Kolcraft Cloud Plus Review
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use
Cons: Poor quality, harder to maneuver
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Kolcraft Cloud Plus
$69.99 at Amazon
|$225 List||$180 List||$160 List||$100 List|
|Pros||Inexpensive, easy to use||Lightweight, giant canopy, price||Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own||Inexpensive, small and lightweight, easy to carry||Inexpensive, hands only fold|
|Cons||Poor quality, harder to maneuver||Lower quality, poor off-road capabilities||Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold||Harder to push and turn, no spying on baby||Poor sun protection, wobbly wheels|
|Bottom Line||The cheapest option with disappointing functionality||Reasonably priced and lightweight with useful features but it could be smaller||Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain||Nicer than average lightweight option with a minimalist feel at a budget-friendly price||Difficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality|
|Rating Categories||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||ZOE XL1 BEST v2||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Inglesina Net||Summer Infant 3D lite|
|Weight Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||ZOE XL1 BEST v2||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Inglesina Net||Summer Infant 3D lite|
|Weight||12.6 lbs||11.8 lbs||11.8 lbs||11.9 lbs||13.1 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L||21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L||13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L||10.8"W x 10.5"H x 42"L||13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||None||None|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||38.9"||39.7"||42.3"||42.6"||43"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Kolcraft began in 1946, and is a third-generation family-owned and operated manufacturer of baby products based in Chicago. Founder Leo Koltun started making crib pads, and in the 1950s his son, Sandy Koltun joined the business and began making crib mattresses. In 1980, they launched the Carri-Cradle®, which was the first infant carrier/rocker with carrying handle that was made entirely of plastic. In 1987, they began making high chairs, and play yards, with new products and affiliations following when Sandy's son, Tom Koltun, joined the company.
Weight and Folded Size
The Cloud weighs 12.6 pounds, with several competing strollers weighing less. Folded it measures at 7,551 cubic inches, which is rather large with only three products taking up more space. If lightweight and easy to stow are essential, this may not be the best option.
Ease of Use
The Cloud offers features the competition didn't, like parent and child trays, which helped set it apart from the products that only offered a parent cup holder at most.
Fold and Unfold
The Cloud has a one-handed fold and unfold with a manual lock and standing capabilities. This stroller is easy to fold, but if the wheels are going the wrong way, it can be hard to complete the fold and use the lock. The fold is initiated by sliding the red lock lever and squeezing the red button to fold the stroller in half.
The Cloud has double action brakes and requires two pedals to be pressed to set the brakes. The pedals are stiff, difficult to use, and not sandal foot-friendly.
The Cloud can carry up to 10 lbs in the storage basket, and we were able to fit our medium size diaper bag inside. This bin is deep but narrow and has effortless access from the back (above left). The Cloud has additional storage with a child tray and parent console. All the cup holders on the Cloud are too small for pretty much any size cup, bottle, or sippy (above right), and the child's tray needs to be removed entirely to fit a baby in the seat.
The canopy on the CLoud is medium in size and has a nice peek-a-boo window that is easy to see through, but it doesn't have a window cover, which means the sun will hit baby right on the head, almost negating the reason for a canopy in the first place.
The Cloud has a 5-point harness with an easy buckle that requires removal of both sides separately. The rethread adjustment is simple and straightforward, but adjusting the side straps is more difficult as it requires double threading through the adjustment clip.
The Cloud seat does not have an adjustable leg rest; in fact, it barely offers a leg rest at all. The seatback reclines with a one-handed strap, but it doesn't go flat enough for cozy napping, and its operation is less than smooth. The seatback has a thin piece of removable corrugated plastic inside that gives it shape and stability, but it doesn't feel stable, and it can buckle.
Ease of Setup
Setting up the Cloud took us 7:31 minutes with no tools and average instructions.
The Cloud has plastic wheels with the dual front wheel design that makes maneuverability difficult. This stroller rolls and turns on flat surfaces without some work and it isn't that responsive or smooth. Going off road makes it even harder to push, as the front wheels veer off course or get stuck in thicker grass or gravel.
The Cloud offers front wheel suspension, but given the lack of padding on the seat and the stiff plastic back, it is likely not the most comfortable strolling experience for baby no matter what the terrain.
The Cloud has disappointing quality compared to the competition in this review. The fabric on this stroller feels slick like plastic and not breathable. The padding is minimal, and we think the padding combined with the fabric will quickly become misshapen. The frame is less impressive than the competition, and overall the stroller feels cheap and flimsy with gathered fabric that shouldn't be there and exposed rivets and connectors everywhere.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team