12 Best Travel Strollers of 2020
Best Travel Strollers of 2020
September 22, 2020

Best Travel Strollers of 2020

Because of their lighter weight and compact fold, travel strollers are more convenient than others for toting up stairs, riding on public transportation, and stowing out of the way in small hotel rooms and hole-in-the-wall eateries.Best Travel Strollers of 2020

If the thought of trying to wrangle your full-size stroller on your next family adventure feels daunting, it’s time to consider a travel stroller.

Travel strollers make leaving home with your little one a little bit easier and a lot more convenient. Today’s travel stroller is a minimalist’s dream. Most have many of the same high-end features as traditional strollers all rolled into a compact, portable package. Many travel strollers break down to fit in the overhead bin of a plane or can be folded down quickly and slung over your shoulder. Some can even be used as a day-to-day stroller too.

If you’re a family who’s frequently on the go, a travel stroller may be the answer to help lighten your load and simplify your life.

In this article:

Do You Need a Travel Stroller?

Some families use a traditional stroller for everything, even traveling. But having a lighter, more nimble travel stroller pays off when you really need it: for airports, narrow city sidewalks, public transportation or just to lighten the load.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using different types of strollers for travel:

  • Traditional stroller: Everyday strollers typically have convenient features like lots of storage space, cup holders and trays, and large canopies. Some may also have all-terrain wheels and accommodate an infant car seat. But they’re heavier and bulkier to fold, which makes using and storing them in tight spaces more difficult (think: narrow doorways, airplane overhead bins, small car trunks).
  • Umbrella stroller: Bare-boned and exceptionally lightweight, umbrella strollers often lack many amenities you find in traditional strollers like adjustable seats and cup holders. They have skimpy canopies, minimal cushioning and seat support and don’t fold small enough to fit in airport storage bins. You also can’t push an umbrella stroller with one hand. Umbrella strollers are good for when you occasionally need a slimmer, fast-fold stroller.
  • Travel stroller: Sometimes also called a lightweight stroller, travel strollers strike a balance between traditional and umbrella stroller styles. They’re lighter than the standard stroller, easy to fold and compact in size when collapsed. (Some travel strollers fold in half, called a square fold, while others feature a more compact tri-fold.) Travel strollers have some full-size amenities like large sun canopies and a storage basket and most even have extras like cup holders.

Figuring out which type of stroller you want to use for travel often comes down to what type of trade-offs you want to make around budget, space and personal preference. Some traditional strollers offer a compact fold that’s great for travel, but the stroller weighs a ton. Umbrella strollers tend to be affordable but require two hands for pushing and only offer a vertical fold. Compact travel strollers are light, portable and easy to steer but come at a cost.

Think through how often you travel, how much money you want to spend and where you’ll be storing your stroller when it’s not in use when you’re trying to decide which stroller is right for you and your family. Also note that lots of parents find that a travel stroller can work just as well as a full-size option for everyday use; just keep in mind that unless the travel stroller you choose is compatible with an infant car seat or comes with a separate infant kit, you’ll need to wait to use the stroller until your baby is six months old and can sit up unassisted.  

What Should You Look for in a Travel Stroller?

A travel stroller should be easy to take with you on trips and be a comfy spot for your little one, especially since your child will probably spend more hours in it while traveling than at home. Look for a travel stroller that is:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to fold
  • Collapses compactly
  • Has an ample canopy
  • Has an adjustable seat (a machine-washable cover is also a nice perk)
  • Features a built-in strap or separate carrying case

How to Fly with a Stroller

Bringing a stroller with you on trips can seem daunting. How do you get it from point A to point B when you’re flying? Will it count toward your carry-on and baggage allotment? And what if you need to use your stroller in the airport? Good news: You can pick how you want to travel with your stroller, depending on your needs. Here are the choices:

  • Check the stroller with your baggage: Some parents unload the stroller during check-in and switch to using a baby carrier through the airport instead. Pair a front carrier with a backpack-style diaper bag so your hands will be free to deal with other things. Noe that if you have a large stroller, you may be required to check it as baggage anyway. This usually doesn’t count toward your baggage allotment.
  • Check the stroller at the gate: Want to use the stroller until you board the plane? You can check the stroller with the gate agent—it just needs to be tagged—and then pick it up outside the aircraft door when you arrive. (Just remember if you have a connecting flight to catch, waiting for your stroller to be placed on the jet bridge can eat up precious time.)
  • Stow the stroller on the airplane: Some travel strollers fold up so small they fit in a backpack and can be stored in an overhead bin. Having your stroller with you eliminates the hassle of waiting for it on the jet bridge or at baggage claim (or losing it).

