How many times have you seen an average-height person hunched over a teeny tiny umbrella stroller and imagined how uncomfortable that must be? Maybe that’s you we’re talking about too! Now imagine what it must be like to be on the taller end of the human spectrum, even average-sized strollers are far too short. Parents and caregivers hunch over the handlebars and constantly kick the rear axle while walking, interfering with their natural stride and making the outing with baby a bit less enjoyable.
Stroller companies have listened and responded to parents’ wishes for a stroller that can rise to the challenge tall people face. Whether your husband is a tall man or you’re a tall mother, I’ve got a list of good quality baby strollers that will leave you standing straight and walking with purpose.
These are the strollers likely to give taller people the most grief. At the end of the day, you’re going to have to spend more money to get a better quality product that is comfortable to maneuver. But the good news is that it will likely not be much heavier than the cheapest strollers because of the quality aluminum in use today. As a matter of fact, the weight limits on some of these strollers are amazing! What used to carry only 35 pounds can now carry up to 55 pounds, which is great for all those moms with preschoolers who still need a ride. Here are the top umbrella strollers for tall parents and caregivers.
Always looking to improve their products, Joovy has done just that with their umbrella model, the Groove. I personally tested this one out and my tall mama friend used it as well and the first thing she noticed was how comfortable the height of the handles were at 42 inches. While it’s loaded with cool features, it is a tad heavier than you’d expect from an umbrella model.
Two models, the G-Lite and G-Luxe are quite popular and considered one of the better brands you can buy for quality. The handles on these strollers go up to 42 inches from the ground, a comfortable height for most taller adults.
New on the baby products scene, Baby Cargo has only umbrella models in their stroller lineup. They offer the 100 Series, 200 Series and 300 Series, each adding more features and different colors. All handle heights for this brand reach 42 inches, the tallest you can find.
The above strollers only come as singles. If you are in the market for a double umbrella stroller with tall handles, then you’ll probably feel comfortable with either a Maclaren Twin Triumph or Twin Techno. The handles on all Maclaren strollers go up to 41.5 inches.
Surprisingly, many of the fixed-wheel joggers do not have adjustable height handles. But most of the front-swivel-wheel all-terrain strollers do have this feature. Popular brands like BOB only go up to 40 inches tall, which is probably sufficient for most people. But if you want a stroller that has an adjustable handle, look at these brands.
One of the few fixed wheel strollers I can find with an adjustable handle, the Jeep Overland reaches up to 43 inches! It has excellent ratings and a very reasonable price tag.
You’re going to pay more for this brand, but Mountain Buggy all terrain strollers are worth the investment! They have three all-terrain models with adjustable height handle bars:
Swift goes to 42″
Urban Jungle goes up to 44″
Terrain goes up to an amazing 46″
These strollers are offered as doubles, too!
Offering a colorful array of all-terrain strollers, Bumbleride’s all terrain model is the Indie or Indie Twin double side-by-side. Bumbleride is another luxury brand, but you will get adjustable height handles that go up to 45 inches tall.
These are the luxury, multi-purpose buggies that have broad appeal in a wide range of styles and prices. Convertible strollers have a reversing seat that can be taken off when baby’s a newborn so you can install the car seat or bassinet. Here are some top brands for tall parents.
The Cruz and Vista are some of the most attractive and popular convertible stroller models. While the handle height is adjustable, the tallest it goes on this brand is 41.5 inches.
Improved for 2012, the B-Ready is Britax’s convertible stroller. And it’s a dream to push, especially when the handle height has an 11-inch span between 33 and 44 inches tall. Love that!
Known for their all-terrain three-wheeled strollers, Phil&Teds recently introduced the Promenade, a 4-wheeled gorgeous convertible buggy that can transform into a double. The handle swoops outward and gives the tallest parent plenty of stride room even when the second rumble seat is in use.
Lightweight strollers are much like their umbrella counterparts: parents want convenience and compact size, just something a little more substantial. But you run into the same problems with lightweight strollers as you do with umbrella: sometimes that handle is just too short! Simply check here first before shopping.
Baby Jogger’s brand new City Versa is not only lightweight but it falls into the convertible stroller category. The handle on this new lovely product adjusts to a 42-inch height.
While most of Peg Perego’s strollers have two handles like umbrella strollers, they don’t necessarily fold like an umbrella stroller and they have way too many features and a bit more heft to them to qualify as an umbrella. Check out their Pliko Four, Switch, Si and Switch Four. They each have telescoping handles for height adjustment and while it isn’t the tallest, it does rise 41 inches from the ground.
The Avio is Inglesina’s lightweight luxury model with a single handle bar. It is a beautiful stroller that is easy to maneuver and with a handle height at 41 inches, it is high enough for comfort for most taller people.
Now everyone is included for strolling in comfort AND style. Are you tall? What’s your experience been? I’d love to see your comment!
Amy Tanathorn researches the best baby strollers at Stroller Envy, where you can read in-depth reviews for all the most brands and models including video demonstrations, product specs, photos and detailed descriptions.