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Initial post: Jun 16, 2010 1:04:53 AM PDT
I'm looking for a stroller:
- that has a HUGE, adjustable sun shade that will block my baby from the sun from head to toe,
- that is lightweight,
- that can recline,
- that has a window in the sun shade so I can check in on the baby,
- that has at least a little tread on the tires so I can use it on gravelly surfaces, in the park, or outdoors,
- that is very easy to open and close,
- that has a cupholder for me and a snack tray for the baby,
- that folds up very compactly, and
- costs no more than $150

Does anyone know of a stroller like this? If so, what is it??

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 12:07:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2010 12:10:33 PM PDT
medialint says:
Some of your criteria probably knocks out others. Our Jeep Liberty Limited 3 Wheel All Terrain Stroller meets most of your requirements, but it is not light nor does it fold up all that compactly. It folds, yes, and after some practice I can get it in and out of the trunk of my Ford Focus (it did take practice) and it's easy to open and close, it does recline, it does have a sun shade (though we're still using the car seat in it so I haven't used the seat and shade on their own) but "huge"? it does have a window, it definitely has good (air filled) tires, and it has lots of cup holders and trays.

Note on the window on the sunshade: we found we cover ours more often than not because the sun shines down on our son's head through the window. ..

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 7:06:00 PM PDT
Mrs. Grove says:
BABY JOGGER CITY MINI or CITY ELITE, hands down. But, it's more than $150 retail. Try craigslist :)

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 8:47:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2010 8:51:36 PM PDT
HANDS DOWN: UPPA BABY G-LUXE. I have had it for 6 months now and will not have to waste money on any other stroller. It is PERFECT- and I never thought I would be able to say that about a stroller. Plus it is only $159. YEAH!!! It has everything you are looking for expect the window in the sun shade. And the sun shade is bigger than most but I also purchased a 'Protect a Bub' sunsahde which I attach ($25) and it provides SPF 50 coverage. LOVE LOVE LOVE... I ordered it online without looking at it because it is hard to find a store that carries it but am so happy that I did.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 10:22:00 PM PDT
B. Yee says:
Baby Jogger City Mini! Cost more than $150 though. Meets most of your requirements. I LOOOVE the way it folds!

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 3:36:41 PM PDT
Thanks for the suggestions! I will look at all of the ones that were recommended. I don't have a store near me that carries the Uppa Baby G-Luxe or the Baby Jogger, sadly... may have to bite the bullet and buy online without trying it out first!

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 7:38:52 PM PDT
Mrs. Grove says:
We've owned both the double and single city mini, and the fold is ridiculously easy, and addictive! Once you try this stroller, you'll be hooked at it's ease of use :) Plus, it wipes clean which is nice, especially with toddlers!!! I scored my single one from CL for $80 in new condition, and I bought the double one from Amazon with their free shipping. Totally worth it!

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 8:07:50 PM PDT
Another very happy Baby Jogger City Mini user here! Love this stroller and I think it was worth every penny!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2010 6:58:56 AM PDT
BJCM owner here too and love it. I REALLY wanted the Uppa Baby Vista but the price was hard to justify ($600-700). So we got the city mini ($229 I think). At first, I kept thinking about the Uppa Baby (just a little obsessed with it) but after using the BJCM, I realized how convenient it is and how fun it is to fold and unfold it. The ride is smooth and very easy turning with one hand. From the criteria above, I would say it is hard to find a stroller in that price range that meets them all. Even with the BJCM, you have to purchase the cupholders/trays seperately. So, you are probably looking at around $300 for everything you want NEW, but you can try CL. Also, the stroller would be easy to resell b/c the name is so well known and the stroller is a good solid stroller so take that into consideration when you are thinking about the price. Good luck and let us know which one you get!

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 9:33:12 AM PDT
I'm another Baby Jogger City Mini HUGE fan. We did a ton of stroller research just as everyone else probably has, and there is NO other stroller out there that compares to it. I hear a lot of BOB talk amongest my mommy friends, but the BOB, while durable and a great jogging stroller, is NOT good for an everyday stroller because its extra heavy and has HUGE wheels and takes up a lot of space in the trunk. When I read all of your descriptions for what you're looking for in a stroller, it was pretty much exactly what we were looking for.... and we found it ALL in Baby Jogger's City Mini. Just note: it cannot be used for jogging (despite the company's name - not all strollers they make are approved for jogging). The tray accessory for the BJCM snaps in and out easily, but your child needs to be tall enough so that it doesnt block their view, we still have a rather petite 18 month old, and the tray still seems like its a little too high for him, but we've found he doesnt really need it.

