The Baby Trend Manta was the least expensive and second-lightest stroller in our test, but it also performed the worst in terms of jogging, and its detachable bassinet—its main unique feature—is only big enough to hold infants or small children up to 50 pounds. It’s a decent option if you’re on a budget and don’t plan to jog much.
Design The Manta’s distinguishing feature is its “bassinet” that clicks in and out as a unit, with a lap bar that becomes a carry handle. In the stroller it can sit flat or tilt forward to about a 45-degree angle. The padded basket has a five-point harness and is perfect for an infant, but at 33” x 12”, it can only fits toddlers up to about age 2. (By adjusting two straps on the back of the bassinet, you can turn it into a kind of seat.)
Performance The Manta design makes it bouncy, with lots of play in every hinge, from the adjustable handlebar to the main folding hinge, that it’s not ideal for jogging. The slightest bump seems to be transmitted straight to the bassinette. On the plus side, the swiveling front wheel can be locked straight, but with a shorter wheelbase than most of the other strollers means it has higher risk of tipping.
Comfort With no rear suspension and a wobbly overall design, the Manta has the most bucking-bronco ride of the pack. Luckily there’s a lap bar to give kids something to hold on to or rest their feet against. The sun shade is only large enough to cover half the bassinet at once. The handlebar is adjustable for joggers of different heights. A parent tray isn’t included, but a detachable cupholder and runaway wrist strap are.
Quality The Manta was the least expensive jogging stroller tested, so its loose construction didn’t come as a total surprise. It does raise concerns about long-term ruggedness, though.
Convenience Parents on the go will appreciate the easily detachable bassinette and the generous underseat storage. Folding the stroller takes two hands, however, and the base doesn’t stand on its own. Also, oddly, this was the only stroller that had a separate locking brake for each rear wheel.