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Best Travel Strollers: Honest & Updated Reviews

Best Travel Strollers: Honest & Updated Reviews

Before I had my baby I thought that picking up a stroller was a simple task. With so many strollers available on the market I thought anything I get should be good to travel with, as I’ve seen many parents gate checking their travel strollers.

When many friends warned me that I’ll need two strollers: one for home and one for travel, I didn’t believe them. Let me tell you – I was very wrong. In fact, I ended up with FOUR strollers as my circumstances changed and ended up buying and selling a few more, because I didn’t research everything I needed from the beginning.

However, one big myth about travel strollers is that they can’t be used from birth. These days it’s absolutely not true, as many recline flat or offer a newborn insert. The only strolling equipment you cannot use since birth (unless it’s car seat compatible) are stroller wagons. But, I’d never recommend traveling anywhere with them as they’re way too bulky and heavy.

Why trust me? I personally tested every single stroller mentioned here and many other less compact ones as well. I have detailed reviews on my lifestyle/parenting blog.

A travel stroller is one of the most useful things to travel with a baby.

Before I start telling you about my family’s stroller journey, if you want to skip to some sections, feel free to click on some of the sections:

best travel strollers
Traveling with our favorite stroller in Italy

Why Do You Need Different Travel Strollers Depending on Your Needs?

You need to think about what do you need and want to use your stroller for. For the stroller I don’t use for travel I had a few requirements:

  • all-terrain wheels
  • the option of extending it for the second child, without having to buy a whole new stroller later (I was very wrong about that one though)
  • big basket underneath
  • big canopy (so you don’t need a stupid umbrella attached to the stroller that can poke someone’s eye)
  • easily clippable car seat (which after all, wasn’t necessary – I’ll explain this later)

That said, all the great single-child options like Cybex Priam, Bugaboo Bee5 or Stokke weren’t an option, because they didn’t expect a double. Looking back, I learned the hard way and I wish I just got Cybex Priam and once the second child showed up then I’d switch to a double option. There’s absolutely no need to have a heavy expandable stroller for just one child.

Check my reviews of the best double strollers.

Strollers for Travel
Uppababy Vista was perfect for buggy-friendly mountain hikes, but would never travel with it ever again.

Do You Really Need Another Stroller for Travel?

Yes and yes. My husband thought we didn’t until he actually flew with our giant monster stroller while watching other parents carelessly unloading and carrying their tiny travel strollers and went to buy a small stroller himself.

While I loved my big stroller, I quickly realize that we won’t be traveling with it. First, and most important, gate checking a stroller isn’t always as smooth as it should be and some airlines won’t gate check strollers heavier than 15 lbs). Sadly, that means most double strollers aren’t eligible for gate checking unless the staff has a good day and lets you sneak in with it.

On top of that, the airline actually broke our stroller on the first flight and then once more because of how this particular stroller is constructed. On another flight, they actually forgot to load someone else’s gate-checked stroller along with a wheelchair, and while these things aren’t common, they’re not uncommon either.

As airlines frequently lose my luggage I’d rather not risk it with a stroller and I often travel with a carry-on only.

That, on top of the fact that while the full-size stroller is handy they’re huge and not a lightweight stroller, so it takes up almost the entire trunk of a smaller rental car, so forget about putting a suitcase there as well. I ended up selling my Uppababy fairly quickly – full explanation why and all its flaws here.


Benefits of a Super Compact Travel Stroller

These days having the best travel stroller that is both compact and lightweight is paramount in making the journey as easy as possible. Trust me, I’ve done a few trips alone without a proper travel stroller and it wasn’t as easy as it could be.

The benefit of having a really compact stroller means that you can literally land, pop the baby into the pram and walk down the gateway towards baggage reclaim. No waiting, no wondering whether your things are going to make it where you’ll pick it up (sometimes they give you back your gate-checked stroller at baggage reclaim).

Compact Stroller for Disney

Many parents are always looking for a stroller for Disneyworld since kids, even older, won’t want to walk too much and most big strollers aren’t approved for Disney. While Disneyworld has a stroller rental service, it costs $15 and it might not be everyone’s preferred choice – especially since you still need to get through the airport and to various parks. Disney rental stroller is like a giant plastic container.

Since 2019 wagons are NOT permitted at Disneyworld and Disneyland anymore either. Many parents were bringing wagons to Disneyworld, but it’s no longer possible.

Strollers larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length are not permitted to reduce space, so keep this in mind.


Best Travel Strollers for 2022

Overall winner: Babyzen Yoyo
Runner-up: Cybex Libelle
Best Double Travel Stroller: Zoe Twin+
Runner-up double: BabyJogger City Mini GT

When my research on travel strollers started and I quickly realized that there was no such thing as a perfect travel stroller. Every stroller had its pros and cons, and it really depends on what does your child and you prefer.

