You know that, as a parent, hauling children around from place to place can be a tough task indeed. What you don’t want to have to worry about is the overall quality of whatever kid-transportation device you end up purchasing. We’re here to help.
A lot of newer parents tend to think that baby strollers are going to be a high-ticket item when it comes to the overall price. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Many quality brands, such as Graco, make affordable baby strollers with excellent features and safety standards that make it easy for families on a budget to be able to afford a quality stroller for the little one in their life.
We’ve compiled a top ten list of the very best baby strollers on the market today. We’re going to be doing the reviews In two tiers. We’ve listed strollers for under $100 first, and after that, we have a list of strollers under $200.
- Features to Consider in Good Strollers
- Best Cheap Strollers 2021 (Under $100)
- Best Cheap Strollers 2021 (Under $200)
Features to Consider in Good Strollers
Safety definitely has to be the number one priority with your child when it comes to purchasing something like a stroller for them. Does the stroller you are looking at come with standard safety additions, such as a five-point harness? What type of brakes does the stroller have? We’ll go over the safety features in each review.
One of the first considerations that has to be made is the age of your child, which dictates the type of stroller that you need to purchase. Some strollers, such as lightweight/umbrella strollers for instance, are not suitable for older/larger children.
You’re obviously going to want something that lasts for a long time, not just a few months. Some models are so reliable and strong that they can go through multiple children of various different ages without breaking down. This is the sign of a solid product, and airtight design!
Does your family have a sizable van or SUV where the size of the stroller isn’t going to be an issue, or do you just have a regular-sized car where your space options are fairly limited? It’s important to take storage into consideration before purchasing a stroller. You wouldn’t want to end up with a large, bulky product that won’t fit in your vehicle’s trunk.
Best Cheap Strollers 2021 (Under $100)
This awesome baby stroller comes with a requisite 5-point safety harness for maximum comfort and protection. The wheels are all-terrain and have a decent front-suspension system ensuring that your child will have a smooth, relatively bump-free ride.
The truly excellent safety component here, however, is the three-tier canopy. This ensures your child has the maximum sun coverage needed to keep from getting a nasty sunburn. This is perfect for extended trips to Disneyland (which this stroller is 100% approved for) or just a long day in the local park. The canopy even has a built-in “peek-a-boo” window that allows you to see your child while you are pushing the stroller.
This is a feature-rich baby stroller option and is easily our top pick for the sub-$100 options on our list. Let’s start with the one-handed fold system, which allows for fast, efficient, and painless storage in the blink of an eye. There’s also a large storage basket built underneath, like most strollers, which is perfect for snacks, diapers, and anything else you think you might need for a journey.
When it comes to your baby’s personal comfort, this stroller has you covered. It comes with a reclining seat that has many positions and allows your child to sit back and relax (or get their diaper changed) or sit up and catch all the sights wherever they might be at. On top of that, your child has access to a holding tray (completely removable) that comes complete with a dual purpose cup/juice box holder.
Parental comfort is taken into consideration as well. This stroller also comes with a tray built near the push area that can accommodate two adult-sized drinks, cellular phone, keys, and anything else you may wish to store.
The only real cons we found with this stroller is that it’s not compatible with any car seats out there on the market, so definitely keep that in mind if you’re looking for an “all or nothing” option for your baby stroller needs.
The adjustable canopy keeps UV rays off of your child’s skin. There’s also a pop-out sun visor to add an additional layer of protection as well. The five-point safety harness is adjustable to three different levels, so this stroller can continue to accommodate your child as they grow.
The wheels are extremely solid as far as safety features go too. The front wheels are anti-shock, which means that they absorb bumps and stalls without jarring your baby inside the stroller. On top of that, the back wheels are lockable, which is a fairly typical feature for most baby strollers.
Thanks to the all-aluminum frame, this is a lightweight and sturdy baby stroller at the same time. It’s easily foldable and even comes with a carry strap built into the frame. The seat is also impeccably padded and can recline fully, providing your child the utmost comfort. There’s also a huge amount of space underneath the seat for storage for all sorts of things which can hold up to 10 pounds of weight.
There are some downsides to this model, however. It doesn’t come with a built-in tray, and it doesn’t seem to allow for external tray models to be used with it. Additionally, the cup holder parts are pretty paltry, and won’t hold many things due to their small size. Therefore, it’s one of the worst strollers on our list for holding accessories like smartphones or drinks easily within reach.
This stroller comes with a 5-point harness for maximum child safety, as well as an adjustable canopy (which is removable) for very sunny days.
