Having a child doesn’t automatically turn you into a shut-in. You still want to travel, and for that, you need a travel stroller. Or what is otherwise known as a compact stroller.
Now, we’re not talking the best umbrella strollers here. While fine for quick trips, they aren’t necessarily built for long treks. These compact travel strollers, on the other hand, offer full-sized features but are lighter and can fit in the elevator or be carried to your fifth-floor walk-up. Not only that, but they all collapse or fold up to conveniently fit in a closet, behind the couch, or under a bed when not in use.
Most also slide into a backpack and fit in the overhead bin of an airplane too ⏤ so yes, they’re good for travel. You’ll want a lightweight, compact stroller that’s durable and folds easily and quickly when you’re on the road. These are some of the best ones you can buy.
Best Travel Strollers
The selling point of this Joolz stroller is its modular design: You can easily extend it if a second baby or a third comes along by adding a second seat or bassinet.
This stroller easily converts to a double stroller, if needed. It has a huge basket for hauling stuff around. It’s simple to fold and set up, and maneuvers smoothly on city streets or grass. And it’s made with sustainable fabrics.
- Weight: 31 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: 88 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 35” x 22” x 22”
One of the more affordable options out there, the Evenflo stroller travel system is another highly-rated option. It's a car seat and stroller combo featuring the Sarema car seat and base. The stroller has six modes, letting your baby face in or out. The seat converts to a baby carriage, frame stroller, or travel system.
The Evenflo stroller system is easy to fold and unfold, and has a very seamless restraint system for your baby. It weighs 20 pounds and fits kids weighing up to 50 pounds. It has a large three-panel canopy, cruiser tires, and an anti-rebound bar. It’s a fantastic everyday stroller if you’re not willing to shell out as much for a Thule. The stroller double action brakes, next to the rear wheels, and a two-handed fold.
- Weight: 20 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: 50 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 26.5” x 18.5” x 31.5”
This Chicco travel stroller has a four-position backrest that easily adjusts with one hand for growing children. The canopy is adjustable and removable. It has a compact fold with an automatic storage latch and carry handle.
This travel stroller has 3D-style fold and a carry handle for convenience. There aren’t many bells and whistles, but it does include a cup holder and a storage basket. Beware that there are fairly consistent complaints about the shoulder straps not being connected to the waist harness, which is a challenge if your child is on the wiggly side.
- Weight: 18.8 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: 40 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 46″ x 10″ x 11.75″
Graco's strollers are beloved by parents. If you need a car seat and stroller combo system, this is a solid choice. The Modes travel system grows with your child, from infant to toddler. It works with any Graco Click Connect car seat.
This travel stroller system has locking front swivel wheels, a one-handed standing fold, a pivoting child’s tray with cup holders and a parent storage tray. There’s a multi-position reclining seat for child’s comfort and the stroller meets Disney’s size limits.
- Weight: 14.84 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: 50 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 27.35″ x 11.75″ x 15.59″
Having just checked out UPPAbaby's Minu travel stroller, we can attest that it has all the suspension and ease of use of a full-sized stroller, but it folds up one-handed in seconds and has a carry strap.
We folded this stroller over and over again, and were wowed. Wow, it’s easy. Wow, it’s fast. Wow, it has a handy carry strap so you can sling it over your shoulder. And it fits in most carry-ons (check with your airline to be sure). Plus it has a pop out UPF 50+ sunshade and vented peekaboo window, as well as a sturdy basket.
- Weight: 15 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Three months to 50 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 11.5” x 20.5” x 23”
The 3Dlite stroller is lightweight with a durable aluminum frame. It's easy to fold and has a carry strap.
At just 13 pounds, the Summer Infant 3D Lite lives up to its name. It has a four-position recline, an adjustable and removable canopy, anti-shock front wheels and a cup holder. It folds up and comes with its own carry strap.
- Weight: 13 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 50 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 42″ x 14.75″ x 12.5″
You get a great stroller, that's also easy to tote around. It has a lightweight frame for easy maneuverability, plus a one-hand fold perfect for travel.
You also get a parent cup holder, cell phone holder, child cup holder, flip-flop friendly brake, large storage basket, and a carry bag. The stroller also features an oversized canopy, multi-position recline, and smooth glide wheels. And best of all, it can be used with certain car seats: Graco SnugRide Click Connect, Chicco KeyFit 30, and Chicco Fit 2.
- Weight: 19 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Birth to 50 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 21.5″ x 20.5″ x 14.5″
If you're in the market for something swankier, go for the Bugaboo Fox. It collapses into one piece and has a self-standing option, so it’s easy to move and store. And it's also basically a work of art on wheels.
