Best Strollers of 2021

Top models from Consumer Reports' tests for every lifestyle

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CR test engineer Adam Nappi measures how far a stroller seat reclines to determine whether it's suitable for an infant.
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Test-driving a stroller in a store won't give you the full picture—how nimbly it turns on busy sidewalks, how easily it folds as you're hoisting it, one-handed, into the trunk of your car. Or for that matter, how safe it is for your little one.

That's why Consumer Reports buys and tests dozens of strollers, putting each one through its paces in our stroller lab and on the grounds of our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters.

"The best stroller is a safe stroller with features that fit your child and your lifestyle—at a price that matches your budget," says Joan Muratore, the engineer who oversees stroller testing for CR. "Many of the strollers we tested earn a Very Good or Excellent rating in our rigorous safety tests."

You'll see dozens of single strollers and 13 strollers that can take two children out and about in our stroller ratings. They're from more than two dozen brands, including Baby Jogger, Britax, Bugaboo, Chicco, Graco, Maclaren, Mountain Buggy, Peg Perego, Stokke, and UPPAbaby.

Prices range from $70 to $1,200, and they're organized by type: single traditional, combo, umbrella, car-seat carrier, car-seat stroller, and travel system. In the doubles category, you'll see side-by-side, tandem, convertible, and car-seat carrier models. To figure out which type will work best for your family, start with our stroller buying guide.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of CR's top picks, tailored to where and how you live. For more choices, see our complete stroller ratings and check the features & specs section for critical factors, including the stroller's weight and whether it meets Disney's park stroller requirements.

CR’s take: A traditional all-purpose stroller, the Peg Perego Booklet works on busy sidewalks, paved streets, in a park, and on a trail. This sturdy stroller is the only one in its category to earn an Excellent rating in all our tests: safety, maneuverability, and ease of use. The stroller seat reclines to a nearly flat position. Car-seat adapters are built in, making it easy to attach the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seat.

The stroller stands on its own when folded and has generous storage space. The trade-off? It's a bit bulky, weighing in at 20 pounds. That's in line with some of the other high-scoring traditional strollers we tested, but 7 pounds more than the Mountain Buggy Nano, a CR Best Buy. The warranty covers two years.

CR’s take: The Chicco Bravo Trio is our top-rated travel system and a CR Best Buy. The system includes an infant car seat, a car-seat base, and a stroller.

The Chicco Bravo stroller earns Excellent ratings in our tests for ease of use and maneuverability, and a Very Good rating in our safety tests. For a newborn, remove the stroller seat and snap in the infant car seat. Installing the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat in a car is also a cinch. This car seat snags Excellent ratings for ease of use and fit (with either a seat belt or LATCH mechanism) in our tests. And our crash tests found that it proves safer than the minimum federal standard.

Once your baby outgrows the car seat, use the stroller for adventures and running errands. Travel systems tend to be bulky, and this one is no exception. The stroller itself weighs 23 pounds, typical of its type. The warranty covers one year.

CR’s take: One of our top-rated car-seat carrier strollers, the lightweight Chicco KeyFit Caddy is compatible with our top-rated infant car seats: the Chicco KeyFit or Chicco KeyFit 30. (The seat "clicks" into the frame in the same way you attach a car seat to the base in your back seat.) In the early days, that means you can transfer baby (even a sleeping baby) from car to stroller with ease.

This stroller garners an Excellent rating for ease of use, a Very Good rating for maneuverability, and a Good rating in our safety tests. The Graco SnugRider Elite is another great choice for a car-seat carrier, but we give Chicco the edge because its KeyFit infant car seats perform better than Graco’s Click Connect models in our tests. Chicco's warranty is for one year. Note that once your baby outgrows the infant car seat, you'll need a new stroller.

CR’s take: The 14-pound Joovy Groove Ultralight tops our ratings of umbrella strollers, which, as a category, are lightweight and fold compactly. This one is a cinch to collapse and carry, thanks in part to the shoulder strap, and earns a rating of Very Good for ease of use. This stroller snags a Very Good rating for maneuverability and an Excellent rating in safety.

The seat reclines to a nearly flat position so that it can be used for babies as young as 3 months old, and until your child tops 55 pounds. Because the stroller lacks the larger wheels and substantial frame of a traditional stroller, it's not the best choice for long walks on grass or other rough terrain. Instead, use it as an easy-to-transport secondary stroller for outings or when flying with a child more than 2 years old. The warranty covers two years.

CR’s take: Don't let the name confuse you: The Baby Jogger City Select isn't just for urban dwellers, nor is it a jogging stroller. Rather, it's a combination stroller—a traditional model that you can adapt to take your child from birth through toddlerhood. For babies younger than 6 months old, use an adapter to attach a bassinet or infant car seat, sold separately. You can use a Baby Jogger car seat or one of the compatible models from other brands. (There are a number of compatible models in our infant car-seat ratings, including the Chicco KeyFit 30.

As your family grows, you can add a second Baby Jogger City Select seat to the stroller to accommodate two kids and/or a glider board for an older child. This is one of only two combo strollers in our ratings that earns Excellent scores for ease of use, maneuverability, and safety. The other is the comparably priced Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan, $500, which is also worthy of serious consideration.