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.
- 1 Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller
- 2 Graco Uno2Duo Stroller (Ellington)
- 3 Chicco Viaro Quick-Fold Stroller
- 4 Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller
- 5 GB Pockit+ Lightweight Baby Stroller
- 6 Graco Breaze Lightweight Stroller (Lake green)
- 7 Besrey Airplane Stroller
- 8 Joovy Caboose Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller
- 9 Cynebaby Infant Toddler Stroller
- 10 Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller (Bubble Gum)
- 11 Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
- 12 Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
- 13 ZOE XL1 BEST v2
- 14 gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller
- 15 Cosco Umbrella Stroller
- 16 Chicco C6 Stroller
- 17 Baby Jogger City Tour
- 18 Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller Black
- 19 UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller
- 20 Delta Children Umbrella Stroller
- 21 Umbrella Stroller Buying Guide:
Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller
The Babyzen YOYO+ stroller is one of the most functional umbrella strollers on the market. It is ideal for older babies, 6+ months, and has a capacity of 40lbs. YOYO+ arrives folded in a storage bag and unfolds easily. It features four single wheels. The plus side is the wheels roll more easily unlike double wheels. The down side is the wheels get stuck in cracks and are rough to turn on bumpy terrains.
The YOYO+ umbrella stroller is pretty comfortable for babies. It comes with a footrest that allows your toddler to climb up the stroller by himself and also rest his legs. The seat is well padded with an adjustable backrest.
This baby stroller features a slim design that makes it easy for you to weave through parked cars and slow moving crowds. What really sets it apart from other strollers is it well-designed folding mechanism. It takes 2 seconds to fold up. A nicely padded shoulder strap has been included. You can carry it on one side and carry/hold your toddler with the other hand. The folded stroller can be stood vertically to save space.
- Ideal for tall parents
- Airplane certified
- Compact and lightweight
- Large basket underneat
- Handlebar not height adjustable
Graco Uno2Duo Stroller (Ellington)
The Uno2Duo Stroller by Graco is another excellent option. This stroller arrives as a single stroller that offers 10 different ways to ride your baby. It can be turned into rear-facing bassinet or forward-facing bassinet, forward-facing or parent-facing seat and more. As you family grows, you get 8 different ways to carry two children. You can also expand it to a double stroller. Its handle is adjustable, allowing you to extend the stroller by up to 5 inches.
This umbrella stroller comes with a canopy to protect your kid from the sun. For safety, it has an adjustable safety harness that can hold both big and small kids. The Uno2Duo can hold up to 50lbs and will be a great addition to your home.
- Very affordable
- One-hand fold system
- Comes with a removable child’s tray and parent cup holder
- Extra large storage basket
- Tray a bit far from the seat
- Quite heavy compared to other convertible strollers like the Britax B-Ready G2 Stroller
Chicco Viaro Quick-Fold Stroller
Boasting of its ability to fold/unfold quickly, the Chicco Viaro Stroller is an ultra-lightweight stroller that comes with lots of convenient features that most parents appreciate. It includes a large storage basket, 5-point harness, removable canopy, swivel front wheels, machine-washable seat pad, 2-position carry handle and many more.
This stroller sports a slim, sleek design that makes it easy to maneuver. It is lightweight, 18 pounds, and fits perfectly through most standard size doors. This travel system also includes a click-in attachment features that is compatible with KeyFit infant car seats. Other features we like include the rear brakes, parent and baby trays, and the comfortable, reclining seat. The Viaro stroller folds easily. However, due to its large size it takes up a lot of space in the trunk. This umbrella stroller is ideal for babies 6+ months and can hold between 4-50 pounds.
- Functional car seat/stroller combo
- Easy installation
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver
- Works great with car seat
- Tires not ideal for rough terrains
- The extra padding could be uncomfortable for some babies.
Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller
When it comes to high-quality, outstanding baby products, you can never go wrong with products designed by Baby Jogger. Their products are of excellent quality and the City Mini Stroller is a great example. It comes with multiple outstanding features that you will undoubtedly love. It is designed for urban mobility and features a slim 3-wheel design. This design makes it easy to move it around any parking, between shelves at your local grocery store, and through doors.
The City Mini comes with a well padded seat that reclines for ultimate comfort. The 8-inch Eva tires work well on most urban terrains. The front wheels are lockable for strolling and swivel to avoid obstacles. The stroller comes with brakes for when you want to park it. This umbrella stroller also comes with an adjustable canopy to protect your baby from the harsh winds or the sun. The stroller also folds easily and has an auto-lock feature that locks the fold for easy storage or transportation. You can carry it in one hand and hold your baby’s hand in the other.
- Comes with 2 peek-a-boo windows
- Seat weight capacity of 50lbs
- Can be customized to meet your travel needs
- Handlebar not adjustable
- Wheels not ideal for other types of terrains
GB Pockit+ Lightweight Baby Stroller
If you are looking for a lightweight, collapsible umbrella stroller to take with you when you hit the road, the GB Pockit+ Baby Stroller is the best choice. Its collapsible and compact design allows it to fit in overhead compartments on trains and planes. It also takes up very little space when placed in the trunk. It can also fit in a large backpack.
