Convertible strollers that incorporate a bassinet are one of life’s great conveniences to parents of growing kids. You can use these models straight out of the hospital, and modify them as your child grows! The best convertible bassinet strollers are convenient, expandable, and comfortable for children who are growing quickly. Which are they, though?
With so many models on the market, it’s hard to know which convertible strollers are gems and which are gimmicky wastes of money. We’ve put our resident expert on all things baby, Jenny L. Brown, to the task of finding the best models on the market. She’s reviewed dozens of options and come up with a select few to recommend to you!
Read on to learn Jenny’s top tips for choosing a high-quality convertible stroller, and to see her recommendations!
|Picture||Brand & Model||Maximum Weight Rating||Color Option||Check Price|
|Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System||35 Pounds||Dusty Rose, Navy, Sandstone||Check Price|
|2019 UPPAbaby Vista Stroller||50 Pounds||Black/Carbon/Leather, Blue Marl/Silver/Leather, Charcoal Melange/Silver/Leather|
, Green Melange/Silver/Leather, Indigo/Silver/Leather, Indigo/Silver/Leather, White/Silver/Leather
|Bugaboo Donkey2 Complete Mono Stroller||37.5 Pounds||Black, Grey/Red|
, Blue Melange
Best Convertible Bassinet Stroller Reviews
Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System
“Evenflo’s Pivot is an excellent budget option for parents who want the convenience and versatility of a convertible stroller without spending a lot of money. It’s not as rugged, convenient, or feature-packed as my pricier picks, but it covers all the basics for a very low price.
As with the more expensive models I’ve recommended below, the Evenflo converts between a bassinet mode and an upright toddler mode. There’s also the added value that comes with the included car seat, which allows you to use this in a third mode–as a travel system! You can use this up to 50 pounds. Assuming you take baby out in the bassinet mode right from the hospital, that’s a lot of mileage to get out of such a cheap setup!
You don’t feel like you’re skimping much by choosing this, either. It has plenty of features and conveniences beside the basic frame, basket and seats. The extra-large canopy helps to shield baby from the sun whether you’ve got the Pivot in bassinet mode or in upright mode. I also love the removable tray! You can pop it off for cleaning and then pop it back on for your next adventure. As someone who hates having to clean stroller components when they’re onboard, this is a big plus for me.
What are the downsides of opting for something so inexpensive? The overall construction is definitely cheaper. The Evenflo doesn’t feel unsafe by any stretch, but it’s noticeably more rickety and chintzy than my other recommendations. The overall design also shows its pedigree in comparison to premium models. Things like the folding mechanism, connections, and adjustments are all less convenient and well-designed. Still, this is by far the best thing under $500 in the convertible category!”
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller
“UPPAbaby’s Vista stroller is my convertible recommendation to the average parent. It’s sturdier, sleeker, and more convenient than the Evenflo. While this one doesn’t include a car seat right out of the box, it can also be used as a travel system just like the Pivot. All in all, I think it’s an excellent midpoint between the budget-range Evenflo and the ultra-premium Bugaboo.
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Everything about the UPPAbaby feels higher-quality compared to the Evenflo. The metal components and the plastic components are both sturdier, and the fabrics and leather detailing feel even more premium than the UPPAbaby actually is. I especially appreciate small details like the rain and bug shields, as well as the slightly longer basket that allows you to get a longer life out of the bassinet mode.
All the connections, adjustments, and modification points are better thought-out than cheaper models as well. It folds with one step and no hassle. The fact that you can pop the matching car seat in and out without a single adapter is something you’ll absolutely love if you decide to use this as a travel system. From the sun shade to the handlebar, it’s just what you expect when you shell out for a high-end model.
I think this is as nice a convertible setup as most parents need. However, if you want the ultimate in versatility and expandability, the Bugaboo Donkey2 may be worth a look. Just be prepared for the staggering price tag!”
Bugaboo Donkey2 Complete Mono Stroller
“While I’m well aware that the Bugaboo Donkey2 is overkill and probably over-budget for the vast majority of parents, it’s so good that I can’t help but include it here as an ultra-premium option. You can expand one of these in so many ways and have it keep working perfectly that it’s by far my favorite convertible model to date.
What’s so special about the Donkey2? First of all, it’s one of the only single strollers that can be converted into a double. So, you can use it for a bassinet, with an infant seat, and then with two infant seats or an infant seat and a bassinet! All you need is a simple little extension kit, and you can turn your single convertible stroller into a compact double, or simply create a lot more storage space for travel essentials.
While it’s easy to think that features like this are a gimmick, I think the expansion potential here is genuinely useful. A lot of families aren’t sure right off whether they’ll be stopping at one child or growing further. This gives you the ability to tote two tots down the road without having to buy a whole new stroller. You get the same premium convenience and handling without spending another grand!
Even if you never make use of the expandability, the Bugaboo is still an exemplary convertible stroller. It has excellent weight distribution and suspension, which give you stellar handling on a wide range of surfaces. The tires are also spectacularly good. They handle like pneumatic tires, but the foam cores never go flat. That’s why the Bugaboo handles the best on mixed terrain of all the convertible strollers on the market.
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Everything about this thing is premium. It folds niftily and compactly, stands up on its own when it’s folded, and even allows you to reverse the seats. It’s sturdy, straightforward, and very well thought-out. I’d like to find something to complain about in the interest of remaining impartial, but I’m simply bowled-over by how good the Bugaboo is. Just be prepared for the price, which runs well over $1K.”
Overall, the UPPAbaby Vista stroller is our pick as the best convertible bassinet stroller of them all thanks to its convenience, ruggedness and high quality design.
You can learn more about any of the convertible bassinet strollers recommended in this guide by clicking on the links in our reviews. That’s the easiest way for you to check current prices, see all the pertinent specs, and explore your color and accessory options.
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