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The Best Umbrella Strollers

We tested umbrella strollers from UPPAbaby, BabyZen, Zoe and others to find the ones that work the best
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The Best Umbrella Strollers
We've purchased and tested more than 185 strollers, including more than 55 lightweight umbrella strollers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Tuesday April 2, 2024

Searching for the best umbrella stroller available today? We considered over 50 popular competitors and purchased 15 top strollers for intense side-by-side testing for this review. Finding a great umbrella stroller for travel or commuting can be more challenging than it looks. We can help! We tested each option to determine the easiest to use, push, lift, carry, and stow. We considered weight and folded size, quality, maneuverability, and ease of use to help you find the right lightweight stroller for your family and wallet. Read on for more details about each stroller.

If you need a stroller for twins or multiples, be sure to take a look at our double umbrella stroller review to find the best. And, if the lightest possible weight and folded size are not as important to you as ease of strolling, then take a look at some of the lighter weight best full-size strollers we've tested, as they could be just what you want. If you are researching strollers in general, be sure to check out our picks of top strollers of all types, which offers general browsing. If you're going to travel with older babies, you might need a travel-friendly top-ranked convertible car seats.

Editor's Note: This lightweight stroller review was updated on April 2, 2024, with a review of pricing and availability and new information on testing and buying advice.

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Pros Higher-quality, easier to push and turn, small foldCompact fold great for travel, easy to use features, qualityBetter quality, easy to use, better maneuverabilityReasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller foldNice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes
Cons Expensive, not as light as othersHeavy for its size, not for off-road surfaces, expensivePrice, two hand fold, no automatic lockBrake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-roadLimited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern
Bottom Line Easy to use and push, high-quality option that has a small fold but the canopy is small and the price is highExpensive and heavy but easy to use and squarely compactA nicer Inglesina with useful, easy-to-use features and better maneuverability but it has a higher price and two-handed foldA high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-roadA nice stroller to push and turn, but average in most other respects
Rating Categories BabyZen Yoyo2 UPPAbaby Minu Inglesina Quid Zoe Traveler Mountain Buggy Nano
Weight/Folded Size (35%)
Ease of Use (30%)
Maneuverability (25%)
Quality (10%)
Specs BabyZen Yoyo2 UPPAbaby Minu Inglesina Quid Zoe Traveler Mountain Buggy Nano
Weight 14.3 lbs 14.9 lbs 13.5 lbs 12 lbs 13.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions 18.7"W x 21"H x 9"L 20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L 17.5"W x 32.8"H x 9"L 17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L 21.2"W x 11"H x 20.3"L
Folded Volume 3,534 cu in 6,610 cu in 5,166 cu in 5,233 cu in 4,734 cu in
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 50lbs/40"
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 50 lbs/41"
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: Newborn
Maximum: 44 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None Universal Adapter
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Cybex
Aton Q, Aton 2
Pipa, Pipa Lite
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max Plus
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
None None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None Universal Adapter
One-handed Fold No Yes No Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes No No Yes
Carry Strap Yes Yes No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 42.5" 41.2" 42" 40.5" 39.2"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Included Accessories Carry Bag Storage bag None None Travel Bag
Setup Time 20-25 Min 5-10 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 5-10 Min

Best Overall Umbrella Stroller

BabyZen Yoyo2

  • Weight/Folded Size 6.2
  • Ease of Use 6.5
  • Maneuverability 7.8
  • Quality 8.0
Weight: 14.3 lbs | Folded size: 3,534 cubic inches
Small fold
High quality
Not for full-day use

The BabyZen Yoyo2 is an amazing, lightweight stroller with one of the best maneuverability performances in the review. The Yoyo2 is a dream to push and turn with better wheels than most competition. With a stylish look and attention to detail, the Yoyo2 is everything it promises. This stroller folds into thirds, making it compact and easy to carry for enjoyable on-the-go use. The Yoyo2 has many popular features parents want and enough functionality for fun in the town, making it an excellent choice for city folks.

