A long, long time ago in land right down the street I borrowed my sister's kids and went stroller shopping. Sarah (8), Sam (5 in Nov.), Nolan, my sister, and me met at Babies R Us and tried out strollers. Here's a quick review on the strollers we tried (I didn't try the $329 strollers):
easy to steer
folds down to nothing
can steer with one hand
Sam's legs were too long to fit on footrest
when he put feet on footrest, his knees where in the bar (bar is removable)
not as easy to steer with a 5-year-old in it
don't like the basket
the inexpensive Chicco
comes with rain sheild
recline does nothing. Sam couldn't tell any difference when I reclined the seat.
lower weight limit
carrying handle (after playing with a carrying strap and carrying handle, I think the carrying handle is easier)
can un-recline with one hand!
50lb weight limit
easy to steer with *little* Nolan and Sam
easy to fold
kind of on the heavy side for an umbrella stroller
None of the strollers we looked at had cupholders and they all had removable canopies.
I've used our new Graco Ipo a couple of times and I love it - well worth the $70. The Graco is similar to the high-priced McClaren's, but is much more affordable. More importantly, Nolan likes it.
Speaking of Nolan:
Did you know he will be 1 in less then 1 month?? Time flies.
He's pulling up now. He is just starting to cruise the furniture. He now says "cat" instead of "kaka."
I had new pictures of him taken over the weekend at Picture People. While there, I entered him in the YoBaby photo contest. See the pictures here. The second picture - the one were he's in just a diaper with the blanket around him and a BIG smile - is the one I entered in the contest. If you look closely at the one with the black background you can see a little bruise under his eye. I love it. He looks all boy.