Googling “best stroller” doesn’t exactly help narrow down your search. That query returns more than 15 million results—including thousands of reviews, hundreds of blogs, and dozens of Top 10 lists based on arbitrary criteria.
In reality, there is no single best stroller. Every stroller on the market is the best choice for some families, depending on their needs, lifestyle, budget and style. (Check out our stroller buying guide for advice along these lines.)
Still, if you pour over enough “best stroller” lists, patterns start to emerge (congratulations, UPPAbaby VISTA and Baby Jogger City Mini!) To spare you from doing the same, we reviewed many a list to bring you one more: The Top 10 Best Stroller Lists.
Baby Gear Lab aims to be the “world’s best source of baby product comparison information.” Pediatrician and mother of two Dr. Juliet Spurrier founded the site to offer baby gear reviews based on scientific testing, not the opinions of a few random parents.
To develop its list of 2016’s best full-size strollers, Baby Gear Lab editors reviewed more than 150 products. After choosing 21 finalists, the team put the strollers through 30 side-by-side tests, evaluating criteria like maneuverability, ease of use, quality and size.
Baby Gear Lab said the BOB Revolution Flex is more than a jogging stroller. It’s a “great, all-around stroller that works on various terrains for a wide age range, with loads of features.” The cons: It’s heavy, doesn’t stand on its own when folded and has a difficult recline adjustment.
TinyWise.me is a data service that aggregates online reviews to develop rankings for baby products including strollers, car seats, monitors, breast bumps and more.
TinyWise used reviews from social networks, e-commerce sites and experts to develop an overall score for its list of Top 10 Best Standard Strollers. Rankings may change as reviews are added.
The UPPAbaby VISTA scored an 8.5, thanks to its flexibility (it converts to a double stroller), more-than-ample storage space and ease of use. But, reviewers say, that space comes with a price: The stroller is also heavy and bulky.
BabyCenter is a top online destination for pregnancy content, expert advice and parenting communities.
The 2016 Moms’ Picks list of best strollers, along with BabyCenter’s other annual lists, are based on a nationwide survey and online voting.
Moms complimented the City Mini on its easy maneuverability, light weight and sleek look. The stroller also took home awards for best looks and best space-saving.
As a mother of three who’s “almost obsessive” about smart shopping, Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz says she has even licked products in the name of testing (and yes, industrial plastic tastes nasty). Baby Gizmo’s coalition of moms and child experts conduct real-life product tests, like running with products through parking lots with kids and diaper bags in tow.
Baby Gizmo’s Best Single Strollers of 2015 list is based on staff opinions.
In addition to the obvious, Diapers.com also sells a variety of other baby products.
The Diapers.com lists of top strollers are based on the site’s top-selling items.
Diapers.com customers appreciated how the City Select grows with the family, as it offers the option of adding a second seat and a glider board.
Mom.me is an online destination for women at all stages of motherhood. The company recently launched Club Momme, a community site that hosts local events.
For its list of 2015’s best strollers, Mom.me says it rounded up favorite strollers and gave them to real moms for testing.
The City Mini GT is “perfect for the city mom who wants a full-featured stroller with a smaller footprint,” the reviewer said. While she called the one-handed fold “rave-worthy,” she found the stroller heavy for lifting and carrying. The reviewer praised the Bumbleride Indie 4 for its smooth ride and style but found the stroller’s various pieces and attachments to be complicated.
As a clueless new mom to Lucie, Meg Collins vowed to tell everyone “all the sh*! that nobody told me.” More than 295,000 subscribers to the Lucie’s List newsletter, “a modern survival guide for new moms," are now listening.
The Lucie’s List roundup of best strollers is based on staff favorites.
The Bump is a top destination for pregnancy and parenting information, message boards and baby registries.
The Bump did not disclose the criteria used in its Top 10 Strollers list.
Using BabyList, expecting parents can build a registry using products from any store.
Baby List did not disclose criteria used for its Best Strollers of 2016 list.
Founders and moms Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner write about cool gear, style and design for parents, promising to share what they really think. “For example,” they write, “the world would be a better place without diaper cakes and Comic Sans."
The Cool Mom Picks list of “the best strollers to buy right now” is based on staff opinions. The staff says they’ve tested dozens of strollers over the years, talking to manufacturers, experts and “tons and tons of parents.”
To learn more about choosing the right stroller for your family, click here to read our in-depth stroller buying guide!