Best Overall Baby Stroller
21.5 lbs | Folded Size:
11,911 cubic inches
Works great with an infant car seat
Harder to push due to smaller wheels
If you asked us to pick one product we'd recommend to a friend looking for quality, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz. It's lightweight (comparatively), easy to use, and comprised of high-quality materials that feel durable. 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 our competition of full-size options, as well as Editors' Choice award in our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review where it proved to be very lightweight sans seat.
The wheels on the Cruz are relatively small, making it poorly suited for strolling over rough surfaces when compared to the BOB Rambler or Thule Urban Glide 2. However, the Cruz's wheels do provide excellent maneuverability on smooth surfaces making it highly suitable for running errands and public places. While the Cruz is more expensive than most full-size and even joggers, many parents feel that the quality and versatility of the Cruz more than justifies the higher price.
Read review: UPPAbaby Cruz
Top All-Terrain Stroller
25.1 lbs | Folded Size:
13,150 cubic inches
Works well off-road
Easy to push and turn
Cumbersome when folded
Not for babies under 8 months
The BOB Rambler is a new BOB option that is essentially a scaled-down version of the popular BOB Revolution Flex which has been a favorite for years due to its exceptional maneuverability and versatility. This BOB provides a great combination of performance and reasonable price with a lighter weight and slightly smaller size than the Flex. If you love the outdoors, plan to hike and jog, or desire a rugged product with good storage, giant canopy, and adjustable tracking and suspension, then the Rambler is one to consider. This jogger earned an Editors' Choice award in our Full-Size Stroller Review. While arguably more at home in the great wide open, the Rambler still works well in tight spaces while shopping and when errands are the adventures of the day.
This product is heavier and larger when folded than some of the other full-size competitors, but it is smaller and lighter than other traditional jogging options. It also isn't a good choice for infant car seat strolling despite that it can work with a variety of infant car seats when you use an adapter (sold separately). 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 Rambler
It is important not to run with your baby until they are a minimum of 8 to 12 months of age and have better head, neck and core stability
. Discuss your activity plans with your pediatrician before you head out.
Best Bang for the Buck
Baby Jogger City Mini
lbs | Folded Size:
Lighter than average
Simple, compact fold
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a lighter, compact, easy to fold option we'd recommend to a friend, especially those looking for a budget-friendly choice. The City Mini is excellent for any adventures that don't include running or heading off-road. It is easy to use, nice quality, and comfy for passengers with a seat made for napping, large storage, and a giant canopy, the City Mini offers convenient features that work well for an awesome value compared to most of 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 paved surfaces for very long distances. However, despite these limitations, it is a great everyday option that also works well for travel, so it meets two needs well. We think most parents will love this economical choice that also works with an infant car seat, as a full-size product, or a lightweight traveler. It won awards in both the full-size review and our lightweight umbrella review.
Read review: Baby Jogger City Mini
Top High-end Stroller
25.9 lbs | Folded Size:
13,043 cubic inches
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 includes quality parts and manufacturing. 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 with an unheard of 30 lb allowance.
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 or hike. If your gear budget allows, we think it's tough to beat the Vista, especially for families with multiple children or plans to grow. 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
16.5 lbs | Folded Size:
8,150 cubic inches
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 those who frequent public transportation and city dwellers. This combo lets parents push their 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 choose to forgo a car seat for the sake of conveniences.
The Doona Combo may not be the ideal option for every family thanks to a relatively higher price, heavy carrying weight, and limited lifespan, but it can't be beaten for city families that may otherwise skip using a car seat because they are a pain to carry or require carrying and stowing a stroller on public transportation. We think this is the easiest 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, on-the-town and frequent public transportation.
Read review: Doona Combo
Top Umbrella Stroller
13.5 lbs | Folded Size:
3,276 cubic inches
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, lighter 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 choice with nice materials that function well. The Yoyo is easy to push and turn, a rarity in the umbrella world, 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 competition in our umbrella review. It is also more expensive than similar choices, so it isn't a great option for families on a tight budget or parents who only need a travel option for a single event. Should you need a less expensive product for infrequent 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 in its field.
Read review: BabyZen Yoyo+
Budget-friendly Lightweight Stroller
ZOE XL1 BEST v2
11.8 lbs | Folded Size:
5,544 cubic inches
Easy to use
Great for napping
Can carry supplies
Harder to push off-road
If your budget isn't big enough for the spendier BabyZen Yoyo+, but you still need a lightweight or secondary strolling backup, then the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a good one to review. This lighter option comes from a family-owned business that understands the needs of modern parents. The Zoe comes with features you don't always find in umbrella products making it a contender for families looking for a feature-full lightweight option. The XL1 has a storage bin, giant canopy, deep recline, snack cups, and quick fold.
