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Test-driving a stroller in a store can be a fool’s errand. Conditions are perfect, the sales pitch hyped. Plus, infants and toddlers—let’s face it, not the best communicators—can’t tell you how cozy or cramped a stroller is. Or how smooth the ride feels.
So it’s up to parents to judge how nimbly the stroller turns on busy sidewalks and how easily it folds as you're hoisting it, one-handed, into the trunk of your car. Or for that matter, how safe it is for your little one. That’s why Consumer Reports buys and tests dozens of strollers, putting each one through its paces in our stroller lab and on the grounds of our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters.
"The best stroller is a safe stroller with features that fit your child and your lifestyle—at a price that matches your budget," says Joan Muratore, the engineer who oversees stroller testing for CR. "Many of the strollers we tested earn a Very Good or Excellent rating in our rigorous safety tests."
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In our stroller ratings, you’ll see dozens of strollers, standard and double. They’re from more than two dozen brands, including Baby Jogger, Britax, Bugaboo, Chicco, Graco, Maclaren, Mountain Buggy, Peg Perego, Stokke, and UPPAbaby.
Prices range from $70 to $1,300, and they’re organized by type: single traditional, combo, umbrella, car-seat carrier, car-seat stroller, and travel system. In the doubles category, you’ll see side-by-side, tandem, convertible, and car-seat carrier models. To figure out which type will work best for your family, start with our stroller buying guide.
CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of CR’s top picks, tailored to where and how you live. For more choices, see our complete stroller ratings and check the features & specs for key factors, including the stroller’s weight and whether it meets Disney’s park stroller requirements.
Best Stroller for City Dwellers
CR’s take: A traditional all-purpose stroller, the Peg Perego Booklet works on busy sidewalks, paved streets, in a park, and on a trail. This sturdy stroller is the only one in its category to earn an Excellent rating in all our tests: safety, maneuverability, and ease of use. The stroller seat reclines to a nearly flat position. Car-seat adapters are built in, making it easy to attach the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seat.
The stroller stands on its own when folded and has generous storage space. The trade-off? It’s a bit bulky, weighing in at 20 pounds. That’s in line with some of the other high-scoring traditional strollers we tested, but 7 pounds more than the Mountain Buggy Nano, a CR Best Buy. The warranty covers two years.
Best Stroller for Suburban Living
CR’s take:The Chicco Bravo Trio is our top-rated travel system and a CR Best Buy. The versatile system includes an infant car seat, a car-seat base, and a stroller—which will transport your child from infancy through toddler years.
The Chicco Bravo stroller earns Excellent ratings in our tests for ease of use and maneuverability, and a Very Good rating in our safety tests. For a newborn, remove the stroller seat and snap in the infant car seat. Installing the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat in a car is also a cinch. This car seat snags Excellent ratings for ease of use and fit (with either a seat belt or LATCH mechanism) in our tests. And our crash tests found that it proves safer than the minimum federal standard.
Once your baby outgrows the car seat, use the stroller for adventures and running errands. Travel systems tend to be bulky, and this one is no exception. The stroller itself weighs 23 pounds, typical of its type. The warranty covers one year.
Best Stroller for Traveling With Infants
CR’s take: One of our top-rated car-seat carrier strollers, the lightweight Chicco KeyFit Caddy is compatible with our top-rated infant car seats: the Chicco KeyFit or Chicco KeyFit 30. (The seat "clicks" into the frame in the same way you attach a car seat to the base in your back seat.) In the early days, that means you can transfer baby (even a sleeping baby) from car to stroller with ease.
In our tests, this stroller rates Excellent for safety and ease of use, with Very Good maneuverability. It garners an Excellent rating for ease of use, a Very Good rating for maneuverability, and a Good rating in our safety tests. The Graco SnugRider Elite is another great choice for a car-seat carrier, but we give Chicco the edge because its KeyFit infant car seats perform better than Graco’s Click Connect models in our tests. Chicco’s warranty is for one year. Note that once your baby outgrows the infant car seat, you’ll need a new stroller.
Best Stroller for Traveling With Toddlers
CR’s take: Don’t be fooled, this 12-pound Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller is designed for kids 6 months or older, up to 50 pounds. As the top-rated umbrella stroller in our ratings, it aced our safety tests, rating Excellent. It also rates Very Good for maneuverability and ease of use.
This stroller is a cinch to collapse and carry, thanks in part to the shoulder strap. Folding requires two hands (or a hand and foot) and strap adjustments require rethreading. Its cup holder, quick-nap reclining seat, and small seat-back pocket come in handy for those exhausting trips to Disney theme parks (this stroller meets Disney’s requirements).
But like most lightweight umbrella strollers with small wheels, it’s less responsive on rough terrain. Some owners of this stroller quibble over upside-down wheel issues due to improper assembly. Be sure the wheels swivel while putting it together, because it’s difficult to undo this mistake. The Summer Infant 3D Lite is an ideal secondary stroller for outings or when flying with a child more than 2 years old.
Best Stroller for the Long Haul
CR’s take: Bulky at 23 pounds, this Disney-friendly Graco stroller offers lots of seating options for one or two kids, including a bassinet conversion for babies under 6 months. A CR Best Buy, parents may appreciate its practical features—an expandable frame, adjustable handle, one-touch brakes, and an easy one-hand fold to a self-stand.
In our tests, this stroller rates Excellent in safety and ease of use, and Very Good in maneuverability. It’s compatible with a variety of Graco Snugride infant seats with Click Connect feature. The stroller has a forward-or-rear-facing seat and comes with a large basket and child’s tray. The frame extends for either extra storage or a second separately purchased seat, which can be used as a true double tandem or a “sit and stand” riding platform for an infant and older toddler, respectively.
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