We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?

Ready to buy your baby's first set of wheels? Don't start shopping until you've read our expert and parent-tested reviews of the best strollers! (20 Photos)

Kate Bayless on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:11AM

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The Best Baby Strollers of 2012

Baby Jogger

a Kate Bayless on Jan 7, 2013 at 4:39PM

Buying a new stroller doesn't have to feel as overwhelming as buying a new car. We've put the newest infant strollers to the test -- with each model evaluated by an expert and then road-tested by parents. Here are the best rated baby strollers of 2012 so you can find the one that's right for your family. 

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Expert Rating:

Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: newborn up to 65 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 20.9 lbs.
Dimensions: Assembled: 44" x 24.5" x 30-43.5" Folded: 31.5" x 9.75" x 24.5"
Carrycot/bassinet? Compact Pram, $170
Car seat adapter? universal adapter fits Britax, Chicco, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, and Peg Perego, $70
Price: $350 
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Expert Review: There's a lot to love about the newly updated City Mini GT. The larger, foam-filled tires mean that the stroller works as well on grass as it does on pavement while the adjustable-height handlebar makes it comfortable for both parents. A full-coverage canopy provides ample shade and two peekaboo windows let you keep an eye on your baby. The padded seat has a one-handed, full-recline that includes a vented back panel for airflow along with a retractable weather cover. The narrow seatback compartment and underseat basket provide decent storage, and, while there are no included extras, Baby Jogger offers accessories including a cup holder, rain cover, child tray, belly bar and glider board. Best of all is the effortless maneuvering, pedi-saving handbrake and one-handed, patented compact fold of the City Mini GT.

What We Love:
fast, easy assembly; adjustable handlebar; quick, compact fold; full-coverage canopy; Universal Accessory Mounting Bracket that makes adding accessories a breeze; gender-neutral color options; smooth, one-handed maneuvering

What We Wish It Had:
easier access to underseat storage; included cup holders

Great For: 
all-terrain; parents of different heights; parents needing a stroller with a quick, compact fold; warm climates

Bottom Line:
A fast, compact, one-handed fold with lots of comforts for baby and parent.

Parent Rating: 

"I love the smooth ride of the stroller and that it's not at all bulky. It has a simple, one-handed fold and easily fits in the trunk of my sedan."

"My daughter is happy in the stroller and can easily fall asleep. The extra long canopy ensures that she's protected from the sun, too."

"I wish the stroller came with cup holders for parent and child and the belly bar."

"I really liked the hand brake on the City Mini GT -- very easy to engage and disengage."

-- Eileen and her 3-month-old from Tampa, FL

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