The Yoyo2 is expensive for an umbrella stroller, and the price rivals that of some full-size strollers. If your budget is smaller, something like the Zoe Traveler could be a better fit without sacrificing much in terms of functionality. However, we think this is a case of "you get what you pay for," with features and quality that arguably merit the price. The storage bin is also small, resulting in fewer onboard supplies or taking shorter trips. This lack of storage makes us feel like it isn't a useful replacement for a full-size stroller for most families. However, if your budget allows, we think the Yoyo2's performance, size, ease of carrying, and looks are worth the price if you need something travel-sized.

Read more: BabyZen Yoyo2 review

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The BabyZen Yoyo2 is a nimble stroller that is comfortable for the rider, and easy for parents to maneuver.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Budget-friendly Umbrella

Zoe Traveler

  • Weight/Folded Size 7.2
  • Ease of Use 6.2
  • Maneuverability 4.5
  • Quality 5.0
Weight: 12 lbs | Folded size: 5,233 cubic inches
Napping comfort
Smaller and lightweight
Lower price
Harder to push off-road
Lower quality

The Zoe Traveler is a lightweight umbrella stroller that folds in thirds. This stroller has loads of features parents want and passengers need for cozy napping. We like this stroller's recline and adjustable legrest, and the canopy is one of the biggest in the business. An even better advantage is this option is budget-friendly for most.

This stroller isn't the best quality in the competition, but it is better than most in its price range or lower. The Babyzen YoYo is better quality but will potentially require a budget stretch as it has a much higher price. It is also hard to push off flat surfaces and isn't one you'll want to take over grass and gravel very often. Overall, we think this wallet-loving choice is excellent for those who want a good stroller with passenger comfort in mind for a reasonable price.

Read more: Zoe Traveler review

umbrella stroller - the zoe traveler is a simple but effective stroller that has...
The Zoe Traveler is a simple but effective stroller that has above-average features in a super-light package.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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BabyZen Yoyo2
Best Overall Umbrella Stroller
Editors' Choice Award
UPPAbaby Minu
Inglesina Quid
Zoe Traveler
Best Budget-friendly Umbrella
Best Value Award
Mountain Buggy Nano
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
Dream On Me Coast Rider
GB Pockit
Chicco Liteway
Summer Infant 3D lite
Graco Breaze

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How We Test Umbrella Strollers

We've purchased and tested more than 190 strollers since 2014, including more than 55 lightweight umbrella strollers. And, as always, we accept no freebies or advertising from manufacturers and purchase each stroller ourselves to assure complete independence. Our testing protocol for strollers is extensive and involves real-world, day-to-day use testing and a set of 50 individual lab tests to inform our ratings.

Our testing of umbrella strollers is divided across four rating metrics:

  • Weight & Folded Size tests (35% overall score weighting)
  • Ease of Use tests (30% of weighting)
  • Maneuverability tests (25% of weighting)
  • Quality tests (10% of weighting)

We handle each stroller from unboxing to in-house lab testing and hours of use to determine which offers the best combination of lightweight and compact folded size, which are the easiest to use, and how they handle in terms of maneuverability, and quality. The weight and folded size metric most influence this stroller style because finding a compact, travel-friendly product for baby is the primary reason parents look for an umbrella stroller.

Why You Should Trust Us

This umbrella stroller review is led by Dr. Juliet Spurrier, our founder and mother of two. Dr. Spurrier is a board-certified pediatrician who uses her experience and medical background to help choose products with safety and functionality in mind. The team also includes our Senior Review Analyst, Bob Wofford, father of seven. Bob has been on the BabyGearLab team for nine years and has potentially assembled and tested more strollers than anyone on the planet. Bob is a strolling expert with over 435 stroller reviews under his belt across the best strollers. Senior Review Editors, Wendy Schmitz (mother of 2), and Abriah Wofford complete the team. Wendy has been part of the stroller testing team since 2014, and Abriah since 2016.

How to Choose an Umbrella Stroller

Finding the best lightweight stroller can be frustrating as they are definitely not created equal, and the price range is vast. However, if you ask yourself some key questions, you can narrow the field to a couple of options that can meet your needs without breaking the bank.

