The Best Baby Strollers of 2021
Over the past decade, we have reviewed over 85 strollers across all the categories: jogging, lightweight, umbrella, double, luxury, and travel systems.
Across those tests, we have found an amazing set of strollers that we think you'll love! Below we categorize each of the best strollers we've found by their primary capability, and provide summarized results for quality, ease of use, comfort, and durability.
Note that these are all 5-star rated because they are the best from each of our annual stroller round-up articles. After we review each of them below, be sure to check out the others on the respective annual best-of lists.
While some of the strollers we tested were really quite bad, some were truly excellent and we're excited to tell you all about them! The strollers that end up at the top of our lists show very high quality, durability, ease of use, and comfort.
We all loved these strollers, and you don't need to take just our word for it - ask around and you'll find out that these are consistently some of the best strollers on the market - and parents rave about them!
- Best Strollers Ratings Table
- 1. Best Overall: UppaBaby Cruz
- 2. Best Lightweight: ZOE XL1 Tour+ Lux
- 3. Best Newcomer: Mockingbird Single-to-Double
- 4. Best Luxury: Bugaboo Fox
- 5. Best Jogging: BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
- 6. Best Double: BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Double
- 7. Best Travel System Stroller: Chicco Bravo
Here are the Best Strollers of 2021!
Most parents are familiar with the UppaBaby Vista stroller, which is UppaBaby's high-end stroller with multi-child support and a bassinet. The UppaBaby Cruz gives you all the "compact without compromise" excellence of the Vista, but without the capability of having multiple children (but you can purchase a standing PiggyBack adapter), and a bassinet option is sold separately. You get all the style, maneuverability, versatilility, and quality, but without the multi-child versatility or super-steep price tag. For specifications, the Cruz supports babies from birth if you purchase the optional bassinet (about $200) or SnugSeat infant attachment (about $50, basically an infant positioner). It has all the features you've come to expect from any high-end stroller, including all-wheel suspension, one-handed 5-position seat recline, adjustable telescoping leather handlebar, a huge zip-out canopy extension, a height-adjustable canopy (amazing!), a gigantic storage basket, and reversible seat.
Everything is so thoughtfully designed, including the easy-access basket, super easy folding, its ability to stand on its own when folded, and the easy to use recline and canopy adjustments. The canopy extension is pretty amazing itself, because it zips out from where the parent is standing, not from the front. It's the little things that make the Cruz stand out from the crowd, and of course the beautiful styling doesn't hurt at all! We've used the Cruz at least 100 times over the past decade of its evolution, and the Cruz V2 is truly superb: highly maneuverable, comfortable seating fabric and position, and a super smooth ride overall. Everything feels, looks, and acts high quality. And it better - this stroller comes in at a hefty $650 plus any accessories! It's totally worth it if you've got the money to spend.
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at Babygearlab and The Wirecutter.
We got our hands on the new Mockingbird Single-to-Double stroller for testing in early 2021 (thanks, Mockingbird!) and were extremely impressed with its quality and versatility. Mockingbird is disrupting the stroller market by introducing a stroller that is nearly as versatile as the UppaBaby Vista V2 but for less than half the price!
The beauty of this Mockingbird stroller is not just in its looks - it also has some serious versatility. Most parents will begin using it as a single stroller when they have their first child. With an infant, it can be used in three ways: with an infant car seat attachment (purchased separately, $30), with a bassinet carriage (purchased separately, $100), or with an infant insert (purchased separately, $30). For most parents, the infant car seat attachment will work perfectly, and it is compatible with most major car seat brands (Britax, Chicco, UppaBaby, Graco, etc). Once your baby reaches about 4-6 months, they will be ready to use the toddler seat, which can be configured in a front-facing or rear-facing position. Even with one (or all!) of these adapters, the Mockingbird is still about 40-50% cheaper than its closest competitor!
