June 2018 Update
The review has been updated to replace strollers that are no longer available. As styles and models change, items are often discontinued or new versions are launched. This update includes new versions and new strollers so you have current options to choose from.
Best Overall Baby Stroller
Works great with an infant car seat
Harder to push due to smaller wheels
If we had to pick one strolling product we'd recommend to a friend interested in quality, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz. It's lightweight, easy to use, and made of high-quality materials that feel like they will last for years. Plus, the Cruz works well with an infant car seat including a few of our favorites, like the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Chicco KeyFit 30. The Cruz earned our Editors' Choice award in both our shoot-out of full-size options, as well as another Editors' Choice award in our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review.
The wheels on the Cruz are relatively small, making it poorly suited for strolling over rough surfaces compared to the BOB Revolution Flex or Thule Urban Glide 2. However, the Cruz's wheels do provide excellent maneuverability on smooth surfaces so it is highly suited for running errands and most public places. While the Cruz is more expensive than most with a $500 list price, many parents feel that the quality and versatility of the product justifies the price.
Read review: UPPAbaby Cruz
Best All-terrain Stroller
BOB Revolution Flex
Works well off-road
Easy to push and turn
Awkward when folded
Not the best for babies under 8 months
The BOB Revolution Flex has been a favorite for years due to its exceptional maneuverability on every surface from supermarket floors to rough gravel and snowy sidewalks. It offers a great combination of performance for a reasonable price. If you love the outdoors, plan to hike and jog, or simply want a rugged product with ample storage, giant canopy, and adjustable handlebar, tracking, and suspension, then the Flex is one to consider. This jogger earned an Editors' Choice award in our Full-Size Stroller Review and our Jogging Review, proving it has what it takes to do double duty. While arguably more at home in the great wide open, the Flex works well in tight spaces while shopping and when errands are the adventures in demand.
This product is heavier and larger when folded than some of the other full-size competitors, like the Britax B-Agile 3, because of its jogger design. However, the Flex offers more features for your baby's comfort as a result of the design geared toward running and trail use. The Flex will work with a variety of infant car seats when you use an adapter (sold separately), but we aren't big fans of the two-step attachment process that includes straps we fear parents will choose not to use.
Read review: BOB Revolution Flex
It is important to wait until your little one is a minimum of 8 to 12 months of age before running with your baby in a jogging stroller
Best Bang for the Buck
Britax B-Agile 3
Simple, compact fold
Harder to push
Harder to use
The Britax B-Agile 3 is a lightweight, easy to fold, inexpensive option we'd recommend to a friend, especially those on a budget. The B-Agile 3 is a great go-to product for almost any adventure that doesn't include running or off-road terrain. The B-Agile 3 earned multiple awards including Best Value in our Full-Size Stroller Review and Top Pick in our Umbrella Stroller Review thanks to its lighter weight and smaller fold. It is easy to use, nice quality, and easy to fold. With a seat made for napping, large storage, and giant canopy, the B-Agile 3 offers great comfort and convenience features that work well for an awesome value compared to the competition.
This product is not the right choice if you want a one and done option but plan to jog. It also isn't good for hiking or moving off of paved surfaces for very far. Despite these limitations, it is a great everyday option that works well for travel. We think most parents will love this economical choice that can be used with an infant car seat, full-size product, and lightweight traveler.
Read review: Britax B-Agile 3
NEW Information — September 2017
Britax has issued a recall on the B-Agile 3 as a result of defective car seat adapters that can fail to secure an infant car seat to the stroller. Parents are asked to dispose of the adapters and contact Britax for a remedy kit. This recall pertains to the adapters only and does not affect the safety of the B-Agile 3 itself.
Also, Britax is in the process of redesigning the majority of their infant car seat adapters for the B-Agile including Chicco, Peg Perego, and Graco brand seats. They have indicated a launch date for these adapters for some time in 2018. As a result, the B-Agile is only compatible with the Britax, Cybex, Nuna, and Maxi-Cosi brands and given the lack of a specific release date, we do not recommend that parents purchase the B-Agile with the intent of using it as a travel system with any other brand.
