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Best Strollers of 2024
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May 17, 2024
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Best Strollers of 2024

By Jen LaBracio | Medically Reviewed by Holly Peretz OT | Fact Checked by Karen Reardanz
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Best Strollers of 2024

A stroller is a must-have item for most families and helpful for navigating life with your new baby.

Many parents-to-be spend a lot of time researching strollers before adding one to their baby registry. Strollers also tend to be one of the most expensive items of baby gear you’ll own (though we have plenty of picks for quality budget strollers). But, they make getting out of the house with your little one a lot easier, and you’ll likely use your stroller for years—so you’ll get your money’s worth.

We’re saving you hours of research by sharing all the stroller need-to-knows (like whether your car seat will be compatible with your new stroller) and the best stroller picks that are expert-tested, parent-approved .

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Strollers

Babylist’s Picks for the Best Strollers

Best Stroller Overall

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

We don’t often choose a “best overall” pick when recommending products, as families have all different types of needs, and what works for one may not work for another. But we’re making an exception here as this stroller is just that good. It’s versatile enough to work for many types of parents and is a favorite among Babylist registrants who are looking for a higher-end stroller under the $500 mark.

The City Mini GT2 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

There’s no bassinet attachment available for this stroller, and the storage basket is on the smaller side. The seat isn’t modular; it only faces outward. And while the suspension is very good, it’s not quite as good as some of the (more expensive) four-wheel strollers.

For another three-wheel favorite, check out the Thule Spring. It’s more compact than the GT2 but also features an incredibly fast, easy one-handed fold, excellent suspension and an adjustable handlebar.

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 and turning
  • Packed with high-end features
What Our Experts Say

Almost 30 percent of the 6,000+ Babylist users who completed our Best Baby Products survey voted the Vista V2 as their absolute favorite stroller—and that’s saying something, especially considering this stroller’s hefty price tag. 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 V2 or other compatible top rated infant 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, most notably an incredible suspension system that holds up to just about anything you throw at it. Other things to love include a full seat recline (huge for napping on the go), a telescoping handlebar for parents and caregivers of different heights, a huge storage 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.

If you love all things UPPAbaby but want to spend a bit less money, or simply don’t need a stroller as large as the Vista, check out the Cruz V2. It’s a single stroller with no option to convert it to a double (although you can add a PiggyBack board so an older child can stand and ride along), but shares many of the same features parents love in the Vista like all-wheel suspension, a reversible seat with a full recline, a telescoping handlebar, a bassinet option and lots more—all in a more compact and affordable package.

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 Travel System

The Scoop
  • High-end features, affordable price
  • Six seating configurations
  • Car seat exceeds industry safety standards
What Our Experts Say

A car seat stroller combo, called a travel system, is all about value and convenience, and this one from Evenflo delivers on both fronts and then some. The Pivot has features we’ve come to expect from much pricier strollers, like the option to turn the regular seat into a newborn bassinet, a large canopy, a seat that can face forward or toward you and a removable child tray. The infant car seat that’s included, the Litemax, far exceeds industry standards. The base is made of impact-absorbing materials and has an anti-rebound bar to absorb and dissipate the forces of a crash, along with lots more impressive safety features.

What’s Worth Considering

Parents say that attaching the car seat to the stroller can take a little finesse. There’s also little suspension on this stroller, and it doesn’t handle very well on rougher surfaces. And some parents say the wheels start to squeak over time.

For another popular travel system pick, check out the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System. It doesn’t offer a bassinet attachment, but the stroller features a one-handed, self-standing fold and the KeyFit 30 infant car seat is on the lighter side and easy to install.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I bought this 9 months ago and I use everyday. When my daughter was born I was using the stroller with the car seat attached, but now I’m using with the stroller seat. I just love it. My daughter fits perfectly in both seat and car seat, it’s not heavy, the wheels works perfectly and the color is beautiful. I love that I can change to a bassinet if she sleeps and come back when she wakes up without the need to take her off the seat. I really like it and recommend to all parents.” -Bia

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight Stroller: 20 lbs; Infant car seat: 8.17 lbs
Age Range Stroller: Birth to 50 lbs, up to 38”; Infant car seat: 4-35 lbs, up to 32”

Best Luxury Travel System

The Scoop
  • Baseless car seat, perfect for families who don’t own a car
  • All-wheel suspension + lots more high-end features
  • All-season seat
What Our Experts Say

Nuna’s Mixx stroller is one of the best single full-size strollers around. With features like all-wheel suspension and lots of storage, a reversible seat with easy magnetic buckles, an adjustable handlebar, an all-season seat and a fairly compact fold, it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a high-end stroller you’ll be able to use from birth long into the toddler years. But things become even more impressive when you add the urbn, Nuna’s baseless (and super light) car seat into the mix.

