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2 Best Lightweight Strollers for Families on the Go

Have stroller, will travel. These light and compact options will help you get where you need to go.
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May 5, 2022
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Lightweight strollers aren’t just for theme parks and airports anymore. When you’re a parent on the go—whether that means juggling errands around town or traveling on planes, trains and automobiles—the last thing you need is a too-bulky stroller weighing you down. Fortunately, the world of lightweight strollers has come a long way from the flimsy and feature-less umbrella strollers of the past. Now, the best lightweight strollers are easy to push, easy to fold, and easy to tote around—while still being durable enough for everyday use. Here are 12 of our favorites.

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Overall Best Lightweight Stroller: Joolz Aer

The Joolz Aer is light on weight, but heavy on impressive features—making it one of the best lightweight strollers we’ve encountered. Weighing just 13.4 lbs., with an intuitive one-handed fold (only requires the push of a button) and a compact size (that fits into most overhead airplane bins), this stroller is easy to tote around both near and far. But a patented seat that features an extended seat back, adjustable recline and extra support for your little one’s neck and back give this lightweight stroller a luxe feel you would expect from much heavier counterparts. It’s a winner amongst parents, kids and in our own Best of Baby awards.

What We Love:

  • This lightweight stroller folds down to its compact size (21” x 17.7” x 8.5”, to be exact) with a one-handed push of a button. An automatic transport lock keeps it in position, and an elastic shoulder strap makes carrying the Aer a breeze.
  • The Joolz Aer comes fully assembled in the box (another parenting win), and comes with a rain cover and travel pouch.
  • The extended seat back and 50 pound weight capacity make this a lightweight stroller that will grow with your child over the years.

Things to Consider:

  • Without purchasing the separate Joolz Aer bassinet attachment, the stroller can only be used from 6 months on.
  • At nearly $450, it’s one of the most expensive lightweight strollers on the market.

Buy it: Joolz Aer, $449, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Lightweight Double Stroller: Mountain Buggy Nano Duo

Traveling with two doesn’t have to mean double the stress or weight, thanks to the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo. Whether your family has siblings or twins, individually adjustable foot rests and lie-flat fabric sling seats make this lightweight double stroller compatible—and comfortable—for two newborns, two toddlers or one of each. And it’s not just a comfy ride for the little ones in tow: The Nano Duo is easy to maneuver, can be steered and unfolded with just one hand, and handles curbs and terrain like a dream. Plus, with a weight of just 20 lbs., the Nano Duo proves that a lightweight double stroller is not an oxymoron.

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What We Love:

  • This lightweight double stroller is made of aircraft-grade lightweight aluminum, making it sturdy without feeling heavy to push or carry.
  • In two steps, this stroller folds down to a compact, self-standing fold that can be carried around with a convenient shoulder strap—keeping you hands free, which is especially necessary with two little ones.
  • Ventilated seats, cool weather seat panels and UPF50+ sun visors all help to protect against the elements.
  • A patented tail-free five-point harness all but eliminates any chewing on the straps.

Things to Consider:

  • This double stroller might be lightweight, but its price tag is hefty at $500.
  • Accessories like a rain cover and car seat adaptor are all extra.

Buy it: Mountain Buggy Nano Duo, $500, AlbeeBaby.com

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Best Lightweight Stroller for Travel: Silver Cross Jet Super Compact Stroller

Many strollers boast a light weight, compact fold or carrying strap for easy transport. But a lightweight stroller that folds down into a roller bag? Now that’s a game changer. The Silver Cross Jet features a bumper bar that doubles as a luggage handle, allowing you to save your shoulders and wheel it around airports, train stations and the like for ultimate ease in traveling.

What We Love:

  • A quick, one-handed fold (imperative for getting through security), airline cabin approved size and protective travel sleeve make the Jet ideal for air travel.
  • No extras or attachments are required to make this lightweight stroller compatible for newborns and the multi-position reclining seat and adjustable footrest will grow with your little one up to 55 pounds.
  • The 11-lb. capacity storage basket, dynamic spring suspension and a footbrake that can be activated even in flip flops are all additional features to love.

Things to Consider:

  • Locking the stroller into position when unfolded can take some practice.

Buy it: Silver Cross Jet Ultra Compact Stroller, $350, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Lightweight Umbrella Stroller: Summer 3DLite+ Convenience Stroller

The list of complaints is often longer than the list of features when it comes to umbrella strollers, but this lightweight option from Summer changes that. The 3D Lite stroller features parent-loved bonuses such as a parent cup holder and a large storage pocket—while little ones approve of the oversized canopy (perfect for naps on the go), cozy fabrics and multi-position recline.

