10 Best Strollers of 2019

Best Strollers of 2019

June 12, 2019
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Best Strollers of 2019

Find out which travel system, lightweight, jogging, budget luxury and all terrain models topped our list. Add all your newborn must haves including strollers to your Babylist baby registry. Babylist lets you add any item from any store to one registry.Best Strollers of 2019

Strollers are helpful for navigating life with your new baby. They make getting out of the house with your infant (and eventually, your toddler) easier, so you’ll get your money’s worth out of whichever stroller you pick.

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Do You Need a Stroller?

Most parents use strollers a lot–to take power walks, go running, shop or walk around farmer’s markets, malls, neighborhoods and downtowns. A stroller ride also can help a fussy baby fall asleep (they love fresh air and movement). Chances are, you’ll add a stroller to your baby registry. But which one?

What Types of Strollers are There?

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

  • All-purpose strollers: Regular strollers that are great for everyday activities.
  • Travel systems: These come with an infant car seat that attaches to the stroller, so you can use it with your baby right away.
  • Lightweight strollers: They weigh less, making them great for travel.
  • Double strollers: If you have twins or little ones close in age, a double stroller can make your life a little easier.
  • Jogging strollers: Runners take note: these strollers are built to handle rougher terrian and have 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 for your family.

When Do You Need a Stroller?

It definitely depends on your family, but most parents end up getting a stroller at some point—and using it. If your stroller accomomdates an infant car seat or reclines flat, you can use it from birth. If not, you can typically start using a stroller around 6 months, when baby can sit up and has neck control.

And though it varies by model, many strollers (minus the stroller-frame type) can hold kids until they weigh about 50 pounds. That means even though a stroller may seem like an investment, you’ll get a ton of use out of it.

How We Chose Our Best Strollers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the products they love the most now that their little one has arrived. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight. Here are the strollers we think you and your baby will love.

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Best Overall Stroller

Why We Love It

The City Mini GT has everything parents love about the popular City Mini, with even more great features like all-terrain wheels, an adjustable handlebar and hand-operated brake. Perfect for city dwellers, it’s easy to maneuver through crowded streets or on the subway. It can also be stored in small spaces and folded while holding your baby (yep, you have officially won parenting when you pull this off).

Keep in Mind

Although it’s designed by a brand called Baby Jogger, the City Mini GT is not actually intended for jogging. A couple other things to note: 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 U.

“I love the ease of the City Mini GT and the way it handles all terrain all over our city. I also truly appreciate the hand brake, way over a foot brake.” -Gaelle

Additional Specs
Weight Range Up to 65 lbs
Stroller Weight 22.5 lbs

Best Grows-With-Family Stroller

Why We Love It

The Uppababy Vista is all about options to accommodate growing families. From birth, use the included bassinet (a popular pick in our bassinets guide) for neighborhood strolls or even inside as a safe and snug sleeping setup. You can also pair the stroller with the Uppababy Mesa or other compatible car seat to create a top-notch travel system.

When your child is older, you can switch out the bassinet with the included toddler seat. Growing family? Add on their multi-directional RumbleSeat for a second tot or the PiggyBack Ride Along board for a big kid who wants to stand and ride. With the Vista, you’ll be that parent that makes running errands with little ones look easy.

Keep in Mind

The opening/closing mechanism can take some practice. And even when folded, this heavy-duty stroller still takes up quite a bit of space in a front hallway or trunk. But many parents say the benefits of the sturdy wheels and massive storage basket are totally worth it.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love the ability to add more seats/scooter. Love the size and maneuverability. Love the bassinet. Bought the stand and have used it in our bedroom for 3 kids now. Onto our 3rd child and stroller still looks and acts brand new—it’s incredible! Well worth the money.” -Clair S.

“Love that it came with the bassinet, child seat and most importantly that it can grow with our family. All of the seat combinations, under storage and look are fabulous.” -V.B.

Additional Specs
Weight Range Bassinet: birth up to 20 lbs and 25”; toddler seat: 3 months up to 50 lbs
Stroller Weight 26.3 lbs (frame + seat); 8.4 lbs (bassinet)

Best Budget Stroller

Why We Love It

Even though it’s bargain priced, this Graco stroller doesn’t skimp on features that make getting out and about with a baby easier. In addition to having cup holders and a snack tray for your child, this stroller also has a parent tray for stashing keys, phone and a water bottle. A large basket has plenty of space for a diaper or shopping bag and an adjustable footrest accommodates your child’s growing legs.

