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The Best Strollers for Every Need, Tested and Loved by Parents

Sometimes it feels like there are as many kinds of strollers as there are babies. Find the best type for your family, and see our top picks for what to buy now.
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Updated February 1, 2023
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In a nutshell:

Based on a survey of over 300 new and expectant parents from The Bump community and feedback from our team of independent product testers, we chose the Nuna MIXX Next Stroller as the overall best stroller, due to its flexible features, ease of pushing and steering and high-quality design.

A new baby means a new set of wheels—so let’s talk strollers. When you’ve got a baby on the way, people are eager to tell you what you need to have on hand, from equipment to clothing to accessories. And while some of these things are more “nice to have” than they are “absolutely essential,” a stroller is not only one of those items you really do need but likely something you’ll use every day for years on end. So it’s worth investing in a set of wheels that will last as long as you need it to and not be a hassle to use.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the best strollers have easy-to-operate breaks, wide bases to prevent tipping and five-point harnesses, among other safety details for a secure ride. But, what other features should you keep an eye out for? Keep reading for our picks of the best strollers on the market today, including this year’s Best of The Bump winner—plus, advice on what to look for as you browse.

How We Chose and Tested the Best Strollers

For more than 10 years, The Bump has been recognizing the absolute best baby and pregnancy products on the market through our awards series. To help you find the best stroller for your family, The Bump editors extensively researched the most popular, convenient and safest options out there. Then, with the help of real parents, we put them to the test. Here’s how we did it:

  • We followed guidelines from the AAP and the CPSC to understand stroller safety requirements.
  • We enlisted the help of 25 independent product testers to road-test more than two dozen models, from umbrella strollers to wagons and everything in between. These parents gave the strollers a thorough test drive and assessed them for ease of pushing and steering, folding and unfolding, ease of use, features, style and design, value for money and safety.
  • We surveyed over 300 new and expectant parents in The Bump community for additional insight on the ins and outs of specific stroller brands and models.
  • We leveraged our familiarity with leading stroller brands and trusted online retailers and combed through dozens of options.
  • We considered several factors when sourcing strollers, such as open and folded dimensions, weight and capacity to name a few. We also looked for options that offered one-handed fold, car-seat compatibility and lie-flat recline features.
  • We read user reviews to see how these strollers have worked for real families, and didn’t consider anything with less than an average four-star rating.

Editorial integrity is at the heart of everything we publish. Read about how The Bump develops and reviews all articles, including product reviews.

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The Best Strollers

Overall best stroller

MIXX Next All-Terrain Stroller
Image: Saks Fifth Avenue
What We Love
  • Versatile car seat stroller combo
  • Very sturdy, according to survey respondents
  • Lightweight and easy to steer
Things To Consider
  • Could be more compact when folded, according to survey respondents
  • No one-handed fold

The Nuna MIXX Next has everything you want in a stroller. It works from birth, thanks to a newborn-friendly flat recline, has a compact fold for easy storage and rolls seamlessly over sidewalks, grass, cobblestone or pretty much whatever terrain you’d like to traverse with baby. You can also buy it as a bundle with the lightweight PIPA urbn car seat to form a complete travel system.

Our product tester rated the Nuna MIXX Next 5 out of 5 for ease of use and pushing and steering. “I was really impressed with the stroller's maneuverability,” she told us. “It's easy to steer one-handed and the turn radius is fantastic. We went on walks that included turns, going over bumps and curbs, as well as uneven grassy fields, and this stroller handled it all great.”

But where the MIXX Next really shined for our product tester was in its flexibility. She gave the stroller a 5 out 5 score for features, adding that, “I love that I have the option to either use the car seat in the stroller, or I can just take my baby out of the car seat and place them in the stroller with the seat in full recline…the seat reclines and clicks into multiple different positions, which is great since every baby has a different preference.”

And while looks are secondary to functionality, with the Nuna MIXX you can have both. “The stroller looks really modern and sleek in its design,” our product tester reported. “I like the ‘leatherette’ handles; it makes the stroller feel really luxe.” And with the Nuna MIXX, baby will be riding in style right through the toddler years and into early childhood; as our product tester notes, “You can use the seat up to 50 pounds, so you'll get a lot of use out of this—quite possibly from birth until 4 or 5 years old.” That’s the kind of long-term performance that makes the Nuna MIXX Next our Best of The Bump winner for best stroller. (Head here to see all of this year’s Best of The Bump winners).