My best advice would be: do NOT buy a travel stroller before your baby is born. Wait a few months and see which one do you actually need based on your child’s needs and your preferences.

baby pram for travel
Cybex Eezy S Twist passed the sand test!

Some babies love strollers (and even some cats!), others prefer carriers. Some only want to sleep with a flat recline, others like mine hate a flat recline even since he turned 3 months. Some love cocoons, others hate cocoons. Some are fine in a car seat, others like mine hate the car seat. Plus, you’ll want to see how do you handle luggage and carry-ons on the plane and how a stroller fits or doesn’t fit, in this scenario.

Each lightweight travel stroller comes with fewer features and comfort, but that’s the tradeoff for the other functions. The best traveling strollers are those that are lightweight and narrow to lug around and carry, but feature extras such as recline, a sun canopy and a decent basket underneath.

IMPORTANT: While conducting my own tests and reading reviews I realize that many parents want to treat travel strollers like the main strollers and if it doesn’t work, they blame it on design flaws. You shouldn’t be hanging bags, heavy or not, from any lightweight strollers unless you’re holding a stroller at all times.

This is what the underneath basket is for. Most lightweight buggies will tip over without a child in it (basic physics), or even with a child in it posing a risk, as the bag might screw up the balance. This is the price to pay for a lightweight and narrow buggy.

Babyzen Yoyo vs Bugaboo Ant
Bugaboo Ant did okay-ish on gravel and stones

IMPORTANT Things to Consider:

1) If you look at any family blogs or websites with reviews you’ll see the same strollers popping up over and over again. However, every year they come up with new strollers with more improvements. 2 years ago the same stroller might not have had the same function the newer model of the same stroller has now.

Many reviews are also sponsored and then it’s not allowed to mention flaws (you’re asked to omit the flaws and say nothing). Always look for reviews of the newest model on the market!

2) Many all-in-one travel stroller reviews haven’t even seen the stroller they’re reviewing. I read that some fit in the overhead bin when they clearly don’t and that some recline when they don’t.

I read many complaints that apparently, the stroller I own doesn’t recline, when in fact it reclines flat. That said – make sure you’re certain about the things you need before you purchase a stroller. As you can see from the photos, I tested many strollers I’m talking about and if I didn’t, I asked friends to do it for me or borrowed a stroller for a bit.

travel pram
Consider the fact that you might have to lift the stroller on buses, trains, other forms of public transport. Or even the trunk.

Detailed Reviews of Good Travel Strollers

Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller

20 x 17 x 7  (folded) | 13lbs | $$$
52 x 44 x 18 cm | 6.2kg

For a long time there was no competition for Babyzen Yoyo, and this stroller used to be no.1 on the market. I believe it still is.

As it’s on the more expensive side, I tried to avoid getting it as I thought I can easily get away with another travel stroller – just to realize I needed a Yoyo after all.

I tested it when traveling in Italy, Greece, PolandMalta, Mexico, El Salvador and the USA.

Its wheels, while small, are surprisingly good and there’s no need to even lift the stroller over the curb or cobblestones. I’ve also driven through mud and gravel without any issues. It’s definitely sturdier than some other travel strollers that are actually heavier, like BabyJogger City Mini or Cybex Eezy S Twist.

Many people complain would be the fact that the seat recline degree isn’t flat, but it’s just the same exactly with Uppababy Minu doesn’t receive any complaints. The recline is more than sufficient. Also, the break is slightly annoying especially when it comes to unlocking it.

If you want Yoyo to be suitable from birth you will have to get a newborn pack which is expensive. I didn’t get it, as my 3-month old refused to be in anything bassinet-like.

WARNING: There are fake Yoyo strollers sold online and known as Yoya Baby Stroller and they’re not safe or tested. Don’t buy them. I think the company description should clear things up: “after many yeras development,our company have become very popular to the world market. we are specialzie in manufacture yoya baby strollers,we are orignal yoya stroller china factory”

Pros:

  • Fits as cabin luggage
  • Can be one-hand folded
  • Wheel suspension
  • Harness can be either 3 or 5-point
  • Easily maneuverable with one hand

Cons:

  • Needs additional Yoyo-only accessories (footrest, bug net, bumper bar)
  • Canopy on a smaller side
  • Breaks could be better designed
  • Pricy

Would I Recommend It Overall: YES

Read my extra detailed review of Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller

Babyzen Yoyo+


GB Pockit+

22″ x 14″ x 9″ (folded) | 11.3 lbs | $$

If your kid likes the stroller, but only sometimes GB Pockit could probably be your top choice. It’s so small and light that it can be carried like a purse, or even inside it as you need an extra strap to carry it around.

