How to Choose the Right Stroller for Your Lifestyle

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Nuna Mixx2 @kayleecraneco

Ahh, the stroller purchase. An object of first-time parents’ obsessions, choosing the “right” or “best” stroller feels like the first real test as a parent. But as you consider what is “right” and “the best,” consider what is ideal for your family’s lifestyle.

We’ve reviewed our favorite strollers across a variety of categories– full-sized strollers, luxury strollers, standard strollers, travel (compact/umbrella) strollers, all-terrain strollers (coming soon), jogging strollers (coming soon), convertible strollers, and double strollers (coming soon). Our qualifications are strict– the strollers we’ve reviewed look great and are top performers in their given categories. Strollers that fall short simply don’t make the cut.

This is a BEAST of an article. Here's a little table of contents and some tips on how to navigate it:

  • Budget-Based Decision Making: Start here if this article seems overwhelming and you just want someone to tell you what to buy. In this section we tell you how to choose the best stroller for your lifestyle, based on your budget.
  • Criteria: This is where we tell you what makes a great stroller, in our humble opinion.
  • Considerations: Jump here if you want a little more detail. There are a bunch of things you'll want to consider as you choose which stroller is right for your family. This will help you narrow down which category of stroller is the right one for you.
  • Definitions: Let's get things straight. Here, we define the different stroller types.
  • Details: Jump here once you know what type of stroller is right for you. We'll give you a category-by-category “best of” list, to help you narrow down your pick.

The Best Stroller for Your Family and Lifestyle, By Budget

There's a lot to think about if you want to choose the perfect stroller. The best place to start is by looking at your budget.

Big Budget
  • Want a fancy, super luxury single stroller (meaning it doesn't covert to a double stroller)? Get the Bugaboo Fox ($1200 and up including bassinet) or the Cybex Priam Lux ($1300 including bassinet). If you need a second, smaller stroller down the line because this stroller is too big for traveling, get the Babyzen YOYO+ ($720 including bassinet or $495 without) or the GB Pockit Plus (no bassinet option, $300).
  • Want a great stroller that converts to a double stroller for a second kid, either a few years from now or right off the bat because you have twins? (Check to make sure you have enough storage space before purchasing.) Get the UPPAbaby Vista ($840 including bassinet as a single, $1050 as a double). If you need a second, smaller stroller down the line because this stroller is too big for traveling, get the Babyzen YOYO+ ($720 including bassinet or $495 without) or the GB Pockit Plus ($300).
  • Live in a city and want one great, luxury, compact stroller you can use from birth with a bassinet? Get the Babyzen YOYO+ ($720 including bassinet). If you have a bit more storage space (or a door on which to hang your stroller) check out the Bugaboo Bee 5 ($970 including bassinet).
Medium Budget
  • Want a nice single stroller that looks awesome but won't totally break the bank? Get the Mutsy Evo ($600 and up including bassinet) or the Mamas and Papas Sola 2 ($630 including bassinet, but often on sale for much less).
  • Want a great stroller that converts to a double stroller for a second kid down the line (or accommodates twins right off the bat)? (Check to make sure you have enough storage space before purchasing.) Get the Britax B-Ready ($670 as a single including a bassinet, $840 as a double, including one bassinet) or the Joovy Qool ($650 as a single including a bassinet, $820 as a double, including one bassinet).
  • Live in a city and want one, great compact stroller you can use from birth? Get the GB Pockit Plus ($300) and use it with your infant car seat. (Or better yet, babywear for the first few months.)
  • Want something fancier? Search for a used UPPAbaby Vista, Baby Jogger City Select, Nuna Mixx2 or Bugaboo Bee on Craigslist or your local moms group. It might be a little more beat up than a brand spanking new stroller, but your kid was bound to beat it up anyway and you can always scrub it down before you put your kid in it.
Smaller Budget
Tiny Budget
  • Want a nice-looking stroller that is about $100 or less? You'll have to babywear for the first few months, since these strollers don't accept bassinets or car seats, but check out the Joovy Groove Ultralight ($200, often available for ~$110) or the Summer Infant 3D Lite ($90). You can also find these and other umbrella strollers (from UPPAbaby/Maclaren/etc.) used on Craigslist or your local moms group for even less. Just make sure you get one with a great recline. Just make sure you seek out a stroller that has a deep recline, like the Maclaren Globetrotter/Triumph/Quest or the UPPAbaby G-Luxe.
  • Want something fancier? Search for used strollers on Craigslist or your local moms group from brands like Bugaboo, Nuna, Baby Jogger, UPPAbaby, Mamas and Papas, and Britax.