Dimensions (open): 32.7" (L) x 23.6" (W) x 45.3" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 27.5" (L) x 23.6" (W) x 19" (H) | Weight: 28.3 lbs. | Weight capacity: 50 lbs. | One-handed fold: No | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“The two features I love most about the stroller are the full recline for babies under 6 months of age and the fact that you can face the seat either way—facing towards you or out. I think those things really set this stroller apart from others.”

Our community says:

"It's easy to fold (though not one-handed), feels sturdy, offers great sun coverage, and has great style/design. That said, it's very expensive." – Heather*, mother of one

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Best stroller for newborns

What We Love
  • Nearly flat recline
  • Magnetic peekaboo window
  • Easy to fold and transport, according to survey respondents
Things To Consider
  • Small storage basket

Hunting for the perfect ride for your newborn? You can’t go wrong with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2. This single-seat version of the GT2 model can be used starting from birth, thanks to the newborn-friendly recline and magnetic peekaboo window in the full-coverage sun canopy. Our product tester particularly appreciated the recline, which is especially useful for a newborn who will spend many hours a day snoozing. “It goes nearly flat, which is great when my baby decides to nap on the walk,” she told us. “I was even able to adjust the recline without waking her up!”

New parents have a lot on their hands—which is why we love that this stroller features a one-hand fold. “I can easily fold this one-handed while holding my baby,” our product tester told us. Plus, “it’s very easy to put in and take out of the car and set up.” She gave the City Mini GT2 5 out of 5 scores for folding and unfolding, ease of pushing and style and design. “Cleaning this stroller is also quite easy, and the fabric is very durable yet comfortable,” she explained.

Overall, our product tester says the City Mini GT2 is a winner. “I love that this stroller can be used on a variety of terrains; it was easy to maneuver through a busy farmer’s market. This is an exceptionally smooth riding stroller and is reasonably priced for the quality. I absolutely think it’s worth it.”

Dimensions (open): 46.8" (L) x 24.2" (W) x 43.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 24.2" (L) x 10.2" (W) x 29.5" (H) | Weight: 22.4 lbs. | Weight capacity: 65 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: Yes, sold separately

Our product tester says:
"The handling on this stroller is fantastic! I tested it on pavement, loose gravel, bumpy grass and mulch, and it handled all terrains with no loss of maneuverability."

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Best stroller/car seat combo

UPPAbaby® VISTA V2 Stroller
Image: Pottery Barn Kids
What We Love
  • Suitable for up to three kids, with attachments
  • Stands when folded
  • Smooth suspension
Things To Consider
  • Car seat sold separately
  • No parent cupholder
  • No one-handed fold

Parents love the UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller. With its full-grain leather detailing, plus its ability to transport up to three children and plenty of gear, there’s no mistaking that this is a high-end stroller. And best of all, it’s also compatible with a top-tier infant car seat—our product tester used this stroller in tandem with the UPPAbaby Mesa Max car seat, and together they create an adaptable travel system that can grow with your family. (Head here for our product tester’s full review of the Mesa Max.)

"The style of this stroller is very sleek and minimalist. The material feels very expensive and durable, which makes it more appealing,” said our product tester. She rated the stroller 5 out of 5 for ease of pushing, style and design, features and value for money. “I love the ease of use, the huge basket and the multiple seat configurations.” The Vista V2 can swap out different seats for different ages: On top of the Mesa Max compatibility, the Vista V2 comes with a bassinet and toddler seat, and has additional accessories that let you seat a second child or even get a third child onboard!

A smooth ride is important in a stroller, especially when you’ve got a sleeping passenger (or two), and the Vista V2 glides over even the bumpiest of terrains. “Suspension is great—we live in a major city and the sidewalks aren't always in the best condition or very wide,” our tester reports. Plus, that big basket is a bonus: “The basket fits all of my belongings and my other children’s belongings perfectly. Very spacious and sturdy.”

Dimensions (open): 36" (L) x 25.7" (W) x 39.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 17.3" (L) x 25.7" (W) x 33.3" (H) | Weight: 27 lbs. | Weight capacity: 50 lbs. | One-handed fold: No | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 2 | Stroller board accessory: Yes, sold separately

Our product tester says:
“The UPPAbaby is smooth-sailing over craggy concrete and in city parks.”

