We’ve been through dozens of products and chosen the 8 best car seat stroller combos (baby travel systems). We conducted thorough research that took into consideration the system’s performance, safety, ease of use, and price.
Then, we compiled a list of the creme de la creme of baby travel systems to place it at your fingertips.
Here are the results.
Baby Travel System REAL Customer Reviews
Our Top 8 Car Seat Stroller Car Seat Combos & Travel Systems
Kicking off our list with this superstar from Evenflo!
Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System consists of a stroller and a car seat. Featuring a SafeZone base and a large canopy.
First things first, let’s talk about the SafeZone base. It has a remarkable anti-rebound bar, which limits rebound upon impact. Thus, securing your baby in case of any danger. To help install in the car, it integrates a belt lock-off system that’s attached to the vehicle’s belt.
The unit has been tested against rollover and side impacts, and it has performed well on both tests.
Here’s the deal though, attaching the car seat to the stroller is kinda nightmare-ish. It takes a lot of time and effort to get the seat in place. If you’re one with limited patience, we advise you to skip this product.
The Evenflo Pivot seat is pretty versatile, where it easily converts into a frame stroller, a carriage, or to the travel mode. Besides, the whole thing is reversible, so you can place your baby facing in or out. Whatever seems convenient to you and your baby!
The stroller positions amount to 6 modes; an infant car seat, a toddler seat, or a bassinet. All of which can be front or rear-facing.
The handle is padded to assure you’re comfortable while carrying or pushing your baby.
It features a broad storage basket that expands up to 2 feet in length to suit your stuff. Intuitively, the more you fill the basket, the heavier it gets, and the harder it is to steer the stroller. Don’t overdo it with the packing unless you’re willing to do some arm exercises pushing the stroller!
Regarding the canopy, it’s formed of 3 stripes and a pee-ka-boo mesh window to check on your baby through.
Evenflo stroller operates on 2 big rear wheels and 2 small swivel front wheels. They work perfectly on urban terrain. Don’t try to test them on harsh terrain, you won’t be impressed.
You can stop the stroller through its double action brakes that are placed at the rear wheels. There’s a slight inconvenience here, you have to lock each wheel individually.
This is a 4-wheel stroller, which has the problems of pretty much every 4-wheel stroller out there. Namely, the front wheels. They might slip or tip over if you’re not taking full control of it.
Designed to accommodate newborns as little as 4 lbs., SafeZone’s infant car seat is intended to be installed into the impact-absorbing car base, to secure your infant in the car.
One of the most distinguishing features of this car seat is its anti-rebound bar that dissipates energy in case of strong impact, or god forbid, accidents.
On top of that, the anti-rebound bar helps keep the baby into place when the normal reaction is for them to lean forward due to impacts or sudden brakes. Truly an amazing feature!
Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 15 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight: 8.9 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 35 lbs.
- Dimensions: 19.8 x 21.7 x 34.3 inches
- Price Category: Average
Evenflo is made of breathable fabric that’d be perfect for the sweaty sunny days.
It’s important to note that Evenflo manufacturers advise against using abrasive chemical cleaners for this stroller, as it might ruin it. Their advice is to use soap and/or wipes for the plastic and metal parts.
You can’t do anything with this system one-handedly. You’ll need both your hands to fold, unfold, and push the stroller. This can be overwhelming for many parents.
Putting parents as their priority, Evenflo has an exceptional customer service (ParentLink), which includes real-time chat and live video installation support.
Evenflo Pivot Modular is available in Casual Gray, Dusty Rose, Navy, and Sandstone.
This travel system has a 90-days warranty against manufacturing defects.
- Lightweight stroller
- Versatile with 6 modes
- Perfect for use when traveling
- Can be folded easily in about 5 seconds
- The seat converts into a bassinet
- SafeZone car base with an anti-rebound bar
- The stroller will grow with your baby
- Poor maneuverability
- Needs 2 hands to do everything
We chose this system to be our winning horse because of its sleek high-end look that comes with unmatched performance that’s convenient to both you and your baby.
It’s lightweight and sturdy at the same time. Moreover, it ticks all the items on a perfect travel system’s checklist. Its disadvantages are minor and easy to deal with.
You’ll find a Britax stroller or car seat on nearly every single list on the internet, it’s cherished by many parents, and there’s plenty of reasons for that.
This travel system consists of Britax’s B-Agile stroller, alongside with their B-Safe 35 car seat and its car seat base.
One of our favorite features of the Britax 2017 B-Agile stroller is its flawless maneuverability. You can one-handedly steer the stroller while having full control over the handle. This comes in handy in fun outings like zoo trips, or family gatherings.
The stroller packs an array of features. It’s made of lightweight aluminum, it’s easily foldable, and has unmatched maneuverability.
The stroller has a multiple-position recline seat, including a ‘near-flat’ position so that your baby can nap calmly.
Britax boasts itself with the one-hand stroller handle, through which you can fold the stroller in a blink of an eye using only one hand. Sometimes you’ll be on your own, and there’s no extra set of hands to help, you know!
You can also push the stroller using one hand, which takes us to the next part, the wheels.
B-Agile stroller works on 3 swivel wheels that steer swiftly. In fact, they’re too swift that some reviewers complained of them being ‘out of control’. We think that’s a bit of an exaggeration.
The wheels come with single-action brakes, that are easy to use no matter what kind of shoes you’re wearing.
You don’t need to worry about where and how you’re going to place all your luggage, Britax’s spacious storage basket will snuggle your stuff well without the stroller feeling overloaded. It carries up to 10 lbs. Moreover, it’s easily accessible from the back, even when the seat is reclined.
The smart design decisions are evident in the large-sized canopy, where it has another zipped pocket for your mobile phone and keys to be easily reachable.
Speaking of the canopy, it includes a mesh window so that you can check up on your baby and ensure proper ventilation.
