Best Travel Strollers of 2017

Best Travel Strollers of 2017

Last Updated: March 15, 2017
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 2017

You don’t have to be travel obsessed to love a good getaway.

A family vacation - whether a road trip to grandma’s house or overseas to a bucket list destination - is one of life’s great joys. It just takes planning ahead and having a few pieces of kid gear that make life on the road easier. A stroller that acts like a rolling home base (sitting-napping-diaper-changing spot) is an essential for trips with younger tots.

Do you need a travel stroller?

Any stroller can provide a shaded place for your little one to sit and nap on a trip so you can stay out longer and do more.

You could take your everyday stroller on a trip if you’re willing to lug a heavier, bulkier stroller around or don’t have to worry about enough trunk space. If you’re traveling by airplane though, keep in mind that your stroller might get a little beat up if you check it.

Lightweight strollers and umbrella strollers can be good options for travel too. Lightweight strollers are typically a bit heavier than a travel stroller while umbrella strollers are super light. They usually lack amenities like cup holders and large storage baskets and don’t fold small for airport storage bins.

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. Many also come with their own carrying case or carrying strap.

(When traveling in the airport, keep in mind that you’ll have to fold the stroller to put it through the X-ray machine. So don’t stuff the undercarriage basket until after security.)

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby 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.

Budget Traveler

Baby Trend Rocket Lightweight Stroller - $49.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

This thrifty pick has the basics: a canopy, a 5-point harness, a foot-triggered parking brake and a storage basket. But it also includes a soft parent tray with two cup holders (a nice extra!).

KEEP IN MIND

The Rocket has a fixed seat so you won’t be able to lay your child back for nap time. And both the storage basket and the canopy are rinky dink.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It’s lightweight and keeps my baby in shade.” - Lyia

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Stroller weight: 13 lbs.

Age range: From sitting up unassisted (around six months) to 50 lbs.

Ready to Roam

Chicco Capri Stroller   - $79.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

Your baby can kick back and relax with two different seat positions on this stroller and all-wheel suspension that makes for a smoother ride. All done exploring for now? Tuck the Capri into its carryall bag and sling it over your shoulder, golf-bag style.

KEEP IN MIND

This stroller only accommodates smaller kids up to 37 pounds (about three years old). If your child is destined for a place on a basketball team, the number of years you can use this stroller will be even less.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It’s so quick and easy. And, I can maneuver it one handed.” - Lauren

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Stroller weight: 11 lbs.

Age range: 6 months to 37 lbs.

Souvenir Shopper

Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller - $89.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

While your mini-me naps - thanks to the stroller’s near-flat seat recline - you can hit the Parisian flea market or souk with coffee in hand (there’s a cupholder). Stow maps and your phone in the seat-back storage pocket and your once-in-a-lifetime purchases in the big storage basket.

When folded the 3D Lite automatically locks in place and you can use the attached shoulder strap to tote it around.

KEEP IN MIND

When the seat is fully reclined, it’s nearly impossible to access the storage basket.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I love this stroller. It’s light and compact yet sturdy. My baby likes to be front facing so she loves it. It’s a really good stroller for the price.” - Tiffany

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Stroller weight: 12 lbs.

Age range: 6 months to 50 lbs.

Serious Jetsetter

UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller   - $259.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you’ve got a bad case of wanderlust, it might be crazy hard to stay home after your baby is born. No problem. The G-Luxe travel stroller seats babies as young as three months (most travel strollers have a minimum age of six months). And it keeps them comfy with a near-flat recline and an adjustable footrest. A deep, 50+ UV canopy provides loads of shade.

Other awesomeness? It’s easy to tuck away in the corner of a train or cafe because it stands when folded, and the seat fabric is removable and machine washable - great for life’s inevitable accidents.

Babylist parents also love the UPPAbaby G-Lite stroller. It’s four pounds lighter than the G-Luxe and has many of the same features minus the reclining seat. And it’s less expensive.

KEEP IN MIND

The G-Luxe is pricy and among the heaviest strollers on our list.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The basket on this stroller is small and tough to access, but it’s super comfy for my little guy and reclines almost flat.” - Sara

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Stroller weight: 15 lbs.

Age range: 3 months to 55 lbs.

The Best View

Baby Jogger Vue Lite Umbrella Stroller   - $179.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

The Vue Lite is a standout among travel strollers for being good for newborn passengers since it’s car seat compatible (additional adapter required and only available at Target).

The bonus? When your wee one is big enough to sit in the stroller itself, you can flip the seat to face you or face front - with a simple, one-handed motion. The UV 50+ canopy also adjusts to suit whatever position the seat is in.

KEEP IN MIND

Although the brand name has the word “jogger” in it, this stroller is not intended for anything but walking on paved surfaces.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It’s very sturdy with a great size canopy. Also, I like the forward or backward facing feature.” - Cheri

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Stroller weight: 15 lbs.

Age range: From birth to 55 lbs.

Frequent Flyer

GB Pockit Stroller - $199.95
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you’re looking for a stroller so small and light you can fit it into an airplane’s overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you, then you and the Pockit stroller are going to be very happy together. It’s the world’s most compact stroller measuring just 12 by 7 by 14 inches when folded flat. It has a simple, two-step fold so going from pushing to carrying takes mere seconds. And it sits on its own when folded.

KEEP IN MIND

The canopy and storage basket are smaller on this minimal stroller. Also, there’s no carrying strap or case, but you could load it into an oversized backpack.

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: 10 lbs.

Age range: 6 months to 55 lbs.

All-Weather Adventurer

Maclaren Volo Stroller   - $149.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you don’t want a little bad weather to ruin your good time, the Volo has you covered. Literally. The UPF 50 canopy is waterproof and the stroller comes with a rain shield. It’s especially great for parents of various heights (no slumping over the handles in order to push it) and fits taller kids too. The seats are removable and machine washable - a feature every parent appreciates - and it folds up like an umbrella stroller. For transport, there’s a built-in shoulder strap.

KEEP IN MIND

The Volo doesn’t recline at all so it’s best for non-nappers or short stints out and about.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I love our Volo stroller. It is so easy to set up and take down, and you can do it all one handed. It came with a rain cover, which I love. The stroller itself breathes very well and the straps are so quick to get my baby out of. It truly is just a snap.” - Mary

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Stroller weight: 11 lbs.

Age range: 6 months to 55 lbs.


Choosing What’s Right for You

Don’t let overwhelm hold you back from choosing the right stroller for your family’s adventures. Just consider if you’ll be using it mostly for road trips (and how much trunk space you have) or need it to fit into the storage areas of airplanes, trains or buses. Maybe you need something that works for all of the above.

Good news! The strollers on this list are all lightweight and compact. So no matter which one you choose, you’re getting a stroller that will be an easy travel companion.