Here are TotScoop’s picks for best carseat stroller frames and travel systems by subcategory:
- Best carseat stroller frames for Chicco carseats
- Best carseat stroller frames for Graco carseats
- Best universal carseat stroller frames
- Best travel systems
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TIP: One critical thing to know as context for buying a carseat stroller frame is that the various frames are only compatible with certain carseat models. Our advice is to select your carseat first (based on whatever criteria matter most to you), and then find the best stroller frame to go with it. If you don’t have a strong opinion, then we highly recommend either the Chicco or Graco systems as the best and easiest to use.
For more on whether a carseat stroller frame or travel system is right for you, and what to look for when buying a stroller, see our Buying guide: Strollers.
You may also be interested in our related best-of articles:
- Best full-featured strollers
- Best umbrella strollers
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- Best double/tandem strollers
WINNER: Chicco Keyfit Caddy
The Keyfit Caddy (MSRP $100) is only compatible with Chicco’s popular Keyfit carseats— but if you have one, look no further. It offers a secure, click-in connection, and receives rave reviews from parents for its maneuverabiltiy, simple one-hand fold, and ease of use. It has all-wheel suspension, a large basket, and an adjustable handle, and auto locks and self-stands when folded. It is lightweight, at under 12 lbs.
Runner up: Chicco Liteway Plus
The new Liteway Plus (MSRP $180, 19 lbs.) is an intriguing alternative option for Chicco Keyfit owners. It converts from a carseat stroller frame (offering a click-in connection) to a lightweight umbrella stroller — so you only have to buy one piece of gear instead of two. It gets decent reviews for both applications, and could be a good option if you are on a tight budget, and/or already have a toddler with whom you could trade off using it immediately. However, if you are a first-time parent, most likely your best option will be to get a basic car seat stroller frame now, and independently choose the best umbrella stroller (probably a lighter one) to meet your needs later.
WINNER: Graco Snugrider Elite
The Graco Snugrider Elite (MSRP $100, Amazon $71) is only compatible with Graco carseats, but is the best choice for them. If offers a secure, snap-in connection, and gets excellent reviews for maneuverability and ease of use. It has a fairly easy fold, all-wheel suspension, large basket, and adjustable handlebar, and auto-locks and self-stands when folded. It weighs 13.6 lbs. and measures 19.4″ wide.
WINNER: Safety 1st Clic It!
The Safety 1st Clic It! (MSRP $60) is a top choice if you have a Safety 1st, Cosco, or Eddie Bauer brand carseat (with which it offers a click-in connection), and still a good choice if you have an Evenflo, Baby Trend, Peg Perego, Maxi-Cosi, Graco, or Chicco carseat (for which it offers a strap-in connection only). It is highly rated by parents; features an easy, standing fold, large storage basket, and 6.25″ wheels; and is available for the most affordable price in this category. It weighs 13 lbs. and is 20.5″ wide.
Runner up: Joovy Roo
The Joovy Roo (MSRP $100, Amazon $60) offers a click-in mount with select Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego carseats only (and is the only click-in option we are aware of for Peg Perego). It features a unique “side mount” for your carseat, such that you can interact with your baby without the handle getting in the way. It features 6″ wheels, front swivel wheel locks, and front suspension, and a lower parent tray to minimize risk of spilling hot drinks on your baby. The fold is advertised as one-handed, but is a more difficult than with others. The Roo is heavier (16 lbs.) and wider (22.25″, due to the sideways design) than other stroller frames, and does not auto-lock or self-stand when folded.
Runner up: Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Ex
The new Snap-N-Go Ex (MSRP $70, Amazon $75) is the latest from Baby Trend, now improved to accommodate more carseats (including Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Combi, Cosco, Evenflo, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Mia Moda, Peg Perego, and Safety 1st). However, despite the product name (blast that overly creative marketing department), it only offers a strap-in (vs. click-in) connection to all of these carseats, and as a result we do not recommend it unless there is no other click-in option available for your carseat. It also has very small wheels (5.75″), is relatively difficult to maneuver, has an awkward fold, and does not auto-lock or self-stand when folded. On the bright side, it is the most lightweight option (11 lbs.).
Our recommendation is to skip the “travel system” marketing hoopla and choose the best stroller and carseat for your needs independently. However, if you really have your heart set on a travel system, there following are your best bets — where both products perform strongly independently of one another, and they also work well together (e.g. with no adapter).
The Britax B-Agile stroller and B-Safe carseat combination (MSRP $470, Amazon $294) is a great one. Both products are highly rated in their own right — in particular the B-Agile stroller is consistently a top lightweight stroller pick, with a smooth ride and an easy fold. The carseat and stroller are easy to use together, with no adapter required.
Runner up: Graco travel systems
Graco offers a number of highly rated travel systems (including a carseat, carseat base, and stroller) that are good value. The Graco Snugride is of course a top-selling, highly rated carseat, so as long as you can find a stroller that meets your needs paired along with it, you’re good to go. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, you can choose from amongst Graco’s lightweight, full-featured, and 3-wheel travel systems. The Graco FastAction Fold Sport Stroller Travel System (MSRP $280, Amazon $198) is one highly-rated full-featured option.