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The Best Umbrella Strollers for Parents on the Move

Umbrella strollers are lightweight, easy to fold, and ideal for quick outings.

If you plan on taking quick day trips, whether to the park or the playground, 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 crazy-easy to fold up. The handles face upward, like you see on an umbrella, hence the name. The best umbrella strollers are small, easy to collapse, ultra-compact, and simple to transport. They’re ideal for parents who need a set of baby wheels without a ton of bells and whistles.

The umbrella strollers on this list all weigh less than 20 pounds. Many of these recline, which is rare to find in this category. They’re easy to fold, easy to tote around, and get the job done.

So the handles point out, not up, but we'll call this an umbrella stroller because when the shoe fits ... And this is one great shoe, ahem, stroller. Unlike earlier models, this one does recline, which is a blessing for frustrated parents. It weighs nine pounds and can be carried via the attached handle. The seat reclines to a baby lounger, and the weight limit is 55 pounds.

Weighing just 13 pounds, this umbrella stroller has a multi-position recline, which is an improvement over no recline at all. It has an upright standing fold and a carry strap. The weight capacity limit is 50 pounds, so this is definitely the most long-lasting of the options on this list. There's even a decent-sized storage basket and a roll-up vent window.

We dig Cybex because the quality is just a standout in the baby gear field. This stroller weighs just 14 pounds, has a weight limit of 55 pounds, and reclines into a nearly flat position for naps. When folded, it's about the size of a larger tote bag. And to fold it, you just press the buttons on the handlebar and press down. Once folded, you can scrunch it into an even smaller size for portability.

Yes, this weighs 16 pounds, but it's also loaded with extras. You'll notice the stroller's big wheels, designed specifically for a smoother ride. It comes with a tray that folds up along with the stroller. The seat reclines, and the leg rest is adjustable. Oh, and the storage basket can hold 15 pounds' worth of gear. The weight limit is 55 pounds. You push on the handlebar to automatically fold it.

All the convenience of the umbrella stroller, but with features you need. First off, this stroller only weighs 13.4 pounds. It has a one-handed quick fold and an adjustable multi position recline. The weight limit is 50 pounds. The storage basket is large, and between its four-wheel suspension and rear wheel brakes, you get a ton of features for not a ton of money.

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. At 18 pounds, it's on the heavier side, but we like the nicely padded seat and the four-position recline. It has an automatic storage latch, a fully reclining seat, a one-handed fold with carry handle, and a foot brake.

At 16.3 pounds, this stroller is one the heavier ones on this list, but its myriad features more than make up for the extra weight. The weight limit is 55 pounds. The stroller has a one-hand activated seat recline, an adjustable footrest, a one-step rear brake, luxe all-wheel suspension, and a carry strap. The cup holder is removable, and the basket can haul 10 pounds worth of gear.

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. It weighs only 13 pounds, and has a 50-pound capacity, as well as a 4-position recline. 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.

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