The most precious cargo that a parent will ever carry is his/her baby. It’s not really surprising then that a baby stroller is one of the first things written on a soon-to-be parent’s checklist. Strollers certainly make life easier when you’re going around running errands or meeting up with friends and family. There are even strollers you can take with you jogging.
Strollers can also handle carrying all of those items you need when going out of the house with your baby – change of clothes, diapers, milk, wipes, and whatever else you think the baby needs. Since we’ve already established that a stroller is in order for any new parent, how does one choose which stroller is the right one? You can’t really choose just willy-nilly. After all, your baby definitely deserves only the best. However, it can be a daunting task just looking at all of the options available in the market today. Not to worry, though, because we’ve whittled down that exhaustive list to 10.
Top 10 Baby Strollers of 2018 Reviewed
- Top 10 Baby Strollers of 2018 Reviewed
- 1. UPPAbaby 2017 VISTA Stroller
- 2. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
- 3. Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller
- 4. GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller
- 5. BOB Revolution Flex Stroller
- 6. Thule Urban Glide
- 7. Britax 2017 B-Agile Stroller
- 8. Graco Modes Travel System Stroller
- 9. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
- 10. UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller
- Baby Stroller Buying Guide
1. UPPAbaby 2017 VISTA StrollerBaby Stroller On The Market
Urban living with a baby is made easy with the UPPAbaby Vista which is probably why it is considered the “it” stroller in a whole lot of cities. The stroller is highly versatile with its multiple seating positions and angles of recline as well as various optional add-ons that will allow your stroller to grow with your child. It can even grow with your family by accommodating two or three riders easily.
Aside from the bassinet and toddler seat that comes with it, this stroller also features all-terrain wheels, easy-to-use brakes, a large expandable sunshade, and a super large storage basket. You may notice that the UPPAbaby Vista is a bit big and heavy. It certainly is not built to maneuver tight spaces but that is a small price to pay with the growth and versatility that this stroller brings. Those characteristics alone will make this stroller the only one you’ll ever need.
- multiple configurations
- can seat more than two children easily
- very large storage basket
- not for maneuvering tight spaces
2. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience StrollerBaby Stroller For City Living
Yes, this stroller is less than $100 but that doesn’t mean the quality or features are sub-par. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. This is a lightweight stroller that is specifically designed to collapse with ease into a compact size, easily stored in the trunk of your car, closet, etc. Now, it can’t support car seats or bassinets so it’s definitely not for newborns. However, the stroller does feature a durable aluminum frame, a seat that has 4 reclining positions and a 5-point safety harness, anti-shock front wheels, lockable rear wheels, adjustable and removable canopy, and an extra large storage basket. For an umbrella stroller, the Summer Infant 3Dlite is heavier and bigger than others in this category. It is also a great deal more comfortable and much easier to maneuver. It even comes with a carrying strap!
- lightweight but sturdy
- multiple recline positions (including lying flat)
- easy to maneuver
- Wheels not made for rough terrain
- canopy is too short
- Cup holder is flimsy
3. Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller
The Baby Jogger City Mini is another lightweight stroller but one specifically designed for city dwellers, hence the name. It features the UV 50+ sun canopy with a peek-a-boo window, 8-inch EVA tires that can swivel or lock, and a seat that offers multiple recline positions. What makes this stroller so great is the fact that it can be operated with one hand.
You can easily hold your baby with one hand while folding the City Mini in the other. The tires are easily maneuvered around tight corners and crowded areas. At 17 lbs, the stroller can easily be carried up the stairs or into the trunk of a car. If you’re wondering about your infant car seat, the Baby Jogger City Mini is compatible with a lot of brands such as BOB, Britax, Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego, and Cybex with adapters.
- Easily maneuverable around tight corners
- Compatible with a lot of infant car seats
- One-hand folding system
- Not a lot of storage space
- Not for rough terrains
- Attaching the car seat to the adapter requires a bit of practice and skill
4. GB Pockit Lightweight StrollerBaby Stroller For Travel
With so many new things for the baby that will take up room in your house, it would be great if you can find a stroller that’s compact and easy to store away when not needed. Going on a vacation with a baby or small child also requires a stroller that only has a small footprint. The GB Pockit fits the bill for both cases. As the world’s smallest folding stroller, it can easily fold into a handbag-sized package and fit inside an overhead compartment or under a seat on a plane. While it is quite small, this stroller is no less sturdy.
