Best Standard Baby Strollers in 2020



Graco Modes Stroller, Includes Reversible Seat, Grayson Review:


I am on my third baby, and have had many different strollers over the years. This time around, I wanted to buy only ONE stroller that would meet my needs. This is the one I settled on, and I'm VERY happy with my choice. Here's why:

1. I only considered strollers with a reversible seat this time, since I knew I'd want my newborn to face me. I don't use bucket-style infant car seats, so I needed a stroller whose *seat* faced me, not just one that could accommodate a rear-facing bucket seat. This one fits the bill!

2. The one-handed fold is super easy. I've seen some reviews complaining that you can't fold it in the rear-facing position, but I haven't been bothered by this at all. It takes literally - literally!!! - under 3 seconds to remove the seat, flip it around, and pop it back on in the forward-facing position. So it's one extra step in the folding process, but still, the entire process can be done in under 10 seconds. A legitimate concern is that you need both hands to turn the seat, so you can't be holding your baby when you do it. But I just strap the baby into her car seat, then fold the stroller, and stick it in the back of my van. When we arrive at our destination, I open the stroller, turn the seat around, and get the baby out of the car. I use the stroller in the rear-facing position EXCLUSIVELY, and don't find the need to turn the seat to be an annoyance at all.

4. The sun canopy is huge. It completely protects my baby except in the very late afternoons, when the sun is at a low angle. At those times, I cover her with a muslin blanket and we're good.

5. The wheels are great. It's not an all-terrain stroller, but it works great for bumpy sidewalks, and even dirt roads. They're large enough, and the stroller is hefty enough, to tilt onto the rear wheels for getting up and down curbs if no slope is available.

6. The recline is awesome. It folds almost completely flat for my newborn.

7. It's lightweight enough to take everywhere. Sure, an umbrella stroller would be even easier to pop in and out of a vehicle, BUT it wouldn't have any of the other great features (rear-facing, giant sun canopy, big basket, cup holders, large wheels, etc.). As I mentioned, I wanted to find ONE stroller that would meet all my needs from newborn through preschooler, and no ultra-lightweight stroller could do that.

My only gripe is the convertible 5-point-to-3-point harness. The shoulder straps don't actually attach to the waist straps, they just slide together and then get locked, together, into the crotch strap. So they separate from each other all the time and you have to re-align them every. single. time. you strap your baby in. I ended up attaching the waist strap clips to the shoulder strap loops with a zip tie, which works great. I can remove the zip tie when I don't need the shoulder straps anymore.

Between purchases and hand-me-downs I've received over the years, I've probably used a dozen strollers. After three and a half months of nearly daily use with this one, I can confidently say that THIS IS THE ONE, baby!! And at a reasonable price, too. I only wish it came in more attractive color schemes!



Graco Roomfor2 Stand and Ride Stroller | Lightweight Double Stroller with Toddler Standing Platform, Gotham Review:


Do it, just buy it! Great investment, seriously. We have a 6 week old and almost three year old and this thing has been a HUGE game changer for when we are out and about. It's much easier to manage both kids when using this stroller. I feel like I don't look like a hot mess like I did when I was pushing around a big, bulky jogging stroller and scarambling to keep my toddler from running around.

Pros: Easy to open and close (however you do need to watch your fingers - I have pinched them a few times opening it up -ouch!), SUPER easy to maneuver - even with one hand, lightweight, compact (more compact than the jogger), easy to get the car seat in and out, and easy for my toddler to hop in and out of the stand/sit area.

Con: When the car seat is on the stroller, it does make it so my son can't sit (some reviewers said it is human error and that the sitting option should still be available when the car seat is there). The front seat has to be all the way back for it to fit in properly otherwise the car seat is tipped too far backwards and just doesn't look right/safe - now our Graco Click Connect Car Seat is from 2014, so I'm not sure if it doesn't fit right because it's an older model. But honestly, I don't care because the pros outweigh the one con AND my son can sit if he really needed to, he would just be hunched forward a bit. However, once we no longer use the car seat, this won't be an issue at all.

