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.
READERS’ CHOICE | Micralite Toro
Take everything we said about the Micralite Fastfold Super Lite and apply it to the Micralite Toro, with a few added bonuses. First of all, like the Micralite Fastfold, the wheels have fantastic suspension for uneven ground, which is great. However, we had the same problem as with the other Micralite: the small front wheels are wider than the large, pneumatic back wheels. While it wasn’t terrible to steer by any means – the stroller glides quite smoothly, in fact – we would have liked a little more maneuverability in tight spaces, only because a lightweight, all-terrain stroller would be the perfect urban solution. (We imagine it must take some practice to steer such an unconventionally-designed stroller.) And for such an expensive stroller, we’d like to see more accessible storage, a backward-facing seating option, and handlebars that are easier to extend.
The best feature about the stroller – besides the wheel suspension – is the seat recline. The entire seat (not just the back) reclines from fully upright to completely flat, accommodating all ages and preferences. We also like that the stroller stands on its own when folded.
To extend the longevity of your stroller, purchase the newborn system (which comes with an attachable bassinet) or attach your Maxi Cosi car seat.
Get it from Amazon, $469.99 for the stroller; $674.95 for newborn system