10 Best Travel Systems Reviewed & Rated in 2019

Cross two items off that list in one stroke: a travel system saves you time, hassle, and money when it comes to keeping baby with you while you’re on the go. A travel system is a set that includes a coordinating stroller and car seat. The car seat unclips from the car and buckles straight into the stroller’s frame, allowing you to move baby without having to unclasp them from a harness and risk waking them. Travel systems are truly handy for parents running errands with their little ones. We recommend taking a look at our ten favorites below!

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With so many options to choose from, we strive to make sure that our guides always reflect the most well-received products on the market. Our research team has recently revised this guide to replace any products that were falling below our standards of ratings and reviews. Check out our new additions: the Safety 1st Smooth ride and the Evenflo Vive.

10 Best Baby Travel Systems Reviewed

 

1. Graco FastAction Jogger

1. Graco FastAction Jogger
The Graco FastAction Jogger is our number one pick for travel systems. This is the perfect choice for an active family. The tri-wheel design will allow you to have more fluid movement when jogging or running with your little one.
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The tires on this stroller are great for any terrain you come across while out and about. This travel system includes the Graco Snug Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat. This car seat is safe and comfortable for your baby. This is a great jogging stroller for the active family.

Benefits
The audible click connect feature lets you know that the infant seat is securely in place before you run off or drive away. The stroller has a locking front wheel that is perfect when running. It can be unlocked for increased maneuverability when you are walking with your baby. This stroller system is perfect for a trip to the mall or a run on a dirt trail with you little baby.

What We Like About It
The stroller has one-handed folding! This is a great feature, you can use your free hand to hold your baby or other a diaper bag. The stroller has a large cargo pocket underneath that will hold all of your essential items. The handle of this stroller has convenient parent-friendly features like a large cup holder and smartphone shelf.

Cost and Value
This travel system is near just above the middle price point for our list. It is a great value for an active family that wants to take your baby for hikes or out jogging in the stroller. The car seat is easy to set in place and has safety features that will make you comfortable.
Pros

Audible Click Lock system

One-handed stroller folding

All terrain wheels

Reclining stroller seat

Cargo area

Parent cup holder

Cons

Can be difficult to maneuver when the wheel is locked

Phone holder is not universal

2. Safety 1st Smooth Ride

2. Safety 1st Smooth Ride
This dynamic duo makes travel easy, whether you’re moving on foot or by car. With agile wheels, Safety 1st’s Smooth Ride is top of the line when it comes to maneuverability.
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The brakes are easy to use, allowing you to park your haul quickly and efficiently when you need. The stroller comes accompanied by a rear-facing car seat equipped to hold between 4-35 pounds. Side Impact Protection means your baby will be safe in the event of a collision, and quickclick is a one-stop shop for transfer, securing your car seat to your stroller with one simple click. Let baby keep napping; you have your hands full as it is. Four harness heights allow your baby some growing room with this set and the ultra plush fabric makes for a comfy ride. The car seat’s safety measures meet or exceed all Federal and ASTM standards. Lock ‘em and load ‘em; you’re ready to go with this travel set by your side.

Benefits

Life on the go can be stressful. Make it as easy as possible on yourself with this travel system. Buckle your baby into the car seat and let them sleep or play, knowing you can easily transfer them from the backseat to the stroller as you go about your day.

What We Like About It

The brakes are so efficient, you can easily trigger them in your flip flops. It’s nice that it’s plane ready as well, and that the transfer between car and stroller can be so smooth and simple.

Cost and Value

This travel system is moderately priced. Given its quality and durability, it’s a worthwhile investment and it’s about middle-of-the-road so far as price comparison with its competition goes.
Pros

Lightweight

Airplane ready

One-click securing system between car and stroller

Side Impact protection

Stroller is easy to maneuver and brake

Cons

Car seat is on the narrow side

Car seat is reclined when attached to the stroller base

3. Evenflo Pivot

3. Evenflo Pivot
The Evenflo Pivot Modular travel system has nabbed our number three spot. This system has multiple modes of transport for your baby.
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It will grow with your little one from infancy through toddlerhood. You will be pleased with the multiple uses and storage space of this stroller. It has a sturdy frame and will give your little peanut a smooth ride. This is a great choice if safety is your number one concern because it comes with the Evenflo SafetyMax rollover tested infant car seat.

