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Best Travel Strollers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed by Parents & Experts

Lightweight and compact, a travel stroller can help make your next family vacation a little bit easier., by jen labracio | medically reviewed by holly peretz ot.

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If the thought of trying to wrangle your full-size stroller on your next family adventure feels daunting, it’s time to consider a travel stroller.

Travel strollers make leaving home with your little one a little bit easier and a lot more convenient. Today’s travel stroller is a minimalist’s dream. Most have many of the same high-end features as traditional strollers all rolled into a compact, portable package. Many travel strollers break down to fit in the overhead bin of a plane or can be folded down quickly (and with one hand—win) and slung over your shoulder. Many parents even use them as their day-to-day stroller.

If you’re a family who’s frequently on the go, a travel stroller may be the answer to help lighten your load and simplify your life. We’re sharing Babylist parents favorites and bestselling picks to help you narrow down your search. I also added my own thoughts and picks from the countless travel strollers I’ve tested over the last decade as a mom of two and in my role as Babylist’s Gear Editor.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Travel Strollers

  • Best Travel System: Nuna PIPA urbn + TRVL Travel System
  • Best for Toddlers: Bugaboo Butterfly Complete Stroller
  • Best Budget: Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
  • Best for Everyday Use: UPPAbaby MINU V2 Stroller
  • Best for Planes: Babyzen YOYO2 6+ Stroller
  • Best Compact: Joolz Aer+ Lightweight Stroller
  • Best Lightweight: Zoe The Traveler
  • Best Value: Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Single Stroller
  • Best for Infants: Mountain Buggy Nano V3 Stroller
  • Best Umbrella: Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

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How we chose the best travel strollers.

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What to look for in a travel stroller, how do you travel with a stroller on a plane, babylist’s picks for the best travel strollers, best travel system stroller.

Nuna PIPA urbn & TRVL LX Travel System - Caviar - $950.00.

Nuna PIPA urbn & TRVL LX Travel System - Caviar

  • Baseless infant car seat, installs in seconds
  • Stroller has one-handed fold, weighs 13 pounds
  • Car seat weighs just 7 pounds

What Our Experts Say

If you know you’ll frequently be traveling while your baby is an infant, you may want to invest in a travel system (a stroller and car seat that attach to each other; here’s more on how to pick a travel system ). This combo is the best of the best, and what I wish I’d had when I was a new mom living in New York City seven years ago and didn’t own a car. It combines the ultra-popular TRVL, the brand’s first dive into the lightweight stroller market, with the urbn, a first-of-its-kind car seat.

What’s so special about a baseless car seat? Most infant car seats can be installed without a base, but require a seat belt—along with time and patience. That’s not the case with the urbn. There’s no base to worry about AND the latch system is built right into the seat’s base. I was blown away by how quick and easy this seat was to install. I pressed a button on each side and pushed to attach it directly to my vehicle’s lower anchors—that’s it. It’s about as foolproof as it gets, and especially ideal if you’ll be using your car seat on the go in rideshares or taxis. This is also our pick for best travel car seat .

As for the TRVL stroller, it’s just as great. The two standout features for me were its fold (one-handed, quick and ridiculously easy) and its compact size (it stands on its own and weighs just over 13 pounds. While not huge, the basket is large enough to hold your essentials (and a little more) and is easy to access, and the TRVL’s maneuverability is good enough that you’ll be able to steer easily with one hand.

What’s Worth Considering

The TRVL is on the pricier side and it doesn’t have a carry strap, but the maneuverability, suspension and versatility help explain the higher price point. I found it worked as a travel stroller, but also as an everyday stroller, too. There are also lots of thoughtful design details like magnetic buckles, a no-rethread harness and leatherette bumper bar and handlebar. The urbn car seat has a lower height limit than many infant car seats—not ideal, but not a huge dealbreaker, either.

Additional Specs

Best Travel Stroller for Toddlers

Bugaboo Butterfly Complete Stroller - Midnight Black - $479.00.

Bugaboo Butterfly Complete Stroller - Midnight Black

  • Four-wheel suspension for a smooth ride
  • Fast, easy fold
  • Included footrest and high seat back

There are two travel strollers I recommend again and again to families, and Bugaboo’s newest compact stroller, the Butterfly, is one of them. (The other one is the Joolz Aer+—more on that below!). This style-forward stroller is packed with thoughtful, impressive features, just like the brand’s popular full-size strollers. Two of my favorites (and there are many to choose from!) are the smooth ride and the quick, easy fold. The four-wheel suspension system means the Butterfly rides more like a traditional stroller than a compact one, a huge perk when I pushed it on anything other than smooth pavement and perfect for toting around my larger toddler. It moves and turns easily and I was able to steer it with only one hand, a huge plus. The fold is just as impressive; I also did it one-handed, and the Butterfly folds down to about the side of a small bag. (There’s also a built-in carry strap, a feature I value in any stroller, but especially one designed for travel.)

A few other things I love: it accommodates an infant car seat with adapters, so you can use it from day one, and the seat has a high back for larger kiddos and reclines almost fully for napping on the go. There’s even a footrest built in for extra comfort, another toddler-friendly feature. (My 95th-percent-in-height two-year-old still fits perfectly in it.) And the sun canopy on the Butterfly is one of the best I’ve seen of all the travel strollers on our list.

There’s not much to pick on with this stroller, minus its high price tag. The back wheels on the Butterfly are fairly close together. That setup, combined with a handle that doesn’t extend (which is the norm for compact strollers), means that if you’re on the taller side like me (5’10”), you may kick the back of the stroller while you’re walking. And although I wouldn’t consider it heavy, it is one of the heavier travel strollers on our list by about three pounds.

Best Budget Travel Stroller

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller - $79.99.

Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

  • Great value
  • Extremely light—weighs less than 12 pounds
  • Easy fold but not as compact as others on our list

If you’re not looking to spend a lot on a travel stroller or you’re a family who doesn’t travel very often, the Kolcraft Cloud Light is an excellent value for an inexpensive stroller . It boasts lots of thoughtful features, especially considering the stroller’s price. Weight is the standout here—the Cloud Plus weighs less than twelve pounds, making it one of the lightest strollers on our list. The fold is also worth a second look. Although it’s not super compact (the stroller folds in on itself, much like an umbrella stroller, rather than in a tri-fold like many other travel strollers on our list), it’s quick and easy and you can do it with one hand, a feature we always appreciate especially when we’re on the go.

Other features to note include an extendable canopy with a peekaboo window, a parent tray with two drink holders and a large storage basket (it’s one of the biggest on our list).

The seat on the Cloud Plus has multiple positions but doesn’t recline completely flat. It has a lower weight limit than many of the strollers on our list—40 pounds—and doesn’t have much in the way of suspension and shock absorption. The fold is slim but not all that compact.

And remember—this stroller is under $100. It’s not going to compare to travel strollers five times its price in suspension, maneuverability, stability or materials. But, considering the price, it’s a great option if you don’t travel all that much but want a lightweight stroller option when you do.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Easily fits in the trunk of my car.” -Cora

Best Travel Stroller for Everyday Use

UPPAbaby Minu V2 Stroller - Jake - $399.99.

UPPAbaby Minu V2 Stroller - Jake

  • Great for travel + everyday use
  • Roomy storage basket
  • Shock-absorbing suspension for a smooth ride

UPPAbaby was one of the first stroller brands to dive into the “travel stroller that can also be used as an everyday stroller” category, and the Minu does both of these things extremely well. From your own neighborhood to wherever your travel adventures take you and to everything in between, the Minu offers all the conveniences of a day-to-day stroller in a travel-friendly package. A few of my favorite features are the one-handed fold, the huge sunshade, the comfy seat with multi-position recline and a roomy, easy-access basket. The spring-action, shock-absorbing all-wheel suspension makes for a smooth ride even over bumpy terrain, so it’s a stroller you can use both in the suburbs and in a city. The Minu stands when folded and features a carry strap and a storage bag for easy transport.

As-is, the Minu works for babies three+ months; that means if you want to use it with your newborn, you’ll need to add the bassinet and adapters , which will cost you.

The Minu folds compactly but is a little bulkier than some of the other strollers on our list when it’s broken down. It’s also a little heavier, weighing in at about 17 pounds. And the seat back is on the shorter side.

“Amazing stroller. Great for travelling (fits in overhead bin), shopping (takes up minimal trunk space), walks in the park (very smooth ride, even over grass!). Has oversized canopy to block sun and folds with one hand. Bought it for travel, but use it as our primary stroller because I love it so much.” -Jessica

Best Travel Stroller for Flying

Babyzen yoyo2 stroller bundle - black frame/olive.

  • Fits in overhead bin
  • Fast, one-handed fold
  • Options to customize color, add a second rider and more

The YOYO2 was ahead of its time in the world of compact strollers and remains a parent favorite both for travel and for families looking for a smaller, lighter everyday stroller option. This compact favorite fits in the overhead bin and is the stroller of choice for many light-packing parents who don’t want to deal with the hassle (or risk) of gate-checking a stroller when they fly. It performs like a champ off the plane, too, easily steering through crowds and through narrow spaces.

There’s one other unique thing to love here—the custom options. You can change out the seat and shade fabrics with a new color pack , add a custom footmuff for cooler temps, help your older kiddo hitch a ride on the stroller board and even add a storage bag that uses wheeled support so your stroller won’t tip. With adapters that are sold separately, you can also use this stroller with some of the best infant car seats from Nuna and Maxi Cosi, among others.

The YOYO2’s fold isn’t hard, but it’s not quite as easy as some of the other travel stroller picks on our list. (There are two steps, and it takes a little getting used to.) The canopy is on the shorter side. This travel stroller does come with a rain cover, but all the other extras and custom adds will cost you. (And this stroller is on the pricier side to begin with.)

“Fits in airplane cabin. We took it on so many trips!” -Emily

Best Compact Travel Stroller

Joolz aer + lightweight stroller - stone grey.

  • One-handed fold and compact carry
  • Comfy, contoured seat

I’ve tried a LOT of travel strollers in my day, and the Joolz Aer+ is the one I come back to again and again. Pushing it doesn’t feel much different than pushing much larger, much more expensive strollers—and that’s one of the things I love about it. The Aer+ has four-wheel suspension, a feature that’s not very common in travel strollers, so it maneuvers easily and glides smoothly even across uneven surfaces like bumpy sidewalks and dirt paths. That combined with the ridiculously easy one-handed fold, the compact design and the comfortable seat that contours to fit your child’s body makes this stroller a great choice for travel and for everyday use. (It currently occupies a permanent spot in the trunk of my car.)

The Aer+ is newborn-friendly and compatible with Nuna and Clek car seats (adapters sold separately), so it works if you want to use it from day one. The stroller folds small enough to fit in an overhead bin or to sling over your shoulder (carry strap included) and tote up and down stairs, on public transportation or anywhere else you need to go. It also comes with a rain cover and travel bag included.

The Aer+ is on the pricier side, but if you’re planning on using it for travel and for everyday, then the cost doesn’t seem as daunting. I also wish it came with a footrest instead of having to purchase one separately.

“It’s so easy to push and steer and SO easy to fold with just one hand. We use it as a travel stroller and often as our everyday stroller as well.” -Jennifer

Best Lightweight Travel Stroller

Zoe the traveler.

  • One-handed fold
  • Extended canopy, full recline

Lightweight, compact and travel-ready are the three features that come to mind when I think of The Traveler from Zoe. This aluminum-frame stroller is light enough for easy portability but durable enough to handle lots of different adventures. I love the one-handed fold and that it’s small enough to fit in an overhead bin if you don’t want to wrangle with gate checking your stroller on your next trip. There are lots of high-end features like an extended canopy, adjustable footrest and a near-flat recline. And don’t forget one of the best parts: The Traveler folds in seconds with one hand and stands on its own.

The Traveler isn’t compatible with any car seats so you won’t be able to use it with younger babies. There are also no straps or backpack included; if you want those, you’ll have to pay extra to add them on. And while it shines on smooth pavement, it’s not great on bumpy or uneven terrain.

Need a double travel stroller? Zoe’s The Twin+ is a great choice. It weighs under 20 pounds and fits through standard doorways but is comfortable and roomy enough for two children up to 45 pounds each. The fold is quick, easy and compact and the stroller is Disney-approved. And it can expand to a triple or a quad stroller with additional seats.

Best Value Travel Stroller

Baby jogger city tour 2 single stroller - jet.

  • Same one-handed fold Baby Jogger full-size strollers are known for
  • 3 ways to ride: infant car seat, bassinet or toddler seat
  • Padded seat with added depth

Travel strollers can get expensive. If you don’t want to spend $500+ on one, but you travel frequently and want a reliable option, the City Tour 2 is a great mid-priced pick.

Baby Jogger strollers are known (and loved) for their easy, one-handed fold—and this travel stroller is no exception. The City Tour 2 folds into a 19-by-23-inch rectangle and automatically locks closed. You can carry it by the handle or tuck it away in the included tote bag carryall while your little one explores. The stroller has a deep, padded seat and adjustable calf support to keep your kiddo comfortable. Plus, a huge UV 50+ sun canopy provides shade.

There’s suspension system in the frame isn’t great, making for a bit of a bumpy ride. Some parents wish the tote bag carryall had backpack straps for easier transport rather than a shoulder strap.

“I love that I can carry, open and fold it with one hand. It’s easy to maneuver and the only stroller I own. Perfect for city living!” -Amie

Best Infant Travel Stroller

Mountain buggy nano v3 stroller.

  • Comes with universal car seat adapter
  • Full recline seat
  • Ventilated backrest for airflow

The Mountain Buggy Nano stroller is the best of both worlds—a travel stroller that can also act as a travel system . Unlike most travel strollers, this one comes equipped with a universal car seat adapter so you can pop in your infant seat and be on your way with your newborn in tow. (You can also purchase the Cocoon Carrycot separately if you prefer a bassinet option.)

The Nano is lightweight and compact enough to fit easily into many carry-on luggage units on planes and trains or in a trunk, and the travel bag has a handle and strap for portability. The narrow width and front-wheel swivel makes it good for use on city streets or other tight spaces and the seat features a full recline perfect for naps.

There’s no suspension system and no peekaboo window. You need to use two hands to fold the Nano. (Although it’s still really easy.)

“It folded up so small that it fit on the plane as a carryon but it also handled really well on european cobblestone” -Nikki

Best Umbrella Stroller for Travel

Summer 3d lite convenience stroller.

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Umbrella-style fold is bulky

Umbrella strollers used to be the norm in the compact stroller category. That’s changed over the last five years or so, but if you still prefer one for travel, the Summer 3D Lite should be on your list.

The 3D Lite is a great all-around travel stroller. It’s light (about 13 pounds), features a simple, compact fold and a built-in carry strap, has a seat that lays nearly flat and boasts an ample storage basket. The ride isn’t super cushy, but it’s not all that bumpy, either. And at well under $100, it’s an incredible value for a stroller with this many great features.

Since this is an umbrella stroller, you won’t find the compact tri-fold that parents love so much about many travel strollers.

“It is so easy to travel with - we used it on a cruise ship, in various airports, and for all our daily errands.” -Jeanine

Also Worth a Look…

The world of compact travel strollers has exploded recently, flooding the market with lots of options. Here are a few other travel strollers worth a look:

  • The Bumprider Connect 3 Stroller ($599.99) is totally unique. It features a magnetic lock system that allows you to join two or more strollers together. It’s pricey, though, especially if you need more than one.
  • Evenflo Gold’s Otto ($199.99) is a competitively priced self-folding, lightweight stroller with a high weight limit (55 pounds) and a two-position adjustable footrest.
  • The Inglesina Quid ($299.00) fits in an overhead bin and offers thoughtful features like a self-standing fold, an extendable canopy and a large flap on the hood that fully retracts for ventilation on warm days. The Quid weighs in at only 13 pounds.
  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many travel strollers.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Some families use a traditional stroller for everything, even traveling. But having a lighter, more nimble travel stroller pays off when you really need it: for airports, narrow city sidewalks , public transportation or just to lighten the load.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using different types of strollers for travel:

  • Traditional stroller: Everyday strollers typically have convenient features like lots of storage space, cup holders and trays, and large canopies. Some may also have all-terrain wheels and accommodate an infant car seat. But they’re heavier and bulkier to fold, which makes using and storing them in tight spaces more difficult (think: narrow doorways, airplane overhead bins, small car trunks).
  • Umbrella stroller: Bare-boned and exceptionally lightweight, umbrella strollers often lack many amenities you find in traditional strollers like adjustable seats and cup holders. They have skimpy canopies, minimal cushioning and seat support and don’t fold small enough to fit in airport storage bins. You also can’t push an umbrella stroller with one hand. Umbrella strollers are good for when you occasionally need a slimmer, fast-fold stroller.
  • Travel stroller: Sometimes also called a lightweight stroller, travel strollers strike a balance between traditional and umbrella stroller styles. They’re lighter than the standard stroller, easy to fold and compact in size when collapsed. (Some travel strollers fold in half, called a square fold, while others feature a more compact tri-fold.) Travel strollers have some full-size amenities like large sun canopies and a storage basket and most even have extras like cup holders.

Figuring out the best stroller to use for travel often comes down to what type of trade-offs you want to make around budget , space and personal preference.

  • Some traditional strollers offer a compact fold that’s great for travel, but the stroller weighs a ton.
  • Umbrella strollers tend to be affordable but require two hands for pushing and only offer a vertical fold.
  • Compact travel strollers are light, portable and easy to steer but come at a cost.

Before you invest in a travel stroller, think through:

  • How often you travel
  • How much money you want to spend
  • Where you’ll be storing your stroller when it’s not in use

Also note that lots of parents find that a travel stroller can work just as well as a full-size option for everyday use; just keep in mind that unless the travel stroller you choose is compatible with an infant car seat or comes with a separate infant kit, you’ll need to wait to use the stroller until your baby is six months old and can sit up unassisted.  

A travel stroller should be easy to take with you on trips and be a comfy spot for your little one, especially since your child will probably spend more hours in it while traveling than at home. Consider these features as you research and shop:

  • Size and weight. You’re going to be lifting, carrying and storing your travel stroller often, so the stroller’s size and weight is important. Look for one that’s lightweight and manageable. Also pay attention both to the folded and unfolded size of your travel stroller. Hoping to If you’re planning on using it for an older toddler, also be sure it’s large enough to accommodate them.
  • Fold. There’s also a lot of folding and unfolding a stroller during travel, whether it’s to take it in and out of your car, stash it under a table at a restaurant or storing it in the overhead compartment of an airplane. Choose a travel stroller with a quick, easy fold, preferably one you can do one-handed.
  • Maneuverability. Not all travel strollers are created equally. Some offer much more maneuverability and a better suspension system than others; however, these features often come at a cost. Thinking through how often you’ll be using your travel stroller and what types of terrain you’ll encounter most often can be helpful in determining whether or not a more expensive stroller is worthwhile.
  • Canopy size. Most travel involves at least some, if not a lot, of outdoor time. A large canopy is essential for protecting your little one from the elements, especially the sun.
  • Comfort and convenience features. Similar to a full-size stroller, look for features that will make you and your little one more comfortable, especially while traveling. Things like an adjustable seat with a full or nearly full recline, an ample storage basket, an adjustable handlebar and easy to clean fabrics are all important. And don’t forget a built-in strap or a separate carrying case for easy transport.

Bringing a stroller with you on trips can seem daunting. How do you get it from point A to point B when you’re flying ? Will it count toward your carry-on and baggage allotment? And what if you need to use your stroller in the airport? Good news: You can pick how you want to travel with your stroller, depending on your needs. Here are the choices:

  • Check the stroller with your baggage: Some parents unload the stroller during check-in and switch to using a baby carrier through the airport instead. Pair a front carrier with a backpack-style diaper bag so your hands will be free to deal with other things (like the toys that will make your trip a breeze ). Note that if you have a large stroller, you may be required to check it as baggage anyway. This usually doesn’t count toward your baggage allotment.
  • Check the stroller at the gate: Want to use the stroller until you board the plane? You can check the stroller with the gate agent—it just needs to be tagged—and then pick it up outside the aircraft door when you arrive. (Just remember if you have a connecting flight to catch, waiting for your stroller to be placed on the jet bridge can eat up precious time.)
  • Stow the stroller on the airplane: Some travel strollers fold up so small they fit in a backpack and can be stored in an overhead bin. Having your stroller with you eliminates the hassle of waiting for it on the jet bridge or at baggage claim (or losing it).

Some other air-travel tips to keep in mind:

  • If you check the stroller with baggage, you do run the risk of damage. If you’re not using a travel stroller bag, ask the agent at check-in for a plastic bag to cover and protect it during transport.
  • If you’re taking the stroller through security, it will need to be folded and put through the X-ray machine. Don’t stuff the undercarriage basket until after security.
  • If your checked stroller doesn’t come out with the suitcases at baggage claim, check the oversized luggage area. It may have been set aside there (this may also be where your travel crib is, if you checked one).

Do you need a travel stroller bag?

How you plan to use your travel stroller will affect whether or not you need a travel stroller bag.

If you plan on flying with your stroller then you’ll probably want to use a travel stroller bag, especially if you don’t plan on stowing your stroller in the overhead compartment of the plane (either because you don’t want to or because it won’t fit). A checked stroller, even one that’s gate checked, may get tossed around quite a bit while in transit, so you’ll want a travel stroller bag to keep it protected.

If you’re not planning on flying much with your stroller or if you’re simply using your travel stroller as a more lightweight day-to-day option, then a travel stroller probably isn’t a must-have.

Some travel strollers come with a travel bag while others require you to purchase one separately, so check with your particular brand. There are generic travel stroller bags that may work, too.

Jen LaBracio

Senior gear editor.

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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The 15 Best Travel Strollers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We tested the best travel strollers on the market for maneuverability, design, durability, and portability.

travel pram for 5 year old

In This Article

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  • Others We Liked

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Travel + Leisure / Phoebe Cheong

If you're traveling with a child under 4 years old or so, you need a stroller. But your everyday stroller might not be your best bet when you hit the road: today's models are big with lots of storage space, wide canopies, and large wheels for challenging terrain. Not ideal for packing into trains, planes, and automobiles or for bringing in and out of a hotel. If you plan to travel even somewhat often with your little ones, you might want to invest in a travel stroller.

So, what is a travel stroller? A travel stroller is a smaller, more scaled-back stroller with a collapsible frame that can be folded up tightly. Many travel strollers fold multiple ways to reduce the length, width, and height; some, like umbrella strollers, fold one way into a narrow but still-long piece. In the end, you want your travel stroller to be comfortable and safe for your child while folding up into a very compact, easy-to-carry package.

We tested more than 32 travel strollers from top brands such as Uppababy, Nuna, and Babyzen. We measured and weighed them, then spent eight and a half hours in our New York City lab putting them all through the wringer, looking at each stroller's maneuverability, design features, durability, and portability. We then sent them out into the real world to be used by families like yours to guarantee stroller longevity and functionality.

Best Overall

Joolz aer+ baby stroller.


  • Design 4.6 /5
  • Portability 4.9 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.9 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Value 4.6 /5

It folds up into an extremely compact, easy-to-carry package that is great for storing at home or on flights.

The seat can only be hand-washed and air-dried.

The Joolz Aer+ looks great, rolls smoothly, and features plenty of padding for the little rider sitting in it. It wowed us right out of the box and was one of the quickest strollers to assemble with just a quick-snap connection to a secure and stable stroller. While the Aer+ is about one pound lighter than earlier models, it is still the same size and features all of the perks parents look for in a high-quality stroller. The roomy shopping basket can hold up to 11 pounds, the canopy is adjustable, and the seat reclines to multiple settings to help keep your little one comfortable as they grow.

Throughout our tests, we tossed the stroller off of a counter to see how it held up and it remained in impeccable condition with little to no scratching and no major breaks or rips. Even when fully loaded up, the wheels moved smoothly and limited turbulence as they are designed to absorb shock from pebbles, rocks, and other rough terrain. We could easily collapse the stroller down using only one hand — which is perfect for use when flying — and it can once again be assembled with just the click of a button. At just over 13 pounds, it's also easy to carry, so you can transport this stroller just about anywhere life takes you.

The Details: 13.2 pounds | 41.5 x 32.7 x 17.7 inches assembled | 8.5 x 21 x 17.7 x inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Conor Ralph

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Best Overall, Runner-up

Nuna trvl lightweight stroller.

  • Design 4.8 /5
  • Portability 4.2 /5
  • Maneuverability 5 /5
  • Value 4.7 /5

Not only does it roll well, but the one-handed folding process was the smoothest of all the strollers we tested.

It's not especially small when folded and is a little unwieldy to carry.

During testing, when we pressed the buttons to collapse and fold the Nuna Trvl, it felt like some spring-loaded mechanism started the process for us and made it easier. That's the kind of helpful detail any parent or caretaker appreciates. And that folding process was quick, easy, and doable with one hand. The Trvl isn't quite as light as some of the other strollers, however, and it has no strap for carrying over the shoulder (although the bumper bar turns into a handle for carrying when the stroller is collapsed). It's also not clear whether the Nuna Trvl will fit in all airplane overhead compartments; It was a tight squeeze when we placed it in ours, with the wheels sticking out a bit.

The Trvl has a lot of great design features, including an adjustable leg rest and simple, adjustable reclining system for your baby. The strap clasp is magnetic to save a little time, and the canopy has a peekaboo window and good ventilation. The bottom storage basket is also on the larger side for a travel stroller and can comfortably fit a backpack. The stroller gilded beautifully over each surface we tried; there was no difference between rolling over the smooth hardwood and the shag carpet, and it handled gravel without issue. And it held up just fine in the durability test.

The Details: 15.4 pounds | 41 x 26 x 20.5 inches assembled | 11 x 27.25 x 20.25 inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Claire Cohen

Best Budget

Kolcraft cloud plus stroller.

  • Design 3.9 /5
  • Portability 3 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.2 /5
  • Durability 4.5 /5
  • Value 4.8 /5

It comes with a tray for baby's food and drink but is still extremely lightweight and easy to fold.

There isn't a ton of space in the undercarriage for storage.

Strollers are unnervingly expensive; many new parents experience sticker shock when they first see those price tags. The Kolcraft Cloud Plus is not. And while it's not the prettiest of the bunch (there's some loud branding), it folds easily — it can even be done one-handed with a little effort and coordination. We love that unfolding can also be done one-handed.

The Cloud Plus doesn't fold down quite as small as most every other one we're testing; the shape is somewhere between an umbrella and normal travel stroller. It's very lightweight, which we love, but since it doesn't fold small enough to fit in an overhead bin and doesn't have a strap or handle, it's not as portable as other options.

This stroller is the only one we tested with a tray for the baby's food and drink; the tray is removable if you're looking to save space. There are also two small cup holders for the adults, though our travel mug did not fit in them. The storage basket can fit a small backpack. The recline system is pretty easy to use and goes back three-fourths of the way to horizontal, and the canopy is good but not great. Same goes for the seat padding.

It rolled well on smooth surfaces, though there was some resistance on the carpet and a lot more on the grave. But we were able to push it through, and the stroller is light enough that when the wheels aren't rolling you can still keep moving. It's not the smoothest ride, but passable. The tray came unclasped during the durability test, but there was no actual damage. Overall, the price-to-performance ratio of the Cloud Plus is so good that it's an excellent budget option.

