Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 159 models in strollers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
Overall score is based primarily on ease of use, maneuverability and safety. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
Ease of use
Ease of use is based primarily on ease of using and adjusting the safety harness, folding and unfolding, adjusting backrest, lifting and carrying, engaging wheel brakes and car seat removal and installation (only for compatible strollers).
Maneuverability is assessed by trained staffers on how well the strollers maneuvered S-turns through cones, narrow sections, grass, dirt trails, uphill, downhill and curbs while walking.
Safety is assessed by testing for compliance with the most current version of the standard, ASTM F833-13, and stability and usage tests designed by Consumers Union.
The relative size of the stroller.
Weight of stroller with included accessories and stroller seat installed (if removable).
Recommended strollers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
A stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear you'll buy. And as your baby grows, you might end up with more than one. If you're looking for information about strollers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ stroller reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our stroller buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and stroller reviews to help you choose the best stroller for your needs.
Ratings & recommended strollers
Traditional strollers (111)
The right stroller for you depends on many factors, like the age of your child and where you plan to use it. For most people, a fully featured stroller is the best all-around choice and offers the most value because it converts from child-seat carrier to regular stroller once the child is able to sit up. But many parents find that their needs are best met by more than one stroller. For a newborn, parents can get a car-seat carrier or a stroller that can carry a car seat and/or convert to a carriage. Once the child is six months old, and able to sit up and hold his head up, parents can use a lightweight stroller. These models may not have as many frills, but are usually light and compact, making them easier to transport. See the features section of the Ratings for models that are suitable for babies six months and younger.
The Ratings list strollers strictly according to performance. All proved acceptably safe in our tests. In the sections below, we list Recommended models for each stroller type. All Recommended models were Very Good or Excellent overall. For further details on a particular model, click on its name in the Ratings table to go to that model's page. Recommended traditional strollers Traditional stroller Ratings
All-terrain strollers (11)
CR Recommended models may not all be CR Best Buys, but have other points to recommend them. In this group of strollers, we feel that the Best Buys are the best choices, period: they are Recommended as well as CR Best Buys. In most cases, higher price tags are not accompanied by better performance. For example, the BOB Revolution, at $390, did receive the highest score for On-Road Maneuverability, but its Off-Road maneuverability got only a Good. It is reasonable to expect an all-terrain stroller to perform well on both types of terrain. Recommended all-terrain strollers All-terrain stroller Ratings
Double strollers & multiples (37)
The right stroller for you depends on many factors, such as the age of your child(ren) and where you plan to use it. For most people, a fully-featured car-seat compatible stroller is the best all-around choice, and offers the most value because it converts from a child-seat carrier to regular stroller, once the child is able to sit up on his own. But many parents find that it takes more than one stroller to address all their needs.
For a newborn, parents can use a car-seat carrier (frame) or a stroller that can accept a car seat and/or accommodate newborns with a nearly-flat recliine, since they can't sit up on their own.
Once the child is six months old, and able to sit up and hold his head up, parents can switch to a lightweight stroller. Those models may not have as many frills, but are usually light and compact, making them easier to transport or schlep in and out of the car trunk. See the features section of the Ratings for models that are suitable for babies six months and younger, or that have other features you want in your stroller. Recommended double strollers & multiples Double stroller & multiples Ratings
First and foremost, you want your baby to be safe and comfortable in her stroller. But think about yourself, too, since you're the one who'll be pushing it. Here are some things to consider:
For the first six months to a year or so, if you'll be taking your infant in and out of a car a lot, a lightweight car seat carrier frame might be just the ticket. These bare-bones, universal frames let you attach an infant car seat. (See Stroller types.) Simply remove the infant seat from its base in the car, baby and all, and snap it right into the frame. It's great for letting your snoozing baby continue his nap. When you're done strolling, you simply snap the car seat back into its base inside the car. Stroller frames are inexpensive, and because of their light weight they're handy for quick trips between parking lot and supermarket, or for hauling on a bus or train.
An alternative is an all-in-one travel system, which consists of an infant car seat, a car-seat base, and a stroller. They can be heavy and take up more room than just a stroller frame, but once your baby reaches 6 months and can sit up and control his head and neck movements, you'll have the flexibility to use the travel system's stroller without the infant seat snapped in. A travel system is costlier but a good value because the stroller can be used after your child outgrows the infant car seat, unlike a car seat carrier frame, which is useful only for as long as your baby uses her infant car seat--anywhere from 9 months to a year or more, depending on your child's height and weight.
A variation on the theme is a combo stroller. Some of these resemble a "bassinet on wheels" (sort of like an old-fashioned baby carriage) to a regular stroller as your child grows. Some combos can accept an infant car seat but you will likely have to buy the car seat separately (infant car seats come with a base to hold it in place inside your car). In some cases, you'll also need an adapter to secure the car seat to the stroller, which may cost extra.
Combos tend to be costly, and though they are essentially a stroller chassis with wheels, may weigh more than car seat carrier frames. But they are also usable for a much longer time period than car seat carrier frames. All things considered, you might decide you don't need the bassinet feature that may be sold separately from your combo stroller. Some combo models, now offer a removable seat that reclines nearly flat to give your baby the same resting area provided by a bassinet without the need for that extra piece of equipment.