Some other air-travel tips to keep in mind:

  • If you check the stroller with baggage, you do run the risk of damage. Ask the agent at check-in for a plastic bag to cover and protect it during transport, or bring your own travel bag.
  • If you’re taking the stroller through security, it will need to be folded and put through the X-ray machine. Don’t stuff the undercarriage basket until after security.
  • If your checked stroller doesn’t come out with the suitcases at baggage claim, check the oversized luggage area. It may have been set aside there.

How We Chose our Best Travel Strollers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the products they love the most. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best travel strollers.

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Stylish + Fun

The Scoop
  • Quick, compact fold (fits in overhead bins)
  • Built-in carry strap
  • Fun colors and prints
What Our Experts Say

Traveling just got a lot more fun. This compact, travel-friendly stroller from Colugo packs a big punch in a small package—and brings a ton of style with it along the way.

There are so many features to love about the Compact, starting with size. At only 16 pounds, this stroller is easy to lift, carry and get in and out of trunks or overhead bins when you’re traveling. It’s also extremely easy to maneuver and steer, which isn’t the case with lots of compact stroller options. There’s a one-handed, ultra-compact fold, no-puncture tires, an ample storage basket and a built-in carry strap for when you need to sling it over your shoulder and get moving. (There’s a carry backpack included for that too.) The seat fully reclines, a great perk for on-the-go naps, and the seat fabric has a wipeable, machine washable layer. The stroller maneuvers smoothly and easily. And who doesn’t love a little leopard?

What’s Worth Considering

There’s no option to click in a car seat, and taller parents sometimes complain that they kick the lower bar of the stroller frame since the handlebar isn’t height-adjustable. If you want to use the stroller from birth, you’ll need to purchase the Infant Kit separately. Same goes for the Parent Organizer which gets you a zippered storage pouch and a cup holder.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Light, compact, easy to travel with and good looking.” -Isis

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 16 lbs
Folded Dimensions 17” x 24” x 10”
Age Range From 6 months up to 55 lbs

Best Travel Stroller for Everyday Use

The Scoop
  • Great for travel + everyday use
  • Roomy storage basket
  • Shock-absorbing suspension for a smooth ride
What Our Experts Say

From your own neighborhood to wherever your travel adventures take you and to everything in between, the Minu offers all the conveniences of an everyday stroller in a travel-friendly package. One-handed fold, a huge sunshade, a comfy seat with multi-position recline and a roomy, easy-access basket are just a few of the awesome features you’ll find in this stroller that works just as well on vacation as it does for a walk to the grocery store. The spring-action, shock-absorbing all-wheel suspension makes for a smooth ride even over bumpy terrain. The Minu stands when folded and features a carry strap and a storage bag for easy transport.

What’s Worth Considering

As-is, the Minu works for babies 3+ months; if you want to use it with your newborn, you’ll need to add the From Birth Kit, which will cost you.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Amazing stroller. Great for travelling (fits in overhead bin), shopping (takes up minimal trunk space), walks in the park (very smooth ride, even over grass!). Has oversized canopy to block sun and folds with one hand. Bought it for travel, but use it as our primary stroller because I love it so much.” -Jessica

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 14.8 lbs
Folded Dimensions 11.5” x 20.5” x 23”
Age Range From 3 months up to 50 lbs

Best Budget Travel Stroller

The Scoop
  • Great value
  • Extremely light—weighs less than 12 pounds
  • Easy fold but not as compact as others on our list
What Our Experts Say

If you’re not looking to spend a lot on a travel stroller or you’re a family who doesn’t travel very often, the Kolcraft Cloud Light is an excellent value that boasts lots of thoughtful features, especially considering the stroller’s price. Weight is the standout here—the Cloud Plus weighs less than twelve pounds, making it one of the lightest strollers on our list. The fold is also worth a second look. Although it’s not super compact (the stroller folds in on itself, much like an umbrella stroller, rather than in a tri-fold like many other travel strollers on our list), it’s quick and easy and you can do it with one hand, a feature we always appreciate especially when we’re on the go.