The Details: 11.8 pounds | 38 x 27 x 18 inches assembled | 10 x 33 x 17.5 inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel & Leisure / Phoebe Cheong

Best for Warm Weather

Gb qbit+ all city stroller.

  • Portability 4 /5

It reminds us of the very top-tier travel strollers, but its price is meaningfully lower.

The handlebar isn't adjustable and the stroller is a bit heavier than other options.

The GB Qbit+ All City reminded us of the Nuna Trvl, but at a significantly cheaper price. The only areas the stroller fell short of the Nuna model are the canopy, which is not especially nice or expansive, and the fact that it's slightly harder to carry since it's a little heavier and has no actual carrying strap. That said, there's plenty to love about the Qbit. One-handed folding is smooth, and buckling and unbuckling the straps is easy. The seat is nicely padded, the entire back is made of breathable mesh to keep your child from overheating. The leg rest is simple to maneuver and goes all the way flat. The seat also reclines almost all the way back so that your baby can take a comfortable snooze. The included bumper bar comes off and on easily, and the handlebar looks and feels nice. There's enough storage for a backpack, too. As for maneuverability, it rolled great on all our testing surfaces and made crisp, tight turns. If you want something similar to and almost as good as the Nuna Trvl, this is your travel stroller.

The Details: 17.6 pounds | 41 x 24 x 17 inches assembled | 10.5 x 23 x 16.5 inches folded | 54.8-pound weight limit

Best Folding

Uppababy minu v2 stroller.

  • Assembly 3.8 /5

It folds up far more compactly than other UPPAbaby models.

The canopy sticks out a bit when the stroller is folded.

The Minu has a lot of the features familiar to UPPAbaby devotees — unstructured rear storage pouch, locking clasp to keep the stroller folded, excellent canopy — but unlike the brand's G-Luxe and G-Link models, this one is not an umbrella stroller. We actually think that makes for a better travel stroller. The Minu folds up more easily than other UPPAbaby models and far more compactly than an umbrella model. The fold can be done with one hand, but keep in mind the canopy needs to be tucked in once it's folded. A padded carrying strap easily fits over the shoulder. When carried, the Minu isn't the lightest or smallest option on our list, but it's portable enough and fits fine in an overhead compartment.

The Minu's seat back reclines nicely and easily for naps, and the handlebar feels good on the palms. The canopy's magnetic mesh window is handy and easy to keep open, and the sun shade for keeping the brightness out of your baby's eyes is one of the best we saw in our tests. The seat's padding is ample, though we'd like it if the leg rest were adjustable. We did appreciate the sizable bottom storage basket.

In terms of maneuverability, the Minu performed fine. It didn't make quite as tight turns as the Joolz or Nuna, and it felt a bit heavier to push, but it handled the gravel really well. A canopy rod popped out of place when we pushed the stroller off the table, but we were able to fix it pretty easily. Overall, while the stroller is expensive, it's not the priciest on the list and is worth it for the well-crafted features.

The Details: 14.75 pounds | 41 x 31 x 20.5 inches assembled | 12 x 22.5 x 20.25 inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Best for Cities

Babyzen yoyo2 stroller.

  • Assembly 3.5 /5
  • Design 4.5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.5 /5

It's very well-padded, folds up into a tidy package, and has a convenient carrying strap.

The clips and buckles can be hard to maneuver.

Folding the Babyzen Yoyo 2 took two hands and, while not difficult, was a little more involved a process than with some other strollers. Unfolding is pretty easy, except we noticed our feet getting caught in straps a few times. While folding and unfolding were slightly disappointing, we love how portable this stroller is. It folds up very small and has a comfortable padded shoulder strap as well as a metal bar for easy carrying. And it fits easily into an overhead storage bin. It's a great option for a stroller you plan to fly with.

The Yoyo 2 has nice features, too. The seat padding is especially cushy, and the seat reclines three-fourths of the way back to horizontal (though the recliner is a bit tricky to figure out). There's also a pocket in the back and a decent storage basket underneath that can fit a small bag. The canopy is good, though we'd prefer the peekaboo window to be mesh instead of plastic.

This stroller especially stands out for its handling. We were able to maneuver this stroller through the safety cones with such ease, we could really see this stroller being helpful at a crowded grocery store or airport.

The Details: 14.7 pounds | 41 x 28.8 x 17 inches assembled | 8 x 20 x 16 inches folded | 40-pound weight limit

Best Double

Uppababy g-link v2 stroller.

  • Assembly 4.9 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 4.4 /5

It folds more easily and rolls more smoothly than we expected from a stroller this size.

It doesn't fold down very small, and unfolding it could be easier.

For such a large contraption, this double stroller folds with surprising ease. We were even able to do it one-handed with a little effort, which none of us expected. Unfolding is a little trickier, as it takes some force to unhook the locking clasp. As a double stroller, the G-Link 2 is not the most compact package when folded. Plus, it's an umbrella structure, so this one probably isn't fitting in many overhead bins. Carrying it was a little unwieldy, as should be expected with a double stroller, but there is a helpful handle, and the stroller is lighter than it looks. You can actually wheel it along when it's folded instead of carrying it, but it's not easy, and it bumped into us when we did so.

We like the canopies on the G-Link 2: quality material and good coverage. There are little storage pockets behind each seat, and it comes with a cup holder. You can also fit a purse or very small backpack in the undercarriage basket. The seats have generous padding, which extends to form a sort of calf rest for the riders. The straps buckle easily and have different height options; the seat backs have two recline positions and are super easy to adjust.

The stroller rolled well over all the surfaces, even the gravel, and it made much tighter turns than we anticipated. We also like that there are no wheels in the middle of the frame (as most double umbrella strollers have), which makes it easier to push without kicking the wheels or frame. Finally, it showed no damage after our durability tests.

The Details: 21.8 pounds | 41 x 25 x 28.25 inches assembled | 14 x 40 x 17.5 inches folded | 55-pound weight limit per seat

Cybex Libelle Compact Stroller

  • Durability 4.6 /5

It's a modern-looking stroller that's easy to move.

It lacked some of the features we'd have liked to see at its price.

The Cybex Libelle Stroller looks sleek and is easy to fold down into an easy-to-store size. Unfolding this stroller is incredibly easy — perfect for families on the go. The wheels of this stroller turn more easily than some other styles and provides a smooth ride over most surfaces.

Due to its simplistic design, this stroller doesn't have extra pockets or cupholders, but its lightweight and compact style makes this a great option for traveling since the stroller can fit in the overhead bins of most airplanes. Just be aware that this model does not include a carrying strap, so if you plan to walk for long periods of time with the folded stroller, you'll have to carry it by its medal frame.

It handled pretty well over the smooth hard surfaces with no noticeable hiccups, but it struggled a bit on the gravel.

The Details: 13.7 pounds | 41 x 20 x 20 inches assembled | 8 x 22 x 14 inches folded | 55-pound weight limit

Best Maneuverability

Bugaboo butterfly stroller.

  • Assembly 4.8 /5
  • Design 4.9 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5

It takes next to no effort to push this stroller over terrains of all types.

The instructions have pictures rather than words, so they’re a bit unclear.

From sharp turns to steep curbs to rocky terrain, the Bugaboo Butterfly Seat Stroller easily traverses it all. Built with advanced four-wheel suspension and a lightweight frame, we loved how little effort it took to push the stroller, even with one hand. The wheels seemed to absorb bumps and shock well, keeping the seat stable and the baby in place. 

We were equally impressed with the stroller’s packing and traveling capabilities. Weighing in at just over 16 pounds and boasting a compact size when folded down, the Butterfly is easy to carry and even hoist in the air to stow in a plane’s overhead bin. It’s also simple to assemble, and it remained perfectly intact and undamaged after we dropped it.

Other useful features of this stroller include a Velcro rain cover, seat cover, spacious under-seat basket, padded handlebar with a wrist strap, reclining mechanism, and an easy-to-use foot brake. 

The Details: 16.1 pounds | 36.4 x 17.7 x 40.3 inches assembled | 17.7 x 9.1 x 21.3 inches folded | 48.5-pound weight limit

Best for Air Travel

  • Assembly 4.7 /5

It easily fits in overhead bins and is a high-quality, durable option.

At 14.6 pounds, it's one of the heavier strollers we tested.

The Cybex Coya is a stylish and durable stroller families will be happy to use for their daily activities and while traveling. It folds up quickly and easily slides into airplane overhead bins for easy access as you board and de-board. The comfortable seat padding is removable for cleaning and the canopy comes down for sun and rain protection. The five-point harness is also incredibly easy to adjust and the seat itself reclines to be almost flat. Pair that with the adjustable leg rest and you have the perfect spot for your youngster to nap on the go.

We also love the cushioned handlebar that adds some extra comfort when pushing the stroller and the zippered pocket in the back of the canopy where you can store your phone or wallet for convenience. The cargo area is also a great size considering the overall compact nature of this stroller and easily fit our packed diaper bag. After our toss test, the stroller is still in great condition, although we do recommend investing in a dust bag if you're nervous about bumps and scratches while traveling.

The Details: 14.6 pounds | 38.2 x 17.3 x 31.1 inches assembled | 7.1 x 17.3 x 20.5 inches folded | 55-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Joy Kim

Best Compact

Contours itsy.

Buy Buy Baby

  • Assembly 5 /5
  • Maneuverability 4 /5

There’s almost no assembly required.

Parents of older, larger children may not find it as useful.

If you like to live your life simply, the compact and convenient Contours Itsy may be the stroller for you. Right out of the box, it’s already nearly fully assembled — all you have to do is snap the bumper bar into place, which takes almost no effort. On top of that, it’s a no-frills option, so there’s no cup holder or oversized basket to weigh it down, take up space, or make things complicated. 

We did, however, love features like the secure bumper bar, easy-to-use harness, canopy with UV 50 sun protection, and padding on the crotch strap, which makes the stroller look comfortable. They also appreciated the small size of the foot rest, basket, and entire stroller in general, because it made using and transporting it a breeze.

When it was time to stow the stroller away (or pack it up for travel), we got a kick out of just how tiny it folds up — in its simplest form, it’s not much larger than a grocery bag. It’s also ultra-lightweight and easily folds with just one hand. 

The Details: 12.3 pounds | 32 x 39 x 18.2 inches assembled | 11 x 22 x 11 inches folded | 40-pound weight limit

Best Comfort

Baby jogger city tour 2 stroller.

  • Maneuverability 4.8 /5

The price is reasonable considering how solidly it performed on all our tests.

It did not fit in our overhead bin and isn't easy to fold one-handed.

Folding this stroller was pretty simple, though not quite as smooth as it was with some of the others. The unfolding process was a little finicky as well and took some practice. So what do we like about the Baby Jogger City Tour 2? The price is reasonable, it performed solidly on most of our tests, and it maneuvered exceptionally well over all surfaces. We noticed little perceptible difference between its rolling over the shag carpet and smooth wood surface, and while other strollers struggled a bit on the gravel, this one navigated it with ease.

In terms of portability, the City Tour 2 doesn't feel bulky and has a good hand carrying handle. We would have liked to see a shoulder strap, however, and it did not fit in our overhead bin. The seat back has a lot of recline, and the drawstring to pull and push the seat forward and back is easy to use. The seat has good structure and good padding; the straps work well and can be adjusted to different height levels. There's lots of leg room and adjustable calf support for the baby, and the canopy has a peekaboo window and goes up and down smoothly. We'd have appreciated some more storage space; you can't fit a backpack anywhere. When we pushed the City Tour 2 off a table, we did notice that a small foam pad came off, though we couldn't even figure out where it came from, and it did not structurally damage the stroller.

The Details: 14 pounds | 40 x 26 x 20 inches assembled | 7 x 22.5 x 19.5 inches folded | 45-pound weight limit

Best Umbrella

Uppababy jordan g-luxe stroller.

  • Portability 3.9 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.7 /5
  • Value 4.5 /5

The recline system is particularly easy to use, and the stroller stands well on its own when folded.

The button/ring-pull combination for folding it is a bit finicky and has to be timed perfectly.

The first thing to note here is that ​​umbrella strollers only fold one-dimensionally, so the result is narrow but long…like an umbrella. The other strollers on this list fold down via multiple joints and in multiple directions for a smaller and more squarish package; neither is necessarily better, but you'll want to decide what you want before buying a travel stroller.

This particular UPPAbaby model is a bit tricky to fold because the handle/ring combination used to do so is finicky and has to be timed perfectly. Once you get that, the folding is smooth, but the whole button-and-ring thing is a little annoying. As with most UPPAbaby products, however, the G-Luxe's features are pretty nice. There's an included cup holder that fits a travel mug easily, and the canopy is expansive with extra sun shade (there is no peekaboo window, however). The leg rest for the child is easy to adjust, and the straps feature a five-point harness and adjustable height levels. The seat padding is substantial without looking bulky, and the recline system, while only providing two settings, is exceptionally easy to use. The unstructured (perhaps too unstructured) pocket behind the seat is pretty spacious and in a good location, but the storage basket at the bottom of the stroller isn't particularly big.

The G-Luxe maneuvers well, with good tight turns, though it rattled noticeably over the gravel. It held up well during our durability tests and sustained no damage.

The Details : 16.5 pounds | 42.5 x 23.5 x 18.5 inches assembled | 15 x 41 x 11.75 inches folded | 55 pounds weight limit

Best Lightweight

Zoe the traveler.

  • Design 3.5 /5

The removable seat liner is machine washable.

The attachable snack tray is sold separately.

If you're heading off on a family trip and looking for a simple, lightweight travel stroller, this minimalistic design will do the trick. It's incredibly easy to assemble and takes just a few minutes to click the wheels and bumper bar into place. It also comes with a parent cupholder and back pocket to help keep your hands free throughout your journey. We did note that the cargo area is the perfect size for a small tote bag or purse, but it may not be large enough to fit diaper bags or weekender bags.

We love that this stroller comes with a removable seat liner that can be thrown in the washing machine after a trip to keep clean and fresh. The canopy can also be unzipped to expand and it has a peek-a-boo feature on top so you can check on your child without stopping. This stroller is also easy to push around on every type of terrain — especially around tight corners. The stroller is light enough to lift up stairs, but we do recommend you use two hands when carrying down the stairs. When it's time to disassemble the stroller, simply press a button on the handlebar and bend the stroller forward. It’s so easy we didn’t even need instructions to figure out how to do it. You can even fold and unfold this one-handed, perfect for on-the-go travels.

The Details : 13 pounds | 41 x 30 x 18 inches assembled | 22 x 19 x 10 inches folded | 45 pounds weight limit

Most Adjustable

Thule shine.

  • Design 4.2 /5
  • Durability 4.8 /5

Assembly is quick and easy, perfect for first-time parents.

It can be hard to turn on sharp corners.

For such a compact stroller, the Thule Shine has plenty of storage, an expandable canopy with UPF 50+ protection, a reclining seat, and adjustable leg rests — everything you need for a busy parent and growing youngster to travel comfortably. We love the fast assembly of this stroller and the security of knowing everything clicks together when positioned and popped in correctly. There is an adjustable handlebar that is super easy to figure out, an extra rain canopy that you can pack and bring with you, and it is so easy to fold down. The harness does need to be clipped in a specific order before it can be fully buckled, which might become difficult with a fussy child, but we did find the seat to be comfortable and loved that it was extremely adjustable.

During our tests, it only suffered minimal scuffing and we never felt as though it would tip or fall while maneuvering through an obstacle course. We were able to fold the stroller with just one hand, but it was difficult to get it fully locked into the travel position without using two hands. It does stand upright once folded, so you can pop it down quickly for storage, whether you're coming back home and stashing it in a closet or boarding a plane. The stroller also fits easily into car trunks, but is most suitable for gate checking and is not likely to fit in overhead airplane bins. Overall, the stroller felt durable and was light enough that most parents would be able to carry it when needed. We felt like it would last through at least a couple of kids should your family use it multiple times, which is perfect for growing families.

The Details : 21.6 pounds | 35 x 42 x 20 inches assembled | 13 x 27 x 20 inches folded | 49 pounds weight limit

Other Travel Strollers We Liked

Some of the travel strollers we tested did not make our list of recommendations. They all had positive attributes, but a few things held them back.

Summer Infant 3DLite : This is a decent budget option, but the price-to-performance ratio was just not quite as good as the Kolcraft Cloud Plus.

Doona Infant Car Seat and Latch Base : The easy-to-maneuver pick collapses into a car seat but the use case for this is too specific to pay as much as it costs, and many other stroller frames can fit a car seat.

Gb Pockit Air All Terrain : This one is incredibly light and folds easily, but there are basically zero features.

Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Stroller : While this is a sleek and stylish option, i t's not easy to carry, and the canopy adjustment makes a lot of noise, which could wake up a sleeping baby.

Munchkin Sparrow : The lightweight design is smart and thoughtful, but everything from the canopy to the storage bin is simply too small. 

Once we fully assembled all strollers in our New York City testing lab, we measured their height, length, and width, both fully opened and fully folded down. We also weighed each one, since weight is a particularly important aspect if anyone will be carrying the stroller during a trip. Then after carefully reading instructions, we repeatedly folded and unfolded each stroller. We took copious notes to record whether the folding process was intuitive and easy to execute. We considered how difficult it would be to do with a baby in one arm or with a whiny toddler pulling at our legs.

While each stroller was in its most compact setup, we tested it for portability. Is it easy to pick up? Comfortable to carry? Are there good handles and straps? Is it compact enough to fit in an airplane overhead bin (we constructed our own makeshift one according to standard airline measurements using a storage rack and a box). We recorded all this and more.

Next we carefully examined each stroller for included features. We looked for seat reclining and cushioning, cup holders, baskets and other storage space, canopy cover for protection from the weather, seat cushioning and reclining, and more. We tried the features out and took detailed notes on whether they were functional and helpful. We also practiced buckling and unbuckling the straps.

Then we put 25-pound sandbags in every stroller. We wheeled them forward and backward over hard floor, carpet, and gravel. We practiced U-turns and pivots and even wheeled them through a miniature obstacle course of cones. We also noted how well the brakes worked and if they were easy to engage.

Finally, we gave all of the strollers a durability test. We dropped each one from waist height and then pushed each off of a table slightly higher than that. We examined each after the falls to see if there was any damage.

After completing our lab tests, we sent each stroller out to real families to use these strollers over a period of six months to really put them to the test. Throughout the testing period, we asked how each stroller was holding up in terms of durability, comfort, portability, and more and updated our findings here.

Tips for Buying a Travel Stroller

Consider the types of travel strollers.

Not all travel strollers are designed with the same priorities in mind. Some may emphasize a lightweight and packable style while others are focused on maneuverability or durability. There are umbrella strollers, that are best for toddlers, but light enough for travel; jogging strollers with advanced suspension for smooth rides; and even full-sized strollers that may not seem best for air travel, but often include great features like storage compartments and padded seats when portability is less of an issue. When it comes to selecting the best travel stroller for your family, think about portability and convenience, but don't forget about comfort and bonus accessories to make your trip a smooth and unforgettable experience.

Pay attention to folded size

The biggest differentiator between a regular stroller and a travel stroller is that a travel stroller should pack up more compactly. You'll want it to fit easily into car trunks or train/airplane compartments without taking up much space. The Joolz Aer , our top pick, folds down to 8.5 (height) x 21 (length) x 17.75 (width) inches. That's a good guide for a stroller that will fit nicely into the aforementioned compartments.

Remember storage space and other features

Just because your travel stroller might be a smaller and more scaled-down version of your everyday stroller, you shouldn't have to suffer from a lack of convenience. Good travel strollers still offer some storage space for small bags, toys, snacks, etc. Remember, you can always add a drink caddy for both your stroller and luggage. The seat for your baby should be padded and comfortable and able to recline; keep an eye out for a canopy that offers good coverage and buckles and straps that are easy to use. So, while compact folding and good portability are what make a travel stroller a travel stroller, be sure to look closely at the other features a stroller does (or does not) include.

Prioritize comfort and safety

At the end of the day, your stroller needs to be safe and comfortable for your child. Check for good, padded seats that recline. Make sure the straps don't look like they'd cut into your baby's shoulder or chest, and take note if there are leg rests. Note if the wheels can handle different surfaces well enough to keep the stroller from shaking and rattling too much.

If you can fit it in the overhead, you can bring it on board. If you have an umbrella model or are using your regular (non-travel) stroller, your best bet is to gate check it. But many travel strollers fold down so compactly that they fit easily into an overhead bin. In general, carry-on luggage should be 45 linear inches (22 x 14 x 9 inches) or less. You can reference the FAA website for more guidance.

In short, a travel stroller is lighter than an everyday stroller and folds down far smaller. This means that the frames are usually thinner and have several folding joints, and the wheels will be smaller and less suited for rough terrain. Storage space, cup holders, and other accessories will usually be kept to a minimum. But a good travel stroller should give you everything you really need and even function well enough to be used every day — all while folding down nice and small and being easy to carry or pack away.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Chris Abell is the Associate Editorial Director at Travel + Leisure , and he is a parent and frequent traveler. He's owned the Uppababy G-Luxe and the Joolz Aer, and he helped design and execute the testing for all the strollers on this list. Chris and associate commerce editor Hillary Maglin worked with a team of other editors and parents to test these strollers in our New York City lab space.

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The best travel strollers are essential for long flights and trips away. If you’ve ever tried to cram a large pram into a car boot or stash a pushchair on a plane, you know exactly how important they are! Your child may only be in a pushchair for a few short years, but if you have one that’s heavy, awkward and cumbersome, it can feel like an eternity.

Whether you’re an aspiring jetsetter or simply like to have a buggy at the ready, a quality lightweight travel stroller that’s compact and easy to maneuver is a must (as well as one that’s comfortable for a baby or toddler…of course). Lightweight buggies come into their own for trips around town (when your child decides to walk you can push them one-handed), for journeys on public transport and of course, on holiday… especially if you’re flying or hiring a small car.

Of course, if you're planning on travelling soon you'll want to make sure you're using the  best suitcase or the best carry-on luggage , but for the best travel strollers, keep reading for our top picks to buy today.

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The BABYZEN YOYO2 is a lightweight pushchair perfect for frequent users, especially as it’s one of the more comfortable and study designs with lots of extras. 

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Silver Cross Zest

The best flexible travel stroller

The Silver Cross Zest folds into a long, thin shape, making it perhaps more preferable for driving holidays than flying…at least not for stashing in the cabin. Coming in at a diminutive 5.8kg, this stroller isn’t the cheapest, but we bet you’ll use it way beyond your holiday.

Joie Aire Pact Lite

The best lightweight travel stroller

If you’re in the market for a lightweight holiday buggy or an extra for short trips around town, Joie’s Pact Lite ticks lots of boxes. At 5.5kg, it’s both physically and financially lightweight.

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The BABYZEN YOYO2 is a lightweight pushchair perfect for frequent users, as it’s one of the more comfortable and study designs with lots of extras. It weighs 6.2kg, which is pretty light, but more featherweight alternatives are out there. Designed for city living and everyday errands, it’s suitable for children from six months and up to a maximum weight of 22kg, is designed to by comfy, with a removable and washable seat pad and 5-point harness, 4-wheel suspension and multi-position reclining seat for dreamy naps. 

Parents will like that it’s one-hand folding, unfolding and driving capabilities, shoulder strap and shopping basket and for holiday makers, this one comes with a UPF 50+ sun protection canopy and fits into most overhead plane storage when folded (H52 x W44 x D18cm).

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2. Silver Cross Zest

The Silver Cross Zest folds into a long, thin shape, making it perhaps more preferable for driving holidays than flying…at least not for stashing in the cabin. Unlike some travel buggies, this one if built to last, including accommodating toddlers up to 25kg, who can get incredibly tired and grumpy about walking anywhere. The seat is padded but roomy and reclinable in a few positions, and there’s a 5-point safety harness as you would expect. A fully extendable ventilated UPF50+ hood, rain cover and basket has got you covered in all conditions, while the aluminium chassis helps the Zest weigh in at a diminutive 5.8kg. This stroller isn’t the cheapest, but we bet you’ll use it way beyond your holiday.

3. Joie Aire Pact Lite

If you’re in the market for a lightweight holiday buggy or an extra for short trips around town, Joie’s Pact Lite ticks lots of boxes. The forward-facing pushchair has a flat reclining seat that can be used from birth (technically) but lots of parents like parent-facing buggies at the beginning. That aside, the buggy reclines flat and has other reclining positions to keep napping youngsters comfy, and has an extendable canopy with visor for protection from the elements as well as all-wheel suspension. The Pact Lite is Joie's easiest, quickest and most compact folding chassis and comes with a carry strap for easy travelling. One handed fold, it’s designed to be free standing for easy storage – a godsend if you have a small hallway or use public transport. And at 5.5kg it’s both physically and financially lightweight.

The best adaptable travel stroller

Silver Cross Jet

4. Silver Cross Jet

The Jet ultra-compact stroller weighs in at 5.9kg and folds small enough to be a piece of cabin luggage at 90cm x 45cm x 96cm and can even be wheeled along like a little suitcase. It has an ergonomic seat for better baby comfort, with wider front wheels and improved suspension providing the best ride yet. The standout design features softly textured weave fabrics, with a tan leatherette handle and bumper bar and stylish matt black chassis. Suitable from birth up to 15kg, Jet has a soft padded lie-flat seat, multi-position recline and adjustable calf support to keep babies and toddlers comfortable, as well as a fully extendable UPF50+ hood with an air-flow ventilation system and pop-out sun visor to keep them cool and safe. The flip-flop-friendly brakes are easy to use, while the lockable front swivel wheels and suspension provide a smooth ride for baby. It’s not the cheapest option for a short holiday, but with so many features it would be handy option for short trips at home too.

The best compact travel stroller

Ickle Bubba Globe Ultra Compact Travel Stroller

5. Ickle Bubba Globe Ultra Compact Travel Stroller

Ickle Bubba’s Globe is designed for tiny travellers who like first class touches, like leatherette handles and an adjustable leg rest. Weighing in at 6.4kg and costing not-too-much, it’s a good middle-of-the-road package an folds to a dinky 45 x 55 x 25cm, making it easy to stash in overhead lockers on planes and trains. Like other offerings, the stroller is travel system compatible (meaning you can buy into the brand), and it has lots of room for holiday souvenirs, with a storage basket and handy pouch for essential items. A hood viewing window means you can keep an eye on your little one without disturbing them, while a full length protective rain over has got you covered for all weather scenarios. There’s a one handed 3 position seat recline feature and front and rear suspension for a smoother ride for toddlers, as well as a large extendable UPF 50 hood to protect from harmful sun rays and ventilated roll up fabrics to keep them cool, making the stroller a great choice is you’re holidaying somewhere sunny.

The best small travel stroller

GB Pockit+ Stroller

6. GB Pockit+ Stroller

If you’re after a lightweight stroller, why not choose the most compact out there? The lightweight gb Gold Pockit+ is the world's smallest folding stroller, which in only two steps can fold into a 34 x 20 x 42 cm handbag-shaped package. With the ability to switch from pushing to carrying in seconds, the Pockit is travel stroller perfect for places with lots of steps, or can be easily stashed on a boat, bus, or the corner of an atmospheric café, plus it’s free-standing. Despite its size, the buggy is suitable for kids from 6 months to 17kg (approx. 4 years). It’s well priced, but you’ll need to buy extras like a sub shield or rain cover.

