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The Best Umbrella Strollers For Parents on the Move

Umbrella strollers are lightweight, easy to fold, and ideal for travel. Here's a list of the best ones for you and your baby.

If you have a kid, you need an umbrella stroller. For those not in the know (or those with an abundance of space), an umbrella stroller is meant for older babies, toddlers, and even younger preschoolers, and its claim to fame is that it’s lightweight and can fold up. The best umbrella strollers are light and compact, and they still have the features that fit your family’s needs. Like a cup holder.

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When we set about making this list, we set some ground rules. First things first: every one of our picks had to have great reviews from parents who’ve used them. We didn’t want any models that weigh more than 16 pounds — they’re supposed to be easy to carry around, after all — and we wanted to highlight models with a wide range of features, from innovative folding systems to foot-activated brakes to peek-a-boo windows. Not every stroller has every feature, so think about what’s essential for you and your family before you choose the stroller for you.

Best Umbrella Strollers and Small Strollers

This fantastic compact stroller has a compact fold with carry strap and transport lock, so you get the mobility of an umbrella stroller with the benefit of six ergonomic seat positions including the lie-flat position.

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  • Weight: 25 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 55 pounds
  • Dimensions (folded): 26 x 21 x 3 in
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 31 x 33 x 28 in
  • One-handed fold: Yes

The Joolz Hub is compact yet immensely comfortable, with six ergonomic seat positions and an XL canopy with UPF 50+ sun protection. You can use one hand to navigate it. And you can use it with a seat or a bassinet or a newborn cocoon. It’s self standing when folded. And the basket is big enough that you can haul groceries home in it. 

This is an upgraded umbrella stroller, with a one-hand quick-fold and auto-lock. The canopy stroller has a five-point harness and superior maneuverability.

  • Weight: 41.2 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 45 pounds
  • Dimensions (folded): 22.04 x 17.71 x 9.05 in
  • Dimensions (unfolded): not available
  • Brake: Foot Break
  • One-handed fold: Yes

This is a full-service stroller disguised as an umbrella stroller. It weighs slightly over 14 pounds, fits into many overhead bins, and comes with a backpack-style carry bag for toting around. The one-hand fold is seamless and easy. And it is simple to maneuver, without any of the awkwardness or bumpiness of more basic umbrella strollers.

The Chicco lightweight stroller is great for kids that weigh up to 40 pounds. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and a four-position backrest.

  • Weight: 18.8 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 40 pounds
  • Dimensions (folded): 35 x 19 x 40 in
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 34.5 x 18.5 x 41 in
  • Brake: Foot Break
  • One-handed fold: Yes

The Chicco Liteway stroller has a lightweight aluminum frame, compact fold, automatic storage latch, and a backrest that is easy to adjust with one hand. It has rear-wheel suspension and optional front swivels.

This stroller folds compactly with one touch, and you can sling it over your shoulder.

  • Weight: 14 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 50 pounds
  • Dimensions (folded): 18 x 10 x 22
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 24 x 19 x 41 in
  • Brake: Foot Break
  • One-handed fold: Yes

This stylish umbrella stroller can easily be maneuvered with one hand. It folds up and has a built-in carry strap. It’s got double-decker easy-to-access storage baskets, accessible from the rear, to give you plenty of space for diapers, snacks, and wipes. There’s an extendable sunshade with UPF 50. And it’s got front and rear suspension.

One of the last expensive options on this market also happens to be one of the best. The Summer Infant 3D Lite comes in seven different colors, if that's important to you, but the real hero here is the aluminum frame.

  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 50 pounds, up to 43 inches
  • Dimensions (folded): 10 x 8 x 40 inches
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 27 x 18 x 43 inches
  • Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
  • One-handed fold: No

It’s a strong, lightweight material and the design of the umbrella stroller gives it a sturdy feel without being rigid and hard to maneuver. It has a five-point harness that makes it easy to strap your kid in snugly, and the seat has four reclining positions so she’ll be nice and comfy during the ride. It comes with a removable canopy with flip out sun visor. There’s also a solid amount of useful storage, from the basket underneath to the small pocket higher up (a great place to stash your phone and/or keys) and a cupholder. It folds up vertically with a three-step fold and comes with a carry strap that makes it easy to tote through the train station or airport.

