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- Best stroller for newborns: Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier
- Best stroller with car seat combo: Graco Aire3 Travel System
- Best budget-friendly stroller: Baby Trend Rocket Stroller
- Best stroller for travel: gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller
- Best stroller for running: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller
- Best stroller for storage: Jeep North Star Stroller
- Best for storage runner up: Graco Jetsetter Ultra Compact Stroller
- Best luxury stroller: Hot Mom 360 Rotation Baby Stroller
- Best double stroller: Joovy ScooterX2 Double Stroller
- Best all-terrain stroller: BOB Gear Alterrain Pro Jogging Stroller
- Best stroller for city living: Baby Jogger Citi Mini GT2 Stroller
Picking the right baby stroller can be a tall order — anyone who’s ever walked into a store’s baby department knows that the stroller section can be overwhelming.
Should you pick a traditional four-wheel design or opt for a more streamlined three-wheel model? What about a stroller that folds easily or can be opened with one hand? And do you need all the bells and whistles on the market or just… a solid stroller that will get you out the door?
We know, it’s exhausting. In this guide, we’re highlighting our picks of the best baby strollers on the market, as well as laying out key factors you should keep in mind before you buy a stroller or put one on your baby registry.
If you’re inheriting a stroller from a friend or relative, or picking up a secondhand model through a digital or in-person marketplace, always confirm that the model you’re buying or inheriting is not under recall. You can easily confirm this by checking safety standards with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and inspecting its recall list or the one at Safe Kids Worldwide.
But if you’re buying a brand-new stroller from a reputable online site or store, you can rest assured that your stroller will meet all current safety standards and protocols.
To make our selections, we looked at the following key features:
- stroller style
- wheel style
- weight limit
- flexibility — does it grow with your child and accommodate different configurations?
- ease of use
- parental feedback
- $ = under $150
- $$ = $150–$300
- $$$ = over $300
Best stroller for newborns
Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier
When your child is a newborn, you need a car seat to safely transport them around. But trying to pair a stroller with an infant car seat can be a challenge — even when you stay within a brand. The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal is a great solution.
This frame is not only compatible with all the brand’s car seats, but many parents note that this stroller frame is compatible with car seats from other brands like Graco and Britax. It’s lightweight and easy to fold with one hand without compromising functional add-ons like a storage basket and cup holders.
One drawback of this type of stroller is that once your baby gets older, you will most likely need to graduate to a traditional stroller as this is designed for use with infant car seats only.
Best stroller with car seat combo
Graco Aire3 Travel System
Typically, a travel system features a three-piece set that includes the stroller, car seat, and car seat base. And in many cases, like with the Graco Aire3 Travel System, the car seat is designed to fit the stroller so that you can use it from the beginning.
This stroller is lightweight (only 21 pounds), easy to fold flat with one hand, and has mostly rave reviews. And while the infant car seat carrier we mentioned above is great for newborns specifically, this system features an infant car seat that’s rated from four to 35 pounds and a stroller with an adjustable seat that can support up to 50 pounds — making it a complete stroller that grows with you.
Best budget-friendly stroller
Baby Trend Rocket Stroller
Just because you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a stroller doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on features or settle for a model that’s a nightmare to fold. The Baby Trend Rocket Stroller is the perfect option for parents of older babies (able to sit up unassisted) that want an easy-to-use stroller without breaking the bank.
This streamlined option comes with the five-point safety harness, a canopy, two cup holders, and a storage compartment for parents. Plus, this model folds into a compact storage position, making it great for travel too.
However, this stroller features minimal recline capabilities and cannot be paired with a bassinet or car seat. You’ll want to save this one for babies who are 6 months old or can sit up unassisted.
Best stroller for travel
gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller
Anyone who’s ever flown with a baby knows how stressful it can be to check your stroller at the gate — like you weren’t stressed enough as it is? Luckily, this Pockit stroller folds down into a self-standing compact configuration that can even fit in an overhead luggage bin.
As the name implies, this stroller comes in at under 12 pounds and features a very sleek frame. While it can’t accommodate infant car seats, parents of older babies will like that the lightweight design makes this stroller a dream to maneuver. This option can support children up to 55 pounds and store 11 pounds in the storage basket for combined support of 66 pounds.
Best stroller for running
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller
You shouldn’t have to forego running your favorite routes just because you now have a little one in tow. But finding a model that works for you (and doesn’t send your baby on a roller coaster ride) requires some special thought.
The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller features the runner-approved three-wheel design and a front wheel that can be locked into place. Your little one will stay comfortable with the reclining padded seat and secure in the five-point harness. Both you and baby have access to separate trays with cup holders. This model also comes in a variety of different color combinations.
This stroller is designed for children at least 6 months old and for up to 50 pounds. It has mostly rave reviews, but some parents experienced issues with the front wheel leading to the axle snapping (in the most severe cases) when the tire came into contact with obstructions like curbs or debris.
Best stroller for storage
Jeep North Star Stroller
Even if you live in a larger home, you probably don’t want your entryway or garage cluttered with your baby stroller. The Jeep North Star Stroller is an excellent storage solution because it folds into slim dimensions (44 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 7.75 inches deep) and less than 12 pounds, making it easy to maneuver whether folded or assembled.
On top of having a cup holder and storage basket, parents like that the padded seats can be rolled back during warmer weather to expose a mesh seat for much-needed airflow. The canopy and sun visor can also be extended to give baby extra protection.
However, whereas most strollers are rated for up to 50 pounds, this Jeep model is rated for up to 40 pounds — something to consider if you’re looking for a stroller that will grow with your baby.