Use this stroller from day one—it lays flat for newborns or you can connect a car seat to it and have it face you. Later, you can let your child decide which direction the stroller seat should go.

Keep in Mind

Any Graco ClickConnect car seat will automatically work with this stroller, but no other car seat brand will. Another thing to note: the ride isn’t as smooth as with higher-priced strollers.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Inexpensive, lightweight, easy to use and very compact.” -Jacob S.

Additional Specs
Weight Range: Birth up to 50 lbs and 45”
Stroller Weight: 23.36 lbs

Best Well-Rounded Single Stroller

Why We Love It

Any stroller with a one-handed fold gets kudos from parents, but the B-Lively also boasts a spacious storage basket you can reach from the back or the front and a three-wheel design that makes it easier to steer. It has great wheel suspension to absorb bumps along the way and weighs less than other strollers, so you won’t pull a muscle lifting this in and out of your trunk.

Keep in Mind

The B-Lively comes with adapters to work with Britax and BOB car seats. And while there’s no parent tray or cup holders, there is a zippered pocket on the canopy that you can use to store small items.

What Babylist Parents Say

“So easy to open the stroller! Glides very easy and is comfortable to push and turn” -M.Y.

Additional Specs
Weight Range: Birth up to 55 lbs
Stroller Weight: 20 lbs

Best Luxury Stroller

Why We Love It

Safety? Check. Style? Check. Stroller Envy? Check. The Bugaboo Cameleon gets big love from parents, as well as lots of bystander oohs and aahs. The beautiful Dutch design is fully loaded with features for a smooth ride, no matter the surface. Just use the push handle to shift the wheels to tackle any terrain. It comes with a bassinet, as well as a reversible, fully reclining seat.

Keep in Mind

With a weight limit of 37.5 pounds, you’ll need to retire this stroller sooner than others, which is a bummer considering the high price point.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Quality, design, versatility.” -Melissa K.

“It’s the best stroller ever! You can turn it around with one finger. It’s stable. It’s durable. It pushes with a breeze. It has attachments so it can go from car seat to toddler. It’s pricey but worth every penny. When I have another child, I’ll use the stroller that I already own.” -C.F.

Additional Specs
Weight Range From birth to 36 months or 37.5 lbs
Stroller Weight 21 lbs

Best Stroller with Flat Recline

Why We Love It

Two words: flat recline. To create an impromptu bassinet, put this chic stroller in its completely flat reclining position and fold up the footrest for the coziest on-the-go naps. Aside from sleeper mode, we love the two-way facing toddler seat, so your kiddo can gaze up at you or explore the world. Make it a travel system with the Nuna Pipa car seat (the Mixx comes with an adapter for easy transfers).

Other thoughtful details include an adjustable handlebar, roomy basket for storage and a cozy seat that becomes airy in the summer with an optional mesh back and a temperature-regulating bamboo insert. And, it has a huge, extendable canopy with UPF 50+ to protect your little one from the sun.

Keep in Mind

While this high-end stroller is on the pricey side, it’s a couple hundred dollars less than other luxury rides but still head turning.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We are obsessed with the stroller! It can act as a bassinet for her to take naps as well as seamlessly work with our car seat. Could not be happier!” -C.H.

“Lightweight, looks great, heavy-duty wheels and shocks, multi-directional seat.” -Jean B.

Additional Specs
Weight Range From birth up to 50 lbs
Stroller Weight 26.8 lbs

Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller

Why We Love It

Runners rejoice…this jogging stroller gets the job done with less bulk. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is lighter than most joggers, but tough enough to handle all sorts of terrain. It also reclines, has a storage compartment with zippered cover and opens with just one hand. Better yet, there’s an adapter for many popular infant car seats.

Keep in Mind

Thanks to the smaller footprint and compact fold, many families use this as an everyday stroller too. The swivel front wheel makes for easy maneuverability and locks into place for jogging.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love the Thule Urban Glide—best purchase ever! It’s sturdy, grows with the baby, both my husband and I can push it with ease, one hand fold. It’s amazing!” -E.S.

“Heavy duty, this is great on a paved path or a trail out in the woods. The add-ons also help make this stroller useful in many environments.” -Amanda D.

