Having a good stroller can make your life so much easier, but how do you know which one will fit your lifestyle? Never fear, because we’ve researched the best strollers on the market, and we’ve written reviews to help guide you to the right buy.
The Baby Jogger City Select is one of the top-rated choices out there. Using patented quick fold technology, you can easily fold your stroller up to save space in just one step. The 8 inch front and 12 inch rear tires can be rolled over any terrain, and the front wheels swivel and lock as you increase speed for a jog. The front wheels also have good suspension for a smooth ride.
You’ll love the handlebar that adjusts to the height of each user, and your child will love the adjustable, reclining seat with a head height that expands and a foot well that extends as your child grows. In addition, the stroller comes with a multi-position sun canopy that offers UV 50+ protection.Another huge plus with this stroller is that it supports not only a growing child, but also a growing family. With the addition of a second seat, or even a Glider Board for a third seat, you can configure the stroller in 16 different positions, including forward facing, parent facing, or sibling facing.
What we like: Sleek and durable build that folds up compactly.
Top 5 Stroller Comparison
Below is a chart comparing the features of the top 5 strollers.
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This stroller features a reversible top seat that can adjust to four different recline positions. To ensure that your child can use this stroller from infancy, the integrated adapter system allows you to simply click in you Britax car seat or bassinet. Should the need arise to add another seat, it easily converts to an in-line stroller to accommodate different configurations. You’ll love the red/green single step brake pedal lock and unlock on the rear wheels, all of which are foam-filled and made of rubber.
What we like: You don’t even have to remove the second seat to fold it up!
BOB Revolution SE
The swiveling front wheel that locks forward during increased speed or on tough terrain makes this a perfect jogger, as well as an everyday stroller. It has incredible maneuverability and an adjustable suspension for a steady outing. For everyday use, it comes with a large under-seat basket and another pocket on the back of the seat. The adjustable reclining seat is ultra padded, and includes a five point padded harness. The lightweight frame easily folds in two steps.
What we like: Handles off-road terrains very well.
Chicco Nuevo Compact Travel System
The best thing about this stroller is that it includes the KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, which attaches easily to the frame using LATCH management technology. The infant insert is thickly padded to give small babies extra head, neck, back and bottom support. The carrier shell itself is lined with energy absorbing foam. The seat of the stroller itself offers your child multiple positions and recline positions, and keeps your child strapped in with a 5-point harness. The leg rest also can be adjusted to two different positions depending on your baby’s size.
What we like: This travel system takes the stress out of going from car to stroller; it’s so easy to use and install.
Graco FastAction Fold Jogger
This stroller includes the Graco snugride infant car seat which faces rear in your car and clicks easily into the stroller. The swiveling front wheel locks to transition nicely from walking to jogging, and it unlocks for better maneuverability during daily use. Whether you’re strolling down the sidewalk or picking up the pace on a trail, the air-filled rubber tires have a good suspension system for a smooth ride. Your baby will stay comfortable in their padded and multi-position reclining seat.
What we like: Easy assembly, easy fold-up, and easy click to remove car seat.
Types of Strollers
Standard: This is your bread-and-butter stroller. Usually has undercarriage storage space and the seat can either face forwards or rearwards, sometimes both. The seat is usually comfortably padded with at least one recline position.
Travel Systems: These are convenient because you get the infant car seat with the stroller, and the car seat snaps into the frame easily. Oftentimes, these are more bulky and heavy options, but you will still be able to use the stroller after your baby has outgrown his or her car seat.
Car Seat Stroller Frames: These are a great option if your baby falls asleep a lot in the car and you don’t want to wake the baby when taking him or her out of the car. Simply snap the car seat into the frame. The down side is that once your baby outgrows the car seat, you can no longer use the frame.
Lightweight strollers: Usually not suitable for infants due to a general lack of padding, these are usually about 12 pounds and fold up very small. They don’t usually have additional features. Most families use these for travel or backup, or for toddlers.
Double and Triple: These can either be side by side or in-line and allow for more than one child to ride. Side by side strollers may be somewhat harder to maneuver, especially through tight doorways, but they usually have plenty of storage and make having more than one young child easier.
Joggers: These offer the smoothest rides due to suspension technology and usually have one big wheel and two rear wheels. They are lightweight and are great for picking up the speed or gliding over different terrains.
How to Select a Stroller
Here are some things to think about before you buy!
- The first thing to make sure is that the stroller frame locks into place before placing your child in it to ensure that it doesn’t collapse while baby is already seated.
- Check the sides of the stroller for any sharp edges or protrusions.
- Also make sure that there is a proper harness, preferably a 5-point harness, that is easy for you to adjust but not easy for your baby to unhook.
- Check the brakes in the store and make sure they are easy to operate and that the wheels lock when you activate the brakes.
Maneuverability: Swivel wheels are so convenient! Having a stroller that will go in a straight line and turn easily with the use of one hand will be a life-saver on hectic days.
Handlebars: Most strollers are built with the handle height made for the average woman. Dad’s usually don’t fit this mold. Find one with an adjustable handlebar to adjust to different heights. The bar should rest at the pusher’s waist.
Adjustable seat: Newborns cannot hold their heads up, so they need a seat that reclines almost all the way down. However, any napping child will appreciate a good recline.
Storage: Is this an everyday use product? If so, you may want to make sure there is enough storage for the diaper bag at the very least. Usually strollers come with a basket underneath and a pocket behind the seat, but extra pluses are parent cup-holders/trays, in-seat pockets for toys or bottles, and a snack tray.
Canopy: Protect your child from sun, rain or wind with a good, adjustable canopy.
Fabrics: Removable fabric covers will save you a lot of stress trying to clean up an inevitable mess.
We hope our reviews and research has helped you find the best stroller to suit your family’s needs!