It’s one of the biggest decisions new parents must make: which stroller to buy?
The options are practically endless, but finding one to fit the family’s lifestyle can sometimes be a challenge — especially if that family lives in the city! That’s why we’ve researched the best strollers for city living. We’ve looked especially for strollers that are durable, long lasting, and provide enough storage for both baby and other necessities. We also checked to make sure they’re light enough to carry up and down stairs and which fold to take up the least amount of room in that precious hallway closet. Below are the 15 best strollers for busy city parents, updated for 2018.
Baby Jogger City Mini GT
The GT is the newest model in Baby Jogger’s popular line of City Mini strollers. Designed especially for city life, this attractive stroller features an adjustable handlebar, a hand-operated brake, and all-terrain wheels. The GT easily maneuvers through busy city streets, or onto a train. Its 22.5-pound frame is light enough to carry up and down stairs. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is especially celebrated by parents and critics for its ability to fold with only one hand, making storing the stroller and holding the baby a breeze. This stroller comes as both a single and a double stroller.
Baby Jogger City Select
The second Baby Jogger model to make our list of the best strollers for busy city parents is the City Select. This longtime bestseller includes a whopping 16 different configurations (bassinet, car seat, second seat, glider board, etc.) to ensure the stroller remains useful as your family grows. The model pictured is just one of the many options. The Lux version of the City Select, though slightly more expensive, boasts even more seating options. The versatility and functionality of this stylish stroller outweighs the fact that it’s slightly heavier than many of its competitors. It’s easily one of the best stroller choices for growing families intent on purchasing only one stroller.
Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller
The Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller is another top pick for busy city parents. Perhaps most impressive is the Britax’s total weight of only 18 pounds. This super lightweight, yet totally durable, stroller makes life on the go a total breeze. Its sleek design is ideal for rolling over sidewalks of all kinds, getting through tight doorways, or turning corners in a crowd. It also folds easily, and boasts one of the most stylish designs on our list. If the Britax has a downside, it may be the small storage basket, though there is a pocket attached to the handlebars for storing your smaller essentials.
The Dutch-designed Bugaboo is an ideal stroller option for the busy city parents who value flexibility and lots of options. The Bee+ is available is multiple color options and can be accessorized to fit the exact needs of any family. The adaptable stroller frame allows the seat to be faced toward or away from the pushing parent, while the lightweight frame is incredibly easy to maneuver through busy streets or underground systems. Best of all, the Bugaboo Bee+ is as durable as many bigger strollers, but folds up like some of the smallest.
Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller
Like the other Bugaboo on our list, the Cameleon3 is not only extremely stylish, it’s also totally durable and ideal for city life. Whether you use the included bassinet or the reversible, fully reclining seat, pushing the stroller is as easy as pushing with the weight of a single finger. For cobblestones or other tough terrain, simply use the push handle to shift the wheels. Bugaboo strollers are some of the most expensive on the market, and this stroller has a maximum weight limit of only 37.5 pounds. Still, it’s uncommon durability means it’ll remain just as useful and stylish for future children.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
Though the Chicco Bravo is on the heavier side (23 pounds), its increased weight is actually due to increased convenience. The Trio Travel System includes the KeyFit 30 infant car seat, though unlike most other strollers, there’s no need to remove the stroller seat to attach the KeyFit. This means fewer pieces to store and carry and more seating options for your child. The stroller has a self-standing fold option, and can easily be folded and stored in smaller spaces. When your out running errands, you’re sure to appreciate the Chicco Bravo’s parent and child-sized cup holders, plus the large storage basket underneath the seat.
The Cybex Mios has topped a number of critics’ lists thanks to its versatile design and lightweight frame. At only 15.35 inches wide, the Cybex is easily navigated through busy streets, narrow doorways, up and down stairways, and around tight corners. Its all-wheel suspension makes for a comfortable ride over any kind of terrain, while both the seat back and the foot rest adjust for added comfort. Best of all, the Cybex can be folded with only one hand, and collapses into a compact self-standing position.
Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller
Perhaps the most unique stroller to make our list, the Doona is actually a safety-rated infant car seat that transforms into a stroller at the press of a button. No, it’s not magic. A single simple, easy-to-press lever both extends the wheels when you’re ready to roll or collapses the wheels when you want to carry. This incredibly convenient design makes navigating from car to street, or busy underground to aboveground, an absolute breeze. There’s virtually no storage on the Doona, but that’s an easy trade-off for a stroller that allows such flexibility without ever having to move a sleeping babe.
City parents value small efficient things, and this efficient stroller can’t get any smaller. Indeed, Guinness World Records has declared the GB Pockit the world’s smallest folding stroller. When you need to travel, the 9.5-pound Pockit folds into the size of a handbag and can easily be stored in an overhead compartment. Of course, this stroller is also incredibly convenient when it comes to daily life. Designed for children six months to 55 pounds, the Pockit has a comfortable forward-facing seat, washable padding, a height-adjustable harness, and easy maneuverability well designed for navigating busy city streets.
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller
An excellent alternative to the traditional double stroller, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight is equipped for a younger child to ride in the front, and an older child to stand or sit on the back. It’s an ideal set-up for city living. The Joovy is incredibly light and folds up into a standing position for easy storage. Best of all, it’s a “double” stroller that’s a breeze to navigate through doorways and crowds, and for that it’s an easy addition to our list of the best strollers for busy city families.
Nuna MIXX2 Stroller
On the less expensive side of the luxury line of strollers, the Nuna MIXX2 stroller is ideal for carting baby around the city from newborn through toddler stages. The stroller’s max weight is 50 pounds. Parents’ favorite Nuna feature seems to be the adaptable seating arrangement. There’s a two-way facing toddler seat, plus a flat reclining position with adjustable sides to create a bassinet-like napping environment. The MIXX can also be used with the Nuna Pipa car seat for easy travel. Other awesome features that make the Nuna MIXX one of the best strollers for city parents include the lightweight design, heavy-duty wheels, adjustable handlebar, huge storage basket, and sunshade. As if all that isn’t impressive enough, the Nuna also folds up for compact storage.
Navigating even the busiest city is a breeze with the Stokke Explory. Parents and critics rave about the Explory’s adjustable seat, which allows parents to change the height of baby’s seat so they can bend and pick up their child comfortably. This adjustable seat also means this stylish stroller easily turns into a highchair while out at restaurants. The stroller has a number of adaptable seat options, including a bassinet that’s sold separately. Its small footprint allows it to fold up easily not take up much space. Further customize your Stokke by choosing from a variety of color options.
Thule Urban Glide
Though it’s designed as an all-terrain jogging stroller, the Thule Urban Glide is adaptable and convenient enough to use as an everyday stroller. The swiveling front wheel means you can maneuver your Thule through busy streets and around tight corners, while the extremely lightweight design makes carrying it up and down stairs an easy feat. The stroller comes with an adaptor that fits a variety of infant seats, including a bassinet. The large zippered storage compartment provides plenty of room for toting all the essentials.
If you’re just looking for a stylish and affordable front-facing stroller for your child (three months to 55 pounds), then look no further than the Uppababy G-Luxe. This chic umbrella stroller weighs only 15 pounds, so carrying it up and down stairs daily is a total breeze. Unlike so many similar strollers, the G-Luxe can recline into three different positions for baby’s comfort, from upright all the way to 120 degrees. Folding the stroller can be done with one hand, and there’s even a convenient carry strap to tote the stroller when its folded.
If lugging around both baby and shopping bags (or other large items) are a big part of your daily life, then the Uppababy Vista may be just the stroller for you. Ask any Uppababy parent, and they’ll likely rave about the Vista’s massive under-seat basket, large enough to carry both baby’s essentials and yours. The stroller is slightly on the heavier side, but easily folds up into a compact shape and size. Its four wheels provide a comfortable ride over a variety of terrain, and growing families can even convert the Vista into a three-child stroller without growing wider.