7 On Your Side, Consumer Reports reveals which strollers are worth your money

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7 On Your Side's Michael Finney and Consumer Reports tested 19 of the latest strollers and tells us which are worth your money. (KGO-TV)

A stroller is one of the most important pieces of baby gear that a parent will buy. You can find them in all different shapes, sizes and prices.

Consumer Reports tested 19 of the latest strollers and tells us which are worth your money.

They may look like luxury vehicles and they are - for your baby.

These new strollers are sure to stand out with high-end finishes like gleaming metal, leather and designer fabrics. They have prices to match.

Consumer Reports' Joan Muratore explains that style isn't everything. "You can find a good stroller and a good-looking stroller at almost every price point," she said.

Consumer Reports tests all strollers for safety, maneuverability and for ease of use.

It finds strollers that transition as your baby grows are a better value, like the Chicco Bravo stroller that first fits an infant seat with or without the stroller seat in place, and then accommodates a toddler up to 50 pounds.

"The Chicco has a one-hand fold, which is super easy. And it self stands, which makes it easier to store. It's not going to tip over," Muratore said.

And with similar stroller selling for over $500, it's a Consumer Reports best buy at $230.

If your child is a little older, you may appreciate the convenience of an umbrella stroller.

"This is the Summer Infant 3DZyre. It's very lightweight. It's nimble. It also has a very large canopy for an umbrella. It's going to keep the sun and wind out of your child's face and they can really get a good nap in," Muratore said.

Folding is simple and you can carry it with just one hand. And it's a best buy at $140.

If you don't need as many bells and whistles, check out the Summer Infant 3D Lite. It lacks the extended canopy but still has many of the same features as the 3 Desire.

Consumer Reports says that no matter which stroller you use, your child should be fully buckled into the harness at all times.

Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.

(All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2014. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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