With the number of choices available in stores and online, every parent is searching for top-rated strollers. Every family has their own unique requirements for what makes a great stroller, and Viewpoints reviewers share their wealth of experience.
Top-Rated Sporty Stroller
A Viewpoints favorite is the Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller (93/100). This sporty stroller is great for long walks, and the 8-inch wheels make for a comfortable ride for your child. The name is a bit of a misnomer though, as it’s not intended for actual jogging (per a message on its website). Long walks, especially through parks or near the beach, would be a perfect fit for the City Mini. Parents can even lock the front wheel in place for long walks that don’t require numerous turns or curves. For about $250, this stroller will last your child from his babyhood well into the preschool years. An easy-to-use top rated stroller is a great investment for a parent!
“This is one of the only strollers I’ve ever seen that is TRULY a one handed fold. A few negative things about this stroller is how much you have to buy seperately. The parent console, the snack tray, the car seat adapter, the sturdy back board etc.” —tak2002, Reviewer since 2010
If you need a little extra space in the stroller, check out the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Jogger (97/100). With these high ratings, you may be able to justify the price tag of about $460.
Top-Rated Stroller from Birth to Preschool
For shopping, walks to the park, or even a few adventures off the beaten path, check out the UPPAbaby VISTA Standard Stroller (99/100). Okay, I know, it’s pricey. At $700, most families would consider this a major splurge– but Viewpoints reviewers are raving about this stroller! The stroller is a complete travel system and can accommodate up to three children, with added accessories. As a tall woman, my pet peeve is pushing a stroller that is either too short or doesn’t allow room for my feet when walking. The sleek design of the VISTA is accommodating for tall folks, and this Viewpoints dad is quite pleased.
“I’m 6ft and a fairly large guy and by no means the most graceful of stroller pushers. The Uppababy Vista feels sturdy, taller and more accessible than other strollers I’ve tried. We’ve owned this stroller since Fall 2009 and I’ve banged, bruised and battered this sucker and the frame still feels as sturdy as the day we bought it.” —Fozzie, Reviewer since 2011
The UPPAbaby VISTA is a well-designed model, and includes some amazing features. As your family grows, you can turn the baby seat into a toddler seat that faces outward or faces the person doing the stroller pushing. Add on the PiggyBack accessory, and an older toddler can hitch a ride while standing. Add on the RumbleSeat for another secure spot without adding cumbersome width to your stroller. I am beyond impressed with these features!
Top-Rated Affordable Option
Looking for a sturdy stroller that won’t break the bank? I know that $20 umbrella strollers can be purchased in big chain stores like Wal-Mart and Babies R Us, but I can assure you, they are not worth it! But for parents who can’t spend hundreds of dollars but still want a top-rated stroller, my pick is the Maclaren Volo (90/100). Reviewers are impressed with this little stroller; it’s compact, inexpensive (about $100) and easy to steer and store!
“I needed a stroller which would work for both my 3 and almost 6 year old. Not at the same time, and not very often. But a good compact stroller I could use when needed. Enter the Maclaren Volo. WOW! Folds up easily and compactly, pushes like a dream, and holds each kid comfortably.” —MollyBug2, Reviewer since 2010
Top-rated strollers are within your reach, but do your homework before taking the plunge. You really can get what you need, no matter your budget.