It can carry a 6-month old baby to a child weighing 55 lbs. The adjustable 5-point safety harness system ensures your child is always safely secured in the stroller. The shoulder and crotch pads ensure that he or she remains comfortable while strapped in. Also, even as small as this stroller gets when folded, when in use, there’s enough storage room to hold 11 lbs of your baby’s necessities. The swivel-lock wheels rotate 360 degrees lets you roll it with ease along the city streets and, more importantly, along the narrow aisles of department stores.
- Incredibly compact when folded
- Can easily maneuver tight corners and narrow aisles
- Very travel-friendly
- Not easy to fold and unfold; requires two hands
- Not for uneven ground
- Canopy does not provide any shade
5. BOB Revolution Flex StrollerBaby Stroller For Jogging
Outdoor adventures aren’t a thing of the past once you enter parenthood. With the right equipment, you can go on-road and off-road with your child in tow. The BOB Revolution PRO stroller is that right equipment. This is the best all-terrain stroller you’ll find in the market today. It features a full suspension system to deliver an incredibly smooth ride that will leave your baby napping no matter how bumpy the road gets. The handlebar is adjustable with 9 positions to cater to the varying heights of parents. Hand-activated rear brakes for easy stopping while jogging or strolling through a hilly area.
Runners will definitely like this stroller. Of course, since it is a jogging stroller, the BOB Revolution PRO is bulky and heavy. It has to be to ensure that it remains stable strolling through all kinds of terrain. However, this also means that storing it will be a pain and it’s not really travel-friendly. Also, it’s not the best stroller for navigating small shops and narrow aisles or taking public transportation.
- Smooth ride all the time
- Hand-activated rear brakes
- Height-adjustable handlebar
- Not great at maneuvering through tight spaces
- Heavy and bulky
- Canopy doesn’t stay closed
6. Thule Urban GlideBaby Stroller All Terrain
Jogging strollers don’t have to be bulky. Just check out the Thule Urban Glide! It’s a jogging stroller that’s lighter than others in this category but still sturdy enough to handle all kinds of terrain. It has a smaller footprint, an ergonomic handlebar that has adjustable heights, and the pads on the handles are water repellent. The front wheel can swivel for easy maneuverability when you need it and lock in place for jogging.
What we really love about this jogging stroller is the fact that it reclines to an almost flat position which means your baby can sleep while you get your morning run. The sunshade has multiple positions so you can block the sun at any angle. If you had your heart set on a travel system, no worries because all you need is a car seat adapter. Other great features you might be interested in include a one-handed compact fold, a large storage compartment that comes with a zippered water resistant cover, and a magnetic peek-a-boo window.
- Compact fold; easy to fold
- Reclines to a near flat position
- Can also be used as an everyday stroller
- Durability issues with the tires
- No cushioning on the side of the head
- The seat is a bit narrow/small; some kids may find it a tight fit
7. Britax 2017 B-Agile StrollerBaby Stroller for Newborn
The Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller certainly lives up to its name. Specifically designed for urban living, this lightweight aluminum stroller is incredibly easy to maneuver around tight corners, narrow aisles/doors, and crowded streets. It features foam-filled tires so your baby will enjoy a smooth ride while strolling along bumpy streets. Even better, you never have to worry about flat tires. Aside from its smooth glide, the stroller has a quick-fold design that allows you to close the stroller using just one hand.
As an added bonus, this stroller was made travel-system ready which means that you can attach any Britax infant car seat to the stroller. The company even includes a set of complementary adapters with the stroller. The canopy is quite big with a huge peek-a-boo window. The storage space is good enough to hold your basic necessities plus a bit more. The new model has lots of improvements but there are still things that some parents don’t like. There is no longer a foot rest for the child’s feet.
In addition, the “infinite recline” feature which allows parents to adjust the recline exactly how they want it and not just choose from several preset options has two problems. The seat does not recline all the way nor does it go fully upright which means that when sitting up, the child is still a slightly reclined.
- Big canopy
- Easy to maneuver
- Quick one-hand fold
- Poor customer service
- No footrest
- Seat does not fully recline or go fully upright
8. Graco Modes Travel System Stroller
For some of us, an all-in-one product is the best way to go. When you are a parent, convenience becomes heaven. Why buy multiple things when you can get just one that does it all? The Graco Modes Travel System offers everything that parents are looking for in a stroller. It is a combination of a car seat and stroller at an incredibly cost-effective price. This travel system comes with the SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat that is rear facing.
