Top Most Recommended Baby Strollers
It's important to get a stroller that fits your lifestyle and makes it easy to tote your little one around! Baby & Toddler Expert Robby M. shares his top picks!
One of the most expensive items found on baby registries is strollers. However, they can be one of the most used and versatile items that you can get for your family and child. Most people initially think of a stroller as something only to be used on short-distance walks. However, my wife and I have put many miles on our stroller—our son has taken many long outdoor naps in it and we’ve used our stroller as a “base camp” when on long walks, at the zoo, or at the airport.
The Top Most Recommended Baby Strollers
Picking the right stroller is a lot like any other larger purchase you make in your life; you want to make sure it matches your lifestyle. There are several different kinds of strollers that have varying sizes and features to align with your specific needs. This article will look at the most recommended strollers within the following groups: travel systems, full size, lightweight, jogger, and double strollers.
Travel System Strollers
Travel system strollers are a great option for families looking to get a stroller, infant car seat, and car seat adapter base. These strollers make for easy transitions in and out of the stroller using adapters built into the frame or added-on adapters compatible with your infant car seat. Once your baby outgrows their infant car seat, the stroller can be used as a traditional stroller. These strollers tend to weigh slightly more and take up more space when folded, however, they come with many features that make the additional weight and size worth it, such as decent storage space, a cup holder and snack tray, and easy fold solutions such as a one-handed fold.
1. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
Bravo stroller, Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat (a top-rated car seat/car-seat carrier), and car seat adapter base. With an adjustable handle, peek-a-boo window, parent tray, and large under-seat storage, the Bravo provides a ton of bang for your buck. With the lower price, don’t expect any fancy features like rubber tires, suspension, or all-terrain capabilities. However, overall value continues to make the Bravo a top choice for many parents.
2. Britax B-Lively B-Safe Gen 2 Travel System
The Britax B-Lively B-Safe Gen 2 travel system is a slightly smaller system when compared to the Bravo or full size strollers. However, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in features. Lighter than most travel systems or full size strollers, the B-Lively stroller features a three-wheeled design which gives it superior maneuverability over four-wheeled strollers. The front wheel locks, allowing it to be used as a jogger. With foam-filled rubber tires, you never need to worry about a flat when far away from home. Lastly, an almost lay-flat reclining seat makes mobile napping and diaper changes convenient. Sold with and compatible with the Britax B-Safe car seat, the B-Lively travel system is a great choice for someone looking for a do-it-all solution.
3. Doona Infant Car Seat and Stroller
A very unique solution, the Doona is a car seat with a built-in stroller. For parents who plan to use public transportation, taxis, or rideshares, this stroller makes it easy. Press a button and the wheels pop down and turn the car seat into a stroller. While being convenient for people who travel and are cognizant of space, the Doona can only be used while your child is under 35lbs as it is essentially an infant car seat.
For more on travel system strollers check out An Expert Guide to Travel System Strollers.
Also known as modular strollers, full size convertible strollers are a great one-stroller solution if you have or plan to have multiple kids. These strollers have an adaptable frame with numerous seat attachments and accessories, allowing you to customize the stroller to your family. Traditional stroller seats for toddlers and infant car seats and bassinets for newborns are all options that can be added and stacked on these strollers. Another perk of full size strollers is they tend to have a large storage basket underneath the seats. The main downside of these strollers is the larger size—both folded and unfolded—which is to be expected with a stroller that can hold multiple kids. However, due to the tandem nature of the seat layout, a narrower convertible stroller is still a slightly better option than a side-by-side double stroller.
1. UPPAbaby Vista V2
The UPPAbaby Vista V2 is one of the original full size convertible strollers. UPPAbaby uses high-quality fabrics and materials on all of its strollers, making them one of the more expensive options on the market. However, you get a lot for the price, including a toddler seat and bassinet, both featuring a large sun canopy. With the Vista V2, you can use any combination of two-seat types to make a tandem double stroller, and with the piggyback attachment (kind of like a skateboard) you can have up to three kids in the same stroller. An adjustable length handle and massive under-seat storage big enough to fit a large diaper bag combined with a suspension system, make the Vista V2 one of the most feature-ridden strollers on the market. Other than the large price, the heavier weight is one other consideration when looking to go with this stroller.
2. Baby Jogger City Select 2
The Baby Jogger City Select 2 is a slight step down in price from the UPPAbaby Vista V2 but shares a lot of the same features and functionality. With foam-filled all-terrain tires, front-wheel suspension, and a smaller footprint fold than the Vista V2, the Baby Jogger City Select 2 is a worthy competitor. There is even a travel system version that includes the City Go 2 car seat for those looking for a one-purchase solution for multiple kiddos. Lastly, the limited lifetime warranty on the stroller frame gives confidence that you’re getting a high-quality product.
3. Evenflo Pivot Xpand
A much more affordable full size stroller, the Evenflo Pivot Xpand costs slightly more than the Chicco Bravo but provides the flexibility of a convertible system. Included with the stroller are an infant car seat, car seat base, and toddler seat which can be arranged in several different orientations. An adjustable handle, cup holder, and over 22 different seat configurations make this stroller a budget-friendly option for someone looking for the convenience of a full size stroller.
Lightweight strollers, or compact and umbrella strollers, are awesome if you’re looking for a smaller-sized and lightweight stroller. Easily foldable and needing minimal space in your vehicle’s trunk, home, or apartment, these strollers are great if space is a concern for you and your family. While they may not be the most feature-ridden strollers, lightweight strollers are a good secondary stroller option for people who like to travel a lot.
