The Best Travel Strollers and Umbrella Strollers for Road Warriors
Some weigh less than a bowling ball.
Being mobile with your baby in tow is about much more than just getting from point A to point B. For that, you can get by with a barebones umbrella stroller with few extra features beyond wheels, seat, and canopy. When it’s time to travel with some semblance of comfort, you need a travel stroller, one that’s compact and foldable, small enough to fit into a trunk but sturdy enough to handle both your offspring and piles of baby gear. The best travel strollers have a one-handed fold, accommodating parents who need to instantly collapse a stroller while holding a squirmy kid in their other hand. When your baby is comfortable and your lightweight stroller doesn’t require an advanced degree to set up, things go a lot smoother.
The name of the game here is convenience and ease of use. Other features worth considering include an adjustable handlebar (hard to find in travel strollers, but so worth it when you do because of the comfort factor), multi-position recline, and a UPF canopy to protect baby from the sun. A roomy storage basket, plus pockets, are great to have. Bonus if the stroller is self-standing, which makes it that much simpler to use.
If you have a newborn, make sure the travel stroller is compatible with whatever car seat you’re using. Pay particular attention to the stroller’s capacity limit; you don’t want to spend money on something you can only use for a year or two before your child becomes too heavy for it.
The Best Urban Travel Strollers
The 9-pound GB Pockit self-stands when folded and easily fits into a your tiny closet or an airplane's overhead bin. It can carry 55 pounds of kid and plenty of their gear in the bottom basket. When folded, it fits right into a bag so you can tote it around. This model has a UPF50+ sun canopy and reclining seat back with multiple recline positions, which should make parents overjoyed, because the first model did not recline. And this model lets you switch the wheel lock for increased stability on uneven terrain.
From its one-handed, free-standing fold to its smooth handling and solid suspension, this is one dope travel stroller with a much smaller footprint than its older siblings. It has a swiveling front wheel with suspension that can be locked into a fixed position, and can be used from birth on with a compatible car seat. The deep recline is pretty much going to guarantee that your kid finds a comfortable sleep position. The wheels are foam-filled, for a nice ride, the storage basket is decent in size, and of course it has an adjustable handlebar. The stroller weighs 21 pounds, and the max child weight capacity limit is 64 pounds.
Bugaboo's newest compact stroller (the Bee has been arrived for a while, but the 6 is the latest and greatest iteration) is, honestly, the bee's knees. Its smooth ride is pretty unprecedented, and this is the stroller you want if you're a city dweller dealing with bumpy streets and beat-up sidewalks. It's thanks to the Bee's all-wheel suspension, along with a high-quality damping mechanism that gives you serious shock absorption. Aside from its ultra-slick ride, we dig its compact fold as well; this is a true travel stroller that folds up like a dream. It has a five-position reclining seat with ventilation holes in the back. The handlebar is adjustable. The weight limit is 50 pounds; the stroller weighs just over 20 pounds.
At just 16 pounds, this stroller weighs less than a pressure cooker. It's also way easier to carry. To fold it, you just press a button and to unfold you release the fold latch. The seat reclines fully, and for the money, it's hard to find a smoother ride. The entire set includes the stroller, cup holder, rain cover, and carry backpack. The max weight limit is 55 pounds, and the basket can hold 10 pounds.
It clocks in at just 14 pounds. But in this case, it's the size of the fold that counts. In short, it has one of the most compact folds we've ever seen, making it eminently easy to take from the subway to the street to the car. The weight limit is 45 pounds, and the storage basket fits 15 pounds.
The Beezy is a compact stroller with the features you'd expect from an oversized one. In fact, it's loaded with features. First, the basics. The stroller weighs 18 pounds, so it's right in the middle in terms of weight. It has all-wheel suspension, which means a way smoother ride than you can rightfully expect. The weight limit is 55 pounds. There's a multi-position reclining seat, integrated leg rest supports for growing children, lockable wheel brakes, and an oversized sun canopy. Naturally, as you'd expect, there's also a free-standing fold. It's a great urban stroller, and it's so easy to maneuver that you can do it one-handed.
With a weight limit of 55 pounds, this stroller will last you quite a while. And when you're done using it, you simply wheel it around like a suitcase. It only weighs 13.6 pounds, has a multi-position reclining seat, an adjustable footrest, a one-hand fold for easy storage, and a removable bumper bar that doubles as a luggage handle. And this fits in standard overhead bins on planes.
Everyone who's tried this stroller raves about. That's because the brand left no details to chance. It has a lightweight frame that makes walking down narrow streets or uneven sidewalks a breeze. There's a massive storage basket, a wrist strap, and foldable bumper bar, plus an adjustable handlebar. And when you're ready to pack things in, the handlebar trigger release makes it absolutely seamless. Want to go for a light jog? No problem: The stroller has a 360 degree swivel front wheel with an in-line lock option. The weight limit is 55 pounds. The stroller itself weighs 24 pounds. Oh, and the fabrics are made from recycled water bottles.
Ahh, the hardy, durable Britax. You can't go wrong here. Yes, at 21 pounds, it's on the heavier side. It's not fancy, but it lasts seemingly forever. This model has storage pockets, an extra large storage basket, and infinite recline for looooong naps. It also has an integrated Click & Go System that lets you attach a BRITAX car seat to set up a travel system. We also dig that for the price, you get a height/angle adjustable handlebar. The weight limit is 55 pounds.
