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Best Strollers From Consumer Reports' Tests

Top models for city dwellers, suburbanites, and frequent flyers

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Test-driving a stroller in a store won't give you the full picture—how nimble it is to turn 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 to assess which ones are easy to use, highly maneuverable, and more.

"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." 

Lab Tested for Your Baby
CR's test engineers use each stroller as a parent would, complete with a weight that simulates a child for much of our testing. We adjust the harness, backrest, and wheel brakes, and fold and unfold each model as you would when moving it into and out of a car. We collapse and carry each stroller, too, measuring its folded dimensions and weight.

We push each stroller, with "baby" onboard, through a test course with S-curves, and steer it on pavement between cones, up and down a curb and then over obstructions, including grass, mulch, and tree roots. And last, we assess safety by subjecting each stroller to standard safety tests as well as CR-designed stability and braking tests.

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

Prices are $45 to $1,150, and we break down the field by category: traditional, combo, umbrella, travel systems, car-seat carrier, and car-seat stroller. 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 new park stroller requirements.

Best Stroller for City Dwellers
Peg Perego Booklet
Peg Perego Booklet

    Peg Perego Booklet

    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 many of the other traditional strollers we tested but twice as heavy as some ultralight umbrella strollers that are handy when using mass transit. The warranty covers two years. 

    Best Stroller for Suburban Living
    Chicco Bravo Trio
    Chicco Bravo Trio

      Chicco Bravo Trio

      CR’s take: The Chicco Bravo Trio is a complete travel system: an infant car seat, a car-seat base, and a stroller. It’s a great option if you live in the suburbs or a rural area, where your infant might spend as much time in a car seat as in a stroller. The Chicco earns Excellent ratings in our tests for ease of use and maneuverability, and a Very Good rating in our safety tests.

      Snapping in the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat is a cinch. It snags Excellent ratings for ease of use and fit (with either a seat belt or LATCH mechanism) in our car-seat tests. 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.

      Best Stroller for Traveling With Infants
      Chicco KeyFit Caddy
      Chicco KeyFit Caddy

        Chicco KeyFit Caddy

        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 backseat.) 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.

        Best Stroller for Traveling With Toddlers
        Summer Infant 3D Lite
        Summer Infant 3D Lite

          Summer Infant 3D Lite

          CR’s take: The 12-pound Summer Infant 3D Lite tops our ratings of umbrella strollers, which, as a category, are lightweight and fold compactly. This one's a cinch to collapse and carry, thanks in part to an attached 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.

          Despite the name "Summer Infant," this stroller, like most umbrella strollers, isn't suitable for babies under 6 months old. It's the right pick for a child 6 months or older, and you can use it until your child tops 50 pounds. Because the stroller lacks the larger wheels and substantial frame of a traditional stroller, it's not the best choice for long walks. Instead, use it as an easy-to-transport secondary stroller for outings or when flying with a child over 2 years old. The warranty covers one year.

          Best Stroller for the Long Haul
          Baby Jogger City Select
          Baby Jogger City Select

            Baby Jogger City Select

            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 under 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 10 such models in our infant car seat ratings, including the Chicco KeyFit 30 and the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP.)

            As your family grows, you can add a second seat and/or a glider board to accommodate an older child. This is the only combo stroller tested that earns Excellent ratings for ease of use, maneuverability, and safety. The warranty covers one year.

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