Should You Buy an All-Terrain Stroller?

An All Terrain Stroller

The vast majority of us don’t need an All-Terrain stroller. Considering they are heavy, cumbersome, and have those annoying air-filled tires that constantly have to be pumped, they’re just too much hassle unless one of the following phrases describes you:

1. I walk on the beach at least once a week.

2. I park my snow boots at the door.

3. My walks are across fields and through woods. Sometimes there’s a trail.

4. We live on a long, gravely road.

5. I have a walk a lot where I live–on bumpy roads, cobblestone, dirt paths–and baby gets bounced around a lot.

If you answer yes to one of these questions, an all-terrain stroller is a good bet you for.  In fact, the typical full sized or umbrella stroller will probably just keel over at the sight of you.  On the other hand, buying an all-terrain stroller for walking in the mall and around your paved neighborhood is like driving an Army tank to the grocery store.  You’ll be much happier with a sweet lightweight stroller that you can throw in and outta the car with a flick of the wrist.

All-terrains are available in singles and doubles, triples, and quads.  Some reliable names are:

  • B.O.B
  • Baby Jogger
  • Swinn–a budget friendly option
  • Bumbleride
  • Joovy–another budget friendly option
  • Mountain Buggy

Of course, you’ve got to review the five key features of a stroller before purchasing anything, so go ahead and check out that post.

As always, the search continues for the perfect stroller.


5 thoughts on “Should You Buy an All-Terrain Stroller?

  1. Taryn says:

    We dont fit any of those criteria (though I often wish #1 applied to me!) but have nonetheless found an all-terrain stroller to be absolutely invaluable. If you are a suburban mama that mainly uses the stroller indoors and live in a place blessed with a mild climate, then you’re probably wasting your money. But for us, especially when we lived in Moscow where they do not plow the sidewalks, I dont know how we would’ve survived without our behemoth stroller. And ours has foam tires, so no need to pump!
    That said, we also have an umbrella stroller that we use for travel and when the big one is annoying.

    • Judith says:

      I didn’t think of that! Excellent points all around, Taryn. What do you think of the newly included #5?

      PS–What kind of behemoth stroller?

      • Taryn says:

        Yes, #5 describes me exactly, thanks for adding!

        My “behemoth” is a Moby- it’s a Dutch (I think brand) that came out #1 after our extensive stroller research. We love it.

  2. Tasha says:

    Definitely a good list of questions. Another good brand that’s quality built and budget friendly (they’re actually a sister brand to Schwinn) are the InStep Strollers. Oh, and Baby Trend makes some decent all-terrain strollers too.

    Great write up! Thanks!

    • Judith says:

      I’ve heard good things about Schwinn and just saw a funky double made by InStep (Safari Tandem). My only complaint—so heavy! But they make up for it with affordability.

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