Our community says:

"I'm a fan of the ease of use, clickable attachments, big basket and overall design." – Meg, mother of two

"It's an incredibly smooth ride and I feel confident pushing it." – Laura, mother of one

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Best compact stroller

What We Love
  • Fits in an overhead bin
  • Can be used from birth to toddlerhood
  • Handles various terrains well, according to our product tester
Things To Consider
  • Handlebar isn’t adjustable

It’s hard to beat the Cybex Coya if you’re looking to invest in a compact stroller. A simple, one-handed fold takes this narrow beauty down to just over 7 inches wide, allowing for easy storage at home or on the go. Our product tester rated the Coya 5 out of 5 for ease of use, features and folding, telling us, “the stroller was easy to use. It fits narrow spaces, and it fits perfectly in the plane aisle.” She appreciated that it can stand up when it’s folded, and that it’s lightweight enough to carry around and load into the car.

This stroller offers much more than just a compact fold. “The design is beautiful and sleek,” our tester said. “It's definitely more stylish than other strollers on the market. I love that it's geared for a compact travel stroller, but can definitely be an everyday stroller." She gave the Cybex Coya 5 out of 5 scores for style and design and ease of pushing and steering, telling us, “The stroller was easy to steer in different terrains—wood floors, concrete, trail, and grass. I pushed my toddler and baby in it (separately) and the stroller didn't feel heavy; it was still easy to push with either of them on.”

While style isn’t as important as safety and utility, parents will still appreciate the plethora of patterns and colors to choose from when purchasing this stroller. You can even get it with gold wings! What more could a parent on the go want? You’ll be flying down the street in style with baby securely strapped into the Cybex Coya.

Dimensions (open): 31.1" (L) x 17.3" (W) x 41.3" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 7.1" (L) x 17.3" (W) x 20.5" (H) | Weight: 14.6 lbs. | Weight capacity: 48.5 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“The stroller was set up and ready to use out of the box, so this busy mama was extra thankful that there was no setup required.”

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Best lightweight stroller

What We Love
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Fits in overhead bins
  • One-handed, one-second fold
  • Made from sustainable materials
Things To Consider
  • Some found the basket awkward to use

In this corner—weighing in at a mere 13 pounds—is our pick for the best lightweight stroller: The Dutch-made Joolz Aer+ Buggy. Don’t let the ultralight mass fool you though—the Aer+ is a sturdy and functional stroller that performs on par with its heavier counterparts. As our product tester told us, “the durability and quality of the stroller far exceeded my expectations.”

Our tester rated the Aer+ 5 out of 5 for folding, ease of use and ease of pushing and steering, telling us, "The stroller brake works very well and is in a convenient location to quickly access.” She particularly liked the stroller’s one-handed, one-second (!) fold, reporting, “I was able to fold and unfold the stroller using one hand, and felt comfortable and safe even doing so while holding my baby.”

That’s not to say this stroller is just a workhorse; the appearance made an impression on our tester as well. "The look and style of the stroller is superior to all of the other strollers out there,” she raved, giving the Aer+ 5 out of 5 for style and design. “The material is of such high quality. I would get compliments on the stroller every time we went somewhere. People love the color, sleekness and simple design.” If you choose to take advantage of the light weight for travel, the stroller even comes with its own carrying bag.

Dimensions (open): 32.7" (L) x 17.7" (W) x 41.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 21" (L) x 17.7" (W) x 8.5" (H) | Weight: 13.2 lbs. | Weight capacity: 50 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: Yes, sold separately

Our product tester says:
“Folds like a dream. So lightweight. Comfortable for baby, but also for something so small, it feels sturdy.”

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Best travel stroller

What We Love
  • Lightweight and sturdy
  • Extremely compact
  • One-handed, one-second fold
Things To Consider
  • No carry bag
  • Shoulder strap can be hard to access when folded

When you’re on the go, you don’t want to have to wrestle with your stroller. That’s why we love the Bugaboo Butterfly. It folds and unfolds in a flash, is lightweight yet sturdy and offers features like a reclining seat, a hood to shield baby from the sun and a generously sized basket to hold your essentials while out and about.

“This is honestly the best stroller!” our product tester raved. “You can steer it in stores, festivals and the streets very easily. I've pushed it on the road, grass and sand. It doesn't get stuck anywhere, since the wheels are thin. The handlebar is easy to grip, plus it has a loop to put your hand through.” And while life can get messy on the road, this stylish stroller is up for the challenge. “The material is amazing; nothing sticks to it and it’s easy to wipe off,” our tester reported.