What Makes a Great Stroller

To us, a great stroller in any category…

  • Looks fantastic and suits your personal style
  • Folds small enough to fit where you need it to fit (garage, trunk, etc.)
  • Is the right size for your family and lifestyle
  • Is compatible with your infant car seat
  • Has a bassinet for small infants
  • Has a seat that reclines significantly or completely
  • Has the right type of wheels and maneuverability for your lifestyle
  • Is all around versatile, with bonus points for being modular (parent-facing or forward-facing), and in the best cases, convertible to a double stroller

What to Consider When Choosing a Stroller

What’s your budget? For $350+ you can get a great full-featured stroller. Anything less than that and you’ll be making compromises.

If your budget is very low, either seek out a used full-featured stroller or consider an inexpensive travel stroller plus babywearing for the first 6-9 months. You can get a good one for ~$100. If your budget is higher, read on.

Do you want one stroller or two? You might be able to get away with having just one luxury, full-sized, all-terrain, or standard stroller if you don’t travel often, but many families end up with a second travel stroller as well. Those who live a minimalist life in tiny spaces may only have room for one stroller, in which case it’s important to choose wisely.

If you have the budget and space for two strollers, consider getting a luxury, full-sized, all-terrainor standard stroller and a travel stroller too. 

If you only have space for one stroller, consider how often you travel. If you travel often or live in a very tight space, consider getting a great travel stroller (like the Babyzen YOYO+) that does it (almost) all.

If you don’t travel all that often, consider getting a standard stroller you won’t mind schlepping when you do travel.

How and where do you live? Are you in a city where you’re often navigating crowded spaces? Do you live in a suburban area with wide sidewalks? Do you live in a rural area where stroller use is mostly impractical? Will you mostly be using this stroller straight out of your front door or will you be heaving it into and out of your car on the regular?

If you live in a city, convertible, standard and full-featured travel strollers are where it’s at.

If you live in a city and frequently navigate very tight spaces (farmers’ markets, shops, public transportation, crowded streets), consider a full-featured travel stroller.

If you live in a city but mostly stroll on wider sidewalks, luxury, full-sized, and standard strollers are options.

If you live in the city and have to walk up stairs to get to your apartment, full-featured travel strollers are your bffs, or you can go for a slightly heavier standard stroller.

If you live in the suburbs and mostly stroll straight out of your front door, luxury and full-sized strollers are great options if they fit your budget.

If you live in the suburbs and need to drive to a place where you can stroll, standard strollers weigh less and often fold smaller than full-sized strollers, making them easier to heave in and out of trunks. Though if your trunk is large enough and you are strong enough, luxury or full-sized strollers are also an option.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors on bumpy trails, all-terrain strollers are the way to go, though some full-sized strollers can also handle a bit of off-roading.

If you live in a rural area, consider how much strolling you’ll be doing and from where. If your roads are bumpy, consider an all-terrain stroller. If you will be driving to a place where you can stroll (the store, for example), standard or full-sized strollers are options.

Which features are most important to you? (What are you not willing to sacrifice?) Do you want a bassinet for your newborn? (We vote yes.) Do you need this stroller to be compatible with your car seat? (While convenient, this isn’t strictly necessary if you have a bassinet.) Do your tires need to be able to navigate rougher terrain or will they mostly be cruising on pavement? Do you want a stroller that converts to a double stroller? Do you want a modular seat that is both parent and forward-facing? Are you very outdoorsy and need a stroller that helps get you and your baby outside?

Many strollers across all categories have bassinets and extensive car seat compatibility. While not true for all makes and models, some full-sized strollers convert to double strollers and have off-roading capabilities, while standard and travel strollers categorically do not. The best strollers for off-road strolling are all-terrain and some full-sized strollers. All other features are chronicled stroller-by-stroller in our stroller comparison charts.

Does it fit? When it’s folded, does it fit into the trunk of your car? Where are you planning to store it when you’re not using it? Does it fit there?

Check the folded size to make sure the stroller you want fits nicely both into the space you’re planning to store it and into your trunk. While travel strollers will fit just about anywhere, other strollers will not.

Do you plan to have more children? That may be the furthest thing from your mind, but it’s important to consider.

If you are planning to have children three or fewer years apart, consider a convertible stroller.

