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Full-Featured Strollers : Ratings of Sources

By: Saundra Latham on March 17, 2017

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Strollers: Ratings of Sources

Denise and Alan Fields, 2015, 11th edition

"Baby Bargains" grades each stroller manufacturer and comments on major models, ultimately recommending a range of strollers according to readers' lifestyles. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to come up with their recommendations. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased.

Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz, Sept. 15, 2016

Twenty-one full sized strollers, 19 umbrella strollers and 16 jogging strollers are given thorough reviews, including hands-on testing, by BabyGearLab staffers. Each is given an overall score, as well as weighted rankings for ease of use, maneuverability, safety, quality/durability, weight and size and ease-of-setup. Reviews include photos and pros and cons. Features are exhaustively detailed. The strollers are ranked against one another and are compared and contrasted.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test dozens of strollers, including traditional models, umbrella strollers and all-terrain strollers. The ratings break down ease of use, maneuverability and safety. The reviews are reliable and unbiased, including highs and lows for each model.

The Good Housekeeping Institute, Not Dated

Testers with the Good Housekeeping Research Institute pick six top strollers based on extensive testing. They name a top stroller and a runner-up in the following categories: traditional, umbrella and jogging. Accompanying blurbs briefly note pros and cons, but each stroller is more thoroughly reviewed elsewhere on the site.

Matthew Lee, Not Dated

Matthew Lee narrows a field of 22 strollers to five for hands-on testing. Three sets of parents with children from 7 months to 5 years helped test each model over several days. The top two models are described in great detail, but the runners-up are relegated to a few sentences. More helpful is the accompanying buying guide, which details what to look for in an umbrella stroller and how to properly care for one. Elsewhere on the site, other guides focus on full-size and jogging strollers.

Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not Dated

BabyCenter.com editors detail the winning standard stroller and five runners-up in the 2016 Moms' Picks Awards, which are based on recommendations from thousands of parents. Winners in the following niche categories are also named: value, quality, ease of use, looks and space-saving. Accompanying blurbs are brief, but link to more in-depth reviews. Elsewhere on the site, similar pages detail the winning umbrella and jogging strollers.

Meg Collins, Not Dated

LuciesList.com is a site devoted to recommending the best baby gear for new parents. Founder Meg Collins is a former Child Passenger Safety Technician who recommends 11 strollers at a variety of price points. She also provides a helpful overview of strollers and provides several lifestyle questions to ponder for parents who want to make the best pick. Elsewhere on the site, other pages recommend the best umbrella strollers and jogging strollers.

Editors of BabyList.com, Jan. 1, 2017

BabyList.com is a universal baby-gear registry that expectant parents can use with any online retailer. Editors base their seven stroller picks on what's popular with users and their own research. This roundup features recommendations for several lifestyles, including a budget option, splurge, and best stroller for city slickers.

Hollie Schultz, As of March 2017

BabyGizmo.com's 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 reviews of storage and other amenities.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2017

Amazon.com is one of a parent's best resources for real-world reviews of strollers. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with the seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.

Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of March 2017

Babies "R" Us is a solid source for customer reviews of strollers, particularly popular strollers and those exclusively sold at Babies "R" Us. Owners rate strollers on a one-to-five-star scale, and the site offers a helpful snapshot of reviewers' pros and cons. However, information generally isn't as detailed as it is at Amazon, and there tend to be not as many reviewers overall.

Contributors to Target.com, As of March 2017

Target.com is a popular destination for purchasing nursery accessories and baby gear. It sells fewer strollers than Amazon.com, and there are fewer reviews overall. But user feedback tends to be detailed and helpful, and there is a broad range of prices including budget and higher-end models.

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