Even if you don’t live in the hustle bustle of the city you will find interest in the best urban strollers selection. How did we choose? Well, each of these strollers had to meet the following:
- all terrain – meaning they can handle the bumpy sidewalks, curbs and even the occasional stroll-through-the-grass park walk.
- maneuverability – especially important for navigating city streets, small restaurants and door ways and small living spaces.
- easy fold – most important for storing the stroller, condensing for travel/public transportation and of course, store in those small spaces again.
- adaptability – ability to function as both as a full size stroller, umbrella stroller and snap n go strollers (so you can use with your infant car seat) reducing the need for less gear in your small space.
So as you can see these three characteristics would also come in handy for the suburban lifestyle. Are you an urbanite or suburbanite? What is your favorite stroller? Best suburban strollers coming up next week!
1 – Baby Jogger City Select. I was really torn with putting the City Mini GT instead of the Select but ultimately I choose both (see below). The City Select has a little more “umpf” and comes with a few more options such as the endless amount of configurations (there are 16) and ability to add a second seat. The City Select meets all of the above mentioned criteria with the highlight being the super, easy, innovative and just plain great one handed fold. With the purchase of the bassinet seat can be used from day one. There are also plenty of adapters available for most infant car seats. Parents love the stability and comfortable ride this provides and it is perfect for a growing family. Not to mention it is one of the best values in the world of expensive strollers.
2 – The City Mini GT. Yep, two Baby Jogger strollers make the list. The City Mini GT doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the City Select but it is an awwwesome stroller. Every time I see one I get serious stroller envy. The City Mini GT meets our criteria and then some. This stroller is SO easy to get around with, folds so easy (one handed) which makes it easy to store both inside and in the car. The Mini GT also has car seat adaptability with most major brands and this one truly functions as three strollers in one as evidenced by its feature in our “Ways to Reduce your Baby Gear footprint” post.
3 –Stokke Xplory. The Sokke Xplory is a downright fabulous option for urbanites. Of course there are lots of great features but its small footprint and adjustable seat height are by far my two favorites. What is super cool and unique is you can literally move the seat height up and down allowing your little one to be closer to you for both bonding and accessibility. This adjustable seat also allows the Stokke to easily function as a high chair while out to eat which is a HUGE plus in my mind. The small footprint allows for easy moving around restaurants and small spaces. The Xplory does has a bassinet option known as the “carry cot” which makes the stroller usable from newborn and beyond. I could go on and on about this stroller but I will save it for a full page review one of these days.
4 – Bugaboo Cameleon. We have a Bugaboo (not this one) and I am a big fan. The Caemelon is especially great for urban environments as it is easy to maneuver and has a super smooth ride. It also folds and stores well and its overall footprint is manageable for storing in an entry way or other space in a condo. While the Camelon can be used with a car seat adapter (at an additional cost) it can be used in the bassinet form beginning in the newborn stage. I loved the bassinet for those early weeks and with the Bugaboo’s smooth ride its sure to keep your little one sleeping through a stroll or lunch date with the girls.
5 – UPPA Baby Vista. The UPPA Baby Vista was named best stroller of 2012 per our list and we love it for lots of reason. We featured the Vista in our full size stroller review. To summarize, this is a great stroller for anyone but its sleek design, comfortable ride, easy folding and superior quality make it a great choice for those of us navigating the urban jungle. And bonus, it converts to a double should the time come!
So now I have serious stroller envy and would love to know which stroller you love, hate and everything in between!