Benefits
There are six possible modes of transport with this travel system. Your little one can travel in the stroller while buckled into their car seat and be facing you or facing away from you. They can go into the infant carriage facing you or facing away. The final mode is the toddler mode and they can again face you or face away from you. This is a convenient system for taking your child out and about all day. You can easily check on them while napping if they are facing you. This is a great choice for new parents who always want to look at their little one.

What We Like About It
We love the fact that you can choose to have your child facing you at all stages in this stroller. The rollover tested car seat is a huge bonus with this travel system. Another bonus is the convenient cruiser tires that will give a smooth ride on almost any terrain.

Cost and Value
The cost for this convenient travel system is just above our median price point. It a great value considering the many modes of transport and the fact that you get a super safe car seat with this system. You can feel safe with this pick.
Pros

Includes the Evenflo SafeMax rollover tested car seat

6 modes of use

Curser tires on the stroller

Lightweight car seat

Ergonomic stroller handle

Cons

Wide frame

Cup holders fall off

4. Chicco Bravo

4. Chicco Bravo
The Chicco Bravo Trio is our number four pick for the best travel systems for your baby. This system will grow with your little one.
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It starts out as a lightweight infant car seat carrier on wheels and easily transitions into a toddler stroller. This travel system will meet all of your infant car seat and stroller combination needs.

Benefits
The wheels on this stroller are auto-positioning meaning that they will conveniently move where you need them to when cruising about with your little one. The frame folds easily with one hand and stands up when folded for easy maneuverability.

What We Like About It
This system has a super big canopy on both the car seat and the stroller so you can keep your baby covered. It is perfect for times when you are stuck in bad weather or when you are at the mall and want to keep prying eyes away from your sleeping little one.

Cost and Value
This system is at the top of our price list. It has the features you need to keep your baby traveling in safety. The sturdy metal frame and standing fold feature make this well worth the extra cost.
Pros

Self-standing folding position

Sturdy metal frame

Removable seat

Extra large canopy to keep out the sun and bad weather

One handed folding

Height adjustable handle

Cons

There is no mechanism to keep the stroller locked when folded

5. Evenflo Vive

5. Evenflo Vive
Gear up and get out there! The Evenflo Vive and Embrace are ready for the great outdoors. The stroller features a large canopy and full sun visor to keep your little one shaded from the elements.
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A peek-a-boo window allows you to check in on them when you please. You can recline your little one at multiple angles for their ultimate comfort and the 3-to-5 point harness will keep them in place, safe and sound. The stroller portion features two cup holders, a storage basket, and a phone compartment, so you have a little time and space to yourself as well. The car seat is rear-facing and capable of supporting between four and thirty five pounds while the stroller can safely hold up to 50 pounds. All facets are tested at two times the standard safety measures to ensure your precious cargo is always protected.

Benefits

This stroller and car seat combo is ready to weather the elements with you and baby. It features a canopy and visor to help protect from wind or sun. Your little one can enjoy the fresh air without all the discomfort that often accompanies a nice morning or afternoon stroll.

What We Like About It

It’s nice when companies think to add a little something extra just for you, isn’t it? This stroller features some space for you to store your own belongings so you can keep your hands free and your attention on the road ahead.

Cost and Value

The Evenflo Vive is in a slightly higher price range than some other products in this field, but the difference is minimal and Evenflo is a pretty reliable company. Most users seem very pleased with this
Pros

Adjustable reclining positions

Safety tested

Canopy and visor

Storage area for the parents

Safety tested

Cons

This unit makes a locking sound before it actually clicks all the way in so please test thoroughly to avoid the stroller collapsing

6. Baby Trend Expedition

6. Baby Trend Expedition
Our number six pick is the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System. This is a fantastic pick if you like to exercise or just enjoy hiking.
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The air filled wheels offer great suspension for a comfortable ride on all types of terrain. The sturdy frame will withstand all types of use and be around for years to tote your little ones.

