Image of the graco modes travel system which includes the Snugride click connect 35 infant car seat

Best Baby Travel System Stroller and Car Seat Combos of 2019 Reviewed

by Michelle Hand |

Today’s parents are out and about, and their babies are too. That’s why a baby travel system is totally essential to a parent’s ability to be busy. The best baby travel system? Depends on your needs.

Best Baby Travel Systems Image Rating You Need to Know
Evenflo Pivot Travel System Image of the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System ♥♥♥♥♥ Many ways for baby to ride, but lightweight frame is bulky
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System Image of the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Papyrus ♥♥♥♥♥ Super safe car seat, but stroller is pretty basic
Britax B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black ♥♥♥♥♥ Safe and handles like a dream, but no storage
Chicco Viaro Travel System Image of the Chicco Viaro Stroller Travel System, Teak ♥♥♥♥ Easy maneuverability and fold, but bad wheels and bulky
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom ♥♥♥♥♥ Lightweight and affordable jogger pushes easily, but has bad buckles
Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Travel System Image of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, Gotham ♥♥♥♥♥ Best folding mechanism and good car seat, but pricey and bulky
BOB Rambler Travel System Image of the BOB Rambler Travel System, Black ♥♥♥♥ Jogging stroller for serious runners, but massive price tag
Evenflo Vive Travel System Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree ♥♥♥♥ Great for small/low birth weight babies, but lower quality
Graco Fast Action Fold Click Connect Travel System Image of the Graco FastAction Travel System Stroller, Bennett ♥♥♥♥♥ Secure car seat/stroller connection, but likes to get stuck
Urbini Omni Plus Travel System ♥♥♥♥♥ Bassinet mode and switchable seat, but terrible wheels and tricky travel system
Baby Trend Easy Ride 5 Travel System Image of the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth ♥♥♥♥ Inexpensive and easy to use, but not the greatest quality
UPPAbaby Vista Travel System Image of the 2018 UPPABaby VISTA Stroller - Henry (Blue Marl/Silver/Saddle Leather) + MESA- Henry (Blue Marl) merino wool version ♥♥♥♥♥ Tons and tons of luxe and high-quality features, but insanely expensive
Graco Aire 3 Travel System ♥♥♥♥♥ Lightweight and basic 3 wheel stroller, but expensive for what you get

Best Baby Travel Systems

Evenflo Pivot Travel System

Best Travel System

The Car Seat

This travel system features a fantastic car seat: the Evenflo SafeMax Infant Car Seat. This car seat works for babies that are 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall.

Image of the Evenflo SafeMax Infant Car Seat, Noelle

The SafeZone base and has an anti-rebound bar (similar to some Britax models). It reduces the amount of movement that can happen after impact.

You can install the base with Evenflo’s very user-friendly latch system. Simply hook on the two lower anchor hooks (with button release!), tighten, and use the integrated belt lock off system to lock the base tightly into place. If you are using the vehicle belt, you’ll get just as secure of an installation because of this lock off system.

 

The base also has recline to get it at the right angle. You can use the built-in knob to adjust the seat until the built-in indicator level is in the right spot. With all these base safety and convenience features, it’s almost impossible to install it wrong.

Image of the Evenflo SafeMax Infant Car Seat, Noelle

The seat clicks easily into the base and the stroller and has an easy to access release latch on the back of the car seat. It might take you a couple tries to line it up, but once you do, it clicks into the base or stroller tightly.

Safety is most important. Like all Evenflo car seats, this seat has been designed and tested to meet or exceed all US safety standards two times over. It’s also got extra rollover and side impact protection to keep baby safe in any scary scenario.

Image of the Evenflo SafeMax Infant Car Seat, Noelle

The SafeMax has lots of padding, including an infant pillow insert, and uses breathable fabrics, so baby stays comfortable. There’s a 5 point safety harness that has an easy front adjust and padding, a big 3-panel canopy, and a padded handle for better carrying.

The Stroller

The stroller is the main attraction when it comes to this modular travel system. This one stroller actually functions as three different strollers: a baby carriage, an infant stroller, and a toddler stroller.

The Pivot stroller features 6 different ways to ride. How does it do this? Well, within the three different modes that I just mentioned, you can have the baby facing you or facing the world.

Image of the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System

That means that as a baby carriage, which is probably the first mode you’ll use, you can have the baby bassinet facing toward you or toward the world.

This is not a totally unique feature but there aren’t that many bassinet stroller travel systems.

Then when you have a toddler on your hands, You can put them in the toddler seat, complete with padded harness, reclinable seat, and huge, 3 panel canopy with peek-a-boo window. You’ll have a convenient snack holder for baby too.

(I love seats that can face both ways! Check out my Urbini Reversi review for another great travel system that has a flippable seat.)

But do you want to hear the best part? The toddler seat and the baby carriage are the same piece of gear. You can convert it from one into the other with just a buckle and a strap. It works as a seat until baby reaches 50 pounds.

Image of the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System

Finally, there is frame stroller or infant stroller mode. This is when you detach all seats from the stroller frame and use the frame itself to carry the SafeMax car seat. You can attach the car seat so that it faces you or so that it faces away from you. No adapters needed– it simply attaches to the frame itself on the sides.

The Pivot stroller is foldable. All you do is click the button on the sides of the frame, and the frame folds in half on itself. It can be folded with the toddler seat on, or when its just the frame alone. It is then pretty flat and easy to load into a trunk. It weighs in at about 15 pounds, so it’s not terribly heavy to fold and move. Maneuverability is nice, with front swivel wheels that are nice and thick. The back wheels feature a two-step (aka not linked) braking system.

Besides the amazing versatility and easy use of the stroller, you’re going to get a stroller that has very stylish design. Anyone looking at this stroller would have no idea that it’s an Evenflo. It honestly looks like an expensive boutique purchase.

The storage basket at the bottom has ample room and can be accessed from both the front and the back. There is a simple parent cup holder that can be placed anywhere on the handle.

Best Features

  • 6 different stroller modes
  • Easy to switch and no adapters needed
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Great manueverability
  • Good price point
  • Access storage basket from the front

Image of the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat height limit: 17 to 32 inches

Car seat weight: 8.9 pounds

Stroller weight: 15 pounds

Stroller weight limit: Up to 50 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Frame is a bit large, even when folded
  • Front wheels get stuck
  • Requires 2 hands to fold/unfold

 

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

 

Image of the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Papyrus

The Car Seat

The seat included with this travel system is the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat. This car seat is one of the safest on the market. It meets or exceeds all safety standards and also has EPS foam and a contoured shell for outstanding protection in an accident.

