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The 2018 Guide for Buying Strollers

 

A stroller is an essential piece of baby gear, and an item that, depending on which one you choose, could be used through your little’s toddler and even preschool years. With so many stroller brands and types on the market, it can be hard to determine which is right for you. The truth is, you’ll probably need at least two types of stroller during your baby’s first few years. Let’s break down the options here.

The standard stroller category includes popular travel systems that consist of an infant car seat which can be snapped into the frame. These are great because they allow you to easily transport your baby from car to stroller without having to move (and possibly wake) your baby. Travel strollers are very lightweight, easy to fold, and highly portable, but lack the comfort and luxury features such as suspension, full recline, or full sun canopy. Lightweight strollers tend to offer some of the features of the standard stroller, but perform like a travel stroller. You can find standard, travel, and lightweight strollers in a range of prices from the low end to the extremely expensive.

The two other stroller categories are more distinctive. Jogging strollers are designed to be pushed faster and over slightly more treacherous terrain, and this shows in their three-wheeled design. Double strollers have two seats (and sometimes more!) for transporting multiple littles.

Now that you have a general idea of stroller types, take a look at these top sellers in each category.

  1. Standard
  2. Travel
  3. Lightweight
  4. Jogging
  5. Double

1. Standard Strollers

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Maclaren Quest

  • Can be used from birth through 55 pounds
  • Four levels of recline, lies completely flat
  • Lightweight and compact at 12 pounds with one-hand fold
  • Oversize storage basket

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Britax 2017 B-Agile Stroller

Britax B-Agile 3

  • Easy one-handed fold and lightweight aluminum frame
  • Three-wheeled base has tight turning radius for easy maneuvering
  • Includes adapters to attach any Britax infant car seat; adapters for other infant car seats sold separately

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Chicco Bravo LE Stroller

Chicco Bravo LE Stroller

  • Designed for use with the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat
  • Removable seat enables parents to snap in car seat
  • Large storage basket, parent cup holders, and baby snack tray
  • One-hand fold turns stroller into a self standing compact package
  • All wheel suspension for a smooth ride

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Graco Modes Travel

Graco Modes Travel

  • Includes Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat which snaps into stroller frame
  • Reversible stroller seat folds completely flat for an infant, faces out for a toddler
  • One-hand standing fold
  • Lockable single front swivel wheels for fixed wheel option

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Nuna Tavo Stroller

Nuna Tavo Stroller

  • Compatible with Nuna Pipa Infant Car seat, no adapter needed
  • Accommodates babies from birth to 50 pounds
  • Oversized canopy and dream drape combine to shield baby during naps and weather
  • Adjustable handlebar for parent comfort
  • One hand fold and quick release wheels for easy transporting

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2. Travel Strollers​​

Baby Trend Snap N Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier

Baby Trend Snap N Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier

  • Lightweight, foldable frame 
  • Compatible with all brands of infant car seats
  • Snap in car seat for instant stroller
  • Great to keep in trunk of the car for shopping trips and short walks

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Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller

  • Compatible with all infant car seats, no adapter required – secure car seat using attached safety strap
  • Compact fold within most airlines’ carry-on requirements and can be tucked into airplanes’ overhead compartments
  • Lightweight 13 pound stroller includes travel bag with shoulder strap for easy transporting
  • Seat reclines to nearly flat; a soft-shell cocoon carrycot (sold separately) adapts stroller for infant use

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gb Pockit Compact Stroller

gb Pockit Compact Stroller

  • Ultra compact fold allows stroller to fit in large tote bag; 2014 Guinness World Records’ most compact stroller
  • Fits in most airlines’ overhead compartments
  • One-handed steer
  • Lightweight at just 9.5 pounds
  • Adjustable five-point harness for child’s comfort

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Kolcraft Cloud Umbrella Stroller

Kolcraft Cloud Umbrella Stroller

  • Extended sun canopy not common on umbrella strollers
  • Storage basket and parent cup holder
  • Seat’s roll-up padding exposes mesh back for cooling and creates a head rest
  • Easy one-step fold and lightweight for travel

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Chicco C6 Comfort Travel Stroller

Chicco C6 Comfort Travel Stroller

  • Removable, adjustable sun canopy
  • Five-point harness and two-setting reclining seat
  • Front and rear-wheel suspension for smooth ride
  • Includes storage basket and carry bag

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3. Lightweight Strollers​​

Graco LiteRider LX Lightweight Stroller

Graco LiteRider LX Lightweight Stroller

  • Small, light, and compact stroller
  • Compatible with any Graco Click Connect Car Seat
  • Reclines to almost flat
  • A great option for a second stroller to keep at a caregiver’s or in the car

