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The Best Full-Size Strollers of 2021

The Cruz offers many features that make it a winner for ease of use.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
Sunday November 21, 2021
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Are you looking for the best full-size stroller of 2021? We purchased and tested the top 18 competitors after researching over 100+ options. Finding a great stroller can be challenging with so many to choose from, especially if you don't know what to look for. Our extensive side-by-side tests look for ease of use, maneuverability, quality, weight, and more to bring you all the details you need to find the right stroller for your family. There is something for everyone in our list of the best full-size strollers with our test results and hand-selected award winners. No matter your budget or specific needs, you'll find everything you need to know in our detailed review.

We've tested more than 185 different strollers including dozens of double strollers, jogging strollers, and lightweight travel strollers to find the best. If you are not sure where to start, check out our best strollers review to get the skinny.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on November 21, 2021 to include test results on four more strollers including the Mockingbird Single-to-Double, Larktale Coast, Thule Spring, and UPPAbaby Cruz v2.

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Pros Easiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useHigh-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfyLots of car seat compatibility, fairly lightweight, handbrakeMassive storage, suspension, giant canopy, attention to detailLess expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durable
Cons Bulkier, harder to transportSomewhat harder to pushLimited storage access, prop-up footrestExpensive, heavyLarger, may be hard to lift and carry
Bottom Line A cool-looking multi-purpose jogging stroller that is also great for everyday useA compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one handAverage option that doesn't truly outshine the regular City MiniIf you plan to have multiples this is a great option with useful featuresVersatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday use
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide 2 Thule Spring Baby Jogger City Mi... UPPAbaby Vista v2 BOB Rambler
Ease Of Use (45%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Maneuverability (30%)
9.0
7.0
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Weight Folded Size (15%)
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Quality (10%)
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Specs Thule Urban Glide 2 Thule Spring Baby Jogger City Mi... UPPAbaby Vista v2 BOB Rambler
Weight 24.4 lbs 22.7 lbs 21.6 lbs 27.1 lbs 25.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 17"W x 15"H x 30"L 25.6"W x 11.2"H x 33"L 26"W x 16.5"H x 33"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth Maxiumum: 65 lbs/44" Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 74 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 UPPAbaby
Mesa
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cybex
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Maxi-Cosi
Mico 30
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Living
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
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Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
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Unity, Unity Neos
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Mesa
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B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
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Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 39"/43" 38.5"/45.7" 39.5"/42.5" 38.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None Sun Shade City GO infant car seat adapter. Rain Shield, Bug Shield None
Setup Time 5-10 minmin:sec 1-5 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec


Best Overall Full-Size Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 2


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 5
  • Quality 9
Weight: 24.4 lbs | Folded Size: 15,388 cubic inches
Easy to maneuver everywhere
Stylish high quality
Great for jogging
Harder to lift and stow

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a cool jogger with impressive features for everyday use. This stroller has covered storage, a giant canopy, excellent suspension, and a lockable swivel front wheel with adjustable tracking. The Urban Glide 2 is easy to push and turn and equally up to the task of running. Parents enjoy the foam-covered adjustable handlebar with twisting handbrake, and passengers like the deep recline seat back, seat-side storage pockets, and padded sling-style seat. The Urban Glide 2 is compatible with various infant car seats with an adapter purchase.

The Urban Glide 2 is somewhat more cumbersome and awkward when folded, making it a possible no-go for parents searching for lightweight or compact. It doesn't have a parent console or cup holder (they offer accessories for purchase). Overall, this stroller is a useful choice that can double-duty for running at a reasonable price. This stroller is an excellent choice for parents on the move who like being outdoors or going for an adventurous run. It is also a potential contender for anyone looking for a one-and-done purchase who doesn't need a lightweight stroller.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is very easy to maneuver with a swivel front...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is very easy to maneuver with a swivel front wheel that manages tight spaces with ease and rubber air-filled tires that can traverse almost any terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Quick Fold


Thule Spring


77
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SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Weight/Folded Size 8
  • Quality 8
Weight: 22.7 lbs | Folded Size: 7,650 cubic inches
Easy to use
Comfy napping
Compact fold & lightweight
Slightly harder to push off-road
Plastic wheels

The Thule Spring is an impressive high-quality, quick-fold standard stroller. There is much to love about this easy-to-use stroller from Tule. It has a quick, one-handed fold that creates a very small package compared to the competition. It is also lightweight for a full-sized option and has a large storage bin that fits our extra-large diaper bag inside. We appreciate the deep recline and large canopy for passenger comfort, and parents will appreciate this product's sleek design and smooth operation.

