Parent-Approved: The 9 Best Travel Umbrella Strollers (2020 guide)

Read any of our blogs and you know we love to walk to get to know foreign cities. With a toddler, this requires a great travel stroller. Typical strollers can be big and bulky, which makes them difficult to manage when on the road — they have to be checked at the airport, they take up a lot of space in a trunk, a hotel room or a cruise cabin, and they are often too big to manage in crowded museums and attractions.

This is why a good travel stroller is necessary when taking a long trip, particularly umbrella strollers that are lightweight, compact and fold easily. The following collection of best travel strollers are low in weight and can travel well. Better yet, these strollers have high marks from parents who actually used them on trips.

Note: We updated our stroller list on October 2019 and added 3 more strollers we absolutely love!

How we rate our Best Travel Strollers?

  • Weight: When you’re toting around a kid, luggage, and everything but the kitchen sink, the last thing you want is a bulky stroller. In our book, the lighter, the better.
  • Child Weight Limit: We look for strollers that your child can use for several years. The broader the weight limit range, the higher the rating it receives.
  • Compactness: If you’re traveling, you need to store your stroller when not in use. Whether in a car, plane, or train, we prefer strollers that are compact and can easily be put away.
  • Shade: There’s no point in having an umbrella stroller if it doesn’t truly protect from the sun. Umbrellas that have larger and more effective shades receive a higher rating.
  • Storage: Strollers are cool because they not only carry your kid but, if they have sufficient storage space, you can stash other essentials in them as well. We like a lot of storage room, so those strollers which provide it get higher ratings.
  • Sturdiness: This criterion speaks for itself. Would you feel comfortable sitting your kid in a stroller that looks as if it’s going to collapse or tip over at any moment? Probably not. Flimsy-looking strollers get not-so-great ratings.
  • Value for money: Do all these components (or lack thereof) justify the stroller’s price? If they do, the stroller gets a high rating; if they don’t, thumbs down.

At a glance: Best Travel Stroller Systems

No. Stroller name Value for money  
1 GB Pockit 5/5 Check price
2 Zoe XL1 Best Single Stroller with Umbrella 4/5 Check price
3 The Clutch Stroller by Delta Children 4/5 Check price
4 GB Pockit Plus 4/5 Check price
5 Zoe XLC Best Lightweight Travel and Everyday Umbrella Stroller System 5/5 Check price
6 Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience 4/5 Check price
7 Mountain Buggy Nano 4/5 Check price
8 Bersey Airplane Stroller 3/5 Check price
9 Baby Zen Yo-Yo Stroller 2/5 Check price

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The Best Travel Strollers Currently on the Market

1. gb Pockit Stroller

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Picture of the gbPockit Stroller on Amazon

Our favorite stroller is the gb Pockit Stroller, which we took with us on our 9-month trip. We wanted something that could be carried onto a plane and that was lightweight. With Aarav weighing 25 pounds, we didn’t want to have to carry anything more than we had to! This stoller, weighing less than 10 pounds, made it around the world — super sturdy! Plus, it folds so easily we can stash it in a car, on a train, on a bus and on a plane. Carrying kids up to 55 pounds, it’s also less than $150. The negatives? Not much shade or storage space. We chose to sacrifice both for weight.

One mom wrote of her stroller, “It folds to the perfect size and yes, I took it on the plane as a carry-on. It slides right under the seat. Literally. Right underneath. When we were getting off the plane in Grand Cayman, my husband was holding my daughter, I was holding my son’s hand, we walked down the ramp off the plane and in a total of 6 seconds, I opened two strollers and strapped my kids in and we walked through the airport.”

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 5 out of 5
Child weight limit: 5 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 1 out of 5
Storage: 2 out of 5
Sturdiness: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5

P.S. If you want to explore the GB Pockit Stroller further, see our article here GB Pockit Stroller.

