Experts continually pick the Jeep brand, which is manufactured by Kolcraft, as the best budget option among jogging and all-terrain strollers. Parents and experts particularly like the Jeep Liberty Limited, an all-terrain stroller that was one of the top performers in a recent independent test. The Jeep Liberty Limited has rugged 12-inch tires, plenty of storage space and a one-handed folding mechanism. The features that parents really love, however, are the built-in sound system (for use with an MP3 player) and the child tray that includes a toy steering wheel and horn. The fact that the stroller can accommodate a number of infant child seats is another plus. However, the Jeep Liberty Limited is heavy at 30 pounds and its weight limit of 40 pounds is very low. That's 30 pounds less than the top-rated all-terrain stroller, the BOB Revolution (*Est. $390).
The best review of the Jeep Liberty Limited stroller comes from one professional testing organization, which reviews 11 all-terrain strollers using its thorough testing process. The stroller is also mentioned in one top baby gear book, a popular buyer's guide for children's products. For owner feedback, we turn to Buzzillions.com, which has hundreds of user reviews for the Jeep Liberty Limited.
The Jeep Liberty Limited is included in ConsumerReports.org's latest stroller review. Each of the 11 all-terrain strollers is rated on ease of use, maneuverability, off-road maneuverability and safety. Three strollers are recommended.
Review: All-terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2010
2. Baby Bargains
This excellent book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including jogging strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and also interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Although the authors focus mainly on reviewing stroller brands, they do single out a few jogging and all-terrain models as the top strollers in their class.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition
More than 300 reviewers give the Jeep Liberty Limited a 4.2-star rating at Buzzillions.com. Parents love the value and fun features such as the built-in speakers and toy steering wheel. However, many complain about how heavy the stroller is.
Review: Kolcraft Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Nearly 50 parents review the Jeep Liberty Limited at Amazon.com, and opinions are positive. While some think the stroller is too heavy and bulky, most love the smooth ride, easy steering and ample storage space.
Review: Jeep Liberty Limited 3 Wheel All Terrain Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Jeep Liberty Limited stroller also gets high marks at Target.com, where 15 reviewers contribute to its 4.5-star rating. Users love the maneuverability, and most say it completely met their expectations.
Review: Kolcraft Jeep Energy Jeep Liberty Limited Stroller, Contributors to Target.com