Best Baby Strollers of 2020

  • Last Update: October 27, 2020
5/5
  • High-quality
  • Lightweight
  • Works great with an infant car seat
5/5
  • High-quality
  • Expands up to 3
  • Excellent storage
5/5
  • Budget-friendly
  • Lighter than average
  • Simple, compact fold

Buying a new baby stroller isn’t all that different from buying a new car. You’ll want to ask yourself some of the same questions: How good is the suspension? What kind of terrain can the stroller handle? How does it deal with turns? And what’s the storage like?

With all the available — and sometimes expensive — models, buying a baby stroller can seem like you’re making a decision that’s just as weighty as a visit to the dealership.

Choosing the best baby stroller

The best stroller for your baby will depend on your family’s needs. When stroller shopping, you’ll want to keep in mind the different types of strollers on the market.

  • Full-size strollers: Put simply, full-size strollers do it all. They let you transport your little bundle from day one and have plenty of storage to hold all of baby’s gear. Some full-size strollers are also travel systems, meaning they can attach to an infant car seat to easily transition from car to stroller.
  • Umbrella strollers: Many parents prefer a lightweight umbrella strollers for travel or quick errands around town. True to name, they can fold up like an umbrella, making them portable and compact. The downside? Umbrella strollers are usually not be as sturdy as full-size strollers and also don’t have tons of storage space.
  • Jogging strollers: If you’d like the ability to run with baby, you’ll need a jogging stroller for its increased stability and shock absorption.
  • Double strollers: Have twins or a toddler and an infant? A double stroller is a good choice for your family. These baby strollers let you comfortably transport multiple children with two (or sometimes more) seats, either side by side or one in front of the other.

To narrow down your baby stroller search, consider how much space you have, how many kids you need to accommodate and if you want your baby stroller to come on trips with you. Once you narrow down the specific features for your lifestyle, the choice is a lot less daunting.

Instead of sifting through hundreds of potential options, we’ve done the research for you. Here are the best baby strollers.

Best Baby Strollers

If you asked us to pick a single product we recommend to our friends concerned with quality, without hesitation, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz. The Cruz is lightweight (comparatively), easy to use, and uses high-quality materials that feel durable. Plus, the Cruz works well with an infant car seat, including a few of our favorites, like the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Chicco KeyFit 30. The Cruz earned our Editors’ Choice award in our competition of full-size options, as well as Editors’ Choice award in our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review where it proved to be very lightweight sans seat.

The wheels on the Cruz are relatively small, making it poorly suited for traversing rough surfaces compared to the BOB Rambler or Thule Urban Glide 2. However, the Cruz does offer excellent maneuverability on smooth surfaces making it highly suitable for running errands and most public venues. While the Cruz is more expensive than most full-size and jogging competitors, many parents feel that its quality and versatility more than justify the extra cost.

PROS:

  • High-quality
  • Lightweight
  • Works great with an infant car seat

CONS:

  • Harder to push due to smaller wheels
  • Expensive

Key Features:

  • Extendable, zip out canopy
  • Full-size, reversible Toddler Seat
  • Shock-absorbing, all-wheel suspension
  • One-handed, multi-position recline
  • Extra-large, easy-access basket
  • Performance Travel System

Specification:

  • Brand: UPPAbaby
  • Model: CRUZ V2

The UPPAbaby Vista is a fantastic premium choice we recommend for parents that want a little more of everything and aren’t worried about the price tag that comes with it. The Vista won a Top Pick award in our Full-Size Review and an Editors’ Choice award in our Double Review as it can easily grow with your family carrying up to three little ones with ease(age dependant). The Vista is sleek, easy to use, and includes quality parts and attention to detail. This product has a variety of seating configurations and includes a toddler seat and bassinet in the purchase price. The Vista works with two toddler seats, two infant carriers (seats and adapters purchased separately), and two bassinets, or any combination of seating, facing forward or backward. Compared to similar competitors, the Vista delivers high functionality, a lower price tag, and usually lower weight. For its size, the Vista moves well, and we think parents will enjoy its adjustable handlebar and giant under-seat storage bin with an unheard of 30 lb max allowance.

The Vista has one of the highest prices in our reviews, making it a poor choice for families on a budget. Also, it is not suitable for running, which makes it a lousy choice for parents who want to run or hike. However, if your budget allows, we think it’s tough to beat the Vista, especially for families with multiple children or plans to grow. If the price tag is not in your wheelhouse or a double option isn’t a necessity, then the less spendy, smaller, and lighter UPPAbaby Cruz should make your list instead.

