- Business Insider 22:41October 22, 2019The best strollersWith the right stroller, you and your young one are ready for anything, from a quick trip to the store to a week-long overseas vacation.
Depending on your family's activities, you may need two strollers per child.
The Nuna DEMI Grow is our top choice because it is highly adaptable, is nimble and rugged, and folds down small for a full-sized stroller. I have two kids (ages 5 1/2 and 1 1/2, at time of publication), and with them, I switch between six or seven different strollers and tested even more than that since my kids were born. So, through my research and hands-on testing, I've gained a lot of insight and experience into buying strollers.
But my stroller research started way before the first kid arrived. While expecting our first child, my wife and I did exhaustive stroller research and consulting other parents and experts. Not only can strollers be expensive, but you also want to ensure they keep their little passengers safe.
In addition, we also went to stores and tested multiple strollers before selecting one. Or, to be accurate, before selecting two: You will find that having two strollers for one child is almost a necessity. And with two kids, you may end up with four or more.
Here's why you may want multiple strollers: I recommend getting one larger, rugged stroller for daily walks around the neighborhood, and one smaller, compact stroller for when you need to travel light (flying to Europe or taking the train to New York City) or easily fit into the trunk of a car.
As for longevity, it depends on how often you use it and what type of situations you put it through. A gently used stroller could be reused or passed on, while one that's been through the roughest environments may not make it past the five-year mark. Whatever your needs or use-cases may be, here are the best strollers to consider. And, after our recommendations, we provide more info on how to buy a stroller.
Here are our top picks for the best stroller you can buy in 2019: Best stroller overall: Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller
Best stroller for multi-kid families: UPPAbaby Vista
Best affordable stroller: Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
Best rugged umbrella stroller: Ergobaby Metro
Best jogging stroller: Chicco Tre Updated on 10/22/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links and prices.The best stroller overall
The Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller is lightweight yet sturdy, it folds down with ease, and can accommodate two kids at once.
When my wife and I had our first kid (he's now five-and-a-half), we bought two products: one of the safest car seats we could find and we bought one of the best strollers we could find. And both were great, more or less. The car seat was soft and supportive for our son, and it gave us peace of mind. But it was savagely heavy. The stroller was responsive and rugged and had great storage space underneath, but it was big and bulky even when collapsed. Worst of all? The car seat and stroller weren't compatible, so every time we needed to transition our baby from car to stroller or vice-versa, we had to unbuckle him, scoop him up, and strap him back in, which basically guaranteed hysterical crying.
So when our daughter came along, we went with a different approach. We have been thrilled with the Nuna DEMI Grow Stroller, which we have been using since she was born (she's now more than 16 months old). The stroller is agile and light, turning on a dime even with one hand on the handlebar, yet it rolls over bumps and rough road easily, absorbing much of the shaking. The storage basket below is ample enough for a moderate grocery shopping and the hood provides plenty of sun coverage for our daughter.
But there are two main reasons why the DEMI Grow is a game-changer. First, it works with the Nuna PIPA Lite car seat, so we never had to rouse a sleeping baby to switch from car to stroller. Second, the DEMI Grow is so lightweight that my wife can easily lift it into the trunk of an SUV, and it folds down small enough to fit in a slender coat closet at home.
Along with the car seat configuration, the DEMI Grow can also accommodate an infant seat or a toddler seat, and it can even be used with two children at the same time in an over/under configuration. We've never tried that arrangement because we have a different stroller for our older kid.
The Little Baby Gear blog called the DEMI Grow "simple and functional." It found the stroller easy to fold up or deploy, and that it has a dozen "seating configuration options."
Pros: Lightweight and nimble, multiple configuration options, quick and easy compact folding
Cons: Pricey option, especially with added options
The best low-cost stroller
The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller is lightweight, easy to steer, and keeps kids secure with a five-point safety harness, for a super affordable price.
You could be forgiven for finding the sub-one-hundred price tag of the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller a bit unnerving. Could something that inexpensive actually be safe enough to transport your priceless child? Based on feedback from reviewers and thousands of customers, the answer is yes. Also, there are legally mandated safety standards that strollers must adhere to, of course.
