The Best Umbrella Stroller | Comparisons & Reviews

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a lightweight and an umbrella-style stroller? I sure did until I did the research and this is what I found out: while being lightweight, an umbrella stroller usually has fewer features than lightweights and they generally weigh less than 15 pounds. Additionally, these products have two curved handles shaped like umbrella and they fold length-wise rather than horizontally in half.

You would use this type for everyday errands like short trips to the store or going around the neighborhood for family walks. Popular for being lightweight and easy to fold, you will have a compact buggy for tight storage space and an ideal product for traveling via plane or public transportation.

Current Best Selling Umbrella Strollers

SaleBestseller No. 1
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller - Black
  • Durable, stylish aluminum frame (13 pounds) with large seat area
  • 4 position recline with 5 point safety harness. Maximum weight and height of child: 50 pounds and 43 inches
  • Anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels
SaleBestseller No. 2
Baby Trend Rocket Lightweight Stroller, Princeton
  • Comfort-grip Handle and parent organizer tray
  • Dual Foot activated parking brake and parent organizer with 2 cup holders
  • Large Canopy and basket
SaleBestseller No. 3
Cosco Umbrella Stroller (Monster Elliot)
  • Your child will love riding along in this fun, monster-themed Cosco stroller.
  • This stroller features a simple umbrella fold that's compact and stores easily in a closet or car.
  • A double foot brake provides extra safety on inclined surfaces or when moving the child into or out of the stroller.
Bestseller No. 4
J is for Jeep Brand North Star Stroller, Black/Grey
  • Holds up to 40 lbs. Removable carry-all parent organizer comes included Roll-up the padded seat to expose a mesh back and create a comfy headrest-helps increase air flow and keep your...
  • Extendable European-style canopy with sun visor Three-point safety harness Travel-friendly compact umbrella fold. 3-point safety harness.
  • Parent features: easy grip, extra-long foam handles; parent cup holder Storage basket holds your travel essentials Front swivel wheels with suspension system; 5.5" front and back wheels
SaleBestseller No. 5
Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller with 5-Point Safety System and Multi-Positon Reclining Seat, Extended Canopy, Easy One Hand Fold, Large Storage Basket, Parent and Child Tray, Fire Red
  • LIGHTWEIGHT -- Travel friendly lightweight design (only 11.8 lbs), perfect for traveling and day trips
  • LARGE CANOPY --Three-tier, extended canopy for maximum UV protection. A peek-a-boo window so you can easily keep a watchful eye on your baby.
  • EASY ONE-HAND FOLD -- Convenient one-hand and self-standing fold, perfect for car travel and vacations.

How heavy can my child be to ride?

While many brands and models can sell for very cheap, it is recommended for your child’s safety and for your sanity to invest a bit more money for a better quality product. Mid-range umbrella brands carry children up to 50 pounds and are sturdy, yet still maintain their light weight. Super-budget umbrella strollers can only hold about 30 pounds at most.

Babies under six months of age are not recommended to sit in this type of stroller because most do not have seats that recline flat. Babies need to be able to lay down since the muscles in their neck aren’t developed enough to hold their heads upright yet, especially on a wobbly or bumpy ride. Quite a few models don’t have reclining seats at all, and are more suited as a second stroller for toddlers as opposed to being the main family stroller.

But some of the luxury umbrella strollers do recline flat enough for newborns, and even accommodate an infant car seat as part of a compact travel system. A few recline far enough back to hold a three-month-old and have a head support cushion for baby’s stability.

Important Features

One of the important features to look for is baby’s comfort because this type of stroller often lacks the plush cushion padding that regular strollers have. Therefore, even for short trips, make sure that the seat has sufficient padding for your kiddo.

What kind of safety harness does it have? Can your child undo the buckle? Are the shoulder straps padded? How easy is it to adjust for growth? Consider these questions as you look at different brands.

Are you tall? Most cheap umbrella strollers are tiny and rickety, with handles that are entirely too short. This makes even average-height people kick the back while walking and hunch over uncomfortably. Handles on better-made strollers are usually about 41-inches from the ground and some even have adjustable-height handles. Nice, thick foam grips are ergonomic and comfy for your grasp.

This type of stroller must also be easy to maneuver and easy to fold; that’s a big deal for parents who want to buy one. It should also have proper balance so that it will not tip backward when you’ve hung shopping bags and your purse off the handles.

