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Baby Cargo Umbrella Stroller Series

*Est. $110 to $180
Reviewed
August 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Baby Cargo Umbrella Stroller Series

Pros
  • Easy fold/unfold
  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Good weight ratings
Cons
  • Small canopy
  • Small basket, hard to access when reclined
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The Baby Cargo Series of strollers is relatively new to the market and features three umbrella strollers: the streamlined 100 Series, the more fully featured 200 Series (*Est. $150) and the luxury 300 Series. The basic structure and main design elements of these strollers are the same: a lightweight aluminum frame, 50-pound weight capacity, tailored fabric and five-point harness. The 100 Series is for ages 6 months and up; the 200 and 300 Series recline fully for newborns and have more padding, among other features. A handy comparison chart is available at their website.

Safety

A secure ride for smooth surface use. The Baby Cargo Series strollers have a five-point harness that parents say is nicely padded and adjustable for a secure fit. One expert reviewer says the buckle is too easy for toddlers to undo. The rear brakes lock securely -- although you have to lock each wheel independently.

We want to note that one expert source who reviewed the Baby Cargo 300 says she felt it did not recline fully enough for a newborn. However, we spoke to a Baby Cargo representative who assured us that both the 200 Series and 300 Series have a full recline. Owners also say their newborns and infants seem comfortable and secure.

Ease of use

Lightweight and sturdy. All three models in the Baby Cargo Series are lightweight; the 100 is 11.9 pounds, the 200 is 13.7 pounds and the 300 is 14 pounds. Owners say they're easy to assemble. The 5.5-inch wheels are small, but built of more durable rubber. Parents say that the one-handed fold/unfold mechanism really works, and all models have a carry strap.

Parents say the stroller pushes nicely on relatively even terrain and seems very sturdy and stable. They also note that the recline mechanism is particularly simple to use. All Baby Cargo strollers have washable seat covers, and the frames can be wiped down.

Lifestyle features

A great mall crawler and good for travel. The Baby Cargo 100 Series is rated from 6 months and up, but the 200 and 300 Series strollers have a full recline that accommodates newborns. The 50-pound weight rating means it will accommodate older toddlers. It gets good reviews for its roomy seat, but some parents say they don't feel confident about putting a tiny newborn into the roomier seat. One expert reviewer says the 300 Series does not recline enough -- in her opinion -- to be a safe ride for a newborn. Adding an infant head support  would probably solve that issue. A number of them are available that fit any stroller.

The leg rest is adjustable on the 200 and 300 Series. The removable canopy is not large, but does have a viewing window. There is a small under-seat basket on each of the models, which can't be accessed when the seat is reclined, but the 100 also has two interior side pockets, and all three models have a back pocket. Rain covers are included with all three models, but only the 200 and 300 Series have cup holders. Measuring 42 inches from the ground, the handlebars are high, which is especially good for tall parents. The 300 Series handlebars are 43 inches. The front swivel wheels lock for bumpier terrain, but are best for smooth surfaces. All three strollers fold compactly to fit in most car trunks.

Customer service

New kid on block shows promise. According to users, Baby Cargo customer service is prompt and responsive. Baby Cargo has an industry standard one-year warranty.

Bottom line

The general consensus is that all three models in the Baby Cargo Series offer above-average features in umbrella strollers at a very reasonable price. Built for the long run with high 50-pound weight ratings, and a full recline on two of the models, you'll get your money's worth from these durable, comfortable strollers. The only complaints are about newborns maybe not fitting well in the seats of the 200 and 300, but an inexpensive baby insert can solve that problem easily.

Where To Buy
Baby Cargo 200 Series Lightweight Umbrella Stroller, Smoke/Mirror

 (25 reviews)
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Our Sources

1. BabyGizmo.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The founder and president of BabyGizmo.com, Hollie Schultz, provides an in-depth video review of the Baby Cargo 300 Series. She comments on the stroller's soft, durable fabric, she appreciates its high 50-pound weight rating and roomy seat. She says the 300 stroller's padded, adjustable five-point harness and recline adjustment are easy to use, but that the stroller doesn't recline totally flat, as a newborn should have, and the seat doesn't go up to a full 90 degrees. While she finds the storage basket small, she says the canopy is decently sized but probably won't provide full coverage. She notes that the stroller can be folded and unfolded two ways, and both are easy.

Review: Baby Cargo 300 Series Stroller, Hollie Schultz, April 26, 2012

2. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good More than 10 customers review the Baby Cargo Series, with the reviews for the 100, 200 and 300 all lumped together. The Series receives an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5. With the exception of one extremely dissatisfied customer who found the Baby Cargo 100 Stroller flimsy and cheaply built, owners rave about the Baby Cargo line's perfect combination of style and function. Several of the contributors were seasoned moms who had purchased the Baby Cargo for their third child and used many other strollers beforehand. These reviewers all stated that they wished they had been introduced to Baby Cargo sooner. For the most part, contributors felt that Baby Cargo strollers were of very high quality for the price. Also, this review is lower than it probably should be because one reviewer gave the stroller a 1-star rating for something that was not pertinent to the stroller.

Review: Baby Cargo Lightweight Umbrella Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012

3. Babble.com

Review Credibility: Good Babble.com blogger Michelle Horton includes the Baby Cargo Series in her roundup of the Best New Strollers for 2012. She says the new line of Baby Cargo strollers is the "lightest, most affordable, and best looking new umbrella strollers." She recommends the Baby Cargo line for parents who want a good looking second stroller and notes that while the lower-end 100 Series doesn't recline, it still has the same lightweight aluminum frame as the others.

Review: Best New Strollers: Winter 2012, Michelle Horton, Jan. 17, 2012

4. TheShoppingMama.com

Review Credibility: Fair This favorable review by a baby products blogger and mom of three covers the Baby Cargo 200 Series. She tested the Baby Cargo 200 with a 3-year-old and a 5-year old, saying it's easy to use and was a good fit for her larger children. She does note that the canopy and basket are small. She was given the stroller to review, but was not otherwise compensated.

Review: Baby Cargo Stroller {Review & Giveaway}, "Kate", Jan. 18, 2012

5. TheMommyDialogues.com

Review Credibility: Fair This self-professed stroller snob finds the Baby Cargo 300 to be a perfect solution for lightweight airline travel and quick trips around town in lieu of heavier full-featured strollers. The only negatives she mentions are the small canopy and basket. She was given the stroller, but was otherwise not compensated for the review.

Review: Baby Cargo 300 Series. Review and HUGE giveaway!, "Xza Louise" , March 14, 2012

6. Pregnancy & Newborn

Review credibility: Fair Readers of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine submit product reviews that cover assembly to first use. This review of the Baby Cargo 200 Series does not seem to include any testing with a child. The reviewer says the 200 Series fit her desire for an umbrella stroller that would look good and not break easily. She says the stroller assembled easily in five minutes with no tools needed and that the manual was clear and concise. She details many of the stroller's main features, including operation of the harness, recline, fold/unfold, wheels and wheel locks. The review is highly favorable but is entirely from the perspective of first assembly and doesn't cover long-term durability. The reviewer notes that she would not recommend this stroller for mixed-terrain, heavy use due to the small wheels and lightweight build.

Review: Baby Cargo Stroller 200 Series, "Brooke", Jan. 18, 2012

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