Where Will You Stroll

Knowing where you plan to use your stroller makes a big difference in the kind of stroller you choose. If you only need it for inside pushing at the museum or the airport, then maneuverability might take a back seat over child comfort and smaller wheels will be acceptable. Alternatively, if you plan to use your stroller on a world tour, then features and ease of pushing might take more of a main role in your search.

How Long and How Often

Determining how long your trip might be and how often you might be using the stroller is important. If it is used frequently, then finding a quality option with the features you need for comfort and convenience will be key. If you only need it for a one-off trip, you might get away with a lower-quality option with fewer features to save some money. You might even determine that a full-size stroller is a better choice if it looks like it will be used frequently.

Pick Your Budget

The umbrella stroller category has a price range that spans several hundred dollars. A high-priced option might be a no-go, especially if it is a second or even third stroller you are adding to your lineup. While we know budgets can be tight, we recommend taking a hard look to ensure you even need a travel stroller at all, and if you do, ask yourself if you can get by with a slightly less flashy option to meet your needs and save your wallet.

The carry strap on the Minu can aid in carrying this somewhat heavy...
The carry strap on the Minu can aid in carrying this somewhat heavy lightweight stroller.
The B-Lively has a ventilation strip in lieu of a traditional...
The B-Lively has a ventilation strip in lieu of a traditional peek-a-boo window and there is no cover, requiring the canopy to be shortened to keep it closed.
The Graco Jetsetter folds into thirds to make a compact shape...
The Graco Jetsetter folds into thirds to make a compact shape suitable for those with limited space.

Analysis and Test Results

We put top-ranked, lightweight, and umbrella strollers through exhaustive testing to determine which competitors are better than the rest. Each is observed, used, and rated on weight and folded size, ease of use, maneuverability, and quality to help you find the right stroller for your plans and budget.


Some of the high-ranking products in our review are fairly budget-friendly. However, for a stroller group that is most likely a backup or secondary stroller for most families, the prices can feel high if your budget is tight or you have limited plans to use it. The Zoe Traveler is also lower-priced and scored well overall with features for passenger comfort.

umbrella stroller - if small folded size is a priority, you may want to consider the gb...
If small folded size is a priority, you may want to consider the GB Pockit. It is remarkably small when folded and very lightweight. It earned the highest score in our Weight and Folded Size tests, due to its unique combination of the smallest folded size and the 2nd lightest weight. However, this stroller is difficult to use and requires a trade off for the size.
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Weight and Folded Size

How much a stroller weighs and how small it can fold are the factors that make or break a lightweight stroller. It needs to be easy to fold and transport. This product should simplify travel by folding quickly, being easy to carry, and stowing easily at your destination or public transportation. A few of our lineup's products are heavy, making them more of a burden to carry. Others are lightweight but are too long for compact trunks when folded. If you're looking for a traditional umbrella option, this metric is the one to watch when deciding which stroller to buy.

The highest-scoring product for Weight and Folded Size is the GB Pockit with the smallest folded volume and the second lightest weight. If you need a small fold that fits almost anywhere and is easy to carry, then the GB Pockit is the king. However, the Pockit was challenging to push and hard to use in our tests, scoring below average for overall performance.

umbrella stroller - the g-luxe doesn&#039;t fold very small and the longer profile can make...
The G-Luxe doesn't fold very small and the longer profile can make it hard to store on public transportation or in smaller trunks.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The largest folded option is the UPPAbaby G-Luxe, making it a poor choice if your space is limited.

umbrella stroller - the traveler is about average for ease of use in this group of...
The Traveler is about average for ease of use in this group of lightweight options.
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Ease of Use

Ease of use encompasses daily experience and the features that make a product easier to use or potentially versatile.

Parents usually find that products with better results in this metric are good for a wider variety of activities or make life easier. An ample sunshade or larger storage bin could translate to grocery shopping or an unexpected trip to a farmer's market. Alternatively, a quick fold can make a stroller better for commuting when speed and space are typically prized over bells and whistles. This metric could be important to your final decision, depending on your specific goals.

The Devil is in the Details

Within our ease of use rating, we perform multiple tests that combine to make up the overall score. We weigh sub-metrics according to their value in creating a highly functional lightweight stroller. To better evaluate the unique features of each stroller, we show how each stroller stacks up when compared to the competition.

