The Best Stroller and Car Seat Combos

Here are all 15 strollers we tested in combination with infant car seats in this review
Have you wondered what would make the best combination of a stroller with an infant car seat? To find out, we purchased and tested 15 of the most popular strollers and used them in combination with various infant seats, in several tests to find the very best matches. We tested and rated the combinations in seven different metrics from the most important like ease of car seat attachment and weight and folded size, to the not as important ease of setup and quality. While you will only be using a stroller with an infant car seat for the first 9-12 months of baby's life, it is important to choose the best one for your car seat and the needs of your family. Read on to discover which combinations were truly impressive, and which just got the job done.

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Test Results and Ratings

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Analysis and Award Winners


Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Sunday
June 19, 2016

Best Overall Combo


UPPAbaby Cruz Combo


The Editors' Choice winner  the UPPAbaby Cruz  which excelled in other metrics  only finished middle of the pack in maneuverability due to smaller wheels than many competing products. While it works great on smooth surfaces  it is challenged by bumpy terrain. Editors' Choice Award

Price:   $500 List
$410 from Amazon
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The UPPAbaby Cruz Combo stood out in almost every metric and where it isn't the best it is always above average and has performance and features that help us forgive any areas of weakness. The Cruz works very well with the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat as well as the Chicco Keyfit 30. Attachment of both is relatively easy and the removal of the toddler seat and canopy ensure there is no obstruction to the attachment points. We love the storage bin that is large enough for a diaper bag and shopping supplies with a 25 pound weight capacity. The Cruz has a telescoping handlebar, is super lightweight for a standard size stroller, and will work for baby up to about 3-4 years old. This is the stroller we would purchase and the one we'd recommend to friends. The Cruz won an Editors' Choice award here in combination with car seats, and also in our full size Stroller Review which looks at use in toddler years, proving it has what it takes, where it counts to do most things you'd want a stroller to do.

Best Bang for the Buck


Britax B-Agile 3 Combo


Best Value Award

Price:   $270 List


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The Britax B-Agile 3 Combo is a straightforward budget friendly standard size stroller that custom-tailored to work best with the Britax B-Safe 35. It is easy to install and works with the seat and canopy attached for added protection from the elements. The B-Agile is an easy to fold stroller that is one of the smallest in the group when folded, smaller even than the frame strollers. The canopy and storage bin are both medium in size, and the bin has a 10 pound maximum limit and held our medium size diaper bag. The Britax is comfortable, nice looking, easy to set up, with a high score for safety. We think most families will like the B-Agile and all it has to offer at such a friendly price.

Top Pick for Frame Stroller


Chicco KeyFit Caddy


The best click in seats are simple to use  you just lower the seat into the stroller's attachment points  and it locks in with a reassuring "click". Top Pick Award

Price:   $100 List
$100 from Amazon


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The Chicco Keyfit Caddy is a bare bones frame stroller that works exceptionally well with the award winning Chicco Keyfit 30 and other Chicco brand car seats. This simple frame product weighs about 11 pounds, has under seat storage and a parent console on the handlebar. It has an easy fold, dual action brakes, and the car seat installs easily with no obstructions and with almost no pressure. We think the Caddy is a great buy for parents who aren't sure what their strolling needs are going to be, but still want to get baby from the car to the store safely tucked away and sleeping in their car seat. This product folds fairly compactly, and can be stored easily. With a list price of $100 it is a budget friendly option that will buy you time to make your best stroller decision, and you can usually resell it when you are done for about half of the purchase price.

Top Pick for Urban Use


Bugaboo Bee3 Combo


The Bugaboo Bee 3 is the easiest stroller to attach a car seat to. We used the Chicco Keyfit 30 seat and adapter in our tests. Top Pick Award

Price:   $719 List
$689 from Amazon


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The Bugaboo Bee 3 won a Top Pick for Urban Use because it is the easiest to use with an infant car seat, with an installation process that almost installs itself. The car adapter we tested for the Chicco Keyfit 30 seat is easy to attach and the carrier fits inside snuggly while gravity practically makes the connection for you. This stroller is a sharp looking head turner that will have you strolling through tight spaces and crowded streets with relative ease. The bin has a weight limit of only 8.8 pounds, so you'll need to pare down your supplies or carry your diaper bag on your shoulder, but otherwise the Bee will get you where you need to go with above average scores for safety and maneuverability.




