BEST EVERYDAY STROLLER: OXO TOT CUBBY+
While you may know them for their can openers and garlic presses, OXO's line of baby and toddler products continue to make headway into the marketplace. Their Cubby + stroller earns a spot as our favorite new everyday stroller for 2017. This stroller pair chic style with the features you really care about and the performance parents need. Available only in Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Red, this stroller isn't focused on being flashy, but instead spends its efforts packing in creature comforts for baby and parent. Little riders will like the comfortable, yet wipeable seat material, adjustable leg rest, deep-seat recline, and large hood for sun protection with a peekaboo window and extension shade.
Parents will appreciate the padded, adjustable height handlebar, tight turning radius, and multiple storage options including an easy-access, expandable basket, dual seat-back pockets for diapers or wipes, and small zippered hood pocket to keep your phone and keys easily in reach. The fold is super easy and one-handed, leaving the stroller self-standing and compact or easy to carry up stairs or lift into a trunk. It helps that the stroller is only 22 pounds too. For more features, you can add on the optional car seat adapter to use it from birth or other accessories like the bumper bar with snack tray for your tot or a cup holder for you. Buy here: Amazon
Also check out...Willing to spend a bit more? Check out the UPPAbaby Cruz for added style, a reversible seat, and new posh upgrades like a leather handle and luxe textiles or the 2017 Britax B-Ready for its ability to convert into a double stroller for two infants or two toddlers.
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BEST AFFORDABLE STROLLER: CHICCO BRAVO LE
Chicco is a familiar name to the stroller game and their new Bravo LE picks up our most affordable award for its winning combination of features, performance and price. At just $249, you get more in the Bravo LE than many other strollers costing twice the price! First, we love that this stroller can be used two ways with an infant car seat: 1) as a stroller frame carrier allowing you to easily pop an infant car seat in and out without the added weight of the stroller seat, or 2) with the included carseat adaptors. When your child is ready to transition to the stroller seat, she can enjoy the removable, reversible seat pad insert for added comfort, a child’s tray with room for drinks and snacks, and a large canopy with a peekaboo window and flip-out visor. The under-seat storage basket is modestly sized, but has great access even when the seat is reclined. And speaking of the recline - the Chicco Bravo LE had one of the easiest reclines we tested and took only one hand to get the seat down or up. The one-handed fold can be done easily with either hand and leaves the Bravo self-standing. Wait - there's more! There is even an adjustable, padded handlebar, great maneuvering, AND an included parent tray with zippered storage spots and two cup holders. All for $249. #deal Buy here:Amazon
Also check out...The Evenflo Pivot Travel System that includes a modern stroller AND an infant car seat for a cool $300 or the lightweight $99 BabyTrend Trifold Mini that weighs just 15 pounds making it perfect for trips and travel.
BEST CONVERTIBLE STROLLER: BRITAX B-READY 2017
Convertible strollers can change from a single stroller into a double stroller with ease and the 2017 Britax B-Ready is one of our top picks. The 2017 version has been updated with a new frame design that is easier to use and maneuver and a larger storage basket. It is a great individual stroller on its own with a reversible seat with four-position recline and a good canopy. Parents will love the adjustable height handlebar and the expandable under-seat basket that is accessible from all sides. If you have a Britax infant car seat, it will simply click in - no adapters needed! The stroller does weighs 28 pounds which makes it on the heavier side for steering, but sturdy and safe whether you are carrying one or two children. When you are ready to turn it into a double stroller, you can choose from two infant car seat, a seat and bassinet, two seats or a total of 12 different seating combinations to carry infants and toddlers. Plus, the B-Ready can be folded with two seats attached. Buy here:Amazon
Also check out....the luxe UPPAbaby Vista comes with a bassinet and can be turned from a single stroller into a double for two infants, two toddlers or one of each. The Austlen Entourage can be converted to carry multiple kids AND all the stuff they require, thanks to an expansion frame.