The B-Safe 35 car seat is designed using Britax’s SafeCell Impact Protection, which encloses a side impact protection and an impact-absorbing base, to protect your baby all around.
This is achieved through the deep foam-lined shell that’ll shield your baby from the most vigorous impacts.
Moreover, it has a quick-adjust harness that fits nicely with the whole ‘click & go’ system of the Britax stroller. For extra stability, there’s a SafeCenter latch installation that you can pull to tighten the straps leaving a narrow space for your baby to move side-to-side.
The 5-step harness system isn’t the easiest to use though. Getting things right might take some time and patience that you don’t necessarily have.
Britax 2017 B-Agile Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 18 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 55 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight: 10 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 35 lbs.
- Dimensions: 38.5 x 23 x 40.5 inches
- Price Category: Above average
Britax is available in 2 colors: black and meadow.
With Britax 2017 travel system you’ll be surely spending a little extra. But trust us, it’s so worth it! If you have twins, you gotta give their double system a try.
We’d like to note that you can buy Britax’s 2017 B-Agile stroller separately. We recommend that you get the whole travel system though. The price difference isn’t that big.
- Swift folding mechanism
- Lightweight stroller
- Stroller is easily put together
- Reliable SafeCell Impact protection for car seat
- Comes well-packaged
- Sturdy car seat
- Can be pushed with one hand
- Helpful customer service
- Car seat is relatively heavy
- Non Adjustable handle height
- Sometimes the car seat gets stuck at the base
- Wheels are a bit flimsy
Obviously, this travel system’s weak point is its car seat. It’s heavy, gets stuck with its base, and a bit flimsy. That’s why we recommend this set if your primary use would be the stroller, with minimal car use.
If you’re someone who drives a lot, and are looking for something with a sturdy car seat to keep your baby safe on the go, maybe there are better alternatives.
Here’s another interesting baby travel system from the renowned baby products manufacturer Chicco. The Bravo stroller, alongside with the KeyFit 30 car seat and base are sold as bundle under the title of Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System ticks almost all items on a parent’s wish list.
Starting from lightweight, to convenience and one-hand-folding. All of that comes at an attractive price!
Let’s take a look at how this brilliant stroller serves as a multipurpose baby seat.
The seat on the stroller is removable, enabling you to convert it into a frame carrier for the KeyFit seat.
Starting from birth, you can attach the infant car seat KeyFit30 into the stroller frame. Note that the infant seat is a bit bulkier than that of other models.
Chicco Bravo stroller takes your baby’s comfort seriously. This is evident from the versatile stroller seat that has a reclining property to adjust the seat into multiple positions. There’s a canopy attached to protect your baby from the sun too. The canopy is also adjustable.
You’ll be shocked by how many strollers come with handles that aren’t adjustable. A problem that drives parents crazy, especially tall ones.
Luckily, Chicco took this into consideration. Bravo’s stroller has a 3-level adjustable handle that’s also padded to ensure you’re comfortable while pushing the stroller.
The canopy provides your baby with excellent shade, but it has no mesh window. Besides, some reviewers have complained that it seems to be made of ‘cheap’ material. Unlike the seat’s fabric, that apparently many parents are fond of, because of how easy it is to clean.
Chicco Bravo’s stroller has 4 wheels that are made of plastic with foam filling. They do have impact absorbing suspension.
To be honest, this stroller’s wheels aren’t its best feature, for plenty of reasons. First, you might’ve guessed that the ‘plastic’ wheels aren’t durable. They’ll do okay on prepared terrain, but don’t expect much from them on rough terrain.
The suspension isn’t adjustable and the brakes aren’t smooth, as well. They need some time to get comfortable with.
Moreover, it comes with a parents’ cup holding tray for all your cup and keys. The cup holder is a bit narrow, though. We also don’t like the fact that unlike other Chicco models, this one doesn’t come with a child’s tray.
The KeyFit 30 car seat is highly compatible with both the stroller and the stay-in-car base. There’s a security click to ensure that it’s inserted in place. Once you hear it, worry about your baby no more.
Chicco is a well-established brand in the field of manufacturing baby products. Its car seat’s security is one of the best on the market. This feature specifically, gained traction from reviewers. The car seat base absorbs impact well. Besides, it’s easy to install.
It’s worthy to note that the car base doesn’t only attach to the included KeyFit30 car seat, but also it’s compatible with KeyFit and Fit2.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 23 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight: 9.6 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 30 lbs.
- Dimensions: 29 x 23.8 x 18.9 inches
- Price Category: Slightly above average
Chicco Bravo’s handle mechanism is impressive. It’s a dual carry/ fold that’s easily accessible for a one-hand fold.
This model is available in 5 colors, or ‘themes’ to be more precise: ‘Lake’ with blue and black sections, ‘Lilla’ that’s grey with cute white polka dots, ‘Nottingham’ that’s grey with a distinct texture, and for plain colors’ lovers there are ‘Orion’ and ‘Papyrus’. These are also variations of grey.
On the negative side, multiple reviewers complained of poor delivery and/or packaging. Some received pre-opened packages or missing pieces. Yet, you can always get back to the customer service.
This system is also not big on accessories, which is justifiable compared to its price. You gotta keep in mind that you’ll have to pay extra for any added functionality you need.
If you’re still hesitant, we recommend you take a look at this. A video mini-review made by the infamous ‘What to Expect’, sharing some opinions on the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System.
- Adjustable stroller handle
- Versatile stroller seat
- Looks sleek and ‘cute’
- One-hand navigation handle
- Has an ergonomic design
- Roomy storage compartment below the stroller
- Affordable price
- Child’s tray isn’t included
- Relatively heavy
- Limited accessories
- Canopy’s material is of low quality
For those of you who are on a tight budget, Chicco Bravo Trio is what you need.
We can’t stress enough how we’re in love with the adjustable handle feature. It’s really hard to find. If you’re one of these tall folks, you should consider this.
Chicco’s travel system here is super convenient for parents who are always on the road. The quick folding mechanism and compact car seat will save you time and effort.
