Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Umbrella Strollers (2019 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.

At a glance: Best Travel Stroller Systems

No. Stroller name Weight Child weight limit  
1 GB Pockit 9.5 pounds Upto 55 pounds Check price
2 GB Pockit Plus 12.3 pounds Upto 55 pounds Check price
3 Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience 13 pounds Upto 50 pounds Check price
4 Mountain Buggy Nano 13 pounds Upto 44 pounds Check price
5 Bersey Airplane Stroller 15 pounds Upto 33 pounds Check price
6 Baby Zen Yo-Yo Stroller 16.6 pounds Upto 35 pounds Check price

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Our top strollers

1. gb Pockit Stroller

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. 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

3. 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

4. Mountain Buggy Nano

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

5. 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

6. BabyZen Yo-yo Stroller

Picture of the Babyzen YOYO Stroller on Amazon

The most expensive 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 Ratings Guide For Best Travel Strollers

Which of these strollers are lightest, have the most shade and storage, are sturdy, can be carried onto a plane, and cost the least? The higher the rating, the better.

Stroller name Weight Limit Carry on plane Shade Value for money
GB Pockit 5/5 Yes 1/5 5/5
GB Pockit Plus 5/5 Yes 2/5 4/5
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience 4/5 No 3/5 4/5
Mountain Buggy Nano 3/5 Yes 5/5 4/5
Bersey Airplane Stroller 2/5 Yes 3/5 3/5
Baby Zen Yo-Yo Stroller 3/5 Yes 5/5 2/5

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

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Very interesting, thank you.