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The Best Strollers of 2016

Strollers are a must for every family as they make your life so much easier. It is important to buy a stroller that is safe and comfortable for your baby, however, it must be durable and convenient for your own needs too. There are hundreds of varieties, and you can face indecisiveness and confusion. Purchasing the perfect stroller depends on how it will fit your lifestyle and the way that you will use it.

As an example, if you like to exercise, a jogging stroller would suit your needs better than one that is smaller and lightweight. However, if you live in a city where you do not need a car and frequently use the subway, a lightweight stroller might be more convenient than one that is quite heavy duty. 

10  What Type of Stroller(s) are you looking for?

Some of the most popular categories of strollers are

Traditional or Standard (for everyday use)

Tandem-one seat in front of the other for families with multiples

Side by Side-for families with multiple children

Umbrella lightweight-Handles that look like umbrella hooks and are typically smaller, as some only weigh 10 lbs.

All-in-one travel systems- a 3-piece system that includes a compatible base for the car, car seat, and stroller

Jogging/All Terrain (for those parents’ who love to exercise and love to be outdoors)

Another important thing before purchasing a stroller is to make sure the manufacturer is certified and partakes in the Juveniles Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) This ensures that the manufacturer confirms to safety voluntary standards mandated by the American Society of Testing and Materials (CPSC) This includes that every stroller sold should maintain correct and proper

  • safety restraints-3pt harness is the minimum requirement
  • wheels
  • parking brakes
  • stability-(tip over issues)
  • structural integrity (strong frame or other components that will not malfunction for any reason)
  • latching mechanisms
  • hinges (that will not cut or pinch fingers, arms of the child)
  • passive containment/leg openings (snack trays in front of the child will not allow their head to get trapped in between the space)

Being certified by the JPMA also means that manufacturers have passed and are in compliance with multiple safety inspections to ensure protection for their consumers. By law, manufacturers also must include product description and instruction manuals both online and in their package contents. Here are some of the highest rated and recommended strollers for this year of 2016 based on these different categories. 

9  Best Overall Stroller

BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller

BOB is owned by Britax and this stroller is among one of the top rated strollers on Amazon, with a little less than 900 reviews as well as a full 5-star rating. It is meant for a single child and can be used as both a traditional and jogging/all-terrain stroller.

Pros:

  • Can be used as standard/jogging/all-terrain stroller. It is durable on multiple surfaces; on roads and off roads (dirt, grass, gravel, rocky-terrains) and city; (sidewalks, and indoor structures)
  • Can be used for babies 2 months old up into toddlerhood
  • Maximum weight capacity is 70 lbs.
  • Weighs 25lbs.
  • 5pt harness
  • Car seat adapter is compatible with other brands including Britax/BOB, Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego so you can attach other car seats right on top of the stroller
  • One front wheel with 2 back wheels. The front wheel is able to rotate 360 degrees or locks to control sharp turns and pivots when exercising. It is known for great easy, superior steering, and maneuverability.
  • great suspension
  • Easily collapsible in two steps
  • 5-year warranty, 1-year warranty for small parts and accessories

Cons-

  • You must buy all accessories: handle bars, cup holders, car seat adapters, and covers
  • Cost: $344.99- a little on the expensive side 

8  Traditional Stroller

Chicco Bravo Stroller

This stroller is a Must-Buy according to Consumer Reports and is a single combo stroller that is compatible with the infant car seat. Infants who are 6 months or older have the option of sitting in the stroller by themselves.

Pros

  • 23lbs
  • the seat is removable so the stroller can be used as a frame to click in the compatible Keyfit car seat
  • can be used from birth (with car seat) to 50lbs
  • the handle is adjustable at different heights
  • 5pt harness
  • one-touch brakes that lock
  • reclines flat and in multiple positions
  • the large storage basket is easily accessible from both the front and the back
  • can be collapsed with one hand and is able to be stored in a standing position

Cons

  • Cost: $229.99. It is more expensive than other strollers that are just as durable and safe, but do not come with all of the additional fancy features. Other strollers that are recommended are

Graco Lite Rider Classic Connect: $59.99

Graco Lite Rider Click Connect: $79.99

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight stroller: $67-$73.00

7  Jogging Stroller

Baby Trend Expedition Stroller:

Baby Trend is a newer company and aims at selling baby products that are safe, durable and affordable. They founded themselves only 26 years ago but have proved themselves to be very popular in baby market sales. This stroller is very affordable and has ranked 4.5 stars with a combined 500+ reviews from both Walmart and Amazon. Ranging from between $82 and $112, with outstanding ratings, buying it is a steal for its value and is recommended.

Pros

  • Comes in 3 different colors
  • 29lbs
  • recommended weight is 5lbs to 50lbs
  • compatible with infant car seat
  • 5pt harness
  • strong, sturdy wheels designed for both all-terrain and indoor environments
  • front wheels lock for maneuverability
  • reflector lights
  • one hand collapsible
  • full recline
  • large adjustable canopy
  • large storage
  • removable child tray
  • Costs only $82.88 at Walmart. 

