I love them. I have too many of them. The mommy of 6 at http://ohcrapthelifelessonsofamomof5.blogspot.com/ would like some advice on what is the best one out there....I cannot help because there is no best one. There are hundreds with nice features, though.
My dream job would be to be a stroller tester. The company would send me a free one, I would try it out, critique it, send back my report, and keep the stroller. I would of course have to rent one of the storage things, but I would bring a few lawn chairs, go over to the storage thing, sit down, and just look at all my nice strollers. Sound crazy? I cannot explain my obsession with prams. It started a long time ago.....
I wasn't even married when I visited my sister who was living down near Baltimore Maryland. She was pregnant for her first baby. We went to a ToysRUs store. They had some strollers clearanced. Some how it made sense for Cheryl to buy one, and for me to buy one too! Because I might need it someday! Someone should have just shot me then.....Anyway, that stroller did not work at all for my baby Emily. It was one of those old-school type, chrome tray on the bottom, fringe on the canopy....baby slips right out..so, Paul bought me a Century stroller from KMart. I loved it. I had a nice red gingham umbrella stroller with a hood, too. Then, I bought another umbrella stroller that reclined.....didn't love it....got a different one....then another stroller....then, Paul came home with a Simo pram from Norway. He just wheeled into the living room....I thought it was a joke, but no, he bought it from a lady who had lived in Norway, and brought it home with her....he bought it at a yard sale for $50, including a sleeping bag and a dune. It is lavender with huge white wheels. It is a fixture in my room, all the babies sleep in it for a few months. Anyway, I discovered ebay, which is just too bad for everyone in my family who hates all the strollers I have.
Through the years I have aquired: A silver cross pram, with a seat and basinette, a Jane from Spain pram, a PegPerego Giovonne with seat and basinette, a brand-new English pram that I re-sold on ebay, (sniff, sniff, sob), two Geisslein prams from Germany, a PegPerego Pliko, Aria, and Venezia, a nice Aprica, two Combi strollers, at least 5 different Gracos, an Inglesina Magnum with the big black wheels, plus an extra seat for it, the Inglesina Zippy with the basinette, a McClaren Volo, a Kidco reclining umbrella stroller with basinette, three Emmaljunga Viking strollers with basinettes, two of which I have given away, a really nice bouncy brand new Chicco stroller pram, which I sold very cheaply to a friend, a double Peg-Perego front-back stroller, the side-by-side double Emmaljunga, a fold up Simo from Norway, and probably more that I don't remember right now.
The Inglesina Zippy is my favorite right now.
I have given away some of these, but there are pram pieces in all the closets, in the foyer, in the downstairs hallway, and in my bedroom. People here want them out. I saw a really cool Norwegian pram , the Simo Nordic Cruiser, on Ebay last week, gorgeous black frame with big black wheels, bouncy suspension, basinette insert, it sold for $35, with $30 shipping. I was only pointing it out to Paul, and several nosey older kids started yelling at me that we DO NOT need any more strollers!!!
Oh, I also had the Bumbleride Queen B, ruby red, which I bought brand new, and gave to my niece, Susan, for her baby William.
And that is my stroller story. I probably won't be buying any more.....so sad, just so sad. I think it has been my indulgence through the years of sleepness and busyness. Buying a new one, having it come from the UPS or FedEx truck, cleaning it up, making a new cover, whatever, getting to know "it", then moving on to a new one......crazy, yeah.....sort of like an old man with his Lionel train sets, or a middle aged woman and her basket collection, or figurines, or whatever. Only prams and strollers are so BIG.
I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has a fondness for prams and strollers, and what your favorite is.