Do you need a stroller at all? Okay, that’s a bit drastic. You’ll probably want a stroller of some sort eventually, but you might not need one as soon as you think. Many parents are surprised by how often they wear their babies in ring slings, wraps, and carriers during their child’s first year of life. Babywearing makes it easier to navigate tight spaces, stairs, restaurants, shops, grocery carts, and so much more, especially when baby is small enough and light enough to rest on your chest comfortably. Those who like to babywear tend to have strollers that don’t get a whole lot of use in the first year, when features like bassinets and infant car seat compatibility are relevant.

If you think you might be one of those babywearing parents, considering investing in a nice travel or standard stroller, skipping out on the bassinet and car seat adapters. (You can always order them later if you decide you need them!)

Once you’ve decided which stroller categories you’re considering, it’s time to research the finer details. These are our top picks across each of the top stroller categories, in loose order of preference. Strollers we don’t like are not listed. Click on the stroller name to read the individual stroller review, or on the stroller category to get the bigger picture and see stroller comparison charts.

Stroller Types Defined

Full-Sized StrollersLarge, smooth-riding strollers with a luxury look, full-sized strollers feature higher-end fabrics, modern frames, and thoughtful details. Most of these strollers have larger wheels and wider frames, making them ideal for suburban living. Full-sized strollers always feature a pram/bassinet option in addition to a toddler seat, making them the ideal strollers from birth. These strollers typically retail in the $500-$1000+ price range, and some convert to double strollers.

Luxury Strollers: We're defining luxury strollers loosely as strollers that cost ~$800 or more including the bassinet. This category includes full-sized, standard, and compact strollers, and are all strollers you could use as your “everyday” stroller depending on your lifestyle and use case. These strollers feature higher-end fabrics, modern frames, and thoughtful details. Luxury strollers always have a pram/bassinet option in addition to a toddler seat, making them great strollers from birth. 

Standard Strollers: Strollers great for everyday use, standard strollers have smaller wheels and smaller frames than full-sized strollers, making them suitable for most environments but not great for super bumpy terrain. Many of our top picks feature higher-end fabrics, modern frames, and thoughtful details similar to those seen in luxury strollers, but are smaller, have fewer bells and whistles, and therefore have a lower price point. Many also feature a pram/bassinet option for infants. 

Travel Strollers: Travel strollers are the most compact options available, with some models even folding small enough to fit into airplane overhead bins. They are lightweight, featuring small wheels and minimal details. While some of the more expensive travel stroller models are full featured enough to serve as your only stroller from birth (with some accommodating bassinets), other travel strollers are pretty bare bones.

All-Terrain Strollers: All-terrain strollers are three-wheeled off-roading warriors. They can tackle bumpy terrain, grass, moderate trails, and even sand better than any other strollers out there. Very few of these strollers feature high-end fabrics or details, and most tend to have a sporty look.

Jogging Strollers: Jogging strollers are designed for active runners. They are designed to roll fast and straight with minimal shake, making them ideal for running but not great as all-around strollers.

Convertible Strollers: Convertible strollers are transformers, converting from a single stroller for one child to a double stroller for two with the addition of a second seat, typically sold separately. Some but not all full-sized strollers convert to double strollers.

Double Strollers: Double strollers are strollers that can accommodate two children. Some are side-by-side strollers while others are tandem (one behind the other). Some are bare bones, lightweight umbrella strollers while others are heavier and more all-purpose. Some are convertible while others are not. There are lots of options in this category, but the general theme remains the same– a stroller for two.

