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How We Tested Full-size Strollers

Friday August 6, 2021
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Over several months, we took these strollers through a gauntlet of tests to see how they compare to one another in day-to-day use. Hands-on testing during regular use provides a lot of information about how each product compares to the competition in real-world settings. We also perform a series of more controlled tests to look at particular performance elements in an apples-to-apples manner. We design our experiments to push the products to the limits to see how one compares to the others.

Testing Stroller Performance

We define specific tests to look at key performance elements. These tests range from things such as the ease of unbuckling and buckling a baby using the safety harness and cup holder stability to more obscure tests like pushing strollers over grass, gravel, dirt, and snow.

Back-tip Testing

We also perform tests to examine stability. These tests reveal significant differences, such as a back-tip issue in the fully reclined Baby Jogger City Mini GT that we feel is potentially dangerous. The new Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2 has less risk than the older version.

One of 30 different stroller lab tests, our sideways tip-over angle...
One of 30 different stroller lab tests, our sideways tip-over angle test shown above gives us a measure of which strollers are more tippy than others
Credit: Shellay Glatz

We Take the Measurements

We refrain from using the manufacturer's specifications for weights, size, and other factors in our testing. Instead, we perform our own measurements for every product to compare the results apples to apples. We hope that by performing a mix of real-world and lab-style testing, we can give parents a complete picture and information to make the right choice for their family.