Naturally, it fits as a carry-on on airplanes, or should I even say it’ll fit under the seat as well.

It was going to be my preferred stroller, but it’s definitely not. This stroller was a total fail in Europe for me, because of the wheels and I ended up keeping Cybex Libelle instead.

While small, folding and unfolding takes a few steps and getting used to. It’s not a 5-second unfolding system like with Cybex, Mountain Buggy, CityMini or Yoyo.

The wheels work fine, but not as great as Yoyo or Cybex. Pockit will go through cobblestones, but not as smoothly as you might want it to go. Also, make sure you lock it correct

While the company claims it’s possible to push the stroller with one hand, I’m yet to see anyone doing it. If you ask me, it’s not really comfortable.

Unfortunately, you pay for the compactness of Pockit with many cons. The sunshade is practically useless or designed to basically attach a separate one to it, and there’s no storage, as the basket underneath can hold nothing.

Pros:

  • Easily Reversible Seat
  • Full recline
  • Big basket
  • Easy one-hand fold

Cons:

  • Narrow seat
  • Static footrest, so no footrest when parent-facing
  • No peekaboo window

Would I Recommend It Overall: NO

GB Pockit Stroller
GB Pockit+: baby looks incredibly uncomfortable and you cannot adjust that much. Dylan was about 5 months.

Cybex Libelle

21 x 12 x 20 (folded) | 13.7 lbs | $$
48 x 32 x 20 | 6 kg

Cybex Libelle is a good stroller and I got it as a secondary stroller for my older son who doesn’t need a stroller all the time.

The stroller works great and rolls nicely, turns nicely, it’s definitely a quality set of wheels.

It’s also amazing how small it folds, yet it’s better quality than GB Pockit. It will fit anywhere, even in a small bag (or under another stroller!)

It unfolds in one move, but folding takes some getting used to and requires both hands and a few steps. Unlike Pockit, it never got stuck which is a plus!

The fact folding mechanism on the handle was a big drawback for me.

The Cybex has the brake pedal located on a bar behind the stroller basket and it can’t be kicked while walking and is easily pressed and unpressed which is a huge plus for sandals. And the stroller basket is easily accessible.

The canopy, similar to GB Pockit, is too small for sunny days to cover the child completely. The handlebar is shorter than on our Babyzen Yoyo. However, if you’re used to things like Doona stroller then it will be fine for you as it’s a bit taller.

A bumper bar is an option but as it’s clippable so it doesn’t fold with a stroller. However, you can roll it and put it in a purse – just make sure not to lose it.

One-hand steering is an option, but it’s not as smooth as on Yoyo or other Cybex strollers. That said, I feel like this stroller is good for older kids who go in and out of the stroller – my 3 year old loves it. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for babies and small toddlers because the recline is small and slightly bent.

If you don’t mind something that folds slightly bigger, get a Cybex Beezy instead. Higher handlebar, bumper bar already included and one-hand folding are possible.

Read my extra detailed review of Cybex Libelle stroller.

Pros:

  • Folds super small
  • Lots of accessories available
  • Cheaper than some competitors
  • Great wheels

Cons:

  • Suitable from birth only with a car seat
  • Can’t fold with a bumper bar
  • Lack of carrying strap
  • No one hand fold
  • Folding mechanism on handles

Would I Recommend It Overall: As a secondary stroller for older kids


Cybex Eezy S Twist 2

20 x 18 x 12 (folded) | 11.3 lbs | $$
53 x 45 x 25 | 6 kg

Cybex Eezy S Twist (the 2018 version) was the first travel stroller I’ve ever purchased. I thought it would let me pay less than I would for Yoyo and I was wrong – it is not even close to Yoyo. Unless you fly a lot I think it is a great stroller for the price.

While it fit just fine in overhead bins on big planes (Emirates), on smaller European routes it was missing a few centimeters in depth. Folding and unfolding is super easy with one click.

I do think that the newer version Eezy S Twist S is not worth it, because the price is also double what it was for the 2018 first version.

I tested it when in Italy, USA, Mauritius and Poland.


While it fit just fine in overhead bins on big planes (Emirates), on smaller European routes it was missing a few centimeters in depth so I was forced to gate check it. Folding and unfolding is super easy with one click.

The new version has a few improvements such as a bumper bar, can accommodate a bassinet (previous version could only accommodate a car seat) and a footrest. However, the recline is not as flat as it used to be and it all folds even bigger than the 2018 model. It means it can pretty much very rarely fit in the overhead compartment of the plane.

It can easily be pushed with one hand even on mud or grass. As the wheels suspensions work great, it’s good the handlebar doesn’t feel hard at all. It doesn’t have a peekaboo window, but as you can turn the seat around it’s easier to keep an eye on the baby.