Analysis and Test Results


The award winning strollers to combine with car seats.
The award winning strollers to combine with car seats.
The use of a stroller with an infant car seat can make getting around with your infant easier. Being able to seamlessly transfer your baby from the car to a stroller can make running errands and getting out of the house easier, faster, and more convenient for new parents. It can also keep baby comfortably asleep while you get important things accomplished.

Important Safety Tip
Do not use an infant car seat as a replacement for a crib. While it is common for a baby to fall asleep in an infant car seat while driving, you should always take the time to transition your sleeping baby to a crib once you are home. Do not leave baby sleeping in the car seat (even if you are watching them). Injuries and death have occurred from leaving babies in car seat carriers not properly attached to the base in the car. Only a crib should be used for unobserved sleep.
Unlike a convertible car seat  an infant car seat is detachable from the base. As a result  you can transition a sleeping baby in or out of the vehicle without waking them up  keeping them safely harnessed in the carrier as you do.
Unlike a convertible car seat, an infant car seat is detachable from the base. As a result, you can transition a sleeping baby in or out of the vehicle without waking them up, keeping them safely harnessed in the carrier as you do.

Types of Strollers that Work with Infant Car Seats


There are several different options for parents who want to combine a stroller with their car seat. Which one is right for you depends on why you want to attach the carrier, how long you plan to use the stroller, and what your strolling habits are likely to be in the future. With only a few exceptions, the majority of strollers we reviewed work with a variety of different car seat brands, leaving you with more possible combinations than ever before.

Choose your infant car seat first
We suggest parents choose their infant car seat first, or at least narrow down to a short-list of finalists, before trying to decide on a stroller. Choosing the best infant car seat is by far more important because safety is such a large consideration in that category. Finding the safest, easiest car seat to install is more important to baby's general well-being than finding a stroller that is easy to push or has a large storage bin.

Car Seat Frame Strollers


The Chicco Caddy is a basic car seat frame stroller with a 10 pound capacity storage bin  adjustable handlebar  and a parent console with cup holders. It won our Top Pick Award for Frame strollers.
The Chicco Caddy is a basic car seat frame stroller with a 10 pound capacity storage bin, adjustable handlebar, and a parent console with cup holders. It won our Top Pick Award for Frame strollers.
The term "frame stroller" comes from the fact that they don't have a seat like a traditional stroller, but merely a frame that you can place an infant car seat in. A frame stroller can make transitions in and out of the car a lot simpler, and their relatively small folded size and light weight is an advantage over bulkier and heavier full-size stroller options. Due to their minimalist design, frame strollers usually have few features, but are generally very budget friendly. A frame product will only serve you only for the first 6 to 9 months when your baby still fits in an infant car seat, but the convenience, light weight, and low price can make their limited-time use worthwhile during this important period. Frame strollers usually retain a good portion of their value, and many parents find they are easy to sell when baby has outgrown them. We include three of the most popular frame strollers in this review: Chicco Keyfit Caddy, the Graco Snugrider Elite, and the Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal.

Standard-size Strollers


The B-Agile 3  winner of our Best Value Award for standard-size strollers  shown with the Britax B-Safe 35 car seat attached. The B-Agile 3 comes with an included adapter for Britax brand seats.
The B-Agile 3, winner of our Best Value Award for standard-size strollers, shown with the Britax B-Safe 35 car seat attached. The B-Agile 3 comes with an included adapter for Britax brand seats.
Standard-size strollers (also referred to as full-size or traditional strollers) are the mainstay of the stroller family and what most people think of when they consider making a stroller purchase. Most standard-size strollers provide options to attach one or more brands of car seats to them. We've included 12 strollers which are well suited for use in combination with infant car seats in this review, based on criteria such as ease-of-attachment, overall weight when used with a car seat, and more.
The UPPAbaby Cruz's toddler seat can be removed  making it as light as a frame stroller at about 14 pounds when used with an infant seat  yet easily converts to a full-size stroller when your baby is older.
The UPPAbaby Cruz's toddler seat can be removed, making it as light as a frame stroller at about 14 pounds when used with an infant seat, yet easily converts to a full-size stroller when your baby is older.
These products usually work best on hard, flat surfaces, like sidewalks and supermarkets, and have a variety of features that make strolling with baby easier like a sunshade, storage bin, cup holder, and parent console. Some of these products offer suspension, adjustable handlebars, various seating arrangements, car seat attachment, and easy folding. While most standard strollers aren't known for being lightweight, some can actually be rather light and small when folded. Many of the standard-size products work for children from birth up to 50 pounds. Depending on your strolling goals, these products offer easy maneuvering in tight spaces, features that make commuting a breeze, or larger storage bins for carrying groceries and other items. Our detailed stroller review compares more than 20 top-products and rates each on strolling performance, while this review focused on performance in the first 6 months when used with a car seat.