The Spring is generally easy to push, but the plastic wheels make moving off-road more challenging than it needs to be. However, they are still better than most plastic wheels in the group. Also, the storage bin is large, but its maximum allowable weight is only 11 lbs. This is average for the group but not as high as some of the competition. Overall, this stroller impressed during testing with features that work well and are sure to please parents and little ones alike no matter what your goals might be.

Read review: Thule Spring

The Spring is one of the easiest in the group to use with intuitive...
The Spring is one of the easiest in the group to use with intuitive features.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Budget-friendly Full-size


Baby Jogger City Mini 2


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SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Weight/Folded Size 8
  • Quality 6
Weight: 19.3 lbs | Folded size: 8,472 cubic inches
Price
Small and lightweight
Multi-purpose
Bar impedes storage access
Double front wheel

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a lightweight, compact stroller with a quick, easy fold, and cozy napping space. It has a large canopy with two peek-a-boo windows, adequate storage, and a well-padded seat with an almost flat recline and pop-up footrest for superior comfort. This basic stroller offers everything you need (including car seat compatibility) without the high-end design and features that typically create a heavier stroller and higher price. The Mini 2 impressed as an umbrella stroller too, which means it is a potential one and done for parents who don't run or go off the paved path.

The City Mini 2 is not the best for going off-road regularly as the plastic wheels, and limited suspension makes pushing a chore and potentially uncomfortable for kiddos. It also isn't suitable for jogging despite its "Jogger" moniker. The new Mini 2 is somewhat heavier and larger than its predecessor. However, if you have a small budget and don't want to sacrifice features or comfort, then the Mini 2 is a double-duty powerhouse that works as a full-size go-to or your lighter-weight travel marvel.

Read review: Baby Jogger City Mini 2

The City Mini 2 is easy to use and features an almost flat recline...
The City Mini 2 is easy to use and features an almost flat recline for napping and a large canopy for weather protection.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Budget-friendly & Easy-to-Push


Baby Trend Expedition


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SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 5
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Weight/Folded Size 6
  • Quality 4
Weight: 23.7 lbs | Folded Size: 12,463 cubic inches
Price
Smooth ride
Lower quality
Small canopy

The Baby Trend Expedition is a jogger that can easily work for everyday use saving money over time by buying a single stroller instead of two. We like the air-filled rubber tires and locking front swivel wheel that makes it ideal for maneuverability and for going off-road or running. The Expedition has under-seat storage, a sling-style seat, and a parent tray (a rare find).

This budget stroller isn't the highest quality, and the lack of adjustable tracking or suspension makes it less suitable for serious runners. However, if you want an easy-to-push and turn stroller that can head off-road for occasional fun, then the Expedition could be the right fit that saves you money.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition

While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated...
While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated runners, it is a budget friendly stroller and good for everyday use with the occasional jog.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Best for Growing Families


UPPAbaby Vista v2


74
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Weight/Folded Size 4
  • Quality 8
Weight: 27.1 lbs | Folded Size: 14,157 cubic inches
Easy to use
High quality
Versatile seating
Heavy and large
Higher price

The UPPAbaby Vista v2 earned impressive results in almost every test. This stroller is easy to use, easy to push and can accommodate up to three children, making it a versatile choice for growing families with top-quality materials that should last for the long haul. The Vista v2 comes standard with a bassinet and toddler seat. The frame accepts up to two infant car seats, two toddler seats, or other variations, including several using a bassinet with seats that can sit forward or back (the possibilities seem endless). These seating variations make the Vista v2 one of the most versatile we've seen and an excellent contender for growing families and those with multiple little ones. The Vista v2 also has a giant storage basket (30 lb max limit!), an upgraded canopy, easy fold, and foam-filled rubber tires.

