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UPPAbaby Minu Review

Expensive and heavy but easy to use and squarely compact
UPPAbaby Minu
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Price:   $400 List | $349.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact fold great for travel, easy to use features, quality
Cons:  Heavy for its size, not for off-road surfaces, expensive
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 16, 2021
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 5.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 7.9
  • Maneuverability - 25% 6.4
  • Quality - 10% 8.0

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby Minu is a stylish high-quality lightweight stroller that folds into thirds and would fit well in the overhead storage bin on an airplane. It has easy-to-use useful features, a storage bin with a 20 lb weight allowance and an ample canopy with great coverage, and a large peek-a-boo window. We like this stroller but find it does not beat out the competition due to the heavier weight and larger price tag without matching upgraded features. It is not as attractive compared to similarly scoring strollers that cost less and offer similar conveniences.

Editor's Note: The UPPAbaby Minu review was updated on December 16, 2021, with deeper insight into testing methods comparison on what we would buy to more effectively help you decide between products.

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Pros Compact fold great for travel, easy to use features, qualityHigher-quality, easier to push and turn, small foldReasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller foldEasy to carry, lightweight, stands on its ownWell suited for everyday use, quick and slim fold, more features, accepts car seat
Cons Heavy for its size, not for off-road surfaces, expensiveExpensive, not as light as othersBrake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-roadHard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted foldHeavy for a lightweight, crossbar over storage access
Bottom Line Expensive and heavy but easy to use and squarely compactEasy to use and push, high-quality option that has a small fold but the canopy is small and the price is highA high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-roadUpright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrainA bit heavier, but works great as an everyday option for those who don't need the absolute lightest
Rating Categories UPPAbaby Minu BabyZen Yoyo2 Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Baby Jogger City Mi...
Weight Folded Size (35%)
5.0
6.2
7.2
6.8
2.4
Ease Of Use (30%)
7.9
6.5
6.2
5.1
7.4
Maneuverability (25%)
6.4
7.8
4.5
5.1
8.0
Quality (10%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
8.0
Specs UPPAbaby Minu BabyZen Yoyo2 Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Baby Jogger City Mi...
Weight 14.9 lbs 14.3 lbs 12 lbs 11.8 lbs 19.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions 20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L 18.7"W x 21"H x 9"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
Folded Volume 6,610 cu in 3,534 cu in 5,233 cu in 6,105 cu in 8,472 cu in
Capacity Limits Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 50lbs/40"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Click-in Car Seat Adapters UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
Nuna
Pippa
Cybex
Aton Q, Aton 2
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite
Clek
Liing
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max Plus
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
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Liing
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes No Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Carry Strap Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.2" 42.5" 40.5" 42.3" 41"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No Yes No
Included Accessories Storage bag Carry Bag None None City GO Adaptors
Setup Time 5-10 Min 20-25 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 5-10 Min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Over a decade ago, an American family started the UPPAbaby company with the dream of making family life easier with innovative products that didn't sacrifice convenience or features for the sake of style or budget. UPPAbaby produces several strollers ranging from full-size options to the UPPAbaby Vista designed for growing families. They also have a line of different styles of car seats.

Performance Comparison



The Minu folds in thirds so it is compact and squat, but thick...
The Minu folds in thirds so it is compact and squat, but thick compared to a traditional umbrella fold.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


For an umbrella stroller, the Minu is somewhat hefty at 14.9 lbs. This weight is slightly higher than the average.


The Minu measures 6,610 cubic inches when folded, compact and fair compared to the competition. More importantly, it folds in thirds, similar to the BabyZen Yoyo2 and the Zoe Traveler, making a package small enough to fit in an overhead compartment. It also comes with a storage bag to keep everything protected and together.

The carry strap on the Minu can aid in carrying this somewhat heavy...
The carry strap on the Minu can aid in carrying this somewhat heavy lightweight stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This stroller is one of the easiest in the review to use, with useful features and thoughtful design.

The Minu fold is initiated with one hand with a unique slide feature...
The Minu has an automatic locking mechanism with a lot of play which...

Fold and Unfold


The Minu has a unique fold that is squat and almost square. You can fold this stroller with one hand (above left) and it has an automatic lock (above right) and self-stands. The stroller folds down easily on itself into thirds. It does require two hands to unfold, but it isn't difficult.

The single action brakes on the Minu are color-coded and very...
The single action brakes on the Minu are color-coded and very straightforward with no challenges for proper use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The single-action brakes of the Minu are color-coded with two different pedals for set and release. The pedals align with each rear wheel and are easy to press.

