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Evenflo Aura Select Stroller: A Full-Featured Stroller For Under A Hundred Bucks

07/07/2009 at 10:00 AM ET
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The Evenflo Aura Select Stroller ($90) is a great deal — a full-featured stroller for under $100.

It has everything you need including a giant basket, a reclining seat, cup holders, and even a secret compartment that dispenses baby wipes!

Assembly and Fold
I assembled the stroller in about five minutes. It was very easy and the instructions are clear. To fold it, pull a release on the handle and it collapses easily. It automatically locks to hold it tightly closed, though it is a bit bulky when folded.

Seat and Recline
The seat has a squishy cushion that removes easily for machine-washing. It is easy to recline with a nylon strap-and-buckle system behind the seat, but it does not go to 100% flat or totally vertical. I don’t see this as a big problem, as the tiniest newborn could happily ride in the compatible car seat and my toddler didn’t mind the slight recline in the vertical position. A 5-point harness is great for safety but didn’t come with pads for the shoulder straps. The stroller handles are rubberized for a good grip. A patented one-hand steering handle is useful if you need one hand to hold a dog’s leash or a toddler’s hand.

Ride
Hard, plastic wheels never give a fabulous ride, but this ride is nothing to complain about. Suspension helps considerably and the ride down the sidewalks was smooth with a touch of wheel noise, but that’s to be expected. Individual back brakes are effective but I always prefer a brake bar that locks both sides simultaneously.

Sun Shade
The sun shade is quite substantial and it has a large with a window with a cover that velcros close. When the car seat is on the stroller, the two sun shades meet for 100% coverage.

Storage
The Aura has a huge, accessible basket with a divider for keeping smaller items from getting buried by the diaper bag. It has a toddler tray with two cup holders plus two parent cup holders with rubber inserts to accommodate various sizes of containers. There is also a box that dispenses wipes. It’s smart to have wipes handy at all times, so this is a great feature.

Pros: Great price for a full-featured stroller. One-handed push, lots of storage and substantial sun shade.

Cons: The hard, plastic wheels don’t give a fabulous ride and it’s bulky when folded.

The Verdict: The Evenflo Aura stroller is a very functional stroller with tons of storage and it’s a great deal!

Kristen

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hillary on

wow good deal. looks like the metrolight. great for those on a tight budget or a cheap travel stroller- although i could never part with my baby joggers!

Sherri on

Evenflo strollers are notorious for their rear wheel assemblies givin’ out in no time. Mine didn’t even make it thru my 1st daughter’s 2nd birthday.

Seriously, when it comes to strollers… it’s worth it to put a little more money into it & get the kind of quality that will at least last thru ONE child.

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