If you’re someone who’s always on the road, and you’re looking for a convenient travel system with superior mobility and premium safety features.
Look no further than the Graco FastAction Fold Sport Travel System!
Featuring a one-handed fast fold, padded handlebars, a full-recline seat, a canopy, and expandable storage space. What more can one ask for?
Graco spares no effort in splurging their ‘one-second one-hand’ fold signature for the stroller.
This stroller’s roomy storage is one of the best on the market. It’s easily accessible and accommodates all your baby stuff, and your own personal belongings as well!
A maximum of 10 lbs is reasonable to fill the basket with. Exceeding this limit will make the stroller heavy and might hinder the movement.
There’s a pouch-like extension for the storage basket at the rear of the stroller. Based on experience, some found it handy, as it’s easier to reach, while others found it an unnecessary division of the total storage space. Consequently, this might be an obstacle for them to place large items in there.
Graco’s stroller comes with a detachable child tray with dual cup holders and a snack tray, so that you can place your baby’s toys and snacks securely, and remove the tray whenever you need to.
On the upper side, there’s another tray for the parent. In which you can place your beverages and keys to be within a reachable distance.
When folded, it can stand up on its own. A feature that’s often overlooked by many, but in fact, it’s vital to save storage space.
The handlebar is foam padded, but it’s not adjustable. It works good for people below 6’2”, those who are taller than that might find it annoying.
One of the drawbacks of this stroller is its straps. They’re not padded, which led to some reviewers complaining of them hurting their babies’ necks, arms, or thighs. Besides, they’re not durable, others complained of them being torn after a couple of uses.
Graco works on 3 wheels, with a swivel front locking swift wheel for maneuverability. It has plastic rear brakes. Their quality is okay, not super, but they’ll pass.
The stroller doesn’t perform well on rough terrain. It’s flawless on well-paved roads, though.
This model comes with a Snug-Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat. The car base is also included in the travel system.
Being clumsy while handling your baby is to be expected. No mother can keep a record of how many accidents and how big the messes its beloved baby makes on a frequent basis. That’s why many of us are concerned about cleaning such stuff like infant and car seats.
Luckily, the seat cushion is removable and washing-machine-friendly. So, you can remove it from the stroller and throw it into your washing machine bi-weekly to keep your baby in a fresh and clean setting.
We’d like to note that this car seat is FAA approved, meaning you can take it on an airplane safely.
Graco FastAction Fold Sport Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 29 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight: 7 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 35 lbs.
- Dimensions: 31 x 24.5 x 42 inches
- Price Category: Average
The Groco stroller has multiple-position reclines. Yet, it doesn’t support the ‘lay flat’ position. It’d be a tad uncomfortable for your toddler to nap in this stroller. This definitely takes away some points from it.
It’s available in 2 colors: Gotham and Pierce. Both are black, the difference is in the complementing colors and some slight design differences.
- Outstanding weight capacity
- Roomy storage basket
- Easy to clean
- Airplane safe
- Stroller handle isn’t adjustable
- Removing car seat from base is tiresome
If you’re one of those adventurous people, who’re always on the road conquering new territories and you’re not planning to give up these adventures of yours because of your baby. Graco FastAction Fold Sport travel system should be your pick.
It’s lightweight and compact. Besides, it fits perfectly on airplanes and cars. Parents who have used it reported that it lasted long, so no need to worry about replacing it in the near future.
When choosing a convenient car seat to buy, safety is probably the first thing that comes to mind.
Yet, sizing is of equal importance. Baby Trend car seat is compact and lightweight.
Hence, it perfectly fits the bill. Besides, did you check its price?
Best bang for the buck!
A jogger is a compact three-wheeled stroller that’s targeted towards active parents, who’d like to literally ‘jog’ while pushing the stroller of their kids.
Beware of ‘dreamy’ advertising here. You won’t be able to ‘actually’ jog unless your child is in the standard seat.
The front wheel is swivel and lockable to support easy maneuverability.
Like most well-made strollers, Baby Trend Jogger has multiple recline positions.
Packing is a breeze with Baby Trend Expedition stroller. Thanks to the spacious storage compartment that folds easily through a trigger fold.
It has an average storage basket that accommodates up to 5 lbs. Not so impressive if you ask, but it gets the job done. Besides, it’s accessible.
Folding this beauty is a doddle. You just use the folding trigger, et voila!
Despite being advertised as a jogger, we advise against running with this stroller. This is due to the mere fact that it has some kind of a crappy suspension.
The car seat of this jogger is well-padded to maximize your baby’s comfort. Good news for hygiene freaks out there, the seat is easily washable!
It features an EPS energy-absorbing foam for side impacts to ensure your child’s safety.
We love the fact that there are reflectors on the seat’s footrest, to allow for good visibility in low light. This is a feature that you don’t encounter frequently.
The main pitfall here is that the car seat is almost upright. This can be uncomfortable to babies, and it won’t be suitable for newborns.
One of the most touching testimonials we’ve come across is of a mother who’s been in a car accident with her daughter in the Baby Trend Jogger car seat. The daughter made it out of the accident gracefully unharmed. Thanks to this shielding seat!
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 21.7 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 30 lbs.
- Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.75 x 33.75 inches
- Price category: Low
The good news for stylish parents out there is that this stroller comes in 16 different colors! Bubble Gum, Elixer, Centennial, Firestone, Moonstone, Tropic, Spartan, Peridot, Piscina, Phantom, Rose, Viola, and Red. In addition to Millenium Blue, White, and Orange.
- Dirt cheap
- Efficient 5-point harness
- Covered storage compartment
- Easy trigger fold
- Extremely safe
- Not the best for runners
- Weak suspension
- Small storage basket
- Small Canopy
We’d recommend this option if you’re an active parent, who can’t pass a week without multiple working out or jogging sessions.
