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The Best Baby Strollers of 2016

Our research team, with the assistance of Kimberlee Mitchell, a nationally recognized child safety expert, reviewed 11 strollers across 16 key data points to determine the best currently on the market. The top three overall were the BOB Motion, the UPPABaby Vista, and the Britax B-Agile.

 

Overview of Research

We compiled an initial group of strollers and with the help of Kimberlee evaluated each across 16 key data points selected for their importance to parents and other baby product users.

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Kimberlee Mitchell

Child Safety Expert

Kimberlee is the founder of Boo Boo Busters Professional Babyproofing Services and a nationally recognized child safety expert.

The final ranking was determined by a weighted methodology. The methodology consisted of the 16 data points we researched, which were categorized into four core metrics: stroller safety and security (35%), stroller performance (30%), cost and consumer reviews (20%), and customer support (15%).

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Our Expert

Kimberlee Mitchell is the founder of Boo Boo Busters® Professional Babyproofing Services. The home childproofing business serves both Los Angeles and Orange counties and has childproofed more than 7,000 homes since 2002. The company was featured in the Universal Picture’s film “Baby Mama,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both of whom have had their homes childproofed by Boo Boo Busters.

Mitchell has appeared as a child safety expert on CBS’s “The Early Show,” “Fox & Friends,” E! Entertainment Television’s “E! News;” VH1; and PBS’s “A Place of Our Own” and “Baby Makes 3” airing on PBS member stations in 2016. She has served as a child safety consultant and corporate spokesperson for juvenile products manufacturer Safety1st, Dorel Juvenile Group, Verizon, and the non profit organization the American Cleaning Institute, to name a few.

While Ms. Mitchell served as general advisor to the project, the Rankings.com team independently chose the list of reviewed strollers and developed the methodology used for scoring and ranking.

How We Selected Our Test Group

In order to establish our list of strollers, we turned to several test-based reports from the past year, in particular reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Consumer Reports and BabyGearLab.com. We also conducted an independent survey of established brands and leveraged existing consumer reviews. Altogether, we were able to establish a list of consistently recognized strollers.

Here is our complete list of sources:

How We Narrowed Our List Down

Our team established minimum criteria for all strollers reviewed:

  • Must meet all applicable federal safety requirements
  • Must have no outstanding recalls.
  • Must not have extremely poor customer reviews
  • Must provide a detailed rundown of the product’s features and warnings
  • Must offer customer support services

 

Once these criteria were taken into consideration, we were left with 11 strollers:

 

  1. Baby Jogger Vue
  2. Baby Jogger City Mini
  3. BOB Motion
  4. BOB Revolution Flex
  5. Britax B-Agile
  6. Bumbleride Indie 4
  7. Chicco Bravo Trio System
  8. Mamas and Papas Armadillo Stroller
  9. Mountain Buggy Swift
  10. Peg Perego Booklet
  11. UPPABaby Vista

Applying our methodology, which we detail below, we then assessed each stroller and determined the scores for our key metrics.

How We Selected the Data to Use in Our Methodology

Our team chose 16 data points to grade each stroller against. These data points were selected using federal safety guidelines, recommendations from existing baby product reviews, and our initial research.

We then organized the 16 data points as sub-metrics under four core metrics. This allowed us to group similar data points together and weigh certain metrics over others, based on their overall importance.

Safety and security were chosen as our most important core metric because, when shopping for strollers, safety is by far a parent’s most important concern. With parents spending hundreds on a stroller, they should be certain they are buying a product they can trust. Performance, as our second most important core metric captures all the non-safety elements of a stroller, such as weight and dimensions.

Here are the four core metrics and their 16 sub-metrics:

Metric 1: Stroller Safety and Security (35%)

  • Side Tip-Over Angle
  • Rear Tip-Over Weight
  • Harness
  • Parking Brake

Metric 2: Stroller Performance (30%)

  • Max Child Weight
  • Stroller Weight
  • Folded Dimensions
  • Wheel Size

Metric 3: Cost and Consumer Reviews (20%)

  • Price
  • Average Website Review
  • Consumer Reports score

Metric 4: Customer Support (15%)

  • Toll Free Phone and Email Support
  • Online Registration
  • Website Services
  • Warranty
  • Social Media

How We Scored Our Methodology

To get the core metric and overall scores for each stroller, we first reviewed the 16 sub-metrics organized under each core metric, comparing each stroller’s performance in each sub-metric. Taking their total performance across the sub-metrics that made up a given core metric, we determined each stroller’s score in each core metric.

