Umbrella Strollers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 30 Sources
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by Denise and Alan Fields
Our AssessmentThis excellent book includes buyer's guides and ratings on dozens of types of baby gear. The authors say they conduct hands-on testing and interviews with parents, manufacturers and retailers before reaching conclusions. 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. "Baby Bargains" offers a roundup of top lightweight and umbrella strollers and provides comprehensive coverage of stroller brands.
Pushchairs: Best Buys
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org. Testing methods are explained thoroughly, and stroller features are also listed and detailed. In addition, they update their reviews regularly, re-test when there is an issue, such as an updated model or a fix for a recall, and post the dates of their tests. A total of 172 strollers are reviewed; a very large number of these (32 strollers) are deemed best buys. Because this is a U.K. website, some of the strollers aren't available in the U.S., but most of them are sold here as well.
by Hollie Schultz
Our AssessmentThis overview article lists the editors' top five strollers in the umbrella category and provides a brief overview of what to expect of a lightweight umbrella stroller and what to look for when purchasing one. Clicking on each stroller leads to a fuller review.
Senior Editor Video Reviews
by Hollie Schultz
Our AssessmentIf you're considering a specific stroller and want to see it in action first, BabyGizmo.com is a great site to visit. Founder Hollie Schultz tests dozens of strollers (mostly from trendy brands) with her three children, ages 1, 3 and 5. In her lengthy video reviews, she demonstrates how each stroller folds, adjusts, etc., and points out pros and cons. However, she doesn't pick any favorites.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOnce you've narrowed your choice to a few models, sites such as Amazon.com are worth a visit to peruse owner ratings. Owners describe the kinds of real-life scenarios that are useful and illustrative of the stroller's strengths and weaknesses. Because Amazon.com is such a major online retailer with a reputation for reviews, many of the most popular strollers will have a minimum of 20 and as many as 200+ reviews -- good for both generalizing purposes and for specific detail analysis.
by Contributors to Babies "R" Us
Our AssessmentBabies "R" Us offers a decent number of user reviews for umbrella strollers. The reviews are similar to Amazon.com user reviews. Parents use a 5-star ranking system and a narrative section to review the actual stroller.
Traditional Stroller Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org provides extensive stroller coverage and ratings that include umbrella strollers. ConsumerReports.org rates strollers according to ease of use, maneuverability, safety and folded size. Because the distinctions between lightweight and umbrella strollers can be blurry, it is important to look at each model carefully. The write-ups aren't highly detailed, but do provide a brief overview. A number of the strollers on the list have been discontinued, making this report seem very dated.
2012 BIG Stroller Roll-Out!
by Stroller Queen
Our AssessmentThe Stroller Queen presents what she considers the most promising strollers for 2012. She also provides stroller news and highly descriptive reviews of strollers on her blog.
Stroller Reviews for Savvy Moms
by Amy Tanathorn
Our AssessmentAmy Tanathorn, founder of Stroller Envy, reviews a number of strollers, including umbrella strollers. She also has a list of the top strollers, divided by price. Some strollers just have overviews, but a number have thorough reviews based upon real-world use and some include a video review, much like BabyGizmo.com.
Strollers and Buggies
by Contributors to Mumsnet.com
Our AssessmentMumsnet.com members are invited to rate strollers according to nine criteria. Results are averaged, and each stroller is given an overall rating along with a short editorial summary. The Maclaren Triumph, Maclaren Quest Sport and Maclaren Volo get a lot of coverage, but the Mamas and Papas Tour is also well reviewed.
Stroller and Pram Reviews
by Rebecca Ciaramidaro
Our AssessmentAustralia's answer to ConsumerReports.org carefully tests an extensive list of strollers for durability, ease of use and safety specifications. Thirteen make Choice magazine's "what to buy" list, including the Chicco Liteway and the Maclaren Volo and Quest.
Babble Best 2011 Strollers
by Editors of Babble.com
Our AssessmentBabble.com tested 30 new strollers to create its list of Best Strollers in multiple categories; their best umbrella stroller is the Bumbleride Flite. They list the Mutsy Easyrider as one of three runners up. The Chicco Liteway is a runner up for "Best On a Budget" and the Mamas and Papas Tour wins best "Reader's Choice" while the Cybex Ruby and Peg Perego Si are runners up.
Best New Strollers: Winter 2012
by Michelle Horton
Our AssessmentThis seasonal roundup of the Best New Strollers offers brief overview reviews with highlights and "perfect for" descriptions that place the strollers with certain types of parents. This is an update on Babble.com's preparation towards the more comprehensive Best of 2012 feature.
Top 2012 Baby Strollers
by Editors of PeppyParents.com
Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, Peppy Parents is a consumer site that sells products and garners reviews from owners. They have a list of top strollers for 2012 that they have chosen through testing hundreds of strollers in all categories based upon quality, value, helpfulness, style and performance. The reviews are fairly detailed, but are more of an overview of the stroller features rather than a review of the actual experience of owning and using the strollers. There are also far fewer owner comments on this site than other, similar sites.
by Editors of Baby-Gaga.com
Our AssessmentBaby-Gaga.com's stroller reviews combine insights from editors and parents. The write-ups are balanced, detailed and critical, and strollers with at least 20 full-length user reviews are assigned scores for parent rating and durability. While these reviews are excellent, some of them are now out of date, and a number of the strollers have either been discontinued or have been subject to recalls, and that information has not been updated.