The best feature of all is one that you use a lot when you're out and about.... folding and unfolding... one hand, one motion, AMAZING. The ONLY stroller out there like it. It also has a HUGE sun shade, one that we didnt see in many other strollers either.

Also, we're big Disney fans, and go to Disney World all the time. There are a lot of people that fly in from out of area and use a local stroller rental company in Orlando to get a stroller to use in the parks, and ALL the rental companies use Baby Jogger City Mini or Elite strollers, single, double, triple, they are ALL over the place in the parks. Obviously, the experts know its THE best stroller out there!

We were afraid of the price as well, but a stroller is SUCH an important piece of baby gear, it is WELL worth the investment. When it comes to strollers, and breastpumps, you really do get what you pay for. If you must stay under $150, you will not get all those features.

Good luck! its a hard decision!!

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 10:51:07 AM PDT
Heather says:
There is no such thing as a number one BEST stroller for everyone. A lot depends on your height (and anyone else pushing it for that matter). I'm 5'11" and what may work for an average height person, may not for me as I have a longer stride (I've seen plenty of dads pushing the stroller from the side too because they kick the back of it. Not cool). Handle height is important too. You really should go check out different strollers and walk them around before purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2010 1:08:29 PM PDT
There is no BEST stroller for everyone.

That said, it looks like the Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller, Impulse fits most of your criteria.
Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller, Impulse (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

I was planning on doing just a general stroller search and narrowing it to under $150, and before I got the chance to narrow the price range that stroller came up.
The recline probably wouldn't be suitable for a newborn, and I'm not sure about the wheels, but it is very inexpensive. Also, the sunshade might not be as HUGE as you would like, but I can't comment on that.
It has the following criteria that you listed
- sunshade with window
- reclines
- lightweight (only 13.75lbs)
- folds compactly (18.25 x 12 x 33.5)
- easy to open & close (I went by the reviews here...)
- less than $150 (only $60)
- cupholder for you and baby

I also found this other stroller that has better wheels, but you would sacrifice the compact fold and light weight.
InStep Suburban Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller
It is $150.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 1:34:35 PM PDT
E. Eden says:
Honestly, you can't have a lightweight, compact folding stroller that also has big treads on it and cupholders, etc and is that cheap. I tried to buy something that would be the "best of both worlds"- lightweight, easy to fold, but still big enough to store a lot of stuff, and what I ended up with was the Chicco Trevi, and I didn't really like it. It did fold up easily and was fairly light, but still pretty heavy to lift in and out of the car all the time. The wheels didn't steer well, and the storage space was small. You had to remove everything in the storage basket when you folded it or else it wouldn't close up properly. The sun shade was also useless. I got really sick of it quickly.
Your best bet is to get two strollers.
1. a little umbrella stroller for places where you need something compact and lightweight. I like the Maclaren Triumph because it reclines, unlike most umbrella strollers and it is extremely maneuverable in tight spaces, and has a fairly large sun shade too, and it's only 11.5 lbs. It's great at the airport or for quick trips to the store, on a crowded sidewalk or outdoor event or something when the child is older than 6 months. But if you want to spend less money, you can even find them for $10-15, but those fall apart and the wheels don't turn very well.

2. a larger 3-wheel jogging-style stroller with treads that can also accommodate the car seat. I found that the cheaper strollers never have a big enough sun shade. This one is expensive, but I love the BOB Revolution. It's a jogging stroller and has a large compartment underneath. It does not fold up compactly, but it's very easy to fold. It's weighs 23 lbs and the frame is made of heavy-duty aluminum, similar to the thickness of a high quality bicycle that will not bend or break, unlike a lot of cheaper strollers. I don't keep it in the car all the time, unless I'm going somewhere specifically to use the stroller, like the park for a run. Usually it stays in the garage and we take it out for walks or runs. It has a HUGE sun shade. At it's largest size, it shades my 2 1/2 year-old's entire body minus the bottom half of his legs, and that's facing the sun at noon. The breaks are great- very easy to use. The front wheel can swivel for everyday use or be locked into place for serious running. Obviously, it's not for everyone. If you don't run, it's not worth it. If you don't run, you can probably get the citi mini or the Bumbleride Indie, which is really nice. I have a friend who has is and really likes it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2010 7:57:15 PM PDT
Buy Buy Baby Store carry the G-Luxe. It's a great umbrella stroller. Check out the UPPAbaby website to see the video on the features.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2010 8:00:11 PM PDT
CHonn says:
HANDS DOWN - City Mini by Baby Jogger. I think the Micro might also work. I have the City Mini; it is the only stroller I own, and I LOVE it. ONE hand fold down; one hand opening, 16 lbs, one handed steering, HUGE sun shade. The one draw back is that it is a bit more than $150.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 8:15:15 PM PDT
I visited a baby store that had everything in strollers. Although I was loving the UPPAbaby Vista I was not loving the $700.00 price tag. Plus my babe was too big for the bassinet anyway. (I purchased their lightweight umbrella stroller, the G-Luxe for trips to the city). For something more like the Vista the salesman recommended the Baby Jogger City Elite. It was a great stroller but higher than your price range. Their City Mini was also very popular and had an amazing fold system.

