A travel system is a car seat (Group 0+) that is compatible with the frame of a pushchair or buggy; allowing you quite simply move your child from pram to car and secure them safely in seconds. They are extremely convenient systems and can save you time when carrying out daily tasks; a must-have for busy mums and dads that travel frequently by car. Keep reading for our pick of the best travel systems below.
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The main consideration when purchasing a travel system is car compatibility. Many travel systems will require an Isofix base, which is not compatible with all vehicle models and makes, so check your vehicles compatibility with the various base fixtures before committing to a new travel system.
Also, make sure you look out for the weight of the system, as this will make an impact on how easy it is to get around and fold away. Anything below 10kg is ideal, but a travel system that’s 12kg or more will become a struggle.
Some travel systems come with a carry cot that’s sold separately, for example, the Recaro CityLife. The benefit of these is that they can still be used beyond 12 months as a regular stroller, so they are a worthwhile investment in the long-run. In some cases, adapters may be also be required when fitting, so make sure you bear this in mind when shopping on a budget.
We’ve picked out the best travel systems currently on the market, find out what works for you by reading below.
1. Recaro CityLife
A sleek black stroller for use with the separate carrycot
Weight: 10.2kg | Max child weight: 17.5kg | Carry cot included: No
This travel system is designed with convenience in mind, especially if you’re a parent who’s always on the go. To be used as a travel system, the Recaro Privia Evo car seat must be purchased separately, but after 12 months, the Recaro CityLife can also be utilised as a regular stroller up until the age of 4. It features puncture proof tyres which are great for getting around a busy city, and reclining seat for when your little one needs a nap, and three different handle heights for your comfort. Overall, this is a long-term investment that makes getting out and about with baby easy.
2. Red kite Push Me Fusion
An all-in-one versatile travel system and car seat
Weight: 15kg | Max child weight: 15kg | Carry cot included: Yes
The Red Kite Push Me Fusion travel system is great value for money and requires no additional purchases. You’ll get a stylish stroller that also comes with a Group 0+ car seat and a convertible seat/carry cot for ease of use wherever you go. You can expect days out to be hassle-free with the stroller’s lockable wheels and a design that can be folded single-handedly with comfort. Again, you’ll be able to benefit from this travel system long after 12 months, with the system being converted into pram mode for everyday use.
3. Silver Cross Reflex
A comfortable stroller from birth, with a compatible car seat
Weight: 8.5kg | Max child weight: 25kg | Carry cot included: No
For the ultimate comfort from birth, this travel system compatible stroller features a lie flat seat and an ergonomic backrest that will keep baby comfy at all times. The car seat is sold separately for this system, which will also require adapters to fit securely into your vehicle. The stroller comes in a range of colours, with a sun protection hood and leatherette bumper bar which means you can take your child out in comfort and style up until they are a toddler.
4. Graco Evo
A tough and durable travel system for active parents
Weight: 12kg | Max child weight: 15kg | Carry cot included: No
If you want something that will stand the test of time, you may find the Graco Evo is a little more robust for those days when you want to go off the beaten track. It has larger, multi-terrain tyres, with height adjustable handles for your comfort and a 3 position reclining seat for baby’s comfort. This travel system is compatible with the Graco Snugride iSize car seat and it connects directly to the frame without the need for an additional adapter. You can also choose to have the seat facing forwards or backwards.
5. iCandy Peach
A super-swish travel system compatible with a range of car seats
Weight: 8.6kg | Max child weight: 25kg | Carry cot included: No
The iCandy Peach is one of the most versatile travel systems on the market; compatible with around 9 different car seats. It has a super-lightweight design that can be folded down with one hand, and it’s also freestanding when folded so you won’t have to struggle with too many things to carry. The stroller seat can be adjusted into 6 different positions including front and rear facing and the robust design and tyres means you can expect baby to sleep soundly even on uneven terrain.
6. Cosatto Giggle 2
Vibrant designs that fold away compactly for easy storage
Weight: 11.85kg | Max child weight: 15kg | Carry cot included: Yes
Get the whole package with the Cosatto Giggle 2 travel system. It comes with a carrycot and changing bag, but if you want the car seat too then this is to be purchased separately. The carrycot makes this stroller suitable from birth, with the standard seat then able to accommodate your child until they are a toddler. The seat has a 4 position recline and the chassis is lightweight with adjustable handle height. You can stay fully equipped wherever you go with this multi-functional travel system.