The Best Umbrella Strollers of 2017

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Choosing an umbrella stroller is a lot like shopping for a house — you want five things, but you only get to have three. (And granite countertops is not one of them.) While not all lightweight strollers are umbrellas; all umbrella strollers are lightweight — usually coming in at less than 15 lbs. Most boast a vertical rather than horizontal fold and separate curved handles, both features that resemble, you guessed it, an umbrella. And because they’re trimmed down for travel and quick errands, they’re often short on many of the amenities to which you’ve grown accustomed on your full-sized ride.

So the question is: Which compromises are you willing to make to not lift a 30 lbs stroller onto a TSA scanner? These six options top the reviews on such sites as Consumer Reports, The NightLight, Stroller Envy, and BabyGearLab. In almost all cases, they’ve been tested and scored at the top of the class. And they offer a wide range of features that include innovative folding systems, multiple reclining positions, five-point safety harnesses, superior maneuverability, and more. Just not all in one stroller.

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Summer Infant 3D Lite

Summer Infant 3D Lite

Pros: If you want a bare-bones umbrella stroller that won’t break the bank, look no further. Consumer Reports tagged the 3D Lite a ‘Best Buy’ ($80 MSRP, cheaper online) and their second-best umbrella stroller overall. Stroller Envy also ranked it tops in the less than $100 category. CR gave it very good marks for maneuverability and ease of use, and excellent marks for safety; it features a five-point harness. And at only 12 lbs., it still includes a small storage pocket, and reclines, and supports a child up to 50 lbs.
Cons: This stroller will leave your kid jealous of your easy chair. According to CR: “The recline mechanism on the 3D Lite requires both hands, is awkward to use, and … there isn’t much of a difference between the upright and reclined positions.” BabyGearLab was also less than enamored: “The 3D had the second worst score for maneuverability with wobbly dual wheels and flexing handles that make it difficult to push and turn without moving off course.” They also dinged it for its small sun canopy.

Weight: 12lbs
Capacity Limit: Six months to 50 lbs.
Folded Dimensions: 9″ x 41″ x 10″
Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: No

Buy Now $64

Peg Perego Pliko Four

Peg Perego Pliko Four

Pros: Tied for #2 with the Summer Infant3D Lite on Consumer Reports list of top ranked umbrella strollers (although the 3D Lite is over $200 cheaper, mind you), the Pliko Four scores “very good” in ease of use, maneuverability, and safety. CR notes three virtues: It is car seat compatible (with Peg Perego’s Viaggio Infant Car Seat), the handle is adjustable, And it stands folded. Also, they dig the new attached 5-point harness. Stroller Envy adds: “The Peg Perego Pliko Four combines the best of an umbrella stroller with a full-featured luxury single.”

Cons: In terms of complaints, there are surprisingly few — even though, at 22.6 lbs.  it’s the heaviest model on the list by far. CR points out a lack storage and a parent tray, as well as a less-than-helpful instruction manual. They also note that “aligning the car seat with the fasteners is awkward.” Says Stroller Envy: “The pocket on the sun canopy should have a closure on it, or don’t make it the peek-a-boo window flap. Your things spill out if you open the flap to check on your child.”

Weight: 22.6 lbs.
Capacity Limit: Six months to 45 lbs.
Folded Dimensions: 18″ x 32.6″
Brake: “One-step” Rear-Wheel Brakes
Carrier adapter: No, but it does connect to the Primo Viaggio Infant Car Seat without an adapter.
One-handed fold: Yes

Buy Now $290

Maclaren Triumph

Maclaren Triumph

Pros: The Triumph, well, triumphed at The NightLight where reviewers made it their top choice for its combination of lightweight design, durability, and abundance of features. It got an update last year and comes loaded with plenty of creature comforts — ergonomic foam handles for you, reclining seat for Junior — and a waterproof hood and rain cover. So, in this case, “umbrella stroller” isn’t just a clever name.
Cons: The dual-action buckle system requires a bit of finesse and coordination to undo the harness. Or, as Consumer Reports put it: “The harness buckle was very difficult to operate, and the strap adjustment was not at all intuitive.” Good news here, at least your kid will never figure it out.

Weight: 13 lbs.
Capacity Limit: Six months to 55 lbs.
Folded Dimensions: 9″ x 41″ x 12″
Brake: Foot-Operated Linked Parking Brakes
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: Yes

Buy Now $225

Inglesina Net Umbrella Stroller

Inglesina Net

Pros: BabyGearLab names the Inglesina Net its “‘Best Value,” noting the bare-bones, budget friendly stroller scored above-average in every tested category and “earned a high score for weight and folded size with a nice score for quality.” They add: “With a breathable seat back, collapsing fold and four-panel canopy, this minimalist stroller has what you need for quick trips on hot days … it will get the job done without breaking the bank, or leaving you frustrated.”

Cons: That said, BGL has two primary complaints: One, the stroller is “hard to push and turn;” and two, its SPF 50+ sunshade doesn’t feature a peek-a-boo window, so it’s harder to spy on your little one. Consumer Reports also notes: “The basket is very small, and access to it is limited with the seatback reclined. And there’s no other storage, except a cupholder.”

Weight: 11.2 lbs.
Capacity Limit: Three months to 55 lbs.
Folded Dimensions: 10″ x 42″ x 8.5″
Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: Yes

Buy Now $149

Quinny Yezz

Pros: From the makers of the Longboardstroller comes the super light Yezz. BabyGearLab gave it their “Editors’ Choice award for best stroller, thanks to its easy compact fold, lighter weight, and superior maneuverability.” It also scored second on their list of the best umbrella strollers of 2017, right behind the BabyZen Yoyo+ (which we consider a lightweight, by the way), noting it is “easy to navigate and great for travel and small spaces.”
Cons: Consumer Reports is the killjoy, pointing out the barebones-ness of this stroller: “The seatback is not adjustable, a big minus for some parents and kids. Harness belts must be threaded through to adjust, which is time-consuming. Front swivel wheel cannot be locked. Lacks a basket; the only storage is a pocket on the back of the seat.”

Weight: 12 lbs.
Capacity Limit: Six months to 40 lbs.
Folded Dimensions: 9.25″ x 27″ x 10.6″
Brake: Single-Foot Parking Brake
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: Yes

Buy Now $260

Uppababy G-Lite Umbrella Stroller

UPPAbaby G-Lite

Pros: The less expensive cousin of the G-Luxe (The NightLight’s runner-up, by the way) merits inclusion thanks to its top ranking on Consumer Reports list of best single umbrella strollers. According to their review, the stroller is lightweight and easy to fold and store. The give it props for its manoeuvrability and the fact that it self-stands when folded. They also add that it’s reasonably priced for everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Cons: Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean you won’t want it; CR also points out that you should be ready to live without a reclining seat, storage trays, adjustable handles, and locking front swivel wheels. BabyGearLab notes that while the seat is breathable, it’s not padded. And there’s no leg rest.

Weight: 11 lbs.
Capacity Limit: Six months to 55 lbs.
Folded Dimensions: 11.5″ x 42″ x 14″
Brake: Dual Rear-Wheel Foot Brakes
Carrier adapter: No
One-handed fold: Yes

Buy Now $160

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