This product is not the highest quality, and we aren't sure how durable it will be over time through multiple children. Also, while better than previous versions we've reviewed of this product, it is also more challenging to push over uneven terrain than other styles, though arguably most umbrella products are hard to push. We like that the XL1 has 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 XL1 as their primary stroller (especially if you don't stroll often) 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
Top Jogging Stroller
Thule Urban Glide 2
24.4 lbs | Folded Size:
15,388 cubic inches
Easy to use
Harder to fit in small spaces when folded
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogger 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 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 hiking off-road. The added weight and bulk will make it hard to lift and stow, so you can avoid this hassle if jogging isn't in your future. 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. Making it a product that can fill three niches with ease.
Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2
Because younger infants lack the muscle strength or control to adequately absorb the jarring experience generated by 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
23.7 lbs | Folded Size:
12,463 cubic inches
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 low, low list price, 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 adjustment, 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
Top Car Seat Frame
15 lbs | Folded Size:
6,360 cubic inches
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 a baby's strolling life. This convenient option is easy to fold and stow with adequate storage for running errands and cup holders for within reach hydration. We think this choice can give you more time to decide what kind of strolling option you want in the future. It could potentially save you money and frustration in the long run by preventing a purchase you might regret.
This kind of stroller has a limited lifespan of about 9 months, so it isn't a one and done purchase. It isn't a good choice if you need to travel across grass and gravel frequently in your baby's first year as its maneuverability isn't limited. However, if you want a simple way to get your little one from place to place, then the Shuttle is a useful solution.
Read review: Chicco Shuttle
Best Double Option
Thule Urban Glide 2 Double
35.9 lbs | Folded Size:
19,373 cubic inches
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 jogger crossover for multiple passengers that works well as a full-size option for two. We think this is an excellent choice for parents who want to spend time outdoors as much as they need to run errands or go shopping with two kids in tow. 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 one of the cheapest of the top five double products, making it not only the highest overall scorer but a great deal for budget seekers.
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
Best Inline Double
Thule Sleek Double
35.9 lbs | Folded Size:
19,373 cubic inches
Easy to use
Easier to push and turn
Works with 2 car seats
The Thule Sleek Double is a stylish inline double stroller with a variety of seating configurations that includes 2 car seats, 2 bassinets, 2 toddler seats or any combination of them with the potential for an add on riding board for a third child! This Thule has large covered storage, all-around suspension, an adjustable handlebar, and easy to use features. We love the quality of this option and how surprisingly easy it is to push given the plastic wheels.
This stroller is more expensive than several side-by-side options taking it off the table for many families with tight budgets. It is also heavier than the average double which could be a deal breaker if you can't lift over 35 lbs. It is somewhat large when folded but significantly smaller than the similar UUPPAbaby Vista which could be a deciding factor if you're trying to pick one over the other. In short, we love this impressive stroller and the seating versatility it provides for growing families.
Read review:Thule Sleek Double
Economical Trike for Two
Baby Trend Expedition Double
30.6 lbs | Folded Size:
18,401 cubic inches
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
31.4 lbs | Folded Size:
16,948 cubic inches
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
Top Lightweight Two-Seater
ZOE XL2 BEST v2
19.7 lbs | Folded Size:
9,145 cubic inches
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
24 lbs | Folded Size:
12,700 cubic inches
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 ideal 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 decide which strolling product (or products) is the best option for your family? Narrowing down the wide competition by looking at key considerations, is the best way to determine what kind of product and which specific options will work for your family. Considering the following questions will help give you laser focus on what you need and what you want so you can make a good decision on which gear to add to your family.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a high quality stroller that makes a good everyday option that is lighter weight and versatile.
Can one stroller do it all?
Wouldn't it be blissfully wonderful if a single product could fulfill all your strolling dreams (trust us, it's a thing) and needs? Well, we are sad to say, none of them can do everything, not a single one. However, some products do cross the lines of type and could meet your needs in different areas depending on what you want. For example, some full-size options are relatively light and small enough to also be considered lightweight or umbrella products. They often have adequate features for running errands and napping, but they are also quick folding and fit in smaller spaces. The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good example of a stroller that can meet both needs well enough. This full-size option earned awards in our Full-Size Review and our Lightweight Stroller review. The City Mini is a good main stroller, but it can also do double duty as lightweight option. What it can't do (despite its moniker) is jog or head off-road. Unfortunately, the cheaper plastic wheels aren't great off-road, but it is compatible with a variety of infant car seat carriers with the purchase of an adapter. So, this one stroller can meet 3 out of 4 needs if necessary, which is as close to a do it all as you can get. If you don't plan to jog, then you're all set. If you want to jog, then you're still on the hook for something more.