EDIT: Figured out that it WAS human error as I had not removed the tray at the front of the stroller (the tray comes out leaving a bar that secures the car seat properly). The car seat fits great now AND my son now has room to sit in the back which he loves. There is now nothing that I don't like about this stroller!

Again, if you're on the fence about this - just pull the trigger and go for it. You won't be disappointed!



Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller, Black Review:


This stroller is awesome!!! We originally bought a front and back one but didn't like it felt like our kid in the front seat was far from us, the length was awkward and felt too long (I was always leaning forward a little before making turns to make sure I wouldn't hit anything), and we wanted our kids to be able to see eachother. So after reading a ton of reviews, articles, and watching YouTube videos on different side by side, we chose this one!

If it is possible to be in love with a stroller, we definitely are with our Joovy! We've pushed it around Lowe's, Hobby Lobby, and Wal-Mart so far and have had NO difficulty with maneuvering through isles. It honestly wasn't as big as I was expecting. Also, it's true about it being super easy to make turns and push around. The side pockets are great because when my toddler is laying back, she can grab her drink from it still laying down instead of having to sit up a grab it from the tray.

Here's a shortened list if you're just skimming through comments:
Pros:
- super easy to maneuver between isles and anywhere
- seats recline almost completely back (enough to where my newborn's head wasn't falling to the sides, his head stays in the same position)
- a lot of space underneath
- extra storage with "backpacks" behind the stroller with a bottle holder above each zipper (2 holders)
- 2 mesh side pockets for each seat
- quick & easy to fold and unfold
- if you want the child trays, it's cheaper to get the grey Joovy that already comes with it rather than purchasing it separately
- my toddler can look over and see her brother which she absolutely loves!

Cons:
- heavy & awkward when lifting into trunk
- seats have to be reclined all the way back before closing (minor inconvenience)
- if you need to get to the under storage and your child is laying all the way back, you have to push them up a little because the seat gets in the way

My two kiddos are now 1 month and 19 months and this is perfect for them! I know it says 3 months and up buuuuuut it was perfect for my babe when he was fresh out the womb, so it not being carseat accessible was no biggy to us (we prefer him not to be in a car seat for too long anyway since he can't lay back comfortably).

Sorry for the long review, but hope it helps you on your search! We absolutely love our Joovy!



Summer 3Dflip Convenience Stroller, Black/Gray – Lightweight Umbrella Stroller with Reversible Seat Design for Rear and Forward Facing, Compact Fold, Adjustable Oversized Canopy and More Review:


I love this stroller! We wanted an umbrella stroller for the ease of transportation small footprint, but didn't think there was anything available for infants with how much support they require. Enter the 3D Flip! It does take a bit of practice to open and close it, but that's what YouTube videos are for ;)

It is bulkier than a typical umbrella stroller, but I'm able to throw it on my shoulder and carry my daughter down our apartment stairs without too much stress (on my body or my mind). It glides and maneuvers nicely and is the perfect marriage between a compact and typical stroller. I was impressed there was even a storage basket under the seat. I was able to store a changing pad with diaper supplies, a pacifier case, and my bulky DSLR without issues. The sunshade is a great size and serves its purpose. I like the fact that it includes a window which is nice when we want to put the shade all the way down but still want access to check on our little one without disturbing her.

I did purchase an infant insert and I found this to be helpful. It gives the baby a little extra support all over to keep her snug. We started using this when our daughter was a month old and she continues to fall asleep when we use it.

Very cost effective as we plan to use this into her toddler years.

UPDATE:
Nearly a year later and I still love this stroller. We travel probably about every other month and there is no way that we would ever be able to lug all our stuff (including a pack and play and portable high chair) with a full-sized stroller. I have a nice jogging stroller which I do use when I jog, but out of convenience, I certainly prefer this. Since our little one has been able to sit up unassisted, we haven't had her facing us (she's also super nosey). However, I like still having that option especially if we're somewhere with large crowds or we just want to look at her cute face ;). Definitely still stand by my original review.