Image of the Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat and Base with Car Seat, Papyrus

The included base has latch connectors and an easy tightening system to make sure that it’s installed properly. It does have clear belt routing and integrated lock-offs to install it easily without the base in place.

Image of the Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat and Base with Car Seat, Papyrus

This car seat can hold an infant from 4 to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches in height. It has a newborn head and body support. It also has a nice, large canopy, and it’s easy to tighten and adjust five point safety harness. It’s also easy to clean.

This seat is also relatively narrow. If you have multiple kids and need a narrow seat, there are quite a few good options.

The Stroller

They call this the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System because it has a trio of modes for use. The first mode is a car seat carrier. You can completely remove the seat, footrest, and canopy of the stroller to have just a frame to attach the car seat carrier. You do have to have the adapter, which is included when you purchase the travel system, in place to be able to click the KeyFit 30 car seat into place.

Image of the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Papyrus

The next mode is a travel system mode, where you can have the Bravo stroller with the adapter for the car seat. This allows the baby to either sit in the car seat or sit in the stroller, as long as you remember to bring the adapter with you.

The final mode is the toddler stroller, or just the regular Bravo stroller. In this mode, the stroller can hold a child up to 50 pounds.

Besides these modes, it has a multi-position recliner for the back of the seat. It has an extra large canopy with a peek-a-boo window. There’s a fantastic folding system that can be done one-handed. You just grab the handle under the seat and pull it up, then the auto-swivel wheels rotate inward automatically, and the stroller folds to a small and compact standing form. It’s basically foolproof.

Image of the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Papyrus

The brakes of the all wheel suspension stroller are linked, which means that braking one wheel in the back will also brake the other wheel. This stroller has two front wheels that can be swiveled or locked into place as you need.

The Bravo Trio stroller does weigh about 23 pounds. To finish out, the stroller also features a very large storage basket that’s easy to access in any mode, a small parent tray with two cup holders, and a 3-position adjustable push handle.

Want to see this 4 wheeled stroller go head-to-head with the 3 wheeled Britax B-Agile? We’ve got a Chicco Bravo Trio vs. Britax B Agile & B Safe 35 comparison just for you!

Best Features

  • One of the best car seats ever
  • Narrow car seat
  • Lots of storage
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • One handed fold
  • Linked braking system

Image of the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Papyrus

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 30 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 30 inches

Car seat weight: 9.6 pounds

Stroller weight limit: 5o pounds

Stroller weight: 23 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Bigger price tag
  • Stroller seat only faces out (can’t switch)
  • Uses adapters for travel system (included)

Britax B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System

 

Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black

The Car Seat

The seat included with this travel system is the Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat. This seat will hold an infant from 4 to 45 pounds and 32 inches tall or shorter. For the smaller babes, it has a lovely head and body cushion that’s removable as baby grows.

Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black

The B Safe 35 meets or exceeds all US safety standards. This car seat features Britax’s SafeCell impact protection. This little network of plastic honeycombs inside the base and the car seat itself does wonders for absorbing energy in a crash. The car seat was also designed with a steel frame to help stabilize the car seat at the connection point to the vehicle, which is where the most durability is needed. The car seat has a wonderful contoured shell design. Not only does this make it smaller in your vehicle, but it also helps the car seat to move around less and also offers deep side impact protection.

Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black

The base has SafeCell impact protection, and it also has the SafeCenter latch feature. This is a set of center pull straps that make tightening the base in the car a cinch. The latch connectors are created with an on/off button that allows you to make placing and releasing the anchors very easy as well. It also features built-in lock offs for when you want to use your car seat belt to install it.

Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black

The B Safe 35 also features a quick-adjust harness. This allows you to move the safety harness and the headrest up as your child grows. You simply remove a lever and the entire headrest and shoulder strap system moves upward. There’s no need to rethread straps every time you need to make an adjustment.

Extras: In addition to the wonderful safety features, this car seat has perks like an extra large canopy, spring-assisted recline, and ergonomic handle for comfortable caring, and a extra-padded 5 point safety harness. And as an added bonus, you can use this car seat with any Britax stroller, just in case you buy an additional one or buy a different one later.

The Stroller

The B Agile is a high-quality and lightweight stroller. It’s got a lightweight aluminum frame, weighing in at only 16 pounds. That makes the stroller both easy to carry and easy to push. All-wheel suspension and a swivel front wheel give you additional ease of movement and a really tight turning radius. You can easily hit the brakes by using the linked parking brake. That will stop both rear wheels with just one push of the toe.

Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black

The stroller is both fast and easy to fold. You can do it with one hand, and it folds to be very compact. It has a frame lock that’ll keep the stroller together while traveling or while in storage.

I haven’t had the pleasure of using this exact system myself, but I can tell you that thousands (okay, maybe hundreds) of parents swear by this system and this company alone. And with a 1 year warranty on the car seat and a 2 year warranty on the stroller, you can see why.

Additional features include an extra large canopy with the ventilation window/peek-a-boo window and UV 50+ sun protection, a huge under seat storage compartment and an additional zippered pocket, a reclinable seat that can even adjust to be all the way flat for an infant, and a very padded and comfortable 5-point harness.

Image of the Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black

The click and go capabilities of the stroller mean that you can attach any other Britax car seat, as long as you have the adapters. It does require 2 tower adapters, which are 2 small plastic pieces, to get the car seat to click in. This personally isn’t my favorite way to click a car seat into a stroller, but it does work. Just come up with a smart system of keeping the adapters with the stroller so you don’t lose them.

Britax now makes the B-Lively stroller, which can be used as a replacement for the B-Agile in the Britax B-Agile B-Safe travel system. To see all it’s great features, read our Britax B-Lively review.

Or, if you prefer a 4 wheeled stroller, but love the Britax brand, check out the Britax Pathway stroller review from Experienced Mommy.