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL STROLLER: JOOVY 2017 ULTRALIGHT GROOVE
Traveling with tots this summer? The 2017 Joovy Ultralight Groove stroller packs a whole lot of features and performance into a compact frame. Weighing just 15 pounds, the updated release is now suitable for newborns thanks to a one-handed near-flat recline, adjustable footrest, and a hideaway mesh boot. The large seat allows for an upper weight limit of 55 pounds. The new softer seat fabric is a nice upgrade too. Bigger wheels allow for better maneuvering while the Ultralight Groove has plenty of storage options for a small stroller - a modest, but easily accessible under-seat basket, mesh pockets on either side of the seat, a zippered pocket and mesh cup holder on the canopy back plus an additional hard-sided parent cup holder that attaches to the frame. Joovy made adjustments to allow the frame to be self-standing when it's folded, buuuut its shape is a bit awkward. More convenient is the attached carry strap that makes it easy to throw the stroller over your shoulder when going up stairs. For just $200, this is one travel investment that can make your trips with littles easier - and be just as useful when you're back home. Buy here:Amazon
Also check out...the Baby Jogger City Tour which weighs only 14 pounds and folds into thirds making it super compact and easy to stow in an overhead airplane bin in the included backpack-style carry bag. Or spend a bit more to get the 15 pounds Inglesina Zippy Light that adds luxuries like a bumper bar, parent cup holder, and an amazing full coverage canopy.
BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM: EVENFLO PIVOT TRAVEL SYSTEM
We haven't been this impressed with a travel system in a long time. The new Evenflo Pivot is as stylish and chic as it is affordable - just $300 for a modern, versatile stroller AND the new SafeMax Infant Car Seat. Let's start with the stroller....the Pivot modular stroller offers three seating options, all of which are available facing in toward the parent or facing out to the world. Choose from frame stroller mode that allows you to pop the car seat in and out without the added weight of a stroller seat, carriage mode with the seat transformed into a bassinet, or toddler mode with the stroller seat attached and upright. The stroller boasts a large canopy and under-seat basket that is easy to access from all angles. There are also lots of included extras like a bassinet boot, padded handlebar, parent cup holder, and belly bar.
The included SafeMax Infant Car Seat is suitable for infants from 4-35 pounds, comes with a supportive infant insert, and features an anti-rebound bar for added stability in the car. Buy here:Toys R Us
Also check out...the Graco Modes 3 Lite LX Travel System that offers similar stroller seating versatility with a sporty 3-wheel stroller and Graco's SnugRide 35 Click Connect infant car seat instead.
BEST JOGGING STROLLER: THULE URBAN GLIDE JOGGING STROLLER
You might know Thule from their bike racks and roof storage pods but they now also make a pretty awesome jogging stroller that has earned our top spot for 2017. If you want a stroller that just looks like you jog, you have lots of options. But if you actually run or jog with your stroller there are a few key features you ideally need - an adjustable height handlebar, wrist strap, wheel suspension, and a lockable front wheel that has a fine tune adjustment knob. This knob allows you to adjust the straightness of your locked front tire - vital for when it inevitable will get slightly off kilter over time and pull to the left or right. A huge pain when you're running. Until this year, BOB has been the only brand I've seen to have this knob. I still adore BOB's jogging strollers (and they definitely look sportier than Thule's), but now Thule's jogger has the knob too. It also happens to be 3 pounds lighter than the BOB Revolution Flex and a bit cheaper which helped it to earn our top spot
The Urban Glider also has larger canopy that can rotate alllll the way forward - perfect for those early morning or evening runs - and a large storage basket with a zip top for keeping items dry and/or hidden, a small zip pocket for essentials and a seat-back mesh pocket. The seat has mesh interior pockets for stashing sippies and snacks, and one-handed fold and carry option make it easy to store and transport. Buy here:Amazon
Also check out....the 2016 BOB Revolution Flex that has an updated weight capacity (75 lbs), a one-handed seat recline and a 25% larger cargo basket than the previous model. For a less expensive option, the Baby Trend Falcon provides a decent jogger, large storage basket, and extras like a bumper bar, padded handlebar and clip on snack tray for just $150. But no fine-tune adjustment knob.