The Vista v2 is one of the most expensive products in our lineup. It is also heavier due to its multi-seat design. So unless you need more than one seat, it may not be the right choice for your family. Overall, this full-size stroller is a stylish option we love for its seating versatility and easy-to-use features, making it an excellent choice for growing families, multiples, or twins.

Read review: UPPAbaby Vista v2

With foam filled, rubber tires the larger wheels on the Vista v2 are...
With foam filled, rubber tires the larger wheels on the Vista v2 are adept at moving across most surfaces without a hiccup.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best for Infant Car Seat Compatibility


UPPAbaby Cruz v2


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Weight/Folded Size 5
  • Quality 7
Weight: 25 lbs | Folded Size: 12,469 cubic inches
Wide infant car seat compatibility
Lighter and compact
Impressive storage
No parent tray
Little harder to push and turn

The UPPAbaby Cruz v2 is a sleek, no-nonsense full-size option that is easy to use with impressive performance for quality, setup, and functionality in comparison to the competition. While this stroller is not the lightest in the group, it does fold relatively flat, unlike the jogging-style strollers. The Cruz v2 has a huge, versatile canopy and some of the best storage in the business, with a 30 lb capacity limit! This stroller comes with one seat that can face either direction and has recline and leg rest adjustments for comfort. The new v2 also sports suspension and never-flat rubber tires. It is also compatible with several brands of infant car seats (not common in every traditional stroller), including the impressive UPPAbaby Mesa that works without an adapter.

The Cruz v2 lost a little ground for maneuverability as the four-wheel design paled in comparison to the three-wheel models. However, it isn't hard to push or turn and scored above average compared to the traditional full-size options we tested. The Cruz v2 may not be the best bet for adventurous parents who plan to go off-road or hope to jog with their older baby. However, it is great for days out in the city, running errands, and even picnics in the park. It is hard to find a better full-size stroller with the same performance, quality, or features, especially if you want to attach an infant car seat to it.

Read review: UPPAbaby Cruz v2

When placed side-by-side with the competition, it is easy to see the...
When placed side-by-side with the competition, it is easy to see the higher quality materials and design in the Cruz v2.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Perfect for Growing Families on a Budget


Evenflo Pivot Xpand


59
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 5
  • Weight/Folded Size 4
  • Quality 6
Weight: 28.4 lbs | Folded Size: 16,790 cubic inches
Easy to use
Inexpensive
Multiple seating options
Heavy and large
Harder to push

The Evenflo Pivot Xpand is an inexpensive multi-seater that has a lot to offer for a smaller price. We like that this option has versatile seating choices such as facing forward or backward and the ability to accept up to two infant car seats. It can accommodate up to 3 riders at one time with accessories (sold separately), and it has large storage with a quick fold and adjustable handlebar.

There is much to love about the Xpand, but it isn't the highest quality compared to more expensive competitors. It is also somewhat heavy and large, so if you don't need three seats or aren't planning on more children, it may not be the right selection for your family. Despite these minor downsides, we like what the Xpand offers for parents with multiple children with saving money on the brain. The price is very budget-minded, and we think it has everything a growing family needs without breaking the bank.

Read review: Evenflo Pivot Xpand

The Pivot offers easy to use features in a design that is intuitive...
The Pivot offers easy to use features in a design that is intuitive and functional.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
80
$580
Editors' Choice Award
A cozy, stylish jogger that is easy to move and use for everyday outings
77
$400
Editors' Choice Award
A full-size option with a small fold and lighter weight that is easy to use and has features for comfort but is slightly harder to push
75
$400
Good stroller but it doesn't merit the price increase over the regular City Mini
74
$970
Top Pick Award
A versatile seating option for growing families with great storage and useful features
74
$450
Features for jogging or everyday use in a versatile, quality stroller
73
$550
Capable jogger with all-terrain tires that moves well and works as a full-size option
72
$680
Impressive jogger with upgraded features and enough functionality for every day activities
72
$680
Top Pick Award
A great choice for most families with useful features that are easy to use and upgrades you'll appreciate
71
$250
Average stroller with impressive price, sturdy design, and useful features
71
$280
Best Value Award
A wallet-friendly option with useful features and a straightforward design
69
$500
Average option with limited features but it might be good fit for Cybex infant car seat owners
63
$300
Limited storage and a strange fold make this interesting stroller harder to use and less straightforward for harried parents
63
$540
Harder to push and heavier Baby Jogger but it is easy to use
62
$400
Dull stroller with harder to use features and a dated design
61
$395
A heavy and larger when folded option that isn't as nice or straightforward as the similarly styled options in this review
60
$120
Best Value Award
A budget-friendly choice that is easy-to-push but is limited overall
59
$280
Top Pick Award
A versatile stroller can hold up to 3 with lots of features for the growing family

