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Best Umbrella Strollers To Fit Every Family’s Needs

We found the lightweight strollers that don’t skimp out on features.

With hundreds of options on the market, choosing the right stroller for your family can feel just about as daunting as buying a car. And just when you thought, Done! You realize a second lightweight stroller could be so handy for traveling or for quick errand runs. That’s where the umbrella stroller comes in.

Compact and lightweight, an umbrella stroller typically weighs under 20 pounds (with most weighing less than 15 pounds) and folds vertically. That said, an umbrella stroller won’t have tricked-out features you’d find in a travel system, like a roomy storage basket or a bassinet attachment. And they’re typically not meant for newborns or babies under 4 months old. Still, in the world of baby gear, an umbrella stroller is no lightweight: See our picks for the best umbrella stroller that’ll be your family’s go-to travel companion.

Everyday Umbrella Stroller

You put a lot of research into choosing your first stroller. But as your child gets older, you might be wondering what kind of stroller should you use next. An everyday umbrella stroller can match several features of its stroller cousins, including a sturdy frame, durable fabric, easy-to-steer wheels and a reclining seat, making it a great option for daily use.

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Best Everyday Umbrella Stroller: Inglesina Zippy Light

We wouldn’t be surprised if you started to phase out your original set of wheels for the Inglesina Zippy Light. It has tons of features you’d find on a larger stroller: a large, fully-reclining seat, an extendable canopy, a one-handed fold and all-wheel suspension. While you’ll pay extra for these features, this is the best umbrella stroller that’s built to last.
Stroller weight: 15 pounds
Weight capacity: 55 pounds
Buy it: $330, BuyBuyBaby.com

What parents are saying: “Overall, I really like this stroller. The price is steep for an umbrella stroller. However, the Zippy Light has enough features and seems durable enough that I think it is suitable for heavy daily use for city dwellers like myself. I would say that it is definitely worth the price if it can get us through a couple of winters here in New England.” — Amazon reviewer

Lightweight Umbrella Stroller

Umbrella strollers are lightweight by design. But if you’ll be navigating stairs or even airport travel, every pound matters. Thankfully a lightweight umbrella stroller can weigh as little as 10 pounds, half the size of a regular umbrella stroller.

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Best Lightweight Umbrella Stroller: Maclaren Mark II

A trusted brand since the ‘60s, Maclaren makes nothing but umbrella strollers. Their latest—and lightest—is the new Maclaren Mark II. Without the detachable hood or storage basket, it weighs 7.3 pounds. And guess what? This best umbrella stroller reclines.
Stroller weight: 7.3 pounds
Weight capacity: 55 pounds
Buy it: $200, BuyBuyBaby.com

What parents are saying: “I needed a stroller for my almost-3-year old son that was light enough to tote around the city on subways and buses, and this fits the bill. On our first subway outing, my son dozed off on my shoulder on our way home, and I was able to carry him and the folded stroller up two flights of stairs, unfold it without waking him, and settle him inside still asleep—a feat that I doubt would have been possible with our previous umbrella stroller.” — Buy Buy Baby reviewer

Umbrella Stroller for Travel

Because they’re lightweight and compact, all umbrella strollers are good for travel. But some additional features can make a travel umbrella stroller great. Do its dimensions allow it to fit in the overhead compartment on a plane? Does it weigh even less than 15 pounds? How compact is it folded up? All important things to consider when looking for the best umbrella stroller for travel.

