Strollers’ manufacturers are responding to parents’ demands. They’re starting to produce strollers that can accommodate heavier and bigger children. A Stroller’s maximum weight capacity has significantly jumped from 30 lbs to over 60 lbs, and sometimes even 75 lbs, in the past few years.
Today, we’ll be exploring together some of these. I’ll be sharing detailed reviews of the market’s best strollers for big kids. Alongside with their pros and cons, and whom they’re convenient for.
Afterward, you’ll be introduced to an in-depth buying guide that I hope will answer all questions you have in mind.
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My Top 10 List for the Best Stroller for Big Kids
After endless hours of testing, reviewing, and researching the market for the best stroller for big kids. I’ve come to these results. I’ve compiled a list of the creme de la creme on the market, alongside their reviews.
Without further ado.
Ladies and gentlemen, here are the best big kids strollers on the market in 2021.
Don’t you dare think that pushing your ‘big kid’ while you go for a morning run is not possible!
This Revolution Flex 3.0 jogging stroller from BOB Gear is here to challenge the norms and help you lead a more comfortable and active lifestyle, all the while tending to your baby!
This jogger fits kids weighing up to 75 lbs., which is a lot, compared to other strollers! This will work for 4 and 5 year-olds who still insist on riding in strollers, or younger toddlers who just happen to grow quickly.
The seat could recline all the way from an upright chair position from which your child can enjoy the view if you were hiking in a beautiful scenery. To a lie-flat position to give him that peaceful nap he’s been longing for.
For those who care about numbers, the seat reclines up to 70 degrees from an upright vertical position. For those who don’t, let me tell you, that’s a whole lot of reclination!
My only objection here would be that it needs a lot of effort to recline the seat. Optimally, 2 hands, which aren’t always available.
BOB Gear outdid themselves in this design, which is definitely an improvement over Revolution Flex 2.0. For instance, they updated the cushioned compression seat design, where they were inspired by the design of kayak seats. No need to worry, the Ultra-padding is still there!
Having a non-adjustable handlebar is a common feature among strollers, and it turns me off. It becomes really problematic for tall or extra-short fellas to push such strollers.
I was delighted to learn that Revolution Flex 3.0 comes with an adjustable-height handle that accommodates 9 positions! To me, this was a dream come true.
You can switch between the 9 positions effortlessly with a push of a button! Moreover, the handlebar comes with a wrist strap.
One of the merits of this jogger is its ultra-reflective fabric that’ll make you visible at night and even clearer on early morning stroller runs! Unlike the Revolution Flex 2.0, the reflective material of Flex 3.0 covers the basket plus the canopy.
The beloved peek-a-boo window of the Flex 2.0 is still here with a magnetic closure instead of the velcro one. I’d have to say that I heard some complaints about this magnetic snap, particularly that it flips open in strong winds.
Definitely, the newer window is safer, neater, and more practical. The UPF 50+ canopy here is well-ventilated as well.
Talk about conquering rough terrain with this jogger!
Revolution Flex 3.0 jogger has one of the smoothest glides ever, you barely push it, and it rolls with you. Don’t be afraid of it running away, though. Its brakes and locking swivels are brilliant.
It has a swivel locking front wheel and 2 rear wheels that are air-filled and have a tight suspension system, enabling them to go over rocks, cracks, and dirt smoothly. The locking mechanism of the front wheel works well to grant stability off the road. It also has a tracking adjustment knob.
Regarding regular brakes, they’re foot-activated. There are no hand brakes on this model, which was an unpleasant surprise to some parents.
Revolution Flex 3.0 ditched the old-fashioned 5-point harness and introduced a hassle-free 5-point ‘no-rethread’ harness, that allows for pain-free adjustment.
When you’re done with your run, you can simply shrink the jogger using its two-step fold that compresses the stroller into a minimal size. However, you’ve got to know that it doesn’t stand straight when it’s folded.
For a jogger, a huge under-seat storage basket won’t be the most convenient. You’ll need to pause and carry out an investigation to find what you need in this unorganized space.
This is why I love BOB Gear’s decision to integrate 6 pockets on the Revolution Flex 3.0, surpassing the 3 pockets on the Revolution Flex 2.0.
They’re divided as follows: 3 wide seatback pockets, 2 in-seat snack pockets, a cell phone pocket, and a regular roomy cargo basket.
Manufacturers of this jogger advise against using harsh detergents to clean it. Their recommendation is to use a sponge soaked in lukewarm water + mild soap, clean the target area, thoroughly rinse it with water, and leave it to dry.
Gear Revolution’s stroller is compatible with car seats from variable brands like Britax, Graco, Chicco, Nuna, Per Prego, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, and BOB, of course.
I love how stylish and trendy Revolution Flex looks. You’re surely going to turn some heads with this stroller!
It’s available in 4 equally-beautiful color combos. Glacier Blue, which is a mix of dark and bright shades of blue. Graphite Black that’s obviously black, but with grey stripes.
For those who love patterns, there’s Lunar Black, which features a black & white pattern instead of the grey stripes. Finally, there’s an orange and maroon-ish mix called Sedona Orange.
You can get the full travel system of Revolution Flex 3.0 here.
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Specs
- Dimensions: 45 x 24.5 x 43 inches
- Stroller Weight: 28.5 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 75 lbs.
Who’s BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 For?
If you’re planning a long trip and you intend to take your kids with you, Bob Revolution Flex would be an excellent choice.
Shortly, Revolution Flex 3.0 is for active parents who won’t trade their workouts for the world!
- Smooth glide
- Outstanding stability
- Easy to assemble
- Made of high-quality fabric
- Has proper ventilation
- Compatible with different car seats
- Ample storage
- A little bit on the expensive side
- No handbrakes
- Mesh window’s magnetic snap isn’t strong
- Needs 2 hands to adjust recline position
- Doesn’t stand straight when folded
One of the most versatile options on the market is Baby Jogger’s City Mini GT stroller. It’s made for those who live in large cities, who are looking for sturdy strollers that they can effortlessly steer while navigating the city.
