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14 Best Strollers of 2021

We've tested strollers from Britax, BOB, Thule, Chicco, and more to find the best options in every category
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Sunday November 21, 2021
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Searching for the best strollers? We purchased and tested over 185 strollers to find the absolute best. For this update, we picked the top products across the full range of types of strollers. We'll take you through the best of the best, one for every goal and budget. We used competitors from every category from jogging to full-size and lightweight umbrella strollers with a goal to help you find the right product for your family and wallet. Each was used extensively and put through our battery of practical scientific comparison tests, to figure out which is the easiest, simplest, and most helpful for you and your family.

Strollers come in many designs. If you want a specific style, you can check out our comparison testing & ratings of double strollers, jogging strollers, standard-size strollers, and lightweight travel-friendly strollers.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on November 21, 2021 to reflect test results on 8 new strollers that we put through our extensive testing and rating process.

Best Overall Baby Stroller

UPPAbaby Cruz v2

Weight: 25 lbs | Folded Size: 12,469 cubic inches
Great features
Works great with an infant car seat

If you asked us to pick a single product we recommend to our friends concerned with quality, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz v2 without hesitation. 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 a 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, and their disappointing size makes it more challenging to traverse rough surfaces than the larger tires on joggers. However, the Cruz offers excellent maneuverability on smooth surfaces making it highly suitable for running errands and public venues. While the Cruz v2 is more expensive than most full-size and jogging competitors, many parents feel its quality and easy-to-use features more than justify the cost.

Read review: UPPAbaby Cruz v2

The Cruz v2 has everything you need to stroll with one child.
The Cruz v2 has everything you need to stroll with one child.
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Best Multi-use Budget Stroller

Baby Jogger City Mini 2

Weight: 17.5 lbs | Folded Size: 8,300 cubic inches
Lighter than average
Simple, compact fold
Compatible with infant car seats
Harder to push
Not a jogger

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 2 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 a terrific value compared to the competition.

The City Mini 2 is not the right choice if you want a one-and-done stroller and want to jog. It also isn't suitable for hiking or moving off smooth surfaces very far. However, it is a great everyday option that can also do double duty for travel despite these limitations. We think most parents will love this economical choice that is also compatible with various infant car seats, so it fills three niches in one.

Read review: Baby Jogger City Mini 2

The City Mini 2 can function as a full-size stroller and for some...
The City Mini 2 can function as a full-size stroller and for some families a lightweight compact option as well.
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Best High-end Stroller

UPPAbaby Vista v2

Weight: 27.1 lbs | Folded Size: 14,157 cubic inches
Expands for 3 children
Excellent storage
Stiff price tag

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 option 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 various 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), 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. The Vista v2 delivers high functionality, a lower price tag, and unusually lower weight compared to similar competitors. The Vista v2 moves well for its size, 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 tight budget. Also, it is not suitable for running. 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.

Read review: UPPAbaby Vista v2

The Vista v2 is an impressive full-size stroller with room for 3.
The Vista v2 is an impressive full-size stroller with room for 3.
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Big City Taxi Suitable Stroller

Doona Combo

Weight: 16.5 lbs | Folded Size: 8,150 cubic inches
Unique combo with car seat
Excels at city life
Easy to use
Heavy car seat
Relatively higher price

The Doona Combo is a unique car seat and strolling combo that combines two products. 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 beaten 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, and those who frequent public transportation.

Read review: Doona Combo

The Doona is an infant car seat with stroller capabilities. This...
The Doona is an infant car seat with stroller capabilities. This product is unique in this gear category and means parents no longer need to hassle with transporting or juggling two products.
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Top Umbrella Stroller

BabyZen Yoyo2

Weight: 14.3 lbs | Folded Size: 3,534 cubic inches
Sleek design
Easy to push
Expensive for an umbrella
Harder to nap in

The BabyZen Yoyo2 is a lightweight umbrella stroller 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 Yoyo2 is more expensive than most secondary travel-friendly competitors, it is also a high-quality choice with nice materials that function well. The Yoyo2 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 than the smallest product, it is easier to use overall and earned a higher score for quality than the umbrella competition. 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. If budget isn't a concern, and you want the absolute best in a lightweight product, the BabyZen Yoyo2 is a standout in its field.

Read review: BabyZen Yoyo2

The Yoyo2 is an impressive lightweight stroller with more features...
The Yoyo2 is an impressive lightweight stroller with more features than the standard fare.
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Best Lightweight Budget Stroller

Zoe Traveler

Weight: 12 lbs | Folded Size: 5,233 cubic inches
More features than traditional umbrella
Easy to use
Slightly lower quality
Harder to push off-road

The Zoe Traveler is a budget-friendly lightweight option that folds compactly into thirds. This feature-filled product is an excellent option for traveling and city life with an adjustable leg rest, reclining seat, and useful storage features. We like the larger canopy and features for passenger comfort and think parents will appreciate the reasonable price tag.

