There are a lot of strollers in the market, and even if you’re just looking for travel strollers - it’s overwhelming. If you have decision paralysis, we don’t blame you! We’ve curated a list of 6 strollers built for travel that get high marks based on an amalgamation of reviews, conversations with parents, and a rundown of the needs of traveling parents.
What to Consider
As travelers, we’ve found these factors to be the most important as you make your stroller decision:
Mountain Buggy Nano
Retails for $199
Why we like it: When it comes to price / quality ratio this one fits the bill. It has all the bells and whistles you are looking for — folds up to store in the overhead compartment, lightweight at 13 lbs, and can strap in a car seat for young tots (without a pricey adapter).
What can be improved: The sun shade hits your hands when it’s up, and in some cases the sun shade will pull out when folding stroller. The wheels don’t have much cushion resulting in a bumpier ride - especially on cobblestone.
Verdict: Great for moderate travelers who want a proper compact stroller and who start traveling with baby before 6 mos of age
GB Pockit Stroller
Retails for $179
Why we like it: Carrying a stroller can seriously weigh you down, as the most lightweight and compact stroller on the market (at 9 lbs) the Pockit is perfect if you want a minimal footprint (it can even slide under the airplane seat).
What can be improved: When you optimize for compactness, you do lose some capabilities: the Pockit does not recline (but the Pockit + does). It is also not meant for babies under 6 months, and has no car seat adapter - so if you are traveling with your young tot, this may not be the one for you. Also the lack of a carry shoulder strap does make it a bit less convenient and while you can improvise, it’s something that you’ll want to address or live with if you buy.
Verdict: Great for minimalist travelers who want to board and de-board planes quickly.
Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller
Retails for: $79
Why we like it: This stroller has the key features you’d be looking for with a travel stroller all packaged with a great sticker price. If your baby loves to nap on the go and comfort is important, this is one of the few travel strollers that reclines near flat, and at 11 lbs the stroller has plenty of storage and holders for its size.
What can be improved: Can’t be folded to be placed in the overhead compartment and it doesn’t “stand” when folded. It’s not car seat compatible, and reviews call out that it’s not ideal for tall children when their legs pass the foot rest.
Verdict: Great for the budget traveler who values convenience. You don’t have to shell out big bucks for an all around good (lite) travel stroller.
Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller
Retails for: $449
Why we like it: It has maintained its place as the “Cadillac of travel strollers” for good reason. While the price is at the highest end, the YOYO+ has the features of a travel stroller and then some: overhead compartment compatible, works for 0+ month babies, folds easily, UPF canopy and drives like a dream. This is the best all around traveler stroller on the market.
What can be improved: Aside from price, the YOYO+ adapters are hard to install and stroller itself is hard to assemble.
Verdict: Great for the globetrotter. Worth the price if you plan on using it for heavy travel (think more than your regular stroller) and want to have it for a few years (or babies).
Retails for: $499
Why we like it so far: So far, it’s a great contender in a Bugaboo Ant vs YOYO+ battle. The seat can recline and reverse fully, plus it’s car seat compatible. The handle bar is adjustable and, as a bonus, you can drag the Bugaboo behind you.
What can be improved: Not the lightest of strollers at 16 pounds it can be folded compact (requiring a few steps) and may not be overhead compatible.
Verdict: Too new so the jury’s still out on this one, but it looks to be a good stroller for both local and travel use.
Colugo Compact Stroller
Retails for: $285
Why we like it so far: It’s a one-hand fold which is helpful for parents who travel with kids solo. The Colugo has better storage than most and the seat is removable, and washable! With a 100 day money back trial, you can ensure full satisfaction with your purchase.
What can be improved: The weight of the stroller is 16 lbs, not light if you plan to carry on your shoulder — but biggest downside: it’s not car seat compatible.
Verdict: Great for a moderate traveler. If your child is 6 mos+ then this is a serious contender in this price category.
Still on the Fence?
Consider these questions to ask yourself when you shop:
Don't forget to reflect on the type of travel you do, the places you go and your travel style before you buy.