Based on consumer reviews, professional guides, blog reviewers and as well as personal experience, these are the top-rated picks this year. Click on your category for the top three in each. Need a double umbrella stroller? I’ve got you covered, too.

You’ve seen the cheap umbrella strollers: Tiny rickety strollers with no sun canopy for the child and the adult hunches over to grab the handlebars as they shuffle down the sidewalk. It looks miserable for everyone, especially taller dads! You certainly want something better for your family, but you’ve got to be thrifty about it.

Yes, you can have tall enough handlebars.

Yes, you can get a stroller that holds more than 30 pounds.

Yes, you can get a sun canopy with GREAT coverage.

Yes, you get a storage basket beneath the seat.

Yes, your child has a footrest.

Some even have a seat recline!

All the top picks in this category have these necessary features, and all of them cost well under $100.

Best Budget Umbrella Strollers

Summer 3D Lite

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, Caribbean Blue
  • Durable, stylish aluminum frame (13 pounds) with large seat area
  • 4 position recline with 5 point safety harness. Maximum weight and height of child: 50 pounds and 43 inches
  • Anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels

Weighing in at only 12 pounds, this umbrella stroller is ready to go anywhere at any time. It’s your “on-the-go doing errands” stroller.

Despite the very lightweight, the wide and sturdy seat accommodates your child up to 50 pounds.

And if you’re on the go, you need a place to put your things, and the Summer 3D Lite has a storage basket you can actually access! For more storage, there’s also a pocket in the back for your little things.

Parents like that it is easy to fold and carry around and it is a popular stroller to take with you on vacation to places like Disneyland. For parent convenience, there’s a cupholder attached by the handle and for baby, a three-position reclining seat. These are features you’re not often going to see at this price.

The reviews on the Summer 3D Lite are slightly mixed, but for the most part, parents love it for the lightweight convenience. They report that the handles are tall enough that average-height adults won’t slump over to push it and the maneuvering is nice and smooth. The carry strap after the easy fold is highly appreciated as is the cup holder.

A more simplified version of the 3D Lite is the Go Lite (which is usually a little less than $100) doesn’t have as many features, but still has great reviews.

See this video review for the Summer 3D Lite:

Top Reasons to Buy

Sturdy with 50-pound weight capacity
3-position seat recline
Easy access storage basket

Chicco Capri

Chicco C6 Stroller, Black
  • Lightweight, aluminum frame, only 11 pounds. Open Dimensions: 31.75L x 18.75H x 40.25W inches, Folded Dimensions: 10.2L x 8.07H x 45.5W inches, Front wheel diameter: 5.75 inches, Rear wheel...
  • Rounder, roomier canopy, adjustable and removable;Storage basket
  • All wheel suspension and front wheel swivel locks, take it . Fashionable carry bag and carry strap, easy to transport

Weighing only 11 pounds, the Chicco Capri is a lightweight budget umbrella stroller with an all-wheel suspension that allows smooth rides. This model has been compared to the Maclaren Volo with the same basic features but at just about half the price.

The Capri comes with a carrying strap and travel bag, making transport extremely easy, especially for families taking it with them on a vacation.

The Capri offers variety with its removable and adjustable rounded sun canopy to protect your child. The 2-position reclining seat is a bonus feature, which parents love, and the seat has a footrest, which is the most comfortable way to stretch out for a little nap.

Parents have given positive reviews on the Capri, mentioning that the seat is comfortable and roomy for their child to take naps. It is described as a very sturdy and stable stroller and does not tip.

There are hundreds of reviews online for the Capri and they all average out to very high ratings. Read the Stroller Envy extensive Chicco Capri review and discover what else it can offer you and your child.

Want a Chicco umbrella stroller with a few more amenities? Then you might want to take a look at the Chicco Liteway, a well-designed highly rated model for about $40 more.

Check out my full review for even more info!

Top Reasons to Buy

Sturdy and well-balanced
Two-position reclining seat
Carry strap and travel bag included with purchase

J is for Jeep Brand Scout

J is for Jeep Brand Scout AL Sport Stroller, Camouflage Royal
  • Extendable European-style canopies with sun visors; Five-point safety harness with soft shoulder pads and reflective material that ensures you and your children can be seen at night
  • Multi-position reclining seat Parent cup holder
  • Abundant storage includes double rear canopy bags 5.5" wheels with front swivel and suspension system

Take a look at this budget umbrella stroller and tell me how much it looks like the Summer 3D Lite! J is for Jeep is a newer brand that is a division of Delta Children, who makes budget strollers.