A compact fold is especially important for travel, and our product tester assured us, “When folded, it takes less space than my carry-on luggage. It stands up with ease when not in use, and folded you can fit it anywhere.” The fold is one of the Butterfly’s standout features: It’s a one-handed, one-second fold that is as smooth and simple as you could ask for in a stroller. Once it’s collapsed, you can sling it over your shoulder thanks to the handy carry strap.

In fact, she rated the Bugaboo Butterfly 5 out of 5 for folding and unfolding, style and ease of use. “If baby falls asleep in the stroller, you can recline it back and make your baby very comfortable,” she told us. “That’s one of the features I love the most.” Plus, it can be used as a travel system, which is clutch, when traveling with an infant; with the help of a car seat adapter (sold separately), the Butterfly is compatible with a long list of leading car seats.

Dimensions (open): 36.4" (L) x 17.7" (W) x 40.3" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 17.7" (L) x 9" (W) x 21.3" (H) | Weight: 16.1 lbs. | Weight capacity: 48.5 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: Yes, sold separately

Our product tester says:
“My travel stroller has become my go-to. It is so easy to fold, it’s super light if I need to take it up and down stairs, and it’s incredibly compact when collapsed.”

Our community says:

"My travel stroller has become my go-to. It is so easy to fold, is super light if I need to take it up and down stairs, and is incredibly compact when collapsed given its full size." – Laura, mother of one

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Best single-to-double stroller

What We Love
  • Easy to push
  • Large storage basket
  • Tandem seat reclines
  • Suitable for up to three kids
Things To Consider
  • Heavier than other options on our list
  • High price point
  • No one-handed fold

You’ll turn heads when you take baby out in the Silver Cross, so be prepared for strangers to stop and ask you about it. Our tester called the Silver Cross “the Cadillac of strollers” and it’s not hard to see why: It’s got virtually everything you could want in a stroller, from features to styling. If you (or your loved ones buying off your registry) have the means, then you really can’t do better than this high-end stroller.

You can use the Silver Cross from birth, and if you expand your family, you can keep right on using it for years because of its ability to accommodate up to three children. The Silver Cross lets you attach a tandem second seat or bassinet, while the ride-on board accessory lets older children hop on as well.
No matter who’s pushing, they’ll be able to adjust the handlebar so it’s comfortable for them. “My husband is 6'4",” our tester told us, “and would always complain about his back with other strollers. He could comfortably push our two babies without any pain.”

Wherever your stroll takes you, the Silver Cross Wave will glide over the terrain. “The tires and suspension were great going through grass and back up on the sidewalk,” said our product tester, adding, “I was stunned by the ease of pushing the stroller.” She even raved about the storage capacity of the under-carriage basket: “I freaking love this basket! It's super wide and deep enough to hold our beach towels and diaper bag. It's a very high-quality stroller.”

Dimensions (open): 43" (L) x 23" (W) x 43" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 37" (L) x 23" (W) x 15" (H) | Weight: 22.2 lbs. (chassis); 8 lbs. (bassinet); 4.4 lbs. (main seat) | Weight capacity: 55 lbs. | One-handed fold: No | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 2 | Stroller board accessory: Yes, sold separately

Our product tester says:
“This exceeded all my expectations in a stroller. I would say it's worth every penny.”

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Best double stroller

What We Love
  • Super sleek, according to our product tester
  • Easy to fold
  • Each seat reclines
Things To Consider
  • Minimal storage space

Whether you’re cruising the town with twins or with a baby and a toddler, if you need to transport two young kiddos, then a double stroller is a must. A double-wide stroller can sometimes be harder to steer, but our product tester, who used the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 with her twins, found it super easy to operate, rating it 5 out of 5 for ease of use and ease of pushing.

“It glides very easily,” our product tester told us. “It's very easy to steer on different surfaces, even sand. It’s very precise when pushing.” She also rated the City Mini GT2 5 out of 5 for folding and unfolding, style and value. “This stroller was very easy to set up,” she added. “It took about five minutes. The instructions were very clear, although you could figure it out without reading the instructions thoroughly.”

If people of varying heights are going to push the stroller, an adjustable handle is a nice feature. “The handlebar adjusts up and down which I loved, making it easy to adjust for my own height as well as my husband’s,” she said. As for folding, she described it as “easy to open and close,” which is great for parents of multiple children—the last thing you need to deal with while handling two kids is a difficult-to-manage stroller!