Best Features

  • Safe car seat
  • Narrow and compact car seat
  • Stroller maneuvers well
  • Push and fold/unfold with one hand
  • Amazing suspension and wheels
  • Higher weight limits

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat weight: 10 pounds

Stroller weight: 23 pounds

Stroller weight limit: Up to 55 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Car seat is heavy
  • No storage for parents
  • Bigger price tag
  • Known to have recalls on parts

 

Chicco Viaro Travel System

Image of the Chicco Viaro Stroller Travel System, Teak

The Car Seat

This Chicco travel system comes with the KeyFit 30 infant car seat. Let’s get some quick stats on this car seat:

  • For babies 4 to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches
  • Meets or exceeds all safety standards
  • Deep, contoured shell design

Image of the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, Orion

  • EPS foam lining
  • Base has button release latch connectors and SuperCinch easy belt tightening
  • Integrated lockoffs and clear belt routing for use with vehicle belt
  • Newborn support pillow
  • Large canopy
  • 5 point safety harness with padding and easy tightening

The Stroller

The Chicco Viaro stroller is a lightweight and sleek stroller. It weighs only 18 pounds. The 3-wheel design makes it easily maneuverable and easily pushable. The nice suspension gives a smooth ride for baby.

Image of the Chicco Viaro Stroller, Graphite

The front wheel swivels to allow for better movement and a tight turning radius. However, the plastic wheels don’t seem as durable. The wheels are thin and soft and get peppered by rocks or gravel. At 7 inches for the front wheel and 8.75 inches for the back wheels, they’re big enough to tackle a lot of terrain.

It has a two-step braking system. This means that you have individual toe top brakes to lock the back wheels individually. This makes quick stops easy, but it requires more effort and isn’t foot friendly.

Image of the Chicco Viaro Stroller, Graphite

The fold on the stroller is fantastic. It’s my favorite feature. It’s a truly one handed fold. All you do is push a release button under the seat of the stroller, pull up on the strap, and you have a compact and self-standing folded stroller. It doesn’t lock once folded, so you have to be careful when getting it in and out of the trunk. The perk of it not locking is that you can reopen the stroller quickly and easily with just one hand as well. Just pull up on the handle and click it open.

Chicco claims that this is their most lightweight stroller. And even though it’s light, it can still hold a child up to 50 pounds. The multi-position backrest (which unfortunately can’t lie flat) and the adjustable 5 point safety harness easily grow with your child for many years of use.

Image of the Chicco Viaro Stroller Travel System, Teak

The stroller features an extra large canopy. It’s made from a thick and sturdy material that shades the baby well. And the best part is that it can completely shade the baby when used with the KeyFit Car Seat. This protects baby from nosy people and hot sun alike! I do wish that the canopy had a spy window, since it’s so big and blocks the parent’s view of baby.

Image of the Chicco Viaro Stroller, Graphite

Child Tray

This stroller features great storage for being so sleek. There’s a parent storage area on the push handle with two cup holders and a middle tray. There’s a child snack tray with two cup holders and a place for food. The bottom storage basket is wonderful. It’s deep and big. It can also be accessed from the rear, like a normal stroller, or it can be accessed from the front by lifting up the seat’s footrest. I like this added convenience.

The Chicco Viaro travel system has a lot of fantastic features. See our full review of the Chicco Viaro Travel System.

We’ve talked about both the Chicco Bravo and Chicco Viaro strollers as part of travel systems. Want to know which is best? Read our Chicco Viaro Stroller vs Chicco Bravo Stroller article.

Best Features

  • Safe car seat
  • Belt lock offs for use without base
  • Easy folding mechanism
  • Lots of storage
  • Can access storage basket from front
  • Lightweight
  • Maneuvers really well

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 30 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 30 pounds

Stroller weight: 18 pounds

Stroller weight limit: Up to 50 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Stroller doesn’t lock when folded
  • Takes up lots of space when folded
  • Cheap wheels and fabrics
  • No peek-a-boo window on huge canopy

You can check out how the B-Agile stacks up against the Chicco Bravo in our Chicco Bravo vs Britax B-Agile article. There’s also a head-to head battle of the lightweight B-Agile and City Mini in our Britax B-Agile vs Baby Jogger City Mini review.

Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System

Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom

The Car Seat

The car seat included with this travel system is the Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc infant car seat. This is a top rated infant car seat that’s designed to hold a baby between 5 and 30 pounds. It will accommodate your child until they reach 30 inches. It comes with a small and soft head support for those little tiny babies.

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Flec Loc Infant Car Seat, Celery

Made with EPS foam, it provides superior protection in a car accident. It even has extra padding that helps with side impact protection. It meets or exceeds all safety standards in the US.

It’s called EZ Flex Loc because of the latch system that it uses. The base has flexible latch hooks as opposed to rigid, one-piece latch hooks. If you look at the latch connectors, you can see that they’re hinged. This means that once they’re hooked in, you can adjust the seat to get a secure fit without having to re-attach the anchors.

Besides having the Flex Loc, the base also has a push button that allows you to adjust the height to 4 different positions for correct installation. It even has a level indicator that let you know when you have it at the proper level for installation.

This car seat has a small and lightweight design. It weighs just over 7 1/2 pounds, and the car seat is about 16 1/2 inches at its widest spot. This means that it takes up less room in your car and makes it really easy to put more than one car seat in the back of your car. This is definitely a good choice for parents that have to do two or more car seats in the back.

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Flec Loc Infant Car Seat, Celery

The way that you release this car seat from the base and stroller is unique. Usually, there’s a lever at the front of the car seat, behind where the baby’s head is, that you will pull to get the car seat to pop out. With this one, it’s down by baby’s feet. This is both good and bad. It works really well in smaller cars where you don’t have a lot of headspace for the car seat, but it does make it tricky because you have to put your hand down between the car seat and the backseat of your vehicle to get the car seat free.

The harness system of this car seat is good, but it can be frustrating. It’s a 5 point safety harness with some good qualities. You can adjust the car seats harness straps by simply turning a knob on the back of the car seat. This makes it nice because you won’t have to rethread harness straps every time your baby grows. It also has a one-handed release mechanism in the front. The biggest pain about this harness system is that you have to stack the buckles in order to buckle them in.

Finally, the car seat has the delta multi-grip carrying handle. This is a smooth carrying handle with a triangle shape. It’s designed to not irritate your arm and make it much easier on your back and arms. I personally love this type of car seat handle, because it makes holding the car seat in both your hands and on your arms a lot easier in nearly any position.