Jogging Strollers


The BOB Revolution Flex is a jogging stroller that offers adapters for several car seats (shown above with the Chicco Keyfit). The BOB adapters click in when you place the seat in  but still require the additional step of attaching the restraining strap to properly secure it.
The BOB Revolution Flex is a jogging stroller that offers adapters for several car seats (shown above with the Chicco Keyfit). The BOB adapters click in when you place the seat in, but still require the additional step of attaching the restraining strap to properly secure it.
A jogging stroller is not ideal when used in combination with a car seat because they are heavier than the alternatives, and they are larger than most standard strollers when folded, which makes them difficult or impossible for new mothers to lift or transport if they have had a C-section (though arguably a limited period of time). While newborns are too small to safely jog with, some jogging strollers do offer the ability to attach infant car seats for use walking until the baby is old enough to jog with (most manufacturers recommend your baby be at least 9 months old before jogging). Jogging strollers usually offer excellent maneuverability, rubber air filled tires, all wheel suspension, locking or locked front wheels, and a 3 wheel trike design. Our jogging stroller review provides the results of our detailed testing and comparison of 13 top joggers. In this review, we only included the highly regarded BOB Revolution Flex Combo for testing with car seats.

Don't Jog with Your Baby Too Soon!
Avoid jogging with baby until they are able to sit up on their own and have good head and neck control. Most manufacturers recommend waiting until your baby is 9 months old before jogging, and you may want to check with your pediatrician for guidance. We at BabyGearLab feel that a baby generally needs to be somewhere between 9-12 months at a minimum before they have sufficient neck strength for safe jogging.

The Type of Attachment Matters


Infant car seat carriers attach to strollers in a variety of ways, but the two primary methods are click in and strap in options. A click in connection is preferred and is usually provided by manufacturers for their own brand of car seats when used in combination with their own brand of strollers.
Some strollers have both a click  in and strap attachment process  like this one for the BOB Revolution and Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat.
Some strollers have both a click in and strap attachment process, like this one for the BOB Revolution and Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat.
For example, Chicco strollers include a click in connection for Chicco car seats, but no other brand of seat. Some strollers combine the two methods by offering an adapter that the seat clicks in to but still have an additional requirement to use restraint straps to ensure a secure attachment. In general, we are not big fans of any stroller and car seat combination that requires straps as part of the attachment process, since clicking-in the seat is so much faster and more convenient.

Click-in


The best click in seats are simple to use  you just lower the seat into the stroller's attachment points  and it locks in with a reassuring "click".
The best click in seats are simple to use, you just lower the seat into the stroller's attachment points, and it locks in with a reassuring "click".
We prefer click in attachments over straps because they are both fast and really easy to use. With a click in connection you simply lower the seat on the stroller's attachment points, and it locks in with a reassuring click sound. A quick pull up to make sure it is securely attached is recommended, and then you are all set. It is fast, and simple.

The car seat frame adapter for the Cruz is very easy to use. The car seat clicks in easily into the metal frame  which replaces the normal Cruz seat.
The car seat frame adapter for the Cruz is very easy to use. The car seat clicks in easily into the metal frame, which replaces the normal Cruz seat.
Most strollers offer a click in type of attachment with only a limited number of seats. The reason is that each click in adapter must be precisely engineered to fit a compatible seat just like the seat fits into the car seat's own base. It is a lot less work for the manufacturer to use a less precise approach that requires you to use a restraining strap to secure the seat to the stroller. But a click in is so much more convenient that we recommend you limit yourself to a seat and stroller combinations that offers a click in connection.

Straps


The restraint straps that come from the bottom of the frame and snap over the middle portion of the car seat on the Baby Trend are mandatory parts of the attachment process that must be done for safe installation.
The restraint straps that come from the bottom of the frame and snap over the middle portion of the car seat on the Baby Trend are mandatory parts of the attachment process that must be done for safe installation.
Retaining straps require you to do more work every time you transition the baby into or out of the stroller. But, many manufacturers like to rely on a strap in system, because they can design one so-called universal adapter that provides compatibility with a large number of car seats.

