March 2017 Update
There's never been so many great choices in strollers as there are in 2017, but finding the right one can be daunting. We've updated our picks to make sure you and your baby are ready for the most pleasant Spring strolling available.
Best overall baby stroller
Works great with an infant car seat
Harder to push due to smaller wheels
If we had to pick one stroller we'd recommend to a friend interested in quality, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz
. It's lightweight, easy to use, and made of high quality materials. The Cruz earned our Editors' Choice award in both our shoot-out of standard size strollers, as well as another Editors' Choice award in our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review. While the wheels are relatively small, making it poorly suited for strolling over rough surfaces compared to the BOB Revolution Flex
, the Cruz's wheels do offer excellent maneuverability on smooth pavement and for shopping. Its use with an infant car seat is excellent, as it is easy to take the car seat on and off, including a few of our favorites, like the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa
and Chicco KeyFit 30
. While the Cruz is more expensive than most with a $500 list price, many find the quality of the product justifies the price.
Read Full Review: UPPAbaby Cruz
Best all-terrain stroller
BOB Revolution Flex
Works well off-road
Easy to push and turn
Awkward when folded
Not the best for babies under 8 months
The BOB Revolution Flex
has been one of our favorites for years due to its exceptional maneuverability on just about any surface from smooth supermarket floors to rough gravel and snowy sidewalks. It offers a great combination of performance at a reasonable price. If you love the outdoors, plan to hike and jog, or simply want a rugged product with ample storage, giant canopy, and adjustable handlebar, tracking, and suspension. The Flex earned an Editors' Choice award in our Full Size Stroller Review and also our Jogging Stroller Review, proving it has what it takes to do both jobs well. While heavier and larger when folded than some of the other full-size competitors, like the Britax B-Agile 3
, the Flex offers more features for baby's comfort with a design geared toward running and trail use. While arguably more at home in the great wide open, the Flex works well in tight spaces while shopping and when errands are the adventures in demand. The Flex will work with a variety of infant car seats when you use an adapter (sold separately), but we aren't big fans of the two-step attachment process.
Read Full Review: BOB Revolution Flex
It is important to wait on running with baby in a jogging stroller until he or she is a minimum of 8 to 12 months of age.
Best bang for the buck
Britax B-Agile 3
Simple, compact fold
Harder to push
Harder to use
The Britax B-Agile 3
is a lightweight, easy to fold, inexpensive stroller we'd recommend to a friend, especially those on a budget. The B-Agile 3 is a great go-to product for almost any adventure that doesn't include running or off-road terrain. Not only did the B-Agile 3 earn multiple awards including Best Value in our Full Size Stroller Review and our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review, but it also won Top Pick in our Umbrella Stroller Review thanks to its lighter weight and smaller fold. It is easy to use, is nice quality, and works well with a variety of infant car seats including the Britax B-Safe 35
that easily clicks in place with included
adapters. With a seat made for napping, large storage, and giant canopy, the B-Agile 3 offers great comfort and convenience features at an awesome value compared to the competition.
Read Full Review: Britax B-Agile 3
Recall on Car Seat Adapters
Britax has issued a recall on the B-Agile 3 as a result of defective car seat attachment adapters that can fail to secure an infant car seat to the stroller. Parents are asked to dispose of the adapters and contact Britax for a remedy kit. This recall pertains to the adapters only and does not affect the safety of the stroller itself.
Best high-end stroller
Expands to seat two
The UPPAbaby Vista
is a fantastic high-end stroller we would recommend for parents that want a little more of everything without a concern for price. It won a Top Pick award in our Full Size StrollerReview and an Editors' Choice award in our Double Stroller Review as it can easily grow with your family and seat two. The Vista is sleek looking, easy to use, and made with quality parts and construction. This product has a variety of seating configurations and includes a toddler seat and bassinet in the purchase price. The Vista can accommodate up to 2 toddler seats, 2 infant car seats (seats and adapters purchased separately), and 2 bassinets, or any combination of 2 seat styles, either facing forward or back toward the parent. In comparison to other high-end competitors, it delivers with high functionality, a lower price tag, and usually lower in weight. For its size, the Vista moves well and we think parents will enjoy its adjustable handlebar and giant under seat storage bin. And, if the price tag is not in your wheelhouse or a double stroller doesn't seem to be in your near future, have no fear! In this case, the less spendy and much smaller and lighter UPPAbaby Cruz
may be a better fit.
