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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.
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Friday August 6, 2021
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Are you looking for the best full-size stroller of 2021? We purchased and tested the top 21 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.

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Pros Easiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useLess expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durableEase to maneuver, convenience features, comfy, joggingLots of car seat compatibility, fairly lightweight, handbrakeHandbrake, upgraded suspension, covered storage, jogger
Cons Bulkier, harder to transportLarger, may be hard to lift and carryHeavy and large, harder to fit in trunkLimited storage access, prop-up footrestHeavy, expensive, suspension isn't adjustable
Bottom Line A cool-looking multi-purpose jogging stroller that is also great for everyday useVersatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday useAll-terrain capability with full-size stroller conveniencesAverage option that doesn't truly outshine the regular City MiniHigh-quality, sleek jogger with enough features for every day use
Rating Categories Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Rambler BOB Revolution Flex... Baby Jogger City Mi... BOB Alterrain Pro
Ease Of Use (45%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Maneuverability (30%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Weight Folded Size (15%)
5.0
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Quality (10%)
9.0
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Specs Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Rambler BOB Revolution Flex... Baby Jogger City Mi... BOB Alterrain Pro
Weight 24.4 lbs 25.1 lbs 27.3 lbs 21.6 lbs 31.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 25.6"W x 11.2"H x 33"L 25.4"W x 17.3"H x 39.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
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"
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"
Minimum: Birth Maxiumum: 65 lbs/44" 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 None Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 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
None None 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
Available Summer/Fall 2020:
Britax
B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite, B-Safe® Ultra, Endeavours®
Chicco
KeyFit® 30, KeyFit® 30 Zip, KeyFit® Zip Air, KeyFit® Magic, Fit2®
Graco
All SnugRide® models, SnugRide® Click Connect® models, SnugRide® SnugLock® models
Peg Perego
Primo® Viaggio 4-35 , Primo® Viaggio 4-35 Nido
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
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
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
Britax/BOB
Britax® Chaperone®, B-Safe®, B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite, Endeavours™, B-Safe® 35 Ultra, BOB® B-Safe®, BOB® B-Safe® 35
Chicco
Fit2, KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Cybex® Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco
SnugRide­ Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide­ Classic Connect, SnugRide ­Classic Connect 30, 32, 35, SafeSeat
Maxi Cosi
Maxi Cosi® Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Nuna® Pipa, Pipa Lite
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, SIP, SIP 30/30
None None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large 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 No No Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 30"/46" 38.8" 34.5"/48" 38.5"/45.7" 32.5"/47.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None City GO infant car seat adapter. None
Setup Time 5:13 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 4:26
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4:47
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Best Overall Full-Size Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 2


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  • 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

Best Off-road Full-Size Stroller


BOB Rambler


74
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 5
  • Quality 8
Weight: 25.1 lbs | Folded Size: 13,150 cubic inches
Super mover over all-terrain
Nice quality
Jogging capable
Heavier
Scaled back Revolution

The BOB Rambler won our hearts with impressive ease of use and maneuverability. This BOB is easy to push and turn with off-road and running capabilities with adjustable tracking and suspension for passenger comfort. This stroller has large pneumatic tires, a giant canopy, and a locking swivel front wheel that offers versatility for errands and adventures off the beaten path. The Rambler has various features and functionality for the child's comfort and parent convenience. We think parents will be attracted to the versatility even if it is a scaled-down version of other BOB products. Others will love that the Rambler is more petite, lighter weight, and less expensive than similar BOBs.

The Rambler is somewhat heavier and more cumbersome than a traditional full-size stroller (model dependant). So, it may not be the best choice for families looking for lightweight and compact. However, if outdoor adventures are your bread and butter, then the Rambler is an excellent contender. This stroller is less expensive than other BOB's so it will save you money without sacrificing overall functionality.

Read review: BOB Rambler

Best High-end Stroller


UPPAbaby Cruz v2


72
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Weight/Folded Size 5
  • Quality 7
Weight: 25 lbs | Folded Size: 12,469 cubic inches
Easy to use
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 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.

Read review: UPPAbaby Cruz v2

Best Budget-friendly Full-size


Baby Jogger City Mini 2


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OVERALL
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

Budget-friendly & Easy-to-Push


Baby Trend Expedition


60
OVERALL
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

Best for Growing Families


UPPAbaby Vista v2


71
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • 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

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 has to offer 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

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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
74
$450
Editors' Choice Award
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
$400
Good stroller but it doesn't merit the price increase over the regular City Mini
72
$680
Impressive jogger with upgraded features and enough functionality for every day activities
72
$680
Editors' Choice Award
A great choice for most families with useful features that are easy to use and upgrades you'll appreciate
71
$970
Top Pick Award
A versatile seating option for growing families with great storage and useful features
71
$280
Best Value Award
A wallet-friendly option with useful features and a straightforward design
70
$450
Cute, easy to push stroller that does well in small space but is harder to use
69
$700
Chic urban product with average performance and inadequate storage
69
$500
Average option with limited features but it might be good fit for Cybex infant car seat owners
68
$250
Average stroller with impressive price, sturdy design, and useful features
63
$540
Harder to push and heavier Baby Jogger but it is easy to use
63
$600
The performance and features of this expensive option don't justify the price
62
$400
Dull stroller with harder to use features and a dated design
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
58
$1,149
Disappointing performance overall despite a nice look and quality parts
57
$180
Hard to push and harder to use make this a poor choice despite the lower price
55
$250
Nicer features, but its so hard to push there are better options for the price

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, combined with 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 200 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 takes place in the BabyGearLab in-house lab and 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 21 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 short list 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 both attractively priced with useful features and above-average performance in our tests. These two can also fill in as lightweight strollers, doing two strollers' job 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 Cuz 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 check 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 Mountain Buggy Swift, which is somewhat awkward, has smaller storage, and is harder than most to operate.

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, 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 Mountain Buggy Swift, Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2, and the Baby Trend Expedition all earned 8s. These strollers perform well in our obstacle course and managed uneven terrain better than most of the competitors.

The Mountain Buggy Swift and the Baby Trend Expedition offer solid construction that makes them more responsive and easier to guide through tight aisles and corners. Bumps in the sidewalk were no problem thanks to the larger air-filled tires with minimal impact passed on to the passenger.

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. On pavement, the more substantial wheels make for effortless pushing, single-handed turning, 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 Chicco Bravo LE with its foam-filled plastic wheels (under 7" in the front and less than 8" in the back). We found turning the Bravo through our obstacle course challenging and pushing over bumpy or non-paved surfaces frustrating and near impossible.

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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 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 options earn only 4s and include the Baby Trend Expedition and the Graco Aire 3; 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. That said, they can't touch the size of a true travel stroller which are often under 15 lbs. The Mountain Buggy Swift and the Bugaboo Bee5 are also on the smaller and lighter side but didn't perform well in most metrics overall.

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The heaviest option is the BOB Alterrain Pro at just over 31 lbs, and it is the largest when folded at 17,357 cubic inches. These measurements could make it a no-go for some families for various weight and size-related reasons. These could be 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 also 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, Bugaboo Bee5, and the Peg Perego Booklet 50 which all took over 10 minutes to assemble with harder to follow instructions.

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