Additional Specs
Weight Range From 6 months up to 48.5 lbs (from birth if used with an infant car seat, adapter sold separately)
Stroller Weight 25 lbs

Best Travel Stroller

Why We Love It

Jetsetters, this one is for you: the Babyzen YOYO stroller folds up with one hand and easily fits in the overhead compartment of an airplane. Plus, it’s a breeze to steer through crowded spaces and the seat cover is removable and machine washable, if any accidents happen. If only the rest of traveling with a baby could be so easy!

Keep in Mind

The fold takes a little getting used to and the handlebar isn’t adjustable.

What Babylist Parents Say

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

“Fits in airplane cabin. We took it on so many trips!” -Emily

ADDITIONAL SPECS
Weight Range From 6 months old to 39.6 lbs
Stroller Weight 13.7 lbs

Most Versatile Stroller

Why We Love It

The City Select LUX by Baby Jogger (not actually intended for jogging) is the premium version of the City Select, a long-standing favorite of Babylist parents. The LUX has 4 more configurations (for a total of 20 different seating options!) and folds up 30% smaller than the standard City Select. Add a bassinet, car seat, second stroller seat and/or a glider board (all sold separately) and show the world you can make it out of the house with up to three little ones, no problem.

Keep in Mind

Once you add more seats, this stroller gets heavy and can feel cumbersome. Folding it up isn’t as easy as some other strollers, either.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We loved that it turned into a double stroller, the hand break and the luggage compartment on the bottom. It’s not easy to fold with the second stroller though.” -Sarah W.

Additional Specs
Weight Range From 6 months old to 45 lbs. per seat (from birth if used with an infant car seat or bassinet, sold separately)
Stroller Weight 30 lbs. (with one seat)

Best Travel System Stroller

Why We Love It

Snag a stroller and car seat in one smart purchase with the Chicco Bravo. This travel system includes the beloved KeyFit 30 infant car seat and adapter for easier transfers from car to stroller. However, you don’t even have to remove the stroller seat to attach the infant carrier. This makes it heavier of course, but leaving it on means more seating options (in case your kiddo wants to sit in the real seat), and one less piece of gear to find a place for when not in use!

What’s really cool about this setup is that the canopies from both seats—the car seat and the stroller seat—meet and overlap, creating the ultimate naptime cocoon when your little one’s riding in the KeyFit 30. The stroller’s self-standing fold is another much-appreciated perk.

Keep in Mind

The Chicco stroller seat only faces outward, rather than having an option to face parents as 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 P.

“The Chicco Bravo System is absolutely amazing, and I would highly recommend it! The car seat fits directly into the stroller while baby is still tiny or happens to still be asleep (and who wants to wake a sleeping baby?!). When baby gets older, there are three positions they can sit in, making it super comfortable for them, especially the reclining position, for when they fall asleep.” -A.G.

Additional Specs
Weight Range Max car seat capacity: 30 lbs; max stroller capacity: 50 lbs
Stroller Weight 23 lbs (stroller) and 9.6 lbs (car seat)

Other Strollers You Should Know About

These newer strollers are definitely ones that are on our radar. You might want to check out:

  • Mockingbird Stroller: This direct-to-consumer stroller offers fancy extras (like a gigantic storage basket that holds up to 25 lbs!) for significantly less than similar strollers.
  • Colugo Compact Stroller: Another direct-to-consumer stroller, the Colugo is intended for city living. It’s a mere 16 lbs, has a shoulder strap or can fit in the included backpack for easy toting on public transportation.
  • Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller: This reversible stroller lets you simply move the handlebar over the canopy rather than detaching the seat to switch up your child’s view of you or the world.

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Choosing What’s Right for You

Because there are so many great stroller options out there, choosing the best stroller for you can be a bit overwhelming. To find a match, think about how you’ll use your stroller a majority of the time: Where will you be going? What activities will you be doing? Test driving strollers will reveal what feels comfortable and will help you narrow down your decision.

And if you fall for a stroller that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you really want, you can always add on stroller accessories like cup holders, snack trays, extra seat cushioning, rain guards, bug protectors, etc. You can even add an adapter to make your car seat work with your stroller of choice. Once you find the right pick for your family and lifestyle, you’re bound to love exploring and introducing your little one to the world.

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