What I love about City Mini GT stroller is that it’s not only light and easy to push, but also really compact when folded. This means that you can put it in your car trunk or take it with you on the subway easily. Hassle-free.
Baby City Mini GT has all the features that comfort parents within an arm’s reach. The handlebar height is adjustable, and the brakes are hand-operated for ultimate convenience.
It has a nice recline range for the seat that goes down to the near flat position. Concerning the maximum weight capacity (65 lbs.), it isn’t the best on the market, but it’s quite alright.
The City Mini GT stroller packs well in a car trunk. It collapses into a compact size when folded. The folding mechanism itself is pretty straightforward, all you need to do is pull a strap, and its 2 halves are folded together.
The unfolding is equally easy. One of the smartest design decisions is that the handlebar serves as a carrying handle when folded.
Parents are praising it for this feature, and it lives up to the praise!
City Mini GT puts the parents’ comfort as a priority, that’s why the handlebar is adjustable -sigh- and there’s a handbrake within an arm’s reach so that you can control the wheels’ steering and lock the stroller in place whenever you want.
The wheels of this model are a step up of its precedent ‘City Mini’, where they’re made of rubber and foam-filled. The previous version’s wheels were also foam-filled, but they were made of plastic. They roll smoothly and withstand unprepared roads.
I’d also love to give City Mini GT manufacturers a hand here for the ergonomic padding of the handle. Nice touch, y’all!
The storage basket is okay. But if we have to rate it, it’s sadly on the smaller side of the scale. They tried to make up for this by integrating a zipped pocket in the canopy for your essentials. After all, there will always be a trade-off between storage capacity and compact build.
Like any decent stroller, City Mini GT has an ultraviolet ray resistant canopy that extends to cover your child and protect him/ her from sun rays. This is combined with a magnetic peek-a-boo window that allows for frequent check-ups and proper ventilation, if needed.
This is a stroller with pleasant aesthetics. It has a sleek and streamlined frame and good-looking wheels. It’s available in a bunch of colors: the dark red (Ember), dark grey (Jet), bright grey (Slate), and 2 variations of blue (Windsor & Mystic).
You can get the compatible car base and car adapter and turn this stroller into a comprehensive travel system. The only pitfall is that you have to pay for each one of its components separately.
The price tag is a bit big, but the features are worth it.
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Specs
- Dimensions: 44.88 x 21.21 x 43.5 inches
- Stroller Weight: 21.4 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 65 lbs.
Who’s Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller For?
If you aspire to give your child a nimble ride around the city while he/ she snuggles comfortably in their seat. This stroller should be on top of your options’ list.
This is a stroller that’ll give you effortless maneuverability and versatile use. On top of that, it’s designed with your comfort as a parent, in mind. So, we can’t expect but the best from it.
- Compact when folded
- 1-hand folding
- Easy assembly
- Adjustable handlebar
- Sturdy Handbrake
- Pushes great
- Comfortable for parents
- Machine-washable seat cover
- Accessories are sold separately
- Relatively expensive
- Small storage basket
In the past 5 years alone, Britax has won over 100+ awards for safety and optimal performance. With such information in mind, you’d expect to see a Britax featured on this list.
For big kids, Britax B-Lively is one of the best options; it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver.
‘What makes this Britax stroller stand out among its counterparts?’ You ask.
Let’s start with the fact that the fabric is breathable and of high-quality. Besides, the intuitive, quick folding mechanism is to die for!
The seat features a pull handle that’s accessible and can be pulled for a quick fold. Keep in mind that the folding needs both hands despite being advertised as a one-handed folding. Not the best course of action, eh?
You can unfold it using one hand, though.
We then move on to the full-recline ergonomic seat that has ample headroom and a nice leg rest. It gives your child the so-needed cuddle it needs. The only seat feature that isn’t so comfortable is that the 5-point harness system lacks a crotch pad, which can annoy your child.
The harness system has 3 height adjustment options too.
It’s noteworthy that Britax B-Lively features an ample storage compartment that can be accessed from all 360 degrees. Front, sides, or rear, you’ll face no difficulties reaching out for your stored goods.
I don’t know if you can keep a secret, but I oughta tell you that you’ll find a secret storage space at the front, below the leg rest. The idea is to make some space that you can access easily when your child is napping in the full-recline seat position. Smart move.
The plastic wheels are my least favorite feature. Although they have a full suspension, they don’t perform well on rough terrain. They’re not sturdy by any means. So, don’t expect flawless maneuverability from this one.
The brakes featured on this model are foot-activated and relatively easy to use. They get one point for that.
The seat has an expansive sun protective canopy with a peek-a-boo window. The mesh window doesn’t have a flip magnetic or velcro snap per se, but it does have a piece of extra fabric that you need to take off to take a peek at your kid.
Needless to say is that this stroller is compatible with Britax’s car seat and adapters. You’ll have to buy them separately though, if you need them. The point is that the option is still there.
Britax B-Lively stroller is available in a variety of color combos: the all-black raven, the black & aqua mix (cool flow teal), and the cardinal dark red.
Britax B-Lively Specs
- Dimensions: 33 x 23 x 40 inches
- Stroller Weight: 20 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 55 lbs.
Who’s Britax B-Lively For?
Parents who need a high quality stroller with no fancy special features will be happy with Britax B-lively. It gets the job done quickly and efficiently. What does one need more?
- Good value for price
- Well ventilated seat
- Smooth folding mechanism
- Easily accessed storage
- Car seat compatible
- Expansive UV 50+ protection canopy
- One-touch rear foot brake
- Only compatible with Britax car seats
- Not the easiest to push
- Narrow footrest
- No cup holder
Next on our list is a popular choice among parent runners, Joovy Zoom 360 jogging stroller packs a decent array of features that make it shine among its counterparts as jogging stroller for big kids.
Joovy Zoom 360 is made of 6061 aircraft aluminum, which is a pretty sturdy and lightweight alloy.
Despite being lighter than its previous version, Joovy’s ‘Ultralight’ name isn’t quite accurate. There are plenty of options on the market that weigh less. This doesn’t mean that it’s heavy by any means. I’m just acknowledging a fact.
