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The Best Strollers For Hong Kong And Where To Buy Them

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Our favourite set of wheels these days!

Buggy, stroller, pushchair or pram…it doesn’t matter what you call it, this set of wheels is going to be very important to you in your baby’s early years (and even later when you’re dealing with a tired toddler or preschooler!). Whether you’re looking to buy a new stroller or get it second-hand from a friend, there are plenty of choices available in the city – from lightweight umbrella ones to complete heavy-duty travel systems, narrow city strollers to big, twin buggies and many more options. How do you know which one is suitable for you? We’ve spoken to different mums around town and lined up our favourite strollers in Hong Kong.

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What You Need To Keep In Mind Before Getting A Stroller

All of us have different needs and so do our babies. No wonder then that preferences in strollers vary. When you are considering getting a buggy, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • How lightweight is it and up to what weight can it carry?
  • Is it easy to fold the stroller? Can you do it with one hand while carrying the baby in the other? (this is especially important for mums who use public transport and Hong Kong’s famously impatient taxis!)
  • Does it lie flat completely and can it be used for a newborn?
  • How good is its shock absorption? (again, important for a newborn)
  • Is it compatible with a car seat or does it come with a complete travel system?
  • Where do you live (are there a lot of stairs, MTR exits without lifts, etc.) and how will the buggy be used? Are you likely to take it when you travel or will you have another one for travel?
  • Where will you buy your stroller? (Sassy Mama tip: It’s always preferable to check it physically for defects, manoeuvrability and ease of folding as these vary depending on the height of the person pushing it, amongst other factors.) Besides the official stores, look at Carousell and online expat forums (AsiaExpat and Geoexpat, for instance) and Facebook swap-it groups for second-hand strollers because it’s common to get these at as low as half the retail price.
  • With strollers being used for up to four years, quite often, it’s a popular gift for new parents from family and friends back home. Some of these strollers may be cheaper overseas (though shipping has to be factored in) or more easily available. Make sure you do your research because the most popular strollers in your home country may not suit Hong Kong conditions.
  • Lastly, how expensive is it and how long will it last you? Is it a popular stroller that you will be able to sell or swap for something else when your child outgrows it?

Read more: Your Guide To Recycling And Reusing Baby Gear In Hong Kong

Our Pick Of Strollers For Hong Kong

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There is a reason why you see this stroller (and its earlier version of the YOYO+) all over Hong Kong. This stroller converts easily from the newborn version and grows with your child (suitable up to 22 kgs). There is also a YOYO car seat available if you need one.

What We Love:

  • It is so incredibly compact that when folded, it fits into the overhead compartment of an aeroplane – perfect for travelling (however check with the airline because some such as VietJet and AirAsia ask you to check it in at the gate).
  • Convertible to the YOYO 6+ (for babies from 6 months onwards) simply by switching the seat base and cover for a relatively small additional price (much cheaper than buying a new one!).
  • No assembling required.
  • The manoeuvrability is so smooth that you won’t have to worry about steering it through crowds even with only one hand. This makes it easy on Hong Kong’s crowded pavements and through MTR turnstiles.
  • It’s easy to carry on the shoulder with its padded shoulder strap.
  • The bright and cute colours!

Other Factors To Consider:

  • The storage space below is a bit limited, though you can store up to 5 kgs and it’s easily accessible from the front and back.
  • It’s worth investing in a travel bag to stop damage as you stow it in the overhead bin of an aeroplane.
  • In earlier versions, the YOYO+ was a bit bumpy on rough terrains. The new YOYO² stroller has better flexibility and cushioning, thanks to the new, individual suspensions on all four wheels.
  • For your older child, you can also opt for the YOYO+ board that attaches to the stroller and can carry up to 20 kgs.
  • Because of its popularity, the YOYO2 is easy to resell and built to last. If you have an older version and are now looking for the latest accessories, it’s good to note that all the BABYZEN products and accessories that fit YOYO+ also fit YOYO²!

Weight: 6.2 to 6.6 kgs
Appropriate for: 0 months+
Available at: Most baby stores across Hong Kong and online, priced at $4,300 upwards for the 6months+ set, $6,300 and above for the complete newborn to 6months + set.

Read more: The Best Baby And Toddler Stores In Hong Kong: Where To Get What You Need

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This brand is synonymous with strollers for over 20 years now and it’s almost impossible to pick just one of their many products. At the top end is the Bugaboo Cameleon which is solid and also comes in designer options. As many mamas in the city need and prefer buggies that are narrow, the new ultra-compact Bugaboo Ant is also likely to do very well. Our pick of its many strollers though is the Bugaboo Bee. This urban stroller comes with the safety standards of the Cameleon but is more reasonably priced.

What We Love:

  • Totally customisable with almost any add-on you can possibly want (the bassinet is best for newborns).
  • You can also personalise by choosing from a wide variety of colours for each part.
  • The single, reversible and height-adjustable handlebar pushes just as well whichever way the seat is facing and regardless of the recline.
  • These strollers are highly shock-absorbent and good for newborns. If you are a mama into running or hiking, you can easily push your bub along with you (provided the path is wide enough).
  • Compatible with Britax-Römer® and Maxi Cosi® car seats.
  • It is easy to attach a wheeled board to the stroller that carries your older child (up to 20 kgs).
  • By simply registering your product on the official Bugaboo website within three months of purchase, you receive an extra year of warranty (over the manufacturer’s 2-year warranty).