This option is harder to push and turn off flat surfaces and may not be the best choice for heading off the beaten path. Also, it isn't a good substitution for a full-size choice as the storage features are limited for that kind of use. However, if a travel-friendly product is what you seek, this option has everything you need for shorter trips or commuting for a price your wallet will appreciate.

Read review: Zoe Traveler

If you stick to flat surfaces the Traveler is fairly easy to push...
If you stick to flat surfaces the Traveler is fairly easy to push and has tighter turns thanks to a storter wheelbase.
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Best Jogging Stroller

Thule Urban Glide 2

Weight: 24.4 lbs | Folded Size: 15,388 cubic inches
High quality
Great runner
Easy to use
Larger fold

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 our favorite jogging stroller, out-maneuvering the competition with adjustable straight-moving tracking, nice suspension, locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable handlebar.

The Urban Glide 2 is not a good choice if you don't intend to run or go hiking off-road. The added weight and bulk make it harder to lift and stow, so you can avoid this hassle if jogging isn't your thing. However, we love that the Urban Glide 2 is so functional and thoughtfully designed that parents can use it for almost any 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 and saves you money all in an enjoyable package. The Thule Urban Glide 2 also works with various infant car seats with the purchase of an adapter, making it an option that fills three niches at once.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2

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.
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Safety Note
Because younger infants lack the muscle strength or control to adequately absorb the jarring experience generated by running in a jogging stroller, parents should wait until their baby is a minimum of 8 to 12 months old before moving fast with any stroller.

Inexpensive, Casual Jogging Stroller

Baby Trend Expedition

Weight: 23.7 lbs | Folded Size: 12,463 cubic inches
Easy to push and turn
Lots of features
Lower quality
Not great for serious runners

The Baby Trend Expedition is an inexpensive jogging stroller 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 has a 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 an excellent 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 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 serious or regular jogging.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition

The Expedition is a good choice for an easy-to-push full-size...
The Expedition is a good choice for an easy-to-push full-size stroller that you can occasionally jog with.
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Best Car Seat Frame Stroller

Chicco Shuttle

Weight: 15 lbs | Folded Size: 6,360 cubic inches
Easy to carry and stow
Works well with Chicco car seats
Only compatible with Chicco
Shorter lifespan

The Chicco Shuttle is a frame stroller designed for carrying infant car seat carriers. The Shuttle is lightweight and compact 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 strolling product has a limited lifespan of about nine months, so it isn't a one-and-done purchase. It also isn't a good choice if you need to travel across grass and gravel frequently in your baby's first year, as its maneuverability is limited. However, if you want a simple way to get your little one from place to place at a reasonable price, or you aren't ready to commit for the long term, then the Shuttle is a helpful solution.

Read review: Chicco Shuttle

Best Double Stroller

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double

Weight: 35.9 lbs | Folded Size: 19,373 cubic inches
Easy to push and turn
Good for all-terrain
Great jogger
Bulky when folded
Only accepts one infant car seat

The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is a cool jogging crossover for multiple passengers that also works well as an everyday 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 choice (compared to double competitors) is easy to push and turn and easy to use. It has some of the nicest features with large canopies, nap-worthy seating, and large under-seat storage. Earning a top rating, the Urban Glide 2 Double proves it has what it takes to work for everyday adventures, as well as regular jogging for serious runners. The Urban Glide 2 Double is one of the cheapest of the top double strollers we tested, 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 with small, lightweight designs. 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.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2 Double

The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is an impressive double stroller you...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is an impressive double stroller you can jog with.
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Economical Trike Stroller for Two

Baby Trend Expedition Double

Weight: 30.6 lbs | Folded Size: 18,401 cubic inches
Good on uneven terrain
Can occasionally jog
Not great for serious runners
Not good for babies under 8 months

The Baby Trend Expedition Double is a budget-friendly stroller 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 various terrains, and a locking swivel front wheel 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.

