Some of today’s strollers come with such high-end features as leather trim, designer fabrics, beefy tires, shiny metal frames, and a price tag to match. A number of these pricey rides have become urban status symbols but in Consumer Reports’ stroller tests we found that a higher price doesn’t guarantee better performance and that some of the more expensive strollers can be as bulky as their hefty price tags

Consumer Reports recently added 19 new strollers to its stroller Ratings ranging in price from $100 to $1,300. Which ones were best? That’s a trick question; there’s no one stroller that’s best for every family. What works for a city apartment dweller is likely very different from what works for a suburbanite who’s in and out of the car multiple times a day. The best stroller is the one with the features that fit your child at a price that fits your budget. Here are the details on four strollers from our latest tests.

Chicco Bravo

Modular or combination strollers are versatile, but tend to be expensive. The modulars in our stroller Ratings range in price from just over $200 to $1,300, with an average price of $573. So at just $230, you’ll see why we named the Chicco Bravo a CR Best Buy. The Bravo works in three modes and grows with your baby.

For newborns, remove the Bravo’s stroller seat and snap a compatible Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat into the stroller frame. Once a baby turns six months old—or is able to sit up on his own—put the stroller seat back on the frame. The seat reclines nicely for napping and you can still attach the KeyFit car seat without additional adapters. When the baby outgrows the infant car seat, you can use the Bravo as a toddler stroller until he reaches 50 pounds. Other pluses include very good maneuverability, you can fold it one-handed, and it stands up for compact storage.

Summer Infant 3Dzyre

For an older baby, age six months and up, you may want a lighter, umbrella style stroller. Consider the Summer Infant 3Dzyre, $140, also a CR Best Buy. It’s lightweight and nimble, easy to maneuver and has some great features. The already large canopy has a zip-out extension—one of the biggest canopies we’ve seen on an umbrella stroller—that protects your passenger from the sun and wind. The canopy also features a mesh window for ventilation that lets you peek in to make sure your little one is okay. The storage pocket has two open and one zippered compartment to hold a cell phone, keys, tissues, or other small necessities. One drawback is that the stroller’s storage basket is just average-sized.

Stokke Trailz stroller with baby and oldre sister.
Photo: Courtesy of Stokke.

Stokke Trailz

The Stokke Trailz consists of a stroller frame and seat that you purchase separately, for a total of $1,300. The seat also works with other Stokke stroller bodies such as the Stokke Xplory. A carrycot/bassinet attachment is sold separately. The Trailz can be used from about six months up to 33 pounds. What else do you get for that money? The Stokke Trailz has a sturdy feel and very good maneuverability. The high seat gives your child a better vantage point and allows you to push the stroller right up to a table in a restaurant, almost like a high chair. The shopping basket is very large, and easy to access.

While the Stokke Trailz was easy to push, it wasn’t all that easy or intuitive to use. In addition, the Stokke Trailz is large, heavy, and bulky, even when folded, so it’s not the stroller for someone with a small car trunk or limited storage space at home.

Bugaboo Buffalo

The Bugaboo Buffalo, $1,190, comes in nine parts that you can use in various combinations starting with the stroller chassis or frame. To that you can add the basic fabric seat or, for newborns, a bassinet that allows a baby to lie down. Other extras include a canopy, rain cover, and underseat basket. The Bugaboo Buffalo can be used from birth till 36 months or 37.5 pounds. It’s compatible with several brands of car seats, but you must buy the appropriate adapter separately. All-in-all, the Bugaboo Buffalo is a very good stroller, with versatility and great maneuverability but you don’t need to spend well over $1,000 to get a stroller that’s comparable in performance.

For more choices, see our full stroller Ratings and recommendations. They’ll help you find the  stroller that’s right for you, at a price you can afford.