Best High-end Stroller
Expands for up to 3
The UPPAbaby Vista is a fantastic high-end choice we recommend for parents that want a little more of everything and aren't worried about the additional cost that comes with it. The Vista won a Top Pick award in our Full-Size Review and an Editors' Choice award in our Double Review as it can easily grow with your family carrying up to three children. The Vista is sleek looking, easy to use, and made with quality parts and construction. This product has a variety of seating configurations and includes a toddler seat and bassinet in the purchase price. The Vista can accommodate up to two toddler seats, two infant car seats (seats and adapters purchased separately), and two bassinets, or any combination of two seat styles, either facing forward or back toward the parent. In comparison to other high-end competitors, the Vista delivers with high functionality, a lower price tag, and usually lower weight. For its size, the Vista moves well and we think parents will enjoy its adjustable handlebar and giant under seat storage bin.
The Vista has one of the highest prices in any of our reviews making it a poor choice for families on a budget. It is not designed for running even though the tires are better at moving over rougher terrain, which makes it a bad choice for parents who want to run. If your gear budget allows we think its tough to beat the Vista, especially for families with multiple children. This makes it an option we think parents should consider depending on their needs. If the price tag is not in your wheelhouse or a double option isn't a requirement, UPPAbaby offers the less spendy and much smaller and lighter UPPAbaby Cruz.
Read review: UPPAbaby Vista
Big City Taxi Master
Unique stroller and car seat
Excels at public transport
Easy to use
Heavy for a car seat, light for a stroller
Relatively higher price
The Doona Combo is a unique car seat and stroller combo that combines two products into one. This cool combination makes the Doona a ridiculously easy to use product that is good for frequent public transportation and city living families. This combo allows parents to push baby from place to place straight from home to a day on the town. The car seat is easy to use, installs quickly without the base, and fills a niche for parents who live in the city and may otherwise forgo a car seat for the sake of conveniences.
The Doona Combo may not be the best option for every family thanks to a relatively higher price and heavy carrying weight, but it can't be beaten for city dwellers that may otherwise skip using a car seat because they are a pain to carry around town. We think this is the best way to get your baby from an apartment to an Uber to strolling with ease and enviable style making it a must-have for parents on-the-go and on-the-town.
Read review: Doona Combo
Best Umbrella Stroller
Easy to push
Expensive for an umbrella
Hard to nap in
The BabyZen Yoyo+ is a lightweight umbrella option with a compact fold. This high-end, lightweight product has many features parents want, in a small package that is good for travel. While the Yoyo+ is more expensive than most secondary travel-friendly competitors, it is a high-quality option made with nice materials that function well. The Yoyo is easy to push and turn, a rarity in umbrella style options, and it is stylish and sleek.
While it is harder to push, and a wee bit heavier, it is easier to use overall and earned a higher score for quality than the competitors in our umbrella review. The Yoyo+ is more expensive than similar products so it isn't the best option for families on a budget or parents who only need a travel stroller for a single event. Should you want a less expensive second product for travel or grandma's house, the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has a similar style and features for a significantly lower price. If budget isn't a concern, and you want the absolute best in a lightweight product, the BabyZen Yoyo+ is a standout.
Read review: BabyZen Yoyo+
Best Compact Travel Stroller
Fun to push and turn
Lightweight with small fold
Great for travel
Limited features for comfort or convenience
The Quinny Yezz is a unique and innovative compact travel choice that makes the most of the design to create a small, easy to carry and push travel-friendly product that leaves your hands-free when carrying. The Yezz earned an Editor's Choice award in our Umbrella Review and is the one we would recommend for travel. The real shining moment of the Yezz is its amazing maneuverability on skate style wheels that create a product that is truly a pleasure to use and so easy to push it feels like dancing.