Joovy Zoom 360’s front wheel is swivel and easily maneuverable. More importantly, it’s lockable, so you don’t have to worry about its stability and safety.
The rear tires are air pumped and come at 16-inches size. They help make pushing the jogger even smoother. Integrating a small tire-pump with the Joovy Zoom 360 so that you can pump your tires on-the-go is a nice touch from Joovy. Hats off!
Regarding brakes, there’s only a foot brake that you need to push. Beware that it’d be problematic to try to push it if you were wearing flip flops, though. The absence of accessible handbrakes was a turn off for me.
Joovy stroller provides a car adapter that’s compatible with a variety of car seats from well-established manufacturers like Graco and Britax.
Joovy approaches the storage problem smartly through a neoprene parent organizer with a zippered pocket that also can hold 2 cups. In addition to the mesh pockets that serve as a perfect place for your child’s snacks and little toys.
This stroller carries up to 75 lbs of weight. Yet, its seat height doesn’t seem to suit taller children. I think you should try it out with your kid first.
The seat reclination range is fine. However, don’t expect from the seat to hang on to the 90-degrees upright position. It won’t. I don’t think this would suit older kids, they might be annoyed by their inability to sit upright and see the world around them.
Joovy Zoom 360 has Joovy’s signature extra-large canopy with a mesh peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on your child.
One of the merits of Joovy Zoom is its suspension mechanism. It’s designed to be shock absorbent so that your child is comfortable while you conquer bumpy, rough terrain.
Regarding its folding mechanism, it’s pretty straightforward. You just need to pull the strap under the ‘fold’ labeled flap. The only downside would be that you’ll need both your hands to do so.
When folded, Joovy Zoom 360 is compact and doesn’t take up much space. However, there’s no handle to it, which makes it awkward to carry when folded.
The stroller’s seat is high, which makes it easier to push. It also helps with ‘bigger children’ as they’re at a good height that makes it convenient to interact with the world around them.
I’d like to note that this jogger can serve as a stroller for kids with special needs.
Joovy Zoom 360 Specs
- Dimensions: 54 x 25 x 46 inches
- Stroller Weight: 25.7 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 75 lbs.
Who’s Joovy Zoom 360 For?
Active parents who enjoy a light jog every once in a while. Those who’re looking for a light jogger that’s easy to steer and glide smoothly on gravel and/or grass. Joovy Zoom 360 would be a highly functional and affordable option.
If you’re into running or more vigorous activities, we recommend you check other options that are more stable and that have handbrakes.
- Smooth gliding over rough terrain
- Wide Canopy
- Swivel lockable front wheel
- Gets through narrow spaces easily
- Smooth folding mechanism
- Organized storage areas
- Tire pump included
- Non-adjustable handlebar
- No handbrakes
- Footbrake isn’t flip-flop-friendly
- Needs 2 hands to fold
It’s hard to make a list of the best strollers on the market without featuring one from Graco. It’s simply not possible!
The reasons for that are numerous; being in the baby-items manufacturing business for over 75 years now. Graco already has all the trade secrets!
They know what moms crave, what makes babies comfortable, how to keep them safe, and, most importantly, how to give us all that at an affordable price!
Testing this stroller’s seat was a blissful experiment. Starting from the seat that’s 14 inches wide, it’s well-padded and feels soft. No wonder why kids feel comfortable in it.
The elegant gender-neutral fabric caught my eyes. It features an intricate geometric pattern with tones of grey and black.
You can tell this stroller was made to suit fast-growing kids from its adjustable leg rest. You can extend it as your child gets taller!
As for the harness, Graco Breaze features a regular 5-point harness, which is what you expect from a well-made stroller. Generally, it’s safer than 3-point harnesses. However, it’s convertible to a 3-point one, if you feel like it’s more suitable for your older kid.
If you ask me about my favorite feature about baby strollers, I’d tell you it’s the one-hand folding technique. For someone like me, I run errands and go jogging on my own. I occasionally have an extra set of hands to help. So, I’m pro anything that takes minimal effort, and when it comes to strollers, this thing manifests in the form of a one-hand folding mechanism.
They do care about the parent’s comfort, so they added a carrying handle to the stroller when folded. Thankfully, this makes me need no help when I need to fold the stroller and load it into the car trunk when I’m on my own.
The same applies to adjusting the seat’s recline positions, you can do it all with one hand! Even the lie-flat position that converts the stroller into a deep seat for your child to nap in.
When it comes to the wheels, Graco Breaze has 2 swivel front wheels and 2 other double back wheels that are large enough to conquer rough terrain when you lock the swivel feature. They’re easy to maneuver as well.
It can be easily integrated into a travel system, where it’s compatible with Graco’s click-in car seats.
Regarding storage, there’s nothing special about this stroller. It has a spacious storage basket that’s -naturally- hard to access when it’s in the full recline position.
Graco Breaze has one of those full-coverage canopies that are granted to keep your child in a cool shade.
On top of that, there’s a velcro flip cover at the back of the canopy. This comes in handy in hot weather, as it allows for proper ventilation and better air circulation.
I’m tired of the fact that I have to mention in every single stroller review that the handlebar height isn’t adjustable. But what can one do? It is what it is.
The height of this stroller’s handlebar is 39 inches, which is average. It’d be more convenient for shorter people, though. For a tall parent, it won’t be their favorite feature.
On the downside, the adjustable footrest doesn’t lie flat completely, which can be uncomfortable for taller children. Also, it’s not the lightest on the market.
Graco Breaze Click Connect Specs
- Dimensions: 27.5 x 20 x 40 inches
- Stroller Weight: 17.8 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
Who’s Graco Breaze Click Connect For?
If you’re concerned with sturdiness and strong build, then this is the one for you. It has all basic functionality plus an impeccable build. All of that comes at a decent price tag that won’t poke a hole in your pocket.
If you usually go out on your own, Graco Breaze would be convenient for you. Thanks to the ultra-smooth one-handed folding mechanism and the attached handle.