While the canopy is naturally not waterproof we got caught in the rain once and the baby wasn’t drenched. That said, it’s water-resistant for sure.

As I bought it early on when my baby was just a month old I purchased an additional newborn cocoon, which he loved until he was about 3 months old. He then refused to be put in it and wanted to be strapped in with regular straps. It might be my baby specific, or the fact that it was over 90 degrees (35 C) outside. Possibly he would have felt differently about it in the winter.

A few of my complaints would be the seat and frame. The seat doesn’t give the baby much depth, so might not work great for chubby babies. Some parents complain that the seat is too narrow (45 cm), but Yoyo, Ant, or GB Pockit have even narrower seats. You can’t expect a narrow airplane-friendly stroller with a wide seat. The frame easily gets scratches, so be prepared for it to look slightly beat up.

Also, comparing to Yoyo it feels less sturdy (but more than Mountain Buggy Nano) and a bit harder to drive over uneven surfaces, but for this price I can’t ask for everything.

Pros:

  • Easily Reversible Seat
  • Full recline
  • Big basket
  • Easy one-hand fold

Cons:

  • Narrow seat
  • Static footrest, so no footrest when parent-facing
  • No peekaboo window

Would I Recommend It Overall: Not Quite

Cybex Eezy S Twist

ZOE Tour XL1

22 x 15 x 6 (folded) | 11 lbs | $$
55 x 38 x 15 | 5 kg

ZOE is probably the best known for its lightweight multi-kid strollers, for a very good reason. It’s the only twin stroller that you can gate check on all airlines, as many airlines don’t allow to gate check double strollers. It’s also well-priced and comes with a lot of perks.

While ZOE XLC BEST COMPACT is the smallest and fits in even the smallest overhead bin (it’s even smaller than Yoyo or Bugaboo Ant), if you’re planning on having a second kid you might want to forgo an inch here and there and get ZOE Traveler stroller instead.

I used it in the US and Poland.

Comparing the two models, the weight the same, but the XL1 Best Single has a giant canopy (very unusual for travel stroller) – I’d even say the best on the market, and can be a tandem for two, three or even four kids. Plus, it can be pushed with one hand regardless of how many kids are attached to it – depending on the force of your arms naturally.

Just like the Yoyo, it has a bag on the back of the stroller, so you don’t need an extra parental console and the cup holder for parents and kids come included. It can also turn into a backpack.

The recline isn’t completely flat, but almost flat and I believe no kid ever needs more than 160 degrees. Be aware that the bumper bar can only be attached to XL1 model and not the Compact one – one of many reasons why I only feature this model.

The only issue with ZOE is that the wheels can wear off if you abuse the stroller a lot and that it’s missing a one-hand fold. It’s a pain at airports when you need to handle your baby to a stranger while you fold a stroller (whoever told you that the carrier solves the problem is VERY wrong, as you cannot carry your baby in a carrier or wrap through security).

The magnetic peekaboo window could use a place to hold it open so you can watch your baby and not have to hold it. However, it’s better than it being permanently transparent like in the case of Yoyo as the sun can’t come through.

That said, while I think the Compact model saves some space, I myself recommend getting XL1 Best model for more perks. It won’t fit on all planes, but that’s a small price you have to pay for having a better stroller.

Pros:

  • Big canopy
  • Reclinable Foot Rest
  • Comes with accessories
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Basket could be bigger
  • Wheels could be improved
  • No one hand fold
  • No carseat attachment possible

Would I Recommend It Overall: YES



Bugaboo Ant

22 x 15 x 9  (folded) | 15.8 lbs | $$$
55 x 38 x 23 | 7.2 kg

2022: Bugaboo Ant is getting replaced by Bugaboo Butterly. It’s not officially available to buy so I’m not featuring it just yet.

Butterly is surely an improvement from Ant but quickly became a not-so-popular option due to various considerable faults.


Ant allows your child to sit upright with back support, unlike all other strollers.

The seat is actually taller than Yoyo’s or most strollers and has a higher weight limit up to 50 lbs, so it’s advertised that it can be used for a child longer.

BUT, while the seat height is adjustable the canopy always touches a child’s head or otherwise the straps end up on the child’s ears. It definitely needs to be fixed.

I tested it when in Italy and the USA.

While the handlebar can be adjusted it’s a bit flimsy, BabyZen Yoyo+handlebar is taller than the Bugaboo Ant’s at its highest extended position. The nice feature of the handlebar is that it can be folded within seconds which makes it easy for elevators or tight spaces in restaurants.

However, the flat-lie position will only work in the parent-facing position, so if your child falls asleep in a forward-facing position you can’t fully extend it back. In fact, you can only extend it as much as a seat on the airplane, so basically barely.