The Yezz lacks some features parents may consider necessities, like a large canopy or storage bin, but it does offer a storage pocket and adequate canopy that covers enough of the baby to keep them cozy on short trips. With a list price of $250 the Yezz might be a little spendy for a travel option, but given how often you will want to use this enjoyable little buggy, we think the experience is worth the ticket price if your budget allows.
The Yezz was discontinued in 2017. However, you can still find this great product for sale for the time being. If you think this is a good choice for you, you'll want to run, not walk, to make your purchase.
Read review: Quinny Yezz
Budget-friendly Lightweight Stroller
ZOE XL1 BEST v2
Easy to use
Great for napping
Can carry supplies
Harder to push off-road
If your budget doesn't include funds for the more expensive Quinny Yezz and BabyZen Yoyo+, but you still have a need for a lightweight or second strolling option, then the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is one you should consider. This lighter option comes from a family-owned business that understands the needs of modern parents. The BEST comes with features that you don't always find on umbrella strollers making it a good choice for those who want more from a lightweight stroller. The BEST has a storage bin, giant canopy, deep recline, snack cups, and quick fold.
This product is not the best quality and we aren't sure if it will last through several children without suffering some minor damage. Also, while better than previous versions, it is also harder to push over uneven terrain than other styles of strollers, though most umbrella products are. We like what the BEST has to offer with features and functionality you usually have to sacrifice if you want a smaller lighter option. We think some parents may even be able to use the BEST as their primary stroller making it a winner in our book if you're looking for a good option with a reasonable price.
Read review: ZOE XL1 BEST v2
Best Jogging Stroller
Thule Urban Glide 2
Easy to use
Harder to fit in small spaces when folded
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogging product that is easy to use, super maneuverable, and relatively lightweight (you know, for a jogger). This jogger works as well for serious runners as it does for casual errands with covered storage, tight turning radius, and comfortable seating for longer trips. This makes the Urban Glide 2 a product we would recommend for families that want an option for double duty or for serious runners that don't want to miss a step once your baby is old enough to go. The Urban Glide 2 won an Editors' Choice award in our Jogging Stroller Review, out-maneuvering the competition with its adjustable tracking for straight moving, nice suspension, locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable handlebar.
This product is not a good choice for families who don't intend to run or go off-road. The added weight and bulk will make it hard to lift and stow, so you'll want to avoid this trouble if jogging isn't in your plans. We love that the Urban Glide 2 is so functional and thoughtfully designed that parents can use it for almost any kind of outing. With a price tag lower than some of the competition, and cheaper than many full-size options that offer less, we think this cool jogger is an excellent buy that fills multiple needs that saves you money all in an enjoyable package. The Thule Urban Glide 2 also works with a variety of infant car seats with the purchase of the appropriate adapter.
Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2
Because younger infants lack the muscle strength or control to adequately absorb the jarring experience associated with running in a jogger
, parents should wait until their baby is a minimum of 8 to 12 months old before moving fast with any strolling option.
Budget-friendly Casual Jogger
Baby Trend Expedition
Easy to push and turn
Lots of features
Not great for serious runners
The Baby Trend Expedition is an inexpensive jogger that is easy to push and turn with pneumatic rubber tires and a locking swivel front wheel. This budget-friendly product is good on uneven terrain, has under seat storage, and the three-wheel design that is easy to turn in tight spaces. With a list price of $150, this jogger is less than half the price of most joggers, proving you can have a nice moving product, that is easy to push, without the sticker shock. This helped the Expedition win a Best Value award in our Jogging Review.
This jogger lacks suspension and tracking abilities, making it a poor choice for serious runners. It is also heavy and large if you hope to travel with it or have limited space. That being said, we would still recommend this product to a friend that wants a jogging look with large rubber tires (for greenbelt traversing), but may not really be interested in regular jogging.