The best affordable travel stroller

Red Kite Baby Push Me 2U

7. Red Kite Baby Push Me 2U

If you only want a buggy for one holiday you don’t want to spend much, this is where Red Kite’s Baby Push Me 2U stroller comes in. It’s cheaper than a round of all-day breakfasts at the airport and has a surprising number of handy features despite its bargain status. Suitable from 6 months, the buggy offers two positions to sit or lie back, lockable swivel wheels and a removable canopy which is handy if you’re going somewhere sunny. There’s also a shopping basket and rain cover for all eventualities. At 5.6kg the buggy isn’t the lightest out there, but it does boast an extra deep seat, which is brilliant for older babies and toddlers who fancy a break from all that arduous walking.

The best comfortable travel stroller

Chicco Echo

8. Chicco Echo

Chicco is a trusted brand and its Echo stroller offers plenty of comfort and decent looks for less than £70/$100. Compared to other budget options, this buggy shows attention to detail, with an embroidered seat and ritzy wheels as well as a fully reclining backrest with four options and an adjustable leg rest to make sure your bundle of joy is comfortable. At 8.5kg this stroller isn’t the lightest of travel buggies, but it is one of the better-looking options. Suitable from birth to 22kgs, and is very affordable, giving it longevity and plenty of bang for its buck.

How we test

There are more lightweight and compact buggies than ever that are designed to make navigating customs (and most important Duty-Free) a breeze, while being easy to fold and stow in the hold, or even squeezed into the overhead lockers, without breaking into the sort of sweat you’d expect from an adventure holiday somewhere on the equator. 

Unfortunately, we can't always take every single one on holiday to see how they perform (unless someone wants to start a GoFundMe for us and this vital research), but we can test them out in more everyday situations.

We'll test these travel strollers on trips to the supermarket, shopping centre, and city centres, some of the most demanding and stressful locations known to parenthood. This, of course, involves taking the strollers on trains, buses and cars, so it does give us a great idea of how they perform. We'll also check if they're easy to fold, if they're comfortable for baby, and how practical they are.

How to choose the best travel strollers

Weight vs comfort: Like sports cars, some pushchairs are as light as possible at the cost of creature comforts and one that’s super stripped-back may not suit everyone. So consider how much padding your little one likes (especially if they’re a light sleeper) as well as features like whether the pushchair is parent or world-facing (not all buggies are both) and whether they have multiple reclining positions. If your child likes a little nap on the go, you will not want a buggy that doesn’t recline!

Age: It sounds obvious, but it’s important to consider whether lightweight buggies are suitable for the age of your baby. Some with less padding are only designed for babies aged six months or one or over, for example.

The weather: If you’re buying a light buggy for use in the UK, you’re going to want a rain cover and a sun cover (well, if you’re feeling optimistic). Not all buggies, especially the lightweight ones, come with rain covers, and they can cost quite a lot, so it’s worth noticing whether they come fitted as standard when budgeting. Similarly, the very lightest designs can sometimes have no hood or sun canopy, or one that’s incredibly small. So if you’re shopping for a light buggy for a holiday in the sun, this is a factor that you’ll want to look at carefully. 

Parental extras: Lightweight buggies seldom come with extras like cup holders but you might want to check the size and sturdiness of a buggy’s shopping basket as this can be a curse or saviour if you use a buggy frequently. 

Size: As well as being light, some buggies are designed to fold up incredibly small. This is great if you’re a frequent flier, use public transport or have a small car, but this feature can make some models more expensive, so if you’re not bothered, you might want to pass. Similarly, folding mechanisms vary massively, and you need to find one that’s easy for you and suitable for your needs. If you can, we recommend trying before you buy.

Vanity: Like with cars, sometimes looks matter almost as much as practicality. Some buggies look better than others and come in a rainbow of colours. So whether you want a fun one for a holiday vibe or have a favourite colour, you may as well pick one you like the look of as you’ll probably be using it a lot.

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The 7 best travel strollers, according to parents who use them.

A quality travel stroller makes a world of difference when traveling with little ones.

The Best Travel Strollers

Toddler filling black Joolz Aer with fruit.

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The Joolz Aer is the best overall travel stroller on the market.

When traveling with babies and toddlers , having the right gear – especially an easy-to-maneuver travel stroller – is essential. If you're in the market for a stroller you can take on the plane, train and beyond, read on to find the best option for your family as recommended by parents.

The Top Travel Strollers of 2023

Best overall travel stroller: joolz aer, best umbrella stroller for travel: uppababy minu v2, best double stroller for travel: uppababy g-link 2, best travel stroller for big kids: evenflo pivot xplore all-terrain stroller wagon, best travel stroller for infants: doona car seat & stroller, best travel system stroller: nuna trvl stroller, best budget travel stroller: summer 3dlite convenience stroller.

Looking for more information on how to select your ideal travel stroller? Consult the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

(Note: All stroller dimensions are listed in order of length by width by height.)

Joolz Aer in taupe against white background.

Folded dimensions: 21 x 17.7 x 8.5 inches Stroller weight: 13.4 pounds Minimum child age: 6 months Maximum child weight: 50 pounds

When it comes to quality travel strollers, the Joolz Aer is the best investment you can make. Not only does this stroller's lightweight and compact design make it easy to store in the overhead compartment of a plane, but it also opens and closes with a one-handed motion – an essential feature for multitasking parents. Little ones travel comfortably and safely thanks to a five-point harness, extended seatback and adjustable recline, as well as a rain cover. Available in six modern colors – from sage green to taupe – the Joolz Aer also comes with a stroller bag. Parents rave about this travel stroller, with some noting they prefer it to the highly rated BABYZEN YOYO2.

The Joolz Aer is designed for babies 6 months and older; it can be used from birth with select infant car seats, secured by a car seat adaptor you'll need to purchase separately.

Price: $449 or less Shop now: Amazon | buy buy Baby | Nordstrom | Joolz

UPPAbaby MINU V2 in gray against white background.

Courtesy of UPPAbaby

Folded dimensions: 12.5 x 20.3 x 23 inches Stroller weight: 16.9 pounds Minimum child age: 3 months Maximum child weight: 50 pounds

If you're looking for an umbrella-style stroller for travel, consider the UPPAbaby MINU. Its latest model, the V2, features a swift, one-handed setup; a five-point harness; an adjustable recline and foot rest; an extendable canopy with UPF 50+ protection; and a vented peekaboo window. It's also equipped with a generously sized storage basket that can hold up to 20 pounds of additional items. While the MINU is recommended for babies at least 3 months old, you can use this even sooner with UPPAbaby's Mesa Infant Car Seat and adaptors, or with adaptors for other car seats.

Terry Ward, a Florida-based travel writer and co-founder of Florida Beyond , still raves about this travel stroller, which her kids recently outgrew. "I loved the MINU so much that it became my go-to stroller at home, too," she says, adding that it has a great resale value. "I sold it for more than half of what I bought it for after three years – these strollers are really in demand."

The UPPAbaby MINU V2 is available in five color variations and features a stylish full-grain leather bumper bar and handlebar.

Price: $449.99 or less Shop now: buy buy Baby | UPPAbaby

UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 in black against white background.

Folded dimensions: 40 x 20 x 14.5 inches Stroller weight: 22.3 pounds Minimum child age: 3 months Maximum child weight: 55 pounds per seat

If you have twins or two stroller-age kiddos and need a tandem stroller for travel, the UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 is a solid choice. Available in charcoal and black, this highly rated double stroller offers two UPF 50+ canopies and independent, multiposition reclining seats. Like the UPPAbaby MINU, this one is a cinch to set up and maneuver, and it features an easy-to-access storage basket that accommodates up to 10 pounds. There's also a sturdy cup holder for that must-have caffeine boost.

Reviewers note that the G-LINK 2 is surprisingly compact given its double capacity, and that it's also ideal for tall toddlers.

Price: $349.99 or less Shop now: Amazon | buy buy Baby | UPPAbaby

Evenflo Pivot Xplore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon in "Adventurer" pattern against white background.

Courtesy of Evenflo

Folded dimensions: 23 x 27.5 x 37.5 inches Stroller weight: 34.7 pounds Minimum child age: 6 months Maximum child weight: 55 pounds per seat

Another great travel stroller for two kids or older kids (up to age 5) is the Evenflo Pivot Xplore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon, which has two seats and can be used as a wagon or a stroller depending on your needs and destination. Its all-terrain wheels make it ideal for navigating any landscape – from cobblestone streets to sandy beaches – and a large storage basket and cup holders allow you to easily pack additional travel necessities. "It's basically a portable U-Haul for anything else you're dragging along," says Ward, who upgraded to the Xplore when her kids outgrew the UPPAbaby MINU. It also has an adjustable canopy for protection from the elements.

Price: $399.99 or less Shop now: Amazon | buy buy Baby | Evenflo | Target

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Doona Car Seat & Stroller shown in three different set-ups, against white background.

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Folded dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 26 inches Stroller weight: 17.2 pounds Minimum child age: None; can be used from birth with infant insert Maximum child weight: 35 pounds

When it comes to travel strollers, nothing quite compares to the Doona Car Seat & Stroller, which is exactly what it sounds like: a (genius) car seat and stroller in one. Aside from its magical ability to transform from a car seat to a stroller and vice versa in seconds, this travel stroller features a five-point harness, an adjustable handlebar and removable textiles for easy (inevitable) washing. It is Federal Aviation Administration aircraft-approved to fit in most overhead bins and comes in a variety of colors.

Angela Burks of La Vida Mom loves how easy it is to travel with the Doona Car Seat & Stroller. "I like that I don't have to worry about getting an additional car seat for a car service or rental when I arrive at the airport," she says. Another bonus? It doesn't require a car seat base.

The only downsides of this travel stroller are that your child will outgrow it when they hit 35 pounds in weight and/or 32 inches in height, and its hefty price tag given these limitations.

Price: $550.99 or less Shop now: Amazon | Doona | Target

Close-up of Nuna brand infant stroller, Walnut Creek, California, August 15, 2021. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

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Folded dimensions: 24 x 20.25 x 11 inches (without arm bar) Stroller weight: 13.6 pounds (without canopy and arm bar) Minimum child age: None; can be used from birth with infant car seat Maximum child weight: 50 pounds

If you're looking for a travel system stroller that'll grow with your baby, you can't beat the Nuna TRVL Stroller. The Nuna PIPA series car seat clicks right into the stroller – no adaptors necessary – and can then be removed when your little one is old enough to sit upright in the stroller seat. This luxury stroller features a five-point harness with magnetic technology, a multiposition reclining seat, adjustable calf support, a removable and adjustable arm bar, and a UPF 50+ canopy. Like some of the other travel strollers on this list, this product easily opens and closes with a one-handed motion and comes with a carrying bag. It is also certified GREENGUARD Gold and free of harmful chemicals.

Price: $500 or less Shop now: Nordstrom | Nuna

 Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller in black against white background.

Courtesy of Summer

Folded dimensions: 42 x 11.5 x 12.5 inches Stroller weight: 13 pounds Minimum child age: 6 months Maximum child weight: 50 pounds

You get what you pay for in many situations, but parents say they're impressed with the Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller given its cheap price tag, noting it has seamlessly navigated bumpy streets in Europe , Disney theme parks and other family vacation destinations. This easy-to-assemble travel stroller features a carry strap (useful for schlepping it when not in use), five-point safety harness, four reclining positions, and an adjustable and removable canopy. It also has a storage basket and cup holder, and comes in four colors.

Price: $99.99 or less Shop now: Amazon | Walmart | Summer

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How to travel with a stroller and car seat

Perhaps the easiest way to travel with a stroller and car seat is to invest in the two-in-one Doona Car Seat & Stroller , which can be used for children up to about 35 pounds and stored in the overhead bin of a plane. However, other travel stroller systems can also ease the burden of all that gear – especially for those traveling with infants. Here's how to travel with a stroller and car seat in the following situations:

If your baby is in an infant car seat: Simply attach a compatible infant car seat to your everyday or travel-specific stroller and wheel your baby through the airport. When you arrive at the gate, check your car seat and stroller free of charge. (Children 2 and younger can fly for free as lap children on most airlines.) If you'd like to purchase a seat for your baby and bring your car seat on the plane – recommended by the FAA and American Academy of Pediatrics – you'll need to ensure it is FAA-compliant . Alternatively, you can wear your baby in a carrier and use the car seat and/or stroller for storage.

If your baby is not in an infant car seat: If your child is somewhere between an infant and a toddler but no longer uses an infant car seat at home, you can technically get by without a car seat since they can ride through the airport in a stroller or carrier and then sit on your lap during the flight if they are younger than 2. However, you'll need to rent or borrow a car seat when you arrive at your destination.

If you have a toddler older than 2: Children are not legally required to have a car seat for air travel, though it's still recommended by the FAA and AAP (and you will likely need one when you get to your final destination anyway). It's easiest to wheel your child in the travel stroller and transport your FAA-compliant car seat by simply carrying it (not preferable, of course) or using one of the following assists:

  • Travel cart: Most luggage carts (including the ones offered at the airport) cannot go through security, so look for a foldable travel cart – this one by HÖLM is a good option – that can easily be placed on the security screening belt and then used to transport your belongings to the gate.
  • Car seat luggage strap: Strap the car seat to your carry-on bag with a heavy duty luggage strap like this one .
  • Car seat backpack: You can free up your hands by wearing a car seat backpack .

If your toddler won't sit in the stroller: Use your stroller as a travel cart instead – strap the car seat and anything else you can get on there. Once you get to the gate, you can either check your car seat (typically free of charge) or bring it with you on board.

Travel Stroller FAQ

Deciding whether you need a travel stroller is an entirely personal decision. Some people are content to travel with the stroller they use at home, while many prefer travel strollers since they are typically less bulky than their everyday counterparts.

No, a stroller can typically be checked at the gate free of charge and picked up on the jet bridge post-flight. It's always best to review your airline's stroller policies before flying, however.

Yes. Simply put it on the X-ray belt with the rest of your belongings.

The Joolz Aer and Doona Car Seat & Stroller can fit in most overhead bins. However, it may be easier to gate check your stroller (typically for free) so you have less to carry on to the plane.

While a stroller bag is not required, it can be useful for protecting your stroller from potential dirt and damage if it needs to be checked at the gate, as well as storing additional items – think: diapers (which can double as extra padding), wipes and other small essentials. Some travel strollers come with a branded stroller bag, but if you'd like a different option, check out these highly rated bags:

  • Zohzo Stroller Travel Bag
  • J.L. Childress Gate Check Travel Bag
  • Gate Check PRO Stroller Bag

Disney World requires that both single and double strollers do not exceed 52 x 31 inches (length by width) when fully assembled. Below are the best strollers for Disney World that meet these requirements (listed with unfolded dimensions in inches):

  • Joolz Aer : 32.7 x 17.7
  • UPPAbaby MINU V2 : 35.5 x 20.3
  • UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 : 27.5 x 28.5
  • Doona Car Seat & Stroller : 32.3 x 17.4
  • Nuna TRVL Stroller : 32.5 x 20.25
  • Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller : 27 x 18

The UPPAbaby strollers and Nuna TRVL Stroller are especially ideal for Disney parks since they offer UPF 50+ canopies for protection from the sun. Wagons are prohibited entirely.

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Amanda Norcross used her personal experience as a frequently traveling mom, as well as her research skills and conversations with other parents, to determine which travel strollers are truly the best. She first traveled with her infant in a front carrier before transitioning to the Joolz Aer , which she's successfully used on multiple flights with her growing toddler.

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Any parent who has dared to travel alone with a small child knows how essential it is to have a high-quality stroller. A stroller can make or break a trip through the airport, and it really comes in handy when rushing through security and to a gate. But standard strollers are often too bulky for air travel —or they’re just too nice to risk handing over to the baggage handlers—which is why having a dedicated travel stroller can make all the difference. We tested more than 40 compact strollers in our labs to find you the very best to take on your next trip.

In early December 2023, Bugaboo and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of the Bugaboo Dragonfly, a standard stroller that is not on this travel stroller list. When in parent-facing mode, the seat of this stroller may be unfolded incorrectly so that it the back rest is at a negative incline, posing an injury risk for infants. The recall is only for 1,200 Dragonfly strollers purchased in the U.S. and Canada before June 27, 2023. For a list of recalled serial numbers and instructions for getting a replacement seat, visit the CPSC or Bugaboo.com . We've tested the strollers on this list in our lab and at home, updating it immediately if our long-term testers discover any damage or possible risks to children.

Before selecting a travel stroller, you should make sure it’s durable, portable, maneuverable, lightweight, and worth your money (these strollers range in price from $100 to $500). Plus, it should be comfortable and practical to use when you get to your destination. We assembled, wheeled, turned, pushed, dropped, and folded each stroller to find which met our standards. We also spoke to Betty Choi, M.D., a pediatrician and mother of two, to get her insight into what qualities to look for in a stroller. 

Finally, to make this list of the best travel strollers, we made sure that most of these would be easy to use with one hand, so that parents carrying a bag or baby would be able to maneuver it throughout their journey with one less thing to worry about. 

Our Favorites

  • Best Overall: Bugaboo Butterfly
  • Best Overall Runner-Up: GB Qbit+ All City

Best Budget: babyGap Classic Stroller

  • Best Comfort: Uppababy Minu V2
  • Best Luxury: Nuna TRVL Stroller
  • Lightest: Contours Itsy
  • Best Double: Uppababy G-Link 2
  • Best for Air Travel: Munchkin Sparrow
  • Best for Car Travel: Baby Jogger City Tour 2
  • Best for City Travel: Babyzen YOYO2

Best Overall: Bugaboo Butterfly Stroller

Why We Like It: A spacious, padded seat, generous cargo space, and excellent maneuverability all fold up into carry-on size. 

But Take Note: Be sure to fold up the footrest if you check this on a plane, as it’s not as durable as the rest of the stroller. 

Some high-end strollers are just charging you for the label, but others, like the Bugaboo Butterfly, really do deliver in terms of quality, convenience, and extra features for your money. It doesn’t just look good. It truly impressed us in all of our tests, as well as in the real world, when our editor took it for a spin to Puerto Rico and back. Note: The Butterfly is not the model Bugaboo recently recalled because of a seat issue .

While it’s a very compact stroller, when opened, it offers plenty of seating space for your baby or toddler. As part of the very quick assembly process, you attach fabric padding to this seat for extra comfort, not to mention easier cleaning. The sun canopy extends fully with a zip-open mesh segment, giving baby protection and a cool breeze. And speaking of which, that machine-washable fabric didn’t make a toddler very hot when he sat in it on his tropical vacation. Unlike a lot of other travel strollers, this model doesn’t sacrifice cargo space to get it down to travel size. The back of the under-seat basket is spring loaded, so you can push it down to stuff a backpack or diaper bag inside, and it will pop back up to secure the contents. It’s also got a fully extendable footrest, which doubles as a handle when the stroller is folded up. Unfortunately, when our editor wound up checking this stroller on her flight, she left this footrest/handle out, and baggage handlers managed to snap the thing right off. (Bugaboo offers a four-year warranty, but it won’t cover airline damage.) The footrest appears to be more vulnerable to breakage than the rest of the frame, which looks and feels thicker and more solid. 

To avoid that kind of airline mishap, you can also fit this little guy into most overhead compartments as your carry-on. That is, after you take advantage of its simple folding process—which we weren’t exactly able to do one-handed at first, just because the two buttons at the handlebar were a bit hard to press, but we still loved how swiftly it shrunk down into itself. There’s a strap for lugging it around hands-free on your shoulder, and at 16 pounds, that’s pretty doable for most parents used to playing pack mule, for short distances, at least.

The Butterfly moved like butter over various surfaces in the lab, even rocks and fake grass, taking sharp turns with very little effort, too. The small wheels mean this isn’t exactly a rugged, all-terrain stroller, and a baby will get a bit jostled if you’re going over gravel or cobblestones in your travels, but since it’s so light you’ll both get through those tough surfaces just fine!

The Details:

  • Size open: 36.42 x 17.72 x 40.31 inches
  • Size folded: 17.72 x 9.06 x 21.26 inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds

Best Overall Runner-Up: gb Qbit+ All City Stroller

Why We Like It: This is an incredibly comfortable stroller that maneuvers smoothly and folds up easily. 

But Take Note: It’s heavier than some others we tested and doesn’t have a shoulder strap. 

This travel stroller landed near the top in our testing because it’s comfortable, easily maneuverable, portable, and durable—which are some of the most important criteria when shopping for a travel stroller. We found this stroller to be easy to close and fold with one hand, by pressing down on the two buttons. The shoulder straps are comfortably padded and meet at a buckle that we didn't mind in the lab, though it later proved a bit tricky in the real world when we wrangled an impatient child into it. It features a padded seat that reclines nearly all the way back, revealing breathable mesh at the top, so kids can comfortably nap while in transit. With the adjustable footrest in the straight-out position, this is also suitable for a newborn, if you’d rather leave the car seat and adapter at home. Keep in mind that the canopy provides pretty good coverage, but doesn’t extend as far as the Nuna TRVL or the Uppababy Minu V2. 

This stroller has enough storage space to hold a medium-size backpack, which also makes it useful during travel. With all-wheel suspension, it maneuvered easily over different terrain like gravel, wood, and carpet in the lab. In fact, we barely noticed a difference when transitioning from carpet to gravel. Though it drives comfortably, keep in mind that the handlebar isn’t adjustable, and it doesn’t come with a cup holder.

A huge point in the Qbit’s favor is that at $380, it’s about $70 less than the Bugaboo Butterfly and the Uppababy Minu V2. But it’s also a bit heavier than some of the others we tested, doesn’t have a shoulder strap, and might not fit in all overhead compartments. 

  • Size open: 33 x 17 x 42 inches 
  • Size folded: 17 x 10 x 23 inches 
  • Weight: 17.6 pounds
  • Age range: Birth up to 55 pounds

Parents / Conor Ralph

Parents / Phoebe Cheong

Why We Like It: It’s got the convenience and price of an umbrella stroller, but it doesn’t feel rickety and it looks so cute.

But Take Note: The light-colored fabrics may not stay in pristine condition for long.

Umbrella strollers are no one’s favorite mode of conveyance, as they typically sacrifice style and comfort for cost and the ability to collapse into a small package that you won’t care terribly about breaking or losing. But in our testing, we were able to find a few that we genuinely liked for reasons beyond their near disposability. This model from Gap, made by Delta Children, surprised us by not just looking cute. The gray-and-white striped fabric—very Gap!—is part of its appeal, however, and it’s made from recycled water bottles. (It also comes in pink-and-white stripes, black camo, and navy camo.) 

This inexpensive stroller has some thoughtful features: The canopy fully shades a child, though it doesn’t have a peekaboo window. It reclines enough for a toddler’s nap, but does not have a footrest. The five-point harness buckles at three points, has removable padding, and doesn’t have to be rethreaded to adjust. The two handles have faux leather covers that feel good to hold, and it comes with a fabric caddy to hold the grown-up’s small belongings, a water bottle, and a cup or bottle for the kid as well. You can squeeze a diaper bag into the cargo area—it’s about the size you expect from an umbrella stroller. Our one concern about the design is that we’re not sure how long the whiter parts of the fabric will stay looking white. 

We were truly surprised by how good it felt to push this stroller around on different terrain, given that it doesn’t have fancy shock absorption or other luxury features. There was none of the telltale rattling of an umbrella stroller, and it’s so lightweight that we could manage stairs and curbs without much inconvenience. 

To fold, you lift a lock in the back, push a lever on the bottom right side, and push the whole thing forward. We found the lock that keeps it folded is a bit finicky, and could totally see someone breaking a nail unlocking it one day, so watch out for that. Still, it has a well-placed strap for carrying and weighs only 15 pounds. We can imagine it being a great second stroller that you can take on trains, pack in the trunk, and even gate-check on planes. 

  • Size open: 20.7 x 31.50 x 42.9 inches
  • Size folded: 12 x 44 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 15 pounds

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Best Comfort: UPPAbaby MINU V2 Stroller

Why We Like It: Plush padding, a sun shade, and an almost-flat recline make this perfect for stroller naps.

But Take Note: It’s too large for many overhead compartments, and you may want to buy a separate travel bag to protect it when flying.

For a comfortable ride for both parent and baby, the Uppababy Minu V2 is one of your best bets. It’s one of a few on this list (like the Bugaboo Butterfly, for example) that could serve as your only stroller, too. Stroller naps are essential when traveling—it buys grown-ups so much more sightseeing time!— and this spacious seat reclines pretty far and features extra padding to make those naps last longer. They’ll stay cool, too, because that canopy unzips to an almost horizontal level for great sun coverage, with a mesh peekaboo window for extra air flow. For the adult behind the wheels, there’s a padded leather handle bar that doesn’t adjust but is at a good height for tall and short people alike. Though it doesn’t come with a cup holder or caddy, there is a pocket behind the seat where you can stash a water bottle and phone, and the storage basket is large and spacious, holding up to 20 pounds, which makes it easy to tote a backpack or diaper bag. 

You and your kiddo might even remain comfortable when navigating bumpy ground, thanks to four-wheel suspension, or weaving in and out of crowds, as we found it took sharp turns easily (even one-handed!). And when it’s time to get in the car, walk up stairs to a train, or get on the plane, this ride folds up quickly. We found it did take a little practice (and for some, two hands) to press the two buttons on the handle to trigger the folding process, but then it collapses down on its own. 

It stays upright when folded, and you can pick it up by a handle or the attached padded strap. But beware that it weighs about 17 pounds and it probably won’t fit in overhead compartments of smaller planes. You may also want to invest in Uppababy’s travel bag , because it includes insurance against damage to the stroller by the airline, once you enroll in the TravelSafe program. 

  • Size open: 35.5 x 20.3 x 41 inches
  • Size folded: 12.5 x 20.3″ x 23 inches (with bumper bar)
  • Weight: 16.9 pounds

Best Luxury: Nuna Trvl Lightweight Stroller

Why We Like it: It easily reclines and maneuvers smoothly. 

But Take Note:  The bumper bar can be a pain to take on and off when you're in a hurry.

Here’s a peek inside our testing process: It’s kind of great for editors who are in the market for these products ourselves. We were all heart eyes when we beheld the Nuna TRVL, and one of us immediately called it to take home for long-term testing. This is a luxurious travel stroller whose comfort, functionality, and efficiency rival that of an everyday stroller. It had one of the smoothest rides out of any of the strollers we tested—we felt no difference when traversing hardwood, tile, and shag carpet. The seat is easy to recline with one hand and an adjustable calf rest adds extra comfort. Because it does not go all the way flat, this stroller on its own is inappropriate for a newborn, but if you purchase a Nuna Pipa car seat, you won’t need an adapter for it. The leatherette on the handle and bumper bar is both attractive and nicely cushioning. We love that the water repellant, UPF 50+ canopy provides shade with the option to open multiple mesh windows. 

