CHOICE Strollers Lite Puts Safety First

Price: Free   Score: 8/10   By Anna PapachristosCHOICE Strollers Lite

Safety is a parent’s utmost concern.  Keeping their child out of harm’s way is a top priority, and with so many product recalls in the recent past, parents need to be truly certain that the items they buy are of the highest quality.

CHOICE Strollers Lite by CHOICE hopes to provide consumers with that precise peace of mind.  CHOICE Strollers Lite uses information provided by experts who have conducted tests on 12 different strollers, ranging in price from $300 to $1550.  With 5 three-wheeled and 7 four-wheeled strollers to choose from, users will find information about each stroller, including individual ratings and a description of what to look for when purchasing a stroller on your own.

First, CHOICE determines which safety features consumers must look for in a stroller, such as rear brakes on both wheels, a five-point harness, and front wheels that can swivel or lock.  Ease of use brings up the factor of size, the ability to fold and unfold the stroller while also holding a child, and its maneuverability, which may come into consideration if the parent wishes to jog while also pushing their baby.  The optional extras list highlights various characteristics that some may also want to consider when making a purchase.  Though certain aspects, such as a basket underneath for storage, or a rain and insect cover, may not be necessary for some, to others they may make or break the deal.

The ‘All Strollers’ list organizes the tested strollers alphabetically, displaying a photo and their price.  When viewing a specific stroller, users see a list of features and aspects that are rated and ranked based on the experts’ findings.  If the product was a general success, there will be a blue check mark near the top that indicates it is recommended.  Some, however, feature a red ‘x’ that indicates, after thorough testing, the item is not recommended for purchase.  The description also provides insight into the product’s good and bad points toward the bottom of the page.

Under the ‘Best Buys’ list, CHOICE narrows the selection down to their top five recommendations based on safety, ease of use and price.  These selections generally range in the low-to-mid pricing range.  While 12 strollers seem like a rather small amount to choose from, CHOICE Strollers Lite still provides a starting point.  Even if users do not enjoy any of the strollers listed, the criteria presented gives them great background on what to look for and what to steer clear of when purchasing a stroller for their child.

Note: “CHOICE is the number one advocate of consumer rights in Australia.  As the public face of the Australian Consumers’ Association (ACA). CHOICE is a completely self-funded body.  Members receive independent and expert advice on the products and services the encounter every day, while the community at large benefits from our high-profile campaigns that champion consumer rights” (CHOICE Strollers Lite, App Store description).

CHOICE Strollers Lite requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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