This stroller delivers in the style department as well. “I, for one, don't love a big bulky double stroller, and this one fits the bill,” says our tester. “I love an all-black stroller since it goes with everything and is easy to keep clean. It was also very easy to brush off or wipe down if the babies got any of their snacks on it. I feel as though it will be easy to keep looking brand new!”

Dimensions (open): 40.7" (L) x 29.3" (W) x 42.3" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 29.3" (L) x 14.8" (W) x 31.8" (H) | Weight: 36.5 lbs. | Weight capacity: 50 lbs. per seat | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 2 | Stroller board accessory: Yes, sold separately

Our product tester says:
“I currently use it for my twins, but this would also be a great investment for a toddler and younger baby. The quality feels very robust without looking bulky, and like it will last for many years to come.”

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Best umbrella stroller

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, Black Lightweight
Image: Walmart
What We Love
  • Large basket for carrying gear
  • Drop-down sun shield
  • Affordable price point
Things To Consider
  • Could be sturdier, according to survey respondents

This Summer 3D Lite+ Convenience Stroller has a lot to recommend it: It’s simple and lightweight (as you’d expect from this style of stroller), but it doesn’t skimp on features. In fact, our product tester rated its features 5 out of 5, noting the way you can recline the seat when baby’s ready for a nap, and the unusually high capacity of the roomy basket underneath. “The drop-down recline was amazing because it was just the push and grab of two buttons and it reclined really well.”

“This stroller was super easy to set up and assemble,” said our tester, awarding the 3D Lite+ 5 out 5 for ease of use and pushing and steering. “The brakes are also easy to spot and utilize. It’s a black material, which is great for cleaning fairly easily”—and that wasn’t all she loved. “The style and design of this lightweight compact stroller was simple and sleek. I absolutely loved the drop-down sun shield; it extended long enough to really make sure baby is protected.”

When it came to value for money, the 3D Lite+ earned another 5 out of 5 score; our product tester felt the stroller was worth the price—and then some! “This stroller could definitely be priced a little more and still be worth the value,” she gushed. There are even dual cup holders—one for your coffee and one for baby’s sippy cup. Twinsie moment!

Dimensions (open): 27" (L) x 18" (W) x 43" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 10" (L) x 12" (W) x 43" (H) | Weight: 14 lbs. | Weight capacity: 50 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: No | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“This stroller is one of the easiest I’ve ever tried. The wheels made the process really smooth with 360-degree movements.”

Our community says:

"I like that it's lightweight and fits in my car. This makes it perfect for running solo errands. It was a good value for the price." – Annemarie, mother of one

"It's light, easy to fold and reclines back far." – Sadie*, mother of one

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Best jogging stroller

What We Love
  • Multiple safety features
  • High weight capacity
  • Easy, smooth steering
Things To Consider
  • Front wheel doesn’t have quick release

Wayfinder is designed to perform whether you’re going for a walk or training for a marathon. “Jogging with the stroller was quite easy and enjoyable,” our product tester told us, rating the Wayfinder 5 out 5 for ease of pushing and performance as a jogger. “I enjoyed a smooth ride and didn’t have to worry about getting jammed up when taking turns.”

Of course, safety is top of mind when running with baby, and this stroller has you covered. It includes 5-out-of-5-rated features like a handbrake for downhill control, a handlebar wrist strap, a swivel-locking front wheel and a five-point harness to put your mind at ease. It doesn’t slack on utilitarian features either; our tester singled out the stroller’s spacious basket for praise, telling us, “The basket of the jogging stroller is one of my favorite features! It zips up completely and can store all of mine and my little one’s needs for our journey!” There’s also a UPF 50+ shade to protect baby from the sun, and you can recline the padded seat almost flat for naptime.

As if all that wasn’t enough, our tester reported that set-up was a breeze. “The setup process didn’t take more than 10 minutes and we were ready to go! I’m a short individual and I was able to adjust the height of the handlebars to fit me.”

Dimensions (open): 43.8" (L) x 25" (W) x 45.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 16.5" (L) x 22" (W) x 32.5" (H) | Weight: 31.1 lbs. | Weight capacity: 65 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“The BOB Jogging Stroller made for a very smooth ride for my baby and me over any type of terrain. The stroller was easy to push and gave me comfort when taking my little one out on different paths.”