Other features to note include an extendable canopy with a peekaboo window, a parent tray with two drink holders and a large storage basket (it’s one of the biggest on our list).

What’s Worth Considering

The seat on the Cloud Plus has multiple positions but doesn’t recline completely flat. It has a lower weight limit than many of the strollers on our list—40 pounds—and doesn’t have much in the way of suspension and shock absorption. And the fold is slim but not all that compact.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Easily fits in the trunk of my car.” -Cora

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 11.8 lbs
Folded Dimensions 18” x 12” x 34”
Age Range From 6 months up to 40 lbs

Lots of Custom Options

The Scoop
  • Fits in overhead bin
  • Fast, one-handed fold
  • Options to customize color, add a second rider and more
What Our Experts Say

One minute the Babyzen YOYO2 6+ is a stroller and the next it’s slung over your shoulder like an oversized bag. It has a fast, one-handed fold and because of its super-compact size, it easily fits into an airplane’s overhead compartment.

It performs like a champ out of its carrying case, too, easily steering through crowds and through narrow spaces. It’s also one of the most fun travel strollers to customize. You can change out the seat and shade fabrics with a new color pack, add a custom footmuff for cooler temps, help your older kiddo hitch a ride on the stroller board and even add a storage bag that uses wheeled support so your stroller won’t tip. With adapters that are sold separately, you can also use this stroller with infant car seats from Nuna and Maxi Cosi, among others.

What’s Worth Considering

The YOYO2 does come with a rain cover, but all the other extras will cost you. (And this stroller is on the pricier side to begin with.) And the weight limit is 40 pounds, so you won’t get as many years of use out of it as some of the other travel strollers on our list.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Fits in airplane cabin. We took it on so many trips!” -Emily

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 20.5” x 17.3” x 7.1”
Age Range From 6 months up to 40 lbs

Best Travel Stroller for Frequent Flyers

The Scoop
  • World’s smallest folded stroller
  • Extremely lightweight—9.5 pounds
  • Tiny storage basket and no recline
What Our Experts Say

Frequent flyers, listen up. The Pockit is the world’s most compact stroller. (Really—it was named World’s Smallest Folded Stroller by the Guinness Book of World Records!) It fits easily in the overhead compartment of a plane as well as under your seat, in a shopping bag or even in a large diaper bag. It has a simple, two-step fold and sits on its own when folded. It’s not a great choice for everyday use, but if you’re a family that travels frequently, especially by air, this ultra-compact travel stroller can’t be beat.

What’s Worth Considering

The storage basket on the Pockit is small and the canopy is even smaller. There’s no strap or carrying case, but since it’s small enough to fit into a bag, this isn’t a dealbreaker. Breaking down the stroller also takes a bit of practice.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love everything about it! I travel a lot with my baby. It’s easy to fold up. It’s so light. It’s small enough to be carried onto the plane rather than having to gate check. Since they assume you are going to gate check the stroller, it does not count as one of your carry-on items either.” -Kristin

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 9.5 lbs
Folded Dimensions 12” x 7” x 14”
Age Range From 6 months up to 55 lbs

Three Ways to Ride

The Scoop
  • Same one-handed fold Baby Jogger full-size strollers are known for
  • 3 ways to ride: infant car seat, bassinet or toddler seat
  • Padded seat with added depth
What Our Experts Say

Baby Jogger strollers are known (and loved) for their easy, one-handed fold—and this travel stroller is no exception. The City Tour 2 folds into a 19-by-23 inch rectangle and automatically locks closed. You can carry it by the handle or tuck it away in the included tote bag carryall while your little one explores. The stroller has a deep, padded seat and adjustable calf support to keep your kiddo comfortable. Plus, a huge UV 50+ sun canopy provides shade.

