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Leah • 30 Sep 2022

I'm searching for a stroller that may not exist and I've scrolled the Internet for MONTHS. Please help!

I'm looking for something that meets all (or most) of my requirements, I'm being picky because I've wasted money on strollers already.

We have a Joie Litetrax 4, and an original Uppababy Vista... I prefer the Vista. We've had a Hauck sports stroller.. It was truly awful to push. I have one child who is 21m old, 30lb.

-4 wheels preferable
-20kg + weight limit
-good suspension / good on all terrains
-big seat of 50cm height or more, my son is tall so the taller the seat the better.
-folds small, would be extra if can fold cabin sized but not essential
-comfy seat for child
-could be used from birth should I have another child
-option of car seat adapters (OK not essential but a plus😂)
-a good size hood or option to add one

I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want the really small stroller plastic type wheels. Do not want something which will not recline, my son still naps in his stroller.

Would love it to have an okay size basket, we do use it quite a lot.

I guess I'm after something compact but not so compact that it's a bumpy ride. I don't mind sturdy chunky strollers, being heavy isn't an issue, but needs to fold for a small CAR (And as mentioned already I'd love if it was small enough for air travel.. However I'm willing to compromise!)

Please help I'm going crazy searching!

Eli • 01 Oct 2022

Hiya, Leah,

There is NO cabin-sized, tall seatback, comfy large hooded stroller, forgive me. The closes are the Bugaboo Butterfly or the Joolz Aer, though they are far from all terrain. /superb suspension as they are occasional travel strollers with small wheels (though, rarely for this type, with taller backrests).

Apart from those, I would compromise here, especially on the SIZE. You. can get a roomy, all-terrain pushchair, but it will not be super small, just plain physics, you add features = you add size, and weight. With strollers, comfort = increase in size. That is why you preferred the Vista, btw.

I personally would go for the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 as it is super flat when folded, and roomy (tall backrest), and good on pretty much any terrain while not being huge. In Norway, many mums know this already, I saw it so many times there. However, it is a three-wheeler, but that is the price to pay.

Also good to check would be the Britax B-Motion 4 PPlus but that is a bit larger, and a bit slanted in the seat. Otherwise should work ok here, even if not my fav stroller. I don't think a super small car will be happy about it, you might need to remove the wheels when folding.

Lastly, I will mention the Gesslein S4 and the TFK Dot 2 which are super nicely cushioning and smaller, the Dot the smallest here. However, they are not available everywhere.

Sorry for not suggesting something 100% aligning with what you want but a stroller will always be a compromise, just like acar is - cheaper - worse quality, smaller - less spacious and rattly... you know.

Your -very berry- Eli.

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