This type of stroller folds up compactly, is generally light in weight and come in two basic types. The first type is generally inexpensive and works reasonably well for those trips to the mall. Often referred to as umbrella strollers, because when closed they resemble umbrellas, they represent a good second stroller for use at times when convenience is key.
The second type of lightweight stroller offers both the convenience of the cheaper ones with the sturdiness of regular strollers. With proper care, a good lightweight stroller can last for many years. This does come at a price however, as high quality lightweight strollers can be very expensive. Umbrella strollers are not recommended for children under 6 months of age because the hammock style seat provides very little support. Your child should be able to sit up on his own before you use one of these. Most lightweight strollers come with large stroller baskets and many have other features such as snack trays, etc.
These lightweight strollers have come a long way from the basic umbrella strollers. Today’s lightweight strollers for baby have almost the same features as the larger strollers, but the pared down versions are much easier for travelling and quick trips to the mall or just nearby places. All of these compact strollers should be easy to stash in a trunk without occupying too much space.
Best Lightweight Stroller Reviews
Peg Perego Aria MTThe Peg Perego is one of the most expensive lightweight strollers, and its features allow it to be used as a full-time stroller. It features a multi-position reclining seat, carry strap, 5-point harness, roomy seat and basket, a removable child tray, parent cup holder and sunshade; all standard on this ten-pound stroller. A universal car seat attachment strap allows the Peg Perego Aria stroller to hold any infant car seat, toas well. The Aria MT is a great choice for families who likes to travel a lot.
This Maclaren Volo stroller packs a lot of style and convenience into a small package hence easy to travel with. This ultra-light stroller has a sturdy frame and beautiful steering that will make your baby to love it. You won’t struggle to make tight corners with it. The Maclaren stroller also comes with a sunshade, which is sold separately on previous models. It also features a carry strap and five-point harness. A small basket holds parent gear under the seat. The mesh seat is great for ventilation, but the seat doesn’t recline.
Combi Savvy Soho
At only 11 pounds, the Combi Savvy Soho is one of the lightest strollers on the market today. The seat reclines partially for in-stroller naps, and the guard bar is removable and convenience when baby grows much bigger to a toddler. The Combi Soho stroller has a large storage basket, sunshade and machine-washable seat cushion. The carry strap and ultra-compact fold make this a great baby stroller for travelling. The five-point harness adds safety. Some models come with a matching bag, too.
The amazing price and sleek, stylish look make the Cosco Soria a nice choice for bargain shoppers. The Soria doesn’t skimp on convenience, though. The stroller weighs about 14 pounds and has a sturdy metal frame, reclining seat, sun shade, front snack tray, parent tray and storage basket. The Cosco Soria stroller is a big step up in style and quality from cheap umbrella strollers without a step up in price.
Zooper is always a good choice when it comes to strollers, and the Rumba is no exception. Weighing in at 17 pounds, this lightweight stroller has four-corner suspension, an extra-padded seat insert and a sun shade for baby. Parents both tall and short will love the height-adjustable handles and storage basket. The Rumba folds compactly for storage and has a four-position reclining seat, so it can be used for smaller infants.
The Chicco Caddy is a sturdier version of a basic umbrella stroller. At 11 pounds, the Chicco Caddy is lightweight, but has features normally found on standard strollers. The seat has two recline positions and a five-point harness for baby safety. A sun shade, storage basket, carry strap and stroller storage bag all come with the stroller. The strong anodized aluminum frame sets this stroller apart from other flimsy umbrella stroller models.
Ergonomic handles make this lightweight stroller easy on a parent’s hands, while the four-position reclining seat adds comfort for baby. The Inglesina Swift has a foot pedal mechanism for folding and features a sunshade, storage basket and five-point harness. Reflective piping is a nice safety feature for families who walk or travel a lot at night. The Swift stroller weighs 11 pounds and holds babies up to 35 pounds.
Peg Perego Pliko
Peg Perego was able to pack a lot of convenience features into 16 pounds with the Pliko stroller. This stylish, lightweight baby stroller even features a rear footboard that allows a second child to ride. The Pliko stroller also has a universal carseat strap that allows any infant seat to be attached to the stroller. With a washable seat, carrying handle, height-adjust handles, large basket, swing-open child tray and reclining seat, the only downside to this stroller is price (nearly $300).
Combi Flash Universal Carseat Stroller Frame
A carseat stroller frame can come in handy for parents of infants. At only 10 pounds, the Combi Flash lightweight stroller frame is easy to carry using the built-in strap. The frame accomodates most infant seats, which snap into the stroller frame, allowing parents to move baby easily from car to stroller. One-hand release makes opening the stroller easy even while holding an infant carseat. A roomy basket, stroller pack with bottle pockets and sturdy wheels round out this great infant stroller.
Kolcraft Tour Sport
Kolcraft’s Tour Sport is a great, basic umbrella stroller at an even greater price. Perfect for quick trips, this lightweight stroller has a sun shade and padded, reclining seat for baby and a cup holder and gear bag for parents. The 35 pound weight limit is a little low, but otherwise the Kolcraft Tour Sport is probably the most feature-rich and sturdy umbrella stroller under $40. This stroller weighs just over 11 pounds and has a wider seat and frame than some inexpensive umbrella strollers.
