When it comes to safety, features, ease of use, fit to multiple lifestyles, price and excellent customer service, the Baby Jogger City Mini (*Est. $250) is far and away the top choice of expert and user reviewers. This super-safe, maneuverable stroller accommodates newborns to 50 pounds. For city folks, it's easy to push and maneuver, has a one-handed fold and locks when folded. For suburban parents, the stroller's weight of 16.8 pounds means they'll have no problem lifting it in and out of car trunks. However, most accessories -- cup holders, car seat adapters and a bassinet -- cost extra.
The UppaBaby Vista (*Est. $680) is a close second with its included bassinet, adjustable handlebar and reversible seat. Its fold, however, is difficult and heavy, and the stroller is large whether folded or unfolded. A number of reviewers say the Vista is awkward to take to doctor's offices, restaurants or smaller stores. The City Mini is much more compact and, since it's suitable from birth with or without the bassinet, is a better buy in general.
Other popular models in this category include the Bumbleride Flyer (*Est. $420), Bugaboo Cameleon (*Est. $900) and Mamas & Papas Sola (*Est. $420). The Bumbleride Flyer gets great reviews for its reversible handlebar, which makes it easy to have baby face toward or away from you. One drawback is that the buckle is simple for a toddler to undo, which can result in an escaped child in the blink of an eye. Otherwise, owners call this an excellent stroller from birth to 45 pounds that's comfortable, and effortless to push and maneuver. Even so, there's no reason to recommend it over the City Mini except for the reversible handlebar.
As for the Mamas & Papas Sola and the Bugaboo Cameleon, we're underwhelmed. Mamas & Papas can't seem to decide if the stroller's upper weight rating is 33 pounds or 50 pounds. It's also at the high end of the middle price point for the few convenience features it includes. It does have a reversible seat, which parents of newborns and infants love. The Cameleon shares that feature but has little else to recommend it. It does push and maneuver well, but the seat must be removed in order to fold it. In addition, Bugaboo is notorious for quality and customer service issues.