13 Best Strollers of 2023, Tested by a Baby Gear Expert
Best Strollers of 2023
January 5, 2023
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Best Strollers of 2023

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Best Strollers of 2023

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. 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 and the best stroller picks in lots of different categories.

In this article:

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.

Babylist’s 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 an overwhelming favorite among Babylist registrants.

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

If we had to find a knock against it, it’s that the basket is on the smaller side. And the seat isn’t modular; it 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 V2 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 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 Safemax, far exceeds industry standards. The base is made of impact-absorbing materials and has a roll bar to deflect the force 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.

For another popular travel system pick, check out the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System.

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: 7.6 lbs
Age Range Stroller: Birth to 50 lbs, up to 38”; Infant car seat: 4 to 35 lbs, up to 32”

Best Stroller for Newborns

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 Next 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. It also has a self-guiding magnetic buckle that automatically locks into place. 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.

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 28.3 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 Affordable Stroller

The Scoop
  • Reversible, height-adjustable seat
  • One-handed fold
  • Parent tray and snack tray included
What Our Experts Say

A stroller will likely be one of the pricier items on your baby registry, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Versatility and longevity are the standout features of the Graco Modes Nest, along with several other features that you’d normally find on much more expensive strollers like a reversible seat and a one-handed, self-standing fold.

The Modes 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. 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

Unlike some 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 s 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 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.

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, Cybex 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, manuveurability and fold.

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 13.4 lbs
Age Range Suitable from birth with bassinet attachment; otherwise 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 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 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 Custom Sidewall Kits, the foldable rear storage basket 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.

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

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.)

  • 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) 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 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.

  • 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.


Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s 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. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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