Combi Savvy Z
A high quality high priced lightweight stroller, the Combi Savvy Z weighs in at a mere 7.7 lbs. This model features easy one-handed folding, detachable front bar, ample storage basket and a strap so that you can carry it over your shoulder. It comes in many stylish patterns, the most popular (and our favorite) being the leopard print pattern. One drawback is that this stroller only reclines partially, making it difficult for your child to nap in it. The only other problem we’ve heard with the Savvy Z is that it has a short handle so if you are tall, you may find this stroller uncomfortable to use.
Peg Perego Pliko Matic
Highly regarded by many parents who love the convenience and durability of this stroller The Pliko Matic features 4 position reclining seats, shock absorbers and weighs in at a lightweight 14 lbs. Folding up the PlikoMatic is easy, with one button on the handle and no bending. There is even a carrying strap. For added convenience, after the stroller is folded it can stand upright for compact storage and can be rolled on it’s wheels through the airport or on the bus. The back footrest is very useful for an older child who decides he/she wants to take a ride too. The only complaint heard about this stroller is that a storage basket is not included, however, one can be purchased separately.
Graco One Hand Folded Literider
Features a one handed folding system, which allows you to fold it at the touch of a button. However we have heard that it can be difficult to close for some. The seat has a 4 position recline and the removable and washable pads are very easy to clean. This stroller also provides a removable snack tray and large storage basket. Like most inexpensive umbrella strollers this one is not as durable as some of its competitors but as umbrella strollers go, it rates high due to the extra features offered at a reasonable price.
Kolcraft Reclining Umbrella Stroller
A very inexpensive option for a lightweight stroller, the Kolcraft’s selection is not fancy and may not make it to your second child, however. If you’ve also purchased a regular stroller or carriage and are looking for an economical second stroller for those occasional trips to the mall, this may be a good choice. At this price the Kolcraft lives up to its name because like an umbrella, if the stroller breaks, just toss it and buy a new one.Travel System Strollers
This product type combines the infant car seat and stroller. An infant carrier clicks into a wheel base, allowing you to take baby from car to stroller without waking him. A practical and economical choice however, the stroller is typically not the same quality as the strollers designed for that purpose alone as presented in the page titled “Carriage Strollers”. You should anticipate that these combination products will not last as long.
Evenflo Easy Comfort Premiere Travel Stroller
Combines the popular On My Way Position Right V infant seat, discussed in the car seat section of this report, with a fairly decent stroller. The seat clicks into the stroller and into a base which is secured in your car. The stroller features a few nice extra’s such as one hand steering, drink holders, a removable snack tray, shock absorbing wheels, a canopy and a large basket. The Easy Comfort models improve upon earlier versions because they have added a one-hand fold feature that we have heard from many users works very smoothly.
Evenflo’s stroller systems are great when the children are small and you can still click in the car seat, however, once they outgrow this feature many have complained that they are left with a halfway decent stroller instead of the stroller of their dreams. The biggest complaint that we have heard about the Easy Comfort strollers is that they are very bulky and heavy, taking up lots of trunk room and making it difficult to maneuver through crowded aisles at the mall. The Easy Comfort line also includes the Deluxe Model that comes with the On My Way infant seat (this one only has a three point harness) and the Advantage V and Ultra V models that come with the On My Way Position Right V infant car seat with different padding and styling.
Our recommendation extends to the other two models that come with the On My Way Position Right V car seat but not the Deluxe model which does not.
Graco Lite Rider Travel System
Combines the LiteRider car seat with the Lite-Rider stroller. This stroller folds easily, the wheels can tackle just about any terrain and it has a large storage basket. It also features a removable snack tray and 2 position seating, however there are some reports that the tray pops off when the stroller is collapsed. The stroller, when used without the car seat, can be converted to a carriage as well (a great feature). The seat has a level indicator to ensure proper installation, a 3-point harness and a stay in car base, however it does not seem to fit in grocery carts. Along with all of the strollers in this cate-gory it is very bulky, something to keep in mind if you plan to do a lot of traveling.
Baby Trend Snap-N-Go LX
The Baby Trend Snap N Go LX is a variation of the car seat/stroller combo. Essentially, it is a metal frame with wheels that functions as a stroller when you click your infant car seat into it. The company states that it fits Century, Evenflo, Cosco, Gerry and Kolcraft infant seats. Keep in mind that this means it does not work without the infant seat and must be put in storage once your child grows out of their infant seat. On the plus side, however, it is much less expensive than traditional car seat/stroller combos and it is so lightweight and easy to operate that many parents found that they used it more often than they would have used a traditional stroller. The LX also features a very roomy basket, making it convenient for those shopping trips.