The Scout is heftier than the Summer 3D Lite at 16 pounds and has features such as a parent cup holder and ample storage with a basket beneath the seat, pocket behind the canopy and detachable cargo bag on the side.

It holds your child up to 45 pounds and has a padded 5-point safety harness with a multi-position seat recline. Reflective accents provide extra safety during low light or at night. The sun canopy is rather skimpy, though, but it does have a flip-out sun visor and peek-a-boo window.

The handlebars are ergonomically shaped and rotate into different positions for just the right angle for your comfort, but do not telescope upward for height. Brakes over each rear wheel are easy to engage and four-wheel suspension smooths out the ride.

Parents write in enthusiastically giving this budget umbrella stroller high ratings for the reline, sturdiness and easy fold and unfold. A frame clip holds the stroller together once it is folded. The Scout is a popular option as a second stroller or one to take on a trip. It’s got a ton of high ratings!

Another J is for Jeep option if you have a little more in your budget but stays within $100 is their Atlas stroller with a few more amenities.

Take a look at this demo video for more info:

Top Reasons to Buy

Sturdy and convenient
Easy fold and unfold
Big storage basket for an umbrella stroller

Best Mid Range Umbrella Strollers

You don’t want to drop a ton of money on a second stroller you use for quick errands or for those special vacation travel plans. But you don’t want to get caught in the middle of Disneyland or the streets of your favorite destination and have your stroller break down!

Comfort and quality are important when moms shop for a mid-range umbrella stroller. They want a seat that reclines and has some padding. A carrying handle for easy transport is an essential feature and of course a good-sized canopy to protect baby from the sun.

Spending more than the bare minimum is a good idea if you want handles that are comfortable and tall enough for either mom or dad so there’s no stooping over. I’ve seen that so many times with cheap umbrella strollers and it looks back-breaking!

So take a look at this year’s selection of the best umbrella strollers in the mid-range category. There are even more suggestions at the bottom of the page for more top-quality picks!

OXO Tot Air

OXO Tot Air Stroller, Jade
  • At only 11 lbs., the OXO Tot Air Stroller is lightweight with a quick, compact fold that won't slow you down
  • Perfect for kids six months and up, this compact stroller opens and closes in a smooth, swift motion and folds down into backpack size (complete with carrying strap). When folded, Air stands...
  • Durable aluminum frame comfortably holds toddlers up to 55 lbs., front-wheel suspension gives you a smooth ride wherever the day takes you

A tiny compact fold is all the rage today with, and the OXO Tot Air umbrella stroller is one of them. While weighing only 11 pounds, the OXO Tot Air has a different fold than most umbrella strollers, in an almost according fashion. This type of fold is seen in the demo video below. A convenient carry strap is included for easy transport, and these features by themselves make this product a popular option for taking on trips.

Other great features are a UPF 50 sun canopy with a large pull-down sun visor similar to UPPAbaby (see next). Additionally, a mesh panel peek-a-boo window has a colorful flap on the underside, which adds some style. Your passenger is comfy in a seat with a padded 5-point safety harness and a tall seatback allowing for growth. This stroller holds your child up to 55 pounds, and front-end suspension smooths out the ride.

Parents love the storage basket, which is pretty roomy considering this such a small stroller. One-touch brakes are flip-flop friendly and you get a “secret storage pocket” to keep your necessities.

So far reviews are rating this mid-range umbrella stroller very highly. Mostly for the compact easy fold and the full-coverage canopy. That was a deal breaker for one dad who went with this one over the GB Pockit.

Top Reasons to Buy

Super-compact, easy fold with carry strap
Full-coverage canopy with large flip-down visor
Convenient for travel

UPPAbaby G-Lite

UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, Denny
  • 2017 G-LITE model
  • Hand-level folding triggers - no foot action required
  • Extendable SPF 50+ sunshade

“Lite” is the perfect description as the smallest of the UPPAbaby strollers. Weighing a mere 8.8 pounds, the G-Lite can still hold up to 50 pounds, making this your stroller of choice to take with you on all those everyday errands.