The urbn is the only baseless infant car seat with a rigid latch built right in. What does that mean in non-car-seat-tech-speak? Many infant car seats can be installed without a base, but require a seat belt instead—along with a lot of time and patience. That’s not the case with the urbn. There’s no base to worry about because the latch system is built right into the bottom of the seat itself. Simply press a button on each side to attach the seat directly to a vehicle’s lower anchors and you’re good to go. It’s about as foolproof as it gets, and it’s especially ideal for city dwellers who don’t own a car and use rideshares or taxis.

What’s Worth Considering

This travel system is expensive, especially considering the Mixx doesn’t convert to a double stroller. The urbn has a lower height limit than many infant car seats.

If you’re set on Nuna but want to spend a bit less, check out the Nuna x Babylist PIPA urbn + TAVO Travel System. It’s about half the price and features the same urbn car seat paired with the TAVO stroller instead of the MIXX.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Absolutely love! Assembly is super easy and car seat installation is a breeze. I can already tell this stroller is worth every penny.” -Layne

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight Stroller: 28.3 lbs; Infant car seat: 7 lbs
Age Range Stroller: Newborn to 50 lbs; Infant car seat: 4-32 lbs, up to 32”

Best Affordable Stroller

The Scoop
  • Premium design, affordable price
  • Expands to hold 2 kids
  • 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, especially when you consider the single-to-double convertible configuration. Premium features include 19+ configurations, modular seats so you can face your baby (or babies) toward you or out into the world, a spill-resistant extendable 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

This stroller is a very good Vista dupe, especially considering the price—but it does fall short in certain areas. Maneuverability and suspension are both really good, but overall the stroller doesn’t offer quite as smooth of a ride as some (much) higher-priced strollers. The fold is tricky and takes some getting used to but the updated latch makes it a bit easier. And although the handlebar adjusts up and down, we find that taller parents tend to kick the lower crossbar while pushing the stroller. Also keep in mind that if you want to use it as a double, you’ll need to purchase the 2nd Seat Kit separately, which will add to the cost.

You may also want to check out the Chicco Bravo LE ClearTex Quick-Fold Stroller if you’re looking for a more affordable but high-quality ride. It’s priced under $300 and features a one-handed fold, fabric with no added chemicals, a removable, reversible seat, a large storage basket and large wheels with all-wheel suspension.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The Mockingbird double stroller has been so great to us! This was a Christmas present last year for our family and my two year old thought it was specifically for her. She asks to ride in it alll the time. It is perfect for our 9 month and 2 year old. The ride is smooth, it fits perfectly in our Subaru Outback, super light weight, just so many great things! I couldn’t recommend it more!” -Tiffany

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

Part stroller, part car seat and part travel system, the Doona is a hybrid innovation that rocked the stroller world when it hit the market, letting you transform your 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. Why is this a big deal? Bottom line: it makes your life as a new parent a whole lot easier. 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, and the seat sits quite low to the ground.

For years, the Doona existed with zero competition—but no more! Check out the Evenflo Shyft DualRide Infant Car Seat and Stroller Combo for another car-seat-to-stroller hybrid option.

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 City Stroller

The Scoop
  • Full-size features, compact design
  • Ideal for city living
  • Durable, high-end materials and smooth ride
What Our Experts Say

A new category of stroller has begun to emerge over the last two years: the city stroller. This new style of stroller packs much of the same punch, feature-wise, as a full-size stroller, but in a more compact package, making them perfect for urban living where extra space is often at a premium.

The Thule Shine is our favorite in this category. Just like many of the strollers on our best of list, it’s packed with features you’d come to expect from a full-size stroller—a reversible, reclining seat with an adjustable leg rest, a huge canopy, a one-handed, self-standing fold and all-wheel suspension—but in a much more compact, lightweight package. (It weighs just over 20 pounds, almost 10 poundsl less than the UPPAbaby Vista V2.) This streamlined design means it’s easier to store in small, urban spaces and easier to push through crowded streets and aisles, both huge perks for city living. It pushes and steers really well and features premium fabrics throughout.

We also love that it’s ready to go from day one with the Newborn Inlay and Newborn Nest and can be used with certain infant car seats via adapters (sold separately). You can even add on a stroller board for an older child to ride along.