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Best wagon stroller

Veer Cruiser
Image: Amazon
What We Love
  • Super easy to maneuver, according to our product tester
  • Suitable for up to two kids
  • Easy to set up and clean
Things To Consider
  • High price point for a specialty stroller
  • Instructions could be clearer

If you hear “wagon” and think of the classic red Radio Flyer number your parents wheeled you around in, think again. The Veer wagon stroller is a serious upgrade to that experience, letting you pull your pint-sized passengers along in comfort, style and—most important—safety. The cruiser features two seats—each with its own harness—so you can push (or pull!) multiple children in comfort and security.

"One of my favorite things about the Veer is how easy it is to maneuver,” said our product tester, giving the Cruiser 5 out of 5 for pushing and steering. “It does great on just about any terrain.” She loved the easy-grip handle, the safety brake that “works so well, I’ve never had to struggle with it,” and how the Cruiser folds up compactly for storage. “Folding and unfolding can easily be done with just one hand, and it can even be stored standing up when folded," she says.
A wagon ride isn’t complete without a snack, and if that snack gets messy, have no fear: “The absolute best part about the Veer is how easy it is to clean!" Michelle raves. She reports that the wagon took only five minutes to set up, and that the 5-out-of-5 style and design can’t be beat. "I love the look of this wagon! It’s so simple, and even just looking at it you know it’s super good quality,” she said. “It’s just a very cool, sleek-looking wagon.”

Dimensions (open): 37" (L) x 20" (W) x 23" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 37" (L) x 20" (W) x 14" (H) | Weight: 32.6 lbs. | Weight capacity: 55 lbs. per seat | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 2 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“I will always recommend this wagon to anyone that’s considering buying one. I personally think it’s the best wagon on the market. The quality just can’t be beat—once you test out this wagon, I can’t imagine choosing a different brand over Veer.”

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Best stroller for convenience

Doona Infant Car Seat and Latch Base
Image: Amazon
What We Love
  • Versatile, 2-in-1 design
  • Easy to assemble and fold
  • FAA aircraft approved
Things To Consider
  • Handlebar height may not be comfortable for taller parents
  • Minimal storage space
  • No one-handed fold

Hauling both a car seat and a stroller around is a pain—and with the Doona, you don’t have to. It’s all one thing, with an ingenious design that’s a car seat and stroller all in one; the wheels on this innovative stroller fold up, the handle folds back and the whole thing connects directly to the car seat base. “At first I was concerned about how this was going to work,” our product tester told us, “but I was very surprised at how efficient it was.” She gave the Doona 5 out of 5 for safety, telling us, “When we installed it, it felt secure and very stable, with nothing moving around or feeling loose at all.”

So where’s the catch? Is it complicated to set up? Nope! Our product tester tells us the Doona is also easy to assemble: “It took around five minutes to install after reading all instructions; it felt very secure once the base was in place.” She even noted how easy it is to push, how lightweight it is and more. “The handlebar has a great grip on it, and keeping it clean is very easy.” The Doona is the rare product that promises big, and delivers. “It’s durable and well-made,” our product tester said, “and will last you for a long time.”

Dimensions (open): 17.4" (L) x 32.3" (W) x 39" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 17.4" (L) x 26" (W) x 22.4" (H) | Weight: 17.2 lbs. | Weight capacity: 35 lbs. | One-handed fold: No | Car seat compatible: Built-in car seat | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“It’s useful for someone who doesn’t want to always travel with a stroller and a car seat. This makes it so much easier to take in and out and fits perfectly in a lot of different sized cars.”

Our community says:

"I'm a fan of the quality, ease of folding and practicality." – Jade*, mother of one

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Best affordable stroller

What We Love
  • Reclines for naps
  • Easy to clean
  • Budget-friendly
Things To Consider
  • Tricky to fold, according to some reviewers
  • Only compatible with Chicco products

A great stroller is a solid investment, but if your budget is tight, there’s no need to break the bank. Our product tester raved about the Chicco Bravo Quick-Fold stroller, which rings up at under $275. But an affordable price doesn’t mean a cheap stroller—she rated this sleek, stylish stroller 5 out of 5 for ease of use, ease of pushing, style and design and features.

“Pushing my baby on both smooth city paths and rougher park trails was simple,” our tester reported. “Even when I added some shopping bags to the basket, pushing the stroller stayed easy. Steering the stroller, especially in busy places like shops or on tight sidewalks, was smooth. On bumpy roads, the stroller's tires and suspension made sure my baby had a smooth ride.”

