• The Best Strollers Of 2014

    Our Annual Guide To The Best Strollers Of The Year

    By Mia Weber

    Editor’s note: TO SEE THE BEST STROLLERS OF 2014 AS A SLIDE SHOW, CLICK HERE!

    Finding a stroller that’s right for you and your child can be a confusing task, given the variety of attributes and amenities that many strollers now feature. While it can be a difficult decision, the ultimate factors should always be safety, comfort, mobility, and a harmony with your personal budget. To help you distinguish between the wheel deal and models that just aren’t for you, we’re proud to present our annual guide to the best strollers of the year—prepare to rock ‘n stroll!

    4moms

    4moms

    4moms Origami: 4moms’ high-tech Origami stroller power-folds at the touch of a button and features a built-in generator that charges both the stroller’s electronic features and your cell phone as you walk. With daytime running lights, pathway lights for low-light conditions, sensors that detect when a child’s in the seat (so it’ll never fold by accident), and a handlebar LCD that shows the temperature, speed, and distance traveled, the Origami is the Starship Enterprise of stroller models. $849.99, 4moms.com

     

     

     

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    Baby Jogger

    Baby Jogger

    Baby Jogger F.I.T.: Perfect for easing back into your workout routine post-partum, Baby Jogger’s F.I.T. jogging stroller is an easy addition to any mom’s exercise regimen. Suitable for both everyday walking and intense running, this lightweight stroller carries up to 75 lbs and features 16-inch wheels ideal for long strides and rough terrain. Complete with a sun canopy with peek-a-boo window, quick-fold technology, and a lifetime warranty, the F.I.T. is sure to bring out your inner athlete. $299.99, babyjogger.com

     

     

     

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    BABYZEN

    BABYZEN

    BABZEN YOYO: This super-compact stroller is the first in the world that, when folded, is totally compliant with the size recommendation for airplane carry-on baggage. This convenient feature, coupled with four-wheel suspension, an exclusive soft-drive system, a reclining backrest, and a variety of color options, make the YOYO a must for families on-the-go. Sutiable for babies starting at 6 months. $469, saksfifthavenue.com 

     

     

     

     

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    BOB

    BOB

    BOB Motion: As the name suggests, BOB’s Motion stroller is perfect for parents who are on-the-go. After 15 years of focusing efforts on jogger strollers, BOB’s first-ever four-wheel Motion stroller is a compact, lightweight, and durable alternative with plenty of storage space. With a one-hand, quick-fold frame that locks automatically, this stroller can be easily assembled or collapsed while you’re on the move. The pneumatic tires and rugged suspension system allow for smooth maneuvering on bumpy terrain, and the comfortable, infinite recline seat with a five-point harness is sure to keep your little one safe and sound. $349.99, bobgear.com

     

     

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    Britax

    Britax

    Britax Affinity: The versatile Britax Affinity stroller—launching at the beginning of this month—combines fashion and function for a look that’s supremely sleek and modern. Parents can select from 18 different fabric and frame combinations to build a premium, custom stroller unique to their family. With Britax’s notable safety and design standards and cool color packs (each of which includes a canopy, shoulder and buckle pads, a basket liner, and a machine-washable padded seat liner) like “cactus green” and “fossil brown” this is definitely a fashion-forward stroller. Frame, $599.99; Color packs, $99.99 each; britaxusa.com/affinity 

     

     

     

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    Bugaboo

    Bugaboo

    Bugaboo Donkey: For the best in versatility, check out the Bugaboo Donkey. This stroller has the ability to convert from a mono, with flexible luggage options, to a duo ideal for children of different ages to a twin for kids of the same age, and back again. The ever-changing stroller will be available in trendy colors for this spring, including ice blue and soft pink. The fresh and vibrant tones will brighten up the equipment while the highest quality fabrics and new extendable sun canopy will keep the hues at their best and provide ample weather protection for your precious travelers. From $1,269, bugaboo.com

     

     

     

