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The Best Stroller - 2021

Last updated on April 9, 2021

We looked at the top 11 Strollers and dug through the reviews from 54 of the most popular review sites including and more. The result is a ranking of the best Strollers.

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Our Picks For The Top Strollers

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  Best Overall

Baby Trend Phantom Expedition Jogging Stroller

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Baby Trend

Phantom Expedition Jogging Stroller

Overall Take

Multiple Color PatternsWith more than 10 color patterns to choose from, this jogging stroller is sure to come in a style that meets your preferences.

Experts Included
DWYM Baby and Kids Experts plus Mom Loves Best, The Shopping Mama, Heavy, Baby Gear Lab. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Pros
" For fitness-buff parents, the stroller offers useful features, such as bicycle-style tires. The front wheels have a swivel function, which you can lock when stability is needed."
Cons
"Seating area for child is relatively small"
  Travel Pick

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Kolcraft

Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Overall Take

Three-Tier Extended Canopy Since this stroller is lightweight and compact, it's a great choice for frequent travelers.

Experts Included
DWYM Baby and Kids Experts plus BestReviews, Baby Gear Lab, Parent Center Network, Consumer Reports. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Pros
" Rugged, compact, and designed for outdoor use"
Cons
"The Cloud has plastic wheels with the dual front wheel design that makes maneuverability difficult. This stroller rolls and turns on flat surfaces without some work and it isn't that responsive or smooth."
  Car Seat Compatible

Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

Britax

B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

Overall Take

Light StrollerA light stroller that's easy to connect with your car seat.

Experts Included
DWYM Baby and Kids Experts plus New York Times Wirecutter, Best Car Seat Hub and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Target and Walmart.
Pros
" The large basket has a wide opening in the rear, as well as limited access on the sides, and the leg rest serves as a hatch cover for front access."
Cons
"Car seat may be too cramped for some larger babies, Babies can outgrow height limit well before weight in seat"
  Jogging Pick

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

BOB Gear

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

Overall Take

Maneuverable and PortableA maneuverable stroller that can tackle any surface.

Experts Included
DWYM Baby and Kids Experts plus BestReviews, Baby Gear Lab, Nerd Wallet, The Car Crash Detective and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Target and Walmart.
Pros
" Adjustable canopy provides maximum protection"
Cons
"Won't self-stand when folded"
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The Best Overall

Baby Trend Phantom Expedition Jogging Stroller


Our Expert Score

6.4
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
5,371 user reviews

Our Take

You won't have any trouble going over rough surfaces, as this jogging stroller comes with bicycle tires. Babies are kept safe, thanks to the 5-point harness system and the large canopy that offers sun protection. As an added bonus, this stroller is equipped with two cup holders and a storage basket.

What other experts liked

For fitness-buff parents, the stroller offers useful features, such as bicycle-style tires. The front wheels have a swivel function, which you can lock when stability is needed.
- Mom Loves Best
The large retracting canopy keeps the sun out of your little one’s eyes while providing a see-through window so you know what your baby is doing at all times.
- The Shopping Mama
You cannot beat the price on this jogging stroller from Baby Trend! Any parent on a budget will love the quality construction and great features in the Expedition stroller.
- Heavy
Pushing and turning on flat surfaces is easy. It negotiated our obstacle course without hitting anything, and it did not require pre-planned turning.
- Baby Gear Lab

What other experts didn't like

Heavy and bulky — difficult to store/place in the trunk.
- Mom Loves Best
Seating area for child is relatively small
- Heavy
With a hard seat back that is uncomfortable compared to a sling-style seat and no suspension this stroller is not the most comfortable for passengers or pushers, and would not be a good choice for long-distance use.
- Baby Gear Lab

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Our Expert Score

6.8
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
933 user reviews

Our Take

Busy moms will love that this stroller is designed to fold with the use of just one hand. The stroller offers plenty of storage space and has a reclining seat with a five-point safety restraint system. It's recommended for use with babies under 40 pounds in weight and under 40 inches in height.