The Best Strollers Across All Categories

The Best Full-Sized Strollers

  1. UPPAbaby Vista (~$840 and up including bassinet) – Beautiful and functional too, it's no surprise the UPPAbaby Vista is one of the most popular strollers on the market today. The newest UPPAbaby Vista has a modern look with vegan leather accents and on trend colors. It rides smoothly, maneuvers well, accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board), folds and unfolds simply, and comes standard with all the important accessories, including a bassinet. The only downside (which is a direct tradeoff of what makes this stroller so great), is that like other strollers in its category, the Vista is large and not ideal for tight spaces or small trunks. [full review]
  2. Baby Jogger City Select Lux (~$830 including bassinet) – A popular alternative to the UPPAbaby Vista, the City Select Lux has a modern look, a more compact fold than the Vista and the City Select, accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board), has a handbrake decelerator great for large hills, and is compatible with all the best car seats. On the downside, it is heavier and has a more industrial, unfinished look than the slightly more popular Vista. [full review]
  3. Bugaboo Fox ($1200 and up including bassinet fabric) – The new Bugaboo Fox is everything we wish the Cameleon 3 would've been and more. Weighing in at less than 22 pounds, the Fox is one of the lightest full-size strollers on the market, without many compromises. It accommodates children up to 48.5 pounds, has gorgeous fabrics and accessories, pushes smoothly over most terrain thanks to its large wheels and suspension, and is an all-around fantastic luxury stroller. The only downsides are that the toddler seat does not recline flat as the Cybex Priam and Nuna Mixx2 seats do, the footrest is not adjustable, and the Fox does not convert to a double stroller (though it accommodates a ride-along board for older children). [full review]
  4. Cybex Priam Lux ($1300 including trekking frame + bassinet) – The Lux is positively gorgeous, features a full lay flat recline (love!), and is very customizable to your needs— with light tires for smooth surfaces, trekking tires for hybrid surfaces, and all-terrain tires for bumpier surfaces. Only the rear wheels have suspension, but the ride is very smooth regardless. Plus, the sun canopy is wonderfully huge, and this stroller is compatible with all our favorite infant car seats. The downsides are that the Priam is expensive, its fold is bulky and multi-step, and it is not convertible, meaning it can be used for one kid and one kid only. [full review]
  5. Nuna Mixx2 ($730 including bassinet) – Classic European look. Nearly flat recline. Modular. All-wheel suspension. Extendable oversize canopy. Super smooth ride. European-style bassinet sold separately. The only two downsides are that this is a single stroller only (see the Nuna Demi Grow for a similar convertible stroller) and the fold is very bulky and long. Definitely measure your trunk before purchasing! [full review]
  6. Mamas and Papas Ocarro ($860 including bassinet) – A single stroller with a modern, luxury look, the Ocarro folds relatively small for a luxury stroller, even if the fold itself is a bit complicated. It also features a lay flat recline, an adjustable foot rest, a super cushy seat, nice suspension, and is compatible with the best infant car seats. Really the only thing we have against this stroller is that it does not convert to a double. It's gorgeous! [full review]
  7. Cybex Priam 2-in-1 ($1100 including bassinet fabric) – The Cybex Priam 2-in-1 is very similar to the Cybex Priam Lux, but with a few key differences. First, the 2-in-1 seat becomes a bassinet with a few easy adjustments, meaning one fewer thing to buy and one fewer thing to store between kids. Second, the toddler seat does not feature a full flat recline, though it does have a very deep bucket seat recline similar to the recline on the Vista or City Select Lux. And third, the look is not quite as high end as the Priam Lux's, though it is still very high-end. [full review]
  8. Nuna Demi Grow ($980 including bassinet) – A gorgeous, well-designed stroller with a classic European look, the Nuna Demi Grow converts to a cozy double stroller with the addition of a sibling seat (sold separately). Compared to the Mixx2, the Demi Grow has a bucket seat recline versus a nearly flat recline, a different folding mechanism, and accommodates a second seat. Compared to the UPPAbaby Vista and Baby Jogger City Select Lux, the Demi Grow is very similar in terms of quality and size, the main difference being that the second seat on the Demi Grow is situated below and behind instead of below and in front of the main toddler seat. Many kids find this positioning to be cozy and love it. Shorter parents may find that this seat gets in the way when they try to push the stroller. [full review]
  9. Mutsy Evo ($600 and up including bassinet) – A fashion blogger favorite, the Mutsy Evo has been making the rounds on social media. It is very photogenic, after all, and functional to boot. It features vegan leather accents, a near flat recline, a European-style bassinet, and can be set up to be forward or parent-facing. On the downside, it is a single stroller only (totally fine given the price point), has no suspension (but large, absorbent tires), and a bulky fold. [full review]
  10. Joovy Qool ($650 including bassinet) – This is an affordable convertible, modular stroller that accommodates three children, looks nice, and is compatible with our favorite infant car seats. Given the price, there are some compromises– the fold is bulky, it is heavy, the footrest is not adjustable, and the large storage basket is difficult to access. [full review]
  11. Baby Jogger City Select ($730 including bassinet) – A less expensive alternative to the City Select Lux, the City Select is similar but lacks suspension, doesn't have a decelerating hand brake, has a bulkier fold than the Lux, and has limited good-looking color selections. Like the Lux, it accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board) and is compatible with every infant car seat we recommend. It also costs less, which is why many choose it despite it being a bumpier, less on trend ride. [full review]
  12. Britax B-Ready ($670 including bassinet) – With a similar modern look to the more expensive UPPAbaby Vista when used as a single stroller, the Britax B-Ready is a plausible option if you're okay with a few compromises. The B-Ready has solid suspension, a nice bassinet, and even converts to a double stroller– but the configuration for the double stroller is suboptimal, with the second seat going behind and underneath the primary seat, making the stroller more difficult to push.  [full review]
  13. Joolz Geo 2 ($1000 including bassinet) – The Joolz Geo2 has a modern Euro look, rolls smoothly, and is compatible with our favorite infant car seats… but it has some flaws. As a double stroller, the Geo2 is designed somewhat sub-optimally, with the second seat attaching behind and below the primary seat. Thanks to the extra long handlebar, the second seat doesn't get in the way much, but it does take the place of the storage basket (meaning in double mode, there is zero-zilch-nada storage). Additionally, this stroller is not modular, the footrest is not adjustable, and the fold is quite bulky. We love the way it looks, but there are better options out there. [full review]