What’s Worth Considering

The main downside of city strollers, the Shine included, is storage. The storage basket is narrower and shallower than you’d find on many larger strollers.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This stroller is beautiful! It looks good and feels good to push around. I am not a fan of bulky strollers and this one is anything but that. It breaks down easily and compact, but is very high quality and durable. I’m so glad I got this stroller. I recommend 100x.” -Andreaakayyy

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 21.6 lbs
Age Range Suitable from birth with Newborn Inlay, Newborn Nest or infant car seat; max child weight 48.5 lbs

Best Stroller for Newborns

The Scoop
  • Newborn-ready with built-in bassinet
  • Reversible, height-adjustable seat
  • One-handed fold
What Our Experts Say

Many strollers aren’t built to accommodate newborns right out of the box. (That’s because newborns don’t have the head and neck strength or the ability to sit up unassisted until at least six months or so, which means that without certain features in place, they’ll slump over without the proper support.) And while a bassinet is a great stroller add-on, it adds to the cost, has a fairly limited usage window and is yet another thing to store when the newborn days are over.

The Graco Modes Nest solves for this with an adjustable seat that’s newborn-ready from day one. The Nest has a three-in-one design that converts it from an infant car seat carrier to an infant pramette (AKA a bassinet) and ultimately to a toddler stroller. The seat slides up and down, making it easy to bring baby closer to you, and is reversible. There’s also a parent tray and a child’s snack tray included. The large canopy has a peekaboo window and the storage basket is big enough to stash a diaper bag and more.

What’s Worth Considering

Considering all the features included with this stroller, it’s definitely a great value. But unlike more expensive strollers that feature rubber wheels, the Modes’ wheels are plastic, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on frequent walks on uneven terrain. Parents also say the stroller is a bit bulky.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I have always loved Graco strollers, and this stroller has all the features of some expensive brands out there but it comes at a fraction of the cost. I absolutely love the fact that you can adjust and bring the baby closer to you and of course the fact that it can still transform into a bassinet is great for newborn stages. This stroller has the capacity to change from front to back so you can change the seat facing you or facing the other way. Adjusting it and folding it so easy as well. Well done Graco!” -Nataliea

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 23 lbs
Age Range Birth to 50 lbs

Best Double Stroller

The Scoop
  • Large, easy-access storage basket
  • Lightweight for a double
  • Only accepts Britax infant car seats
What Our Experts Say

You’ll find lots of opinions when it comes to double strollers. Tandem or side-by-side? Sit and stand? Stroller board or no stroller board? (You get the idea.) And while your decision will likely come down to your own personal preferences, Britax’s B-Lively double should be on your shortlist if you’re in the market for a double stroller. Some of its best features include its huge, easy-access storage basket, all-wheel suspension, lightweight frame and adjustable handlebar, just to name a few. Another perk: each seat features an independent recline and goes all the way back for naps on the go.

What’s Worth Considering

The one big drawback here is car seat compatibility: the B-Lively only accepts Britax car seats. For a similar double stroller that accepts many more car seat brands, check out the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 29 lbs
Age Range Birth to 50 lbs each seat

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 tight 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 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.

Other lightweight strollers we love: the Nuna TRVL and the UPPAbaby MINU V2.

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 50 lbs

Best Travel Stroller

The Scoop
  • Four-wheel suspension for a super smooth ride
  • One-handed fold and built-in carry strap
  • Seat reclines near-flat
What Our Experts Say

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

Pushing the Joolz Aer+ doesn’t feel much different than pushing some much larger, much more expensive and much heavier strollers—and that’s what we love about it. The 13-pound Aer+ boasts four-wheel suspension, a feature that’s not that common in travel strollers, so it maneuvers easily and glides smoothly even across uneven surfaces. That combined with a large storage basket, a near-flat recline for naps on the go, a contoured seat and another standout feature—a quick, easy one-handed fold—help make the Aer just as great for travel as for everyday use.

The Aer+ is newborn-friendly and compatible with Nuna and Clek car seats (adapters sold separately) and the stroller folds up small enough to fit in an overhead bin. It also comes with a rain cover and travel bag included.

What’s Worth Considering

The Aer+ isn’t cheap, but if you’re planning on using it for travel and for everyday, then it’s a bit easier to take. (If you want to add on a bassinet, you can, but you’ll need to purchase it separately.)

