Top 10 Baby Strollers for 2014

best_strollers_2014kIf you are feeling overwhelmed stroller shopping process you are not along. Many parents feel lost because there are a lot of great models on the market. Every year there are many new releases that raise the bar for a modern stroller and the 2014 is not an exception.

I’ve already written an article on some of the cool new strollers that will be coming out later this year, but I also wanted to put together a list of top strollers that you can get RIGHT NOW. Not all of them are brand new, some of them have been released a while ago, but still hold their spot. I will be updating this list as the year goes by and new strollers come out. Of course they have to meet my high standards first before making it to my special top 10.

All of the strollers below are high quality and very practical. For me it’s important for the stroller to have large canopy, deep recline, adjustable handle bars, adjustable leg rest, large basket, additional storage, travel system capability, price, and most importantly light weight.

1. Mamas & Papas Armadillo

This is absolutely my favorite stroller right now! It’s a lightweight modern looking stroller that created a big splash in the stroller industry. It weighs only 17 lbs, but has a capability to convert into a travel system. It’s full of luxury features like large canopy with a sunvisor, roomy seat, deep one-hand recline, adjustable leg rest, large basket, flip-flop friendly brake, and all-wheel suspension. I really like the one-hand compact fold. The small foot print makes is great for urban lifestyle. The City Mini and Britax B-Agile have a serious competition here! The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. The Armadillo retails for $250 on Amazon and comes with a rain cover. Here is my detailed review »

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2. Bumbleride Indie

The Indie is one of the most popular joggers on today’s market. I love this stroller because it is full of great features like HUGE canopy, adjustable foot rest, adjustable handle bar, deep recline, large easy to access basket, and easy fold. The seat is made out of bamboo-nylon eco-friendly fabric that is very easy to clean. The air filled all-terrain tires can tackle any terrain providing a smooth ride. Weighing ONLY 20 lbs, this is the lightest jogging stroller that is full of luxury features. It has a travel system capability and can convert into a pram with a purchase of an additional bassinet. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 45 lbs. It retails for $530 and comes with a car seat adapter, cup holder and a bumper bar. Read my full review »

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3. BOB Motion

The Motion model was a pleasant surprise from BOB company that usually specializes in joggers. It’s an all-terrain stroller that rolls on four air-filled tires. The state-of-the-art suspension system found usually only on joggers will provide your child with extra smooth ride. The maneuverability on Motion is superb! Parents love it for great features like roomy seat, adjustable handle bar, huge canopy, deep recline and one-hand fold. You can really take it anywhere: long walk in the park, store, or doctor’s office. It weighs only 23 lbs and has a travel system capability. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 76 lbs (basically till college. LOL.) It retails for around $320 and comes with a car seat adapter. Here is my detailed review »

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4. Britax B-Agile

B-Agile is one of them most popular strollers that has been staying in my top 10 list for a while. It’s hard to beat this lightweight compact stroller that has all of the features of a regular stroller. It looks exactly like my favorite City Mini, but is even better! I know, it’s hard to believe. It has a huge canopy, roomy seat, deep recline, large basket, and all-wheel suspension. More importantly it weighs ONLY 16 lbs and has that amazing one-hand fold. You can totally have your child in one hand and fold the stroller with the other. I also really like the material of the seat which is made out of high quality easy-to-clean fabric. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. It retails for around $230.  Read my full review »

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5. Baby Jogger City Mini GT

This is an upgraded version of City Mini. It has an amazing huge canopy with two peekaboo windows (it’s that big!), adjustable handle bar, deep recline, roomy padded seat, hand brake, and my favorite easy one-hand fold. The  forever-air tires and front-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride absorbing a lot of bumps. The maneuverability on GT is FANTASTIC. It is really a one-hand stroller. Weighing only 21 lbs, GT has all the features of a luxury stroller for a reasonable price. It’a perfect stroller for everyday use. Take it to the park for a long walk, grocery shopping, or to the mall.  The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. It can be purchased for around $245 depending on the color.  Read my full review »

