An old lady once told me that strollers have only one function, to carry your little one around and maybe even lull them asleep. I think this was in response to me wheeling around a $500 stroller through a trendy block in downtown Boston. But my stroller was totally worth it. It was trendy, super comfortable, had all the right features, and could conquer all that rough and tumble urban terrain. It was the Mutsy Evo Urban Nomad, which is one of our all-time favorite luxury strollers that uses a pram-style bassinet and a traditional seat, but is a bit hard to find and outrageously expensive. It's pictured to the right. Sells for around $500 and that doesn't even include the bassinet attachment, nevermind the Maxi Cosi carseat that fits it (or the special adapter you need to make it work).
But was it worth the cost? If you're willing to spend about $300-500 on a stroller then we say yes! why not splurge a bit to make yourself look good after cleaning spit-up off your shirt and figuring out how to change a diaper in that ill-equipped Starbucks bathroom. Especially when you're feeling a little down in the dumps, you need some nice things to make life a little better!
Not only are these strollers a bit pricier than the basic umbrella strollers (see our reviews here), but they are: more comfortable, pack more features, more stylish, more versatile, have a smoother ride, and tend to have a sturdier build quality. If you're specifically interested in our reviews of jogging strollers then click here instead.
We pulled together 13 well-reviewed strollers and had a group of 6 parents test and evaluate them. We then rated and ranked the strollers based on their input and our own research in stores and online. Below are the top 5 strollers we could find over the $200 price point!
Here are the best high-end strollers of 2016!
1. Britax B-Ready Stroller. Under $500. Here is another awesome, versatile, stylish stroller with the capability to convert from a single stroller to inline double stroller. The "B-Ready" branding means you will be ready for another child if you ever need to wheel around two little ones. You can position the top seat forward or rear-facing, snap in a bassinet, or attach an infant car seat, without purchasing additional adapters. For 2017, there is a new suspension system like on the BOB, and the tires are soft rubber so they nicely absorb a lot of smaller bumps. The top seat has a great weight capacity of 55 pounds and features a large retractable canopy that gives great shade coverage. We liked that it reclined to 4 positions and had an adjustable leg rest to accomodate a growing child. It is also one of the most versatile luxury strollers on the market, with 12 different configurations: you can use it as-is, but you can also reconfigure to attach any Britax infant car seat with the Click-and-Go system. You can do the primary seat plus an infant car seat attached at the same time, you can do two infant car seats attached at the same time, and you can also configure it to add the beautiful Britax bassinet (pram style). So if you have a toddler and a newborn, this stroller is a great option for you! The reviewers loved the soft cloth and padding, adjustable handle for shorter or taller parents, and a really large zip-up storage basket. It can accomodate our #1 rated B-Safe infant car seat, and also supports the Britax stroller board for older kids to stand on. Negatives? Well, this stroller is a bit of a beast which can make it heavy to push up hills and lift into the back of a car. Also, for 2017 they dropped the parent cup holder, which was unfortunate. The Britax B-Ready is overall an excellent high-end stroller, and comes in several different stylish colors to meet your trend-setting needs.
2. BOB Revolution Flex Single Stroller. About $350-400. This is an awesome, great looking, and innovative stroller with all the right features. Whether in the urban jungle, at the zoo, or at the beach, you will find that the large wheels and great swiveling front wheel will help you through the toughest of terrain. Thinking about jogging? This stroller is sporty too, with great posture and handles for a nice long run with your baby. We found the frame super sturdy and durable, the folding mechanism very straight forward, and suspension ready to give your baby a nice smooth ride. Want to pop in your baby's car seat on some days? There are available car seat adapters for Britax, BOB, Chicco, and Peg Perego seats. The strollers is good for 8+ weeks of age and up to 70 pounds. That means you'll basically go from birth (for walking, not jogging!) all the way up until about 7 years old. By then your kid will probably not want to be seen in a stroller anyway! In our review, we thought the fabric was soft and high quality, the folding mechanism was easy to use, and the storage underneath was ample and easy to access. The only downfalls were that the bottom seat padding could be a bit plusher, and there is no cup holder. Overall this is our favorite jogging-style luxury stroller, highly recommended! This great stroller is also available in a duallie two-seat version for about $550.
3. City Mini Baby Jogger GT Single Stroller. About $260-350. The City Mini is a popular high-end stroller option that you will likely see other moms pushing around town. This stroller is an excellent option for discerning parents. It is soft and comforable for your baby, folds with the pull of a single strap, has an adjustable handlebar, and a hand-operated parking brake. Our reviewers loved the fully adjustable handle bar, which they thought was awesome for short moms and tall dads. The large 8" front wheels have suspension, and all wheels have traction to handle tough terrain. It supports up to a 50 pound baby, and the canopy has UB 50+ protection from the sun. It is smaller and lighter than the BOB or Britax, but it's still quite large. For 2016, this stroller has improved in terms of its agility, making it easier to manage one-handed, and the wheels aren't as wobbly as they used to be. Negatives? There is also no cup holder, and the bottom storage area wasn't up to par with the BOB or Britax. Also, any convenient accessories are additional cost, like a cup holder, infant car seat adapter, etc. That can add up when you consider what the Britax offers out of the box. This is a great stroller overall, but we think you're better off with options 1 or 2.
4. RECARO Performance Denali Stroller. About $250. This is a relatively simple option, and comes in as the cheapest on the list. It is a great stroller with great features. We loved that this price point could give you full 4-wheel suspension for smooth rides, a large adjustable canopy, truly one-handed quick folding, a cup holder and mesh pocket, a storage basket, soft durable fabrics, multi-position seat recline, and a great weight range of 5 to 50 pounds. Our reviewers loved a lot of things about this stroller. They loved that it included a removable child's tray and infant seat adapter without having to buy extra accessories. They also thought the lower storage basket was one of the largest and best-accessible in the bunch, and they liked the look of the shiny chrome frame and the 7 available colors and patterns. One of our reviewers thought they found some clues that it is actually built by Britax, but we can't be so certain. So what are the negatives? Well, it's not quite as high of build quality as the other options. Our reviewers found the frame a bit too flexible especially with heavier kids, and reviewers thought that some parts felt a bit flimsy and possibly would break easily. Relative to the other options on this list, this stroller has great features but the overall build quality isn't quite on par. We suggest splurging a bit for the other options.
5. UppaBaby Cruz Stroller. About $500. (See the 2016 version here) This is our final option for the top 5 high-end strollers. Limited availability right now. UppaBaby calls this stroller "compact without compromise" and we think they're on to something with this product. It's expensive, but it's also lightweight and full of great features. What features? Well, it has a flexible reclining seat with multiple positions, an adjustable handle bar, adjustable canopy, soft wheels for absorbing small bumps, reversible toddler position (ride forward or rear-facing), drop-down sunshade that extends the canopy on bright days, and a large storage bin. Our reviewers loved this stroller and found it nicely maneuverable, versatile, and full-featured while also being very simplistic looking in a sleek trendy design. Speaking of design, this UppaBaby unit is available in over 5 colors and patterns to fit your fancy. Cons? Well, given how sleek the design is, the reviewers expected it to be lighter weight but found it rather heavy. They also noted that there were no cup holders, no suspension on the wheels, and rather small wheels that don't allow anything other than urban strolling on smooth pavement. Finally, they thought the folding mechanism was cumbersome and typically required 2 hands to operate. So while there are a lot of excellent features, and it has a stylish simple frame design, there are some smaller drawbacks that might not justify the $500 price tag.