Full Size Stroller Review 11

Full Size Stroller Review

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If you are any thing like us, the idea of choosing a full size stroller among the hundreds of models out there seemed daunting.  Below we take four of the most popular and best performing stroller options and breakdown the highlights, lowlights and bottom line.   Refer back to our Registry Guides for more information on how many and what type of strollers we suggest for different lifestyles.  Do you have a favorite stroller?

uppa baby vista strollerUppa Baby Vista

www.uppababy.com
Stroller weight: 25.5 pounds
Weight Limit: Up to 50 pounds
Option for additional child: Yes

The Wise Baby Rating:

Highlights:  The Uppa Baby Vista is highly regarded by parents and generally receives praise for its overall quality, easy folding ability (one step fold, with the seat attached) and no-flat foam tires. The Vista includes both the bassinet and seat and the bassinet can double as baby’s sleeping quarters in your home (with the purchase of an additional accessory).  For larger children, the seat can be front or rear facing, reclines 180 degrees and has an adjustable foot rest.  Parents often rave about the fact the baby sits higher in the Vista than other comparable models giving parents better access to the children and makes it easier for people on the taller side.  The Vista’s handle also adjusts to three heights which is popular with the taller crowd.  The Vista is made with an aircraft aluminium frame and a shock absorbing front and rear suspension which help smooth out the ride for your little one. With the ability to add an additional, “Rumble” seat to accommodate a second child the Vista can stay with you for years to come.  The Vista is compatible with the Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats which give you options in the infant car seat arena.
Lowlights:  The Vista’s rear wheel base is wider than some of its competitors make it more difficult to maneuver in tighter, urban environments.  With a larger rear wheel base comes a larger frame and for that reason parents tend to label the Vista as more “bulky and heavy” than some other models.  The seat does not have a full upright position which depending on your child, can be a big deal – some children, at certain ages prefer to be sitting fully upright.
Bottom Line:  We give the Uppa Baby Vista a five out of five rating.  In fact, we put this stroller on our General Registry Guide.  The highlight section is enough to explain why but with its thoughtful design, quality construction, safety features and endless color and car seat options – you can’t go wrong with the Vista.

britax-b-ready stroller

Britax B-READY

www.britaxusa.com
Stroller weight: 28.1 pounds
Weight Limit: Up to 55 pounds
Option for additional child: Yes

The Wise Baby Rating:

Highlights:  The Britax B-READY is Britax’s primo stroller and has 14 different configurations.  It works with a bassinet or seat and a second seat can be purchased to accommodate an additional child.  Out of the box, the seat works with the Britax Chaperone car seat which is a plus if your set on the Chaperone.  Adapters are available for and additional cost for Graco, Chicco and Peg Pergo infants seats giving you plentiful options.  The seat can be forward or rear facing and is adjustable to three different positions.  The B-READY has the ability to fold with the seat(s) still in place which gets  high ratings for ease of use.  The B-READY gets consistent high marks from parents on its smooth ride, which is not surprising since the B-READY has front and rear suspension as well as easy “one-step” locking brakes to ensure you little one is safe. 
Lowlights:
  The biggest complaint about the B-READY is the overall bulk and weight which negatively affect maneuverability.  The B-READY may not be the best stroller for parents who are carrying it up stairs or storing it in cars with smaller trunks due.  Parents complain that while the inline set up for two children is nice the second child does not have the best “view” and is left starring at the back of the other child’s seat.   Generally parents feel this stroller is better suited for infants than toddlers – again due to its bulky size.
Bottom Line:  We give the B-READY a four out of five rating.  Its tough to get wrong with a Britax product and many of the features outweigh the biggest negative – the size.  As long as you know you are getting a bulkier stroller than your overall rating of this stroller could be closer to five out of five stars.

baby jogger city select stroller

Baby Jogger City Select

www.babyjogger.com

Stroller weight: 28.1 pounds
Weight Limit: Up to 45 pounds (per seat)
Options for additional child: Yes

The Wise Baby Rating:

Highlights:  The Baby Jogger City Select can be configured 16 ways – yes, 16!  You can use a car seat, bassinet or traditional seat and even add a second child to the mix.  Parents love, love the Patented Quick-Fold Technology that allows them to fold the stroller in one easy step.  The City Select is consistently praised for its maneuverability in tighter more urban, environments where its competitors usually fall short.  In general Baby Jogger’s level of quality and durability is top of the line making your investment in this stroller a wise one.  From a functional perspective, parents love the large underneath basket and the telescoping adjustable handle.  The City Select works with Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi, Graco, Chicco and Evenflo  models so you are not limited on your car seat choices. 
Lowlights:
  One of the biggest issues with the City Select is the availability of accessories and second seats.  Due to its popularity its difficult for retailers to keep the strollers and accessories in stock.  In some configurations, when the second seat is added children have the ability to “pick on” each other/kick the other seat.  You’d be surprised at how many parents listed this as a “major” complaint about the stroller!  Another common complaint is that all accessories (cup holders, rain shields, etc) must be purchased a la carte and with the combined unavailability and added cost some parents are put off.  Overall though, these lowlights aren’t anything that is a deal breaker in our mind.
Bottom Line:  Given the overall quality, ease of use and configuration options we give the City Select a four out of five rating.  We would probably give it five out of five but it seems to lose some of its luster when a second seat is added.  If you are buying this stroller with plans to keep it a single stroller then the rating could be closer to give out of five for you.

