12 Best Strollers of 2020
Best Strollers of 2020
October 26, 2020
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Best Strollers of 2020

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Strollers are helpful for navigating life with your new baby. They make getting out of the house with your little one easier, so although they’re often one of the most expensive items on a registry, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

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What Types of Strollers are There?

There are several different types of strollers to choose from, including:

  • All-purpose strollers: Strollers that are great for everyday activities like walking around the neighborhood or strolling through a store.

  • Travel systems: A travel system is a stroller that comes with an infant car seat that attaches to it. Parents like travel systems because you can use them from day one and you don’t have to disturb your baby during the car-seat-to-stroller-and-back transfer. You can buy a travel system with a stroller and a car seat from the same brand, or mix and match different brands to make your own. (You’ll just need to make sure your stroller and car seat are compatible and purchase adapters; more on that here.)

  • Lightweight strollers: As the name implies, lightweight strollers weigh a lot less than traditional strollers. They’re sometimes referred to as travel strollers or compact strollers. They’re great for travel or for parents who need a stroller that’s easy to carry when broken down (think going up and down stairs, taking it in and out of car trunks, riding public transit, etc.).

  • Double strollers: Double strollers hold two children at once. If you have twins or little ones close in age, a double stroller can make your life a little easier. Double strollers come in two configurations: in-line (front to back) or side-by-side.

  • Convertible strollers: A convertible stroller converts from a single stroller to a double. Convertibles are a good choice if you’re planning on having two children relatively close in age. Like double strollers, convertibles come in either in-line or side-by-side configurations.

  • Jogging strollers: Runners take note: these strollers are built to handle rougher terrain and have souped-up suspension systems for a smoother ride.

  • Stroller frames: A skeleton of a stroller (think: handle, storage basket and wheels), these are made complete when you attach a compatible infant car seat.

If you’re not sure about what stroller is best for your family, check out our step-by-step guide to finding the perfect stroller.

Do You Need a Stroller?

Most parents choose to register for a stroller. It is possible to skip it and use a baby carrier instead, but many parents like the convenience of a stroller for walking, running, and getting out and about with baby. 

When Do You Need a Stroller?

If your stroller accommodates an infant car seat or a bassinet or if the seat reclines completely flat, you can use it from birth. If not, you can typically start using a stroller when your baby is around six months old and can sit up and has neck control.

Though it varies by model, most strollers can hold kids up until they weigh about 50 pounds. So although a stroller is a big investment, it’s one you’ll get a ton of use out of.

How We Chose Our Best Strollers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best strollers.

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Best Overall Stroller

The Scoop
  • Unbeatable combo of price + performance
  • Quick, easy one-handed fold
  • Easy to push and steer
What Our Experts Say

The City Mini GT2 is an overwhelming Babylist parent favorite—and it’s easy to see why. This popular stroller boasts an unbeatable combination of price and performance. It’s certainly not cheap, but it won’t cost you a month’s rent, either. It’s easy to push and steer, features all-terrain forever air rubber wheels and all-wheel suspension, a near-flat seat recline and a true one-handed fold. It’s also compatible with a huge range of infant car seats if you’re looking to build your own travel system. The GT2 is perfect for city and suburban dwellers alike and can be stored in compact spaces when folded.

What’s Worth Considering

The basket is on the smaller side and the seat only faces outward.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love that I can close it one handed. I can attach the various accessories, and I like that the sunshade goes so low that it shades my baby completely.” -Lisa

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 22 lbs
Age Range Newborn up to 65 lbs

Best Convertible Stroller

The Scoop
  • Grows with your family to accommodate up to three kids
  • All-wheel suspension and effortless steering/turning
  • Packed with high-end features
What Our Experts Say

The Vista is all about options to accommodate growing families. From birth, use the included bassinet for strolling or for sleep. (You can also pair it with the UPPAbaby Mesa or other compatible car seat.) When your child gets older, switch out the bassinet for the front or rear-facing toddler seat. Adding baby number two? Add on the multi-directional Rumble Seat or the PiggyBack Ride-Along Board for a big kid who wants to stand and ride.

And as for performance, you won’t be disappointed. The Vista is packed with high-end features parents love like an incredible suspension system, full seat recline, telescoping handlebar, huge underseat basket and an extendable canopy, just to name a few.

