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Best Overall Baby Stroller
UPPAbaby Cruz v2
If you asked us to pick a single product we recommend to our friends concerned with quality, without hesitation, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz v2. The Cruz v2 is lightweight (comparatively), easy to use, and uses high-quality materials that feel durable. Plus, the Cruz v2 works well with an infant car seat, including a few of our favorites, like the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Chicco KeyFit 30. We like the giant storage bin with 30 lb weight limit, the new even larger canopy, and the addition of suspension on the v2, making the new Cruz better than almost any competitor.
The wheels on the Cruz are relatively small, though they have made them larger on the v2. Their disappointing size makes it more difficult to traverse rough surfaces when compared to the BOB Rambler or Thule Urban Glide 2. However, the Cruz offers excellent maneuverability on smooth surfaces making it highly suitable for running errands and most public venues. While the Cruz v2 is more expensive than most full-size and jogging competitors, many parents feel that its quality and easy to use, useful features more than justify the extra cost.
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Top All-Terrain Stroller
The BOB Rambler is a newer BOB that is essentially a scaled-down version of the popular BOB Revolution Flex which has been a favorite due to its exceptional maneuverability and versatility. The Rambler is a great combination of performance with a reasonable price that comes with a lighter weight and slightly smaller size than other BoBs. If you love the outdoors, like to hike or jog, and desire a rugged option with good storage, giant canopy, and adjustable tracking and suspension, then the Rambler is one for your shortlist. While arguably more at home in the great wide open, the Rambler also works well in tight spaces while shopping and when errands are the adventures of the day.
This product is heavier, and more substantial when folded than some of the full-size competition, but it is smaller and lighter than similar jogging competitors. It also isn't the best choice for infant car seat strolling despite compatibility with a variety of infant car seats using an adapter (sold separately). We aren't fans of the two-step attachment process that includes straps we worry parents won't use. However, if you have adventures on your mind and want a versatile jogger that is lightweight and good for errands, then the Rambler is a must-have.
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Do not to run with your baby until they are a minimum of 8 to 12 months old and have an adequate head, neck, and core stability. For more information specific to your family, discuss your plans with your child's pediatrician before you go adventuring.
Best Bang for the Buck
Baby Jogger City Mini 2
The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a lighter, compact, easy to fold option we readily recommend to friends, especially those looking for something budget-friendly. The City Mini is excellent for most adventures that don't head off-road or include running. It is easy to use, good quality, and comfy for passengers with a cozy seat good for napping. With a large storage basket and a giant canopy, the City Mini 2 has convenient 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 and want to jog. It also isn't suitable for hiking or moving off smooth surfaces for very far. However, despite these limitations, it is a great everyday option that can also do double duty for travel. We think most parents will love this economical choice that is compatible with many infant car seats. The Mini 2 won awards in the full-size review and our lightweight category.
Read review: Baby Jogger City Mini 2
Top High-end Stroller
UPPAbaby Vista v2
The UPPAbaby Vista v2 is a fantastic high-end choice we recommend for parents that want a little more of everything and aren't worried about the price tag that comes with it. The Vista v2 is also a great double stroller as it can easily grow with your family carrying up to three little ones with ease (age-dependent). The Vista v2 is stylish, easy to use, and includes quality parts and attention to detail. This product has a variety of seating configurations and includes a toddler seat and bassinet in the purchase price. The Vista v2 works with two toddler seats, two infant carriers (seats and adapters purchased separately), and two bassinets, or any combination of seating, facing forward or backward. It features a giant storage bin and canopy, with a nap-worthy seat recline. Compared to similar competitors, the Vista v2 delivers high functionality, a lower price tag, and usually lower weight. For its size, the Vista v2 moves well, and we think parents will enjoy its adjustable handlebar and giant under-seat storage bin with an unheard of 30 lb max allowance.
