Traveling with a baby is never easy. And while a travel system has all the bells and whistles you need, it isn’t always the best choice if you want to go on quick errands, get on a plane, or take public transportation. If you’re looking for something lightweight that will still provide safety and comfort for your little one, then an umbrella stroller is the perfect solution. Of course, there are plenty of those in the market today and choosing one that best suits your needs and that of your child isn’t going to be easy. Fortunately, we’ve done all the research and testing for you so all you have to do is choose the one that fits you from our list below.
- Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
- Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
- ZOE XL1 BEST v2
- gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller
- Cosco Umbrella Stroller
- Chicco C6 Stroller
- Baby Jogger City Tour
- Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller
- UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller
- Delta Children Umbrella Stroller
- Umbrella Stroller Buying Guide:
- Why should you get an umbrella stroller?
- Types of Umbrella Strollers
- Factors to Consider:
- Safety Features to Consider:
Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller is a lightweight (only 13 lbs) umbrella stroller that features a durable aluminum frame that has a large seat area with a 4 position recline. A 5-point harness will ensure that your child remains locked in and safe while in the stroller. The anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels provide comfort and added security. The canopy is adjustable and removable with a flip out sun visor. The stroller even comes with an extra large storage basket with a maximum carry weight of 10 lbs, a rear storage pocket, a carry strap, and an auto lock. The maximum weight and height of the child is 50 lbs and 43 inches. However, folding it does require you to take off the sun visor. A minor inconvenience really but something to take note of. Also, the height of the seat is a bit on the small side; children older than 3 or 4 may not get enough head support. In addition, the cup holder is on the small side; it won’t fit some reusable water bottles.
- easy to use
- includes a storage basket, cup holder, and canopy
- you need to remove sun visor to fold
- only for small kids below 4 years old
- small cup holder
Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
The Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller is incredibly lightweight at only 12 lbs which makes it an ideal option for travel. This compact stroller features a one-hand folding system, an expandable canopy visor with a peek-a-boo window, a parent tray, and a child tray. The seat is reclining which is perfect if your little one wants to nap.The large storage basket underneath allows you to hold everything you need for a quick trip about town. The 5-point harness ensures his/her safety. Plus, the stroller is JPMA certified. However, the seat is a bit narrow which might not be comfortable for larger kids. The cup holders are also on the small side. And the wheels as well as the suspension are not suitable for rocky trails, only sidewalks.
- expandable canopy visor with peek-a-boo
- one-hand folding system
- large storage basket
- narrow seat
- small cup holders
- not smooth riding on bumpy roads
ZOE XL1 BEST v2
The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is quite possibly the umbrella stroller that will give you the best bang for your buck. It is very budget-friendly and easy to fold/unfold. It features a parent cup holder, dual snack holder, and an easy access storage basket. The canopy is quite huge which gives maximum coverage and the peek-a-boo window ensures that you can check on the little one without disturbing his nap. However, the wheels are a bit hard to turn and the straps are not easy to adjust. And the front wheel lock is not easy to engage.
- huge canopy
- easy access storage basket
- wheels are hard to turn
- front wheel lock is a bit difficult to engage
- straps are not easy to adjust
gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller
This is one of the smallest and lightest umbrella stroller we’ve found. When folded, it’s also the most compact – only as big as a purse and possibly fit in one. Despite its small size and low weight (less than 10 lbs), the gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller is durable, able to carry a maximum of 55lbs. The wheels can rotate 360 degrees and locked for stability and uneven surfaces. And the harness is comfortable as well as adjustable. However, the canopy is small and doesn’t shield your child from much. The seat has no recline. And folding the stroller requires both hands, not an easy feat when you’re holding your kid at the same time.
- Lightweight and compact
- swivel-lock wheels
- easy-to-use harness
- tiny canopy
- seat has no recline
- uses two hands for folding
Cosco Umbrella Stroller
Obviously, this Cosco Umbrella Stroller is a kid favorite simply because of the monster design. But that’s beside the point. Parents love this umbrella stroller because it is lightweight (only 7lbs) and easy to store in the trunk of a car or in a closet. It’s affordable which makes it an ideal choice for grandma’s house. The stroller comes with a double foot brake for added safety, especially if you’re trying to seat or unseat a wiggly child. And it’s JPMA-certified. However, we do wish it had a 5-point harness instead of a 3-point one. Also, it can only carry a maximum of 40lbs. And it’s a bit on the short side which makes it hard for taller individuals to use without bending over.
