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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 buy as a new parent is likely going to be the stroller. After the crib and bassinet, it's the biggest-ticket item as far as baby gear goes. And the cost can be pretty high. That being the case, you want to make sure that you choose the best model to fit your family. Fortunately, there are a ton of great choices on the market right now, and there is something for every taste and budget.The Best Baby StrollersIt is possible, even probable, that you will buy more than one stroller to suit different purposes. For example, if you're a runner, you may want a jogging stroller that's separate from your everyday model. Or, perhaps, you 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 find that they like 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 they're heading out for a quick jaunt.What to Look ForFirst, make sure that the stroller that 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 think about when buying a stroller is how you're using it, do you need a single or a double, how and where will you 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 you're planning on using it for neighborhood walks and trips to the park? Are you in the city, and you need it to go from Uber to Uber? 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 fo 4. If this is your first, and you're planning on having more, you might consider a combination stroller like the Mockingbird or the UppaBaby Vista that start as a single, but can be expanded to accommodate multiple kids. 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 accessories that are available, storage space, is the fabric machine washable? 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. 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 the simplest things 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 is based off of 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 2021.

One of the biggest purchases you buy as a new parent is likely going to be the stroller. After the crib and bassinet, it's the biggest-ticket item as far as baby gear goes. And the cost can be pretty high. That being the case, you want to make sure that you choose the best model to fit your family. Fortunately, there are a ton of great choices on the market right now, and there is something for every taste and budget.

The Best Baby Strollers

It is possible, even probable, that you will buy more than one stroller to suit different purposes. For example, if you're a runner, you may want a jogging stroller that's separate from your everyday model. Or, perhaps, you 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 find that they like 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 they're heading out for a quick jaunt.

What to Look For

First, make sure that the stroller that 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 think about when buying a stroller is how you're using it, do you need a single or a double, how and where will you 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 you're planning on using it for neighborhood walks and trips to the park? Are you in the city, and you need it to go from Uber to Uber? 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 fo 4. If this is your first, and you're planning on having more, you might consider a combination stroller like the Mockingbird or the UppaBaby Vista that start as a single, but can be expanded to accommodate multiple kids.

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 accessories that are available, storage space, is the fabric machine washable? 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.

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 the simplest things 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 is based off of 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 2021.

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