At some point, every parent has struggled with a too-bulky stroller, from attempting to maneuver it through crowds to trying to find a parking spot for it in a restaurant. When you’re a parent on the go—whether that means juggling errands around town or traveling on planes, trains and automobiles—you need a great lightweight stroller that’s as durable as it is easy to transport. Fortunately, you’ll find plenty of choices.
Best Overall Lightweight Stroller
Not only is the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller like a feather at just 14 pounds, it’s also easy to collapse and a pleasure to push. You need only one hand to fold it, which is a major selling point, and it automatically locks closed. Not using it? Simply carry it by the handle or in the backpack-style carrying case, making it a great stroller option for small-space city dwellers. The only drawback is that there’s no car seat attachment, so you can’t use the Baby Jogger until your little one is at least six months old.
Buy it: Baby Jogger City Tour, $169, Amazon.com
Best Lightweight Stroller for Travel
The Babyzen YoYo is the ultimate lightweight stroller for parents who like to travel. Weighing in at about 13 pounds, the YoYo folds up easily with the push of a button, and when collapsed it’s flat and small enough to fit under an airplane seat. Use it from birth and beyond by adding the bassinet attachment or car seat adapters for the infancy stage, and purchase the ride along board with a detachable seat for an older sibling.
Buy it: Babyzen YoYo, $419, BuyBuyBaby.com
Best Cheap Lightweight Stroller
With a price tag of only $64, the Graco LiteRider is one of the best deals in the baby world. The LiteRider basically functions as a travel system, but without the backbreaking weight usually associated with all-in-one strollers. Any Graco SnugRide Click Connect infant car seat can be attached to the frame, which means this inexpensive lightweight stroller can be used starting at birth. Once your little one can sit up on his own, you’ll love the dual trays—one for baby and one for parents—to hold cups and snacks.
Buy it: Graco LiteRider, $64, Target.com
Best Lightweight Umbrella Stroller
Maclaren’s umbrella strollers are some of the best in the world, and The Triumph, is no exception. Just under 11 pounds, it’s easy to push and steer over city sidewalks. There’s no option for attaching a car seat, which means you have to wait until baby is at least six months old before using it, but it does have a reclining seat for naps on the go. The Triumph also comes with a UPF 50+ canopy and a wind resistant rain cover for use in different weather situations.
Buy it: Maclaren Triumph, $225, Amazon.com
Best Lightweight Compact Stroller
The Mountain Buggy Nano is another great option for parents who travel often. At 13 pounds, it folds up small enough to fit into an overhead compartment, plus the shoulder straps allow for hands-free totability. With a width of only 21 inches, the slim Nano easily fits through airplane aisles and the narrowest of city doorways, and it has an attached universal car seat adapter so you can start using it at infancy. The only drawback: You need two hands to fold the stroller.
Buy it: Mountain Buggy Nano, $250, Nordstrom.com
Best Lightweight Twin Stroller
The definition of “lightweight” is somewhat loose when it comes to double strollers, but the Maclaren Twin Triumph is a side-by-side twin umbrella stroller that weighs only 24 pounds (some other brands weigh almost 40—yikes!). The fold-flat seats recline independently and can be used starting when baby is six months old. This lightweight twin stroller folds easily and has a total weight limit of 110 pounds.
Buy it: Maclaren Twin Triumph, $325, ToysRUs.com
Best Lightweight Infant Stroller
As the name suggests, the BabyTrend Snap ‘N Go Stroller is specifically designed to snap infant car seats in and out. Compatible with most car seat brands, the Snap ‘N Go is the perfect lightweight option for the first few months when baby is scheduled for lots of doctor appointments. The lightweight frame collapses easily with the push of a button on the handlebar, and it folds flat enough to fit in the trunk of even a compact car. Keep in mind that while the Snap ‘N Go frame itself is 12 pounds, the car seats t are heavy, though you’ll need only to fold and lift the frame.
Buy it: BabyTrend Snap ‘N Go, $49, Walmart.com
Best Lightweight Stroller for Toddlers
Finding a stroller that’s lightweight yet strong enough to hold your growing toddler can be a challenge. The UPPAbaby G-Luxe weighs only 15 pounds, but it can safely carry a 55 pound kid! The ultra-padded seats are much more comfortable than the average umbrella stroller seats, and it has a removable, water-resistant and machine-washable seat pad. This lightweight toddler stroller has a large sun canopy that protects sensitive young skin from the sun’s damaging rays, and it has an attached shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.
Buy it: UPPAbaby G-Luxe, $280, Amazon.com
Best Lightweight Reclining Stroller
If you’re looking for a lightweight reclining stroller, The Summer Infant 3D Lite has four recline positions, making it ideal for babies who can’t yet sit up but still want to see the world around them. Hitting 13 pounds on the scale, it has a generous storage pocket to tote all of baby’s stuff. The best feature, other than the cup holder and reasonable price, is the one-handed fold.
Buy it: Summer Infant 3D Lite, $90, SummerInfant.com
The Best Featherlight Stroller
The Maclaren Mark II is the ultimate lightweight stroller. At just 7.4 pounds, this is the one for every parent who has ever pulled a muscle lifting a stroller. While this model only partially reclines, and its small wheels aren’t ideal for all-terrain use, it does have decent suspension. Another selling point: the easy one-handed fold.
Buy it: Maclaren Mark II, $200, Albeebaby.com
Published December 2017