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    Bubbleride

    Bubbleride

    Bumbleride Indie 4: The Bumbleride four-wheel all-terrain Indie 4 is designed for modern parents who need a stroller equipped for city life and weekend adventures. The Indie 4’s easy maneuverability and compactable frame and are perfect for the urban parent, but its pneumatic tires and all-wheel suspension also make for simple transitions to more rugged environments. The Bumbleride Indie 4 also features a roomy seat that is appropriate for infants and as well as toddlers, and a generous storage area—plus it comes bundled with Bumbleride’s Infant Carrycot. As with all other Bumbleride products, the Indie 4 is made eco-consciously. $599, bumbleride.com

     

     

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    Chicco

    Chicco

    Chicco Activ3 Stroller: The new Chicco Activ3 Stroller is dual mode (it works as a travel system and as a stroller) and is safe and stable, offering full suspension with two settings. Go soft for walking or rigid running. Plus, the stroller has a hand-activated parking break, an adjustable five-point safety harness, several folding configurations, a large canopy with tinted peek-a-boo windows, a removable parent tray and cup holders, and more. $299, chiccousa.com

     

     

     

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    Combi

    Combi

    Combi Catalyst: This three-in-one modular stroller has the versatility to function as a complete travel system, a bassinet stroller, and a toddler stroller. The infant car seat adapter is included and works with Combi’s Shuttle infant car seat and those of other major brands. The reversible seat has a weight capacity of 50 lbs. The unit’s other key features include an oversized canopy, durable polyurethane wheels, one-hand adjusting, a large storage basket, and all-wheel suspension in an easy fold model. $379.99, combiusa.com 

     

     

     

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    Cybex

    Cybex

    CYBEX Onyx: The versatile CYBEX Onyx stroller works equally well for your infant or for your 55-lb toddler. The latest model comes in a splashy chili pepper red and maintains all its well-loved features: four-position recline, rear-wheel suspension, a one-pull harness, and a super big canopy. And when combined with the CYBEX’s Aton or Aton 2 Infant Car Seat, you have a fantastic travel system. $260, cybex-online.com

     

     

     

     

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    Evenflo

    Evenflo FlexLite Pro: Evenflo’s FlexLite Pro is a lightweight stroller for families on-the go. The infant car seat accommodates babies as small as 4-45lbs and the stroller can handle little ones up to 50 lbs. It features a durable design, one-hand folding, a full-size canopy with peek-a-boo window, cushioned parent, a reclining seat, large storage basket with front access, and swivel front wheels. $159.99, evenflo.com

     

     

     

     

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    Graco

    Graco

    Graco Aire3 Click Connect Travel System: A two-for-one deal, Graco’s Aire3 Click Connect Travel System includes a lightweight stroller and the best-selling Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat. The stroller has a sleek three-wheeled design with cup-holders and a multi-position seat for growing children, plus it comes with a reverse-facing car seat when bought as a travel system. Stroller, $229.99; Travel System, $349.99; gracobaby.com

     

     

     

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    Inglesina

    Inglesina

    Inglesina All-Terrain Quad Stroller: Inglesina’s brand-new All-Terrain Quad Stroller is ideal for the rough sidewalks of New York City. Equipped with large ball-bearing wheels and shock absorbers, your baby won’t feel a thing while riding over uneven pavement. A one-handed folding mechanism will compact the carrier for perfect storage in even the smallest of apartments. The quad also comes with a reversible, four-position seat for the most comfortable experience, and a roomy bassinet is an available option for newborns. $599, inglesina.us

     

     

     

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    Jane

    Jané

    Jané Trider Extreme: Jané’s Trider Extreme has large diameter front wheels, which make maneuvering a dream. Recommended for age 4 months up to when a baby weighs 40 lbs, the stroller features a long length suspension stroke and adjustable shock absorbers for maximum comfort. Additionally, the equipment can double as a high chair at the dinner table because of the adjustable hammock height, and is compatible with various car seats. $790, jane-usa.com

     

     

     

     

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    Joovy

    Joovy

    Joovy Qool: Get your groove on with Joovy’s Qool stroller, which has 20 style variations for you to choose from (plus ten fun colors and two different frames). With a cantilever four-wheel suspension system, your baby will stroll smoothly from point A to point B. An adjustable handlebar allows parents of all heights to comfortably use the stroller, while the fully padded and reversible seat also comes with leg support for your little one. $549, joovy.com

     

     

     