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Best Umbrella Stroller for Travel: GB Pockit

If you’re packing for a trip and serious about traveling light, the GB Pockit is so compact it set a 2014 Guinness World Records for its diminutive size. An accordion-style fold makes it small enough—11.8 inches by 7 inches by 13.8 inches to be exact—to fit under an airplane seat.
Stroller weight: 9.5 pounds
Weight capacity: 55 pounds
Buy it: $250, BabiesRUs.com

What Parents Are Saying: “I took it on the plane as a carry-on. It slid right under the seat. Literally. Right underneath. When we were getting off the plane in Grand Cayman, my husband was holding my daughter, I was holding my son's hand, and we walked down the ramp off the plane and in a total of 6 seconds. I opened two strollers and strapped my kids in to walk through the airport with them. This was gold. I had moms coming up to me asking me where I got this stroller. They were in awe of the size and the fact that it folded.” — Amazon reviewer

Umbrella Stroller With Storage

If you know you’ll be toting around a lot of stuff, then the best umbrella stroller for you will have a big under carriage basket. While some umbrella strollers skip the under-seat storage basket altogether, a few have smart features for maximizing space.

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Best Umbrella Stroller With Storage: Summer Infant 3Dtote

Summer Infant features an expandable storage basket that extends up the backside of the stroller. It can hold up to 25 pounds of gear and includes extra storage pockets on each side. Think you need a few more things before you head out the door? This is the best umbrella stroller for the job; your diaper bag (up to 5 pounds) can clip onto it too.
Stroller weight: 17.5 pounds
Weight capacity (child): 50 pounds
Buy it: $120, BabiesRUs.com

What parents are saying: “It rides so smoothly. And the STORAGE! I seriously believe it has more storage than any other stroller I've had. Even a big full size one. Love how easily my bag hangs on the handles and all the pockets and huge basket.” — Amazon reviewer

Car Seat Compatible Umbrella Stroller

You may have already purchased—or registered for—a travel system, which allows baby to go from car to stroller without ever leaving the car seat. But if you’re not committed to a full system or want to save some money, there’s a workaround to consider: a car seat compatible umbrella stroller.

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Best Car Seat Compatible Umbrella Stroller: Chicco Liteway Plus

Despite its name, the Liteway is one of the heavier strollers among our best umbrella stroller picks. That said, a stroller needs to be sturdy to accommodate a car seat—and at 17 pounds, it’s right in the average weight range for an umbrella stroller travel system. The car seat attaches to the stroller base with zippers and buckles, doing away with additional adapters.
Stroller weight: 17 pounds
Weight capacity: 50 pounds
Buy it: $180, BuyBuyBaby.com

What Parents Are Saying: “I bought this stroller for my third child after dealing with the bulky travel systems. I love the size, the fact it can hold a car seat and that my husband can push without hunching over.” — Babies R Us reviewer

Reclining Umbrella Stroller

When you have a tuckered out toddler in tow, a reclining stroller is a must. And while some of the plush, adjustable seats of higher-end strollers look tailor-made for naptime, several reclining umbrella strollers get the job done too.

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Best Reclining Umbrella Stroller: Jane Nanuq 2017

A few umbrella strollers recline. Some even recline in three different positions. But the Jane Nanuq? The reclining umbrella stroller from this Barcelona-based brand offers an extra tall backrest and a five-position recline, including a nearly-flat option for sleeping.
Stroller weight: 13.9 pounds
Weight capacity: 40 pounds
Buy it: $190, BabiesRUs.com

What parents are saying: “The Nanuq has a great recline which is easy to use. I like the handle because I can do it with one hand. My 1 year old can nap in it, and I have a feeling that a 3 month old or maybe even younger could as well.” — Amazon reviewer

Reversible Umbrella Stroller

Because most umbrella strollers are for bigger kids, they’re not designed to be parent-facing. But that’s no longer the case with a reversible umbrella stroller, which allows baby to face you or face the world.

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Best Reversible Umbrella Stroller: Urbini Reversi

A modular design—which allows you to remove the seat and place it in another position—is usually found on sturdier stroller frames. But the Urbini Reversi introduced this design concept to the umbrella stroller. Baby can sit outward-facing or parent-facing, depending on yours or baby’s preference. And like most other modular strollers, this one is car seat compatible—but only with the Urbini Sonti.
Stroller weight: 18 pounds
Weight capacity: 50 pounds
Buy it: $57, Walmart.com

What parents are saying: “My daughter is 15 months now and I've been wanting a stroller that can face both directions. This stroller is gold! It's 1,000 times better than our basic umbrella stroller and so much more convenient than our bulky stroller that her infant seat hooked into. This stroller is lightweight, has a smooth ride and is very sturdy.” — Walmart reviewer

Umbrella Stroller For Infants

You’ve probably noticed that toddlers and bigger kids are the primary passengers of an umbrella stroller. That’s because they usually don’t offer the support or protection an infant needs; they don’t accommodate a bassinet attachment either. But there are exceptions to every rule. And the first thing to look for in an umbrella stroller for infants is a flat recline option.

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Best Umbrella Stroller For Infants: Joovy Groove Ultralight 2017

The Joovy Groove Ultralight includes features—a near-flat recline, a five-point harness and foot enclosure—to keep infants (yes, even newborns) snug and secure.
Stroller weight: 15.7 pounds
Weight capacity: 55 pounds
Buy it: $190, BabiesRUs.com

What parents are saying: “This is your basic folding stroller, but larger, and much tougher. I can't believe how solid the parts are! My 6-month-old can ride in it comfortably, either seated or reclining.” — Target reviewer

Cheap Umbrella Stroller

Sometimes you just need a no-frills pinch hitter. Something you can toss in the trunk for a day trip. But a cheap umbrella stroller doesn’t have to skimp on quality.

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Best Cheap Umbrella Stroller: Kolcraft Cloud

A cheap umbrella stroller should cost no more than $100, but one that’s a mere $35? Meet the Kolcraft Cloud, a super lightweight umbrella stroller routinely praised by parents for being a great value for the money. A storage basket and an extra large canopy add to its appeal.
Stroller weight: 9.5 pounds
Weight capacity: 40 pounds
Buy it: $35, Target.com

What parents are saying: “This is a great compact stroller for the price! It has many more features than the strollers with comparable prices. We bought ours a year ago in black for our 2 ½ year old son and it has held up great with occasional use and being jostled around the trunk of my car. I like that it comes with a cup holder that you can use for the parent or flip around and use for the child.” — Target reviewer

Double Umbrella Stroller

Double strollers often carry the weight of being bigger, bulkier and generally unwieldy in the world of baby gear. But we’ve found two double umbrella strollers that bust this stereotype.

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Best Side-by-Side Double Umbrella Stroller: UPPAbaby G-link

The UPPAbaby G-link is the best umbrella stroller for eliminating some of the biggest pain points of double strollers: each seat reclines independent of the other and each passenger gets his own canopy. Because it has four sets of wheels like a traditional stroller, rather than the six found on most sets of doubles that often make turns harder, maneuvering a double-wide load is still easy. And, yes, it’ll fit easily through a standard door frame, leaving six inches to spare.
Stroller weight: 24.5 pounds
Weight capacity: 55 pounds per seat
Buy it: $400, BuyBuyBaby.com

What parents are saying: “We found G-link and fell in love with it right away. It's super lightweight, compact yet roomy for the kids and easy to fold. We love the peekaboo windows it has so you can check in on the kiddos. It fits easily through doors and has decent storage space below (coming from someone who always overpacks!). I highly recommend this stroller!” — Buy Buy Baby Reviewer

Best Inline Double Stroller: Summer Infant 3Dtwo

Photo: Summer Infant

A stadium seating-style double umbrella stroller used to be wishful thinking until the Summer Infant 3DTwo rolled out. And when this best umbrella stroller folds up, you’d never guess it’s an inline double stroller.
Stroller weight: 25 pounds
Weight capacity: Front seat, 50 pounds; rear seat, 40 pounds
Buy it: $200, BabiesRUs.com

What parents are saying: “Amazing stroller! This was a total trunk space saver. My girls are 18 months apart so my older one sits in the back and younger up front. I wish storage was better but it's typical umbrella stroller storage.” — Babies R Us reviewer

Published July 2017

PHOTO: J. Danielle Wehunt