Picking out a stroller was probably one of the earliest, most stressful things we had to do as expecting parents. There are a ridiculous number of options out there.
And they’re not cheap. We did a ton of research, and I tackled the challenge like I do with a lot of things in my life, with an excel spread sheet.
|Snap n Go||$96||5 lbs||Compact and really portable. Turns baby seat into a stroller.||Temporary. Only for infant use.|
|Uppa Baby G-Luxe||Umbrella||$219-$229||11 lbs||Self-standing when folded, larger canopy, lightweight, larger wheels for smooth ride||Can’t use from birth, only for older babies|
|Maclaren Quest||Umbrella||$269||13 lbs||Sturdier than others, full recline so can use starting at birth||Not self-standing when folded|
|Baby Jogger Vue||Umbrella||$199||17 lbs||Reversible seat so baby can face you when younger then out when older, car seat compatible|
|Bumbleride Indie||Jogger||$499||20 lbs||Rear suspension for bumps, swivel front tire for tight radius turning, universal car seat adaptable||Large folded size, hard to recline seat, low seat height, sub par cup holder placement|
|Britax Be Agile||Jogger||$250||16 lbs||Functional, nice looking, well-priced stroller that moves hassle-free through most spaces and folds open and closes down in a snap. Recommended by friend||Fixed handlebar, fully upright seat is low & uncomfortable, awkward basket, average maneuverability. Not a true jogger.|
|BOB Revolution SE Review||Jogger||$449||25 lbs||#1 ranking on Baby Gear Lab. High quality, excellent maneuverability & smooth ride, large canopy||Bulky, hard to recline, fixed handlebar, tall children may outgrow seat height early|
|Uppa Baby Vista||Jogger||$750||25 lbs||New “it” product. Reversible seat, expandability, bassinet, large storage & SPF 50+ sunshade, folded stand||Heavy, no parent or child tray, low backwards tip over weight|
|Baby Jogger Citi Mini||Jogger||$350||Quality, easy-to-use, one-handed, small fold, handbrake, non-flat wheels||Easily tips backward in full recline, front wheel swivel lock stiff, difficult storage|
|Graco Fast Action Fold||Jogger||Low rating. Bulky, awkward and large when folded and are relatively heavy.|
|Baby Trend Expedition||Jogger||$160||24 lbs||Best value for great functional stroller||Heavy and a bit bulky when folded however, so it is best used from right outside your front door instead of in and out of a car or on public transportation.|
|Bugaboo Cameleon||All-in-one||$1,089||21 lbs||For infant to toddler, all-terrain, reversible seat. Comes with bassinet, stroller seat, and adaptable for car seats||You have to disassemble the seat from the stroller frame to fold it and put it in the car. Instead of just one fold for the entire thing. Not recommended by friend.|
This list doesn’t even cover half of what’s available on the market, just what I narrowed in on as our top options. Lots of sources say parents will most likely need more than one stroller. A Snap N Go to start, a jogger for heavy-duty use, and then an umbrella for quick and casual rides. Getting 3 strollers all at once sounded overwhelming so we opted to get a jogger to start.
If we were in New York, we would’ve gotten a lighter, more compact stroller like the City Mini. But we both have cars and I wanted something with sturdy tires so I could really go jogging and on trails with the baby. So we got the BOB Revolution Flex.We got it over Thanksgiving with a Black Friday deal, so it’s been sitting in a closet for months now. We’ve practiced folding, unfolding, braking, removing the front tire, adjusting the handle bars, etc. It’s on the heavier side, but it does maneuver really nicely and the tires have some serious traction on them. We’re also getting the BOB B-Safe Car Seat that can attach to the stroller with the adaptor. Depending on how things go once baby is here, we may end up having to get a Snap N Go and Umbrella, but for now at least we have one mode of transportation ready to go.
Lots of baby adventures to come. And I’m sure many more impossible decisions too.