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The Best Umbrella Strollers of 2018

The Quinny Yezz works well no matter what the terrain with cool skate style wheels and bearings making it easy and fun to push  turn  and even twirl.
Wednesday April 4, 2018
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Looking for an awesome umbrella stroller? We researched over 40 potential competitors and purchased 19 popular strollers to use in our rigorous testing process to determine which are the easiest to use, push, lift, and carry. We considered weight and folded size, quality, maneuverability, and ease of use to compile scores used to calculate their overall scores and rank. We've condensed all the information we learned into this review to help you choose the best lightweight stroller for your needs and budget. Read on to find out the nitty gritty for each stroller.


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Pros Easy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweightGreat maneuverability, compact, light, good for travelLightweight, giant canopy, priceEasy to use, car seat compatible, easy to push, nice qualityEasy to use, cozy napping, Car seat compatible
Cons Expensive, not the best napperMinimalist design, few featuresLower quality, poor off-road capabilitiesHeavier, harder to stow and travel withHeavier, hard to carry
Bottom Line Easy to maneuver, stylish, lightweight option that folds small with a big priceEasy to navigate and great for travel and small spaces, but it has limited features for comfort and convenienceReasonably priced and lightweight with useful features but it could be smallerGood maneuverability with features that are useful and easy to useSmooth maneuvering option that is easy to use and good for napping, but heavy for a lightweight stroller
Ratings Categories BabyZen Yoyo+ Quinny Yezz ZOE XL1 BEST v2 Britax B-Agile 3 City Mini
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Specs BabyZen Yoyo+ Quinny Yezz ZOE XL1 BEST v2 Britax B-Agile 3 City Mini
Weight 13.5 lbs 12.6 lbs 11.8 lbs 17.4 lbs 17.5 lbs
Folded Dimensions 17.5"W x 9"H x 20.8"L 10.9"W x 9.5"H x 31.5"L 21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L 24"W x 9.5"H x 29.2"L 24.1"W x 10.5"H x 32.8"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: Children who can sit up unassisted
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Minimum: 3 months
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Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"

Updated - March 2018
We have updated this review to include a new version of the ZOE stroller and a new Graco lightweight stroller. We've retired some products that are no longer available and made review wide updates as identified through our research. The Recaro EasyLife is no longer available in the US and the Quinny Yezz has also been discontinued (though remaining 2017 stock is still available until sold out). ZOE has replaced their Deluxe version with a BEST version, outlined below.

Best Overall Umbrella Stroller


BabyZen Yoyo+


Editors' Choice Award

$499.00
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Weight: 13.5 lbs | Folded size: 3,276 cubic inches
Nice quality
Easy to push and turn
Lightweight
Expensive
Not great for napping

The BabyZen Yoyo+ earned an impressive overall score with the help of one of the best scores for maneuverability and decent performance in the other metrics. The Yoyo+ is a pleasure to push and turn with nicer wheels and upgraded bearings. With a stylish look and obvious attention to detail, the Yoyo+ is all that it promises to be, folding compactly into thirds, being easy to carry, and enjoyable to use. The Yoyo+ includes most of the features you'll want and the functionality you need for fun on the town, which makes it a great choice for city living.

The price of the Yoyo+ is high for an umbrella stroller, but it is a case where "you get what you pay for". It also has a smaller canopy and storage bin that may not be able to cover your needs for protection from the elements and holding all your supplies depending on the type and duration of your trips. However, if your budget allows, we think the overall performance and looks of this stroller are worth the price of admission given the smaller size and ease of carrying.

Read review: BabyZen Yoyo+

Best for Travel


Quinny Yezz


Editors' Choice Award

$259.99
(7% off)
at Amazon
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Weight: 12.6 lbs | Folded size: 3,262 cubic inches
Easy and fun to push and turn
Good quality
Great for travel
Few features
Doesn't recline

The Quinny Yezz impressed testers earning a second place rank and shining with a top score for maneuverability and quality with a good score for weight and folded size. This stroller is fun and super easy to use with an amazing turning radius and one finger pushing (what?!). The Yezz makes you smile and moves so smoothly you won't want to stop strolling. The Yezz has skate style wheels with closed bearings and a comfortable seat with a small canopy and back of the seat storage pocket. It folds small enough to be stored just about anywhere, can be carried hands-free on your shoulder, and works well for most of your travel needs.

