Best New Baby Gear 2013 [Part 2: Strollers and Carriers]

Welcome to part two of BC’s Best New Baby Gear posts.

Below you’ll find the most interesting new strollers and carriers hitting the market. Some came out in late 2012 and some will do so later this year. In addition to the MSRP and availablility date, I’m also including useful snippets from reviews and press releases along with links so that you can read more, see the specs, etc.

And if these prices seem especially high to you, remember than these are MSRP or list prices. Expect to be able to save 15% or more on these items within the first year they’re on the market depending on brand.

Strollers

  • BOB Motion (shown). $349. BOB’s first four-wheel stroller, “the MOTION’s lightweight aluminum frame represents the company’s most compact design and  complements the BOB joggers as a daily stroller.” Press release. Holds kids up to 65 lbs. Available now at REI.com.
  • *Quinny Yezz.  $279. Holds kids up to 40 lbs.”The Quinny Yezz is the newest addition to the company’s stroller line. The umbrella-like stroller only weighs 11 pounds and comes with a carrying strap, making it great for travel.” LilSugar.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available in March.
  • Chicco Liteway Plus. $179.99 at Amazon. Holds kids up to 40 lbs. “The Liteway Plus functions as both an infant car seat carrier and a lightweight compact stroller offering extended use. As a carrier it offers a canopy, compact fold, and  “click” ICS attachment. As a stroller it offers a full recline, adjustable leg rest, and parent cup holder.” ChildrensProductNews.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now. Chicco is also debuting the Echo, which runs $99.99 and holds kids up to 40 lbs. It’s available at Target.
  • Baby Jogger Summit x3. $429 ($649 double). “Wider and taller than its predecessor, the stroller features more headroom for older tots. It also has a remote swivel wheel lock” LilSugar.com. Available in May.
  • Mountain Buggy Mini. $349.99. “Ultra Lightweight, Ultra slim single hand fast fold stroller… Perfect for city parents on the go, you can quickly fold it and stand it up (because it stays!) when on public transportation or to store it at your home. It’s full-size tires make navigating the city a cinch and its full swivel front wheel is designed for city focused maneuverability.” Bump Club Chicago via ABCLocal. Available now.
  • Valco Zee. $329.99. Holds kids up to 45 lbs. “The Zee is not only much more durable than you’d think, it’s 18 lbs and 21 inches wide—which means it’s about 2-3 inches more narrow than many strollers in its class.  The fold is AMAZING and I can actually remove the wheels and store it on a shelf in my closet” BabyGuyGearGuide.com. Available  now.

Carriers

  • Ergobaby Stowaway travel carrier. $115. “The Stowaway Carrier is compact and lightweight and can fold into itself as a pouch that is easy to take everywhere you go. “ThriftyandChicMom.com. Availble now.
  • Ergobaby Urban Chic travel carrier. $115. “More masculine and tailored than its typical carrier, it is made from recycled plastic” LilSugar.com. Available now.
  • JJCole Agility Wrap. Around $50. Stretch carrier, eliminates the worry of a traditional wrap with its unique back panel design that distributes baby’s weight evenly with multiple secure and comfortable carrying positions. Press release. Release date unknown.
  • JJCole Medley Carrier. Around $90. Three-position infant carrier cradles baby in an ergonomic hug that is best for baby’s hip position. Features easy-adjust buckles, thick straps and seat extender. Press release Release date unknown.

See more new gear for 2013See Part 1: Car Seats | Part 3: Boosters, Breast Pumps and More 

 

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9 Great Double Strollers Under $180

Double strollers are expensive! How can you find one that fits your budget, and how do you know which style and model is best for you? This post should help.

First, you’ll need to think about whether you want the seats to have a twin (side by side) or tandem (front and back) arrangement. BC parents’ opinions are mixed.

  • Tandem: Fits through doorways and through crowds more easily. Kid’s can’t bother each other as much
  • Twin: Both kids have equal visibility.
To decide which is best for you, think about the following: How will you use the stroller? Shopping? Walks around your neighborhood? Will you be lifting it often? Does it need to fit in to the trunk of your car?
The Strollers

Graco Twin IPO (side by side, umbrella): $157.98 at Hayneedle. Max weight per child: 50 lbs. Stroller weight: 32.5 lbs.