 

The Stroller

The Expedition Jogging Stroller is included with this travel system. This stroller is specially designed for running or jogging on nearly any surface. It has 16 inch rear tires that are air-filled bicycle tires. It’s got a 12-inch front tire with swivel or locking capabilities. Having it locked is great for going for a run, while being able to swivel will make this stroller be able to go from the trail to the mall in a snap. And having such large, air-filled tires means that you get a smoother ride on any surface. This translates to the stroller gliding more easily during a run so that you don’t encounter as much resistance.

Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Phantom, 50 Pounds

This stroller features 3 separate brakes. One brake is on the front wheel that allows it to lock in a straight and non-swiveling position. Both of the back wheels have their own brakes. This is somewhat inconvenient, but it is nice if you’re just going to make a quick stop, as you can just apply one of the brakes.

Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Phantom, 50 Pounds

The stroller’s made with a lightweight steel frame. The overall weight of the stroller is about 26 pounds. Now, this is much more than a regular stroller, but you have to remember that you have much bigger tires and you need a bigger frame to support that. Still, at 26 pounds, this is one of the lighter ones on the market.

Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Phantom, 50 Pounds

The Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System is so easy to use.

Folding this lightweight stroller is a breeze, as it features a trigger fold that easily folds the stroller in half in a compact unit. You just pull the two triggers on each side of the handle and the stroller will fold in half, and then it can be locked into place. It does stand on its own as long as all three wheels are touching the ground.

The stroller features a lot of great safety features. For starters, it’s got a fully adjustable 5 point safety harness for the kid. This 5 point safety harness is a bit complicated to buckle, but it’s very secure. The stroller also features a tether strap for the parent to hold onto while running. This means that you won’t have a runaway stroller going downhill. Another safety feature is the footrest reflectors. This means that if you’re going for an early-morning or late-night jog, everyone will be able to see you and your stroller.

Some comfort features included are a seat that can recline to many different positions, including flat, and an adjustable canopy with a peek-a-boo window. The handle is extra wide and ergonomically shaped. It’s covered in a soft rubbery material that provides good grip during a run while also providing comfort. These features will come in handy across the life of the stroller, which will last you until your kiddo reaches 50 pounds.

Image of the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Phantom, 50 Pounds

The Expedition Jogger Stroller has no shortage of storage. For starters, it has a parent tray that has two cup holders and a covered compartment. There’s also a child tray that has two cup holders. This tray also doubles as the adapter that allows the car seat to click in. There’s an extra-large storage basket underneath that fits a lot of items, including a larger diaper bag. It’s also easy to access.

Best Features

  • Flex Loc easy installation
  • Takes up less room in car
  • Smooth ride
  • Amazing air-filled tires
  • Lightweight and easy to push
  • Canopy completely covers baby
  • Delta carrying handle
  • Good value

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 5 to 30 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 30 inches

Car seat weight: 7.5 pounds

Stroller weight: 26 pounds

Stroller weight limit: 50 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Newborn insert puts small babies at a weird angle
  • Base is tough to get tight
  • Have to align harness buckles to click them in
  • Carrying handle is hard to push back
  • Swivel wheel sometimes shakes when running

See our article comparing all the leading jogging travel systems. And here is the standalone review of the Baby Trend Expedition Travel System.

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Travel System

Image of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, Gotham

The Car Seat

The SnugRide comes with all of our Graco travel system picks. Here is a quick repeat of the specs of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat:

Image of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, Gotham

  • Holds infants from 4 to 35 pounds, and up to 32 inches
  • Click Connect technology means you click it in and out of its base and in and out of the stroller, or any other compatible stroller
  • Weighs only 7 ½ pounds
  • Base connects to vehicle with latch connector straps for added security
  • Meets or exceeds all US car seat safety standards
  • Made with EPS foam for safety, and has particularly good side impact protection
  • 5 point safety harness with one hand adjust system
  • Large canopy to protect baby from the sun
  • Removable infant support pillow

At this point, you’re probably wondering if Graco is secretly paying me to give all their products rave reviews. While I wish they would, they aren’t. I have simply compared Graco products to other products and they hold their own. This jogging travel system is no exception. It’s gotten outstanding reviews on many websites.

The Stroller

Graco calls this a crossover stroller. They claim that it “combines all the comfort and convenience features of a traditional stroller with the performance of maneuverability of an all-terrain jogger.” And that’s exactly what it does.

Image of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, Gotham

It has a lightweight design. This stroller weighs in at 30 pounds, which is pretty good for a legit jogger.

In addition to being somewhat lightweight, the stroller also features air-filled rubber tires for a smooth ride. The tires of the stroller are 16-inch tires in the back and a 12-inch tire in the front. The bicycle-type tires provide great suspension and a smooth ride.

Image of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, Gotham

The front wheel is lockable so that you can have swivel for maneuverability, or a locked wheel for stability. It also has two-step brakes. This means that you have to break each side individually.

Image of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, Gotham

The fast action jogger has fast-action fold. It’s supposed to take one second and be done with one hand. This is entirely true. This means that you simply pull handle in the seat of the stroller and pop! The stroller folds in half instantly. It also locks while folded and is self-standing.

For your baby’s comfort, there’s a convertible 5 point safety harness to 3 point safety harness. This is nice, since baby can stay in the stroller until they reach 50 pounds. There’s also a multi-position reclining seat that can recline to be almost all the way flat. It’s got a large canopy that’s extendable and has a peek-a-boo window. It also has reflectors on the rear tires for added visibility while running in the dark.

Image of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, GothamImage of the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System, Gotham

All the extras: This stroller has more than sufficient storage. It’s got a child snack tray, that features a little snack compartment and 2 drink holders. The snack tray easily swivels out of the way so that you can get your child in and out fast, and also acts as the adapter for clicking the car seat in and out. It has a parent storage tray with 2 cup holders and a covered storage compartment. On top of the storage compartment is a smartphone holder. Depending on what phone you have you may or may not be able to get your phone to fit in this holder. Finally, there’s a storage basket underneath that’s a decent size. You can certainly fit a diaper bag and maybe a couple of other essentials in it.