- cute design
- very lightweight and compact
- double foot brake
- not for tall parents
- only a 3-point harness
- max weight is just 40lbs
Chicco C6 Stroller
The Chicco C6 Stroller features a padded five-point harness and an adjustable, removable canopy. The seat has multiple reclining positions. It also has an all-wheel suspension and locking front swivels to ensure your baby is comfortable throughout his ride. And this stroller comes with a carry strap as well as a travel bag which makes it a great option if you want something easily transported from place to place. More importantly, this stroller is so easily maneuverable that you can push it with just one hand. However, it can only hold up to 40 lbs and the straps may be too short for big kids. The stroller is also on the short side which can be a pain for tall parents.
- comes with a carry strap and travel bag
- easy to maneuver
- multiple reclining positions
- max weight is 40 lbs
- straps are short
- not ideal for tall parents
Baby Jogger City Tour
The Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller is no ordinary umbrella stroller. In fact, it seems more like a full-sized one due to all of its features. But it is still compact and lightweight (14 lbs) enough to make it an ideal travel companion. It even comes with a backpack style carry bag which can be stored away in its own compartment in the storage basket when not in use. Have we mentioned that when folded, this stroller meets carry-on requirements on a lot of public transportation vehicles? Other highlights of this stroller include a nearly flat recline and a UV 50+ extended canopy with a mesh peek-a-boo window. However, the storage basket is small and not easy to access. The price is quite expensive for an umbrella stroller. And it doesn’t come with a snack tray.
- very compact
- nearly flat recline
- UV 50+ extended canopy
- small storage basket
- no stack tray included
Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller
The Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller is a luxury travel stroller. Yes, it is incredibly expensive for an umbrella stroller but it does give you exactly what you paid for. You can fold, unfold, and push it around with one hand. It comes with a removable and washable plush cushioning. The seat reclines, the backrest is reversible, and there’s a 5-point harness to ensure your child’s safety. The extendable leg rest is perfect for a growing child as well as a napping one. And it comes with an airline certified size of a carry bag, a carrying strap, and a rain cover. However, the canopy and storage basket are on the small side. And the max weight is just 33lbs.
- easy to use one-handed
- reversible backrest
- extendable leg rest
- very expensive
- small basket and canopy
- low max weight at 33lbs
UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller is one of the heaviest umbrella strollers on our list at 15 lbs. But it has a lot going for it that we decided an extra pound or two won’t hurt. This stroller features a seat that reclines (you can do it with one hand) as well as an adjustable footrest. It comes with 5.75-inch shock-absorbing wheels with a 4-wheel suspension and a one-step brake. The canopy is large and extendable with UV 50+ protection. There’s a 5-point harness for safety and the easy access storage basket that has a max weight limit of 10lbs. And some reviewers found it hard to fold.
- reclining seat
- adjustable footrest
- 4-wheel suspension
- small basket
- slightly tricky to fold
Delta Children Umbrella Stroller
The Delta Children Umbrella Stroller is as basic as they come. This lightweight stroller features a 3-point harness, a canopy for shade, and swiveling front wheels. There is no storage basket, cup holders, or any other extras we’ve found on other strollers, even those much lower-priced. However, this one does feature cartoon designs such as Paw Patrol that will delight your little one. There are drawbacks. The canopy is a bit on the flimsy side. It’s also on the small side. Plus, it doesn’t maneuver as smoothly as other strollers.
- flimsy canopy
- doesn’t push as smoothly
Umbrella Stroller Buying Guide:
For quick trips around town and going on any sort of public transportation, an umbrella stroller is the best option. It’s lightweight, safe, comfortable, and practical. It can easily navigate busy sidewalks, the narrow aisles in stores, and public transit. It also doesn’t need a lot of effort to fold or set up. While an umbrella stroller isn’t as tricked out as your average full-size stroller, it is the ideal option if you want to get out of the house in a hurry. Naturally, with so many options in the market, finding the right one is going to take quite a bit of effort. To help you find the one stroller that will give you the most mileage for your money and meet your needs, we’ve constructed this buying guide.
Why should you get an umbrella stroller?
