The Mountain Buggy Nano is a bare-bones umbrella stroller with a compact fold. The Nano offers impressive performance for maneuverability but generally has average results in the remaining metrics. While the Nano is a nice-looking stroller with a reasonably compact fold and easy-to-navigate wheels, it didn't have any standout features to drive its score higher. For the price, it feels like this stroller should have offered a little more like an increased recline or a larger canopy with a spying window. With several higher-scoring alternatives with lower or similar prices, it is hard to consider the Nano the best choice, no matter what you're looking for in a stroller.Editor's Note: This product review was updated on December 16th, 2021, with extra notes on our test findings and product comparisons to aid you in your final decision.
Mountain Buggy Nano Review
Pros: Nice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes
Cons: Limited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern
Manufacturer: Mountain Buggy
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|Pros||Nice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes||Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold||Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own||Well suited for everyday use, quick and slim fold, more features, accepts car seat||Inexpensive, easy to use|
|Cons||Limited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern||Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road||Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold||Heavy for a lightweight, crossbar over storage access||Poor quality, harder to maneuver|
|Bottom Line||A nice stroller to push and turn, but average in most other respects||A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road||Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain||A bit heavier, but works great as an everyday option for those who don't need the absolute lightest||The cheapest option with disappointing functionality|
|Rating Categories||Mountain Buggy Nano||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Kolcraft Cloud Plus|
|Weight/Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Mountain Buggy Nano||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Kolcraft Cloud Plus|
|Weight||13.3 lbs||12 lbs||11.8 lbs||19.3 lbs||12.6 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||21.2"W x 11"H x 20.3"L||17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L||13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L||25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L||18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L|
|Folded Volume||4,734 cu in||5,233 cu in||6,105 cu in||8,472 cu in||7,551 cu in|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Newborn
Maximum: 44 lbs
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Universal Adapter||None||None||Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2||None|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||Universal Adapter||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||39.2"||40.5"||42.3"||41"||38.9"|
|Included Accessories||Travel Bag||None||None||City GO Adaptors||None|
|Setup Time||5-10 Min||2-5 Min||2-5 Min||5-10 Min||5-10 Min|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Mountain Buggy began in 1992 when a dad wanted a stroller with all-terrain capabilities to enjoy the New Zealand countryside. With this desire in mind, Mountain Buggy's all-terrain platform was born. Mountain Buggy continued to improve and change the style over the years, creating strollers that work from newborn to toddler on the city streets and over mountain trails.
Weight and Folded Size
In this metric, the Nano is relatively small and light. This stroller weighs 13.3 lbs and measures 4,734 cubic inches when folded. While the weight is only average, it is one of the smallest products.
Ease of Use
The Nano isn't the easiest option to use. If ease of use is a high priority, the Nano may not be as good as some of the competition, like the UPPAbaby Minu.
Fold and Unfold
The Nano fold is more difficult to fold than the average option. This stroller has a two-handed fold with a manual lock and self-stand.
The Nano has easy to set and release single-action brakes with an accessible pedal color-coded to help parents know which side to press. The pedal is more akin to a pedal found on a standard stroller and is sandal foot-friendly.
The Nano storage basket can carry up to 11 lbs, and it fits a medium size diaper bag. Bin access isn't fantastic and is further complicated by the recline of the seatback. The back of the bin is relatively shallow and has a bar across the top that limits how big an item can be and still squeeze in.
The canopy on the Nano is on the small side and doesn't extend over the knee. The canopy doesn't have an SPF rating or a peek-a-boo window, which it may not need, given how small the shade is.
The Nano has a 5-point harness rethread that is relatively easy to alter with a large tab to press through the slots in the seat. Adjustment on straps is also easy and can be done by lifting the tab, pulling the strap through, and closing the tab again. The buckle is a little convoluted; you must insert all the straps into the buckle one at a time, and there are four pieces to connect.
The Nano seat has an adjustable seatback that reclines midway to flat and an adjustable leg rest that extends out for additional napping space. The seat and leg rest have adequate padding, but the recline adjustment isn't far enough for truly cozy napping. The recline adjustment toggle is plastic and can be operated with one hand with the press of a button but requires two hands to sit upright. The footrest is nicely placed in front of the seat so that passengers can use it without tucking feet under the seat.
Car Seat Compatibility
This stroller is compatible with a variety of infant car seat carriers including Mountain Buggy Protect, some Graco Snugride Classic Connect seats, Snugride Click Connect 32, 35, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco Keyfit 30, Maxi Cosi, and Cybex Aton.
Ease of Setup
Setting up the Nano is easy, with no tools and an average manual. It took us 4:32 minutes to put it together, going from opening the box up to being ready to use.
The Nano offers relatively good maneuverability for an umbrella product. This stroller moves and turns like a larger stroller with better wheels. We had no difficulty pushing and turning on flat surfaces, with a slight decrease in functionality when we hit rougher roads. However, pushing and turning on grass and gravel is still better than most of the competition. Even negotiating curbs is easy with a longer handle and less bounce in the frame.
This stroller has suspension in the rear wheels and a foam-covered handlebar. The limited seat recline and two-wheel suspension probably aren't the best for passenger comfort. However, it does have an adjustable leg rest and adequate padding, so it isn't uncomfortable either.
The Nano has middle-of-the-road components and materials that look rather nice. However, the final product had difficulty competing with some of the competition. It came out feeling rather average with no real standout nods to quality with the possible exception of nicer wheels that move smoothly.
Should You Buy the Mountain Buggy Nano?
The Mountain Buggy Nano is a neat product with one of the top maneuverability scores in the group, only being beaten out by the BabyZen Yoyo2 and crossover products like the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 or the Britax B-Lively. However, the rest of its scores are only average, and no outstanding features set it apart. In our opinion, there are other strollers in this price range that have more to offer.
What Other <category-name-heres> Should You Consider?
If you like the minimal design and compact fold of the Nano, the Inglesina Quid and Zoe Traveler are both worth considering. Although neither option has the same ease of maneuvering that is found in the Nano, they have better ease of use features that we find more valuable when out and about with a little one. Namely, larger canopies and more straightforward harnesses. Depending on your budget, either product can be a good alternative.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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