Stroller manufacturers continue to add nifty features in an effort to stand out in an intensely competitive market. But which ones are worth it?

“We find that the best features are ones that make the stroller itself easier to use,” says Joan Muratore, who heads CR’s stroller-testing program. “Add-ons like a pedometer or built-in phone charger are nice," she says, "but you shouldn’t weigh them too heavily, since they won’t make up for a stroller that’s tough to maneuver and fold up.”

Not that a stroller bristling with convenience features can't also be a great stroller. Here, with Muratore's guidance, we've picked three models rated a Very Good overall that are made better by worthwhile features. Check out our full stroller ratings to see how they fared in our battery of tests, an even more important indicator of how happy you’ll be with any given stroller.

And if you're starting your search from scratch, check out our stroller buying guide.

How CR Tests Strollers

We start by sizing up how easy each stroller is to use, doing all the same things parents would need to do. We adjust the harnesses, backrest, and wheel brakes, and fold and unfold each model as you would when moving it in and out of a car. We collapse and carry each stroller, too, noting the folded size and weight.

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

The 80-plus strollers in our current ratings are divided by category: traditional, combination, umbrella, travel systems, car seat carriers, and single car seat strollers. They range in price from less than $100 to more than $1,200, and come from such brands as 4moms, Baby Jogger, Baby Trend, Babyhome, Britax, Bugaboo, Bumbleride, Chicco, Contours, Evenflo, Graco, Jane, Joovy, Maclaren, Mamas and Papas, Maxi-Cosi, Mountain Buggy, Peg Perego, Quinny, Recaro, Stokke, Thule, UPPAbaby, and Zobo—to name a few.

Fun, Functional Stroller Features

Baby Jogger City Tour
Price: $200
Feature: Folds very compactly.
CR’s take: The City Tour is very much designed with urbanites in mind, but it might be best suited for frequent travelers. It's designed to meet carry-on requirements for most means of public transportation and to fit in the overhead bin of an airplane, according to the company. We measured the collapsed stroller at 10 inches by 18 inches by 22 inches—just a bit over what major airlines including United, Delta, and American allow.

But of course, we've all seen oversized carry-ons find their way onto planes. Whether or not you get the City Tour stroller on a flight will probably depend on the size of the plane, the number of empty seats, or even the mood of the gate agent, so you should still be ready to check it at the gate. The stroller comes with a backpack so you can carry it hands-free if your little one feels like walking. (The stroller holds children up to 45 pounds.)

4moms Moxi
Price: $700
Feature: Self-powered display.
CR’s take: 4moms first generated buzz with its Origami stroller, which automatically folds and unfolds with the push of a button. The Moxi comes in at $150 less without the slick automatic folding mechanism, but it's still pricey. You get a suite of impressive electronic features, including a built-in digital display that provides weather reports, a pedometer, and a USB port for charging your phone.

After initially charging the stroller’s internal battery with the included power cord, the rear wheels recharge the battery as you push the stroller. You can track distance walked and steps taken using an app that you download to your smartphone. It’s a feature we found pretty neat, particularly if you’re the type to forget a portable phone charger when you leave the house. Just be sure to remember the charging cable for your phone.

Quinny Yezz
Price:
$210
Feature: Super lightweight design and slim profile.
CR’s take: The Yezz epitomizes what an umbrella stroller should be, provided you don’t need it to tote around a lot of belongings. Quinny has stripped away excess materials and some features—a reclining seat and a storage basket—to get the Yezz down to a lean 11 pounds.

It’s also got one of the slimmest profiles we’ve seen. The stretchy shoulder strap makes it significantly easier to carry than other collapsed models in this class. Umbrella strollers are all about being easy to carry around, and we think the Yezz stands out for nailing it.