The Vista v2 has one of the highest prices in our reviews, making it a potential no-go for families on a tighter budget. Also, it is not suitable for running, which makes it a lousy choice for parents who want to run or hike. However, if your budget allows, we think it's tough to beat the Vista v2, especially for families with multiple children or plans to grow. If the price tag is not in your wheelhouse or a double option isn't a necessity, then the less spendy, smaller, and lighter UPPAbaby Cruz v2 should make your list instead.
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Big City Taxi Master
The Doona Combo is a unique car seat and strolling combo that combines two products into one. This cool mash-up 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 from home to a day on the town, including public transportation. 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 convenience.
The Doona Combo may not be the ideal option for every family thanks to a relatively higher price, heavy carrying weight, and limited lifespan. Still, it can't be beat for city families that may otherwise legally skip using a car seat because they are a pain to carry or require a strolling companion. 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 those who frequent public transportation.
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Top Umbrella Stroller
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 occasional 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.
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Budget-friendly Lightweight Stroller
ZOE XL1 BEST v2
If your budget isn't big enough for the spendier BabyZen Yoyo+, but you still need a lightweight or secondary strolling back up, 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, a 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 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 strolling product (especially if they don't stroll often). This ability makes it a winner in our book if you're looking for a good option at a reasonable price.
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Best for Jogging
Thule Urban Glide 2
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. These features make 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 is a favorite from our Jogging Stroller testing, 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.
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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.
Inexpensive Casual Jogger
Baby Trend Expedition
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. These features helped the Expedition win kudos for strong bang-for-your-buck 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.
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Best Car Seat Frame Stroller
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 nine 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 product has a limited lifespan of about nine 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.
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Best Double Option
Thule Urban Glide 2 Double
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 a top rating 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 the best choice for travel as it is large and heavy compared to umbrella competitors that sport designs with travel in mind. However, it is tough to beat for any other kind of use and should be on the shortlist of any parent with more than one child.
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Economical Trike for Two
Baby Trend Expedition Double
The Baby Trend Expedition Double is a budget-friendly option for two that you can occasionally use for jogging. 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 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 possibilities, so it isn't suitable 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 consider.
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Best Double for Smaller Budgets
Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray
The Joovy Scooter X2 is an eye-turning product for two with cozy seats, a giant canopy, and a 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 an award in our Double Strollers Review.
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Top Lightweight Two-Seater
ZOE XL2 BEST v2
The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 this two-seater version of the ZOE is a functional, lightweight option for parents of two that travel or want a 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.
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Best for Infant Twins
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'l have fewer limitations than 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 you shouldn't jostle young babies 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.
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Why You Should Trust Us
For our strolling related reviews, BabyGearLab has tested over 180 top competitors from every variety from joggers to umbrella style options. Dr. Juliet Spurrier, founder and board-certified pediatrician, leads our selection process considering quality, performance, and ease of use when making competitor selections. Bob Wofford, our Senior Review Analyst, heads the in-house testing process by putting each stroller through a series of specific tests comparing one to another in a side-by-side process unlike any other on Earth. Bob has led the strolling product testing since 2013, laying hands on more strollers than virtually anyone else on the planet. Senrior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz mom of two boys began working in the strolling realm in 2014. Running, strolling, folding, and lifting each contender gives Wendy a unique perspective to assess and comment on ease of use and other features in our final gear reviews for readers. The strolling team also includes Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who joined in the fun in 2016.
Our joggers are also assessed and tested by a professional runner, our running expert, Carrie Vickers. With her background as a running biomechanics consultant and experience as a national-class runner, Carrie provides insight on the run-ability of each product to ensure that serious and casual runners alike will be happy with our award winners.
Strolling 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.
Can one product 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 an excellent example of a single product that can meet both needs well enough. This full-size option earned awards in our Full-Size Review and our Lightweight review. The City Mini is a good everyday choice, but it can also do double duty as a 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 product 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.
Can a jogger work for everyday use?
Yes, you can, and maybe you should! It turns out, many people find a jogger to work just as well for daily 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!). 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 combine with a car seat, 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 an excellent travel companion? 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.
Should I use an umbrella or full-size product?