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J is for Jeep Brand North Star Stroller

J is for Jeep Brand North Star Stroller

  • Basic but sturdy umbrella stroller
  • Removable parent carry-all attaches to the back
  • Sun canopy and foot rest for child’s comfort
  • Padded seat rolls up into a headrest and exposes a mesh back support for cooling

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UPPABaby G-Lite

UPPABaby G-Lite

  • Hand level triggers for no-feet-folding
  • Extendable UPF 50 sun canopy protects baby from dangerous rays
  • Mesh seat prevents overheating, and is removable for easy cleaning
  • Stands when folded

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Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

  • Lightweight and compact yet durable
  • Reclines nearly flat and has a five-point harness for young babies
  • Adjustable canopy for full sun protection
  • Includes cup holder and large storage basket

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Mia Moda Elite Lightweight Stroller

Mia Moda Elite Lightweight Stroller

  • Aluminum frame means an ultralight stroller at just 14.5 pounds
  • Padded handle grip and cup holders for parent comfort
  • Accommodates children from six months to 50 pounds
  • Reclining seat, five-point harness, and oversized sun canopy for child safety and comfort

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4. Jogging Strollers

Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller

Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller

  • Adjustable sun and wind canopy
  • Quick release all-terrain wheels with lockable front swivel wheel
  • Accommodates babies from six months up to 50 pounds
  • Includes two parent cup holders and a child tray with two cup holders

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Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

  • At 2.7 pounds, one of the lighter jogging strollers in this price range
  • Extra wide and high seat for child’s comfort and view; supports up to 75 pounds
  • Parent organizer includes cup holders and place for keys; mesh pockets for child’s snacks
  • Front swivel wheel can also be locked into place

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BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Jogging Stroller

BOB Revolution FLEX Jogging Stroller

  • Padded adjustable handlebar for caregivers of all heights
  • Adjustable suspension for a smooth ride on any terrain
  • Pneumatic air-filled wheels with high-impact polymer tires
  • Accommodates infant car seats with adapter (sold separately)

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Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller

Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller

  • Adjustable handlebar for maximum comfort
  • Polished wheel ball bearings reduce resistance and air-filled bicycle tires provide a smooth ride 
  • Front tire locks and unlocks to offer both fixed and swivel wheel options
  • Extra large UPF 50+ canopy provides child with shade and sun protection

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Mountain Buggy Terrain Premium Jogging Stroller

Mountain Buggy Terrain Premium Jogging Stroller

  • A hand brake provides a secondary fast-stop option for hilly terrain
  • Front wheel can be fixed in three positions, or swivel freely
  • Stroller includes extra set of rear wheels (in smaller 12” size for strolling), two water bottle holders, child’s bumper bar, and a reversible liner
  • Sunhood includes zip pocket and headphones eyelet

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5. Double  Strollers

UPPAbaby VISTA

UPPAbaby VISTA

  • A hand brake provides a secondary fast-stop option for hilly terrain
  • Front wheel can be fixed in three positions, or swivel freely
  • Stroller includes extra set of rear wheels (in smaller 12” size for strolling), two water bottle holders, child’s bumper bar, and a reversible liner
  • Sunhood includes zip pocket and headphones eyelet

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Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller

Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller

  • Narrow 30” design fits through doors
  • Seats recline separately, each accommodate child up to 45 pounds
  • Huge storage basket and sun canopy
  • One-handed flat fold

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Graco DuoGlider Click Connect Stroller

Graco DuoGlider Click Connect Stroller

  • Accepts two Graco Click Connect infant car seats
  • Two seats with separate canopies and foot rests; rear seat is slightly elevated and reclines completely flat
  • One-hand fold requires no bending
  • Large storage basket and parent’s tray with covered storage

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Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller

Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller

  • Lightweight for a tandem stroller at 26.5 pounds
  • Quick release 8” wheels with front-wheel suspension
  • Accepts infant car seat on one side with an adapter (sold separately)
  • Padded seats recline to near flat position; individually adjustable sun canopies with peek-a-boo windows

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Britax 2017 B-Agile Stroller

phil&ted’s Classic Inline Stroller with Second Seat

  • Removable second seat helps stroller grow with families
  • Full recline seat accommodates infants; compatible with most infant car seats with adapter (sold separately)
  • Reversible, padded handlebar and one-handed standing fold
  • For use with children ages newborn to four years old

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