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 more versatile compared to traditional double products. It is also bulky and heavy compared to lightweight options, so it isn't suitable for travel. However, if you want a double with rubber tires and a three-wheel design for better maneuverability, then this economical choice is one to consider.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition Double

The Expedition is a budget friendly stroller that is easy to push...
The Expedition is a budget friendly stroller that is easy to push and turn.
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Best Double Stroller for Small Budgets

Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double

Weight: 34.6 lbs lbs | Folded Size: 21,827 cubic inches
Similar toddler seats
Good for twins
Harder to push and turn

The Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double is an inline double stroller similar to higher-priced and higher-end options we've reviewed but with a budget-friendly price tag for two. The Pivot Xpand has two toddler seats and is compatible with some infant car seats, making it a potential contender for families with twins. The seats offer various forward and backward combinations, creating a versatile stroller that children like. We like that both toddler seats provide similar features to avoid sibling rivalry and include the ability to recline for cozy napping with ample canopies for protection from the elements. This option is easy to use compared to the competition, and the quality fits the price.

The Xpand is harder to push and turn than some of the competition, given the longer front-to-back length. It also isn't the best at moving off-road, but it isn't the worst either. Overall, we think it is a good choice for growing families on a budget looking for similar features and functionality as the more expensive options.

Read review: Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double

The Evenflo Xpand Double is a budget-friendly option for growing...
The Evenflo Xpand Double is a budget-friendly option for growing families.
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Budget Travel Two-Seater

Delta Children LX Side by Side

Weight: 18.5 lbs | Folded Size: 8,211 cubic inches
Compact fold
Competitive price
Harder to push and turn
Fewer features
Lower quality

The Delta Children LX Side by Side is one of the lightest two-seaters you'll find. This double umbrella stroller has a traditional umbrella fold and is relatively compact compared to the competition for two. It has an impressive price for what you get and could make a great travel choice or second product for tourist adventures or airport endeavors.

The Delta is not the best quality, with smaller everything that feels somewhat flimsy and toy-like. It is also harder to push on any surface that isn't flat, though most umbrella products we've seen lack masterful maneuverability. Despite these flaws, we think this is a contender for parents who need the occasional lightweight option for travel and have less concern for features and functionality than price and being easy to carry and stow.

Read review: Delta Children LX Side by Side

Best Stroller for Infant Twins

Joovy TwinRoo+

Weight: 24 lbs | Folded Size: 12,700 cubic inches
Accepts 2 infant car seats
Ample storage space
Lightweight & compact
Harder to push and turn
Limited lifespan

The Joovy Twin Roo+ is a lightweight double-frame stroller that is 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 holder. 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 stroller will be your ideal in the long run. As a result, you'll have fewer limitations than trying to choose 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 (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 great for new parents to transport twins without disruption.

Read review: Joovy Twin Roo+

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

Related: How to Pick a Stroller that is Right For You

Why You Should Trust Us

In the last 8 years, BabyGearLab has purchased and tested more than 185 top strollers across every strolling category, including joggers, full-size, double, and umbrella products. 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 selection 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, arguably laying hands on more products than virtually anyone else on the planet. Senior Review Editor and mom to two, Wendy Schmitz 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, leading the charge starting in 2020.

One of 50 different stroller lab tests, our sideways tip-over angle...
One of 50 different stroller lab tests, our sideways tip-over angle test shown above gives us a measure of which strollers are more tippy than others
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Our testing protocol for strollers is extensive; we've conducted more than 9,200 individual tests to evaluate the more than 185 strollers we've tested over the last 8 years. Our tests prove that strollers vary widely in their performance and best application. To help you find the perfect one for your needs, we buy each stroller ourselves, accepting no freebies from manufacturers to assure complete independence. Then we perform a barrage of 50 scientific tests on each model.

Our testing of strollers is divided across four rating metrics:

  • Ease of Use tests (45% of overall score weighting)
  • Maneuverability tests (30% weighting)
  • Weight & Folded Size tests (15% weighting)
  • Quality tests (15% weighting)

Each rating metric's contribution to the overall score is weighted based on how important we believe it is for most people's purchase decision-making. Weights vary from one category to the next, since for example for an umbrella stroller, Weight and Folded size are much more important considerations than for a full-size stroller. This exhaustive testing and rating process puts us in a unique position to help you find just the right stroller for your needs.

Professional runner, Carrie Vickers, helped BabyGearLab test each...
Professional runner, Carrie Vickers, helped BabyGearLab test each jogging stroller.
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Jogging strollers get 8 additional scientific tests to determine their Run Ability score, which is the most heavily weighted rating metric in our best jogging strollers review. Our Run Ability tests include measurement of rolling resistance, straight-line tracking ability, and other tests to evaluate ergonomics and running performance. All our joggers were assessed and tested by our professional running expert, Carrie Vickers. With her background as a running biomechanics consultant and experience as a national-class runner, Carrie provides insight into each product's run-ability to ensure that serious and casual runners alike will be happy with our award winners.

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging...
We tested several of the most popular umbrella and lightweight...

