A small but unmistakable revolution has taken place on the high street in recent years.
Thanks to the national effort to curb our single-use plastics habit, not to mention government measures obliging customers to pay for plastic bags in shops, there are few among us who haven’t made the switch to a tote bag.
While cloth bags are undeniably handy for small errands and picking up a few bits from the off licence, when it comes to bigger hauls like the supermarket weekly shop, you may want to do your shoulders, spine and hips a favour by upgrading to a shopping trolley on wheels.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: shopping trolleys are 100 per cent OAP territory. Or rather, they used to be.
With the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton rolling out their own ultra-luxe versions, the look has done a 180-degree transformation from granny to glamorous.
While it’s far from becoming the IT bag of the season, it’s a smart and eco-friendly way to get your goods from shop A and B and back home again. As well as a trundle along the high street, a wheeled shopping bag is also invaluable for transporting picnic supplies and camping gear on weekend breaks in the great outdoors.
Below you’ll find some of the nicest shopping bags on wheels around; and we promise - there’s not a tartan check in sight.
See our favourites below
MFAVOUR Stair Climbing Shopping Trolley
Keep fresh fruit and freezer items cool in this insulated drawstring bag, which can be removed from the stainless steel frame for shopping in-store. There’s a separate pocket on the back for keeping your wallet and other small items, while the tri-wheels will help you get a full trolley up stairs with minimal huffing and puffing.
Waterproof and durable, it will also pack down when not in use so no need to worry about adding to cupboard clutter.
Rolser Jet Marina Trolley, Black/White
A nautical and nice design, this classic striped look is perfect for anyone who wants to shake off grandma connotations - there’s nothing old fashioned about this trolley.
Made with a waterproof outer layer, a drawstring closing will further protect your stuff from the elements, ensuring your shopping remains in pristine condition until you unpack them.
It is also available in all-black (£49).
Sabichi Crazy Cats Shopping Trolley
There’s no reason why you can’t have fun with your new shopping buddy. Covered in a playful kitten print this trolley pulls along easily on two robust wheels and an ergonomic handle. There’s a zipped pocket on the back of the insulated bag, which also folds down to make it easier to store when you don’t need it.
Reisenthel Medium Boodschappen Trolley
We’re into the look of this floral print shopping trolley, which looks more like a cabin bag thanks to the streamlined frame. The handle adjusts to different heights and the bag offers zip fastenings to the main compartments and a small pocket on the back. It’s made from polyester which means it should be easier to keep sparkling clean.
It is also available in a stylish all grey or all black hue.
Andersen Wicker Basket Shopping Trolley
My, what big shopping you have. The sort of thing you’d imagine Little Red Riding Hood shopping for grandma with, this cute wicker trolley is whimsical yet practical all at the same time. The above-average rubber tyres can navigate curbs, steps and bumps in the pavement easily, while inside, the 60kg capacity makes it the ideal shopping companion, whether you’re headed to Tesco or the local farmer’s market.
Karabar Monsanto Foldable Shopping Trolley Bag
Finally, a shopping trolley that doesn't actually look like one. It’s slim and the frame can fold down so it will be easier to put away when you’re not using it to cart around your groceries.
The trolley’s bag fastens with a zip plus Velcro for extra security and there are long double straps too, so you can sling it over your shoulder for smaller errands.
Need something larger? Try the 47 litre moss grey shopping trolley (pictured in main image) complete with an insulated pocket.
Two Wheel Folding Blue and White Polka Dot Shopping Trolley
The lure of the polka dot shows no sign of waning. First it was that Zara dress, now a chic wheeled shopping trolley to match. This handy little helper offers massive capacity - a whopping 82 litres - giving you plenty of room for cans, bottles and packets. It will keep your goods safe come rain or shine with a weatherproof exterior and splash proof bag that closes tight with a drawstring opening. Best of all, the whole thing - frame and bag - folds down flat when you don’t need it.
SONGMICS Black Shopping Trolley
Also available in grey and blue, this boxy design offers a more contemporary spin on a traditional trolley. The main compartment is spacious and insulated which will keep your chilled and frozen foods fresher for longer, and it also detaches for use as a shoulder bag.
An adjustable handle makes moving it around easy - as does the lightweight aluminium frame - and the designers have placed safety as paramount with smooth, sliding wheels, a splash guard and road reflectors to protect you on dull, rainy days.
Rolser Saquet Shopping Trolley
Squirrel away all your shopping in this compact-looking shopping bag on wheels. The strong design can bear a weight of up to 20kg, and other features include a drawstring opening with a flap for extra weather protection over the main storage section, two robust wheels and comfortable pull handle.
Shopping Trolley with Fold Down Seat
This trolley not only packs in the features you’d expect - a large carry area, wipe-clean waterproof fabric, stair-friendly wheels and a handle that’s easy to grip - but there’s also one additional extra that makes it pretty hard to resist. A fold down chair! It’s ideal for long trips or anyone with mobility issues and can bear up to 14st in weight.
With a higher set bag and wheels that can handle almost any terrain you'll throw at it, the MFAVOUR Shopping Trolley is the perfect investment for your next shopping trip.