The 6 Best Frame Strollers to Buy in 2018

Make the first year a little easier

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While buying a stroller is a must — a frame stroller is another great affordable option for when babies are a year or younger. A frame stroller lets you move your baby easily from the car (in their seat) into the chassis of the stroller with one click and one hand. This use is great for parents who are frequently in the car, travel or who don't want to disturb a sleeping baby.

Frame strollers are a great option for the first year and can even be your main stroller until they outgrow their car seat (typically around one year). You could use a frame stroller solely for the first year and then see what your lifestyle is like before you make another purchase. You might find you can skip the more substantial stroller and go for a lightweight or umbrella stroller. No matter your needs — these are the best frame strollers to buy for your family. 

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller and Car Seat Carrier

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The Snugrider fits all Graco brand car seats and the single front swivel wheels and one-handed fold make this a convenient and cost-effective choice. Your baby’s car seat will snap into the frame easily with just one swift click taking you from car to walkway in seconds, your baby will barely notice the change in scenery.

The lightweight aluminum frame and slim profile when folded make this the ideal stroller frame when space is at a premium both in the home and car. A highlight of this model is the one-handed self-standing fold, with a fluid movement and your foot on the back of the stroller frame you can bring it into a standing fold that is so convenient for freeing up your hands to hold your baby.

Best Budget: Baby Trend Snap N Go EX Universal

The Baby Trend Snap N Go is a very affordable option for those parents who already have a car seat and are looking for an economical stroller option. As the name suggests it allows you to easily slot your compatible baby car seat into the grooves on the frame and with a quick snap you can be dashing about town.

This model accepts all Baby Trend car seats and those from these brands Chicco Key Fit 30, Combi Shuttle 33, Cosco, Evenflo Embrace, Graco Snugride 22 and 35, and Safe Seat 32, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 30 and Safety 1st on Board 35. The included parent tray holds two cups and has a space for your keys and phone to keep your hands free. It also features a very large mesh storage basket for your diaper bag and baby essentials.​

Best for Travel: Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi Stroller Frame

If you’re traveling either by road or air with your baby keeping your hands free and your luggage to the minimum is essential. The Travel Maxi Cosi frame folds up flat fitting in the smallest trunk or airplane overhead bin with ease. The zippered parent tray keeps important items safe and secure while you get going and the large flat storage basket provides another spot to store items you’ll need during the journey. The parent cup holder will be appreciated during a long day of delays whilst the lightweight frame at less than 15 pounds is easy to carry on and off flights. It fits Maxi-Cosi Mico and Prezi infant car seats to quickly become a complete travel system.

Best Lightweight: Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame

The Chicco Keyfit caddy stroller frame has been designed exclusively for the Chicco Keyfit 22 and 30 Infant car seats, and conveniently pops up from flat easily with a one hand action allowing you to hold your baby in their car seat in the other hand. At just 11.2 pounds this frame is one of the lightest on the market and fits easily into tight spaces. The large basket provides an ideal place for all of baby’s diapers, toys, and supplies and with the adjustable handle, parents of different heights will be comfortable while pushing baby about town.

Best for Twins: Joovy Twin Roo+ Car Seat Stroller

For parents of twins the Joovy Twin Roo allows you to place two car seats in tandem side by side so that your little ones can look at each other or face in different directions as they ride. The enormous storage basket provides all the space you could need for double the baby supplies while the four cup holders will stock enough refreshments for the longest of journeys.

Caring for twins can be challenging especially when trying to get two babies into the car for a trip out. This stroller frame allows you to safely stow both babies in a range of different major brand car seats, with the adaptor (available separately) at a safe height and move them in or out of the vehicle with ease. The one-handed fold takes this double duty chassis down to flat pack dimensions that will fit in a 48-inch trunk.

Best for Jogging: Orbit Baby O2 Stroller Base

The manufacturers have thought of everything in this versatile base, it has two seat heights, high for city strolling and low for trail performance when using it as a jogging stroller. The base also allows any Orbit brand car seat (available separately) to swivel 360 degrees and face either out or towards the parent in both configurations. The stylish design and sleek look will be turning heads as you hike along rugged trails or window shop in town. The Orbit baby O2 folds down compactly and with flip-flop friendly brakes, you’ll be able to wander all summer long.

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