Steve McCurdy, Editor | Posted October 26, 2013
Which Stroller is for You?
Shopping for a stroller can be daunting, particularly for first time parents. There are so many models and so many features that it's difficult to cut through the fog to find the best baby strollers and the features you really need. Strollers are available to match any lifestyle, so the first step is to find the stroller category that best suits your own lifestyles. The next step is to find the best stroller in your selected category. To get you started we have prepared the snapshot table below, where we have highlighted the key features of sixteen popular strollers in several categories. All the strollers in our chart are in the top ten in their respective categories in a survey by Diapers.com, which claims to have over a million Moms in its Member base.
Snapshot Stroller Buyer's Guide
* EVA stands for ethelyne vinyl acetate, a lightweight alternative to air-filled tires that is common on many of today's strollers. EVA tires are sometimes referred to as "puncture proof" or "never flat."
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Stroller manufacturers tout many features in their advertising, and space prohibits us from including all of them in our table. A few words are necessary about some of the features we have highlighted.
Manufacturer - We recommend choosing a stroller from one of the larger and older stroller manufactures as they have the most experience building strollers the right way. The strollers in our Buyer's Guide are all manufactured by well-established companies which are more than fifty years old.
Weight - During the 2 to 3 year period you use your stroller you will lift it, move it, carry it, fold it and unfold it hundreds of times, so the weight of the stroller becomes very important.
Maximum Load - This number is the weight of your passenger plus the weight of the other cargo you put in it, like bottles, diaper bag, food, drinks, etc.
Wheel Type - Most stroller wheels have either air-filled tires or EVA tires. Air-filled tires provide a more cushioned ride and handle bumps better, but they also weigh more and require maintenance. EVA tires are lighter and maintenance-free, but don't provide as smooth a ride.
5 Point Harness - Safety is the number one consideration in your stroller selection, and you should make sure the stroller you buy has a five point safety harness. Some of the lightweight strollers do not have them. Some of the best strollers have a latch-release that require pressure on both sides (a squeeze) to open the harness, so your baby can't open it accidentally.
Parent-Facing Option - It is well-known that newborns and infants much prefer to have a view of their parent instead of a view of what is in front of them. But as they grow that preference usually changes. More and more strollers now offer both a front view for older children and a parent view for younger passengers. Two stoller manufacturers who offer the parent facing option on their strollers are Stokke (all) and Quinny (some).
There are many other stroller features you might want to consider, and we recommend you read full reviews on all the strollers you are really interested in. This website fully reviews ten of the strollers in the table, and additional reviews by stroller owners are always available at Amazon.com and Diapers.com.