Tall readers or those with tall spouses: What's your favorite stroller?

11/13/2006 at 03:15 PM ET

QuestionmarkCBB reader Erin emailed us last week to ask if we knew what strollers basketball players and other professional athletes use – because she needs one of what they’ve got! She writes, "I’m 6′ and hubby is 6’4" and we are expecting in July. We have just started looking into tall strollers -both travel systems and jogging strollers – and aren’t having any luck…SOMEONE has to have a solution to this problem!"

So we’re turning this over to our readers (tall or with tall spouses!) and asking what baby gear you found to be most comfortable – whether it was handle extenders, or that perfect stroller - what kept you from being hunched over? We’re looking for strollers in a variety of price ranges – anything from low to high end. Please comment!

I’m 5’9" and use a Maclaren Velo with the kids I nanny for. I’ve also heard good things about the height of the handle on the Stokke Xplory. What do you like?

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susan on

Just use an extension handle. There are many different brands to choose from.

Here is what I’m talking about:

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agingras@sasktel.net on

For those of us who want a nice stroller without having to shell out a months pay, my husband who is 6’2 and I have the Graco Quattro system and he never has to hunch over to push it. The baby carrier has a nice handle and the stroller collapses quite easily with the release handle.(not too easy though, you wouldn’t want to accidentally fold the baby in there!)

Adina on

I got the MacLaren Quest just for that reason (I’m 5’10”)

SM on

I’m 6′ as well, and we have a Phil & Ted’s Kiwi Explorer — it has an adjustable handle, and is one of the few strollers we’ve found that is tall enough for our family. Plus you have the option of turning it into a double stroller should you have additional kids.

Katie on

I haven’t been blessed with a child yet, but think the stroller handle extension that another woman recommended earlier is amazing.

Some guy in the city had it on his stroller and said he now loves wheeling his baby around the city. My husband I are thought it was the coolest invention yet.

liza on

My husband is 6′ and I am 5’4. We have a Bugaboo Cameleon and find it excellent. (with telescopic handle)

abby on

A similar product called Stroller Stretcher is available through the One Step Ahead catalog.

Kara on

I am 6’2″ and my husband is 6’4″. We have the Zooper Boogie and absolutely LOVE it. It has an adjustable height handle which makes it pretty versatile in case other people (nanny, grandparents, babysitter, etc) will be using it also. It comes with lots of extras as part of its standard package: rain cover, UV cover, cold weather bundler. I think ours was somewhere around $300– a bit pricier than others we looked at, but well worth the $ in my mind.

Beth on

We have a Maclaren Techno XT, and although it has handles that can be adjusted, my 6’2″ hubby has never used them in the extended position and he doesn’t appear to be hunching over much. He was also fine pushing our Baby Jogger, but it was a triple, and I don’t know if the singles are the same height. He jogs with our Chariot bike trailer/jogger and likes it a lot. The handle for the Chariot can be flipped to be angled either higher or lower. It also has a nice infant sling attachment so baby can ride well before he/she is able to sit upright.

Lisa on

We are looking at a couple of different Peg Perego models… they have adjustable handles for this exact reason! I think the Chicco Cortina has adjustable handles, too.

asheley on

i agree on the graco quattro tour stroller also!!…mommy and daddy are both tall and we never have hunched over!!

i have onli hunched over with those flimsy umbrella strollers!!

laurenp on

I LOVE the Phil and Teds e3 with the toddler seat. Its pretty expensive, but it is so durable and suitable from birth. As for a travel system, I have heard bad things about Pegs- so I am planning on getting A Chicco Cortina in Discovery- its very easy to use, hardly any weight – and its good looking. http://www.chiccousa.com/product.php?productid=209&cat=18&page=1.

Morgan Brown on

My husband Leo loves the handle height on our Bugaboo Frog. We already had the Frog when the Cameleon came out, but we didn’t want to spend another $900 for the extendable handle on that version. Hope this helps!

AMCJ on

My husband is 6’4″ & we love the Valco Stroller. It has an adjustable handle so that I am comfortable as well at 5’7″.

Renee on

I am 5’10 and love the bugaboo. It is worth the cost.

monique on

i have a double stroller and its a jeep. both me and my husband are 6′ or over and its the first one that i dont have to bend over pretty much to push.

melanie on

We have the Graco Quattro stroller..I like alot of stuff about it, first of all it comes in pink, it has the carrier with it for the newborn, which is excellent and it all matches, it has cup holders, all of this for like 180$ at Target, I mean you can’t beat it. It comes in different colors and patterns too. I also had one with my son who is 4 and got a new one this time for my daughter. My husband is 6’3 and has no issues, I am 5’10 and have no issues.

We use alot of Graco products and don’t have issues with hunching because of height, this includes the pack and play and a Graco bassinet and a Graco high chair. You can buy all of this stuff and still not pay for it what you would the others and just get one item which is what I like, and it is good stuff.

JaneGrey on

We have a Mountain Buggy Urban Elite. I’m 182cm and my husband is 186cm – I think that is both of us over 6ft? Anyway, we found this was the only ‘suitable from infancy’ stroller that was tall enough AND allowed a comfortable stride. We also have a Maclaren which is fine in height, but our feet are constantly getting caught up under the buggy – something that we never thought of when we purchased this stroller.

I recommend that you try any stroller by pushing it at your normal walking pace for a reasonable distance with about 10kg in it. Not only does this help with stride and height, but some of the heavier prams are just too cumbersome when the weight of a 10+ month infant is added in… again all things we didn’t consider.