Mia Moda Facile Twin (side by side, umbrella): $139.98  at Hayneedle. Max weight per child: 40 lbs.

Baby Trend Sit and Stand Double (tandem, standard): $166.95 at Baby Viva. Rear seat reclines almost fully. Max weight per child: 40 lbs. Stroller weight: 32.5 lbs.

Combi Twin Sport (side by side, lightweight): $179.99 at Albee Baby. Max weight per child: 45 lbs. Compatible with Shuttle 33 car seat. Stroller weight: 22.25 lbs.

Graco DuoGlider in Scribbles (tandem, lightweight): $139.99 at Target. Rear seat is slightly raised so rear child can see better. Rear seat reclines fully. Holds 2 infant car seats. Snack trays. Max weight per child: 40 lbs. Stroller weight: 29.5 lbs.

Jeep Traveler Tandem Stroller (tandem, standard): $170 at Walmart. Rear seat can accomodate 16 kinds of infant car seats. Max weight per child: 40 lbs. Stroller weight: 36.8 lbs.

InStep Safari Swivel Wheel Double (side by side, sport): $149 at Amazon. For kids 6 months and up. Pneumatic tires. Max weight per child: 50 lbs. Stroller weight: 37 lbs.

Baby Trend Expedition Double (side by side, sport): $179 at Walmart. For kids 6 months and up. Locking swivel wheels. Pneumatic tires. Max weight per child: 50 lbs. Stroller weight: 32.48 lbs.

Graco Quattro Tour Duo (tandem, full-size): $169.99  at Albee Baby. Rear seat reclines flat. Max weight per child: 50 lbs. front, 40 lbs. rear. Stroller weight 39 lbs.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, consider the MaclarenTwin Triumph ($220 at Albee Baby) and Joovy Scooter x2 (around $230 at Amazon). The Twin Triumph is a real parent favorite. It’s a beefed up umbrella stroller that holds kids up to 55 lbs. The scooter is a narrow lightweight side by side that, according to the manufacturer, fits through any door.

 

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8 Popular, Highly Rated Strollers Under $75

Trying to stick to a tight budget? Need an extra stroller for grandma’s house? Here are eight bestselling, highly rated strollers priced at $75 or less:

Note: The star ratings listed below are from Amazon.com (for consistency), but the prices are the lowest that I could find online regardless of retailer.

Tip: Click through and read the reviews to find out what buyers think the pros and cons are for each stroller. You can often find video reviews on YouTube as well.

The Strollers

Best for babies 6 months and up

The First Years Jet in City Chic (4/5 stars from 486 reviewers): $36.94 at Walmart.com. Max weight: 50 lbs. Stroller weight: 11 lbs.

The First Years Ignite in Navy: 4.5/5 stars from 404 reviewers: $57 at Amazon. Max weight: 50 lbs. Stroller weight: 14 lbs. Curious about hte difference between the Jet and Ignite? According to reviews: The Ignite offers locking wheels, longer handles (the Jet doesn’t). The Ignite’s seat is larger.

Chicco Capri Ct0.6 Lightweight stroller in Tangerine: 4/5 stars from 234 reviewers: $69.99 at Amazon. Max weight 37 lbs. Stroller weight: 11 lbs.

Kolcraft Contours Lite in Tangerine: 4.5/5 stars from 247 reviewers: $65 at Amazon. Large storage basket. Free stand, one-hand fold. Max weight 4o lbs. Stroller weight: 13.7 lbs.

Best car seat stroller

Graco SnugRider (4.5/5 stars from 384 reviewers): $65.66 at Amazon. One hand fold. Stroller weight: 12.87 lbs.

Baby Trend Snap n Go Single (4/5 stars from 96 reviewers) $55.98 at Walmart.com. Carries most major brands of infant car seats. Stroller weight: 12 lbs.

Best for young infants

Graco LiteRider in Zooland (4.5/5 stars from 105 reviewers): $67.66 at Amazon. One hand fold. Max weight 40 lbs. Stroller weight: 16.8 lbs. Accepts all Graco infant car seats.