- Easy to maneuver
- One-hand fold
- One-hand lever recline
- Good value for price
- Huge UV 50 canopy
- Features a parent cup holder
- Compatible with Graco’s car seats
- Elegant appearance
- Relatively heavy
- The backrest is a bit flimsy
- Footrest isn’t comfortable
- Won’t suit tall people
Why Buy a Stroller When You Can Get a Wagon?
I can’t begin to list the reasons why this beast was one of my most favorite choices by far.
In case you’re looking for a mighty rugged stroller to accommodate your ‘big kid’ and that you can steer easily at the same time, look no further. I’ve found you the solution.
The Veer Cruiser is a stroller wagon hybrid that infuses smooth maneuvering with a sturdy build, making for a killer combo!
Don’t be intimidated by the multiple boxes it arrives in. Assembling this wagon is like putting up Lego pieces together. Not only is it effortless, but fun at the same time.
You’d think a wagon of this size would be hard to steer. Well, allow me to tell you you’re wrong.
To provide you with an easily pushable wagon, the manufacturers made the handle lockable to help keep it stable.
Such a hefty price tag tells you a lot about this cruiser, aside from the fact that it’s not that affordable. The aluminum frame it’s made of is sturdy and durable. It includes some plastic parts as well, for convenience and lightweight, yet they’re not flimsy.
The braking mechanism is primitive yet practical. It’s a foot brake that can be activated using a handlebar button. Convenient!
On top of that, it’s versatile, as it’s compatible with car seats from well-known manufacturers like Chicco, Britax, Graco, and UPPAbaby. At such price range, you expect to get a full-option product!
Veer Cruiser is spacious; a toddler and an infant can co-exist peacefully in its seat, only if they decide to!
This wagon pays extra attention to details and accessories. It features a brilliantly-organized snack tray, in addition to 6 cup holders! What’s interesting is that the tray is detachable, and it serves as a divider for the seating space in case you want to introduce some peace between your kids.
Regular accessories are included too. A nice protective canopy, a practical zippered back pocket for storage, and a feel-safe -point harness contribute to make this a world-class product.
Veer Cruiser Hybrid Wagon Specs
- Dimensions: 37 x 25 x 23 inches
- Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 55 lbs.
Who’s Veer Cruiser For?
First of all, you should be someone who has this amount of money to invest in a kid’s stroller. We just want to remind you that this is a stroller that’s going to grow with your kid(s), that can accommodate 2 kids at the same time, and that’ll last long.
So, don’t look at the price tag, thinking it’s too big for a stroller. Well, it is above the average range. Yet, it might be saving you a lot of unthought-of costs of multiple strollers, car seats, and fixes for both.
This is rather for big kids whom you need to control. But it won’t be the most convenient for smaller children because of the lack of seating options.
If you and your partner are the type of couples that love to go camping or go on outdoor activities frequently, and you’re worried that your toddlers will hinder you, then you should pay attention to the Veer Cruiser. It’ll please you and your baby. A win-win!
- Accommodates 2 kids
- Comes with tons of accessories
- 2-year warranty
- Smooth braking mechanism
- Plenty of storage
Bonus: You’ll get a 2-year warranty if you purchase from their authorized seller “Veer Cruisers” on Amazon.
While having a reputable brand name gives you credibility and clients’ trust. There are always some hidden gems in the market that no one is aware of. My job is finding those gems and presenting them to you. Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is one of these gems.
What do I usually look for in a stroller? Being lightweight, easy to fold and maneuver, at an affordable price.
What features of these does Summer 3D Lite have?
All of them!
Starting with the 13 lbs weight, this stroller stole my heart. It’s featherlight and easy to carry. Thanks to its carrying strap. So, here’s a point!
Moving to the folding mechanism, it’s pretty elementary. You lift the rear handle, then push the lever with your foot and fold. Then, you’re ready to go.
For the sake of transparency, I’d like to note that it’s pretty bulky when folded compared to other options. Beware of that if your car trunk is small.
Summer infant spared no effort in making this on-budget stroller similar to fancy options. Its appearance is similar to the renowned UPPAbaby, which helps attract more parents to it because of the high-end look.
The frame is made of aluminum to grant sturdiness. The seat is spacious and has multiple recline positions, it nearly lies flat so that your baby can enjoy a nap.
The canopy has a removable UV visor that protects your kid against harmful sun rays and that you can adjust its angle to provide full protection to your little one.
Designers of Summer 3D Lite seem to had it in mind while making this stroller that it should grow with your child. This is evident in the 5-point harness that’s adjustable to 3 height positions that’ll be convenient for your baby as it grows.
The storage of Summer 3D Lite is average. The under-seat storage room is okay, and there’s a pocket for quick access. It’s handy for placing your keys, mobile, and such stuff.
It’s available in black, grey, blue, green, teal, and pink. For me, teal is a winner!
Purchasing Summer 3D Lite Convenience means you’re getting good bang for your buck. It -nearly- has it all; proper functionality, being compact, lightweight, and quick folding. All of that is packed at a nice price.
Can one ask for more?
Summer 3D Lite Convenience Specs
- Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.75 x 41 inches
- Stroller Weight: 13 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs.
Who’s Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller For?
If you need an on-budget stroller that performs well in cities and on not-so-rough terrain, this is the one for you.
It has all the features of high-end strollers plus the reasonable price. If you’re the sporty type, there might be better options.
- Light like a feather
- Straightforward folding mechanism
- Includes a folded carrying strap
- Adjustable sun canopy
- 1-foot brake
- It doesn’t perform well on bumpy roads
- Limited storage capacity
- Relatively low & close to the ground
- A bit bulky when folded
This is a stroller that you look at and think: This is made for older kids!
Many strollers boast themselves of being lightweight, but none of them holds a record. Well, gb Pockit Lightweight does.
Guinness World Records has claimed Pockit lightweight, which is a previous version of gb Pockit), the world’s most compact foldable stroller in 2014. As it folds down to 11.8 x 7 x 13.8 inches and weighs only 9.3 lbs!
