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The 7 Best Strollers Of 2016 For Every Size Family, Budget, And Garage (Or Closet)

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By now you’re familiar with the Holy Trinity of strollers: Jogging, Umbrella, and, of course, your everyday full-size (in single, or double). And as with most things you use every day, you’re going to want to apply a certain amount of research and thought to expensive strollers. Or, like most everyone in the world, you just want someone to tell you what’s good, swipe the card, and be done with all this bullshit.

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First, a few basics to keep in mind before you go shopping (or just hand the keyboard over to your wife):

  • Tires: Are you just strolling around the cul-de-sac, or do you need bigger wheelbase and heartier construction because your sidewalks are made of sticks and leaves?
  • # of Kids: If you think that your family is going to grow you’ll need a stroller that is capable of expanding. Full-size strollers like the Uppababy Vista will go from an infant bassinet carrier to a dual toddler mover.
  • Carrier Adaptable: Can you turn your car seat into a stroller seat? Some simply click in. Some need a bunch of extra adapters and will have you crying like you’re the one who needs a nap.
  • Storage: Some stroller models are intuitive and integrate that bag into the design. Some you’re going to need a couple of velcro hooks.
  • Folding: With a few exceptions (see below), strollers that don’t have a one-handed fold aren’t worth your time.
  • Safety: Oh yeah, it should also have a good consumer record of not collapsing out of the blue or flipping over like a Jeep making a hard u-turn.

Here are the absolute essential strollers for 2016. Whether you need the Cadillac of strollers or just a pre-owned Camry, these will cover every type of family configuration.

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Best Full-Sized

UPPAbaby Vista

Pros: If you need a stroller for the long haul (2+ kids for 5+ years), Baby Gear Lab named this chariot among strollers their Editor’s Choice for “high ratings in both ease-of-use, maneuverability, and quality.” It comes with a bassinet (huge plus) and you have the option of squeezing a second kid in with an improved Rumble Seat (sold separately). Baby Gizmo loves the fact that “the 6 position reclining seat is easy to move with one hand and the entire seat can reverse so that your child can parent-face or face out at the world.” Things getting too real? Spin them back.

Cons: This is has a “luxury price tag for a luxury stroller.” One Amazon reviewer didn’t love how husky (and heavy) the Vista was, saying ” Maneuvering through the racks in stores can be challenging since the wheelbase is pretty wide.” And they have it on good authority that the cupholder is lacking.

Weight: 25.11 lbs
Capacity Limit: Up to 50 lbs, 40″
Wheel type: Foam core rubber
Wheel Dimensions: Front, 8″, Rear 11.5″
Suspension: Front and rear shocks
Brake: Single-foot parking brake
Carrier adapter: Yes
One-handed fold: No

UPPAbaby Vista ($840)

Britax B-Agile Britax B-AgileBritax

Pros: Another top pick from BGL, who says “The Britax B-Agile lives up to its name as an easy-to-fold, compact and light stroller with a smooth ride as well as sporty look.” The newest 2016 model boasts an “infinite recline” feature, that allows you to put the seat all the way down for nap time. Wisebaby says, “It is not as lightweight as an umbrella stroller, but it has a great amount of maneuverability, and the fact that it can combine easily with many different infant car seats is definitely an added benefit for the first year.”

Cons: “We found that the B-Agile’s performance in both pushing and turning decreases significantly with too much additional weight, particularly on varying terrain,” says BGL. An Amazon reviewer called potholes its enemy, writing “If you live in a city or a town where you will be pushing on lots of cobblestone or broken pavement, you might want to reconsider this one.”

Weight: 16.9 lbs
Capacity Limit: 6 months to 55 lbs, 44″
Wheel type: Solid
Wheel Dimensions: Front, 6.25″, Rear 9.5″
Suspension: All-wheel
Brake: Single-foot parking brake
Carrier adapter: Yes
One-handed fold: Yes

Britax B-Agile ($270)

When Design Matters and Price Doesn’t

Stokke Xplory

Pros: If you’re interested in a stroller that doubles as a modern art installation in your foyer, you found it. But while it’s expensive and trendy, it does have a seat that you can raise and lower, and that it has “come in handy multiple times while eating at restaurants. I have not needed a highchair since I’ve purchased this stroller,” according to one parent on Amazon. Others talk about this stroller like it came from DaVinci’s workshop, saying it’s an “engineering marvel.” And Parents digs the storage setup: “The built-on bag (instead of a basket) keeps your supplies from rattling around.”