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6. UPPAbaby Vista

Vista was on my list for last year and it’s still here. This is one of the COOLEST looking strollers that comes with a matching bassinet that allows you to turn it into a fashionable pram. LOV it! It’s full of great features like reversible seat, adjustable foot rest, telescoping handle bar, large basket, deep recline, great canopy with hidden sunvisor, forever wheels with all wheel suspension, and easy fold. It also has an option of adding a rumble seat for a second child. This luxury stroller weighs only 25 lbs (not bad for a reversible seat stroller). The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. You can buy it around $729.99 and it comes with a matching bassinet, mosquito net, rain cover, bumper bar, bassinet bug net, and bassinet storage bag. Read my full review »

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7. Joovy Qool

The Qool is a new luxury full size stroller from Joovy. This modern looking stroller got a lot of people talking right after hitting the market in the beginning of this year. It has reversible seat with a super soft insert that feels almost like a memory foam. The adjustable handle bar and the bumper bar are covered with high quality leather.  The high-tech four wheel suspension system and sealed bearing wheels will provide a smooth ride for your baby. The maneuverability is outstanding! I really like its huge canopy that goes all the way to the bumper bar shading your child completely. The Qool also features adjustable foot rest, 5 point harness, large basket, easy fold, and flip-flop friendly brake. The seat can accommodate a child from 3 months and up to 55 lbs. It also can be converted into a travel system for a newborn baby. It weighs only 21.5 lbs (lightweight for a reversible seat stroller). This stroller can be purchased for $549.99 in one of the 10 gorgeous colors (avocado color is my favorite :) ). Here is my full review »

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8. Contours Bliss 4-in-1

This amazing stroller converts from infant car seat carrier, to pram, to take away carrycot, to a stroller – all in one piece! Since the seat transforms into a carrycot, you don’t even need to purchase a separate bassinet. How great is that? The seat is reversible and very roomy. And, you only need one hand to reverse it. I mean WOW!  It also has a huge canopy that goes all the way to the bumper bar, large basket, additional storage pockets, front-wheel suspension, flip-flop friendly brake, telescoping handle bars, never-flat tires, and easy fold. It comes with a cup holder, swing-away bumper bar, footmuff and infant car seat adapter that is compatible with over 20 most popular car seats.  The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 40 lbs. This baby weighs 24.5 lbs and retails for $399Here is my full review »

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9. Peg Perego Book Plus

This is a great addition to the Peg Perego family. This stroller won my heart with its amazing large canopy, adjustable foot rest, all-wheel suspension, adjustable handle bar, roomy seat, deep one-hand recline, and reversible seat. It weighs only 22 lbs (very low for a reversible seat stroller) and has that easy one-hand fold that we all like. The included footmuff helps to create a bassinet like environment for the newborn. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 45 lbs. It retails for around $450 and comes with foot muff, cup holder, bumper bar, and rain cover.  Read my full review »

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10. Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan

Last but not least is the Cosmopolitan. It’s a luxury slick modern buggy that has a reversible seat that also converts into a FLAT BED for a newborn, so you don’t even need to buy a bassinet. It is a very compact stroller with an easy fold and great maneuverability. Perfect for urban lifestyle! It also features large canopy, all-wheel suspension, Aerotech never-flat tires,flip-flop friendly brake, adjustable foot rest, and a huge basket that can handle 22 lbs of stuff!  The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 44 lbs. You can also convert it into a travel system. This buggy is on the heavy side weighing 26 lbs.  It retails for $549.99 and comes with a bumper bar. Here is my full review »

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~Susan Brian

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Comments

  1. nikki cooper says:

    hi! im trying to see the best stroller for my needs. Looking for somthing my three year old can fit in now until our new baby comes in july 2014. I would like one handed folding and a large easy to get into basket are my main concerns thanks for the help!

