Best Travel Strollers 2021: Honest 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 changes 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. In 2021 it’s absolutely not true, as many recline flat or offer a newborn insert.

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:

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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. However, if I was doing it all over again I would have 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.

After extensive research and testing, I ended up getting Uppababy Vista for the main stroller which was a great decision at first (because it can expand to a double – so I thought… #NotReally), but a disaster overall. I ended up selling it fairly quickly and replacing it with Cybex Gazelle S.

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 2021

Overall winner: Babyzen Yoyo
Runner-up: Zoe Tour+ XL1
Best Double Travel Stroller: Zoe Twin+
Runner-up double: BabyJogger City Mini GT

ImageProductWeightFits as Cabin LuggageReclineNewborn OptionPrice
Babyzen Yoyo+13lbs / 6.2kgYesAlmost flatYes
Bugaboo Ant15.8lbs / 7.2 kgYesFlatYes
GB Pockit9.5lbs / 4.4kgYesA bitNo
Cybex Eezy S Twist14lbs / 6.3kgNoFlatYes
Uppababy Minu14.8lbs / 6.7kgNoAlmost flatYes
ZOE XL1 BEST11lbs / 5kgSometimesAlmost flatYes
Mountain Buggy Nano13lbs / 6.2kgSometimesAlmost flatYes (but awful)
BabyJogger City Tour14lbs / 6.3 kgNoFlatYes
Contours Bitsy Compact Fold 13.5 lbs / 6.5kgYesAlmost flatCarseat only

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.

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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 does a stroller fit, 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).

Not without a reason, ‘Babyzen Yoyo vs Bugaboo Ant’ are the most searched terms since the new Bugaboo has just been released. 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 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.

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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 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 that 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+

Bugaboo Ant

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

The newest addition to travel strollers, Bugaboo Ant is their most lightweight strollers with a reversible seat and near-flat recline. Plus, it 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.

While the handlebar can be adjusted it’s a bit flimsy, BabyZen Yoyo+handlebar is taller than the Bugaboo Ant’s at it’s highest extended position. The nice feature of the handlebar is that it can be folded within seconds what 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


GB Pockit+

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

If your kid likes the stroller, but only sometimes GB Pockit should 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. Same goes for Cybex Libelle, as many people compare these two and I also think both of them missed the mark pretty badly.

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 Cybexs. 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.

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 than it was for the 2018 first version.


Cybex Eezy S Twist was the first travel stroller I’ve ever purchased, and even though I also have a Yoyo I still use it. It’s 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.

The new version has a few improvements such as a bumper bar, can accommodate 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.

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 reason 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 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


Mountain Buggy Nano

21 x 12 x 20 (folded) | 13 lbs | $$
52 x 50 x 33 | 6.2 kg

Mountain Buggy Nano is a great stroller and I came close to keeping it for myself. But, the lack of one-hand fold wasn’t for me and my solo travels with a baby.

Unlike advertised by the manufacturer the stroller will NOT fit into many overhead compartments on planes, so might cause a situation that you board with the stroller and then the flight attendant has to ask you to deplane to gate check it (happened to me on Embraer planes, very popular in Europe). Keep this in mind to avoid disappointments.

The wheels work fine unless you keep using them a lot. While it hasn’t happened to anyone I know, many parents complained of their wheels breaking and the lack of possibility of expedited shipping, even with an extra charge. This isn’t like Uppababy service that will send you new parts of stroller overnight.

If you’re planning on using Mountain Buggy Nano for a newborn, don’t. It looks absolutely ridiculous and it’s very impractical.

Speaking of younger babies, before getting a stroller I didn’t think that peekaboo window is important, but now I can honestly say that it’s a very practical feature that this stroller is lacking. Especially since the seat can’t be twisted to parent-facing mode.

What I didn’t like about this stroller, especially with a small baby, was that unless the seat is fully raised, it will not close right.

When folded the canopy falls out of the fold easily unless you remember to velcro clip the jogging strap to keep it closed. Plus, when you push the stroller with the canopy unfolded it covers the handlebar. It’s super annoying.

Pros:

  • Very sturdy
  • Big canopy
  • Easy one-hand push
  • High handlebar
Cons:

  • No one-hand fold
  • Canopy goes over the handlebar when folded
  • Newborn cocoon is ridiculous
  • No peekaboo window

Would I Recommend It Overall: Not Fully Convinced


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 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
  • 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. 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.

Bugaboo Ant lies flat and fits in the overhead bin, but the fold isn’t as compact and the seat gets stuck a lot during folding.

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.

Ergobaby 180 – No sun protection when reclined, too heavy, too expensive, and wheels have to be locked separately.

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.