For another excellent travel stroller option, take a look at the Bugaboo Butterfly. It’s very similar to the Aer+ in terms of size, maneuverability, fold and price, but differs in weight (it’s a few pounds heavier) and storage basket size (the Butterfly’s is larger).

What Babylist Parents Say

“After tons of research we decided to try out the Joolz for our first family trip to Colorado. The stroller itself is very easy to unfold (after a little practice) and has great steering considering the smaller wheels. It did just fine on cobble stone/gravel paths and loved having the Nuna Pipa carseat attachments to push when in her carseat. The bottom storage was great for our day trip essentials and the canopy unzips to the perfect height to protect my kids head. HIGHLY recommend if you plan on traveling via plane and now it lives in my trunk for quick stops around town!” -Erica

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13.2 lbs
Age Range 6 months up to 50 lbs

Best Stroller for Twins

The Scoop
  • Fits through most doorways
  • Incredibly easy to push and steer
  • Expensive
What Our Experts Say

Double the babies, double the stroller, right? Not necessarily if you’re talking about the Donkey5, Bugaboo’s luxury stroller that will (almost) make you forget that you’re pushing around twice the weight of most parents.

Finding a double stroller suitable for twins can be tricky. Many are bulky and unwieldy to push, don’t fit through doors and don’t accommodate two bassinets or two infant car seats at the same time. The Donkey does all of this and much, much more. (All while looking incredibly cool, modern and beautiful while doing it, it must be said.) Its slim profile means that it easily makes its way through most standard doorways and down crowded store aisles. It holds two bassinets, two car seats, and two toddler seats at the same time, along with countless other configurations. And it converts from a single to a double in three easy clicks. It’s easy to push and steer even when fully loaded (we promise) and has an incredible suspension system making for a cushy ride.

What’s Worth Considering

Let’s point out the elephant in the room here: this stroller is really, really expensive. Especially if you’re using it for twins, as you’ll need to purchase the Duo Extension Set Complete and the Twin Bassinet Fabric Complete sets separately. (Eek.) If you don’t plan on strolling all that often, there are plenty of other twin-friendly stroller options that more than get the job done and are much less expensive.

But! If you’re a twin family who’s often out and about or live in a city where your stroller is your everyday workhorse, the Donkey truly is the best of the best. You just won’t find another twin stroller that compares. Consider using the group gift option if you plan on adding it to your baby registry so multiple gift-givers can contribute.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 26.9 lbs in Mono configuration
Age Range 0 mos-4 years; Bassinet: birth until 20 lbs, stop using when baby can push up on hands and knees or rollover; Max child weight 50 lbs per seat

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 Bob Gear Revo Flex 3.0 the ability to work on almost any type of surface, including rough 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.

If you’re set on a BOB jogger but hoping for something a little less massive, meet the Wayfinder, a new addition to BOB’s jogging stroller lineup. The overall design is sleeker and the stroller folds more compactly than the Revo Flex. It also features a handbrake (especially convenient when you’re running downhill) and a 75-pound weight limit. You should also look at the Guava Family Roam Crossover Stroller. “Crossover” refers to the stroller’s functionality—it’s designed to be used as an everyday and a jogging stroller. It folds 50 percent smaller than traditional joggers and features a quick, easy one-hand fold.

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 Stroller Wagon

The Scoop
  • Stroller function meets wagon fun
  • Works on all types of terrain, even sand and snow
  • Can attach infant car seat
What Our Experts Say

Stroller wagons are taking the baby gear market by storm, but Veer was one of the first—and we think the best. With the functionality of a stroller and the fun factor of a wagon, the Veer is a hybrid that offers the best of both worlds. The Veer pushes and steers just like a stroller—then pulls just like a wagon. Its oversized tires and front-wheel suspension mean it can easily tackle all sorts of rugged terrain, sand and snow included. You can even attach an infant car seat using adapters.

Another awesome perk of the Veer are all of the custom accessories. (We’re partial to the the foldable rear storage basket, the Comfort Seat for Toddlers and the Family Basecamp tent that clips right onto the side of the wagon, but there are so many other fun add-ons available.) And while it doesn’t fold up super small, it does fold flat, meaning you’ll be able to store it in most trunks.

What’s Worth Considering

The Veer is expensive. (Even more so when you start adding on accessories.) But it’s also extremely well made, durable, holds up to two kids and will last you for years and years. If you’re able to make the investment, we think it’s a worthwhile one.

If you need to haul more than two kids, Veer has you covered. Their Cruiser Wagon XL is a four-seater!