Read review: Baby Trend Expedition
Best Car Seat Frame
Light and small make it easy to carry and stow
Works well with compatible car seats
Only compatible with Chicco car seats
The Chicco Shuttle is a frame product designed specifically for carrying infant car seat carriers. The Shuttle is a lightweight compact product with a lower price tag making it an excellent choice for the first 9 months of your baby's life. This convenient option is easy to fold and stow with adequate storage for errand running and cup holders for quick hydration. We think this choice is useful for giving you more time to decide what kind of strolling experience you want going forward. It could potentially save you money and frustration in the long run by preventing a purchase you may regret.
This kind of stroller has a limited lifespan of about 9 months. It isn't a good choice for families hoping to have a one and done experience. It also isn't a good choice if you need to travel across grass and gravel frequently in your first year with your baby as its maneuverability isn't designed for this. However, if you want a simple way to get baby from one place to another very a small price then the Shuttle is your best bet.
Read review: Chicco Shuttle
Best Double Option
Thule Urban Glide 2 Double
Easy to push and turn
Good for all-terrain
Bulky when folded
Only accepts one infant car seat
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is a cool crossover jogger for two that works well as a full-size option for multiple children. We think this is an excellent choice for parents of two who want to spend time outdoors as much as they need to run errands or go shopping. This relatively lightweight and economical option (compared to double competitors), is easy to push and turn, easy to use, and has some of the nicest features with large canopies, nap worthy seating, and large under seat storage. Winning an Editors' Choice award in our Double Stroller Review, the Urban Glide 2 Double proves it has what it takes to work for everyday adventures, as well as regular jogging for the serious runners. The Urban Glide 2 Double is also one of the cheapest of the top five double products, making it not only the highest overall scorer but a great deal.
This double option isn't a good choice for travel as it is large and heavy compared to umbrella competitors that are designed with travel in mind. However, it is tough to beat for any other kind of use and should be on the short list of any parent with more than one child.
Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2 Double
Economical Trike for Two
Baby Trend Expedition Double
Good on uneven terrain
Can be used for occasional jogging
Not great for serious runners
Not good for babies under 8 months
The Baby Trend Expedition Double is a budget-friendly option for two that you can occasionally jog with. This double product is a good option for anyone looking for the jogger look and feel, without the price tag that comes with a more traditional jogger. The Expedition Double sports pneumatic rubber wheels that work well on a variety of terrains, and a locking swivel front wheel that makes it suitable for jogging. Even if you don't jog, the features make it one of the better choices for moving over uneven terrains like grass and gravel. With identical seating, including stow pockets and canopy, and a useful parent's tray and under seat storage, this inexpensive product has features that make daily use easy and convenient, which helped it win an award for Best Value in our Double Strollers Review.
Unfortunately, the Expedition Double lacks tracking and suspension, so you won't want to run with it regularly, but the ability to take it on a quick run makes it a more versatile option compared to traditional double options. It is also bulky and heavy compared to lightweight options so it isn't good for travel. However, if you want a double with rubber tires and a three-wheel design for slick maneuverability, then this economical option is one to go for.
Read review: Baby Trend Expedition Double
Best Double Bang for the Buck
Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray
Easy to use
Harder to push and turn due to small plastic wheels
Not compatible with infant car seats
The Joovy Scooter X2 is an eye-turning product for two with cozy seats, a giant canopy, and quick folding mechanism. We would recommend this option to parents with two that don't want to sacrifice features and convenience for a lower list price. Though harder to push than competitors with larger rubber wheels, this economical product features a giant storage bin, additional pockets, and cup holders that make it convenient for parents and children alike.
This product is not compatible with any infant car seat making it a bad choice for parents with infant twins who want to stroll. It also doesn't roll very well over uneven terrain. However, we think the Scooter X2 is a crowd pleaser for a reason, and we think most parents of multiples will enjoy the quality and features it offers for the price, which is why it won a Best Value award in our Double Strollers Review.
