The 10 Best Strollers

Updated April 24, 2018 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. There's no need to call the babysitter when the urge strikes you to go shopping, jogging, or on a romp through the urban jungle. One of these strollers will provide a comfortable ride for babies and young kids without weighing you down too much. Take a look at these options to find the model that will best suit your lifestyle and your budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best stroller on Amazon.

10. Kolcraft Cloud Plus

The Kolcraft Cloud Plus manages to carry a substantial load without becoming cumbersome. It offers easily accessible storage, a cupholder for mom and dad, and a juice box holder for your youngster. Plus, it can stand on its own when it's folded up.
  • easy to carry with one hand
  • does not absorb shocks very well
  • latch for folding is rather weak
Brand Kolcraft
Model KL029-FRR1
Weight 15.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Thule Urban Glide 2

Designed for sporty parents who don't want to leave the kids behind on jogs and hikes, the Thule Urban Glide 2 has a refined look and feel that fits its intended use. It features an extremely lightweight frame and a versatile, adjustable canopy.
  • padded seat for optimal comfort
  • reclines to a near flat position
  • not suitable for infants
Brand Thule
Model 10101924
Weight 32.3 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. Bumbleride Indie

Ideal for active families, the Bumbleride Indie offers the convenience of a one-step folding mechanism, multiple storage pockets, and a handy foot brake. It provides a range of reclining options for small infants or toddlers when it's nap time as well.
  • secure 5-point harness system
  • extensive shade coverage
  • can be tough to assemble
Brand Bumbleride
Model I-800DG
Weight 29.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

7. Summer Infant 3D Lite

For a model that will be friendly to your wallet and your baby's bottom, consider the Summer Infant 3D Lite. Its 13-pound frame sports a stylish appearance, and the open design allows you to reach into the storage basket easily for retrieving your personal items.
  • shock-resistant front wheels
  • available in 8 colors
  • difficult to fold and unfold
Brand Summer Infant
Model 21930A
Weight 16.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Baby Jogger City Mini

The canopy built into the Baby Jogger City Mini can be adjusted easily to block the sun for children of varying heights. In addition, two peekaboo windows provide you with a convenient way to check in on your young passenger from time to time.
  • holds up to 50 pounds
  • front swivel wheel is lockable
  • folds quickly in just 1 step
Brand Baby Jogger
Model 1959130
Weight 22.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

5. Bob Revolution Pro

Designed to handle whatever terrain you're tackling, the Bob Revolution Pro has a lockable front wheel for stability and a responsive handlebar brake for safety. Its adjustable suspension system allows you to adapt it to your environment.
  • cargo compartment zips closed
  • wide range of seating angles
  • easy to modify the harness
Brand BOB
Model U631856
Weight 36.9 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Chicco Liteway

A compact option for infants and small toddlers, the Chicco Liteway is built with a comfortable backrest that’s simple to adjust to any of four positions with one hand. It has a sleek aluminum frame and a useful canopy that can be removed, if necessary.
  • rubber wheels do not scratch floors
  • weighs less than 20 pounds
  • convenient carrying handle
Brand Chicco
Model 05079562010070
Weight 20.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

3. Besrey Convertible

The dual-function Besrey Convertible can be used like a standard stroller or you can reconfigure it into a baby carriage with a sleep basket. You can adjust the height of the handle, which is nice for couples who vary significantly in size.
  • built-in cupholder
  • reflector for safety at night
  • sleep basket is reversible
Brand besrey
Model BR-C7042
Weight 29.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Joovy Scooter

When you consider its extensive capacity, you’d think the Joovy Scooter would be somewhat bulky and unwieldy, but the opposite is true. It will slide easily through a 30-inch doorway, and its smooth, double wheels provide solid traction and maneuverability.
  • each footrest adjusts independently
  • holds 2 kids at 45 pounds each
  • removable safety bumper bar
Brand Joovy
Model 8077
Weight 39.2 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Bob Revolution Flex

The Bob Revolution Flex has an adjustable suspension system that ensures kids ride comfortably, while its handlebar can be modified to accommodate adults of varying heights. A 75-pound weight limit and a roomy seat allow this model to work for a growing child.
  • pairs with a car seat adapter
  • spacious lower storage compartment
  • swivel wheels handle turns well
Brand BOB
Model U611857
Weight 33.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

It's More Than Just A Baby Wheelbarrow

When I was a kid–probably just out of the stroller myself–I encountered my first wheelbarrow. I thought it was a big metal stroller. I don't have a clear memory of this, but if the family lore is to be believed, I climbed into the thing and waited to be pushed.

Of course, it was my big sister who found me there, and she was more than delighted to take me for a spin. I'm sure you can guess what happened next: the wheelbarrow tips and baby goes flying.

So, it turns out you can't just put a baby in a wheelbarrow and expect to cart him or her around safely. And that's where strollers come in.

They work largely on the same concept of the wheelbarrow. You attach a carrying basket to a wheeled base and you've got the basics.

If you don't want your tykes catapulting through the air like yours truly, you'd probably put some straps in there to hold the little one in place.

You don't want them crying incessantly about how uncomfortable the rusty metal is either, so you might throw some padding in there to keep them comfy and quiet, maybe throw a sunshade on top to save their skin.

Now we're closing in on the familiar design. Add some extra wheels and a locking brake to keep it from rolling away on you, maybe a more comfortable, adjustable handle for you to push it along.

The good news is you've just imagined yourself a stroller. The bad news is you've lost yourself a perfectly good wheelbarrow. No matter. When the kid grows out of the stroller, you can always use it for yard work.

Babies On The Run

Parenting has changed a lot since I was in diapers. I'm sure it will have changed even more by the time I'm back in them.

Parents today generally have more ways to be active than they did in the 80s, and the expectations that their activities have placed on stroller design have led to some very exciting developments.

A lot of strollers today, including three of the strollers in our top five, are built specifically to handle the demands of a jogging mother or father without disturbing the baby.

These strollers come with advanced shocks, more aerodynamic shapes, and thicker, more durable wheels.

Even the strollers that aren't necessarily meant to endure triathlons are being built lighter and more convertible than ever before. Customers want options, healthy or not, and some of these single strollers can be reconfigured to carry multiple kids, to lay your kids flat for the ultimate nap, or to serve as a gourmet dining station.

If you've already got the little one floating around, consider their height and weight so you can get a stroller that'll last you more than a year or two, and consider their temperament, as that will determine whether you even can take him or her out for a little run with you.

If he or she hasn't popped out yet, you really only have to consider your own activity level. Even if it's just that you like to take more walks in the park than the average parent, those bigger wheels might come in handy.

Pushing Kids Around For Nearly 400 Years

It was an esteemed English landscape artist and furniture designer who designed the first baby carriage in early 1730s.

He did so to fulfill the request of the Duke of Devonshire, and the early design was actually meant to be pulled along by a small pack animal like a goat or a donkey. Try getting away with that today!

These early strollers, which wouldn't be called strollers until the 1950s, were predominantly made of wood or wicker, with heavy, expensive brass fittings and joints.

Despite some more crude design elements, many baby carriages had features like brakes and umbrella holders as early as the 1830s.

They only began to get lighter and more modern in the late 19th century, when reversible baskets and hinged wheels were added.

The supremely inexpensive design of the so-called umbrella stroller came along in the 1960s, thanks to a clever aeronautical engineer and his travel-weary wife. It's a popular design despite its lack of safety features, and it's still sneered at by wealthier, more privileged parents today.

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Last updated on April 24, 2018 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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