Full-Featured Strollers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 25 Sources
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by Denise and Alan Fields
Our AssessmentThis book includes buyer's guides and ratings on a variety of baby gear. The authors say they conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby-gear book available, with plenty of current information and lots of attitude. Some sections even aim to steer consumers away from unnecessary features. The publisher's website includes several stroller reviews that didn't fit into the book, updates on important safety recalls and a forum where parents can discuss strollers.
Pushchairs: Best Buys
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of Consumer Reports. Testing methods are explained thoroughly and stroller features are listed in detail. In addition, editors update their reviews regularly, re-test when there's an issue such as an updated model or a fix for a recall, and post the dates of their tests. Out of 172 strollers reviewed, 32 are deemed best buys. While most of the strollers are sold in the U.S. as well as the U.K., some aren't available in the States.
by Editors of BabyGizmo.com
Our AssessmentBabyGizmo.com describes itself as the "first and only product resource site dedicated to baby gear that a mom could trust." Video reviews featuring founder Hollie Schultz are widely viewed and respected for their attention to detail, including demonstrations of folding and unfolding, examples of children of different sizes in the stroller to show fit, discussion of lifestyle factors such as jogging or all-terrain capabilities, and a review of storage and other amenities. While the site includes a list of the "Editor's Choice Top 5," it's best for exploring individual strollers.
Baby Stroller Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentEngineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute rigorously test 36 strollers for safety, maneuverability, ease of use, stability, comfort and storage space. They also focus on pinch points where children can be seriously injured, a hazard that has become a big factor in recalls. Ten of the three dozen strollers are deemed potentially dangerous. Strollers receive a letter grade, with no model scoring higher than an A-minus or lower than a C-plus.
Traditional Stroller Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThe editors at Consumer Reports rate 35 full-featured strollers, including traditional and combo (stroller/carriage) models, for ease of use, maneuverability and safety. While the testing is commendable, editors give virtually no written details about the strollers and the report is outdated, with several models having been discontinued.
StrollerQueen Stroller Reviews
by Janet McLaughlin
Our AssessmentJanet McLaughlin has established herself as a self-taught stroller expert. Testing is informal: McLaughlin elicits parent feedback and draws on her own experience with the dozens of strollers she owns and tests with actual children. There could be more mainstream models covered and a more standardized testing process, but there's enough breadth and analysis here to make it a top review source. McLaughlin also constantly updates her site and picks.
Confessions, News and Reviews From a Total Stroller Addict
Our AssessmentThe Stroller Girl is a mother of nine -- including triplets born in 2012. She admits to being obsessed with strollers and reviews them using one or more of her own children to illustrate fit to stroller and her own car for examples of fit to car. Her evaluations are detailed and balanced, but not comparative. She sticks to the topic at hand and follows up after using the stroller for a while. Her site would be ranked more highly if it had been around longer. This site offers no roundups of stroller picks, just individual reviews.
Pram and Stroller Reviews
by Editors of StrollersAndPrams.com
Our AssessmentThere are several up-to-date reviews on this stroller enthusiast site. The write-ups are in-depth and generally include photographs of features. Because this site is based in the U.K., a small number of the strollers discussed aren't available in the U.S.
Babble Best, 2011: Strollers
by Editors of Babble.com
Our AssessmentAfter assembling and test-driving 30 of the newest strollers, editors at Babble.com name the best strollers of the year. Category picks include best overall, best urban, lightweight and best value, among others.
Baby Reviews: Single Strollers
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentThis site consolidates thousands of user reviews into an easy-to-read ranking. The best picks are identified, and each stroller gets an at-a-glance list of pros and cons. You can even narrow the reviews you read -- for example, to reviews from parents of two or more children, or from child-care professionals. Overall, this is a good stop for seeing the most user reviews at one time.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOnce you narrow your choice down to a few models, consumer-review sites are worth a visit to find owner ratings. Amazon.com is great for cross-checking professional reviews. The best uses of sites like this are in discovering how the product holds up over time, how responsive the manufacturer is to customer service issues, and whether the stroller performs as advertised.