What We Love:

  • Adjusting the recline can be done quickly and smoothly with one hand.
  • A surprise back pocket is perfect for stowing your cell phone.

Things to Consider:

  • Pushing and steering require two hands.

Buy it: Summer 3DLite+ Convenience Stroller, $99, Target.com

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Best Lightweight Travel System Stroller: Nuna TRVL and PIPA RX Travel System

There’s lots to love about the Nuna TRVL stroller and the Pipa RX car seat individually—but together, this lightweight travel system makes our hearts explode. Everything about the TRVL stroller makes traveling easier on parents, from folding on its own to a magnetic self-guiding buckle. Plus, it connects to all Nuna PIPA infant car seats without an adaptor—including the PIPA RX, which is one of the lightest infant car seats at just 7.6 lbs. The combination of lightweight and luxe features make this travel system a standout.

What We Love:

  • The TRVL stroller folds on its own with the push of a button, and stands independently when folded.
  • The TRVL stroller seat sits up higher, allowing for easier access to the large storage basket.
  • Leather accents, a water repellent UPF50+ canopy, a one-handed push and adjustable calf support are all welcome bonuses on this lightweight stroller.
  • The PIPA RX can be installed with only a seat belt, making it even more convenient for traveling.
  • The PIPA’s ventilated Dream Drape is perfect for full-coverage naps on the go.

Things to Consider:

  • The TRVL stroller must be gate-checked when traveling on an airplane.

Buy it: Nuna TRVL Lightweight Stroller, $450 (PIPA RX, not included), Nordstrom.com

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Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller: Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Lightweight Performance Jogging Stroller

Jogging strollers need to be sturdy enough to handle terrain while still light enough to not drag you down, and the Joovy Zoom360 achieves that tricky balancing act. A shock absorbing suspension, extra-large air-filled tires and locking and swiveling front tires ensure the ride is smooth for even the littlest of passengers. Throw in a one-handed fold and a weight of just 26.25 lbs., and hitting the pavement (or any terrain) has never been easier.

What We Love:

  • Weather is a non-issue, thanks to the large sun-safe, weather-resistant canopy and included rain cover.
  • Keys, phones and drinks all stay organized thanks to zippered pockets found right by the handlebar.
  • Little ones can sit nearly upright to take in the scenery.
  • It’s upper weight limit is a staggering 75 pounds, meaning this is a stroller that will truly grow with your kiddos.

Things to Consider:

  • It may be lightweight, but the Joovy Zoom360 is not super-compact when folded (and can take up a fair amount of trunk space).

Buy it: Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Lightweight Performance Jogging Stroller, $340, Target.com

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Best Compact Lightweight Stroller: gb Pockit Air All Terrain

It simply doesn’t get smaller than the gb Pockit Air All Terrain stroller. This lightweight stroller is known as the world’s smallest folding stroller, squeezing down to the size of a handbag and weighing just 10.6 lbs.—making it ideal for city dwellers and travel lovers alike.

What We Love:

  • Small but mighty: The Pockit Air fits children up to 55 pounds, more than five times its overall weight.
  • Double wheels help for better maneuverability, no matter the terrain.
  • This lightweight stroller is airplane hand luggage compliant, fitting easily into the overhead bin.
  • Breathable mesh fabric will keep your little one cool and comfortable; a separate inlay can be added for days when you need extra warmth.

Things to Consider:

  • The sun visor offers little coverage.
  • The seat doesn’t recline, which is not ideal for naps on the go.

Buy it: gb Pockit Air All Terrain, $200, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Lightweight Stroller for Toddlers: Colugo Compact

We love the Colugo Compact stroller for toddlers for several reasons. The seat features plush padding and a magnetic seat buckle and harness, ideal for keeping toddlers comfy and strapping them in quickly (key for those stroller refusal moments). The fold can be done with one hand and in a mere two seconds (saving parents one less battle). And toddlers can either sit totally upright (perfect for their budding curiosity) or lie completely flat (perfect for naps).

What We Love:

  • The seat lining is completely removable and machine washable, because toddlers are known to be messy.
  • A roomy storage bin helps tote around all of your tot’s gear and goodies.
  • Though its weight capacity fits up to 55 pounds, this lightweight stroller is still overhead bin compliant when folded.
  • It comes with a cupholder, rain cover and carry backpack.

Things to Consider:

  • At 16 lbs., it’s heavier than some of its competitors.