Jeep Cherokee Sport in React (4.5/5 stars from 171 reviewers): $44 at Walmart.com. 130 degree recline. Free stand, one-hand fold. Large storage basket. Max weight: 50 lbs. Stroller weight 16.8 lbs. Does not accept infant car seats.

Other strollers to look at if you’re willing to spend just a bit more: Maclaren Volo (umbrella), Graco Alano (Lightweight), Baby Trend Expedition Jogger (sport), Graco Duoglider (double). All of these strollers come in under $150.

Should You Spend More?

I’m a big believer in the idea that you don’t always need the best of everything. Depending on your how you’ll use the stroller, all those bells and whistles may be overkill–kind of like driving a Ferrari through the carpool line. Consider your child, your day-to-day routine and your budget very carefully to determine what features you really require in a stroller.

While all of the strollers in the list offer excellent bang for the buck, spending a bit more should get you a stroller with a higher weight limit, better handling, better durability, and/or more amenities. A more expensive stroller may be easier to resell, which should help you recoup at least of the extra cost.

If you just can’t afford to upgrade but feel that you need more than the strollers above offer, consider a secondhand ride. Try Craigslist, your local consignment stores, and other fave second-hand sources. Always inspect the stroller carefully and check for recalls.

What are your favorite budget strollers?

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10 Best Strollers Under $90

Whether you need a stroller to keep at grandma’s house or you’re simply super thrifty, you’ll appreciate this list of the best strollers under $90.

Best lightweight stroller: Chicco Ct0.6 (Capri): Only 11 lbs. and comes in lots of yummy colors. Max. weight 37 lbs. For babies 6 months and up. $64.54 at Amazon.

Best if you have a tiny budget: The First Years Ignite: 5 reclining positions and 50 lb. max weight. $52 at Amazon;  or Kolcraft Contours Lite:  Big storage basket, 40 lbs max weight. Reclines so that it can be used with newborns.. $54 at Amazon.

Best umbrella stroller: Maclaren Volo: From 6 months and up. High weight limit (55 lbs) makes it great for bigger kids, too. On closeout at AlbeeBaby.com for $79.99.

Best lightweight side-by-side: Dream On Me Double Twin Stroller. Fully reclining seats. 40 lbs. max weight (each side). $82.99 at Amazon.

Best sport stroller: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller: Locking swivel wheel. Max weight 50 lbs. $89.99 on sale at AlbeeBaby.com.

Best full featured stroller for newborns: Graco LiteRider or Jeep Cherokee Sport. The Jeep Cherokee Sport is a bit lighter than the LiteRider, but otherwise the reviews and specs are very similar.. 40 lb. max. weight. $45 at Amazon. LiteRider Accepts Graco infant seats, while the Cherokee Sport does not accept infant car seats. $75 to $80. 40 lb. max weight. $58.54 at Amazon.

Best car seat stroller: Baby Trend Snap n Go. $49.54 plus shopping at Walmart.com. If you have a Graco infant seat, however, you may want to go with the Graco Snugrider Infant Car Seat Frame. $63.67 at Amazon.

I’d love your feedback on this list. Leave a comment!

Don’t see anything you like? Try Craigslist, your local consignment stores, and other fave second-hand sources to score a pricier stroller for less.

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“Buy It Now” Pricing on 10 Bestselling Double and Tandem Strollers

How do you know when it’s time to pull the trigger on a stroller purchase? I’ve analyzed sale prices on ten of the most popular double and tandem strollers to find the “Buy It Now” prices.

