My favorite strollers
I have a stroller obsession. After trying out and owning several kinds of strollers, here are my favorites:
Travel and car stroller (umbrella stroller):
UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller, Ani/Orange
A couple of days before our trip to Armenia my friend and I were discussing strollers, and she told me about the G-Luxe. I immediately bought it off Amazon despite the price tag of almost $200. It turns out that was a good decision. This is now my go-to stroller for all trips. It has a shoulder strap for carrying, only weighs 11 lbs, reclines so Raffi can nap in it, has a great sun shade (very useful on vacations) and a decent storage basket. He is very comfortable in it and it does not take up our entire trunk. We have an older car (2003) and not much fits in it. When I’m going to RI with a stroller, crib, suitcase, toys, etc we need enough space for it all.
What to watch for: You can’t rest your bag on the handles unless it is pretty light and your child is sitting in the stroller or it will tip over. It happens because the frame is so incredibly light.
Jogging and every day stroller:
BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Orange currently 30% on sale for $321 from $449
We bought the BOB Revolution when Raffi was old enough to use it. I love mostly everything about this stroller. The seat reclines fully so Raffi can lounge and nap in it. There is a window in the large sun shade so I can check on him while I’m running. The 3 wheel system is so sturdy that I can navigate the bumpy Philadelphia sidewalks without having to slow down. The basket underneath holds my entire diaper bag as well as a hat, toys, and sandals for Raffi. The cup accessory has never fallen off or given me an issue, and I love that the center portion zips so I can keep my keys in a secure place when I am running. Raffi can use it until he is too big for a stroller.
This is the stroller we use every day. We never break it down and it sits in our hallway or garage waiting for the next adventure. I can’t say enough good things about this stroller as an every day and jogging stroller.
What to watch for: I could never bring this on a vacation with our current car; it takes up the whole trunk. Also, folding it is easy but locking it when folded is not and requires two hands and a decent amount of space. I am thankful that we can keep it set up every day.
City and double stroller:
Britax B-Ready Stroller 2012, Red currently 20% on sale for $400 instead of $500
I reviewed this on Babycenter recently, and I wish I had found it earlier. It is very similar to the UPPAbaby Vista in design and structure, but it has more to offer. The basket underneath is tremendous, and you can face your child toward you or away from you with a full range of motion from almost fully reclined to sitting up. It is not too heavy and despite being two pieces it can fold in 1. I wish I could go back in time and use Britax for our infant car seat with this stroller (more on that below).
We obviously have only Raffi right now, but one day we would like more children. I like that this stroller offers many different configurations for a second child. I also like the location of the second seat.
What to watch for: It is a bit wide and doesn’t fit through every single doorway easily.
I LOVED my OrbitBaby stroller when Raffi was in the infant car seat. The storage bag under the stroller is removable, the car seat rotates completely so your child can sit in the stroller facing any direction, and the paparazzi shield (a breathable shield that completely covers your child) was great when he was only a few weeks old and he slept on the go a lot. I also liked the bassinet that came free as part of a promotion at the time. I am even thinking of converting it to a wagon for Raffi one day.
However, all that being said, he wasn’t in the infant car seat for long enough for me to justify the expense of this stroller. We have the real stroller seat, and it isn’t very comfortable for Raffi. He outgrew the infant seat in length quite early, and when we transitioned to the stroller seat he was unhappy. Comparatively, he loved the BOB stroller from the first day. I love the OrbitBaby feature that allowed me to put Raffi in the car sideways and then turn him to face rear so I didn’t have to twist and turn to buckle him in the seat, but I wish we had gone with a Britax infant car seat and stroller from the beginning. Now we have a garage full of strollers and that is wasteful in space and money. If the OrbitBaby infant car seat could be configured to work with the Britax B-Ready stroller, that would be my ideal choice. I know that is impossible though, so we are left with a stroller graveyard.
I hope this little guide on my strollers is helpful to you.
Note: If you purchase any of these strollers through the Amazon link provided above, I do receive a very small percentage back in income through their affiliate program.