While the wheels are durable, they struggle with gravel or bumpier terrain. But, when the stroller is folded, all 4 wheels are down, unlike in Yoyo, so you don’t get your clothes covered in dirt. The break also makes up for the wheels, as it’s easy to lock and unlock.

The shopping basket can be accessed when folded up which is super handy for traveling. I don’t even need an additional diaper bag.

One thing the stroller is missing is the side protection for child’s arms and a strap for carrying the stroller, because let’s be honest – who rolls the stroller like a suitcase when the child isn’t riding it?

Pros:

  • Fits as cabin luggage
  • Reversible seat
  • Easy to adjust recline and backrest
  • Adjustable harness and seat height
  • No need for extra newborn pack
  • Big extendable canopy

Cons:

  • Complex fold/unfold
  • Flimpsy handlebar
  • Pricy
  • Peekaboo window only comes in Premium Fabric
  • Wheels aren’t the greatest
  • No side protection for child’s arms

Would I Recommend It Overall: DEPENDS

Read My Extra Detailed Review of Bugaboo Ant

Bugaboo Ant stroller

Bugaboo Ant stroller


BabyJogger City Tour

22 x 17 x 9 (folded) | 14 lbs | $
57 x 45 x 23 | 6.3 kg

First things first – BabyJogger is a brand name and none of their strollers are jogging strollers. City Tour and more lightweight and newer brother of the Babyjogger City Mini GT, which I’d probably recommend more overall.

It’s smaller and sturdier than Mountain Buggy, but not as sturdy as Yoyo. Comparing these two it felt slightly unstable. I’m worried that it could tip over, even without the child in it, so you definitely need to keep the baby strapped in.

The basket is spacious, but I wouldn’t hang anything from the handlebar as it could tip over.

The seat could be bigger, but it’s shallow and not super tall, so I’d say it’s a maximum for a 2,5-year-old. The straps aren’t super comfortable and will prevent your child from sitting upright.

Don’t even attempt to drive over a sandy road with this, as it’s going to get stuck and unless you remove the wheels it won’t work properly. That problem doesn’t appear with City Mini GT, so I guess it’s a price to pay for a more lightweight stroller from BabyJogger.

While there’s a backpack-style bag included, but you won’t be zipping it in and out on short walks, so I recommend purchasing an additional strap.

Pros:
  • One-hand fold
  • Many colors available
  • Big basket
Cons:
  • Two-hand unfolding
  • Seat is a bit hard

Would I Recommend It Overall: Not for Big Babies


Uppababy Minu

23 x 20 x 11 (folded) | 14.8 lbs | $$$
59 x 52 x 29 | 6.7 kg

Uppababy Minu basically replaces the bulky umbrella stroller Uppababy G-Luxe. You can’t beat their customer service if something breaks and their free repair service in the US and UK.

The fold is super easy, basically, it folds the same way as Cybex Eezy S Twist, but it can also stand on its own. Some people complain that when the folding button is in the middle it’s harder to push the buggy with one hand, but I’ve never had issues with it in any of my strollers.

The wheels are the best and can go on any terrains. The peekaboo window has mesh ventilation and can be covered to protect the baby from the sun.

The hoods in all Uppababy products are the best of the best. There’s no denying that. Same with baskets as you can really stuff it in.

I’d actually say that Minu can definitely be used a main stroller as well, not just a bigger travel stroller. As it might be too big for many parents to travel with all the time, if you have no space in the apartment you can just get Minu instead of a giant Vista or Cruz.

Pros:
  • Huge canopy
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • High handlebar
  • Fantastic customer service
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Bulkier than others

Would I Recommend It Overall: Yes, But Keep in Mind It’s Bigger than Other Strollers

ZOE Twin+ Double Travel Stroller

29 x 28 x 9 (folded) | 19 lbs | $$$
73 x 71 x 22 cm | 8.6 kg

ZOE is still relatively narrow and extra lightweight for a side-by-side stroller. For a double, it folds fantastic and small and it’s also Disney approved stroller.

Did I mention it can also expand to a triple?

Zoe Twin is one of the strollers I never thought I’d be recommending but ended up loving it. Switching to a double stroller when you have a toddler is a pain in the butt – not going to lie. We kept considering just getting two single travel strollers, but decided to try out Zoe and didn’t regret it.

Each seat can recline separately, the canopy is just amazing (similar to their single stroller) and there’s even a cupholder for the kid and parent.

I’m working on a full dedicated review right now – stay tuned!

The wheels are the best and can go on any terrain. The peekaboo window has mesh ventilation and can be covered to protect the baby from the sun.

The hoods in all Uppababy products are the best of the best. There’s no denying that. Same with baskets as you can really stuff it in.