One thing to consider. I purchased a fabulous stroller on Craigs List, the Kohlcraft Contours Options 4-wheeler. Do an internet search for this, I've also seen it on This thing has it all. Looks like a high end stroller, great to push and maneuver and a HUGE basket too. It also came with the attachment for your infant carseat. People ask me about it all the time. Note: this is not the 3-wheel or "lite" model. They're not made as well.

Good Luck!

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 1:07:45 PM PDT
L. Hymas says:
a BOB stroller can't be beat (baby jogger was just one of the 1st brands that's why it's so popular). you won't find a stroller with better sun shades for your kids. I have 4 kids and my 7 & 5 yr old can still fit fine in it. Cupholders etc you have to buy as extra attachments. The stroller is really expensive, but you'll never need another. the quality is superb and well worth the money. I have a BOB revolution duallie (around $560 - I know - crazy...but I had 6 strollers before this one and wish I would've just started with this double jogger. I never jog w/ it, it's great for taking around town and fits through all doorways etc). It is SOOOOO easy to push, even my older 2 (almost 100 lbs together) and it's like nothing. I ordered mine from OR at this site:

free shipping, no sales tax....use the dicount code: designmom gets you 10 or 15% off?

you can get a single, but if you plan on another baby just get the double. not a whole lot of storage underneath, but has lots of pockets and stuff, i haven't really had a problem getting everything i need in it. Can't say enough about it! Hard to find stores that have them....some specialty stores or baby boutique kinda places....if you see someone in town w/ a bright orange BOB or mine is blue...just go ask them about theirs. way better than the stuff you find at target/babies r us. If you have a mini van the double BOB will fit just fine....a smaller sedan, not sure? It's really not very heavy...I took it with me on a plane trip 7 months pregnant and could handle it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2010 1:14:42 PM PDT
Koel Roy says:
If you have a babies R Us nearby they are selling the peg perego Aria Oh stroller for about $157 ($190 less 20%) because they are getting rid of the line in their stores (will have it online still). I was able to use my 20% off baby gear coupon on top of that to get it for $130. The only criteria it might not meet is the folds up "very" compactly. Since that would really depend upon your definition of compactly. I hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 1:12:16 PM PDT
I'm a very active walker/jogger mom of two-20 mls.a wk. with my 1 & 2 year old. I just got rid of my InStep double jogger. Good stroller for the buck, terrable sun protection and a little clumpy. I would like good sun protection, comfortable and roomy for child to grow w/ age, easy to handle & fold and one that I can fly down the road with.
I'm going to look at two used ones tonight, a Bob Revolution and Schwinn double jogger.
I love the way the Schwinn looks, light weight w/ larger wheels, hudge sun visor. The Bob looks nice too. I'm curious if it lives up to the hyp. I think it looks heavier, smaller wheels, very stationary-if that makes any sense at all. I've read all the reviews and keep looking at the pictures but would like some outside feedback. Thanks

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 11:03:14 PM PDT
mommy x2 says:
I like the new Kolcraft options 3 wheeler, its been improved from the first model. It takes up about only half of my small trunk, and I love that the seat will come off and swap with the included carseat adapter. Love that the seat can go forward or backwards. Also love that the seat can be stored in my backseat so I have even more room in the trunk if needed.
Steers like a charm, great for jogging or just regular strolling, handles bumps and all quite easily. If you can grab one of the 20% off coupons from babies r us, it will be in your price range.
Only downside is no window in the canopy, but you can unhook the shade from the seat back and lower it to any position. I guess I consider being able to face the baby towards me as a trade for the window in the canopy.
I did have a Combi Cosmo before, and while it fits most of your criteria, it is not at all good on gravel terrain, the wheels are a bit small. Otherwise that would be my second recommendation, the sun canopy is AWESOME on it, you can literally have it cover all the way down to the feet (if you put the little "boot" cover up, its almost like a little clam shell for the baby), plus the $130 model has the window in it. It is also the most light, compact folding stroller there is. No parent cupholder, but just buy a universal one. A bit of a learning curve to fold it right, but just read the directions and its not hard once you've done it!

