Best Stroller and Car Seat Combos

Top travel systems from Consumer Reports' tests to help keep your baby safe when you're on the go

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Stroller Car Seat combo Photo: Chicco

A crib or another item for the nursery might be your first purchase as an expectant parent. But when it’s time to hit the road, you’ll rely heavily on a car seat and stroller. One keeps your baby safe on drives, and the other keeps her safe virtually anywhere else you’ll need to go. And both are indispensable—well into the toddler years.

Manufacturers sometimes bundle strollers with a car seat base and sell them as “travel systems.” You can pop the car seat off its base and transfer it onto the stroller, without ever unstrapping—or even waking—your little one. It’s a convenient tandem until your baby outgrows the infant car seat.

“With a travel system, you’re getting products that the manufacturer has designed to work together,” says Joan Muratore, the engineer who oversees CR’s stroller tests.

You can, however, mix and match some strollers and car seats from different brands to build your own travel system with an adapter you buy separately. But our testers found the best synergy between a car seat and stroller happens when you stick to a single brand.

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Another plus? Typically, you’ll save money buying a travel system instead of purchasing the pieces separately. You’ll find 17 travel systems in our wide-ranging stroller ratings, retailing from just under $200 up to nearly $1,000. Our combined scores for these travel systems assess how the stroller performed in our rigorous tests for safety, ease of use, and maneuverability as well as how the infant car seat performed in crash performance, ease of use, and fit to vehicle using the car’s LATCH system or the vehicle’s safety belts.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of six high-scoring travel systems that earn top spots in our ratings of car seat/stroller travel systems. They’re from Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, and Uppababy. For more choices, check out our full stroller ratings. And for more intel as you shop, see our stroller buying guide.

Best Car Seat/Stroller Travel Systems

Test-Driving Baby Strollers

When it comes to baby strollers, there are lots of different styles. On the "Consumer 101" TV show, Consumer Reports expert Sara Morrow explains to host Jack Rico how CR tests them to help consumers find the best one for their child.

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Keith Flamer

As a kid in Delaware, I lived a few blocks from Bob Marley, who once said, "It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion." At CR, I'm psyched to help readers navigate this cluttered, hyper-commercialized world we live in. I've covered luxury real estate, interior design, and culture—reporting on everything from smart home technology to racial hypocrisy at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate. Since the pandemic started, I cherish simplicity, covering accessible topics like decorating, cooking, and cleaning. Give me a smoothie blender over a mansion any day. Blenders are slightly easier to clean.