There are times when a full-size stroller just won’t do. Specifically in situations where you plan to do some quick errands, commute somewhere, or travel on a plane or train. An umbrella stroller is also a good option for grandparents or a backup one in case you forget to bring their standard one. In addition, a new generation of lightweight strollers now have a lot of the features found in the standard strollers such as storage basket, parent tray, cup holders, leg rests, and reclining seats. This enables some parents to use umbrella strollers as their primary unit, especially if they want to save both space and money.
Types of Umbrella Strollers
There are two types of umbrella strollers. The basic type is what most people imagine when thinking about an umbrella stroller. Just like its namesake, this type is small, easy to fold, compact, and easy to transport. The only “extra” feature this type has is a small canopy that will provide shade from the sun. The Delta Children Umbrella Stroller is a good example of a basic umbrella stroller. While it is the ultimate in portability, it does lack in versatility and convenience. A basic umbrella stroller would not be ideal for longer trips outside.
A lightweight stroller offers a lot more comfort and convenience to the parent and child compared to a basic one. In fact, many lightweight versions have much of the same features found in full-sized versions such as an under-the-seat storage basket, expandable canopy, reclining seat, adjustable leg rests, child and parent snack trays, and even 4-wheel suspension system. What makes them different is the weight and compact fold, making the lightweight stroller a better option for parents who are on-the-go. The Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller is a good example of a lightweight stroller that comes with an expandable canopy, a large storage basket, a parent and child tray, and a reclining seat.
Factors to Consider:
Size: The primary reason you’re even considering an umbrella stroller is because you need something small, compact, and light. So yes, size will matter. If the stroller you find is not small enough, it won’t suit your needs in terms of portability. If the size is too small, then you child might feel uncomfortable. Choosing the right size is a bit like Goldilocks and the three bears. Only you will be able to determine which one will suit you best.
Handle Length: This one is slightly related to size, only in terms of length. The height of the handles can help determine if the stroller will be something you use on a daily basis or one that you’d rather not use unless you have no other option available. The right handle length should be right around your waist, which means this will depend entirely on your height. Too high and it’ll be hard to maneuver properly. Too low and your back will ache after bending or hunching over so much. The Cosco Umbrella Stroller, for example, is perfect for shorter individuals (less than 5’4”). The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, on the other hand, is great for tall individuals, even dads who stand more than 6 feet tall.
Weight Limit: The maximum weight limit of umbrella strollers often range between 40 to 50 lbs. Though some like the gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller have a max weight limit of 55lbs. And some like the Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller have a very low max weight limit of 33lbs. Take note that this limit always includes whatever stuff you want to pack on the stroller like your baby’s diaper bag, your own bag, lunch box, etc. It’s important to always be aware of this limit because an overloaded stroller has a higher chance of tipping over.
Comfort/Padding: No matter how many features you get on your umbrella stroller, it won’t be of any use to you if your child is screaming to get out (or simply refuses to sit in the stroller) because it doesn’t feel comfortable. Some basic umbrella strollers don’t offer any padding, just a fabric seat which can get uncomfortable during long trips. Others like the Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller have plush cushioning that’s removable and washable.
Portability: The primary reason why you’re buying an umbrella stroller is to make it easy for you to transport. Which means finding a stroller that is lightweight and folds compactly. But that’s not all you need to consider. To make the stroller easier to travel around with, some manufacturers include carry straps and bags. Some like the Baby Jogger City Tour come with a bag that meets carry on requirements of most public transportation vehicles.
Ease of Use: A lot of umbrella strollers are quite easy to open and close. However, when you have a wriggling child in one hand, it pays to get a stroller that can be easily opened using the other like the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller uses a one-hand folding system.
Recline Position: To add to your child’s comfort, some umbrella strollers feature a reclining seat. The Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, for example, has 4 reclining positions which enables your child to comfortably nap should the need arise. Some can even be extended flat to accommodate newborns.
Safety Features to Consider:
Brakes: All strollers have some sort of braking system. What you need to look for is ease of use and foot friendliness. If a brake requires more effort to engage, it becomes much more likely for parents to become complacent and avoid using it altogether which can lead to accidents. When choosing an umbrella stroller, look for one that is straightforward and easy to use. One that only requires one foot instead of two. The UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller has a one-step footbrake which is one of the easiest we’ve tested.
Safety Harness: Basic umbrella strollers like the Cosco Umbrella Stroller often feature a 3-point harness which is only safe to use if your child is already able to sit independently. However, a 5-point harness is still a better choice all around because it secures your child’s shoulders as well as his lower body.