While the Yezz doesn't offer many features, and those it does have are on the small side, we think most parents are unlikely to miss them thanks to its innovative design and just enough convenience to keep you going. We think this little powerhouse is a traveler's dream, and parents and passengers alike will love using it as often as they can; potentially choosing it over their full-size stroller when not traveling.

Read review: Quinny Yezz

Best on a Tight Budget


Inglesina Net


Best Value Award

$149.00
at Amazon
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Weight: 11.9 lbs | Folded size: 4,763 cubic inches
Inexpensive
Small and lightweight
Easy to carry
Hard to push and turn
Limited recline

The Inglesina Net is very light and relatively small earning the top score for the weight and folded size metric. It also features impressive quality for a stroller of this type and price range. This stroller is a minimal option with a breathable seat back, shallow recline, and traditional fold with self-stand. The storage bin is big enough for a few supplies, and the canopy covers enough to prevent discomfort.

This budget-friendly umbrella stroller is one of the cheaper products in the review, and while it doesn't come with many bells and whistles, it does have everything you'll need to make it through a mid-day stroll. While it can't double as a main stroller, or make it for longer trips, thanks to a lack of storage and comfort features for passengers, it is a good option for travel and is easy to carry and stow. This simple stroller will get the job done without breaking the bank or leaving you frustrated.

Read review: Inglesina Net

Best Bang for the Buck


ZOE XL1 BEST v2


Best Value Award

$129.99
(35% off)
at Amazon
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Weight: 11.8 lbs | Folded size: 5,544 cubic inches
Budget-friendly
Easy to use
Best canopy
Harder to push and turn
Disappointing quality

The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a lightweight stroller loaded with features which are rare for this kind of stroller. The BEST has an easy access storage bin, canopy pocket, parent cup holder, and dual snack holders for passengers. ZOE made improvements to this version with larger single style front wheels and a reduction in folded size. We love the giant canopy on this stroller and the peek-a-boo window that create a private cocoon for sleeping little ones but still lets parents check in without disturbing nap time.

Unfortunately, the ZOE isn't the easiest to push and turn, even with the new better wheels and we think the quality and durability of materials can be improved. However, the BEST impresses bringing a lot to the table with easy to use features for a reasonable price.

Read review: ZOE XL1 BEST v2

Top Pick for Everyday Use


Britax B-Agile 3


Britax B-Agile 3
Top Pick Award

$229.99
at Amazon
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Weight: 17.4 lbs | Folded size: 6,657.60 cubic inches
Easy to use
Car seat compatible
Easy to push
Heavier and larger
Harder to travel with

The Britax B-Agile 3 earned top marks for ease of use and quality with an impressive score for maneuverability. This standard stroller is lighter than some of the lightweight strollers and has a quick and easy fold that makes it easy to manage on the go. The B-Agile 3 earned a Top Pick award for everyday use because it can handle all-day adventures with a large storage bin and canopy, a near flat recline, and tight space turning. This stroller works from infancy (though until 2018 the brands are limited) to older toddler.

Britax is currently redesigning the majority of their infant car seat adapters for most brands. The launch date is sometime in 2018 for Chicco, Peg Perego, and Graco adapters. Currently, the B-Agile is only compatible with Britax (adapters included with the purchase of the stroller) and the Nuna, Cybex, and Maxi-Cosi (with the purchase of an adapter).

On the downside, this isn't the best for airport use as you'll need to check it and it can be more difficult to find a place to stow it on public transportation or in smaller cars. But, it does fold relatively flat and depending on your needs it could be the only stroller you ever need, saving you time and money with a one and done stroller solution over two.

Read review: Britax B-Agile 3

Also a Top Pick for Everyday Use


Baby Jogger City Mini


Top Pick Award

$259.99
at Amazon
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Weight: 17.5 lbs | Folded size: 8,300.04 cubic inches
Easy to use
Cozy napping
Car seat compatible
Heavier
Harder to carry

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a Top Pick for best everyday use that is easy to use, maneuverable, and nicer quality. While this stroller may be one of the heavier and larger options in this lineup, it has everything you'll need for almost any kind of trip, making it feel like a small well-equipped adventure machine. The City Mini is easy to push and turn, has a large canopy, and folds with one quick step on-the-fly. It has a near flat recline for comfortable napping, a large storage bin, and materials that come together in a sturdy, practical product that works with a variety of infant car seats.

This stroller is the heaviest one in the umbrella lineup making it a poor choice if you need to carry it often or for long periods of time. And it isn't the smallest so it will be harder to find a place to stow it on public transportation. But, we think the City Mini can do it all and can potentially fill two niches at once saving you money and the time. Combine this choice with a compatible infant car seat, and it may be the only stroller you need to buy.