These “Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The Strollers:

  • Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem, Ruby; List Price: $260 | Buy Price: $170
  • Chicco Cortina Together Double, Fuego; List Price: $300 | Buy Price: $273
  • Graco Duoglider LX, Pippin: List Price: $170 | Buy Price: $150
  • Baby Trend Double Sit N Stand, Elixer; List Price: $200 | Buy Price: $152
  • Graco Twin IPO, Platinum:  List Price: $190 | Buy Price: $170
  • Graco Quattro Tour Duo, Clairmont: List Price: $250 | Buy Price: $190
  • Maclaren Twin Triumph, Coffee & Silver: List Price: $265 | Buy Price: $210
  • Maclaren Twin Techno: List Price: $380 | Buy Price: $356
  • BOB Revolution SE Duallie, Orange: List Price: $660 (MAP Pricing) | Buy Price: $527
  • Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini Double: List Price: $430 MAP Pricing)| Buy Price: $344

Related:

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“Buy It Now” Pricing on 12 Bestselling Strollers [$150 and Up]

How do you know when it’s time to pull the trigger on a stroller purchase? I’ve analyzed sale prices on twelve of the most popular single strollers with list prices of $150 and up to find the “Buy It Now” prices.

These “Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The Strollers:

  • Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe in Zurich: List Price: $160 | Buy Price: $135
  • Chicco Cortina in Fuego: List Price: $180 | Buy Price: $152
  • Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini: List Price: $240 (MAP Pricing – difficult to find on sale) | Buy Price: $200
  • BOB Revolution SE: List Price: $450 (MAP Pricing – difficult to find on sale)| Buy Price: $383 
  • Britax B-Ready: List Price: $500 | Buy Price:  $400
  • Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller in Fierce: List Price: $240 | Buy Price: $152
  • Maclaren Techno XT: List Price: $320 | Buy Price: $291
  • The First Years Wave in Urban Life: List Price: $300 | Buy Price: $255
  • Maclaren Triumph: List Price: $170 to $250 | Buy Price: $150
  • Peg Perego Pliko P3: List Price: $400.00 | Buy Price: $330
  • Kolcraft Contours Options 3-Wheel: List Price: $170 | Buy Price: $115

Related:

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“Buy It Now” Pricing on 10 Bestselling Strollers [Under $150]

How do you know when it’s time to pull the trigger on a stroller purchase? I’ve analyzed sale prices on ten of the most popular single strollers under $150 to find the “Buy It Now” prices.

These “Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The Strollers:

  • Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller Frame: List Price: $70 | Buy Price: $56
  • Baby Trend Single Snap N’ Go: List Price: $70 | Buy Price: $56
  • Kolcraft Contours Lite in Tangerine: List Price: $120 | Buy Price: $54
  • The First Years Jet in City Chic: List Price: $50 | Buy Price: $36
  • The First Years Ignite in Red Stripe: List Price: $65 | Buy Price: $51
  • Graco Alano in Ally: List Price: $100 | Buy Price: $80
  • Baby Trend Expedition Jogger in Pantom: List Price: $110 | Buy Price: $90
  • Chicco Ct0.6 Capri: List Price: $70 | Buy Price: $56
  • Maclaren Volo: List Price: $130 | Buy Price: $99
  • Baby Trend Sit N Stand DX: List Price: $140 | Buy Price: $130

Related: “Buy It Now” Pricing on 12 Bestselling Car Seats

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ShopSmart Magazine Lists Best Jogging Strollers

The folks at Consumer Reports’  ShopSmart magazine tested six jogging strollers from BOB, INStep, Jeep, Joovy and Schwinn for ease of use of use (folding/unfolding, adjustment, etc.),  safety and performance on a variety of surfaces. All three winners come in under $200:

Schwinn Free Runner was the mag’s “plush” pick, scoring high in safety, ease of use, performance, and features. It’s $169.99 at BabiesRUs with free shipping.

InStep Run Around LTD (shown) was ShopSmart’s bargain buy at $130 (list price). Testers liked the performance, and gave a thumbs-up to the canopy. It’s on sale for $106.99 at Amazon with free shipping (via BabyAge).

Jeep Overland Limited scored well in safety tests. Reviewers also liked all the bells and whistles (cup holders, storage basket etc.). It’s on sale for $185.54 at Amazon with free shipping and returns.

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2009 Stroller Ratings: Strollers you LOVE

Yesterday I told you which strollers were most popular among BC readers, but as we all learned in high school, just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it’s a joy to be around.