 

Best Features

  • Click connect technology for ease of use
  • Comfortable and safe car seat
  • Air-filled tires
  • Lockable front wheel
  • Fast action fold
  • Snack and drink areas for parents and kids
  • Lots of storage

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 32 inches

Car seat weight: 7.5 pounds

Stroller weight: 30 pounds

Stroller weight limit: 50 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • No safety tether
  • Bigger price tag
  • Tall handle might frustrate shorter pushers
  • Bigger and bulkier than other systems

BOB Rambler Travel System

Image of the BOB Rambler Travel System, Black

The Car Seat

The setup is pretty simple. There’s a car seat, an adapter, and the stroller. The car seat is actually a Britax B-Safe 35 infant car seat. Since we’ve already gone over it, here’s a quick recap:

  • Safe Cell impact protection on the base
  • Steel frame
  • Safe Center latch installation
  • FAA approved
  • Huge canopy
  • Clicks easily into stroller and base
  • Spot clean only
  • Base recline
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Padded 5 point safety harness

The Stroller

The BOB Rambler Travel System is for serious runners only! I’m talking training for a marathon, 7 miles a day type running.

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That’s because it utilizes one of the best jogging/running strollers ever. Here’s the outstanding features:

  • 75 lb weight capacity
  • Mountain bike style suspension
  • Locking front swivel wheel
  • 12 inch air filled tires
  • 25 lb aluminum frame
  • Easy fold (can even remove wheels to make smaller!)
  • Linked rear parking brake
  • Hand strap for safety
  • Padded seat with 5 point safety harness and recline
  • HUGE UPF 50+ canopy with peek-a-boo window
  • Under child storage basket

This stroller is wonderful. As a runner/hiker/walker/generally super active person, I can’t sing its praises enough.

 

 

 

If you have the money and are serious about running, please DO NOT hesitate to get this system, because you’ll get a very safe car seat and base, together with a top-of-the-line jogging stroller.

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Best Features

  • Big weight limit
  • Safe and user-friendly car seat
  • Narrow car seat- takes up less space in car
  • Mountain bike suspension
  • Easy fold
  • Safety features
  • Storage basket

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 32 inches

Car seat weight: 10 pounds

Stroller weight: 25 pounds

Stroller weight limit: 75 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Insanely expensive!
  • Heavy car seat
  • Can’t wash car seat cover

Evenflo Vive Travel System

Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree

The Car Seat

This travel system comes with the Evenflo Embrace infant car seat. This is an award-winning car seat that meets or exceeds all federal safety standards. It exceeds the federal crash standards by 2x.

Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree

This car seat works really well for all babies up to 35 pounds. This big upper limit means that your baby can stay rear facing longer -well after their 1st birthday- since that’s the safest position for babies to travel in. But since the weight limit is so low, it is nationally recognized as a good car seat for low birth-weight babies, too.

This car seat is made from heavy duty and durable plastic, making it 25% lighter than other car seats in the same category. It weighs in at only 8 pounds! That includes the large, ergonomic carrying handle, which can go into 5 different positions for carrying and convenience.

Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree

The car seat comes with a stay-in-car base, complete with a central pendulum level indicator and recline features. This detached base makes carrying the car from the house to the car so easy. Extra bases also mean that you can click into other cars if needed.

The polyester pad for the car seat is totally machine washable. It comes with a removable infant head pillow too. The 5 point safety harness has 3 different shoulder positions for baby’s comfort. The easy adjust harness controls are front and center by baby’s feet. All of this is shielded by the canopy.

The Stroller

The Evenflo Vive stroller has 4 wheels, like a traditional stroller. These wheels are 13″ and made from a thick EVA material for durability. There’s a front wheel shock absorption system for a bump-free ride. This smooth riding stroller will fit a child up to 50 pounds for use well into the preschool years.

Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree

You can fold the Vive in half. Then it’s only 16 inches tall, which fits nicely into any trunk. You do this using the Gravity Fold system, which doesn’t require much effort on behalf of the parent. I love that it’s self-standing and compact once folded.

Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree

Parent features include a large underseat storage basket, a velcro-shut storage pouch behind the seat, and a parent compartment with 2 drink holders and an open compartment. Kiddo features include a 3 to 5 point safety harness with padded bottom buckle, reclining seat, a moveable snack and drink tray with 2 cup holders, and a large canopy with peek-a-boo window.

Image of the Evenflo Vive Travel System with Embrace, Spearmint Spree

Best Features

  • Budget friendly
  • Great for small babies
  • Small and lightweight
  • Easy folding
  • Plenty of storage
  • Many years of use

Exact Specifications

  • Car seat weight: 4 to 35 pounds
  • Car seat height: 17 to 30 inches
  • Stroller weight: 10 to 50 pounds
  • Stroller age: 0 to 5 years

Areas for Improvement

  • Features won’t support baby unless installed absolutely correctly (difficult to do!)
  • Canopies are small and flimsy
  • Folding/unfolding does require 2 hands
  • Stroller steering has a mind of its own
  • Car seat and stroller don’t always connect tightly
  • Has less padding than other systems

 

Graco Fast Action Fold Click Connect Travel System

Image of the Graco FastAction Travel System Stroller, Bennett

The Car Seat

This travel system comes with the Graco Snug Ride Click Connect 30 infant car seat. This rear-facing car seat has a stay-in-car base and the Graco Click Connect technology. This gives you a loud “click!” when the car seat is safely attached to the stroller or car seat base. This secure tech does mean that you need 2 hands to click the car seat in and out of the stroller and base.

This Safe Seat Engineered car seat meets or exceeds all safety standards. It can withstand extreme temps and it has the super-safe latch feature. It’s even FAA approved for use while flying. It’ll fit a baby from 4 to 30 pounds and up to 32 inches.

This car seat only weighs 7 pounds on it’s own, and 11 pounds with the base attached. That number speaks for itself!

The 5 point safety harness is comfortable and easy to adjust. It has a machine washable pad, a large carrying handle, a removable infant support pillow, and a good sized canopy as well. This car seat might not have a ton in the way of features, but it’s basic, simple, and safe. That’s all you really need!

The Stroller

This stroller will hold a child up to 50 pounds. This is nice, since you’ll get many year of use out of it.

You kiddo can relax in the reclining and padded seat. They’ll be protected by the large canopy with a mesh peek-a-boo window. They also get a detachable snack tray with 2 cup holders. Parents get a big,covered snack tray with drink holders as well. The large basket at the bottom has plenty of storage for bags, toys, snacks, and anything else you need.

The braking system is foot operated and works really well. The front swivel wheels provide easy maneuvering for the sturdy frame. You can lock the wheels if you prefer.

The Fast Action Fold is incredible. It only takes one hand and one second to pull the strap to fold it. It’s just as easy to unfold. The fact that it folds up so small and is light (only 22 pounds) means that you can carry it around with just one hand, too.