This Is How We Roll
by Faye Penn
Our AssessmentAlthough this is an older review, it's surprisingly helpful for strollers whose models haven't changed. Mom Faye Penn and baby Ezra test eight trendy strollers alongside an inexpensive Fisher-Price look-alike on New York's cobblestones, buses, stairways and subways -- as well as at a grocery store "to see how many six-packs of yogurt we could fit into the storage space." Penn also weighs and measures each stroller, including models from Stokke, Orbit, Bugaboo, Peg Perego, Micralite, Quinny and Maclaren. She doesn't pick a favorite, but her brief comments and pro/con lists for each are helpful.
Strollers and Buggies
by Contributors to Mumsnet.com
Our AssessmentThis British website is a good resource for some very popular European-made strollers such as Maclaren and Mamas & Papas. The Maclaren brand rules here, which is no surprise because it's an English company. Some of the strollers are not available in the U.S.
The Best Strollers for Infants
by Editors of BabyCenter.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of BabyCenter.com say they culled parent reviews from their own blog and write-ups from across the web -- as well as factored in their own experiences as parents -- to recommend these five strollers. The scores are explained, but not in much detail.
Top 2012 Baby Strollers
by Editors of PeppyParents.com
Our AssessmentEditors say they took "the time to evaluate hundreds of stroller models available, get hands-on with so many of them, and we offer the strollers that we think are best that parents could want for value, helpfulness, quality, style and performance." Still, there aren't as many owner-written reviews here, making the site less valuable than Amazon.com or Buzzillions.com.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentAt this consumer-opinion site, most strollers are rated by only a handful of contributors. However, comments are often revealing and can give buyers an idea of what sorts of problems might arise during real-world use.
9 Best Strollers
by Margaret Williams
Our AssessmentEditors name their favorite jogging strollers, umbrella models and a double stroller here, but there's no mention of any testing being done. At least one stroller has been discontinued.
Top 10 Lightweight Baby Strollers
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentMost of this list's top picks are umbrella strollers, and several are discontinued. Corley describes the features and weight of each, but doesn't mention any testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Eight Great Strollers That Cost Less than $250
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentBaby products guide Heather Corley includes strollers of every type on this list -- double, umbrella and travel system -- all costing less than $250. It seems that she chooses models based on features alone, as there's no mention of testing. Full-featured strollers from Mia Moda and Combi make the list. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Editors of Parents.com
Our AssessmentParents.com hosts a stroller buyer's guide with articles such as "11 Ultimate Strollers" and "24 Cool and Convenient Strollers." However, categories include only very general criteria like "stylish but affordable" and "sturdy but soft," and editors don't provide much detail about how or why these strollers are chosen. Browsing these articles might provide some initial shopping ideas, but it appears that every stroller on the market gets a recommendation, which isn't helpful when trying to narrow the field.
Reviews: Standard Strollers
by Editors of Baby-Gaga.com
Our AssessmentBaby-Gaga.com reviews and ranks 21 standard strollers. The pricey Bugaboo Cameleon gets the best scores for both durability and parent rating. While it isn't clear how many parents evaluate it, the website says it rates only models with at least 20 full-length user reviews. Write-ups are balanced and detailed, but several strollers are older models and a handful have been discontinued.
The 9 Best Single Strollers of 2011
by Ali Martell
Our AssessmentThis buyer's guide and roundup of top recommended strollers takes lifestyle into account, with input from experts and owners. In addition to single, full-featured models, there are several umbrella strollers on this list.
by Contributors to Diapers.com
Our AssessmentThis baby-gear retailer posts owner reviews for the strollers it sells, but none had amassed more than 10 reviews when we checked -- not enough for any top picks to emerge.
Best Baby Stroller Reviews
by Contributors to Pregnancy and Newborn magazine
Our AssessmentThis is a roundup of reviews by moms who buy the strollers, then share their experiences with assembly and initial use. The write-ups are highly positive, even for those models with well-known and well-documented issues, making this a less-than-helpful source of in-depth stroller information.
Top 10 Strollers
by Editors of TheBump.com
Our AssessmentThis listing of strollers seems to be based on nothing more than minimal research. Most are pricey and very trendy, some aren't even available at the time the article is written, and there's no testing described or comparisons made to other strollers.