Kolcraft Cloud Plus Review
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use
Cons: Poor quality, harder to maneuver
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|Pros||Inexpensive, easy to use||Easy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweight||Lightweight, giant canopy, price||Easy to use and push, useful features, quick fold||Nice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes|
|Cons||Poor quality, harder to maneuver||Expensive, not the best napper||Lower quality, poor off-road capabilities||Heavier and larger||Limited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern|
|Bottom Line||Inexpensive option with that disappointed overall||Stylish, lightweight, easy mover, that folds small but has a higher price||Lightweight with good features and price but it could be smaller or easier to push off-road||Weight and size could make it a poor traveler but features are convenient||Great maneuverability but only average in other areas|
|Rating Categories||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||BabyZen Yoyo+||ZOE XL1 BEST v2||Britax B-Lively||Mountain Buggy Nano|
|Weight Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||BabyZen Yoyo+||ZOE XL1 BEST v2||Britax B-Lively||Mountain Buggy Nano|
|Weight||13.2 lbs||13.5 lbs||16.3 lbs||17.4 lbs||16.3 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L||17.5"W x 9"H x 20.8"L||21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L||24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L||21.2"W x 11"H x 20.3"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Maximum: 44 lbs
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||Britax All Britax Seats||Universal Adapter|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||Cybex
|None||Britax All Britax Seats||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||Universal Adapter|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||38.9"||39.8"||39.7"||40"||39.2"|
|Included Accessories||None||Rain Shield||None||None||Travel Bag|
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