PROS:

  • High-quality
  • Expands up to 3
  • Excellent storage

CONS:

  • Stiff price tag
  • Heavy

Key Features:

  • Included Carrycot
  • Ventilated canopy and extendable UPF 50+ sunshade
  • Overnight sleep solution
  • Reversible Toddler Seat
  • One-handed recline
  • Height-adjustable canopy
  • Stands when folded
  • Extra-large, easy-access basket

Specification:

  • Brand: UPPAbaby
  • Model: Vista V2

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a lighter, compact, easy to fold option we readily recommend to friends, especially those looking for something budget-friendly. The City Mini is excellent for most adventures that don’t head off-road or include running. It is easy to use, good quality, and comfy for passengers with a cozy seat good for napping. With a large storage basket and a giant canopy, the City Mini has convenient features that work well for an awesome value compared to the competition.

This product is not the right choice if you want a one and done option and want to jog. It also isn’t suitable for hiking or moving off smooth surfaces for very far. However, despite these limitations, it is a great everyday option that can also do double duty for travel. We think most parents will love this economical choice that is compatible with many infant car seats. The Mini won awards in the full-size review and our lightweight review.

PROS:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Lighter than average
  • Simple, compact fold

CONS:

  • Harder to push

Key Features:

  • Lightweight and Maneuverable
  • Simple, Compact 1-Hand Fold
  • Lots of Storage
  • The adjustable calf support provides on the go comfort for baby
  • For Kids from 1 month to 54 Months

Specification:

  • Brand: Baby Jogger
  • Model: City Mini 2 Jet

The BOB Rambler is a newer BOB that is essentially a scaled-down version of the popular BOB Revolution Flex which has been a favorite due to its exceptional maneuverability and versatility. The Rambler is a great combination of performance with a reasonable price that comes with a lighter weight and slightly smaller size than other BoBs. If you love the outdoors, like to hike or jog, and desire a rugged option with good storage, giant canopy, and adjustable tracking and suspension, then the Rambler is one for your shortlist. While arguably more at home in the great wide open, the Rambler also works well in tight spaces while shopping and when errands are the adventures of the day.

This product is heavier and more substantial when folded than some of the full-size competition, but it is smaller and lighter than similar jogging competitors. It also isn’t the best choice for infant car seat strolling despite compatibility with a variety of infant car seats using an adapter (sold separately). We aren’t fans of the two-step attachment process that includes straps we worry parents won’t use. However, if you have adventures on your mind and want a versatile jogger that is lightweight and good for errands, then the Rambler is a must-have.

PROS:

  • Works well off-road
  • Easy to push and turn
  • Jogger

CONS:

  • Cumbersome when folded
  • Not for babies under 8 months

Key Features:

  • Suspension system provides an ultra-smooth ride
  • Compact, air-filled tires save on trunk space
  • No-rethread harness design for easy height adjustments as your child grows
  • Large lowboy cargo basket for spacious storage underneath the stroller seat
  • Fully upright, padded seating allows your child to see the world
  • Compatible with most major brand car seats with the use of a bob infant car seat adapter

Specification:

  • Brand: BOB
  • Model: Rambler

The Doona Combo is a unique car seat and strolling combo that combines two products into one. This cool mash-up makes the Doona a ridiculously easy to use product that is good for those who frequent public transportation and city dwellers. This combo lets parents push their baby from place to place from home to a day on the town, including public transportation. The car seat is easy to use, installs quickly without the base, and fills a niche for parents who live in the city and may otherwise choose to forgo a car seat for the sake of convenience.

The Doona Combo may not be the ideal option for every family thanks to a relatively higher price, heavy carrying weight, and limited lifespan. Still, it can’t be beat for city families that may otherwise legally skip using a car seat because they are a pain to carry or require a strolling companion. We think this is the easiest way to get your baby from an apartment to an Uber to strolling with ease and enviable style, making it a must-have for parents on-the-go, on-the-town, and those who frequent public transportation.

PROS:

  • Unique combo product
  • Excels at city life
  • Easy to use

CONS:

  • Heavy for a car seat
  • Relatively higher price

Key Features:

  • One simple motion operation
  • All Black Patterned Textile Fabric
  • Baby Safe materials & breathable textiles
  • Suitable from 4 lbs. to 35 lbs
  • 2 years manufacturer's warranty

Specification:

  • Brand: Doona
  • Model: Doona Infant Car Seat

The BabyZen Yoyo+ is a lightweight umbrella option with a compact fold. This high-end, lighter product has many features parents want in a small package that is good for travel. While the Yoyo+ is more expensive than most secondary travel-friendly competitors, it is a high-quality choice with nice materials that function well. The Yoyo is easy to push and turn, a rarity in the umbrella world, and it is stylish and sleek.