27 thoughts on “Best Travel Strollers 2021: Honest Reviews”

  1. This is such a great review Anna! Thank you for taking the time to share. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the Zoe Trip stroller and how it compares to the Zoe XLC Best.

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    • Trip one must have just come out. They’re basically almost the same weight-wise and size-wise when folded, but the Trip changes into a semi-suitcase (similar concept to Bugaboo Ant). It comes down to whether your child would like the bar in the middle – mine wouldn’t 😉

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  2. Hi !!
    Thank you for this very complete review. About the YOYO, is it possible to change the baby diaper easily in if needed? Does the recline allows it?
    Thank you very much and good luck on your journey.

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    • Yes, it’s possible, I’ve done it many times. While the recline of Yoyo isn’t fully flat, it’s enough for the baby to sleep in comfortably and diaper change as well.

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      • Hello! Thanks for such detailed review. As a travel lover I’m seriously considering yoyo as my main stroller. However, the need for extras/accessories makes me think twice…. specially for the NB phase…. have you tried the Hamilton stroller? Any tips? Many thanks!

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        • Every stroller has accessories options that you need depending on where you live (footmuff, bug net, rain cover, carseat clips) – it’s really up to you to see what do you actually need. If you have a car I would recommend Doona for the newborn stage, since you need a carseat anyway.
          I haven’t used Hamilton stroller because they’re not available here but checked it out and it needs the same amount of accessories as Yoyo in terms of the newborn phase. It actually doesn’t even come with a rain cover (Yoyo does), so it needs more extras and the bassinet is super bulky.
          If you’re thinking of the value it’s super easy to resell a Yoyo later, but unknown brands like Hamilton or even Mountain Buggy pretty much devalues 90%.

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  3. Hey Anna,
    very informative entry 🙂

    Do you think the yoyo+ can be used as main stroller for city families? I use mainly public transportation and would like to have a lightweight, small stroller for that.

    Andrea

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    • Yes, it can unless you don’t want to load it up with groceries from the supermarket (that’s when my Vista and its huge basket was coming in handy). Also, while the basket can hold enough for me (bottles, thermos, change of clothes, food, and your own purse as well), I have some friends who love to bring half of their babies’ belongings in a diaper bag – in this case the basket might seem small, but I honestly thing it’s more than enough.

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  4. What do you recommend for a large toddler? (2yo, 38″ tall, 35lbs) We wore the wheels off of a Zoe while in Rome. The lock mechanism on the Zoe was also very frustrating as it wouldn’t always lock easily. We are currently using the Ergo Baby Metro Compact City Stroller which we love. I use it when shopping, and have flown multiple times with it. We’ve used it all over Barcelona and Andorra. My toddler likes riding in the stroller but he is getting rather large for it – any suggestions for tall/large toddlers?

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    • Italian streets can wear off any stroller, sadly :/ Yoyo lasted us a few months in Italy and still works just like before, but yeah, it might get small as he grows.
      Bugaboo Ant’s backrest can be extended. My 9-month-old is huge already (31″) and we’re not even halfway through the backrest. The stroller has a few drawbacks, but nothing’s ideal 😉
      I’d also look into Uppababy Minu, as it’s up to 50 lbs. While it won’t fit in overhead compartments on European airlines, it will on bigger planes. Wheels are forever lasting, plus they have the wheel service all over the world.

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    • I haven’t used it, it was heavier than competitors. My friend has it though and it has a nice canopy and footrest, but for a travel stroller I wouldn’t buy it. I see no point of a travel stroller that won’t fit into an overhead bin and Colugo won’t fit on small European planes.

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  5. Hi
    Thank you for a good review. We also have the Uppababy Vista as our main stroller and is very happy with it, but we would want a smaller option for when we travel. Have you tested the Baby jogger city tour 2? How would it compare to the babyzen?

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    • I did. One thing I didn’t like about it was how hard the seat felt to me, felt a bit like it was going to fall apart (I’m sure it’s fine, but it didn’t feel sturdy). What mattered for me the most was the possibility of taking the stroller into an overhead bin, and unfortunately Baby jogger city tour 2 is still slightly too for that big when folded.