The Best Luxury Strollers

  1. Cybex Priam Lux ($1300 including trekking frame + bassinet) – The Lux is positively gorgeous, features a full lay flat recline (love!), and is very customizable to your needs— with light tires for smooth surfaces, trekking tires for hybrid surfaces, and all-terrain tires for bumpier surfaces. Only the rear wheels have suspension, but the ride is very smooth regardless. Plus, the sun canopy is wonderfully huge, and this stroller is compatible with all our favorite infant car seats. The downsides are that the Priam is expensive, its fold is bulky and multi-step, and it is not convertible, meaning it can be used for one kid and one kid only. [full review]
  2. Bugaboo Fox ($1200 and up including bassinet fabric) – The new Bugaboo Fox is everything we wish the Cameleon 3 would've been and more. Weighing in at less than 22 pounds, the Fox is one of the lightest full-size strollers on the market, without many compromises. It accommodates children up to 48.5 pounds, has gorgeous fabrics and accessories, pushes smoothly over most terrain thanks to its large wheels and suspension, and is an all-around fantastic luxury stroller. The only downsides are that the toddler seat does not recline flat as the Cybex Priam and Nuna Mixx2 seats do, the footrest is not adjustable, and the Fox does not convert to a double stroller (though it accommodates a ride-along board for older children). [full review]
  3. Cybex Priam 2-in-1 ($1100 including bassinet fabric) – The Cybex Priam 2-in-1 is very similar to the Cybex Priam Lux, but with a few key differences. First, the 2-in-1 seat becomes a bassinet with a few easy adjustments, meaning one fewer thing to buy and one fewer thing to store between kids. Second, the toddler seat does not feature a full flat recline, though it does have a very deep bucket seat recline similar to the recline on the Vista or City Select Lux. And third, the look is not quite as high end as the Priam Lux's, though it is still very high-end. [full review]
  4. UPPAbaby Vista (~$840 and up including bassinet) – Beautiful and functional too, it's no surprise the UPPAbaby Vista is one of the most popular strollers on the market today. The newest UPPAbaby Vista has a modern look with vegan leather accents and on trend colors. It rides smoothly, maneuvers well, accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board), folds and unfolds simply, and comes standard with all the important accessories, including a bassinet. The only downside (which is a direct tradeoff of what makes this stroller so great), is that like other strollers in its category, the Vista is large and not ideal for tight spaces or small trunks. [full review]
  5. Baby Jogger City Select Lux (~$830 including bassinet) – A popular alternative to the UPPAbaby Vista, the City Select Lux has a modern look, a more compact fold than the Vista, accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board), has a handbrake decelerator great for large hills, and is compatible with all the best car seats. On the downside, it is heavier and has a more industrial, unfinished look than the slightly more popular Vista. [full review]
  6. Nuna Demi Grow ($980 including bassinet) – A gorgeous, well-designed stroller with a classic European look, the Nuna Demi Grow converts to a cozy double stroller with the addition of a sibling seat (sold separately). Compared to the Mixx2, the Demi Grow has a bucket seat recline versus a nearly flat recline, a different folding mechanism, and accommodates a second seat. Compared to the UPPAbaby Vista and Baby Jogger City Select Lux, the Demi Grow is very similar in terms of quality and size, the main difference being that the second seat on the Demi Grow is situated below and behind instead of below and in front of the main toddler seat. Many kids find this positioning to be cozy and love it. Shorter parents may find that this seat gets in the way when they try to push the stroller. [full review]
  7. Nuna Mixx2 ($730 including bassinet) – Classic European look. Nearly flat recline. Modular. All-wheel suspension. Extendable oversize canopy. Super smooth ride. European-style bassinet sold separately. The only two downsides are that this is a single stroller only (see the Nuna Demi Grow for a similar convertible stroller) and the fold is very bulky and long. Definitely measure your trunk before purchasing! [full review]
  8. Mamas and Papas Ocarro ($860 including bassinet) – A single stroller with a modern, luxury look, the Ocarro folds relatively small for a luxury stroller, even if the fold itself is a bit complicated. It also features a lay flat recline, an adjustable foot rest, a super cushy seat, nice suspension, and is compatible with the best infant car seats. Really the only thing we have against this stroller is that it does not convert to a double. It's gorgeous! [full review]
  9. Joolz Geo 2 ($1000 including bassinet) – The Joolz Geo2 has a modern Euro look, rolls smoothly, and is compatible with our favorite infant car seats… but it has some flaws. As a double stroller, the Geo2 is designed somewhat sub-optimally, with the second seat attaching behind and below the primary seat. Thanks to the extra long handlebar, the second seat doesn't get in the way much, but it does take the place of the storage basket (meaning in double mode, there is zero-zilch-nada storage). Additionally, this stroller is not modular, the footrest is not adjustable, and the fold is quite bulky. We love the way it looks, but there are better options out there. [full review]

