Updated February 2019
Reversible — Parent-facing — Modular — Rear facing stroller (these are all the same thing!)
Most people in Google are searching for reversible or rear facing stroller, but the industry term is “modular.” A modular stroller is one that has a removable seat. That seat can face forward or be flipped around to face the rear, or “parent-face.”
The ability to see your child, especially while they are infants and young toddlers, is indeed fabulous. The eye contact alone makes it worthwhile. It’s easy to tell if he has fallen asleep, if the sun is in his eyes, if he is chewing on something he shouldn’t, etc.
Yes, you’re generally in better touch with your child if you can see him and he can see you.
While the ability to rear-face is super cool, there are some nuances of modular strollers that you should be aware of before taking the plunge.
- They typically require a 2-hand fold and many of them don’t fold as compactly as fixed-seat strollers.
- Speaking of folding, there are certain ones (Bugaboo Cameleon3, etc.) that require you to take the seat off to fold the darn stroller. After which, the stroller is then in two separate pieces. Good luck with that on an airplane or while trying to hold a child! Surprisingly, the cheaper reversible strollers like the Graco Modes are waaaay easier to fold — and they stay in one piece. I highly recommend a stroller that stays in one piece when folded!
- They are typically a little heavier than fixed-seat strollers.
- You won’t find a modular jogging stroller (exception: the Bugaboo Runner), but many of them are “all-terrain” (with large air-filled tires, etc.).
- A rear facing stroller, on average, is much more expensive than a fixed-seat stroller (a couple of exceptions: Graco Modes, Gb Lyfe, Urbini Omni, etc.).
Again, we love ‘em… but just be aware of these fundamental differences.
Single vs. Convertible
Modular strollers come in two flavors: those that upgrade to a double and those that do not.
Strollers that upgrade to a double are called “convertible strollers” and convertible strollers are typically modular (though not always, such as most Phil & Teds in-lines). Thus, if you’re going to shell out the money for a modular stroller AND are planning on having another child in the next 2.5 years or so, it may be worthwhile to get a convertible.
Every year, more and more players join the game. Thus, here is a complete list of modular strollers that are available. Enjoy! [See also Strollers for Twins]
Convertible Modular Strollers (can be single or double)
- Evenflo Pivot Xpand ~ MSRP $400
– Doubles kit ~ MSRP $120 ($90 on sale)
- Britax B-Ready ~ MSRP $499 ($399 on sale), Editor’s Choice #1 (hilly or flat terrain)
- Baby Jogger City Select ~ MSRP $529 ($319 on sale), Editor’s Choice #2 (flat terrain only)
– Double ~ MSRP $699 ($574 on sale)
- Phil & Ted’s Voyager ~ MSRP $649
– Double ~ MSRP $649
- UPPAbaby Vista ~ MSRP $929, Luxury Pick
– Doubles kit ~ MSRP $199
- Nuna Demi Grow ~ MSRP $799
– Double ~ MSRP $179
Non-Convertible (single!) Modular Strollers —
— in order of price (low to high)
- Urbini Reversi ~ $79, Least Expensive (without car seat)
- Baby Debut Sport 3-Wheel ~ $97
- Urbini Omni Plus ($161+) or the Turni ($139+), Least Expensive (with car seat)
- Graco Modes (MSRP $229/On Sale $178 stroller only, MSRP $379/On Sale $319 with car seat) or Modes3 Lite (MSRP $178 stroller only, MSRP $329/On Sale $239 with car seat), Recommended
- Evenflo Pivot (travel system) ~ $279, Economy Pick #1 (with car seat)
- Valco Baby Snap Ultra ~ MSRP $469/On Sale $199+
- Baby Trend Go-Lite Snap Fit Sprout (travel system) ~ $239, Economy Pick #2 (with car seat)
- GB Lyfe (travel system) ~ $199
- Contours Bliss ~ MSRP $399/On Sale $349, Economy Pick (without car seat)
- Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller ~ $299- NEW! – uses a reversible handlebar to switch modes
- Chicco Urban ~ $399
- Baby Jogger City Premier ~ MSRP $399 (On Sale $239), Recommended
- Quinny: Buzz Xtra ($399/On Sale $299) and Zapp Flex ($349)
- Combi Mechacal Handy ~ $440
- guzzie+guss Connect ~ $499, Recommended
- UPPAbaby Cruz ~ $549, Highly Recommended
- Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan ~ $499/On Sale $299
- Nuna: Mixx2 ($599)
- Mamas and Papas Ocarro ~ $479
- Mamas & Papas: Armadillo Flip ($299+) and Urbo2 ($669) – Chic!
- Bugaboo: Bee5 ($759), Cameleon3 Plus ($999), Fox ($928+) and Runner ($815) – Chic!
- Cybex: Priam ($999, great for cold climates – skiis!), Mios ($549), Balios M ($399) and Iris M-Air ($199)
- Stokke: Xplory ($840+), Scoot ($599) and Trailz ($850)