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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Stokke Xplory


a Kate Bayless on Jan 10, 2013 at 4:39PM

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Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: Up to 45 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 23 lbs (chassis and seat), 27.5 lbs (chassis and carrycot)
Dimensions: Assembled: 41" x 22.4" x 48"; Folded: 28" x 22.4" x 15"
Carrycot/bassinet option: Carrycot Complete, $225
Car seat adapter? Adapters available for Peg Perego, Graco and Maxi Cosi, $80
Price: $1100
Get it Now: All Modern

Expert Review: The Xplory's signature feature is its raised baby seat that gives your child a great view and makes eye contact easier. At over $1000, The Xplory is the Escalade of strollers, but it can grow with your child from birth to preschool. Start with the infant carrycot or infant car seat, graduate to using the seat rear-facing when your tot is six months or older, and then finally flip it forward-facing. The seat, which can be lowered as your child grows bigger and more independent, has 3 recline settings and an expanding footrest. A rain cover and a bug cover are also included. The sun canopy is huge, though you can zip off parts or make it smaller. Instead of a traditional underseat basket, the Xplory has a zippered tote that can be detached from the chassis to double as a diaper bag or shopping tote. The Xplory also offers a smooth ride, excellent suspension and can be steered easily with one hand. The fold, however, is a bit complicated and time-consuming as the stroller folds in various pieces and requires multiple steps.

What We Love
: super-smooth ride; adjustable height and angle of handlebar; adjustable seat height and depth; modern look

What We Wish It Had: quicker, more compact, one-piece fold; better storage space

Great for: city and suburban life; navigating tight spaces; concrete, parks

Bottom line: Best for urban/suburban moms who don't need to rely on public transportation or go food shopping with it. 

Parent Rating:
"My baby falls asleep every time we put him in it. We even roll it around the apartment when he gets fussy, and it works like a charm every time (knock on wood!)."

"I absolutely loved how this stroller looks -- super sleek and modern. My only wish is that it was a little shorter. At times, I felt like I was steering a ship because the stroller seemed a little long."

"I wish the Xplory had an easier, smaller fold and a lighter weight."

-- Bonnie and her newborn son from New York, NY

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