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.
UPPAbaby Minu Review
Pros: Compact fold great for travel, easy to use features, quality
Cons: Heavy for its size, not for off-road surfaces, expensive
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|Pros||Compact fold great for travel, easy to use features, quality||Higher-quality, easier to push and turn, small fold||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|
|Cons||Heavy for its size, not for off-road surfaces, expensive||Expensive, not as light as others||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|
|Bottom Line||Expensive and heavy but easy to use and squarely compact||Easy to use and push, high-quality option that has a small fold but the canopy is small and the price is high||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|
|Rating Categories||UPPAbaby Minu||BabyZen Yoyo2||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Baby Jogger City Mi...|
|Weight/Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|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
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
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
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
Aton Q, Aton 2
Pipa, Pipa Lite
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
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||41.2"||42.5"||40.5"||42.3"||41"|
|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.
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.
Ease of Use
This stroller is one of the easiest in the review to use, with useful features and thoughtful design.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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