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 10:07:45 AM PDT
Maclaren strollers roll easily on any surface and can push with one hand. And can fold with one hand and baby in the other. I am in love with this one. I HATED our Graco huge stoller that didn't fold compactly at all. But we got the Maclaren stroller and LOVE it. I am ready to get rid of the Graco one! My 2 year old love it too!

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 4:17:24 PM PDT
S. McDonald says:
Definitely the City Mini if you can swing it! If not, the Joovy Kooper is a very nice substitute.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2010 9:30:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2010 9:37:25 PM PDT
Jaime Lenz says:
I have the Uppababy Vista 2009... the best stroller I have ever owned! I have had two other 3 piece travel systems and they will never compare. The Vista has a unique sway that is built in to rock the baby when you move it. The wheel are rugged enough for every terrain except maybe heavy mud... I taken my mine everywhere. There is great cargo space but instead of buying the cup holder I bought a Munchkin stoller organizer with cup holders. I spent $600 (last years model), plus another $130 for the Rumble seat, plus $30 for the carseat adapter. I plan to buy the travel bag as well $60. It sounds like a huge investment for one stoller but I needed a stoller that could fit two children to start with. The nice thing is that the kids can face each other in this stroller instead of one behind the other and riding next to the ground like "phil and ted". I bought the adapter for the car seat for quick trips into the store or when she is asleep and I don't want to wake her. Every piece that is used with this sroller clips in and out really easily and configures in so many ways. The bassinet is great for outdoors and overnighters and comes with a bugscreen and now there is also a rain shield. There is also a bug and rain shield for both seats. The handlebar is adjustable up and down for smaller or taller people. I'm 5'4" on a good day and am very comfortable behind it. My husband (5'7") adjusts it out an inch or two because he has a longer stride. This stroller folds really easily and fits into a very small space. I have a 7 passenger GMC Envoy and it stands up behind the last row of seats (about 2.5ft high by 1.5ft max width). The seat for the stroller folds with it but the rumble seat sits beside it and is very compact as well. I wish I had this stroller for my first child because it would have more than paid for itself by this point (I'm on my fourth child) but I think it has definately paid for itself now. The Vista will fit a child Newborn (might want to consider buying the baby insert from Uppababy) to 4 years old and the 2010 model now goes up to age 5 because they have lengthened the seat. The quallity on this stroller is so good that I am purchsing the travel bag so that I can store the thing for MY Grandchildren. That's how much I like this one!

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 11:37:53 AM PDT
We have the Maclaren Techno XT (not sure if they make this model exactly anymore), and love it:
I'm looking for a stroller:
- that has a HUGE, adjustable sun shade that will block my baby from the sun from head to toe,
... shade is very big and then can pull out even more, by undoing a zipper that houses the extra hood and there is a little sun visor too
- that is lightweight,
... it is umbrella-style and very lightweight, but super sturdy at the same time
- that can recline,
... it can be used from birth, so reclines almost to flat, comes with horseshoe thing to go around head for protection when they are really small
- that has a window in the sun shade so I can check in on the baby,
... check
- that has at least a little tread on the tires so I can use it on gravelly surfaces, in the park, or outdoors,
... we have taken the stroller everywhere, gravelly paths, paths with roots, wet slick streets, you name it
- that is very easy to open and close,
... with one hand, and one foot, (one arm around wiggling baby), the stroller can be opened. For closing, better if the wiggling baby is already in the carseat!
- that has a cupholder for me and a snack tray for the baby,
... nope, but snacks and drinks can be put in little containers and tucked between baby and side of stroller
... you could also get an after market thing (e.g., Sunshine Kids accessory buggy) to hang off the handles
- that folds up very compactly, and
... check, as I said, it's umbrella style and folds up amazingly
- costs no more than $150
... we found ours on sale for $199, the Quest Sport seems to be around that price on Amazon and is suitable from 3 mths of age

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 1:05:58 PM PDT
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