(Closed) Is a stroller worth splurging on? Need recommendations!

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
1111 posts
Bumble bee

If we were having a singleton we would’ve totally gone with the Mixx! We did get the Pipas for our twins and you just cannot beat the quality. Even DH said they were worth the splurge. We’re undecided on a travel system yet but we do have the double snap n go and the UppaBaby G-link for now. We’ll probably end going with the Bumbleride Indie Twin for our travel system. Pricey but worth it in the long-run. 

Post # 4
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I can’t speak to those strollers because I got the BOB, but I felt like a stroller was definitely worth the splurge! I run and go on walks with my dogs all the time, so I know I will get a lot of use out of it. The BOB I got goes with the Britax B-Safe 35, which I have heard good things about. You should make sure the carseat fits with the stroller since they aren’t supposed to go directly into most strollers for a while. 

Post # 5
2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We have the Nuna pipa car seat which we love.  Daughter #2 is arriving in January and I’m excited to use it again.  For strollers we REALLY splurged and have 3!  For the car, we use the Nuna Pepp, which is really lightweight and our car seat pops in and out of it easily.  We also have the Uppababy Vista, which we use for walks around the neighborhood and around town – when we aren’t getting in the car.  It’s Freakin heavy, but I love it and it will come in handy with two babies under two.  Last we have the Bob Revolution SE which DH uses to jog.  That is a monster and is GINORMOUS!  I never use it.  

I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom so I use a stroller every day for walks and it was definitely worth splurging for me, especially since we live within walking distance of town and parks.  If I was working or only using it to go run errands, I wouldn’t have splurged because I may not have gotten the use out of it.

Post # 6
5545 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

 I had the $300 click connect system that came with a car seat. I loved it and I still use the stroller.

This is just my opinion but I find  $850 strollers absurd. does it come with a car seat? are you going to need it to carry 150 pounds? is it $850 just because of the name?

That’s just me, I don’t really splurge which is probably why I find that crazy. you can get something that does what you need it to do without spending a fortune.

Post # 7
5842 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have the mixx/pipa and LOVE them. The dream drape on the pipa has come in handy so many times and it was so easy to install. I got the mixx because we live by a park so while I walk a lot it’s usually on paved paths. I can also walk to the supermarket so I just toss all my groceries in the basket underneath. I think paying extra for a mid range stroller (so sad 500 is mid range) is worth it because it usually means better shocks/wheels and a smoother fold.

Complaints… the accessories for the mixx kinda suck. It is not compact at all when I need to bring it in the car (but that’s any travel system).

Post # 8
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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araebo5585 :  you’re mostly paying for push and tires. IMO a stroller is worth a splurge if you’re going to use it for walks outside, parks etc. if you’re just going to wheel around target then you can get by with something cheap with shoddy wheels. 

OP we went with the Mixx after much deliberation and pushing everything around. My budget conscious husband really tried to push the B-agile and they are very popular, but even he knew it was worth the extra money after pushing and folding the Nuna. 

Post # 9
1807 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

The stroller you buy is going to be with you for about 4 years. It was the best thing we bought – I’ve now passed it on to a friend, so it was definitely worth the $$$.

Get one that has the baby car seat along with it. Then when the baby is small you can just lift a sleeping baby out if the car into the house, or pop his seat into the stroller to go shopping. 

Make sure the stroller has:

Big storage area underneath for coats, groceries, baby bag, etc. 

Cup holder/storage area up top so when you push the stroller outside or at the store you have a spot for a drink, your keys, etc…

Easy buttons to push to collapse stroller. The worst thing in the world is to have a crying baby in the car that needs nursing, it’s freezing outside in the winter, and the damn stroller won’t collapse. It will drive you insane! Make sure at the store you’re comfortable with collapsing the stroller, as well as clicking the baby seat in and out of the stroller. 

our stroller was a Graco brand – but my ‘baby’ is now 15, so the one we have is no longer made. It looks very similar to the Graco Urban Lite Click connect travel system. Back then it was about $260. I see they’re MUCH more today – in the $500 range. Still, it’s worth the money. My son used it right to kindergarten – some days we were in a rush to get to school, so just popped him in and ran up to school. When you’re buying, consider that this is going to be with you for about 4-5 years, so it should be good quality. 

Post # 10
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have a city mini GT and a britax bsafe and love it. Don’t feel limited to only travel systems. For us this was a great combo, compact yet we could walk without kicking it, works on gravel/grass/etc, not too terribly expensive.  I think we got a new but discontinued stroller for $250 and then the carseat for an additional $180.

Post # 11
4098 posts
Honey bee

I love our uppababy cruz. Light, small, huge basket, and LO loves it. We use it with the Nuna Pipa (seriously the best carseat ever) and connectors to pop the seat in and out and it works great. My son is older now and has been using the cruz seat instead, and he’s very comfortable in it. We don’t plan on trying for a second until our son is older, so we are fine with only having the option of the toddler board with the Cruz.

Post # 12
1547 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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queenieheather :  I would go mid-range to be honest. You want something that can be easily steered with one hand.

I have a 18 month old and an almost three year old, we rarely use our strollers now. We have 4, with my fav being the City Mini double. When we go out the kids much rather have us bring our Fisher Price wagon, they like the freedom and to be ablet o interact with each other.

Post # 13
9820 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You can buy adaptors to make most infant seats work with any stroller.

JMO, but unless you live somewhere where you don’t have a car and walk absolutely everywhere, I think spending a ton on a stroller isn’t worth it. We have a City Mini GT which I think is probably considered mid-range, and it’s more than adequate for walks on sidewalks or grass/gravel paths.

My dd is almost 1.5 and we rarely even use her stroller anymore honestly. She much prefers sitting in her smart trike or a wagon.

Post # 14
600 posts
Busy bee

I definitely think a stroller is an item to splurge on. We have two different strollers, one for regular walks and one for folding up to put in the car. The one I use for walks is awesome, but its too big to fit in the car for if we go out shopping or something and need the stroller. The fold up one sucks! I hate using it and would never use it for walking unless I had to. I guess my point is that the fold up one is cheaper, and it seems I got what I paid for. Definitely enjoy the bigger one much more.

Post # 15
575 posts
Busy bee

We went with a cheapish (100 euros) no-brand stroller from the local department store. I never regretted it – it was sturdy and comfortable for the baby, had a detachable car-seat 0-6 months, had sufficient space underneath to carry a large amount of groceries. I walked for hours every day (to get baby to sleep) during the first 4 months and used the stroller to do groceries – no problem whatsoever. However, while I also thought that the stroller is a three-year investment, that’s not quite true. At 10 months, when my daughter started walking, the old stroller was getting too much to lug around and we got a cheap (40 euros) light foldable stroller. Now at the age of 2, we very rarely use a stroller at all.

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