Benefits
The front wheel locks in place when you are running and can be unlocked for increased maneuverability when you are just wandering around the neighborhood or a mall. THe sun shade is highly adjustable and will block sun and wind from your little one to keep them comfortable in all types of weather. The tires are bicycle grade and can be inflated as needed for an easier ride.

What We Like About It
This unit folds with the pull of a trigger for one-handed folding. It has a super sturdy steel frame that is easy to clean. The extra wide handle makes maneuvering the stroller while jogging easy. You will enjoy going out in nature with your little one in this jogging stroller.

Cost and Value
This stroller and infant seat combo is at the low end of our price list. You will get all of the features of a jogging stroller and the included infant seat for a very affordable price. This is a great buy for a growing family.
Pros

Pros

Jogging wheel locks as needed

Seat reclines for nap time

Caro space for all of your gear

Easy trigger fold

Wind and sun canopy

Cons

The stroller latches are hard to unlock

THe car seat latches are difficult to maneuver

7. Britax

7. Britax
Britax 2017 created the B Agile & B Safe travel system we chose for our number seven spot. This travel system is highly safety rated. The car seat is easy to use and has highly rated side impact protection.
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It is a three-wheel design for convenient maneuverability. This stroller is lightweight and easy to fold down or up when you are leaving or arriving at your destination. You will feel at ease when your baby is riding in this super safe stroller and car seat.

Benefits
The canopy is very large and easy to use to keep the sun, wind and mild rain from disturbing your baby. The stroller fold down easily with one hand. It has three wheels so it can fit easily through tight spaces. The included cargo space is perfect for putting items in when you are running errands.

What We Like About It
We love the click and go system that lets you know the car seat is securely attached. The safety features of the infant seat are unparalleled. The lightweight aluminum frame is easy to move around and easy to clean.

Cost and Value
The cost for this stroller car seat combination is near the top of our price list. It is a fantastic value because you get one of the safest car seats on the market and an easy to maneuver the stroller.
Pros

Slim three-wheel stroller

Highly safety rated car seat

Cargo space

One handed fold

Click and lock design

Cons

The wheels are difficult to push through anything not perfectly flat and clean

Removing the car seat from the stroller can be difficult

8. Chicco Vario

8. Chicco Vario
The Chicco Viaro Travel System is our number eight choice. This travel system is easy to use. You can carry the folded stroller in one hand and the infant seat in another.
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The stroller is easy to fold and easy to unfold. The car seat conveniently clicks into place in the car base or the stroller as needed. The car seat is highly rated for its superior safety features. You can feel comfortable that your baby is safe if you choose to use this travel system.

Benefits
The highly rated safety seat is comfortable for your baby and easy to move around for caregivers and parents. You will enjoy using the stroller. It is easy to fold, with one-handed folding. The stroller and car seat canopy combine to cover your little love bug in yucky or super sunny weather. The three-wheel design makes this stroller easy to maneuver.

What We Like About It
The wheels are sturdy and will stand up to use on a variety of terrains. The car seat base has easy to install safety features such as a level to ensure that it is in the correct position for your baby’s maximum safety.

Cost and Value
The cost of this system is near the top of our list. It is a great value that will be with your family for years to come. The stroller will hold up to thirty pounds so your toddler can use it until they can walk right beside you on outings.
Pros

Easy to install car seat base

One handed folding

Sturdy frame

Lightweight

Three wheel design

Cons

Big and bulky

9. Chicco Cortina

9. Chicco Cortina
Chicco’s Cortina travel System is our number nine choice for this list. The Cortina system has extra storage compared to other Chicco models.
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It has an easily adjustable stroller handle so people of all heights can use it easily. This stroller is super easy to fold and unfold as needed. The seat fully reclines for nap time. It is a fantastic choice for the on the go family.