What’s Worth Considering

The Vista is a heavy duty stroller that takes up a decent amount of space in a trunk or a hallway, even when folded. It’s also expensive, and some parents say the inline design makes it tough to push when it’s loaded with two (or even three) kids.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love the ability to add more seats. Love the size and maneuverability. Love the bassinet. Bought the stand and have used it in our bedroom for three kids now. Onto our third child and stroller still looks and acts brand new—it’s incredible! Well worth the money.” -Clair

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight Frame + bassinet, 28.8 lbs; Frame + seat, 27 lbs
Age Range Bassinet suitable from birth up to 20 lbs or until infant can push up on hands and knees; toddler seat from three months up to 50 lbs

Best Affordable Stroller

The Scoop
  • Lots of configurations
  • Works from day one through bigger kid years
  • Affordable
What Our Experts Say

What the Modes lacks in price certainly doesn’t lack in features. This newborn-to-toddler stroller has almost the same amount of configurations as other strollers three times the price: a built-in bassinet; the ability to click in a Graco car seat (facing either direction); and a regular baby and toddler seat that can either rear- or forward-face. There’s also cup holders and a snack tray as well as a parent tray for stashing keys, phone and a water bottle. The large basket has plenty of space for a diaper or shopping bag and an adjustable footrest accommodates your child’s growing legs.

What’s Worth Considering

Any Graco ClickConnect car seat will automatically work with this stroller, but no other car seat brand will. The ride isn’t as smooth as with higher-priced strollers thanks to the Modes’ plastic wheels.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We were looking for a stroller that was well built but would not break the bank, and this is it! It is very sturdy without being too heavy. It folds up easily, has a roomy storage basket underneath, and cup holders. We are very happy with this stroller.” -Nicole

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 23.36 lbs
Age Range Newborn up to 50 lbs

Best Travel System Stroller

The Scoop
  • Great value
  • Includes popular infant car seat
  • Self-standing fold
What Our Experts Say

A travel system is all about value + convenience and this one from Chicco delivers on both fronts and then some. It includes the beloved KeyFit 30 infant car seat (and its base) as well as a stroller with a one-handed self-standing fold, height-adjustable handle and a parent tray. You can click in the car seat right on top of the regular seat or remove the regular seat and use the included adapter to save on weight. The canopies from both seats meet and overlap, creating the ultimate naptime cocoon when your little one’s riding in the KeyFit 30.

What’s Worth Considering

Parents complain that the canopy is pretty flimsy and that the stroller overall isn’t as durable as some (more expensive) counterparts. The plastic wheels don’t handle rough surfaces all that well.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Easy to fold, stores small, easy to maneuver, parent and child cup holders, large storage basket and low price.” -Amanda

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight Stroller 23 lbs; Stroller + infant car seat 32.6 lbs
Age Range Infant car seat 4 to 30 lbs; Stroller from 3 months up to 50 lbs

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Best Newborn-Ready Stroller

The Scoop
  • Newborn-ready with built-in bassinet
  • All-wheel suspension + lots more high-end features
  • All-season seat
What Our Experts Say

A bassinet is a great stroller add-on, but it has a pretty limited usage window and is yet another thing to store when the newborn days are over. The Mixx solves for this with a seat + bassinet combo; simply put the seat into a completely flat recline position and fold up the footrest to create a cozy bassinet perfect for those first few months of your baby’s life.

Other thoughtful details to love about the Mixx are its all-wheel suspension, two-way facing toddler seat, adjustable handlebar for parents and caregivers of different heights, roomy storage basket and the ability to unzip the back of the seat fabric to reveal a mesh backing perfect for warmer days. The Mixx also comes with a ring adapter so you click in any of Nuna’s Pipa infant car seats to make a travel system.

What’s Worth Considering

It’s on the pricey side for a single stroller that doesn’t grow to accommodate more than one child. It’s also a bit bulky when folded.