This answer depends on your strolling plans. If you frequently travel or commute, you would benefit from a lightweight or compact choice, so an umbrella product may be your best choice. While traditionally, this style has fewer features and can be harder to push, the lighter weight and smaller size make them superior at travel. If you require something compact, lightweight, and has hands-free carrying, then the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a good choice with more features than most umbrella competitors. If your travel plans are more prolonged, your baby might need to nap, or you'll need extra supplies. As a result, you'll require more features in your lightweight product. These features potentially make the BabyZen Yoyo+ a better choice. However, if you only want to invest in a single option that can do it all with a few compromises, for convenience or budget, then the Baby Jogger City Mini can work as a full-size and lightweight choice.
Are All Doubles Great for Twins?
Are you trying to find a great twin-suitable strolling option, but you aren't sure where to begin? Depending on the age of your twins, you'll need to consider a few things. If your twins are infants and you hope to pair your infant car seat with a stroller, that only half of the doubles we've tested will work as many doubles won't work with two car seats at the same time. This lack of connectivity means they are essentially useless for babies under nine months. In the top contenders for two, only two options accept more than one car seat, the Thule Sleek Double, and the UPPAbaby Vista Double. To resolve this issue, you could consider the Joovy Twin Roo+. This frame product is an excellent way to stroll with two infants until they grow too big for their car seats. Choosing a frame option gives you additional time to decide which features or style you need for how you plan to stroll.
How many products do I need?
How many products you will need varies from one family to another. You might need as many as three or four, while others may not even need one. If you practice babywearing, you might get through your baby's first few years sans stroller. Alternatively, you might find that you or your baby don't click with the closeness, or you like using products designed for specific activities. If either of these applies to you, then you might easily find yourself with three or more options during the strolling years; these could include a full-size for everyday use, a jogger for outdoor adventures, a travel-ready lightweight, or a biking trailer.
Wearing your baby is an excellent alternative to strolling, especially with young infants. Holding your newborn and younger infant close to your heart is a great way to increase bonding, and in our experience, it is an excellent way to calm and soothe your baby. Most modern-day carriers are comfortable and safely keep your baby close while freeing your hands for other activities. From getting groceries to doing laundry, you can do so much while wearing your baby. Starting this practice early could result in developing a habit where you don't need a strolling option at all! This baby-friendly solution can save money, space, and frustration from purchasing and managing a a larger second product.
The number of strolling options you could need is challenging to answer because everyone has different needs and lifestyles. Like many parents, you may not be sure when or how you will use a stroller. If this is the case, you should consider a carrier that allows you to carry your baby close to you until you get a better idea of your strolling needs. Alternatively, if you feel uncomfortable with carrying, you might consider a frame style stroller, like the Chicco Shuttle or the Joovy Twin Roo+(for twins). These alternate solutions are comparatively inexpensive and can give you the leeway to analyze your future strolling needs. You might be surprised to find they are none. Or, it could be a lightweight competitor is the right fit, because you travel regularly. Perhaps a jogger will be your go-to as the outdoors, and staying active is how you choose to live. Is a full-size contender your go-to because you plan to run errands but never run? Only you know the answers to these questions, and once you do, you'll be ready to choose the right solution from our selections above.
The products in this review and our rigorous process for whittling down the potential options can help you decide if more than one product is what will work best for your needs and which stroller might be perfect for your needs. This analysis of contenders could result in a single stroller or more than one depending on your goals because no single product can "do it all." However, we urge you to relax. You don't need to figure everything out right now; you can easily baby step your way into the strolling world with a less is more approach. In fact, we recommend this for many parents, so they can determine what their strolling needs are before they make a big, expensive purchase. You can select a baby carrier for transporting your little one instead of a strolling product. Or, select an ultra-lightweight frame option compatible with your infant car seat. You might choose a budget-friendly versatile option like the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 that is lightweight and has enough features to function as a useful everyday baby mover. Using our analysis, you can determine the best solutions as you go. So we welcome you to "stroll" through the varieties to discover which might be the best choice for your family.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz