Stroller Test Drive
Local parents hit the pavement with some of the newest strollers. They share their likes, dislikes and overall opinions to make your stroller shopping a little easier.
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Double Stroller
$269.99 buybuy BABY, New Baby Products
Tester: Andrea Bowes, Alpharetta, mother of a 2-year-old and an infant
What I love: It’s lightweight; I can easily lift the 21-lb. stroller into my SUV, and it folds up relatively small for storage. The two-handed close is simple. This stroller is one of the easier tandems to maneuver and provides good coverage with a sunshade that is extendable to different sizes and angles. The Joovy also enables the older child to sit or stand when he’s tired of walking through the mall or park, yet he can still stand to see the action. Plus my toddler thinks the ability to stand is more like riding a fun toy versus sitting in a boring stroller.
I wish it had: adjustable handles (a little high for our tester) and easier access to storage basket.
The scoop: The best feature about the Joovy is that it has a super-strong frame, quality seat material and overall durable construction that feels safe, yet it has clean lines and is lightweight! This stroller is perfect for my very active 2-year-old and 2-month-old sons. The base model comes with everything I need – the car seat adapter (for my 2-month-old), oversized adjustable canopy, organizer with cup holder, storage basket and padded seats.
Baby Jogger City Mini
$239.99, double $429.99 buybuy BABY, New Baby Products, A Room of Their Own
Tester: Laura Powell, Decatur, mother of an infant
What I love: The City Mini is super light and easy to collapse and carry with one hand. It also provides excellent sun coverage. The shade can completely cover your child and has pocket windows with shades that roll back so you can keep an eye on him. I also like that the stroller can lie almost flat, which is nice when using the stroller with a younger baby. The City Mini is easy to maneuver, and the brake is easy to engage even when wearing flip-flops.
I wish it had: a larger storage basket. The basket underneath the stroller is of medium size, but I could not get my diaper bag in and out of it. The City Mini handle is a little short and not adjustable. Just about perfect for me at 5´7˝, but a little short for my 5´9˝ husband.
The scoop: A great lightweight stroller, perfect for short trips around town and on vacations, with a good variety of affordable accessories. I really appreciate that the City Mini is so maneuverable and easy to tote around, especially with my child in my arms. Lots of great accessories at affordable prices make this stroller fit all your needs. I would recommend getting the belly bar as your child gets older, and they offer a child tray with cup holder. Accessories include a car seat adapter, glider board and a bassinet. A double version of this stroller is also available.
Britax B-AGILE Stroller and B-Safe Car Seat Stroller
$249.99, Car Seat: $179.99 Babies ‘R’ Us, buybuy BABY, A Room of Their Own
Tester: Felicia Barman, Dunwoody, mother of a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and an infant
What I love: It’s compact and narrow when folded. It feels very lightweight as it glides along and is easy to maneuver, even with a 30-lb. child in it! The storage basket is just large enough to hold a diaper bag. The matching car seat is a perfect fit for the stroller. It’s easy to get in and out of the base and into the stroller with an easy-to-engage handle. Although the car seat is a little bit heavier than other brands, it is roomier and has a sturdier design.
I wish it had: a one-handed collapse and a little more sun protection. Although the sun canopy provides great coverage from direct overhead sunlight, it cannot be pulled forward to protect the child from direct sunlight facing the child.. I would purchase the adult cup holder and snack tray accessories.
The scoop: This stroller is nice because I consider it a cross between a regular stroller and a jogging stroller, since it has three wheels and is so lightweight. I could use it for everyday use for walks in my neighborhood and trips to the mall, or for travel through airports or for long days at amusement parks. I especially like the versatility of use for children of different ages and sizes (up to 55 lbs.), since I can use it for my 5-year-old, 3-year-old and newborn (with the infant carrier attached).
-Compiled by Laura Powell and Alexi Wilbourn