Full-Sized Stroller Picks for Families that Want it All

By Nikki M

Full-sized strollers, also known as traditional or standard strollers, are large buggies jam-packed with nifty features that can accommodate your baby from the newborn stage and beyond. They're the SUVs of baby gear.

The Good

  • Versatile: Most full-sized strollers tend to be modular — the included upright seat can be detached in favor of an infant car seat (similar to a travel system) or an optional bassinet. They may even be able to accommodate another child via a second seat or a buggy board.
  • Full-featured: With features like extra-large canopies, reversible seats, snack trays, telescopic handlebars, and ample storage baskets, these strollers are built with the kiddos' and parents' comfort in mind. The wealth of conveniences full-sized strollers offer make trips out of the house much more pleasurable.
  • Smooth ride: Larger, swiveling wheels make full-sized strollers a dream to push, even on less-than-ideal terrain. And with roomy, adjustable seats, there's no doubt that your little one is cruising around in ultimate comfort as well.
  • Good investment: It's a lot of dough to spend initially, but with its versatility and countless features, a full-sized stroller may be the only one you'll ever need. You'll get many years of use out of it as it grows with your child.

The Bad

  • Bulky and heavy: These aren't for city dwellers who have to maneuver through crowded sidewalks, climb many stairs, and squeeze through tight doorways. Folding and unfolding these weighty things can be quite a chore. Got a small car? Good luck fitting it in the trunk (and if it does, forget about shopping for groceries!).
  • Pricey: If you want all the fixin’s, expect to pay a premium. Sure, you'll find full-sized strollers at every price point, but the true standouts begin at around the $500 mark.

Best For

Suburban families. Walks around the neighborhood/mall/local park. Strolls on paved roads and smooth sidewalks. Large cars with equally large trunks. Long trips out of the home that require many conveniences and a ton of storage space.

Our Favorites

Uppababy Vista

Two words: included bassinet. The stroller itself has a ton of amazing features such as a reversible seat, shock-absorbing front AND rear suspensions, and the largest under-seat basket we've ever seen.

The Vista can accommodate a second seat with countless configurations — mix and match toddler seats, bassinets, and infant car seats. You can even hook up their PiggyBack Ride Along board for an older child, holding a whopping three kids at a time. Pretty impressive for a non-double (or triple!) stroller.

Bugaboo Cameleon

Bugaboo's highly-innovative designs combine the best elements of form and function, creating the most iconic strollers around. The Cameleon seriously lives up to its namesake — every inch of this stunning stroller can be tweaked to suit your needs.

It can turn into an all-terrain stroller by simply reversing the handlebars, and can even handle tricky sand and snow (!) in a two-wheel position. The seat, handlebars, carry handles, and even suspension is fully adjustable.

The seat converts into a full bassinet, and either form can stand independently on the ground. The best part is the incredibly smooth ride with one-handed steering and effortless 360-degree turn. Made with durable, top-quality materials, this stroller will last for many generations.

Stokke Xplory

Apart from its ultramodern, Scandi-cool looks, this stroller has another feature that sets it apart from the rest: seat height adjustability. Sitting nice and high promotes interaction — your kiddo can actually join you at the table, rather than staring at the old gum underneath it!

The Xplory is highly maneuverable with its easy-swivel front wheels, and the open design between the back wheels allows you to walk comfortably without kicking a pesky crossbar (tall people know the struggle too well!). Other nifty features include a cushiony seat that tilts many ways, an adjustable footrest, and an actual zip-bag rather than an open basket.

Baby Jogger City Select

A favorite of urban parents, the City Select is hands down one of the most versatile strollers around. Besides functioning as a standard stroller, it can convert into a travel system, double, and even triple stroller with over 16 configurations!

It has Baby Jogger's patented one-handed fold, which on a full-sized stroller is pretty darn exceptional. And once it's folded, it's ridiculously compact — perfect for smaller car trunks or teensy storage closets. We love the extra-large canopy with SPF 50, the magnetic peekaboo windows perfect for checking on baby, and the huge 12-inch, forever-air tires that let you stroll through any terrain.

Mamas and Papas Mylo2

Functional and beautiful? With the Mylo2, you get the best of both worlds. With incredible features such as a high-sitting ergonomic seat, light and easy steering, and an effortless one-handed fold, it's a wonderfully practical choice. But practicality isn't exactly this stroller's selling point—this is one luxurious piece of baby gear.

It's modern and sleek, but with the charm of a classic pram. It comes in a gorgeous, rich navy with contrasting brown, faux-leather handle and bumper bars. The seat is designed with a sumptuous soft molding, and all the fabrics are of exquisite quality.

Quinny Moodd

If you're on the lookout for something cool and unique, this is it! The Quinny Moodd will surely turn heads with its sleek and modern good looks. It has a stunning pod-like seat, a fun T-shaped handlebar (a blast for the kiddos!), and comes in an array of bright, yet ultra-chic colors. We're partial to the teal Green Courage with the black chassis, or the slate gray Natural Delight with a striking white frame. But this stroller isn't just eye candy. With features like a one button fold (via gas spring), a two-way reclining seat, and excellent wheel suspension, it’s a workhorse as well.

Joovy Qool

Don't be fooled — although amazingly lightweight and compact thanks to its sleek, aluminum frame, this stroller is a beast! It has a lineup of features usually reserved for strollers triple its weight and price tag.

It has four-wheel suspension and swivel wheels that lock with the push of a button. It has an oversized, zippered canopy to protect your kiddo from the elements. The seat changes from front to rear-facing in seconds, and has a practical multi-position recline. Other great features include an adjustable footrest, a telescoping handlebar, and a sizeable storage basket.

Peg Perego Book Pop-Up

This Italian-made pram offers great attention to detail, both in style and function. Everything about it screams quality, from its Prime Classe handlebar down to the large, solid wheels with ball bearings and suspension.

Standout features include an inward-folding chassis, a pop-up bassinet that folds compactly with the frame, a reversible, reclining seat, one-handed steering and a remote front-wheel swivel lock, and a huge basket. The stroller comes in a variety of elegant colors in the most luxurious fabrics. Our favorite? The traditional cross-stitched, multi-toned Portraits Grey, weaved in a historic mill in Lake Como, Italy.

Bumbleride Indie

Although primarily marketed as a jogging or an all-terrain stroller, the Bumbleride Indie is perfectly suitable in any setting — we find it particularly at home in our concrete jungle! With its compact shape and 12-inch inflatable tires, this stroller is highly maneuverable and magnificent to push around.

Want to go for a jog? Simply lock the inline front wheel, and you're set! Other features include a nice, oversized basket, a large canopy with SPF 45, a seat made out of a cool bamboo blended fabric, a reclining backrest and adjustable footrest, and a secure 5-point harness. Did we mention the stroller only weighs 20 pounds?

* Available in 3 and 4-wheel models

Britax B-Ready

Britax is known for making top-of-the-line car seats, but did you know that they also produce some of the best strollers around? The B-Ready is their full-sized, modular offer, which can accommodate multiple seat combinations.

Mix and match toddler seats, bassinets, and even infant car seats (use a Britax one for their easy CLICK & GO system!) for over 14 impressive configurations. Features include a reversible seat, a huge canopy with a sun-visor and ventilation window, foam-filled rubber tires with 4-point suspension, an adjustable handlebar with a comfort grip, and a simple fold with an automatic lock. Saving the best feature for last: an included adult cup holder. SOLD!

What's your favorite full-sized stroller? Share the products you love in the comments below!

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