Setting the stroller up took our product tester about 30 minutes, and she reports that after a small learning curve, the one-handed fold was simple. She also didn’t have any trouble adjusting the handlebar or using the brake. “The stroller brake was user-friendly and efficient; it was easily accessible and ensured the stroller stayed in place once engaged. Adjusting the handlebar height was an easy task, giving us flexibility based on who's pushing the stroller.”

The stroller seat can face either toward you or out toward the world, and you can add a bassinet for newborns—no adaptors required. “Attaching and detaching items on the frame, like switching the seat direction or adding a bassinet, was straightforward,” our tester says. She also appreciated that the stroller is easy to clean, and that the basket fit everything she wanted to carry along with her. “The various configurations provided flexibility for different needs. Overall, the stroller met and exceeded my expectations with its array of thoughtful features.” Not bad for the least expensive stroller on our list!

Dimensions (open): 35.2" (L) x 22.8" (W) x 42.7" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 15" (L) x 22.8" (W) x 36.8" (H) | Weight: 24.9 lbs. | Weight capacity: 50 lbs. | One-handed fold: Yes | Car seat compatible: Yes | Number of children: 1 | Stroller board accessory: No

Our product tester says:
“The Chicco Bravo stroller offers good value for its price. The quality is evident in its construction and functionality.”

Our community says:

"Perfect for traveling, budget-friendly and my daughter loves it." – Maria*, mother of one

"It fits my infant car seat and is easy to fold." – Taylor, mother of one

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*Note: Some names have been changed due to privacy requests.

Strollers Comparison Chart

Overall best strollerBest stroller for newbornsBest stroller/car seat comboBest compact strollerBest lightweight strollerBest travel strollerBest single-to-double strollerBest double strollerBest umbrella strollerBest jogging strollerBest wagon strollerBest stroller for convenience
Overall Best
Nuna MIXX Next Stroller
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller
UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller
Cybex Coya Compact Lightweight Stroller
Joolz Aer+ Buggy
Bugaboo Butterfly Stroller
Silver Cross Wave Double Stroller
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller
Summer Infant 3D Lite+ Convenience Stroller
BOB Gear Wayfinder Jogging Stroller
Veer All-Terrain Cruiser
Doona Car Seat and Stroller
Price$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Folded dimensions27.5" (L) x 23.6" (W) x 19" (H)24.2" (L) x 10.2" (W) x 29.5" (H)17.3" (L) x 25.7" (W) x 33.3" (H)7.1" (L) x 17.3" (W) x 20.5" (H)21" (L) x 17.7" (W) x 8.5" (H)17.7" (L) x 9" (W) x 21.3" (H)37" (L) x 23" (W) x 15" (H)29.3" (L) x 14.8" (W) x 31.8" (H)10" (L) x 12" (W) x 43" (H)16.5" (L) x 22" (W) x 32.5" (H)37" (L) x 20" (W) x 14" (H)17.4" (L) x 26" (W) x 22.4" (H)
Open dimensions32.7" (L) x 23.6" (W) x 45.3" (H)46.8" (L) x 24.2" (W) x 43.5" (H)36" (L) x 25.7" (W) x 39.5" (H)31.1" (L) x 17.3" (W) x 41.3" (H)32.7" (L) x 17.7" (W) x 41.5" (H)36.4" (L) x 17.7" (W) x 40.3" (H)43" (L) x 23" (W) x 43" (H)40.7" (L) x 29.3" (W) x 42.3" (H)27" (L) x 18" (W) x 43" (H)43.8" (L) x 25" (W) x 45.5" (H)37" (L) x 20" (W) x 23" (H)17.4" (L) x 32.3" (W) x 39" (H)
Weight28.3 lbs.22.4 lbs.27 lbs.14.6 lbs.13.2 lbs.16.122.2 lbs.36.5 lbs.14 lbs.31.1 lbs.32.6 lbs.17.2 lbs.
Number of kids112111221121
One-handed fold
Car seat compatible
Basket capacity10 lbs.10 lbs.30 lbs.11 lbs.11 lbs.17.6 lbs.33 lbs.15 lbs.10 lbs.10 lbs.N/AN/A
Lie-flat recline
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How to Choose the Best Stroller for Your Family

Which type of stroller will work best for your family? That depends on several key factors. Think about how many children you need to transport (and their ages), where you expect to use the stroller most of the time, how much room you have to store the stroller and, of course, your budget. All of these will figure into your choice.