I’d actually say that Minu can definitely be used a main stroller as well, not just a bigger travel stroller. As it might be too big for many parents to travel with all the time, if you have no space in the apartment you can just get Minu instead of a giant Vista or Cruz.

I tested it in the USA and Mexico.

Pros:
  • Huge canopy
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Cupholders included
  • Great recline
Cons:
  • Won’t fit though many doors in small historic cities or Europe
  • Wheels could be better

Would I Recommend It Overall: Yes!


Joolz Aer

21″ L x 17.7″ W x 8.5″ H (folded) | 13.4 lbs | $$
53 x 44 x 22 cm | 6 kg

Unlike full-size Joolz strollers in my opinion, Aer is somehow well designed. It has a one-hand fold, good recline, peek-a-boo window and other perks one might want from a travel stroller. It also includes accessories like a rain cover.

Wish the button to fold wasn’t in the middle of the handlebar as it makes things more difficult when steering with one hand. I’m not the biggest fan of the profiled seat either because it might make some kids slouch a bit.

Tiny planes will not fit it, because of an additional inch in height, unfortunately, similar to Uppababy Minu.

Pros:
  • Sturdy wheels
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Big basket
  • Lifetime warranty
Cons:
  • On the pricier side
  • Bulkier than others
  • Profiled seat
  • Won’t fit on smaller planes

Would I Recommend It Overall: Yes, But For this Price Tag it’s Not My Absolute Favorite Considering the Size


Contours Bitsy Compact Fold

23.5 x 20.5 x 9 (folded) | 13.5 lbs | $
59 x 52 x 23| 6.5 kg

Contours Bitsy isn’t the most popular stroller on the market, but it should be. It’s cheap and has almost everything you need.

Contours has something that many other strollers are lacking: sandal friendly brake (Cybex and Ant have the same type of break). While the recline isn’t the greatest, it’s enough for most babies.

The wheels are so maneuverable and provide a smooth ride, definitely smoother than Yoyo.

The only thing that’s too bad is that it’s larger than what some airlines (American or most European carriers) allow for a carry-on.

Pros:

  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Huge canopy
  • Adapter-Free Car Seat Compatibility
  • Sandal friendly brake

Cons:

  • Could recline more
  • Seat is quite hard
  • Not everything is detachable to wash

Would I Recommend It Overall: Yes


Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Travel Stroller

How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

I originally refused to pay a lot for a second stroller. However, as I travel all the time I realized that I’d rather spend extra money to be able to comfortably fold the stroller and bring it with me on the plane.

You might think that a cheap stroller from Walmart is good for your trip to Disney, but keep in mind that if it breaks right after you won’t be able to use it again or sell it. It doesn’t always pay off to be cheap.

Is Taking It With You Into the Overhead Bin Important?

Personally, I hate gate-checking the stroller or car seat. After you deplane you need to usually wait forever for the stroller to be returned to you. If they even return it to you at the gate, because some airports in Europe simply don’t.

Can The Travel Stroller Be Used Since Birth?

We started traveling with baby Dylan since he was 2 weeks old. By 4 months he flew on 20 flights, at least half of which I’ve taken solo just with him, without my partner. Most travel strollers cannot be used from birth and it’s recommended that you wait at least 4-6 months, as they don’t fully recline.

There are a few strollers, however, that have an option of a newborn insert or flat recline that can make them usable from birth. As great as it sounds, however, my baby basically refused any type of bassinet or cocoon by 3 months. There was no way I was able to put him in a bassinet to lie flat.

Do You Need a Carseat Clip Option for a Travel Stroller?

Strapping a car seat in isn’t something I want to do, as I think it defeats the purpose of a lightweight stroller (carseats aren’t light at all!) – I’d rather strap the car seat to my carry-on. Plus, my child hates sitting in a car seat.

However, some parents might want to have this option and it’s a fair requirement.

Do You Need a One-Hand Fold Travel Stroller?

If you’re always traveling with your partner, one-hand fold might not be as important. However, if you’re handling your child alone, especially babies that cannot yet stand up, along with your luggage, one hand fold might become a must. For me, it was a deal-breaker.

You will need to fold your stroller and put it through the X-ray machine while going through security if you are gate checking it or taking as hand luggage. If it doesn’t fold compactly it will need to be manually inspected.

One way or another, you’ll need to hold your baby and fold the stroller with one hand. Otherwise, you’ll need to hand the baby off to someone as you fold and unfold the stroller.

Babyzen Yoyo

Uppababy Vista stroller


Is There One Travel Stroller That’s The Best?

Unfortunately, every stroller has some cons that you’ll have to deal with.

Babyzen Yoyo is great, but expensive and lacks a flat recline without a newborn insert and extended canopy would be nice.