Gb Pockit+ is 12.3 lbs. Naturally, the lightweight makes steering this stroller a breeze. You’ll only need one hand to take control over this highly-functional stroller, and you can save your other hand to attend to your baby. I know how hectic going out with your baby can be.
While the previous Pockit Lightweight was already popular with customers, the manufacturers decided to take it up a notch and improve on it even more, producing the gb Pockit+.
They started with resolving the forefront disadvantage of Pockit Lightweight, which was the seat’s inability to recline. To some parents, this was enough reason not to buy this stroller at all, despite all its other useful features.
Long story short, gb Pockit’s seat reclines to a baby lounger, providing more comfort to your baby than its predecessor. It has a nice recline range, yet it doesn’t achieve the lie-flat position. Honestly, in the case of ‘bigger’ kids, it’s not that important. For me, I’d pass that.
The seat is made of neoprene fabric that feels soft and comfortable. The poor fabric was also one of the issues of the previous model.
The folding mechanism is as easy as 123. It. Thank God it has an attached handle to be carried from when folded. An obvious handy feature that many manufacturers seem to overlook.
Gb Pockit+ Specs
Dimensions: 28 x 19 x 39.8 inches
Stroller Weight: 12 lbs.
Maximum Weight Capacity: 55 lbs.
Who’s gb Pockit+ For?
This stroller works best for those who put the size and weight of their strollers as a priority. Yet, they don’t need something that’ll conquer rough terrain.
So, if you need something that’s so light and easy to carry, that’s so collapsible and compact that it fits under an airplane seat, and that glides effortlessly on ‘smooth’ surfaces, gb Pockit+ might be your pick!
- Possibly the lightest weight on the market
- Super compact
- Stands on its own when folded
- Padded 5-point harness
- Has an automatic lock
- Can be used from day 1
- Easy to carry when folded due to attached handle
- No lie-flat seat position
- Small wheels
- Relatively small canopy
- No accessories included
If you’re looking for a double stroller that will accommodate both of your kids even if they tend to be of a big body or older age. Look no further than the Twin+ Zoe XL2, for it has everything you wish for and more.
Zoe XL2 goes further than a double stroller, where it can expand to a triple or even quadruple stroller with an add-on tandem seat.
Talk about a smart design!
According to manufacturers, your child can ride in this stroller starting from 3 months, meaning it’ll accompany them while growing. No need to shift for more advanced strollers on the way.
While this can be true, I have to note that the seat reclines up to 165 degrees. This is a semi ‘lie-flat’ position. Hence, children will need some kind of head and neck support to manage such position. For me, 6 months minimum would be a safer lower range.
The 165-degree recline is okay, though. For a double stroller, it’s rare to come across a 180-degree flat position.
The seat has a double belly bar and a strong harness. It includes 2 child cup holders, and 1 for parents as well.
As far as I know, Zoe XL2 is the lightest double stroller on the market. At 19 lbs. I think it’d be hard to find a ‘double’ stroller at that weight. It’s a feather compared to the well-known Graco Roomfor2 that weighs about 27 lbs and the reputable Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller, that’s nearly 32.6 lbs of weight.
The folding mechanism of Zoe XL2 is impressive. Similar to Baby Jogger, all you need to do is pull the straps of the seat -both seats- in this case, and your stroller is compact, folded, and ready to go!
To secure the folded position, the Zoe XL2 locks itself automatically when folded. For those who are thinking about their limited car trunks’ storage. No worries, it stands on its own when folded. Tuck it in a car corner and don’t worry about it!
Unlike most double strollers, the storage compartment isn’t divided here. Instead, it’s a merger of 2 compartments for a wider box. To me, it’s way more convenient.
Moving over to the handlebar, it’s a bit on the taller side. Like most strollers, it’s non-adjustable; but unlike them, it suits taller parents more than petite ones.
You know that everything comes at a price, right?
It’s not Disneyland here. Producing an affordable lightweight stroller came at the price of the wheels.
Zoe XL2’s wheels are large, which gives you the impression that they’re tolerable, but they’re not. They’re ‘okay’ to steer. But, don’t expect a stellar performance of them on rough terrain. Grass, dirt, paved ways, and maybe gravel are its merits. Not more than that.
However, they do have a lifetime guarantee.
Rarely do we come across a stroller whose strong point is its canopy. Zoe XL2 is this one in a million coincidence!
Its canopy isn’t just adjustable. Moreover, it embeds a hidden zipper that can extend it to reach a belly-button length. Let me get this right, it means a 4-panel side-by-side canopy. That is a lot of shade!
Taking it up a notch, each canopy has its own peek-a-boo window that’s magnetically locked. Unlike tradition velcro ones. In addition to a pocket for quick access storage.
This awesome stroller comes in 9 colors: Black, Luxe Black, London Navy, Lime Green, Luxe Green, Luxe Light Blue, Luxe Pink, Red, and Noad Grey.
ZOE XL2 Specs
- Dimensions: 33 x 29 x 40.25 inches
- Stroller Weight:19 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 50 lbs. (each)
Who’s Zoe XL2 For?
Obviously, parents who have twins!
Also, those who’re looking for a double stroller that’s lightweight and affordable. I’d go all the way recommending this stroller for daily activities and cruising around the city.
If you intend to go on adventures, you might need to look for a sturdier option. But really, would you be going with your twins on such adventures? I doubt it.
- Magnetically-closed peek-a-boo windows
- Quick folding
- Good value for price
- Auto-lock when folded
- Stands on its own folded
- One spacious storage compartment
- Wheels aren’t great for rough terrain
If you’re looking for a jogger that can withstand your extensive exercise routine and can glide smoothly over any type of terrain. Then you should give Chicco TRE Jogger a look.
Thanks to its fully adjustable suspension, Chicco TRE is steady as a rock. No matter what kind of terrain it encounters. You can use the soft suspension feature for casual cruising, and tight suspension for harder physical activities.
Without a shadow of doubt, this foot-activated adjustable suspension is Chicco TRE’s strong suit.
I’m fond of the fact that the child seat is removable. This converts the stroller into a frame carrier for Chicco KeyFit, which can be more convenient to your newborn.