Once your second child comes along, that's when the Single-to-Double stroller lives up to its name! You can configure the toddler seat alongside an infant car seat, bassinet carriage, or an additional toddler seat (purchased separately, $120) in over 14 different ways, providing for some serious double stroller versatility owing to its unique modular design.
Not only is this stroller versatile, in our testing we also found it to be smooth (with seat and frame suspension), maneuverable, easy to adjust and fold, and it has all the right features: adjustable handlebar, reclining and nearly lay-flat seat, large storage basket, one-handed fold, a large and spill-resistant canopy with peek-a-boo window, and more! For the price, we think this stroller is poised to make a huge impact on the stroller scene, bringing style, sophistication, and versatility into the price range of most parents! Mockingbird has updated their 2nd seat kit recently so that an infant car seat and toddler seat can be positioned in more versatile ways - specifically, even when an infant car seat is attached, you can now position the toddler seat up front in a forward-facing position!
Cons? Just a few. Taller parents will find the rear axle positioned far back and possibly disrupting their normal stride, and the wheels are a bit small in diameter for bumpy terrain (or a bit of snow or sand). Also, it's limited availability right now and shipping times are several weeks (if not months).
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at Lucie's List and Babylist!
ZOE makes an amazing line of high quality lightweight strollers with impressive capabilities and versatility in such a compact (and Disney approved!) package. And when we say "compact" we're not kidding, the ZOE Tour+ (XL1) folds to a size of only about 8" by 20" by 26" high, allowing you to fit it into most large suitcases or the ZOE backpack accessory. Weight? Only 11 pounds, which is really unbelievable given the features: huge canopy, parent and child cup holders, adjustable recline to nearly lay-flat, one-handed folding, a reasonably-sized storage basket, and a pretty high quality fit and finish. It's still a relatively simple stroller, so don't expect to find all the amazing features and versatility of something like the UppaBaby Cruz, but there are some specific things to mention.
First, you can add a tandem seat to make this a double stroller; the attachment is a little odd, but we got used to it over time. Second, the canopy is impressively huge and provides unparalleled coverage (in terms of size and UPF 50+ sun protection). Third, there are two versions: the Classic, which has an 18" seat, and the Infant/Newborn model, which has the 15" seat. With the Classic, it supports babies from 3 months up to about 45 pounds, and the Newborn supports from birth to 45 pounds. Finally, if you purchase the car seat adapter, you can attach the Chicco KeyFit 30 to the Tour, which is very rare for a lightweight stroller to be able to support an infant car seat. We love the ZOE lineup of strollers, and the Tour+ really takes the cake for being super lightweight and capable, and at a pretty reasonable price point (around $180).
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at Babygearlab.
|Read Our Full Best Lightweight Stroller Reviews!|
The Bugaboo Fox 2 brings superior style, quality, brand recognition, durability, and versatility. It is truly beautiful not only in its appearance but also in how smoothly everything works: its adjustments, wheels, turning radius, and attachments. In the photo you'll notice that the Bugaboo Fox includes not only the typical toddler seat but also a super comfortable bassinet suitable for use from newborn onward. The toddler seat can be used from 3 months onward, and has a capacity of nearly 50 pounds (48.5). In our experience, your child will outgrow this stroller in height and width long before they reach that upper weight limit. One of the coolest features of this stroller is the folding: the first fold brings it down to an 18" x 24" x 35" self-standing fold, and a second fold can drop that down to 8" x 21" x 26", which competes with even the ZOE for compact size and portability!
Of course, this is not a lightweight stroller, coming in at about 21 pounds, but that's to be expected with all the high quality parts, including its large wheels, reversible seat (that can detach and stand on its own!), adjustable leather handlebars, comfortable fabric and padding, and huge basket. The Bugaboo fox is compatible with several infant seats such as the Nuna Pipa, Chicco KeyFit, Britax B-Safe, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, and Cybex Aton and Cloud. While this is a single stroller, just like with the UppaBaby Cruz, you can purchase a separate standing rider board to attach to the back. Overall, this is a superb and beautiful stroller, but we can only justify listing it on our best luxury strollers list given its cost of about $1200. Eek!
