When you're in the market for a baby stroller you inevitably find yourself staring at them on the street, craning your neck to find the brand and, often, asking the driver what they think. New York Magazine sent mom, Faye Penn, and her son Ezra onto the streets of New York to test drive nine "hot" strollers and she reports back with her findings. Faye tested all the biggies: Quinny Buzz, Stokke Exploratory, Peg-Pérego Skate, Orbit, Micralite Toro, Bugaboo Cameleon, Bugaboo Bee and, thankfully, two in the "under $500" category: the Macclaren Techno XT and the Dreamer Design/Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler.
She describes both how the strollers performed on the streets and on public transportation and evaluates how easy or difficult they were to assemble and fold. It's a great primer and comparison infused with humor and notes from the ground:
On bus ride, hit a passenger in the head with seat and had to ask another rider to fish MetroCard out of pocket. On subway, actually accepted an assist from a pregnant woman.
Not good with one-handed swiveling or cobblestones, and its ubiquity raises fears that one might wheel away with the wrong kid.
Frame so narrow it gave our snowsuited 5-month-old zombie arms.
Check out the full review here and, if you're in New York, see their short piece on finding a second-hand stroller.
(Photos by Michael Schmelling for New York Magazine.)