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If you’re looking for a new stroller, we think the best for most people is the Baby Jogger City Mini. How do we know? We’ve spent months researching every stroller on the market—over 230 of them. We’ve read thousands of user reviews, talked to other real parents, and spent weeks testing 18 of the very best to see how they hold up in the real world.
What we found is that picking a stroller is a lot like buying a new car—it’s a confusing mess. There are hundreds of models, prices range from $20 to $1,200, and it’s tough to tell which features really matter. As a new parent myself, I’ve lived through this personally; I know how much it stinks to be stuck with a bad stroller, and what a breath of fresh air it is to finally get a great one.
But just like buying a car, most strollers get the job done; finding the “best” one means finding the best one for you. While we think anyone will love our top picks, a person who lives in a third-floor apartment downtown has different needs from a person who lives in the ‘burbs. Nearly every stroller on this list offers something for someone, so even our non-winners are worth investigating.
That said, our favorite single-occupant, standard strollers—the Baby Jogger City Mini, the Chicco Viaro, and the Bugaboo Bee5—hit all the important points: a smooth ride, excellent maneuverability, plenty of storage space, and easy-to-use folding mechanisms that make storing the stroller a breeze. Without further ado, these are the best strollers you can buy right now.
Editor’s Note: Below you’ll find some of the top strollers we tested. To read about every model we got our hands on, head to Reviewed.com’s guide to the best strollers of 2017.
Best Overall: Baby Jogger City Mini
Most strollers are big, bulky, and take multiple hands (and maybe a foot) to fold. Not the Baby Jogger City Mini, which weighs 18 lbs and can be folded in seconds with a single pull of its innovative Quick-Fold handle. In our testing, we also loved the City Mini’s excellent maneuverability, including its tight turning radius and the ease with which the three-wheel stroller can mount curbs and other tricky obstacles.
I have actually owned this stroller for nearly a year, and my wife and I love it. It’s easy to push, has just enough space to hold all our gear for a full day, and my wife can easily hold our daughter in one arm while folding the stroller and putting it in her car with the other. User reviews are exceptionally strong, with over 80 percent (!!) five-star reviews on Amazon.
It’s not perfect, though. The storage space is only so-so compared to other strollers and there’s minimal clearance between the basket and the seat, making it tough to pull even medium-sized bags out while the child is sitting. And while the stroller is lightweight and very durable in my experience, the seat is thin and lacks the padding of the more premium, heavier models we looked at.
Car seats and warranty info: The City Mini is rated for children up to 50 lbs, and is compatible with BOB, Britax, Baby Jogger, Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego, Cybex, and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats with adapters. Most adapters cost $20-30, though the Peg Perego and Chicco adapters are $60. And despite the Baby Jogger brand name, it is not a jogging stroller.
If you’re looking for a relatively low-cost stroller that has almost all of the best features of our top pick, the Chicco Viaro is the best value of the strollers we’ve tested. It has a three-wheel design that’s very similar to the Baby Jogger City Mini, with a lightweight frame, a tight turning radius, and a pull-to-fold handle that lets you fold the stroller in seconds.
Though we ultimately prefer the City Mini, the Viaro actually has some advantages over our top pick. The storage basket is larger and more easily accessible, it includes the cupholder and child tray by default, and sale prices dip as low as $150 at times.
Why not go for the Viaro? Well, the canopy doesn’t connect to the back of the stroller and so it has minimal protection in the rain. The City Mini offers a much better canopy, is adaptable to a wide range of car seats, and is easier to assemble, but the Viaro is fantastic for the price—just keep the forecast in mind.
Car seats and warranty info: The Chicco Viaro is designed for children up to 50 lbs (or 36 months) and supports Chicco KeyFit and Fit 2 car seats natively. It does not support other car seat types via adapters, but it does come with a one-year warranty.
The Bugaboo Bee5 is a fairly light (19.6 lbs) and super stylish premium stroller with some neat, well-designed features and a very smooth ride thanks to a four-wheel suspension. It’s highly maneuverable, can support heavy loads in the underseat basket, and it folds up well enough to appeal to city dwellers who need to lug it up stairs every day.
