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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 119 models in strollers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    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 the backrest, lifting and carrying, engaging wheel brakes and car seat removal and installation (only for compatible strollers).
  • Maneuverability
    Maneuverability is assessed by trained testers, taking into account how well each stroller, with a weight bag "passenger," maneuvers on our course: in S-turns through cones, in narrow sections, on grass, dirt trails with tree roots and other debris, uphill, downhill and up and down curbs.
  • Safety
    Safety is assessed by testing to the requirements of the federal stroller safety standard, 16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1227, which incorporates, by reference, the most current version of the ASTM stroller safety standard, ASTM F833-15. We also put strollers through Stability and Braking and other tests designed by CR.
  • Folded size
    The relative size of the folded stroller.
  • Weight
    Weight of stroller with included accessories and stroller seat installed (if removable).


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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.
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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.

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Evoq Stand Alone Stroller
A "3-in-1" stroller; the seat can be placed rear-facing or forward facing, and it has a standing platform for your "Big Kid." GB Evoq is also available as a travel system; we tested the stand-alone stroller.

Stroller buying guide

When selecting a stroller, you want one that keeps your baby safe and comfortable. But think about yourself, too, since you're the one who'll be pushing it. Here are some things to consider:

For the first 6 months to a year, if you'll be taking your infant in and out of a car frequently, a lightweight car seat carrier frame might be just the ticket. These bare-bones, universal frames let you attach an infant car seat. 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 the parking lot and supermarket, or for taking 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. Some travel system strollers can accommodate an infant under 6 months without the car seat, if the seat reclines to nearly flat. 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.

A variation on the theme is a versatile modular or combo stroller. Some of these resemble a bassinet on wheels (like an old-fashioned baby carriage) that you can transform 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.

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