The 5 Best Prams to Buy Second-Hand in 2022

Every parent knows that their bundle of joy could cost a bundle, too. With so many needs, from their first cot to a high chair, it's well worth looking for some second-hand bargains to save a little money. Luckily, many second-hand prams are every bit as good as brand new. And we've picked out some of the most reliable models to help you decide what's the best affordable pram.

Best 5 Prams Secondhand

What is the best baby pram brand?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to what’s the best baby pram brand. That’s because it depends on your little one and the stage they’re at, as well as what you need it for. And let’s face it, sometimes it can be a matter of what you fancy. Either way, Babystyle has to be up there in the running.

What is the best baby pram brand

Babystyle Oyster

If you’re looking for preloved pushchairs or second-hand strollers, the Babystyle Oyster is a fantastic option. This model has been a popular choice with parents for years because it’s both robust and easy to manoeuvre. Not only is it functional, with a comfortable handlebar and large shopping basket, but the sleek design means it looks good, too. Plus, when you need to store it away, the buggy has a simple-to-use folding mechanism, which works whether the seat is facing forwards or backwards. This saves you fiddling about before you can fold it – the last thing you’d want when about to get on a bus or deal with a child who’s just arrived home and woken up.

Babystyle Capsule

Suitable for a newborn, the Capsule on its own is a bassinet-style carrier. But its hidden superpowers are that it’s compatible with the Oyster stroller and, with the right car seat adaptors, can double up as a travel system.

Babystyle Oyster Twin

Double trouble or double delight? If you have close-together siblings or twins, this Oyster double buggy is an easy choice. It’s got puncture-free tyres so you won’t get a flat and all-round suspension so it won’t feel lopsided to push. Ever practical, the Oyster Twin is also kitted out with a large storage basket, bumper bars and a fitted rain-cover.

Which pram is best for a newborn

Which pram is best for a newborn?

With the exception of jogging strollers, which usually don’t recline, any well-made stroller can double as a pram for a newborn as long as it reclines fully. And we reckon Bugaboo is one of the contenders for the top title.

Bugaboo Cameleon

This model has been around since 2005, so there are plenty of versions to pick from when shopping for it second-hand. Suitable for newborns to toddlers and made to a high quality, it’s won plenty of awards over the years for its smart, distinctive design. It’s also built to last, which means second-hand Bugaboos tend to be in good condition. One of the pram’s unique features is that it enables you to use it with either four or two wheels and it still feels sturdy and light.

Bugaboo Ant

The Ant is an option worth considering if you’re a city dweller who needs to fit a folded pushchair into a tiny space. It’s suitable for a newborn but easily converts into sit-up-and-look-around mode for growing toddlers. For such a small pushchair, there’s a good amount of storage space for your day-out essentials like a baby changing bag or your everyday shopping.

Bugaboo Donkey Duo

The Donkey Duo is worth a look for anyone juggling multiple small children. Their systems have all the different set-ups you might need, like the pram facing towards you and the pushchair facing out, or a double pram set-up for two tinies or twins. There are new models of the Donkey Duo range coming out all the time, but the older versions all keep to the same principle of dealing with multiple children, of either the same or different sizes.

What's the best pram for newborns and toddlers

What’s the best pram for newborns and toddlers?

If you need a bassinet stroller for a newborn, or you’re looking for the best pram for a newborn and toddler together, the Mamas & Papas range has lots of choices. Many of their models come out as a Mamas & Papas bundle, so you can have your bassinet stroller option in the early months and move on to a pushchair as your baby becomes a toddler. Some of the bundles include a travel system option, so you have all your transport needs covered in one go.

Mamas & Papas Sola

On the market since 2005, the Mamas & Papas Sola can be used as a forward-facing or rear-facing baby carriage. The backrest reclines fully to flat as well, so your baby can sleep soundly. With front and rear suspension, it’s a smooth ride even on rough terrain, so it’s not likely to wake your little one up. The compact seat unit can be easily removed, making it a flexible and functional option.

Mamas & Papas Ocarro Pushchair

A great all-rounder, the Ocarro pushchair has dual suspension and puncture-proof tyres. This makes it an all-terrain pram that can handle country lanes as well as city streets. The chassis is designed to make negotiating kerbs and steps easy. And its famous one-handed folding system is a real bonus if you’re in a hurry or your hands are full. (You’ve got a young child – of course your hands are full.) It’s even got a head-hugging pillow so your little one can snooze undisturbed if you’re going over bumpy ground.

car seat pram

What’s the best car seat pram?

Do you need a car seat and a stroller all in one? Silver Cross is another quality brand that makes dual-purpose systems. They’re amongst the best travel system prams, as well as more traditional pushchairs.

Silver Cross Wayfarer

This is a series that’s got the lot covered, from newborn to toddler. The Wayfarer includes a pram that’s good for newborns and babies up to 25 kilos, with a forward or backward-facing option. There’s also a carrycot for lying flat, which can be used as a standalone overnight sleeping solution. The stroller part of the system is one of the most lightweight full-feature pram/pushchair combinations. Wayfarers can be upgraded to a full 3-in-1 travel system by adding the compatible car seat.

Silver Cross Surf

Style-conscious parents tend to love this stroller for its elegant look and practicality. The British brand is popular with celebrities too, and even though the Silver Cross Surf is a more expensive choice, you can often pick up a second-hand model for a good price. Combining comfort and convenience, the pushchair works well on all terrains, with its click-in trekking wheel that takes it from the pavement to the park. The air-filled tyres give it a springy suspension and you can move the stroller effortlessly around obstacles.

What about prams for twins?

Whether you’re looking for a second-hand twin pram or you’re after the best compact pram, the iCandy could be your iDeal solution. iCandy pushchairs are known for their luxe look and premium finishes.

iCandy Peach

The brand’s flagship model is the iCandy Peach. You can fold the chassis up with the push of a button in the middle of the handlebar, lock it and then carry it by the handy shoulder strap. It’s super simple to switch from single to double mode too, which is ideal if you have two little ones to transport. It also has a great-fitting rain cover to protect your baby from the elements. (Other iCandy models will come with fewer features and accessories).

iCandy Orange

If you’re more of a citrusy type, the iCandy Orange could be right up your street. It’s multi-functional, with an integrated ride-on board to convert to a double pram, a lightweight chassis, lots of space in the basket and a changing bag included. If you’re a first-time parent and suspect this won’t be your last baby, a carriage like this could be a great way of setting yourself up for the future.

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