Which strollers received the highest satisfaction ratings in our recent BC reader poll? The following strollers received at least 10 ratings and scored an average rating of 4.5/5 or better:

  • BOB Revolution Duallie 4.9 $569
  • BOB Revolution 4.88. $389
  • Bugaboo Cameleon 4.82. $899
  • UPPAbaby Vista 4. $600
  • Bugaboo Frog 4.57. $759
  • Baby Jogger Citi Mini Double 4.57. $399
  • Graco Snugrider Infant Car Seat Frame 4.56. $70
  • Baby Jogger City Mini 4.52. $229
  • Phil and Teds Sport Buggy 4.5. $450

You might notice that there are some pretty pricey strollers on this list, with the exception of the Snugrider and the City Mini. That doesn’t mean you need to spend $350 or more on a quality stroller. The strollers below offer great value at less cost:

BC’s 10 Stroller Picks $300 and Under
These popular, easy-on-the-budget strollers get awesome satisfaction ratings here and elsewhere.

  • Infant: Graco Snugrider Infant Car Seat Frame: 4.56 ave. 33 ratings. $70
  • Umbrella: Maclaren Volo: 56 ratings. 4.36 ave. $100
  • Lightweight: Maclaren Triumph: 37 ratings. 4.2 ave. $175
  • Lightweight: Maclaren Quest: 53 ratings. 4.38 ave. $200
  • Lightweight Twin: Maclaren Twin Triumph: 5 ratings. 4 ave. $250
  • Full Size: Graco Quattro Tour. 61 ratings. 4.1 ave. $160
  • Mid-weight: Chicco Cortina: 91 ratings. 4.25 ave $180
  • Jogger: Baby Jogger City Mini 23 ratings. 4.52 ave. $229
  • Jogger (if you really jog): Jeep Liberty Terrain, $130
  • Double Jogger: InSTEP Safari Double : 2 ratings. 5 ave. $200
  • Sit/Stand Double: Joovy Caboose: 10 ratings. 4 ave. $150 (Caboose Ultralight gets even better ratings at $300)

Notes:

  • If you want the BOB Revolution, I have seen them on sale for as low as $311, shipped. That was at REI.com during the Anniversary Sale in May.
  • Are the strollers in my list still out of your price range? Try to find the Metrolite on sale for under $100 (not too hard to do), or check out the following budget strollers under $100. They all get four stars or more in customer ratings:
  • Graco Glider,
  • Graco LiteRider,
  • Mia Moda Veloce,
  • Baby Trend Gabriella,
  • Cosco Avila
  • Combi Urban ST
  • Evenflo Journey Elite
  • Want to really save big? Hunt for a great used stroller at Craigslist, consignment stores, consignment sales, garage sales, ebay, Freepeats.org, or Freecycle.org.

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Reader Poll Results: 12 Most Popular Strollers

I’ve finished compiling the more than 1600 independent stroller ratings you submitted in the recent BC poll into six handy ratings and reviews documents that you can access any time in the “Essentials” section of BC’s right sidebar.

Want to know which brands and models were the most popular? Here’s a list of the top 12 in order of descending popularity, along with the reader rating and estimated retail price of the top three:

#1: Chicco Cortina
Rating: 4.25/5.
Est. retail price: $170.
Learn more about this stroller (shown above left).
Read the BC reader reviews

#2: BOB Revolution
Rating: 4.88/5
Est. retail price: $389
Read the BC reader reviews
Learn more about this stroller (shown right)

#3: Graco Metrolite
Rating: 3.89/5
Est. retail price: $130
Read the BC reader reviews
Learn more about this stroller (shown left)

The rest of the 12 most popular:
#4 Graco Quattro Tour
#5 Maclaren Volo
#6 Maclaren Quest
#7 Peg Perego Pliko P3
#8 Maclaren Triumph
#9 Phil and Teds Sport Buggy
#10 Graco SnugRider
#11 Chicco C6 / Ct0.6 / Capri umbrella stroller
#12 Baby Jogger Citi Mini

Top double strollers:
#1 Graco DuoGlider
#2 BOB Revolution Duallie

…But do they like them? Tomorrow I’ll tell you which of these strollers have the highest satisfaction ratings!

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