My favorite feature was the ability to fold the seat up, giving you instant access to the storage basket underneath. It’s a brilliant piece of design, though you can obviously only use it when the seat is empty. It also features a reversible seat, a stunning array of stylish customization options, and an extremely solid frame that feels like it’ll last for years.
On the negative side: The fabric sun shade may be stylish, but the underlying canopy frame feels flimsy. There’s also no way to peak through, though you can reverse the seat if you want to see your child when they’re first using the seat. The stroller folds up nicely, but it does require two hands to collapse, unlike our top pick.
The price puts this squarely in the “premium” territory, starting at $739 on Bugaboo’s site. Does anyone need a $700 stroller? Not at all, but our research shows that high-end models like this are extremely popular and this is the best model we tested in that range. It’s fully customizable with different colors, wheels, patterns, and limited editions, but you’re paying 2-3x more than you need to if you just want a comfortable way to carry your kid from A to B.
Car seats and warranty info: The Bugaboo Bee5 is good for children up to 37.5 lbs and is compatible with Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Chicco, and Cybex infant car seats with adapters (sold separately). It comes with a two-year warranty that is extended to three years if you register your stroller.
While these strollers didn’t win our roundup, they all have something to offer buyers who may not like our top picks. Maybe you need more storage, or you want something compatible with your infant car seat of choice, or you have a second kid on the way and want something you can add another seat to. Whatever the case, these are some of the other excellent strollers that we tested that you should check out.
Baby Jogger City Select LUX
If your main experience with Baby Jogger products is the City Mini, the new City Select LUX will surprise you—it’s gigantic. The frame is thick and sturdy, the wheels are huge, and it has a cavernous amount of storage space. While it lacks the Quick-Fold action of the City Mini, it does still fold down nicely, with the ability to easily stand on its own when stored.
For parents who just need a stroller for one child, the City Select LUX may be a bit much. It’s heavy at 30.4 lbs and has a very wide wheel base, making it tricky on busy sidewalks or in cramped stores. It’s probably not a great fit for city dwellers, unless you can leave it in the car, garage, or you live on the ground floor.
It does have some very nice touches, though. The ride is extremely smooth, and the handbrake means you can slow the stroller while going down hills just like you would with a bike.
Where the City Select LUX truly comes into its own, though, is when you add a second seat. We’ll address this more fully when we test double strollers, but it supports the ability to add a second bassinet, car seat, or toddler seat in addition to the main one—in pretty much any configuration you can imagine. That flexibility is rare, and if you are planning on having a second kid and don’t want to buy another stroller in a year or two, the Select LUX has you covered.
Car seats and warranty info: As mentioned before, the Baby Jogger City Select LUX is designed for children up to 45 lbs (per seat) and supports car seats from Graco, Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Peg Perego, Baby Jogger, Chicco, Cybex, Nuna, and BOB with adapters (all sold separately). It comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame, a 1-year warranty on the other parts, and no warranty on the wheels.
The Britax B-Agile 3 hits all the same notes as the City Mini and the Chicco Viaro: a three-wheel design that easily mounts curbs and other obstacles, a simple pull-to-fold handle, a moderately sized storage basket, and weight under 20 lbs. It’s an excellent all-around stroller that missed our top spots by the slimmest of margins.
Though we liked it more than the Chicco overall, it typically sells for a bit more at $216 and the child’s tray and stroller organizer (with cup holder) are all sold separately. It comes with a rear pouch that can hold tall drinks, but I wouldn’t put a cup of coffee in it. The price does dip to around $190 at times, but the Viaro is certainly a better value as long as you’re okay using a Chicco infant car seat when your baby is too little for the big seat.
The City Mini costs a bit more than the Britax and also doesn’t include any accessories, typically selling for $220-250 with dips as low as $190 at times. For our top spot we went with the City Mini because it has a slightly nicer canopy, is adaptable to a wider range of infant car seats, and was a tad more maneuverable, but the Britax is a great backup if you find a good sale.