At 12lbs, it’s one of the lightest strollers on this list. We particularly like its easy recline system that ensures the baby stays comfortable throughout your travels. The seat is well-cushioned for comfort while the 5-point harness ensures your baby’s safety. This Plus model also includes a one-step brake, canopy and storage basket. The handlebars are well padded and allow for one-hand pushing. However, the handlebars are not adjustable. This might be an issue for tall parents. Overall, we believe the GB Pockit+ Baby stroller is an ideal buy for traveling families.
- Compact and lightweight
- Front wheels can be locked straight.
- Compatible with Cybex and GB infant car seats
- Canopy doesn’t offer much sun protection
- Does not have accessories like cup holders
- Requires both hands to fold down
Graco Breaze Lightweight Stroller (Lake green)
Graco, a world renowned brand, has for many years crafted innovative and functional baby products that come at friendly prices. The Breaze stroller is one such product. Beside the great price point, it has a lot of features to offer. The first thing you will notice is its ultra lightweight design. Thanks to its weight, you can travel with it hassle free.
Another feature its users enjoy is the large size canopy that keeps the sun out of your baby’s eyes and the harsh winds out. You will be pleased to know the seat reclines flat to allow you to use it as a bassinet. Unfortunately when the seat is in this position, you won’t access the storage basket. Speaking of storage, the basket is large enough to hold your travel essentials. It also has a removable cup holder for your coffee. The Breaze umbrella stroller comes with a convertible harness that ensures your baby’s safety as she grows.
- Easy to fold
- Fairly easy to transport and stow
- Offers multiple reclining positions
- Adjustable calf support
- Seat cushion not removable
- Doesn’t have a kid’s tray
Besrey Airplane Stroller
The Besrey Airplane Stroller is another excellent option for travelling families. It is specifically crafted for traveling. This stroller arrives fully assembled which is really nice because it saves you time and energy. It comes in red and black, colors that are quite attractive. At 10.8 pounds it is among the lightest travel strollers on the market.
This stroller folds compactly to fit in a plane’s overhead compartment. It comes with a travel bag for easy storage and transportation. The Besrey stroller comes with an adjustable canopy that offers more protection than the GB Pockit+ canopy. It has a more sturdy construction and a larger storage basket. The Besrey includes a removable handle bar, double brakes, and a convenient footrest. The seat is strong and comfortable. It is made from high-quality catatonic fabric. With this umbrella stroller you can globe-trot with your child in style.
- One-hand folding mechanism
- Ideal for parents with long strides
- Durable frame made of aluminum
- Comes with a 5-point harness system
- Backrest does not recline
- Can only hold 33 pounds
Joovy Caboose Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller
The Caboose Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller by Joovy features an innovative, modern design. It is designed to fit two kids and can hold up to 90lbs. If you’ve ever used a typical double stroller you can attest to their bulky nature and difficulty to move around. The strong point of this Joovy Stroller is its lightweight frame and its narrow design that allows it to fit through doors with ease.
This umbrella stroller has two seats. The front seat is roomy and reclines to 3 positions. It is padded for comfort and can hold up to 45lbs. This seat includes a safety harness and a tray with a cup holder for your child. The rear seat is ideal for an older child and can hold 45lbs. It is roomy with a firm comfortable backrest. The Caboose Graphite also features rear stand-on platform that makes it easier for your older toddler to climb into the stroller without your help or ride while standing. This umbrella stroller is a worthy buy and will withstand all the abuse you and your kids put it through.
- Lightweight compared to other double strollers
- Fold/unfolds easily
- Kid’s tray available
- Storage basket is a bit small
- Ideal for urban terrain only
- Small canopy
Cynebaby Infant Toddler Stroller
With superb features like swivel front wheels, weather shield, and an adjustable handle, the Cynebaby infant stroller won’t disappoint. This stroller is made from sturdy, eco-friendly linen fabric with antibacterial and anti-allergic properties. The fabric is soft and your infant will sleep comfortably. The seat is a bassinet. It is reversible so that it faces forward allowing your baby to interact with the world or rear facing for when you want to talk to your little one.
The seat reclines to multiple positions and is ideal for kids from 0 to 3 years old. It has a maximum weight capacity of 50lbs. This seat also comes with an easy-to-use 5-point harness. The bassinet is detachable. Another feature users enjoy is the height adjustable handlebar that allows parents of different heights to use the stroller comfortably.
The wheels are big, same size as wheels on a kid’s bike. They are made of rubber but do not require pumping. This pram stroller is stylish, stable, and affordable.
- Stylish design
- Sturdy rubber wheels
- Ideal for all types of terrains
- Quite heavy (28 pounds)
- Does not fold easily
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller (Bubble Gum)
If you are looking for an umbrella stroller you can use on rough terrain, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller is the perfect pick. It’s packed with multiple convenient features to make your life easier. It comes at a low price point which is great for any parent on a budget. This single jogging stroller features a slim, beautiful design that allows you to maneuver it easily around pedestrians.
It comes with three large bicycle tires that can handle all types of sidewalks and terrain roads. The front wheel swivels and can be locked into place. Much like the Baby Jogger City Mini, it has brakes located at your feet for when you want to park it. The Baby Trend Jogging Stroller includes a comfortable seat with multiple reclining options. The 5-point harness system allows you to lock your baby in place, ensuring their safety. Other features we like include the large storage basket and large, foldable canopy.
- Affordable price point
- Comes with a child’s tray
- Two cup holders for parents
- Compatible with Baby Trend infant car seats
- Inadequate padding on the seat
- Does not have side padding
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 Black
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.