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All-terrain strollers let parents tackle bumpy ground with ease

If you've ever tried to push a traditional stroller on a cracked sidewalk or gravel driveway, you probably know why all-terrain strollers are gaining fans. While traditional strollers often have small foam wheels, all-terrains generally have rugged tires that can take on rough ground. They also have large, sturdy aluminum or steel frames. Because of this, all-terrain strollers are some of the biggest, heaviest models on the market. These beasts probably aren't the best choice if you want to squeeze through tight store aisles or use public transportation, but they're a good bet if you want to tackle trails, gravel, sand or bumpy roads and sidewalks.

So what's the difference between all-terrain strollers and jogging strollers? Both are large, with three big wheels, durable fabric and sturdy frames. Jogging strollers are typically lighter than all-terrains, and they have larger, thinner, fixed front wheels that provide greater stability at higher speeds. All-terrain models have a front wheel that can swivel for greater maneuverability or be fixed for better performance on bumpy ground. Choose a jogging stroller if you're a dedicated jogger who needs a stroller that holds up to long, frequent runs, and tracks straight and true. A swivel-wheel stroller is best for a light jogger who wants a versatile stroller for everyday use. Both are covered in our report on jogging strollers. If you prefer a basic stroller for everyday use, see our report on full-featured strollers for models that will take your child from birth to toddlerhood. If stroller weight is your primary concern, our umbrella stroller report is a must-see. If you seem to spend your life in the car, our car seat stroller report will help you find a stroller to transport your infant car seat.

High-quality all-terrain strollers often lack included accessories that make the ride more enjoyable for parents and children alike. Cup holders, parent consoles, child trays and bumper bars are usually pricey add-ons. Another downside is that all-terrain strollers are heavy: Expect anything from roughly 20 to 30 pounds for single all-terrain strollers and 32 to 40 pounds for doubles. Not surprisingly, most all-terrain strollers are bulky when folded and will require significant real estate in your trunk. Finally, beware of flat tires: Many all-terrain strollers have air-filled tires that can and do go flat, so you'll need to have a tire pump handy.

While there are a few budget-friendly all-terrain strollers, durability is especially important in this category. Bear in mind that quality construction is costly. For singles, there are a couple of solid choices around $150, with most models at $300 or above. Doubles start at $150 to $200, but the higher-quality models are $400 and up. Accessories are often not included and will boost your bottom line.

Strollers are one of the biggest baby-related purchases parents make, so choosing one that fits your lifestyle is key. ConsumerSearch has reviewed dozens of expert all-terrain stroller roundups and reviews. We also read hundreds of consumer reviews to make sure these models function well in the real world. The results are our recommendations of the best all-terrain strollers on the market.

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