Besides the fact that it just looks good, the real wow factor with the TRVL is that it actually folds itself for you with just the push of a button. It also fits into the overhead bin of most planes. Its under-seat compartment is large enough to fit a backpack or diaper bag, so it’s a great option if you’re carrying multiple other bags for your trip. There’s no shoulder strap, but the bumper bar works as a great handle when the stroller is folded—which is a good thing because the hassle of removing and reattaching that bar is one of our main complaints about the stroller in the real world. While it comes with its own travel bag, it digs into your shoulders after a long walk through the airport. Though the brand says that the TRVL weighs 13.6 pounds, that’s not counting the canopy and arm bar, which make it actually 15.4 pounds. That’s lighter than the other luxury strollers on this list but heavier than, say, the Contours Itsy and the Munchkin Sparrow.

You also can’t ignore that while this is one of the most comfortable, maneuverable, and well-designed strollers we tested, it’s one of the most expensive. 

  • Size open: 20.5 x 26 x 41 inches
  • Size folded: 20.25 x 27.25 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 15.4 pounds
  • Age range: Birth (with car seat) to 50 pounds

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Lightest: Contours Itsy Lightweight Stroller

Why We Like It: Not only is it light, but it folds up one-handed into something you could fit in a backpack.

But Take Note: It lacks storage space and doesn’t recline, and we suspect bigger kids won’t find it super comfy.

For many of us, when we say we want a travel stroller, we don’t want all the bells and whistles and aren’t looking to replace our everyday wheels. What we really want is the very lightest, most compact stroller that can take our kid from point to point, and then all but disappear until the next time we need it. That is what the Contours Itsy is. It is possibly the lightest stroller we’ve ever used, and with just one hand, we could pack it up into the size of a grocery bag and lift it—still one-handed!—into an overhead compartment. And we could probably even do that while holding a wiggly toddler!

This is a very inexpensive stroller, at just $170 at this writing, so you’re not getting luxury. But you are getting a stroller with a safe five-point harness, a removable bumper bar, and suspension in the front wheels to help it navigate some minor city bumps. There’s a UPF 50+ canopy with a very breezy mesh window in the back, and it will shade most toddlers, though we wish it extended just a tad further so that shorter kids could get its full benefit. The seat has a bit of a footrest, but it does not recline. It does not fit a full-size diaper bag in the cargo space, and there are no cup holders or caddies. All of that takes up space, and that’s not what the Itsy is here for!

After putting together a whole lot of strollers over the course of many tests, we really appreciated that this came right out of the box fully assembled. All that was left to do was attach the bumper bar. Folding it is almost just as effortless, with just the press of one button!

The stroller didn’t maneuver quite as smoothly as some of the other compact strollers in our test—it was even beat out by the cheaper babyGap Classic—and we got a bit annoyed by the way the single brake takes a good push to engage, and it also caught on the stairs when we were pulling it up and down. Another downside is that it’s got a lower weight capacity (40 pounds) than many other strollers and doesn’t look very comfortable for bigger kids. Still, at this price, you’ll be happy that it’s going to achieve the exact thing you want it to do.

  • Size open: 32 x 18.20 x 39 inches
  • Size folded: 10.5 x 11 x 22 inches
  • Weight: 12.3 pounds

Best Double: Uppababy G-Link V2 Stroller

Why We Like It: With padded, adjustable straps and a compact build, this umbrella stroller is comfortable and easy to maneuver with two kiddos.

But Take Note: Since it’s naturally larger than the single options, you’ll have to gate-check it on the plane.

Traveling with two children requires a special type of stroller—one that can keep both content enough to stay put, and maybe even handle a bumpy ride while they're strapped in. That’s why we love the Uppababy G-Link 2, it’s a sizable double stroller that maneuvers with the lightweight ability of a single stroller. It has all the features that make a parent’s life easier, like a cup holder, storage pockets, easy buckle and adjustable shoulder straps. Two extendable UPF 50+ sun shades and adjustable recline make it cozy for the kids, too. Four sets of wheels (instead of the six of some other double models) make it easy to turn and maneuver, and our testers found that it did so with ease over different types of terrain.  

This stroller excelled in our comfort and maneuverability tests, but it lacked in terms of portability. Despite the larger size, it’s still easy to fold up with one hand and can stand up when folded. Since it holds two children, it’s not as compact as some of the others, so you’ll definitely have to gate-check it. Although it has a handle, it does not have a shoulder strap, so there’s no hands-free carrying option, either. Still, when you’re traveling with more than one child, you’re probably going to keep them strapped in for as long as possible.

  • Size open: 28.25 x 25 x 41 inches 
  • Size folded: 17.5 x 40 x 14 inches
  • Weight: 22 pounds

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Parents / David Carr

Best for Air Travel: Munchkin Sparrow Stroller

Why We Like It: It’s got one of the most compact folds and comes with its own carrying bag.

But Take Note: There’s basically no canopy or storage area on this stroller.

You may giggle a little upon seeing the Munchkin Sparrow in person for the first time—it’s as silly and bird-like as the name implies. And like its namesake bird, this is no fancy showpiece. This is the stroller for the person whose top priority is being able to fold it into a teeny-tiny carrying bag and pop it into the overhead bin with zero arguments from any flight attendants. 

Like the Contours Itsy, the super-compact size of this means it arrives in the box fully assembled. You place the wheels side up, press two little buttons on the handle, and it pops right open. It folds back just the same, too. And then it fits in the very conveniently included carrying bag. 

It’s a few ounces heavier than the Contours and slightly more expensive, and we find that what it passes off as a shade canopy is kind of insulting. (Maybe your kid will get shade at noon.) There’s only the merest hint of a cargo space, too. We were unimpressed by how it handled curbs and bumpy surfaces. On the other hand, the seat is a bit bigger than the Itsy, and the stroller can hold a kid until they weigh 55 pounds. Still, parents who frequently fly solo with a kid, or not-solo with multiple children, might be quite relieved to have an option like this for their journeys.

  • Size open: 39 × 18.5 × 28 inches
  • Size folded: 15 x 14 x 6.25 inches
  • Weight: 12.8 pounds

Best for Car Travel: Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller

Why We Like It: Exceptional maneuverability, easy to recline seats, and padded straps make this a comfortable ride for parents and baby, but it packs up small to fit in the trunk of a car.

But Take Note: It does not fit in an overhead bin, and not everyone loves its utilitarian look.

For a stroller that maneuvers well and compacts into a small, convenient package that slides easily into a trunk or backseat, try the Baby Jogger City Tour 2. This easy-to-use stroller is built to keep babies and toddlers happy: It reclines far and has padded shoulder and crotch straps, plus the built-in, solid footrest can withstand the kicks of those bigger riders. The canopy goes down nicely to provide lots of coverage, with a peekaboo window to check on your kiddo. 

Though you have to push two buttons, you can fold and unfold it with one hand. Once folded, tote it by the attached strap or use the included carrying bag. Though it doesn’t fit into an overhead bin, it’s a great option for packing on car trips. It takes up considerably less room than a standard stroller would—which is particularly convenient when packing a crowded car. 

In testing, the City Tour 2 was up there with our top picks in terms of maneuverability over bumps and around tight turns. It looks and feels sturdier than most of the ultra-compact options, but it weighs less than 15 pounds. This stroller doesn’t look luxe, or even very cute, but many caregivers who know the mess, wear, and tear kids can inflict on a stroller will call that a plus.

The Details :

  • Size open: 20 x 26 x 40 inches 
  • Size folded: 19.5 x 7 x 22.5 
  • Weight: 14.5 pounds
  • Age range: Newborn (with car seat) up to 45 pounds

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Best for City Travel: Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller

Why We Like It: This folds up into a really small, convenient package, and handles city streets so well.

But Take Note: You need two hands to fold it up, and it’s not great on rougher terrain. 

Strollers are incredibly bulky when you live in a small apartment, so it’s important for city dwellers to find one that won’t take up too much space when not in use. And if you’re visiting a city on vacation, you’ll feel the same. This option from Babyzen is great for city life because it’s incredibly portable and folds up into a small, convenient package you can stash just about anywhere. It’s also more narrow than most, so it can weave through the crowds on sidewalks. This is why it’s been dominating the streets of Brooklyn for the past few years. 

Of course the stroller’s key feature is how small it is, both narrow when in use and compact when fully folded. But its seat is surprisingly roomy and nicely padded for a child, even if it’s lacking an extended footrest. The storage area is small, too, though we like that it’s easily accessible. Those are some of the sacrifices necessary for its folding size. Folding is not a one-handed process, but unfolding is. A padded shoulder strap allows for hands-free carrying of this 14 pound stroller, so you can get up and down those subway stairs, or in and out of buses, while carrying your kid. It fit nicely into the mock overhead bin in our test, too.

We emphasize that this is a city stroller because while it was so good at weaving in and out of cones in our obstacle course, it wasn’t so great on rough surfaces. Another drawback is the price. When you’ve purchased the frame and its “color pack”—that’s the canopy and the fabric that goes over the seat, which the brand unfortunately sells separately —it ends up costing between $400 and $470, depending on your color choice. You can choose between the 0+ color pack, which is suitable for newborns lying flat, and the 6+ color pack made for 6 months old and up, and both of these are machine washable. (You can also buy a bassinet , but that won’t fold up with the rest of the stroller like the newborn back does.) We find this separate fabric system a little confusing, but it does make it quite nice if you want to switch up the colors for a second child, or even if you’re buying it second-hand.

  • Size open: 33.80 x 17.3 x 41.7 inches
  • Size folded: 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 inches
  • Weight: 13.7 pounds

Best With Car Seat: Doona Convertible Infant Car Seat Stroller System

Why We Like It: This car seat with wheels saves you the step of switching from one set of wheels to another.

But Take Note: Your kid will outgrow it quickly.

When we first tested this funny stroller in 2022, we swore we were never going to tell readers you should spend more than $500 on something you might be using for less than a year. Since then, we have had so, so many city (and some suburban) parents tell us that they love their Doonas and didn’t regret the purchase for an instant, that we had to give it a second chance. After all, it isn’t just a stroller. It’s more of a car seat that grew legs and wheels. And for those few months in which your baby fits into an infant car seat, it’s actually a really streamlined way to travel.

When it's in stroller mode, the baby faces you (like they would in an infant seat attached to a stroller), but they'll be much lower to the ground than you’d typically keep an infant. Still, the handle reaches high enough that it’s comfortable for adults to push. And compared to most car seat travel systems, this is a really smooth, easy ride. What’s more, if you wind up having to take stairs on your journey, you can fold up the wheels (while the baby’s still in it!) and carry it as you would any car seat. (The combined weight of a baby plus the seat’s 17 pounds isn’t exactly going to be light, but it’s doable.) 

Inside, your baby is snug and certifiably safe in a typical car seat harness, surrounded by fabric that’s breathable and machine washable. And you don’t have to remove them from that cozyness when it’s time to get in the car. Instead, you’ll have two hands free to collapse the whole thing down into a car seat. It comes with a LATCH car seat base you can leave in your car. But Doona’s whole concept is even more attractive to people who wind up taking taxis, car services, or friends’ cars in between places where they’ll be walking a lot. 

Because it’s less of a stroller than a car seat, there are a few things missing here. For one, the canopy isn’t very big, though you can purchase a more complete sunshade separately . And for another, it has zero storage. You’ll just have to carry that diaper bag, or delicately drape it over the handle (against expert advice, mind you) and hope it doesn’t tip the whole thing over. 

Back to the question of whether this is worth your investment. Infant car seats can cost anywhere from $100 to $500, so if you were already going to spring for the high-end models, you could consider this a reasonable amount to spend on a two-for-one item (especially when most infant car seats are in the $300 range). Many parents we know also either resold their Doonas, or passed them along to friends and family members, because in such a short period of time, they saw little wear and tear. If you consider this a kind of short-term heirloom, or the start of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Stroller, it may be worth your money.

  • Size open: 17.4 x 32.3 x 39 inches
  • Size folded: 17.4 x 26 x 22.4 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Age range : Birth to 35 pounds (or 32 inches tall)

Parents / Dera Burreson

Smoothest Ride: Silver Cross Jet 3 Super Compact Stroller

Silver Cross

Why We Like It: It maneuvers like a dream over various terrain, and we loved rolling it like a suitcase folded up.

But Take Note: It’s sorely lacking in storage space.

We’ve tested a lot of Silver Cross strollers in the past year, and most wound up being very pretty to look at, but not much else. We were happy to discover that the Jet 3 broke the mold. This is a luxury stroller you can fit in most overhead compartments and also enjoy pushing around town. In testing, it was smooth as silk, maneuvering through our obstacle course and over grass and gravel. We didn’t even mind bumping it up and down stairs! And when it’s folded up, we got a real kick out of how much it looks and feels like a fancy rolling carry-on bag, as the leatherette bumper bar becomes the handle.

Silver Jet doesn’t skimp on looks—and you can even spend an extra $50 to get the black version with rose-gold details, which is to say, this is for parents and caregivers who want to look good too. On a more practical level, we’re fans of the magnetic buckle on the five-point harness. The seat reclines completely flat, and there’s an adjustable footrest. Unlike most travel strollers, you can use this from birth, letting the baby lie flat and pulling up this bit of stretchy fabric up and over the footrest to make it resemble a mini bassinet. The canopy is generous, though not quite as much as the Uppababy Minu V2. The one true and unmissable design flaw here is the cargo area, which is difficult to access and would barely fit a diaper bag. 

Folding this stroller takes two hands to get it into its most compact position. It comes with a protective travel cover that has a pocket into which you can store the bumper bar when it’s time to stash the whole thing into the trunk or your overhead bin. It doesn’t fold as small as the Yoyo2 or the Munchkin Sparrow, but it’s more compact than the Bugaboo Butterfly and the Nuna TRVL, which are priced about the same.

  • Size open: 35.43 x 17.7 x 39.5 inches
  • Size folded: 7.08 x 11.81 x 21.65 inches
  • Weight: 13.6 pounds
  • Age range : Birth to 55 pounds

Our Testing Process

To find the best travel strollers available, we evaluated each product to assess a number of attributes like design, portability, maneuverability, and durability. To start, we weighed and measured each stroller to determine how compact it is when folded compared to how large it is when expanded. Next, we assessed how easy the stroller is to fold. When traveling with a child, parents often have to maneuver through an airport, security line, or plane aisle while holding a baby, so we wanted to find the strollers you can fold with one hand. We assessed the individual features of each stroller's design, like adjustable handle height, seat level, canopies, storage, and cup holders. To evaluate portability, we folded up each stroller and tried to pick it up, carried it up and down stairs, and lifted it over our heads into an overhead compartment. We observed handle placement and took note of overall convenience. To test maneuverability, we wheeled the stroller around cones, over hard floor, carpet, fake grass, and gravel. Lastly, we dropped the strollers multiple times from shoulder height and knocked them off a table to evaluate durability. We considered what shape the strollers were in to start with and observed any dents, scratches, or changes to function after putting them through our durability test. 

We also spoke to board certified pediatrician Betty Choi, M.D. , author of “Human Body Learning Lab,” to get a better sense of the safety requirements to consider when buying a travel stroller.

Other Notable Travel Strollers

  • Gb Pockit Air All-Terrain : This stroller is easy to fold and surprisingly maneuverable, but it lacks some of the additional features that are important for a comfortable ride. It has little storage and no padding, and its canopy is all but ineffective. Its tiny size impressed us, though!
  • Chicco Liteway : This is a great lightweight umbrella stroller for the price, and it’s a decent alternative to the babyGap Classic on this list. It’s really just a matter of aesthetics. 

Factors to Consider

Size and weight.

Travel strollers should be lightweight and small, above all else, in order to be useful to families on the road. But how light and how small is an individual decision.

“While the lightest strollers will be easier to carry, the tradeoff might be other features like storage space and seat comfort,” Dr. Choi tells us. “Therefore, the best travel stroller depends on where the family is going to use it and how many kids will be riding the stroller.”

Whether you’re traveling by car, train, or plane, travel strollers will need to be packed at some point. Before selecting a travel stroller, assess what type of travel you plan to do. If you plan to travel by plane, make sure the travel stroller can either fit in an overhead bin or withstand abuse by baggage handlers. If you choose the former, make sure it’s light enough to lift over your head. For car trips, you can go slightly bigger, but make sure the stroller can fit in your trunk or passenger seat. 


Portability is particularly important when selecting an efficient travel stroller. If you plan to travel alone, assess whether or not the stroller can be folded and carried with one hand. When collapsed, does it easily lock? In addition to the folding system, make sure to look out for handles, carrying straps, or bags. Portability is one of the key differences between a standard stroller and a travel stroller, so be sure to keep it top of mind when considering which product is best for you. 

Comfort and Design

Although most travel strollers aren’t as big, luxurious, and plush as a standard stroller, they should still be comfortable. Naps are usually taken on-the-go when traveling, so it’s important to find a stroller that your little one will feel comfortable sleeping in. If you’ll be traveling in different types of weather, assess whether or not the stroller has a sun canopy or mesh window to encourage air flow. 

“Young children, especially those with fair skin, are prone to sunburns,” Dr. Choi reminds us. “Consider the size of the canopy and how much shade it can provide for your child.”

For your own comfort, note whether or not the stroller has storage or cup holders, both of which could make your life easier when bustling through a busy airport or train station. Make sure the handlebar is at an appropriate height so you can easily push it without hunching over. 

Like most kids’ gadgets, strollers can come with a hefty price tag. The strollers we tested ranged in price from $110 to $500. If you’re purchasing a travel stroller as your main stroller, you might be inclined to spend a bit more and invest in a product that has extra features. If you’re purchasing a streamlined second stroller for occasional use, a more budget-friendly option might be better suited to you. 

How to Use a Travel Stroller Safely 

Strap in securely .

Operate a travel stroller with the same level of care and consideration as any other baby gear you use. Before using the stroller, read the user manual, particularly instructions related to safety. Be sure to understand the strap system, and always double check that your child is securely strapped into the harness straps according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Use the Brake

If your stroller has removable wheels, make sure that they are securely installed before using it. Whenever the stroller is parked, always use the brakes to ensure it doesn’t roll away. 

Store Bags Properly

According to the AAP , heavy items like diaper bags or backpacks should always be stored under the stroller, rather than hanging from the handlebar. When heavy bags hang from the handlebar it can cause the stroller to tip or flip, which could cause injury. “To prevent tipping, the base of the stroller should be wide, and the seat should be low to the ground. While it can be tempting to hang your diaper bag on the handlebars, this weight can cause the stroller to tip over. That's why it's important to consider the size of the basket under the stroller,” adds Dr. Choi.

Keep Weight and Age in Mind

Before selecting a travel stroller, always check age and weight limits, and make sure that they will remain in that range for the entire time you plan to use the stroller. “Make sure the stroller is made for your child's age, weight, and height. Babies are usually too young for travel strollers because they need more neck and head support than older infants and children,” said Dr. Choi.

Your Questions, Answered

Is a travel stroller worth buying.

If you travel frequently, a travel stroller can make the experience much more efficient and convenient. “Because families need to carry extra snacks, clothes, and other supplies while traveling with kids, a portable stroller can help lighten the overall luggage load,” Dr. Choi says. “If a stroller folds easily and feels light, it may help conserve your energy for carrying all of the other important things.”

Can you use a travel stroller every day?

Depending on the type of travel stroller you choose, you can absolutely use it every day. Though they are often smaller and less luxurious than a standard stroller, most travel strollers still perform the basic functions that any stroller should. If you’re looking for a stroller that has a lot of extra features and a big storage area, opt for something larger. 

Can I take my stroller on the plane?

Many travel strollers are small enough to take on a plane. That means, they’re perfect for air travel. If you plan to take a stroller on a plane, make sure you select one that folds up quickly and easily into one compact, lightweight package. Always check with your airline for specific carry-on sizes for your flight. And since flights are always making last-minute requests for people to gate check, you may want to come prepared with a storage bag to protect your stroller, just in case.

Laura Denby is a freelance product reviewer and food, home, and lifestyle writer. She has been testing and reviewing products for the past five years, and creates thoroughly tested, comprehensive product reviews for sites like Food & Wine, VeryWell Family, Real Simple, and Better Homes & Gardens. She is also the mother to an active 1-year-old, whom she travels with monthly.

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A lightweight, collapsible travel stroller is a must-have accessory for parents on the move. There are many options to choose from, with the right stroller depending on your specific requirements. If you’re planning on traveling locally, a stroller that packs away into the trunk of your car may suffice; but if you're traveling overseas, you may prefer one that complies with airline carry-on restrictions. If you’re buying for a newborn, a fully reclining seat is necessary, while car seat compatibility is another factor.

We tested nearly two dozen strollers in our lab and rated each on their design, portability, maneuverability, durability, and overall value.

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Best overall, nuna trvl lightweight stroller.

  • Design 4.8 /5
  • Portability 4.2 /5
  • Maneuverability 5 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Value 4.7 /5

Convenient one-handed fold

Suitable for newborns

Handles a variety of terrain with ease

Potentially unwieldy when removing from overhead bin

Our testers loved this stroller. "It was one of the best, if not the best, in the entire test," one tester concluded. But it's also one of the most expensive. The top marks begin with the fold and unfold, which was easy to do with practice. "Whoa! It folds for you! With alacrity," one tester reported. Our testers also liked smart features including easy and full reclining positions, good ventilation, a mesh window in the canopy, a big storage compartment, and a magnetic strap clasp.

But what really set this one apart from others was the smoothness of its ride. "It glides like a dream on every single surface," a tester reported. "There was no difference between the smooth hardwood and tile and the shag carpet. The gravel was also incredibly easy to maneuver, with little to no jolting or bumping up and down."

The nitpick our testers found was that it wasn't the easiest to fit in the overhead bin space, and our testers were concerned it could flop open when retrieving it at the end of a flight. Sure, this stroller is expensive. But if you've got the budget, this was one of the best of the batch.

Weight: 15.4 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 11 x 27.25 x 20.25 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 26 x 20.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 10 x 13 inches

Best Overall Runner-Up

Gb qbit+ all city stroller.

  • Portability 4 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.9 /5

User friendly

Solid handling

Long lasting

Canopy could be improved

Gb's QBit+ All-City stroller scored nearly as high as the Joolz AER in our lab test but cost less. In particular, the QBit+ did best in our durability, maneuverability, and foldability tests. Folding requires pressing two buttons, but our testers could do it with one hand. "Locking it when unfolding takes a second, but overall it was really good," a tester noted. The QBit+ also passed our maneuverability tests with flying colors. And there was no damage to it during our durability tests.

Our testers noted that while the canopy has coverage and a mesh peekaboo window, it doesn't go down very far. It also didn't score best in our portability test since it did not come with a carrying strap. "We wouldn't want to carry it folded for long periods of time," a tester reported. But, for the cost, our testers thought the QBit+'s other features more than made up for it. "This stroller would be great as a regular stroller—not just for travel," a tester said.

Weight: 17.6 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 10.5 x 23 x 16.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 24 x 17 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches

Best Budget

Summer infant 3dlite stroller.

  • Design 3.5 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.6 /5
  • Value 3.5 /5


Cushioned handlebar

Ample storage space

Not the best for frequent fliers

What's better than a reliable, easy-to-operate, and durable travel stroller? Well, one that checks all these boxes without breaking the bank. The 3Dlite is that stroller. Though a bit bumpy over uneven terrain, it performed quite well in the maneuverability test and suffered no damage despite being dropped multiple times from several heights. A convenient carry handle makes porting around this mid-weight option relatively painless—but you'll have to gate-check it as it didn't fit in our simulated overhead bin.

Our testers would have liked to see improved features, namely a canopy that offers more coverage and a shoulder strap with padding. But, if you won't be traveling by plane much, the 3Dlite is a solid pick that will get the job done.

Weight: 13.6 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 10.5 x 42 x 12 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 43 x 24 x 18 inches | Seat Dimensions: 6 x 13 inches

Best Double

Uppababy g-link v2 stroller.

  • Assembly 4.9 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 4.4 /5

Opens and closes well

Solid canopy

Excellent handling

Heavy (somewhat expected in a double)

Some details could be improved

For those with twins, friends, or siblings close in age, our testers like the G-Link V2 Double Stroller best. Our testers liked how easy the fold is, noting it can be done with one hand (although unfolding was a bit tougher). They also liked how easy it was to recline the stroller and that the recline had two positions. It also maneuvered skillfully. "The shag carpet was pretty easy with little drag or resistance," one tester noted. "The gravel impressed me, too; it was relatively smooth and barely bumpy." Another tester liked that there were no wheels in the middle of the frame (like most double umbrella strollers have). "It makes it easier to push without kicking the wheels or frame," they noted.

While our testers reported they'd liked to have seen windows in the canopy and pads on the shoulder straps, overall, they scored this stroller very well.

Weight: 21.8 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 14 x 40 x 17.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 25 x 28.25 inches | Seat Dimensions: 10 x 11 inches

Best Sun Shade

Uppababy g-luxe stroller.

  • Design 4.5 /5
  • Portability 3.9 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.7 /5
  • Value 4.5 /5

Solid portability

Loaded with functional extras

Supports itself in the collapsed position

Operating takes practice

Not great for packing into small places

An adequate sunshade is an important feature for many caregivers. The G-Luxe stroller offers loads of extra shade with its oversized canopy. But that's not the only feature our testers loved about this stroller. They also enjoyed the large cupholder, which fits travel mugs; how easily the footrest worked; the location of the pocket behind the seat; its padding; and the five-point harness with an adjustable shoulder strap.

Folding was a bit tricky and annoying at first with a handle and ring combo, but once you get it, the folding is smooth, our testers reported. While the stroller wasn't very small when folded, our testers did like the strap. "It feels light when you sling the strap over your shoulder, and it's nice that it will leave your hands free to carry more things," one tester noted. It performed well in the maneuverability test. Bonus: This stroller can stand on its own when folded.

Weight: 16.5 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 15 x 41 x 11.75 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 42.5 x 23.5 x 18.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches

Best Lightweight

Kolcraft cloud plus stroller.


  • Design 3.9 /5
  • Portability 3 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.2 /5
  • Durability 4.5 /5
  • Value 4.8 /5

Works well (once you figure it out)

Only option with a tray

Portability is not great

If you're looking for a lightweight budget option, we like the Kolcraft Cloud Plus for its foldability, durability, and overall value. You're not going to get all the bells and whistles with this stroller. But you will get a functional item at a much more reasonable price than others on this list. Our testers liked how easy it was to fold and unfold, noting that this could be achieved with one hand (with some strength and coordination). The Kolcraft didn't have the smoothest ride, but our testers could push it through gravel even if the wheels stopped spinning because of its lightness.

You will sacrifice a few things with this option—mainly portability. While the stroller is one of the lightest we tested, it does not come with a case, strap, or handle. It also didn't fold down small enough to put in an overhead bin, meaning you'll need to check it at the gate if you fly with it, but our testers were impressed with the durability of the stroller. Overall, we view this as the Honda Accord of the batch. Does it have the performance and features of the more expensive models on this list? No. Is it great value, and will it get you—and, more importantly, your little one—from location A to B? Absolutely.

Weight: 11.8 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 10 x 33 x 17.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 38 x 27 x 18 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches

Most Maneuverable

Baby jogger city tour 2 stroller.

