Perhaps one of the oldest and most trusted brands of strollers is Maclaren. Known for their ease of use and simple style, the English born brand is a top seller worldwide. The hard part comes when you have to pick which Maclaren to purchase.

Available in a variety of spunky colors, the Maclaren Volo is the lightest stroller option weighing in at 8.6 pounds. Crafted with high performance aluminum, the basic buggy collapses with a quick step on a switch and a pull of the toe. Using just one hand, a mommy can easily toss the stroller in the trunk or use the attached strap to throw it over her shoulder.

To see why I gave this stroller a high rating, read more.

While the Volo may not provide the plush ride — it lacks cushy seats and fancy headrests — it does have a footrest, a water resistant hood, foot accessible breaks, easy-to-manage five point harness straps, a washable fabric seat, and a rain cover. It also boasts one of the larger storage baskets under the seat, which means parents can slip goodies into the carry-all without putting too much weight on the handles. If, however, you plan on toting around a hefty load, don't count on leaving your goodies on the handlebars as your tot's weight combined with the nearly nine pound stroller may not be a match for your lofty groceries. The last thing you want to tip is your child!

At $115, the push chair isn't cheap. But from my perspective, the ease, durability, and comfort that this stroller provides, especially when traveling or running errands, is priceless.

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