Best Features

  • Safe and reliable car seat
  • Click Connect works with any other Click Connect product
  • Amazing Fast Action Fold
  • Ample parent storage
  • Child snack tray
  • Super light car seat

Exact Specifications

  • Car seat dimensions: 30.7″ L x 18.7″ W x 15.6″ H
  • Car seat weight: 4 to 30 pounds
  • Car seat height: Up to 32 inches
  • Stroller weight: 22 pounds
  • Folded stroller dimensions: 28.5 in L x 18.5 in H x 22.5 in W

Areas for Improvement

  • Adjusting car seat canopy when attached to base is difficult
  • Car seat gets stuck in base and car seat
  • Stroller wheels squeak after some time
  • Stroller seat belt isn’t comfortable
  • Hard to get car seat out of base/stroller

 

Urbini Omni Plus Travel System

The Car Seat

The car seat included with this system is the Urbini Sonti infant car seat. It’s a rear facing seat for babies up to 32 inches and 35 pounds. That equals a pretty long car seat life.

This car seat has a base with 4 different positions to get your baby at exactly the right angle.Once installed, you can rest easy knowing that this car seat meets and exceeds all federal safety requirements.

With the base, this is an 18 pound car seat. Without it, it’s only about 10 pounds, which is okay, but it gets heavy fast. That’s due to the plastic and energy-absorbing foam that makes up the seat.

Baby can get comfy with a padded 5 point safety harness and a newborn pillow insert for better head support. The contoured shape of the car seat also contributes to comfort as well as safety.

The Stroller

One of the wonderful features of this system is the ability for the child seat to become a bassinet. Just fold the seat correctly and it’ll be a flat space with a canopy overhead. Additionally, you can face the regular stroller seat forward or backward for versatility and baby happiness.

Image of the Urbini Omni Plus Special Edition Travel System

While kids won’t get a snack tray, they do get a padded arm bar. They’ll also get a padded 5 point safety harness on this stroller to keep them in the reclining seat. You can spy on them through the canopy’s peek-a-boo window.

Parents will love the adjustable handle bar that can go to 3 different heights. The spacious storage basket and parent cup holder sweeten the package. Parent’s won’t love that you need adapters and a sans-seat stroller to become a travel system.

This stroller has 4 EVA plastic/foam wheels. The rear wheels are slightly larger for better maneuverability.

As for the fold, it’s simple but different. Instead of folding in half, the stroller collapses down on itself– think handlebar on top of back wheels. It works fine, but it takes some getting used to.

Image of the Urbini Omni Plus Special Edition Travel System

Best Features

  • Safe car seat
  • Lightweight and padded car seat
  • Bassinet mode for stroller
  • Seat faces forward or backward
  • Unique stroller fold

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 32 inches

Stroller weight limit: Up to 50 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Stroller and car seat have rough, nylon fabric
  • Wheels become hard to turn after a while
  • Not a lot of storage
  • Stroller is really, really lightweight (almost flimsy)
  • Have to remove stroller seat to make a travel system

 

Baby Trend Easy Ride 5 Travel System

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth

The Car Seat

The Baby Trend Flex Loc infant car seat is safe and stylish. It’s meant for babies from 5 to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches.

It’s called the Flex Loc because the latch straps have this cool flexible hinge for perfect car installation of the base. The 5 point safety harness has no-rethread straps so that it remains safe as baby grows. Add in the fact that this car seat has superior safety ratings, and you get one of the safest seats on the market.

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth

One of the best things about this car seat is that it’s super narrow. Even with the 4 position reclining base, it’s small. At only 16.5 inches, it won’t hog the whole back seat. This does mean that it is smaller in general, though, so big babies beware.

To release the stylish seat from the base, you grab a handle at the foot of the seat, which is difficult at times. You carry the seat with the oh-so-amazing delta handle that’s padded and non-irritating to your arms and joints.

This seat is padded and comfortable, especially around the head, but there is no infant insert included. That and the annoying buckle are the only downsides to this car seat.

The Stroller

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth

This stroller works as a true travel system base: the car seat just attaches at the snack tray to get pushed around. The stroller’s peek-a-boo canopy means that you can cover baby and still keep an eye on them. It’s got a 3 wheeled design with durable plastic wheels and front wheel suspension.

The height adjustable handle and parent snack tray/drink holders are great to have. The bottom basket is large, but hard to get to if the stroller seat is reclined.

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth

The child seat reclines to several different positions. There’s a 5 point child safety harness, too. All this is topped off by an awesome 2 drink-holding snack tray that can be clicked off.

You can fold the stroller relatively easily with just one hand. The folding mechanism takes some practice and some muscle, since the stroller still weighs 33 pounds. Once folded, it’s nice and compact.

Best Features

  • Lower price point
  • Easy Flex Loc installation
  • No rethread straps
  • Delta carrying handle
  • 3 wheel design
  • Lots of storage and space in stroller
  • Quick and compact fold

Image of the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 5 to 30 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 30 inches

Car seat weight: 9.45 pounds

Stroller weight: 33 pounds

Stroller weight limit: 50 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Less-than-perfect quality
  • Front wheel is hard to maneuver
  • Car seat buckle is annoying
  • No infant insert for car seat
  • Smaller height and weight limits on both seat and stroller

 

UPPAbaby Vista + Mesa Travel System

Image of the 2018 UPPABaby VISTA Stroller - Henry (Blue Marl/Silver/Saddle Leather) + MESA- Henry (Blue Marl) merino wool version

The Car Seat

Let’s start with the big thing: safety. The UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat has a big head pillow that provides both comfort and an additional level of side impact protection for your growing child. The EPP foam helps absorb the energy of the impact away from your child and also helps them stay comfy.

This car seat was awarded the NHTSA 5-Star rating for ease of use. That means that this seat makes it simple for parents to get a safe and secure fit every time. The Smart Secure system helps you to get the car seat in and ready in just a few seconds. It has an adjustable base, self-retracting latch connectors, and a tightness indicator. It even has levels on each side and a smooth, finished base for no vehicle seat indents.

Oh, and to get it out of the base? The release button is on top of the carrying handle. Genius!

Babies of all sizes will fit in this seat thanks to the 5 position adjustable and no-rethread harness. It’s even padded! You can move the bottom buckle to one of 2 positions to get the perfect fit.

