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The 8 Best Baby Strollers for Every Budget and Lifestyle

Bestproducts.com Logo By Cat Bowen of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 9: One of the biggest purchases you make as a new parent is a stroller. After a crib and a bassinet, a stroller is the biggest-ticket item you'll need to invest in before your little one arrives — and the cost can be pretty high. That being the case, you want to make sure that you choose the model that best fits your family's needs. Fortunately, there are a ton of great choices on the market right now, and there's something for every taste and budget.The Best Baby StrollersBefore you commit to a stroller, you should know that it's possible, even probable, that you'll buy more than one stroller to serve different needs. For example, if you're a runner, you may want a jogging stroller in addition to your everyday model. Or, perhaps, you'll start with a basic click-in car seat stroller and then upgrade to something with different features once your baby grows out of the infant car seat.Alternatively, many parents prefer a bigger stroller or a travel system for going on all-day outings or visiting amusement parks, but they want a more compact stroller when heading out for a quick jaunt.What to Look ForFirst and foremost, you should make sure the stroller you're considering fits all of the requirements put forth by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). They have guidelines for safe hinges, wheel locks, seat belts, fabrics — everything. While all new strollers sold in the United States must conform to these regulations, secondhand retailers and certain imports may not, so you won't find any of those on our list. The primary things you want to consider when buying a stroller are how you're using it, whether you need a single or a double, how and where you will be storing it, and comfort and convenience for the parent.How Are You Using It?This is the most important question to ask yourself when buying a stroller. Do you live in the suburbs and plan on using it for neighborhood walks and trips to the park? Are you in the city and need to go from Uber to Uber with ease? Do you jog and need something easy to run with? Or are you just looking for something light and breezy to take on the go?Do You Need a Single or a Double?This isn't as straightforward a question as you think. Most people think that if you're not having twins, a single will suffice. I'd argue that a double stroller is fantastic for siblings up to the age of 4. If this is your first and you're planning on having more kids, you should definitely consider a combination stroller, such as the Mockingbird and the Uppa Baby Vista. These strollers start as a single stroller and can be expanded to accommodate multiple kids using different attachments.Where Are You Storing It?If this is going to be stashed in a garage or mess room, you're not going to be worried about the size of the stroller, which for some of them, is significant. However, apartment dwellers or parents with small car storage might consider a slimmer, smaller stroller that folds up into a compact space.Comfort and ConvenienceThis is where you consider things like what accessories are available, how much storage space does it have, and if its fabric is machine-washable or not. For petite or taller parents, is the handlebar adjustable? If you travel a lot, you may want to consider a stroller that can fit in the overhead bin, so you don't have to gate-check it. How We ChoseI spent weeks testing strollers, meeting with manufacturers, and talking to parents about their needs and what they love in a stroller. I used my own experience as a parent and a researcher and considered criteria like manufacturing, sustainability, availability, budget, repair options, and materials. I made sure that if something goes wrong with the stroller, there is someone ready to help — and a solid repair chain. That means that there is a real human on the support line, and if necessary, parts can be ordered easily, or the entire stroller can be sent in for repairs. I tested to determine that these strollers were roadworthy, comfortable for both babies and toddlers, and easy to assemble. And while very few strollers are going to be simple to put together, I made sure the instructions were clear and concise, providing ample direction for new and expecting parents. While strollers can very much be a personal choice item, the following picks meet my criteria (which are based on 5 years as a parenting journalist and 13 years as a parent) and will suit a broad range of needs. Here are the best baby strollers of 2022.Editor's note: This list was checked on 3 August, 2022 to make sure that you have the best information possible. We made sure the prices are correct and that these are still the best models on the market.

One of the biggest purchases you make as a new parent is a stroller. After a crib and a bassinet, a stroller is the biggest-ticket item you'll need to invest in before your little one arrives — and the cost can be pretty high. That being the case, you want to make sure that you choose the model that best fits your family's needs. Fortunately, there are a ton of great choices on the market right now, and there's something for every taste and budget.

The Best Baby Strollers

Before you commit to a stroller, you should know that it's possible, even probable, that you'll buy more than one stroller to serve different needs. For example, if you're a runner, you may want a jogging stroller in addition to your everyday model. Or, perhaps, you'll start with a basic click-in car seat stroller and then upgrade to something with different features once your baby grows out of the infant car seat.

Alternatively, many parents prefer a bigger stroller or a travel system for going on all-day outings or visiting amusement parks, but they want a more compact stroller when heading out for a quick jaunt.

What to Look For

First and foremost, you should make sure the stroller you're considering fits all of the requirements put forth by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). They have guidelines for safe hinges, wheel locks, seat belts, fabrics — everything. While all new strollers sold in the United States must conform to these regulations, secondhand retailers and certain imports may not, so you won't find any of those on our list.

The primary things you want to consider when buying a stroller are how you're using it, whether you need a single or a double, how and where you will be storing it, and comfort and convenience for the parent.

How Are You Using It?

This is the most important question to ask yourself when buying a stroller. Do you live in the suburbs and plan on using it for neighborhood walks and trips to the park? Are you in the city and need to go from Uber to Uber with ease? Do you jog and need something easy to run with? Or are you just looking for something light and breezy to take on the go?

Do You Need a Single or a Double?

This isn't as straightforward a question as you think. Most people think that if you're not having twins, a single will suffice. I'd argue that a double stroller is fantastic for siblings up to the age of 4. If this is your first and you're planning on having more kids, you should definitely consider a combination stroller, such as the Mockingbird and the Uppa Baby Vista. These strollers start as a single stroller and can be expanded to accommodate multiple kids using different attachments.

Where Are You Storing It?

If this is going to be stashed in a garage or mess room, you're not going to be worried about the size of the stroller, which for some of them, is significant. However, apartment dwellers or parents with small car storage might consider a slimmer, smaller stroller that folds up into a compact space.

Comfort and Convenience

This is where you consider things like what accessories are available, how much storage space does it have, and if its fabric is machine-washable or not. For petite or taller parents, is the handlebar adjustable? If you travel a lot, you may want to consider a stroller that can fit in the overhead bin, so you don't have to gate-check it.

How We Chose

I spent weeks testing strollers, meeting with manufacturers, and talking to parents about their needs and what they love in a stroller. I used my own experience as a parent and a researcher and considered criteria like manufacturing, sustainability, availability, budget, repair options, and materials. I made sure that if something goes wrong with the stroller, there is someone ready to help — and a solid repair chain. That means that there is a real human on the support line, and if necessary, parts can be ordered easily, or the entire stroller can be sent in for repairs.

I tested to determine that these strollers were roadworthy, comfortable for both babies and toddlers, and easy to assemble. And while very few strollers are going to be simple to put together, I made sure the instructions were clear and concise, providing ample direction for new and expecting parents.

While strollers can very much be a personal choice item, the following picks meet my criteria (which are based on 5 years as a parenting journalist and 13 years as a parent) and will suit a broad range of needs. Here are the best baby strollers of 2022.

Editor's note: This list was checked on 3 August, 2022 to make sure that you have the best information possible. We made sure the prices are correct and that these are still the best models on the market.

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