Maclaren is a beloved British buggy brand, and this umbrella stroller, like all of their products, comes with a lifetime warranty and parts that you can replace yourself in case they wear out.

  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Capacity: 9.7 to 55 pounds
  • Dimensions (folded): 33.5 x 18 x 8 inches
  • Dimension (unfolded): 39.5 x 19 x 41 inches
  • Brake: Foot-Operated Cable Link Parking Brakes
  • One-handed fold: Yes

There’s a ton of features packed into a super lightweight umbrella stroller. The single front wheels make it easy to turn this stroller, and the vaulted hood means more space and a better roof to protect your kid from the weather, which the sun visor also helps with. Cleverly, the hood keeps its position so you don’t have to readjust after folding and unfolding. The seat sits pretty high, giving your baby more leg room, more distance from hot pavement, and a better view as you cruise around town. Plus, you can take out the seat and wash it (a feature that will inevitably come in handy).

You could spring for the fancier G-Luxe for UPPAbaby, but we think this lighter model is a better pick for most parents.

  • Weight: 11.2 lbs.
  • Capacity: up to 55 pounds
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 31.2 x 18.2 x 42.3 inches
  • Dimensions (folded): 15.7 x 10.6 x 42 inches
  • Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
  • One-handed fold: Yes

The mesh seat on this umbrella stroller is breathable and lightweight, and you can take it off of the aluminum frame and throw it in the washing machine if need be. The canopy is expansive and has UPF 50+ protection. To fold it up, all you have to do is pull two hand-level triggers and pull the front wheels toward the handlebar. The 4.7-inch wheels and shock-absorbing, four-wheel suspension ensure a smooth ride, and the detachable cup holder for mom and dad is a nice touch.

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.

  • Weight: 9.5 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 55 pounds
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 28 x 17.5 x 39.8 inches
  • Dimensions (folded): 11.8 x 7 x 13.8 inches
  • Brake: Single foot-activated parking brake
  • One-handed fold: No

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.

The Kolcraft Cloud Plus gives you the most bang for the buck.

  • Weight: 11.8 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 50 pounds
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 31.2 x 18 x 39 inches
  • Dimensions (folded): 18 x 12 x 34 inches
  • Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
  • One-handed fold: Yes

This umbrella stroller is less than $70, and you still get a bunch of features — an adjustable three-tier canopy, peek-a-boo window, reclining seat, child tray– found on strollers that are much more expensive. Parents get not one, but two cupholders, a roomy storage area, and a peek-a-boo window that makes it easy to keep an eye on junior. All-terrain wheels and a front suspension means this thing can tackle some bumps in the road, which isn’t true of every umbrella stroller. The Cloud Plus folds with the push of a button and squeeze of a lever on the center of the handlebar.

Every other stroller on this list is meant for babies at least six months old. The New Groove is the only one that markets itself as safe for newborns, so it could potentially be the only stroller you need to buy.

  • Weight: 15.7 pounds
  • Capacity: up to 55 pounds
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 32 x 19.75 x 42.5 inches
  • Dimensions (folded): 43.75 x 14 x 10 inches
  • Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
  • One-handed fold: No

The seat on this umbrella stroller is reclinable, so you can lay it nearly flat for newborns and tilt it up as your kid gets older, and the adjustable leg rest adds to their comfort. On each side of the seats is a mesh pocket that can fit a bottle, a toy, or any other small item. Parents can store their stuff in the mesh basket underneath. The canopy is fully adjustable, and when it’s out you can unzip a mesh peek-a-boo window at your leisure. The wheels are large enough to maneuver easily, and the handlebars are high enough to preclude stooping.

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