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at Babylist.
|Read Our Full Best Luxury Stroller Reviews!|
BOB Gear makes an amazing line of jogging strolleres, including the BOB Alterrain and Alterrain Pro (new in 2020), the BOB Rambler, and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. The Alterrain Pro is the most expensive of the bunch ($600) and boasts a truly amazing suspension system for trail running and a hand-brake, the Revolution Flex 3.0 ($500) we believe is the best all-around jogging stroller, and then their least expensive is the BOB Rambler ($400). All three of their main offerings are truly amazing, though most parents will not need the extra heft and capability of the Alterrain Pro model (though it does look amazing!). There are a few important things to look for in a good jogging stroller, including the leg swing space (to suit a long stride while running), adjustable handlebars, wrist tether, locking front wheel, large diameter and low-resistance wheels and tires, high stability forward-tracking, and storage to keep things off your body. You can go ahead and check all those boxes because the BOB Revolution doesn't compromise on any of those features!
The only little thing it's missing is a hand-brake to slow down a descent, which you'll need to upgrade to the Alterrain model to find. One of the amazing aspects of this jogging stroller is that it packs all that jogging punch but also has great basic stroller features: no-rethread harness height, huge storage basket, nice-sized canopy, five different pockets, peek-a-boo window, high maneuverability, a super smooth ride, easy foot brake, one-handed recline adjustment, and near-flat recline. There are some little things that are great too, like the seat has small ventilation slots to help airflow in the summer heat, a comfortable handlebar, easy buckle/unbuckle harness, and smooth folding. It's a jogging stroller so it doesn't fold to a very compact size, but it's not terrible coming in at 38" x 25" x 16" with wheels on, or 35" x 20" x 10" with wheels popped off. Overall, we have logged hundreds of hours jogging with the Revolution Flex 3.0, and have only great things to say about it!
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at WhatToExpect and TheBump.
|Read Our Full Best Jogging Stroller Reviews!|
For this year, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 made it into first place for both the best jogging stoller and the best double stroller. This happened for largely the same reasons: superior versatility, build quality, comfort, maneuverability, and ride quality. Starting with features, it includes adjustable handlebar height, huge double canopies with peek-a-boo windows, easy folding, full suspension, comfortable seating, adjustable near-flat seat recline, air-filled rubber tires, and a hand brake. The Flex duallie weighs a hefty 33 pounds and is a very substantial double stroller, with nicely cushioned seats, sturdy wheels, tires and suspension, and the ability to support up to 100 pounds of kids (plus another 20 pounds of cargo in the storage basket). That ruggedness is carried over into its ride quality, absorbing and riding over anything in its path, smoothly moving along at a fast running clip, and maneuvering around tight spaces. The manueverability surprised us considering what a beast this stroller is, coming in at nearly 31" wide and 48" long. But the short wheelbase and front swivel-wheel make cutting through doorways and turning tight corners a breeze. The BOB duallie can support two newborns when using compatible infant car seats (adapter sold separately), and then the seats can support infants from 8 weeks and up (for walking, not running), and then 8 months and up as a full jogging stroller. The ride is smooth and comfortable, and the suspension system worked well to dampen impacts. When jogging, we loved the wrist tether for safety, the large diameter wheels, the adjustable handlebar height, and the leg space for longer strides. Folding it up, the stroller is still pretty large - about 39" long, 31" wide, and 17" high - though it does allow you to easily pop off the wheels to help fit into smaller trunks.
There were some specific things we loved about this stroller, including the no-rethread harness height, the overall stability and ruggedness, and the comfortable seating positions. We also loved how far out the two independent canopies extended on their second setting, blocking not just sun but also doing a pretty good job blocking rain; and those peek-a-boo flaps were much larger than on other models. Cons? Well, it is an expensive stroller and the add-on features can add considerable cost. For instance, if you want to add the infant car seat adapter or snack trays, that will be an extra $99, and if you want the BOB cup holder that will be an extra $25. Overall, if you have the cash and want an excellent double stroller, this is the best one you can find!