Top 10 Lightweight Baby Strollers
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentHeather Corley, About.com's baby products guide, lists her favorite lightweight strollers. Most are umbrella strollers. There's no indication that Corley performed any testing. Instead, strollers are chosen for their features and weight. (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 AssessmentRobin Elise Weiss, the About.com guide to pregnancy, reviews a few stroller models: the Bugaboo Bee, Maclaren Volo and Maclaren Triumph. The write-ups are based on personal testing, with pros and cons, and each stroller gets a rating -- but they all get 5 stars, and the reviews are not very critical. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
The 9 Best Single Strollers of 2011
by Ali Martell
Our AssessmentThis roundup of top strollers offers a nice clear intro that directs parents to focus on their own specific needs in choosing a stroller. The reviews themselves are short and cover key strengths with parental perspective gathered from user reviews and a list of features.
Our Ultimate Stroller Guide
by Erin Smith
Our AssessmentThis is a roundup article that walks parents through a handful of strollers explaining which lifestyle each stroller fits best and pointing out feature highlights. There is no mention of testing, and no negatives are mentioned.
2012 Baby Travel Gear Guides
by Corinne McDermott
Our AssessmentA writer, frequent flyer and mother of two, Corinne McDermott explores topics related to family travel, including product reviews, travel tips and airline policies toward baby and child gear. She has only one stroller review on her site, of the UppaBaby G-Luxe, because, until recently she says, practically any stroller was suitable for airline travel. However, some airlines have recently changed their stroller policies and require them to weigh less than 20 pounds, leading her to explore a lightweight stroller option.
Buyer's Guide 2012 Strollers
by Editors of FitPregnancy.com
Our AssessmentThis seems to be a roundup of strollers that are available to purchase in 2012. The reviews are very brief, with just an overview of key features and advantages to the strollers covered. It is not comparative or ranked, and they are not sorted in any logical manner, such as by lifestyle, age of child, etc. None of our umbrella stroller picks are in this particular roundup, but there are brief reviews of the Graco Ipo and UppaBaby G-Lite in an older roundup.
9 Best Strollers
by Margaret Williams
Our AssessmentThis article recommends strollers in three categories -- eco-friendly, budget and deal. Editors don't mention any testing, but they do describe the features they like about the strollers. They do say they removed a Maclaren stroller from the list after it was recalled.
by Michelle Rotman
Our AssessmentThis is a roundup with brief reviews of seven strollers from joggers to umbrellas that will "get you and yours around town in safety and style -- whether you're going first class or economy." The reviews are very brief, with just a paragraph mentioning features. It's not comparative and no testing seems to have been done.
Top Strollers Under $100
by Christina Holt
Our AssessmentThis roundup of nine strollers offers brief reviews that note key features of the strollers and a brief overview of each pick. The review is not comparative, there is no mention of testing, and it does not include lower age/weight ratings, just upper weight ranges.
Umbrella Stroller Showdown
by Abbi Perets
Our AssessmentThis "stroller showdown" evaluates strollers on the basis of price, style, safety, maneuverability and ease of use. The review is comparative and detailed, covering price, features and ease of use. The Chicco Liteway is the winner of the three contending picks. The only downside is the age of the review. One of the strollers has since been discontinued; the other will be completely revamped in 2013.
by Dates vary by review
Our AssessmentThe Stroller Girl is a mother of nine (including triplets born in 2012) named Nikki. She's similar to the Stroller Queen in that she is obsessed with strollers and does reviews using one or more of her own children to illustrate fit to stroller and her own car for examples of fit to car. Her reviews are detailed and balanced, but not comparative. However, unlike the Stroller Queen, she sticks to the topic at hand -- strollers -- rather than going off on literary tangents about outings. She also follows up after using the stroller for a while. She'd be ranked more highly if she'd been around longer. She does not have any roundups of stroller picks, just individual reviews.
Best Baby Stroller Reviews
by Editors of and contributors to Pregnancy & Newborn magazine
Our AssessmentThese reviews are written by moms and describe the mom's experiences with the strollers out of the box. The reviews are generally glowing, and models are not compared. This is a good source to find out what is likeable about certain models, but almost reads like an Amazon.com user review, without the context of other viewpoints.
Parenting Resources 2010 Winners
Our AssessmentAwards are based on feedback from independent judges and parents. We would rate this source higher if there were more transparency in the testing process. The Inglesina Trip is one of eight strollers to get an award and is the only umbrella-style stroller to receive an award. The reviews themselves are extremely brief.
Umbrella Stroller Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentThis is a user-review site with ratings for a number of popular umbrella strollers. It tends to have fewer user reviews than sites such as Amazon.com or ToysRUs.com. However, parents who choose to write in offer solid, user-based critiques that are detailed and helpful.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, Target.com makes it possible for consumers to rate products on a 5-point scale and write reviews. However, most strollers reviewed on Target's website receive only one or two reviews, so it's not as helpful as sites with more user reviews.