  • Maneuverability 4.8 /5

Comfort features for the rider

Great value for its cost

Not as convenient for air travel

Our testers raved about the maneuverability of the City Tour 2. "The maneuverability on the Baby Jogger is exceptional," one tester said. "There was little perceptible difference between shag carpet and smooth wood and tile surfaces. And while other strollers struggled a bit on the gravel, this stroller navigated it with ease."

While the maneuverability of this one is stellar, there's a lot more to it than just that. The folding and unfolding were relatively easy. Our testers loved the recline, structure, and padding. They also liked small touches like extra legroom and adjustable calf support. While the storage space was minimal and there was no cupholder, our testers liked the functionality of the canopy and that it has a window.

One issue: It didn't fit in the overhead bin space, so checking it at the gate is necessary. But overall, our testers thought it was a solid performer for the stroller's price.

Weight: 14.5 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 7 x 22.5 x 19.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 40 x 26 x 20 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches

Best Portability

Babyzen yoyo2 stroller frame.

  • Design 4.4 /5
  • Portability 5 /5

Excellent padding

Easy to stow

Solid over rough terrain

Not intuitive for folding and unfolding

For the best portability, our testers liked the Babyzen Yoyo2. It's not the lightest stroller we tested (but it's on the lighter side). And it's not the most compact (but it's close). But its compact size, relatively lightweight, plush and comfy shoulder strap, and metal bar handle combined to make this the overall best for portability.

Our testers also liked the canopy window, back pocket, basket underneath for boosted storage, and how easily it fits in the overhead bin space. They also liked how well it was handled. "There was minor resistance on the gravel, but it was smoother than many other strollers over the bumpier surface," one tester noted. "It maneuvers well for back and forth and changing directions."

Weight: 14.7 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 8 x 20 x 16 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 28.8 x 17 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9.5 x 12.5 inches

To make traveling as seamless as possible with a young companion, you'll want a travel stroller that's easy to fold and unfold, carries comfortably from place to place, and handles well over various surfaces. The Nuna Trvl Lightweight Stroller has all this plus top-notch durability. If you're looking for something affordable and lightweight, we also recommend the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Stroller .

Our editors and testers tapped into prior knowledge of strollers and stroller brands and conducted internet research to select products. Once a group of products was set, we whittled the list down based on the strengths and price of each stroller to get a range of functions and price points.

All products mentioned in this roundup were tested in our Brooklyn, New York lab. Products were tested for the following attributes: folding/unfolding, design, portability, maneuverability, and overall value. We also weighed and measured each stroller.

We followed the instructions to fold and lock each stroller and then unfold it. We rated it based on how easy these actions were and if they could be achieved with one hand. The design was ranked based on the stroller's extra features and how well (or not) those features worked. We were looking for things like adjustable handle heights, reclining positions, storage space, and canopies, among other things.

For portability, we folded each stroller into its most compact state and carried it around our testing lab, up and down stairs. We also created a simulated overhead bin space using a baker's rack. Maneuverability was tested with a traffic cone obstacle course in our lab and on different surfaces including hardwood, tile, shag carpet, fake grass, and gravel.

Durability was tested by dropping the folded strollers from waist height and from on top of a table. Lastly, the overall value was rated based on the cost of the stroller and how it performed in the tests compared to others.

Other Travel Strollers We Tested

Doona : We liked that this was the one stroller tested that also works as a car seat. It also performed very well in the maneuverability test, as one tester noted being able to maneuver through the cones one-handed. However, it was tough to fold and unfold (we had to watch a video to figure it out). Overall, our testers concluded that it was a specific product, and while it was good, it wasn't great enough to make our top picks.

Cybex Libelle Stroller : The Cybex Libelle Stroller was another good, just not great performer. It was fine in our tested categories and will get the job done. Our testers just liked the other ones listed above better. Our testers particularly liked how easy it was to fold and unfold.

Jeep Scout Double : Folding the Jeep Scout Double was not intuitive and took some figuring out. "Once you get used to it, it does get easier, but it's not very intuitive," concluded one tester. While this one falls into the budget range, our testers didn't care for it.

Mountain Buggy Nano V3 Stroller : The Mountain Buggy Nano V3 Stroller was lightweight and compact. It also did well in the maneuverability test on turns and with one hand. But this one had some quirks, like a reverse folding canopy and an unfolding process that was counterintuitive enough to keep it off our favorites list.

Jovial Portable Folding Stroller : Overall, the Jovial Portable Folding Stroller wasn't a super strong performer in our lab tests. It did fine—just nothing to put it over the top. The folding and unfolding took some effort. The handlebar was a bit low, and the canopy felt somewhat flimsy. And it struggled on the gravel during our maneuverability test.

Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Stroller : Waking a sleeping baby is a big no-no. And while the Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Stroller had some features our testers liked (folding and unfolding, excellent maneuverability, and good reclining), it was loud, particularly the canopy. "It just didn't impress across the board for the price," one tester concluded.

Colugo The Compact Stroller : The Colugo Compact Stroller checked many boxes. It can be folded and unfolded with one hand. It has padded shoulder straps. And it was pretty good at maneuvering and handling turns. But it performed poorly on gravel. And the buckles for the straps hurt our testers' hands. Plus, the canopy's performance deteriorated throughout the test.

What to Look For in Travel Strollers

If you're buying a travel stroller, you're after one that'll be lighter and more compact than your everyday model. Look for high-tech materials that are sturdy without adding extra weight. You'll find materials such as aluminum, polyester, and plastic are popular. Anything less than 15 pounds for an individual model is an excellent place to start, which applies to all the picks on our list. Fully collapsible models can be carried on board airlines, and weight restrictions for these are uncommon but not entirely nonexistent. Check your airline's requirements and restrictions before your trip.

A comfortable child on vacation is a happy child on vacation—so you'll want a stroller that will keep your child at ease during long days of sightseeing and exploring. Look for reclining seats, adjustable canopies, and padded harnesses. Keep in mind that features that add comfort often add weight. Consider a more minimalist design if you're planning to use a travel stroller primarily to get from point A to B or will be loading and unloading frequently. On the other hand, if you're road-tripping to natural or attraction parks , you and your little rider will appreciate those added comfort items.

Extra Features

Sure, you can go bare-bones with a stroller that's little more than a nylon sling chair on wheels, but you may also want features like cup holders or a rack underneath to hold larger bags. Your ideal travel stroller fits the specific needs of your family and the type of trip you have in mind. That extra storage space could save you from carrying another bag or two, which could turn a potentially stressful event into a relaxing and fun outing, depending on where you're headed.

The best travel stroller to take on a plane is one that fits in the overhead bin space, is lightweight, and is one that you feel comfortable using. When in doubt, check the folded dimensions of the stroller, matching it with the overhead bin space of the plane you'll be flying on.

You don't need a separate travel stroller. But if you do a lot of traveling—whether that's flights or road trips with your kids —we recommend having a travel-specific stroller. Many of the ones we suggested could double as your everyday stroller.

Jess Macdonald is a travel expert and has been writing for TripSavvy since 2016. She has honed her skills as a freelance writer specializing in travel, scuba diving, and wildlife conservation. She's also a mom of two who has traveled extensively (both at home and overseas) with her kids.

Nathan Allen is the Outdoor Gear Editor at TripSavvy. While not a parent himself, he's learned the importance of having a good travel stroller after spending a month road-tripping the Western US and Midwest with his four-month-old niece.

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8 best travel prams to take on holiday – according to parents

By Rosalyn Wikeley

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I remember with strange clarity, a family of four spilling onto a Corfu -bound flight with every toddler gadget going sprouting from their limbs, as if they were in a comedy sketch… though the parents weren’t finding it remotely funny. Having lugged all their items on board and held onto energetic sprogs with the only finger left hooked in the label of their stretched jumpers, the parents were then told that their pram was too large for the cabin and needed to go in the hold. The mother was on the brink of tears and a near tangible wave of sympathy for her swept the plane. As a travel writer, I have done my utmost to avoid the same fate, to smooth over the pain points of travelling with tinies in tow and to get savvy on all the gadgets worth the investment.

I soon realised that it all starts with the pram (buggy or stroller). Whether travelling by train, plane or car with a pocket-sized boot, the pram needs to fold like origami and perform like a zippy Mini Cooper. It’s hard for the brands to tick all the boxes: a petite, nifty thing in its element on Parisian pavements will struggle with Milanese cobblestone or anything remotely rural; some can be a challenge to fold one-handed (a prerequisite when travelling with the baby and toddler ensemble or as single parents); others can be the dream folders but not robust enough for the newborn phase. The thing to look out for is if the pram is IATA (International Air Transport Authority) compatible – if it’s compact enough to be classed as hand luggage on all major airlines.

Like anything with children, it’s such a personal thing – but to avoid being that sobbing, Corfu-bound parent who’s had it with the whole holiday palaver before even leaving home turf, here’s our expert opinion on the best travel prams.

Best travel pram for flying

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: A neat fold with a shoulder strap, one of the lightest travel prams yet also a great city stroller, stretches from newborn to 4 years.

Cons: The wheels aren’t good on bumps or cobbles, the newborn pack doesn’t feel very sturdy so many parents end up buying the more robust bassinet which can’t be folded down.

Weight: 6.1kg

Folded Dimensions: 44 x 18 x 52cm

‘Yoyo’ is the word airlines are really looking for when checking if your pram complies with cabin baggage regulations. It’s the secret password to a land of hassle-free air travel and (as most parents will have gleefully discovered), is narrow enough to scoot up the aisles of most trains. You’d be hard-pressed to walk down a street in London and Paris and not spot at least two Babyzen Yoyos, with their distinct curved frame and smooth hoods (all SPF 50). Only weighing 6.1kg, this city favourite is easily folded and unfolded using one hand, and can be thrown over your shoulder with a strap (airport security with children never looked so easy). While the newborn pack is ideal for being out and about, some parents choose to buy the more robust bassinet for more protection (which needs clicking off before the frame can be folded and would count as an extra item of luggage). The basket under the pram can fit a surprising number of toys and bottles (with easy access from the sides too), though most large baby bags would struggle to squash under the frame just above it. While this truly is the city staple, that comes into its own when rushing through airports and stations, the wheels are too rickety for anything beyond a flat pavement… Yoyos are notoriously bad on bumpy terrain, but that’s the price you pay for an acrobatic pram that makes travelling or scaling stairs a breeze. There is also a glitch when it comes to the footmuff preventing the pram from properly folding (you need to remove it, which is particularly annoying during winter months).

Best travel pram for basket space

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: Large basket, cushioned seat and ready for any of the Bugaboo extras; long warranty.

Cons: Not suitable for under 6 months, clackety plastic wheels.

Weight: 7.3kg

Folded Dimensions: 45 x 23 x 54cm

Noticeably more plush for tots, with a cushioned, cocoon-like seat that isn’t sore on the eyes, the Bugaboo Butterfly has been cleverly designed with a basket big enough for the baby bag or tote that other foldable prams never seem to have the space for. And, while already winning, having freed up a limb or two for parents navigating airports and stations with babies and toddlers, the Butterfly is also compatible with all the Bugaboo-branded accoutrements, such as the shade and mosquito covers and the footmuffs. While there is a strap to tip the chair back for queue snoozes or outdoor siestas while on the move, it’s very much tipped and not fully flat. This may not bother some parents though as the pram is designed for six months plus and doesn’t click onto any bassinet (so one to avoid if you’re travelling with an infant). Another common issue for travel prams is the clackety-clack plastic wheels that are no match for Europe’s cobbled streets and with seemingly limited suspension. Ultimately though, it’s an agile travel pram despite being foldable, that children up to four years old will easily nod off in while on the move.

The best compact travel pram

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: Robust yet easily folding flat without any fiddly levers; a smart-sized basket and spacious, cushioned seat that works for newborns through to 4-year-olds.

Cons: The style isn’t for everyone, but we’re scraping the barrel for cons here.

Weight: 6.6kg

Move over Babyzen Yoyo, Cybex’s new COYA could be the ultimate travel companion. This cabin baggage-compatible pram folds flat as a pancake with remarkable ease (one-handed) and somehow feels more sturdy than its main competitor. It also lies completely flat so can be used from birth – though the jury’s out on whether the harder bassinets are safer for travelling with newborns, as they feel more encased if anything bashes into the pram fabric – the newborn nest Cybex offers is a great solution as it keeps them cushioned in and not rolling about as you move. There’s an impressive mix of fabric shades and frame colours, some even patterned (should anyone wish to tie in their pram with luggage hues), and the zip at the back is ideal as a temporary spot for your passports , phone or a bottle/beaker. A particularly neat feature is the scoop of the pram basket underneath, ensuring no items fall out while weaving through crowds. Its wheels also feel less rickety than other travel prams, and the pulley strap at the back is straightforward (and crucially quiet) when your little one looks as though they’re about to nod off. There’s also the added bonus of being able to attach Cybex’s car seats to the pram if you’re travelling with one – a smooth way to transfer the baby without waking them up. The double metallic legs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re struggling to find a negative point for this new travel pram which, so far, ticks all the right boxes.

The best travel pram for travelling solo

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: Pram can be collapsed using only one hand, folds up flat, has two seat-back options, and straps can be adjusted with just one pull.

Cons: Small storage compartment.

Weight: 6.3kg

Folded Dimensions: 47.5 x 15.5 x 52.5cm

This pram is a nifty little option for flights, especially if you're travelling without another adult. You can fold the pram down to be completely flat using just one hand. And it fits neatly in the boxes at airport security as well as in the overhead lockers on the plane – also handy if you’re going to be hopping in and out of taxis. It’s super lightweight – I’ve carried it in one hand, with baby in the other, through airports and even across beaches as my toddler trundles towards the water. The storage is great, with one big canopy shelf that will do you for a day out and about, as well as sneaking extra stuff on the plane (it doesn't count as a ‘bag’). Despite its streamlined design, it’s still very sturdy (other travel prams have been noticeably flimsy) and has two seat-back options for upright or snooze mode, as well as good coverage from the sun on the hood. The safety strap is also noteworthy – much better than my usual, fussier pram which has loops for the arm straps – the design makes it wiggle-proof, which is also helpful if you’re running to catch a transfer (which I also have, unfortunately) had experience with. Charlotte Davey , fashion and lifestyle editor

The best affordable travel pram

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: Incredibly good value for money; an adjustable handle for parent height and a newborn nest feature that doubles up as a toddler footrest.

Cons: Heavier than other travel prams and maybe not as chic.

Weight: 7.8kg

Folded Dimensions: 45 x 24 x 54cm

Taller parents rejoice! Those whose feet routinely catch the bottom of the lower prams can finally walk without a hunch with the Ergo Baby Metro + Classic Stroller’s adjustable handle. These perks do mean it’s that little bit heavier than competitor prams, with a sturdier frame, but it’s worth that smidgen of extra weight for not needing to carry an extra attachable bassinet (the footrest for toddlers can be folded into a newborn ‘nest’ - in a similar style to Cybex’ new COYA. It’s also kinder on wallets and still easy on the eye. Toddlers can easily snooze in the well-cushioned seat, and not flinch when being thrown around on bumpy terrain – though another key pro of the Ergo is its rubber wheels, avoiding that clackety plastic that only really works on flat pavement or a smooth airport floor. Despite feeling heavier, it folds down really tightly (and easily) when on the move.

The best lightweight travel pram

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros : An impressive 10-year warranty; incredibly light and easy to fold; a smoother ride with rubber wheels.

Cons: 6 months plus, with no newborn function.

Weight: 6kg

Folded Dimensions: 45 x 21.5 x 53.5cm

The Joolz AER+ is a much smoother ride than the others on the list, with a squishy handle and foam-rubber wheels that prevent the baby from bouncing around inside (and save your and any fellow walkers’ ears from the racket of plastic-wheeled travel prams). This impressive model only requires a one-handed click to fold like a dream and flicks out from this compact position as if a wizard just muttered a spell. It’s also one of the lightest travel prams going at just 6kg (lighter than the mighty Babyzen Yoyo), which is a great accolade considering it’s constructed from recycled bottles; a nod to the notion that sustainability doesn’t chip away at quality or function. One feature that’s particularly useful for hot countries is the hood, which folds down to cover tots’ faces in fierce sunshine, without having to pull out an extra shade cover or clip on a muslin cloth, shifting it as the sun moves (we’ve all been there). Its fold when going through airport security or once onboard is smooth-as-butter – the sort that can be done with seasoned traveller flair. The fully flat recline is useful for snoozing, though it’s worth noting that the pram is for 6 months + and without any newborn function or additions.

The best travel pram and car seat in one

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: Converts from pram to car seat, can also be strapped into a plane seat, suitable from birth, adjustable handlebar.

Cons: Rear-facing only, likely to only last for up to 12 months / 13kg.

Weight: 7.5kg

Folded dimensions: 60 x 44 x 66cm

The pint-sized Doona is a great option for tiny tots weighing up to 13kgs as it converts from a pram to a car seat in seconds, perfect for airport transfers and taxi rides abroad. If you’re not paying for an extra plane seat for a child under two, it’s small enough to fit in the overhead compartment of most planes. However, if you do decide to put your little one in their own seat, the Doona in the car seat position is TUV and FAA aircraft-approved and can be strapped to the plane seat – a more comfortable and safe way for little ones to travel. As it's rear-facing it will probably only last you up to a year at the most, but I personally found it well worth it. Jessica Rach, Global Content Manager

The best travel pram for the first year

travel pram for 5 year old

Pros: Affordable; newborn onwards; adaptable to Chicco’s carrycot and car seat (so particularly great for travelling in the first year of a baby’s life).

Cons: Plastic wheels aren’t good for negotiating curbs or anything other than a smooth surface.

Weight: 6.9kg

Folded Dimensions: 46.5 x 25 x 56cm

A lightweight travel pram from Chicco that really grows with your child, the Goody+ has a glorious ‘one-touch’ fold, where it collapses into a tote-sized square. From newborn to 4 years, its seat feels unusually wide and spacious (despite its compact collapsed size) and can be cleverly attached with Chicco’s soft carrycots and car seats – so consider this before buying all that baby clobber too. If you’re planning to travel lots with a baby in the first year of its life, this could be the 3-in-one combination that will see you through, and without costing a fortune. It’s easier to ‘build’ than most prams – no manic 2am YouTube How-To videos with an early flight time – and looks chic, despite its more reasonable price point. An immediately obvious down side of this nimble and incredibly popular travel pram is its wheels and general manoeuvrability over anything that isn’t a polished station floor. You’d have serious trouble negotiating the historic mule paths of a Greek village with this pram. This is also something to note if your baby doesn’t sleep well with too much jiggling about.

These are the 10 best travel strollers for your next trip

Tarah Chieffi

Editor's Note

Traveling with babies and children requires bringing a lot of extras along for the journey — and one essential you often can't travel without while the kids are little is a stroller. With so many options, choosing which stroller to buy for travel can be enough to make your wheels fall off (that's a stroller joke, by the way).

Large strollers offer all the bells and whistles but may be too heavy, too large or just plain inconvenient to lug around an airport or onto a plane. They can also be challenging to maneuver in your travel destination.

Compact or umbrella strollers may work better for flying, as they're often lightweight and small enough to fold up quickly and easily. In fact, some of these strollers designed for travel will even fit in the overhead bin on your plane.

However, the smaller design can make it tricky to find something comfortable enough for your child or baby to sit in for extended periods of time or to handle the rough terrain at some destinations. In other words, there are trade-offs when you pick the best travel stroller for your family.

Related: When to bring a stroller on a trip (and when to leave it behind)

As parents and frequent travelers, we've tested some of the top-rated travel strollers on the market to help you find the perfect stroller for your family. With those road-tested miles logged, here are the best travel strollers that passed the test and a few tips for your next trip.

Babyzen Yoyo2

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Parents who need a compact stroller that can fit in the airplane overhead bin
  • Weight: 13.6 to 14.5 pounds
  • Size when folded: 20.5 inches by 17.3 inches by 7.1 inches
  • To buy: Babyzen Yoyo2 , $449

Why Babyzen Yoyo2 is a good travel stroller

The Babyzen Yoyo2 is accepted by most airlines as cabin baggage when folded. Despite its small stature, this stroller is built for long-lasting use beyond just travel, making it especially apt for families living in small spaces in need of one easy-to-maneuver stroller that can do it all.

When you add on the optional newborn pack ($180), the Babyzen Yoyo2 can be used from birth on. With a substantial sun protection factor of 50-plus for its canopy, plus a gradual recline, an under-seat storage bag that supports up to 11 pounds, a zipper pocket and a padded shoulder strap for carrying the stroller when folded, the Yoyo2 is as durable and comfortable closed as it is open.

It's not the most budget-friendly option on this list, especially if you purchase extras like the newborn pack. Unless you purchase the newborn pack, however, the stroller doesn't fully recline for babies ages 0 to 6 months.

TPG senior aviation business reporter David Slotnick is a big fan of this stroller when he flies with his family, sharing, "It folds up small enough to go in the overhead bin and is super lightweight and durable. Every single time the flight attendants are surprised by how compact it is."

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Families who need a stroller that folds up small but can handle lots of use
  • Weight: 10.4 pounds
  • Size when folded: 11.8 inches by 7.1 inches by 13.8 inches
  • To buy: GB Pockit , $149.99 (regularly $199.95)

Why GB Pockit is a good travel stroller

The GB Pockit has been named the world's most compact stroller by the Guinness Book of World Records, folding up in just two easy steps. Don't let its small size fool you. It still has a weight capacity of up to 55 pounds and can handle a bumpy sidewalk as well as it handles the moving walkway at the airport.

Although the no-frills GB Pockit doesn't come with all the extra bells and whistles (which is why it folds up so easily), it does have a mini sun canopy, an adjustable harness and a small storage space underneath the seat.

The GB Pockit is designed for babies 6 months and older, so parents of newborns will have to wait a bit to use this small-but-mighty stroller.

Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Families who need a budget-friendly travel stroller
  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • Size when folded: 14 inches by 10 inches by 42 inches
  • To buy: Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller , $71.53 (regularly $99.99)

Why Summer 3Dlite is a good travel stroller

Budget-savvy parents will likely be immediately drawn to the price of the Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller , but that's far from the only thing to love about this lightweight stroller.

The 3Dlite has a full canopy, anti-shock front wheels and a four-position recline that almost lies flat. It can hold kids who weigh up to 50 pounds, and the storage basket underneath can hold up to 10 pounds of baby travel necessities .

Speaking of extras, this affordable stroller comes with a cup holder, a velcro pocket and a carry strap too. One thing it doesn't come with — adjustable handles. Parents on the taller side may not find this stroller comfortable for long periods of time.

Like similar lightweight strollers, the 3Dlite is made for babies 6 months and older, so parents of newborns will have to wait to use this stroller.

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Families in the market for a comfortable, lightweight travel stroller
  • Weight: 13.23 pounds
  • Size when folded: 21 inches by 17.7 inches by 8.5 inches
  • To buy : Joolz Aer+ , $449

Why the Joolz Aer+ is a good travel stroller

The Joolz Aer+ folds up in one second with just one hand, which is ideal for anyone holding additional luggage (or a child) in their arms. When folded, the stroller easily slides into most airlines' overhead storage bins.

The seat is lightweight but made to be especially comfortable for kids. The foldable seat provides support and cushion for the child's neck and back in all positions of reclining, and the sides conform to the body for additional comfort and support.

The included sun hood provides UPF 50+ sun protection, and there is a large storage basket underneath. Joolz does offer add-on products like a cup holder, footboard and car seat adapters, but you must purchase those separately.

Although the stroller is adjustable, it's designed for kids 6 months and up (the stroller has a 49-pound maximum weight limit) and doesn't fully recline. If you plan to use this stroller with a newborn, you can buy a newborn carrycot ($219) to use for babies.

UPPAbaby Vista V2

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Parents who want a high-end stroller that can expand with their growing family
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Size when folded: 25.7 inches by 17.3 inches by 33 inches
  • To buy: UPPAbaby Vista V2 , $1,299

Why the UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a good travel stroller

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a luxe travel stroller that can grow with your child. The standard bundle comes with a stroller frame, a toddler seat, an infant seat and base and a bassinet, so you can begin using the stroller as soon as you bring your baby home and up until they reach 50 pounds. This stroller folds in one easy step and can stand on its own when folded.

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 can be further configured to seat up to three children, with the addition of a rumble seat and/or ride-along board. In addition to being versatile, the UPPAbaby Vista V2 provides a smooth ride with spring-action all-wheel suspension, comes with a UPF 50+ sunshade and holds all of your travel essentials in the oversized storage basket that can hold up to 30 pounds of baby gear.

TPG's vice president of marketing and communications chose the UPPAbaby Vista V2 as her first travel stroller. "We are expecting our first baby in just a few short weeks and decided to go with the UPPAbaby Vista V2 for our stroller because we live in NYC and wanted something that is durable, long-lasting and able to convert to multiple combinations," she shared. "This stroller rolls like butter and the storage basket is incredible spacious. It comes with a bassinet and toddler seat, but I love that there are also a ton of accessories you can purchase separately to make the stroller meet your needs," she added.

Related: The best baby travel products according to TPG readers

It's not the lightest or smallest stroller on this list, but the multitude of use options, durability, and thoughtful details like full-grain leather accents, a rain cover and multiple color options make it a great choice if you want a do-it-all stroller that you can use for the long haul.

Doona Car Seat & Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Parents of newborns who want an all-in-one stroller solution
  • Weight: 16.5 pounds
  • Size when folded: 23.6 inches by 17.3 inches by 26 inches
  • To buy: Doona Car Seat & Stroller , $650

Why the Doona is a good travel stroller

The wheels of the Doona Car Seat & Stroller snap up to transform it from a stroller into a car seat, making it ideal for globetrotters who are always on the move. Having this one-of-a-kind product ensures you won't need to figure out a car seat plan when arriving at your destination or lug extra gear around the airport.

There are certainly cheaper strollers out there, but when you consider that you are getting a stroller and car seat for one price, the Doona is a surprisingly economical choice.

The Doona looks sharp with faux-leather detailing and sleek black fabric and performs well with an extendable handlebar, canopy shade and a storage bag that attaches to the handlebar. You can purchase a larger storage bag, sunshade and travel bag separately.

The Doona is suitable for babies and kids weighing between 4 and 35 pounds and can only be used as rear-facing, so your baby is likely to outgrow this stroller more quickly than other travel strollers. For the newborn stage, though, it doesn't get much better than the convenient, compact Doona.

Thule Chariot Double Jogging Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Families who need a stroller for outdoor adventures
  • Weight: 32 pounds
  • Size when folded: 34.2 inches by 31.5 inches by 14.7 inches
  • To buy: Thule Chariot Double Jogging Stroller , $1,349.95

Why Thule Chariot Double Jogging Stroller is good for travel

The Thule Chariot Double Jogging Stroller may not immediately strike you as a travel-friendly stroller option, but if your travels include hiking, biking or camping (skiing and jogging kits can be purchased separately), you'll be glad to have multi-sport trailer and stroller along for the ride.

As far as trailers and strollers go, the Thule Chariot is top-of-the-line. It folds up smaller than similar strollers, has independently-reclining seats for napping on the go, adjustable suspension for a smooth ride no matter the surface, adjustable ventilation and a large storage basket.

