Here’s a more detailed look at the hottest strollers of 2012 as seen on Fox 5 San Diego.
While these may be the hottest strollers of the year, they all have their own unique features, style and price point.
But before you pull the trigger and buy a stroller based on looks (or which celebrity is pushing it), make sure you do your research first to see if it’s the right fit for your family!
HOW TO RESEARCH A STROLLER
- Narrow it down to your top five favorite strollers.
- Read and/or watch the videos on the manufacture’s website that demonstrate the details of the stroller (weight of the stroller, age range/weight range, fold/unfold features and measurements).
- Read reviews on blogs and feedback on retail sites to get a parent’s perspective.
- If you’re set on a specific infant car seat, make sure your favorite strollers are compatible as a travel system (with either an included infant car seat adapter, option infant car seat adapter or optional universal infant car seat adapter).
- Locate a nearby store (or two) that offers your favorite strollers.
- Experience the stroller first-hand: Push it around the store with some weight in it (take a few hand weights or ask the store if they have a weighted doll), fold it, unfold it, pick it up, put it in your trunk, etc.
HOTTEST STROLLERS OF 2012
Each of these “hot” strollers is infant car seat adaptable and have unique features that work for different parents and different lifestyles. Watch the clip (coming soon) and read below to find out which one might be right for you!
Age/weight range: 6 months – 40 pounds. From birth with the optional Graco infant car seat adapter.
- World’s first power folding stroller.
- Built-in generator charges the stroller while you push it.
- LCD screen displays the temperature, power life, distance, speed and displays a little girl or boy (you can customize it) when a child is seated in the stroller seat.
- If a child is in the seat, the stroller activates its safety feature and cannot be folded.
- Automatic and discrete lock to keep curious kids from folding or unfolding the stroller.
- Daytime safety lights, pathway lights and reflective accents.
- 4-wheel suspension.
- Optional handle bag with phone charger (the stroller can also charge your phone).
- World’s slimmest fold for a full-size all-terrain stroller.
- One-handed retracting freestanding fold.
- Folded width is slightly over 9-inches wide.
- Multi-dimensional wheels, which allow you to pull the Zen sideways (with one hand) while folded.
- Solar lighting system for additional safety.
- Customize your color combination with reversible seat pads.
- Modern flair with practical features.
ORBIT BABY G2
Age/weight range: *Birth to 40 pounds. *Included infant insert must be used for babies under 15 pounds.
- 3DRotation: Squeeze one or both side levers to rotate-and-recline in one fluid motion.
- QuadShock: 4-wheel suspension with no-pump tires made of lightweight and responsive EVA.
- OrbitGreen: World’s first stroller with all fabrics and foam certified clean by Oeko-Tex.
- Compact 3D fold.
- One-handed functions make reclining, rotating, extending the footrest and handles, removing and inserting the Cargo Pod and folding simple and easy.
- Breakthrough ventilation system built-in to the G2 stroller seat.
- Fully interchangeable with the Orbit Baby infant car seat and G2 Toddler car seat making it ideal for travel and for a growing family.
- Includes detachable snack tray, Cargo Pod, support bar and infant insert.
Age/weight range: 6 months – 50 pounds. From birth with included car seat adapters for the Maxi-Cosi infant car seat or Quinny Dreami Bassinet or with other infant car seats with the optional multi-model adapter.
- Modern style with comfort, a smooth ride and complete stroller features.
- Easy fold for compact traveling.
- Automatically unfolds in seconds with a push of a button.
- One-handed recline in both the forward-facing and rear-facing positions.
- Large canopy is soft, discrete when not in use and can be removed from the seat, leaving a clean and modern look without it.
- Removable bumper bar.
- Adjustable footrest.
- Telescoping push handlebar.
Age/weight range: 6 months – 55 pounds. From birth with included Click and Go Britax car seat adapters, optional infant car seat adapters or Britax Bassinet.
- Modular stroller with over 14 configurations accommodates multiple seat, bassinet and infant car seat configurations.
- Comfortable seat with firm back for extended comfort.
- Large sun canopy with extra coverage and a mesh peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure.
- No re-thread 5-point harness.
- Foam-filled rubber tires and 4-point suspension for a smooth ride.
- Reversible top seat with 4 recline positions.
- Extra large under basket with zipper access from all sides.
- Simple fold with automatic lock.
- Adjustable handle height with comfort grip
Promo: Britax Free Ride Event starts July 1, 2012 (while supplies last).
VALCO BABY ZEE
Age/weight range: Birth to 44 pounds. Can also be used with an optional infant car seat adapter.
- Weighing in at only 18 pounds makes the Zee extremely easy to maneuver and offers baby a super smooth ride.
- Complete stroller features all in a lightweight and compact package.
- Infant compatible full recline.
- Adjustable footrest.
- Large, lockable sun canopy with EX-tend feature for even more sun protection.
- Easy accessible large under basket.
- One step, 3-second unfold.
- Compact and easy free-standing fold with automatic lock. The Zee also has the ability to roll while folded or be carried like a small piece of luggage.
- Tubeless tires: Front swivel wheels and rear suspension.
- One-touch infinite recline.
Promo: Receive a free Zee Travel Bag with purchase of a Zee stroller (ends August 1, 2012).
Age/weight range: Birth to 50 pounds. Can also be used with the included infant car seat adapter system.
- Ultra lightweight (13 pounds) umbrella stroller with the ability to use it from birth two ways: Generous/flat recline seat and included car seat adapter bar.
- Adjustable footrest for additional support.
- Rigid backrest support.
- Rubber-like tires with independent wheel suspension.
- SPF 45 sun canopy with a follow-the-sun feature.
- Compact, quick release fold.
- Includes: Cup holder, car seat adapter bar, infant headrest and shoulder pads, carry strap.