Besides, if you’re a little clumsy -no shame, we all are- then this one’s for you. It glides smoothly and it’s compact, so having full control over it shouldn’t be that hard.
UPPAbaby’s sleek design featuring the aluminum frame of the Vista stroller, and the modern urban design of the car seat, made it impossible to look over its travel set while conducting our research. Despite the steep price.
This high-end bundle includes the Vista stroller and Mesa infant car seat.
If you have the money to buy that, don’t hesitate. It’s a lifesaver!
The top-notch functionality alongside the impeccable style will definitely grab your attention! The tight frame that’s made of a magnesium-aluminum alloy has a stellar finish.
The UPPAbaby Vista stroller can accommodate 2 kids simultaneously, this is achieved by expanding it using the rumble seat.
You can place the rumble seat to be world-facing, front-facing, or reclined. Top-notch versatility!
This versatile stroller features 6 recline positions. That might not be so impressive, as we’ve seen it before. What’s truly impressive is that you can switch between these recline positions with just a click of one button, as smooth as Michael Jackson’s moonwalk!
There’s an adaptor from UPPAbaby that provides relaxing spacing between the 2 seats in case of using the rumble seat.
Easy assembly is among this product’s strong suits. Here’s a tutorial that might help you.
The stroller folds easily with or without the seat attached, which is a huge plus.
A storage basket is a necessity in a stroller. UPPAbaby Vista’s storage is HUGE! You can load it up to 30 lbs. Say no more!
The canopy is so flexible. It’s expandable and it has a zipper that you can remove for an improved airflow on the hot days.
The car seat is of average weight. It’s a bit heavy for some people, but it’s manageable.
The bassinet is spacious that you can leave your baby to sleep in it overnight. The mattress is so comfy your kid even might want to sleep in it instead of the bed!
It features a strong 5-point harness to secure the child in place. There’s a ‘pop’ sound that you hear to make sure everything is in place. Then, you’re good to go.
It has 3 level shoulder adjustments, and a customizable crotch latch.
It’s noteworthy that you can buy the car seat individually.
UPPAbaby Full-Size Vista Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 26.6 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight 9.9 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 35 lbs.
- Dimensions: 25.7 x 36 x 39.5 inches
- Price Category: High (very)
You get what you pay for. All the ‘extras’ are there; a rain cover and a bug cover. Moreover, there’s a parent organizer that can be attached to the handlebar to organize your belongings. The regular cup holders and snack trays are present here too.
The material of which the seat is made isn’t breathable. Some reviewers found it not practical to use in summer. We feel like we should point out the fact that this unit was made in Germany, so maybe it’s expected to be more convenient in cold weather.
The UPPAbaby VISTA is available in nine color versions including Bryce, Emmet/ Jake, Loic White, Jordan, Gregory, and Henry.
Assembling this piece of art is as easy as falling off a log. You’ll be able to put the stroller and bassinet together in no time, and the car seat comes already assembled.
No kidding, UPPAbaby travel bundle is super expensive, but it’s worth every penny.
- Smooth car seat installation
- Quick assembly
- Made of top quality material
- Large bassinet
- Sleek design
- Accommodates 2 kids
- Includes a bug and rain cover
- Hard to maneuver with 2 kids inside
- A bit heavy to lift
We don’t think there’s something to say here. If you can afford it, go get it!
We’re not a big fan of heavy price tags. But, this is one of the very rare options that lives up to the expectations of such price!
As a mother of twins or two toddlers with a small age gap in between, you might be wondering ‘Should I get 2 strollers?’
Fortunately, no. It’d be a waste of money. Also, how on earth can one human being manage 2 strollers?
Here’s where double strollers come handy. Our eyes settled on this smart travel system from Baby Trend. Thanks to its glorious stroller that accommodates 2 infant car seats at the same time!
All you need to do is put the younger child in front, and the elder can sit or stand in the rear seat. Then, you’re ready to go!
You can imagine how hard it is to access the storage basket with 2 seats in place! It’s not their best design side, yet it’s forgivable.
Like most models, the stroller comes with an expandable canopy that consists of 2 panels to cover the 2 babies.
The folding mechanism of BabyTrend Sit N Stand is one of its main appeals. It’s straightforward and can be done one-handedly, hassle-free!
When folded, the baggy stroller transforms into a compact rectangle that fits nicely in your car trunk.
The stroller comes with an ample storage basket for all your luggage. In addition to a parent tray so that you take your caffeine dose wherever you go with your baby. Trust us, you’ll need it!
Obviously, a double stroller needs to be 4-wheeled. Baby Trend Sit N Stand went the extra mile to make 2 swivel double front wheels, which makes it one of the easiest to maneuver in its price range.
However, while you’ll enjoy the smooth glide, you won’t enjoy the suspension. It’s one of the few drawbacks of this model.
Besides, can expect how tiring it is to fold this stroller with such wheels?
They surely will get in the way of folding.
The seat reclines gradually till it reaches the lie-flat position, and it’s padded to provide your baby with extra comfort.
The main appeal of this double stroller is that you don’t necessarily have to include both car seats in the stroller.
You unmount the back seat and use only one of them, leaving room for your toddler to stand on. Also, it comes in handy if you have 2 kids with a small age difference in between, they don’t have to be twins!
We don’t like the fact that the 5-point harness isn’t padded. Multiple parents reported this led to hurting their babies, especially in the inner thigh area.
The situations in which this stroller is beneficial are countless.
Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 40 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight: 9.45 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity: 35 lbs.
- Dimensions: 49 x 21.5 x 43 inches
- Price Category: Average
So, what’s the story of the ‘Sit N Stand’ name?
The traditional configuration of this stroller is that kids can sit in front and back seats. The addition is that you can remove the back seat revealing a stand-on platform on which your toddler can jump. Hence, the name.
Baby Trend did a nice job designing this stroller’s handle. It’s one of the few on the market that are well-padded, so that your hands don’t wear out pushing the stroller all day long. Did we mention you can steer it smoothly with one hand?
