If you are beginning your quest for the perfect stroller, the stroller review and stroller rating sites will not be much help as they stick to comparing one model of stroller to another model of the same type. At the beginning of your search you might want to figure out what type of stroller you want/need, or maybe you will decide that you need more than one type?
There are five basic types of strollers:
- Specialty such as jogging strollers or strollers for multiple children
Before clicking on “stroller review” or “stroller ratings” consider all the different types of strollers and your lifestyle. Many families find that they need a full- or mid-sized stroller for long walks and shopping trips and a lightweight or umbrella stroller for the shorter trips, say to the post office. Sometimes a jogging stroller or a stroller that holds multiple children is the best, or additional stroller, choice for a family. Once you have determined what types of strollers you need, then you can choose which one of the strollers build you want, based on stroller reviews and stroller ratings.
A stroller review site usually has consumer statements and feature/price comparisons. A stroller rating site usually has their consumer reviews limited to a numeric grading system such as one through five stars. Which type of stroller comparison site you choose depends on what information you need and your comfort level with that particular site.
You have probably heard of a couple of the sites and have some degree of comfort with those, so use what you trust. If you choose to venture, buyer (or in this case researcher) beware.
The well-known sites review most all available stroller products and seem to present them fairly. Their stroller reviews usually have a manner to select the stroller features you would like to compare. For instance, are you looking at a full-sized, top of the line, all the bells and whistles type stroller? You should be able to find a site that allows you to filter out all of the other stroller types so you can compare similar strollers. You may be able to limit your search to specific features.
Some of the more questionable sites seem to focus on the good of one type or brand of stroller as above the rest. Be careful here. While there is some value on these sites, their bias may lead you to a purchase that does not live up to your expectations. Remember too, that if your budget can stand it, you may want to consider more than one type of stroller. Do not forget that you can register for more than one stroller so that your friends and family can help pony-up for the stroller or strollers that you would like to have.
Use several stroller review and stroller rating sites before you make any decisions. While strollers are not as big a purchase as say your house or car, your baby’s safety and comfort are in the balance.
The Top 10 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Stroller
- Age and Weight – a good starting point for your research and you’ll learn about the lifetime use of your stroller by understanding that some strollers go up to five years of age, whilst others can’t be used from birth if a car seat can’t be attached. Generally strollers hold a maximum of around 50 pounds, but this can vary wildly between brands as can the overall weight of the stroller.
- Type – the choice for modern strollers is staggering sometimes. A very popular style at the moment is the modular system, which covers all ages of baby and toddler thanks to the quick attachment of toddler/car seats and bassinets.
- Seat – many strollers have quality made padded seats for the little one, so the snug fit should enable your little boy or girl to drift into dreamland while you stroll peacefully around. Some are snugger than others and you should check the fit before you buy.
- Canopy – all the seat comfort in the world won’t matter one jot if the wind and rain disturb your baby during slumber. Ensure the canopy is suitably large, extendable and look for decent air flow pockets around the hood, which may include mesh panels.
- Material – a popular stroller seat material is polyester, which is fairly standard and easy to keep clean, often being completely removable from the seat frame. Quinny use a neoprene cover on their Buzz stroller and this sits tight over a memory foam seat for an unrivaled level of comfort.
- Frame – aluminum is the metal of choice for the vast majority of strollers. It has lightweight, strong attributes and ensures a firm build. Some strollers might use hardened plastics for the frame, so check thoroughly the frame material and build quality before you take one home. Make sure the adjustments are smooth and not tight or creaky.
- Suspension, Wheels & Brakes – all three attributes work together to ensure the stroller moves smoothly along. Some brands which produce cheaper models may use small, hard plastic wheels which offer a lesser degree of shock absorption, whilst other models feature full suspension and large rubber inflatable tires which provide superb shock prevention.
- Adjustment – some types of stroller such as the modular range are all about adjustments, but even simple models need to be quick and easy to adjust.
- Storage – in the modern world strollers aren’t just for pushing your baby around in. Many parents have to take the stroller round shops and pick up groceries at the same time, so storage options are important. Certain models make carrying shopping home a breeze, whereas other models leave you lumbering around with bags dangling from the handlebar.
- Price – you can spend pretty much whatever you want on a stroller as all budgets are catered for on the market.