Read review: Baby Jogger City Mini


Analysis and Test Results


We put 19 of the top and highly-regarded lightweight strollers through a rigorous testing process. Each product was carefully observed in use, and rated on four key performance metrics: weight and folded size, ease of use, maneuverability, and quality.

We tested 19 of the most popular umbrella and lightweight strollers available.
We tested 19 of the most popular umbrella and lightweight strollers available.

Weight and folded size had the most influence on the final score because finding a compact, easy-to-carry stroller, is the primary reason parents add an umbrella option to their must-have gear list. Our ratings are a combination of in-house lab testing and real-world experience in side-by-side comparison tests.


Value


Most of the top-ranked options in this review are under $300. For a gear category that is likely a backup or secondary stroller, this can feel like a lot. However, the price value chart reveals that the Britax B-Agile and the Baby Jogger City Mini can act as your full-size stroller and your lightweight stroller, so you may not need to purchase two strollers to meet your needs. In addition, the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has a price of $200 and enough features to potentially be used regularly in place of a full-size stroller. The Inglesina Net could be a good choice as a second stroller with a list price of $150.

If small folded size is a priority  you may want to consider the GB Pockit. It is remarkably small when folded and very lightweight. It earned the highest score in our Weight and Folded Size tests  due to its unique combination of the smallest folded size and the 2nd lightest weight. However  this stroller is difficult to use and requires a trade off for the size.
If small folded size is a priority, you may want to consider the GB Pockit. It is remarkably small when folded and very lightweight. It earned the highest score in our Weight and Folded Size tests, due to its unique combination of the smallest folded size and the 2nd lightest weight. However, this stroller is difficult to use and requires a trade off for the size.

Weight and Folded Size


How much a product weighs, and how compactly it can fold, is what makes a great lightweight stroller stand out from the pack. Arguably, the most important aspect is an option you can fold and transport with ease. You'll want one that makes travel easier and can quickly go from carrying the baby to being carried or stowed. Some of the products we reviewed were pretty heavy making them harder to move or lift. Some of them were light but folded into packages that were longer than average and hard to fit in a compact trunk. If you are looking for a traditional umbrella stroller, this could be the make or break metric on which product to purchase.


The highest scoring product for Weight and Folded Size is the GB Pockit with the smallest folded volume, and the second lightest weight. If you need a small folded product that fits in tight places and can be easily picked up and carried, then the GB Pockit wins top honors. However, the Pockit did not win an award because it is difficult to maneuver and hard to use, and it scored below average for overall performance. The Maclaren Mark II is the lightest with a weight of only 8.6 lbs, but it scored poorly on other tests leaving it well below average in overall rank. Unless you absolutely can't lift anything over 9 lbs, then we don't think the tradeoff of poor user experience is worth the lower weight.

The Quinny Yezz folds small quickly with a self-stand capability and an automatic lock. This makes it great for on-the-go travel.
The City Mini is 17.5 lbs  and 8 300 cubic inches when folded. This makes it a small full-size stroller and a relatively large lightweight option. It is important to measure your trunk space or test the stroller in the smallest location it will need to fit before deciding to keep it.

The Quinny Yezz (above left) has the second smallest fold with a reasonable weight of only 12.6 lbs, and it is a stroller we love to push and have fun using, which makes it a more compelling all-around choice for travel than much of the competition. The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is only 11.6 lbs which makes it easy to pick up and carry, though it is somewhat larger when folded at 5,544 cubic inches. The largest folded option is the Baby Jogger City Mini (above right), which may be a poor choice if space is at a premium, and the Graco Breaze is the heaviest (over 18 lbs), which may be prohibitive carrying long distances for some parents. It is certainly a high weight for an umbrella stroller.

The BEST is very easy to use with top performance compared to the competition and enough convenience features to be used as an everyday stroller.
The BEST is very easy to use with top performance compared to the competition and enough convenience features to be used as an everyday stroller.

Ease of Use


Ease of use includes daily experience and the features that make the product easier to use or add versatility. A product that performs well for ease of use may be more versatile, and users found it more enjoyable and user-friendly. Parents may find that strollers with higher scores in this metric are good for a wider variety of adventures. Having a generous sunshade or storage bin means you may be able to go shopping for longer or can make it better for outdoor trips to a farmers market. Having an easy, quick fold, can make a stroller better for commuting when speed and space are often valued over optional features.