2018 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller- Gregory (Blue Melange/Silver/Saddle Leather) Review:


I’m going to leave a lengthy review because I agonized for months over which stroller to buy—as a first time mom it’s all very confusing! After trying out all of the strollers in person at Buy Buy Baby and Nordstrom countless times, I kept going back to the Cruz even over some of the more expensive options. I couldn’t believe (well, my husband couldn’t believe) that I was about to spend so much money on a stroller but I gave up a few of the other unnecessary baby things I was going to buy and put the money towards the stroller and it was SO worth it! This stroller is by far my most favorite baby purchase. Here are some of my random thoughts:

-It was easy to put together—I did so when I was nine months pregnant by myself hardly glancing at the instructions because it’s pretty easy to snap everything together.
-It is so light and easy to fold up and put in my trunk as seen in my photo. Opening and closing it use different latches so it takes a few days to remember but once you get it, it takes a few seconds.
-It is very compact so when I’m wandering the aisles of stores trying I’m not bumping into things or getting into people’s way like I have seen with many other strollers (also shown in my photo).
-There’s a huge basket on the bottom that I just toss stuff into and most of the time I don’t ever need to get a grocery cart when shopping.
-I think you can buy a cup holder if you really want one but there is a little holder within the basket that I use for my backup bottle or a water bottle but you definitely wouldn’t want to put your Starbucks cup in there or anything as it is just a loose fabric pocket.
-The height is perfect for someone shorter like me, I haven’t played with the adjustments but if you’re taller you might want to check on the specifications to see how high the handles go.
-I’ve used it on multiple different terrains including grass and a rocky dirt pathway and it’s so smooth my baby never wakes up.
-It looks so nice and you can really see the quality in person.
-I purchased the Uppa Mesa car seat that snaps right in (you need to get extensions if you’re using a non Uppa car seat ) and eventually will transition to the seat that came with it when my baby is ready.
-I got the Cruz because I don’t intend to have another baby anytime soon but if you are planning to you might as well get the Vista as it will hold two kids at a time and isn’t too much more bulky.
-The Skip Hop stroller cover as seen in some of my photos fits nicely and I never take it off now that it’s winter.

Hopefully this helped if you’re debating purchasing this stroller, good luck!



Graco Ready2Grow LX Double Stroller | Lightweight Double Stroller, Gotham Review:


My goal here is to bring ease the mind of the skeptics who want this stroller very badly (as I did) but see scattered negative reviews about size and craftsmanship complaints.

Please beware of the reviews on here written by people who don't read the instructions. This stroller is by far the highest quality stroller I have ever used, and its not even close. Do not let those reviews sway your opinion of this incredible double stroller. Every single person that is saying they can't get the car seat to "click" hasn't read the instructions where it clearly states that you have to un-velcro the back pad to expose the car seat mounts. This procedure takes all of 5 seconds, but is the difference between your car seat clicking in effortlessly, and your car seat not clicking/feeling unbalanced.

In reference to the multiple reviews that state that the stroller is "way too long"....yes the stroller is long when folded, 53 inches to be exact. But you must realize that Graco kept this in mind when they engineered this masterpiece. Most people that own a small vehicle such as a Civic, Focus, Cobalt, etc have a trunk that is significantly shorter than that. My honda civic's trunk opening measures just 46 inches! You can imagine how worried I was after reading all the size complaints that I wasn't going to be able to transport this stroller in our vehicle. PLEASE DO NOT WORRY! All you have to do is remove the front canopy and the children tray and the stroller is then just 41 inches in length. I had my wife time me, each time I did it took an average of 11 seconds...its very simple and should not keep you from ordering God's gift to stroller-dom. I did a Google search and I couldn't find a single trunk that wasn't at least 41 inches wide. Its isn't tall at all when folded so if it can fit length-wise you have little to worry about.

