The Best Strollers

The Best Strollers

Our pick

Baby Jogger City Mini 2

Baby Jogger City Mini 2

The best full-size stroller

The City Mini 2 packs all the features you need in a full-size stroller and handles like much more expensive models. It has an impressively simple fold and weighs just under 19 pounds.

Buying Options

$270* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $280.

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is one of the lightest full-size strollers we looked at and has the quickest and easiest fold of any model we tested, making it especially convenient to transport and store. It has excellent maneuverability on a par with that of much more expensive models, a generously sized canopy with multiple well-placed peekaboo windows, and a simple-to-use recline that allows newborns to lie flat and older babies and kids to sit in virtually any position. Improvements on the original City Mini, such as an adjustable leg rest and front access to the underseat storage, offer comfort and convenience for both child and adult. The City Mini 2 is compatible with many car seats, including the Chicco KeyFit 30, our pick for the best infant car seat. The handlebar can feel too high for shorter adults, though (a 5-foot-1 tester found it uncomfortable), and the storage basket is smaller and less accessible when full than the baskets of other strollers we looked at.

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Runner-up

Britax B-Lively

Britax B-Lively

Heavier, but with better storage

The Britax B-Lively is compatible only with Britax and BOB car seats, but it has large, convenient pockets in the rear and ample underseat storage that’s easily accessible.

Buying Options

$230 from BuyBuy Baby
$230 from Amazon

The Britax B-Lively has the same three-wheeled design as the Baby Jogger City Mini 2, with comparable handling and maneuverability, plus a similarly easy-to-use recline. It has a larger, more accessible storage basket and a brake mechanism that requires less effort to engage (though the brakes don’t consistently lock into place, requiring you to confirm that they’ve been activated). However, the B-Lively is compatible only with Britax and BOB car seats; it won’t work with the popular Chicco Keyfit 30, our infant car seat pick, or with other brands. The B-Lively weighs 1 pound more than the City Mini 2, and folding it requires an additional step, making it a little less convenient to collapse—all of which put it in second place.

Upgrade pick

Uppababy Cruz

Uppababy Cruz

Pricey, but with great extras like adjustable handlebars

The Uppababy Cruz is expensive but has one-handed recline, extra-large underseat storage, and an adjustable handlebar. Although it’s good at handling rougher terrain, it’s also heavier than other full-size models we tested and isn’t as easy to fold.

Buying Options

$495* from Amazon
$550 from BuyBuy Baby

*At the time of publishing, the price was $550.

The Uppababy Cruz is typically twice as expensive as our other picks, but if you need a stroller that maneuvers smoothly on rougher terrain or streets, hauls bigger loads of groceries and gear, and is easier to handle and adjust, the Cruz may be a worthy investment. Its smaller wheelbase, front-wheel suspension, and extra-durable wheels give it a cushier ride than the competition. Its adjustable handlebar, reversible seat, and car seat compatibility make it one of the easiest strollers to customize, too, and the extra-large storage basket holds more than twice as much as those of our other picks. Its mesh peekaboo window has a magnetic closure. (For some reason, babies can slumber through a fire engine’s blaring sirens but jolt awake at the rip of Velcro.) But at 21.5 pounds, the Cruz is bigger and more than 2½ pounds heavier than the City Mini 2; in addition, its two-handed fold isn’t as intuitive as that of the City Mini 2 or the B-Lively, and it’s bulkier when folded.

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Our pick

Baby Jogger City Mini 2

Baby Jogger City Mini 2

The best full-size stroller

The City Mini 2 packs all the features you need in a full-size stroller and handles like much more expensive models. It has an impressively simple fold and weighs just under 19 pounds.

Buying Options

$270* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $280.

Runner-up

Britax B-Lively

Britax B-Lively

Heavier, but with better storage

The Britax B-Lively is compatible only with Britax and BOB car seats, but it has large, convenient pockets in the rear and ample underseat storage that’s easily accessible.

Buying Options

$230 from BuyBuy Baby
$230 from Amazon

Upgrade pick

Uppababy Cruz

Uppababy Cruz

Pricey, but with great extras like adjustable handlebars

The Uppababy Cruz is expensive but has one-handed recline, extra-large underseat storage, and an adjustable handlebar. Although it’s good at handling rougher terrain, it’s also heavier than other full-size models we tested and isn’t as easy to fold.

Buying Options

$495* from Amazon
$550 from BuyBuy Baby

*At the time of publishing, the price was $550.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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