To assess specific performance factors for each stroller, we created quantifiable tests. These tests included everything from a table tilt test, to indoor and outdoor courses over various terrains. The compiled information gave us what we needed to offer a fair comparison of products using detailed analysis of their actual performance and the specifications provided by the manufacturer.
Ease of Use
We compared the features and convenience items that came standard with each product or were part of the purchased products that helped make the stroller a product for two. Some features considered were cup holders, accessory trays, storage bins, adjustable leg rests, and reclining seat backs.
Some products offered more than others for this metric. Products were rated side-by-side so users can see how the function of the options compare as opposed to simply whether or not they have them. Detailed information on how the features perform help to differentiate between the products and widens the gap in scores, which helps delineate clear standouts in each category.
We also folded and unfolded all strollers and recorded how many steps, how difficult it was, if you had to bend all the way to the ground, and whether or not it has a self-standing option with automatic or manual fold lock.
We also tested the harnesses, brakes, and fold and unfold process of each stroller and ranked them in order of ease of use for these features.
All products were put through a series of courses and real life pushing tests to determine how well they maneuver in different scenarios. Specific detours, obstacles and narrow spaces were intentionally created to assess the agility and overall function of the product while weighted to simulate actual passengers. Different surfaces and environments were used to get a complete picture of performance and abilities. We rated the products on how well they performed over each kind of surface, and whether or not they were able to manage stairs and curbs. The products that offered the best performance and were easy to use earned higher marks than other products. Those that offered versatility over various terrain also scored higher. Products that had trouble with narrow spaces or trouble turning scored lower.
Quality is determined by our overall experience with the products and how well they performed during testing and real world use. We compared fabric weave, density, stain or water repellent properties snags, stitching, and was it was fitted to the frame well. We reviewed the frame materials, connection points, possible flex, and handlebar function. We researched what the wheels were made of, considered if they wore well over the course of testing, and did they offer a smooth or vibrating ride. Quality scores were determined by how well the products withstood the testing procedures and how they compared to one another after testing was complete.
Weight and Folded Size
For weight and folded size we took our own measurements to ensure that all products were measured using the same techniques and equipment for a true one for one comparison. Products were weighed fully assembled and measured with the same device and person. Their final weights and measurements were compared to determine overall scores.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
We tested each stroller with several of the infant car seats that were compatible. This included the native brand car seat and at least one other when possible. We compared how easy it was to use adapters and how easy the car seats attached to the stroller. We considered whether or not the seats required additional pressure to connect and whether or not they could be installed incorrectly or incompletely. Strollers earned more points if the seats clicked in place easily and had only one step. Strollers received lower scores for having a 2 step installation process that included straps, or didn't accept car seats at all. Strollers also lost points if the adapter needed to be removed to fold the stroller or they only took their own brand of seat.