Fold and Unfold

We fold, pick up, put down, unfold and stroll with all the products. We take time to note which ones can be folded one-handed (with a diaper bag in your other arm or a baby on the hip) and which ones have convenient features like a self-stand or automatic lock.

Lightweight strollers should be quick to fold and straightforward to operate. While a compact fold is essential, executing the fold quickly and without complications is just as important. We favor products that fold with one hand and have fewer steps. Strollers that lock automatically or stand on their own earn extra points.

umbrella stroller - the yoyo2 fits inside the included carry bag.
The Yoyo2 fits inside the included carry bag.
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The UPPAbaby Minu is also easy to fold and creates a compact package of thirds. The hardest strollers to fold in this review are the UPPAbaby G-Luxe, which requires two hands with multiple steps and can be harder to do if you're rushed or flustered (think crying baby and impatient commuters).

umbrella stroller - the single-action brake pedal on the yoyo2 might be small but it is...
The single-action brake pedal on the Yoyo2 might be small but it is easy to use and sandal foot-friendly.
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All the brakes work. We did not experience any faulty brakes or accidental releases in our testing. However, some of the brakes are much easier to operate than others. Good brakes should be easy to set and release and pain-free for sandal-wearing feet. Color coding is also a plus. The brakes should engage without sticking or feeling locked if they aren't.

Several of the umbrella options we tested have double-action brakes that require pressing two pedals for brake engagement. We worry that parents will forget or intentionally skip engaging a pedal, which could lead to preventable accidents or injuries. We prefer single-action brakes that only require one pedal to set.

The best brakes in this review are on the BabyZen Yoyo2 with one pedal that has plenty of foot-room and is a press to set and release. The UPPAbaby Minu are also easy to use. In our opinion, the Kolcraft Cloud Plus and Summer Infant 3D lite have the most challenging brakes, with double action brakes that are very stiff compared to the competition.

umbrella stroller - the rear access of the city mini 2 storage bin is hindered by the...
The rear access of the City Mini 2 storage bin is hindered by the frame crossbar that runs over the top. This poor design will prevent adding a diaper bag of any real size to the bin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The amount of useful stroller storage greatly influences its ease of use. The main storage area is typically an under-seat bin, and we look at the size and accessibility by attempting to slide diaper bags in when they are stuffed to the max. We also take into account additional storage features such as parent pockets, cup holders, and child trays.

Most of the products offer some storage, but how much and where are the main differences? Some have a traditional under-seat storage bin, but they vary widely in size, weight capacity, and ease of access.

umbrella stroller - the yoyo2 has a pocket on the back of the canopy for additional...
The Yoyo2 has a pocket on the back of the canopy for additional storage of quick-access items like a phone or wallet.
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The UPPAbaby Minu has the highest weight allowance of 20 lbs. Some strollers have pockets on the back of the canopy, like the BabyZen Yoyo2, and the pocket is good for convenience items like smartphones and keys.

umbrella stroller - while the sunshade on the zoe is bigger than much of the...
While the sunshade on the Zoe is bigger than much of the competition, it is oddly shaped and curves into the baby instead of out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The size and functionality of the sunshade account for 20% of the overall ease of use score. While all of the products offer a sunshade, some have small shades and many lack peek-a-boo windows. We note the UPF rating, the size of the shade, and whether it has a peekaboo window. The ease of extending and folding also plays a part. But ultimately, we test to see how well a sunshade can protect a baby from the sun.

The GB Pockit has the tiniest shade that provides only direct overhead protection with no front or side benefits. Alternatively, some of the strollers have giant shades with exceptional coverage, even for a reclining passenger.

The Gb Pockit only scored well in the weight and folded size metric...
The Gb Pockit only scored well in the weight and folded size metric. While a very important metric in umbrella strollers, the disappointing scores in other tests resulted in a low rank overall.
The Yoyo2 has a medium-sized canopy with a vinyl peek-a-boo window.
The Yoyo2 has a medium-sized canopy with a vinyl peek-a-boo window.

