Advantages of having a beach stroller
The main advantage of having a beach stroller here is that can tackle all types of terrain. Also known as all-terrain strollers, these buggies are designed for tackling difficult terrains, but they also come in handy for urban streets and sidewalks that aren’t that smooth. If you are looking to tackle the rugged outdoors with your little one, you need a stroller that has large wheels made of rubber and filled with air just like those you find on a bicycle. With these wheels, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in the sand or toppling your little one accidentally when you walk on rough terrain.
Features to consider when choosing a stroller for the beach
From the dimensions and types of tires to reclining positions and the weight it supports, there are multiple features you need to take into account before buying a beach stroller. Below is an outline of the most important of them.
The weight capacity of a stroller is one of the most important features to take into account because it determines the weight of the child it can carry. Some models such as the Baby Trend Xcel Jogger Stroller can carry up to 30 lbs. including luggage, whereas others such as the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller are suitable for weights of up to 75 lbs. Consider the weight of your baby or toddler before making a purchase and also take into account the fact that your little one will grow quickly. In most cases, you can expect to be able to use a beach stroller for up to three years before your little one outgrows it.
When considering the dimensions of a stroller, you need to assess whether it is large enough for your child, but also how bulky it is when folded and assembled. If your little one is actually quite big for their age, then you might like to take a look at the best strollers for big kids – we found the comfiest, most accommodating models.
A stroller that is too big may not be comfortable for everyone to push, and you should also go for a model with an adjustable handlebar if possible.
This way, you can be sure that the stroller suits your height and that it is adjustable for the needs of another person, such as your partner or another member of the family. If you’re on the tall side, it can be really difficult to find a stroller that suits your height, so we found and reviewed some of the best strollers for tall parents. Finally, think about whether the stroller will take up a lot of space in your home.
The weight of the stroller is important especially if you need to transport it regularly. Some models such as the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller weigh around 25 lbs., whereas others such as the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller are close to 30 lbs. when assembled.
Dimensions and type of tires
All-terrain strollers that you can use on the beach should have large wheels that are air filled and easy to push through various types of terrain and sand. Most jogger strollers fit these requirements, but you should also think about the suspension and comfort level for your little one to allow them to feel at ease during the ride, without experiencing too many bumps.
Many baby strollers can be folded into various positions, and generally the more reclining positions there are, the more comfortable your child will be. Strollers with many reclining options allow your baby to sleep comfortably during the ride and they also allow him or her to sit upright when needed.
Look for a model that can be folded for easy transportation, especially if you want to take the stroller with you in the car or on a plane. Some models come with a one hand folding system that lets you fold it quickly and easily, even when you hold your baby.
Construction and comfort
When shopping for the best beach stroller, you need to take into account the quality of the construction as well as the level of comfort it provides for your little one. The strollers should be durable, but lightweight at the same time, and you should also look at the interior to make sure it is soft enough for a comfortable ride. The frame should ideally be made of metal for increased durability.
An adjustable canopy is essential for a beach stroller because it protects your little one from sunlight or even light rain. Many models come with a canopy with UV protection, which prevent your baby from getting sunburns. Some others have an extra-large canopy that protects the baby from all sides. If you want to be able to check on your baby without adjusting the canopy (and thereby without disturbing them), look for a model that comes with the peekaboo window.
Safety: seat belts and parking breaks
For the safety of your baby, a good stroller should come with adjustable seat belts that are sturdy and comfortable at the same time.
Padded straps are a good idea if you don’t want your little one to be uncomfortable.
Parking brakes are also extremely important because they prevent the stroller from rolling away. Some models come with parking brakes both on the wheels and on the handlebar.
Onboard storage and cup holders
Many all-terrain strollers have onboard extras for parents, including cupholders or compartments for keys or a smartphone. You should also consider how much underseat storage space you may need for your luggage, including diaper bags or any shopping you may intend to carry.
Strollers may come with varying warranties, with manufacturers such as Baby Trend offering a six-month warranty. However, you can choose to extend the warranty (at an extra cost) for most brands. Our top pick, the BOB Revolution Flex offer a whopping 5-year warranty for extra peace of mind and confidence in your purchase.