This umbrella stroller manages to be very affordable but reasonably well-made, and quite comfortable for younger children thanks to its reclining seat, padding, and sunshade. It also manages to fold down nearly flat and to weigh in at around 13 pounds, making the stroller compact and light enough for any able-bodied adult to lift with ease. If you need to carry your stroller onto the subway or tuck it into the trunk of a car regularly, then this small, light stroller is a great choice. If you need a stroller that can handle rougher terrain, like grass, dirt, gravel, and so forth, then this one is the absolute wrong choice, though. Its wheels are small and the tires are narrow, easily bogging down on uneven ground. That said, this is a city stroller first and foremost, and thanks not only to its minute weight and folded size, but also thanks to its large storage basket.
With more than 3,400 reviews, the Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon. The Bump called it "super light and easy to fold" but did note that it can tip if you hang a heavy bag on the handles. The reviewer for FirstTimeParentGuide.com noted the "decent storage underneath" and the "durable aluminum frame."
Pros: Great low price point, lightweight and compact, good storage underneath
Cons: Wheels too small for rough terrain, kids outgrow it quickly
The best stroller for multi-kid families
The UPPAbaby Vista stroller converts in multiple ways and can be used with a newborn, infant, or toddler. It can even transport three kids at once with various attachments.
Navigating through life with multiple kids is no easy feat, so give yourself every advantage possible and at least make navigating the sidewalk, hardware store, or museum that much easier with an UPPAbaby Vista stroller. This thing was designed with multiple kids in mind, and with the right attachments, it can handle three children at once: two in seats, and one perched on an added kickboard.
Unlike many strollers that can tote two kids in an over/under configuration, the Vista is suitable for use with twins, as it can simultaneously support two bassinets, two car seats, or two regular stroller seats. And as for all the gear you'll need to bring along to help you care for those kids, the storage basket can support up to 30 pounds.
This is a full-sized stroller and with two seats in place, it weighs upwards of 50 pounds, so it's likely too heavy if you live on a third-floor walk-up or you have any strength issues. But that weight translates to a smooth, steady ride and a capability to support kids well into preschool age. This stroller could last your family through several kids, so you'd get more than your money's worth. Which is good, because it's the most expensive strollers on the list.
One notable complaint among Amazon shoppers has to do with the Vista's weight and its lack of a good handle for carrying it when it's not in use; don't overlook how frustrating it can be to handle a heavy stroller as you try to get it in the trunk, into the house, or checked with an airline.
Pros: Broadly adaptable, suitable for three kids of varied ages, large storage basket
Cons: Expensive, heavy and hard to carry when folded
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- Business Insider 21:56October 2, 2019The best double strollers you can buyHandling one baby is hard enough, but twins double the challenge. A great double stroller is essential to ensure you can stay on the move. Many double strollers can accommodate up to 35 or even 40 pounds per seat, so you may be able to use one stroller for the entire time your kids need one. The Bugaboo Donkey2 Complete Stroller is our top pick because it's adaptable, heavy-duty, and smooth. I don't have twins, but I do have two kids. Going from one child to two was a huge adjustment for me and my wife. It was hard to fathom just how much more work handling a pair of kids would be, and I can hardly imagine the challenge when both kids show up at the same time.
Families with twins need to give themselves every possible advantage, making the parenting process as seamless as possible. And a great double stroller is one of the most important pieces of gear to help there; they function as everything from a mobile nap center, to a piece of exercise equipment, to an on-the-go storage locker for diapers and formula.
Strollers aren't cheap, and they aren't all the same, so it's important that you spend the time considering which stroller best suits the needs of your family, and that goes for the twins and the folks. If you love running, then a jogging stroller might be a great choice. But if you live in a crowded city where that oversized jogger will constantly jostle pedestrians, you might want to opt for something smaller and get your exercise in while your partner is on parent duty. On the other hand, if you live in a suburban or rural area where you'll be off-road (or sidewalk) at times, you may need a bigger piece of equipment with rugged tires and a solid suspension.
Don't forget to think about the size of the stroller when it's collapsed, as well. I know that even when collapsed, our larger two-kid stroller fills the back of our SUV and barely fits into the trunk of our crossover. If we had a smaller car, we'd have to strap the thing to the roof. If you and the kids travel frequently, stroller size and weight is of even more importance.
The good news? Having struggled to jam enough strollers into a enough trunks, closets, and airline travel bags over the years, I made sure to research some good compact models for you parents doing double duty.