The photos above show the varying sizes of canopies in this review. From left to right, they are the flat shade on the GB Pockit and the medium canopy on the BabyZen Yoyo2.

umbrella stroller - the yoyo2 harness and buckle have a high-end look and work fairly...
The Yoyo2 harness and buckle have a high-end look and work fairly smoothly.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


Harness testing makes up 10% of the ease of use score. Although the products in this review have 5-point harnesses, there are different designs and methods for adjustability. We check the stiffness of each buckle and note if the straps have any padding or if there is abrasive fabric.

Five points are considered the safest design because the two extra points from the shoulder restraint straps help keep children from slipping or falling out should the stroller tip. We consider how difficult the straps are to adjust for height and correct fit and how hard the buckle is to use. We also include whether the product has an adjustable crotch strap and if the lowest shoulder height will work for smaller babies.

umbrella stroller - while we worry that the minimum shoulder strap height on the g-luxe...
While we worry that the minimum shoulder strap height on the G-Luxe is too tall for smaller riders, adjusting the straps themselves is simple and the buckle is very easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We believe parents are more likely to use a harness if it is easy. The UPPAbaby G-Luxe and the UPPAbaby Minu have the easiest harnesses and buckles to use. In contrast, some buckles are so hard that even two hands didn't feel adequate during testing. Some harnesses are easy to adjust for size, but the shoulder straps' height level is more challenging. The BabyZen Yoyo2 has the easiest-to-use harness in our tests.

umbrella stroller - the city mini 2 has a comfortable seating area with a deep recline...
The City Mini 2 has a comfortable seating area with a deep recline, adjustable leg rest, and wider seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


A reclining seatback and adjustable leg rest are useful features to keep passengers comfy, and testing for these features accounts for 15% of the overall ease of use score. Napping and being comfortable can be the difference between a successful journey and a disaster of epic proportions. We measure recline angles, note the presence of adjustable leg rest, check the footrest size, and rate seat padding.

Unfortunately, finding a comfortable seat is harder than you'd think when it comes to lightweight strollers. Some of the contenders offer a reclining seatback but lack an adjustable leg rest, a few include both, and some don't have either. In our opinion, many of the recline angles are shallow (almost non-existent) and not as nap-worthy as others. Depending on the sort of trip you take, a straightforward option with no comfort features may suffice, but if you're going to the zoo for the whole day, the trip will be much easier if your little one can snooze as the day progresses.

umbrella stroller - the nano has an adjustable leg rest.
The Nano has an adjustable leg rest.
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The adjustable leg rest on the Mountain Buggy Nano (above) provides additional legroom for nappers.

umbrella stroller - the leg rest on the quid can be down at an angle or straight out for...
The leg rest on the QUid can be down at an angle or straight out for cozier napping for shorter legs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe has the deepest recline and adjustable leg rest, a rare find in this type of stroller. If your trips could last for hours, then a comfortable seat is a must and may mean you need to sacrifice features like lighter weight.

Although some umbrella strollers claim newborn and infant suitability, we do NOT recommend using this type of stroller for children under six months.


This stroller type offers few features for infants and fails to provide the support and protection we believe babies who lack head and neck control need. Unless the stroller accepts an infant car seat, we don't think you should use them for little ones under six months. Ever. For safety, always keep an eye on your baby and regularly check to ensure the position and adjustment of the harness are correct. Check with your pediatrician and the owner's manual for more information.

Car Seat Compatibility

Only a few of the lightweight options are compatible with the best infant car seats. For the most part, this stroller category isn't known for infant or car seat compatibility, so it isn't a strike against them. The UPPAbaby Minu, and the Mountain Buggy Nano accept infant car seats with additional adapters. The BabyZen Yoyo2 works with a handful of infant car seats, and the Graco Breaze works with various Graco brand seats.

umbrella stroller - the city mini 2 performs surprisingly well in maneuverability tests...
The City Mini 2 performs surprisingly well in maneuverability tests given the smaller, dual front wheel, plastic design.
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We believe maneuverability can make or break whether or not you love (or use) your stroller. Depending on the journey and the terrain you'll cover, the umbrella stroller you choose can make a big difference in getting your little one where you want to go frustration-free. Some of the products were easy to push and turn, while others felt clunky and struggled over grass and gravel.

