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Best Car Seat Stroller Combos In One Single Product (2024)

Best Car Seat Stroller Combos In One Single Product (2024)

Author: Corey Smith, PhD

May 16, 2024

 

In the realm of baby gear, innovation constantly reshapes the landscape, and car seat stroller combos stand as a prime example. Originally, these combos consisted of two separate products—a car seat and a stroller—offering the convenience of seamlessly transitioning a baby from car to stroller without disturbing them in their sleep. However, they came with a trade-off: bulkiness and inconvenience. Folding and storing the stroller became a chore, hindering the seamless mobility promised by the combo.

Enter the next generation of car seat stroller combos, where convenience meets efficiency in a single product. 

Doona Stroller Car Seat

Doona, a trailblazer in the industry, unveiled the first real combo—a transformative car seat that effortlessly transitions into a stroller with a simple click. This groundbreaking invention revolutionized the way parents navigate their daily routines, offering unparalleled ease and efficiency.

It's no surprise that the Doona+ is so loved by celebrities and A-listers who are so frequently on the go, whether it's an Uber Luxe ride or the airport.

Doona makes two versions of the their stroller car seat combo. The all black Midnight edition comes pre-packed with premium features such as a carrying bag, leather handles, and all black arms. The standard version is offered in 7 different colors.

Should you wish to upgrade the standard version, you can separately purchase the leather handlebars, and donna carry on bag.

If you are undecided about the color, or think that pink is perfect for your baby girl who is on the way but then the stroller cannot be reused for a future baby boy, fear not! An additional colored canopy and shoulder pads can be purchased separately, and voila you have a completely different stroller!

Depending on your specific needs, Doona offers the option to purchase many accessories separately. Safety conscious parents can pick up the sensor alert to always get notified if the baby is still in the car seat. Get the wheels cover to keep germs and dirt away from the wheels when using this as a car seat. Have more than 1 car? While the Doona comes with 1 car seat base, you can optionally buy another separately. 

Snow, rain, sun, mosquitos? Doona has you covered with winter footmuffs, rain cover, sun cover, and net!

Evenflo Shyft Dual Ride

Following in the footsteps of Doona's success, Evenflo embarked on a journey to further refine the concept, developing the Evenflo Shyft Dualride as a worthy successor. Building upon the foundation laid by Doona, Evenflo introduced innovative features and enhancements to elevate the car seat stroller combo experience:

  • More padding to enhance the baby's comfort
  • Headrest is adjustable
  • Larger canopy
  • Wheels are detachable, which is convenient at a grocery store where you can put the car seat on the cart (with the wheels both the Doona and the Evenflo won't fit)
  • Chest clip to alert you if the baby is overheating or if you are too far from the baby

For more tidbits on how the Doona compares to the Shyft, see here and here.

The Evenflo Shyft embodies versatility and adaptability, catering to the evolving needs of modern families while maintaining a commitment to safety and convenience. While not as sleek and trendy like the Doona+, the Evenflo Shyft Dual Ride packs more features and comes at a lower price point.

  • The Basic version at $499 include cupholders and sensorsafe (Donna sells its own version separately for $12 and $99, respectively)
  • The Mid-tier version at $549 includes also wooden handlebars and carry-all storage. Doona's carry-on storage is sold separately for $40.
  • Premium at $599 (includes vegan leather handlebars, carry-all storage, and extendable canopy)

Unlike the Doona+ which offers the option to upgrade the standard model with premium features separately, each Evenflo model comes prepackaged with all the available accessories. 

While design-conscious parents generally prefer the Doona, value-conscious parents are more likely to opt for the Evenflo Shyft Dual Ride.

Safety

Both the Doona+ and the Evenflo Shyft Dual Ride are perfectly safe car seats and strollers and have passed all the crash tests imposed by the NHTS to be legally sold in the US market. Furthermore, as both companies operate overseases as well, they have both passed separate European crash tests.

The Doona+ earned a stellar 5 star rating for ease of use.

Additionally, both the Evenflo and the Doona excel in convenience, with user-friendly mechanisms for effortless transitions between car seat and stroller modes. 

Other Models

As of the time of writing (2024), there is no other option besides the Doona and the Evenflo Shyft Dual Ride that comes with a car seat stroller in one product. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest innovations in baby gear!

Conclusions

In conclusion, the evolution of car seat stroller combos marks a significant leap in the realm of baby gear, offering parents a seamless blend of convenience and functionality. Whether opting for the compact elegance of the Doona+ Car Seat Stroller or the versatile adaptability of the Evenflo Shyft, modern parents can navigate the journey of parenthood with ease and style.

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