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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Mutsy EVO

Mutsy

a Kate Bayless on Jan 9, 2013 at 3:45PM

BEST AFFORDABLE LUXURY!
Expert Rating:

Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: newborn up to 50 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 26 lbs.
Dimensions: Assembled: 41" x 24" x 35 Folded: 27" x 20" x 24"
Carrycot/bassinet? EVO carrycot, $189
Car seat adapter? Adapters available for Graco and Maxi-Cosi car seats, $35
Price: $399
Get it Now: Diapers.com

Expert Review: The full-sized, luxury Mutsy EVO has both a moderate price tag and a compact fold for a stroller of its class. Details like the leatherette-wrapped, adjustable handlebar provide a constant reminder of the stroller’s luxury while features like the reversible seat, large underseat basket and large, airless rubber wheels make the EVO as practical as it is pretty. The seat reclines easily all the way to flat making it suitable for infants. Plus the footrest fabric unzips and can be attached around the bumper bar creating a bassinet-style enclosure. This same footrest material can be unzipped and compressed to reveal a higher footwell for smaller legs. Maneuvering is smooth and easy, and the fold, while multi-step, is very compact and can be done with the seat facing either direction or removed. Bonus: Personalize your carriage by choosing between the black or grey aluminum frame and one of six different fabric colors. One downside -- the canopy coverage is mediocre, even with the zip-out extension.

What We Love: adjustable, leather handlebar; reversible seat; large, accessible underseat basket; affordable luxury; bassinette-style enclosure;

What We Wish It Had: larger canopy coverage; parent cup holder accessory; included rain cover

Great For: city terrain; indoor strolling; transporting in small cars; compact storing; luxury look for moderate a moderate price

Bottom Line: A full-sized, luxury stroller with a compact fold, exceptional seat features and mid-range price tag.

Parent Rating:

“The seat recline is easily the stroller’s best feature. It is intuitive and effortless to switch the seat from forward-facing to parent-facing, and you can adjust the recline to any position, including flat. A major bonus: When you place the seat parent-facing, fully recline the seat, and attach the footrest around the bumper bar, it has a real bassinet feel to it."

"The underseat storage is very large and easily accessible. It was easy to access the diaper bag without taking the bag out, and it also held two small grocery bags. When I placed a playground ball in it, though, I had to be sure to brace it carefully so it wouldn’t roll out since part of the basket is shallow."

"I was so impressed by the maneuvering of the stroller -- I was able to turn it a full 360° in the same spot. It was so easy to weave in an out of narrow store aisles. Other than the fact that it isn’t a lightweight stroller, it is really nice for city parents. You can definitely push it easily with one hand."

"The fold took a little while to figure out, but with practice, it was pretty straight-forward. Once folded, the stroller is super compact. It folds to a square even with the seat on, which I think is unusual for a luxury stroller this size. This is great if you want to fit it in your trunk or even store it in a closet in your home. While it’s not easy to carry around due to its weight, it is amazing how compact it is when folded."

--Julie and her 10-month-old son from New Haven, CT

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