The only negative I can see that would be an issue for mothers is that its a little heavy. Im a big boy and you definitely need a little strength to get this beast in the trunk. With that said, most double strollers are equal to, or even heavier than this stroller so I don't see it so much as a negative as I do something you'll just have to get used to.

Summary: This stroller has made transporting our two little bundles of joy (2 years and 1 month old) a breeze. I don't know how we would've survived if we hadn't found this beautifully crafted piece of heaven. The stroller is worth its weight in gold, the fact that I only paid $220 for it is a testament to Graco's compassion to us all. Buy this freaking stroller!!!



Graco Ready2Grow LX Stroller | 12 Riding Options | Accepts 2 Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seats, Glacier Review:


My goal here is to bring ease the mind of the skeptics who want this stroller very badly (as I did) but see scattered negative reviews about size and craftsmanship complaints.

Please beware of the reviews on here written by people who don't read the instructions. This stroller is by far the highest quality stroller I have ever used, and its not even close. Do not let those reviews sway your opinion of this incredible double stroller. Every single person that is saying they can't get the car seat to "click" hasn't read the instructions where it clearly states that you have to un-velcro the back pad to expose the car seat mounts. This procedure takes all of 5 seconds, but is the difference between your car seat clicking in effortlessly, and your car seat not clicking/feeling unbalanced.

In reference to the multiple reviews that state that the stroller is "way too long"....yes the stroller is long when folded, 53 inches to be exact. But you must realize that Graco kept this in mind when they engineered this masterpiece. Most people that own a small vehicle such as a Civic, Focus, Cobalt, etc have a trunk that is significantly shorter than that. My honda civic's trunk opening measures just 46 inches! You can imagine how worried I was after reading all the size complaints that I wasn't going to be able to transport this stroller in our vehicle. PLEASE DO NOT WORRY! All you have to do is remove the front canopy and the children tray and the stroller is then just 41 inches in length. I had my wife time me, each time I did it took an average of 11 seconds...its very simple and should not keep you from ordering God's gift to stroller-dom. I did a Google search and I couldn't find a single trunk that wasn't at least 41 inches wide. Its isn't tall at all when folded so if it can fit length-wise you have little to worry about.

The only negative I can see that would be an issue for mothers is that its a little heavy. Im a big boy and you definitely need a little strength to get this beast in the trunk. With that said, most double strollers are equal to, or even heavier than this stroller so I don't see it so much as a negative as I do something you'll just have to get used to.

Summary: This stroller has made transporting our two little bundles of joy (2 years and 1 month old) a breeze. I don't know how we would've survived if we hadn't found this beautifully crafted piece of heaven. The stroller is worth its weight in gold, the fact that I only paid $220 for it is a testament to Graco's compassion to us all. Buy this freaking stroller!!!



Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame Review:


It's put together and so far I'm pleased. Just holding onto the box waiting for our car seat to come in, to make sure it fits snugly. This seems like I perfect alternative to car seats that only fit to their own brand stroller. Just clip over seatbelt area the same as you would in a car if you didn't have a base. Simple super save.

Update: car seat came in. The Nuna pippa fits perfect! Idk what the bad reviews were over. Do you people not know how to tighten a strap for goodness sake?! Ive shaken it and the seat did not budge. I was not about to spend money on a single matching Nuna stroller knowing I plan for another ASAP and will need a double. chances are I'll go with this brand for the double as well. It's light and will do well for flight travels. In my pic there is a stroller organizer that is not included.



Graco Jetsetter Stroller, Balancing Act Review:


