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The Best Stroller

Last updated on August 21, 2019

We looked at the top 10 Strollers and dug through the reviews from 50 of the most popular review sites including Lucie's List, Little Baby Gear, Who Loves Babies, Also Mom, Consumer Reports, Baby Gear Lab 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
  The Best Overall

Britax

B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

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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."
PROS
Infinite recline allows your little one to lean all the way back and nap comfortably. It’s worth mentioning that some parents use walks to calm their children or get them to fall asleep.
--   Set as Pro


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.
-- New York Times Wirecutter  Set as Pro


Click & Go system for easy car seat/stroller connection, Big, ventilated, UV 50+ canopy w/ peek-a-boo window
-- Best Car Seat Hub  Set as Pro


Cons
"Car seat may be too cramped for some larger babies, Babies can outgrow height limit well before weight in seat"
CONS
I cannot imagine using a stroller that didn’t have a tray for snacks and a drink.
--   Set as Con


The B-Lively has a quick-folding mechanism similar to the City Mini’s, but adds the step of pushing a button. This may be inconvenient for some people, but is meant as a safety measure for children who grab onto the folding strap to climb into the stroller.
-- New York Times Wirecutter  Set as Con


Car seat may be too cramped for some larger babies, Babies can outgrow height limit well before weight in seat
-- Best Car Seat Hub  Set as Con


BOB Gear

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

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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"
PROS
Adjustable canopy provides maximum protection
-- BestReviews  Set as Pro


The BOB Revolution Flex is very easy to run with adjustable suspension, tracking, handlebar, and locking front swivel wheel. These features also helped it earn a high score for maneuverability.
-- Baby Gear Lab  Set as Pro


The FLEX stroller has all the functionality of the SE model, including an effortless glide over rough surfaces, a roomy seat and a large canopy.
-- Baby List  Set as Pro


Excellent maneuverability, even with one hand
-- Nerd Wallet  Set as Pro


Adjustable handlebar. This is another huge pro of the Revolution Flex, and it’s good to see BOB took parent feedback and the feedback I sent them regarding the SE.
-- The Car Crash Detective  Set as Pro


Cons
"Won't self-stand when folded"
CONS
One of the more expensive models on our list, but parents says it's worth every penny
-- BestReviews  Set as Con


Won't self-stand when folded
-- Baby Gear Lab  Set as Con


There’s no cup or bottle holder.
-- Baby List  Set as Con


Bulky and relatively heavy
-- Nerd Wallet  Set as Con


No automatic braking system or lock. The main cons of the Flex involve the lack of an automatic braking system, which I believe every stroller should have for safety, and the lack of an automatic lock.
-- The Car Crash Detective  Set as Con


UPPAbaby

VISTA

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Overall Take

Versatile StrollerA versatile stroller that can fit with a car seat or convert to a tandem.

Experts Included
DWYM Baby and Kids Experts plus BestReviews, Baby Gear Lab, The Bump, Lucie’s List, New York Times Wirecutter. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Pros
" Opens and folds easily"
PROS
Opens and folds easily
-- BestReviews  Set as Pro


The Vista has sandal friendly single action brakes. The brakes are color-coded and have a simple, easy push to set and push to release mechanism.
-- Baby Gear Lab  Set as Pro


The UPPAbaby Vista offers an incredibly smooth ride and easy maneuverability.
-- The Bump  Set as Pro


The VISTA comes with an AMAZING bassinet (yes, whether you want it or not). It’s an industry favorite, and you can use it anywhere and everywhere, including overnight sleeping. It also has a removable, breathable mattress pad with a vented base and mattress for breathability.
-- Lucie's List  Set as Pro


This high-end tandem stroller can convert from a single stroller to a sit-and-stand to a double with seats in multiple configurations
-- New York Times Wirecutter  Set as Pro


Cons
"The Vista fold is a two-step operation that is easy to perform but requires both hands to complete"
CONS
Not suited for rough terrain or inclement weather
-- BestReviews  Set as Con


The Vista fold is a two-step operation that is easy to perform but requires both hands to complete
-- Baby Gear Lab  Set as Con


Heavy compared with other travel systems
-- The Bump  Set as Con


Not good for: Families on a tight budget
-- Lucie's List  Set as Con


It is heavier than the Chicco BravoFor2 and difficult to carry
-- New York Times Wirecutter  Set as Con


  The Best Value

Graco

Roomfor2 Stroller

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Overall Take

Lots of RoomA roomy stroller with a wide snack tray that will keep your babies safe.