Benefits
The stroller can convert into an infant bassinet with convenient lay flat recline feature and pop up footrest. The stroller stands on its own when folded with the convenient one-handed folding feature. The front swivel wheels have a convenient toe-tap locking feature to make tracks through grass or over carpet easier. This is an excellent choice for your traveling needs.

What We Like About It
We love the parent and toddler cup holders and the cargo storage under the stroller. It also comes equipped with toe tap parking breaks, so you don’t have to worry about it rolling away as you open your car door.

Cost and Value
The price of this stroller is near the middle of our price point. The height adjustable parent handle makes this a great purchase if multiple people will be using the stroller.
Pros

Height adjustable handle

Self-standing when folded

Easy one-handed folding

Locking front wheels

Toe tap parking breaks

Cons

Stroller straps are loose on smaller children

Wheels are only good for smooth terrain

10. Baby Trend EZ Ride

10. Baby Trend EZ Ride
The Baby Trend EZ Ride rounds out our list at number ten. This economically priced stroller comes with the bells and whistles of the more expensive strollers with a lower price point.
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It has a compact design and plenty of cargo space to hold all of your gear. This system will work for you from infant to toddler. It is a great choice for your travel system needs.

Benefits
The compact three wheel design makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. The stroller is good to fifty pounds so your toddler will be able to take naps on the go as needed. The seat can be reclined for your baby’s comfort and the included car seat is easy to use.

What We Like About It
We love the height adjustable handle. The stroller easily folds down with one hand. There are included parent and child snack trays for your convenience.

Cost and Value
This system has the lowest price on our list it is a great buy. The adjustable handle and convenient three-wheel design make this stroller a great choice for your busy family.
Pros

Three wheel design

Adjustable height handle

One handed folding

Cargo space

Affordable price

Cons

The car seat is hard to adjust properly

Cup holders fall off

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Travel Systems

Safe

A travel system is used to make transporting your newest addition easy. It should be safe. Each company that we have chosen to highlight on our list has strict safety standards, and they all comply with federal safety standards for both infant car seats and strollers. Each travel system has locking mechanisms to keep your infant seat securely in place while in the stroller. All of the travel systems include a car seat base to be installed in your car for safe, consistent car seat installation. You will be at ease when you use one of these safety tested travel systems.

Durable

All of the products we have chosen for this list are durable. The infant seats will stand up to being carried all over and placed securely in a variety of locations. The strollers all have sturdy frames and hard working wheels that will last through your baby turning into a toddler. They will make transporting your child comfortable and carefree.

Easy to fold stroller

Each stroller we have highlighted has one-handed folding. Some of them have a strap to pull in the seat. Others have a handle under the seat to instantly fold the stroller. Some of the strollers have a trigger in the handle that will make the stroller fold easily. We want to make your job as a parent easier.

Easy to install car seat base

All of the car seat bases included in these travel systems can be installed using either the LATCH system or a car seat belt. They all come with very precise directions on how to properly install the car seat base. Most of the bases have a clearly defined line that you can use to ensure that it is at the proper angle in your back seat. Some of the bases have a level installed in an easy to view location, so you do not have to search for a line. Once you have installed your car seat base, you can contact your local fire department and have a certified car seat inspector check to ensure it is installed properly.  

Adjustable for a growing baby and toddler

All of the car seats and strollers that we have chosen have adjustable chest straps so you can get the best fit for your growing baby. The strollers all have a reclining feature so you can put a little one inside without worrying about them flopping over to the side. Also, all of the snack and drink treys on the strollers can be moved to accommodate putting a larger child into the stroller.

*Safety Notice*

If your child is not able to sit up unassisted, they should not be placed in a stroller that is in a sitting position. They can safely use their car seat in the stroller, or you can have the stroller seat reclined. You should not place your infant in the stroller seat; they should always go in the car seat carrier until they have reached the weight and height requirement for stroller use. Check your manufacture instructions to find out what your specific stroller weigh, and height limits are.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which travel system is best for me?