We tested a myriad of different full-size strollers over the course...
We tested a myriad of different full-size strollers over the course of several updates to this review. Several of these options are pictured here.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


Our experienced team of top-notch stroller testers is run by our BabyGearLab founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, Board Certified Pediatrician, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and totally awesome mother of two. She uses her education and experience as a pediatrician and her expertise as a mom to define the BabyGearLab safety standards. She makes the final selection of the top products we include in this and most reviews. The lead for the hands-on stroller test team is Senior Research Analyst, Bob Wofford, father of 7 who has been the stroller testing development and execution leader since 2013. It's safe to say Bob has pushed, pulled, and assembled more strollers than anyone on the planet. Bob's team includes Senior Review Editor and mother of two, Wendy Schmitz, who has reviewed and researched over 150 strollers since joining BabyGearLab in 2014, including hundreds of hours of hands-on use. The team also includes Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who joined the BabyGearLab stroller testing team in 2015. Overall, the team has more than 20 years of combined experience using and testing all types of strollers.

Our testing protocol for strollers is extensive and involves putting each stroller through 50 individual tests to inform our ratings. We've purchased and tested more than 185 strollers over the last 8 years, including more than 50 strollers that fit our criteria for everyday-use "full-size strollers." We buy each stroller ourselves, accepting no freebies from manufacturers to assure complete independence.

Our testing of full-size strollers is divided across four rating metrics:

  • Ease of Use tests (45% of overall score weighting)
  • Maneuverability tests (30% weighting)
  • Weight & Folded Size tests (15% weighting)
  • Quality tests (15% weighting)

Our testing occurs both in the BabyGearLab in-house lab and in the real world during day-to-day use with little ones. The full-size stroller reviews use research and details on performance derived from real-world applications and comparison to the other contenders. We handle each stroller from unboxing to in-house testing and hours of use to determine which are the easiest to use, have the most useful features, are the most maneuverable, and the quality level compared to the competition.

Related: How We Tested Full-size Strollers

The seat back on the 3.0 reclines with a single hand on the...
The Sleek&#039;s storage bin can be pulled back to make it larger.

Analysis and Test Results


We chose 18 finalists for our exhaustive, side-by-side testing that includes everything from maneuverability and ease of use to quality and overall weight. We chose each contender after extensive research on quality, innovation, and popularity. Our goal is to provide practical, detailed information to help you generate a shortlist of potential strollers to purchase.

Related: Buying Advice for Full-size Strollers


Value


A full-size stroller can often be more expensive than other stroller types because you typically use it more frequently, so they have more features. However, this truth doesn't mean you need to break the bank to find a top-performing option with the best features. Many of the best strollers in our review happen to be jogging strollers with middle-of-the-road prices. The jogger design features create a dual-purpose solution for a reasonable price, theoretically saving you money over buying two strollers. Are you on a tighter budget? The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 and the Britax B-Lively are attractively priced with useful features and above-average performance in our tests. These two can also fill in as lightweight strollers, doing two strollers' jobs in one, allowing you to save some cash. The Baby Trend Expedition is a standout with one of the lowest prices and easy maneuverability, but you sacrifice some quality for this price. If you have a growing family or multiple children, then the Evenflo Pivot Xpand can provide the versatility you need without breaking the bank.

We combined an extensive real world hands-on testing process with...
We combined an extensive real world hands-on testing process with specific lab tests to compare each product's performance side-by-side.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Ease of Use


Ease of use includes the features you use frequently that impact everyday functionality. Your stroller's ability to perform well on demand is the difference between a stroller you enjoy and one you'll want to kick to the curb.