While similar models like Maclaren’s Volo have sling seats, the G-Lite has a soft, cushy seat pad that you can remove and wash. The pad also has StainDefend, to keep it looking pretty.

Other features include tall ergonomic handles for your comfort and hand-operated opening triggers; no need to unfold with your foot. An elevated rear frame reduces toe stubs while walking.

How do customers feel about their G-Lite UPPAbaby strollers? Recent reviews give it pretty solid ratings for convenience, especially for vacation travel. Parents rave about the soft cushiony seat, the huge sun canopy and easy maneuverability. Parents Magazine calls the G-Lite the “lightest stroller on the block” and a Best Buy. Find out more as you read my detailed UPPABaby G-Lite review.

Top Reasons to Buy

Feather light, yet holds 50 pounds
Soft, washable seat pad
Easy to maneuver

Inglesina Net

Inglesina Net Stroller - Lightweight Summer Travel Stroller - UPF 50+ Protection Canopy with Removable and Washable Seat Pad {Black}
  • LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL STROLLER - The Inglesina Net Stroller weighs just 11lb., features a 2-position recline, and is easily collapsible with an integrated shoulder strap; making it the perfect...
  • OPENS & CLOSES WITH ONE HAND - The Inglesina Net is extremely easy to open and close, and - when folded - can stand upright on its own.
  • COOL MESH DESIGN - The lightweight, yet durable, mesh design enables air to circulate; keeping your child cool in the warmest summer months. Additionally, the canopy is made from UPF 50+...

The lightest stroller in the Inglesina line, the Net weighs just over 11 pounds and is a popular choice for parents who plan to travel. It comes with a removable seat pad and underneath is all mesh, so in hot climates, your child will have more air circulation and feel cooler. The seat pad is soft, comfy and washable, and it reclines, which is always nice when you’re out and your little passenger can take a refreshing nap.

An SPF 50 sun canopy blocks out the harmful sun rays, shading your little passenger. And a 5-point adjustable safety harness grows with your child and keeps him/her secured. The seat holds your child up to 55 pounds.

Parents, you enjoy a one-handed self-standing fold which comes in handy when you’re in a rush. Carry the Net with you with the convenient shoulder strap.  The stroller steers smoothly and the handles are high enough that someone 6 feet tall feels good pushing it.

Consumer Reports gives this mid-range umbrella stroller a high overall rating with very good marks across the board for Maneuverability, Safety and Ease of Use.

Reviews so far are outstanding! Take a look at this video review:

Top Reasons to Buy

Larger wheels = better maneuverability
Big storage basket for an umbrella stroller
Durable with 55-pound weight capacity

Best High End Umbrella Strollers

Based on consumer reviews, professional guides, blog reviewers and as well as personal experience, these are the best high-end umbrella strollers this year.

These products have more features such as premium fabrics, superior suspension, and a reclining seat. Often times, you will get a lighter-weight product that is, at the same time, more sturdy and can hold a higher weight.

Some of these models accommodate a car seat! Finally the convenience of a travel system in a lightweight umbrella stroller. However, the strollers that do hold a car seat often weigh a bit more due to safety.

There are many fabulous high end umbrella strollers in this category, so I’ve included some more best-rated picks at the bottom of the page.

UPPAbaby G-Luxe

2018 UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal/Silver)
  • NEW! 2018 model G-LUXE Stroller
  • One-handed actuated recline and adjustable footrest
  • Large stretch knit canopy with extendable UPF 50+ sunshade for great sun and wind protection

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is very popular for several reasons. First, it is “lightest full-size reclining umbrella stroller in the US” because it weighs only 11 pounds and reclines to a 120° angle. Even more impressive is that this feather-light umbrella stroller can hold your child up to 50 pounds!

The G-Luxe has gotten across many different web retailers for such features as the compact stand-alone fold and the enormous SPF50 sun canopy.

It’s a fantastic little stroller with Consumer Reports giving it an excellent mark for maneuverability.

Parents use the UPPAbaby G-Luxe for going on family vacations, taking it on aiplanes for trips abroad, and keeping it in the car trunk to run everyday errands. It’s earned quite a reputation for being one of the absolute best umbrella strollers you can buy today. You’ll be surprised at what else this fantastic stroller can offer you as you read my UPPAbaby G-Luxe review.

Want something a bit more basic? Check out the G-Lite if you’d like to have a very simple, yet outstanding UPPAbaby umbrella stroller.