Cons

-The tires need to be inflated before use so you have to go to a gas station if you do not have an air pump at home

6  Tandem Stroller

Joovy Caboose Stand on Tandem Stroller

This stroller is an excellent choice when you have an older and younger child. The infant car seat will fit in the front, or the younger child can sit in the seat if they are old enough. The older child has the option to either sit or stand in the back.

Pros

  • only 30lbs
  • reclines up to 2 positions
  • maximum weight capacity is 45lbs for each child
  • large storage basket
  • comes in 4 different colors
  • no wider than single standard strollers
  • car seat adapter is compatible with 28 different car seats!
  • the older child has the option of sitting or standing, giving them more freedom.
  • Cost: $137-$149 still an affordable price. 

Cons:

  • The handle is not adjustable

5  Side-by-Side Stroller

Delta Children LX Side-by-Side Tandem Stroller

The biggest issue that parents face when purchasing double strollers are if they are small enough to fit through doorways and other small spaces, and if they are large enough to be comfortable for their children. Many double strollers are expensive in addition to being heavy and bulky. Having one child is already a lot of work, but having two means double the work, weight, and gear. Having gear that is convenient and light makes a big difference as it will help you put the least amount of stress on your body. This stroller is a popular lightweight one that makes you less tired and takes less money from you wallet.

Pros

  • weighs only 21lbs
  • can be used with an infant that is old enough to sit
  • weight limit is 35lbs each per child
  • comes in 4 different colors
  • fits through a standard 30inch door
  • 5pt harness
  • reclines in multiple positions
  • front wheels rotate a full 360 degrees
  • eligible for some free replacement parts offered on Amazon.com
  • Cost: very affordable at $72 -$89.99 

Cons

  • the handles are not very high for someone that is extremely tall
  • canopy is flimsy

4  Light Weight Stroller

Summer Infant 3 D-Lite Convenience Stroller

This is a 4-wheel stroller that is very light and is one of the highest rated on Consumer Reports. It is very compact and does not take up much space so it is ideal to take on vacations. The downsides of small strollers are that they may not be comfortable as your toddler grows because there is not a lot of sitting space. It comes in 6 bold colors

Pros

  • only 12lbs
  • can be used for children up to 50lbs.
  • 5pt harness
  • the seat reclines down 25 degrees to an almost flat position so your child can nap in comfort. Most lightweights do not offer this feature
  • large storage basket
  • the canopy is 99.9% UV resistant so it will protect your child from sunburn
  • collapsible in 2 easy steps
  • convenient carry strap to take along for travel.
  • Price is $79.99 and very affordable.

Cons

  • The minimum recommended age should be infants 6 months and older. Not intended to be used for newborns
  • A snack tray is not a feature of this product
  • the storage basket is difficult to access when the seat is reclined

3  Travel Systems

Britax 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller/3B Safe 35 Travel System

Listed as the #1 new release on Amazon.com, Britax is one of the top brands known for its innovative design and steel strength. It comes with 3 parts, the base, B safe 35 infant car seat, and stroller. The company offers SafeCell impact protection where they guarantee that safety for your child goes beyond the requirements mandated by Federal safety laws.

Pros

  • can be purchased as a travel system or as a single stroller.
  • can be used from birth to 55 lbs.
  • weighs a combined 28lbs.
  • large canopy for shade
  • the front wheel can maneuver easily through tight spaces
  • the car seat transitions easily from its base within the car to stroller.
  • Frame lock easily opens and collapses stroller with one hand
  • breathable seat with see through mesh on hot summer days
  • seat reclines all the way so your child can lie flat.
  • generous storage on bottom, there is a zippered fabric bag that hangs from the handles so you can store diapers, clothes, wipes or anything else you may want.
  • the footrest material is easily cleanable, so you don’t have to worry about rainy days!

Cons

  • Cost: $329.99. Britax is known to be a high-end brand. 

2 In Conclusion…

Another piece of advice after you purchase your stroller is to register yourself with the product. Many manufacturers include a card with your stroller/car seat where you fill out your information and send it back, usually for free, to their company. This way, they can contact you in the case of safety recalls. You can always go online to their website where you will have the option of registering there. 

If there is a recall, manufacturers usually contact you through the mail and will send you the replacement part for free. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your receipt. If you aren’t great at managing paperwork, a good idea is to take picture of it with your phone so you will always have a copy on hand.

You can also contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission to gain information on prior recalls or if you have any other questions. If you experience any safety issues yourself, it is a good idea to report them here.

1 In Conclusion…

Another piece of advice after you purchase your stroller is to register yourself with the product. Many manufacturers include a card with your stroller/car seat where you fill out your information and send it back, usually for free, to their company. This way, they can contact you in the case of safety recalls. You can always go online to their website where you will have the option of registering there. 

If there is a recall, manufacturers usually contact you through the mail and will send you the replacement part for free. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your receipt. If you aren’t great at managing paperwork, a good idea is to take picture of it with your phone so you will always have a copy on hand.

You can also contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission to gain information on prior recalls or if you have any other questions. If you experience any safety issues yourself, it is a good idea to report them here.

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