It has an included dual-foot activated brake system. This is perfect for all kinds of impromptu stop-and-go type situations.
This is a great introductory, lightweight baby stroller that can accommodate a child up to 50 pounds in size. One of the cooler features that comes with this stroller is the aptly-named ‘parent-organizer’, which is basically a tray near the stroller’s handle that comes complete with two built-in cup holders along with a general tray area that’s useful for many things. Excellent for your smartphone, car keys, portable MP3 player, etc. The stroller also comes complete with a basket area underneath for essentials such as diapers and bottles.
This stroller, however, is very difficult to fold and unfold, so this isn’t the most efficient purchase for someone who is in a constant hurry and has an airtight schedule that needs to be adhered to. Another potential issue is that the child’s seat is fixed. That said, it does have a decent and relaxed angle that is good for reclining as well as for sitting upright.
Like many good stroller models, this comes with a 5-point safety harness and extremely soft shoulder pads to boot. The canopy is wide and European-styled. However, it is not specified if it is UV resistant or not. The wheels are shock-resistant and have rear-brake capabilities.
This is a beautiful-looking baby stroller that can carry two little passengers as opposed to just one. You get four colors to choose from too: Black/Orange, Grey, Lime/Green, and Night Sky.
This stroller also boasts a typical umbrella-type fold for quick storage in any car trunk for the on-the-go parent. When fully extended, this stroller is narrow enough to fit through most 30-inch door frames, which is pretty astounding considering it holds two kids at once!
The accessories that come with this stroller are pretty neat too. There’s a cup holder specifically for mommy or daddy attached to the frame. Additionally, this stroller comes with two very sizable hanging bangs for all sorts of storage needs.
Some of the downsides to this stroller are somewhat obvious. It only supports children up to 35 pounds, so if you’ve got larger children this is not the stroller to consider. On top of that, the canopy section is paltry and could definitely be larger. The biggest problem we saw with this stroller, however, is brake safety. The brakes can snap off easily since they are made of plastic. This is a serious issue, and despite the cheap and cheerful double-up nature of this stroller, it hurts our estimation of it.
This stroller comes with an extra-large extendable sun canopy for those very bright days. It even comes with an attached sun visor extra to keep solar rays from harming your child’s eyes as well. As far as mobility is concerned, this stroller has a front-wheel suspension system built into it, however, the wheels are made of plastic, which can definitely cause some traction issues depending on the terrain you are strolling on.
The biggest safety issue with this stroller, however, is the three-point safety harness, which isn’t nearly as safe as the typical five-point safety harness you find on modern baby strollers.
This is a simple, easy to put together barebones baby stroller that comes with the very essentials in order to get your child from A to B.
When it comes to your baby’s comfort, Jeep has some fantastic ideas with this model. The mesh design in the baby’s area allows for air to flow efficiently, keeping your child cool in the hot summer months. Additionally, there’s a built-in calf/foot support portion that allows children with longer legs to not have to dangle for hours on end!
The cons of this model are a bit glaring, however. The lack of a five-point safety harness is a big one, but on top of that, the fact that the wheels are made of plastic instead of some other quality material such as rubber keeps us from placing this product higher on our list. The storage basket is just a bit too small for our liking as well.
Best Cheap Strollers 2021 (Under $200)
This feature-laden jogging stroller comes equipped with a five-point harness system as well as an additional tether strap for top-of-the-line child safety. This goes in tandem with a comfortable padded seat that can recline back into several different positions. There’s also an adjustable canopy to keep your little one protected from the elements.
The front wheel can be locked into place for safe and efficient jogging while you push around your child. This is definitely useful if you are going over really harsh/uneven ground. The wheels can also be unlocked for all kinds of maneuvers that require precision. This stroller can turn on a dime!
Another awesome addition to this model is the footrest’s reflector pads, allowing your stroller to be seen during times of day when light is lower than usual.
This is a quality baby stroller option for the discerning parent on a budget, even if you aren’t an avid jogger. The wheels are literally made for all kinds of terrain, allowing you slick inner-city travel as well as being smooth in more rugged and less-level areas such as the countryside or state parks.
Comfort is a big factor here with this stroller, not only for your baby but for you as well. There’s a dual tray system, one for your child as well as one for you, complete with cupholders and space for putting essential items, such as keys, cellular phones, and etc. The pushing handle is even designed for maximum comfort due to its ergonomic design and rubber-coating, which allows for a soft yet solid grip.
With one click of the trigger release setup, this stroller can go from mobile to folded in the blink of an eye. On top of that, there’s a sizable storage basket area underneath for all sorts of items.
