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What you need to know about travel systems

From latest brands on the market to buying tips on travel systems

The lowdown on travel systems

Buying tips and latest travel systems on the market

Travel systems

A travel system is a pushchair that you can attach a Group 0+ car seat to. This makes it easier to transport your child from car to pushchair and back again without disturbing them if they’re asleep, as you can just click the car seat on and off the chassis.

What to look for

Travel systems come in all shapes and sizes, so if this option appeals to you, try out a few models to see what suits your lifestyle.

Almost all traditional carrycot-style pushchairs can form a travel system, but many lightweight, 3-wheeled and all-terrain models now have this capability, too.

Make sure that you are happy with the compatible car seats for your chosen system.

Although all car seats sold in the UK have to meet European safety standards, it’s possible a car seat included with a cheaper travel system may have only been through the bare minimum of testing. More expensive models are more likely to have had additional tests. Most travel system-ready pushchairs have adaptors however, so you can choose from a wide variety of car seats.

Some models allow the car seat to fit directly onto the pushchair without removing the seat, others have a removable seat unit and the car seat attaches directly the chassis.

Try out your chosen model to see if the car seat is easy to put on and take off the chassis.

Need to know

Check that the car seat offered with the travel system is suitable for your make and model of car.

A travel system can seem a more expensive option, but remember, a car seat is often included in the price.

Checklist

  • Do you need a travel system? Yes, most likely if you’re a regular car user
  • Make sure you’re happy with the pushchair AND car seat
  • Check that the car seat is compatible with your vehicle

Latest products on the market:

Mountain Buggy MB Mini travel system

Mountain Buggy MB Mini RRP £349.99

  • Very nippy, lightweight travel system ideal for the city
  • Has perfect weight distribution, allowing you to easily ‘pop’ the front wheel up kerbs
  • Has EVA puncture-proof wheels
  • Change from lock back to full swivel on the front wheel, with just a flick of a lever
  • Comes with Mountain Buggy Protect infant car seat included

We love that this stylish and compact design comes with the car seat included, and has a one-handed super quick fold ideal for public transport.

Specifications:

Weight complete pushchair: 7.6kg
Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 25.5 x 58 x 72cm
Maximum child weight: 20kg
Adjustable handle: Yes

Cosatto Air travel system

Cosatto Wish RRP £450.00

  • Comes in three brightly coloured, eye catching designs
  • Compatible with Port Car Seat (available separately)
  • Has a lightweight, compact fold aluminium chassis
  • It has quick release removable wheels and all round suspension
  • The seat unit transforms from newborn to pushchair mode
  • The seat can be rear or forward facing

We love that this lightweight travel system has some good features including a SPF50+ sunshade, removable bumper bar and a matching changing bag.

Specifications:

Weight complete pushchair: 9.3kg
Size: Pushchair folded (chassis only): H27 x W60 x 87cm
Maximum child weight: 15kg
Adjustable handle: Yes

 Britax Affinity 2 travel system

Britax Affinity 2 RRP £465.00

  • The Affinity 2 is the latest upgrade to the Affinity pushchair
  • Comes in a choice of chassis colours as well as a selection of fabric colours
  • Has dual suspension ideal for city or country terrain
  • Flexible forward or rear-facing seat unit with multi-position recline and footrest
  • This model is travel system ready with integrated CLICK & GO® receivers

It’s worth remembering the carrycot and infant carrier are sold separately, but we love that you can colour customise your own travel system from the chassis to the fabric.

Specifications:

Weight complete pushchair: 11kg
Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 33 x 60 x 66cm
Maximum child weight: 17kg
Adjustable handle: Yes

Icklebubba Stomp V3

Icklebubba Stomp V3 RRP £499.00

  • An Isofix compatible Galaxy group 0+ car seat is included
  • Comes with an optional leather handle and bumper bar
  • Accessories include a rain cover, changing bag, pushchair and car seat foot warmers, and 2 x car window sun visors
  • It has 360 degree swivel front wheels that can be locked
  • Built-in front and rear suspension

We love that this travel system has everything you need included in one bundle, even the car seat, so represents good value.

Specifications:

Weight complete pushchair: 6.5kg
(Chassis with wheels) Pushchair folded (with seat unit and wheels): 30 x 61 x 71cm
Maximum child weight: 15kg
Adjustable handle: Yes

What you need to know about travel systems