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Nikki. There are so many great strollers. I don’t know if you are looking for an all terrain stroller or not, but I can recommend BOB Motion which is a great stroller suitable for kids from birth and up to 76 lbs (which is basically to college). LOL. It has huge canopy, adjustable padded 5 point harness, adjustable handle bar, large basket, and large storage pocket in the back of the seat. You will love it! Susan

  2. amanda says:

    Hi, Im having my first baby in July and cant decide on a stroller. I am not runner, but want to use the stroller for fast walking and want it to be good for walks on the beach. Live in SC so good UV and bug protection is a must. I am 5’2 and my husband is 6’3 so adjustable handlebar is needed. Is the uppababy vista truly worth the price tag? Most likey plan to have a second child in a few years.

  3. Kirsten says:

    Hi, What do you think about Bugaboo strollers in general? Specifically, the Bugaboo Donkey?

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Kristen. I love Bugaboo style and high quality. I think they make fabulous strollers. They are expensive! LOL. ~Susan

  4. Mayra says:

    Hi Susan!
    I love the Post…
    I’m looking for a lightweight stroller and my favorites are Mini City and Britax B Agile. But both don’t have reversible seat and I still don’t know how it will be important for me.
    What do you think about the Bugaboo Bee? It’s a lightweight stroller with a reversible seat… But I didn’t find a lot of reviews about it.
    Thank you

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Mayra. Between the City Mini and B-Agile I like B-Agile a little more. Rerversible seat is important only when your child is little. Toddlers don’t want to seat in the stroller period! Bugaboo Bee is a good quality stroller but is very bulky and doesn’t have that easy one-hand fold that B-Agile and City Mini do. Take a look at Aramadillo by Mamas and Papas. It’s a another great lightweight stroller. There will be also Armadillo Flip coming out soon which will have the reversible seat you want! ~Susan

  5. Patty says:

    Hi could you suggest a stroller for a 2month old I would like something were she can grow with if thats available I’am currently using a travel system… I would like something not over 600 dollars or is that not being realistic? Thank you for your help.

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Patty. I would be happy to help you. There are a lot of great strollers under $600 that will be perfect for a newborn. Could you give me a little more info into your lifestyle and things you like to do? For longs at the park, I would recommend getting an all-terrain stroller. For quick ins and outs out of the store and shopping mall something more compact and lighter with smaller wheels. Susan

  6. Marlene says:

    I am a 65 year old grandma taking care of her eight month old grandson and loving it. I’m looking for a stroller in the $200 – $250 range. My biggest wish is a stroller in which the baby would be able to sit totally upright. I would like one that’s seat reclines, a bar across the front, large canopy, comfortably padded and not too heavy. It would mostly be used in the city but being able to handle rougher terrain would be good. If I have to pay more for all of these features, I will consider other strollers. I am overwhelmed by the choices and was pleased to discover your website. Hope you can help. :)

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Mariene. The Peg Perego Vela Easy Drive is a lightweight compact stroller that has a very upright seat. It weighs only 16 lbs, has almost flat recline, large storage basket underneath and comes with a child’s tray. It’s a great stroller for running errands around town. The best news is that it’s in your price range! Susan

  7. Patricia says:

    Hi there Susan,

    I’m a nanny and a baby gear enthusiast since I was 12 years old. I used to want to design strollers, but I decided my love of books and writing outweighed my love to design. I decided to be a nanny while working towards my writing career. Anyway, I’m surprisingly expecting my first baby in November. I’ve tested and tried out many strollers over the years and always decided that I would go with a Vista as it’s one of my favorites. Well now that I’m really having my own baby, I’m at a cross roads between two strollers, The Vista, and The City Versa with the GT wheel kit by Baby Jogger. I love both these strollers but I’m pretty sure my boyfriend is only going to let me have one lol. I need an all terrain stroller as we love to hike and take mountain trails, but I’m not into air filled tires because they’ve busted on me a few times as a nanny. It would mainly be on walking trails I suppose, because if we hike up, we would just take a carrier. I want a seat that is reversible as social interaction and security is important to me for my child. I would like a large basket and a higher weight capacity as I expect this kid to be on the large and solid variety lol. I also want a bassinet feature. I’m pretty sure both these strollers can handle what I would like, but I just don’t know what to pick. I may save a hundred dollars in the end after getting all the accessories I want with the Baby Jogger, but that’s not enough of a trade off if the vista would handle the terrain as good as the GT wheels would. What would you choose?
    Thanks. Sorry for the long post.