Compared to other stroller types like our favorite jogging strollers, all lightweight options lack superior maneuverability, but a few were better than the competition. The BabyZen Yoyo2 and UPPAbaby Minu performed well in our maneuverability tests. Still, they are much smoother on flat roads than on grass and gravel.

umbrella stroller - the yoyo2 has one of the highest test results for maneuverability in...
The Yoyo2 has one of the highest test results for maneuverability in the group.
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While we assumed most of the strollers would struggle in the grass and gravel, we were surprised that some had difficulties on flat surfaces. The products that struggled in this metric were those with smaller wheels, wheels with fake tread, and dual front wheel designs (2 wheels on one leg). Products with single front wheels and larger wheels performed better than most of the others. The hardest stroller to push is the Summer Infant 3D lite. This stroller is hard to push on the smooth hardwood, and it gets harder with a child in the seat.

The Yoyo2 has smaller, foam-filled plastic wheels, but they have...
The Yoyo2 has smaller, foam-filled plastic wheels, but they have front suspension, a sleek design and they have less resistance than the competition.
The Summer Infant 3D lite wheels are small and made of plastic...
The Summer Infant 3D lite wheels are small and made of plastic. These wheels have a flimsy feeling and wobble when it strolls, even on flat smooth surfaces

These photos show the single front wheels on the BabyZen Yoyo2 (above left) and the dual front wheels of the Summer Infant 3D lite (above right).


We consider a product's construction, materials, and durability during testing and how they may hold up over time for quality.

The look and feel of the materials, design, and performance indicate the quality level of the construction and components. Other considerations include frame flex, wobbly wheels, exposed fasteners, errant stitches, and loose connections.

The Kolcraft Cloud earned the lowest score for quality.
The Kolcraft Cloud earned the lowest score for quality.

The UPPAbaby Minu earned the high score for quality, tying with the Babyzen Yoyo2 (above left). These products look good and feel sturdy, with little frame flex and limited manufacturing flaws. The Kolcraft Cloud Plus (above right) has the lowest quality with inferior materials compared to the competition and loose connection points that create more frame flex with a child in the seat. This stroller also has a low price, so this may be a "you get what you pay for" situation.

Ease of Setup

Most of the strollers in our lineup come virtually fully assembled. Most of the strollers only require attaching the wheels, canopies, or sometimes the seat. None of the options require full assembly, but the BabyZen Yoyo2 has more parts and pieces than the competition, so it took more time to unpack and put together than the competitors. It also didn't supply the best directions, and for parts, we had to find a video online to help us. Alternatively, the GB Pockit is easy to set up, with an assembly time of under two minutes for our seasoned stroller assembly team (individual results may vary).

Do you need a lightweight stroller?
The short answer is no; most families don't need a lightweight or travel-specific option. The long answer is more complicated. In our experience, most lightweight options create frustrating circumstances where the benefits don't outshine the issues of lack of storage, poor maneuverability, or lack of child comfort features. Most traveling families claim they'd rather have a full-size stroller over the smaller options for the convenience and ease of pushing. Given that both will be a challenge through airport security and both will need to be checked when you get to the plane, we see their point. Also, most parents will prefer a larger stroller when they reach their destination as well. So, while we get that the idea of an umbrella stroller can be appealing, we aren't sold on the idea that everyone needs one and encourage you to consider your situation carefully before shelling out the extra cash.

umbrella stroller - some of the award-winning umbrella strollers offer a range of great...
Some of the award-winning umbrella strollers offer a range of great possibilities with a variety of sizes and shapes that come with different features designed for various strolling goals. We feel confident that most parents can find what they are looking for in one or more of these awesome strollers.
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Finding a useful umbrella stroller for travel or commuting doesn't have to be confusing. Our comprehensive review offers impressive lightweight and umbrella strollers for consideration. Whatever your goals or budget might be, we believe our test results and details can help you narrow your options and choose the best stroller for your needs. Between our award selections and the higher-ranking strollers, we believe there is a lightweight stroller (or two) that can meet most needs. Once you Identify your requirements, you can confidently choose the right stroller for your baby and budget.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz