Babble Best Picks: Strollers

One of the biggest purchases for your baby is the stroller, riddled with safety, style, and status issues - as well as affordability, of course, considering some strollers climb above the $1,000 mark. The choices and questions are seemingly endless: How do you accommodate your newborn without wasting money on a short-lived purchase? What are the features you absolutely need? Are luxury strollers really worth it? Can you find a good stroller in the $100 range?

To make your search easier, Babble assembled and test-drove over 30 of the newest strollers - from lightweight umbrella strollers to all-terrain joggers - to find the best of the best for every budget, geographic location, and age group. Did we miss one? Nominate your favorite stroller here.

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READERS’ CHOICE | Maclaren Techno XLR

Best Strollers: Maclaren Techno XLR



This is another really great umbrella stroller, especially for parents concerned about the lack of support some umbrella strollers have. The Maclaren Techno XLR has some of the best back support out of all umbrella strollers we tested, and it’s also quite roomy for such a lightweight design. Like all Maclarens, it rides beautifully, looks sleek, and is incredibly easy to use. We also love that the handlebar can be extended – rare among umbrella strollers – and the seat and footrest can be adjusted for your baby’s comfort. It can also be transformed into a travel system, which is a plus.

Like all umbrella strollers, the storage isn’t fantastic, but the hanging pockets help. And while it’s not the lightest umbrella stroller in the bunch (weighing around 17 pounds), it certainly has enough features to justify the purchase. However, for the price, you might want to consider a more accommodating lightweight stroller like the Phil & Teds Smart or Mamas & Papas Sola.

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One thought on “Babble Best Strollers 2011

  1. giuliana says:

    Just wondering about your thoughts of the city mini vs city mini gt? worth it?

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