The merino wool fabric of the UPPAbaby Mesa is stylish, naturally fire resistant, and even moisture wicking. The canopy is huge. You can wash both the seat cover and the canopy. One note: despite the cool fabric, babies tend to get hot in this seat.

At just 17 inches wide, the UPPAbaby Mesa Infant car seat fits well in smaller vehicles. The size of the UPPAbaby MESA car seat, together with the adjustable straps and plush infant insert, makes it perfect for preemies as small as 4 pounds.

The Stroller

Like the Mesa car seat, the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller has a ton of features.

The big draw of this stroller is that you can fit up to 3 kids in it. There are 2 seat options and a stroller board option. Both seats can face either forward or backward and can be reclined. The only downside is that you have to have the second seat and the stroller board removed in order to fold and store the stroller.

Speaking of folding, it’s really easy to do. And once you get it folded, the stroller will lock and stand on it’s own.

For when there’s just one baby, you can attach the cozy bassinet. It has a lot of padding, and a complete coverage sun shade. The bassinet can be detached and used as a carrier to keep baby sleeping. (Note: we said carrier, NOT car seat)

The toddler seat has inifinite recline, a massive sun canopy, and removable/washable fabrics.

As for working as a travel system, it’s the stroller base that accommodates the Mesa Infant Car Seat. Just click in the adapters and click the car seat down in. You can even haul around 2 bassinets or 2 car seats if you have 2 little ones! Many parents have complained that it can become crowded with the second seat, though.

 

For this price, you get more than just plastic wheels on a frame. Both the front wheels and the rear wheels have suspension and no-puncture tire design. The result is the baby stroller Cadillac equivalent. Like riding on air.

The storage for this stroller is so-so. The under seat basket is big and easy to get to. But that’s all there is. No drink holders or snack trays here. At least the telescoping handle bar and child arm bar are swaddled in real leather!

Best Features

  • Crazy number of features
  • Super high quality design
  • Expensive and tasteful finishes
  • NHTSA 5 star rating
  • Works well for preemies
  • Stroller fits up to 3 kids
  • Any combination of car seat/bassinet/toddler seat

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 32 inches

Car seat weight: 10 pounds

Stroller weight limit: Up to 50 pounds

Stroller frame weight: 19.3 pounds (26.6 pounds with toddler seat attached)

Areas for Improvement

  • Luxury features mean very high prices
  • Car seat gets pretty hot (not breathable)
  • Second seat must be removed in order to fold and store stroller
  • No snack or drink trays on stroller
  • Crowded with second seat attached

 

Graco Aire 3 Travel System

The Car Seat

The seat included with this combo is the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat.I cover this seat a lot in this article, so I won’t go into tons of detail. See any Graco system above for the details!

Image of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, Gotham

It features the Click Connect system that gives you an audible reassurance that the car seat is secure in either the car base or the stroller.

It’s got a latch system and an easily adjustable safety harness. Plus, the base is easily adjustable. It’s got great infant padding, and it’s meant for babies from 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches.

The Stroller

The Aire3 Click Connect Stroller fits the matching car seat with zero problems. That Click Connect tech means that you can click in any compatible car seat and hear the audible “click!” when it’s secure.

It’s got three wheel design for easy maneuvering and it’s pretty lightweight– coming in at less than 22 pounds. The lockable front wheel (6.25 in) is slightly smaller than the back wheels (9.5 in) for less tipping and better movement. It’s usable all the way into toddlerhood because the weight limit is 50 pounds.

Graco’s One Second, One Hand fold works amazingly well (after some practice and without baby in your arms). You can use the carrying strap to carry the relatively lightweight stroller around, or you can set it down on it’s own- after all, it’s self standing and has auto-lock. The fold of the stroller is sleek and small and won’t hog trunk space.

The seat is reclinable and can become a baby carriage for those small babes. It features a 3 or 5 point safety harness, depending on which straps you use. Your kiddo will be kept comfy by a great peek-a-boo canopy with a zippered extension panel. I love this because when used as a travel system, you can get 100% sun blockage for baby. The child arm bar is less-than-thrilling, but at least it has some padding and a cup holder.

The parent storage tray is much nicer and has a couple of drink holders and a zippered compartment for keys/phone. The decently sized storage basket under the kid seat somewhat makes up for the lack of child storage.

Best Features

  • Safe and reliable car seat
  • Good name brand
  • 3 wheel design
  • Stroller can recline flat
  • Folds up easily and doesn’t take up much space
  • Big canopy on both stroller and car seat

Exact Specifications

Car seat weight limit: 4 to 35 pounds

Car seat height limit: Up to 32 inches

Stroller weight limit: 50 pounds

Stroller weight: 21 pounds

Areas for Improvement

  • Difficult to click the seat out of the base or the stroller
  • Adjusting the straps is tough
  • Bottom storage basket is not as big as it seems
  • No kid snack tray
  • Would expect more features at this price point

 

How the Best Travel Systems Were Picked

How would you pick a travel system? If you’re anything like me, then you’d probably spend hours and hours online pouring over reviews from a bunch of different sites to try and weed out which travel systems are the best. You probably go to your local Target or Toys R Us and test out a few travel systems in person. You’d probably ask around and talk to all of your mom friends to see what they use and what they like and don’t like about it.

Well, that’s exactly what I’ve done here. I have looked at all of the big websites, from Amazon to Target to Toys R Us and beyond. I have spent hours reading through each and every customer review to see what people have to say about these travel systems. I’ve even looked at the strollers and the car seats separately and looked at their reviews to see what people say about them on their own.

I have so been that lady in the middle of Target playing with a stroller. I have let my son push them around and even set my baby in a car seat or two. This is all done in the name of research. Because, if at all possible, the best thing to do is actually get your hands on a travel system. Looking at pictures and videos is one thing, but actually using and manhandling the stroller and car seat is another thing altogether.

I’ve talked to all my mommy friends to see what they like and don’t like about their current travel systems. The mommy friends that I’m close enough to would let me try out certain features, like folding the stroller or clicking the car seat in and out, or buckling their baby in and out. I’d ask them what they would change about the stroller and car seat, and what they love. I’d ask them if they had to do over, would they buy that system again?

Basically, as part of my review process, I’ve done everything that you would do. I’ve done all the footwork for you, so that all you have to do is sit back, read my reviews, and decide for yourself if you like these top travel systems just as much as I do.

