Best Strollers of 2016

Last Updated: June 10, 2016
Best Strollers of 2016Need some stroller advice to help you pick the best one? Here are the 7 best strollers of 2016 - based on our own research + input from thousands of parents. There is no one must have stroller. Every family is different. Use this guide to help you figure out the best stroller for your family's needs and priorities.

Strollers are essential for navigating life with your new baby. If you ever plan on leaving your home with your infant (and eventually, your toddler), you'll get your money’s worth out of any stroller you pick.

Do you need a stroller?

Most parents use strollers all the time – to take power walks, go running, go shopping, or walk around street festivals, malls and downtowns. Not to mention a stroller ride can help a fussy baby fall asleep (they love fresh air and movement). You’ll definitely want a stroller on your registry. There are several different types to choose from too, so you can get the one that makes the most sense for your family:

Stroller Frames
These frames provide the skeleton of a stroller (think: handle, storage basket and wheels) and are made complete when you attach a compatible car seat. They’re super lightweight and folding them up is a cinch so they’re an easy option for the first six to 12 months. But, once your baby outgrows the car seat - usually around 25 lbs - or fights being confined in a lateral position, you won’t be able to use it anymore. Popular options include the universal Baby Trend Snap N Go (around $70) or frames that specifically match your chosen car seat, like the Graco SnugRider Elite ($99).

Full-Size Strollers
These strollers come with their own attachable car seats, perfect for moving a sleeping baby from the car to stroller without disturbing her. And, buying a set like this - instead of separately purchasing a stroller, car seat, and an adapter to attach the car seat to the stroller - can often save you money.

Umbrella Strollers
These lightweight and inexpensive models fold up small. But umbrella strollers can’t be used with infants (because of lack of support and cushioning) - typically, you have to wait until your baby can sit unassisted (usually around 6 months) to use this type of stroller. But because these strollers are so cheap, many moms purchase them as a second stroller for traveling or for other times when their featherweight is a huge asset.

When do you need a stroller?

Though it varies by model, most strollers (minus the stroller frame type) can hold kids up until they weigh about 50 pounds. That means you’ll get a ton of use from your stroller, from Day One up to the preschool period.

BabyList Best Picks

High-Rise Hero

For city slickers who traverse sidewalks, subways, and small stores

WHY WE LOVE IT

Don’t let the name fool you – this stroller isn’t meant for jogging, although it does have a three-wheel design that makes for a smooth ride around city obstacles like cracked sidewalks and crowds. Because it’s lightweight, and easy to fold with one hand into a compact unit, this stroller is ideal for small trunks and public transportation.

"...a breeze to unfold and fold..."

KEEP IN MIND

The City Mini can easily tip backward if your baby is in the full recline position and you’re not supporting the handlebar, or if you pile shopping bags on the unsupported handle. The handlebar height is also not adjustable for parents.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“This stroller is lightweight and sturdy, a breeze to unfold and fold, and looks great. The seat lays all the way back - great for newborns - and is easily adjusted to sit upright. We go for many walks around town with it.” - S.D.

“Only stroller we found with a long enough stride for a tall mom. I bumped my feet with the rest!” - Sarah S.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Up to 50 lbs.

Stroller Weight
17 lbs.

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Bigger Family Fave

For parents of multiples or those planning to have more than one

WHY WE LOVE IT

This standard stroller (not a jogging stroller!) grows with your family to accommodate up to three kids. And considering one of the biggest regrets our users share is not choosing a stroller that can be used with multiple children, that’s a big deal! It comes with one seat, but you can add another, and later a glider board for a toddler to stand on. The City Select’s seats can be configured in multiple ways because the seats can face you, face front and face each other. Also, unlike the City Mini, the City Select has an adjustable handlebar so short and tall “pushers” can both be comfortable using it.

KEEP IN MIND

The City Select is hefty and only gets heavier when you add another seat to it.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“The City Select is a great stroller - best purchase I made. It’s easy to open and close and the wheels can get through snow. It's easy to maneuver through stores too. It's a great investment as you can convert it from a single to double stroller very easily and our car seat clips in with no issues.” - Elizabeth C.

“This stroller was an amazing purchase. It pushes very easily, and I love it because my fiancé and I are tall and we don't have to lean down too far to see and help our little one.” - Elise S.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
From 6 months old to 45 lbs. per seat

Stroller Weight
30 lbs. (with one seat)

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All-Terrain Champ

For parents who love to jog or explore the great outdoors

WHY WE LOVE IT

This jogging stroller glides like a dream and can handle rough terrain so your baby can enjoy going off roading with you. Easy steering means you can push and steer with one hand too.