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Patricia. I would go with Vista because it’s a such a great luxury stroller. The wheels will handle any terrain with no problem and the bassinet is to die for! Of course you will need a lighter stroller for quick trips and traveling, but I would definitely get Vista for everyday use if your budget allows. ~Susan

  8. Kasey says:

    Hey Susan! Do you know if the Mamas & Papa’s Armadillo stroller is compatible with the Britax B Safe infant seat? I haven’t been able to find an adaptor for it. If there is not one, do you have another infant seat you would recommend that is compatible with the Armadillo? Thanks for the review!!

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Kasey. I don’t think there is an adapter for Britax BSafe. Armadillo is compatible with following car seats:
      -Cybex Aton/Aton2/Aton Q
      -Graco Snugride 35/Snugride Click Connect
      -Chicco KeyFit 30
      -Nuna
      -Maxi Cosi Citi/Pebble/Cabriofix/Mico/Prezi
      -Besafe Izi Go

      Out of the whole list, I personally really like Chicco KeyFit 30. It’s a great car seat. The most important thing to remember about car seats is that the best car seat is the that is INSTALLED CORRECTLY. All the car seats are safe if you install it right. Unfortunately, 70% car seats are installed incorrectly. Hope this helps. Susan

  9. Janet says:

    Bob Sport is the best one I suppose! I’ve been using it with my little one for more than a year, and enjoying it during runs, hikes and walks!

  10. K Lawrence says:

    Hi Susan,

    I was wondering if you could please point us in the right direction.
    We are after a stroller with the following wish list:
    * Biggest wish is for it to be adaptable with a car seat, bassinet, forward facing and back facing seat for when baby gets a little bigger. A great ,safe and sturdy frame with the option to add accessories as the baby gets bigger without having to buy a whole new stroller.
    * We love to walk and run
    * We travel around the world a lot so a stroller that is light weight, compact, easy to collapse and easy to travel with.
    * we would also like to eventually add another baby to the family, so it would be great if it has an option to turn into a tandem stroller.

    Any recommendationswould be really appreciated!

    Thanks
    K

  11. Brandi says:

    Hi Susan, I want a jogging stroller that is reversible, allowing the baby to face you or away. Any suggestions?

  12. SD217 says:

    Hi! I’m a first time mom-to-be and with all the endless choices it seems near impossible to find something that is optimal when it comes to baby gear. I wanted to know if the GB Evoq or the new Britax Affinity were strollers you would suggest or have reviewed? We want to be practical and everyone in our area seems to have a Vista or Bugaboo. I am concerned that those will be too heavy for me, etc. and a pricepoint we were not considering.

    Any advice would be much apprciated!
    Thank you!

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Sd217. I like new Britax Affinity a lot. I have not tested GB Evoq myself. It says that GB Evoq weighs 35 lbs which is super heavy. Another stroller to look at is Joovy Qool. It weighs only 21 lbs and I just saw it on Amazon for $420! Great deal! Keep in mind that you can always go with a cheaper car seat because they are all safe as long as they are installed properly. Let me know if you need help narrowing it down. Thank you. Susan

  13. kristina says:

    hi Susan,
    I’am expecting and have finding really difficult to chose the stroller. As more i’m reading reviews on internet i’m getting more confuse….I’m living in Dubai,and what i could realize here are very popular strollers such as : stokke;mima ; chico ;… but unfortunately i cant find any reviews on them and they are not on any top 10 list so far….would like to know what is your opinion regarding this brands…
    best regards

    • Susan Brian says:

      Hi Kristina. It all depends on your lifestyle. Do you need all-terrain tires? Are you going to travel a lot? Some people care about style and fashion more than practical aspect of the strollers. Others could care less about the look but want it to be comfortable and affordable. What are your priorities? Susan

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