The on-going hassle with restraint straps is that they require a second installation step in the process of car seat attachment after the carrier has been set into place. Most straps connect to the sides of the stroller and attach above the carrier across the lower portion where baby's legs go. To attach the straps, you may need to first loosen them, then thread them across the seat, connect them, and lastly re-tighten the straps. The process is not difficult, but it is a lot more work than simply clicking the seat in and out.

While straps can definitely create a secure attachment, one risk is that caregivers may either forget or forgo the use of the straps because they become distracted or because they assume the extra step of attaching and tightening the safety strap is unnecessary. This could leave your baby open to potentially serious fall injury, given that the installation isn't being performed to the manufacturer's specifications.

We Recommend Click in
We suggest you limit yourself to seat and stroller combinations that provide click in attachments since they are much simpler and more convenient. In this review's specs section, you'll see that we list out all the click in compatible combinations for your convenience.

Criteria for Evaluation


Each stroller and corresponding seat were tested individually and compared to others in the competition, as well as other seat options for the same stroller. Wherever possible we tested strollers with their native car seat and at least one other brand, normally the Chicco Keyfit 30 due to its award winning status and popularity. The metrics for ease of car seat attachment and weight and folded size had a higher percentage influence on the final scores than the remaining metrics, because these two are the most important in our minds for this category and for new moms who may need lighter items that are easy to lift and operate.

Ease of Car Seat Attachment


This is an example of a click in adapter where the seat drops into a metal frame. This one belongs to the Bugaboo Bee for use with the Chicco Keyfit 30.
This is an example of a click in adapter where the seat drops into a metal frame. This one belongs to the Bugaboo Bee for use with the Chicco Keyfit 30.
The easiest car seat attachments almost seem to install themselves with little action on the parent's part other than moving the carrier portion of the car seat from the car to the stroller. We definitely preferred seats that had a click-in only attachment process in our testing, especially those that offered an easy drop in/on, with little to no pressure needed or chance for mistakes scoring higher than products that had obstructions to deal with or seemed installed when they really weren't. Any stroller that required restraint straps as part of the installation process immediately took a loss in points because straps are harder to use and leave more margin for error.

The Bugaboo Bee 3 is the easiest stroller to attach a car seat to. We used the Chicco Keyfit 30 seat and adapter in our tests.
The Bugaboo Bee 3 is the easiest stroller to attach a car seat to. We used the Chicco Keyfit 30 seat and adapter in our tests.
Both Bugaboo strollers, including the Top Pick for Urban Use Bugaboo Bee 3 Combo, offered a very easy car seat attachment method with an adapter that is easy to install on the stroller and allows the car seat to be simply lowered into the adapter frame where it clicks into place itself with the help of gravity. There are no obstructions and almost no pressure is needed to make a secure connection. The Top Pick for Frame Stroller award winner, the Chicco Keyfit Caddy, also performed well in this metric as a dedicated frame stroller designed specifically to work with Chicco seats, the opening on the stroller works well and it only requires a small amount of pressure to securely connect with an audible click sound that lets parents know it is properly attached. The UPPAbaby strollers also did well with scores just below the Caddy and 2 points below the Bugaboo options.

No matter what car seat adapter you use with the Revolution  you'll need to use the restraint straps for secure attachment.
No matter what car seat adapter you use with the Revolution, you'll need to use the restraint straps for secure attachment.
Alternatively, the universal frame stroller the Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Ex has a various strap adjustments to make and the carrier of the car seat sits in a net or straps that are adjusted to put the rim of the car seat on the rim of the stroller, and then straps are attached over the middle of the seat to ensure a secure connection with the stroller is made. Theoretically the bottom straps will only need adjusting once, but the top straps will need to be tightened and loosened with every installation. The BOB Revolution Flex Combo also disappoints with a 2 step attachment process that both clicks in and straps. This type is particularly worrisome because we think many parents will feel the click is secure enough as the car seat seems immobile once attached. However, manufacturers must have included the straps for a reason and we think it would be negligent for parents to skip the step, but very tempting to do so anyway.

