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Mom-Tested: Best Strollers
Built to last
The king of simple, fuss-free designs scores again with the Maclaren Quest Sport. It's as sturdy as lightweights get, has top-notch steering, and practically opens and folds on its own.($225; rightstart.com)
RECALL ALERT: All Maclaren umbrella strollers have been recalled.
Read more about the recall here.
What a deal!
For under $100, you can get a UPPAbaby G-LiTE, the lightest stroller around -- just 8.3 pounds. It stands when folded, and the mesh seat keeps kids cool and is easy to clean (for extra comfort and warmth, just use the included cushioned seat cover). ($99; uppababy.com for stores)
"The attached shoulder strap makes it so portable, and it literally collapses with two fingers. I can take it anywhere!"
--Melinda LaConte, mom of Audrey, 2, Wilmington, MA
A great running mate
Proof that you don't need bike-size wheels for a bump-free jog, the ones on the BOB Revolution 12" AW are just a foot in diameter. Tight corners are no problem, thanks to a swiveling front wheel -- just lock it for a straight run on especially uneven terrain. ($379; bobgear.com for stores)
"It seemed to glide along, even on bumpy roads."
--Amy Grider, mom of Ava, 18 months, Kansas City, MO
Folding the Inglesina Zippy is truly hassle-free: it closes with one hand and stands on its own when folded. The high-fashion color combos are straight from Italy, and the high seat will make kids feel on top of the world. The removable cup holders and trays can stow his sippy and your latte. ($340; barebabies.com)
"I finally don't have to choose between a big and small stroller! This one folds up as small as any umbrella, and unfolded, it's as roomy as large strollers."
--Whitney Boisseau, mom of Jackson, 7 months, Jeffersonville, IN
Easy on the eyes -- and your body
The Mutsy Spider's sporty, futuristic design not only looks great but also allows for quick, compact foldingand simple, smooth steering. A height-adjustable handle makes it comfortable for both and tall and the short to push, and a reclining seat makes it comfy for kids, too. ($249; barebabies.com)
"Lifting and stowing it in the trunk is a breeze because you can use the bar across the bottom as a handle."
--Rajlakshmi Shankaran, mom of Krishnan, 8 months, Rogers, AR
Yes, it's pricey, but the Bugaboo Bee has so many options, it's like getting several strollers in one. The handlebar's adjustable, the canopy locks in three different positions, and the reclining seat can extend to fit growing legs and reverses so your kid can face you. Plus, it collapses and opens with ease. ($529; bugaboo.com)
"My six-foot-two husband pushed the stroller as comfortably as I did -- and I'm barely five feet! I can even hold my baby in one arm, and fold and put the stroller in my truck with the other.
--Jennifer Evans, mom of Matthew, 10 months, Morris Plains, NJ
Stunning space saver
No room? No problem. The mod Quinny Zapp offers the most compacct fold available. The stain-resistant stroller comes fully loaded with a travel bag, rain shield, and carseat adapter, so it's as practical as it is stylish. ($240; egiggle.com)
"My friend said it looked like it belonged to Sarah Jessica Parker! But its real moment of greatness? I was able to take my just-had-his-shots son out, fold it up, and put it away before he burst into tears."
--Jennifer Ellison, mom of Peyton, 2 and Richard, 6 months, Fairfield, CA
Suffer from stubbed-toe syndrome? Baby Planet's Unity Sport twin stroller has a recessed rear middle wheel so you dont have to take baby steps. And there's no need to stretch to steer, either -- its handle is single-stroller size and is super at maneuvering. ($290; babiesrus.com)
"The padded five-point harnesses keep my twins comfortable and in their seats -- no easy task with little climbers."
--Johna Jackson, mom of Ian, 5, and Luke and Owen, 2, Union, WV