The storage bin on the Minu holds up to 20 lbs of gear, but the...
The Minu has front access to the storage bin which is rare in any...

Storage


The storage bin is accessible from the back (above left) and front (above right), which is useful when the seatback is reclined. The basket is medium in size, but we fit our large diaper bag inside. It has a 20 lb weight allowance which is huge for this stroller style, but the shallow design means you likely won't reach this limit. There is also a medium-sized pocket on the back of the stroller with a 1 lb limit.

The Minu has a large canopy with a sun visor and covered peek-a-boo...
The Minu has a large mesh peek-a-boo window for spying on little ones.

Sunshade


The canopy is large for an umbrella stroller covering over the knees with a pull-out visor (above left) for additional coverage. It has a mesh peek-a-boo window (above right) that is very large and has a cover with magnetic closure.

The Minu has one of the easiest harness and buckle combinations in...
The Minu has one of the easiest harness and buckle combinations in the group with simple adjustments and easy rethread height adjustments.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness on the Minu is one of the easiest to use with a user-friendly rethread design. The straps slide easily for a good fit, and the shoulder height adjustment slips easily into the seatback without a struggle. It also has an adjustable crotch strap and a buckle that only requires one thumb to open.

The seatback adjustment toggle on the Minu can be operated with one...
The seatback adjustment toggle on the Minu can be operated with one hand to recline but requires two hands to pull the straps to raise it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The seatback on the Minu is adjustable and easy enough to operate, but it doesn't recline far and is likely not the best for napping. The plastic toggle is operable with one hand to lower but will require two hands to pull the straps to raise the back. It has a padded leg rest that is not adjustable and a narrow, rigid plastic footrest. The front of the leg rest has piping that could chafe bare legs.

Car Seat Compatibility


With the purchase of adapters, the Minu is compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa and some car seats from Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex, including the Cybex Aton 2. The adapters for the Mesa are significantly cheaper than the adapters for the other brands, but you have to take the adapters off when you fold the stroller, which is annoying at best and could result in lost adapters. Alternatively, the MINU Adapter for Maxi-Cosi, Nuna & Cybex can stay on when you fold the stroller and is compatible with the award-winning Cybex Aton 2. For this reason, we recommend pairing the Minu with the Cybex as opposed to the Mesa.

Ease of Setup


The Minu is easy to assemble. It took just under 4:30 minutes.



It comes with a nice quick start guide and doesn't require any tools for the two steps process of wheel and canopy attachment.

The Minu has single plastic wheels on each front leg but they lack...
The Minu has single plastic wheels on each front leg but they lack the ability to lock in place for easier movement over rough terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Minu has better maneuverability than many lightweight strollers. On flat surfaces, this stroller is easier to push than the competing UPPAbaby options, G-Lite and G-Luxe we tested, allowing room for a longer stride. Thanks to its short footprint, it negotiates small spaces and crowded streets with ease and no difficulties. Moving off-road is more challenging, and you won't want to cross grass and gravel for long as the plastic wheels struggle.

The Minu is a high-quality stroller with durable materials and...
The Minu is a high-quality stroller with durable materials and attention to detail.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


This UPPAbaby stroller is as lovely as they come with a stylish appearance and thoughtful design. It has a sturdy frame and limited visual connectors for a product that folds in thirds. The plastic foam-filled wheels are firm and less likely to deform or dent than cheaper wheels. The fabric feels durable, and we didn't see any errant stitching on our stroller. Overall, it has a better fit and finish than the other UPPAbaby options in this review.

Should You Buy the UPPAbaby Minu?


The Minu is an excellent product with some of the best ease of use features you can find in a lightweight stroller. If you are familiar with and love UPPAbaby products, you will probably like the Minu as well. It has similar features to other strollers from the brand and is intuitive to use overall. It is a bit pricey, but it is one of the few lightweight strollers compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa, and it also works with some of our other favorite infant car seats. If you don't mind the slightly higher weight and folded size, the Minu is a great option for families who want a top-quality lightweight stroller that they can use in conjunction with their Mesa car seat.

What Other Umbrella Strollers Should You Consider?


If you like the quality and useability of the Minu but want something even lighter and smaller, the BabyZen Yoyo2 may be better suited to your needs. Although not compatible with as many car seat brands, it works with some of our favorites and is a top-scorer for quality and maneuverability. If you like the design of the Minu but are stunned by the price tag, the Zoe Traveler is a budget-friendly alternative that also folds into thirds to fit into overhead bins and has above average ease-of-use performance.

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