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    Kinderwagon

    Kinderwagon

    Kinderwagon Tandem Umbrella: Kinderwagon’s Tandem Umbrella stroller is lightweight, narrow, and easily collapsible for city parents who need a stroller suitable for their growing families. The front seat is suitable for children from 6 months up to 50 lbs, with a two-position recline and leg rest. The rear seat is suitable for little ones from 3 months and can recline to 130 degrees. Features include one-touch double brakes, a removable canopy with two viewing windows, a rain cover, and a removable cup holder. $299.99, kinderwagon.com

     

     

     

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    Lilly Gold

    Lilly Gold

    Lilly Gold Sit ‘n’ Stroll: Lilly Gold’s Sit ‘n’ Stroll has five different useful configurations, from car seat to fully functional stroller to FAA-certified flight seat, to a perfect dining booster buddy, this versatile carrier makes traveling with your tiny tot a breeze. The Sit ‘n’ Stroll is ideal for newborn babies up to when they weigh 40 lbs and can become both a forward-facing and reverse-facing car seat. $329.99, lillygold.com

     

     

     

     

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    Maclaren

    Maclaren

    Maclaren Quest: As with all Maclaren buggies, the Quest features a lightweight and compact umbrella-fold design, which makes it ideal for city parents who may have limited storage space. The Quest is appropriate for children from birth through the toddler years. With an easy-to-adjust seat (with four positions), and Infant System with cocooning head and foot barrier, a large waterproof hood with viewing window and storage pocket, a five-point harness, and more, the Quest is truly a renaissance stroller. $270, shopmaclarenbaby.com

     

     

     

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    Mamas and Papas

    Mamas and Papas

    Mamas and Papas Armadillo: Light, practical, and no-nonsense, this stroller (its name is inspired by the robust yet sturdy animal) has a large, lie-flat seat and adjustable leg rest designed to give baby wiggle room and added comfort during nap time. Its compact size nonetheless features everything parents might want including a large shopping basket, easy carry handle, peek-a-boo window, XL removable hood canopy, puncture resistant tires, rear brake, and an automatic lock when the stroller is folded. Car seat compatible with the Aton, Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix, Maxi Cosi Pebble, and Chicco Key Fit 30, it also comes in a wide range of colors. $279.99, us.mamasandpapas.com

     

     

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    Mountain Buggy

    Mountain Buggy

    Mountain Buggy nano: The Mountain Buggy nano is the ultimate travel companion, as it promises convenience, longevity, maneuverability, and first class safety standards. A stylish and innovative travel buggy, the nano features premium quality and refined style. Weighing in at a mere 13 lbs, the nano also has the ability to fold into its own custom-made travel bag (to fit into overhead bins on airplanes and trains), as well as built-in car seat adapters that work without any additional accessories. $199.99, mountainbuggy.com 

     

     

     

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    Orbit

    Orbit Baby G3: The brand new Orbit Baby G3 product line offers parents the most customizable premium stroller and car seat system on the market. Orbit Baby is a complete child travel system, from stroller to car seat and beyond. With an emphasis on advanced safety and engineering, Orbit Baby is continually recognized for its innovation, ergonomic design and environmentally friendly focus. Its unique features including 360 rotation, true one-handed stroller fold and certified green fabrics have made this system a top choice for parents. The mixable G3 product line allows parents to customize their stroller system with car seats, stroller seats, bassinets, rockers, and storage options, and to convert their single stroller to a double. From $660, orbitbaby.com

     

     

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    Peg-Perego

    Peg-Perego

    Peg-Perégo Book Plus: Peg-Perégo’s Book Plus stroller is reversible and practical, enabling a transition from newborn to toddler with one stroller. The seat adjusts to several different positions, including a flat position for newborns, and can convert to a travel system by attaching the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat. The Book Plus is easy to use and maneuver, featuring a one-piece handle, “easy drive” wheels, and a compact, easy close. $499.99, pegperego.com

     

     

     

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    phil&ted's

    phil&ted’s

    phil&teds smart lux: The new smart lux stroller by phil&ted’s promises to be a luxury stroller on air. A luxurious and compact single stroller, the smart lux has a sleek, urban design that rolls confidently over cobblestones and pavements. With air-filled rear wheels and front wheel suspension, the smart lux offers uncompromised all-terrain maneuverability in a modern stroller, providing the most comfortable ride for your child. Additionally, the smart lux comes complete with a modular convertible main seat (with lay-flat, parent-facing, and forward-facing modes all in one seat) and offers 21 riding options to grow with your child from birth to 4 years or 44 lbs. $399.99, philandteds.com