Best Pram & Carriage Stroller
Peg Perego Culla Carriage Stroller
Plus: Rubber wheels, large sun canopy and basket, beautiful looking
The stroller itself is beautiful, comes with a bassinet and stroller seat, and a huge basket. The canopy completely protects the baby from the sun. Don’t buy it if you are looking for a compact, lightweight stroller. The wheels fold, but the stroller attachment doesn’t, so it basically stays in my garage for strolls around the neighborhood and to the beach.
Peg Perego Navetta Carriage Stroller
Plus: High quality, comfortable to carry and for the baby, quiet hood mechanism, rocking cradle function
Navetta is very comfortable and roomy for the baby and allows it to lay flat. Young babies should not lay reclined in car seats / infant carriers for extended period of time. This is bad for baby’s backbone. While in car it’s necessary, should be avoided at other times. The truly unique feature is a very comfortable rigid handle that makes it really easy to move around. This is a handle like in infant car seats/carriers.The Velo chassis has bike tires and soft spring suspension and is especially great for strolls on uneven terrain (like sidewalks in our town) or off-road on grass or trail paths.
We highly recommend Navetta to anyone who actually takes little baby for strolls (highly recommended for both baby’s health and mom’s shape) and want to be sure that the baby is comfortable and safe.
Peg Perego Milano XL Stroller
A high quality stroller/carriage combination. The handle is reversible, a feature that we love. The stroller also features removable and washable upholstery, suspension wheels, a boot, adjustable leg rest, and most importantly Peg Perego quality. It is lightweight and folds easily for storage in the car. Unlike many of the strollers on the market that seem to be made primarily of plastic, the design of this Peg Perego stroller is attractive and conveys durability. The XL model, is the latest offering and features more room than last years model with plush upholstery, a wider chassis and more legroom. The stroller also has the “Babysafe” enclosure system, designed to prevent baby from falling out when in the reclined position.
The Spirit has an adjustable handle, providing ultimate comfort for both mom and dad and can be flipped so that your child can either ride facing you or facing away. The seat has a three position recline and it is fairly lightweight as far as carriage/strollers go, weighing in at 16 lbs. The large hood closes to completely cover your child, a great feature when you are caught outside in the rain. The Spirit includes a long boot which also protects and covers baby from the elements. Folds easily with a foot pedal and includes a large storage basket.
Peg Perego Venezia Stroller
This attractive stroller has so many adjustable features that it is sure to be a comfortable ride for both you and your child. The handle is height adjustable and reversible so your child can either ride carriage-style facing towards you or stroller style facing away. The leg rest has two positions, the front bumper bar can be adjusted or removed, and it comes with a removable boot that provides both weather and safety protection. When the backrest is reclined and the boot is in place it prevents your child from slipping out. The canopy covers your child all the way to the boot providing maximum protection from the elements. The stroller rides very smoothly and like most Peg Perego products, they can fetch a high resale price because consumers know they will retain their value.
This product is for families with two stroller age children or twins. You must first choose between Tandem and Side by Side Models. The Tandem models, which position one child behind the other, are generally preferred because they are easier to maneuver and work better when cruising with only one child. Most side by side models are too wide to fit through many doors and are clumsy when used with one child. An important feature to look for is independent reclining seats. This allows one child to sit up while the other lies flat or reclines.
Described below are three strollers recommended by the Best Baby Products staff in three general price categories. Recommendations are re-evaluated every three months and prices and product availability are researched every Friday morning.
Best Tandem Stroller Reviews
Peg Perego Tender Twin
More expensive than the other tandem strollers, but once again with the price tag comes Peg Perego quality and durability. The Tender Twin is very lightweight and is easy to fold. Again, the back seat reclines fully for the sleeping infant. The basket provides very little storage space and the view from the back seat is limited to the back of the first child’s head. However, the stroller handles very well and will probably hold up through your stroller years with few problems.
Cosco Two-Way Tandem Stroller
This tandem stroller has a reversible front seat so that your children can ride face to face and play (or fight) with one another. The back seat reclines fully like the Graco model and there is a convenient bottle/utility bag on the rear seat back. Your children will love the roomy seats and you will love the huge basket however you may not love lugging this one around since it is very heavy and may be difficult to maneuver into and out of your trunk. Another thing that you may not love about this stroller is that the leg room is reduced significantly when the children ride face to face. We suggest that you check this one out in the store before buying.
The DuoGlider is a tandem double stroller (seats are front and back instead of side to side) that features an elevated rear seat, very roomy storage basket, removable front snack trays, individually reclining seats and removable and washable seat padding. One of the features that sets this stroller apart is that you can attach various Graco infant carriers to the back seat. However, the infant car seat does not come with the stroller, as with many travel systems, it must be bought separately.
Another distinctive feature of the DuoGlider is the elevated back seat. Referred to as stadium seating, this design allows both children to have a good view of the playing field (or mall). The raised rear seat also allows for better access to the storage basket underneath. The DuoGlider steers skillfully and handles corners very well, particularly for a double stroller. The only drawback we found is typical of most double strollers in that they are heavy and large. We also found that closing the stroller takes more effort than desirable. However, if you are in the market for a double stroller, we think that you will find the DuoGlider to be a good quality stroller at a reasonable price.