Read Full Review: UPPAbaby Vista
Big City Taxi Master
Unique stroller and car seat
Excels at public transport
Easy to use
Heavy for a car seat, light for a stroller
Relatively higher price
The Doona Combo
is a unique car seat stroller combo that combines two products into one. This cool combination makes the Doona a ridiculously easy to use option that is good for frequenting public transportation. This combo allows for easily pushing baby from place to place straight from your apartment to a day on the town. The car seat is easy to use, installs quickly without the base, and fills a niche for parents in the city. The Doona Combo choice may not be the best option for every family thanks to a relatively higher price and sort of heavy carrying weight, but it can't be beaten for city dwellers that may otherwise skip using a car seat because they are a pain to carry around town. We think this is the best way to get your baby from an apartment to an Uber to strolling with ease and enviable style.
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Best umbrella stroller
Easy to push
Expensive for an umbrella
Hard to nap in
The BabyZen Yoyo+
is a lightweight umbrella stroller that folds relatively compact. This high-end, lightweight option has many features parents want, in a small package that is good for travel. While this product is more expensive than most secondary travel-friendly competitors, it is a high-quality stroller made with nice materials that function well. The Yoyo is easy to push and turn, a rarity in umbrella style options, and it is stylish and sleek. If budget isn't a concern, and you want the absolute best in a lightweight stroller, the BabyZen Yoyo+ is a standout. Should you want a less expensive second stroller for travel or grandma's house, the Recaro Easylife
has a similar a style and features for less than half the cost. While it is harder to push, and a wee bit heavier, it is easier to use overall and earned a higher score for quality.
Read Full Review: BabyZen Yoyo+
Best compact travel stroller
Easy and fun to push and turn
Lightweight and folds small
Great for travel
Limited features for comfort or convenience
The Quinny Yezz
is a unique and innovative compact travel stroller that makes the most of the design to create a small, easy to carry and push travel-friendly product that leaves your hands free when carrying. The Yezz earned an Editor's Choice award in our Umbrella Stroller Review and is the one we would recommend for travel. The Yezz lacks some features parents may consider necessities, like a large canopy or storage bin, but it does offer a storage pocket and adequate canopy that covers enough of the baby to keep them cozy on short trips. The real shining moment of the Yezz, that will make you forget the things it lacks, is its amazing maneuverability on skate style wheels that create a product that is truly a pleasure to use and so easy to push it feels like dancing. With a list price of $250 the Yezz might be a little spendy for a travel stroller, but given how often you will want to use this enjoyable little buggy, we think the experience is worth the ticket price if your budget allows.
Read Full Review: Quinny Yezz
Budget-friendly lightweight stroller
Easy to use
Car seat compatible
Can carry supplies
Harder to push on uneven terrain
Less sun protection
If your budget doesn't allow for the Quinny Yezz
or the BabyZen Yoyo+
, the Recaro EasyLife
is a great budget-friendly, lightweight product with loads of features in a small package. We would recommend the EasyLife to those looking for a great second stroller that doesn't sacrifice features for the sake of being light. The Recaro earned a Best Value award in our Recaro earned a Best Value award in our Umbrella Stroller Review thanks to a thoughtful design that includes an easy unique fold that creates a small package for stowing. The Recaro also manages to sneak in most of the features baby and parents will appreciate like under seat storage, canopy, padded seat, and cup holder. With a $200 list price, the Recaro is cheaper than many other lightweight options and is one of the few umbrella products that works with an infant car seat, the Recaro Performance Coupe
. This product is so nice and easy to use, we think parents will be able to forgive the smaller wheels that are a little harder to push and turn on uneven surfaces.