While it is harder to push, and a wee bit heavier, it is easier to use overall and earned a higher score for quality than the competition in our umbrella review. It is also more expensive than similar choices, so it isn’t a great option for families on a tight budget or parents who only need a travel option for a single event. Should you need a less expensive product for occasional travel or grandma’s house, the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has a similar style and features for a significantly lower price. If budget isn’t a concern, and you want the absolute best in a lightweight product, the BabyZen Yoyo+ is a standout in its field.

PROS:

  • High-quality
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to push

CONS:

  • Expensive for an umbrella
  • Hard to nap in

Key Features:

  • A newly reinforced frame that allows for a higher weight limit of up to 40 pounds
  • New suspension that smoothes out the ride even further
  • Including a new basket that's 60% bigger than the previous model
  • An extendable canopy for more shade
  • More seat padding

Specification:

  • Brand: Babyzen
  • Model: YOYO+

If your budget isn’t big enough for the spendier BabyZen Yoyo+, but you still need a lightweight or secondary strolling back up, then the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a good one to review. This lighter option comes from a family-owned business that understands the needs of modern parents. The Zoe comes with features you don’t always find in umbrella products making it a contender for families looking for a feature-full lightweight option. The XL1 has a storage bin, giant canopy, deep recline, snack cups, and quick fold.

This product is not the highest quality, and we aren’t sure how durable it will be over time through multiple children. Also, while better than previous versions we’ve reviewed of this product, it is more challenging to push over uneven terrain than other styles, though arguably, most umbrella products are hard to push. We like that the XL1 has features and functionality you usually have to sacrifice if you want a smaller, lighter option. We think some parents may even be able to use the XL1 as their primary strolling product (especially if they don’t stroll often). This ability makes it a winner in our book if you’re looking for a good option at a reasonable price.

PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Great for napping
  • Can carry supplies

CONS:

  • Harder to push off-road
  • Lower quality

Key Features:

  • Infant size has a 15 inch seat back and is suitable for ages 0+ months
  • This high grade convenience stroller for newborns and older
  • The one-hand fold makes it super-compact in seconds.
  • Keep snacks and drinks where you need them with a snack holder and cup holder for them and a detachable cup holder for you
  • With a tall handle, extra kickspace, magnetic peekaboo window, and oversized standard wheels

Specification:

  • Brand: ZOE
  • Model: The Tour+ (Zoe XL1)

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogger that is easy to use, super maneuverable, and relatively lightweight (you know, for a jogger). This jogger works as well for serious runners as it does for casual errands with covered storage, tight turning radius, and comfortable seating for longer trips. These features make the Urban Glide 2 a product we recommend for families that want an option for double duty or for serious runners that don’t want to miss a step once your baby is old enough to go. The Urban Glide 2 won an Editors’ Choice award in our Jogging Review, out-maneuvering the competition with its adjustable tracking for straight moving, nice suspension, locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable handlebar.

This product is not a good choice for families who don’t intend to run or go hiking off-road. The added weight and bulk will make it hard to lift and stow, so you can avoid this hassle if jogging isn’t in your future. We love that the Urban Glide 2 is so functional and thoughtfully designed that parents can use it for almost any kind of outing. With a price tag lower than some of the competition, and cheaper than many full-size options that offer less, we think this cool jogger is an excellent buy that fills multiple needs that saves you money all in an enjoyable package. The Thule Urban Glide 2 also works with a variety of infant car seats with the purchase of the appropriate adapter, making it a product that can fill three niches with ease.

PROS:

  • High quality
  • Great runner
  • Easy to use

CONS:

  • Longer
  • Harder to fit in small spaces when folded

Key Features:

  • A lightweight, all-terrain stroller perfect for jogging or strolling through town
  • Swivel front wheel locks into place for jogging
  • Large 16" rear wheels plus suspension for an ultra smooth ride
  • One-handed, compact fold to easily store and transport
  • Reclining seat with padded 5-point harness and ventilation
  • Ergonomic, adjustable handlebar with twist hand brake
  • Large storage basket with zip top cover

Specification:

  • Brand: Thule
  • Model: Glide 2

The Chicco Shuttle is a frame product designed specifically for carrying infant car seat carriers. The Shuttle is a lightweight, compact product with a lower price tag making it an excellent choice for the first nine months of a baby’s strolling life. This convenient option is easy to fold and stow with adequate storage for running errands and cup holders for within reach hydration. We think this choice can give you more time to decide what kind of strolling option you want in the future. It could potentially save you money and frustration in the long run by preventing a purchase you might regret.