So, for example, consider our top stroller, the BOB Motion. In the Stroller Safety and Security core metric, the product finished first overall, based on several sub-metrics: its side tip-over angle, its tip-over weight, its harness, and its parking brake. We compared the BOB Motion to all other strollers in these four sub-metrics, and it earned top marks in all four. This, in turn, earned the stroller a 10/10 score for the Safety and Security core metric.

In order to get a final, overall score, we took each product’s score in the four core metrics, multiplied each by their respective percentile weights, and then took the sum. This sum became each product’s final score.

Going back to the BOB Motion stroller, here is how it finished in the four core metrics:

  • Safety and Security – 10/10
  • Performance – 10/10
  • Cost and Consumer Reviews – 7.3/10
  • Customer Support – 7.3/10

With the appropriate weights applied to each core metric, the BOB Motion’s final score was 9.05/10, the highest final score amongst all stroller reviewed, making it our number one overall.

Drawbacks of Our Methodology

The major drawback worth noting is that we focused on strollers relatively new to the market, meaning those that came out starting in 2014. While this helped us look at the cutting-edge in stroller safety, it did limit the scope of our review. There are a number of reliable seats that have been on the market for longer and stood the test of time. Before committing to any one, we recommend doing your own in depth research to identify the seats that have been market mainstays for the past five plus years.

Understanding Stroller Features

1. Stroller Safety and Security back to metric

Very Important

35.00% of our methodology score

Why this is very important: We deemed this metric very important because the safety and security of a stroller is crucial. For parents, their child’s safety will always matter more than concerns like general performance, cost or customer service ― our weights reflect this.

When assessing strollers, we used strength of construction and protective features to evaluate safety and security ― our specific sub-metrics were the side tip-over angle, rear tip-over weight, the stroller’s harness, and the parking brake. Of these four, the parking brake was found in all eleven products reviewed, making it a clear must-have. Similarly, all harnesses reviewed were five-point, which refers to the type of seat belt used to secure the child; this type of harness is considered the most secure way to protect the body in case of an accident, making it a key safety feature found in both strollers and car seats.

As for the distinguishing features, both are concerned with tip-overs, a risk parents should always be conscious of when operating a stroller. In fact, according to BabyGearLab.com, tip-overs are the second most common injury with strollers. Side-tip looks at what terrain angle the stroller would have to be at before tipping sideways, while the back weight tip-over looks at how much weight you can attach to the back of the stroller, such as from hanging bags on the handles, before the stroller tips backwards. The sturdiest make of stroller, in terms of overall tip-over prevention, was BOB Motion, our number one overall, as it has the second heaviest weight limit (35 lbs.) and the fifth best angle (22.7 degrees).

Important caveats and notes: Most legitimate manufacturers and retailers selling strollers maintain an informative, user-friendly website with links to information about safety features. Some strollers were not included because safety and security specs were not readily available online. Any with outstanding recall notices were withdrawn from consideration.

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2. Stroller Performance back to metric

Very Important

30.00% of our methodology score

Why this is very important: Performance is our second most important metric. When shopping for strollers, it is important to identify sturdy options that are also maneuverable and reasonable sized.

The sub-metrics that make up performance are max child weight, stroller weight, folded dimensions, and wheel size. While the right stroller will largely depend upon the size of your child and a preferred weight to size ratio, for the purpose of our assessment, we favored heavier strollers that are still somewhat compact. This made the BOB Motion became our clear number one for stroller performance. Weighing 75 lbs., it was our heaviest stroller, however, at 21.9″Wx10.1″Hx26.3″L it was also our most compact. It also had the fourth smallest front wheels and the sixth smallest rear wheels.

Important caveats and notes: The tables below reflect general quality of construction. For strollers, a baby’s height and weight will be a key deciding factor. Available space in the home is another important consideration.