Read review: Joovy Scooter X2
Best Lightweight Two-Seater
ZOE XL2 BEST v2
Harder to push and turn
The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 this two-seater version of the ZOE is a functional lightweight option for parents of two that want a travel or smaller option that doesn't sacrifice features for the lighter weight. This ZOE has large canopies, under seat storage, snack cups and seats with a deep recline. The ZOE is great for parents with limited space or who can't or don't want to lift and carry heavier options.
The XL2 has improved maneuverability than the previous ZOE, but it still isn't great off-road so it may not be a good option for parents who like to hike or frequently cross grass and gravel. Despite this flaw, the XL2 has a reasonable price given the number of features and the functionality we think most parents will love.
Read review: ZOE XL2 BEST v2
Best for Infant Twins
Accepts 2 infant car seats from a variety of brands
Ample space for supplies and refreshments
Lightweight and compact
Harder to push and turn
The Joovy Twin Roo+ is a double frame product that is lightweight, easy to fold, fits almost anywhere, and works with almost any infant car seat combination. With ample under seat storage, and the ability to install the seats facing either side, the focus is on convenience and ease of use with this economical infant car seat carrier. The Joovy Twin Roo+ also has a cheaper price tag that can help you save money in babies' first nine months while you determine what kind of double product will be best in the long run. As a result, you won't be limited to choosing from the few double options that work with two car seats attached. We think this consideration alone makes the Twin Roo+ a no-brainer for parents of twins.
This Joovy isn't a smooth mover over all terrains, so you won't want to take it off-road (though young babies shouldn't be jostled off-road anyway). The Twin Roo+ also has a limited lifespan of only about nine months, which means you'll be back to the drawing board looking for something new at some point. The Twin Roo+ is a cost-effective way to transport two at one time without a hassle or disturbing babies. While not winning any awards, we think this kind of product is a great one for new parents to transport twins without disruption.
Read review: Joovy Twin Roo+
We tested over 20 different full-size strollers over the course of several updates to this review. Several of these options are pictured here.
Stroller savvy: Narrowing your options
How do you determine which stroller is the best fit for you? Narrowing the competition down by looking at some key considerations, is the quickest way to determine what type of product and which specific model may work best for your family. Consider the following questions when making your buying decision.
The Britax B-Agile 3 makes a good everyday option for regular and lightweight stroller use.
Can one stroller do it all?
Wouldn't it be blissfully wonderful if one product could do everything you want? Well, sadly, none of them can do everything, but some options do cross the lines of type and can meet your needs in different areas depending on what they are. For example, some full-size products are relatively light and small enough to full under the lightweight product umbrella. They usually sport enough features for running errands and comfortable napping, but they are also easy to fold and fit in most trunks. The Britax B-Agile 3 is a great example of this kind of stroller. This full-size option earned awards in our Full-Size Review and our Lightweight Stroller review. The B-Agile 3 is a good primary stroller, it also works as a great lightweight option, and it can work with an infant car seat (brand compatibility is limited until late 2018). What it can't do is jog, and its plastic wheels are great for off-road use. But hey, 3 out of 4 isn't bad and lots of parents don't plan to jog with a baby anyway.
The Flex works just as well for sidewalk strolling as it does for dirt trail running.
Can I use a jogger for everyday use?
Yes, you can (maybe you should!), and many people do, but there are trade-offs you'll want to think about before you do. Some joggers have an ample storage bin and a locking swivel front wheel that allows them to function well as a full-size product, as long as your vehicle has adequate space to hold it, you don't have trouble lifting around 25 lbs, and you don't frequent crowded locations. We think the BOB Revolution Flex and the Thule Urban Glide 2 are great for double duty because their swivel wheels translate to good maneuverability in small spaces, and their rubber tires mean they are easy to push and turn on uneven surfaces. Both joggers have useful storage features and seating for passengers, with deep seat recline angles for napping, nice suspension, and large canopies. However, they are larger when folded than some standard options and they can be hard to pick up and stow. On the bright side, they are generally similar in weight to many full-size competitors. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is 24.6 lbs compared to 27.8 lbs for the UPPAbaby Vista and 21.6 lbs for the UPPAbaby Cruz, two award-winning products from our Full-Size review. Also, many joggers can work with a variety of infant car seat carriers, so they can do the job of a car-seat frame stroller, even if they are larger and heavy. These features mean joggers could potentially do the job of three products (jogger, full-size, and car seat carrier).