The seat has 5 recline positions, of which the ‘upright position’ is one of my favorites. It’s not that common to find a stroller with an upright position that’s also comfortable. The standard 5-point harness makes an appearance here too, and it’s padded.
The included canopy is vast. You can extend it for full coverage to protect your baby against the sun. It has the regular peek-a-boo window, in addition to a mesh window for ventilation. They both have a magnetic strap. Replacing old-fashioned velcro straps with magnetic ones seems to be trendy nowadays!
One of the merits of this jogger is its folding mechanism. It’s quick and easy to fold. When folded, it turns into a compact light body that you can tuck in your car trunk, or it can stand on its own in the garage.
Technically speaking, the folding mechanism is one-handed and features 3 folding configurations: self-standing fold, flat fold, and compact fold.
The handlebar is height adjustable and well-padded to provide parents with optimal comfort.
Like regular joggers, Chicco TRE features 3 pneumatic rubber wheels that are air-filled. The front wheel has a swivel that’s lockable when needed, and the 2 rear ones are slightly larger inside.
Moreover, you can control the front wheel’s swivel using a button in the parent-console, which is present on the handlebar. Literally, all options are at the end of your fingertips.
The question: ‘foot brakes or hand brakes?’ is hard to answer.
Any answer other than ‘both’ is debatable. But I do think that a hand brake is more convenient and easier to use. Hence, it’s harder to find.
Worth noting is that Chicco TRE features a 2-in-1 handbrake that provides you with dual functionality. It doesn’t only lock the jogger in place, but it also has a ‘deceleration’ option. Take about extended functionality!
Chicco TRE’s fabric is impressive; it’s durable, wipeable, and highly breathable. It’s water repellent as well, worry about your child’s mess no more!
On top of that, it features a parent tray with cup holders, so that you can take your so-needed caffeine shot anywhere.
We all know that nothing is perfect, and Chicco TRE is no exception. Despite the smart organization, the storage space is a bit limited. I doubt that if your diaper bag is too large that it’d fit in. Also, the parent tray is small. I get that they’re trying to make it as compact as possible.
It costs a tad over the average price range for that category. Not too much, though. If its features are convenient to you, it’s worthy of your money.
Chicco TRE Jogger Specs
- Dimensions: 47.5 x 25.5 x 42 inches
- Stroller Weight: 28.5 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 55 lbs.
Who’d Chicco TRE Jogger For?
Avid joggers and runners who wish to stick to their workout routine while attending to their kids.
The adjustable suspension and the quick folding account for this jogger’s reputation, and it lives up to the praise.
- Exquisite suspension
- Waterproof fabric
- Decent upright position
- Smart suspension
- Extra-large canopy
- Adjustable & padded handle
- Robust brake
- Relatively pricey
- Limited storage
While most of the options in this weight range hover around 50-55 lbs.
There are very few models that can fit up to 75 lbs, and Thule Urban Glide jogging stroller is one of these hardcore strollers!
Not only is it one of the fewest that can carry up to 75 lbs, but it also has one of these features that you find once in a blue moon. Yes, you guessed it right, it has an adjustable handlebar!
By now, you should know how big a fan I am to this feature. Call me old-fashioned, but I do stand by the parent’s comfort as well as the child’s, and not all parents will be comfortable pushing a stroller with a non-adjustable handle.
Add into the bargain that the handlebar is well-padded and ergonomic. It includes a wrist strap, as well. These people truly care about the parents’ comfort!
No matter what we say, we -humans- care about looks. Thule Urban Glide looks modern and sleek, a perfect companion to your urban mini-adventures.
The front swivel wheel locks into place for a sturdy performance while jogging.
One of the aspects Thule Glide cares about is safety; this is done through an impact-absorbing rear-suspension system that takes all the bumps on the road keeping your baby safe.
Your baby won’t only be safe, but also comfortable. Thanks to the padded seat and the eloquent 5-point harness system.
You can recline the seat swiftly using the clip at the back. The issue with the seat is that it’s relatively small, or if I may say ‘narrow.’ So while it accommodates heavier weights, it’s not wide in terms of volume. Weird.
All the regular features are present here. The under-seat expanded storage room with a water-resistant cover and a zipper, the adjustable canopy that provides sunshade, and the magnetic peek-a-boo window that allows you to check on your baby.
Thule Urban Glide Jogger pulls out a combination of popular features among people. It’s streamlined and has a sleek appearance. Besides, it’s lightweight, compact, and folds quickly. The seat has a wide reclination range that includes a lie-flat position, and you can get it using one hand only!
Not to mention the comfy seat and harness that have superb padding. In addition to the ergonomic adjustable handlebar.
If I have to mention a downfall of this stroller, it’d be the brakes. They’re clunky and need a huge amount of force. So, they’re not the easiest to use. Plus, I always get the feeling that I’m gonna break them.
Also, while the handlebar’s height is adjustable, the wrist strap is relatively short. A design flaw that we’re willing to forgive them for!
I’m so excited about this product, and I think it’s going to gain even more traction in the upcoming period. If you’re as excited as I, take a look at this video review.
Thule Urban Glide Specs
- Dimensions: 34.5 x 14 x 21 inches
- Stroller Weight: 23 lbs.
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 75 lbs.
Who’s Thule Urban Glide For?
This is a stroller that’s built with serious runners and athletes in mind.
It’s obvious that the main design objective is to make a jogger that attends to the needs of the active parents who want to take their kids out with them.
- Adjustable handlebar
- Ergonomic handlebar
- Adjustable canopy
- One-hand folding
- 75 lbs weight limit
- Magnetic peek-a-boo window
- Comfortable for parents
- Water-resistance storage basket
- Lightweight and can be carried with one hand
- Relatively small seat
- The brakes aren’t its best feature
How to Choose the Best Stroller for Big Kids – A Buying Guide
When the ‘shortlist’ for the best stroller for big kids has 11 options, this can give you an impression of how many options there are on the market.
Choices are endless and they all seem appealing. Also, what exactly should I look for when I shop for a stroller?
