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  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

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  • Delta Clutch

  • Chicco Viaro

  • Larktale Coast

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Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 takes our overall top spot because it's the full size stroller that's easiest to use for city and suburban dwellers alike. Most strollers require two hands to fold and, once collapsed, they're often too heavy to lift (especially with one hand...while also holding a baby). The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 weighs just over 21 pounds and can be folded in seconds with a single pull of its innovative Quick-Fold handle. The City Mini GT2 felt incredibly sturdy, it was easy to push one-handed, and it easily managed rough terrain (hello, Los Angeles potholes) and curbs.

I tested the City Mini GT2 against the newer model of our previous winner, the City Mini 2, and found the GT2 to be far more capable of handling broken sidewalks, grassy lawns, and unpaved pathways; a credit to the all-terrain wheels and front wheel suspension. Plus the City Mini GT2 felt a bit more sturdy and like it would last through more than one kid. It costs more than the City Mini 2, but it felt like a worthwhile investment considering the overall quality of the stroller. However, if the GT2 is out of stock, the City Mini 2 is an excellent second choice.

As with most things, the City Mini GT2 is not perfect. The storage space is far from generous—especially compared to some of the other strollers we tested—so I found it challenging to find room for all of my groceries, plus my purse. In fact, I had to use my trusty bag clip on the handlebar (a big no-no) in order to keep my fresh produce from getting squished. The storage space is limited, but I appreciated how easy it was to access the basket from any angle—you can even open up the footrest in order to stash items in the basket.

Pros

  • One-hand fold

  • All-terrain wheels

  • Easy to put together

Cons

  • Small storage pocket

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Uppababy Vista

The UPPAbaby Vista is an investment, but if you're dead set on purchasing a luxury stroller, you won't be disappointed. I had the Vista when my son was a baby way back in 2013, and while it was wonderful for long walks and off-road adventures, it was almost impossible to fold and simply too heavy to lift into (and out of) my car. Not so, the newer model. This version of the Vista still feels sturdy, but it's far easier to fold and weighs much, much less.

The Vista is a tank. It handles rough terrain and bumpy sidewalks without disturbing a sleeping baby, and it's easy to steer. It also has a giant storage basket, which I think would be a huge selling point for parents who don't have a car to transport groceries and shopping. I also like that the seat can face out towards the world, or in toward the parents, and it's easy to change: it simply clicks in (or out) with the push of two buttons. The seat of the Vista is especially deep, thereby enabling parents to use the stroller for older kids as well as babies and toddlers (the weight limit is 50 pounds). A separate toddler seat is also available for purchase if you have another child, essentially transforming it into a double stroller.

One of the reasons the Vista is expensive is because it comes with the bassinet attachment, which other stroller brands sell as a separate accessory. If you want to get more mileage out of the bassinet attachment, a separate stand can be purchased so you can use the bassinet for nighttime sleeping, though we just put it on the floor next to our bed, and it worked fine.

On the negative side: This is still a heavy stroller, weighing in at almost 27 pounds. It's not ideal for parents who have to lift a stroller up or down multiple sets of stairs. If you don't do a lot of walking, it's pointless to invest in the UPPAbaby Vista. You're simply not going to want to lift a heavy stroller in and out of your car in order to walk from the parking lot to the grocery store. It folds easily, but it does require two hands to collapse, unlike our top pick.

Pros

  • Reversible seat

  • Giant storage basket

  • Deep seat

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Heavy

  • Requires two hands to fold

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Delta Clutch

This trim transporter really shines for those with a mobile lifestyle. The stroller conveniently folds into a size that is smaller than a grocery bag. Once folded, it is easily housed in a sleek shoulder bag that is included. With the stroller bag slung over your shoulder, you really get the feeling that you can hop on a bus, plane, or train with ease. The next adventure is right around the corner and you can still manage a diaper bag.

The stroller's sleek palette of color choices and clean design give it a modern feel. In addition, the front swivel wheels with suspension make it easy to avoid pitfalls on rough terrain. While bigger jog strollers can easily turn, the Delta still managed to impress with its easy maneuverability.

