Best Lightweight Strollers for Travel

See also:  Double Strollers    Stroller Accessories

 

Here are Shelly's latest picks for lightweight travel strollers. Strollers are listed in order of weight from the lightest up to 19 lbs. To add shade coverage, weather or insect protection, comforts, or conveniences to your stroller, see Stroller Accessories.

 

The Maclaren Volo lightweight travel stroller in silver and blue

 

UPPAbaby G-Lite Stroller

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

Meet our new favorite featherweight: Weighing in at the same 8.8 lbs. as the tried-and-true Maclaren Volo, the revamped G-Lite offers even more features we love. Dig that extra pull-down sunshade extension, consider the removable (and reversible) cup holder that comes standard, a stain-defender fabric seat cushion that removes and washes easily when needed (and you know it will be needed). Moreover, the solid wheels are wider and all feature shock-absorbing suspension. Like the Volo, The UPPAbaby G-Lite also has a shoulder carrying strap that's indispensable for travel. Unlike the Volo, it's also free-standing when folded. For children 6 months to 50 lbs. Folds to 15.5 x 11" x 42". Note: Neither the G-Lite nor Volo offer a reclining seat option, so browse below for other models that offer this feature.

 

Find it online at:  Amazon

 

Maclaren Volo Stroller

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

Good luck catching the New York subway without seeing one of these. The Volo's quick-and-easy umbrella fold, combined with its ultra lightweight frame, ergonomic foam-grip handles, and built-in shoulder strap quickly made it a favorite among city dwellers--not to mention travelers. Its sturdy aluminum chassis also makes light work of steering, and it truly is responsive to one-handed pushing and steering. With a handle height of 41 inches, it has also proven quite comfortable for parents of all heights. As mentioned above, the seat does not recline at all, which is why they say it is for children 6 months and older--though the seat is subtly reclined where it is positioned. If you'll need your child to snooze in your stroller during travel (layovers, hours in museums, etc.), you may find it well worth the upgrade to a model that can recline and may also offer a leg rest. More features we like: Unlike most lightweight strollers, the Volo is rated up to 55 lbs. and will also accommodate taller children than most models, plus it includes a fitted rain cover (no extra purchase necessary). For more bells and whistles, see the other strollers and Maclaren models below. Folds to 13.5" x 11" x 41". Weighs 8.8 lbs.

 

Find it online at:   Amazon

 

The Quinny Yezz travel stroller in red

Quinny Yezz Travel Stroller

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

It's lightweight, compact and cleverly folding to the point that you could hold it over your head with one hand should you want to - if only to stick it in the overhead bin. Or for that matter, the Yezz stroller is likely to fit in the under-seat storage of most airplanes as well making it a great carry-on contender. Rollerblade wheels glide along through airports and light-duty urban terrain, while a sun canopy extends above with short drop-down visor (not shown here) when wanted. Where to stash that cell phone? A parent pocket on the back heeds the call, while the all-important shoulder-carrying strap helps keep your hands free for more important gear (or people). What's better than that? It's easy to swap out seat covers with a spare (purchased separately) when you need a fresh change and can't do without your trusty stroller during travel. Weighs just over 11 lbs.

 

Find it online at:  Amazon

 

 

UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is made in the USA with many of the advantages of my favorite foreign competitors, and the newest model includes an adjustable foot rest that's great for snoozing babies plus--giving a huge advantage over the paltry protection afforded by most travel stroller canopies--the G-luxe offers a deep "pop out" canopy extension for shade (you can see it retracted up under the canopy here). Near-full recline, basket, ergo foam-grip handles, sturdy but light aluminum frame, cup holder included, self-standing when folded, 5.5" wheels, and essential shoulder carrying strap. Use it from 3 months up to 50 lbs. (compare with the Maclaren Triumph). Folds to 11" x 9.5" x 42.6". Weighs 11 lbs.

 

Find it online at:     Amazon.com   Baby Earth    Right Start

 

The  Chicco Capril lightweight travel stroller in Topazio blue

 

Chicco Capri Stroller with Travel Bag

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

Value--and soooo much better than a generic umbrella stroller! Where  generic umbrellas often leave little ones slumped, the Chicco Capri stroller gives a more supportive seat WITH a two-position seat recline--which can make all the difference when your child needs to nap during that airport layover or while you stroll the Louvre. The Chicco Capri also wins favor with all-wheel suspension to help smooth the ride, front locking wheels, and a small storage basket underneath. The C6 even includes a shoulder carrying strap right on the stroller itself. What's more, a travel bag is also included with its own shoulder carrying strap. However, if you anticipate your child will be on the high end of the growth curve, note this stroller is only rated up to 37 lbs. (or 36 months). Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years. Folds compactly to 46" x 10" x 37.5".  Weighs 11 lbs.