2. ZOE XL1 Best Single Stroller with Umbrella

If you’re seeking a stroller with a genuinely effective sunshade, look no further than the ZOE XL1. Your child can relax in comfort with the four-panel canopy, wide padded seat, a deep recline, padded adjustable leg rest, a belly bar, and a safety harness. Children have access to a snack holder and cup holder to keep their food handy. It’s also convenient for parents with its tall handles, magnetic peekaboo window, and oversized wheels. Beneath the stroller, a large elastic basket can carry even more, including toys and diapers. The negatives? It’s a little pricey, but that’s to be expected from a stroller that pretty much has it all.

One parent commented, “We are so happy with this stroller. It is super lightweight and can be unfolded and closed with one hand. My 13-month-old loves it because it can sit up super straight but also lays back far enough that he can take a nap.”

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 4 out of 5
Child weight limit: 4 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 5 out of 5
Storage: 4 out of 5
Sturdiness: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

3. The Clutch Stroller by Delta Children

3rd on our best travel stroller list and named one of the best travel products of 2019 by CNN is the Clutch Stroller. The Clutch Stroller is only 11.7 pounds, making it very lightweight. It is compact when folded and can easily fit in overhead bins on airplanes. The stroller’s five-point safety harness ensures a safe ride for your child, and reflective pads on the seatbelt allow you and your child to be seen, even at night. Available in various colors, including red, black, blue, and pink, the stroller can accommodate children up to 50 pounds. The sunshade is pretty much useless. It’s only helpful if you’re eating a cookie and don’t want to drop crumbs on your kid’s head. But it’s compact and very lightweight, so it may be a good option if you’re going somewhere where it’s not very sunny.

One parent raved, “I feel like I’m doing a magic trick when I whip out this stroller. It’s assembled in seconds, so I can pop my toddler in and get going. Putting it away takes minimal effort as well; one fell swoop, and it’s a wrap. User-friendly, lightweight, and the travel bag is so helpful. This stroller will most definitely make traveling a breeze.”

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 4 out of 5
Child weight limit: 4 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 2 out of 5
Storage: 2 out of 5
Sturdiness: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

4. gb Pockit Plus

best travel stroller rankings gb pockit plus
Picture of the gbPockit+ Stroller on Amazon

Spend a little more ($200), and you can have the same stroller with more shade and storage space for your gear. And, it’s still able to fold up to fit as a carry-on. One mom finds this stroller “Great for a small, foldable, compact stroller. We have had five others and this one is simply the best for travel.” Like the original gb Pockit stroller, it is limited in storage space and shade.

One dad wrote, “Sunshade is useless 90% of the time… it’s better than the previous model since it covers the sides a bit. But then again, the previous model’s shade was 100% useless.

Storage is able to hold a Baby Bjorn Carrier. That’s it.”

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 5 out of 5
Child weight limit: 5 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 2 out of 5
Storage: 3 out of 5
Sturdiness: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

5. ZOE XLC Best Lightweight Travel and Everyday Umbrella Stroller System

Extremely lightweight, this stroller weighs less than 11 pounds. It’s Disney-approved and can fit virtually anywhere, including any plane overhead compartment. The large wheels make it appropriate for both city travel and nature trails. The handle is tall, so parents don’t have to slouch over while pushing, and a magnetic peekaboo window lets you keep an eye on your child while they relax under the sunshade. Unlike other umbrella strollers, the shade on this one is substantial and provides optimal sun coverage. Children will appreciate the wide padded seat, the deep recline, and adjustable leg rest. Beneath the stroller, you’ll find an elastic storage basket to keep all their snacks, toys, and other items. It kind of sucks that there are no cup holders for the parents or the kid, but considering that it has padded seats and a pretty legit sunshade, we’re willing to overlook that.

One excited user exclaimed, “I absolutely love this stroller. It’s great for traveling. It folds into a small square that fits right into the overhead bin and is super light and easy to open and close. The canopy is huge, so it provides great coverage, and I love that the footrest folds up and down. It also fits into the trunk of my tiny Toyota Yaris.”

