Before my baby was born I decided (my wife made me) to research all different types of strollers, I had never realized how many different styles there were and all the many features I could find, so I decided that I wanted a stroller whose price is worth it.
In short, the average price of a traditional stroller is between $25 and $350, jogging strollers are between $50 and $550, all-terrain strollers will cost between $150 and $400, high-end strollers can cost more than $600. Some strollers come with an infant car seat (they are called “travel systems”) and could cost from $100 to $600. Double strollers may cost between $75 and $800
As you can see, you will find strollers for all budgets, but besides the price, you have to consider your family needs, such as the size of your car (it is difficult to fit an all-terrain stroller into a small car), how many children you will have (such as twins or triplets) or the manufacturer. All of these factors will play a role in the final price of a stroller.
Purchasing a stroller requires planning, remember that one of the things to keep in mind is that if you buy a good stroller, it will last for 3-4 years, whereas if you buy ones that are less adaptable, you’ll be buying different strollers in the future as your child outgrows them – or if lesser quality they just break or will get ruined too fast. So you have to play it smart, and not only cheap.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL, JOGGING, ALL-TERRAIN STROLLERS, AND TRAVEL SYSTEMS
- A traditional stroller is usually the one with 4 small wheels and is not suitable for children under 5 or 6 months old (some of them are compatible with infant car seats, that you can buy separately and attach to them).
- A jogging stroller has a fixed wheel in the front that you cannot swivel and a handbrake making them easier to push and the air-filled tires give a smoother ride to the child.
- An all-terrain stroller is a three-wheeled traditional stroller with larger, air-filled tires that can be used on a variety of surfaces (these strollers are usually heavier than its counterparts, (they are usually presented as jogging strollers because of the similarity of prices and feel).
- A travel System is a convertible stroller (whether it is regular, jogging stroller or an all-terrain), it usually comes with an infant car seat for when the baby is a newborn and you can detach as they grow.
- Double strollers are those designed to transport two kids, you will find the traditional dual stroller or those called TANDEM which are able to be used as a simple single stroller for when you only have one child. Some of them are for twins or triplets and others are for children of different ages.
EXAMPLES OF TRADITIONAL STROLLERS PRICES:
- Graco Modes Stroller – Around $250
- Chicco Bravo LE Quick-Fold Stroller – Around $250
- Chicco Bravo Quick-Fold Stroller – Around $220
- Graco Verb Click Connect Stroller Around $100
- Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller – Around $70
- Besrey Airplane Stroller – $160
- Pockit Lightweight Stroller – $180
EXAMPLES OF JOGGING AND ALL-TERRAIN STROLLERS PRICES
- Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller – $190
- Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller – $110
- BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, Black – $500
- Baby Trend Xcel Jogger Stroller – $104
- Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller – $300
- BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller – $500
EXAMPLES OF TRAVEL SYSTEMS PRICES
- Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System – $380
- Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System – $280
- Evenflo Vive Travel System – $160
- Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System – $200
- Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System – $160
- Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System – $210
- Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System – $190
EXAMPLES OF DOUBLE STROLLER PRICES
- Graco Ready2Grow LX Double Stroller – $220
- BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller – $640
- Graco DuoGlider Double Stroller – $140
- Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller – $280
- Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger – $158
- Chicco Cortina Together Double Stroller – $300
CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PURCHASING A STROLLER
Travel System vs Stroller and Convertible Car Seat bought separately.
One of the most difficult questions, (one that will turn you into a strategist) is that if it is better just to buy a travel system (which includes both a stroller and an infant car seat) o just the pram and a convertible car seat that your child can use longer.
The answer is this: It depends on your child size and how fast they grow (it could be by the time they are 5 or 6 months old, but this also depends on your genetics), the car seat of a travel system is usually smaller, but very convenient since you just take out and take in the seat from the stroller and the car.
The convertible car seat is usually meant to be rear-facing, but you cannot rear-face your child until they are two years old. On the other hand, I bought a travel system, used its car seat for like, 6 months and had to buy a convertible car seat.
With this in mind, I think it would be smarter to buy the travel system and a convertible car seat that can be used with children over 25 or 26 pounds (like the evenflow securedkid booster car seat), which is more expensive than a convertible car seat or than a booster seat, but you will only have to buy 2 products, the travel system and the car seat.
Size and weight of the stroller.
As I said it before, a jogging stroller is very heavy (and your back will complain eventually), they also occupy a lot of space, if you have a car with a small trunk or you suffer back problems and will be carrying the stroller very often, It is better to stay away from them. A compact stroller will be more suitable for you.
There are strollers that fit inside a backpack, such as the pockit lightweight stroller, although they are limited regarding cup holders and organizers (in case they are important to you).
On the other hand, if back pain or small spaces are not an issue for you, then a jogging stroller is extremely helpful, they go smoothly through all the walk and your little one will not even feel the potholes.
Safety of the stroller.
Always keep in mind that before comfort, usability and look, safety is the most important thing, nowadays strollers should meet these minimum standards:
- five-point harness with waist, crotch and shoulder straps.
- Good brakes.
- Tether straps for your wrist and prevent the stroller from rolling away.