Weight and Folded Size


The Chicco Keyfit Caddy is a frame stroller that is lightweight and folds relatively flat for easier storage.
The Chicco Keyfit Caddy is a frame stroller that is lightweight and folds relatively flat for easier storage.
When it comes to weight and folded size, there is nothing better than a frame stroller, because they are lightweight, easy to lift, and compact when open or closed. This makes moving baby from place to place in their car seat a breeze, and given that some new moms have a weight restriction on how much they are allowed to lift after baby is born, they may be the only allowable options. However, not all parents want to purchase a frame stroller because it will only serve them for such a limited time (about 9 months), and some of the full-size strollers are relatively lightweight and work nearly as well as a frame stroller with a car seat.

The B-Agile can be folded with the car seat adapters in place  though Britax does not recommend doing so.
The B-Agile can be folded with the car seat adapters in place, though Britax does not recommend doing so.
If finding the lightest product is your main goal because you've had a C-section or simply worry about lugging something around town, then look no further than the Chicco Keyfit Caddy. This dedicated frame stroller has limited features, but this keeps the weight near 11 pounds. The Baby Trend is almost a pound lighter, but given that the Caddy scored in second place in the review and the Trend near the bottom it isn't worth losing a pound for a product that didn't perform as well in our tests and sports the strap in attachment. The downside is the Caddy is 7,628 cubic inches when folded; both the Britax B-Agile 3 Combo and the BOB Motion Combo are about 2,000 cubic inches smaller, but heavier with weights of 17.9 and 23.4 pounds respectively, much heaver than the Caddy at 11 pounds. A nice option that is not too heavy and not too big (much like the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears) is the Editors' Choice winner, UPPAbaby Cruz Combo, with the lowest standard stroller weight of 14.3 pounds and a folded size of about 8,000 cubic inches.

The Revolution is the largest and heaviest product in the review.
The Revolution is the largest and heaviest product in the review.
The heaviest and largest product in the group is the Revolution weighing in over 26 pounds and measuring over 15,000 cubic inches when folded. The Chicco Bravo LE Combo and the BOB Motion both weigh over 23 pounds, which is a lot for non-jogging products, and the Mountain Buggy Swift Combo is the second largest folded product measuring over 12,000 cubic inches.

Maneuverability


The Editors' Choice winner  the UPPAbaby Cruz  which excelled in other metrics  only finished middle of the pack in maneuverability due to smaller wheels than many competing products. While it works great on smooth surfaces  it is challenged by bumpy terrain.
The Editors' Choice winner, the UPPAbaby Cruz, which excelled in other metrics, only finished middle of the pack in maneuverability due to smaller wheels than many competing products. While it works great on smooth surfaces, it is challenged by bumpy terrain.
While maneuverability is important in a stroller in the long-run, it is less important in the first 9 months when you might use it with a car seat because your baby doesn't weigh that much, and maneuverability is less of an issue. Choosing a stroller based solely on this metric might not be wise, but using this metric to help you decide between otherwise similar options might be useful as it impacts your everyday experience.
The plastic wheels and dual wheel design on the Caddy are not our favorite when it comes to maneuverability.
The plastic wheels and dual wheel design on the Caddy are not our favorite when it comes to maneuverability.
We tested maneuverability in everyday scenarios and through obstacle courses that simulate tight situations like supermarket aisles to see which products allowed for one handed pushing, tight turns, quick responsiveness, and curb hopping.

If you are thinking a frame stroller is the way you might go, be aware that none of them performed that well in this metric. They all have smaller plastic wheels and other limiting features that make them useable on flat or paved surfaces only. However, the relatively light weight of a newborn makes pushing any stroller pretty easy, and it is less likely that you'll encounter rough surfaces in your strolls with a newborn.

The BOB Revolution Flex is a jogging stroller that offers adapters for several car seats (shown above with the Chicco Keyfit). The BOB adapters click in when you place the seat in  but still require the additional step of attaching the restraining strap to properly secure it.
The BOB Revolution Flex is a jogging stroller that offers adapters for several car seats (shown above with the Chicco Keyfit). The BOB adapters click in when you place the seat in, but still require the additional step of attaching the restraining strap to properly secure it.
The top performer for maneuverability in this review is not surprisingly the BOB Revolution jogger; its large air-filled tires are easy to push even one handed and has the versatility of a swivel front wheel for stores and errands. While the BOB is good for easy pushing, it is also heavy and large making it not the best pairing with an infant car seat. Because weight and folded size, and ease of car seat attachment influenced the final score more than maneuverability, the top ranking strollers didn't perform that well in this metric.