Baby Jogger City Tour has a great fold, but the seat is super shallow in depth.

Mountain Buggy Nano has a fine footrest and compact fold, but requires a 2-hand fold and lacks a peekaboo window.

Cybex Libelle is small and lightweight, but wobbly.

Cybex Eezy S Twist works perfectly, but missing a peekaboo window and it’s slightly too big to fit in the overhead bin.

My personal favorites and those I kept for myself after reviewing are: Babyzen Yoyo as a single and Zoe Twin+ for a double.

Which Compact Strollers Didn’t Make the Cut and Why?

Before I begin let me tell you what I value in travel strollers. I only buy strollers that have a single push-bar since they’re way easy easier to push one-handed. You’ll thank for later for this advice.


SilverCross Jet – Too restricted basket, complicated fold, and not worth the price.

Summer Infant 3D Lite – While super cheap, it’s an umbrella stroller so too bulky after folding and breaks easily. Plus, double wheels are harder to maneuver.

GB Pockit – No canopy, no recline – included in its newer brother GB Pockit+.

Besrey Airplane Stroller Double wheels hard to maneuver, no recline at all.

Jovial Portable Folding Baby Stroller – Great stroller, but front wheels have to be unlocked manually by hand – yuck!

Kolcraft Cloud Umbrella – You get what you pay for. It tears along the sides where internal poles rub within a month and doesn’t recline at all.


Best Travel Stroller Accessories

Often you can buy accessories like cup holders, bag clips, or trays to make the stroller more convenient. That, on top of the basics such as rain cover and bug net.

While many strollers already come with a bug net and raincover, many do not – and it might not depend on the stroller, but the shop you’re ordering it from.

Even when buying on Amazon, you’ll have 10 different companies supplying the same stroller with different bundles.

The problem with many strollers is that not everything from one stroller will fit on the other. For instance, Babyzen Yoyo or Bugaboo Ant require its own accessories because of the design and there’s no way around it (I’ve tried).

Add everything to your budget before making a final decision about the best travel strollers.

If you’re looking for more baby gear and toys posts, check out my wooden pikler triangle review.

Abdul

Saturday 11th of June 2022

Hi Anna,

I have two kids, one being 3.5 years stops walking after some distance and asks to carry, while having a 2nd newborn it becomes trickier, we bought smartrike for a 2-year girl (now 3.5) and she loves it, the problem is we will have to buy a stroller for newborn, for the time period.

We live in the UK, and most schools are within walking distance, but if the toddler refuses to walk it would be trouble. I was thinking of buying Cybex Beezy for routine/daily travel to school with a possible buggy board for toddler. We do travel but it is mostly locally, tubes and trains, air travel is usually once or twice a year. I am really confused about which stroller would be best, sturdy yet travel accessible? Especially if I use a buggy board daily to travel to school. I think in about a year's time the new kid will be suitable to travel on smartrike. In case you are wondering about smartrike https://smartrike.co.uk/products/str7-folding-pushchair-trike Interestingly we have been using STR7 as stroller for more than a year.

Do you think we will need to buy two strollers, or a Cybex beezy-like stroller will be sufficient? Do you have any experience with Recaro strollers? I do not know if Yoyo will be of choice for daily use as I have mentioned? if it would be then I guess that's the best choice.

Abdul

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

@Anna Karsten, Thanks for an insightful reply, that's excellent advice. I think a yoyo with a yoyo buggy board will be a good option for local travel like school visits. I had read many reviews that confused me regarding the buggy boards, the majority state that using the buggy board is not a good idea and will cause faults in pushchairs. I was thinking if that's the case with yoyo as well? what is your experience regarding this?

I also agree with toddlers sleeping on their way, if it a long-distance or on the way back from supermarkets etc. It's Impressive and wonderful how kids sleep anywhere, I guess a trike vs balance bike might be a good idea for moderate travel.

For long-distance/air travel do you think a buggy board is a good idea or a mobility bag like a trunki/jetkids? what is your experience with acceptance in airlines for cabin baggage (smaller airlines like easy jet)?

Anna Karsten

Sunday 12th of June 2022

Many people, myself included, often use Yoyo as the main stroller (unless I test a new stroller for another website of mine). We do have a second stroller, but that's for traveling for extended periods of time: when you explore all day a second stroller wwas basically a must, because otherwise my husband is carrying a toddler on his shoulders all day and even though he doesn't nap normally he naps when we go sightseeing and then it's basically impossible to do anything, especially coming back from dinner at the restaurant (we had situations when toddler was asleep on buggy board and one person had to push the stroller and another had to hold a toddler).

You would need to find a different buggy board for Beezy, because the original Cybex is just standing and my toddler for example refuses to use it unless there's a seat for him, hence why the Yoyo board works great.

