Best Umbrella Strollers of 2017

Best Umbrella Strollers

March 15, 2017

Best Umbrella Strollers

Best Umbrella Strollers
Check out the five best umbrella strollers according to thousands of Babylist parents.Best Umbrella Strollers

Sometimes you just don’t want to lug around a semi-truck of a stroller—even if it does hold everything. When your outing will be fast or you need to travel light, an umbrella stroller comes in handy.

Do you need an umbrella stroller?

The lightest of the stroller styles, the umbrella stroller quickly folds into a slender, vertical shape similar to its namesake. It’s convenient to keep in the trunk for short jaunts or for traveling.

Lightweight strollers are also travel friendly, but tend to be more substantial than umbrella strollers. Either style could meet your needs if you’re looking for something that weighs less than a standard stroller and is a cinch to close in a hurry.

That being said, many parents take their standard stroller everywhere even traveling.

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 umbrella strollers.

Budget Basic

Why We Love It

This slim stroller is pared down to the fundamentals: swiveling front wheels and an adjustable canopy. It makes up for what it lacks by being ultra lightweight and inexpensive. This is a great option for occasional use.

Keep in Mind

The stroller has a three-point seatbelt, which isn’t as secure as five-point harness that goes over a child’s shoulders. Also, parents of all statures find themselves having to hunch over to push the stroller because it’s just not quite tall enough.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s good for a quick trip where you don’t need a lot of stuff with you.” -Kristin

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 8 lbs.
Age Range 2 months to 40 lbs.

Connects With a Car Seat

Why We Love It

With the Breaze, you can snap in any Graco Click Connect infant car seat and go, so you can use it with a newborn. What else is handy? A roomy storage basket, a seat that reclines flat, a UV 50 sun canopy and a parent cup holder. For portability it also automatically locks when folded and has a carrying strap.

Keep in Mind

The Breaze is the heaviest and bulkiest of the umbrella strollers on our list (albeit still lighter than a standard stroller).

What Babylist Parents Say

“This stroller is our favorite baby purchase! It fits a car seat and is much lighter than any of the other strollers we tested out. I can hold our baby and open or close it with one hand. It’s truly a breeze to use, but nicer and sturdier than a traditional umbrella stroller.” -Melissa

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 18 lbs.
Age Range From birth to 50 lbs.

Outstanding Sun Protection

Why We Love It

Everyone raves about the big, SPF 50+ sun canopy on the G-LITE that wards off glaring rays. But we think two other features are the true standouts.

The G-LITE has seat fabric that’s removable and machine washable (think: juice box spills and crushed Cheerios). That’s something you don’t usually see in umbrella strollers. Also, it stands upright when folded, which makes it convenient for tucking away in a closet.

Keep in Mind

To collapse the stroller, you press buttons on the handlebars. But they can be pesky to push in. Also, for the price of this stroller, we’re surprised it doesn’t recline.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s super lightweight and convenient. It lives in the back of my car when we aren’t flying.” -Alyssa

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 11 lbs.
Age Range 6 months to 55 lbs.

A Step Above

Why We Love It

For parents who want a stroller for longer trips out and about, the GOLite has an adjustable seat that reclines (nap time!) as well as a larger storage basket for your diaper bag or shopping bags. And it’s smooth to steer.

Keep in Mind

The adjustable canopy is a skimpy size.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s so easy to use. It’s light, compact and sturdy.” -Autumn

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 14 lbs.
Age Range When baby can sit up unassisted to 50 lbs.

Great Amenities

Why We Love It

The Joovy Groove Ultralight has many features of a standard stroller with all the benefits of an umbrella stroller. One of the coolest things? It has a bassinet mode to accommodate newborns, so you can use it right away. Made of a water-resistant fabric, the stroller has a UPF 50 canopy for sun protection, two cup holders, a mesh pocket near baby for snacks or sippy cups and a zippered pocket to keep your things secure. There’s also a peek-a-boo window do you can keep an eye on your little one.

Keep in Mind

It has an auto-fold lock—and it stands on its own when folded!—plus it comes with a shoulder carry strap.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 14 lbs.
Age Range Newborn to 55 lbs.

Choosing What’s Right for You

As you’ve seen here, the options for umbrella strollers range from bare bones and bargain-priced to souped-up styles that could replace a traditional stroller. Keep in mind that none of these are meant to be used jogging, and they should only be used on paved surfaces.

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