An updated version of the popular City Tour, this model can be used with an add-on bassinet (called a Carry Cot) and with Baby Jogger City GO and Graco Click Connect car seats via adapters, so it’s a good choice if you’re also looking for a travel stroller than works for newborns.

What’s Worth Considering

There’s suspension system in the frame isn’t great, making for a bit of a bumpy ride. Some parents wish the tote bag carryall had backpack straps for easier transport rather than a shoulder strap.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love that I can carry, open and fold it with one hand. It’s easy to maneuver and the only stroller I own. Perfect for city living!” -Amie

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 14 lbs
Folded Dimensions 19” x 7” x 23”
Age Range From 6 months up to 45 lbs

Best Travel Stroller for Newborns

The Scoop
  • Comes with universal car seat adapter
  • Full recline seat
  • Ventilated backrest for airflow
What Our Experts Say

The Mountain Buggy Nano stroller is the best of both worlds—a travel stroller that can also act as a travel system. Unlike most travel strollers, this one comes equipped with a universal car seat adapter so you can pop in your infant seat and be on your way with your newborn in tow. (You can also purchase the Cocoon Carrycot separately if you prefer a bassinet option.)

The Nano is lightweight and compact enough to fit easily into many carry-on luggage units on planes and trains or in a trunk, and the travel bag has a handle and strap for portability. The narrow width and front-wheel swivel makes it good for use on city streets or other tight spaces and the seat features a full recline perfect for naps.

What’s Worth Considering

There’s no suspension system and no peekaboo window. You need to use two hands to fold the Nano. (Although it’s still really easy.)

What Babylist Parents Say

“It folded up so small that it fit on the plane as a carryon but it also handled really well on european cobblestone” -Nikki

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13 lbs
Folded Dimensions 20” x 12” x 22”
Age Range From birth up to 44 lbs

Best Umbrella Stroller for Travel

The Scoop

Great value Easy to maneuver Umbrella-style fold is bulky

What Our Experts Say

Some parents prefer an umbrella stroller for travel. If you’re one of them, then the Summer 3D Lite should be on your list.

The 3D Lite is a great all-around travel stroller. It’s light (about 13 pounds), features a simple, compact fold and a built-in carry strap, has a seat that lays nearly flat and boasts an ample storage basket. At well under $100, it’s an incredible value for a stroller with this many great features.

What’s Worth Considering

Since this is an umbrella stroller, you won’t find the compact tri-fold that parents love so much about many travel strollers.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It is so easy to travel with - we used it on a cruise ship, in various airports, and for all our daily errands.” -Jeanine

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13 lbs
Folded Dimensions 10” x 12” x 43”
Age Range From 6 months up to 50 lbs

Suspension for a Smooth Ride

The Scoop
  • Four-wheel suspension for a smooth ride
  • One-handed fold
  • Comfy, contoured seat
What Our Experts Say

Pushing the Joolz Aer doesn’t feel much different than pushing some much larger, much more expensive strollers—and that’s what we love about it. The Aer has four-wheel suspension, a feature that’s not very common in travel strollers, so it maneuvers easily and glides smoothly even across uneven surfaces. That combined with the comfortable seat that contours to fit your child’s body, a large storage basket and a one-handed fold all help make the Aer just as great for travel as for everyday use.

The Aer is newborn-friendly and compatible with Nuna, Cybex and Clek car seats (adapters sold separately) and the stroller folds up small enough to fit in an overhead bin. It also comes with a rain cover and travel bag included.