First, the geeky stuff. Nearly 100 plastic bottles were used to help make this lightweight stroller. So yeah, it’s cool. It folds up quickly. It has all-terrain wheels and advanced suspension. We’ve tried this stroller and it’s a damn fine, smooth ride. Bugaboo Fox is compatible with the Bugaboo Turtle car seat without the use of adapters. When used with separate adapters, it is compatible with car seat brands including Maxi Cosi, Chico, Clek, Nuna, Peg Perego, Britax and Cybex. And it fits babies up to 48.5 Pounds.
- Weight: 21.8 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Birth to 45.8 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 25.98″ x 21.25″ x 7.48″
There's no need to compromise with this travel stroller. You get a full-service stroller that features a lockable front swivel wheel for jogging that folds up easily for travel and transport.
So you want to hit the road, and maybe go for a hike or two? And then, throw this stroller in the trunk? Well, meet your match, but be forewarned because this stroller is not lightweight. The push handle on this stroller is extra wide, ergonomically shaped and foam padded, and the adjustable canopy with covered sunroof blocks out the sun and wind. The stroller features a multi-position reclining padded seat with a fully adjustable five-point safety harness and tether strap. Best of all, the stroller folds compact for seamless storage and transport.
- Weight: 41 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Birth to 50 pounds or 42 inches.
- Folded Dimensions: 23.5″ x 16.75″ x 33.75″
The current Guinness World Record holder for most compact stroller (not a joke), the 9.5-pound GB Pockit uses a two-step technique to fold down to about the size of a personal pan pizza.
It self-stands when folded and easily fits into a backpack, which then easily fits into your tiny closet or an airplane’s overhead bin. It can carry 55 pounds of kid and 11 pounds of their gear in the bottom basket. This model has a UPF50+ sun canopy and reclining seat back.
- Weight: 9.5 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 55 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 11.8″ x 7″ x 13.8″
How many city apartments have room for both a full-sized stroller and a portable car seat for crosstown cab rides? Answer, not enough. Which is why the 2-in-1 Doona ⏤ an infant car seat with an integrated compact stroller ⏤ is a must-have for urban parents.
Simply pull it out of the Uber and the wheels fold down like a plane’s landing gear. And speaking of planes, it’s FAA approved. Doona comes with a cushioned insert for infants up to 11 pounds and the unique design allows the stroller handle to double as an anti-rebound bar when positioned against the car’s back seat. A sunshade, rain cover, snap-on storage, and padded travel bag are all sold separately.
- Weight: 16.5 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 35 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 9″ x 41″ x 10″
Baby Jogger's City Tour weighs in at a paltry 14 pounds and uses a cool one-handed trifold to shrink itself down to the size of a carry-on bag.
The stroller actually comes with backpack-style travel case for easy transport and/or storage. The City Tour rocks a large UV 50+ canopy with peek-a-boo window, rear parking brake, and an ample underneath basket, not to mention front-wheel suspension and locking wheels. Also, a reclining seat.
- Weight: 14.2 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 45 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 22” x 17.7” x 9.1”
The Yoyo+ might be billed as a luxury travel stroller, but it comes loaded with amenities not found on a lot of full-sized strollers ⏤like four-wheel suspension, a patented Soft-Drive system that eliminates speed wobbles on rough terrain, and extendable leg rest.
It’s car-seat compatible, boasts a thick reclining mattress, and comes with a pop-up canopy and rain cover. As for the size, the easy one-handed fold collapses it to about 20-inches by 17-inches, which means it should easily fit under the table of your favorite restaurant. And if you need to take it on the road, there’s an attached padded shoulder strap and accompanying bag.
- Weight: 12.8 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 33 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 20″ x 17.5″ x 7″
The great thing about this travel stroller is that you can use it from birth, because it's infant car seat-ready and there's no need to purchase additional adapters. It can accommodate kids up to four years of age, and has an easy two-step compact fold that meets airline regulations for carryons.
You’re literally ready to go once you get this stroller, because it works with your car seat. It weighs only 13 pounds and folds right into its included travel bag. Plus, it fits into overhead luggage bins. Bonus! It has a full size seat, a larger sun canopy with flick out solid sun visor, a shoulder strap for hands-free transportation, and a ventilated seat back when it’s reclined.
- Weight: 13 pounds.
- Capacity Limit: Birth to 44 pounds.
- Folded Dimensions: 12″ x 22″ x 20″
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