The Vista v2 is an impressive full-size stroller with room for 3.
The Cruz v2 has everything you need to stroll with one child.

In our tests, the UPPAbaby Vista v2 (above left) and the UPPAbaby Cruz v2 (above right) impressed with easy-to-use features. These strollers use quality materials that work well. They both offer high maximum storage limits (30 lbs) and the largest canopies around. The UPPAbaby strollers have adjustable leg rests, easy-to-use recline adjustment, and indicators on the seat attachment. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is also easy to use with intuitive features that are useful and improve the passenger's andparents' overall experience.


The UPPAbaby strollers and the Thule Urban Glide 2 lack amenities like a parent or child console, but both companies offer these accessories for purchase. We believe these conveniences can be useful depending on your lifestyle, and we recommend you consider the additional cost in your decision-making process if you think you want them. However, we don't believe these features are strictly are mandatory. In fact, during testing, we found that many of these kinds of features weren't that useful or were poorly designed and only checked a box instead of adding real benefits.

While the Swift&#039;s bin is on the small side, we were still able to...
While the Swift's bin is on the small side, we were still able to fit our larger diaper bag inside. However, the size, shape, and angle of the bin could easily result in items fall out if not in a larger bag.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The worst performer in our ease of use tests is the Baby Trend Expedition, which isn't necessarily hard to use, so much as it is harder than the competition because it lacks some features and others are lower quality and more challenging to use.

A relatively small width, larger tires with a quality swivel, such...
A relatively small width, larger tires with a quality swivel, such as the BOB's (shown above) help simplify navigating narrow supermarket aisles.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Maneuverability


Our maneuverability tests include a convoluted pathway of turns and corners over various surfaces, including hardwood, pavement, gravel, grass, snow/ice (when the weather allows), and dirt. We also created the crowded-supermarket-from-hell simulator, a multi-surface obstacle course containing tight corners and real-world challenges. We push each stroller through it all and then compare their results for ease of pushing, turning, and performance over various surfaces and in tight spaces like a crowded city sidewalk.


The top performers for maneuverability all share a 3-wheel design and larger rubber tires, which is not a surprise. The top-scorers are the BOB Alterrain Pro, Thule Urban Glide 2, Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2, BOB Rambler, and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, all with 9 of 10. These jogging strollers feature pneumatic (air-filled) rubber tires, suspension, adjustable tracking, and a swivel front wheel for tight navigation that locks in place for uneven terrain and running. The strollers with designs for jogging were notably better than the traditional full-size options.

Related: The Best Jogging Strollers of 2021

The Bumbleride Speed is an easy to maneuver jogger with better than...
The Bumbleride Speed is an easy to maneuver jogger with better than average run-ability.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The UPPAbaby Vista V2, Britax B-Free, and the Baby Trend Expedition all earned 8s. These strollers performed well in our obstacle course and managed uneven terrain better than most of the competitors. They generally offer solid construction that makes them more responsive and easier to guide through tight aisles and corners.

While the Baby Jogger brand has the word "Jogger" in the brand name, most of their products are not suitable for jogging. This applies to all of the Baby Joggers in this review. You should not jog with any stroller that is not designed for jogging, as they do not have the proper design features to provide a safe jogging experience with a baby. No seriously, don't do it!

The City Mini 2 performs surprisingly well in maneuverability tests...
The City Mini 2 performs surprisingly well in maneuverability tests given the smaller, dual front wheel, plastic design.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

It is worth noting that most of the high-scoring strollers perform well on both paved and unpaved surfaces. The more substantial wheels make for effortless pushing, single-handed turning on pavement, and they excel in smaller spaces with tight turning radiuses. When going over grass or gravel in the park, their advantages were even more pronounced. Smaller wheel products with solid tires got bogged down on rough surfaces, often to unworkable levels. The plastic wheels also transmit jarring shocks directly to the baby because they do not absorb the energy and often lack suspension. Also, smaller plastic wheels can become dented or deform over time depending on the terrain you regularly traverse. If you need to stroll frequently over grass, gravel, or dirt, maneuverability should be an essential consideration in your decision-making process, and those with rubber tires should be at the top of your list.