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 5 out of 5
Child weight limit: 5 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 4 out of 5
Storage: 4 out of 5
Sturdiness: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5

6. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience

best travel strollers list summer infant 3d lite convenience
Picture of the Summer Infant 3DLite Stroller on Amazon

The cheapest stroller on our list ($129.99) weighs just 13 pounds. It’s better than a cheap umbrella stroller because it reclines and allows your child to sleep, but you cannot carry it onto a plane. Still, one mom raved about the stroller making it through the cobblestones of Italy, “The streets and terrain in Lake Como are far from ideal for a stroller, but this held up amazingly well over cobblestone streets, up and down stone stairs, through grass and dirt roads. I could not be happier with its performance.” It can carry up to 50 pounds.

More than 3,000 reviews on Amazon give this stroller a positive review. Still, some reviews complain of the stroller breaking within days of use. Said one parent, “I guess I got a lemon. The left wheel does not touch the ground. Customer service person kept telling me the wheel was on backward and to remove the wheel and reinstall it. She said this happens all the time. Then maybe they should fix it.”

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 4 out of 5
Child weight limit: 4 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: No
Shade: 3 out of 5
Storage: 5 out of 5
Sturdiness: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

7. Mountain Buggy Nano

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Picture of the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller on Amazon

Weighing in at 13 pounds and holding a child up to 44 pounds, the Mountain Buggy folds up into an ultra-compact position and comes with its own travel bag. Heavy-duty, it can accommodate an infant carrier or bassinet. There are lots of bells and whistles with this stroller, including great shade and additional bad weather coverings. Called a “Bugaboo cameleon,” because it looks as hip, one family traveled across Europe with an 18-month-old with the Nano. “In Venice, we should’ve known better than to try and use a stroller with all the bridges and stairs, but it was no problem for us.” The Nano doesn’t come cheap ($250), but it’s worth it.

The negative? It can be really tough to get unpacked once it’s condensed. “How to unlock it: get on your hands and knees and simply and perhaps very lightly push the unlock button with your hand, it’s really quite easy all you need to unlock it is to be humiliated publicly and question your Herculean strength and then it will unlock with the gentlest judge from a most compromised public position,” said one mom.

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 4 out of 5
Child weight limit: 3 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 5 out of 5
Storage: 3 out of 5
Sturdiness: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

8. Bersey Airplane Stroller

best travel strollers list bersey airplane stroller
Picture of the Bersey Airplane Stroller on Amazon

Considered small but strong, this folding, convertible stroller becomes compact enough for the airplane in mere seconds — “You can use one hand to fold it and unfold it in a second,” says one mom. Even better? It’s case is a backpack, so you can wear it when not using it. Just over 10 pounds in weight, the stroller can carry up to 33 pounds. One mom compared the Bersey ($160) with the gb pockit stroller and preferred it. “It has more sturdy construction, a better canopy, folds up one-handed, a bigger bottom storage basket, and the lap bar folds into a handle when the stroller is collapsed,” she said.

Most reviews of the Bersey are 5-star all the way. The only hitch? The seat doesn’t recline to help your child sleep.

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 4 out of 5
Child weight limit: 2 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 3 out of 5
Storage: 3 out of 5
Sturdiness: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 3 out of 5

9. BabyZen Yo-yo Stroller

best travel strollers list babyzen yo-yo stroller
Picture of the Babyzen YOYO Stroller on Amazon

This is the most expensive travel stroller on our list ($499) also weighs the most (16.6 pounds). However, it’s extra sturdy, provides lots of shade, and can be collapsed to carry onto a plane. It can also be pushed down the aisle of the plane, it’s so small, and one dad joked about how the flight attendant didn’t know where it went because it folded up so fast. Another mom said, “There is no other stroller out there that can compare to this one. So light, so chic, so convenient. We got it for travel purposes, and it has worked amazingly since you can store it in your overhead bin, or it can be easily stored in any car, but we have found ourselves using it every day.” It can hold up to 40 pounds.

