Not so long ago many people wouldn’t have been seen dead with a shopping trolley, but then we became conscious of the effects of single-use plastic. Then the 5p bag tax was introduced to prompt the masses, and eventually we all began to look for alternatives. But while a reusable bag does the job, it's actually much easier if you let the ground take the load for you.
However, now that you've chosen to join the revolution, here comes the hard part – exactly which trolley should you buy for your supermarket trips? In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the important decisions to make, and we'll share our recommendations from Amazon, eBay, Argos, and John Lewis too. Some of them are even rather trendy!
Whether this is your first time buying a shopping trolley or you’re looking for an upgrade, you may wish to take a look at the most vital specifications to consider. We’ll be looking at capacity, the wheels, and many more nifty features.
The first thing to consider is the capacity of the shopping trolley. This is a difficult balancing act because while you may think bigger is better, it’s worth remembering that you have to push, pull and potentially carry this around with you.
On average, most trolleys come in at 40 L. This is the equivalent of about two full bags of shopping and should therefore be fine for most people to carry on their own, as well as holding enough food for one person for a few days.
Some options have greater capacities such as 60–75 L, but these are going to be cumbersome, so unless you specifically need one this big, we would recommend sticking to the usual size.
Shopping trolleys have three wheel options. Two-wheelers are the most common, and are convenient if you prefer to pull your bag behind you, as opposed to pushing it in front. They're also better suited to rougher terrain, so if you live on a cobblestone street or walk through a grassy area to get home, these will be the best bet.
Four-wheel options, on the other hand, are more balanced and don't have a tipping problem like two-wheel trolleys. They also tend to have 360-degree front wheels, which makes them much easier to manoeuvre through narrow shops. However, they don't stand up to rougher terrain half as well.
The final option is six-wheelers, which work similarly to two-wheelers. They have two sets of three wheels on either side but only sit on two, with the third making a sort of triangle shape. They’re then pulled as if a two-wheel trolley, but with four-wheels on the ground. They do have one huge advantage though, which we'll get onto next.
That’s right, some six-wheel trolleys can climb stairs. This unique wheel configuration will save you having to manually haul a heavy, full trolley. Instead, they enable you to simply pull it up the stairs in a safe manner, so you don’t have to worry about putting your back out, or dropping a week's worth of shopping.
These stair-climbing trolleys do tend to be on the pricier side, but for those who have a few floors to cart their shopping up, we're sure they’ll be worth every penny.
We’re all well aware of how unpredictable the British weather can be, so you’ll want to think about whether the trolley is waterproof or water-resistant. If you're someone who tends to walk back from the supermarket, then waterproof will be better. After all, no one wants a soggy loaf, do they?
If you’re more likely to be scooting from the supermarket to the car or the bus stop, then picking up a trolley that is simply water-resistant will probably do the trick. Water-resistance will adequately stand up to splashes and a light drizzle, but not sustained downpours.
While it never really reaches the dazzling temperatures of mainland Europe – where many people have been using these trolleys for years – it is always worth checking to see if your purchase is thermally insulated.
Much like a cool bag, this will keep your fresh, fridge and freezer items cooler for longer. Therefore, if you have a long journey home, you can rest assured that you’re giving that tub of Häagen Dazs the best chance of surviving before you get back.
Now that the practical bit is out of the way, let’s jump into the shopping. We have a great selection of shopping trolleys here, and best of all, they’re all available to buy online right now!
|Dimensions||58 x 33 x 18 cm (83 cm high all in)|
|Dimensions||35 x 45 x 58 cm (40 cm high all in)|
|Dimensions||80 x 33 x 24 (all in)|
|Dimensions||98 x 36 x 28 cm|
|Dimensions||101 x 49 x 39 cm|
|Dimensions||92 x 45 x 54 cm|
|Dimensions||111 x 48 x 45 cm (all in)|
|Dimensions||47 x 23 x 32 cm|
|Dimensions||95 x 36.5 x 30 cm (all in)|
|Dimensions||46 x 40 x 99 cm|
Folding Shopping Trolley
Multicoloured Pug Shopping Trolley
Compact Mini Folding Shopping Trolley
Upgraded Shopping Trolley
4 Wheel Shopping Trolley
Folding Stair-Climbing Shopping Trolley
Jet Marina Trolley
Lightweight Shopping Trolley
Shopping Trolley Basket
Estoril Foldable Shopping Trolley
A Terrific Trolley That Has It All
Have a Little Fun With Your Trolley Purchase
For Those Who Are Shopping for Fewer Bellies
Get a Product That Can Move More Than Shopping
Feed the Full Family With This Large Trolley
Designed With Comfort in Mind
Shake off the Granny Stereotype With This Stylish Trolley
Foldable, Lightweight and Waterproof but Best for Shorter Folk
Take the Rustic Look Everywhere With You
For Those Still Struggling to Embrace the Aesthetic
|Capacity||45 L||40 L||35 L||75 L||60 L||42 L||40 L||47 L||63 L||34 L|
|Dimensions||46 x 40 x 99 cm||95 x 36.5 x 30 cm (all in)||47 x 23 x 32 cm||111 x 48 x 45 cm (all in)||92 x 45 x 54 cm||101 x 49 x 39 cm||98 x 36 x 28 cm||80 x 33 x 24 (all in)||35 x 45 x 58 cm (40 cm high all in)||58 x 33 x 18 cm (83 cm high all in)|
Hard as it is to believe, you might find that you don't use your trolley every single time you head to the shops. For those times when you only need a few bits, or when there's a heat wave and you've been sent to stock up on choc ices, the products below are bound to come in handy.
So now that you're all clued up, what's to stop you from picking up a wheelie good purchase? If you keep all the factors from the buying guide at the front of your mind when selecting, we're sure you'll find the perfect shopping companion. And once you've decided, just roll with it.
Author: Lewis Clark
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