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2 is a little bit of an anomaly in this metric. It performed well in our tests but has smaller wheels than the other top contenders. It is not as good at traversing rougher terrain as the larger wheel joggers, but it is still superior to the plastic wheeled options, dual front wheel designs (2 wheels on 1 leg), and products that lack suspension. Baby Jogger advertises the GT 2 as an all-terrain option. While we disagree that it is suitable for regular off-roading (like hiking in the backwoods), our tests indicate it does manage uneven surfaces better than other small-wheeled competitors. However, its overall performance in all of our metrics is only average, making it a less impressive option that failed to win an award.

The plastic wheels on the Chicco Bravo LE are partly to blame for...
The plastic wheels on the Chicco Bravo LE are partly to blame for the difficulty we had pushing it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The worst performer for maneuverability is the Evenflo Pivot Xpand. It is longer and heavier than some of the competition, and the plastic wheels and frame flex make it harder to keep on course and navigate tight turns and crowded locations without extra effort.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogging stroller that works well...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogging stroller that works well for everyday errands and outings.
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Stroller Quality


Many believe that quality is directly related to price, and while this is somewhat true, we find that some of the mid-range products offer quality on par, or better than, the more expensive options. This observation is good news for anyone hoping to find a high-performing, quality product that won't break the bank.


The top-quality options are the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the BOB Alterrain Pro, each earning 9 of 10. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, UPPAbaby Vista v2, BOB Rambler, and Thule Spring follow close behind with 8s. These strollers combine quality components and high-end materials with a fit and finish that stands out in a crowd, and they have a significant price range between them. Products earn higher scores for quality if they have comfortable and durable fabric, pneumatic or foam-filled rubber tires, and sturdy frames with smooth finishes and little flex or rattle. The lowest scoring option, theBaby Trend Expedition earned a 4. Most of the low-scoring strollers have plastic wheels (not true of the Expedition), stationary handlebars, and a lot of flex with multiple, often visible, connection joints. However, the Baby Trend Expedition combines some nicer features like rubber pneumatic tires and larger wheels, which give it excellent maneuverability and the ability to run. It suffers from problems like a uselessly small canopy.

The B-Lively is the smallest folded option in the group.
The B-Lively is the smallest folded option in the group.
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Weight and Folded Size


To test the weight and folded size of each stroller, we perform our own measurements. This practice is important as we discovered that some manufacturers provided weights or measurements that excluded components such as wheels or detachable seats. This results in their stated stroller weight appearing much lighter on paper than it is set up for actual use. Our measurements include wheels and seats but do not include accessories like bassinets or rain covers.

The best scoring competitors for weight and folded size are the Britax B-Lively with a weight of 18.9 lbs and a folded size of 6,612 cubic inches. The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is hot on its heels with 19.3 lbs and 8,472 cubic inches folded. These two strollers are light and small enough to consider them potential choices for travel or situations where weight and size are factors. The folded Thule Spring at 7,650 and 22.7 lbs is also one to consider if size and weight are important to your overall strolling goals.

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The heaviest option is the BOB Alterrain Pro at just over 31 lbs, and it is one of the largest when folded at 17,357 cubic inches. The Mockingbird Single-to-Double is also a big one with a folded size of 23,432 cubic inches and a weight of 27.5 lbs. These kinds of measurements could make these strollers a no-go for some families, depending on your ability to lift the stroller or its ability to fit in your car when folded. The group's average is closer to 11,500 cubic inches and 24 lbs, with the UPPAbaby Cruz v2, at 25 lbs and 12,469 cubic inches coming in close to the average.

The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a...
The new Chicco adapter for the Urban Glide 2 works well with just a click on to the loop.
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Car Seat Compatibility


Most of the full-size strollers in our review are compatible with at least one if not a variety of infant car seats, and some are light enough to work as a stand-in for a car seat frame stroller. Some are restricted in the brands they work with, or they don't accept infant carriers at all. Other strollers have significant cross-brand compatibility, including the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 which both won awards in our infant car seat review.