Umbrella strollers like the Quinny Yezz make even quick trips feel easier and more fun.
Should I use an umbrella or full-size stroller?
This depends on what you plan to do while strolling. If you need a lightweight and compact option for travel, you are probably better off with an umbrella style. While they typically have fewer features and can be somewhat harder to push, the lighter weight and smaller folded size make them far easier to use while traveling. If you require something small that you can carry hands-free that doesn't weigh much, the Quinny Yezz is a perfect travel choice for most families and is super fun to push. If your trip is going to last most of the day, and baby will need to nap or you will need more supplies, then you may need a lightweight option with more space or a deeper recline. The Recaro Easylife and the BabyZen Yoyo+ are a potentially better option. However, keep in mind, if you want one option for both, either for convenience or budget reasons, then the Britax B-Agile 3 can work as both a full-size and lightweight option, even if it is larger when folded.
The Duet can accommodate two infant car seats, as seen here with two Chicco Keyfit 30 seats and adapters.
Are some double strollers better for twins?
Are you looking for a stroller for twins, but you aren't really sure which options to consider or what to look for? Depending on the age of your twins, you'll need to consider different things. If you have infant twins and hope to use your stroller with infant car seats, not all doubles accept two car seats, in fact, most of the products we reviewed did not. In the top scoring competitors for two, only one works with two car seat carriers, the UPPAbaby Vista Double. To solve this problem, you could consider purchasing the Joovy Twin Roo+ frame product. It is a great way to transport twins until they grow out of their car seats and are old enough for a different strolling product. This can also be a good move if you aren't sure what kind of stroller you want. If you decided in those first 9 months that you'll never run with your little ones, then you can spend your money on a more traditional option or vice-versa.
How many strollers do I need?
This answer will vary by family. It could be as many as three or four, or it could be none. If you choose to wear your baby, you could potentially make it through your baby's first few years without a stroller of any kind. Alternatively, you could find baby wearing difficult or not your thing, or you may prefer using specific products designed for different activities. If this describes you, then you could end up with three or more products throughout baby's strolling years; these could include a full-size option, jogger, umbrella, or even a versatile adventure trailer.
Instead of strolling, you may want to consider babywearing as an alternative for transporting infants
. Carrying your baby close to you is an excellent way to increase bonding and can help keep your baby significantly calmer and soothed. Most modern carriers keep your hands-free so you can still get things done with your baby on board. From grocery shopping to clothes washing, there is a lot you can accomplish while wearing a baby.
The Chicco Keyfit Caddy works very well but only with the Chicco infant car seats it was designed for.
How many products you will need is hard to answer, but if you aren't sure how or even when you would use a stroller, the best place to start could be a frame style product, like the Chicco Shuttle, or a baby wearing carrier until you figure it out. Both are comparatively inexpensive and can buy you time while you determine how you will use a stroller or if you even need one. Is a lightweight style a good fit, because you enjoy travel and love to commute? Or is a jogger your potential go-to because the great outdoors make you happy and healthy? Is a full-size option more your taste as you'll be running errands instead of running, and you prefer visiting play parks over state parks? Only you know the answers to these questions. Once you determine your answers, the solutions will more than likely be included in the winners listed above.
The award winners in this review and our narrowing process are designed to help you determine how many strolling products you may need and which options are right for you. This may mean a single product or multiple as no one option can truly "do it all". However, you don't need to feel pressured to figure this all out immediately, you can baby step your way into the strolling gear world with a less is more approach. This methodology can help you figure out the permanent solution later on.