Fold and Unfold


Lightweight strollers should be easy to fold and quick to operate. While a compact fold is essential for umbrella options, being able to fold the stroller quickly and without complications can be just as important. We prefer strollers that fold with one hand and fewer steps. Strollers that lock automatically or stand on their own are also nice.

The BEST is a lightweight option with the 4th lowest weight in the group which makes it easier to lift.
The BEST is a lightweight option with the 4th lowest weight in the group which makes it easier to lift.

The Britax B-Agile and the Baby Jogger City Mini are the easiest options to fold, requiring only one hand swiftly pulling upwards. Better still, they unfold almost by itself and pops open so quick you're ready to go in no time. The ZOE XL1 BEST v1 has a similar fold. The hardest strollers to fold are the UPPAbaby products that require two hands with multiple steps and can be harder to do if you're rushed or flustered (think crying baby and impatient commuters).

The BabyZen Yoyo+ has one of the easiest brake pedals to use with a step on / step off single action functionality that is easy to see and access.
The BabyZen Yoyo+ has one of the easiest brake pedals to use with a step on / step off single action functionality that is easy to see and access.

Brakes


Many of the umbrella products have double action brakes that require setting two pedals for proper brake engagement. We worry that parents will forget or intentionally skip setting both pedals and this could lead to preventable accidents or injuries. For this reason, we prefer single action brakes that only require one pedal to set. The best brakes are easy to set and release and friendly to feet wearing sandals. The brakes should engage without sticking or feeling locked when they aren't. The best brakes in this review are on the BabyZen Yoyo+ with one pedal that has plenty of foot room and is a press to set and release. The Baby Jogger Vue Lite has the worst brakes with a super stiff pedal, and it felt set during testing when sometimes it wasn't and releasing the brakes hurt feet wearing open-toed shoes.

The B-Agile has the largest storage bin in the group  with easy access from the back. This bin can carry supplies for all day adventures or a few shopping bags when running errands.
The B-Agile has the largest storage bin in the group, with easy access from the back. This bin can carry supplies for all day adventures or a few shopping bags when running errands.

Storage


Most of the products offered storage of some kind, how much and where were the primary differences. Many have an under-seat storage bin, but they vary in size, max weight capacity, and access.

The Yezz storage pocket may not look like much  but it fits enough supplies for a pared down day trip.
The pocket on the back of the BabyZen Yoyo+ canopy has a nice zipper that keeps items safe and contained.

The Britax B-Agile 3 has the biggest basket in our review and the Quinny Yezz doesn't have one at all, just a seatback pocket (above left). Some strollers have pockets located on the back of the canopy, like the BabyZen Yoyo+ (above right) and the Britax B-Agile 3. The pocket increases convenience and improves the user experience.

The mesh peek-a-boo window on the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is large enough to see little ones with a cover that keeps out the sun. This canopy is the largest in the group when fully extended.
The mesh peek-a-boo window on the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is large enough to see little ones with a cover that keeps out the sun. This canopy is the largest in the group when fully extended.

Sunshade


While all the products have a canopy, some have smaller shades, often without windows. The canopy on the Quinny Yezz is simple, easy to use, and part of the fabric of the main stroller body. However, it is small, with little coverage, and it isn't SPF rated. Things are worse with the GB Pockit, which has the tiniest shade that only offers direct overhead protection and no side shade. On the other hand, some strollers have giant shades that offer excellent coverage even for a reclining passenger. The largest canopy belongs to the ZOE XL1 BEST v2, which creates a private cocoon for the passenger. This canopy includes a zip-open panel and mesh peek-a-boo window with a Velcro cover.

The Gb Pockit only scored well in the weight and folded size metric. While a very important metric in umbrella strollers  the disappointing scores in other tests resulted in a low rank overall.
The Yoyo+ seat doesn't recline as deep as we'd like  and the canopy could be larger for more protection  but baby can still nap with ease and the shade is larger than some of the competition.
The only real disappointing aspect of the BEST is that the materials do not feel as durable as they could be.
The photos above show the varying sizes of canopies in this review. From left to right they are the flat shade on the GB Pockit, the medium canopy on the BabyZen Yoyo+, and the giant shade of the ZOE XL1 BEST v2.

Harness


All of the products in the review have 5-point harnesses. Five is the safest design because the two extra points coming from the shoulder restraint straps help keep children from slipping out, or falling out should the stroller tip over. We consider how difficult the straps were to adjust for height and correct fit, and how hard the buckle is to use. We also include whether or not the product has an adjustable crotch strap, and if the lowest shoulder height will work for smaller babies.