1. GB Pockit
The world’s smallest folding stroller (they even have a Guinness World Record to show for it), the GB Pockit is an umbrella-style stroller that can be taken anywhere. Weighing only 12lbs and folding into a compact size that can fit in a backpack, the Pockit can even be placed in an airplane overhead compartment. A sun visor and mesh back complete the main features of the stroller. It’s not the most feature-laden stroller, however, if size and weight are of utmost importance, the GB Pockit is a solid option.
2. UPPAbaby G-Luxe
A more upscale lightweight stroller, the UPPAbaby G-Luxe is comparable to the Summer Infant 3D Lite. It includes similar features such as the reclinable seat, compact fold, cup holder, sun canopy, and under-seat storage. However, for the added sticker price, you get an adjustable footrest, higher-quality materials, a suspension system, and a flip-flop-friendly brake. The G-Luxe is a great second stroller option you may find yourself using quite a bit if you’re willing to spend a little more!
One of the more expensive lightweight strollers is the Babyzen Yoyo 2. This stroller is packed with all the features you’d usually find in a convertible stroller, however in a much more compact size. As it's compatible with car seats and its own branded bassinet, if you are strapped for space but want full versatility out of a small stroller, the Yoyo 2 is for you. Featuring four-wheel suspension, luxury construction (high-quality materials and fabrics), and many trendy colors to choose from, this stroller may be a good option if you’re looking for a top-quality lightweight stroller.
Jogging strollers are built for people who plan to run with their stroller or take their stroller on more all-terrain excursions. Most joggers have a wheel suspension system and large air-filled tires for a smooth ride for your kiddo and easy pushing for mom or dad. Some jogging strollers even have compatibility with infant car seats, making them an option for newborns to full-grown toddlers. One downside of joggers is they tend to be larger when folded due to the large-sized tires, along with the potential for a flat.
The quintessential jogger, the Revolution Flex 3.0 is an incredibly versatile jogging stroller. With large air-filled tires and a mountain bike-style suspension system, the BOB provides the plushest ride for your baby while you walk, run, or hike on any terrain. The Revolution Flex 3.0 features an oversized sun canopy and a large under-seat storage basket. This stroller also pairs with infant car seats from Britax, meaning this stroller could be used as your one and only stroller from birth until your child outgrows the max weight limit (an impressive 75lbs). The only negative with this stroller is that the larger tires make for a bigger folded footprint; if you have the space it shouldn’t be a problem.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a slightly more expensive jogger when compared to the BOB, however, several features set it apart. A one-handed compact fold makes it one of the most space-efficient jogging strollers. Large air-filled tires, a suspension system, and a unique twisting brake design make it perfect for jogging. The Thule is also built for infant car seats and even a bassinet attachment, making it one of the most versatile joggers on the market. It also comes in several different colors for those interested in having that aesthetic choice. One thing to consider with the Thule is it only holds kids up to 50lbs, so it may not last as long for your family when compared to the BOB.
3. Veer Switchback
For active parents who want to take their babies with them when they exercise, the Veer Switchback provides a unique design. Based on a single seat that can be transferred from jogging stroller to bike to rest stand, the Switchback allows for convertible stroller type modularity across multiple platforms. Adjustable shocks, locking front wheel, and foam-filled never-flat tires make this one of the best-designed jogging strollers on the market. Combined with a large under-seat storage basket and interchangeable seats (bassinet, infant car seat, Switchback standard seat), this jogger provides serious flexibility in the stroller itself. Combined with the Bike adapter, one can easily move the seat from jogging stroller to bicycle, making it an awesome solution for parents who love to run and bike. It doesn’t come cheap, however, the Veer Switchback is an incredibly innovative stroller that might be a good fit for you.
If you have twins or multiple kids close in age, a double stroller may be a great option for you. Joggers, travel systems, and even lightweight strollers have side-by-side two-seat options.
1. Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller
Very similar to the Britax B-Lively stroller (except in a double version), the GT2 Double Stroller is a great all-terrain option. With all-wheel suspension, foam filled rubber tires to prevent flats, and a one-step fold, the GT2 Double can be packed and taken just about anywhere. The double stroller has reclining seats at a 50lb weight limit with adjustable calf support and car seat compatibility, making it perfect if you have two kids similar in age or twins. Magnetic peek-a-boo windows, large under-seat storage, and hand-operated brake round out the packed features of this great all-around double stroller.
A double version of the Revolution Flex 3.0, the Duallie Double shares all the same great features as the single version of the stroller. Mountain-bike suspension, large air-filled tires, and even car seat compatibility are continued in the side-by-side BOB. As to be expected though, the double version of any stroller will take up more space when folded.
3. UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 Double Stroller
Just like the G-LINK, the G-LINK 2 provides a great option for a lightweight umbrella stroller with tons of features for two kids. Unique individually-reclining seats allow each of your two kids to be comfortable. As with the single-seat model, the G-LINK 2 folds down to a small size to fit effectively in your trunk or small storage space.
How to Pick Your Perfect Stroller
Picking a stroller (or two) can be overwhelming with all of the options out on the market. With many different types of strollers, features, and prices, it can be hard to know which stroller is best for your family. However, Curated is here to help with your decision. Our Baby & Toddler Experts are more than willing to help talk through different options along with the pros and cons of each to help find you the best stroller for you and your family. Reach out to one of our Baby & Toddler Experts today to get started!
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