What Babylist Parents Say

“So easy to fold up and down. Multiple seat options. And so nice to look at!” -Ashleigh

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 26.8 lbs
Age Range Newborn to 50 lbs

Best Car Seat + Stroller Hybrid

The Scoop
  • Infant car seat + stroller all in one
  • Great for travel
  • Short usage life
  • What Our Experts Say

    The Doona is one of a kind. Part stroller, part car seat and part travel system, this hybrid innovation transforms from an infant car seat into a stroller with the click of a button. When it’s time to get in the car, the stroller legs and wheels pull up and fold under the car seat. It’s just as ideal for a family who travels frequently as it is for a suburban family who’s in and out of the car on a regular basis or a city dweller who’s using a rideshare or a rental car. It’s also great if you’re a minimalist who’s trying to cut down on the amount of baby gear you need, especially during the first year.

What’s Worth Considering

Most babies will outgrow the Doona right around the one year mark—at which point you’ll need to purchase a new stroller. There’s also no storage basket like there is with traditional strollers.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Very convenient especially for on-the-go moms or any parent who are taking care of the baby. It’s super easy to “transform” from a car seat to a stroller and vice versa. Always get complimented how compact and portable it is. It’s awesome!!!” -Jillian

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 14.3 lbs
Age Range 4-35 lbs, up to 32”

Best Lightweight Stroller

The Scoop
  • Weighs less than 14 pounds
  • Quick, one-handed fold
  • Options to customize color, add second rider and more
What Our Experts Say

They’ll be times when you don’t want (or need) a full size stroller like if you’re traveling, taking a day trip or know you’ll be somewhere with crowds and limited spaces. It’s those times that you’ll want a lightweight stroller—and the YOYO2 is one of the best.

This popular lightweight option weighs just under 14 pounds and folds up quickly and easily with one hand. It’s designed to fit in the overhead baggage compartment of a plane and features a built-in strap so you can sling it right over your shoulder and carry it when it’s not in use. It also works from the newborn stage well into toddlerhood, as it’s compatible with several different car seat brands and a pram (Newborn Pack sold separately). And you can swap out the seat fabric for a different color whenever you’d like, a really fun feature.

What’s Worth Considering

The YOYO2 is expensive, especially if you’re adding on the newborn option. The handlebar isn’t adjustable and the fold does take some getting used to to master.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s small and lightweight-perfect for tiny NYC shops and restaurants” -Christina

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13.6 lbs
Age Range 6 months up to 40 lbs

Best Luxury for Less Stroller

The Scoop
  • Premium design, affordable price
  • Great suspension for a smooth ride
  • Lifetime warranty
What Our Experts Say

Your heart is set on a luxury stroller but your bank account doesn’t agree. Turns out you don’t have to choose, because the Mockingbird offers a whole lot of luxury for a whole lot less than you’ll pay for other comparable strollers.

This direct-to-consumer brand skips the retail markups and delivers a stylish, functional and user-friendly stroller at a fraction of the cost as many high-end strollers currently on the market. Premium features include a modular seat so you can face your baby toward you or out into the world, a spill-resistant canopy that offers plenty of sun coverage and a built-in suspension system for a smooth ride. There’s a one-handed, self-standing fold and an XL storage basket, and we love the lifetime warranty, especially if you’re worried about the lower price point + durability.

What’s Worth Considering

There’s no telescoping handlebar, so taller parents tend to kick the lower crossbar while pushing the stroller. Looking for a convertible option? Check out Mockingbird’s Single-to-Double option.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This stroller looks so high end, but it costs a fraction of some of those other luxury strollers. It’s very easy to fold and unfold with just one hand and is super lightweight and compact enough to easily fit in the back hatch of my car. One of the best baby purchases I’ve made.” -Lindsey

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 26 lbs
Age Range Suitable from birth with Mockingbird Infant Seat Insert, Mockingbird Carriage or infant car seat; otherwise 6 months+ up to 50 lbs

Best Travel Stroller

The Scoop
  • Fits in overhead bin of plane
  • Built-in carry strap
  • Seat fully reclines
What Our Experts Say

A travel stroller is a great investment if you’re planning on getting out and about with your new family. This compact stroller from Colugo packs a big punch in a small package.

Size is the biggest plus of the Colugo Compact. Weighing in at around 16 pounds, it’s easy to lift and carry and it’s designed to fit into the overhead compartment of an airplane. The stroller boasts a quick, one-handed fold (a must when you’re traveling with your baby in tow) and has a built-in carry strap for when you need to sling it over your shoulder and be on your way. It’s also easy to push and steer, which isn’t always the case with travel strollers. Other things to love include a fully reclinable seat (great for on-the-go naps) and seat fabric that’s wipeable and machine washable.