Experts Included
DWYM Baby and Kids Experts plus BestReviews, Lucie’s List, Baby Gear Lab, Stroller Envy and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
" Meneuvers well, even with one hand"
PROS
Meneuvers well, even with one hand
-- BestReviews  Set as Pro


This stroller also has a large storage basket, a parent tray, and a snack tray that acts as a car seat adapter for the Graco SnugRide Click Connect car seat.
-- Lucie's List  Set as Pro


The best part about the handle is its ergonomic shape that curves to match the resting hand position of the pusher. The foam cover feels nice in hand, and the rubber center helps improve the one handed pushing experience.
-- Baby Gear Lab  Set as Pro


The harness is found on the front seat, and it can be attached via 3 or 5 points. The 3-point harness is used when the child is standing, and the 5-point harness is used when it’s sitting.
-- My Traveling Baby  Set as Pro


There’s a five-point harness for the front seat, which is more than you get with many similar strollers that only provide a three-point harness. L
-- Stroller Envy  Set as Pro


Cons
"The Graco RoomFor2 does not offer the ability to put the infant seat in the back, which narrows your riding options for kids closer in age."
CONS
Only has a single canopy, unlike the dual lined canopies of more expensives models
-- BestReviews  Set as Con


The Graco RoomFor2 does not offer the ability to put the infant seat in the back, which narrows your riding options for kids closer in age.
-- Lucie's List  Set as Con


The wheels are foam filled plastic tires on plastic wheels. They feel like the flimsiest ones in the group, and they did not feel durable enough to go the distance.
-- Baby Gear Lab  Set as Con


The canopy on the Graco sit and stand works a bit different than most other canopies do. Namely, the canopy is located further away from the parent, on the front seat. The child in the rear will be exposed to the sun while standing on the stroller.
-- My Traveling Baby  Set as Con


The RoomFor2’s sun canopy is a good size for the front child, but unfortunately, it doesn’t reach the back
-- Stroller Envy  Set as Con


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We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond.

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The Best Overall

Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

Our Expert Score
9.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
94 user reviews
Our Take

The Britax B-Lively 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.

What other experts liked
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.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Click & Go system for easy car seat/stroller connection, Big, ventilated, UV 50+ canopy w/ peek-a-boo window
- Best Car Seat Hub
What other experts didn't like
The B-Lively has a quick-folding mechanism similar to the City Mini’s, but adds the step of pushing a button. This may be inconvenient for some people, but is meant as a safety measure for children who grab onto the folding...
- New York Times Wirecutter
Car seat may be too cramped for some larger babies, Babies can outgrow height limit well before weight in seat
- Best Car Seat Hub

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Graco Roomfor2 Stroller

Our Expert Score
7.6
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
584 user reviews
Our Take

The Graco Roomfor2 is a dual stroller with plenty of room in the seats and the storage basket. It gets high marks for safety, thanks to an adjustable three or five-point harness system. Perks include a wide snack tray for kids and comfortable foam handles.

What other experts liked
Meneuvers well, even with one hand
- BestReviews
This stroller also has a large storage basket, a parent tray, and a snack tray that acts as a car seat adapter for the Graco SnugRide Click Connect car seat.
- Lucie's List
The best part about the handle is its ergonomic shape that curves to match the resting hand position of the pusher. The foam cover feels nice in hand, and the rubber center helps improve the one handed pushing experience.
- Baby Gear Lab
The harness is found on the front seat, and it can be attached via 3 or 5 points. The 3-point harness is used when the child is standing, and the 5-point harness is used when it’s sitting.
- My Traveling Baby
There’s a five-point harness for the front seat, which is more than you get with many similar strollers that only provide a three-point harness. L
- Stroller Envy
October 9, 2018 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
Only has a single canopy, unlike the dual lined canopies of more expensives models
- BestReviews
The Graco RoomFor2 does not offer the ability to put the infant seat in the back, which narrows your riding options for kids closer in age.
- Lucie's List
The wheels are foam filled plastic tires on plastic wheels. They feel like the flimsiest ones in the group, and they did not feel durable enough to go the distance.
- Baby Gear Lab
The canopy on the Graco sit and stand works a bit different than most other canopies do. Namely, the canopy is located further away from the parent, on the front seat. The child in the rear will be exposed to the sun while standing on the stroller.
- My Traveling Baby
The RoomFor2’s sun canopy is a good size for the front child, but unfortunately, it doesn’t reach the back
- Stroller Envy
October 9, 2018 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

1. Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

Overall Score: 9.2
Reviews Included: 6

2. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

Overall Score: 9.2
Reviews Included: 8

3. UPPAbaby VISTA

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 7

4. Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 8

5. UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 11

6. Baby Jogger City Select Lux Second Seat

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 5

7. Graco Roomfor2 Stroller

Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 7

8. Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System

Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 7

9. Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller

Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 8

10. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Overall Score: 7.3
Reviews Included: 7

Our Findings

Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller

What We Liked: The Britax B-Lively 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.

Graco Roomfor2 Stroller

Best Value

What We Liked: The Graco Roomfor2 is a dual stroller with plenty of room in the seats and the storage basket. It gets high marks for safety, thanks to an adjustable three or five-point harness system. Perks include a wide snack tray for kids and comfortable foam handles.

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

What We Liked: The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 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.

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, and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 has 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 5-year-old boy and an 8-month-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.