 

Find it online at:    Amazon.com   Baby Earth

 

Maclaren Triumph Stroller

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

Longevity. I have used it for my 5-month-old as well as my 5-year-old during a single trip. You can use the Triumph from 3 months through 4 years, though I personally recommend it for babies 6 months and older because the recline is not quite enough to keep infants from "slumping." Unlike many lightweight travel and umbrella strollers--the Triumph accommodates the longer legs, taller bodies, and greater weights of older children. The sturdy frame and ergonomic handles also make Maclaren strollers easier to push with older children than many other models. Enjoy the same quick-and-easy one-handed fold, ergonomic design, and other shoulder carrying strap of the Volo, with the added bonus of a multi-position reclining seat. For 3 (or more) months to 55 lbs. Owing to its narrower canopy, the Triumph also folds slightly smaller than the Volo, plus its wheels are a full 5" diameter and offer a slightly smoother ride. Rain cover included. Folds to 10.5" x 9.5" x 42". Weighs 11.5 lbs.

 

Find it online at:   Amazon.com   Baby Earth

Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

Value and longevity. The Summer Infant 3D Lite (3DLite) stroller is designed for a virtually lay-flat recline that's hard to find in a stroller this lightweight, and because of that it can be used from birth without the need of an infant car seat (like some strollers). The seat is nicely padded and the sun visor has an additional "flip out" sun visor. Auto-lock folding and an attached shoulder carrying strap simplify travel as well. Note: I don't recommend its wheels for travel in cobblestone areas (wheel durability is generally something where you get what you pay for, and you're saving money by not paying for it here), however for light-duty travels by stroller, the Summer Infant 3D Lite may be just what you need. Folds to 41" x 10" x 9". Suitable from birth to 50 lbs. Weighs 12 lbs.

 

 

Find it online at:    Amazon.com

Combi Cosmo Stroller

 

* Car seat compatible with Combi Shuttle infant car seat *

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

While the Cosmo offers great travel features, including Combi's compact tri-fold design and a convenient shoulder carrying strap, it also offers the extra comforts you'd want in an everyday stroller, like the cup holder and snack tray on the guard rail--don't underestimate the value of that as you dole out the Cheerios and link on the toys while passing time in lines during travel.  The Combi Cosmo also offers a fully reclining seat that can be used from birth and includes an infant boot. The padded seat rest is also removable and washable so you can get a fresh start--and end--to each trip. Suitable from birth to 55 lbs. Folds to 34" x 21" x 40". Weighs 13.4 lbs.

 

 

Find it online at:    Amazon.com

Maclaren Quest Sport

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

It's the "full meal deal"! Add to the features of the Triumph an extendable leg rest to support little legs (with an infant-safe foot guard/boot and fold-up infant head barrier), a UV-treated peek-a-boo window in the back of the hood, and a storage pocket on the back of the canopy (Volos and Triumphs don't have windows or pockets), and you're just starting to get why the Maclaren Quest Sport may be the only stroller you need--for travel and the whole shebang. The seat has a simple one-handed recline that goes all the way flat for newborns as well as kids who have traveled well beyond their timezone. If your child is already past the point of using the leg rest and you can do without the peek-a-boo window, you might prefer to travel with the lighter weight, less expensive Triumph (above). For newborns up to 55 lbs. Folds to 10" x 10.5" x 42". Weighs 14 lbs.

 

Find it online at:  Amazon.com     Baby Earth     Right Start

 

Maclaren Techno XT

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

Quite possibly your "one and only." Some people shop for a travel stroller as a back up or secondary stroller, while others look for the one that will--with any luck--be the only stroller they need at home and abroad, from birth to preschool. If you're hoping to find that one-and-only stroller for your needs, definitely take a close look at the Maclaren Techno XT. It's got all the hallmarks of a good travel stroller, including larger rubber wheels that withstand the rigors of cobblestones, a compact fold, and a carrying handle to help get you through those subway turnstiles when necessary. The Techno XT also features a full recline for snoozing and diaper changes on the go, with a foot barrier and headrest that make it ideal for newborns. The sun hood, as you can see from this side view, can extend down to your child's knees when needed--which you won't find on just any travel stroller! Ergonomic handles adjust from 41 to 44 inches, making it ideal for taller parents--or households with staggered parent heights. 6.5" wheels are larger than other Maclaren models and front- and rear-whell suspension helps ensure a smoother ride. Built-in carrying handle instead of a shoulder strap. Rain cover included. Suitable from birth to 55 lbs. Folds to 12.5" x 13" x 44". Weighs 15.8 lbs without hood or basket.

 

Find it online at:   Amazon.com   Baby Earth

 

Quinny Zapp Xtra

 

* Car seat compatible with Maxi-Cosi AP infant car seat *

 

Why Shelly recommends it:

 

The newest model of Quinny Zapp Xtra has even more features to love, including a reversible forward-facing or rear-facing seat for the child, with three reclining positions facing forward or two facing the parent. It's the most compactly folding stroller we know of. With the seat on, it folds to 37.4" x 11.4" x 16.5", and without the seat? Pack it down to only 8.6" x 9.8" x 25.6" and so you can pack it in your suitcase and still have room for your clothes (or pack it in its own travel case sold separately). Better yet, think of all the room it could save you in your cruise ship cabin, sleeper car--or rental car for that matter. The Quinny Zapp Xtra can be used from birth when used with an adapter for the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP infant car seat. It also has a storage basket and rain cover. Use from 6 months up to 50 lbs. without the car seat, or from birth with Maxi Cosi car seat adaptor. Weighs 19.2 lbs.

 

Find it online at:    Amazon

 

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