bugaboo cameleon stroller

Bugaboo Cameleon

www.bugaboo.com
Stroller weight: 2o pounds
Weight Limit: Up to 37.5 pounds
Options for additional child: No

The Wise Baby Rating:

Highlights:  The Bugaboo Cameleon is highly regarded as one of the most maneuverable and lightweight full size strollers on the market.  The Cameleon is by far the lightest weight in it’s class but the amount of options and configurations are not compromised.  The Cameleon is appropriately named given its ability to morph into different configurations – not only from a seat perspective but a functional perspective.  While the smaller wheels are typically in front to easily maneuver in tight spaces you can reverse the handlebar to allow the larger wheels to be in front when navigating more rugged terrain.  The infant bassinet comes with the stroller purchase which saves you from having to purchase it separately.  The seat has the ability to be rear or front facing and has three position options and the handlebar also adjusts to three different positions.  With foam filled wheels, best in class suspension and frame, the Cameleon has a super smooth ride and extraordinarily easy easy steering. 
Lowlights:
  The price!  The Bugaboo line of products is notoriously expensive.  Parents complain that the customer service they receive is not always friendly or top of the line.  The Bugaboo can be more difficult than its competitors to fold – requiring two hands and the removal of the seat or bassinet.  And unlike its fellow reviewed strollers, The Camelon cannot accommodate a second child which for the price puts it a serious disadvantage.  Car seat wise, your options are a bit more limited. The only car seat adapter for the Cameleon is for Graco.  Graco makes great infant seats but if you want more options the Cameleon may not be the choice for you.
Bottom Line:  Due to its high price tag and lack of ability to expand to a second seat we give the Bugaboo a four out of five rating.  You can’t beat the maneuverability, smooth ride and configuration options so we still highly recommend this stroller but only if you are okay with the hefty investment.

There are lots of great strollers out there and these are just a few we considered in our quest for the perfect full size stroller.  We’d love to know what your choice is and why?  Surprisingly, we went for a stroller not on this list.  And it’s only not on this list because its falls into a different category than “full size”.  One of these days I will put together a list of the products we choose and why!

Comments

  1. Robyn

    Great information……..So informative and helpful!!!!

    Posted on June 7, 2012
  2. Kaleigh

    I like the bugaboo camelion the best! I like how it can be morphed into many different options. I also like the price of it as well. It is sooo light weight that is something else that I like about it! Great suggestions. I will definitely be looking back at this!!

    Posted on June 7, 2012
  3. Sarah

    Another good one is the city mini! I have it and it’s amazing! Light, easy fold up and open and great cover for walking too;)

    Posted on June 7, 2012
  4. Lauren

    I’m sure you’ll find that everyone has their own opinions on everything baby! After going the travel system route with P and being embarrassed by its massiveness while trying to squeeze through city restaurant entrances in DC, this time around I switched to the Orbit. I’ve been extremely pleased! Though, the Maclarens that start at 3 months are pretty useful too.

    Posted on June 7, 2012
    • Grace

      I bought the UppaBaby Vista and the Sunshine Kids Buggy Buddy, this one by far has all the storage that I need, but the cup holders do not work well with open cups (Coffe Cups, Soda cans, etc..) The cup holders are not sturdy enough for that. It does however work with closed bottles. I think the combination of the two works perfectly. But, this will be a life saver for all the extra stuff that you tend to accumilate, also great for wet clothes or sandy beach towels. Also, it has alot of little zipper areas to keep things seperated. Great solution for all of your srtoage needs.

      July 27, 2012
  5. Sarah

    Seriously wish that this site was available during my first pregnancy, so nice to have all this info, and so well organized!!

    Posted on June 8, 2012
    • Francisco

      I have a 2 year old AND a 5 month old so taking baby out for quick trips can be too much if she’s happy (or aseelp!) so i can leave her in her car seat and pop here in her city mini so great! adaptor pops into the side holes in a minute then you just add the adaptor bar (we have a graco snugride- best car seat imo). Some say that the car seat is not held in securly- this is not the case with ours-maybe they are not puting it in correctly. The car seat actually clicks on just like the snugrider snap n go- you can try to lift it off while on the bar and it will NOT come out unless you press the release lever on the back of the car seat (just as if it was installed on the base in the car!) Does not add any weight to our mini, just makes the fold a bit longer but not that bad. It is a bit of a pain to take the adaptor on and off so plan on keeping it on for the most part (which is ok as my toddler can still use the stroller with the adaptor on it). This is a must have as it is SO much easier keeping baby in seat for errands you can just lay baby flat for longer outings in your mini/classic/elite as the seat goes flat hth!

      July 27, 2012
  6. PeppyParents

    Hi, great overview!

    The Vista originally had a very wide rear wheel width, but that was slimmed down a few years ago to be a respectable 25 inches.

    Also, City Select and its accessories are readily found nowadays! Definitely during its debut year in 2010, they were hard to keep in stock, but Baby Jogger ramped up production after that year.

    :)

    Posted on September 16, 2013
    • Lindsey

      Thanks for the feedback. At the time of our review the UppBaby’s still had the wider wheel width. The CitySelect accessories are easier to come by these days although we have had several pieces of feedback from real moms with difficulty finding them in stores – with online being no problem.

      September 29, 2013

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