Ride in Style: 14 Best Strollers for Every Need
September 17, 2020
A new baby means a new set of wheels. No, not a car (though that may be the case too)—we’re talking about a stroller. But with hundreds of options out there, making your selection can feel as daunting as hitting the dealership. Not to worry; we’ve gathered up some of the best strollers for every need (and can even score you a few deals while we’re at it).
There are a dizzying number of strollers on the market. Prep for your shopping trip by asking these important questions.
- What’s my budget?
- Are accessories (like a weather shield, tray table, adapters) add-on purchases?
- What kind of terrain and environment (city or the burbs) will I be using this stroller in?
- How often will I be folding and carrying the stroller?
- How big of a storage basket will I need?
Knowing these answers will help narrow down the list of best strollers for your lifestyle. Once you’re at the store, be sure to thoroughly test out all the models you like, keeping these key factors in mind:
- Will this accommodate my newborn, or will I need to buy a bassinet or an adapter for my car seat?
- Is there a five-point harness that’s easy to buckle and adjust?
- Where is the brake located, and is it intuitive for me to use?
- How easy is it for me to push, pull and pivot the stroller with a baby inside?
- Will it easily accommodate the various caregivers who’ll also be using the stroller?
Whether you’re in the market for something versatile or super-affordable, there’s a sweet set of wheels perfect for you and your little one. See our picks for the 14 best strollers that’ll make you wish you were in the passenger seat all over again.
Best City Stroller: UppaBaby Minu
When it comes to city living with kids, size definitely matters. Navigate tight corners and crowds like a pro with this lightweight, narrow aluminum frame stroller with all-wheel suspension; it’s just 14.8 pounds and 20.5 inches wide. Among our best strollers, the Minu can seamlessly navigate jam-packed sidewalks as well small-town Main Streets.
- The Minu has a one-handed, one-step fold—a key feature when you’re ready to hop on a bus with baby in your arms. It even sports a carry handle and shoulder strap
- The seat reclines for on-the-go naps
- The large, easy-access basket can hold up to 20 pounds, great for groceries or baby gear for the park
- A pop-out UPF 50+ sunshade to protect baby on those sunny city streets
Ages: From 3 months to 50 pounds
Buy it: $400, Amazon.com
Best Umbrella Stroller: Summer Infant 3DFlip Convenience
By definition, an umbrella stroller is lightweight and no-frills. But that can be limiting—until now. Among our best strollers, this minimalist set of wheels gets the job done, and it still leaves room for versatility along the way. The reversible seat allows baby to face you when she’s younger and face forward as she gets older.
- Weighing in at just 12 pounds, the 3DFlip requires little effort, whether you’re pushing, lifting or storing it away
- You can shift into six different recline positions with one hand
- Even on such a lightweight frame, safety isn’t sacrificed. Tap the rear wheel locks with your foot to anchor it in place
Ages: From 3 months to 55 pounds
Buy it: $89, Amazon.com
Most Versatile Stroller: UPPABaby Vista
You’ve probably seen enough UPPABabys in your neighborhood to wonder if there’s a moms’ fan club dedicated to this stroller brand. Well, the love affair makes total sense: With several configurations and its ability to easily adapt to the growing needs of different family sizes, the UPPABaby Vista combines quality with versatility few can match.
- Second baby? Third? Not a problem. Accommodate up to three with an extra seat and the PiggyBack Ride Along Board
- Intuitive one-step folding system and self-standing frame make stowing it away less of a chore
- The bassinet attachment is a safe sleep solution on the go, so you can ditch the Pack 'n Play for baby’s first trip to grandma’s
Ages: From birth (with bassinet) to 50 pounds (with toddler seat)
Buy it: From $760, Amazon.com
Best Lightweight Stroller: The GB Pockit
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the GB Pockit, and it’s easy to see why. The Guinness Book of World Records named it the world’s most compact stroller, one that fits under an airline seat or in the overhead bin without any passengers giving you the side-eye. It’s a game changer for parents traveling with littles or if storage is an issue.
- For a lightweight stroller (9.5 pounds!), it sure can hold a lot: up to a 55 pound child
- It’s so ultra-compact when folded you can fit it into a tote bag
- If you hate putting together baby gear (like most parents), you’ll be delighted to learn that the Pockit comes fully assembled
Ages: from 6 months up to 55 pounds
Buy it: $180, Amazon.com
Best Travel System Stroller: Britax 2017 B-Agile 35 /B-Safe Elite Travel System
The 2017 model of this popular parent favorite has made a great stroller even more spectacular. The car seat snaps in without the need for adapters and the stroller is a cinch to fold. And now the B-Agile 35 is more lightweight, making it even easier to maneuver.
- Extra-large canopy with ventilation window shields your child from iffy weather conditions
- The foam-filled tires make it a very cushy ride. And what gets us pumped? They never need air
- Level indicators and five-positioning options on the car seat base allow for easy installation in any vehicle
- Twelve seating options to accommodate every family’s needs
Ages: From birth to 55 pounds
Buy it: $298, Amazon.com
Best Stroller Under $100: Kolcraft Cloud Plus
No need to break the bank to get one of the best strollers around. At just under 12 pounds, the Kolcraft Cloud packs all the must-have features into a small, nimble design—and at a price that’s hard to beat.
- It folds with one hand and can stand on its own
- A reclining seat makes naptime a breeze, and an expandable canopy protects baby from harsh rays
- The basket is spacious enough to hold lots of goodies
- You can drop a coffee—or two!—into the drink holders on the parent tray
Ages: Up to 50 pounds
Buy it: $70, Amazon.com
Best Car Seat/Stroller Combo: Doona Infant Car Seat
The Doona is the first of its kind as a safety-rated infant car seat that turns into a stroller. With the press of a latch, the wheels drop down and you’re ready to roll. The same lever is used to collapse the wheels back underneath. It’s a dream for car-less parents tired of fumbling with separate car seat, adaptors and a stroller frame. Note: The trade-off in having an all-in-one travel system unit? No storage basket.
