August 2013
by ConsumerSearch
The First Years Ignite

Best umbrella stroller under $80

  • Sturdy
  • Large wheels with traction
  • Reclines
  • Includes parent console
  • Heavier
  • Small basket and canopy

Bottom line

The First Years Ignite offers performance and convenience features that rival high-end umbrella strollers. According to reviewers, the stroller is extremely sturdy, and the larger 6-inch wheels with traction provide an easier ride over mixed terrain. The canopy and basket are skimpy, but for the price you get a durable, reclining stroller with a parent console and extra storage. It weighs 14.25 pounds, heavy for an umbrella stroller, but that extra weight adds stability. 


Improved safety features. Owners say that The First Years Ignite is so stable that 2-year-old children can climb in and out of it without it tipping over. The Ignite comes with a five-point safety harness and rear brakes that lock independently. The buckle gets mixed reviews; some parents say their child can't undo it in spite of their best efforts, while others say their tot had it open in a flash. It's reported as extremely sturdy and durable. The front wheels lock for extra stability on rougher terrain.

Ease of use

Comfortable for tall parents and child passengers. The First Years Ignite gets rave reviews for its ease of assembly and easy fold and unfold. It has a manual lock to keep it from opening when folded but no carry handle, although carrying it by the frame seems to be easy to do. Users say the recline is smooth and easy, even with the child in the seat. Owners describe the Ignite as easy to keep clean. There are a few isolated complaints about lifting its higher weight of 14 pounds, but most owners say the Ignite is still light for a reclining umbrella stroller. 

Lifestyle features

Well featured for the price. The First Years Ignite includes a lot of convenience features for the price. Parents rave about the parent console that holds drinks, keys and other small items. The under-seat storage basket is reported as small, but owners say the console makes up for it. The canopy is small but is also adjustable and removable. The Ignite has a partial recline to accommodate an infant with head control -- about 3 to 6 months, depending upon the child. Thanks to a wider seat base, parents say the Ignite is comfortable for larger kids who approach the 50-pound weight rating.

Where To Buy
The First Years Jet Stroller, City Chic (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Buy new: $54.99 $22.99   8 New from $22.99

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Our Sources

1. Baby Bargains

The 2013 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss The First Years brand in detail and the Ignite specifically.

Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition


The First Years Ignite Stroller is one of the highest-rated umbrella strollers on, earning an overall average of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 760 reviews. Owners love the sturdy frame and general ease of use. Some pan the small canopy and basket but say it's still a great stroller for the price.

Review: The First Years Ignite Stroller, Contributors to, As of August 2013

3. Babies 'R' Us

The First Years Ignite gets an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 35 reviews. Contributors say it's durable, easy to set up and stow, easy to maneuver and lightweight, but the basket is small.

Review: The First Years Ignite Stroller - Red Stripe, Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of August 2013


Mary Hunt, who writes a column called "Everyday Cheapskate," gives The First Years Ignite her Everyday Cheapskate Best Inexpensive seal of approval, saying it's a perfect stroller: attractive, highly maneuverable, comfortable and great for taller people. She also likes the handlebar console and says the stroller is built to last.

Review: The Best Inexpensive Stroller, Mary Hunt, Aug. 20, 2013


Christina Holt includes The First Years Ignite in her roundup of nine affordable strollers with great features. Her review of the Ignite is brief, and she just notes its key features with an overview.

Review: Top Strollers Under $100, Christina Holt, Aug. 6, 2012

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