I spent so much time researching, comparing and reading reviews about travel lightweight strollers. I finally decided on the Graco Jetsetter, and so far I'm very happy I did! The compact fold was one of the most important things to me. I didn't want an umbrella stroller because I don't feel like they aren't compact enough as they as still quite long when collapsed. I love how easy it is to fold. I can do it with one hand, while holding baby. It's compact so I can stick it behind the drivers seat in the car and it takes up hardly any room. The shoulder strap is also very nice, and makes it super easy to carry. I also really wanted a stroller with a bar. Many people complain that the seat doesn't go up straight enough, well guess what, not many travel strollers do, it's not a problem just for this one stroller. Even with our big main stroller, the seat doesn't sit super straight, but I noticed that my daughter will use the bar to pull herself up and sit up, so that was an important feature for my stroller to have. We also only use the waist seatbelt so that she can pull herself up. The other complaint I read about was that the pads on the straps are not connected so they can come off. Like I said, right now we're not using the shoulder straps so we don't need to worry about those, but the bottom pad I noticed could come off pretty easily when lifting baby out of the seat. So I actually stuck the bottom part of the cover into the hole that the middle leg strap comes through and it does a good job of holding it in place. The basket is a nice size and easy to get to. I have a Land backpack diaper bag that fits in the basket perfectly. It also has two pockets in the back where the carseat adapters are kept. We don't use this with a carseat as my daughter is 1 year old, so I use it to hold my phone, the shoulder seatbelt straps (in case we want to put those on) and a spare diaper (since sometimes we do on walks without the diaper bag).
Now, there are some things I wish were a little different/added. The first thing is that I really wish this had a peekaboo window. The canopy is huge and does a nice job offering shade, but I really wish they would have added a window in it to see baby. The other thing people were complaining about was that the stroller felt flimsy. It obviously doesn't feel as sturdy as my big main stroller, but for an affordable travel stroller I didn't expect a rock solid stroller. It gets the job done for me, and I think it's fine for what it is. The last thing I wish it had, (I didn't even think of it until I was on a walk) was a bar at the bottom connecting the two back wheels. It's hard to get the stroller up or down from a sidewalk with a curb. Maybe the more I use it I'll figure out a better way to do this, but since there is no bar between the wheels I don't have anything to push against to lift the front end of the stroller up. It's not a huge problem, but something that I noticed (maybe in order to have a compact fold they can't have a bar - I don't know).
Overall I really like this stroller and would recommend it. In my opinion the pros outweigh the cons and I'm glad I found a stroller under $100 that folds up as small as it does.



Jeep Unlimited Reversible Handle Stroller, Grey Tweed Review:


I was looking for a lightweight good quality stroller for under $100, but didn’t want an umbrella stroller or a flimsy stroller. I feel this stroller is very comparable to other strollers that are more expensive. I am very glad that I bought this. It has a pretty decent sun shade to protect my baby from the sun, adequate storage, and has a comfortable and well-cushioned seat that reclines so that she can take a nap. My baby liked the stroller and was in it for hours at a parade and 4th of July celebration without any problems. I felt the wheels rolled smoothly and it was easy to push and turn the stroller. I used it on indoor concrete floors, streets, sidewalks, and gravel and it did fine on all of those types of ground. This was fairly easy to assemble, and is easy to fold and unfold. The only thing I would have added would be a cup holder for the parent, which I easily solved that problem by also ordering a stroller attachment bag that Velcro’s to the handle with built-in cup holders. I don’t normally write reviews but decided to with this product since it appears to be somewhat new on the market and lacking in reviews. All in all I highly recommend this stroller for someone wanting a good quality lightweight stroller without breaking the bank.

Update: After using this stroller all summer I have decided to update my review.

I still agree with what I wrote above. For the price this is an excellent stroller. However, I do wish I would have spent the extra money to avoid the cons.

Cons:

1. Storage basket is not large enough. It is large enough for a backpack or diaper bag, but not large enough to also put winter coats or beach towels in it. If you cram stuff in the basket hits the wheel and then you can’t push the stroller forward.

2. No parent tray or parent cup holder.

3. No one step collapse. Although it is easy to close, it cannot he done one-handed while holding your infant.

4. When closed it doesn’t stand up so it sometimes ends up laying down in the dirty parking lot while I try and fumble with stuff in my car to make a space for it.

5. This does not operate well in reverse mode where baby is facing you. It’s impossible to walk without your feet hitting the wheels, and you cannot steer it without great effort in reverse mode.

6. No adjustable height handle as advertised.