Because of its design, you'll have to gate-check the Thule Chariot when you fly, but TPG's senior director of engineering Mitchell Stoutin believes the stroller's larger size is one of the biggest benefits. "It can double as a 'napping cave' or even a luggage cart in the airport, but the real reason I bought it is because I wanted to do a car seat-free trip with my kids," he said.

When he flew to Sitka, Alaska, with his family, he brought along the bike trailer attachment and rented bikes to use on the island. "Even while towing the kids behind the bike during a downpour, both kids stayed dry and warm," Stoutin shared. "The Thule enabled us to take a different kind of vacation with our kids."

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Families looking for a stroller that they can use for the long haul
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Size when folded: 25.6 inches by 11.2 inches by 33 inches
  • To buy: Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 , $329 (regularly $399.99)

Why the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is a good travel stroller

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is a top-tier stroller with a mid-tier price. While not the lightest or smallest on this list, it is made to last. Stoutin, who has had this stroller for six years and used it with three kids, shared that it still functions perfectly.

The City Mini GT2's durability is thanks to its "forever air" rubber tires that never need to be inflated and all-wheel suspension, making it swift and nimble no matter the terrain. It's also highly customizable with an adjustable handlebar and the ability to add an infant car seat, pram, glider board, parent console and child tray (all sold separately).

This stroller folds up quickly and easily with a one-hand fold and keeps your baby comfortable with a near-flat reclining seat and adjustable calf support. There's also a large under-seat basket that holds up to 10 pounds.

The City Mini GT2 can be used with a newborn, using the Baby Jogger infant car seat (sold separately) or the included car seat adapters, and all the way through the toddler stage with an impressive maximum weight limit of 65 pounds.

Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: Parents of multiple kids who need a lightweight, compact stroller
  • Weight: 28 pounds
  • Size when folded: 26 inches by 30.3 inches by 12.8 inches
  • To buy: Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller , $429.99 (regularly $459.99)

Why the Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller is good for travel

Finding a side-by-side double stroller that meets your needs is no simple task, but the Joovy Kooper X2 ticks all the boxes. It has wide, comfortable, adjustable seats for your kids but is slim enough to easily fit through doorways. It folds up easily with one hand and stands on its own when folded. Also, the must-have extras like snack trays, shade canopies and multiple storage spaces are all included.

The seats and shade canopies adjust independently so you can accommodate your children when nap time arrives, and the under-stroller storage basket holds up to 22 pounds (because more kids always means more stuff). If you have a theme park trip in the future, the Joovy Kooper X2 meets Disney World and Disneyland's stroller size requirements .

Each seat is designed to hold a child up to 50 pounds, but it is not compatible with infant car seats, so you can't start using it until your child is at least 3 months old.

Nuna PIPA urbn + TRVL Stroller and Car Seat Travel System

travel pram for 5 year old

  • Best for: City dwellers who need a stroller system that can go from sidewalk to car to airplane seamlessly
  • Weight: 13.6 pounds
  • Size when folded: 24 inches by 20.25 inches by 11 inches
  • To buy: NUNA PIPA urbn + TRVL stroller and car seat travel system , $900

Why the NUNA is a good travel stroller

The PIPA urbn + TRVL system from NUNA is one of the most lightweight and easy-to-use travel systems on the market. The included infant car seat has a baseless latch installation system, so you can use it in a cab, ride-hailing vehicle or airplane seat as easily as you can use it in your own car.

With the car seat removed, the stroller base folds with one hand to a super-compact size that makes it easy to carry. You can even utilize the included carry bag or remove the wheels for an even smaller folded size if necessary.

TPG's director of marketing, Caroline English, uses the NUNA with her child at home and on the road. "It's great on smooth surfaces and can do a full 360-degree turn on a dime," she said. "Also, the folding is incredible. On a recent trip to Cape Cod, we could fold it up small enough to bring into restaurants and carry it around easily," she added.

The NUNA also comes with a UPF 50+ shade canopy, leather-like accents and a storage basket. Once your baby has outgrown the PIPA urbn car seat, the TRVL stroller's toddler seat can be used for children up to 50 pounds.

Tips for flying with a travel stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

Where and how to check your stroller when flying

Some airlines require you to check your stroller at the gate; others have rules about checking it at the ticket counter if it's greater than a certain weight.

It's more convenient to take your travel stroller to the gate, as your little one can ride (or nap) in it until you board. If you prefer to check it earlier, though, you can do so at the ticket counter and use a baby carrier to get your baby or toddler through the airport.

Before you get to the airport, make sure you check the regulations for the airline that you're flying so you're adequately prepared for what's to come. Some compact strollers are designed to fit in overhead bins, but whether they will be allowed on board depends on the stroller, the airline and ultimately the flight attendants.

Related: 21 airline stroller policies around the world

Preventing damage

When checking your stroller either at the gate or the ticket counter, it's best to take a few photos before traveling. That way, if the stroller arrives damaged, you may have an easier time proving a claim. Each airline has its own rules about what is eligible for a claim, and some, like Southwest, do not cover any type of damage, only loss.

To reduce the chances of damage, cover your stroller with a storage bag when you check it. One may come with your stroller when you purchase it, depending on which model you choose. You can also order a cover for your car seat and/or travel stroller on Amazon.

Unfortunately, you should also always have a backup plan at your destination in case your stroller is lost or damaged, as this can and does happen. It is also a good reason to consider some of the smaller and/or less expensive strollers for travel unless you have a true need for a more robust model.

Make note of a website for stroller rentals in your destination in case you need to resort to plan B. Also, don't rule out a quick trip to a local Walmart or Target, where available. Airline baggage claim offices also sometimes have basic strollers available for use in the case of delayed or damaged strollers.

Getting through security

You will typically be asked to fold up the stroller and place it on the belt when going through TSA checkpoints. If your stroller is not foldable or won't fit on the belt, it may not be the best for travel through the airport — but security can do a visual or physical inspection of it when they deem it necessary.

Bottom line

Picking the right travel stroller greatly depends on your situation. There's no perfect one for all scenarios and situations, so you need to prioritize what matters the most for your trips. Do you want it to fit in the overhead bin? Do you want it to be economical so it's not a huge hit if it is lost or damaged on your trip? Do you want it to be the most comfortable option for your baby for those trips when they will be spending long periods of time in the stroller?

The most compact stroller may not be the best stroller for rugged terrain, and a stroller designed for a newborn may not be the best choice once your child is older.

Once you've figured out what you need and want to prioritize, you can more easily decide which travel stroller on this list best fits your budget, travel preferences and family.

Additional reporting by Lori Zaino.

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11 best lightweight strollers for hassle-free and compact travel with your little one

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Travel-style buggies have become the pram of choice for city dwellers and frequent fliers alike thanks to their smaller footprint and ease of maneuverability. Being able to fold small enough to fit in an overhead locker also means parents can easily store these smaller buggies easily in tighter living spaces.

Like many parents we bought a larger buggy ahead of our baby being born, not considering at all how cumbersome it might be on public transport, or how much space it would take up in our London home. We resigned ourselves to having to buy a cheap travel buggy separately to take on flights, along with the separate running buggy we had accumulated too.

In reality, living in the city meant we only really need the larger buggy for the odd occasion where you want to pile the basket full of shopping, or take on especially muddy paths – and even then that’s a convenience thing, not an essential.

It’s possible to have just one buggy for both travel and everyday use. Of course the smaller wheels make uneven surfaces more difficult, but if you live in a city and navigating a bus or train are more likely than a country lane, a compact travel buggy can absolutely be your only purchase.

Travel buggies typically have the following features in common; a fold compatible with an airline overhead locker, and are lightweight and have some sort of SPF protection sun canopy. The models suitable for everyday use tend to have a comfier seat, suspension, a decent recline system and the option to add accessories such as a footmuff or bassinet.

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Something to watch out for with these buggies versus traditional travel systems is that the accessories you’d expect to be included are often sold separately – such as footrests and rain covers which can make the cost mount up.

How we tested

Over the course of three months we tested using a one-year-old and a three-year-old. We tested in all weather conditions and graded the buggies on ease of fold, weight, handling, look and feel and durability. We have covered both crossover buggies we believe are truly sturdy enough for everyday use, and those realistically designed for travel-only.

The best compact strollers for 2024 are:

  • Best compact stroller overall – Joolz aer+: £449, Joolz.com
  • Best for air travel – Babyzen yoyo2: £430, Babyzen.com
  • Best for taller parents – Ergobaby metro + deluxe: £310.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best budget all-rounder – Mamas and Papas airo: £239, Mamasandpapas.com
  • Best budget travel option – Didofy aster 2: £299, Didofy.com

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  • Best : Compact stroller overall
  • Folded dimensions : 53.5cm x 45cm x 21.5cm
  • Weight : 6kg
  • Age suitability : From six months up to four years old

We are obsessed with this buggy. Not only does it look chic, weigh just 6kg and folds seamlessly to aircraft overhead cabin size even with the footmuff on, but it also has some serious green credentials with its transferable ten year warranty, the material being made from recycled plastic bottles and in a rather sweet touch, Joolz plants a tree with every purchase.

For travel or city life parents need look no further than this elegant and thoughtful design. It is simply best in class for so many of the features, from the sturdy, comfortable handle for the person pushing, to the impressive full recline for the baby. But the feature we felt set it apart was the quality of the wheels. Coated in a soft EVA foam rubber material they are noticeably silent and make for a smoother ride. It seems a small plus, but the clattering of plastic on a pavement doesn’t calm the jangled nerves of a parent enjoying a rare moment of peace.

Everything about this buggy looks and feels premium, from the canvas material, to the soft handlebar. The canopy is also excellent for warm weather and folds nearly completely down with a handy peekaboo gauze above the baby. The other excellent feature is the fully flat recline.

The only downside we could find was that, while we were getting used to the buggy, we accidentally kicked the centrally located brake a couple of times. So if we were being super picky we would suggest those with larger feet opt for something slightly easier to handle.

Bugaboo butterfly

best compact stroller

  • Best : For comfort
  • Folded dimensions : 54cm x 23cm x 45cm
  • Weight : 7.3kg

For those familiar with the quality of the Bugaboo brand, the butterfly does not disappoint. Its simple and chic design also makes it a nice looking option, particularly in the smart stormy blue colour we tested. Another plus is that all the Bugaboo accessories fit, such as the universal footmuff. The buggy folds and is able to free stand even with the footmuff attached – again making this a serious contender for only needing the one buggy.

The fold is excellent and it is International Air Transport Authority (IATA) compatible, meaning it’s small enough to be classed as hand luggage when folded. It also has a handy over the shoulder strap for carrying. And while it doesn’t quite lay flat, more like 145 degrees, our babies had no issues sleeping in it. In fact, the chair is noticeably more cushioned and roomy than many other buggies we tried. For the quality and comfort of the seat we rank the butterfly as top in class. The recline mechanism of the pulley strap is also pretty much silent and easy to use even with the weight of the baby.

The brake is in the middle at the back between the back wheels, but the smaller design means larger footed parents don’t kick it. Another nice piece of design is the sprung-loaded and roomy basket – it can comfortably carry up to 8kgs and is noticeably larger than the competition – again, handy if this is your only pushchair. The spring loaded basket also makes putting things into it easier when the baby is reclined – which can be tricky on other models.

The only downsides we noted are the plasticky wheels and the fact that it is only suitable from six months old because there is no option to attach a separate bassinet. However, the Bugaboo has an impressive four year warranty too so you should get your money’s worth for years to come.

Babyzen yoyo2

best compact stroller

  • Best : For air travel
  • Folded dimensions : 52cm x 44cm x 18cm
  • Weight : 6.2kg
  • Age suitability : From birth up to toddlers up to 22 kg

The yoyo2 is the buggy du jour in the city. Originally designed for air travel this gorgeous piece has gone beyond just a good piece of kit and is now also somewhat of a fashion item, and we can see why...

There are several things we love about the yoyo but the fold is probably the best feature because it goes way smaller than any of the other buggies and is super lightweight to carry at 6.2kgs. It is the buggy most airlines recognise as being suitable for the overhead lockers so frequent travellers will have no issues here.

The recline doesn’t go quite flat, but nearly, and our baby had no issue sleeping in it. The pulley system is also silent and easy to use. The brake is sturdy and off to the side too, which is great if wearing sandals. And the peekaboo window is in just the right spot on the generous canopy (which is made with SPF 50 material). Storage underneath is also ample – and is able to carry much more than you think.

Another quiet plus point is the curvature of the side bars, which make it easy to carry up and down steps, or out of train doors. Of course this isn’t “safe”, but needs must in London, and we found it very useful. In another small plus, the strap and buckle system is very well thought out – there are no fiddly bits of material to fall down over any of the adjusting parts – something any parent will be grateful of with a wriggly passenger.

The only cons to the yoyo, and we are being picky, are the slightly fiddly fold compared to that of the Joolz (£449, Joolz.com ) and Bugaboo butterfly (£419, Amazon.co.uk ), then again the slightly noisy wheels (this seems to be the norm with the smaller buggies). The fact it doesn’t fold well with the footmuff attached is also a bit annoying – the velcro attachment and the smaller fold size means you have to reattach it at the bottom when you unfold it again. It also doesn’t free stand when folded with the footmuff, but this is really not a major detractor.

Baby Jogger city tour 2

best compact stroller

  • Best : Suspension
  • Folded dimensions : 59.5cm x 49.5cm x 19cm
  • Weight : 6.5kg
  • Age suitability : From birth up to 22kg

This is a great option for users who want an affordable compact buggy suitable from birth for both travel and at home, as it comes in significantly cheaper than the premium models. It also comes with the option of adding a bassinet (£129, Naturalbabyshower.co.uk ) at a reasonable price compared to the pricier buggies. And despite its diminutive size, the buggy feels very spacious and was particularly comfortable when testing with our taller, older children. There is plenty of room in the padded, generous seat and the adjustable calf support and footrest make it comfortable for sleeping babies and toddlers alike.

Folded, it is larger than the other travel options, but still collapses tightly enough to fit in most airline overhead lockers – but like with all of the travel buggies, many airlines may ask you to store it in the hold. If this happens the Baby Jogger comes with a handy travel bag.

The stroller also only weighs 6.5kgs, but the feature that sets it apart is the very good suspension and handling – if you find yourself on uneven surfaces a lot, this buggy fares very well and is akin to our best buy in terms of a smooth ride and and maneuverability. The recline is also near flat and silent and easy to use with the pulley system. While the canopy is also generous and has SPF 50+ protection. So though it doesn’t share the chic design of pricier models, this buggy is excellent value for a very good quality product.

Ergobaby metro + deluxe

best compact stroller

  • Best : For taller parents
  • Folded dimensions : 54cm x 45cm x 24cm
  • Weight : 7.8kg
  • Age suitability : From birth up to four years old (or up to 22 kg)

We loved the sturdy and comfortable Ergobaby, not only for its no nonsense look and feel, but also the fact that it is a premium product at a decent price point, without the need to buy extras apart from the footmuff (£94.90, Ergobaby.co.uk ) if you needed to. It is slightly heavier than other models at 7.8kg, but the extra weight is coming from the fully adjustable handle and the solid, lockable frame, which makes the buggy best in class for bigger children and taller parents.

Another benefit to the Ergobaby is that it requires no extra bassinet to be suitable for newborns, thanks to a clever feature called the newborn nest, where the footrest is adapted to create a bassinet out of the existing seat. Like the aer+ it also has rubber wheels which make for a much smoother ride than the plastic-wheeled competition, and the generous basket has plenty of room for a decent amount of shopping.

The seat itself is exceptionally well padded and our testers who could talk opted for this buggy over many of the others in terms of comfort. The seat itself is also nicely elevated away from the ground. In fact, the only con we would note about the Ergobaby is the weight when folded, but it more than makes up for this in terms of reassuring stability and functionality. It also folds down very tightly to 54cm x 45cm x 24cm.

Out ‘n’ About GT

best compact stroller

  • Best : For off road
  • Folded dimensions : 56.5cm x 36cm x 95cm
  • Weight : 8.8kg
  • Age suitability : From birth up to ‎22kg

While the Out ‘n’ About does not fold tightly enough for an aircraft overhead bin, it does fold very flat into a small car boot. It is also narrow enough to fit down the aisle of a London bus, and boasts the off road capability of a much larger model, making it ideal for both in the city and a muddy park walk. The handle also adjusts which makes this another buggy great for the taller parent and it’s spongy and feels nice to push. The material is also easy to clean mud or snacks off of – something we found very useful.

Another plus is that it is completely lie-flat so suitable from birth with no added purchases required. The buggy is also car seat compatible with select brands, so it’s effectively a very cost-effective and compact multi-terrain travel system. At 8.8kgs it’s not lightweight like some of the other models, but the weight is coming from the heavy-duty wheels and excellent suspension. Speaking of the wheels, they are puncture-proof and incredibly durable and silent, like tiny bike wheels, and the buggy comes with a rain cover and bumper bar as standard.

We really liked this buggy for its price point, versatility and capability on tough terrain too.

Mamas and Papas airo

best compact stroller

  • Best : Budget all-rounder
  • Folded dimensions : 25cm x 45cm x 55cm
  • Weight : 7.6kg
  • Age suitability : From birth up to four years old (or up to 22kg)

We really like the look and feel of the airo, which has a premium finish and is incredibly sturdy. The fold on it is excellent and it very neatly locks and freestands – ideal for holidays or storing in tight spaces. It’s pretty lightweight at 7.6kgs, but not flyweight like some other models. It also comes with a separate sun shield and rain cover as standard, both of which are very high quality.

The airo also looks nice – it has an attractive padded seat and is consistent with the high quality of other Mamas and Papa’s products. It can be used with a footmuff and a separate newborn pack is also available to buy separately (£149, Mamasandpapas.com ). The only downside for the airo is the weight compared to the competition, but it is quite nice having a sturdier-feeling pushchair in many respects.

Didofy aster 2

best compact stroller

  • Best : Budget travel option
  • Folded dimensions : 55cm x 47cm x25cm

The great thing about the Aster 2 is that it comes with everything you need with no need to buy any extra accessories – even the footmuff and drinks holder. It is also incredibly lightweight at just 6.2kg, which makes it ideal for slinging in an overhead locker, or into the boot of a car.

Like many of the others we tested, the fold is easy to achieve single handedly and folds down seamlessly into a freestanding square. The recline on the aster is also pretty much flat, and it has the same drawstring mechanism of many of the others which allows a silent recline in any position.

We liked design of the handlebar is nice too – this pops to the side with no faff – while the underbasket is also generous and it comes complete with a footrest, ideal for taller passengers. We also loved that the canopy not only has SPF 50 protection, but that it is waterproof too – so there is no need to faff with the raincover in a light shower. The only real cons to consider are that the wheels and narrow wheelbase, like many of the pure travel options, feel less premium and thus the buggy does rattle on very uneven ground. It felt more difficult to steer with our larger passengers too.

Inglesina quid 2

best compact stroller

  • Best : For budget air travel
  • Folded dimensions : 46.5cm x 58cm x 19cm
  • Weight : 5.9kg
  • Age suitability : From birth up to 22 kg

The premium feel of the Inglesina and the fact it is the lightest in class at 5.9kgs should pique the interest of frequent fliers. It really is flyweight, and looks great – we tested in the gecko green and loved it. The material is high quality and it has a nice, wide wheelbase – something you come to notice when your passengers are heavier – and it also has a taller handlebar.

Small but thoughtful touches with this buggy made us fall in love with it, such as the excellent and smartly designed carrying handle which sits on the side when folded, and the fact it freestands without any of the fabric touching the ground – a valuable hygiene plus. Another nice touch is the baby snug pad (£68, Inglesina.uk ) which is similar to a newborn insert on a car seat, allowing the buggy to be used from birth with no need for a bassinet.

The buggy seat also feels slightly more elevated, so the child is not so low to the ground, again, a nice plus, particularly for taller parents. The fold is one-handed and without faff, and the recline is a silent drawstring. A really good-looking, thoughtfully designed travel option, it’s ideal for frequent fliers, though like many of these buggies the extra accessories mount up.

Cybex orfeo

best compact stroller

  • Best : Bright travel option
  • Folded dimensions : 15.5cm x 47.5cm x 52.5cm
  • Age suitability : From birth to 4 years (or up to 22kg)

Like the quid 2 (£299, Inglesina.uk ), the orfeo weighs just 5.9kgs and looks poppy and summery in its cheery colourways. And that’s not where the similarities end. It too has a simple fold, is extremely lightweight and performance-wise pushes and sounds similar on the pavement. The difference with this one though, is that it has a handy over the shoulder carrying strap, as opposed to a handle. The colour palettes are also a bit more fun and in-keeping with a summer holiday vibe – we tested the beach blue and loved how it stood out in the street.

A small thing, but the harness is great on this buggy and performs more like a car seat with one pull tightening all the straps. We loved this time saver and our baby was always safe and snug. We also really loved that the fabric is machine washable at 30C – ideal after a healthy cover of sunscreen and ice cream!

Like all the top travel options it’s a seamless one-handed fold into a small square shape, with a decent silent recline. Folded it really does feel tiny with a depth of just 15.5cm – so handy in small spaces. Those with a Cybex car set can also attach it to the orfeo – a plus if you’re a fan of the brand and want to mix and match.

Nuna triv next compact pushchair

  • Best : Premium compact stroller
  • Folded dimensions : 31.5 x 57.5 x 69 cm
  • Weight : 8.72kg
  • Age suitability : From birth to 22kg

The Nuna triv next compact pushchair combines practical simplicity with a premium feel. It’s easy to fold (no matter which way it’s facing) and doesn’t take up too much space. It’s not the lightest travel buggy but, at just under 9kg, it’s light enough to tackle stairs regularly and the handy carry strap is a simple touch that makes it relatively easy to juggle the pram and baby at the same. You only need one hand to fold it, which is great, and it stands up on its own when folded.

It’s compatible with other Nuna products (bought separately), converting it into a complete travel system with a 360 car seat, making it a sort of hybrid between a purpose-built travel buggy and the full range. The zip-off canopy is smart, with a flip-out eyeshade, and it’s UPF 50+. Baby’s comfort is ensured by an all-season chair with breathable mesh for summer and the bigger back wheels make it pretty sturdy and robust.

We tried the caviar version, all black with a brown leatherette handle, which was slick enough to stand out but not garish – just how we like it. The main downside to the Nuna triv next is the price tag. At £600 it’s one of the most expensive buggies we reviewed, but that does include a rain cover. It also comes with the adaptors to attach any Nuna infant carrier, making it pretty versatile. Having said that, it is a premium item in both look and feel, and feels worth it.

Compact strollers FAQs

Which brands sell the lightest pushchairs.

Both the Inglesina quid 2 stroller and the Cybex orfeo weigh in at just 5.9kg which is markedly lighter than many other models on the market. While our best buy iboasts a weight of just of just 6kg – comparatively slight when compared to our most weighty pick at 8.8kg.

What pushchairs are recommended for airlines?

Whether you can bring yours onto the plane as hand luggage will depend on the airline you’re flying with. That being said, very small and foldable strollers can often be placed in the overhead luggage (provided there is enough space).

Which pushchairs are best for small cars?

Small and foldable pushchairs will lend themselves well to fitting into the boot of your car. Better still, an especially helpful feature to consider is whether the chassis is compatible with a car seat. This will make transporting your child to and from the car less of a hassle, while it can also save you some space.

Can the prams collapse as one unit?

Collapse mechanisms with buggies and pushcairs vary, but there are models that allow you to collapse your buggy with one quick and easy motion, often with the click of a button. Then there are models which require a few steps to fold down – these may not always be as compact as those that can close in one simple motion.

The verdict: Compact strollers

The testing of these buggies took months, and we really put them through their paces in all weather and terrain conditions. All of the buggies that make this shortlist are excellent purchases – we tested many more which didn’t make the cut – but for us the Joolz aer+ is very much the standout in terms of comfort, features, handling and style. It also has a fantastic guarantee and is kind to the planet. You need buy no other buggy from birth to toddler with this excellent and stylish product.

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The best travel strollers to take on holiday

best travel strollers to take on holiday

Hauck Travel N Care Stroller

John Lewis & Partners Everyday Stroller

John Lewis & Partners Everyday Stroller

Joolz Aer stroller

Mamas and Papas Airo Pushchair

Graco Myavo Compact Stroller

Graco Myavo Compact Stroller

MARIA MARTIN with daughter in Babyzen Yoyo stroller


Joie Pact Lite

Silver Cross Zest Stroller

Cosatto Woosh

Cosatto Woosh 3

Ergobaby Metro +

Ergobaby Metro+

Bugaboo Butterfly

Bugaboo Butterfly

Joie Baby Tourist Signature Pushchair, Shale

Joie Baby Tourist Signature Pushchair

Hauck Lightweight Pushchair Sport

Hauck Lightweight Pushchair Sport 

Whether you're jetting off for some sun or just planning a family staycation this summer, you're probably wondering how to travel with a pushchair for your baby without overloading your car or exceeding your luggage allowance, but this is where the best travel strollers can help. Leave your pushchair at home and invest in the best travel strollers to make your journey a whole lot easier.

Robust enough to cope with cobbled streets and sandy beaches but light enough to carry up a flight of stairs, a lightweight stroller is also more compact, so it'll take up minimal space. Some can even fit into the overhead compartment on a plane. They're the ultimate convenient travelling companion.

Best travel strollers at a glance:

• Best travel stroller overall: Hauck Travel N Care Stroller, £129.95 • Best for taking as cabin luggage: Joolz Aer+ buggy, £429 • Best travel stroller with one-hand fold: Graco Myavo Compact Stroller, £129.99 • Best travel strollers to grow with them: Bugaboo Butterfly, £377.10

While travel system prams can be more suitable to everyday life, a travel stroller can be a lot more practical than having to take all the sections of a travel pram so you can pack more holiday essentials.

The best travel strollers 2024

1. hauck travel n care stroller, best travel stroller overall.

Rrp: £ 149.95

The Hauck Travel N Care Stroller was awarded Gold for Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller  at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

The Hauck Travel N Care Stroller is a budget-friendly yet premium option for parents on the go. Setting it up is a breeze with its simple assembly, and the intuitive one-handed fold mechanism makes it an amazing time-saver for busy parents, which we loved. Testers also found this stroller lightweight which makes it great for travelling. Deputy Digital Editor for Mother and Baby, Stephanie Spencer, said, "really compact and easy to open, especially if you’re on your own! I like that you can sling it over your shoulder easily, too."

While the Hauck Travel N Care Stroller boasts many impressive features, including an adjustable footrest, removable/washable covers, and ample storage basket, some users have noted that the canopy could be extended further to provide more extensive coverage from the sun, especially during intense sunlight hours and when travelling in sunny locations, although Stephanie Spencer said, "the sun shade covers right over, probably more so than other strollers I’ve used so extra shading in the sun."

A real plus is that it is easy to clean so it won't matter too much about melting ice-creams or any unfortunate travel sickness. We also loved that it comes in a range of colours and Stephanie Spencer really liked the olive green colour. Our tester was impressed with how flat it lies for naps and also commented on how easy it is to use saying, "it’s smooth to push along, too."

Read our full Hauck Travel N Care Stroller review.