This 3-in-1 stroller has 10 versatile riding options. The reversible stroller seat lets you sit your baby facing you or the world. It also reclines to become an infant carriage for some nap time. Once your baby is now a toddler, you can make use of the 3-position leg rest that you can adjust as your child continues to grow. Versatility is definitely the theme of this stroller but that’s not all. The travel system also comes with a tray for snacks and sippy cups as well as a parent storage tray.
- All-in-one stroller
- Incredibly versatile
- Lots of storage space
- No padding on the straps
- Squeaky tires
9. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
The Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller is perfect for parents who wish to find a travel-friendly stroller for day trips and vacations. This is also a great option for those who are done with the bulky travel system stroller and wish for something easier to use.
This umbrella stroller comes with a three-tier, extended canopy to provide more than adequate shade for your little one, with a peek-a-boo window that lets you know everything is fine. The seat has several reclining positions and features a 5-point safety restraint system so your baby is always safe while you’re on the go. The stroller has a one-hand fold system and can stand after folding. What parents will love about this stroller is the amount of storage options you get.
If you’re going on a day trip or a tour, the large, easily accessible basket can hold all of the stuff you need for the day. Even better, there are trays for both the child and parent. For its price, this really is a sturdy, compact stroller that is perfect for everyday use. However, tall parents and even kids may not be so comfortable with this choice since the handlebar and the footrest are both in a fixed position.
- Very affordable
- Lots of storage including parent and child trays
- Easy to assemble
- Not easy to store since it’s not really that compact
- The peek-a-boo window does not have a cover
- Handlebar and footrest are not adjustable
10. UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller
UPPAbaby’s G-Lite is an umbrella stroller that is perfect for gadding about town with your baby. At only 10 lbs, this is one of the lightest strollers in the market today. The narrow frame is perfect for navigating department store aisles, maneuvering around tight corners, and weaving through crowds. It’s perfect for urban dwellers who plan on taking public transportation. The stroller features rubber wheels that can roll along grass-covered terrain and all-wheel suspension that will be able to absorb some bumps here and there.
However, it’s better for mommy and daddy to stick to flat surfaces when using this stroller. There’s a large basket that can carry up to 10 lbs of stuff as well as a cup holder that you can attach. The breathable mesh seat is pretty roomy despite the stroller’s narrow frame. However, it cannot be reclined so you can’t use this for a baby younger than 6 months. Also, if your baby loves napping, this might not be the stroller for you.
- Very lightweight
- Roomy seat and storage
- Non-reclining seat
- Handles are not adjustable
- No padding on the straps
Baby Stroller Buying Guide
Traveling around with your baby requires a stroller because the baby carrier can only get you so far. Unfortunately for all parents out there, finding the best baby strollers to fit your and your baby’s needs can be a nightmare. With so many options to look over, how does one find the perfect match? In truth, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider when choosing a stroller and not everyone will have the same considerations.
Some parents require a stroller for urban living while others would like a stroller that they can take with them when they go for a run. Some are looking for a backup stroller that they can use when they travel. Others want an all-in-one system. Because it can be such a daunting task, we decided to make things easier for all parents out there seeking to find that one stroller for their family. You already have enough on your plate, right? To do this, we listed down much needed information on types of strollers and features to look out for. Armed with all that data, you and your partner should be able to finally check this off your must-buy list.
Types of Strollers
If you’re a newbie parent, then you probably haven’t the faintest idea when you read descriptions like “umbrella stroller,” “travel system,” “stroller frames,” and “joggers.” Well, we don’t want you kept in the dark so let’s get that out of the way.
Standard or Traditional Strollers
These are the usual all-purpose strollers we are familiar with. These typically have a variety of designs but they do have several features in common such as a padded, reclinable seat; a sunshade; large wheels; and a storage basket under the seat. A car seat adapter may be included.
Stroller frames/ seat carriers
These are strollers that don’t come with a seat. Instead, it is just a frame where you can place your infant car seat, making it easy for you to transfer your baby from the car to the stroller and back. These are highly portable and lightweight but can only be used during the child’s infancy. You’ll need a different stroller once your baby no longer uses the infant car seat.
This is an all-in-one stroller where you get a traditional stroller along with an infant carrier car seat that can be attached to it. These are perfect for long-term use since you can get a lot of mileage on the stroller even if the infant carrier is no longer being used. However, these things are bulky, heavy, and can be quite expensive. One good example of this type of stroller is the Graco Modes Travel System Stroller.