While we worry that the minimum shoulder strap height on the G-Luxe is too tall for smaller riders  adjusting the straps themselves is simple and the buckle is very easy to use.
The Maclaren buckle and strap adjustments are the hardest in the review to operate  both because the buckle is very stiff and the strap adjustment unnecessarily complicated.

We feel parents are more likely to use a harness regularly if it is easy to use and adjust. The UPPAbaby G-Luxe (above left) has the easiest harness and buckle to use, while the Maclaren Techno XT (above right) buckle is so hard that even two hands don't feel adequate. Some of the harnesses are relatively easy to adjust for size, but the height level of the shoulder straps are more difficult. The BabyZen Yoyo+ has a very easy to use harness.

The B-Agile 3 has one of the coziest seats with adequate padding on a sling style design  padded leg rest  and deep recline.
The B-Agile 3 has one of the coziest seats with adequate padding on a sling style design, padded leg rest, and deep recline.

Seat


A reclining seatback and adjustable leg rest are useful features that keep little passengers more comfortable on longer trips. Napping and being comfortable can be the difference between a successful outing and a disaster of tantrum proportions. Unfortunately, finding a comfortable seating area is harder than you'd think in lightweight strollers. Some of the products offer a reclining back, but no adjustable leg rest, others have both, and some have neither. Many of the recline angles are shallow (almost non-existent) and not as nap-worthy as others. Depending on the kind of trip you plan to take, a simple stroller with no comfort options might suffice, but if you are going to the zoo for the entire day, life will be much easier if your child can nap and get cozy as the day goes on.

The Nano has an adjustable leg rest.
The Inglesina reclines by unzipping a zipper on each side. However  the angle doesn't change much and it won't be comfortable for napping.
The adjustable leg rest on the Mountain Buggy Nano (above left) offers additional leg room for nappers, but the zipper side recline adjustment on the Inglesina Net (above right) doesn't increase the recline angle enough for napping comfort and is only slightly better than sitting upright.

With relatively upright seating  even when fully reclined  and no legrest to speak of  the Inglesina Net does not offer the best seat for longer trips or napping.
With relatively upright seating, even when fully reclined, and no legrest to speak of, the Inglesina Net does not offer the best seat for longer trips or napping.

The Baby Jogger City Mini and the Britax B-Agile 3 have some of the most comfortable seats in the group, though the UPPAbaby G-Luxe has the deepest recline paired with an adjustable leg rest, something rare to find together. If your trips may last for hours, then a comfortable seat is a must and may mean you have to sacrifice things like a lighter weight to get one. The Quinny Yezz and the Inglesina Net have some of the lowest scores for this metric with upright seating, disappointing (or non-existent) recline, and no real leg rest. However, if your outings are short and finding the smallest stroller is the most important factor for you, then these options could be winners for you.

Although some of the umbrella strollers claim suitability for newborns and infants, we do NOT recommend the use of this style of product for children under six months of age.
Why?
This type of stroller provides minimal features for infants and fails to offer the level of support and protection we would like to see for babies lacking head and neck control. Unless the stroller accepts the attachment of an infant car seat, we do not think parents should use them for little ones under six months of age. Ever. For safety, always keep an eye on your baby and regularly check to ensure the position and adjustment of the harness are correct.

Car Seat Compatibility


Only a few of the lightweight options are compatible with infant car seats. For the most part, this stroller category isn't known for infant capability, so it isn't a strike against them, just a bonus if they did. The Britax B-Agile 3, the Baby Jogger City Mini and the Mountain Buggy Nano all accept infant car seats with additional adapters. The BabyZen Yoyo+ works with one infant car seat, and the Graco Breaze and the Graco Jetsetter work with Graco brand seats.

The Quinny Yezz has polyurethane skate wheels with bearings that make pushing fun and enjoyable ulike more traditional stroller wheels that are made of plastic and often tend to wobble.
The Quinny Yezz has polyurethane skate wheels with bearings that make pushing fun and enjoyable ulike more traditional stroller wheels that are made of plastic and often tend to wobble.

Maneuverability


Maneuverability can make or break whether or not a stroller rolls smoothly with minimal effort, or struggles and wobbles. Depending on the journey and the terrain you plan to cover, the product you choose will make a big difference in whether or not you can get where you want to go without frustration. Some of the products were easy to push and turn, while others felt clunky and struggled to turn on grass.