  • Lightweight
  • One-handed folding
  • Large storage
  • Easy to clean
  • The hood could extend more

2. John Lewis & Partners Everyday Stroller

Best for a city break.


The John Lewis & Partners Everyday Stroller was awarded Silver for Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller  at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

The John Lewis & Partners Everyday Stroller offers convenience and practicality. We loved the look of this travel pram, which gives style at an affordable price point. But testers also noted that it is easy to collapse, which is what you need when travelling, as well as being lightweight so it is convenient to transport even when folded. Our dad tester, Chris, commented, "being easy to both collapse and fold open, it’s become our preferred choice for when we decide to take shorter walks to get out of the house."

We found this pram was amazing for city living and smooth pavements but struggled a little on more uneven terrain. So, if you are looking for something that looks great for a city break, this is an ideal choice. Dad, Chris, thinks it is a great second pram and noted, "it’s also proven to be an invaluable failsafe for those situations where one of us has ‘forgotten’ that the pram is in the boot of whichever car they happen to have driven off to work in, meaning we don’t have to carry baby far on the way to nursery."

Read our full John Lewis & Partners Everyday Stroller review.

  • Easy to collapse
  • Suitable on smooth pavements but does not handle uneven terrain very well

3. Joolz Aer

Best for taking as cabin luggage.


The Joolz Aer was awarded Bronze for Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller  at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

With a width of just 44cm, the lightweight Joolz Aer can be taken straight onto the plane and popped into the overhead locker which we love and it is a real plus for a travel stroller, especially with a carry handle to make carrying it even easier. Plus, even better the stroller is available in three colours, including refined Black, and it is made from recycled plastic bottles rescued from our oceans so it is kind to the environment too.

The large, extended hood offers UPF 50 sun protection to keep your baby safe, and also has ventilation to keep your little one cool. Its robust construction and premium feel make it suitable for both urban and rural walks, accommodating children comfortably while being easy to manoeuvre for parents of varying heights, although the reclining transition is not very smooth and reviewers thought this could be improved.

The Aer's compact fold and integrated shoulder strap make taking this pram out quite literally a walk in the park. It fits into car boots effortlessly and still leaves ample space for other essentials like trikes, scooters and shopping. Plus, customers commented, "it collapses small enough so it can be stored easily and is also great for restaurants as it again goes down so easily so you have more room."

We loved that despite its lightweight design, the stroller maintains a high-quality feel and reviewers really liked it saying, "we bought this buggy when I was eight months pregnant for our 2.5-year-old and I just wish we had got it sooner," while others noted that it's "lightweight yet feels sturdy."

Read our full Joolz Aer buggy review

  • Narrow design
  • Fits in the overhead compartment
  • Made from sustainable materials
  • Good Ventilation in the hood
  • Comfortable seat
  • Seat recline could be smoother

4. Mamas and Papas Airo Pushchair

Best for travelling abroad.


Super-slim and perfect from birth and for growing toddlers, the Airo pushchair is perfect for navigating tight spaces. Not only is it Mamas & Papas' lightest ever pushchair, but the stroller can even be worn as a backpack when your little one would prefer to toddle on their own, which we think makes it the perfect travel stroller. Mother&Baby Editor, Maria Martin, has tested the pushchair and said, "Myself and my 1-year-old have been testing the Airo out for about 15 months. The pushchair has served us well as a light compact travel assistant that's come in useful when boarding aeroplanes and also when out on busy city day trips."

Testers liked that it folds with one hand and is solid and sturdy, thanks to the unique dual-sided wheel lock. Maria Martin also commented that "it folds down to a compact size and is super lightweight. We've been able to fit this into every car boot possible." With adjustable positions for your baby, a bumper bar, and a quick-fit five-point harness, testers loved that you can be safe in the knowledge that your little one is comfy and secure. Plus it is cabin friendly so can be carried onto the plane.

Impressively, despite being compact, it has great under seat storage. Maria Martin found that "the under-seat storage compartment is big enough for snacks, water bottles, hats, etc. We added a couple of buggy clips too, which have helped attach a change bag whilst on the move." Although some reviewers did note that the seat is smaller than on other strollers and so may not be as comfortable for larger toddlers. That said, our tester, Maria Martin added, "I love that the seat can lie completely flat and that the Airo can be used with a sun-shield/insect net (sold separately) – handy when nap times are calling, but home is nowhere in sight."

Read our full Mamas & Papas Airo review

  • Cabin-friendly
  • Decent storage despite its compact size
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Some found the seat smaller than most

5. Graco Myavo Compact Stroller

Best travel stroller with one-hand fold.


With an automatic, one-handed fold, the Graco Myavo is compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to take on the go, just what you need when travelling with a little one. Our tester, Senior Writer, Samantha Ball, said, "it's a brilliant compact design, incredibly easy to use and lightweight enough to carry." We like that it has the option of a three- or five-point harness system to keep your little one secure and a detachable bumper bar to make it easier to put them in and take them out. Additionally, the UPF50+ canopy provides amazing comfort and protection from UV rays, enhancing the stroller's appeal and making it a fantastic option for parents planning a holiday.

Testers liked the compact design and integrated folding lock which ensures hassle-free transportation and storage, plus they noted it fits easily into car boots, leaving ample space for other essentials. While it can be folded one-handed, testers found that the mechanism for the one-handed fold can be tricky to use at first, and also commented that their child sometimes slid down in the seat. That said, Samantha Ball, was impressed by the one hand fold commenting, "the one-handed fold alone was enough to impress me."

However, the Graco Myavo still excels in usability and build quality. Its smooth manoeuvrability over various terrains and easy recline feature makes it a practical choice for everyday use. Plus little ones seems to find comfortable too, with Samantha Ball adding, "my daughter was actually happy to stay sat in the stroller and I loved that she felt comfortable enough to stay sat in it, as she would normally try to climb out. The Graco Myavo is definitely a great travel stroller."

Read our full Graco Myavo review

  • One-handed fold
  • Lightweight design
  • Large storage basket
  • The one-handed lock feature can be tricky to use at first


Best travel stroller for newborn and beyond.

Becoming one of the go-to for many mums and dads, this versatile stroller wears a few different hats, it’s easy to take around cities and can be picked up when catching the underground or bus. Plus, it's also easy to take on an aeroplane and can be popped into the overhead lockers. Our Group Editor Maria Martin tested the strolled and said, "this stroller is a game changer – I just love how sturdy it feels while static or on the move."

Testers really liked that the lightweight YOYO2 incorporates Hytrel elastomer suspension on all four wheels, meaning it is a very comfortable ride for your tots, but also convenient for parents to carry, our tester, Maria, noted, "its lightweight feature is impressive, making it all too easy to get in and out of my car boot." BABYZEN also uses their patented Soft Drive system, eliminating the need to lock the front wheels on rough terrain for easier manoeuvrability so you can steer with one hand if needed. We also liked that the seat feels well-padded and Maria agreed, adding, "it’s comfortable for my little one."

It is worthwhile noting that the price is just for the frame so if you want a colour pack then you need to pay extra, which disappointed some reviewers. There's also the option to add a newborn pack which means you can use the stroller from birth. Our reviewer, Maria, was impressed with the fact it "folds into a cabin baggage size, keeping all straps in place," which makes it an ideal travel stroller.

Read our full review of the BABYZEN YOYO² .

  • Fits most airline cabin baggage restrictions
  • Four-wheel suspension for all terrains
  • Price is for frame only, the colour packs are an additional £60-£80

7. Joie Pact

Best travel stroller with lie-flat seat.


If you're a frequent flyer looking for a practical travel pushchair, the Joie Pact might just be it. Impressively light, a doddle to fold, and seriously compact, we love that it even comes with its own storage bag and has an integrated carrying strap. It is also compatible with some models of Joie car seats which makes it even more convenient when travelling. One reviewer said, "I bought this as I need to travel by train with my 5-month-old. I can fold and unfold it with ease with one hand, whilst holding my baby. It's extremely lightweight, and the strap is great for carrying it."

Reviewers really liked the all-wheel suspension which ensures a smooth ride for your baby on all types of terrain and we love the lie-flat seat, which is suitable from birth. However, there was some criticism about the back rest which doesn't fully rise and could be more comfortable.

Overall testers were impressed and said the stroller was good quality and they like how compact it is so it doesn't take up too much room in the boot of the car. One mum tester was impressed and commented, "it feels of good quality and will grow with my baby. It's perfect for travelling with and folds up very small to fit the boot of a car."

  • Comes with a convenient carry strap
  • Includes its own storage bag
  • Compatible with certain models of Joie car seats
  • The backrest doesn't fully rise

8. Silver Cross Zest Stroller

Best premium travel stroller.

The Zest pushchair from Silver Cross is bursting with features to make everyday strolls a breeze, plus with fun designs we think it is really stylish too. It is one of the lightest travel prams on the market, perfect for parents who need something light yet robust and great for family holidays with little ones, as one reviewer said "I bought this pushchair for my five-month-old baby to take on holiday, and it was perfect."

The lie-flat seat and adjustable drawstring recline let you find the most comfortable position for your little one and adjust their seating position without disturbing their nap and testers liked the extendable UPF 50+ hood which keeps your little one shaded on sunny days, plus also has an air-flow mesh panel to keep them cool and dry, which testers loved, commenting that it is, "light and cool in the heat."

While the stroller is easy to manoeuvre and easy to carry when needed, reviewers found that it is difficult to push on tough terrains due to the suspension which could be improved. That said, one reviewer agreed it is not great on all terrains but did say, "it moves perfectly over hard ground."

One customer commented on the under storage basket saying, "the only drawback, which wasn't really a problem for us but if you rely on the under-pushchair storage, then it can be difficult to access when the baby is in the pushchair and lying down." However, overall we like this stroller for travelling because it helps with keeping cool in the heat and the hood provides great protection, plus it is extremely lightweight.

Read our full review of the Silver Cross Zest stroller

  • Fun designs
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Convenient to carry
  • Suspension across all terrains could be improved
  • Basket hard to access when baby is lying down

9. Cosatto Woosh 3

Best travel stroller for design.

Rrp: £ 229.95

This pushchair ticks every box when it comes to the perfect holiday pushchair! Sleek and sporty, it's light enough to lift without thinking twice, but robust enough to tackle any terrain, thanks to all-round suspension and lockable swivel wheels. We like the one-hand fold which is convenient when travelling and we also thought the designs were fun and stylish, plus kids will love them too. Personally, we love the dinosaur design. One reviewer said, "My son naps really well in this and loves the bright colours and bold pattern – we tried one with a dragon design."

With comfort in mind, reviewers were impressed by the fully reclinable seat, adjustable leg rest and extra-large hood. Plus, we love that parents have been thought about too with the included cup holder so you can keep hydrated on the go. There is a large storage bag to put shopping or all those baby or travelling essentials and one customer was impressed by this saying, "I love the large basket, valuables pouch and matching rain cover, cleverly stowed beneath the seat."

Some reviewers thought it was heavier than other strollers, although one customer said, "I can forgive that for such a robust and reliable runaround." Other customers were disappointed that the foot muff is not included and has to be to bought separately. Overall though they were impressed and loved the design, convenience and comfort of this stroller, plus they found "it's smooth and sturdy to push, even on potholed streets."

  • Lots of fun designs to choose from
  • Includes cup holder for on-the-go
  • Foot muff not included which disappointed some reviewers who had to buy one separately

10. Ergobaby Metro+

Best sturdy travel stroller.

The Metro + will keep your precious cargo comfy, whether you're in Barcelona or Bromley, thanks to smooth suspension and puncture-proof tyres. We love that the seat has plush padding, as well as an adjustable leg rest and faux-leather handlebars, which make the stroller perfect for smaller or taller parents. Reviewers were impressed and commented saying, "after a lot of research, we picked the metro based on sturdiness, weight, large sun canopy and tyre size."

This is a lightweight stroller and easily fits on buses, tubes, trains and planes, weighing just 7.8kg. Reviewers also commented that it is compact when folded and can even fit in the footwell of a car. However, while the stroller feels strong the shopping baskets do not feel as secure which bothered some reviewers.

Nevertheless the sleek, streamlined design is still impressive and makes this a great choice for adventures. One reviewer added, "we brought it on holidays and are really happy with the product. The stroller feels much heavier than 6kg - more towards 7kg but does fold up pretty compact."

Read our full Ergobaby Metro+ review

  • Sleek, streamlined design
  • The compact fold can even fit in car footwell
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Shopping baskets could be more secure

11. Bugaboo Butterfly

Best travel stroller to grow with them.


Bugaboo is always popular and the Bugaboo Butterfly is impressively compact, plus we like the one-second fold which is great for travelling but also for day to day city life. Parents were impressed with how easy it is to set up and open, with one reviewer saying, "I opened the box, and you simply push in two buttons with one hand and the whole thing pops right open. It also closes that easily as well." Plus they liked that it is really lightweight, plus because it is compact it doesn't take up much room in the boot of the car, which is extremely handy because we all know how much stuff you need to pack when away with children.

While it might be small and light, you can still put up to 8kg in the basket, which is perfect for a shopping trip. Unfortunately, the Bugaboo Butterfly is not suitable for newborns so you will need an alternative travel buggy for those early days, but it is suitable from 6 months and can hold a weight of 22kg. For travelling there is a shoulder strap to make carrying it much more convenient and reviewers described it as "comfortable." Plus it can be carried onto the plane as hand luggage.

We also love that this is compatible with various Bugaboo accessories, which is great for parents who have already purchased accessories for a Bugaboo pram. The reviewers like the different colours with one reviewer saying, "I got green, which is the prettiest colour for our sweet little boy." They were also impressed with the car seat adapter which is easy to add to the stroller, and one one customer added that "his Nuna Air car seat just pops right on," and he continued, "I love this stroller and how it can grow with our little boy for several years to come."

Read our full Bugaboo Butterfly review

  • Compatible with certain car seats
  • It comes with a convenient carry strap
  • Easy and compact fold
  • Not suitable for newborns

12. Joie Baby Tourist Signature Pushchair

Best travel stroller for hands-free folding.


Suitable from birth, with a flat reclining seat, this tiny traveller is proof that big things can come in small packages, with three different modes to choose from including a carry cot, infant carrier and forward facing option. Reviewers liked that it offered multi-position recline to help your little one sleep soundly when out and about.

Weighing just under 6kg, the Tourist offers easy hands-free folding, as well as a handy carry strap and a storage bag which is great for travelling through airports or on planes, but also on buses and trains. For every day trips out to the shops, or day trips with the family, there is a roomy basket for all your essentials which we love. Reviewers agreed with one customer commenting, ""I purchased Joie Tourist for my one-year-old baby girl. I switched from a massive and heavy pushchair to a light one; it's so easy to use and can be folded and unfolded with one hand. It fits everywhere, and the design is lovely. I would recommend it."

Some testers found the harness is not that easy to use and can be fiddly so suggest it could do with improvement, but they liked the lockable front wheel for tough terrain and were impressed with the lie flat option making it suitable from birth. It is a great stroller to see you through from the newborn days right through the toddler years.

Read our full review of the Joie Baby Tourist

  • Harness could do with improving

13. Hauck Lightweight Pushchair Sport 

Best travel stroller for affordability.

Hauck's Sport stroller is the ideal travel companion, not only for public transport but for travelling too. The Hauck Sport has an easy and compact fold that will fit in most car boots, so getting where you need to be is simple with very little hassle. Reviewers were impressed with its simplicity with one commenting, "I bought it to take on holiday with me, and it was easy to fold, super light and worked absolutely fine. It doesn't have any fancy features, but you really can't expect them for the price. I'd recommend this product."

Our reviewers thought its lightweight frame makes it easy to push around, which is great when out and about every day or on holiday. Plus the basket underneath has enough space for all your essentials. Testers did note that the wheels could be improved because they are a bit small. But for an affordable stroller this is a great option and we liked that it is strong and durable to withstand travelling and every day use.

Price is a big plus here and one customer said, "I was pleasantly surprised about this stroller. Considering how little it costs, it really does do the job!" We like that it is lightweight and durable but won't break the bank.

  • Easy to fold
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Wheels could be improved

What to consider when buying the best travel strollers

Carry strap: Some lightweight pushchairs have shoulder straps or storage bags to make them easy to carry. Think about whether this is a feature you actually need.

Folding mechanism:  Folding and unfolding your pushchair should be easy and intuitive, even when you're holding your baby. One that's freestanding when folded will take up less space in your accommodation when it's not in use.

Pocket:  Somewhere to stash your valuables is a handy feature in a holiday stroller. Check that it's big enough to hold your purse, phone and keys.

Wheels:  Some lightweights have adjustable wheels that can handle different types of terrain. Lockable swivel wheels are ideal for manoeuvring between shiny shop floors or hotel lobbies and rougher ground. If you're heading for the beach, choose all-terrain wheels with good suspension.

Brake:  The brake should be easy to apply and release. Check that it's flip-flop-friendly!

Hood:  This protects your baby from the wind and sun – a must-have in a holiday pushchair. It should extend far enough to give full coverage of your baby's body, not just her face, even when the seat is fully reclined.

Fabric:  Sun lotion, sand and ice cream are a sticky combination, so check that the pushchair fabric is easy to clean. Also, if you're heading somewhere warm, a pushchair with breathable fabric will help keep your baby cool on a very hot day.

Seat recline:  For babies under six months, choose a pushchair with a seat that reclines flat. For older babies, check that the seat reclines far enough for comfy naps on the go and that the seat is easy (and quiet!) to adjust when your baby nods off in the pushchair. The upright seat position should be at the right angle for a toddler to see everything around her without straining forward.

Harness and buckles:  Look for a five-point harness that's easy to adjust, fasten and undo, as you're likely to be popping your child in and out of a holiday pushchair more frequently than usual. Check that inquisitive fingers won't be able to undo it!

Shopping basket:  The bigger, the better! A large storage basket should hold everything you need for a day out and more. Is there plenty of space for buckets and spades, plus beach towels and sun cream?

How we chose the best travel strollers

With several mums on the team, Mother&Baby is best placed to find the best travel strollers as used and tested in real life by our own babies. Plus, we have a huge panel of real mums who test products every year for the annual  Mother&Baby Awards , meaning we get to find out the best award-winning products that have been put through their paces thoroughly and independently by our readers.

Awards testers are asked to score the product they are reviewing in four areas: usability, design, quality and value for money. Each product is scored out of 10 with each of these areas in mind, and the final score determines which products make the coveted bronze, silver and gold spots in that product category.

Find out more about how we test and what considerations we take into account in our testing process.

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For the essential products, our annual  Mother&Baby Awards  shortlist the top products tested, and you can find full reviews from our mum testers provided on the product page. Thousands of our mum and dad testers have been putting these carriers and slings through their paces all year round and reporting back to help us coordinate this list of the best carriers out there.

Our shopping experts have also done their research to find the best travel strollers that have the best specifications with excellent reviews. So, which travel strollers came out on top?

Do you need a travel stroller?

Lightweight travel strollers are the perfect holiday pushchair if your existing buggy feels too cumbersome to travel with. But they're not just for holiday use – lots of parents replace their baby's first pushchair with a lightweight stroller once their baby starts walking, especially when a light, manoeuvrable pushchair is a practical choice. There are compromises to be made, though, and not all are suitable from birth.

How light do you need it to be?

A pushchair is considered lightweight if it is 7kg or less, but some weigh nearly half this! A very light pushchair will inevitably be less robust, so think about just how light you need it to be – will you be lifting it on and off trains with your baby strapped in, or carrying it with your baby in your arms when boarding a plane?

How compact do you need it to be?

When folded, most lightweight pushchairs are compact enough to fit into a standard car boot without taking up all the space. Others are designed to fold even more compactly. Check that it's freestanding when folded, too.

Emily Gilbert   is the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.

Travel Mad Mum


I have travelled to over 40 + countries with my two kids since they were newborns. Needless to say a small stroller for travel and a comfy carrier are two key items we always bring. 

On the whole, we are minimalists when we travel with our kids because we all know how easy it is to mount up on baby paraphernalia. It can be challenging enough carrying a baby, possibly another child hanging off the leg, nappy bag ,  suitcase and so on. 

Having the best travel stroller that is the most compact and lightweight stroller is paramount in making the journey as easy as possible.

The best travel stroller

We have been in the very lucky position to have the opportunity to try a tonne of strollers for the purpose of review and have developed a good insight into what features make the best travel pushchair. 

Each family’s needs will be different depending on how you travel. Whether it’s a long road trip and you want to save space in the boot, or if you are travelling by air and want your stroller as soon as you step foot off the plane, I have something for you here!

Below I’ve broken down the most important things to look for when choosing the best compact buggy for travel and why. After that I will take you through each of the best travel strollers on the market in 2020, explaining the pros and the cons and who that particular stroller might be best for.

I spoke with a group of travelling mums who told me about their lightweight stroller for travel and each gave me a review summarised in a paragraph.

You will see each opinion is honest and informative with the pros and cons. These reviews appear in italics beneath the stroller breakdown.

My personal contribution is the Mountain Buggy Nano and the Britax Holiday Double that you will find alongside the others. I hope it helps you in choosing a stroller for your adventures!

 What Features Make The Best Travel Buggy

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Depending on how you travel, how old your kids are,  and where you are headed will all affect what type of features you need in order to find the best travel buggy for your family.

We list the main features we look for in a travel buggy below. Some people’s priorities may be to find the most compact stroller and some may be more interested in making sure the seats recline and that it has ample basket space.

Read through and decide if each one is important to you so you can choose the best pushchair for your travels.

Lightweight Pushchair

How much the baby strollers weigh can be important if you are headed somewhere that you may end up carrying the stroller from place to place. As someone who has stayed in an Airbnb that was a fourth-floor walk-up , it’s not pleasant trying to drag a heavy stroller up and down the stairs. 

Additionally, if you are headed on a road trip it’s good to make sure you have a lightweight pushchair that you can easily get in and out of the boot.

Easily Foldable Strollers

The easily foldable stroller can be your best friend when you are travelling. It’s all good and well if you found a great stroller that is small and meets all your needs, but if it takes a team to fold it, it’s not that useful. 

Especially for parents that are travelling solo with their kids, you are going to want a one-hand fold stroller.

Collapsed Size

Collapsed size can be a very important to choosing the best travel pushchair! Depending on the size of your stroller you may have to check your stroller, be able to take it to the door of the plane, or even be able to take it on the plane and stow it in the overhead bin!

We often just throw our kids in the carrier and check our stroller but if you aren’t into baby wearing, or want to make sure nothing happens to the stroller in flight, this can be a very important category to pay attention to. 

Generally an umbrella stroller will collapse the smallest, but we will give you the collapsed dimensions of each of the pushchairs below so that you can check if the airline will accept it.

Basket Size

We love to have a large basket on our baby buggy so we can throw all the day’s necessities in there and have as little as possible to actually carry. 

Many travel strollers because of their compact size do not have large baskets, so if it’s important to you make sure to take note and read reviews about the basket size.

Fully Reclining Strollers

When looking for a kid’s stroller you may want to make sure you find a fully reclining stroller. 

If you don’t want to have to stop your day and find a place for naptime and have kids that nap easily in their stroller this may be particularly important. 

Travel System Strollers

If you are headed on a road trip you may want a travel sized baby pushchair that also supports a car seat attachment. 

If you want a travel system pushchair, it narrows down your options a bit and they are usually a bit larger but we’ve got a few good ones on the list.

Cheap Strollers

Some people may just be looking for lightweight, cheap pushchairs and if that’s your priority we get it. You may only be using this stroller once a year and it’s not worth a large investment. Some of the fantastic options below are quite cost effective and may even have all the features you are looking for. 

How Well Does it Work on Rough Roads

This one will heavily depend on your destination. If you are headed to an old European city with rough cobbled roads or on some off road adventures you need to make sure your stroller is up to the challenge. 

Some of the strollers on this list are made to be as lightweight as possible and that sometimes means smaller wheels which might make it harder to push when the pavement ends.

Of course, this should not be an issue for those visiting places with nice paved roads.

   Our Top Choices for Best Lightweight Stroller For Travel

Best travel stroller comparative table – single strollers.

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Gb Pockit – The Best Compact Stroller & Cheap Travel Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

This compact stroller for travel fold up into a measly 35 x 30 x 18 cm and only weighs 4.3kg. This tiny size allows it to be stored in front of your seat or in the overhead bin on the airplane.

The lightweight buggy is also very easy to fold up, although you will need two hands to do it.

gb Pockit+ All-Terrain, Ultra Compact Lightweight Travel Stroller with Canopy and Reclining...

  • Collapsible and Compact Design: This travel stroller’s ultra-compact and collapsible design ensures it…
  • Lightweight Convenience: This must-have umbrella stroller weighs a mere 9 1/2 pounds and makes one-handed…
  • Durable and Flexible Construction: Durable for everyday use as well as travel the Pockit plus is designed…

The GB Pockit is appropriate for kids starting at 6 months and up.

The stroller, like all strollers, comes with a few drawbacks. The benefits provided from having the most compact folding stroller causes it to also have a very small basket and not have the ability to recline. 

It also has small lightweight wheels which means it’s not great for rough roads like gravel roads or old cobblestone streets. 

The stroller’s handles for pushing can also be a little too low for taller parents. 

  • Cheap travel stroller
  • Best compact pushchair; Folds small enough to fit under airplane seat
  • Easy fold stroller
  • Lightweight
  • Recling seat
  • Small Basket
  • Not great for rough roads
  • Not car seat compatible


If your priority is finding a cheap pushchair that takes up as little space as possible, this is definitely the stroller for you. It is the most lightweight, compact stroller you’ll find. 

However, if you are not concerned with being able to take the stroller on the plane and want something that is a little more flexible, with options for larger baskets and car seat adapters you may want to choose one of the other options on the list.

GB Pockit Review

Contribution from Big Brave Nomad .

“The GB Pockit Stroller came crashing into the family travel industry, boxing out every other travel stroller with it’s extremely compact fold, durability and light weight.

Parent’s love this stroller because it makes plane travel and public transportation a breeze by folding small enough to fit under a seat or easily in your lap. Not only can you push an infant over 6 months (that sits on their own), but the stroller is rated up to 55 pounds and has a tall enough back to accommodate a 5 year old.

I have put my 2 & 3-year-old both in the Pockit and easily pushed it from point A to point B (That is almost 70lbs of weight).

Best Travel Strollers - GB Pockit

The benefits of this stroller outweigh the few drawbacks. As a parent who often travels alone with two toddlers , I need a stroller I can handle with one hand. The GB Pockit’s handles are made for single-handed manoeuvring .

This stroller weighs only 9.5 lbs, so it’s extremely easy to carry when folded. Another perk is the front wheels can either swivel 360 degrees for super easy manoeuvrability or they can lock in place for more rough terrain.

The main benefit of the GB Pockit is that it folds down to 11.8” x 7” x 13.8” which is incredibly tiny. So tiny, in fact, it won a Guinness Book World Record for most compact stroller.

This stroller EASILY fits under the seat in an airplane, or in the overhead compartment of a train. This means, no more gate checking your stroller! Bring it on the plane with you and you don’t have to wait on the bridge after your flight!

If you can believe this, the GB Pockit stroller DOES have an under basket. The basket is rated for 11lbs and is easily accessed from the front or back of the stroller. The basket is perfect for a small diaper bag or jackets.