While you may not be able to depend on a single stroller for all your needs, many models can be used for several purposes. For instance, you could opt for a full-size jogging stroller to be your everyday set of wheels, instead of investing in two different styles to get the job done. Likewise, you could use a lightweight umbrella stroller when traveling (or anytime you may need a more compact option) in lieu of purchasing a travel stroller.

Moreover, a double stroller may sound like a good idea if you have an older child and another on the way—but depending on the age of your firstborn, they may be happier riding a scooter alongside you and baby. Or maybe you prefer to wear your newborn in a sling or soft carrier and put your toddler in an umbrella stroller. The bottom line? Every family is different, and what works for one may not be right for another.

Other factors to consider include how often you travel, if you’ll be using public transportation with your stroller (subway stairs are something to consider if you live in the city), who will be using the stroller (grandparents will especially appreciate a stroller that’s easy to unfold and buckle baby into) and what accessories are available for the stroller you’re considering.

Here’s a closer look at some key stroller features you’ll want to consider as you shop:

Stroller usability

Testing strollers in person can be helpful to give you a feel for the handling, maneuverability and ease of folding and unfolding (which isn’t always as intuitive as you might think). If you try a stroller out, consider these questions:

  • How easy is it for me to push, pull and pivot?
  • Is there a storage basket, and how large is it?
  • What are the steps for folding and unfolding? Do any parts need to be removed to collapse the stroller?
  • Will this fit in my trunk or storage space?
  • What type of accessories are available?
  • Where is the brake, and how easy is it for me to engage?

Stroller safety features

Strollers are strictly regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ensure they meet the highest safety standards. That said, you’ll want to keep the following extra safety features in mind when choosing a stroller:

  • Easy-to-operate brakes. Anytime you stop walking, the stroller breaks should be activated, so make sure you have easy access. According to the AAP, brakes that lock both wheels rather than just one provide an extra measure of safety.
  • Safety harness. A five-point safety harness is the gold standard when it comes to strollers. This type of harness safely restrains your child at the shoulders and hips, for added security while you roll.
  • Stable base. The AAP advises selecting a baby stroller with a wide base to reduce the risk of it tipping over.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many strollers do I need?

How many strollers you need largely depends on your lifestyle, preferences and budget. You’re going to need at least one stroller to get you and baby from point A to point B seamlessly on a daily basis—but the type you go for is up to you. A full-size stroller, a car seat stroller combo, a travel stroller, a compact stroller or even an umbrella stroller could serve this purpose. That being said, many families also invest in a specialty stroller. This could be a jogging stroller, a wagon stroller, a super lightweight travel stroller or anything else that meets your family’s needs.

Can I buy a used stroller?

Buying used baby gear can be a great option for families on a budget—but, be sure you know what to look for as you browse to ensure your little one is as safe as can be. When it comes to strollers, you’ll want to inspect each model thoroughly before purchasing. In particular, you’ll want to double-check that its wheels, brakes, straps and seat recline features are all functional. Last but definitely not least, do some research on the CPSC website or at Recalls.gov to see if it’s been recalled at any point and to make sure it complies with the latest stroller safety requirements.

Can baby sleep in a stroller?

According to the AAP, “babies should not routinely sleep in car seats, strollers, swings, infant carriers and infant slings. Some of these products keep the baby in a position where their breathing could be compromised while sleeping.” You may be wondering, what if my child starts snoozing while we’re out and about? In short, don’t fret. “If they fall asleep in their stroller, make sure you can see them at all times,” advises the AAP. Moreover, never leave your little one unattended in their stroller, especially if they’re sleeping. If you arrive home and baby is still resting, the AAP says to “move them to a firm sleep surface on their back as soon as possible.”

About the writer:

As a commerce editor for Woman’s World and First for Women, Elizabeth Laura Nelson tested, researched and reviewed everything from e-bikes and adjustable beds to swimsuits and skincare products. As a mom to two daughters (now both in college), she often thinks, “I wish I’d had one of those when my girls were little” when writing about products for The Bump. A Colorado native, she’s called New York home for the past 16 years and still looks for the mountains when she faces west.

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Sources

Healthy Children (AAP), How to Choose a Safe Baby Stroller, August 2022

US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Carriages and Strollers Business Guidance & Small Entity Compliance Guide

AAP, Tips for Keeping Infants Safe During Sleep From the American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2020

Healthy Children (AAP), How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained, October 2023

The Bump May 2023 Survey. Editors conducted a survey of 300 new and expectant parents from among The Bump community, and asked what type and brand of stroller they used.

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