One of the drawbacks with this incredibly light buggy is the price. At $179, it is a bit more than I would normally spend on an umbrella stroller. I also didn’t like that you need two hands to fold it up, when other strollers are “one-handers”. Another issue with umbrella strollers in general is adjustment. As a tall parent, I am constantly hunching over. Unfortunately, the Clutch doesn’t include height adjustments for vertically blessed parents.

All-in-all, the Delta is a win for its compact size, carrying bag, and lightweight maneuverability. I would recommend this as a convenient choice for parents looking for an alternative to bulky umbrella strollers.

Pros

  • Compact fold

  • Includes carrying bag

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Small canopy

  • Price

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Chicco Viaro

The Chicco Viaro is similar in design to the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2, and its biggest selling point is the pull-to-fold handle that lets you fold the stroller in seconds. The seat is generously-sized so that you don't have to worry about your kid growing out of it too soon, the storage basket is roomy, and it comes with a cup holder and a child snack tray.

I found the seat really difficult to clean—there were a lot of nooks and crannies—and it was a pain putting this stroller together. Instead of having wheels that simply snap on, there are all these annoying little parts that were rather difficult to install, and it took me quite a while to get it strolling. My other complaint is that the canopy doesn't connect to the back of the stroller, so it only provides minimal protection in the rain.

Honestly, the Viaro feels kind of rickety. It's not an unattractive stroller and it absolutely gets the job done, but the wheels don't provide a jostle-free ride, and the fabric and finishes are definitely of the less expensive variety.

Pros

  • Easy to fold with one hand

  • Roomy seat

  • Comes with snack tray

Cons

  • Difficult to clean

  • Time consuming to put together

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Larktale Coast

The Larktale Coast is a good quality full size stroller that’s relatively lightweight (it weighs just over 21 lbs). Once I got the Coast (mostly) put together, I really enjoyed using it. The padded, adjustable handlebar extends to a nice height that was ideal for both of the tall parents in our family. The storage basket is generously-sized, and easily held my purse, as well as all of the stuff my kids feel it’s necessary to bring along. When we took the stroller to our local farmer’s market, we stuffed it full of produce and groceries, and didn’t end up with any bruised fruits or veggies.

I really appreciated the fact that the Larktale Coast comes with a divided snack tray as well as a cup holder, two pretty important accessories that parents often have to purchase separately at considerable expense. My daughter found the fully-reclining seat comfortable, and the Coast provided a nice smooth ride, even over grass and uneven pavement.

My biggest complaints about the Coast are that I found it absolutely impossible to put the canopy on correctly, and it’s just not that easy or intuitive to fold. The canopy was so difficult to figure out that I actually ended up just leaving one side of it completely unattached, but when the canopy was deployed this meant that there was a not-insignificant gap through which the very strong Los Angeles sun was able to slip through.

Folding and unfolding the Coast is definitely an issue, especially since the first thing I had to do when it arrived was figure out how to unfold it in order to put it together. It’s not a single-handed fold, as you have to engage two separate levers on either side of the stroller in order to get it to collapse, and I found that it was overall just rather difficult to do quickly and efficiently. That being said, it does fold up compactly, which made it easy to store and to put in the trunk of my car.

Pros

  • Smooth ride

  • Snack tray and cup holder included

  • Roomy storage basket

Cons

  • Difficult to attach canopy

  • Not easy to fold

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Anna Lane

Anna Lane

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Prior to joining Reviewed as the Parenting Editor, Anna worked as a stand-up comedian and freelance writer. A graduate of New York University, Anna currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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Susie Mendoza

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Susie Mendoza is a freelance writer, spinning stories, diapers, and mugs of now lukewarm coffee from her home in Burbank. Her work can be seen on McSweeney's, Ravishly.com, Mom.me, The Pregnant Chicken, UpWorthy, and more. She also produces female-centric film and television projects from her production company, Pretty Pink Pictures.

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