Being a new parent is rough, especially when you realize all the stuff you need to buy. Nothing is more daunting than picking a stroller, with some costing upwards of $2,000. But if you’re trying to keep a tight budget—who isn’t?—you can find a great stroller for less than $1000.
But even if you’re on a tight budget, you deserve a truly great stroller. There are over 300 models on the market, and some are definitely better than others. That’s where we come in.
UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller, Gregory
Another popular model from UPPAbaby is Cruz. While having a lot of the features of the full size stroller, it’s lighter, has smaller footprint, and a more compact fold. This model is somewhere in between a Vista and G-Luxe. On one hand it has a reversible roomy seat with a large canopy like Vista model, but on the other hand the wheels are much smaller.
Just like on previous models the canopy provides plenty… of shade. New redesigned pop-out sunvisor is now made out of woven fabric that won’t wrinkle as much, but it’s still UPF 50+. It drops down all the way to the bumper bar shielding your child from harmful UV rays. The canopy now locks in place when you slide it up and down to accommodate your growing child. I really like the ability to adjust the canopy up and down. Not many strollers have that option.
Also, on Gregory color you can find premium fabrics that are made out of revolutionary weaving technique blends which are soft and comfortable yet still robust. If you decided to go with a different color that doesn’t offer leather accents or you have an older model, you have an option of purchasing a zip-on leather bumper bar and handle bar. They easily zip over existing bars on Vista and Cruz models.
Baby Jogger City Select LUX, Granite
Parents can use it as a single stroller or easily convert it to a double stroller, or even make it a triple with a Glider Board. It can be used since day one to toddlerhood as it grows with the baby and the whole family. Besides, it handles all types of terrain and provides very comfortable ride for the baby. What more could you want?
You can install two infant car seats, two… bassinets, two toddler seats or mix the seats. Oh, and you can also switch one of the seats to a bench seat and add a board. These options are great for older toddlers. Altogether, there are actually more than 20 different seating options!
There is a 5-point harness with two separate shoulder straps that click independently into the buckle. They have very nice soft padding. To adjust the harness we need to go to the back of the stroller and there is a Velcro right above the zippered pocket. We need to open it and we will see the back of the harness there.
Veer Cruiser | Next Generation Premium Stroller Wagon Hybrid
Most double strollers are big. And expensive, and heavy, and hard to maneuver. And they have so many different variations, based on the ages and presumed activity level of your kids. Do you get a sit-and-stand? A tandem, a side-by-side, or hook on a running board?
The Veer Cruiser solves the two-body problem… so handily that when I posted a picture to a private Instagram account, nearly every parent and grandparent texted to ask where they could get one. Over the course of several days, I hauled a five-month-old and an almost three-year-old over a variety of terrain, from paved trails to unpaved mud trails, gravel, wet grass, wet and dry sand, and a little unintended backcountry bushwhacking.
After just a few days, we found ourselves taking it out multiple times every day—for trips to the playground or the corner market for groceries, for winter hikes at the beach or walking the dogs. We’re already anticipating how the cruiser will make summer camping trips so much easier. The only things the cruiser does not do for the kids is bathe them, feed them, or entertain them on long car rides. Maybe a few accessories will come out later to help with that stuff.
Thule Urban Glide – Double Jogging Stroller
The Thule Urban Glide is a mean machine designed for active parents who value performance and durability. It rolls on large air-filled tires that together with rear-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride and a great maneuverability.
Glide offers plenty of storage including… roomy basket with cover, two mesh seat pockets, small zipper pocket in the back of the basket, and large pocket in the back of the seat. BOB is almost as good but has one zipper pocket less.
Of course I gave Glide 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a fabulous jogger with so many great features. The light weight and one-hand fold really puts it ahead of the competition. As for some of the drawbacks, they are very minor. I would like to see an automatic lock added. Also, the foot brake is a little stiff and not flip-flop-friendly. Not like all joggers have flip-flop-friendly brakes. LOL. But, it looks a little outdated.
BOB Revolution SE Single Jogging Stroller, Black
Bob Revolution SE is one of the BEST jogging strollers on today’s market. I absolutely love it! It is full of great features like huge canopy, roomy padded seat, and easy fold. It has plenty of storage including large basket, two mesh pockets inside of the seat, and a large pocket in the back of the seat.
This was important! Sophia is so fussy about… sun getting into her eyes, a large canopy was the first thing I looked at when picking a stroller. It has 5 positions and goes down very far providing 125° range of coverage. During my stroller search, for some reason it was hard to find information about canopies. All I wanted to know is how far down can it go and how much shielding will my baby get.
Bob Revolution SE Stroller has number of accessories that you will need to purchase separately. I have to admit, if you buy all of them, it will add up quick. I wish some of the accessories were included.
Baby Jogger Freedom Stroller with 16 in.Wheels
This special needs jogging stroller is manufactured by a company called as Advanced Mobility which is a part of Baby Jogger LCC. What is special about this company is that they have experience of around 25 years in manufacturing strollers for people with special needs. They have often come out with strollers that are innovative with unique features that are also safe for both children and adults with special needs
The Baby Jogger Freedom Stroller is a very popular brand among… parents and care givers. They are light in weight and all terrain strollers. They can carry weight up to 200 pounds which is a great feature. The Freedom Jogging stroller and push chair is easy to maneuver in crowds and around tight corners and they come with a swivel front wheel kit (included in the package) that makes it possible. So, you can easily go out in crowded places like malls or parks.
The stroller is also easy to push on any terrain thanks to the fixed front wheel and the pneumatic tires which makes it a smooth ride for the occupant. And in case if the occupant has a weak lower body mobility, the Baby Jogger Stroller has foot straps to hold the feet securely and comfortably in place.
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Travel System, Nomad Sand
The travel system is, obviously as the name implies, both an infant car seat AND a stroller. So, I thought I’d take you through exactly what it looks like, how it works, and then, if you keep reading to the end, share with you my overall “pros and cons” of the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 car seat and Adorra stroller travel system.
One thing that is really cool is that… the stroller seat can be faced either inwards or outwards and really grows with your kiddo. It works for both Amos AND Lilly (size wise). I like to face the stroller seat inwards most of the time if I’m just using it for Amos, but I’ll face it outwards if Lilly is the one going for a ride.
Overall, the pros for the Adorra Travel System FARRRRRRR outweigh the cons. I absolutely LOVE it. Like I said, I’ve been using this travel system since June and I’ve put it to the TEST! I’ve traveled with it, taken it on a plane, gone on a road trip (or two), and for just everyday use, it has stood up well.
Bugaboo Bee5 Complete Stroller, Black
It’s 10 years since Bugaboo launched its first Bee – the compact, lightweight pushchair from the Dutch company that has become a household name and celeb favourite with its range of luxury buggies and accessories.
From the leatherette handlebar, to the new dark red wheel caps… (or buggy alloys as I like to call them), and an incredible 6 luxurious and classy seat fabrics and 11 sun hood choices, the style has gone to the next level. Of course you can still get the bright and sunny classic yellow Bee hood and the plain black seat fabric, but new options include a range of very chic mélange fabrics, as well as gorgeous patterns.
The Bee5 takes all the good bits of the previous versions – compact, lightweight, robust, super manoeuvrable – and packages them up with the buggy equivalent of a luxurious big bow. The new customisable options give it a fresh look, without detracting from the features that make me unreservedly recommend this pushchair to new parents or seasoned mums and dads living a hectic urban lifestyle.