This kind of product has a limited lifespan of about nine months, so it isn’t a one and done purchase. It isn’t a good choice if you need to travel across grass and gravel frequently in your baby’s first year as its maneuverability isn’t limited. However, if you want a simple way to get your little one from place to place, then the Shuttle is a useful solution.

PROS:

  • Light and small make it easy to carry and stow
  • Inexpensive
  • Works well with compatible car seats

CONS:

  • Only compatible with Chicco car seats
  • Limited lifespan

Key Features:

  • Accepts all key Fit and Fit2 infant car seats with click-in attachment
  • Lightweight and compact for on-the-go convenience
  • Innovative fold/carry handle for a one-hand, free-standing quick fold
  • Easy-grip handle and parent tray with two cup holders
  • Large storage basket for on-the-go essentials

Specification:

  • Brand: Chicco
  • Model: Chicco Shuttle Frame

The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is a cool jogger crossover for multiple passengers that works well as a full-size option for two. We think this is an excellent choice for parents who want to spend time outdoors as much as they need to run errands or go shopping with two kids in tow. This relatively lightweight and economical option (compared to double competitors), is easy to push and turn, easy to use, and has some of the nicest features with large canopies, nap-worthy seating, and large under-seat storage. Winning an Editors’ Choice award in our Double Stroller Review, the Urban Glide 2 Double proves it has what it takes to work for everyday adventures, as well as regular jogging for the serious runners. The Urban Glide 2 Double is one of the cheapest of the top five double products, making it not only the highest overall scorer but a great deal for budget seekers.

This double option isn’t the best choice for travel as it is large and heavy compared to umbrella competitors that sport designs with travel in mind. However, it is tough to beat for any other kind of use and should be on the shortlist of any parent with more than one child.

PROS:

  • Easy to push and turn
  • Good for all-terrain
  • Great jogger

CONS:

  • Bulky when folded
  • Only accepts one infant car seat

Key Features:

  • An all-terrain double stroller perfect for jogging or strolling through town
  • Swivel front wheel locks into place for jogging
  • One-handed, compact fold to easily store and transport
  • Large 16" rear wheels plus suspension for an ultra smooth ride
  • Integrated twist hand brake provides speed control. Tire sizes - 12 inches front, 16 inches rear
  • Ergonomic, adjustable handlebar with twist hand brake

Specification:

  • Brand: Thule
  • Model: Urban Glide 2

What type of stroller is best?

There are several types of strollers on the market, so it’s ideal to purchase a stroller that best matches your lifestyle. Three-wheel strollers are great for stability when maneuvering through crowds, while four-wheeled strollers are more likely to feature extra storage and cup holders. If you live in a city and travel with your kids a lot, you’ll probably want a stroller that can easily fold up and stay upright. If you want more undercarriage storage, you’ll likely have to tradeoff on having the most compact and lightweight stroller. Below are the six stroller styles to know about:

  • Full-sized stroller: Most common of them all, these standard-sized strollers can typically be used from birth through toddlerhood. Full-sized strollers will feature more storage, seating, canopies, and multi-person reclining chairs.
  • Umbrella stroller: Also often referred to as lightweight or compact strollers, umbrella strollers fold up like an umbrella. While they are great for travel, they usually aren’t as sturdy as full-sized strollers and don’t offer as much under-carriage storage.
  • Double stroller: These make the perfect strollers for twins or two kids close in age. Depending upon the stroller system you get, the two seats may be set up side-by-size or in tandem.
  • Jogging stroller: These strollers are designed to be sturdy enough for you to jog while the baby is able to rest safely inside, usually thanks in part to a locking front wheel.
  • Combination strollers: These strollers can easily transition from one to more kids, rotate bassinet or seat direction, and are often compatible with car seats.
  • Travel system: These come with an infant car seat so that it can be used for traveling from birth.

As for pricing, strollers and stroller systems can range from a few hundreds to over a thousand dollars, so the Good Housekeeping Institute experts suggest you weigh which features you need in a stroller versus what features you care most about to find the sweet spot of value and usability. Our pros recommend taking into account the following features:

  • JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) Certification: Look for strollers that have this certification, which signifies that they meet minimum government requirements on safety and use as tested by an independent third party.
  • Adjustable handlebar: If you’re looking for a stroller for tall or short parents, a telescoping handlebar can be raised and lowered to varying heights.
  • Reversible seat(s): Some strollers have the ability for you to turn the position of the seat from rear-facing to forward-facing. The latter is beneficial as your child gets older so he can engage more with his environment.
  • Large under-carriage storage: This comes in handy in carrying all the baby essentials, big and small.
  • Large canopy: You’ll want a well-designed canopy that will be large enough to cover your child from the sun or wind.
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