Cons: Consumer Reports says, “It’s unnecessarily complicated to use; we still have to rely on the user’s manual anytime we need to operate it.” And that same Amazon reviewer from above says, “It’s not a stroller you would want to make a quick trip to the supermarket,” which may be fine since you might not be able to afford groceries after buying it.

Weight: 28.11 lbs
Capacity Limit: Up to 45 lbs, 42.5″
Wheel type: Solid
Wheel Dimensions: Front, 6.75″, Rear 12″
Suspension: None
Brake: Single-foot parking brake
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: No

Stokke Xplory ($1225)

Ultralight & Umbrella

Quinny Yezz

Pros: From the makers of the longboard stroller comes the super light Yezz. Baby Gear Lab awarded it their top pick for travel, saying “Lightweight AND compact are difficult to find even in an umbrella stroller, yet the Yezz delivers here along with being easy to push, turn, fold, stand, carry, and store.” Wow, show us pictures of your kids BGL.

Cons: Consumer Reports is the killjoy, pointing out the barebones-ness of this stroller: “The seatback is not adjustable, a big minus for some parents and kids. Harness belts must be threaded through to adjust, which is time-consuming. Front swivel wheel cannot be locked. Lacks a basket; the only storage is a pocket on the back of the seat.” Otherwise, it’s perfect.

Weight: 12 lbs
Capacity Limit: 6 months to 40 lbs
Wheel type: Solid
Wheel Dimensions: 4.75″
Suspension: None
Brake: Single-foot parking brake
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: Yes

Quinny Yezz ($280)

City Mini
City Mini -- strollerBaby Jogger

Pros: As the name suggests, City Mini is the for the uncomplicated baby pusher. It’s not designed by MoMA or to turn the heads of playground moms, but it is a damn popular choice because it folds up with a strap yank, has a giant shade hood, and folds flat. What more do you want?! As Consumer Reports says, “Very good in Ease of Use and Maneuverability. Excellent for Safety.” Even that description is economical.

Cons: A dearth of included features. One the Amazon reviewers said, “My only downside is the lack of included accessories (snack tray, parent console. etc) which all have to be purchased separately.”

Weight: 17.6 lbs
Capacity Limit: Up to 50 lbs, 23″ head height
Wheel type: Solid
Wheel Dimensions: 8″
Suspension: None
Brake: Single-foot parking brake (handbrake on GT)
Carrier adapter: Not included
One-handed fold: Yes

City Mini ($250)

Double Stroller

UPPAbaby G-Link

Pros: Take two G-Luxes, put them next to each other, viola! G-Link. The popular umbrella gets a twin, and it’s everything you’re imagining right now. Easy to fold, easy to navigate (even better without kids in it), and according to the one and only reviewer (so far), “Love, love, love that I can recline one seat and put up the netting to create a little bassinet for my infant, while my toddler rides in the other seat.”

Cons: As a compact as this thing is, you’re not going to be the most popular person in the elevator.

Weight: 24.5 lbs
Capacity Limit: Up to 50 lbs
Wheel type: Solid
Wheel Dimensions: 5.75″
Suspension: None
Brake: Single-action brake
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: No

Uppababy G-Link ($500)

Most Innovative

Austlen Entourage Austlen Entourage -- strollerAustlen

Pros: Half shopping cart, half stroller, the Austlen is perfect for the family that goes to the beach carrying half of Dick’s Sporting Goods’ stock. The extra large space behind the kid can work in a bunch of different configurations, like one that allows you to lug the family luggage (it’s called that for a reason) around the airport without a SmartCart.

Cons: You might look at this thing and think, “But I already have an SUV,” and it’s a good thing you do. Because you’re going to need a pretty large garage to store this thing.

Weight: 30 lbs
Capacity Limit: Up to 50 lbs; kids and cargo 150 lbs
Wheel type: Solid
Carrier adapter: Will be available mid-2016
One-handed fold: No

Austlen Entourage ($850)

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