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at The Wirecutter, Babylist, Babygearlab, and WhatToExpect!
|Read Our Full Best Double Stroller Reviews!|
What happens when you combine the top-rated infant car seat with the awesome Chicco Bravo stroller? Magic! This travel system fits together like a glove and we love everything about it! Chicco makes a wide range of infant car seats, including the KeyFit 30 and 35, and Fit2, all of which are absolutely awesome and provide great bang for the buck. Speaking of which, this complete travel system costs only about $350, which makes it once of the least expensive ones on the market. While we love the KeyFit car seats, this article is about strollers, so let's focus on the Bravo!
We've never seen the Chicco Bravo sold alone without the car seat, but given that the KeyFit tends to cost about $160, you're paying less than $200 for the stroller itself. Given the price, we had certain expectations about what the Bravo might be like, but we're happy to say we were pleasantly surprised! Obviously it accepts the KeyFit car seat, but it also accepts the Fit2 just in case you end up with that car seat in the future. One great feature of this stroller is that you can remove the toddler seat entirely and use the stroller frame as a car seat caddy, or you can recline the toddler seat and attach the infant car seat to it. With the latter option, you can basically cocoon your baby into a protected nest with both the stroller canopy and car seat canopy, which is great for privacy and sun and rain protection. The Bravo itself weighs 23 pounds, and supports children up to 50 pounds.
We won't list all of the stroller's features here, but here are some that stood out in our testing: the adjustable handlebar, one-handed folding that stands on its own, near lay-flat reclining seat, a parent tray with cup holders, and the child tray (which doubles as the car seat adapter). For a sub-$200 stroller, that's a very impressive feature list. And it doesn't even begin to consider the huge storage basket, the comfortable seating, or maneuverability. The only con with this stroller is that it's a 4-wheel stroller with 9" rear and 7" front wheel diameters; those aren't huge, but they are plenty large enough to successfully handle an uneven sidewalk, curbs, and steps with ease. Not quite big enough for a trail, and can be tough to push through grass or sand. Outside of that, for the price this Chicco Bravo and car seat combination are amazing, and we're happy to feature it here!
Who else lists this stroller as a top pick? Our friends at Babylist and WhatToExpect!
|Read Our Best Travel System Reviews!|
There are thousands of strollers on the market, including the big brands like Graco, Baby Jogger, BOB, Britax, UppaBaby, ZOE, Baby Zen, Maclaren, Chicco, Doona, Bugaboo, and Nuna. And that's only naming the big, popular brands. There are also several newcomers like the popular Mockingbird stroller that are gaining a lot of traction but tend to have some quality control issues.
Picking the perfect stroller for you and your baby can be really challenging, even after you've decided on which category you need (or categories!) - single, double, jogging, luxury (with bassinet!), lightweight travel, etc. Some companies make it relatively easy and offer 2-3 options, whereas others offer a daunting array of models that vary from store to store and year over year.
Some of the strollers we've reviewed over the years didn't do so well with quality: they had flimsy plastic parts, the canopy cracked or tore easily, or the wheels broke after a few months. Some also had tires that would wear down really quickly after 3-6 months of use.
Some also weren't so easy to use: folding was difficult or cumbersome, handlebars were at an uncomfortable angle, wheel brakes were hard to use, steering radius wasn't so great, or the recline adjustment was nearly impossible to use. Finally, some of the options just weren't very comfortable, with hard back-rests, poorly positioned foot rests, hard plastic parts along the side where your baby leans while napping, etc.
All of the strollers listed here are the best overall strollers on the market, and you can rest assured you're making a great decision! If you ever have questions you can always reach out to us on Facebook or email and we're happy to help!