All the frame strollers, including the Caddy earned 4s thanks in part to the need for two handed pushing, and a rough or no go over grass and uneven terrain. The Bugaboo Bee is better than average with a 7, tying with the UPPAbaby Vista Combo, they both offer enough to prevent frustration while pushing. The Cruz, our Editors' Choice winner, earned a 5 for this metric, and the Britax B-Agile, our Best Value winner, managed a 6.

Safety


Our primary concerns in Safety are focused on risk factors related to documented emergency room reports of stroller-related injuries. In our testing we looked at tip over angles, aspects concerning the brakes, the depth and position of cup holders, and the amount of weight that can be hung from the handlebar before the whole stroller topples backwards. While some of these products have been tested before in other categories, their results often changed when outfitted with car seats thanks in part to a change in their center of gravity.

The cup holders on the Caddy are almost too shallow for any kind of cups  as many of them fell out while testing.
The cup holders on the Caddy are almost too shallow for any kind of cups, as many of them fell out while testing.
The Best Value winner, the Britax B-Agile, and the Bugaboo Cameleon earned the top scores for safety. The B-Agile required the most weight to tip backwards, with 56 pounds hanging from the bar and it has very easy to use single action brakes. The Bee came in one point lower and has some of the easiest single action brakes with very little play and good sliding resistance. The Caddy and the Cruz both earned average scores for safety. The Caddy sports cup holders, which did cause a safety concern for falling items landing on baby from the holders. Out of all the award winners only the Caddy has double action brakes, but this is true of all of the frame products. We prefer single action brakes for their simplicity and ease of use because two pedals need to be pressed for full brake engagement on the double action products. The Cruz is average across the board with no real standout feature good or bad.

Ease of Use


The storage bin on the Bee looks large  but it has some cross bars to contend with and the lowest maximum allowable weight limit in the group at 4 pounds.
The storage bin on the Bee looks large, but it has some cross bars to contend with and the lowest maximum allowable weight limit in the group at 4 pounds.
Ease of use includes tasks and features you are likely to use daily or multiple times a day in typical strolling. We designed tests that would provide information on how easy each task could be performed and how well the feature worked in real world scenarios. For example, we tested and compared sun shades, storage bins, and other convenience items like cup holders, parent's consoles, and child trays. For the canopy we considered the SPF if listed, the size, ventilation and peek-a-boo window. For the bin we looked at size, shape, accessibility, and maximum allowable weight. Convenience items were rated on their usability and whether or not they worked as they should or if they had potential design flaws.

The B-Agile canopy works well with the Britax car seat canopy and it might be worth leaving it attached to the stroller for extra protection despite it making car seat attachment more difficult.
The B-Agile canopy works well with the Britax car seat canopy and it might be worth leaving it attached to the stroller for extra protection despite it making car seat attachment more difficult.
Not all of the products worked with their canopy and the car seat attached. Several required removal of the sunshade altogether and others got hung up on the shade as the car seat was attached. Even though it was kind of nice to use the stroller canopy in conjunction with the carrier canopy, we sort of think the extra weight and potential hindrance weren't worth it, and those without a canopy were easier to manage. None of the frame products have sunshades for this reason and we think parents aren't likely to miss it anyway. The Mountain Buggy Swift canopy is the smallest in the group, while the UPPAbaby and Revolution strollers have the largest. Both UPPAbaby sunshades and the Swift canopy will be removed when using the car seat, but the Revolution will still be attached. The Britax canopy can remain attached or be removed for use with the carrier, but it does get in the way and you'll need to dip the carrier under and then up somewhat to secure the attachment. It works well with the Britax car seats, so it might be worth staying with the stroller. however, it isn't that great with the Chicco car seat so it might be worth removing it for easier car seat attachment should you opt for the Chicco seat.

The UPPAbaby Cruz storage bin is considerably larger than the Bee and holds 21 more pounds compared to the Bee's 4 pound limit.
The UPPAbaby Cruz storage bin is considerably larger than the Bee and holds 21 more pounds compared to the Bee's 4 pound limit.
The biggest storage bins in the group are the Cruz with a large bin and max allowable weight of 25 pounds, and the Vista with a max of 30 pounds. No other products comes close with the next highest weight being 11 pounds. The low is 4 pounds for the Bugaboo Bee, with the Caddy and the Britax coming in with a max weight of 10 pounds. If your plan is to carry your diaper bag and not much more, then 10-11 pounds will likely work. If shopping and errands are possible goals, then the UPPAbaby strollers are better choices. If you go with the Bee or the Cameleon you might be carrying the diaper bag on your shoulder as it could easily be heavier than the 8.8 pound max on each.

