We all want the best for our children. This commitment drives us to seek out products that are safe, functional, and well worth our money spent – although, for many parents, they would spare no expense in ensuring that their needs are met.
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The stroller you decide to use is no exception. There are so many on the market that it can be tough to tell what features are universally important – but that’s not to say that they don’t exist. Surely, when shopping for a stroller, you want one that:
- has an impeccable safety record;
- has a commitment to customer satisfaction;
- looks great (a minor consideration, but definitely a factor);
- is priced reasonably;
- folds up for easy storage;
- protects your child from the elements;
- and offers a warranty that will set your mind at ease.
All of the strollers that we reviewed have met these basic standards, and their individual value is based on the features that are unique to that particular model. In some cases, these unique features are very limited, but you should rest assured knowing that the stroller you choose today offers you with quality, safety, and overall peace of mind.
Top Umbrella Strollers
Maclaren Mark II
The Maclaren Mark II Stroller is one that doesn’t seek to offer extensive features, but to simply handle the basic needs – which it does very well.
The design is simple and gender-neutral, which is great if you have (or plan to have) more than one child. The sovereign lifetime warranty covers the original purchaser’s children, but does not extend to anyone you may pass the stroller along to. This stroller is based on the Maclaren original Mark stroller, which was released in 1965, but with updates that make it more suited to a modern lifestyle. It comes standard with a rain cover, sun shade, and 4-wheel suspension, while foregoing any amenities that aren’t universally needed. For around $200, this stroller is a basic answer for those who don’t require anything fancy or special.
Joovy Caboose Ultralight
If you want a few more features but don’t want to shell out a lot of extra money for them, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller offers an affordable option.
This stroller meets all the basic needs, but with an over-sized canopy, reclining front seat, rear parking brakes, and a child tray. This child tray is wonderful, as it has two cup holders for snacks and a drink for your young one, or can be used to help support a car seat with the universal car seat adapter (included). If you have an older child, they can even sit or stand on the rear seat, allowing you to keep an eye on both kids at once – an excellent family feature designed to make your life easier. At around $200, this stroller offers significantly more options than the Maclaren, for those who need them. And as far as that warranty goes – rest assured that it’s there, although we were unable to find the specific details without registering a product on their website.
UPPAbaby 2015 G-Luxe
Understandably, a feature that’s lacking in many strollers is the ability to remove the fabrics to throw them in the washing machine. UPPAbaby has made this one of their prime considerations when designing the UPPAbaby 2015 G-Luxe Stroller.
Every bit of fabric can be easily removed from this stroller to ensure you get it truly clean – from the seat padding to the canopy, and everything in between. Additionally, they address the issue that many other strollers face when folding for storage – this stroller can stand on its own, even when folded, allowing you to store it anywhere. Unfortunately there is no tray for this one, but there is a large mesh storage area for you to keep toys, sippy cups, some snack baggies, et cetera. This stroller is lightweight, but sturdy enough to handle any terrain you require. At just under $260 it is a bit more expensive than the previous strollers on our list, but the convenience of the design will prove to be well worth the extra price for those who require them.
For those who are looking for a stroller that’s compatible with their ever-changing needs, the Britax B-Ready Stroller is a dream come true.
It can adjust to fit not just one but two car seats, which is a bit of an advantage over the Caboose (which fits a single car seat with an extra toddler seat behind). The baby in the top seat can be positioned to face towards you or away from you – while having no effect on the other child’s seat. Truly, this is the best choice for a parent of two small children who needs the most advanced customization features (a total of 14 configurations are easily available with the same stroller). It’s only directly compatible with Britax car seats, but you can purchase an optional adapter to accommodate other brands. At just over $550, it is definitely not a budget system – but the price is truly reflected in the quality and personalization of this stroller experience.
We understand that the average consumer isn’t going to pay for features that don’t apply to them, but in the search for the most advanced, most highly-featured stroller, the Britax B-Ready simply can’t be beat. If these extra features aren’t applicable to you, the Joovy Caboose is a budget-friendly alternative that promises a great user experience without anything extra – perfect for customers who need to minimize their spending while still providing excellent safety and quality to their families.