When we were looking for a travel system stroller, our choice was Evenflo Aura Select Travel System. This travel system stroller offered features which were in line with our needs. For us, it was important that the carry-on easily installs onto the stroller and into the car seat base. Also, it has a big storage space underneath it, large canopy, large food tray, hand brakes, and it collapses into a fairly small size.How To Select Travel System Stroller?
When looking for a travel system stroller, make a list of your must-have and nice-to-have requirements, including your price range. Below the table with best travel system strollers, I listed all main features one should take into consideration when purchasing a stroller. You might consider using this list as your starting point. Then, pull up the list of particular stroller type within desired price range. In this case, it will be a travel system stroller list. I have made a bunch of lists with particular stroller types and various price ranges, so you might want to check them out. All of them are listed on the left side of this page. Your next task is to start matching must-have requirements with potential market offerings. If you end up with more than one choice, you can start looking into your nice-to-have requirements to make the final decision.
- Weight – When it comes to best travel system strollers under $300, weight is an important feature. Since you will be pushing the stroller and carrying the seat around, you want to make sure it is as light as possible. A decent travel system stroller will weigh less than 50 pounds, while good ones will be in the range between 35 and 45 pounds. Earlier, I reviewed the best travel systems under 40 lbs.
- Seat & Stroller Locking Mechanism – Since the carry-on seat will be in and out stroller and car seat base fairly frequently, you have to make sure it easily installs in each. Usually, there will be a simple button or a small handle, which once pushed our pulled unlocks the seat. The entire process should be smooth and easy to execute.
- Suspension system – A good suspension system will go a long way for any type of a stroller. Ideally, all stroller wheels will have an independent suspension system. If the suspension exists only on the back wheels, and not on the front one, that is great too. Most likely, this price range will have a basic spring suspension system, which is OK for this stroller type.
- Braking system – The braking system in this price range is usually limited to foot brakes for parking. Finding a travel system stroller under $300 with a hand-and-wrist braking mechanism, or hand-grip mechanism, would be fantastic. Again, typically, you should expect to find only parking brakes, which is OK.
- Folding system – Generally speaking, travel system stroller folding is expected to be a bit challenging, due to overall bulkiness and weight. The folding mechanism should not be a driving factor when purchasing a travel system stroller under $300, but it should not be overlooked either. A good strollers will fold in a maximum of two steps. Travel system strollers under $300 are, generally speaking, very travel friendly. However, you should carefully align your expectations with your needs and strollers capabilities.
- Seat quality – A travel system stroller under $300 tend to be exposed to much lower levels of mechanical stress, as oppose to jogging strollers. Some of this relatively small stress is absorbed by a suspension, while a portion of it is transferred to the seating area. This is why you want to make sure that seating area satisfies four main basic requirements: it is specious enough, it is made out of durable material, it has adequate padding, and it is firmly attached to the stroller’s frame.
- Wheels – Best travel system strollers under $300 should have a wheel locking capability, which will allow you to stroll on a straight line. Other than that, you want to make sure that the front wheels can rotate, at least, 180 degrees, since these strollers are expected to be fairly maneuverable.
- Canopy – Two main requirements for travel system stroller under $300 canopy are: adjustability and coverage. A good travel system stroller will have an easily adjustable canopy. Also, you want to make sure canopy covers as much of the seat as possible. Ideally, the canopy will be large enough to cover, at least, half of the seating area.