We Rated the Best 2010 Strollers. Which One Should You Buy?

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Kate Bayless on Apr 23, 2010 at 4:26PM

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Britax Chaperone Travel System


a Kate Bayless on Apr 24, 2010 at 6:34PM

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Stroller Stats
Weight range: newborn (with Chaperone car seat) up to 55 lbs.
Stroller weight: 25 lbs.; 35 lbs with Chaperone car seat
Dimensions: 34.3" x 42.5" x 22.5" (open) / 20" x 18" x 30" (folded)
Type: Travel system
Price: $529.99

Get it Now: Buy.com

Expert review: The Britax Chaperone travel system comes with the best-in-class Chaperone infant car seat that boasts True Side Impact Protection, EPS foam, a no-rethread harness adjustor and an anti-rebound bar. The Chaperone stroller has many features for baby and parent, including a large storage basket, decent canopy and trays for both parent and child. The stroller seat doesn't offer plushness, but with the wide seat, 55-pound weight limit and high canopy, the seat will hold your child for many years. The seat back allows for three positions—one which is truly upright for riders who like to look around and two levels of recline. However, the lowest barely makes it past 45 degrees. The Chaperone can be folded one-handed but is bulky and heavy. Maneuvering is a bit clunky and attaching the car seat is a task, which is a bit off-putting since travel systems are especially made to work together seamlessly. Alas, with the Chaperone, in order to click the car seat in, you have to do six different steps to prepare the stroller for the car seat, including folding up the seat fabric and pushing these two metal prongs through the seat and then an additional five steps to insert the car seat. Phew! What a workout!

Why we love it: Super-safe Chaperone car seat; large and easy-to-access under-seat storage; included parent and kid trays; complete coverage with stroller and car seat canopies.

What we wish it had: Deeper seat recline; easier car seat attachment; rain cover.

Great for: Parents willing to put up with extra bulk and weight to get Britax's above-and-beyond safety features and, of course, those who love Britax's Cowmooflage fabric.

Bottom line: Buy this travel system for the car seat and the benefits of having a coordinated travel system. You'll get a workout pushing the stroller, but you'll rest easy knowing the Chaperone is keeping your baby safe.

What our parent tester thought:
"The style of the stroller combined black with silver, which was merged to give it a very funky look. But don't be fooled, the stroller is not just stylish. It moves smoother than a new car coming out of a dealer's lot!"

"Opening and closing was super-easy! You push on a handle, lift the stroller up and it collapses upright. You can then store it against the wall or in a closet."

"The canopy is great because it covers our little girl nicely from the nasty New York winds."

-- Martinez, and his 3-month-old baby, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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