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Best Strollers of 2018

CR’s top strollers for travelers, joggers, urban animals, and suburban schleppers

Ask five new parents what they want in a stroller and you’re likely to get five different answers.

“There’s no single type of stroller that’s best for everyone,” says Joan Muratore, who oversees stroller testing for Consumer Reports. “An umbrella stroller might be ideal if you take your little one on mass transit frequently, but if you live in the country and want to walk on wooded paths, you’ll struggle to maneuver it.”

It’s all about your lifestyle.

CR’s extensive stroller testing looks at not only the big-picture issues such as safety and durability but also the experiential details of everyday use. We’ve combed through our deep data, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of top-rated strollers, to bring you these selections of the best strollers for different needs.

How We Test Strollers
CR starts the test process by using each stroller the way a parent would, complete with a weight that simulates a child for most 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, noting the folded size and weight.

We push each stroller through a test course with S-curves, and steer it between cones and over obstructions, including grass, mulch, and tree roots. And finally, we assess safety by subjecting each model to standard industry tests as well as CR-designed stability and braking tests.

The 80-plus models in our current stroller ratings are divided by category: traditional, combination, umbrella, travel systems, and car seat carriers. They range in price from less than $100 to more than $1,200, and come from brands such as 4moms, Baby Jogger, Baby Trend, Britax, Bugaboo, Bumbleride, Chicco, Evenflo, Graco, Jane, Joovy, Maclaren, Maxi-Cosi, Mountain Buggy, Peg Perego, Stokke, Uppababy, and more.

To get a feel for the categories most relevant to you, start with our stroller buying guide. Then CR members can read below for ratings and reviews of seven top picks, tailored to where and how you live.