 

Travel System Features That Were Reviewed

It’s not easy to choose a travel system. Although it seems like such a straightforward purchase, it’s actually not. There’s many parts and pieces to consider and you also have to consider how they all work together. So, here’s just a summary of what I look for when choosing the best baby travel system.

The Car Seat

I think the car seat is arguably the most important part of the travel system. It’s what you need to keep your baby safe whether or not you’ll use the stroller. So when I look for a good travel system, I look for a reliable and well-tested car seat. It has to meet or exceed all standards, and be completely safe for my child. I look for a car seat that can be installed with the base and a latch system, or without a base using the car seat belt for when I’m traveling. I also look for a car seat that has high weight and height limits, as it means my child can stay in it and stay rear-facing for longer.

The Stroller

The stroller, while probably not quite as important as the car seat, still is extremely important.

Mobility: You want a stroller that can go where you want to go. Now, this depends on what you do a lot. If you are active and you like to exercise a lot, whether that be going for walks, going for runs, or even taking your stroller on a trail, you definitely need a jogging stroller. A traditional stroller just won’t cut it for you.

However, if you don’t plan to exercise while pushing your baby, you don’t need to get a bulky jogging stroller. You could stick with the traditional stroller and be just fine.

Stroller category: And when it comes to regular strollers that aren’t created for exercise, you have a couple of options. You can go with the traditional, 4-wheeled stroller, or, you can go with the newer model 3-wheeled strollers. The biggest difference in these is going to be stability and maneuverability, as well as weight and size. Also, it usually comes down to personal preference.

Range of features: Once you get past the different types of strollers, I look for other features in my strollers as well. I look for tires that have good traction, good maneuverability, and a nice long life. Even if the tires are air-filled, I want them to be stable and not have to fix them constantly. And if they’re made from plastic, I want them to be a thick and sturdy plastic that’s not going to get tore up quickly.

Storage: I also look for a stroller that has good storage underneath the seat. Since you’re always hauling around gear with you and your kids, this is a must-have!

I look for strollers that have snack trays for both mom and child. Making sure that my kiddo can have a snack and drink when they need it and that I have a place to put my drink and keys and phone and snacks is very important to me. I love Britax strollers, but they always let me down in the storage category because of the lack of a child or parent tray. Like the Britax B-Free stroller– amazing underseat storage, but nothing else!

The canopy: Another thing I look for in a good stroller is a really good canopy. I prefer a canopy with a peek-a-boo window, as I like to be able to keep a sneaky eye on my child. I also like a canopy that extends far out so that it shades them from rain or sun. This feature is really important when you have a newborn, and it still is important when your child gets older, because they get vocal about things like sun and rain in their face. one of my all-time favorite canopies is on an incredible stroller called the Joovy Ballon. You have to see it- it’s huge!

Braking system: The final thing that I like to consider when looking at a stroller is the braking system. Some strollers have single braking systems, while some of them have a bar braking system, while still more have a hand brake system. Again, this is probably personal preference. I personally prefer either a handbrake or a dual braking system with a bar. Single brakes are fine, and they serve their purpose, but I just feel like they’re a hassle. I personally want a braking system that’s really easy for me to use and does it require me to crack a toenail every time I want to park my stroller.

Using Them Together

Good car seat? Check. Good stroller? Check. But what about them together? Sometimes it’s really easy to get caught up in looking at the parts of a travel system, and not thinking about how well they work together.

For example, there are a lot of car seats and strollers that you can make into a travel system on the market, but they aren’t designed that way. You have to use adapters or other special tools to make it work as a travel system. When it comes down to it, that makes it harder on a day-to-day basis because you have extra parts to keep track of. It also makes it harder on your wallet. I will go for this method if the car seat/stroller combo is so great, that the extra parts are justified.

I look for a travel system where the car seat easily clicks in and out of the stroller. I don’t want it to be a 10-step process. I would prefer 1 or 2 steps that can easily be done.

You might want a car seat and stroller set up that is compatible with more than one brand of car seat. For example, I love this Inglesina USA Triolgy lightweight stroller, but it’s only compatible with a couple of expensive and hard-to-find car seats from one brand. I prefer the Uppababy or Britax approach, where you can mix and match from a few different car seats. Check out two travel systems that have multi-brand compatibility in our Britax B-Ready vs UPPAbaby Vista review.

And speaking of more than one car seat, check out tandem travel systems. If you have more than one child, these strollers are amazing! Most of them work as a travel system for your baby, while your bigger kid gets a seat somewhere else on the frame. I personally think that these strollers are smart for parents who might someday extend their family, or for those who already have a couple of kids to tow around. Check out our Britax B-Ready vs UPPAbaby Vista article to see 2 of my favorite tandem travel systems. Or, if you like more high-end items, be sure to check out the Baby Jogger City Select stroller in our Britax B-Ready vs City Select stroller review.

A Good Value

The last thing I look at when choosing the perfect travel system is a good value. Notice that I said a good value, not a good deal. There might be travel systems on the market that are really cheap, but you’re probably going to get what you pay for. You’ll probably get a system that’s not going to hold up and won’t have as many features as you want or need.

And while I don’t believe in just purchasing a cheap travel system, I also certainly don’t believe in spending oodles and oodles of money on a car seat and stroller. Especially because your baby is probably going to outgrow that car seat right around the one-year mark. You’re going to use the stroller a lot longer than one year, since most strollers will accommodate children clear up until they’re into preschool, so that can justify a larger price tag.

I will say this- price is relative to the buyer. So, to me and my family, who are on a tight budget, we just can’t justify spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a car seat and stroller combo. But there are families out there who don’t mind spending several hundred dollars or even more to get a top-of-the line, best ever, luxury car seat and stroller.

So like I said, that’s where you find the balance of getting a good stroller and car seat for your money and your budget. You want a car seat that is safe and effective, but not overly expensive. You want a stroller that has all the bells and whistles you desire, without costing as much as your car payment.

Price is certainly a factor that I’m going to look at across all of the things I review. And if an expensive item is worth its weight in gold (literally), then I’ll let you know. And if the cheap item is cheap for a reason, I’ll let you know. Otherwise, I’m going to try and find you great products with great value.

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Michelle Hand
Michelle Hand is the mom of a very busy one-year-old and a super fun kindergartener. She splits her time between writing and hanging out with her family. She loves researching and writing to help moms find the best products. When she has some free time, she likes hiking, singing and playing the piano, reading, and taking her dog for walks.

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