Umbrella or Lightweight Strollers
These are, as the name already implies, very light and typically travel-friendly. Umbrella strollers get their name for their curved handles and the fact that they kind of look like one when folded up. Usually, these strollers are perfect for going to the mall, running errands, or meeting friends. Take note that these are not suitable for babies that cannot sit up on their own yet.
These are 3-wheeled strollers specifically designed for providing your baby with a smooth ride while you go about your run. Features usually include a fixed (or lockable) front wheel, a brake system on the handlebar, a five-point harness system, and large, air-filled wheels. Because it needs to remain stable while you run, this type of stroller is usually bulky and heavy.
Things to Consider
Safety: since this piece of equipment will be carrying your most precious cargo, safety is a big consideration when choosing a stroller. You’ll need to make sure that the stroller locks firmly into position, especially when it’s open. You obviously don’t want it collapsing or folding down when your baby is riding the stroller. Also, you need to make sure that the brakes work and the suspension is good enough that you’re sure your baby will experience smooth, comfortable rides.
Check how the brakes are activated and if they’re easy to use. Do they lock immediately? Make sure to check that the product has not been recalled. As an added precaution, only buy a stroller that has received certification from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The JPMA is an organization that ensures all manufacturers that participate in their program meet the necessary testing requirements on their products.
Harness: while this is a feature that falls under safety, it is important enough that it requires its own discussion. A harness is your baby’s seatbelt. It is a restraint system that will ensure your baby doesn’t fall out, slip, or slide down the stroller. It also ensures that your child doesn’t climb out of the stroller when you’re not looking. The best kind of harness is a 5-point harness because it secures your child at his or her shoulders, waist, and crotch. Make sure that the buckles of your harness are easy enough for you to use but not easily opened by your child. Also, the straps need to be adjustable to fit a growing child. You might want to consider getting a harness that features padding to ensure your child is secure and comfortable. The Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller and Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller, for example, have a 5-point harness.
Adjustable Seat: having this feature adds versatility to your stroller. Babies younger than 6 months will need to lie flat on their back since they can’t hold their head up yet. But as your baby grows, you’ll need the seat to be able to stay upright as well. In addition, you may want to consider a seat that changes orientation so you can choose to have your baby face you instead of the world. The UPPAbaby 2017 VISTA Stroller offers a variety of seating positions and orientations for your child. The UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, on the other hand, does not recline and is specifically designed for use with an older child.
Maneuverability: there are so many factors that can affect maneuverability. Basically, you want a stroller that will be easy to push around. Large wheels like those found in a jogger stroller such as the Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller ensure a smoother ride on all kinds of terrain but they’re not known for easy navigation in tight spaces. Wheels that swivel increases a stroller’s maneuverability, especially when you’re negotiating curbs and corners. Plastic wheels are usually hard to push while air-filled tires ensure a comfortable ride. However, the latter does require maintenance. It’s best if you can actually try a stroller’s maneuverability before making your final purchase.
Handles: you might be surprised with how important this feature is to your overall stroller satisfaction. For a parent to be comfortable with pushing a stroller and avoid kicking the back while walking, the handle should be level with your waist or just a little below it. If you and your partner have different heights, you will need to find handles that are adjustable. The BOB Revolution Flex Stroller features a handle that has 9 different height adjustments.
Storage: every parent knows that traveling with a baby requires a lot of stuff. It’s safe to say then that you’ll want a stroller that allows you to store all your baby’s stuff plus some of yours so you won’t have to carry them all while pushing your baby around. Check the weight limit and accessibility of the storage basket. Not only should the basket be able to carry all the stuff you need, it should also allow you to easily get the stuff should you need it. Some strollers feature extra storage with the addition of parent trays and cup holders as well as small zippered pockets at the back of the stroller for keys, wallets, phones, etc. The Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller, for example, has lots of storage options for the parent to enjoy.
Folding Mechanism: it’s incredibly important that this feature does not frustrate you. It’s hard enough to deal with the baby and all the stuff you’re carrying. It’ll be even worse if the darned stroller wouldn’t close. A stroller with a one-hand fold mechanism like what you find with the Thule Urban Glide is best if you won’t be able to put down your baby while closing the stroller. Also, check if the stroller can stand once folded. It allows you to easily store it in a closet or hallway.