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3. Cost and Consumer Reviews back to metric

Important

20.00% of our methodology score

Why this is important: Cost and consumer reviews was our third most important metric. Considering that strollers cost several hundred dollars, it is key that parents understand what exactly they are paying, as well as how high customer satisfaction is for strollers they are considering.

For a stroller’s cost, we first looked at the price listed on the manufacturer’s site. If the original manufacturer did not sell the product directly, we instead used the stroller’s Amazon.com price.

In terms of customer reviews, we looked at both the reviews posted on the manufacturer’s site (if any) and those found on Amazon.com. We also consulted the product reviews and scores posted on Consumer Reports.

The cheapest stroller on our list was the Baby Jogger Vue, which was listed at $199.99. The most expensive was the UPPABaby Vista, which we saw going for as much as $879.99. The stroller we felt best combined affordability with positive reviews was the Baby Jogger City Mini, which, at $259.99, has received near-universal acclaim on Amazon.com, with a 4.8 star rating and well over 400 reviews.

In terms of Consumer Reports scores, the Peg Perego finished on top, with a score of 87. All but one stroller was reviewed by Consumer Reports, with the lowest score being a 71, given to both the Baby Jogger Vue and the Britax B-Agile.

Important caveats and notes: If reviews on these sites were not available and the stroller was not found on Consumer Reviews, then it was withdrawn from consideration in this metric. All prices and customer reviews listed were lifted from manufacturer product pages unless otherwise noted.

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4. Customer Support back to metric

Somewhat Important

15.00% of our methodology score

Why this is somewhat important: Customer support was the least important of our four core metrics, yet still makes up 15% of a stroller’s overall score. When spending hundreds on a device as important as a stroller, customers expect to have access to a dedicated customer support team able to guide them through the early days of owning a stroller, along with any troubleshooting or repairs.

The sub-metrics of customer support are largely focused on each stroller company’s online support services. We reviewed each brand to see if they offered both a toll free number and email or live chat customer support. We also looked for helpful FAQs and easy-to-find manuals for strollers. Warranty was also a major factor ― we looked at the length of warranty offered as well as how easy it was to find information about said warranties online. Lastly, we also looked at the social media services each brand maintains, specifically Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

The longest warranty amongst all products reviewed was the Baby Jogger City Mini, which comes with a lifetime warranty, the only one on our list. The next longest warranty was five years, which both BOB strollers provided. Companies whose websites most impressed include UPPABaby, which features all manuals as well as video tutorials, and Britax, which also has video tutorials and an extensive social media presence.

Important caveats and notes: Some of these strollers do not currently have product pages on their original manufacturer’s websites. We did not evaluate the customer support offerings on Amazon.com and other major retailers because we believe these sites do not reflect the company’s quality of service.

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Editor's Awards

A durable, fully-loaded model earns the first-place spot in a tough field of competitors.

BOB Motion caught our attention with its construction. Strollers with high side tip-over angles tend to be weaker, thus allowing less weight before they tip over in the back. Likewise, models with high rear tip-over weights are usually top-heavy and susceptible to rollover. B4OB Motion somehow manages to have both a decent side tip-over angle at 22.7° and a high rear weight allowance of 35 pounds.

This is the stroller for parents who are concerned about terrain. Pneumatic tires mounted on high-impact wheels and a state-of-the-art suspension system ensure a smooth ride for baby passengers. BOB Motion is also an all-season stroller, thanks to a multi-level canopy and ventilation screens. A solid score from Consumer Reports, favorable customer reviews and a five-year warranty helped this model squeak to the top.

Drawbacks:

  • BOB Motion is not available for purchase on the official BOBgear website. However, prices on Amazon.com are reasonable and the manufacturer’s site offers many different services for customers, including phone/email contact information, an FAQ page and product manuals.
  • While BOB Motion is ideal for parents in rugged areas, the stroller might not be necessary in urban areas and other places where paved roads are commonplace. A smaller and less expensive stroller may suffice for parents who push their babies in locations like these.

Rankings:

  • Safety and Security – 10/10
  • Performance – 10/10
  • Cost and Consumer Reviews – 7.3/10
  • Customer Support – 7.3/10

Last Updated on May 24, 2016

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