There is literally a stroller for every budget, so don’t be lured into thinking that you need to throw in for one with the flashiest price tag. Plenty of mid-priced all-terrain and jogging strollers (around $300) will afford you the necessary comforts for long walks or active lifestyles. In combination with an infant stroller frame (around $60) for the first four to six months, this could be all you need. And remember that many families find a $50 umbrella stroller to be their best friend.
If you have a bigger budget and want a full-service ride that will accommodate your little one from the newborn months through toddlerhood, you might want to check out an all-in-one travel system, like the Orbit (around $900, car seat included), or combo strollers, like the Bugaboo Cameleon (around $1000, no car seat included).
If this is your first baby and you imagine yourself having another following closely behind, consider a stroller with the option to convert from single to double so you don’t have to spend money on another stroller in the future.
Prices vary slightly depending on where you buy, so you may want to head to a local store, like Babies “R” Us or Toys “R” Us, for a test-drive and then go on Amazon. If you want to spend less, find a hand-me-down or search Craigslist. Just remember to fully inspect the stroller, look up the model and year for recalls, and ask questions about any damage it has suffered. Also consider that with a secondhand stroller, you won’t have the option to get a replacement part or return it if something isn’t working for you.
Here are some typical price ranges for various stroller types:
Umbrella strollers: $20 – $200 (many umbrella strollers sell for around $50)
Jogging/All-terrain: $180 – $450
All-in-one travel system (with car seat): $200 (Graco) – $900 (Orbit)
Combo stroller (with bassinet for newborns. Many, like the Bugaboo Cameleon, require buying a separate car seat too): around $900