BEST LUXURY STROLLER: NUNA JETT MIXX
Looking for a little luxury? The Nuna JETT MIXX is guaranteed to make motherhood look good while keeping baby safe and cozy. While the MIXX has been around for a few years, the JETT model offers some exclusive new features like the included luxe MIXX bassinet that connects directly with the stroller frame and is approved for overnight sleeping, faux leather trim, a dark matte frame and chrome wheel accents. The stroller isn't all flash and style though. The stroller has a plush, reversible seat, an adjustable handlebar, a large basket with divider, and can fold with the seat facing either direction. Plus it turns on a dime and comes with a rain cover and car seat adapters in addition to the bassinet. Pair it with the JETT PIPA car seat and you've got yourself one luxurious travel system that will last your little bundle from birth to 50 lbs. Buy here:Nordstrom
Also check out....the newest UPPAbaby Vista which has gorgeous new updated textiles and leather accents, a smaller/lighter frame from the previous model (about 1” off the wheel base and 1.5 lbs off the weight) and includes a bassinet, reversible seat, rain shields and more - for a slightly heftier price.
BEST DOUBLE STROLLER: MAXI COSI DANA FOR 2
Just released in April, this compact side-by-side double stroller can hold two (yes two!) infant car seats side-by-side and either with or without the stroller seats and still is narrow enough to fit through standard doorways and tight store aisles. But I fell in love with this stroller for its cozy seats with their luxe reversible, machine washable (and machine dry-able!) seat liners, the easy seat recline, and included parent cup holder. I also love that the Dana for 2 has one simple, sandal-friendly step on/off brake in the middle that turns green or red so you can easily see if the stroller is secure. While there are two underseat baskets, they are nearly impossible to access from the back - your best bet is from the side. Maneuvering is easy though especially with the convenient center handlebar. The stroller weighs a surprising 35 pounds, but folds easily and is self-standing. Buy here: Amazon
Also check out....the Graco Modes Duo can carry two kids from babies to big kids in a whooping 27 different configurations. The brand new Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight can't take infant car seats, but has a flat recline and mesh foot enclosure to make it safe for infants. While its padding isn't as luxe as the Dana, it does offer better access to the underseat baskets and a canopy back pocket.
BEST INNOVATIVE FEATURE: AUSTLEN ENTOURAGE
As Austlen says, "Any stroller can carry a baby, but the Entourage will change your life!" There really is no other stroller on the market like the Austlen Entourage. Imagine comfortably carrying your toddler, a picnic basket and every last pool floatie and beach toy you found in your garage on a walk to your neighborhood pool. All in your stroller. Or maybe carrying your infant baby and your toddler plus a full-sized cooler, three beach chairs and an oversized purse to a park play date. All this and more is possible with the Austlen Entourage. With a three-stage expandable stroller frame (mind you, a frame that you can expand with your child sitting in the seat!) and 150 pounds of kid and cargo capacity, this stroller transitions from a simple single stroller to an impressive hauling workhorse in just seconds. The stroller comes with a large adjustable market tote that can hold up to 35 pounds making it perfect for everything from baby essential to supermarket runs.
The stroller itself has a comfy seat with five position recline, adjustable handlebar, leatherette-wrapped belly bar, dual wheel suspension and an additional lower, storage basket. It does weigh 32 lbs. so not ideal for schlepping in and out of the car. But when you do need to pack it away, the stroller is surprisingly easy to fold, compact and self-standing. For even more versatility, you can add on the optional second seat or the Sit+Stand platform to create even more configurations - a total of 30 options in all. Buy here: PishPoshBaby
Also check out....the Thule Chariot Lite can be used as a traditional stroller or attached to a bike as a bike trailer. You can also buy the optional jogging stroller and ski attachments to make this a 4-sport stroller - an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The 4mom's Moxi stroller has headlights, taillights, a pedometer and will charge your phone while you walk - perfect for making sure you don't run out of juice at the end of your podcast or playlist.
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