At such a price, we didn’t expect the handle height to be adjustable, so we weren’t upset when we found that out. Yet, we advise you to check whether it’s suitable for your height or not.
The main pitfall of this model is that the pieces don’t sit well with each other. Snapping the seat in and out of the stroller is kind of painful.
Buying options are flexible. The set is available in 2 color combos: Stormy and Magnolia. You can buy the stroller with 1 or 2 car seats, as you wish.
It comes with a 6-months warranty, which is okay, yet there’s better.
- Fits 2 infant seats in 1 stroller
- Foot-activated brakes
- Versatile seating options
- One-hand foldability
- Compact size for a double stroller
- Easy to push
- Stand-on platform
- 5-point safety harness
- Handlebar isn’t height adjustable
- Harness might hurt your baby
- Storage basket isn’t easily accessible
Saying that this should be your pick if you’re looking for a double stroller would be redundant and silly.
We want to emphasize the point that we’ve included this product here not only because it features a double stroller, but for the mere fact that it’s not cumbersome, nor bulky, unlike other models on the market.
Besides, it scores highly in terms of maneuverability, ease-of-use, versatility, and lightweight.
Maxi-Cosi Zelia Travel System consists of an infant car seat, alongside its car base and a stylish stroller.
If you’re looking for something that’s easy to carry and store, you’re at the right place!
Maxi-Cosi Zelia’s stroller is called 5-in-1 referring to the multiple positions to which this stroller can recline. These include: parent-facing and world-facing carriage modes, parent-facing and world-facing strollers, and the car seat carrier with included ‘Mico 30’ fabric.
All you need to do is pinch the clip to convert the seat from one position to the other.
One of the standout positions of this seat is its upright position; a feature that comes in handy for toddlers as it resembles a chair rather than a pushchair baby seat.
There’s a lot to say about the stroller’s frame. At first, we had some mixed feelings about it. It feels lightweight, but it’s actually sturdy. Yet, it’s wide and hard to get through narrow corridors at the same time!
Let’s say that Maxi-Cosi Zelia’s stroller’s frame straddles the line between being lightweight and safe. The secret is that the wide frame base makes up for the light material the frame is made of; making it a breeze to push it around and protective of your baby at the same time.
The only design flaw that’s left here would be that the wideness of the frame hinders its passage through narrow spots. Nothing’s perfect, you know that!
The stroller comes with an expandable canopy to provide your baby with a beloved shade on hot sunny days of summer. Our revered peek-a-boo mesh window is present in this canopy as well. Front or rear-facing, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your infant.
One of the merits of this seat is that it’s reversible, so you can place your baby front or rear-facing in the carriage.
Zelia’s’ storage bag is among the most spacious on the market. It’ll fit all your stuff snuggle without feeling heavy.
The stroller performed well on bumpy terrain. You’ve got to be careful though, the wheels are made of plastic, so they’re not the most durable.
We’re familiar with moms’ struggle to clean their babies’ mess, that’s why we appreciate the fact that Maxi-Cosi Zelia’s seat is made of high-quality fabric that’s easy to clean. The dark color helps make it more durable and prolong the period between successive cleaning sessions.
It performed well in spillage tests, where we were able to wipe off dirt easily. Moreover, this material is called ‘Mico 30’, which is self-wicking to keep your infant cool and dry.
Regarding the folding mechanism, it’s a 2-hand flip mechanism. The restricting part is that the seat must be front-facing and the storage compartment completely empty for the stroller to fold. Once folded, Zelia’s stroller is compact and takes up minimal space. You can easily lift it to your car trunk using the carrier bar.
The car seat has a standard 5-point harness that’s secure, but it can be ‘too tight’ that it might hurt your baby.
Maxi-Cosi Zelia 5-In-1 Modular Travel System at a Glance
- Stroller Weight: 21.5 lbs.
- Stroller Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
- Car Seat Weight: 9 lbs.
- Car Seat Maximum Weight Capacity 30 lbs.
- Dimensions: 22.5 x 22.5 x 33.8 inches
- Price Category: Average
Maxi-Cosi Zelia’s set comes in a compact package that expands to reveal a lot!
It comes with a rain cover and a boot cover, which is a nice touch of them, if you ask us.
Assembling this set is as easy as ABC, it’ll take you 10 to15 minutes max to do the whole thing. Thankfully, they produced detailed videos for the instructions for those who struggle with the assembly process.
This travel set is compatible with many of Maxi-Cosi’s other car seats, like Maxi-Cosi Rock, Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix, Maxi-Cosi Citi, Maxi-Cosi Pebble, and Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus.
It comes with a 24-months guarantee.
- Good value for the price
- Easy assembly
- Roomy storage bag
- 5 recline positions
- Rear-wheel suspension
- Frame is too wide
- Needs to hands to fold
- Plastic Wheels
Get the Maxi-Cosi Zelia travel system if you’re on a tight budget and the lightweight is your priority. Its minimal weight and compact frame make it one of the best portable units on the market.
Besides, it folds efficiently and can be stored in the narrowest spots.
If you’re always going on expeditions and traveling is a part of your routine, we recommend you look for something more durable.
What Is a Baby Travel System?
It consists of a stroller, an infant car seat, and a car base.
The idea is that the car seat can be attached to the stroller as a baby seat, or even a bassinet.
Then, when you get into your car, you detach the infant seat, place it on the car seat base, fold the stroller, and snap it into your car trunk.
When your baby grows enough, he/she can sit in the stroller without the seat. The nice thing is that such a system accommodates your kid since he/she is a newborn. Thanks to the seat in the stroller feature. As the seat reclines, it turns into a bassinet, in which you can place your baby.
Thus, you don’t need to buy a separate bassinet that you’ll only use for a brief period of time, then replace it by a stroller. You’ve got all these combined into one system.
This versatile functionality is why they’re called 3-in-1 systems. It’s also the reason why parents are raving about them.