Read Full Review: Recaro EasyLife
Best jogging stroller
Thule Urban Glide
Easy to use
Harder to fit folded stroller in small spaces
The Thule Urban Glide
is a great jogging stroller that is easy to use, super maneuverable, and relatively lightweight. This jogger works as well for serious runners as it does for casual errands with covered storage, tight turning radius and comfortable seating for longer trips. This makes the Urban Glide a product we would recommend for families that want an option for double duty or for serious runners that don't want to miss a step once your baby is old enough to go. The Urban Glide won an Editors' Choice award in our Jogging Stroller Review, out-maneuvering 15 other options with its adjustable tracking for straight moving, nice suspension, locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable handlebar. We love that the Urban Glide is so functional and thoughtfully designed that parents can use it for almost any kind of outing. With a price tag lower than some of the competition, and
cheaper than many full-size strollers that offer less, we think this really cool jogger is an awesome buy that fills multiple needs that saves you money
all in an enjoyable package. The Thule Urban Glide also works with a variety of infant car seats with the purchase of their universal adapter.
Read Full Review: Thule Urban Glide
Because younger infants lack muscle strength or control to adequately absorb the kind of jarring experienced while running with baby in a jogging stroller, parents should wait until he or she is a minimum of 8 to 12 months old.
Budget-friendly casual jogger
Baby Trend Expedition
Easy to push and turn
Lots of features
Not great for serious runners
The Baby Trend Expedition
is an inexpensive jogging stroller that is easy to push and turn with pneumatic rubber tires and a locking swivel front wheel. However, this jogger lacks suspension and tracking abilities, making it a poor choice for serious runners. All that being said, we would still recommend this product to a friend that wants a jogging stroller feel with large rubber tires, but may not really
be interested in regular jogging. This budget friendly product is good on uneven terrain, has under seat storage, and the three wheel design that is easy to turn in tight spaces. With a list price of $150, this jogger is less than half the price of most joggers, proving you can have a nice moving stroller that is easy to push without the sticker shock. This helped the Expedition win a Best Value award in our Jogging Stroller Review.
Read Full Review: Baby Trend Expedition
Best car seat stroller
Chicco KeyFit Caddy
Lightweight and small make it easy to carry and stow
Works well with compatible car seats
Only compatible with Chicco KeyFit car seats
The Chicco KeyFit Caddy
stands alone in our testing as the only frame stroller to win an award, a Top Pick in our Strollers and Car Seat Combos Review. We think this product is a great choice for parents for the first 9-12 months while your baby fits in an infant car seat. This light, small, and easy to fold stroller is perfect for transporting infants in an infant car seat without disturbing them. The Chicco Caddy works with the award-winning Chicco KeyFit 30
car seat, and together they make the perfect infant transportation system. With easy to accomplish click-in connection, and under seat storage and cup holders, the Caddy solves many problems as you navigate the early days of parenthood until you decide what type of stroller is right for you when baby graduates from their infant car seat. We think parents can overlook the shorter lifespan and smaller wheels, thanks to an inexpensive list price and simple features that work as expected.
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Best double stroller
Thule Urban Glide 2
Easy to push and turn
Good on all-terrain
Bulky when folded
Only accepts one infant car seat
The Thule Urban Glide Double
is a cool crossover jogging stroller for two that works well as a primary stroller for multiple children. We think this is a great option for parents with 2 that was to spend time outdoors as much as they need to run errands or go shopping. This relatively lightweight and economical option (compared to double competitors), is easy to push and turn, easy to use, and has some of the nicest features with large canopies, nap worthy seating, and large underseat storage. Winning an Editors' Choice award in our Double Stroller Review, the Double Urban Glide proves it has what it takes to work for everyday adventures, as well as regular jogging for the serious runners. The Urban Glide Double is also one of the cheapest of in the top 5 double strollers, making it not only the highest overall scorer but a great deal.