- It’s a complete travel system in one unit
- If baby is sleeping, you don’t have to risk waking him by taking them out of the car seat. Simply remove the entire thing, drop the wheels and roll wherever you need to go
- It can be safely used with or without the base—a great feature for parents who take taxis or Ubers
Ages: from 4 to 35 pounds and 32 inches
Buy it: $550, Amazon.com
Best All-Terrain Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro
Who says parenthood puts an end to outdoor adventures? With air-filled tires, an adjustable suspension system and hand-activated rear wheel brakes for deceleration control, the Revolution PRO guarantees a smooth ride on any terrain.
- A parent wrist strap with buckle helps you keep the stroller secure when you’re on the move, and an adjustable padded handlebar has nine positions to accommodate parents of every height
- Extra-large, SPF 50 canopy is a perfect sun shield
- Once your workout is done, it’s easy to store thanks to an easy, two-step frame fold
Ages: 8 weeks with an infant car seat and up to 75 pounds
Buy it: $500, Amazon.com
Best Jogging Stroller: Thule Glide
With baby, hitting the gym or going for solo runs may not be in the cards. That’s when a jogging stroller can be your new fast pass to fitness. The best strollers in this category, like the Glide, feature a fixed front wheel, allowing for better control. So whether you’re taking a leisurely jog or going for an all-out run, this jogger can keep pace.
- At 22 pounds, the Glide is super-lightweight and aerodynamic. You won’t just run, you’ll fly
- The large, durable wheels allow you to cover more ground
- Rear suspension keeps baby comfortable, even on bumpier terrain
- When your workout buddy needs a rest, the seat reclines to a near-flat position for on-the-go naps
Ages: From 6 months to 75 pounds
Buy it: $450, Amazon.com
Best Double Stroller: Countours Options Elite Tandem
Taking two babies out for a stroll can be a juggling act. No need to sweat it with the Options Elite Tandem. Unlike the sometimes unwieldy side-by-side double strollers, this best stroller offers stadium seating, making it easier to maneuver on the street and in and out of buildings.
- It offers reversible stadium seating and up to seven seating configurations for two children and two infant car seats
- The Contours Options Elite easily folds and auto locks with both seats attached
- It has universal seat adaptors that fit over 10 different cars seats
Ages: Up to 40 pounds per child; 80 pounds total
Buy it: $340, Amazon.com
Best Sit & Stand Stroller: Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stand-On Tandem
If you cringe at the thought of getting a double wide to accommodate two kids, a sit and stand is the option among our picks for best strollers. In the Joovy Caboose Ultralight, your younger child rides in front and older child has the option to stand on the platform or sit on a rear bench.
- Weighing just 22 pounds, this is the lightest sit and stand we’ve found
- Parents say it’s a dream to navigate around tight spaces or through crowds
- It’s equipped with a parent organizer to keep keys, wallets and phones secure, plus two cup holders
Ages: From birth with car seat adapter; 3 months up to 45 pounds per seat
Buy it: $137, Amazon.com
Most Stylish Stroller: Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan Geo
This best stroller is a thing of beauty. Sleek lines, luxe tailoring and a pattern reminiscent of the iconic Louis Vuitton checkerboard make this a must-have among fashionista moms.
- Seat position has three modes: forward facing, rear facing and lie-flat
- Second set of fabrics to use if you convert the frame to a full-size bassinet
- It comes with a chic diaper bag that includes a matching checkerboard-print changing pad and stroller frame attachment clips
Ages: From birth to 44 pounds
Buy it:$650, Amazon.com
Best Stroller for Multitasking Moms: Joolz Hub
As a mom, your hands are pretty much always full. So when you’re out and about, the last thing you want is to struggle with a stroller that requires a two-hand approach. Enter the Joolz Hub: A luxury ride repackaged into a compact, urban-friendly stroller you can carry over your shoulder or wheel with one hand.
- With its one-hand steering and narrow frame (at 21 inches wide), you can navigate tight, crowded spaces while holding a coffee (or baby)
- While the Hub doesn’t feature a one-hand fold, it does fold easily and compactly, and even stands on its own
- The carry strap and transport lock mean you can sling this stroller over your shoulder if you need to tackle stairs
- Six reclining seat positions—including fully flat—mean you can let baby take a nap while you run errands worry-free
Ages: From birth up to 45 pounds
Buy it: $680, BuyBuyBaby.com
Best Luxury Stroller: Silver Cross Wave
Silver Cross has been known across Europe for producing top-of-the-line, high-quality ‘prams’ for the past two-plus centuries (yes, you read that right), but the brand is just recently making its way over to the US. The British transplant brings with it seriously impressive strollers that excel in form and function—like its latest design, the Wave, which won a Best of Baby 2018 award for best everyday stroller.
- It’s a serious head-turner, thanks to the sleek design and coordinating high-performance fabrics and trims
- From the hard-bottomed shopping basket that protects your things to the silent-close seat canopy that won’t wake your sleeping baby, the Wave’s detailing really sets it apart
- Right out of the box, the Wave can be used as a tandem double stroller, or in any of the other 15 possible seat configurations
- The roomy stroller basket holds a whopping 33 pounds (a solid 10 pounds more than most domestic brands)
- Yes, it’s an investment—but the Wave comes with all the accessories you possibly want for a stroller, including car seat adapters, mosquito nets, rain covers, cup holders, seat liners and stroller muffs
Updated July 2018
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Ages: From birth up to 55 pounds
Buy it: $1,299, SilverCross.com