If your 5-year-old is ready to take on the role of official stroller pilot—and you’re ready to relinquish control—then you’re in the right place. We’ve spent more than 180 hours researching dozens of strollers, interviewing child safety experts, and schlepping strollers over 3,300 miles of Southern California streets. We’ve chosen the strollers that are best for most 5-year-olds and most parents.
|1||Graco NimbleLite Stroller||9.8|
|2||Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System||9.7|
|3||Graco Modes Pramette Stroller||8.9|
|4||Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Baby Stroller||8.6|
|5||Evenflo GOLD Otto Self-Folding Stroller||8.0|
How We Evaluated Each Product
We also went to the park with our 5-year-old tester in tow, dragging along a stroller, a backpack, and a lunch box.
We walked, ran, rolled, and fought our way through the park, and we did it all again on a hotter, more crowded day. We took notes on everything from how easy a stroller was to fold and unfold to how easy it was to keep the kids hydrated in the Florida sun.
We also took notes on how easy it was to keep a 5-year-old corralled in the park, as well as how easy it was to keep them entertained with a phone or tablet.
When it came time to load and unload the strollers from the car, we noted which ones fit easily in the trunk of a compact car like the Honda Civic and which ones required a lot of wrestling and cursing.
We took notes on how easy it was for each stroller to keep the kids comfortable and happy, including the ability to recline or adjust the seat back, and how well they stayed put.
We also noted how easy it was to keep an eye on our child when they were in the stroller, including how well they could see out of it, and how easy it was to shield them from other people and street performers.
We took notes on how easy it was for kids to get in and out of each stroller; we tested any available cup holders and car seat adaptors; we noted any flat surfaces that could serve as tablet stands; we looked for any straps or harnesses that might help keep kids from running away; and we looked for any other features that might make strolling easier for adults.
Graco NimbleLite Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Graco Glider Elite Stroller is our top pick because it’s the lightest stroller we tested that still has all the standard features you’d expect (spacious storage, a parent tray with cup holders, a belly bar for the kid, and a one-hand fold).
At 15 pounds, it’s also the second lightest stroller we tested that can accept a car seat (the lightest is the same model with a different name and color, the Glider Deluxe; it costs the same and is available at the same retailers).
In addition to using a Graco infant car seat, the Glider Elite accepts all four of the company’s car seats, making it the most versatile option we tested. But if you already have a car seat you love, you can save about 5 pounds by using one of your existing infant car seats.
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System
Why We Loved It
Our top pick for a family on a budget is the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System. Its large bicycle tires roll smoothly over any surface, and its parent tray has multiple cup holders and a tray that folds out of the way.
The front swivel wheel makes it easy to maneuver, and this stroller locks in place so you can jog with it.
The reclining padded seat has a five-point harness, a tether strap to secure a sleeping child, a large canopy, and a storage basket. This stroller folds down easily and has a one-handed folding mechanism.
If we were recommending this stroller for people who jog regularly, it would have a fixed front wheel and better shocks to smooth out the ride. But for most parents, the swivel wheel, added storage, and other upgrades make it a better all-around choice than the cheaper options, which all have hard plastic wheels that are painful to push and don’t have extra features such as an adjustable handle or a folding mechanism that works one-handed.
Graco Modes Pramette Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Graco Modes is one of the only strollers we tested that can comfortably accommodate a 5-year-old and a baby—and still fold down small enough for a trunk.
The reversible seat can face either parent or the world, depending on your child’s needs, and the toddler seat converts to an infant pramette, making it easy to stroll with a newborn.
The stroller accepts all Graco infant car seats, making it a great option for families who already have one of those car seats and want to use it with the stroller, too.
This stroller is super simple to fold one-handed, and it has a large basket underneath and cup holders for both the child and the parent. What we don’t like is that it’s heavy and doesn’t roll as easily as it folds.
Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Baby Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Ergobaby Metro Stroller is one of the most lightweight and compact strollers we tested. It has the smallest folded footprint of any of the strollers we tried—it should fit easily into most overhead airplane bins.
The Ergobaby is also one of the few strollers we tested that has an adjustable handlebar. Parents of varying heights should be able to comfortably push this stroller. The Metro also has significantly more storage space than other strollers we tested.
It comes with a useful rain shield that is held in place with magnets, so it’s easy to use, and it will keep your baby dry in a light sprinkle.
The Metro also has a sunshade that can be adjusted to three different heights, and it’s big enough to cover your baby’s legs, too. The Metro is one of the few strollers we tested that can accommodate a car seat, which makes it a great choice for parents looking for a travel system stroller.
Ergobaby sells car seat adapters for some of the most popular car seat models, so you can easily transfer your baby from car to stroller without having to remove the car seat.
The redesigned, ergonomically shaped bucket seat on the Metro is one of the most comfortable we tested, and it’s the only stroller we’ve found that completely surrounds your child from all sides with extra padding and support. This stroller can accommodate a newborn and continues to grow with your child up to 50 pounds.
Evenflo GOLD Otto Self-Folding Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Evenflo Gold Otto Stroller is a sturdy, easy-to-fold stroller that’s as comfortable for a 5-year-old as it is for her younger sibling. It’s also one of the least expensive models we tested, so if you plan on using it for multiple children over the years, it’s a good investment.
Our testers found the Otto’s self-folding mechanism simple and easy to use—even for someone with a bad wrist, which is especially important for parents who might have injured or weak hands.
The stroller is also sturdy and has multiple seating arrangements to accommodate different-sized passengers, including a fully reclining seat for an infant. Our testers found it easy to push, and our 5-year-old panelists even said they liked riding in it.
Still Confused? No Worries! Go Through These to Decide Better
For this guide, I considered every kind of stroller that could be used at Disney World. I considered all of the following:
Jogging strollers are great for bringing your kid to a theme park because they’re large and sturdy, and they can hold more weight than other types of strollers.
They also have knobby tires, so you can take them on off-road trails and through grassy areas without getting stuck. And since they’re larger than standard strollers, it’s easier to keep an eye on your kid (and to fit two kids in one).
But jogging strollers are heavy—sometimes upwards of 30 pounds—so it’s difficult to lift them into and out of the trunk of a car or onto the roof of a bus. They also demand more trunk space, so you might have to rent an SUV.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What stroller is best for 5 year old?
A five-year-old is probably too big for a traditional stroller, but might be able to ride in a jogging stroller.
2. What stroller is best for 3 year old?
A 3-year-old is likely too big for a traditional stroller and may prefer a wagon or cart.
3. What stroller is best for 2 year old?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different toddlers will have different needs and preferences. However, a good option for a toddler aged 2 years old is a lightweight stroller that is easy to maneuver.
4. What stroller is best 5 year old?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as different 5 year olds may prefer different types of strollers. However, some general considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a stroller for a 5 year old include choosing a stroller that is comfortable and spacious, with a good amount of storage space. Additionally, it may be helpful to choose a stroller that is easy to maneuver, as a 5 year old may not be able to push a heavy stroller around on their own.
5. Is there a stroller that folds COMPLETELY?
There are a few strollers that fold completely. For example, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller folds completely with just one hand.