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Best Standard Strollers Buying Guide
The standard stroller is the stroller to take for shopping, to go to the park, to get some fresh air, etc. This multipurpose stroller must meet several criteria. For those who like to go for long walks, the maneuverability and stability of the stroller will be essential. For those who love shopping, the storage space offered will be paramount. Finally, those living in an apartment will be more interested in the stroller’s lightness.
As part of this review, 5 of the most popular models on the market were selected. The functionalities of each are compared and an inventory of the pros and cons of each stroller has been made.
Four main criteria were assessed: Handling, representing the quality of road handling and maneuverability; Comfort, for the quality of the suspension and the comfort of the seat and handle; Quality, for the choice of materials; and finally, Overall Appreciation, for the ease of use and overall performance.
The Britax B-Agile 3 is an amazing stroller with its smooth ride, all at a more than reasonable price. The UPPAbaby Cruz has a modern look and is made of high quality materials. However, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT has a little something extra that has put it at the top of this list. It is a charm to push, you will hardly feel it. It is easy to use. You will be able to fold it in one hand, even with your baby in your arms. The adjustable handle offers maximum comfort and the hand brake is convenient. I regrets, however, the seat that cannot be set at a 90-degree angle and the storage compartments that only come as an extra.
The Graco Modes has surprising versatility with good value for money that we are used to with Graco products. Although impressive, it offers maximum storage for shopping addicted mom. It comes in an affordable travel system with the Graco Snugride ClickConnect 35.
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Our Opinion on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT
- Pleasant to maneuver
- Easy to fold and unfold
- Good quality
- Lack of storage
- Seat not 90 degrees
Why We Love It
It’s good suspension, the quality of its wheels and the quality of its aluminum frame probably make it the stroller with the best handling among the models evaluated. It has much more interesting features than its little sister, the City, with its adjustable handle, handbrake and all-terrain wheels.
Contrary to what its name suggests, this stroller is not made for jogging. Be warned. Its wheels, however, offer impressive driving on rough roads.
With a passenger capacity of 65 pounds, it’s not the lightest stroller, but the ease of deployment more than makes up for it. You won’t have any difficulty lugging this stroller around.
Nevertheless, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is not a perfect stroller (like all the others by the way). I found it very unfortunate that the passenger seat could not be put at a right angle to allow the curious children to see what is around them. The slightly reclined seat prevents them from being on the lookout for every detail of the environment. Also, the storage offered is limited. First, the storage at the bottom is not optimal, a diaper bag will overflow. Also, storage accessories such as a cup holder and a child’s tray are extra.
An infant car seat adapter is available for this stroller, including Britax B-Safe, Chicco KeyFit 30, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 and Maxi Cosi. A footstep is also offered as an extra for the big brother or sister who likes to roll up.
In summary, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT has great features and is made of quality materials. Your little one will be more than comfortable, especially since the stroller has a sunshade that largely covers the seat. I had a real crush on this model.
Our Opinion on the UPPAbaby Cruz
- Good quality
- Good look
- Storage space at the bottom
- Heavy driving
- High price
- Small wheels
Why We Love It
UPPAbaby strollers are growing in popularity. The company relies on modern design and the quality of its products to build a strong reputation. Two standard stroller models are available on the market: the Cruz and the Vista. The latter can act as a double stroller. This review only covers the basic model, the Cruz.
I was impressed by the quality of this cleverly designed stroller. Yes, it’s expensive, but think of it as an investment. It’s worth the price. Available in an interesting range of colors, it has several features appreciated by parents: an adjustable footrest, good storage space and a reversible seat (rarely seen on a stroller).
The telescopic handle allows ergonomic adjustment for the parent. The UPPAbaby Cruz is robust despite its lightness. Its well thought-out design makes it a pleasant stroller to carry around. Compact and space saving in the trunk of a car, it is very user-friendly.
However, it is not the best all-terrain stroller. Its small wheels cause the stroller to shake slightly on unstable ground. They also make driving more difficult and demanding.
Offered with an extendable sunshade, a rain guard and a net to keep mosquitoes away, you’ll be ready for any weather.
The padding of the handle is very comfortable. You will be able to keep it upright while being folded to keep it in good condition. Also, the inversion of the seat forward or towards the parent is very appreciated and makes it possible to adapt to the needs of the child. Few strollers offer this functionality.
Finally, although the stroller is designed to accommodate the UPPAbaby Mesa infant seat, adapters are available for the Chicco KeyFit 30 and Maxi Cosi seats. It is also possible to purchase an extra cradle (bassinet) for placing the baby in.
You are definitely making a good pick by opting for this stroller if you have the budget available for this purchase.
