Choosing the best stroller for your family is a decision that comes down to safety, size, the type of stroller, and of course the cost. Our team of parenting editors has rigorously researched and tested more than 250 strollers from Uppababy, Nuna, Graco, and more with all of this and more in mind to help you make the right decision for your family and budget.
No matter where you're taking your little one in their stroller, you want them to be safe and secure. Things like sun shades to keep them out of the sun, an adjustable five-point harnesses, bumper bars, and brakes or wheel locks are the most important stroller safety features. If you want to use your stroller from birth, look for inserts that are specifically designed for use from birth (many stroller brands, like Uppababy, make infant accessories that can be used with their strollers and create a safe seat for your little one).
Depending on what kind of stroller you get, how many children it can accommodate, and the features it has, strollers can start under $100 for the most basic compact or umbrella models and cost well over $1,000 on the high end.More expensive brands like Uppababy, Nuna, and Bugaboo have full-size and double strollers in the $1,000-1,300 range, but they have proven to be extremely capable, sturdy, and impressive in our lab and real-world tests. On the less expensive side, brands like Graco, Chicco, and Britax tend to start around $300 for full size strollers. While these brands have performed well in our tests, they don't necessarily have all of the bells and whistles you get on the pricier strollers.
Convertible, compact, jogging, and double strollers are some of the most popular types—but the right one for you will depend on your lifestyle and when and where you'll use the stroller most. If you're an avid runner or want all-terrain tires, a jogging stroller is your best bet. Having twins or planning to have two kids close in age? Single-to-double convertible strollers like the Uppababy Vista V2 are popular and ace our tests. If you need something that you want to keep folded up in your trunk or plan to travel frequently, more lightweight compact strollers (also called travel strollers) are for you. No matter which kind of stroller you decide on, we've put them all through comprehensive testing.
While you don't need any stroller accessories, they can make your stroller more convenient for you as a caregiver to push or provide a more comfortable ride for your little one.Accessories like cup holders, caddies and organizers, stroller gloves, and hanging clips are nice-to-have accessories of parents and caregivers. When it comes to your child, cozy footmuffs (also called buntings), blankets, fans, snack trays, and toys can all make the ride more comfortable and enjoyable. And if you've got an older kid who might occasionally join you on walks but tires out easily, a riding board attachment can be a nice add-on.
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