Stroller Savvy

How do you decide which stroller(s) is the best for your family? Narrowing down the extensive competition by key considerations is the best way to determine what kind of product and specific products will work for your needs. The following questions will help provide a laser focus on what you need and want, so you can make a good decision on which gear to add to your family.

How Many Strollers Do I Need?

How many products you will need varies from one family to another. Some families may not even need one. Alternatively, you might find that you like using different options designed for specific activities. If this applies to you, then you might easily find yourself with three or more different products over the years; these could include a full-size choice for everyday use, a jogger for outdoor adventures, a travel-ready option, or an adventure trailer.

Babywearing is a great way to go sans stroller. With new carriers...
Babywearing is a great way to go sans stroller. With new carriers offering more holding options and hands-free designs, it is hard to go wrong with these instant baby soothers.
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Baby Wearing
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 develop 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 space-consuming strolling aparatus.

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a high quality stroller that makes a...
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a high quality stroller that makes a good everyday option that is lighter weight and versatile.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Can One Stroller Do It All?

Wouldn't it be blissfully wonderful if a single product could fulfill all your strolling dreams and needs? We are sad to say that none of them can do everything, not a single one. However, some products 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 be considered lightweight or umbrella products. They often have adequate features for running errands and napping, but they also quickly fold and fit in smaller spaces. The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is an excellent example of a single product that can meet most needs well enough. This full-size selection is a good everyday choice, but it can also function 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 three needs, which is as close to a "do it all" product 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 hunt.

The Flex works just as well for sidewalk strolling as it does for...
The Flex works just as well for sidewalk strolling as it does for dirt trail running.
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Jogging Stroller as a Full-size?

Yes, it can, and maybe it should! It turns out, many people find a jogger works 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, then you could be all set. Because many jogging products have swivel front wheels, they also offer good maneuverability in small spaces (like freaky good!). Their rubber tires mean they can easily push and turn on uneven surfaces (can you say easy breezy?). Our top joggers have useful storage and comfy seating for passengers with deep recline angles for napping, nice suspension, and large canopies. Many joggers are even similar in weight to some full-size competitors. Also, many joggers work with 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 too darn large to meet travel needs. But, if you don't travel or need to stroll when you do, does it matter? We don't think so.

Related: How to Choose a Stroller for Jogging

The Yoyo2 has more features for comfort and convenience than a...
The Yoyo2 has more features for comfort and convenience than a traditional umbrella stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Umbrella or Full-size Stroller?

This answer depends on your strolling plans. If you frequently travel or commute, you might benefit from a lightweight or compact stroller, making an umbrella stroller potentially your best choice. While traditionally, they have fewer features and can be harder to push, the lighter weight and smaller size make them superior at travel or navigating crowded city streets. If your travel days are long, your baby might need to nap, or you'll need extra supplies, you'll require more features, and not all lightweight options fit this bill. This means you need to make a thoughtful decision based on available features. Alternatively, if you want to invest in a single product that can "do both" (with a few compromises), then there are a few lightweight options with extra features or full-size choices that weigh less and fold up small.

Related: How to Pick a Lightweight Umbrella Stroller

The UPPAbaby Vista works with a variety of infant car seats making...
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.
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Are All Double Strollers Suitable for Twins?

Depending on the age of your twins, there are different considerations. If your twins are infants and you hope to pair your infant car seats with a stroller, then only half of the doubles we've tested will work, as many doubles aren't compatible with two car seats simultaneously. This lack of connectivity means they are essentially useless for twin babies under six to nine months. To resolve this issue, you could consider a frame style option as an excellent way to stroll with two infants until they outgrow their car seats. Choosing a frame stroller gives you additional time to decide which features or style you need for how you plan to stroll.

Related: How to Choose a Double Stroller for Your Needs

Some of the top strollers we purchased and tested for the Best...
Some of the top strollers we purchased and tested for the Best Double Stroller Review and updates.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


Unfortunately, we haven't discovered one stroller that can "do it all," but luckily, you don't have to figure it all out today. You can easily baby step into the strolling world. We recommend this for many parents. Going slow helps you determine what your strolling needs really are before you make an expensive potential mistake. Some potential options include a baby carrier instead of a stroller, an ultra-lightweight frame stroller, or a budget-friendly, lightweight, full-size option that can fill two niches and potentially be all you need if you don't want to jog.

The options in this lineup are all top-notch award-winning products in their categories. Using our rigorous process for narrowing down potential choices, you can better determine if you need more than one and what kind will work best for your needs. Using our insight, you can find the best solutions as you travel through your strolling years. We welcome you to "stroll" through the winners to find the best choice for your family and budget.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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