Best Mid-Range Convertible Strollers 2017

Reversing Seat Strollers $500 and Under

The mid-range convertible strollers below are the best you can get with a reversible seat for a budget of $500 or less. Use this updated guide for 2017 to find your new reversible seat stroller.

Convertible strollers can be very expensive! You want something nice, but don't have the budget to spend $1,000 or more on a luxury reversing seat stroller. But you don't want the cheapest, either. You want something that's well made and have little touches of luxury here and there. Comfort for both you and your baby are important, and looking good counts for something, too!

Fortunately there are some great options for you in the $500 or less category. Sometimes you might spend just a tad over, and sometimes you can find an exceptional deal. For example, if having the latest year's model is not a deal breaker, then you could save some serious money on the previous year as the manufacturer clears them out, if the brand you choose updates every few years.

Best Mid-Range Convertible Strollers 2017

Contours Bliss


Contours Bliss convertible stroller has a very cool feature that transforms the seat into a bassinet for your newborn. If you prefer, remove the seat and place one of twenty different types of infant car seats on the chassis with an included adapter. Once your child is ready for the regular seat, face baby forward or backward toward you.

This stroller has a 40-pound carrying capacity, but the product itself weighs just short of 29 pounds.

Conveniently fold your Bliss with or without the seat attached for your convenience. And what I love is that accessories like a removable boot and bumper bar are both included. I like the one-touch brake and the locking front swivel wheels. Recline the seat in three positions with a one-handed lever.

This midrange convertible stroller has an average rating of 4½-stars for the pram mode, versatility of the reversing seat and storage options.

Consumer Reports weighs in with an overall score of 77%, giving the Contours Bliss an excellent mark for Ease of Use, a very good mark for  Maneuverability and a good mark for Safety. It is, however a bulky, large stroller, with no parent or child tray. However, they like the versatility and that the frame accommodates more than 20 different car seats.

Take a look at this informative video review:

Top Reasons to Buy

Seat turns into bassinet for newborns

Sturdy stroller with versatility

Super-accessible large storage basket

Chicco Urban


If you're looking for a sleek and stylish reversing seat stroller, Chicco has the Urban. This is a full sized stroller weighing 24 pounds and holds your child up to 50 pounds. 

Choose from six seating options either parent facing or outward facing with the seat, the seat turned into a bassinet, or the car seat right on the chassis. The Urban is specifically designed to accept any Chicco Keyfit car seat. 

The three-position seat recline and adjustable leg rest gives your baby just the right angle and support for comfort. A rotating, removable bumper bar for easy ins and outs and a full-coverage sun canopy rounds out your child's experience. 

Parents, you get a removable cup holder, and a three-position height adjustable telescoping handle bar. Stopping is easy with a one-step petal brake and the storage basket holds all your essentials. The fold is easy, but you have to take off the car seat adapter first and the seat, too, if you don't want it to be too bulky. See video below at 6:26.

Customize your stroller with a color pack that comes with a seat pad, canopy liner, bag and weather boot sold separately in 5 different colors.

Reviews across different web retailers rate the Urban at 4 stars for the modern design and versatility among the bassinet/toddler seat/car seat options.

Here is one mom's take on her Chicco Urban:

Top Reasons to Buy

Same high-end look as more expensive brands

Versatile seating options, plus bassinet

Easy to steer and maneuver

Quinny Buzz Xtra

$379 - $399 (depending on color)

Parents love the sleek Euro-design of the Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller, and it will surely turn some heads when you're out in the neighborhood. This stroller has gone through some recent improvements, Buzz is known for its smooth ride and fantastic maneuverability due to the large rear wheels and superb suspension system.

Features include a pre-formed cushioned seat that is either forward or parent-facing and if you prefer a travel system, use a Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seat with the Quinny Buzz Xtra chassis or stylish bassinet right on the chassis.

With other luxury features such as a full-coverage canopy with flip-out visor, large storage basket, all-terrain tires and a unique self-folding and unfolding mechanism, all your baby's comforts and your conveniences are fulfilled. 

So take a look at the extensive review of the Quinny Buzz Xtra at the link above. In it are more detailed photos, video demos/reviews, measurements and what other parents have to say about it as well as what Consumer Reports thinks. 

Reviews hover around 4 stars for the smooth ride, gorgeous bold color and design, easy fold and unfold and for the enormous sun canopy. 

Top Reasons to Buy

Pneumatic fold/unfold assist

Fashion forward colors, modern design

Travel system or bassinet-ready for newborns. 

Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan

$384 - $499 (depending on color)

Stepping into the world of city strollers with luxury features, Mountain Buggy debuts with the Cosmopolitan. This is the only product in the Mountain Buggy line that is not a fitness stroller, yet the Cosmopolitan retains the sturdiness that customers have come to expect from this brand. 

The Cosmopolitan carries your child up to 45 pounds and has reversing seat with multiple one-handed reclining positions. The seat lays nearly flat but the entire seat rotates backward for the recline. Unclasp two buckles behind the seat as it is reclined and the seat transforms into a lay-flat bed for your newborn. This is not a bassinet, however, in that it cannot be taken off the stroller in this mode.

Other features include all-wheel suspension for handling those bumps and an enormous storage basket that holds up to 22 pounds - take everything with you! Supportive bars line the basket so it won't sag and drag. The canopy offers fantastic coverage and has an extra zip-out black mesh panel that provides even more shade and additional air circulation.

Most parents give this stroller 4 stars for the maintenance-free tires, smooth ride, and superb quality.

A stroller that's made by the same parent company and is very similar is the Phil&Teds Smart Lux.

Top Reasons to Buy

Highly practical and superb quality

Excllent performance, easy push

Travel system or bassinet-style bed for newborns. 

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