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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Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat

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a Kate Bayless on Jan 9, 2013 at 3:49PM

Expert Rating:

Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: 6 months up to 50 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 19.6 lbs.
Dimensions: Assembled: 31" x 23.5" x 40.5" Folded: 28" x 14" x 13"
Carrycot/bassinet? None offered
Car seat adapter? Adapters for Maxi-Cosi Mico/Prezi included; Zapp Xtra Multi-Model Adapter works with Safety 1st, Graco, Chicco, Combi and Britax, $50
Price: $300
Get it Now: Albee Baby

Expert Review: Make sure you are buying the 2012 version of the stroller now called the Quinny Zapp Xtra With Folding Seat that has been updated to allow parents to fold the stroller with the seat attached -- a requested upgrade from customers. Available in three colors, the stroller has a padded reversible seat, multi-position, one-handed recline and a decent canopy though the narrow peekaboo window makes viewing difficult. The basket is mid-sized, but it is also nearly inaccessible when the seat is upright, though slightly easier when the seat is reclined or facing backwards. Plus the basket design allows heavy item to drag on the ground. The fold is very compact making this stroller ideal for apartment dwellers or those that need to fit it in a compact trunk, but the fold (and open) involves a number of steps. Plus if you don’t remember to pull the transport straps out from the basket before you fold, you’ll need to open it again to retrieve them or you’ll have no way to lock the stroller closed and carry it.

What We Love: narrow length; reversible seat; compact fold; ability to fold with seat attached

What We Wish It Had: adjustable handlebar; faster fold; cup holder for parent and child; rubber wheels; larger peekaboo window; better locking mechanism when folded;

Great For: narrow city strolling; sidewalks; indoor stroller; compact storage in small trunks or apartments;

Bottom Line: You’ll have to put up with a number of steps if you want the Zapp Xtra With Folding Seat's compact fold.

Parent Rating:

"I found the seat easier and smoother to recline without the child in the stroller. When I tried to recline with the child in, the seat was a bit unstable and reclined too fast."

"The underseat storage is good-sized, but difficult to access."

"It would be great if there was a mesh pocket inside the seat to hold toys, bags of snacks or a sippy cup."

"My 9-month-old seemed comfortable and enjoyed the seat, but when I tried it with my 3-year-old, she was far too big for the stroller -- even though she fits comfortably in many other stroller brands."

"Overall, the stroller turned with great ease. However, sometimes it pulled to one side so it really requires two hands to keep it moving in a straight line."

"The compactness was my favorite feature. The stroller was light, easy to lift and fit into my trunk."

--Keri and her 9-month-old daughter from Milwaukee, WI

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