That’s what We’ll be discussing below.
What Is a Big Kids’ Stroller?
One that accommodates ‘bigger’ kids, obviously. It’s one that your fast-growing aw already-grown child can snuggle comfortably. It has a wide seat that suits them, and a backrest long enough to support their spine.
There’s no annoying short leg rest that hurts them, and the 5-point harness is adjustable to suit their big size.
More importantly, after all this, this is an easy to push stroller. Despite the load, it’s easy to maneuver while walking or even running.
How Does It Do So?
Wider seat, taller backrest, higher base, and a bigger weight limit. That’s all.
Deciphering the Strollers Jargon
If you’re a new parent, you’ll probably feel confused when you browse through the internet and stumble upon this jargon. I’ll try to clear some stuff for you.
A pram is an old-fashioned stroller. It has a carriage, large wheels, and a big canopy.
The main difference between a pram and a stroller is a stroller has multiple recline positions, while a pram only has a lie-flat position.
A carriage is no different than a stroller. The carriage just means that the baby is facing you.
An all-around bundle that includes a stroller, a car seat, and a car adapter. This comprehensive system starts with your child since day 1 and has all the essential car accessories.
These are 3-wheeled compact strollers that are designed for sporty people. They’re narrower and lighter than regular ones. They have better stability, too, so that they can glide smoothly over rough terrain.
Note that not all three-wheelers are joggers.
Lightweight, minimal strollers that are designed for older kids and preschoolers. Their design purpose is to provide you with a smoothly maneuverable stroller that’s light and easy to steer.
For instance, the Summer 3D Lite we featured here is considered an umbrella stroller.
The name is quite self-explanatory. A double stroller is one that accommodates 2 seats at the same time. They don’t have to be twins, it also can work for your 2 kids if there’s a slight age difference between them.
What are the key differences between regular strollers and big strollers? What specifically are we looking for? In what order?
You should be looking for a more spacious and wide seat that’ll accommodate your child. Besides, the taller the backrest is, the better.
Sometimes seats of such big strollers are wide, yet they have short backrests that your child has probably outgrown. They fit awkwardly, and your child won’t be comfortable.
The next thing we look for is the seat’s recline positions. While they’re of more significance in regular strollers, it’s always a nice option to have.
Yes, the chances of your older child sleeping in the stroller are slimmer than those of a newborn. Yet, it won’t hurt having the option. Especially if you’re buying this stroller to grow with your child. Also, you should expect that to happen if you’re taking it on long trips.
There’s no right answer here, so I’d rather explain the pros and cons of each type of wheels.
Larger wheels are better at navigating rough terrain. The only problem with them is that they’re harder to push. Unlike smaller wheels, which are prone to damage upon encountering bumpy roads, but steering them is a breeze.
This might be a bit confusing. I think the deciding factor here should be your own use. Are you planning to get this stroller on prepared, paved roads? Or you’re purchasing it to accompany you on your adventures.
Unfortunately, most strollers have plastic wheels. The reason is that they’re easier for the parent to steer. However, they require regular maintenance. Also, you can expect how they perform on uneven roads.
To be fair, I don’t think that having plastic tires is something to eliminate a stroller from your options for. First, they’re not that bad. Second, the majority of them are made of plastic. You’d be limiting yourself if you did so.
4 Wheels vs. 3 Wheels
It’s intuitive that a 4-wheeled stroller is more stable than a 3-wheeled one. While the 3-wheeled has a smoother glide. But, what are other key differences?
The height of the seat is a deciding factor here. You might have recognized this, but joggers -that have 3 wheels- tend to have lower seats. The mix of a low seat and 3 wheels provides traction and stability.
If you prefer a more classic urban style stroller that has a high seat, 4 wheels would be more convenient.
If you plan on exercising with your stroller, then going for a 3-wheeled one is a no brainer. The 2 rear wheels that are usually larger than the front one are responsible for stability and preventing the stroller from tipping over.
While the front wheel is smaller and swivel, so it controls maneuverability. In most cases, it’s lockable, so that you can run or jog while keeping your baby safe.
Ideally, 3-wheels are preferable if you’re going on a bumpy road. They’re easier to steer and can be controlled with only one hand.
This comes at the cost of being bulkier than 4-wheelers, which translates into a cumbersome stroller that’s hard to store even when folded. Also, they tend to have higher prices.
To cut it short, if you’re willing to abuse your stroller going on sporty adventures, opt for 3 wheels. If you’re a calm pal who does nothing except for the regular daily activities, then the 4 wheels are for you.
Here, I’d explicitly advise you to stay away from plastic frames.
There’s no purpose for a plastic frame except for its lightweight and maybe to reduce the price tag. But let’s be frank, you’re carrying a rather ‘heavy’ child right here. You need something sturdy that won’t break easily.
Besides, aluminum is an excellent choice in such a case. It’s both robust and not heavy. Seems like a good mix!
By now you should know that a one-hand folding stroller is by all means better than a 2-hand. It’s effortless to fold and more convenient to you in case you’re on your own in the street, which happens a lot!
The ability of turning the stroller to a car seat is essential. Most of them have the option, the issue you’ll encounter is usually what type of car seats it’s adaptable with.
Some brands are only compatible with themselves. Others are generous enough that they’re compatible with other brands.
It’s quite silly to tell you that safety should be your number 1 concern. Instead, let’s look at the checklist of features that respond to safety requirements and help keep your child secure.
- The 5-point harness. I’d prefer it to be height adjustable in this case. Besides, being padded, specially in the crotch area is a must. Being safe doesn’t mean you should be uncomfortable!
- A reliable braking system. Immediate stopping should be available via the brakes. It’s always better to test them yourself. The handbrake vs. foot brake dilemma is rather about your own comfort, more than your child’s safety. So, no preference here.
- The overall stability of the stroller, which mainly comes from the wheels -we talked about that in detail already- and the lockable front swivel wheel plays a role here too.
- For a newborn a full-reclination option is a must. For 3+ year olds, an upright position is indispensable.
Is My Kid too Old for a Stroller?