What other experts liked

Rugged, compact, and designed for outdoor use
- BestReviews
The main perk of the Cloud Plus is the low list price of $70, and while we suspect this will be a draw for many parents, we caution that at least in this case, you get what you pay for.
- Baby Gear Lab
It has great comfort and safety features that include the 5 point harness restraint system.
- Parent Center Network
Lightweight and compact.
- Consumer Reports

What other experts didn't like

We wish this stroller came with a locking mechanism to keep it from opening unexpectedly when folded
- BestReviews
The Cloud has plastic wheels with the dual front wheel design that makes maneuverability difficult. This stroller rolls and turns on flat surfaces without some work and it isn't that responsive or smooth.
- Baby Gear Lab
The seats of the stroller cannot be detached for cleaning. However, they are made of a wipable material so you might not need to detach them for the sake of cleaning.
- Parent Center Network
Front swivel wheels cannot be locked. That can make it trickier to maneuver the stroller on bumpy or uneven surfaces.
- Consumer Reports

Overall Product Rankings

Baby Trend Phantom Expedition Jogging Stroller

1. Baby Trend Phantom Expedition Jogging Stroller

Overall Score: 9.2
Reviews Included: 8

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

2. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 7

Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

3. Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 6

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

4. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 8

Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller

5. Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 8

UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

6. UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 11

UPPAbaby VISTA

7. UPPAbaby VISTA

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 7

Baby Jogger City Select Lux Second Seat

8. Baby Jogger City Select Lux Second Seat

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 5

Graco Roomfor2 Stroller

9. Graco Roomfor2 Stroller

Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 7

Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System

10. Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System

Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 7

Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller

11. Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller

Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 8

Our Stroller Findings


Baby Trend Phantom Expedition Jogging Stroller

What We Liked: You won’t have any trouble going over rough surfaces, as this jogging stroller comes with bicycle tires. Babies are kept safe, thanks to the 5-point harness system and the large canopy that offers sun protection. As an added bonus, this stroller is equipped with two cup holders and a storage basket.


Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

What We Liked: Busy moms will love that this stroller is designed to fold with the use of just one hand. The stroller offers plenty of storage space and has a reclining seat with a five-point safety restraint system. It’s recommended for use with babies under 40 pounds in weight and under 40 inches in height.


Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

What We Liked: This stroller is the lightest stroller of the bunch, with a large ventilated canopy. Car seat connection is a breeze, and the highly adjustable recline on the integrated seat suits both sleepy and active tots. A wide opening on the storage basket makes it easy to retrieve items on the go.


BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

What We Liked: This stroller boasts great maneuverability, thanks to an adjustable suspension and a locking swivel wheel in the front. It handles equally well on rough and smooth surfaces and comes with an adjustable handlebar. The roomy seat is a plus for fidgety kids, as are the insulated water bottle holders.


Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller

What We Liked: This stroller is ideal for moms who love to jog, but don’t have anyone to watch their babies while they go for a run. The stroller has a sun canopy with UV protection, as well as two peak-a-boo windows. The tires are a thick 8 inches and lockable, should you wish to take a quick break from your jog.

Our Stroller Buying Guide

Like anything involving your kids, buying a stroller is a lot more complicated than it should be. You’ll want something that fits both your car trunk and your budget, but that’s just the beginning of factors to consider — and the constant upgrades, innovations and recalls from the stroller industry don’t make things any simpler. The important thing is to know what kind of stroller will suit your needs, and the questions narrow down from there.

In the beginning, strollers were a one-piece affair: Take the baby out of the car seat, put them in the stroller and walk. While some traditional strollers still sport that self-contained design, the default these days is the broad category of a car seat carrier. In this case, you have a car seat that’s secured to your car by a base. The car seat lifts out of the base and can be locked directly into the stroller. Some face forward, some face back, but most have the option to do either one. Some strollers have the option to install a car seat for infants (sometimes with adapters), but still have an integral seat to accommodate larger toddlers.

Jogging strollers can also incorporate car seats, and they’re popular with active parents in both rural or urban settings. This smaller design usually has three wheels for quicker maneuverability. Their tires are suited to the environment and can sometimes be switched out. There are knobby ones for off-road areas, as well as models with inflated tires with a tight grip for mommy marathons on asphalt or indoor floors. In most cases, these strollers aren’t recommended for children under 6 months.

Then there’s the lightweight, or umbrella, stroller. Small both in profile and price, these are the ultimate in portability. A good umbrella stroller can weigh as little as 10 pounds, folds up quickly and should fit into just about any car. Most of them can also use a car seat, but bear in mind, they are not generally good for newborns, especially if you’re simply using the integrated seat.

There’s a lot of variation among all these types, and we’ve recently begun to see car seats that incorporate the entire stroller, wheels and all, into the base. A popular, if more expensive, option is a “travel system” that gives you a car seat and base along with a compatible stroller. Others have a bassinet as their default carrier. If there’s a common selling point among modern strollers, it’s adaptability. A carrier that might be perfect for you one year is going to be useless by the next year unless it can change to handle your rapidly growing child.

You’ll want your stroller to get you from point A to B easily, but also safely. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a raft of new federal requirements that strengthen the standards on things like non-pinching hinges, latch mechanisms, seat belts and detachable wheels. If reliability is a key concern, definitely look for strollers made after those standards were enacted in September 2015. You can also look for certification by the JMPA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association), which ensures that products for children meet those federal guidelines as well as their own.