The Quinny Yezz has unique skate wheels that make it so agile it feels like you can dance with it, which means you can negotiate even the most crowded city streets with ease and style. We loved using it and think that most parents can forgive any lacking features for its impressive maneuverability alone. The BabyZen Yoyo+ also performed well in our tests for maneuverability, but it is much smoother on the flat roads than the grass and gravel.

The single front wheels of the Yoyo+ helped it out maneuver the competition  earning it a high score for maneuverability.
The single front wheels of the Yoyo+ helped it out maneuver the competition, earning it a high score for maneuverability.

While we assumed most of the strollers would struggle in the grass and gravel, we were a little surprised that some of them struggle on flat hard surfaces too. The products that struggle in this metric were those with smaller wheels, wheels with fake tread, and the dual front wheel designs (2 wheels on each side that equaled four wheels in front). Products with single front wheels (2 total, instead of 4) and the larger wheels performed better overall than most of the others. The hardest stroller to push is the Summer Infant 3D lite. This stroller struggles on the smooth hardwood and is difficult to turn with weight in the seat.

The Yoyo+ earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability with dense single wheels with ball bearings that work well.
The Summer Infant 3D lite wheels are small and made of plastic. These wheels have a flimsy feeling and wobble when it strolls  even on flat smooth surfaces
The photos above show the single front wheels on the BabyZen Yoyo+ (above left), and the dual front wheels of the Summer Infant 3D lite (above right).

The Quinny Yezz tied for the top score in Quality  due to an amazing attention to detail in the product materials and workmanship that resulted in an almost flawless final product.
The Quinny Yezz tied for the top score in Quality, due to an amazing attention to detail in the product materials and workmanship that resulted in an almost flawless final product.

Quality


For quality, we consider how well a product is put together, the materials, and how they withstand daily use or may hold up over time. Some of the materials are not as nice or durable as others.


The overall look and feel of the materials, and how they come together and perform under normal use, is a good indicator of the level of quality of the construction and components. Other considerations were frame flex, wheel wobble, exposed fasteners, poor stitching, and loose connection points.

The BabyZen earned an 8 of 10 for quality with a sleek design and high end materials that come together in a functional piece.
The Kolcraft Cloud earned the lowest score for quality.

The Quinny Yezz earned the high score for quality, with the Britax B-Agile 3, Babyzen Yoyo+ (above left), and the Baby Jogger City Mini close behind them. These strollers look nice and feel sturdy during use with little frame flex and limited if any, manufacturing flaws or defects. The Kolcraft Cloud Plus (above right) earned the lowest score for quality with inferior materials and loose connection points that created more frame flex with weight in the seat. This stroller also has the lowest price in the group, so it may very well be a "you get what you pay for" situation for the Kolcraft Cloud Plus.

Ease of Setup


Most of the products in this review came assembled or mostly assembled. The main items that require assembly are attaching the wheels, canopies, or possibly seat to the frame. None of the products need complete construction, but the BabyZen Yoyo+ has a lot of parts and pieces, taking more time than any other option to unpack and put together; in some cases six times longer than the competition. The GB Pockit and the Quinny Yezz are both very easy to set up, with the GB Pockit taking under two minutes.

The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a lightweight umbrella stroller with several convenience features parents like.
The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a lightweight umbrella stroller with several convenience features parents like.

Conclusion


It is impossible to say that there is a single best product that is perfect for all families. The requirements of parents and little ones are different depending on the frequency that you'll use the stroller, the length of your trips, and the activities where you may use this style of stroller. Some of the umbrella strollers are more useful for quick trips around town, while others may be better for longer adventures to the park or shopping. Some have so many features they can do double duty as your main stroller, while others are so minimal they really are only good for traveling when a lightweight stroller is mandatory.

The award winning umbrella strollers offer a range of great possibilities with variety of sizes and shapes that come with different features designed for various strolling goals. We feel confident that most parents can find what they are looking for in one or more of these awesome strollers.
The award winning umbrella strollers offer a range of great possibilities with variety of sizes and shapes that come with different features designed for various strolling goals. We feel confident that most parents can find what they are looking for in one or more of these awesome strollers.

There are good choices for everyone no matter what your needs or budget. It is our goal to give you the details you need to make the best decision for your family. Between the award winners and the high ranking models, there is an option or two that will work for just about anyone. Once you narrow down your wants and needs, you can confidently choose the right stroller for your passenger. If you need more help making a decision or narrowing the field, read our How to Pick the Best Umbrella Stroller.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz