double stroller perfect for children of different ages, such as a newborn or toddler.
Despite being a side by side double stroller, the Maclaren can easily fit through standard doorways and being an aluminum frame this stroller is reasonably lightweight. Other features include a sun canopy, good size under stroller storage basket, multi position recline and the stroller folds down compactly in 5 seconds with one hand.
Whilst not necessary one of the cheap double prams available, this stroller offers plenty of features at a great affordable price.
MAXI COSI Dana Double Stroller Review
For parents of twins, the MAXI COSI is a highly recommend stroller and one of the best twin prams for sale.
Suitable from birth to 17 kgs, this double stroller is perfect for twins as with the use of the included car seat adapter and compatible MAXI COSI Mico or City Baby car capsules, it can also be used as a travel system.
Parents will love how easily and compactly this double stroller folds as well as how easy it is to maneuver. Also despite being a side by side double stroller it also fits through standard size doorways upto 82 cm with ease.
For babies comfort there is a soft padded fabric seat, head pillow, adjustable headrest as well as multiple position recline including a full lay back. Other features include large sun canopy, 5 point harness with removable harness pads, storage basket under each seat and rain cover.
Again not necessarily one of the cheap twin prams, but considering its features and inclusions, this is double stroller offers great value for money.
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