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Economical trike for two
Baby Trend Expedition Double
Good on uneven terrain
Can be used for occasional jogging
Not great for serious runners
Not good for babies under 8 months
The Baby Trend Expedition Double
is a budget friendly stroller for two you can occasionally jog with. This is a good option for anyone looking for the jogger look and feel, without the price tag that comes with a more traditional jogger. This product sports pneumatic rubber wheels that work well on a variety of terrains, and a locking swivel front wheel that makes the Expedition suitable for jogging. Unfortunately, the Expedition Double lacks tracking and suspension, so you won't want to run with it regularly, but the ability to take it on a quick run makes it a more versatile option compared to traditional double strollers. With identical seating, including stow pockets and canopy, and a useful parent's tray and under seat storage, this inexpensive product has features that make daily use easy and convenient, which helped it win an award for Best Value in our Double Strollers Review.
Read Full Review: Baby Trend Expedition Double
Best double bang for the buck
Easy to use
Harder to push and turn due to small plastic wheels
Not compatible with infant car seats
The Joovy Scooter X2
is an eye-turning stroller for two with cozy seats, giant canopy, and simple fold. We would recommend this option to parents with two where price may be a concern, but they don't want to sacrifice features and convenience for a lower list price. Though harder to push than competitors with larger rubber wheels, this economical product features a giant storage bin, additional pockets, and cup holders that make it convenient for parents and children alike. While not compatible with infant car seats, and it doesn't roll very well over uneven terrain, we think the Scooter X2 is a crowd pleaser for a reason, and we think most parents of multiples will enjoy the quality and features it offers for the price, which is why it won a Best Value award in our Double Strollers Review.
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Best lightweight two-seater
ZOE XL2 DELUXE
Harder to push and turn
The ZOE XL2 Deluxe
is a relatively economical lightweight umbrella stroller for two. This cool double offers many features that make travelling with two easier for parents and passengers, including a nice storage bin, huge canopies, identical seating, and cup holders for parents and little ones. While not the easiest to push and turn thanks to small plastic wheels, we think the lighter weight and smaller fold make this trade-off worthwhile for travel or use as a secondary stroller. The ZOE outperformed any other double lightweight competitor by a large margin and won our Editors' Choice award for Double Umbrella Stroller with an overall score 20 points higher than the competition.
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Best for infant twins
Accepts 2 infant car seats from a variety of brands
Ample space for supplies and refreshments
Lightweight and compact
Harder to push and turn
The Joovy Twin Roo+
is a double frame stroller that is lightweight, easy to fold, fits almost anywhere and works with almost any infant car seat. With ample under seat storage, and the ability to install the seats facing either side, the focus is on convenience and ease of use with this economical infant car seat carrier. While it isn't a great mover, and you won't want to take it off-road, it is a cost effective way to transport two at one time without a hassle or disturbing babies. While not winning any awards, we think this kind of product is a great one for new parents to transport twins without disruption. The Joovy Twin Roo+
also has a cheaper price tag that can help you save money in babies' first 9 months as you determine what kind of double stroller will be best in the long run. This also means you won't be limited to choosing from the few double strollers that work with 2 car seat attached. We think this alone makes the Twin Roo+ a no brainer for parents of twins.
Read Full Review: Joovy Twin Roo+
Twenty one of the most popular strollers on the market, including our award winners (up front).
Stroller savvy: Narrowing your options
How do you decide which stroller is best for you? Narrowing the options by asking yourself some key questions, is the best way to determine what kind of product and which specific model will work best for your family. Consider the following questions when making your decision.
Can one stroller do it all?
Wouldn't be nice if one product could do everything? Well, none of them can do everything, but
some can cross the lines of type and meet your needs in different areas. For instance, some standard strollers are light and small enough to be considered lightweight strollers. They have enough features to run errands and let baby nap, but they are easy to fold and fit in most trunks. The Britax B-Agile 3 is a great example of this kind of stroller
. This product earned an award in 3 different categories making it the only single seater to win 3 awards. The B-Agile 3 is a good main stroller, it can also work as your umbrella stroller, and
as an infant car seat carrier. What it can't do is work as a jogger, and it isn't the best at off-road use. But hey, 3 out of 4 isn't bad!
Can I use a jogger for everyday use?
The Flex works just as well for sidewalk strolling as it does for dirt trail running.
