Just like a crib, a baby stroller has the potential to be one of your biggest expenses in the first few years of your little one’s life—depending on what you’re willing to spend. But there is no single best stroller that works for everyone. It’s important to keep your budget in mind and weigh the pros, cons and trade-offs when choosing a stroller model that suits your lifestyle. To make it easy, we’ve rounded up our favourite bestsellers and compared their features so you don’t have to.
What kind of stroller are you looking for?
Best Travel System on a Budget
Travel systems are packaged sets that include a full-size stroller, car seat base and infant car seat that can click into your stroller or car. This Graco Comfy Cruiser tops our list because it can be used in various positions as your baby transitions from infant to toddler, including forward-facing, outward-facing and flat—which is handy for diaper changes and transporting a floppy newborn. Plus, Graco’s unique Click Connect system means you can attach the car seat to the car base or stroller base with just one click.
- The stroller folds open and closed while standing and with only one hand, leaving your other arm free for baby.
- It has a parent’s tray with two cup holders, plus an extra-large storage basket.
- It’s a full-size stroller, not a compact or umbrella stroller, so it’s a little bulky.
It’s very easy to click into the car seat. It’s easy to assemble, easy to condense and easy to open.
My one complaint is that when opening it, there is a very strong plastic smell. It does eventually pass but it took a few days.
Best Double Stroller
The Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Travel System and double stroller looks sharp, has 20 configurations—more than we’ve ever seen—and is about half the price of some of its competitors like UPPAbaby and Bugaboo. It expands from single to double stroller with no tools needed thanks to the inclusion of two seats: an infant car seat and a toddler seat that can switch into flat bassinet mode. It’s also available as a single stroller without the car seat attachment.
- You have up to 20 different configurations to choose from for one or two kids. Infants and children can sit upright or reclined, in both parent-facing and outward-facing positions and at various heights.
- The extra-large storage basket expands to over two feet in length with front and back access.
- Learning how to reconfigure, expand and collapse it can be a bit tricky at first.
I absolutely love this stroller for my two-year-old and four-month-old. The stroller folds smaller than my previous single stroller and it’s lighter.
The latch to open the stroller is sometimes difficult to undo and it can be a bit of a hassle if you’re in a hurry. It has gotten easier to open the more times I have used it, though.
Best Umbrella Stroller
With an umbrella stroller (so named because they collapse into a smaller size, like an umbrella!), you want something lighter and easier to fold than your main stroller. This Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller folds into a teeny-tiny size, but it still has some of the features of a larger stroller like the ability to recline and plenty of storage space.
- The durable and lightweight frame is only 13 pounds, yet the large and comfortable seat safely holds up to 50 pounds (though it may be on the small side for tall kids).
- The stroller’s four-position recline ranges from a slight tilt to nearly flat, which is ideal for diaper changes on the go.
- It includes a large storage basket that’s easy to access, a rear storage pocket and a cup holder.
It’s lightweight, easy to put together and easy to fold up. There’s a decent amount of storage space for the size and the cup holder is a bonus.
The sunshade isn’t quite big enough to protect my little one from the sun. I wish it was a bit longer.
Best Jogging Stroller
We like that the Graco FastAction Jogger LX combines the smooth ride of a traditional jogging stroller with the easy foldability of a more compact model. It’s also decked out with added features and accessories that you usually have to pay extra for, including child and parent trays.
- The air-filled rubber tires make for a smooth ride on many terrains and the front wheel locks in place for extra stability.
- It’s designed with one-second, one-hand foldability but it may take some practice to master.
- You can also use the stroller with any Graco Click Connect infant car seat, or purchase it as a travel system with the car seat included.
I use it to run and it is great in all terrains! The infant car seat clicks right in, and between the canopy on the stroller and canopy on the car seat, it is complete coverage.
It is a little heavier than I’d like but that’s because it’s so sturdy.
Best Bassinet Stroller
The Graco Modes Pramette Travel System offers three different configurations: infant car seat carrier, infant stroller (a.k.a. bassinet mode) and toddler stroller. We love that the toddler stroller converts directly into a true bassinet and you don’t have to buy additional parts or tools like you would for other brands. Since the bassinet lies completely flat, it’s comfortable for newborns that can’t hold up their heads yet.
- This model includes the attachable Graco SnugRide 35 Lite DLX Infant Car Seat, which makes transitioning from car to stroller a breeze. It’s rear-facing and suitable for infants from four to 35 pounds. The toddler seat holds kids up to 50 pounds.
- It has a full-sized canopy with peekaboo window that allows you to keep an eye on your little one.
- It’s not the most compact stroller on the market and requires both hands to fold it.
The best part was that the bassinet came included as part of the stroller rather than having to pay more for that as an add-on.
This stroller wouldn’t be a good fit for rough terrain or snow. I will use it primarily for sidewalks and indoors.
Best Travel Stroller
The Graco TravelLite stroller is ideal for taking trips and lifting in and out of the car. It has a quick-and-easy fold system and carrying strap, like other travel strollers, but it also has a few extra features like adjustable calf support, removable parent cup holder and padded hand grips for extra comfort.
- This lightweight travel stroller weighs only 15 pounds yet has a sturdy frame.
- It has a multi-position, reclining seat that’s perfect for naps and a removable arm bar that gives your child something to hold onto while looking out.