These are our favorite luxury standard strollers, in loose order of preference… 

  1. Mamas and Papas Urbo 2 ($869.98 including bassinet) – A stroller very similar in size and functionality to the Bugaboo Bee 5, but for quite a bit less, the Urbo 2 has a nice flat recline and a significantly bulkier fold. We love the way this stroller looks, how well it maneuvers, and how easily it handles most terrain thanks to its all-wheel suspension. [full review]
  2. Bugaboo Bee 5 ($969 including bassinet) – A luxury stroller with a luxury price tag, the Bugaboo Bee 5 is a great option for those who want a super nice stroller that's– size-wise– half way in between a luxury travel stroller like the Babyzen YOYO+ and a luxury full-sized stroller like the Bugaboo Fox or the Cybex Priam Lux. The Bee 5 accommodates a gorgeous bassinet, has a nice deep recline, great suspension, comfortable padding, and is one of the lighter and smaller-folding among the standard strollers we prefer. On the downside, it does not have an adjustable footrest and the storage basket is somewhat difficult to access from the back. [full review]

This is our favorite luxury travel stroller, hands down…

  1. Babyzen YOYO+ ($495 stroller only, $720 including bassinet) – The Babyzen YOYO+ is expensive for a travel stroller, but could very well be worth every penny if it suits your lifestyle and budget. The YOYO+ has nearly all the same features as standard strollers, including a bassinet and solid car seat compatibility, but folds incredibly compactly, is wonderful for travel, and is smaller (and better) for navigating tight urban spaces. If you live in a big city and only want to get one stroller, this is the one. [full review]

