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14 Best Baby Strollers of 2021

Our top picks for every size and age, from newborn to toddler.

best baby strollers of 2020, according to parenting experts

As a new (or soon-to-be) mom or dad, you've got a lot on your to-do list, including finding the best stroller for your child. For safety reasons, it's always important to pay attention to a stroller's maximum weight and height capacity. Some strollers for instance can only hold babies up to 30 pounds, while others can accommodate up to 65. Looking at age limit is important, too: for example, not all strollers are safe for newborns. You never want to put a newborn baby in a stroller without a deep reclining seat or bassinet, because at that age they definitely still need neck support. If not, you’ll have to wait until between four to six months to use with an infant with more neck control.

The Good Housekeeping Institute constantly runs tests on baby items to find only the best car seats, crib mattresses, baby formula, and every baby product you can think of to make parenting a little easier. To help you find the best stroller for your newborn, infant, toddler, or growing family, our experts evaluated different types to test factors like maneuverability, stability, ease of use, and storage space. This round-up is based upon Lab-tested picks, road tests of newer entrants, category expertise, and real-life consumer feedback. Our 2021 top picks for strollers are:

    What type of stroller is best?

    There are several types of strollers on the market, so it's ideal to purchase a stroller that best matches your lifestyle. Three-wheel strollers are great for stability when maneuvering through crowds, while four-wheeled strollers are more likely to feature extra storage and cup holders. If you live in a city and travel with your kids a lot, you'll probably want a stroller that can easily fold up and stay upright. If you want more undercarriage storage, you'll likely have to tradeoff on having the most compact and lightweight stroller. Below are the six stroller styles to know about:

    • Full-sized stroller: Most common of them all, these standard-sized strollers can typically be used from birth through toddlerhood. Full-sized strollers will feature more storage, seating, canopies, and multi-person reclining chairs.
    • Umbrella stroller: Also often referred to as lightweight or compact strollers, umbrella strollers fold up like an umbrella. While they are great for travel, they usually aren’t as sturdy as full-sized strollers and don’t offer as much under-carriage storage.
    • Double stroller: These make the perfect strollers for twins or two kids close in age. Depending upon the stroller system you get, the two seats may be set up side-by-size or in tandem.
    • Jogging stroller: These strollers are designed to be sturdy enough for you to jog while the baby is able to rest safely inside, usually thanks in part to a locking front wheel.
    • Combination strollers: These strollers can easily transition from one to more kids, rotate bassinet or seat direction, and are often compatible with car seats.
    • Travel system: These come with an infant car seat so that it can be used for traveling from birth.

      What to consider when shopping for strollers

      As for pricing, strollers and stroller systems can range from a few hundreds to over a thousand dollars, so the Good Housekeeping Institute experts suggest you weigh which features you need in a stroller versus what features you care most about to find the sweet spot of value and usability. Our pros recommend taking into account the following features:

      • JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) Certification: Look for strollers that have this certification, which signifies that they meet minimum government requirements on safety and use as tested by an independent third party.
      • Adjustable handlebar: If you're looking for a stroller for tall or short parents, a telescoping handlebar can be raised and lowered to varying heights.
      • Reversible seat(s): Some strollers have the ability for you to turn the position of the seat from rear-facing to forward-facing. The latter is beneficial as your child gets older so he can engage more with his environment.
      • Large under-carriage storage: This comes in handy in carrying all the baby essentials, big and small.
      • Large canopy: You’ll want a well-designed canopy that will be large enough to cover your child from the sun or wind.

        See below for best strollers of 2021, from brands that have performed well in our Lab tests, like UPPAbaby and Bugaboo, plus other top-tested strollers. Whether you need a stroller for newborns, twins, city moms, or newborns, there is an option for you.

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        Best Overall Stroller
        Vista V2 Stroller

        This stroller is great for growing families — a newborn child can sit in the bassinet, a three-month old gets the toddler seat, and an older child can ride along on the kickstand board accessory. The updated version of this perennial favorite now features even better maneuverability, a roomier toddler seat, dedicated rain-shield storage, an extendable canopy, plus a no-rethread harness, which our Lab experts described as a "big deal" since it makes readjusting straps so much easier. Take note that the you'll likely have to unload packages to fold up, and that the stroller itself takes a bit of space. 

        • Weight limit: 50 pounds
        • Ages: 0 months and up for bassinet, 3 months and up for toddler seat 

        Best Value Stroller
        3Dlite Convenience Stroller
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        Summer Infant

        The 3DLite umbrella stroller is a good choice for everyday errands and travel especially given the affordable price tag. It features ample storage and a five-point safety harness. Beyond the affordable price, our Lab experts liked that the stroller was lightweight and easy to fold. They note to not put heavy items on the handlebar to avoid the stroller tipping.

        • Weight limit: 50 pounds
        Ages: 6 months and up

        Best Stroller for Toddlers
        Spring Stroller

        Weighing 22 pounds, the brand claims that the Spring stroller is 30% smaller than traditional three-wheel strollers. It features a compact fold and self-standing capability — plus, according to the brand, it meets Disney park size requirements. Despite its more compact size, it can fit children up to 65 pounds, which is on the larger side for maximum weight capacity and great for growing toddlers. The adjustable canopy provides claims a UPF of 50+, and the swivel front wheel locks into place for smoother rides.

