If you’re in the market for a stroller and don’t want to buy several different strollers to get you through the infant to preschool years, then a lightweight umbrella stroller is probably what you’re looking for. Known for being the most compact and easiest to travel with, lightweight strollers are great for city dwellers that have small spaces, moms constantly on-the-go, and for taking on vacation. It’s the stroller that you always keep in the back of your car “just in case.” Many umbrella strollers now come with car seat adapters, rain covers, sun shades and cup holders making them just as user-friendly as full-size stroller systems. When looking for a lightweight stroller, consider these questions: Do you want a stroller that can also be used for an infant? Do you want a stroller that can recline for your child to sleep in? Is budget a factor? Do you need a lot of storage on your stroller? Will this stroller be your main stroller or a ‘travel’ stroller? Is design a factor?
After considering these questions, you’ll be able to narrow it down to the best lightweight stroller for you and your baby. We test drove, folded and carried hundreds of strollers to narrow it down to the top five. But remember, whatever stroller you choose, make sure baby is safely buckled in the five-point harness, seated comfortably and that there’s plenty of room for your shopping bags!
Best overall: Bumbleride Flite
, $249.99, at amazon.com
Why it’s the best:
The Bumbleride Flite is the stroller that parents have been dreaming of. The mid-priced stroller weighs in at 13 pounds making it one of the lightest umbrella strollers on the market. The features, including the backrest and footrest, are all fully adjustable to grow with your child from infant to preschool years. During the test drive, the Flite did well on both off-road terrain and city streets and gave baby a smooth ride with the dual front and rear wheel suspension. The Flite also comes in amazing eye-popping color combos like orange and aqua, and is one of the only lightweight strollers that is compatible with the most infant car seat models including: Graco Snugride, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Chicco Keyfit, Combi Shuttle, Baby Trend Flex Loc, and the Britax Chaperone. For those looking for a bassinet option, the Flite is also compatible with Bumbleride’s Carrycot
, which allows you to remove the bassinet and keep baby sleeping while not using the stroller.
Best value: Babyplanet timi & leslie stroller
, $189.99, at amazon.com
Why it’s the best: Babyplanet is one of the most eye-appealing strollers we saw with a budget-friendly price tag to match. The company’s partnership with timi & leslie, the designers behind a line of stylish diaper bags, adds comfort, color and style to the 17 pound stroller. The four wheel suspension and all terrain wheels give baby a smooth ride and the angled ergo-grip handles make it easy for mom to steer one-handed. Equipped with features like adjustable leg supports and a 90 percent recline on the seat, it’s easy for your child to sleep without getting moved around. The stroller is also equipped with a cup holder and the cargo basket is plenty big enough for shopping bags and your diaper bag too!
Why it’s the best: The Bugaboo name is synonymous with luxury strollers. The price tag is considerably more than the others we tested but in the end, you get what you pay for. The Bee weighs in at 18.5 pounds but makes up for being weighty with the smooth ride it provides your baby. It can be used for newborns in the fully reclined seat and for extra safety add the Bugaboo Baby Cocoon or use with a car seat adapter for the Maxi-Cosi or Graco infant car seats. The seat is also completely reversible so you can either have your child facing you or facing out. Everything is adjustable from the extended seat to grow with your child to the adjustable handlebar to the adjustable backrest. Unlike the other Bugaboo strollers, it has a one piece fold and is easy to carry from place to place.
Best compact and for rough terrain: Micralite Fastfold Super-lite
, $271.96, at amazon.com
Why it’s the best: Weighing in at 14 pounds, the Micralite offers everything that you would see on a full-size stroller but in a compact frame. It has a sleek, modern design and can be taken off the sidewalks onto rougher terrain thanks to the rear pneumatic tires. The seat reclines for sleeping and also has front swivel wheels for easy mobility. It can be folded easily with only one hand and stands upright when folded — making it perfect to store in small spaces. Car seat adapters are also available to use with the stroller for the Maxi-Cosi and Graco infant car seats.
The best seller: Maclaren Triumph Stroller
, $169.99, at babiesrus.com
Why it’s the best: Maclaren perfected the lightweight stroller years before any of the others on the market. Its Triumph stroller is a best seller online and in stores because it truly is lightweight at only 11 pounds and offers easy maneuverability with lockable dual swivel wheels. Easy to fold with just one hand, the Triumph is recommended for babies starting at 3 months and is not car seat compatible. The five-point harness safety restraint keeps your child safe and the reclining seat is comfortable for sightseeing or sleeping. Easy to carry with the attached side handle, the Triumph is a great stroller for city walks, shopping and traveling.