The Best Large Stroller Of 2018 & Buying Guide
It would seem, in the stroller industry, that smaller is better—and sometimes, such as in the case of city commuting, that’s true. But plenty of parents want their kids to have cushy, roomy seats for longer trips, and need the features like extra storage or full-reclining seats that only larger models can provide.
Our buyer’s guide will evaluate some of the most frequently purchased large strollers, and help anyone on the fence about buying.
Graco Roomfor2 Click Connect Stand and Ride Stroller
Graco Verb Click Connect Stroller
Chicco Bravo LE Stroller
Quinny Buzz Xtra 2.0 Stroller
phil&ted’s Promenade Buggy Single Stroller
What are the benefits of a large or standard stroller over a compact or umbrella option?
Larger strollers tend to have more extras and convenient add-ons, and feel more comfortable to the child and parents—especially on longer trips:
Who shouldn’t get a large stroller?
Consider a lightweight, more compact option if you:
What special features should I look for in a large stroller?
This depends on what you need the stroller for, how often you’ll use it, how many kids you have, and their ages/heights and weights.
One valuable option to have with a large stroller is ample storage to fit the mountain of stuff kids seem to require (and maybe even some shopping bags when your arms get tired). Cup holders and snack trays are a must for some parents, while others are fine sacrificing storage if it means their kids can both fit comfortably on one stroller.
You should also consider what terrain you’ll be traversing. If you need a large stroller you can take on hikes or jogs, you’ll likely need to pay extra for models with specialized tires and suspension. For long amusement park trips, though, you can get by with even solid plastic tires (although air-filled ones make it much easier to push).
Think about how much weight you can easily lift, and how small the stroller will have to fold to fit in your home or car for storage and transport.
Finally, look at luxuries you might find useful (if your budget allows): leather accents, designer labels, and even built-in speakers and phone chargers. Of course, if you don’t feel like paying a premium—but still want a luxurious-feeling stroller—options like handbrakes and phone holders are still pretty cool, but cost a lot less.
TOP 5 Best Large Stroller Reviews
1. Phil&ted’s Promenade Buggy Single Stroller, Black Review
Big in size, style, and function, the Promenade Buggy is designed to grow with your child: with adjustments and proper adapters, you can use its bassinet function and flat recline when your baby is a newborn, his or her car seat when they’re a little older, and the standard seat when they enter their toddler years. Despite its large measurements, its telescope handle flows seamlessly with the frame and makes steering very easy.
A common complaint about big strollers is how hard they can be to navigate, especially when turns are tight and crowds get thick. The Promenade Buggy’s design solves this problem, however, and gives parents greater control over the structure—and kids more room to relax, no matter how long that trip to the grocery store ends up lasting.
2. Graco Roomfor2 Click Connect Stand and Ride Stroller, Gotham Review
For parents of two, the fight over the stroller can be a daily headache—but sometimes, a double stroller is too large. Sit-and-stand models are a great alternative, especially if your older kid hops in and out frequently, or spends a good portion of every trip walking, anyway, and just uses the stroller occasionally.
For a spacious stroller that handles as well as a compact one—while still being able to carry two kids, like a double model—the Graco Roomfor2 is a standout. Its design is simple overall, but packed with plenty of extras to make your strolls more comfortable…for everyone involved.
3. Chicco Bravo LE Stroller, Black/Grey Review
For the ultimate in style, the Chicco Brave LE is an easy choice—provided, of course, it fits your budget. We recommend this to parents who want a gender-neutral stroller that won’t show dirt, is crafted with fine detail in mind, and boasts plenty of storage for both baby and parent. We love the generous padding—which will mitigate fussiness and squirming—as well as the zipper feature in the parents’ tray: all too often, the “storage” available to parents is shallow and open, which makes it good for storing…well, almost nothing.
There’s nothing wrong with forgoing the neon-brights or Easter-pastels of most kids’ gear: parents like looking stylish, too, even while pushing a buggy down the sidewalk! Chicco seems to know this, and has offered the Bravo LE to fill the demand. Not only does it look good, but it handles brilliantly for a large stroller—and makes excellent use of its space with a generous canopy, roomy and ultra-soft seat, and enough storage to fit even the bulkiest of diaper bags. Other than its price (which is still fair for a stroller, but not budget-friendly enough for everyone), we recommend this model to any parent in need of a stroller that rides smoothly and looks even smoother.
4. Graco Verb Click Connect Stroller, Sapphire Blue Review
Graco is the only brand some parents will trust when it comes to transporting their precious bundles, and while we think there are lots of other great companies out there, we can’t disagree that Graco’s an industry frontrunner. Bottom line: the company knows their stuff. They design strollers for comfort, convenience, and practicality, and at prices too good to pass up.
Graco is all about giving parents the most bang for their buck—their designs are playful, yet pretty gender-neutral overall, so you can easily pass strollers, car seats, and more down to younger siblings. What’s more, their strollers and travel systems ensure a “grow with me” design, so your child can use the same stroller from infancy to kindergarten, if you like. We’re a little baffled as to how Graco can offer such durable and timeless (yet current) designs for low prices like this…but we’re glad they do it!
5. Quinny Buzz Xtra 2.0 Stroller in Rocking Black Review
For a stroller that handles great on the sidewalk, asphalt, and dirt paths—all in the same day, if need be—the Quinny Buzz Xtra comes at a great price, looks as stylish as any pavement-only fashion pram, and comes loaded with features that make it every bit as practical as it is rugged. We’re particularly fond of its four never-flat tires, which are in a triangle configuration to make tight turns easier than with most large strollers.
We recommend the Quinny Buzz Xtra to families who love escaping to nature—or, at least, grassy fields and local park trails—though it functions very well as a standard, daily-use stroller, too. The price might be too steep for some, but others will find it very fair for a large, all-terrain stroller that works with their lifestyle and grows with their child.
While smallest is best for some parents, many recognize the benefits and even necessity of larger versions: kids get more comfortable seating, parents get more storage, and both get a better day out than cramped, compact options can provide. Quality large strollers will navigate easily, without sacrificing the sturdy construction and storage you need.