We love travel strollers. But sometimes, those don’t quite cut it. When it comes to traveling with a baby from one place to the next, having the right travel system often feels like the key to survival. Giving you the ability to click the car seat into a base in your vehicle and then, just as easily, into your stroller, saves you plenty of time and trouble.
Plus, if your little one is asleep, you don’t run the risk of ruining that nap by unbuckling and re-buckling on the transfer. Instead, baby stays safe, cozy, and, best of all, snoozing through it all.
Some travel systems come with a second base, allowing a grandparent or caregiver to seamlessly use the same car seat. Designed to get you through the thick of those early months, most travel system car seats will accommodate kids up to 35 pounds, while the accompanying strollers hold children up to 55 pounds.
Since you’ll have it a while, you want to find a system that you love. We’ve rounded up the best travel systems that scored high marks from not only Consumer Reports but also parents and grandparents who’ve shared their day-to-day experiences with these products. If you’re in the market for a travel system, compare the features that best suit your lifestyle and enjoy the convenience while baby stays comfortable.
Earning an excellent rating from Consumer Reports in both everyday use and maneuverability categories, the Chicco Bravo Trio System features the versatile Bravo stroller, along with the KeyFit 30 infant car seat and base. The stroller’s wheels rotate inward to ensure a compact, standing fold for easier maneuvering, and the stroller seat can be removed to create an ultra-lightweight car seat carrier.
- Bravo stroller dimensions: 35.5 x 43 x 21.75 inches
- Folded dimensions: 16 x 28 x 21.75 inches
- Stroller: holds a child up to 50 pounds
- KeyFit 30 infant car seat dimensions: 22 x 17 x 24 inches
- Base only dimensions: 20 x 15 x 8 inches
Pros: The stroller, which includes a convenient parent tray with storage and cup holders, folds up easily and remains standing on its own. It’s available in three attractive prints.
Cons: It lacks a tray or holder for children’s snacks or cups. not a child’s tray/cup holders.
This travel system includes the B-Agile 3 stroller, plus the B-Safe 35 infant car seat and base. The car seat features the Britax-exclusive SafeCell Impact Protection system, offering parents peace of mind by featuring a layer of side impact protection for baby as well as a steel frame, and impact absorbing base. The lightweight stroller boasts a 3-wheel design for easy transport.
- B-Safe 35 infant car seat rear-facing: 4 to 35 pounds
- B-Agile Stroller: birth to 55 pounds
- Maximum unfolded dimensions: 38.5 x 23 x 40.5 inches
Pros: Parents love the stroller’s one-fold handle and note that maneuverability is “great” at the same time the suspension keeps baby from getting jostled while on the move.
Cons: Some found the car seat to be too heavy even without baby in it.
A trusted source of quality-built travel systems for almost 100 years, Evenflo’s Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System includes a durable lightweight stroller and features the SafeMax Infant Car Seat and Safe Zone Base. It garners an ‘excellent’ from Consumer Reports in both everyday use and maneuverability. The stroller features an oversized basket for ample storage.
- Weight: 4 to 35 pounds
- Height: 17 to 32 inches
- Weight: Up to 50 lbs (22.6 kg)
- Assembled dimensions: 25.5 x 34 x 47 inches
Pros: Sleek and stylish, it’s “very lightweight” compared to other systems. Parents appreciate the larger storage basket.
Cons: Some consumers experienced issues with the wheels after several months of use. Others said it takes two hands to truly unfold the stroller.
The jogging stroller has a lockable front swivel wheel, all-terrain bicycle tires, an adjustable canopy with covered sunroof ratchets and a multi-position, reclining, padded seat. The car seat, meanwhile, has a four-position push-button height adjustable base with level indicator to make sure it's installed correctly and a one-hand easy-access seat release.
- Stroller: birth to 50 pounds or 42 inches
- Car seat: 5 to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches
- 22 x 44 x 46 inches
Pros: The stroller is great for active parents, and the car seat is for infants and accommodates weights 5-30 pounds and heights up to 30 inches tall. It has an easy push button release, and four-position push button height adjustable base.
Cons: At 41 pounds, this is one heavy stroller.
Uppababy's stroller is compatible with its Mesa car seat, which attaches directly to the stroller. The stroller itself is suitable from for babies weighing up to 50 pounds. It has leather accents, a toddler seat that's either forward-facing or parent-facing, and a one-handed multi-position recline.
- Unfolded: 37 x 22.3 x 40.5 inches
- Folded with seat attached: 17 x 22.3 x 36 inches
- Folded without seat attached: 13 x 22.3 x 36 inches
Car seat dimensions:
- Suitable for infants 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches in height
- Infant car seat: 25.8 x 17 x 23 inches
- Car seat on base: 28 x 17 x 25 inches
Pros: At just over 21 pounds, the stroller itself is on the lighter side. It’s snazzy. It maneuvers like a dream. It’s easy to fold up. And it’s suitable for babies three months and older, sans car seat. The car seat itself is lightweight and has a removable seat fabric for spot cleaning.
Cons: Affordable? Not so much.
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