It does have some very nice touches, though. The ride is extremely smooth, and the handbrake means you can slow the stroller while going down hills just like you would with a bike. The fabrics clean very easily and resist staining exceptionally well, and the little modifications you can make like moving the seat bottom up so your child's legs can stick out straight are great when you child wants to nap.
For parents of twins the Joovy Twin Roo allows you to place two car seats in tandem side by side so that your little ones can look at each other or face in different directions as they ride. The enormous storage basket provides all the space you could need for double the baby supplies while the four cup holders will stock enough refreshments for the longest of journeys.
There’s also no way to ensure that the seat provided will be one that you think is appropriate for your child’s age and development. A car rental company may say that they have a seat for your 18mo baby, and that could be a forward-facing only combination seat. You’d potentially be left in a lurch if you realize that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear-facing until 2yo at a minimum, but ideally as old as 4yo. Even worse, some of the bargain-priced seats that rental car companies stock may be outgrown early and there may be no seat available that fits your child.
But just like buying a car, most strollers get the job done; finding the "best" one means finding the best one for you. While we think anyone will love our top picks, a person who lives in a third-floor apartment downtown has different needs from a person who lives in the 'burbs. Nearly every stroller on this list offers something for someone, so even our non-winners are worth investigating.
If you're looking for a new stroller, we think the best for most people is the Baby Jogger City Mini (available at Amazon for $179.99). How do we know? We've spent months researching every stroller on the market—over 230 of them. We've read thousands of user reviews, talked to other real parents, and spent weeks testing over 30 of the very best to see how they hold up in the real world.
The Chicco Cortina CX Travel System is a fantastic travel system that also includes the Key Fit 30 infant car seat, which comes with many great features as well - EPS lined shell, single strap LATCH installation, and built in lock offs for the belts. This stroller is quite a bit larger than the Bravo Trio. Stroller unfolded dimensions are 34.3” L x 20.8” W x 44” H. Folded dimensions are 42” L x 21” W x 20” H.
Britax Essentials Convertibles — the Emblem and Allegiance convertible car seats are heavier than the Scenera NEXT, SureRide, or Contender, but they install easily both on the airplane and upon arrival. However, the open belt path can sometimes place the airplane’s buckle right behind the child’s back when installed forward facing. Many kiddos find this uncomfortable.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a great jogging product that is easy to use, super maneuverable, and relatively lightweight (you know, for a jogger). This jogger works as well for serious runners as it does for casual errands with covered storage, tight turning radius, and comfortable seating for longer trips. This makes the Urban Glide 2 a product we would recommend for families that want an option for double duty or for serious runners that don't want to miss a step once your baby is old enough to go. The Urban Glide 2 won an Editors' Choice award in our Jogging Stroller Review, out-maneuvering the competition with its adjustable tracking for straight moving, nice suspension, locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable handlebar.
The Baby Trend Nexton travel system is a good option for those on a tight budget. It features the Baby Trend Flex Loc infant car seat. The car seat weight range is 5 - 30 pounds. You can fit a 4 pound preemie in there as well with an extra infant insert. The stroller holds infants and children up to 50 pounds. Folded stroller dimensions are 40.5” L x 12.3” W x 25.3” H. Unfolded dimensions are 46.5” L x 22.5” W x 44.5” H. Car seat dimensions are 26” L x 16.5” Wx 25” H.
The Totokan baby monitor can sync with your phone even when you’re somewhere that doesn’t have Wifi. It gets between 4 and 5 hours of battery life when it’s not plugged in (so you can use it camping – assuming there’s a way to recharge it), and its rugged case makes it water resistant and good for outdoor use. It also features night vision, a wide field of view, and a zoom lens.
This trendy-looking system features the Maxi Cosi Mico 30 infant car seat. The similar Maxi Cosi Mico AP scored 9.1 on our list, but has a 22 pound weight limit as opposed to the 30 pound limit in the Mico 30. The stroller holds babies and children up to 50 pounds. Folded stroller dimensions are 17" L x 25.5" W x 34" H while unfolded dimensions are 37" L x 25.8" W x 45" H. The car seat dimensions (with base) are 32.5" L x 17.75" W x 22.75" H.
This trendy-looking system features the Maxi Cosi Mico 30 infant car seat. The similar Maxi Cosi Mico AP scored 9.1 on our list, but has a 22 pound weight limit as opposed to the 30 pound limit in the Mico 30. The stroller holds babies and children up to 50 pounds. Folded stroller dimensions are 17" L x 25.5" W x 34" H while unfolded dimensions are 37" L x 25.8" W x 45" H. The car seat dimensions (with base) are 32.5" L x 17.75" W x 22.75" H.
Just because local car seat laws don’t require kids to be in a car seat, that doesn’t change the laws of physics. Kids need to be in a rear-facing car seat until at least 2, a forward-facing car seat until at least 4 and a booster seat until they can pass the 5-step test (usually 9 at the youngest). You can book a taxi or car service equipped with a car seat or bring your own seat (which will likely save you money and time, as you can take any nearby taxi rather than waiting a special one to arrive). There are a few great options for taking a taxi with a car seat, depending on the age of your child. You can read more of our reviews of the best options for a portable car seat for taxi rides below, but here are our basic recommendations: 

If your budget doesn't include funds for the more expensive Quinny Yezz and BabyZen Yoyo+, but you still have a need for a lightweight or second strolling option, then the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is one you should consider. This lighter option comes from a family-owned business that understands the needs of modern parents. The BEST comes with features that you don't always find on umbrella strollers making it a good choice for those who want more from a lightweight stroller. The BEST has a storage bin, giant canopy, deep recline, snack cups, and quick fold.

This Joovy isn't a smooth mover over all terrains, so you won't want to take it off-road (though young babies shouldn't be jostled off-road anyway). The Twin Roo+ also has a limited lifespan of only about nine months, which means you'll be back to the drawing board looking for something new at some point. The Twin Roo+ is a cost-effective way to transport two at one time without a hassle or disturbing babies. While not winning any awards, we think this kind of product is a great one for new parents to transport twins without disruption.
The easiest place to put a car seat when you’re moving through the airport is in the stroller seat itself. We do that very often, typically with the stroller seat reclined fully, and then we pile our carry on bags in the car seat. The kids either walk or ride in our Tula carrier (we started with the standard size, but have now upgraded to toddler size). The Mountain Buggy Nano can be a great choice for this strategy thanks to its built-in strap for attaching car seats.
The Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat has also made it into our reviews as one of the best travel car seats. For parents with younger children needing to use a rear facing car seat, take note of the Graco ComfortSport Convertible car seat. This car seat has been specifically designed to protect rear facing children to give you more peace of mind for their safety.
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