Why Do You Need a Baby Travel System?
A baby travel system entails that there’s an infant seat that you can attach to the standard stroller frame. So that you have both; a decent car seat and a full-frame stroller. Most of them can be converted into bassinets too.
Besides, a regular car seat won’t be convenient for newborns, you’ll need something that has a full reclination feature, what we call a ‘lie-flat’ recline position. The one that you get from a bassinet.
It won’t be economical to buy a bassinet for the first few months of baby’s life, then throw it away to buy a stroller that’ll suit him/her when they’re toddlers.
Time will pass to find out that you forgot to buy a car seat. Do you know how much money is that?
Instead, you can buy a stroller with a convertible seat that can cover a wide range of inclination angles, from an upright straight position to a lie-flat one.
On top of that, when your child approaches the 10 months mark, you’ll start to realize he/ she is outgrowing their stroller. A problem many newbie moms are unaware of.
That’s one of the moments when those who chose to invest in an all-encompassing travel system instead of individual strollers feel good about their decision. Because such systems with their detachable car seats will grow with your baby.
Here are the main pros and cons of buying a baby travel system.
- Cheaper than buying individual pieces
- It’s guaranteed that parts of the system are compatible
- Comes packed with a wide array of features
- You won’t carry your baby from one place to another when you’re moving into the car
- Usually comes with a bunch of accessories; trays and canopies
- Includes roomy storage space
- Picking a ‘Jogger’ is a smart space-saving option
- Relatively larger in size and bulkier than regular strollers
- Can be heavier than regular models
- Some features can be compromised to keep the overall price of the bundle affordable
- Steering can be difficult
Is It Really Necessary?
You might be wondering, is it really that necessary to get a full travel system for my baby?
There are no rules here. I mean, having a comprehensive travel system with compatible car seat and stroller would be amazing. Yet, it’s not always that right decision.
It’s hard to get all your requirements met in a collective system, unlike individual parts. Also, some people find the stroller thing not that necessary in the first place. A backpack carrier will do for them.
We do think that the car seat is indispensable though.
You ‘Need’ a Baby Travel System if you:
- Travel a lot with your baby
- Spend a lot of time in your car
- You’re always on the go
- You go out with your baby alone without your partner
How to Choose the Best Travel Baby System – A Buying Guide
Now that we’re done with product recommendation alongside the reasons why you should (or shouldn’t) get a travel system for your baby, we’ll walk you through the most crucial factors to consider while shopping.
How to Get Started?
With multiple parts, one might get confused on what to check first in a baby travel system. Here’s the correct order.
#1 Car Seat
Since safety is our first priority, then we should start with checking the car seat.
An ideal car seat should fit nicely in your car. It’s not too bulky that it gets stuck in the backseat, nor too compact that there’s room for side-to-side movement.
The car seat’s compatibility with its car base is of great significance. During our research, we’ve come across lots of parents who complained of a car seat/ base incompatibility that nearly drove them crazy!
It’s not enough that the seat itself is well-padded and shields your baby well. Nor it is sufficient for a car base to be sturdy and impact absorbing. Combining these two together securely and in a hassle-free manner is substantial.
That’s why we’d like to introduce you to the ‘5-Point Car Seat Harness’. Namely, the webbing system that snuggles your baby securely into the car seat.
The 5 points refer to the spots that the web holds your baby through; its shoulders, legs, and the final spot in the final harness between the thighs.
In our opinion, this feature is a must-have.
- Does it fit well in my car? (Inch Test)
- Does my baby fit well with the car seat? (Pich Test)
- Does it have a 5-point harness?
- Does it latch onto the base securely?
- Is the car seat base impact-absorbing?
- Has it been tested for car crashes? How did it perform?
- Will the seat grow with my baby?
- What’s the weight and height limit?
- Is it washable?
- How smooth it is to get the infant seat out of the base?
- It is airplane friendly? (FAA Approval)
“The right stroller can make a morning’s hike as comfortable as a walk at the mall!”
Ultimately you’re looking for a stroller that’s lightweight and sturdy at the same time. You can gain such information from online reviews.
Then you start checking how many wheels does it have. A 4-wheeled stroller is more stable, a 3-wheeled one (a jogger) is lighter and easier to move. The choice is up to you and your needs.
Most wheels are made of plastic. That’s why we don’t expect much from these strollers on rough terrain.
Having a decent braking system is a huge plus. Some have rear-wheel action brakes that are triggered by your foot, while others have front-wheel brakes that can be triggered by foot or with a brake handle. Again, people’s reviews are your compass here.
The majority of strollers have fully-reclining seats. Allowing for a ‘lie-flat’ position that resembles a bassinet for a newborn, an average recline for nap time, and an upright seat for the grown toddler.
Compromising such a feature is a big no! It’s one of the main reasons you decided to go with the travel system option in the first place!
These are the main contact point between you and the stroller. It needs to be convenient.
Look for padded handles for comfort. To be honest, you won’t find the padding in every stroller out there, yet you can solve this problem at home. Scroll down to the DIY section by the end of the article to find out how.
The holy grail feature of handlebars is height adjustability. It’s extremely convenient, yet too hard to find. For some reason, baby strollers’ manufacturers think there’s a universal standard height that suits all people. Guys, some of us are tall!
To make sure you’re on the safe side, we recommend you check the handlebar’s height and people reviews on it before buying. Especially, if you’re going to share using the stroller with your partner.
This is a vital option to consider if you care about having the 2 positions of your child facing you or facing the world!
Nearly all options come with a storage basket below the seat. With a diaper bag, your handbag, and some other casualties, having a storage compartment is a no brainer.
Make sure that the storage basket is spacious enough to fit all your stuff. You also need to make sure that it’s easily accessible to you. Don’t overload it, as it gets the stroller heavier and harder to push around.
- Does it have recline positions? How many?
- Does it support a flat lying position?
- Does it have a canopy?
- Does it support one-handed folding?
