To test durability we put the strollers on a bumpy “rolling road” machine for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h. Jogging strollers get an extra 10 hours at 10km/h on the rolling road. We also attach each stroller to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb.
Major failures include insufficient child retention, strangulation hazards, poor stability (tipping), head entrapment hazards and structural durability failures. Minor failures include less serious examples of major failure conditions, plus tether strap failures, insufficient locking device security, and finger/limb entrapment hazards.
We won’t recommend a stroller if it has a major safety or durability failure.
To assess ease of use we put the strollers through their paces in real life. We check how easy it is to adjust the safety harness, seats and handle. We look at how easy it is to apply the brakes, lock the front (swivel) wheels and access the bottom basket. We push them over rough terrain, up and down stairways and through doorways. We fold and unfold each stroller, carry them and lift them into and out of a car boot.
To earn our recommendation, a stroller must have no ease of use components (adjusting, loading, moving or carrying) lower than ‘OK’.