When you are paying $500 for a stroller, you can rest assured it’s going to be a good one, and 90 percent of reviews are 5-star ratings. The only complaints? The stroller was difficult to fold, but with most people finding it a piece of cake, it may just need some time getting used to. Our only complaint? The price.

Our ratings (higher is better):

Stroller weight: 3 out of 5
Child weight limit: 3 out of 5
Can carry on a plane: Yes
Shade: 5 out of 5
Storage: 4 out of 5
Sturdiness: 5 out of 5
Value for money: 2 out of 5

Our buying guide for the best travel stroller

While there are many things that make for a great stroller, there is no such thing as a perfect baby stroller. With so many options, it’s natural for you to feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to narrowing down your options. Different people lead different lifestyles and have different stroller needs. Unless you custom-make a stroller, you won’t always find exactly what you’re looking for, and at some point, you will have to sacrifice a thing or two. Just determine your non-negotiables, and take it from there. For example, if your travels include a lot of rough terrain, you’ll want a stroller with larger tires. After considering your non-negotiables, here are eight things to look for in a travel stroller.

Cost

Money Origami BABY Stroller Folded with Real One Dollar Bill Isolated on White Background

Before you even start looking for strollers, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Strollers are generally one of the pricier pieces of travel gear, but a larger price tag doesn’t necessarily translate into a higher quality stroller. Read reviews online and check endorsed stroller brands to ensure that you get the best value for your money.

Safety Features 

father on roller skates with stroller in city, active family

Safety is an important factor, and different strollers have different safety features. Some have reflective strips, harness straps, peek-a-boo window on the canopy, and wheel brakes. The best stroller will have an assortment of safety features.

Travel System

happy baby in stroller in car seat in summer

A stroller with a travel system is one that has a car seat that clips into it. This means that you can easily transfer your infant straight from the stroller into the car, train, or plane. No need to pull your baby out of the car seat.

Weight and Size

A travel stroller’s size affects its weight. Before purchasing a stroller, confirm that both parents are comfortable with the stroller’s weight and size. Again, if the stroller is too large, it won’t fit through doors and can be difficult to stow. Similarly, the stroller should be lightweight when folded. A lightweight stroller is easy to carry, transport, and push. The easier it is for you to bring it up/down the stairs, travel with, and pack inside a car, the better. The ideal weight of a travel stroller should be 15 pounds or lower. And it’s worth noting that just because a stroller is lightweight doesn’t mean that it’s flimsy and not high-quality.

Collapsibility

Baby carriage in folded condition for transportation on a trip

A good travel stroller should not have many levers and buttons, which complicate its collapsibility. Ensure that the stroller you choose collapses easily. Some people never fold their strollers, but if you love to travel, you’ll have to fold it often. Not only should the stroller fold easily but should also remain in the folded position without reopening on its own.

The stroller we’ve used most during our travels is the GB Pockit, and it has been a life-saver. It can be folded and taken on a plane and can also be folded and stored in the carry-on. For us, this has been really helpful, especially when our son is asleep. We can just open the stroller on the plane and plop our sleeping beauty into it.

Maneuverability of the Stroller

How easy or hard is it for you to steer the stroller? Can it negotiate corners easily? Ensure that you feel confident steering the stroller in tight spaces and spinning it around. The wheels help determine a stroller’s maneuverability. Larger wheels that are full of air are ideal for rough terrain while smaller wheels are best for paved paths. 

Storage Space

storage bin below stroller

Traveling with an infant or toddler means you’ll have to carry lots of stuff. Look for a stroller with extra storage space. The storage basket underneath should be big enough for snacks, toys, keys, blankets, cell phones, and other essentials.

Canopy 

what to look for in a stroller canopy

This is an important feature for any stroller if you are going to be taking walks in the sun or if you are likely to get caught in the rain. It will protect your baby from the elements while still ensuring that the inside is properly ventilated. The cover should also be easy to remove and clean considering that it’ll get dirty quickly if you’re on the move a lot.

What do you think is the best travel stroller? Let us know below.

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Very interesting, thank you.