Best for storage runner up
Graco Jetsetter Ultra Compact Stroller
Another great option that prioritizes storage is this stroller from Graco. Its compact folding design and the included tote bag help keep your investment protected when not in use. Another bonus is that this stroller is compatible with all the other Graco connect infant car seats.
Parents liked that this stroller is lightweight at only 14 pounds and can be easily folded with one hand — making it ideal when you’re holding your little one in one hand and trying to break down a stroller with the other. And like the other Graco stroller in our guide, this one is also rated for up to 50 pounds.
Best luxury stroller
Hot Mom 360 Rotation Baby Stroller
If money is no object, why not go for a tricked out stroller that will turn heads every time you leave the house? The Hot Mom 360 Rotation Baby Stroller features a faux leather seat and stylish accents. Its seat can be rotated 360 degrees, which means maneuvering your child into a position where they’re facing you when you’re sitting at the park just got easier.
This model comes with a bassinet that’s rated for use from newborn to 6 months that can eventually be swapped with the standard seat, which supports up to 56 pounds. Also, the exterior is waterproof and dirt resistant and this stroller comes with a mosquito net. #fancy
Best double stroller
Joovy ScooterX2 Double Stroller
If you’re a parent of multiple little ones, it’s no surprise that a single-child stroller isn’t going to cut it. The Joovy ScooterX2 Double Stroller is designed to fit through standard doors while also supporting two children up to 45 pounds each for a combined capacity of 90 pounds.
With the ScooterX2, both children get a full view of their surroundings, unlike tandem double strollers. Each seat and footrest can be adjusted independently and you can fold this double stroller with just one hand. Parents also get a massive canopy and storage basket, as well as two cup holders and storage in the parent tray.
However, shorter parents (shorter than 5 feet, 5 inches) noted that the handles weren’t at a comfortable level and some parents had issues with keeping the canopy in place.
Best all-terrain stroller
BOB Gear Alterrain Pro Jogging Stroller
For families that love the outdoors, going for a walk sometimes means taking the path less taken. If you’re traversing dirt paths, sandy boardwalks, or gravely trails, your stroller better be able to keep up.
Our Healthline Parenthood editorial director loves this stroller from BOB Gear for its all-wheel suspension and sturdy frame. She says that the combination of a sturdy frame, easy to maneuver air-filled wheels, and an ergonomic hand brake make for a super smooth ride, no matter the terrain.
Best for city living
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller
When you live in a densely populated city or have to rely on public transportation or cabs to get around, you want a stroller that’s designed with this in mind. It has to be lightweight, but with storage, have sturdy wheels that can handle anything they encounter, and grow with your baby.
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller is a bit of a splurge, but is great for city life. It can hold children up to 65 pounds, can be folded with one hand, and features a full-coverage canopy with UV 50 sun protection. Parents will appreciate the adjustable handlebar, the three-wheel design, and the all-wheel suspension for maneuvering unpredictable city sidewalks.
Our list is a great start for narrowing down your search as you begin your quest for the best baby stroller. But in general, there are a few core features you should be prioritizing as you weigh your options:
Strollers come in a range of styles. The most common include umbrella strollers, travel systems, lightweight strollers, double strollers, jogging strollers, and stroller frames. The one that’s best for you is going to depend on the features that are most important to you.
If you prefer a lightweight stroller, then we would recommend umbrella strollers or those billed as lightweight. Travel systems offer a stroller, infant car seat, and car seat base, which is ideal if you don’t want to fuss with mixing and matching (universal compatibility even within a brand isn’t a guarantee). And joggers and double strollers are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts or parents of multiple small children.
Typically with wheels, you’re going to either opt for a three-wheel or four-wheel design. Regardless of which configuration, you’ll want wheels that move smoothly and are responsive when you push the stroller in any direction.
However, many people prefer three-wheel models because they feel they are more maneuverable and often come with a front-wheel lock to keep it in a fixed direction.
This is going to be an important feature as it will determine whether or not the stroller you want is designed to grow with your baby. Most strollers are rated for anywhere from 45 to 65 pounds with 50 to 55 pounds being the norm.
Of course, if you’re looking at a double stroller, you’ll want to ensure that the total combined weight can safely support up to 50 pounds per child. Likewise, if you’re looking at travel systems, you’ll want to confirm that the infant car seat can support your child up to at least 12 months of age (usually 35 pounds).
Depending on how frequently you plan on using a stroller, accessories can make the experience much more enjoyable. These can include parent and child trays with cup holders or storage space. Also, look for options like a storage basket or a sun canopy for your child.
However, if you have your heart set on a model that doesn’t feature the accessories you want or need, you can always purchase aftermarket options that are usually designed to be compatible with a wide range of stroller brands.
With flexibility, we’re looking to see if you can recline the seats, or if you can connect an infant car seat to it. These features matter as being able to recline a stroller seat means that your little one will sleep more comfortably.
Likewise, other features like rotating seats, adjustable canopies, and leg rests can all help to make you and your child’s stroller experience more enjoyable.
Price is always going to matter. But with strollers, expensive isn’t always better depending on the features that you consider a priority. In our guide, we’ve featured a range of options across price points — with many of our picks being extremely affordable while still offering plenty of features.
Ease of use
No one wants to fight with a stroller — especially if you’re trying to get out the door in a hurry. Look for models that can be easily folded or assembled. Likewise, recline and adjustment features should also be easy to use. You’ll also want a stroller that isn’t heavy as this will make it harder to push — especially when your child is in it!
These days, strollers are an essential item for any parent. But finding the right option isn’t just about price. Look for features that make them easier to use for both you and your children.
The best strollers will grow with your child and can stand up through consistent use over time. Whether you opt for a jogger, a double stroller, or a travel system, be sure to find the one that best complements your lifestyle and activity levels.