        • Weight limit: 65 pounds
        • Ages: 6 months and up

        Best Stroller for Newborns
        Car Seat Stroller
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        The Doona stroller is super innovative that it can transform from car seat to stroller "in seconds," according to the brand and backed up in our tests. Because of the two-in-one-factor, parents can save space and money since they're ditching an extra product. You can easily maneuver this stroller with one hand, making it super convenient for jumping in and out of cabs, taking public transit, and traveling on the plane, especially during those first few months of life. 

        • Weight limit: 35 pounds
        • Ages: 0 months and up

        Best Smart Stroller
        e-Priam Rose Gold Electronic Stroller

        This one's a splurge, but its built-in electric motor helps you power through the roughest terrains, like at the beach or over a hill. And when you're going downhill, the sensors in the handlebar detect this motion and provide extra control as you descend. The electronic stroller can operate for up to 3.7 miles per hour before needing to be recharged again. It also features a sleek, cooler design and comes in pink, blue, gray, black, and red.

        • Weight limit: 55 pounds
        • Ages: 0 months and up

        Best Travel Stroller
        Yoyo2 Stroller

        Our Lab experts recommend the Yoyo2 stroller for travel because it's compact  and still durable. We also love that is allowed onto airplanes, thanks to IATA-(International Air Transport Association) approval. The newer version of this city favorite stroller features a new buckle system that is easier to snap in and a secure faux leather handle bar that's easier to clean. Like the original, it can conveniently be worn over the shoulder with the carrying strap.  

        • Weight limit: 40 pounds
        • Ages: 6 months and up (0 months and up with add-on newborn pack)

        Best Convertible Stroller
        Bravo Trio Travel System

        For a good all-in-one solution system from birth, the Bravo Trio includes the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat and a detachable stroller seat that's easy to transition when you travel. It includes a parent tray with two cup holders and a large storage compartment. Amazon reviewers appreciate the easy assembly process and the value pricing compared to other travel systems.

        • Weight limit: 50 pounds for stroller, 30 pounds for car seat
        • Ages: 6 months and up

        Best Jogging Stroller
        Revolution Flex 3.0
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        BOB Gear

        Share the thrill of a good run with your babe with BOB Gear's Revolution Flex 3.0. The stroller's mountain bike-style suspension and air-filled tires offer a smooth ride over all terrain, and the adjustable handlebar won't compromise your form. The swivel locking front wheel makes for easy turns, while the compression seat with positioning from fully upright to near-flat recline keeps your child safe and comfortable.

        • Weight limit: 75 pounds
        • Ages: 8 weeks and up walking only, or 8 months and up jogging

        Best Double Stroller
        City Mini GT2 Double Stroller
        Baby Jogger
        Baby Jogger

        Our testing found that even with the two seats, the City Mini was easy to fold. Each seat offers individual adjustable calf support and near-flat recline, so both your children can get comfortable. Our lab experts also appreciate the side-by-side design as it distributes weight better than a tandem stroller.

        • Weight limit: 50 pounds per seat
        • Ages: 0 months and up

        Best Full-Size Stroller
        Single-to-Double Stroller

        There are more than a few things our Lab experts love about the Mockingbird stroller, like the wide wheelbase for stability and great maneuverability. Like its predecessor, the Single Stroller, this well-constructed stroller also features one-handed close, spacious undercarriage storage and reasonably priced accessories, including an infant seat insert and car seat adapters for just $30 each. And now, the updated version can now convert to a double stroller with their 2nd Seat Kit. And as a direct-to-consumer brand, they provide outstanding customer care, like their month-long at-home trial and lifetime warranty.

        • Weight limit: 45 pounds per seat
        • Ages: 6 months and up

        Best Compact Stroller
        The Compact Stroller

        For a smaller direct-to-consumer option, Colugo's Compact stroller can fold down with the use of one hand and is just as easy to open back up. The brand is also known for its fun prints, like lavender, camouflage, and floral shown here. Our Lab experts like that the stroller is easy to maneuver and comes with a second padded insert for easier washing. They say to just keep in mind to watch the brake while walking, because it's located right by your feet.

        • Weight limit: 55 pounds
        • Ages: 6 months and up

        Best Stroller for Sleeping
        MIXX Stroller

        Flexibility is a nice stroller feature to have especially if you're going on a quick weekend getaway, or if you have a little one who prefers to nap on a completely flat recline. The MIXX is excellent at maneuverability and provides the perfect sleeping environment for on-the-go, with its true flat sleeper recline seat, and oversized, extendable canopy

        • Weight limit: 50 pounds
        • Ages: 0 months and up

        Best Stroller Design
        The Complete Stroller

        A sleek option with plenty of desirable features, Colugo's Complete Stroller offers a flippable forward or rear-facing seat with a very deep recline, a UPF 50+ canopy with large coverage, a roomy basket with pockets for better organization and cup holders. The add-on Complete Infant Kit makes this stroller safe for newborns with a lie-flat insert and car seat adaptor. Plus, this stylish stroller comes in a variety of solids and patterns, including floral and animal prints. In road tests, however, our experts found that this stroller's magnetic harness took some getting used to, and they occasionally hit the brakes when walking due to less-than-optimal placement.

        • Weight limit: 55 pounds
        • Ages: 6 months and up

        Best Lightweight Stroller
        MINU Stroller

        At only 14.5 pounds, the MINU stroller will reduce the weight you're pushing around without compromising functionality. Our Lab experts found it to be great on rougher terrains and loved the seat's deep recline. The stroller's one-hand fold was easy to manipulate, plus it has a spacious undercarriage basket as well as a storage pocket for essentials.

        • Weight limit: 50 pounds
        • Ages: 3 months and up

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