The Best Strollers of 2017
Looking for the best stroller? We put more than 60 strollers through intensive testing, using them day-to-day and comparing them in the lab, to determine which are the top performers. Whether you want to jog with your baby, stroll to the coffee shop, travel, or just make it through the supermarket, our extensive testing and ratings can help you find the perfect solution for you and your baby. If you are having a second baby, or expecting twins, we can also help, based on our tests of 26 different double strollers. Read on to learn which products came out on top.
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 tests for the Best 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.
Works great with an infant car seat
Harder to push due to smaller wheels
The BOB Revolution Flex is a great stroller with exceptional maneuverability on just about any surface. It is a great buy for parents that love the outdoors, plan to hike and jog, or simply want a rugged stroller with ample storage, giant canopy, and adjustable handlebar, tracking, and suspension. The Flex earned an Editors' Choice award in our Best Baby Stroller Review and in the Best 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 standard strollers, 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, this stroller 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.
Works well off-road
Easy to push and turn
Awkward when folded
Not the best for babies under 8 months
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.
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 stroller for almost any adventure that doesn't include running or off-road terrain. Not only did this stroller earn multiple awards including Best Value in our Best Baby Stroller Review and the Best Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review, but it also won Top Pick in our Best Umbrella Stroller Review thanks to its lighter weight and smaller fold. This stroller 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.
Simple, compact fold
Harder to push
Harder to use
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 Best Baby Stroller review and an Editors' Choice award in our Best 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 stroller 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 a any combination of 2 seat styles, either facing forward or back toward the parent. In comparison to other high-end strollers, 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.
Expands to seat two
Stiff price tag
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 stroller is more expensive than most secondary travel style strollers, it is a high quality stroller made with nice materials that function well. This stroller 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 in the category. 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.
Easy to push
Expensive for an umbrella
Hard to nap in
The Quinny Yezz is a unique and innovative compact travel stroller that makes the most of design to create a small, easy to carry and push travel stroller that leaves your hands free when carrying. The Yezz earned an Editor's Choice award in our Best 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 dos offer a storage pocket and adequate canopy that covers enough of 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 creates a stroller 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 stroller, we think the experience is worth the ticket price if your budget allows.
Easy and fun to push and turn
Lightweight and folds small
Great for travel
Limited features for comfort or convenience
If your budget doesn't allow for the Quinny Yezz or the BabyZen Yoyo+, the Recaro EasyLife is a great budget friendly, lightweight stroller 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 Best Umbrella Stroller Review thanks to a thoughtful design that includes an easy unique fold that creates a small package for stowing. This stroller also manages to sneak in most of the features baby and parents will appreciate like underseat 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 stroller 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.
Easy to use
Car seat compatible
Can carry supplies
Harder to push on uneven terrain
Less sun protection
The Thule Urban Glide is a great jogging stroller that is easy to use, super maneuverable, and relatively lightweight. This stroller 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 stroller 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 baby is old enough to go. The Urban Glide won an Editors' Choice award in our Best 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 this stroller 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 standard 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.
Easy to use
Harder to fit folded stroller in small spaces
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.
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 stroller 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 stroller 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 Best Jogging Stroller Review.
Easy to push and turn
Lots of features
Not great for serious runners
The Chicco KeyFit Caddy stands alone in our testing as the only frame stroller to win an award, a Top Pick in our Best Strollers and Car Seat Combos Review. We think this stroller is a good choice for parents that aren't ready to commit to a more expensive long term stroller, or who need something lightweight to carry after childbirth or a C-section. 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, this stroller 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.
Lightweight and small make it easy to carry and stow
Works well with compatible car seats
Only compatible with Chicco KeyFit car seats
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 standard double strollers), 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 Best 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. This double stroller is also one of the cheapest options in the top 5 double strollers, making it not only the highest overall scorer, but a great deal.
Easy to push and turn
Good on all-terrain
Bulky when folded
Only accepts one infant car seat
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 stroller 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, this stroller 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 stroller has features that make daily use easy and convenient, which helped it win an award for Best Value in our Best Double Strollers Review.
Good on uneven terrain
Can be used for occasional jogging
Not great for serious runners
Not good for babies under 8 months
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 the strollers with larger rubber wheels, this economical stroller 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 Best Double Strollers Review.
Easy to use
Harder to push and turn due to small plastic wheels
Not compatible with infant car seats
The ZOE XL2 Deluxe is a relatively economical lightweight umbrella stroller for two. This cool double stroller 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 stroller by a large margin, and won our Editors' Choice award for the Best Double Umbrella Stroller with an overall score 20 points higher than the competition.
Harder to push and turn
Best for Infant Twins
Joovy Twin Roo
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 stroller will be best in the long run. This also means you won't be limited to choosing a long term stroller from the few standard strollers that work with 2 car seat attached. We think this alone makes the Twin Roo+ a no brainer for parents of 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
This review includes award winners and an honorable mention from our most popular stroller reviews including:
Stroller Savvy: Narrowing Your Options
Can one stroller do it all?
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?
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 reclines 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 standard baby strollers. 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 Best Baby Strollers review. In addition, many jogging strollers also work with a variety of infant car seat carriers, so they can do the job of a 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?
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 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?
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 stroller you won't really 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 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.
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 baby on board. From running errands to folding clothes, there is a lot you can do while wearing baby.
How many strollers you need is difficult to answer, but the best place to start, if you truly 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD, Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team
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