Strollers of any type can vary widely in weight, from 10 pounds on umbrella models up to 30 pounds or more. And that’s just the beginning of the variety: Bells and whistles these days might include bench seats so that larger kids can ride upright and extensive compartment space and cup holders. But don’t sweat the small stuff to begin with. The best thing is to first determine if it will fit your child and car, then explore your perks from there.

DWYM Fun Fact

Need a little motivation to keep exercising? Dianna Chivakos of Massachusetts set a world record for the fastest marathon while pushing a jogging stroller in October 2017. The time: Just over 3 hours and 10 minutes. The stroller: A BOB Revolution. The wingman: Dianna’s three-year-old son Evan, who apparently went the entire 26.2 miles without a fuss, thanks to his iPhone and games.

The Stroller Tips and Advice

  • The seat is the first thing you’ll want to consider when buying a stroller. If it’s a self-contained, traditional type, simply check the specs to see what the carrying capacity is, usually listed by age or weight range. If it’s a car seat carrier, you’ll want to make sure that it can accommodate the brand and model of car seat you already own, unless you’re buying an all-in-one travel system. Most strollers are only compatible with car seats made by their company, but some do allow other brands to be mounted — usually with an adapter, which you may have to buy separately.
  • Weight of the stroller is also a big concern, especially for the elderly, those with bad backs or mothers dealing with the aftermath of a C-section. You can usually find the weight listed prominently on the product specs. Heads up if the stroller doesn’t come with a car seat include: That car seat is going to add a significant amount of pounds.
  • More than likely, the stroller’s method of assembly and disassembly is going to make you love it or hate it. Is it able to fold up quickly and easily? A lot of engineering goes into the bestselling strollers, so much so that they seem like origami creations when in use. Some will tout “one-handed” folding, which may not necessarily translate to “easier,” but can certainly be a plus when it works well. If you can’t try out the stroller first-hand, check online for a video that shows how it breaks down.
  • If you plan on keeping your stroller for the long haul, adaptability is key. You may save money on a quick and sporty umbrella carrier, but it won’t be much use after your child outgrows the only car seat that fits on it. There’s a lot to be said for a fully integrated seat with adjustable seat belts that can be moved as your child grows.
  • Got a small car? That probably does more to limit your options than anything else. Be sure to measure the space that your stroller will fit into when folded, whether that’s a trunk or a closet. Some strollers will even stand upright when disassembled, which can help with indoor storage.
  • Safety should always be a main concern, no matter what type you get. The frame should definitely be made of durable materials, and the buckles situated or padded so that they don’t pinch tiny fingers. In general, when it comes to harnesses, a five-point restraint system is the gold standard. There are federal specifications on strollers that have been upgraded since 2015, so models made after that year may be better constructed. You can also look for certification by the JPMA, an industry group that sets their own exacting standards.
  • Next, let’s kick the tires. Some parents enjoy the three-wheel feel of most jogging strollers, while others prefer the relative stability of a four-wheel setup. Bigger wheels will give you a better ride on uneven surfaces either way. As for the actual tire, most are made out of plastic and rubber — although some jogging strollers may sport actual inflatable tires. That can definitely result in a smooth ride, but bear in mind you will have to keep them inflated just like any car tire. Many strollers feature detachable wheels, either to give you the option of different tire styles or to make the product smaller when not in use. Either way, double check that the wheels are securely fastened before you roll out.
  • Storage will be another key concern for busy parents or those who like long walks. The primary spot for diaper bags or other light luggage is under the seat, so make sure there’s enough room there for whatever you’re likely to carry. Whatever you do, don’t hang heavy items from the handlebars. Too much weight can tip the stroller. If a stroller has a cup holder, that’s another big plus. Some even have a second one for baby right there on a tray, and deluxe models might feature insulated holders to keep that milk or juice cold for the jog home.
  • Especially short or tall parents, do yourself a favor and check that the handlebars are positioned at a comfortable height. On many models, they will be adjustable, but it’s not a given. Bending over too far to push a heavy stroller can be harder than just carrying a child around.
  • When you get that stroller home, you may want to check out after you’ve gotten through the assembly. But you may want to keep reading. There’s typically an option to register your stroller. Sign yourself up, and you can get notified in case of a recall.

About The Author

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Tod Caviness 

Tod Caviness is a professional writer and journalist for the past 20 years. More importantly, he is the father of a 7-year-old boy and an 2-year-old girl, and enjoys curating a library of books for them both. He figures his "dad tour of duty" will be done when they can both beat him at Settlers of Catan.