Consumer Reports tests newest models of baby strollers

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A stroller for your child is essential when it comes to getting around, and you can find them in all different shapes, sizes and prices.

Consumer Reports tested 19 of the latest models to help determine which ones are worth your money.

Some may look like a luxury vehicle, and could be with price tags climbing upwards of $1,300.

Many of these new strollers are sure to stand out, and with high-end finishes like gleaming metal, leather, and designer fabrics, they also have price tags to match.

However, Consumer Reports' Joan Muratore explains that style isn't everything.

"You can find a good stroller and a good-looking stroller at almost every price point," she said.

Consumer Reports tested all strollers for safety, maneuverability and ease of use.

It found strollers that transition as your baby grows are a better value, like the Chicco Bravo Stroller that first fits an infant seat with or without the stroller seat in place and then accommodates a toddler up to 50 pounds.

"The Chicco has a one-hand fold, which is super-easy," Muratore said. "And it self stands, which makes it easier to store. It's not going to tip over."

And with similar strollers selling for over $500, it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy at $230.

If your child is a little older, you may appreciate the convenience of an umbrella stroller.

"The Summer Infant 3DZyre is very lightweight," Muratore said. "It's nimble. It also has a very large canopy for an umbrella. It's going to keep the sun and wind out of your child's face, and they can really get a good nap in."

Folding is simple, and you can carry it with just one hand. It's also considered a Best Buy at $140.

If you don't need as many bells and whistles, check out the Summer Infant 3D Lite. It lacks the extended canopy but still has many of the same features as the 3DZyre, but only costs $80.

Consumer Reports says that no matter which stroller you use, your child should be fully buckled into the harness at all times.
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