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Three-wheelers on a Budget

Is it possible to get the chic look of a funky three-wheeler pushchair for less than £150? Yes!

Posted: 19 January 2009
by Laura Lee Davies

Petite Star Zia Without doubt, there are some seriously good bargains in shops and at online stores as the credit crunch really bites, but the three-wheeler pushchair still has a reputation for being the most wanted symbol of funky, affluent new parenthood.
As our writer, Debra discovered when we did our latest Road Test: Three-wheelers, the current crop of three-wheelers prove that you get what you pay for – the cheaper end of the market is great but less likely to offer the super-cosy ride or off road suspension you should get with the more expensive models.
However, given that three-wheelers can easily cost you over £350 and beyond, are there any decent options out there for parents on a tighter budget? We think so…

Three-wheelers for less than £100
Apart from very special offers that you might be lucky enough to uncover in the sales, there are a handful of three-wheelers that are regularly good value.
The Hauck Roadster is a good option, with an RRP of £99.99. Despite falling into the cheap end of the market, it still features adjustable reclines and a removable hood, plus it's suitable from birth to 15kg (about three years or usually until your toddler no longer needs a pushchair). It also has pneumatic wheels, a large shopping basket and Luna Mix an adjustable handle – these are extras you would usually expect to be forsaken in order to keep the price down, so that's pretty impressive, even if overall it is, realistically, a no-frills ride.

The other main three-wheeler option under £100 is the Urban Detour Vester at Mothercare, with an RRP of £99.99. Again this is suitable from birth and up until you'll no longer need a pushchair for your child. It has a reversible seat liner, and it weighs just 10.2kg which is not bad for a three-wheeler (as these can be pretty hefty to move around). This is the less-fancy cheaper cousin to the Urban Detour Xtreme.

Three-wheelers under £150
In this category, the stand-out option is the Petite Star Zia (pictured above, in orange) which currently has an RRP of around £119.99. It's suitable from birth, has a compact fold and is incredibly lightweight, at 6.3kg.

The Quinny Zapp is fairly lightweight at 8.8kg and has proved very popular because it's easy to move around and folds down really compact (ideal for storing in your home and for travelling with). It's suitable from six months and looks cool, making it a popular choice for parents moving on from their baby's first pram. You'll find it at a price anywhere between £120 and £150, so it's worth shopping around.

Mamas & Papas Sport 03

Three-wheelers for less than £200
You can enjoy the cheaper options we mention above, but once you stray a little over the £150 mark it is certainly true that there is a little more luxury on offer. That still doesn't mean you have to splash too much cash, though…

Mamas & Papas do two three-wheeler options which offer a solid, stylish ride for less than £200.

The Luna Mix (pictured above, in yellow 'dandelion') is a nippy three-wheel version of M&P's bright and breezy Luna and is suitable from birth. It weighs 9.5kg which isn't bad for a model with so many adjustable features, and it comes in some lovely colour options.
The Mamas & Papas 03 Sport (favourably reviewed as part of our Road Test) is a hefty model (at 13kg) but this will probably appeal to the off-roader parent who likes to take a more solid three-wheeler jogging or out on country walks. Again it's suitable from birth, and other appealing assets include the adjustable handle, which will be great for mums and dads who are particularly short or tall. It has an RRP of £180 and is pictured, right.

One last thing - a 'three-wheeler' can have two smaller wheels together at the front, in case you were confused by that!

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