Shopping Tips: Top Rated Strollers by Moms
We thought we would kick off our new Baby 101 Shopping Guide series with one of the most overwhelming first purchases as a parent-the stroller. The options are endless so we thought we would narrow it down with some of our favorites. If you have a favorite stroller and it is not listed here, tell us about it!
The Quinny 3-in-1 travel system comes with the stroller, maxi-cosi infant car seat, and carrycot (bassinet). Some of the standout features include an adjustable push bar which is crucial for taller parents, a fully reclining seat which can be placed in a front or rear facing position, and a highly maneuverable front wheels which rotate 360 degrees with a lock option. This travel system will set you back about $730, but you are paying for the adaptability of this great stroller which allows you to use the car seat, stroller seat, or bassinet with one sleek and modern looking stroller.
Where to find the best prices in sites for Quinny Travel System:
StrollerVillage has the best price for the stroller – $420.95
Albeebaby has the car seat for only $129.99 (regular price $169)The bassinet is definitely not a “must-have”. I used mine just for a month. If you decide to buy it, look at Diapers site. They have it for only $82.89. (60% off the regular price) When you are ready to buy, make sure you check our Baby Deals Roundup – weekend edition where you can find a summary of all diapers site coupon codes and promotions.
For those more budget conscience parents the Chicco travel system is our pick for you! Chicco makes the Cortina 22lb and the Cortina 30lb system with the only difference being the weight capacity of the infant car seat. Some babies will surpass the 22lb weight limit before their first birthday so it might be more economical in the long run to go with the 30 pound system to be safe–the price difference between the two systems is about $30. The car seat that comes with these systems is one of the top rated car seats in the nation. The car seat is a breeze to install and it locks quickly into your stroller for those early months. The only negative thing I would say is that an extra base for the car seat is a little expensive ($85), but what I ended up doing was just using the one base for both our cars as it installed and uninstalled in seconds. With a one hand fold, reclining seat, cup holders and storage basket this stroller cannot be beat for the price. These travel systems will set you back anywhere from $299 to $340 bucks.
For you active moms, the BOB stroller is our pick! BOB has 5 different models to choose from depending on the use intended. They have the off-road Sport Utility, multi-purpose Revolution, the more compact urban use Revolution CE, and the serious jogger Ironman stroller. They have also created the Stroller Stride BOB which was created specifically for use in the national Stroller Strides exercise program. BOB strollers can be pretty pricey starting at about $379 and then going up, so be sure to be on the lookout for used BOB strollers if you are an active mom but can’t imagine spending this on a stroller.
The Orbit Baby Stroller G2 has a revolutionary design with 3D rotation which allows you to rotate and recline the seat in one fluid motion. The compact foldable design allows the stroller to fit in small trunk spaces. Another unique feature is the snack tray with lid which is great once your little one starts feeding themselves with finger foods. This innovative stroller will cost about $750.
The Bugaboo Cameleonis rightly name as it can change its features to fit its surroundings just like the lizard it is named after. This stroller is all about adaptability. With too many features to list, here are few of my favorites. The adjustable handlebars, customizable fabric, multi-terrain wheels, and ability to face baby towards you or away. By far the coolest option is the two-wheel configuration which allows easy pushing through snow or sand. I have dragged my stroller through the sandy beaches of southern California enough to appreciate this awesome feature! This pick will run you about $880.
The Peg Perego Si is our pick for a lightweight umbrella type stroller with car seat adaptability. The handle bars are adjustable and this stroller has the largest sunshade I have found in a stroller offering full coverage to keep your little one protected from the sun. The large storage basket and easy fold and unfold design is why I love my Peg Perego stroller. Another great feature is the ability for the stroller to stand upright on its own once it is folded. The side carrying handle also makes it easy to transport this lightweight stroller.
If you are on the hunt for a double stroller be sure to take a look at our past article, “Ending Your Double Stroller Search”. And to get a sneak-peak at the future of the high-tech stroller world check out this past article which highlights the upcoming Origami stroller, it will blow your mind!