Here are the best double strollers you can buy: Best double stroller overall: Bugaboo Donkey2 Complete Stroller
Best double jogging stroller: Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger
Best double umbrella stroller: Chicco Echo Twin Stroller
Best budget double stroller: Delta Children LX Side by Side Double Stroller
Best double car seat stroller: Joovy Twin Roo+ Car Seat Stroller Updated on 10/2/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, copy, and formatting.The best double stroller overall
The Bugaboo Donkey2 Complete Stroller can be configured to carry two bassinets, two forward- or rear-facing seats, or it can be collapsed down to a single child stroller.
Two things to note here: First, I own a Bugaboo Donkey stroller and use the thing multiple days every week, so I can confirm that it's well worth its price. Second, this stroller is really, really expensive. As in around $1,900 if your kids use it from birth. The base price is about $1,300, which is still crazy pricey, but to make full use of the stroller, you'll need an extra bassinet from the get-go and an extra seat as your children get a bit older.
The good news? It will also be the only stroller your twins ever need, as each seat supports up to 37.5 pounds, a weight at which most kids are aging out of stroller use anyway. And if you can keep something between you and me? I've used our Bugaboo Donkey with kids who weigh well over 40 pounds and the thing still handles fine.
The base Donkey stroller is a large, rugged single child stroller that comes with a big storage basket that clips in beside the seat. The stroller also has a spacious storage compartment underneath. With a flip of a few locks, the frame expands wide enough to accommodate an entire second seat (or bassinet), making the Donkey into a double stroller perfect for twins. Its large wheels work well on varied terrain, the seats are spacious and comfortable, the five-point harnesses are easy to operate, and with multiple recline positions and forward- or rear-facing orientation, the stroller is easy to customize to your children's needs.
I do have to add that the stroller is heavy and bulky even when folded, but it's the smoothest, best handling large stroller I've ever used, and that's saying something: I've used a lot of strollers.
Pros: Smooth and easy to maneuver, adaptable and expandable, great storage space
Cons: Very expensive, large and bulky
The best budget double stroller
Save some cash for diapers, wipes, and toys by getting the budget-friendly Delta Children LX Side by Side Double Stroller.
The Delta Children LX Side by Side Double Stroller costs less than $75. When it comes to the stroller market writ large, there's a word for a unit that costs that little: cheap. But the LX isn't a bad stroller. In fact, it's a pretty good piece of equipment, and at a price that low, pretty good is pretty great.
The stroller weighs only 18.3 pounds, it's easy to carry it from the car to the house or up the apartment stairs. Each seat can support a kid weighing up to 35 pounds, so it will be useful for a number of years. A pair or storage bags slung behind the seats and a parent cup holder add some convenience.
The Delta Children LX Side by Side isn't the best stroller for jogging and it has no business off road. It's also not durable enough for daily use over a long stretch of time. But as a travel stroller, for use at amusement parks or zoos, or to keep in the trunk of the car, its low price makes it a great model for every family to have on hand.
One recurring complaint on Walmart's website was that the straps don't secure tightly enough, so using the Delta Children LX Side by Side with smaller infants probably isn't a wise idea.
Pros: Very low price tag, lightweight and collapses small, easy turns and control, secure brakes
Con: Straps don't tighten enough
The best double jogging stroller
Thanks to its 100-pound capacity, you could be jogging along with the twins in the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger until they're well into elementary school.
Most kids pass 50 pounds sometime during their seventh year. Given that each seat of the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger stroller can support 50 pounds, you could be using this stroller until the kids are well into elementary school.
The Expedition has an articulating 12-inch front wheel and large 16-inch rear wheels, all of which feature pneumatic bicycle style tires that work well on all sorts of terrain and reduce the impact felt by your kids as you go running along. A foot-activated brake secures the stroller when you need to stop for a water break, while dual cup holders and a large storage area below the stroller allow you to bring plenty of gear on your outing.
While this is a smooth, stable stroller that's great for jogging and hikes, that doesn't mean it's right for every family. It's a large stroller even when folded down, and is in fact too broad to fit through many doorways, so it's hardly a great choice for urban living. Although the seats can be reclined, they can't be repositioned to face backward, nor can the stroller accommodate car seats.
But if you already have your primary twin stroller and you love getting exercise outdoors, by all means get your hands on the broad padded handlebar of the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger.
A number of Amazon reviewers did note the cons, though. One shopper said that "going through doors [with the stroller] was not fun" and was unhappy that "this stroller takes up the entirety of my trunk."
Pros: High weight limit, pneumatic tires, large storage area
Cons: Large and cumbersome during travel or storage
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