5 Best Strollers of 2021
- August 23, 2021
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hello, parents! If you’re new to the market for strollers (maybe because your very first baby is in the oven), then I recommend you pause and go read my general guide to choosing a stroller. If you’ve done that, then you’re in the right place for an overview of the best all-purpose strollers on the market today. These are the vanilla ice cream of strollers, a good choice if you’re only planning on one kid for the time being and don’t have special use cases.
1. Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller
- Durability: strong frame, rubber tires, supports baby up to 65 pounds
- Maneuverability: Forever Air rubber tires with all-wheel suspension give smooth rides on all terrains, easy to collapse with one-hand fold, adjustable handlebar
- Style: sleek, dark design; generous storage basket; large canopy
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m starting with the City Mini GT2 stroller because it’s one of the best overall options. Its price tag is middle of the road: not cheap, but you’re getting good bang for your buck. It features Baby Jogger’s signature Forever Air rubber tires, designed for all terrains, making this suited to any family, no matter where you live. It has an easy one-hand fold that I rave about in my review of an earlier version of the City Mini. Finally, it supports a vast range of car seat adapters and accessories. In short, you can’t go wrong here! (Note, despite the brand name, this is not a jogging stroller.)
2. Graco Modes ClickConnect Stroller
- Durability: sturdy frame, plastic wheels, supports baby up to 50 pounds
- Maneuverability: locking swivel plastic wheels are good for walks on everyday terrain, easy one-hand fold, lightweight
- Style: basic dark design, choice of grey or black, two cupholders, storage tray
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
You can always rely on Graco to serve up a good value. This stroller will cost you around $150 less than the City Mini, though its quality and features don’t disappoint. The Modes ClickConnect will accompany your baby from the hospital to the playground, because it comes with a built-in bassinet and baby and toddler seats. It supports fewer car seats and accessories than more expensive options, but it offers quality, plenty of storage, and cup holders at an affordable price. If you’re looking for something at a lower price tag than this, go check out my review of umbrella strollers.
3. Mockingbird Single Stroller
- Durability: anodized aluminum frame, easy-to-clean nylon fabric; supports infant through 50 pounds
- Maneuverability: holds up against all terrain, offers a very smooth ride, adjustable leatherette handlebar,
- Style: luxurious design with a black base and choice of four canopy colors; extra-large storage basket
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Mockingbird is a fascinating newcomer on the stroller market. By adopting a direct-to-consumer business model, they are able to cut down on costs and retail markups to deliver more product at a lower price. This model comes with a see-through peekaboo window and an attachable full coverage sunshade. It features a premium modular system that converts between front- and rear-facing modes, as well as supports a variety of car seats. Finally, it has an extra-large storage basket that supports up to 25 pounds of accessories! Parents rave about its beauty, its quality, the smoothness of the ride, and the ease of opening and folding.
4. Cybex e-Priam Electronic Stroller
- Durability: frame made of durable materials, supports baby from 6 months up to 55 pounds
- Maneuverability: electric motor for maximum maneuverability (up to 2.3 mph/6 km), adjustable handlebar
- Style: premium design with choice of 17(!) colors, large storage basket, faux leather details
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
If money is no object, then give your baby a ride worthy of Star Trek! The price tag on the Cybex e-Priam e-Stroller is steep, but what you’re paying for is the electric motor that gives you some assistance in pushing your baby. This makes it fantastic for powering through challenging terrain like steep hills and sandy beaches. You also get an adjustable handlebar that’s so dear to my heart, an adjustable footrest, rain cover, cupholder, and storage basket. Reviewers love the e-Priam, so you won’t be disappointed.
5. Bugaboo Donkey 3 Mono
- Durability: highly durable frame, lasts from birth to four years, can be converted to a double
- Maneuverability: supports all terrains, offers adjustable handlebar, offers a very smooth ride
- Style: premium design with choice of 7 colors, large storage basket, faux leather details
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m wrapping up this tour of strollers with a personal favorite. Back in 2003, I invested in a Bugaboo Frog that cost me $350 (a significant cost at the time!), which went on to last me for five kids and eleven years! I like to think that I amortized the cost, so to speak, over those years, getting me a great value for my money.
Hence, I’m pleased to recommend the Bugaboo Donkey 3 Mono. The price tag on this one is steep, but if you can swing it, you won’t be disappointed. And if you have multiple kids, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this one. This is a single stroller that converts to a double in a few clicks, and offers excellent performance on all terrains.