- Will it fit into my car trunk when folded?
- Is the seat reversible? Does it have front & rear facing options?
- Is the handlebar height adjustable?
- Is a rain cover included?
- Is the storage basket size enough for you?
- What’s the maximum weight limit?
- What about a pee-ka-boo mesh window?
- Are parent & child snack trays included?
The Baby Travel System Checklist
What factors should I consider when buying a travel system for my baby?
Find the answers below.
The priority for such a system is your baby’s safety. A safe car seat and a protective stroller are what we’re looking for here.
Scroll down for our detailed security check.
#2 Size & Weight
The dimensions of your baby travel system and its weight determine a lot.
For instance, how easy to load/unload the car seat into your car, whether the folded stroller will fit into your car trunk, and how comfortable it is to push the stroller around.
Some stroller frames are way too wide that they can’t get through doors.
You need something that’s light enough to carry and load into your trunk, but also heavy enough to be sturdy and stable. A narrow stroller is a plus, for smooth maneuvering.
You’ve also to think about whether you’ll manage to get the stroller up and down your home stairs.
#3 Traveling Convenience
The name ‘Baby Travel System’ implies that the ‘traveling’ aspect lies at the forefront of the checklist.
A travel system targets the purpose of portability and mobility. Today, no one can stay in one place. Infusing the benefits of a compact portable system, that’s easy to move around, carry, and store is a deal-breaker.
#4 Bells & Whistles
This includes all possible additions and accessories that’ll help make your life, and the baby’s easier.
For us, a canopy is non-negotiable. Protecting your baby against evil sun rays is a must. It’s always better to opt for strollers with extendable canopies, so that you can adjust it as you see fit.
Most canopies have a mesh peek-a-boo window so that you can check up on your baby even if its front-facing. This is always a bonus!
Who doesn’t like to snack?
Whether it’s you or your little sweetheart, having a snack tray is always a praised feature. Most of them come with cup holders as well.
We prefer detachable ones, so that they’re easy to remove and clean. Besides, they won’t hinder movement.
Back to our number one priority. Here’s how to extract the maximum benefit value from your travel system.
This is a silly part for most people, but don’t look over it. After all, you only have to do it once!
Some travel systems are easy to put together, while others are a bit hard to assemble. The later usually tend to have a multitude of parts that we don’t really get their functionalities.
However, every single part is there for a reason, and the overall purpose is to provide your child with a comfortable stroller and a safe car seat while keeping your own comfort in mind too.
That’s why we advise you to put all the pieces together, no matter how small, silly, or useless they might seem. Go through the assembly instructions thoroughly to grant your baby’s security and your poise.
Placing the car seat in the stroller and taking it out of its base isn’t the easiest task on earth.
While some brands make maneuverability their prime concern, others have other priorities in mind. Hence, you’ll find some high-quality baby travel systems with car seats that are difficult to mount.
To make your life easier, make sure to try placing the car seat into the stroller and mounting it into the car before you put your baby inside. So that you get a handle on the mechanism of the travel system. Trying this the first time with your baby will make it 10x harder.
VIPs .. Backseat, Please.
It might sound trivial, but we have to stress this. For their own safety, kids should ride at the car’s backseat up to age 13. Just like VIPs.
Check the Expiry Date. Wait…What?
Yes, you heard it right. Your baby’s car seat might have an expiry date.
Too many questions here. But we’re going to address them right away!
First, you might be wondering about the average expiry date of such products. It’s about 6 years, maybe up to 8.
Second, why is there such a thing?
Because of the rapid progress of technology, they’re constantly adding new safety features to the products. Hence, the expiry date guarantees that the seat is up to date with the latest security features.
Checking the expiry date is essential for those who plan to use the stroller for more than one baby. Also, make sure the seat won’t expire before your baby grows out of it.
Do an ‘Inch Test’
After installing your car seat, try to give it a strong shake. If it moved more than an inch in any way, then there’s a problem.
If not, you’re good to go. You’ve just properly installed the car seat.
When it comes to your baby’s safety, there’s no such thing as ‘too much’ safety.
Look for the JPMA seal on the product; it’s a certification that indicates that the product has passed the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association safety standards.
5 DIY-Hacks to Be a ‘Stroller Ninja’
Well, navigating the streets with your infant inside a stroller is no picnic.
I bet you’re familiar with the struggle of trying to answer your phone, manage your bags, and make sure your baby is alright, all the while maneuvering the stroller without tipping over.
Ohh, did I mention that you forgot where you were going in the first place?
We all know how hectic and energy-draining being a mom can be, especially for the first time. We’re here to make the task easier for you. Let’s say at least we’re trying.
Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with your baby’s stroller.
1. Ankle Weights
If you’re struggling with a wobbly stroller and you’re afraid it’s gonna tip over harming you and your baby. Fear no more.
Do you know ankle weights? These that we use for fitness exercises?
Even if you don’t. They’re rubber bands that
All you have to do is attach these weights to the front wheel(s) of your stroller and you’re good to go.
You can get them at $20 or even less at amazon. Here’s one recommended option.
2. Zip Ties
Even the most stable strollers aren’t big performers on tough terrain. Slippery roads can be limiting too.
Ask any mother who loves jogging and she’ll tell you how challenging it is to do it with a stroller, no matter how well-built the stroller’s wheels are.
Rolling some zip ties over your stroller’s wheels will fix this problem. Your stroller will gain traction to conquer tough terrain!
You might be thinking this is a bit of a stretch. But, no. Some people have actually tried this and it made a huge difference! Here’s one of them sharing the experience.
3. PVC Pipes
Baby strollers’ industry hasn’t reached perfection yet. Despite these countless features, you’ll probably find something missing, and there’s a high chance that this something is the stroller’s handle being non-adjustable.
This is a problem that drives taller folks crazy. Honestly, we can’t blame them. Carting a baby in a stroller is tiring enough, doing so while hunching your back all the way?