What Babylist Parents Say

“It has been great to load up with a picnic and take to the botanic gardens for the afternoon or throw our lawn games in and stroll down to the park on the weekends. We currently have the car seat adapter because our little one is only 2 months old but I can already tell that we are going to be using this a lot longer than our stroller.” -Whitney

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 32.5 lbs
Age Range Age recommendations 0-5 years (with infant car seat + adapters); each passenger seat can hold up to 55 lbs and 45”

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

How We Chose the Best Strollers

  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including dozens of strollers.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Types of Strollers

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

  • All-purpose strollers: What likely comes to mind when you imagine a traditional stroller, all-purpose strollers 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 they can use them from day one without worrying about disturbing their 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.)

  • 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: front-to-back (also called tandem or in-line) and 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 either in tandem 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. You don’t have to be a runner to own a jogging stroller, though; many parents love them for their ability to glide over almost any type of terrain.

  • 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.

Choosing the best stroller for your family is one of the most overwhelming parts of building a baby registry, according to many Babylist users. How to Choose a Stroller walks you through step by step so you can be confident in your decision.

How to Choose the Best Stroller

Most parents choose to register for a stroller. While it’s possible to skip the stroller and use a baby carrier instead, many parents like the convenience of a stroller for walking, running and getting out and about with baby. But with so many options across a huge range of price points, how do you know which one is right for your family?

The best stroller for your family depends on a lot of things. It’s a big investment, and an item of baby gear you’ll use for years, so thinking through a few factors before you make a decision is smart. There’s also no perfect stroller—what works for one family may not be the right fit for another. Here’s what you should consider:

  • Cost. Strollers can cost anywhere from a hundred dollars to well over a thousand. Pricier strollers tend to have features like all-wheel suspension, better maneuverability, high-end fabrics, modular seats or the ability to convert to a double. But there are plenty of high-quality, more affordable stroller options, too.
  • Lifestyle. Where you live and your day-to-day lifestyle are two big factors to consider when choosing the best stroller. A city family who uses public transportation each day has different stroller needs than a suburban family who’s constantly in and out of their car. You’ll also want to consider things like stroller storage space, if you have stairs leading up to your home and if you’ll be using your stroller mainly for walks or for jogging, too.
  • Family size. Planning on having one or more children close in age? You may want to consider a convertible stroller right off the bat instead of registering for a single stroller and then having to purchase a double shortly after.
  • Features. Do you want a stroller that accommodates your newborn from day one? Are you set on a particular brand of car seat that’s only compatible with certain strollers? How important are things like a reversible seat, a large storage basket and an adjustable handlebar to you? Be sure to carefully think through all the features you need—or want—in a stroller before making your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of baby stroller is best?

We get asked this question a lot at Babylist, so it’s worth repeating: There is no “best” or “perfect” stroller out there. The best stroller is the one that’s right for you and your family—which is why it’s so important to spend some time thinking through your lifestyle, budget, needs and wants before adding a stroller to your baby registry or splurging on one yourself.

Can your baby sleep in a stroller?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib or bassinet with a firm sleep surface and covered in a fitted sheet with no other bedding. If a baby falls asleep in a car seat attached to a stroller or in the stroller itself, they should be removed and placed in a crib, bassinet or other safe sleep space as soon as possible. If a baby falls asleep in a stroller and you’re hoping to avoid disturbing them so they can finish a nap, reduce the risk by removing hats and blankets and be sure the stroller is well-ventilated—and always supervise them.

Which is better: a stroller or a wagon?

Stroller wagons are a new(ish) category of baby gear, exploding over the last few years with every baby brand seemingly getting in the game. A stroller wagon is a hybrid of a stroller + a wagon, featuring the maneuverability of a stroller alongside the fun and functionality of a wagon. Most have large wheels, a robust suspension system and both push and pull functionality, and many break down in some way to make them more compact for portability. Stroller wagons have many pros (great for an outdoors-loving family, for seating multiple kids and for older kids who may be beyond a traditional stroller but not yet ready to walk independently for long periods of time), but some cons, too (most are big and bulky, expensive and don’t always work for infants, and many don’t maneuver nearly as well as a stroller). Like many baby gear decisions, you’ll want to think through these pros and cons and weigh them against your family’s needs if you’re deciding between a stroller or a stroller wagon.

What is the best stroller to put in a car?

Not all strollers are ideal for getting in and out of a car trunk. If you know you’ll be driving with your baby in tow most days, prioritize a stroller with a quick, easy one-handed fold; lighter weight and a fairly compact design.

Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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