- It includes a convertible three- and five-point harness that grows with your child up to 40 pounds.
Absolutely love the recline feature. I got rid of my $24 lightweight stroller because it wouldn’t recline. My son is three and gets cranky when he can’t sleep.
If your infant is too small, the seat is a bit overwhelming.
Best Lightweight Stroller
Size wise, the Cosco Flash Stroller is a nice compromise between a full-feature stroller and a travel option. It’s compact and has a single-hand folding, self-standing system—all necessary for a lightweight travel stroller. Yet, it also has convenient features like a multi-position reclining seat, a removable snack tray and a storage basket that’s much larger than comparable models.
- It has many safety features including a five-point harness system and foot brake.
- The extra-large three-tier extended canopy offers sun protection, while the viewing window allows you to keep an eye on baby.
- The front wheels are a bit noisy.
Lightweight and good value for the money. It is small and fits well in small cars.
The odd time the seat gets stuck when folding it up but it’s an easy fix once you know what’s going on.
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Your Questions, Answered
When should you purchase a stroller?
For peace of mind, you’ll want to buy a stroller sometime during your third trimester. Are you thinking, “Does a newborn really need a stroller?” The answer is yes—especially if you don’t have a car or if you like to take long walks to get out of the house. Many strollers even come with bassinet or infant car seat attachments, which make them ideal for newborns.
What are the main types of strollers?
- Full-size stroller: Your staple stroller that’s best for local walks—not for packing up into the car if you can help it. It’s heavier than a travel or umbrella stroller, but also more durable and usually comes with better features like recline positions, ample storage and cup holders.
- Travel system: A package that includes a full-size stroller, plus a separate infant car seat that clicks into a car base or into the stroller base. You can seamlessly transition your infant from your vehicle to the stroller.
- Bassinet stroller: A stroller that either comes with a bassinet attachment or has a toddler seat that converts to a flat position for newborns.
- Travel stroller: A lightweight stroller that can be folded into a compact, portable package—usually with travel straps attached.
- Umbrella stroller: An ultra-lightweight stroller that collapses like an umbrella and is usually reserved for travel or packing into tight spaces. They aren’t suitable for babies under six months old unless their seat fully reclines.
- Jogging stroller: Designed with three large and durable wheels, the front-wheel usually locks into a straight position for a smoother ride while jogging or running.
- Car-seat carrier: A very basic and lightweight frame that accommodates an infant car seat. It is strictly intended to be used with a car seat that you buy separately.
- Double stroller: Any stroller that accommodates two seats at the same time, whether it’s a full-size stroller or lightweight travel stroller. They can either be designed for children of the same age, including twins, or with one seat for an infant and one for a toddler.
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Choosing a Stroller
How do you know which type of stroller will work for your family?
When buying a stroller, it’s helpful to have a checklist of features that are must-haves for your lifestyle. Important questions to ask include:
|What is your budget?||Around $50 to $150: Choose a travel stroller or umbrella stroller.
Around $200 to $350: Choose a full-size stroller or budget travel system.
Over $400: Choose a travel system or double stroller with extra features.
|Do you need durable wheels, shocks and brakes—especially for difficult terrain or jogging?||If yes, you’ll want to avoid a stroller that’s too far into the budget range and consider a jogging stroller.|
|How much storage space do you need? Do you need cup holders?||Not much: You can go for a more compact, lightweight model like an umbrella stroller.
A whole lot: You’ll want a full-size model, travel system or double stroller.
Trays, cup holders and accessories: It will come down to your specific model, but you’ll usually get what you pay for. You can also buy stroller accessories separately.
|Does the stroller need to be light and compact for transit or airplane travel?||If yes, consider a travel stroller or umbrella stroller.|
|Can you afford to buy a separate travel stroller for trips?||If yes, purchase one affordable travel stroller or umbrella stroller for trips and one full-size stroller or travel system with car seat included.|
|Does it need to work for a newborn?||If yes, choose a bassinet stroller or travel system with infant car seat.|
|Does it need to fit a second child?||If yes, choose a double stroller.|
|Do you already own a car seat?||If yes, you might want to go for a car-seat carrier.|
Keep in mind that a weight limit of up to 40 pounds is usually more than enough and will last till your child is at least three years old. However, some people prefer a stroller that goes up to 50 pounds, which means the frame is extra sturdy (and sometimes heavier).
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How much should you budget for a stroller?
Stroller prices vary a lot. A good quality travel stroller that you only use for trips and packing into tight spaces may cost $100, while a full-size stroller with a bassinet attachment and all the bells and whistles can easily run more than $1,000.
Keeping Things Tidy
How do you get rid of fabric stains from mould, mildew or sunscreen?
- Mould and mildew stains: Use a solution of three parts water with two parts distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and spot clean the affected areas.
- Sunscreen stains: Dilute rubbing alcohol with water in equal parts, spritz it on the area and gently scrub with a toothbrush. Some stroller brands also have special cleaning products that they recommend for use on their fabrics.
How do you clean the stroller frame?
To prevent the metal components from rusting due to rain and snow, store your stroller in a dry place or cover it when storing outdoors. Try to wipe away dirt, salt and other gunk from your stroller frame regularly with a damp cloth. When doing a deep clean, it’s a good idea to disassemble and remove as many parts as you can and place a small amount of lubricant on the wheel shaft to prevent rusting.
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