Travel systems are a great way to get an all-in-one solution for bringing your children with you. They combine a stroller with a car seat and base. Often, they’re cheaper than buying the three pieces separately. You also won’t have to worry about compatibility between a car seat and a stroller made by different brands. There are a lot of options out there, so we’ve sorted out a few top choices available online.
First, take a quick look at our current most popular recommendations:
|Britax 2014 B-Agile and B-Safe|
|Graco Fast Action Click Connect||A+|
|Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger ||A-|
“Great quality, sturdy construction. Everything a mother could love.”
For the price, you’re getting a lot. Britax is a well-known car-seat maker, and the system has been designed with safety in mind. Buyers found the stroller suitable for most situations, and were impressed by the convenience of the system as a whole. However, it’s not the best choice for exercising or taking off pavement.
“This is a great travel system at a good value.”
If you’re looking for all the basics in a travel system, this budget set provides you with a comfortable, convenient all-in-one setup. Reviewers said it was easy to fold up, and that transferring from stroller to car seat was a breeze.
A well-equipped choice for parents on a budget, or for relatives who want to be prepared for occasional visits. The Graco Click Connect provides a decent stroller and car seat set for the price of many single strollers. If you can afford to buy something made from more metal parts, you might get a more durable product for the long term.
***Our review is for the CLICK Connect, not the CLASSIC Connect. They’re listed on the same page, so do be careful when looking at style options.
“We aren’t “joggers” but we are incredibly active and this stroller quickly became our absolute favorite. I’d recommend this stroller for anyone who lives an active lifestyle.”
A metal frame and wheels with inflatable tires support a fully padded seat, providing the convenience of a travel system with the ride of a jogging stroller.
A well-built, convenient option for fitness-conscious parents who want an all-in-one travel system. The click-and-go system is a huge plus for most buyers, as opposed to traditional jogger strollers. However, it might be a bit heavy for casual joggers.
You’ll want to shop for a travel system with the same criteria you’d have for judging a stroller or car seat on its own. Think about which features are most important to you. For example, do you want a stroller with lots of holders and storage options, or would you opt for a lighter, more compact model with fewer amenities? Active parents will want to look for a light, maneuverable stroller with solid wheels and a suspension system.
Check that the car seat is compatible with your car. And, if you’ll be using multiple vehicles, you’ll want to look at travel systems that don’t require a base for use with the car seat, or systems built by brands which offer additional seat bases (sold separately). While you’re looking for an all-in-one bargain, it’s still important to find a safe, tested car seat.
Make sure your system can grow with your child. While a travel system should be able to harness a baby safely, it should also be able to support a toddler. Look for adjustable straps and seats. You’ll also want to check that the weight rating will be suitable for an older toddler. You don’t want to pay through the roof, but you want sturdy materials that can handle long use. Expect better durability from metal frames, rubber wheels, and thicker straps.
If you’re interested in comparing travel systems with individual strollers, check out our reviews for the best in lightweight/umbrella strollers, double strollers, and jogger strollers. We’ve also got a page dedicated to the best car seats available online. Compare your options to find the most convenient, cost-effective solution for you and your child!