Some clever people have come up with the idea of extending the handle using PVC pipes. It’s cheap and easy to do. Most importantly it has an immense effect on your comfort and posture.
Here’s a detailed tutorial of how to do it.
4. Dish Soap
Cleaning the stroller seems to be a daunting task. Yet, it has to be done. We all know the mess toddlers make!
Simply mix some dish soap in some water in a bowl. Soak a sponge in that mix and clean the stroller. Wipe the plastic and metal parts clean using a wet cloth. Then rinse using a hose or water buckets. Leave it in the sun to dry.
Some parenting experts suggest that you make your child help you do it, so that they can learn it’s their responsibility to clean their own vehicle. Sounds messy, but smart!
5. Grip Tape
Do you feel like your stroller’s handlebar is starting to wear out?
No need to be angry. We’ve got a quick fix for this.
Wrap the handlebar in a tennis racket grip. Et Voila! You’ve just made a wear-and-tear resistant stroller handlebar. These wraps are cheap and durable. You can get them from Amazon here.
It doesn’t have to be tennis racket grips, you can use cork tape. Also bicycle tape will have the same effect.
(FAQs) – Frequently Asked Questions
We tried to gather some of the frequently asked questions by new parents. If you haven’t already got the answers to your questions from above, you might find it here!
Can I assemble my own baby travel system?
Sure, but we don’t recommend it.
Nothing goes against that. The clear benefit of this option is that it’s highly customizable to your needs. You can add as many accessories as you can, and you can let go of the pieces that seem inconvenient to you.
You can mix and match pieces, but only to a certain extent. There’s a reason these sets are sold as bundles, and this reason is mainly that they’re compatible with each other.
A car seat and a stroller from the same brand might have some sort of locking mechanism so that they sit perfectly with each other. Furthermore, some car seats aren’t compatible with any other brands of strollers or car bases, except for their own. So, you need to be super cautious if you decide to go this way.
Lastly, in most cases, the bundle baby travel system will save you money. It’s a lot cheaper than adding up the price of each piece individually, and it definitely costs less than the cost of compiling a system of different products of different brands.
How should I place my kid’s car seat?
We know that you don’t necessarily like it, but the right way to place the car seat is rear-facing.
You can only switch to a front-facing car seat if your kid outgrows the car seat, whether they become taller or heavier, to a certain extent, of course.
There’s a batch of accessories that’ll complement your baby travel set. They contribute to the comfort of you and your baby, without hurting your bank.
Let’s take a look at them.
Infant Support Cushion
As a mom, worrying about putting your baby into a car and driving, even if it’s a high-quality car seat is understandable. We can’t say you’re overreacting, but we can promise you that with a secure car seat + base and an added support pillow, your baby is in good hands.
Safety is a top priority here of course. Yet, making your baby comfortable during the trip or commute is of equal significance. Spending an extra 10 bucks on a support pillow will do the trick.
This support pillow from Dordor & Gorgor is a bestseller on Amazon for a multitude of reasons. It’s made of 100% pure cotton and filled with 100% pearl polyester. This translates into a cozy fluffy snuggling cushion that’ll cuddle your baby and keep it secure.
It’s easily adjustable and fits right in the car seat. In addition, it features a super soft velcro connecting strap to keep the baby in place, and it can be used on either side; where one is cotton and the other is Linen. It’s also easy to clean.
All of that comes at a very small price tag. It’s an efficient accessory that’ll be a huge addition to your baby travel system without making a hole in your pocket.
You may have realized that not all strollers come with child trays. While parent trays look more important, so that you can place your cup, water bottle, and keys. As your toddler grows, they’ll need a tray of their own, for their flasks and toys as well.
You can get one of these separately. Most of them are generic and can be easily attached to any model. Some of them are brand specific though, be careful.
Chicco Bravo’s child tray is among the best on the market. It features a dual cup holder and a car seat adaptable at a pocket-friendly price. We just don’t like the fact that it exclusively works with Chicco Bravo’s stroller.
Another nice option is this tray from Baby Jogger. It features a minimalistic sturdy design that matches the simple Baby Jogger stroller. It’s compatible with city mini GT, city mini, City Elite, FIT Jogger, and summit X3.
One of the smart design features of this tray is that it attaches and opens from one side, so you can easily take your baby in and out of the stroller, without messing things up.
Most of the products come with no rain cover, yet it’s a must-have in winter. You can buy it separately at a few bucks. In this case, you just need to make sure that it fits with your stroller well.
Here’s a recommended one from bemece.
To Wrap It Up
A baby’s travel system will probably live for years, you might even use it for multiple babies. That’s why you should put a lot of thought into such long-term investment.
We’ve already picked our roundup winner, we liked it because of the convenience and efficiency it provides at an affordable price. Yet, we’d be very supportive of parents who decide to buy the UPPAbaby Vista system if they can afford it. We still can’t get over how flawless it is!
We hope this guide has helped ease the buying process out for you.
Enjoy your mother-child time and drive safely!
Table of Contents
- Baby Travel System REAL Customer Reviews
- Our Top 8 Car Seat Stroller Car Seat Combos & Travel Systems
- Roundup Winner: Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System
- Runner Up: Britax 2017 B-Agile Travel System
- Adjustable Handle Award: Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
- Best Value: Graco FastAction Fold Sport Travel System
- Budget-Friendly Option: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System
- Luxurious Option: UPPAbaby Full-Size Vista Infant Baby Stroller & MESA Car Seat Bundle
- Double Seat Option: Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller with 2 Car Seats Travel System
- Lightweight Option: Maxi-Cosi Zelia 5-In-1 Modular Travel System
- What Is a Baby Travel System?
- Why Do You Need a Baby Travel System?
- Is It Really Necessary?
- How to Choose the Best Travel Baby System – A Buying Guide
- 5 DIY-Hacks to Be a ‘Stroller Ninja’
- (FAQs) – Frequently Asked Questions
- To Wrap It Up