Getting those weird looks and invalidating reactions to bigger kids in strollers is quite common.
But just like pretty much everything in our lives, people love to judge, they don’t necessarily have a valid reason for that, and it doesn’t mean they’re right.
Well, maybe my kid is a fast-grower. He looks five, but in fact, he’s 3. Perhaps they have some medical condition or are recovering from surgery. Or maybe they’re just tired! Big kids can get tired too, you know!
Don’t ever feel discouraged by these looks. If you feel like that’s what your kid needs, do it. No regrets, no shame.
When Does a ‘Big Kid’ Stroller Comes in Handy?
There are more reasons to use a stroller for a big kid than you imagine, I’ll be listing them below.
When You Go on a Vacation
Whether on an airplane or on a short trip outdoors, you’ll need a stroller for your kid if you’re going to be waiting in queues and running errands while going on vacation.
The stroller will be a comfortable refuge for your exhausted child, and it’ll be an asset for you as well. Children up to 4 and 5 years can benefit from these strollers in such situations.
When You’re an Active Parent
If you or your partner are active and care about your fitness, then you probably won’t like giving up your sports time because you have children. Well, you don’t have to.
If you get the right stroller or better ‘jogger’ for your kids. You can take them with you on your outdoor activities without paying extra effort. They’re now available in convenient compact and lightweight designs that are easy to steer and maneuver over rough terrain.
Special Needs Children
Having a special needs child is already challenging. So, any tool that might help make your life and your kid’s easier is welcomed. A big kid stroller can be helpful in such a situation.
What makes this kind of stroller convenient for special needs children is primarily their roomy seats, this makes them comfortable for your children, and enjoyable to cruise around in.
Whether you’re running some errands or you’re going for a walk, it’d be a helpful solution for you and your child.
In Case of Certain Diseases
Some kids have diseases that make it hard for them to lead a normal life. Locking them at home isn’t the solution, let alone inhumane.
This particularly applies to nervous system diseases; ADHD, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, water on the brain, and even learning difficulties.
In Case of Recovery
If your child is recovering from surgery or injury, but you still need to get them out of the house, either for a hospital or just to get some fresh air. These strollers would be valuable.
Imagine you have to go to the mall at the ‘Black Friday’ to get some discounted products, but you have no one to babysit your 3 year old. What would you do?
Some of you might give up the whole thing altogether. That’s not an option for me, I’m no quitter. I’ll put my baby in the stroller, and go get that shopping done!
What I’m discussing here isn’t the ‘parenting vs. personal pleasure’ dilemma, but rather one of the countless situations in which going out with your child turns into a stressful issue. The multitasking, your child wandering away, and the fear of losing them. A true nightmare.
That’s when strollers step up and take responsibility. Not only for newborns, but also preschoolers and even kindergarten kids. It’ll be a bit bulky and hectic, but you’ll do your thing while ensuring your baby’s safety.
Looks like a fair bargain!
Strategic Planning – AKA Disney World
One of the most common questions parents ask over the internet is whether it’s okay to take a stroller with their 4 or 5 year olds when they go to a Disney World trip.
You might be surprised at first, then it’ll all fade away when you get into the details of planning the trip. These places are vast. You and your kids will be on your feet all day, and practically speaking, your kid won’t tolerate it. It’s beyond his/ her level of physical tolerance.
They’ll get tired and cranky. This, in turn, will ruin the family vacation for both of you. That’s why it’s a common occurrence to look for a disney world stroller, whether to buy or rent.
A wise parent would account for the trip details, how much walking and running does it include, and how long rest will their child need. In addition to the possibility of their child running off, or getting lost. I don’t think you’d tolerate this just to shy away from ‘awkward’ looks.
No matter what the reason for a big kid riding a stroller is, I beg you, please do not judge their parents. It’s not just a buddhist judgement-free advice, but also a warning that there’s always something you don’t know.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a such thing as a stroller’s upper age limit?
Short answer is no.
It depends on your child’s physique. His/her weight and height play a major role. Plus, their physical condition, in case of having certain diseases, disabilities, or special needs.
The second factor is you. If you’re going to a busy crowded place with your 5 year old, you’re afraid of him wandering and being lost, and he fits into the stroller, then you should put him in a stroller.
But if you’re going for a short walk to grab something along the street, it’s better to get him some exercise walking, also to develop his muscles.
What’s the -formal- upper age limit for a stroller?
Well, there’s no standard answer here. But we’d say 5 to 6 years is usually the upper range.
I heard that car seats have an expiry date. What about strollers?
Unlike car seats, there’s no expiry date for strollers. As long as it works best for you and your kid, you’re in safe hands.
Investing in a stroller with a large weight capacity is a smart decision. It’ll last for more years, and give you some functionality that you didn’t expect you’d need with your 5-year old.
Choosing a clear winner hear wouldn’t only be hard, but also misleading. It’s more of matching your needs with offered features, rather than having a have-it-all option.
I know this isn’t satisfying for you, so I’d be telling you about my top 3 ‘generic’ picks. It’s a tie between BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller, Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller, and Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller.
There you have it, an all-inclusive guide for the best strollers for big kids on the market. We hope this article has helped you set your mind to a decision. Happy strolling!
Table of Contents
- In a Hurry? Take a Look at Our Top Picks
- My Top 10 List for the Best Stroller for Big Kids
- Active Parent Option: BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller
- Urban Style: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller
- Best Value: Britax B-Lively Lightweight Stroller
- Smooth Glide: Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller
- Best Value for Money: Graco Breaze Click Connect Stroller
- Innovative Design Award: Veer Cruiser | Next Generation Premium Stroller Wagon Hybrid
- The Underdog: Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
- Lightweight Option: gb Pockit+ All-Terrain Lightweight Stroller
- Twin-Option: The Twin+ (Zoe XL2) – Best Double Stroller
- Parent-Friendly Option: Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller
- Huge Capacity, Huge Wheels: Thule Urban Glide – Jogging Stroller
- How to Choose the Best Stroller for Big Kids – A Buying Guide
- Bottom Line