The Perfect Stroller?
At the Tot to Teen Village, I constantly speak to people who are looking for the “perfect” stroller. One stroller that will satisfy all of their needs. They talk about how they have searched for weeks all over the internet and local businesses, hunting for a stroller that will fold up extremely small, carry a car-seat, be able to jog with, is very lightweight, ect. The thing is, they are never able to find their ideal perfect stroller. That’s because it simply doesn’t exist.
You see, in order for a stroller to specialize in one area, it must sacrifice form or performance in another area. For example, if you want to be able to jog with a stroller, you are going to want a nice solid frame, but that results in adding more weight to the stroller. Maybe it has something to do with human nature, and never being satisfied, always wanting better, more efficient products. Take at look at the strollers now days, compared to those of 10 and 20 years ago. There are plenty of strollers around now, that people would have loved to have in the past. Strollers are significantly lighter, and fold much more smaller and easier than even 5 years ago, but as consumers, we always want better.
So the truth is, there is no perfect stroller. One that will fit all of your needs. However, we do realize how expensive a good stroller can be, and we understand why you don’t want to buy more than one stroller. Regardless, most people still end up with at least 2 or 3 strollers.
In order to minimize the damage on your wallet, I usually recommend to my customers that they ask themselves, “What types of things do you like to do with your family?” For example, “Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or, do you spend lots of time indoors at places like a mall?” Followed by something like, “Do you like to jog, or casually stroll around the neighborhood?” Asking yourself these types of questions should allow you to visualize yourself in different scenarios, allowing you to determine what types of activities you will mainly be doing with your stroller. Once you have decided what types of strollers you will need, then you can go to your local dealer and see which ones they suggest for you.
There is no perfect stroller.
Plan on buying 2 strollers at the least.
Determine what activities you like to do most.
Visit your local retailer for expert knowledge and advice.