Our Opinion on the Britax B-Agile 3
- Affordable price
- Good driving
- No footrest
- Non-adjustable handle
- Lack of flexibility in the fastening system
Why We Love It
With this weight, the Britax B-Agile 3 is practically in the umbrella stroller category. It is the lightest of the models reviewed, weighing only 18 pounds. It is the ideal stroller for city dwellers who want a compact stroller that is not too heavy to carry. This stroller lives up to its name, it is very agile and lightweight.
In our opinion, it is the best option at the lowest price. Its large sun visor with a window and the many seat adjustments provide maximum comfort for the baby. Folding with one hand using a device in the middle of the seat, you will have no difficulty deploying this stroller.
The fastening system has a little resistance and the lack of a footrest can annoy babies, especially the little ones. The lack of adjustment of the handle also makes him lose points for the criterion of comfort for the parent.
Nevertheless, it is truly amazing how easy it is to handle despite its small wheels. Getting around obstacles will be a breeze with this stroller. Storage under the stroller is easy to access and a small storage pocket is available behind the seat below the handle.
It’s not an all-terrain stroller, but you’ll have no trouble traveling over grassy or sandy soils.
The parent and child trays are extra, but at this price, it’s less frustrating. The stroller is offered with a sun visor available in several colors. Its design makes it a modern and functional stroller.
The Britax B-Agile 3 is compatible with the Britax B-Safe baby seat, but adapters are available for the Chicco KeyFit 30, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio and Graco Snugride Click Connect.
I assures you that the Britax B-Agile 3 is a great value stroller that will delight and amaze any parent.
Our Opinion on the Graco Modes
- Click and Connect system
- Storage offer
- Vibration of its wheels
- Large size, even when folded
Why We Love It
Graco offers here a beautiful product that will please many parents. Graco Modes has a number of truly amazing features. Graco Modes is in the most luxurious models of the popular brand. It is offered in combination with the Graco Snugride Click Connect infant seat for a complete and user-friendly system.
The Graco Modes is versatile and really easy to use. The adjustable leg rest has an unusual layout that provides maximum comfort for the child. The position of the seat forward or towards the parent allows you to enjoy the walks with the baby according to your preference. The ample storage space allows you to bring provisions for long trips.
When it comes to driving, you won’t have any particular difficulty pushing it, but you will have to work harder on rough terrain. The small wheels don’t offer optimal handling, but the stroller is still pleasant to drive.
The Graco Modes is not the most compact stroller on the market. It is the largest in folded position among the models reviewed. It is also the heaviest, which does not make it the ideal stroller for the traveling parent. Adjustable handle would have been a nice feature for this multifunction stroller.
However, since this stroller is only compatible with the Graco Snugride Click Connect, it is only an interesting pick if you choose this model of infant car seat. It therefore does not offer the flexibility that the majority of other models offer.
The Graco Modes is an interesting travel system, probably the best in the Graco range. I warmly recommends this model for parents in the suburbs who are looking for a stroller with which it will be pleasant to go around the neighborhood.
Our Opinion on the Peg Perego Booklet
- Easy to fold and unfold
- Incredible design
- Average maneuverability
- Difficult installation
- Only compatible with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio seat
Why We Love It
I would have liked to love this stroller. She seemed to have everything to get to the first place. Alas, you can’t rely on the envelope of this stroller to appreciate its functionality. This stroller does not stand out from the other models reviewed and does not do justice to the quality to which we are used with Peg Perego.
The Peg Perego Booklet remains a sturdy stroller that is pleasant to push. It rolls easily on any kind of surface. It’s a stroller that is gentle on grass and gravel. However, it is not the friendliest when it’s time to make 90-degree turns or to turn in store aisles.
The storage under the seat is very interesting. The easy access to the storage area of this stroller stands out among the other models and a well-filled diaper bag fits easily. However, additional storage accessories, such as a cup holder and snack tray, are extra.
This stroller is very light, weighing 19.36 pounds. Only the Britax B-Agile 3 competes with it among the models reviewed. It is very easy to fold and unfold, making it a pleasant stroller to lift and carry. However, the Peg Perego Booklet is very bulky, even folded.
Equipped with a large sun visor and a well-padded handle, the Peg Perego Booklet offers good comfort for both parent and child.
Like Graco Modes, the Peg Perego Booklet is only compatible with its baby seat of the same brand, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio. This stroller therefore scores a big zero in terms of flexibility. Also, the installation of the stroller is not the most user-friendly, arm yourself with patience. It is not so much the stroller that is difficult to understand, but the instructions provided.
In my opinion, the Peg Perego Booklet is an average stroller that is not bad in itself, but is expensive for what it has to offer. Its awesome look can, however, motivate some parents to shift away from quality in favor of appearance.