Top Reasons to Buy

Enormous sun canopy with visor
Standing fold for easy storage and cleanliness
Excellent maneuvering

Maclaren Quest

Maclaren Quest, Black/ Silver
  • Basic weight: 12.5lb; Suitable for Newborn and up to 55lbs
  • UPF 50+
  • Four-position recline seat with extendable leg rest with memory position and Newborn Safety System

For active parents on the go, the Maclaren Quest provides a lightweight solution, yet provides the comfort your child needs such as adjustable leg support. These extra features are a notch up from their Triumph, and parents feel it is well worth the price for these comforts for their child.

This is the stroller for you if you want a light weight model that does not sacrifice features.

Previous Quest models could not accommodate a newborn because of the recline angle. However, that’s now changed to a four-position one-handed recline that goes near flat, so technically a newborn can ride, though most don’t use Maclaren strollers for their newborns. The Maclaren Quest also has upgraded their sun canopy this year – it’s bigger with a zip-away panel that has mesh windows in it as well as a flip-out UV protective visor. It has excellent coverage now!

Discover the upgrades for this year as well as detailed differences between this stroller and the Triumph in Stroller Envy’s Maclaren Quest review. You’ll understand why customers give this stroller very high ratings and that it is an Amazon’s Choice in the umbrella stroller category.

Top Reasons to Buy

Pull-out leg support for your child’s comfort
Superb maneuverability and sturdiness
Supports newborn babies

Peg Perego Pliko Mini

Peg-Perego Pliko Mini Stroller, Neon
  • Made In Italy. One hand umbrella folding, no need to bend over.
  • Backrest reclines in 3 different positions and leg rest
  • Adjustable handle and the reclining backrest can be locked into 3 positions and folds back by more than 150 degree

As the only umbrella stroller in the Peg Perego line, the Pliko Mini weighs only 13 pounds and is very compact. Despite being small compared to the other Pegs, this little number still has all the superb qualities that Peg Perego has built its reputation on.

New for 2018, check out the latest color scheme pictured: the sporty  Fiat 500. Just like the car, it is compact and sleek.

This Peg Perego baby stroller boasts features like a one-handed umbrella fold using a centrally placed handle for convenience.

Yep, you can fold it while holding your baby!  Transport is easy with another carrying handle on the side.

Your child has a three-position reclining seat as well as an adjustable leg rest for optimum comfort at naptime. To add in some fun, this stroller has a loop on the sun canopy to attach favorite toys.

Like the other Peg Perego strollers, the Pliko Mini has tons of style; choose from several colors with matching accents on the wheels. The front wheels swivel or lock and have shock absorbers for a smooth ride. Owners give the Pliko Mini high praise for several features. Find out which ones in Stroller Envy’s review of one of the best high-end umbrella strollers out there.

Top Reasons to Buy

Luxurious fabric in fashionable colors
1-handed fold for quick transport
Sun shade provides ample coverage

Maxi Cosi Dana

Maxi-Cosi Dana Stroller, Devoted Black
  • Car Seat Taxi with extra large canopy
  • From birth Stroller with Car Seat for flexibility in seating
  • Removable Cosi Cushion and adjustable headrest

Here is a beautiful luxurious umbrella stroller that travels with comfort and ease. The Maxi Cosi Dana has a roomy seat that holds your child from birth up to 50 pounds.

It accommodates a Maxi Cosi car seat and includes the adapters, or flip up the leg rest and secure it to transform into an infant enclosed carriage/pram. This sturdy high-end umbrella stroller weighs 20 pounds, so is hefty enough to be stable.

The seat has a multi-position recline, and a soft reversible seat cushion and head pillow have a different pattern on one side to add versatility to your look, plus it’s machine washable. A padded 5-point safety harness secures your child snugly and a generous extending sun canopy with a large mesh zip-away panel and flip-out sun visor protects from the elements and provides air flow.

Parents get a cup holder, a storage basket beneath the seat and an easy, compact fold. Reviewers like this stroller for the seat recline and enormous canopy. Ratings are a bit mixed, so be weery of that.

Check out the demo video for more info:

Top Reasons to Buy

Carriage mode or travel system ready for newborns
Enormous sun canopy with zip-away mesh panel
Sturdy with quality materials and stylish, soft fabric

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