Kim asked about my hands-down best stroller purchase. The answer is easy: Maclaren Techno XT. Done.
Ok, I guess I should tell you why. The Phil and Teds is handy for pushing two boys at once. I also love the air-filled tires. But the thing is huge, heavy and takes four hands to fold (not really, but it feels like it.) I’m currently using it to commute the boys to daycare when they go because of the ease of pushing both at once, but it is a pain in the rump to hold a door open while pushing this giant. It looks like it has a large basket, but there is not any easy way to access the basket, so it may as well not be there. The Volo is nice and light, but because of that, it tips over very easily. Even though it always says in the directions not to do this, moms hang things on strollers. We just do.
If I were forced at sword point to give away all of my strollers but one by an evil anti-more-than-one-stroller villian, I’d keep the Techno XT. It is light, it folds easily, it unfolds easily, it fits in small spaces. It does not tip over very easily. In fact it has only tipped over once with the child actually in it. That is because I put one-too-many bags on the back. And by one-too-many I mean about 12. The seat reclines for little tiny wee ones. The sun shade is generous. It comes with a rain cover. [Phil and Ted expect you to shell out sixty-odd bucks for a rain cover. I say, let them get wet. Or, get out the Mac again!] The handles extend for tall folk like myself. It accomodates a buggy board. It rocks. The only drawback is the small basket. But for city folk, I reccommend the Mac. And you don’t need the fancier Techno XT. A Quest or a Triumph would do you just fine. Also, the colors change with every season, so you can save some dough by purchasing last season’s colors at a discount. This site is very user-friendly and always seems to have a sale. Also, if you want to spend more money on a fashion-forward Mac, you can fork over extra for a fancy Kate Spade or Juicy Coutre version. Not for me, but whatever floats your boat.
If I were in the market today for a new stroller, I’d also take a gander at the City Jogger. I never saw anything fold so quickly or easily before in all my days. The Bugaboo looks very fancy and offers a smooth ride (it should, since it can cost as much as a used car.) I will have you know, however, that most of my friends who did end up with Bugaboos often took their Macs with them when we met in the park or the Botanic Gardens. That said, I too would probably use the Mac the majority of the time, myself.