What’s Worth Considering

If you want to use the stroller from birth, you’ll need to purchase the Infant Kit separately. There’s no option to click in a car seat and taller parents complain that they kick the stroller while walking since you can’t adjust the handlebar up or down.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s perfect for travel as it easily fits in the overhead compartment of most planes. I love that the storage basket is roomier than in most other travel strollers and that it’s really easy to push and steer.” -Jen

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 16 lbs
Age Range Suitable from birth the Infant Kit; otherwise 6 months up to 55 lbs

Best Luxury Stroller

The Scoop
  • Three configurations: mono, duo and twin
  • Unparalleled suspension and maneuverability
  • Tons of thoughtful, high-end features
What Our Experts Say

Style? Check. Countless configurations? Check. Stroller Envy? Check. The Bugaboo Donkey3 may have a big price tag, but it gets big love from parents and bystanders alike—and we think it’s totally well-deserved.

This beautiful Dutch stroller is ready for all the chapters of your family life. There are three configurations to choose from: mono, duo and twin. It’s one of the only strollers on the market that allows you to use an infant car seat, bassinet and stroller seat in any combination. (It’s also one of the only side-by-side strollers that fits through standard doorways no matter what mode it’s in.) And the Donkey3 pushes like a dream. It boasts an impressive suspension system and is incredibly easy to turn and steer, even when fully loaded.

What’s Worth Considering

All this luxury comes at a cost; the Donkey3 is the most expensive stroller on our list by far, especially if you’re planning on using it for more than one child. It’s also the heaviest.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love that you can attach two bassinets or two toddler seats or you can use one of each. You can also make the stroller compact so that only one seat fits and there’s a little side carrier for your bag or small dog.” -Traci

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 30.6 lbs
Age Range Newborn to 50 lbs

Best Jogging Stroller

The Scoop
  • Loved by runners for years
  • Easily handles any terrain
  • 9-position adjustable handlebar
What Our Experts Say

Whether you’re a casual or competitive runner or just someone who likes to explore the outdoors along with your baby, jogging strollers are a popular pick among Babylist families who find themselves frequently off the beaten path. BOB is a longstanding brand that earns high marks for durability, suspension and a long list of thoughtful features.

The mountain-bike style suspension system is what gives the Revo Flex 3.0 the ability to work on almost any terrain. (The oversized tires help too.) Despite this durability, the stroller’s frame is made from aluminum, so it’s not much heavier than many of the other full size strollers on our list. The Flex works with an infant car seat and has a large storage basket for all of your stuff. And don’t forget the adjustable handlebar; it has nine different positions so it works for runners (and walkers!) of all different heights.

What’s Worth Considering

You can use this jogging stroller as an everyday stroller, too—but keep in mind it’s on the heavier side and is really big and bulky, so be sure you’re okay with that before hitting buy. Also be sure to follow all usage directions and secure the front wheel to the fork of the stroller before using it on a run.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love how sturdy it is, and how well it maneuvered over different terrains.” -M.T.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 28.5 lbs
Age Range From birth with an infant car seat and adapter up to 75 lbs

Best Umbrella Stroller

The Scoop
  • Near-flat recline
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
What Our Experts Say

As its name implies, an umbrella stroller quickly folds into a slender, vertical shape. Although these types of strollers lack some of the features you’d find in a traditional stroller, they’re lightweight, convenient and a good choice for on-the-go or travel.

The Summer 3D Lite combines a great range of features with a price point of under a hundred bucks, making it a clear favorite in this category. The aluminum frame lightens the load—this stroller weighs about 13 pounds—and there’s a built-in shoulder strap for portability. There’s also a near-flat seat recline, a large, adjustable canopy and an XL storage basket.

What’s Worth Considering

Since the stroller folds vertically instead of horizontally, it’s not all that compact when folded.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love this stroller. It’s light and compact yet sturdy. My baby likes to be front facing so she loves it. It’s a really good stroller for the price.” -Tiffany

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13 lbs
Age Range 6 months up to 50 lbs

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