When you top off all of that with its super-durable steel frame, this is a tough and multi-purpose baby stroller that is an absolute steal.
This stroller is made of BPA free plastic, and comes with two five-point safety harnesses. It also comes complete with two canopies for maximum reduction of exposure to sunlight and other harsh elements. The front seat’s canopy is removable, while the back one is fixed into place. This stroller also has foot-activated rear brakes for impromptu stops that are, at times, necessary while in transit.
This stroller is an awesome piece of engineering that allows both of your kids to sit as well as stand up at a moment’s notice. The rear platform on this stroller is so that your kids can stand and stretch their legs on long walking trips, such as at a theme park. Be aware, though, that only one child can stand up at a time!
On top of being a low-cost dual stroller option, this product also comes with a number of options to help mommy and daddy out. With just a click of a button, this stroller goes from fully set up to folded in absolutely no time. There’s also a handy parent tray near the handle that can hold up to two drinks as well as keep smaller objects from rolling around easily. There’s also quite a bit of storage space in the basket below the stroller for all sorts of essential items you might need on an extended trip.
While this is a great product, there are some downsides. This stroller is nearly 33 pounds, so it’s definitely not a lightweight option. Also, if you have an older (and taller) child, it’s probably better that they sit in the rear section, as the front seat has significantly less legroom than the rear.
This product comes with a five-point harness system that can convert to a three-point harness with ease. A 3-point harness gives your baby a bit more breathing room and mobility while in the seat while sacrificing overall protection. However, you can restore it to a five-point harness at any time.
The four-position seat system is adequately protected by a canopy right above it, proving significant sun protection. Last but not least, the front wheels on this model are lockable, giving the person driving the stroller a greater ability to “power through” any rough terrain or obstacles they might come across.
This model of baby stroller is a three in one option. It’s not only a car seat carrier for an infant, but it’s also, independent of a car seat, a stroller for newborns as well as toddlers up to 50 pounds.
The reversible seat allows your baby to face you, giving you the ability to react quickly to your baby’s needs as well as have them be comforted with your presence at all times.
This stroller even reclines almost all the way backward, allowing your car seat to double almost as a bassinet-type setup. This is perfect for keeping your baby asleep as they are on their back in this position. You can also use it for diaper changes.
When you merge that on top of a handy and fast folding system with the click of a button, dual baby/parent trays with built-in cup holders, and a large carrying space underneath. You’re getting some serious value with this product.
The downside to this product is that it only takes Graco Click Connect infant car seats, and they’re sold separately, which is a significant extra cost. This allows for an easy one-click attachment. However, it doesn’t offer it a lot of versatility with other car seats on the market.
This compact baby stroller comes equipped with a 5-point adjustable harness system for the very best in safety standards. The straps of the harness are padded on the shoulders and the groin area, allowing your child a smooth and easy ride without straps digging into their body.
The safety features on this stroller model are pretty basic, but keep in mind it’s a small, portable, travel stroller.
This baby stroller’s claim to fame is that it breaks down into a small purse/handbag-sized shape in a matter of seconds, and can even be stored in an airplane luggage area. It’s that small! Despite its lightweight design, however, this baby stroller can support a child up to 50 pounds. Also another amazing factor, despite its size, is the storage area in the undercarriage. It’s not huge, but it will hold some basic essentials.
There are some downsides with this stroller, though. Many have reported it’s a bit flimsy, but this might be expected due to its overtly light and ergonomic design. Additionally, it’s difficult for some children to sit upright in this stroller due to the seat’s natural incline, and the seat isn’t adjustable. We also think the sun canopy could be a bit larger as well. Keep in mind, however, this is a very small stroller that’s easy to carry.
A five-point harness keeps baby safely tucked in as you tackle all terrains with this jogger stroller. The air-filled rubber wheels can handle just about anything they ride over, and are easy to re-inflate with a bicycle pump should they lose air.
A great stroller that only features so low down our list as it’s expensive – pushing close to the $200 mark. That’s not all. Although you can use this stroller by itself, to get the most out of it you’ll want a Graco car seat too, and that will certainly push you above the $200 mark.
Still, this is a fantastic jogging stroller. The wheels offer a smooth ride and are super durable. It folds very easily and quickly using only one hand and packs down small enough to be comfortably taken with you wherever you’re going. It’s not the lightest, but for the sturdiness of the frame and quality of the build, it is acceptably portable. Finally, the parent’s tray is well made, removable, and has room for drinks, phones and all the other essentials you need to hand.