The Best Convertible Strollers

  1. UPPAbaby Vista ($1050 as a double, including one bassinet) – Beautiful and functional too, it's no surprise the UPPAbaby Vista is one of the most popular strollers on the market today. The newest UPPAbaby Vista has a modern look with vegan leather accents and on trend colors. It rides smoothly, maneuvers well, accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board), folds and unfolds simply, and comes standard with all the important accessories, including a bassinet. The only downside (which is a direct tradeoff of what makes this stroller so great), is that like other strollers in its category, the Vista is large and not ideal for tight spaces or small trunks. [full review]
  2. Baby Jogger City Select Lux ($1030 as a double, including one bassinet) – A popular alternative to the UPPAbaby Vista, the City Select Lux has a modern look, a more compact fold than the Vista and the City Select, accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board), has a handbrake decelerator great for large hills, and is compatible with all the best car seats. On the downside, it is heavier and has a more industrial, unfinished look than the slightly more popular Vista. [full review]
  3. Nuna Demi Grow ($1160 as a double, including one bassinet) – A gorgeous, well-designed stroller with a classic European look, the Nuna Demi Grow converts to a cozy double stroller with the addition of a sibling seat (sold separately). Compared to the Mixx2, the Demi Grow has a bucket seat recline versus a nearly flat recline, a different folding mechanism, and accommodates a second seat. Compared to the UPPAbaby Vista and Baby Jogger City Select Lux, the Demi Grow is very similar in terms of quality and size, the main difference being that the second seat on the Demi Grow is situated below and behind instead of below and in front of the main toddler seat. Many kids find this positioning to be cozy and love it. Shorter parents may find that this seat gets in the way when they try to push the stroller. [full review]
  4. Joovy Qool ($820 as a double, including one bassinet) – This is an affordable convertible, modular stroller that accommodates three children, looks nice, and is compatible with our favorite infant car seats. Given the price, there are some compromises– the fold is bulky, it is heavy, the footrest is not adjustable, and the large storage basket is difficult to access. [full review]
  5. Baby Jogger City Select ($920 as a double, including one bassinet) – A less expensive alternative to the City Select Lux, the City Select is similar but lacks suspension, doesn't have a decelerating hand brake, has a bulkier fold than the Lux, and has limited good-looking color selections. Like the Lux, it accommodates up to three children at once (two seats plus a ride-along board) and is compatible with every infant car seat we recommend. It also costs less, which is why many choose it despite it being a bumpier, less on trend ride. [full review]
  6. Britax B-Ready ($840 as a double, including one bassinet) – With a similar modern look to the more expensive UPPAbaby Vista when used as a single stroller, the Britax B-Ready is a plausible option if you're okay with a few compromises. The B-Ready has solid suspension, a nice bassinet, and even converts to a double stroller– but the configuration for the double stroller is suboptimal, with the second seat going behind and underneath the primary seat, making the stroller more difficult to push.  [full review]
  7. Joolz Geo 2 ($1250 as a double, including one bassinet)  – The Joolz Geo2 has a modern Euro look, rolls smoothly, and is compatible with our favorite infant car seats… but it has some flaws. As a double stroller, the Geo2 is designed somewhat sub-optimally, with the second seat attaching behind and below the primary seat. Thanks to the extra long handlebar, the second seat doesn't get in the way much, but it does take the place of the storage basket (meaning in double mode, there is zero-zilch-nada storage). Additionally, this stroller is not modular, the footrest is not adjustable, and the fold is quite bulky. We love the way it looks, but there are better options out there. [full review]
  8. Thule Sleek ($1350 as a double, including one bassinet) – This stroller won't be available until June 2018, but it looks like it's going to be one of our faves. Thule is known as an active, outdoorsy brand, and this stroller's design and aesthetic definitely takes a cue from that active life, while still looking modern and (ha) sleek. With the same configuration options as the UPPAbaby Vista and Baby Jogger City Select (including a ride-on board option), the Sleek also features a covered storage basket and reflective, foam-filled wheels. We'll get a full review up as soon as the stroller is released!