The Swift's bottle sleeve is unique in the group and worked well in our tests.
The Swift's bottle sleeve is unique in the group and worked well in our tests.
Both the Caddy and the Baby Trend score well for conveniences sporting parent consoles with cup holders. Both are nothing special with relatively shallow cup holders, but they do check the box for the feature. The Bugaboos and the Cruz both failed to impress with their other conveniences by offering none, but at least the 25 pound oversized bin on the Cruz somewhat makes up for the lacking of other features. We understand most parent would like a cup holder or similar item, but given the tendency of items to fall from cup holders and land on baby while strolling, we think it is almost better to buy a product without one and purchase an additional cup holder to hang off the side where it is out of the falling range of baby.

Quality


The quality metric considers the material used and design of each stroller and how well it is put together. While some of the products use aluminum frames and rubber tires, others have plastic wheels and components with rough unfinished edges.

The Vista earned the highest score for quality in the group tying with the BOB Revolution Flex Combo.
The Chicco Keyfit Caddy works very well but only with the Keyfit infant car seats it was designed for.
 
The photos above show the UPPAbaby Vista (left) that earned a high in the quality metric and the Chicco Keyfit Caddy (right) with the lowest score in the group.

The Revolution and the Vista earned the high marks for quality. Both have rubber tires, suspension, foam covered adjustable handlebars, and sturdy fabric that fits the frame nicely with no loose threads or bunched material. The Cruz, Bee and Cameleon are right behind with one point lower for quality. These products are similar to the high scorers, but had small variations in materials and design that left them slightly lower. The Vista frame and handlebar are similar to the Cruz, but slightly more well defined and sleeker in design. Foam filled rubber tires are on both Bugaboo options, but the pneumatic options on the Revolution are higher quality. The Best Value winner came in just a point lower than the Cruz, and the price drop makes it both understandable and acceptable in our mind.

The SnugRider Elite with the Graco Snugride Classic Connect 30 attached.
The SnugRider Elite with the Graco Snugride Classic Connect 30 attached.
On the lower side you'll find the Chicco Keyfit Caddy, so while it earned a second place overall in our tests, it struggled in comparison to the other strollers for quality. It is the lowest scoring product in the group thanks primarily to a significant amount of plastic components that give the stroller significant flex and make it feel somewhat like it will rattle loose if you push it too hard on a turn. There is no doubt it suffers in comparison to the higher end products, but the Caddy is also far cheaper and it won't need to last as long as the nicer options, nor will it be used on rougher terrain. The Caddy isn't the only frame stroller with disappointing quality scores. The Baby Trend and the Graco SnugRider Elite didn't score much better and still brought up the rear with the Graco sporting what look like unfinished plastic pieces with rough edges and plastic shavings.

Ease of Setup


Ease of setup is important, but only so much that you should be aware of what assembly is required and how difficult it might be to piece together for novice gear builders. The upside is that no matter how difficult it is to put together, or how long it takes you, you will only need to put it together once. So while a very difficult setup might dissuade the assembly challenged, for the most part all are doable, even if you need to start over on certain parts, as we did on the Bugaboo Bee canopy.

The easiest to piece together is the Editors' Choice winner, the UPPAbaby Cruz. It comes with a great quick setup guide, but the assembly is so intuitive you might not even need them. It took us under 5 minutes to put the Cruz together from unpacking to ready to roll. The Vista, B-Agile, Baby Trend, and the Revolution were all quick on its heels and fairly easy to assemble as well. Unfortunately, the Bee is very difficult to put together and takes over 20 minutes to assemble, and we did some portions incorrectly initially. The Caddy is middle of the road for setup, but it is easy enough even though it takes longer than it should for such a bare bones product.

Conclusion


There are many varieties of combinations when it comes to strollers and their car seat counterparts.
There are many varieties of combinations when it comes to strollers and their car seat counterparts.
In previous years, we limited our review of stroller and car seat combinations to frame strollers only. In this update, we have expanded the field to include full-size and jogger products that perform well with a car seat for two reasons: fewer frame strollers are on the market today than there used to be, and some parents would prefer to find one stroller for the long-term that will also work well with their infant seat to avoid purchasing 2 products. No matter what your goal, or why you think attaching your car seat to a stroller is important, there is something for everyone in this group of products and award winners.
Juliet Spurrier MD and Wendy Schmitz
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