Car seats and warranty info: The Britax 2017 B-Agile 3 is designed for children up to 55 lbs and comes with a two-year warranty from the manufacturer. It is compatible with all Britax infant car seats and you can purchase an adapter that supports Chicco Key Fit/Key Fit 30, Graco SnugRide 32/35 (not Click Connect), and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio car seats.
Note: This past February Britax issued a safety notice/recall for some B-Agile 3 models due to faulty Click & Go car seat connectors. See here for details to make sure your model is not affected.
The Summer Infant 3Dlite is one of the most popular strollers around due to its very affordable price, which drops to around $60 when on sale. It’s an “umbrella” or lightweight stroller, so it is designed to collapse to a very compact size, but doesn’t support car seats or offer a ton of storage.
That said, there’s enough here that this could be your only stroller if your needs are limited to the occasional walk or trip to the zoo. There are some things to be aware of, though: It’s not that easy to maneuver, as the wheels are small and have trouble with obstacles; we also found that the fold was tricky, requiring two hands most of the time. And though it collapses down nicely, it is actually quite long when folded, which may make storage tricky in certain situations.
For less than $100, though, it’s hard to argue with the value here. Even if you need something bigger for everyday use, this would be an excellent, low-cost backup for vacations or short trips.
Car seat and warranty info: The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller does not support car seats. It is designed for children up to 50 lbs and comes with a one-year warranty.
The Summer Infant 3Dtote is an ideal pick for anyone who likes the idea of the Summer Infant 3Dlite, but needs more storage; this stroller has tons of it, especially for an umbrella model. The underseat storage basket is massive, perfect for storing coats, bags, and other items. There are other pockets for your phone, keys, wallet, water bottles—even hooks for holding a diaper bag in place.
Despite this extra storage, the stroller itself isn’t noticeably larger than the 3Dlite, though it weighs about four pounds more. It also has a better canopy, though we found pulling too hard on the canopy pulled the seat out of its reclined position. The wheels are slightly different than the 3Dlite, but we had all the same issues with obstacles and maneuverability.
The main drawback is the price. While we routinely have seen the 3Dlite for under $60, the 3Dtote goes for between $95 and $129. We like the 3Dtote, but that’s close enough to our value pick that we think most people will prefer to upgrade.
Car seat and warranty info: The Summer Infant 3Dtote does not support car seats. It is designed for children up to 50 lbs and comes with a one-year warranty.
The Graco Modes 3 Lite stroller is a classic example of how to turn around a horrible first impression. This stroller was the most difficult to assemble of all the ones we tested, and the first time I built it, I forgot to install the brakes because I didn’t follow the instructions closely enough. Was that stupid of me? Sure, but it shouldn’t even be possible.
Get past that, though, and the Modes 3 Lite stroller is actually quite good. Though there are some reports that it can develop a squeaking sound in the wheels, its other user reviews are very good. The stroller is highly maneuverable, has a smooth ride, and uses a sturdy fabric for both the seat and the canopy. It also includes a lot of storage space under the seat, with enough clearance that it’s easily accessible.
The best feature, though, is the FastAction fold, which is nearly identical to our favorite stroller feature: the Quick-Fold strap on the Baby Jogger City Mini. The Modes 3 Lite snaps into a folded position quickly and stands on its own, though it’s bulkier than the City Mini and would be a bit more of a pain to lug up and down stairs.
Overall, it’s an exceptional value at under $200 and very, very close to the Chicco Viaro (our pick for best value). Their designs are nearly identical—suspiciously so—and both have the same annoying-to-assemble wheels. The Viaro wins this time because it doesn’t seem to have squeaking issues, but if you prefer Graco car seats to Chicco, then this is a fine alternative.
Car seat and warranty info: The Modes 3 Lite is designed for children up to 50 lbs, but it’s only compatible with Graco Click-Connect car seats (you can purchase one with the stroller if you opt for a travel system). It comes with a one-year limited warranty.