"This stroller can go anywhere"

KEEP IN MIND

While this is a great pick for rough terrain, the BOB is quite hefty and not a nimble pick for grocery shopping or crowded sidewalks. Also, the seat doesn’t have a fully upright position which means curious toddlers may get frustrated with having to lay back. Another consideration? The fold-up process takes two hands and multiple steps.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“I love my BOB! This stroller can go anywhere - hiking forest trails, the beach or around town. It's also usable from birth with a car seat attachment. This stroller will last for years to come so it’s well worth the investment.” - Lindsey S.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
From 8 weeks old to 70 lbs

Stroller Weight
25 lbs

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Well-Rounded Pick

For parents who need a top performing, but not too pricey stroller

WHY WE LOVE IT

Similar to the City Mini, the B-Agile’s three-wheel configuration lets you turn tight corners and squeeze through skinny boutique aisles. But, unlike the Baby Jogger brand strollers, with the B-Agile, you can snap in a Britax-brand car seat without needing to purchase a separate adapter. (The Britax B-Agile 3/B-Safe 35 Travel System includes a car seat and stroller for $439.99- saving you at least $40 when compared to purchasing both separately).

KEEP IN MIND

The under-seat storage compartment can get cramped and the handle isn’t adjustable for varying heights.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“I love this stroller because it is basically idiot-proof. It has one-button press and a handle you lift up on to collapse. It comes with a collapsible sunshade, newborn headrest and converter clips that allow you to pop the infant car seat into the stroller for easy transition from car the car. I couldn't be more satisfied!” - Raven H.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Up to 55 lbs

Stroller Weight
16.5 lbs

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Splurge-Worthy

Shop like a boss with seats for all the kids and plenty of space for purchases

WHY WE LOVE IT

Besides being able to expand to fit another seat and a standing platform – to accommodate up to three kids – the seats are reversible so your kids can sit facing front, facing you or facing each other. But what you’ll love most about the UPPABaby is the huge storage basket. It can hold up to 30 lbs! Pile in your diaper bag, groceries or mall finds without worry. Another bonus? It comes with a bassinet you can attach to the stroller and later detach to take inside.

KEEP IN MIND

The UPPABaby works as a travel system with its own brand of car seat as well as Chicco and Maxi-Cosi car seats. For other brands, you’ll have to purchase an adapter. Also, like other convertible strollers, it’s heavier and only gets more weighty if you add another seat to it; some parents find this stroller challenging to take up stairs or store in their car trunk.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“This is the Cadillac of strollers. I love the storage. I can do all my grocery shopping and use the basket underneath instead of having to use a cart! The suspension also makes going over bumpy sidewalks a breeze.” - Becky M.

“The UPPABaby comes with all the bells and whistles like a rain cover and a bug cover so you don't have to think about those extras after you've gotten the stroller.” - Emily K.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Up to 50 lbs

Stroller Weight
27.5 lbs

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Honorable Mentions


Best Value

An affordable jogging stroller with built-in “extras”

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Relay Jogger makes being on the go easy with mesh pocket cup holders for you and your child, and zippered storage and phone pockets to keep essentials close. Graco car seats click right into the stroller too.

KEEP IN MIND

The Relay Jogger is bulky and heavier (like most jogging strollers), so it’s not the best for everyday use.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“This is a great jogger stroller that I've been using from the start with my little one. This is my one stroller because it was my goal in registering and prepping for baby to keep things to a minimum. I shop with this stroller. I walk and jog with this stroller, and even go on trails with this stroller! It is holding up great so far! The storage underneath is enough and comes with a good-enough pockets and cup holders.” - Kandice F.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Up to 50 lbs

Stroller Weight
28 lbs

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The Roomiest Ride

Perfect for future basketball stars and babies who like to spread out

WHY WE LOVE IT

When the lightweight Armadillo stroller is in full recline, with a foot rest, it stretches to a lengthy 36 inches and also features a wider-than-average seat.

KEEP IN MIND

The handle doesn’t adjust for height, and the seat does not have a fully upright position which can be frustrating for toddlers. Also, it’s only compatible with select car-seats brands (with the purchase of an adapter).

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“We live in New York and this stroller is great for the city. It's small and compact, but also super roomy at the same time. It has a very easy and fast one-handed fold, too.” - Leslie S.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines
Up to 50 lbs

Stroller Weight
17.6 lbs

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Choosing what's right for you

Because there are so many great stroller options out there, choosing one can be a bit overwhelming. Take your time and don’t stress. Think about how you will use your stroller a majority of the time (where will you be going? what activities will you be doing?) and then find a match. Test driving strollers will reveal what personally feels comfortable and will help you narrow down your decision. And, if you fall for a stroller that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you really want, you can always add on cup holders, snack trays, extra seat cushioning, rain guards, bug protectors, etc. You can even add an adapter (cost ranges from $20 to $100) to make your car seat work with your stroller of choice. Once you find the right pick for your family and lifestyle, you’re bound to love exploring and introducing your little one to the world.