Buy it: Colugo Compact Stroller, $295, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Lightweight Stroller for Babies: Ergobaby Metro+

Most lightweight strollers are recommended from 6 months of age and older, but the Ergobaby Metro+ caters to babies of all ages. Ultra-plush padding (the thickest of any compact stroller) will keep baby comfy, while built-in newborn nest flaps keep baby cozy and secure from day one on. And though the stroller is compact in size, it still boasts a large under-seat storage basket for carrying around your diaper bag and more.

What We Love:

  • The Ergobaby Metro+ features a height adjustable handlebar—a rarity amongst lightweight strollers.
  • In addition to the roomy under-seat storage, this lightweight stroller also features a seat back pocket to keep your smaller personal items nearby.
  • The seat reclines flat for naps, and the footrest also flattens to prevent dangling legs during nap time.
  • A spring suspension helps ensure a smooth ride, even over sidewalk bumps and curbs.
  • With adaptors, it is car seat compatible.

Things to Consider:

  • At nearly 17 lbs., it is on the heavier side.
  • Some users report it difficult to fold and unfold

Buy it: Ergobaby Metro+, $300, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Lightweight Stroller for Newborns: Uppababy MINU V2

Newborns are often happiest when strolling in a bassinet or infant car seat (both of which cater to their teeny-tiny size)—but it’s rare to find a lightweight stroller that’s compatible with both. Enter the Uppababy MINU V2, which allows you to click in either with a convenient set of adaptors. Other newborn-friendly features include a 20-pound capacity storage basket (plenty of space for all of the diapers, wipes, bottles and more) and shock-absorbing wheels that make the ride as bump-free as possible.

What We Love:

  • Beyond the newborn days, the MINU V2 will grow with your little one up to 50 pounds—and keep them extra comfy with a multi-position recline and adjustable leg rest.
  • Folding takes just one hand and one step—critical when you’re holding a newborn.
  • The zip-out, extendable canopy offers UPF50+ protection to keep that fresh newborn skin out of the sun.
  • The MINU V2 doesn’t just connect to the Uppababy Mesa car seat; it is also compatible with certain Maxi Cosi, Nuna and Cybex models.

Things to Consider:

  • The adaptors for the infant car seat and bassinet are sold separately, as is the bassinet.
  • At nearly 17 lbs., it isn’t the lightest stroller available.

Buy it: Uppababy MINU V2, $450, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Affordable Lightweight Stroller: Kolcraft Cloud Umbrella Stroller

Looking for a stroller that’s both light on pounds and price? Enter the Kolcraft Cloud, which weighs in at just 9.5 lbs. and costs under $50. Even at that affordable price point, the Cloud comes with several impressive features that are sure to please both parents and kiddos alike: The extended sun canopy and hood offer a solid amount of sun coverage, a parent cup holder comes standard and front-swivel wheels make it easy to maneuver (even in tight spaces). A fun bonus: It meets all Disney-size requirements.

What We Love:

  • The fabric in the back rolls up to expose a breathable mesh (perfect for hotter days), and then doubles as a head rest for your little one.
  • Extended sun canopies are hard to come by at this price point, and Kolcraft’s is significant in size.
  • The handles are padded and the front wheels are shock-absorbing.

Things to Consider:

  • The storage basket is not very large.
  • The seat does not recline.

Buy it: Kolcraft Cloud Umbrella Stroller, $45, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Best Luxury Lightweight Stroller: Babyzen YoYo2

For those looking to invest in a top-quality lightweight stroller, the Babyzen YoYo2 is worth every penny. It folds down to one of the smallest, most compact sizes we’ve encountered (20.5” x 17.3” x 7.1”, to be exact), and unfolds in one swift motion (perfect for exiting taxis, trains and the like). It can be used from day one with your newborn with either the cocoon-esque newborn pack, bassinet attachment or infant car seat clipped in, guaranteeing maximum use. But where this luxe lightweight stroller really shines is its wheels: Pushing the YoYo2 is better described as gliding, and the ride is as smooth as its much heavier and larger counterparts.

What We Love:

  • Have YoYo, will travel: This lightweight stroller meets most airline size requirements for carry on luggage.
  • Constructed from aluminum alloy, stainless steel and fiberglass-reinforced plastics, this is a lightweight stroller that’s designed to last.
  • The standards are all here and elevated: A plush reclining seat, double storage spots (both under and on the rear of the seat) and anti-UV and waterproof fabric help the YoYo2 outperform its competitors.
  • The frame comes in two colors, and the fabric seat is available in 9 different colors, making this a stylish as well as practical choice.
  • A Hytrel elastomer suspension makes this stroller a dream to push and maneuver.

Things to Consider:

  • The newborn pack and bassinet are extra.
  • This lightweight stroller does not come equipped with any cup holders.

Buy it: Babyzen YoYo2, $480, BuyBuyBaby.com

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