Yes, absolutely you can, and many people do, but there are trade offs. Some joggers have large storage and a locking swivel front wheel that allow them to do the job of a standard full-size stroller, as long as you drive a car large enough to transport it and you don't want to take it anywhere too crowded. We like both the BOB Revolution Flex
and the Thule Urban Glide
for use as standard strollers because their swivel wheels mean good maneuverability in small spaces, and rubber tires mean easy to push and turn on uneven surfaces. They both have nice storage features and seating for passengers, with deep seat recline angles for napping, nice suspension, and large canopies. However, they are larger than some standard options when folded, and can be hard to pick up and stow. On the bright side, they are generally similar in weight as many full-size competitors. The Thule Urban Glide
is 22.6 lbs compared to 27.8 lbs for the UPPAbaby Vista
and 21.6 lbs for the UPPAbaby Cruz
, two award winning products from our Full-Size Stroller review. In addition, many joggers also work with a variety of infant car seat carriers, so they can do the job of a car-seat frame stroller, even if they aren't light or small. This means joggers could potentially do the job of 3 products (jogger, standard stroller, and car seat carrier).
Should I use an umbrella or full-size stroller?
This depends on what you plan to do while using your stroller. If you need a lightweight and compact option for travel you are probably better off with an umbrella stroller. While they typically have fewer features and can be somewhat harder to push, the lighter weight and smaller folded size make them far easier to use while traveling. If you require something small that you can carry hands-free that doesn't weigh much, the Quinny Yezz
is a perfect travel stroller for most families and is super fun to push. If your trip is going to last most of the day, and baby will need to nap or you will need more supplies, then you may need a lightweight option with more space or a deeper recline. The Recaro Easylife
and the BabyZen Yoyo+
are a potentially better option. However, keep in mind, if you want one option for both, either for convenience or budget reasons, then the Britax B-Agile 3
can work as both a standard and lightweight option, even if it is larger when folded.
Are some double strollers better for twins?
Need a stroller for twins, but aren't sure which ones to consider? If you have infant twins not all doubles accept two infant car seats, in fact, most of the ones we reviewed did not. In the top four scoring double competitors only 1 works with 2 infant car seats, the UPPAbaby Vista Double
. To solve this problem you might consider purchasing the Joovy Twin Roo+
frame stroller. It is a great way to get twins around until they grow out of their baby carriers and are old enough for a jogging or other style of stroller. Decided in those 9 months you never plan to run? Then you can spend your money on a more traditional option without being locked into a product you won't fully use.
How many strollers do I need?
This answer is a personal one. It might be as high as 3 or 4, or it might actually be zero. If you choose to wear baby you could theoretically make it through most of the baby's first few years without a stroller and you may not notice. Alternatively, you may find baby wearing difficult or not your thing, and/or you prefer specific products designed for specific activities. Then you could end up with 3 or more types of products throughout baby's strolling years, such as a standard option, jogger, umbrella, and even a versatile adventure choice.
Instead of a stroller, you might consider baby wearing as an alternative for transporting infants. Carrying baby close to you is a great way to bond and helps keep baby calm and soothed. Most modern carriers also keep your hands free so you can do other things with your baby on board. From running errands to folding clothes, there is a lot you can do while wearing the baby.
How many strollers you need is difficult to answer, but the best place to start, if you truly
aren't sure how or when you would use a stroller, is to purchase the Chicco Keyfit Caddy
frame option or a baby wearing carrier until you decide. Both are relatively inexpensive and will buy you time to determine how and if you will be using a stroller. Is a lightweight stroller a better fit, as you are a regular tourist and love to commute? Or is a jogger better because outdoor adventure makes you happy and healthy? Is a standard option more your fare as you prefer errands over running, and play parks over state parks? Only you can answer these questions. Once you know the answers, the solutions can be found in the winners above.
The award winners and narrowing questions should help you determine how many and which options are best for you. This could mean a single purchase or multiple since no one product can truly "do it all". However, don't feel pressure to figure this all out now, you can baby step
your way into the gear world with a less is more approach and figure out the permanent solution later on.