The Best Standard Strollers

  1. Mutsy Evo ($599 and up including bassinet) – A fashion blogger favorite, the Mutsy Evo has been making the rounds on social media. It is very photogenic, after all, and functional to boot. It features vegan leather accents, a near flat recline, a European-style bassinet, and can be set up to be forward or parent-facing. The only downside is that it has no suspension, though it does have large, absorbent tires. This stroller is also listed in our full-sized stroller category because the wheels are quite large, but since the fold is pretty compact, we're going to go ahead and call it a standard stroller too. [full review]
  2. UPPAbaby Cruz ($740 and up including the bassinet) – Beautiful and functional too, the newest UPPAbaby Cruz has modern look with vegan leather accents and on trend colors. It rides smoothly, maneuvers well, is compatible with a ride-along board for older children, folds and unfolds simply, and comes standard with several accessories. Despite the Cruz's smaller wheels, it still has a large-ish footprint when folded, so make sure to measure your storage spaces (trunk/garage/etc.) before purchasing. [full review]
  3. Mamas and Papas Sola 2 ($630 including bassinet) – The Sola 2 is similar in functionality to the Urbo 2, but is a couple pounds heavier and slightly bulkier when folded. It is also ~$200 cheaper and features all-terrain wheels that can handle significantly bumpier conditions. [full review]
  4. Mamas and Papas Urbo 2 ($869.98 including bassinet) – A stroller very similar in size and functionality to the Bugaboo Bee 5, but for quite a bit less, the Urbo 2 has a nice flat recline and a significantly bulkier fold. We love the way this stroller looks, how well it maneuvers, and how easily it handles most terrain thanks to its all-wheel suspension. [full review]
  5. Mamas and Papas Flip XT 2 ($769.98 including bassinet) – Featuring the most compact fold among standard strollers (it fits in the trunk of a Mini Cooper!), the Flip XT 2 also has an awesome flat recline, great maneuverability, and all-wheel suspension. On the downside, the bassinet is one of the smallest among standard strollers (your baby will outgrow it in 2-3 months) and the Flip XT 2 is one of the heavier standard strollers among those we prefer. [full review]
  6. Bugaboo Bee 5 ($969 including bassinet) – A luxury stroller with a luxury price tag, the Bugaboo Bee 5 is a great option for those who want a super nice stroller that's– size-wise– half way in between a luxury travel stroller like the Babyzen YOYO+ and a full-sized stroller like the UPPAbaby Vista or Cybex Priam. The Bee 5 accommodates a gorgeous bassinet, has a nice deep recline, great suspension, comfortable padding, and is one of the lighter and smaller-folding among the standard strollers we prefer. On the downside, it does not have an adjustable footrest and the storage basket is somewhat difficult to access from the back. [full review]
  7. Nuna Tavo ($349.95) – A basic, nice-looking stroller at a decent price point, the Nuna Tavo rides smoothly on many surfaces thanks to its all-wheel suspension, and it is suitable from birth with its flat recline and adjustable footrest. It is also not compatible with a bassinet, is forward-facing only, has a rather large fold, and is one of the heavier standard strollers out there. [full review
  8. Mamas and Papas Armadillo ($339.99) – Similar in functionality to the Nuna Tavo, the Armadillo is a basic, great-looking stroller with somewhat limited functionality. It is newborn compatible with its flat recline and car seat compatibility, has all wheel-suspension for a smooth ride, and looks great, but it does not accommodate a bassinet and is forward facing only. Compared to the Tavo, the Armadillo is generally just smaller, weighing about four pounds less with its smaller wheels, smaller fold, and slightly smaller seat. [full review]

The Best Travel Strollers

  1. Babyzen YOYO+ ($495 stroller only, $720 including bassinet) – The Babyzen YOYO+ is expensive, but could very well be worth every penny if it suits your lifestyle and budget. The YOYO+ has nearly all the same features as standard strollers, including a bassinet and solid car seat compatibility, but folds incredibly compactly, is wonderful for travel, and is smaller (and better) for navigating tight urban spaces. If you live in a big city and only want to get one stroller, this is the one. [full review]
  2. GB Pockit Plus ($299.95) -An upgrade on the super-compact GB Pockit, the Pockit Plus has a larger canopy, a deep recline suitable for naps, is compatible with the best infant car seats, and has the tiny, simple fold and excellent maneuverability for which the Pockit is already known and loved. [full review]
  3. Zoe XLC Best v2 ($249.95) – This stroller is awesome, but it has some limitations– namely that it is not suitable from birth. We love most everything about it, especially its ridiculously easy, ridiculously compact fold, its oversize canopy, and its comfortable ride. This stroller does not accept infant car seats and is not compatible with a bassinet, so it is not suitable for babies younger than about six months, but hey, it's easier to babywear at that age anyway! [full review]
  4. GB Qbit Plus ($299.95) -You might choose the Qbit Plus over the Pockit Plus if you wanted a slightly sturdier travel stroller with a deeper seat. Other than that, we'd choose the GB Pockit Plus (or Babyzen YOYO+ if it's in your price range) instead, since the Pockit Plus is similar in most ways, but has a more compact fold. [full review]
  5. Joovy Groove Ultralight ($199.99, often available for ~$110) – The Joovy Groove Ultralight is a nice-enough-looking, lightweight second stroller (or even a totally fine solo stroller for those who prefer to babywear the first six months). It has very few bells or whistles– no bassinet, no car seat compatibility, no super compact fold– but it does have a deep recline and an adjustable footrest. It is also technically suitable from birth since it reclines nearly flat, but because it doesn’t have great suspension, it bumps and jostles a bit too much for a newborn without a bassinet or car seat. [full review]
  6. Summer Infant 3D Lite ($89.99) – The Summer Infant 3D Lite is an inexpensive, lightweight second stroller (or even a totally fine solo stroller for those who prefer to babywear the first six months). It has very few bells or whistles– no bassinet, no car seat compatibility, no super compact fold– but it is only 12 pounds and less than $100. [full review]

The Best Double Strollers (coming soon)

The Best All-Terrain Strollers (coming soon)

The Best Jogging Strollers (coming soon)

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