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 and maybe you should! It turns out, many people find a jogger to work just as well for everyday outings as it does for running, but there are trade-offs you'll need to consider. Some joggers have ample storage 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 transport it, you don't have trouble lifting around 25 lbs, and you don't frequent crowded locations. We think the BOB Rambler and the Thule Urban Glide 2 are great for doing double duty because their swivel front wheels translate to good maneuverability in small spaces (like freaky good!), and their rubber tires mean they are easy to push and turn on uneven surfaces (can you say easy breezy?). Both options have useful storage and comfy seating for passengers with deep recline angles for napping, nice suspension, and large canopies. However, they are larger when folded than some full-size options and they can be challenging to lift and stow (get your workout on!). On the bright side, they are 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 work with a variety of infant car seat carriers, so they can do the job of a car-seat 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). Will a jogger ever be good as a travel stroller? Nope. They are just too darn large to meet travel needs. But, if you don't travel or won't need to stroll when you do, then does it matter? Maybe not.
The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a lightweight umbrella stroller with several convenience features parents like.
Should I use an umbrella or full-size stroller?
This depends on your strolling plans. If you frequently travel or commute in the city, you might benefit from a lightweight or compact option, so you may be better off with an umbrella product. While traditionally they have fewer features and are often harder to push, the lighter weight and smaller size make them far more appealing for travel. If you require something small that you can carry hands-free and doesn't weigh much, the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a good travel choice with more features than the standard umbrella product. If your trip might last longer, your baby could end up napping, or you'll need more supplies, then you require a lightweight choice with more features. These kinds of features make the BabyZen Yoyo+ a potentially better choice. However, if you desire one product that can potentially do it all, either for convenience or budget reasons, then the Baby Jogger City Mini can work as a full-size and lightweight choice.
The UPPAbaby Vista works with a variety of infant car seats making it a good choice for strolling with twins. This photo includes 2 UPPAbaby Mesa car seats.
Are some double strollers better for twins?
Do you need a stroller for twins, but aren't sure what to look for? Depending on the age of your twins, you need to consider a few things. If you have infant twins and want to use attach your infant car seats, about half of the doubles don't accept two car seats, making them virtually useless to parents of newborn twins. In the top-scoring competitors for two, only two accept more than one car seat carrier, the Thule Sleek Double and the UPPAbaby Vista Double. To resolve this issue, you might consider the Joovy Twin Roo+. This frame product is an excellent way to transport twins until they grow out of their car seats and are old enough for something different. This purchase can be a useful decision that gives you more time to determine what you want or how you plan to stroll. If you decide in the first nine 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 from family to family. It could be as many as three or four, or it could be as few as none. If you choose to wear your baby, you can potentially make it through your baby's first few years without a strolling product of any kind. Alternatively, you might find wearing your baby challenging or not your thing, or you may prefer using specific products designed for different activities (I'm looking at you gear heads). If this describes you, then you could end up with three or more products as you proceed through baby's strolling years; these could include a full-size option for running errands, a jogger for outdoor adventures and running, an umbrella for travel, or potentially a versatile adventure trailer if you like to bike or ski.
Instead of pushing your little one, you might consider babywearing as an alternative
. Carrying your baby close is an excellent way to bond and can keep your baby calm and soothed. Most modern carriers keep your hands-free so you can get things done with your baby safely on board. From grocery shopping to clothes folding, you can accomplish almost anything while wearing your baby and getting into the habit could mean you do not need a strolling product at all. What a saving of both space and money!
The Chicco Keyfit 30 works so well with the Shuttle you won't be surprised that they are made for each other.
How many strolling products you need is challenging to answer because every family is different. If you aren't sure how or when you will use a stroller, the place to start may be a frame style, like the Chicco Shuttle or the Joovy Twin Roo+ if you have twins, or a baby wearing carrier until you figure it out. These options are comparatively inexpensive and can buy you time as you determine how you may use your stroller or if you need one at all. Is a lightweight style a good fit, because you enjoy travel and frequently commute? Is a jogger your go-to because the great outdoors make you happy and healthy? Is a full-size option good for you as you plan to run errands instead of real running? Only you know the answers to these questions and once you answer them, the solutions are likely included in the winners outlined above.
The award-winning products included in this review and our in-depth process for narrowing the field are designed to help you determine if you need more than one product to meet your needs and which choices may be right for your family. This could result in a single option or multiple products depending on your goals as no one option can "do it all". However, you don't need to feel pressure to figure this out immediately, you can baby step your way into the strolling gear world with a less is more approach. You can go sans stroller choosing a baby carrier instead. Alternatively, you can consider an ultra-lightweight frame option to carry your infant car seat or buy a great versatile option like the Baby Jogger City Mini that is lightweight and has enough features for a great full-size product. Using the methodology above, you can figure out the best permanent solution for you later on. So get strolling through the options and find the best one for your family.