If you hope to combine your stroller with an infant car seat, then we encourage you to make your car seat selection first, as safety is critical when it comes to car seats. We also think some parents should consider a car seat frame stroller for the first 6-9 months instead of a traditional full-size stroller. These frame options are easier to use with an infant car seat carrier, lighter, cheaper, and can give you a better idea of how you'll use a full-size stroller going forward, so you can make a better buying decision. While you'll end up buying two different strollers, it could still translate to saving money if it prevents you from buying a stroller that doesn't meet your strolling needs.

We try to test each stroller with their brand car seat if we have a compatible option in the lab, and we order an adapter for the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat if a compatible adapter is available. We like to test the Chicco because it has broad compatibility and is an award-winning seat with a budget-friendly price. For the most part, the strollers work best with their same brand seat (i.e., the UPPAbaby Vista v2 and UPPAbaby Cruz v2 with the UPPAbaby Mesa). However, we were surprised to find that many strollers work equally well with the Chicco Keyfit 30, and a few even seem more stable or easier to install than their native brand seat.

The Chicco adapter on the Baby Jogger City Mini is easy to use, but...
The Chicco adapter on the Baby Jogger City Mini is easy to use, but it requires the strap-in second step we worry parents will forgo.
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Some car seats use a click-in attachment, while others click and strap the carrier in place. As a rule, we prefer the click-only options because they are more straightforward, relatively foolproof, and usually feel more stable. The strap method isn't challenging, but it is a second step, and we worry parents will skip it (accidentally or intentionally), which could create safety issues. If you choose a strap-in product, like the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 adapters, we encourage you always to use the straps as the manufacturer recommends to avoid safety risks.

The Cruz is the easiest stroller to use in the review with features...
The Cruz is the easiest stroller to use in the review with features that are intuitive and simple.
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Ease of Setup


Assembly is a one-time task but still relevant to some parents who lack assembly savvy. We consider how long it takes to set up, difficulty, tools, and manual usefulness.

The easiest option to assemble is the UPPAbaby Cruz v2, with a perfect 10. It took almost six minutes to put the Cruz v2 together with a straightforward manual; we believe it is so intuitive that you may be able to do it without the manual. The Baby Jogger City Mini 2, Baby Jogger City Mini GT2, BOB Alterrain Pro, and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 are all easy to put together, just slightly more involved than the Cruz v2. The UPPAbaby Vista v2, the Thule Urban Glide 2, and several others also earned 9s. The hardest options to set up are the Baby Jogger City Select, and the Peg Perego Booklet 50, which took over 10 minutes to assemble with harder-to-follow instructions. The Larktale Coast is also difficult to set up, and it had more parts to assemble than most of the competition, with an assembly time close to 20 minutes in our tests.

We were disheartened to discover that many higher-end strollers were the most challenging to assemble, primarily due to sub-par documentation and excessive parts. These include the Bugaboo Bee5 and Baby Jogger City Select. We feel that the combination of a higher price and a poor user manual to be particularly distasteful. Excellent documentation is mostly a result of an intentional decision to generate clear, easy-to-understand manuals in each market language. In our experience, inferior manuals typically have an "international approach" with vague illustrations lacking text are in one part of the guide, and written text is in another.

We tested a variety of stroller models and brands in this full-size...
We tested a variety of stroller models and brands in this full-size stroller review. This photo includes the strollers we purchased during our review process.
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Conclusion


We don't believe there is one best stroller that is perfect for everyone. All families have different lifestyles, strolling habits, travel requirements, home location, family size, and budget. However, we believe there is a perfect choice for each family based on their needs and goals, and we hope to highlight these standout options through testing and analysis. In our review, we share our experiences and observations about each product and provide this information so you can make an informed purchase perfect for your family. We believe you can narrow the field to the right option for your little one and wallet between our award winners and the higher-ranking strollers.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Honest, objective reviews. Led by a Pediatrician.

BabyGearLab was founded by a Pediatrician Mom with a mission to provide a reliable, independent, source of information to new parents. Our experts have tested thousands of baby and kids products to share key performance, health, and safety findings. We spend tens of thousands of dollars crash testing car seats to inform our ratings. And, we combine our review work with gobs of expert parenting advice. To assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing by people who care.

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