The other thing to consider is your lifestyle – we live where pavements are sparse which makes the ‘off-road’ style of the Mountain Buggy divine. My sister and her husband are similar to us in height but live in the city. They love their Bugaboo which is much lighter and narrower that the Mountain Buggy – but totally ineffective when they come here and have to go ‘off-road’.

Our little boy loves his sling and the Macpac more than any pram!

Tracey on

We’re tall also and have the Chicco Cortina stroller. It’s comfortable for us but can be adjusted down for shorter people (like his mother) very easily. Plus, it’s handy to release it down to get it out of the way.

Naulie on

I love this topic! My hubby is 6’6″, and I’m 5’4″, so hearing about strollers with things like telescoping handles makes me really excited about our up coming bundle of joy! Keep the advice coming!

sarah on

I’m 5’5 and hubbys 6’3 and we use the Cameleon because of the adjustable handlebar

Anne on

My husband is 6’2″ and our Travel System by Graco (Literider I think?) was brutal on him. We went for a (now discontinued) BabyTrend EuroTrend stroller and LOVE it.

Kirsty on

I am 5 10 and husband 6 2 and we have the Quinny Zapp!

Zed on

My husband is 6ft, I’m 5’4 – we have the McClaren Techno XT with handles that can be adjusted for height. We have never had to adjust them though and my husband never has to hunch over. I love this stroller – I can’t say enough good things about it, and I get a kick out of seeing Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams using it for Matilda. Russell Crowe, Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum use it too with their kids. I wonder if that is because McClaren is a more common brand outside of the US.

Colleen on

6 foot 5 and 5 foot 6, we love our Valco Runabout with the extendable handle. Stokke Exlorer also is good for an everyday stroller.

DodySara on

My Husband is 6’2 and our Bugaboo is great. The adjustable handlebar is perfect. This is the only stroller my Husband will push. We have had a Maclaren Techno and he hates it. We also have had Perego, Graco and a baby jogger. He loves the Bugaboo!

Misty on

I am 5 foot 8 and with previous strollers this was definately an issue for me. I bought an umbrella stroller that I absolutely love at Value City of all places. I believe the manufactor is Delta (?) Not only is it tall enough for me it also reclines which is a bonus when my daughter is falling asleep. The only thing I really didn’t like was the pattern on the material.

Jenny on

My husband is 6’4″ and we thought about getting the bugaboo chameleon but decided the height on the frog was just right for both of us

Katie on

We have a Maclaren TechnoXT and love it. My husband is 6’3″ and I am 5’8″. We rarely kick it. Plus, my husband’s fight to have a chance to push it because it glides so nicely.

Caryn on

I have the Graco Quattro also and have had no problems and used it through one kid and the newborn is using it now. I am 5’11” and my hubby is 6’1″ it’s great because it was under $100 and having the infant carseat to match/fit on it is wonderful!!

Heather on

I’m 5’9.5 and my husband is a little over 6 foot. We had a lot of trouble with strollers when our daughter was a infant. We were hunched all the time. But now that she’s bigger we found the Chicco London Umbrella Stroller. It’s been high enough for us both that we don’t hunch over when we push her. And it’s much nicer that most umbrella strollers. A little heavier in weight but still light enough to pick up easily and the back lays back so my daughter can still nap in it if we or out for long period of times. But it’s selling point was definately that the handles are higher than most umbrella type strollers.

Mae on

We started off with the Bugaboo Chameleon; that worked great for both of us but our son hated it! So we started using our Maclaren Techno XT. My hubby is 6’6″ and I am 5’6″. He can extend the handles for him and I can move them back quickly and easily for me. It has been perfect.

Annie on

great topic! I am 5’9 and my hubby is just shy of 6′. I just purchased a babytrend expedition jogger and love it but it is just right for me and I would not recommend it for taller people. We used the Graco travelsystem for two years and I even jogged with it. The Graco holds up to a lot and neither stroller is very expensive. Good luck!

Alison on

I’m 5’7″, my husband is 6’2″ and we love our Stokke Xplory. Not only does the handle go insanely high, but the base is designed so that you never kick it. And it works. No matter how big our strides are, we NEVER touch the base with our feet. This is one of the many reasons that the Xplory is such an awesome stroller.

DWS on

I agree about the Graco Quattro Tour travel system. My husband and I are both 6’0 and 6’2 and we don’t have to bend over at all!

Amy Bayon on

I am 6’2″ & my husband is 6’7″. We love our Bugaboo Chameleon. It was worth the cost. The height of the handle (which is also adjustable) is just perfect!

liz on

I am six foot, and from the uk, my bruin toledo stroller is perfect, even when I have heels on! I got it from toys r us, but i’m not sure if you can still get them

anj on

my husband is 6’4″ and we have the Maclaren Techno XT and it works just fine when you extend the handles. PERFECT!

Kate on

We have a Bumbleride Flyer with an adjustable & reversible direction handle – great flexibility!! I’m 5’8″ and my husband is 6′.

Kristine on

I am a tall mama and found most strollers were too short for me. At least the strollers that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. This was a huge motivator for going to strickly slings and baby carriers. I ditched the stroller at that point. :)

newhavenbaby on

The Mountain Buggy Urban Single has an adjustable handle, and is perfect if you plan on using it for a lot of walks.

Krista on

Maclaren Global. Love it.

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