What’s Worth Considering

The Aer is on the pricier side, but if you’re planning on using it for travel and for everyday, then the cost doesn’t seem as daunting.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s so easy to push and steer and SO easy to fold with just one hand. We use it as a travel stroller and often as our everyday stroller as well.” -Jennifer

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 13.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 21” x 17.7” x 8.5”
Age Range From 6 months up to 50 lbs

Very Versatile

The Scoop
  • Light and compact
  • Height-adjustable handlebar
  • One-handed fold
What Our Experts Say

Luxury stroller brand Bugaboo’s answer to the travel stroller is the Ant, their lightest, most compact stroller to-date. The Ant combines all the features parents love about Bugaboo strollers—maximum comfort, all-wheel suspension, and of course beautiful design—into a versatile, lightweight travel stroller that fits into an overhead compartment and boasts almost as many features as its full-size counterparts. (Think things like car seat compatibility, a fully reclinable seat, a height-adjustable handlebar, ample undercarriage storage and so much more.)

What’s Worth Considering

Although the Ant technically works from newborn through the toddler years (up to 50 pounds), many parents find the seat to be somewhat small and pretty narrow, so it’s probably not the best choice if you’re traveling with an older kiddo.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 15.8 lbs
Folded Dimensions 9.1” x 15” x 21.7”
Age Range From 6 months up to 50 lbs

Lightweight and Fun

The Scoop
  • One-handed fold
  • XL canopy
  • Oversized wheels
What Our Experts Say

Lightweight, compact and travel-ready are the three features that come to mind when we think of The Traveler from Zoe. (Well, that and the awesome camo print colorway, too.) This aluminum-frame stroller is light enough to sling over your shoulder but durable enough to handle lots of different adventures. We love the one-handed fold and that it fits in most overhead bins when broken down as well as the XL canopy and extended seat recline. You can add on lots of accessories like a parent organizer, an entertainment holder and a stroller storage bag backpack.

What’s Worth Considering

The Traveler isn’t compatible with any car seats so you won’t be able to use it with younger babies. There are also no straps or backpack included; if you want those, you’ll have to pay extra to add them on.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love the ease of use, the carrying case and all of the add-ons.” -Rachel

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 11 lbs
Folded Dimensions 22” x 17.5” x 6”
Age Range From 3 months up to 50 lbs

Best Travel Stroller with Tray

The Scoop
  • Only compact stroller that folds with tray still attached
  • Oversized wheels
  • Compatible with over 30 car seats
What Our Experts Say

The standout feature of the Joovy Kooper travel stroller is its tray. It’s the only compact stroller in the US that has an attached tray that folds right along with it instead of having to pop it off when you break the stroller down. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but every detail counts—especially when you’re traveling—and knowing your little one can enjoy the convenience of a tray for snacks and toys without you having to wrangle it off every time you want to fold it up is a pretty big deal.

Other features to love include oversized wheels for a smooth ride, a one-handed fold that stands on its own, a reclinable seat and adjustable foot rest and a large, water-repellent canopy. The Kooper is compatible with 30 car seat models (you’ll need to purchase the adapters separately) so you’re able to use the stroller from birth if you’d like.

What’s Worth Considering

At over 16 pounds, the Kooper is a bit heavier than other comparable travel strollers. The fold also isn’t as compact as other compact strollers and there’s no carry strap.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 16 lbs
Folded Dimensions 29.3” x 21” x 12.5”
Age Range From 3 months up to 55 lbs

Also Worth a Look…

The compact travel stroller market has really taken off over the last few years, flooding the market with lots of options. Here are a few other travel strollers worth a look.

  • The Mima Zigi ($599.99) is a super modern travel stroller that can also double as an everyday stroller thanks to features like a three-position seat recline, large storage basket and rear-wheel suspension. It has a one-handed fold and is compatible with select infant car seats or a carrycot.
  • The Cybex Eezy S Twist ($349.95) is another travel stroller that can also pull double duty for day-to-day use. Its claim to fame is a unique one-hand rotating seat that allows your little one to face you or the street.
  • The Inglesina Quid ($299.00) fits in an overhead bin and offers thoughtful features like a self-standing fold, an extendable canopy and a large flap on the hood that fully retracts for ventilation on warm days. The Quid weighs in at only 13 pounds.
  • And finally the Nuna Pepp Next ($299.95) is the popular brand’s answer to the travel stroller. It weighs a bit more than most travel strollers—21 pounds—but does break down into a compact, flat fold and boasts features like an all-season seat, spring suspension and a height-adjustable handlebar.

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