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  6. Hello Anna, I already have a cybex as my main cart (I really like it). I’m thinking of buying a second travel cart. My first option was the bugaboo ant, but I read in many places that it is very narrow and for big children they are not good. my baby is 6 months old with a size of 1 year. I’m thinking of buying cybex eezy s twist 2. have you had a lot of problems with yours in the airplane cabin? Thank you very much for your review. 🥰

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    • Yep, definitely do NOT get Bugaboo Ant 🙂 I sold my Eezy S Twist because it doesn’t fit in the cabin apart from selected very big planes (but it actually didn’t even fit on Qatar upstairs floor either), so we gave up on it for travel. We use exclusively Yoyo for that reason – no issues 🙂

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  7. This is by far the best review of travel strollers I’ve read, thank you! I have an Uppababy Vista which, contrary to what many believe, I find wonderful for NYC living as I live in an elevator building and love to load it up with groceries, etc. I’m now looking at a lighter/travel stroller for time spent at a vacation home in a suburban-esque setting. My main issue is I would like the stroller to be able to function like a normal stroller – loading a few groceries easily into the basket for example – while also being able to load and unload it from the car easily. I would love to get your thoughts on the Joolz Aer. I was considering the Yoyo+, Uppababy Minu, Joolz Aer, and Silvercross Jet. Ultimately I ended up ordering both the Minu and the Aer and will return one of them. ALSO – originally I had my heart set on the Bugaboo Bee 6 – because again this was more for suburban living – but I found that the basket is blocked almost completely from the back! Would love to know your thoughts on this stroller as well.

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    • So many people are wondering about Joolz Aer recently 🙂 Although I don’t like the regular Joolz (I think it’s a terrible design for various reasons and all my friends ended up selling theirs fairly quickly) the Aer is sort of like a good option. 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.
      For my personal use, Minu wasn’t an option because it doesn’t fit on all planes, so that defeats the purpose. But… if you just want it just for the car and to go it’s a great little stroller.

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  8. I purchased the yoyo2 and my 8 month old looks so uncomfortable in it. I prefer the seat on the silvercross jet but I’ve noticed the yoyo has a sturdier push. Any thoughts? Can the jet hold up for everyday use?

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    • What’s uncomfortable about it? The seats on travel strollers won’t be like on full-size strollers but the only difference between the seat on yoyo and the one you like is that it’s a tiny bit higher but it doesn’t matter for an 8-month old unless you have a very big baby (my very big almost 2-year-old can ride comfortably in Yoyo height-wise).
      Silvercross Jrt is a giant pain in the butt to fold, the basket is useless – tiny and restricted, wheels are not for unsmooth terrain, so definitely not for everyday use. If you recline the seat the stroller can also tip over. If you want a sturdier and harder seat then get Uppababy Minu I’d say, but that won’t fit on most planes.

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  9. Hi! What stroller would you suggest for city (malls and parks mostly) and beach? Usual travel destinations: Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, Japan.

    I have a small 2yr old (<25lbs) and one on the way.

    Thank you for the comprehensive review.

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    • Are we talking about a double stroller? No super lightweight double travel stroller will fit a newborn. I got a Cybex Gazelle S for two and it’s a great one, but as soon as the newborn will fit into a normal seat I think we’ll just get another Babyzen Yoyo, or ZOE double.

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  10. I notice you didn’t mention the “Cybex Libelle”. Is that because it’s relatively new? Have you had the opportunity to try it? I’d love to know what you think.

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    • While I personally think that Cybex strollers are great (I owned two different models for a while) I wouldn’t get Libelle. I feel like they tried to copy GP Pockit which isn’t great already and while there are major improvements it’s still not great in my opinion. Few reasons:
      * the handlebar is not adjustable and not very high – it’s uncomfortable for taller people and people under 5’4 will also complain.
      * the stroller’s handles are still not folded when the stroller is folded because of the shape which makes it less compact
      * while it doesn’t get stuck like GP Pockit (if you want to swear at the stroller every time then get the Pockit haha!) it requires two hands to fold it because of the buttons which is a deal-breaker for me. One-hand fold is a must for going through airports and folding it when traveling alone – otherwise you need to handle your baby to someone else while you fold it
      * because of the design of the handlebar while you can lead the stroller with one hand, it doesn’t really move smoothly like their Eezy S. That’s another thing I don’t like about it.
      * recline is very little – so you can’t use it without the carseat before 6m like I could with Eezy S. My toddler could sleep sitting up, but most kids need a recline so that wouldn’t be possible here.

      Conclusion: perfect for these short trips or for when you need an emergency stroller for older kids who prefer to walk. I wouldn’t buy it for a full-time travel stroller though for the reasons mentioned above 🙂

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  11. Isn’t the Babyzen Yoyo a two handed fold? You need both hands to press the buttons by the canopy. I’ve watched several videos and don’t see a true one handed fold

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    • Babyzen Yoyo stroller isn’t officially marked as a one-hand fold, but there’s a way to make it a one-hand fold when a child is out of the stroller and you can be holding them while folding – done it million times (I should do a video soon). Let me explain:
      – Child is still sitting in the stroller and you use two fingers to fold the canopy. This is the only step that requires two hands, but doesn’t require taking the child out of the stroller.
      – Then you take the child out, and everything else is a one-hand fold when you press the button and stroller folds.

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