Parents using a Chicco stroller and car seat combination travel system.
Photo: Chicco

Two of the most important pieces of baby gear you’ll buy are a car seat and a stroller. One keeps your baby safe on drives, and the other keeps her safe pretty much anywhere else you’ll need to go. 

Manufacturers sometimes bundle them with a car seat base and sell them as travel systems. You can pop the car seat off its base in the car and into the stroller, without ever unstrapping, or even waking, your little one. It’s a convenient arrangement that lasts until your baby outgrows the infant car seat.

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“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 that you buy separately. But our testers found that you get the best and easiest fit between a car seat and stroller when you stick to a single brand.

Another plus? Typically, you’ll save money buying a travel system instead of purchasing the pieces separately. 

You’ll see 13 travel systems in our stroller ratings. Our combined scores for the systems incorporate  how the stroller performed in our rigorous tests for safety, ease of use, and maneuverability, and how well the infant car seat performed in our tests for 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 travel systems that score high enough to earn a spot on our recommended list. They’re from Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, and Uppababy. For more choices, check out the stroller ratings.

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