Other Factors To Consider:

  • These models come with a hefty price tag.
  • Despite being advertised as lightweight, many of these are amongst the heaviest on this list (for a lighter option, consider the Bugaboo Ant).
  • The folding mechanism takes a while to get used to and it’s not all that convenient as you need to use both hands and bend over quite a bit.
  • While it is easy to manoeuvre, it takes up a fair bit of space on the pavements.
  • The popular Bugaboo Bee model is fairly bulky when folded up, so not always convenient for a Hong Kong apartment.
  • Bugaboo also makes good double and twin strollers under the Bugaboo Donkey model name.
  • Because of its popularity in Hong Kong, you will be able to resell this easily.

Weight: These range from the compact Bugaboo Ant at 7.2 kgs to the highly popular Bugaboo Bee (seat version) at 8.9 kgs and the designer Bugaboo Cameleon at 9.6kgs
Appropriate for: From birth
Available at: Select stores across the city (Mothercare and Eugene Baby), priced from $4,680 for Bugaboo Ant to $11,290 for Bugaboo Cameleon 3.

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Doona Car Seat Stroller

Doona is the world’s first infant car seat and stroller in one. Who doesn’t love simplicity and efficiency? We know we do! It transforms from a car seat to a stroller in three seconds flat!

What We Love:

  • No matter that mode of transportation (car, taxi, train or plane!) you’re taking your baby – you can rest assured knowing there will be no fuss when you’re on the go.
  • The Infant Insert is specially designed for newborns (suitable for up to 13kg) and provides a near-flat ergonomic position.
  • Doona is continuously tested to meet the strictest safety global regulations and received more than 20 innovation awards around the world. The side-impact and anti-rebound protection make it particularly safe as a car seat and stroller.
  • It weighs in at 7kg but since it transforms from car seat to stroller, there is no need to carry it often.
  • But when you do need to carry it up or downstairs, simply rotate the handle to its middle position and lift up. Perfect!

Other Factors To Consider:

  • As with all car seats, it’s not recommended to let the baby sleep in one for long or extended periods.
  • You can use this only till your baby is 13 kgs (usually around 15 months). Doona has a stroller cum tricycle that your child can graduate to after he or she outgrows this one.

Weight: 7 kgs
Appropriate for: newborns to 13 kgs
Available at: various stores in Hong Kong, online on Baby Central, Wandercubs and from the website, priced at $3,280.

Read more: Hong Kong Car Seat Safety: Plus What And Where To Shop

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GB Pockit+

With its exceptional design, the lightweight GB Pockit is the world’s smallest folding stroller (Guinness World Records 2014). It is suitable for babies from 6 months and up.

What We Love:

  • It’s really lightweight!
  • It stands when folded and can also be folded and stored away into a handbag-sized bag.
  • It’s built to last and can take you through to when your baby is 5 years old.

Other Factors To Consider:

  • You will need another stroller for the first six months if you plan on using one at that time.
  • It doesn’t recline so is not comfortable to nap in for long periods, but can be used by an older child who is looking for a power nap between play sessions.

Weight: 4.6 kgs
Appropriate for: 6 months to 5 years

Available at: Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the city and Baby Central online store for $2,490 and up.

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These baby experts know a thing or two about all things baby. Their impressive range of strollers is worth considering when you are on the lookout for a new set of wheels as you can visit any one of their stores in Hong Kong and test each for suitability. The popular Simplicity and compact Goody are great options for urban travel.

What We Love:

  • Both these versions can be used right from birth as they recline completely and have three reclining positions that are comfortable for babies.
  • The auto-folding function of the Goody is very convenient for parents on the go (watch the promotional video to better understand this function). It also makes it easy to negotiate a sudden flight of stairs as you can pick up your baby with one hand and let your stroller fold up to a compact, easy-to-carry size with the other.
  • The Simplicity has an easily-accessible basket that can be removed from the frame.

Other Factors To Consider:

  • Chicco offers a wide range of accessories, so you can pick up your entire travel system here.
  • Chicco also has good twin and double strollers, if you have multiples or children who are close in age.

Weight: Goody: 6.9 kgs, Simplicity: 7.1 kgs (without accessories) 
Appropriate for: Goody newborns to 22 kgs, Simplicity – newborn to 15 kgs
Available at: Chicco stores across the city, priced at $2,098 for the Simplicity (currently on discount from $2,398) and$3,898 for the Goody.

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Phil & Ted’s GO™

This company is another one that makes great baby gear. With the Go, it’s offering more than just an umbrella stroller. This compact buggy delivers exceptional functionality in a small package.

What We Love:

  • It folds small for flights and yet is sturdy
  • It’s lightweight to carry and can be opened, closed and folded with one hand.
  • It has a smooth and quiet one-hand recline which makes it usable even for newborns.

Other Factors To Consider:

  • Compatible with the alpha infant car seat
  • You could opt for the lightweight, softshell newborn cocoon as an additional accessory and make this is parent-facing buggy.

Weight: 5 kgs
Appropriate for: From birth
Available at: Online at Wandercubs and Phil & Ted’s for $2,189.

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Other Great Strollers To Consider

Standard Strollers

Britax B-Motion 4 Plus, available at Eugene Baby

Stokke Xplory, available at Mothercare

Lightweight Strollers

Quinny Yezz Buggy, available at various stores in the city

Aprica Luxuna Comfort, available at Babyonline

Combi F2 (can convert to a twin stroller), available at various stores in the city

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 14, March 2018 and updated by Anita Balagopalan on 2, July 2020.

Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of  VisionPic .net via Pexels, image 2 courtesy of Babyzen via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Bugaboo, image 4 courtesy of Doona via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of GB Pockit, image 6 courtesy of Chicco, image 7 courtesy of Phil & Ted's via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Getty Images.

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