     

     

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    Quinny

    Quinny

    Quinny Buzz Xtra:  The Quinny Buzz Xtra is the next generation of the popular Quinny Buzz stroller. The recently launched model features a new canopy design that provides more coverage, as well as a flip-out visor, air-filled tires, a roomier shopping basket, and an adjustable parent handle. Additionally, the Buzz Xtra has a reversible seat, multiple position recline options, and is compatible with Quinny Tukk Foldable Carrier and Maxi-Cosi Infant car seats (adapters included). $595, quinny.com 

     

     

     

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    Safety 1st

    Safety 1st

    Safety 1st Lift LX Travel System Stroller: Safety 1st’s handy stroller takes an innovative one-step-fold system and brings it together with their best-selling OnBoard 35 infant car seat. Snazzy features include a convenient QuickClick system for secure car seat attachment and side impact protection as well as LATCH for easy installation. The travel stroller can accommodate children up to 50 lbs. $239.99, safety1st.djgusa.com

     

     

     

     

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    Schwinn

    Schwinn

    Schwinn Turismo: A single swivel wheel jogger, the Schwinn Turismo offers uncompromising safety standards and a great comfortable ride aided by a rubberized, adjustable, and slip-resistant handle. With an exposed spring suspension, the stroller is compatible with many top infant car seats. Some extra perks include cup holders for parents and children and a built-in MP3 speaker to keep everyone entertained. $189.99, schwinnbikes.com

     

     

     

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    Snugli

    Snugli

    Snugli Stroller: The sleek, black, aluminum-framed Snugli Sroller can be paired with Snugli Style Sets in funky colors with geometric, camouflage, and quilted patterns, enabling parents to customize their stroller’s look. The reversible and fully adjustable stroller can accommodate a variety of infant car seats by Snugli and other brands. For convenience, it features an oversized storage basket and a one-touch brake. $449.99 (stroller), $49.99 (set), snugli.com

     

     

     

     

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    Stokke

    Stokke

    Stokke Scoot: The Stokke Scoot stroller is unique in both design sensibility, as well as functionality. With four versatile seat positions the stroller provides both comfort and protection for the child. The Stokke Scoot is ideal for families with newborns on the go as they navigate busy streets, narrow spaces, and public transit. Designed to grow with your child, the Scoot is the prime compact stroller. $499.99, stokke.com

     

     

     

     

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    Summer Infant

    Summer Infant

    Summer Infant Fuze The all-aluminum Summer Infant Fuze stroller is lightweight, modular, and versatile—a practical option for city parents seeking a less weighty stroller and a smoother ride. Featuring reclining, forward, and rear-facing seats, plus a compact fold even with the seat attached, the newest Fuze is decked out in a cool mod pattern and includes a universal car seat adapter. Try it with the compatible Prodigy Infant car seat with Smartscreen technology that takes the guesswork out of the installation. $329, summerinfant.com

     

     

     

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    UPPAbaby

    UPPAbaby

    UPPAbaby VISTA Part sports car, part SUV, this smart stroller system accommodates newborns up to 50 lbs and grows with your family by converting into an inline double if needed. The easy-to-handle model is a smooth rider with shock and suspension. It has a reversible seat and a simple one-step fold, with or without a car seat attached. It works with UPPAbaby’s MESA car seat as well as other leading brands. The model comes with a bassinet and toddler seat, an extra large storage basket, and an extendable SPF 50+ sunshade. $729.99, uppababy.com

     

     

     

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    urbini

    urbini

    urbini Hummingbird The world’s lightest full-featured stroller is the unique urbini Hummingbird, weighing in at just under 7 lbs. However, with a five-point safety harness, reinforced frame, and comfort covers, the skinny stroller doesn’t sacrifice protection for its lightness. The equipment also includes a foam padded handle, storage basket, and swivel arm. The Hummingbird comes in four cool colors, including raspberry, lime, peacock, and classic black. $99.99, walmart.com