The 7 Best Frame Strollers of 2021

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Baby Trend Snap and Go at Amazon

"Without the fuss of removing your kiddo from the car seat, secure the infant seat to the frame once you reach your destination."

Best Lightweight: Chicco Keyfit Caddy at Amazon

"Weighing at only 11 pounds, Chicco's lightweight model is foldable and un-foldable with just one hand if your other hand is full."

Best All Terrain: Graco Snugrider Elite 3 at Amazon

"For parents who venture to multiple places, especially where the terrain isn't always smooth, Graco's carrier has you covered."

Best for Travel: gb Pockit Go at Amazon

"Traveling parents will get a lot of use out of this model, which folds into the size of a handbag for when you're on the go."

Most Convenient Folding: Chicco Shuttle at Amazon

"Chicco's caddy stroller stands independently so there's no need to find a nearby wall or closet after folding."

Best for Twins: Joovy TwinRoo+ at Amazon

"Baby twins or siblings can sit comfortably next to one another as they face the surroundings, providing easy access to parents."

Best Jogging Frame Stroller: Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo at Amazon

"You can get your daily steps in with your youngster in tow, using this jogging stroller that's prepared for all kinds of terrain."

The way it’s designed, a frame stroller is a frame that the baby’s infant seat gets clicked into. Typically lightweight and easy to fold, frame strollers are ideal for people who may be in and out of their car often and don’t want to lug a heavy infant seat (plus growing infant) around in the crook of their arm.

Most frame strollers are intended to be used up to 6 to 9 months of age, so considering your lifestyle, the time frame, and your budget is essential when deciding whether to invest in one. Additionally, certain frame strollers are only compatible with specific infant seat brands (or need extra adapters), so keeping that in mind when shopping will save you time, money, and frustration in the end. 

We've researched the best frame strollers for you and your family.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Baby Trend Snap and Go

Baby Trend Snap N Go

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One of the original frame strollers, the Baby Trend Snap and Go frame accepts the most brands of seats. The way the stroller is built, there is a carriage frame that holds the infant seat and then the included straps help secure the infant seat to the stroller frame.

At 14 pounds, it’s light, but not the lightest on the market. This stroller is compatible with common infant seat brands like Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Chicco, Graco, Safety 1st, Evenflo, and others. Two cup holders, a covered storage compartment, and a very large under-carriage basket provide new parents with plenty of storage. 

Best Lightweight: Chicco Keyfit Caddy

At only 11 pounds, this frame stroller is lighter than others and a cinch to lift out of a car trunk. Parents love that this light and sturdy frame stroller can fold and unfold with one hand, and taller parents appreciate the adjustable handle height. Once folded, the stroller is able to stand on its own for easier, more compact storage. This frame stroller is designed for and exclusively fits the Chicco Keyfit infant car seat. 

"A frame stroller was a must with my second child. We could throw this into the trunk and easily transport it without heft or bulk. I recommend this product to all second-time parents."–Dwyer Frame, Senior Editorial Director, Verwell

Best All Terrain: Graco Snugrider Elite 3

This three-wheeled stroller frame is extremely maneuverable and works well for bumpy sidewalks, lots of curbs, or uneven walking paths. While it’s not a jogging stroller, the locking front wheel allows for a smoother ride for the baby.

Parents love the two cup holders, storage compartment, and adjustable handle height along with the extra-large storage basket under the carriage. The FastAction, one-handed fold is quick and simple and, once folded, the stroller stands on its own for easy storage.

At 13 pounds, this stroller frame is average weight. Compatible with any Graco Click Connect infant car seat, this frame allows the seat to be faced either out towards to the world or inwards toward mom or dad. 

Best for Travel: gb Pockit Go

An innovative design, this stroller frame folds into a handbag-sized package in just seconds. It’s small enough to bring on a plane or train and fits into any overhead compartment.

Weighing in at only 10 pounds, it’s great for parents on the go, especially those that may not have room in a car trunk for traditional frame strollers. This is compatible with CYBEX, Nuna PIPA, or Maxi Cosi Mico 30 infant car seats.

For longevity purposes, parents can transform the Pockit Go frame stroller into a full-time travel stroller with a sold separately fabric kit that transforms the frame into an umbrella stroller for older kiddos.

Most Convenient Folding: Chicco Shuttle

Parents of newborns always have their hands full. This frame stroller has an easy-to-reach handle that activates a quick, one-handed fold. The fold handle doubles as a carrying handle, so it’s easy to move and put in and out of a car trunk.

At 15 pounds, some parents may find that this frame is heavier than others. It’s compatible with all Chicco Key Fit and Fit2 infant seats. 

Best for Twins: Joovy TwinRoo+

Popular with twin parents, this double frame stroller fits two infant car seats. The unique side mount positions the babies sideways (they can both face the same way or opposite ways) which allows for easy access for the parent, although some reviewers felt the positioning put their twin babies too much on display.

The frame is compatible with two Chicco KeyFit 30 car seats, and sold separately adapters make this frame compatible with 23 leading infant seats from brands like Britax, Graco, UPPA-baby, Maxi Cosi, and more.

At 24 pounds, this frame isn’t exactly lightweight, but it does fold easily and includes four cup holders for drinks or bottles. 

Best Jogging Frame Stroller: Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo

While it’s not recommended that parents go out for a run with an infant seat on a jogging stroller, it is possible to stroll or power walk as an alternative. The Thule Urban Glide is not a traditional frame stroller, but rather a jogging stroller plus a sold separately car seat adapter. By adding one of the optional car seat adapters to this well-loved jogging stroller, this combination becomes compatible with Maxi-Cosi, Chicco, and other infant car seats.

The all-terrain stroller boasts 16-inch wheels for an ultra-smooth ride. Alone, the stroller weighs 25 pounds and does fold into a compact size, but not as small or flat as traditional frame strollers.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a frame stroller to use only occasionally or on one or two big trips, the innovative gb Pockit Go is hard to resist. It works with lots of infant seats and is so portable. For parents that plan to use their frame stroller as more of an everyday stroller during the early infant phase, the Graco Snugrider Elite 3 is very light, easy to use, maneuverable, and a well-loved frame stroller when used with a compatible car seat.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. Her well-loved frame stroller that she used for her first two kids was discontinued before she could use it for her daughter. Since she had a garage full of strollers, she couldn’t justify buying another and added an infant seat adapter to a big stroller she already had.

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