A: Choosing a stroller is very personal. You need to take a lot of things into account. How much space do you have to store a stroller and where will you be using the stroller are the top questions you should ask. If you like to spend a lot of time exercising outdoors or hiking, you should get a jogging stroller because it is made specifically for high-speed use. If you are using your stroller to shop in department stores, then you will probably want one with a three-wheel design so it can fit into tighter spaces. If your stroller is used to walk around the neighborhood or just on the sidewalk to the park, then a regular four-wheel stroller will be a great choice. You also need to check the dimensions of the stroller to ensure that it will easily fit into your vehicle and home.

Q: How do I clean my stroller?

A: The frame of your stroller can be cleaned with a rag and mild soap solution. Do not spray a stroller down with a water hose or immerse it in water for cleaning. An excess amount of water can cause parts of the stroller to rust or become otherwise deteriorated. The cloth of your stroller should be spot cleaned and air dried. Check your manufacturer directions for further cleaning instructions.

Q: How do I clean my infant car seat?

A: An infant car seat can become very dirty quickly. You should always spot clean any mess as soon as it is discovered. Use a damp cloth and mild soap to spot clean. Ensure that the seat is fully dry before placing it back into your car. You can use a sponge to clean the straps. Some manufacturers have product-specific cleaning directions so make sure to check your directions when cleaning your infant car seat.  

Q: How do I properly install a car seat base?

A: **DISCLAIMER These are basic directions that are generally universal, you need to read your product directions when installing an infant or child car seat. Also, have your car seat checked by a certified car seat inspector. Check with your local fire department to find a certified inspector.**

If your car seat base has the LATCH system, you will need to find the two connectors at the base of your back seat and attach the LATCH clips to the connectors. Once the clips are attached, tighten the straps until the base is snug and at the proper angle.

If you are using a seat belt to attach your base place the base in the back seat of your car. The base should have a clearly defined path to put the seatbelt through. You will thread your seat belt through the defined path and click the belt into the car’s latch. Now you need to tighten the seat belt and ensure that the base is at the proper angle.  

Q: How do I safely secure my baby in a car seat?

A: **Read your car seat instructions and see a car seat inspector ensure that you are using this safety device correctly.** You will place your baby into the car seat and pull the side straps over their arms and clip the chest clip. Once this is done, clip the base of each strap to the crotch clip, and then you can tighten the straps. Ensure that you can fit only a finger between baby and the straps near their shoulders to make sure that it is not to tight or too loose. Make sure that the top of the straps are positioned below your little one’s shoulders behind their back. Make sure that the chest clip is across their breastbone just under their shoulders.

Q: How do I safely secure my toddler in a stroller?

A: You will need to ensure that the security straps of the stroller are correctly adjusted to fit your child. You want them to be tight enough to keep your little guy or girl from escaping but loose enough for them to be comfortable. The two finger rule is usually a good measure. If you can fit only two fingers between the strap and your child’s shoulder they should be comfortable and safe. Always buckle your toddler into the stroller each time you use it to keep them safe.

Conclusion

Traveling with your baby can be difficult. You have to live your daily life with a little person in tow. A baby travel system will save you from worrying about how you will get your baby from point A to point B. The perfect travel system will be easy to use, affordable, durable, and safe. The systems we have chosen for our list fit the bill if you want something safe and simple to use. You will not be disappointed if you choose a travel system found on this list. You will be able to spend time out and about with your baby knowing they will be safe and you will be able to relax. These strollers and car seats will make your parenting life easier. The right baby gear will always make your life more simply because it will be easy to use and fit the needs of your family.

This list has strollers that are perfect for going out on a hiking trail, navigating the aisles of a department store, and strolling through the neighborhood. You will be able to easily take your little one anywhere you need to go in one of these travel systems. They are all able to be cleaned and will stand the test of time with proper use. Make sure that you pick a travel system that fits your lifestyle, and you will be set to take your little bit out into the world!

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