We had a trike and like you say: it's awesome until you have two kids. Have you tried a balance bike? We basically used it as a mode of transportation for a 3 year old to get around town in France and they can ride it entirely themselves (although at 3.5 yours might be even ready for pedals). We've been using it since mine was 2.

Laura Skeik

Thursday 5th of May 2022

Hi Anna! Thank you for your detailed work with the stroller comparison. I will be ordering the Yoyo and Cybex Libelle to test at home before our trip to Mexico. Curious, I saw you mentioned strollers having accessories like car clippers to buy separately, I searched for them but didn't come with either. Can you share some info on how you travel with an infant (9months) in a car aboard?

Anna Karsten

Sunday 8th of May 2022

My kids were too big for their infant seats by 9 months. We usually either rented a car seat abroad if it was too much to Here's an article I wrote about car seats: https://annaeverywhere.com/traveling-with-car-seat/ In Mexico specifically, you might just bring a car seat if you're renting a car. For taxis, there's no way to install any as many don't even have seat belts so no need to carry them around, just keep it in the rental car - my last trip we brought Cosco Scenera Next which isn't the greatest car seat but it's lightweight and did the job :)

Zohar

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hi Anna! Thank you so much for this review and your blog altogether. I am flying with alone next month with a 4 month old from Boston to Berlin, Helsinki, and Tel Aviv, and super stressed about it all. We still don't have a stroller cos I can't decide which one to get :-/ Did you ever consider the Nuna TRVL stroller? You haven't reviewed it here. How do you feel about the fold of the yoyo babyzen, having to reach bellow the stroller to fold it (while holding a baby...)? Did you ever try the yoyo babyzen newborn pack (as opposed to the bassinet)? It seems a bit flimsy, but it's supposed to fold with the stroller... would you prefer that to a car seat? Also, if I end up taking a car seat with me, would it not be possible to install it in a taxi in Europe? Thank you for the good advice!

Anna Karsten

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hi! I literally just tried Nuna TRVL at the store the other day as I'm testing other models for my older child now and while it's great quality-wise, I wouldn't buy it myself. It folds HUGE. You wouldn't be able to put it in the overhead which defeats the purpose of the travel stroller for me, especially for this price.

Folding on Babyzen... I do feel like reaching underneath could be improved for sure, but it's not too bad. Basically requires you to "squad" and that's it, but considering the fact that other strollers fold and basically drop on the floor once they finish folding you still have to squad to get them off the ground ;-)

We've never had the newborn pack because with the first child we got Yoyo when he was 4 months old and he wanted to sit already and when we had the second child we used a double stroller for a few months. Friends have it and it does fold with the bassinet without any issues. I would pick any bassinet over car seat for a newborn because it's better for their spine and makes them way less sweaty. And naturally, it's incomparably lighter than the car seat.

Officially taxis are exempt from the car seat requirements in Europe. I haven't been to Helsinki and Berlin I only visited without babies, so can't speak for them but keep in mind that streets are often crowded and small and taxis might not be able to pick you up and wait forever in some spots while you're installing the car seat so you should figure out the way to install things quickly with the seat belts and keeping in mind that you might not be able to install it all the time. In France we had some taxis that had car seats, but in other spots in Poland or Italy it was impossible.

Maria

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Great post, thanks! I like your honest way of writing. GB Pockit+ pros and cons are not correct...? I am looking for a good (!) reversible light weight and cabin size stroller, so caught my eye. :) And what I am looking for, seems to not exist.

Anna Karsten

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

The only reversible one that fits in the cabin is Bugaboo Ant but I wouldn't recommend it as the first choice honestly. The reverse mechanism takes more weight and space so that's why the smallest travel strollers don't do them, but just get something with peekaboo window instead :)

Laura

Saturday 29th of January 2022

We are taking my almost 2 year old to Europe for 3 weeks and I'm stuck between the Zoe Tour+ (XL1) or the Mountain Buggy Nano. The main concerns are a lightweight stroller with easy folding we can take on the plane that has a leg rest and can handle the cobblestones for that length of time. Is one a clear winner over the other in this price range?

Anna Karsten

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Mountain Buggy Nano won't be allowed in the cabin on most European flights (maybe on a big plane to go to Europe, but they might not let you take it) - it's way too big when folded to fit in the overhead, so you'd need to gate check it. ZOE Tour+ same story with overhead bins, it's too long and too wide for most smaller planes. Both fold easy but in this price range there's no winner that fits in the overhead honestly. I'm also not so sure about ZOE wheels for cobblestones mostly because it's going to be a bumpy ride

If you really want to avoid troubles you can also just buy a used Yoyo for $100 less and can basically resell it later for a similar price vs you won't resell the other ones so easily ;)

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