The Best Easy-Fold Travel Strollers
If folding a stroller really bothers you and raises your blood pressure, then this is the product for you: To collapse it, you just push down the handle and the thing folds automatically, thanks to its gravity fold feature. The weight limit is 45 pounds and the stroller weighs 15 pounds. There's a multi-position reclining seat and linked wheel foot brakes. The ease of use is what's really the appeal here.
Sleek as a Tesla, this travel stroller has all-wheel suspension and smooth maneuverability. Plus, it's beyond easy to collapse, no matter which way the seat is facing thanks to its fold-away axle. There's a removable, water repellent UPF 50+ canopy, one-handed recline that also goes fully flat for naps, and a removable, reversible two-piece seat pad that grows with your child. The key upgrades with this stroller, as opposed to the previous model: A standing fold, and a compact fold-away axle that makes the stroller even more compact when folded. Meaning, it fits into tighter spaces. The handlebar is adjustable. The stroller has a one-touch brake and front swivel wheel locks. You can use it until your kid clocks in at 48.5 pounds. The stroller weighs 28.5 pounds.
The Most Lightweight Travel Strollers
A nice, streamlined stroller, the Inglesina Quid weighs only 13 pounds, about the same as a gallon of paint. That's less than a 1-year-old child. When you collapse it, you tote it around with a carry handle. It has a one-touch foot brake, a single-handed open, reclining backrest, and adjustable leg rest. The weight limit is 55 pounds.
The stroller comes with a protective pouch to keep it clean when you fold it up and store it. But that's not all. It weighs just 13 pounds; its max weight limit is 50 pounds. The seat reclines, and it has smooth four-wheel suspension. The one-touch rear-wheel brakes are also a nice touch.
At just under 15 pounds, this is a lightweight strollers with ample features. You get a multi-position seat recline, one-hand action freestanding fold, a carry handle and shoulder strap for carrying the stroller around, and all-wheel suspension for one of the smoothest rides out there. The storage basket is big enough that you can haul 20 pounds' worth of stuff around. The stroller weight limit is 50 pounds.
You know the Maclaren. Every parent seems to have one. And for good reason. The brand has been around seemingly forever, and the strollers can withstand a viking attack. It weighs less than 14 pounds, and fits kids weighing up to 55 pounds. It has a one-handed open and close. The seat has four recline positions. The handlebar is height-adjustable (big bonus) and the stroller itself has four-wheel suspension swivel wheels for easy handling.
This is the ultimate luxury stroller, that's also among the lightest you can buy. It weighs only 15 pounds. It has a large storage basket, UPF canopy, and five reclining options. The reversible seat can be positioned facing you or facing outward. It's suitable from birth up to 50 pounds, and if there's an older sibling around, he or she can ride along on the wheeled board. It has a self-standing one-handed fold and fits in most airline overhead compartments. And it's one of the handful of lightweight travel strollers in its class with an adjustable handlebar.
The great thing about this travel stroller is that it's compatible with more than 35 different car seats (adaptors sold separately). The weight limit is 40 pounds, and the stroller itself weighs 14 pounds. It has a one-handed fold and a forward-facing seat, as well a small footprint. Meaning, it fits anywhere and everywhere. The seat reclines, too.
The Most Portable Travel Strollers
When you're done using it, you just sling this stroller over your shoulder. It's really that easy. The newer model has a new faux leather handlebar, new harness straps, and a reinforced frame. The seat has a multi-position recline. The stroller has one-handed steering and folding and unfolding, as well as rear-wheel parking brakes and swivel front wheels. The stroller weighs 14 pounds and can be used until your child is 40 pounds.
The very cool thing about this Cybex is its one-hand 360 degree rotating seat, which makes it easy to position your child in forward-facing or parent-facing mode when you're on the go. The weight limit is 55 pounds, and the stroller itself weighs 18 pounds. There's both rear- and forward-facing recline; the stroller has rear wheel brakes as well as a linked foot brake.
One of the most maneuverable strollers out there: When you're done with the Pepp, it folds flat and you pull it along as you would a suitcase. The handlebar is height-adjustable, which is fantastic for the price. It has a three-position reclining seat, front lock swivel wheels, a one-touch, and a rear wheel braking system. You can use it from birth to 50 pounds, and the stroller itself weighs just over 21 pounds.
The 2-in-1 Doona ⏤ an infant car seat with an integrated compact stroller ⏤ is a must-have for parents of newborns who love to travel. Simply pull it out of the car and the wheels fold down like a plane's landing gear. And speaking of planes, it's FAA-approved. The 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.
One of the most compact strollers you can buy, Graco's Jetsetter is exactly what its name implies. It has a one-hand fold and is compatible to use from birth with any Graco Click Connect car seat. It weighs a mere 14 pounds, has a padded carry handle and shoulder strap, and a carry bag if you need to stow it away somewhere. The weight limit is 50 pounds.
This stroller's claim to fame is a super-comfortable padded seat with side and lumbar support and an adjustable leg rest, and the updated + model has an adjustable handlebar as well. It weighs only 16.9 pounds and has a one-handed fold, and a flat recline. Plus, it fits into most overhead bins. The weight capacity limit is 49 pounds.
The Best Umbrella Strollers
Unlike their fancier counterparts, traditional umbrella strollers sound like exactly what they are: They have handles that curve up, they are insanely lightweight, and they fold up into almost nothing. When folded up, they look like umbrellas. They’re a great choice as a secondary stroller for shorter outings, like a quick jaunt to the store or fast subway trip.
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