This stroller does have a couple drawbacks. First, the canopy is absolutely worthless. It is tiny and flimsy and does not protect against the sun. Second, the seat does not recline at all.

Best Travel Stroller - GB Pockit

This hasn’t been a problem for us because our kids sleep in their Tula Carrier , but it could be frustrating for parents wanting their child to sleep in the stroller.

The stroller also has a bit of a quirky fold. The first few times I tried it, it took me so long to get it folded down the entire way. However, after lots of trips and lots of practice, it has become second nature.”

Mountain Buggy Nano

travel pram for 5 year old

  • full recline fabric sling seat providing a lie flat mode that is perfect for newborns
  • ultra lightweight at less than 6kg / 13lbs with a carry handle and shoulder strap – ideal for travel or…
  • easy two-step compact fold designed to fit in many carry-on luggage units or to leave in the car for…

travel pram for 5 year old

This umbrella pushchair can handle the cobblestone roads of old European streets and can even take on some gravel roads but if you are planning on doing any intense off-roading you should look into a more heavy-duty stroller.

The only notable drawback of the Mountain Buggy baby stroller is that it is not as lightweight and compact as some of the other options. Whether or not it is allowed on the plane will be up to the individual airlines. The basket is also on the smaller side.

  • Can be used from newborn until 20 kg
  • Comfortable stroller for naps, with fully reclining seat
  • Car seat compatible
  • Wheels can handle most roads
  • Scooter attachment
  • May not be allowed on airplanes due to size

If you are looking for a very versatile umbrella buggy that can be used at any age and for most situations, this may be the right stroller for you.

Mountain Buggy Nano Review

“The Mountain Buggy Nano was our first ever travel stroller and something I thought long and hard about. We ended up choosing it for a number of reasons.

Firstly it can be used from newborn up to a 20kg child. In terms of longevity, it was the perfect option to ensure it lasted us for our stroller days! We took our Mountain Buggy Nano on a family gap year during my maternity leave.

Best Travel Stroller Mountain Buggy Nano

We started off with the Mountain Buggy newborn cocoon inset so baby could lie down comfortably in the early stage. A stand out feature was the fact it could house a car seat to help us during those arm breaking moments. We could put our car seat and baby into the stroller allowing us to be hands-free and concentrate on luggage and the ever running away toddler. 

The Mountain Buggy Nano also has an option for a second child by connecting the Mountain Buggy free rider board . It’s essentially a scooter come buggy board that is perfect for an older sibling.

I love the fact the Mountain Buggy free-rider has two functions and can integrate with the travel stroller.  I don’t know how many times I’ve see a parent with two kids trying to carry a scooter and toddler, whilst also pushing a stroller.

Another necessary feature for us was the comfort and recline for the all-important nap. As you can see from my photo, it goes back enough for a comfy sleep and has some nice padding to make it soft. It also comes with a snooze and sunshade .

Likewise, it has a cover that makes it look like a suitcase when it’s all folded down. The fold is easy and having it so compact for flights meant we could put it in the overhead locker if we wanted. Similar to the GB Pockit, the fold is initially difficult but once you get the hang of it’s totally fine.”

Baby Jogger City Mini

travel pram for 5 year old

  • With a sleek, nimble, and lightweight design, this is the perfect everyday stroller for running errands…
  • Customize your ride for 4 different modes of use as a single or double with an infant car seat, pram, or…
  • The included infant car seat adapters are compatible with all Baby Jogger infant car seats

The stroller is also easily folded with one hand. It weighs 8.5 kg and its collapsed size is 100 x 65 x 40 cm.

  • Can handle most roads and terrains
  • Medium sized basket
  • Very easy one handed folding capabilities
  • Full recline
  • On the larger side when collapsed

Baby Jogger City Mini Review

Contribution from Pack More Into Life .

“Finding the perfect stroller can be quite the task, especially as a new mom. The internet can lead you down a rabbit hole of suggestions and price points. Luckily for us, we had lots of friends with kids and I worked as a babysitter and nanny, so I knew which things I liked and disliked about strollers.

We ended up choosing the Baby Jogger City Mini GT and absolutely loved it for all four years of use for my son. Folding it up was a piece of cake with a one-hand fold, it was small enough to fit inside a small SUV or car’s trunk space with enough room left over for other items.

The fabric was so easy to clean and looked great even after visiting over 20 countries in the span of four years. Not to mention all the fabulous accessories that Baby Jogger has, such as consoles for both parent and child , rain covers , travel bags (a must have), hand muffs for cold weather travel and more.

Baby Jogger City mini - best travel strollers

We purchased the padded travel bag and never had an issue with anything being broken or damaged when flying. Not to mention we stuffed in all sorts of extra diapers, wipes, and blankets into the bag.

Another favorite part of the stroller was its ability to grow with my son. Even at four years old and the size of a five-year-old, he could comfortably sleep and ride.

Diono Traverze Travel Stroller

The Diono Traverze is a super light stroller. While not as tiny as the Pockit stroller, it folds up small enough to be stored in most overhead compartments on airplanes. 

The umbrella fold stroller becomes a compact 60 x 41.5 x 24 cm when collapsed and weighs only 5.6 kg. The small size difference between this stroller and the Gb Pockit allows for a few more features that you may want on your airplane stroller. 

Diono Traverze, The Original Airplane Stroller, Grey Linear (72108)

  • LUGGAGE STYLE STROLLER: Suitable from birth up to 45 lb the Diono Traverze is the original luggage style…
  • ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT: Only 12.3 lbs (5.6kg) to help you glide through the world, with neat pull along handle…
  • SUPER COMPACT FOLD = AIRPLANE FRIENDLY: True one hand fold makes Traverze super compact to fit most…

travel pram for 5 year old

A notable drawback of this stroller is just that it’s small wheels can’t really handle any sort of rough terrains like cobblestone or gravel roads. 

For those looking for cheap baby strollers, it comes at a very reasonable price tag. You can usually find the Diono Traverze stroller for as little as 130 GBP. You can check current prices for the UK here and the USA here .

  • Cheap umbrella stroller
  • Medium basket
  • Compact and light pushchair
  • Fully reclines
  • Can’t handle rougher roads

If you are looking for the best lightweight buggy this might be for you. While not as small as the Pockit, it remains small enough to bring on most airplanes and gives you the added bonus of a fully reclining seat and a medium-sized basket. 

If you need a stroller for rougher roads such as old European cobblestone roads, or any sort of off-road gravel situation you may want to choose one of the larger options.

Buy stroller in the USA here and the UK here .

Diono Traverze Review

Contribution from Otis and Us .

“We have been trying out the Dio no Traverze travel stroller and love it. It is extremely lightweight – at less than 12.3lbs/5.6kg it is great for transportation, travel and general day-to-day use. The stroller has a super compact fold that is incredibly easy to put up and fold down, you can do it with one hand.

Best Stroller for Travel - Diono Traverze

A great feature is the telescopic handle that pulls out like a suitcase. The stroller has a five point harness with removable straps and pads which I love as they are easy to clean if needed.

The stroller also comes with a great water-resistant travel carry cover that zips around the folded pushchair and a rain cover which we are yet to test out!”

Babyzen Yoyo

travel pram for 5 year old

  • EASY TO USE – YOYO2 is one of the most lightweight, compact, full-feature strollers available. Designed…
  • TAKE IT EVERYWHERE – It’s never been easier to meet up with friends, catch a cab, or hop onto the subway….
  • GROWS WITH YOUR CHILD – Now you only need one stroller! Our all-in-one frame accommodates your growing…

travel pram for 5 year old

Additionally, it is a very easy to fold up stroller, it takes only one hand and a few seconds to accomplish. Once folded it even has a carry strap that allows you to carry it over your shoulder like a purse.

This single stroller also hold up better than the other super light stroller option. While we still wouldn’t expect it to hold up well on gravel, it will do a little better on cobblestone type roads. 

  • Very lightweight and compact
  • One hand, easily collapsible stroller
  • Car seat adaptable
  • Small enough to store in the airplane overhead bin
  • Reclining seat
  • Not good for really rough terrains

Babyzen Yoyo Review

Contribution from Travel Sisters 

“The Babyzen YOYO2 is my top choice for the ultimate travel stroller.  As a minimalist traveler, I have made peace with the fact that traveling with kids involves more gear. Still, I carefully consider each item I bring along and make sure it will make our travels more seamless.

This meant no stroller as I preferred wearing my son in a carrier so I could freely explore and not have to gate check my full-size stroller as a bonus.  Many people have multiple strollers at home but we live in a condo in the city so we don’t have the luxury of extra space. 

The time came though when depending on where we traveled a stroller would be easier.  After much research and test-driving, I splurged on Babyzen YOYO2 and never looked back. 

Initially, the main selling point was size. I loved that I could take it onboard as carry on luggage and even wheel it down the aisle to our seats.  When at home, I could conveniently store it in our small coat closet- it comes with a storage bag but I don’t really bother with it.

The way this stroller works is you purchase the frame and then customize it to your needs.  I read reviews praising the various color options but that wasn’t a selling point for me as I always go for black anyway.

The biggest draw was that customization meant you could choose to use this from birth, with a car seat or for an older child.  The car seat option requires adapters and the newborn and infant option separate fabrics but the a la carte options keeps you from ending up with more parts than you need.

I originally purchased this when my son was 6 months, but now that I have a newborn, I find this stroller especially useful.  Even with the flat pram for young infants, the Babyzen YOYO 2 still remains compact. Despite the small size, you don’t sacrifice comfort.

 Both my kids love riding in it as it does not feel like a flimsy stroller where riders experience every bump. An included generous sun canopy and rain shield keep kiddos comfy in all types of weather.  And aside from having to carry a big grocery haul home, the Babyzen Yoyo 2 has now become my go-to at home, thanks to the decent storage for a stroller of this size.”

Maclaren Techno XT

travel pram for 5 year old

  • The lightest compact fold on the market. The simple 2D fold beats the competition on basic weight at…
  • Comfy and perfect for travel. The extendable, waterproof and UPF 50+ hood includes a window and air…
  • Smart product for active parents. The Atom style set includes a premium wind-resistant Raincover,…

The Maclaren Atom can also be folded fairly easily, and once you get the hang of it, it can be done one handed.

It also has the added bonus of adjustable pushing handles so that it’s within arms reach no matter how tall you are.

  • Many reclining options, making it suitable for all ages
  • Can handle rougher terrain such as cobblestone and gravel
  • Easy folding stroller
  • Adjustable height handles for pushing
  • Car seat compatible 
  • Small basket 

Maclaren Techno XT Review

Contribution from Passport & Adventures .

“Having invested in a travel system with our son we realised a travel system wasn’t going to cut it. We decided to change to a stroller and went with a reputable British brand, the Maclaren . Our main reason was it was an umbrella stroller and was a one-piece buggy. 

It is certainly not the lightest of strollers, there are many more on the market that weigh less. It comes in at just over 7kg depending on the year of manufacture. But this simply means it feels good-quality, sturdy and durable.

The Maclaren comes with a sun hood, rain cover, two pockets on the back and a small storage space underneath the seat. There are two handles which have adjustable height to two settings. Handy if you are a couple where one of you is 5 feet 2 and the other is 6 foot 1.

Best stroller for travel - Maclaren Techno XT

There is a side click lock which keeps the stroller folded for storage or transport. This can feel flimsy but does the job. And if it should break for any reason, Maclaren will replace it. They replaced ours free-of-charge.

There is also a carry handle for ease of transport once folded. You can fold the stroller one-handed if needed, but it’s a skill. The hood unzips to provide additional protection for your child from the sun and the stroller is suitable from birth upwards. In the latest model of the Techno XT there are 4 reclining seat positions and an additional head hugger.

The rain cover is included, something which can be an added extra with some strollers and has brilliant clip holes to clip onto the stroller to keep it in place. The leg rest extends to provide additional comfort and the wheels are lockable or can swivel.

They also have reflector hubcaps and can handle uneven terrain pretty well thanks to the four-wheel suspension. Although cobbled streets can be a bit bumpy, on smoother surfaces it is a comfortable ride for babies and younger children.

We used this stroller for our son between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, and it was by far the best investment we made. Once we had bought it our travel system never got used again.

Best Double Strollers for Travel

Best travel strollers comparative table – double strollers.

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Phil & Ted’s Double Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

This 3 wheel stroller functions almost like a tandem stroller with the second seat being added as a back attachment so it doesn’t take up any additional space, making it easier to maneuver.

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The stroller also has great wheels that can take on almost any terrain. 

It weighs in at 14 kg and collapses to 86 x 65 x 31.5 cm. 

  • Takes up the same amount of space as a single, when set up
  • Can be used for kids of all ages
  • Can also be used as a single stroller
  • Can handle most terrains
  • Easy to collapse
  • Small basket

If you are looking for a good quality double stroller for travel, this is a great option. While it’s not the smallest or lightest of the double strollers, it scores in almost every other category. Most double strollers won’t be allowed on the plane in any case so it’s size might not be a drawback for you. 

Phil & Ted’s Double Stroller Review

Contribution from The Elusive Family . 

“If you have two different aged children, look no further than Phil & Ted’s classic stroller .  This stroller has been life changing for travel from cobblestone streets in Paris, to winding hills in Germany to the high curbed streets of Chicago.

Lightweight, easy to fold and super smooth, this stroller is a great compact travel stroller.

If you have two children, this stroller will provide you with even the most stubborn child enjoying the ride.  With a main seat in the front and the ability to attach a secondary seat in the back, it provides two ways for children to sit.

You have the ability to take a baby and toddler, with both kiddos front facing, and safely strapped in a 5 point harness system!

BEST TRAVEL STROLLERS - Phil and Ted's Double Stroller

If you have a baby, you can adjust the main seat to lie flat for a baby to lie on and nap, while also allowing for your second child to sit in their seat.  You also have the option of purchasing a car seat adapter in quickly and easily insert a car seat.  A variety of adapters are available depending on which car seat you have.

The tires are all terrain and are surprisingly resilient to any bumps you encounter on your walks. It’s even very easily to maneuver with one handle (if necessary) since the tires all work together to ensure smooth handling. 

The under seat storage area has an option for the fabric to clip down and is large enough for a bag or two of groceries and even a child’s feet to rest in!

Britax Holiday Double – Cheap Double Stroller

The Britax B-Lively Double will be the best double stroller for you if your priority is a cheap double stroller, which also happens to be the most lightweight double stroller.

This double umbrella stroller weighs in at only 9 kg and folds down to 60 x 50 x 28 cm.

It also has a large basket underneath and handles bumpy, cobblestone roads well.

The holiday double also folds down very quickly and easily. 

You can usually find the Britax double for as little as 450 GBP. You can find current prices here .

The downsides of the double is that it barely reclines. It also has handlebars that may be an uncomfortable height for tall people.

The stroller is also only suitable for babies over 6 months old unless an infant car seat is used.

  • Smallest and most lightweight double stroller
  • Handles rough roads
  • Large basket
  • Cheap double stroller
  • Barely reclines
  • Only suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years
  • Short handlebars 

If you are looking for a cheap lightweight double stroller for travel, this one is a great option. It hits most the checkpoints of what people look for in a travel stroller as long as your kids are within the age limits and don’t need a reclining seat.

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Britax Holiday Double Review

“The Britax Double stroller has to be one of the most compact on the market. It folds up so small and at only 9kg in weight, its easy to carry around when the kids aren’t using it.

the best travel puschairs - Britax Holiday Double

Most of the time, both of our kids are running around the place and only want to sit in the buggy when they are feeling tired. It’s so handy to be able to pack It up and wear it as a backpack rather than pushing it around with no kids in it!

It’s really easy to navigate, the only shortfall is it does not recline very far. The Britax Double also comes in a single stroller.”

Read more reviews here .

UppaBaby G-Link

travel pram for 5 year old

This one comes with a large basket and a fully reclining seat. The fully reclining seat allows it to be used for newborns and up.

The G-Link’s wheels are equipped to handle some rougher, cobblestone and gravel roads. It also is an easy fold stroller.

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  • Suitable from 3 months up to 55 lbs per seat
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Independent multi-position reclining seats

It also is a bit larger and heavier than the Britax Holiday Double. It weighs in at 11.2 kg and collapses to 104 x 46 x 46 cm.

  • Large Basket
  • Fully Reclining Stroller
  • Easy Folding Stroller
  • Handles Rougher Roads
  • Collapsed size is not that small
  • A bit heavier than alternatives

UppaBaby G-Link Stroller Review

Contribution from October Acres  

“This UPPAbaby G-LINK was made with the traveling family in mind.  It’s relatively lightweight and compact yet has plenty of storage space.  It comes with a clip on cup holder and clip on sun visors, both of which we consider essential in a travel stroller! 

The two sides of the stroller recline independently of each other and you can even add in the infant support system on one or both sides.  We love the G-Link storage bag you can purchase separately that will keep your stroller and it’s components safe while flying.

Best double stroller for travel - uppababy g-link

Despite my children being on the older side (3 and 6) we’ve used this stroller a ton while traveling. 

It’s especially nice to have after we’ve had a busy day of hiking, sightseeing or skiing and the kids just want to relax, but we want to continue to walk around town and explore. 

Creative Outdoor Wagon Stroller

travel pram for 5 year old

This wagon allows them to sit or stand and move around and still folds down pretty compactly although it is a bit on the heavy side.

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Most models of the wagon come with plenty of pockets and maybe even a basket to store your things or you can drop some things in the wagon itself.

  • Especially good for kids who don’t like to sit still
  • Lots of storage/basket space
  • Can be used for multiple kids
  • Not suitable for infants
  • No car seat adapters

If you are looking for an alternative to a traditional stroller or if your kids don’t like sitting for extended periods, this could be a great thing to try out. 

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Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Hi! I noticed you have a picture of your kids using 3-wheel stroller in front of an entrance surrounded with flowers in the "MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO REVIEW" section. Which stroller is that?

It's one of the other Mountain Buggy strollers - it's not as compact as the nano but a really great stroller.

Thursday 25th of April 2019

Has anyone tried travelling with a Doona? I'm interested because it works as a car seat and a pushchair but I'm not sure how convenient it is when actually travelling. I'm thinking having a car seat when travelling in Asia on trains and buses could be handy, whilst then easily converting into a much needed pushchair.

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Sunday 28th of April 2019

We haven't tried it but if you do, be sure to leave a comment letting us know what you thought of it!

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The 6 Best Strollers for Big Kids: (3 to 7 years old)

Best Stroller for Big Kids

The most important factors to consider when buying a big-kid stroller are comfort and ease of use. You don’t want to find yourself trying to maneuver and fold a bulky, heavy stroller. At the same time, it’s important for your child to fit comfortably in their stroller.

After trying several strollers and hearing what other parents have to say, I’ve determined that the best big-kid stroller is the  gb Pockit+ All-Terrain Ultra-Compact Lightweight Travel Stroller . It weighs only 12.3 lbs, has infinite reclining positions, and folds down in seconds to a handbag-shaped package that is easy to carry around. No other stroller on this list is so lightweight and easy to use while providing superior comfort.

BEST PREMIUM: gb Pockit+ All-Terrain Ultra-Compact Lightweight Travel Stroller

On the other hand, if your budget is tight, the  Summer  is the stroller for you. It gets you everything you need in a stroller for big kids at the lowest price possible and is by far the best value for the money. It’s one of the lightest strollers on this list, second to only the gb Pockit+ above, making it easy for parents to push and carry. It can fit a child up to 43 inches and 50 pounds, has four reclining positions, and is very comfortable.

BEST VALUE: Summer 3DLite Convenience Stroller

Last, if you’re looking for a jogging stroller , the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Stroller is your best bet. It’s by far the best stroller for a big kid. It can handle an astounding 75 lbs yet weighs less than most jogging strollers on the market.

BEST JOGGING: Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

Keep reading for more information on each of these strollers or to see other good strollers for big kids.

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What Should I Look for in a Stroller for Big Kids?

#1: gb pockit+ all-terrain ultra-compact lightweight travel stroller (best lightweight travel stroller for older kids), #2: summer 3dlite convenience stroller (best umbralla stroller), #3: joovy zoom 360 ultralight jogging stroller (best jogging stroller for big kids), #4: dream on me coast stroller rider (best disney stroller for big kids), #5: bob gear revolution flex 3.0 (stroller with high weight limit), #6: evenflo pivot xplore double stroller wagon (best double stroller), at what age is a child too old for a stroller, verdict: your best stroller for big kids .

We all know how vital a stroller is when your baby is brand new. But what about when they start getting older? Once your child hits the 3-year-old mark, they’re likely ready to leave their ‘baby’ stroller behind. Parents need to know the right stroller to choose for their bigger kids, and we have the secret to success in this list. Here, you will find a variety of strollers for older kids, whether you need a lightweight pram or a  jogging stroller  to stay active. I’ll also tell you which one we use.

Now, some parents might ask themselves:  Do I really need strollers for older children?  The answer is yes. Do you want to know why I say this? Well, imagine trekking through Disneyland with a 5-year-old. You think they are finally big enough to go without needing a stroller. Then, imagine carrying said 5-year-old through half the park because their legs are tired. The result? You had a great and exciting trip, but your back is ruined for the next three weeks.

So, don’t think you don’t need a Pram for big kids. While they might be able to handle a lot of things, walking incredibly long distances isn’t exactly up their alley. You, your legs, and your back will thank you for buying a big kid stroller.

You shouldn’t purchase a stroller for big kids or tall toddlers willy-nilly. There is a science behind purchasing a big kid stroller. Well, okay, it isn’t  that  difficult. But think of it this way. If you have a 5-year-old and need a stroller, but he’s on the taller end of the spectrum, you need to be careful to ensure you’re finding one that meets his size requirements. Here are some top things to look for in a stroller for older children.

Criteria #1: Does the stroller meet your child’s size requirements?

This is the most important thing to consider when purchasing a stroller for an older child. That’s because older children are a wide range of heights and weights. Pay close attention to the size limits on the stroller. Some may be more suitable for a taller and stocker child, while other strollers are lightweight and ideal for a growing 3-year-old.

Criteria #2: Does the stroller meet your and your child’s needs?

Again, the perfect stroller designed for a toddler will not be suitable for a much older child, say 5 or 6 years old. You need to make sure that your kid is going to have enough room and be comfortable. You also need to make sure that there are features to help  you  as well. This includes storage space and, for some, a lighter-weight design.

Criteria #3: Is the stroller the right style?

Aside from comfort and design, another thing to consider is whether or not it is the right  style . Think about whether or not you need something more portable and lightweight. These are best for on-the-go moms and dads. On the other hand, a very active parent might want to ditch the  umbrella stroller  and opt for a jogging stroller. Still, some parents might need extra space to accommodate more than one child. Once again, pay attention to features and style to ensure the stroller is specific to your needs.

Criteria #4: Is the stroller the right price?

Of course, you should always consider the price. If you’re on a budget, you might have to skimp on a few features here and there, such as an adjustable footrest or parent tray. If you are willing to spend a little more, make sure that the features are worth the extra dollars. Luckily, there is a wide variety of strollers to choose from on this list. Finding one that you love for a price you can afford will be a cinch.

My Top Picks for the Best Stroller for Big Kids of 2024

I researched extensively to find the  best  strollers for big kids. As a mom, I know the importance of finding the best items for your child. I paid attention to the stroller’s overall features, price, and design. I also looked at reviews from parents across the world, considering their customer reviews when adding them to this list.

Recommended ages: Newborn + Weight limit: 5 5 pounds Stroller weight: 12.3 pounds

gb Pockit Plus All-Terrain Ultra-Compact Lightweight Travel Stroller

When looking for a premium big kid stroller, you’re likely thinking about something lightweight yet fully functional. Almost everyone can benefit from a lightweight travel stroller, whether they need a stroller for a big kid or a baby stroller. So why did we pick the gb Pockit+? Let’s take a look at why this is one of the best strollers on this list.

Ultra-Compact and Self-Standing

But the gb Pockit+ takes convenience a step further than other strollers. This is done in two ways:

  • Transformation in seconds.  It’s true – the gb Pockit Plus comes with one of the most unique transformations on this list. It actually breaks down into a handbag-shaped package that can easily be carried around. Being only 10 pounds, it’s not much heavier than other items parents are likely to be carrying around.
  • Airplane carry-on compliant.  Not all strollers are created equal, especially when it comes to their airplane carry-on compliance. While most strollers won’t make their way onto the plane, the Pockit Plus  does . This stroller folds down swiftly and can be stored in overhead bins for easy access.
  • Self-standing.  The self-standing feature makes this stroller  so  much easier to store. Simply break it down and toss it anywhere, whether in the trunk or the closet. It takes up little to no space!

Infinite Reclining Positions

Comfort is key when it comes to a stroller for a 4-year-old, 5-year-old, or even 6-year-old. That is why the gb Pockit+ comes with an infinite variety of reclining positions for your child. These strollers are designed for complete customization for comfort, so there is less whining during the trip and more good times to be had.

UPF 50+ Protection Canopy

Aside from comfort, safety is also a significant concern for the majority of parents. Unfortunately, while using a stroller, children can be susceptible to some pretty horrible weather conditions – especially when it comes to the sun. Well, the gb Pockit+ ensures your child has plenty of sun protection by tossing a large sun canopy above with UPF 50+. Gone are the days when parents had to worry about sunburn while using a stroller!

Durable and Agile

The gb Pockit+ is made using high-quality materials that keep you and your child safe while in use (and when being stored). Aside from reliability and durability, it’s also constructed to be agile. Up front, you will find a pair of swivel wheels that allow for easy navigation, whether you’re touring the busy city streets of Rome or making your way down a winding path.

Final Thoughts:  If you are willing to spend a little more on a lightweight stroller, consider the gb Pockit+. This is notably the best lightweight stroller as it is lightweight and super compact yet still highly durable and ready to take on any terrain. Plus, it has a reasonably high weight capacity, so this is an excellent stroller for big and small kids.

What do parents have to say about this best lightweight stroller, though? Well, parents have said that this stroller is “The answer to traveling with an older toddler” and remark, “What a jewel of a stroller.” Need we say anything else? You can’t go wrong with this best travel stroller for tall toddlers and kids, whether you’re using it near or far. Well worth the money!

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Recommended ages: 6 months, up to 43 inches Weight limit: 50 pounds Stroller weight: 13 lbs.

Summer 3DLite Convenience Stroller

Whether you’re looking for a stroller for a toddler or a stroller for a 6-year-old, one thing that comes to mind is  value . I love getting the best value on any item I purchase, so finding a stroller that met the description as the ‘best value’ was wildly important.

With that being said, I chose the Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. This “perfect stroller” has plenty of valuable features and convenience is built  into  the name; you can’t go wrong with that! Overall, it is the best big kid stroller over 50 pounds for my six years old child.

Lightweight Umbrella Stroller – Just 13 Pounds

If there is one type of stroller that  every parent  should have in their arsenal, it’s an umbrella stroller. They are specifically designed to be compact and lightweight. They can be used for quick walks around the block or taken to amusement parks and other exciting venues. The best part is that they are small enough to fit in compact spaces and pop up in a matter of seconds- perfect for on-the-go moms and dads.

Well, the Summer 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is designed to be super portable- it weighs only 13 pounds! Because of its lightweight design, this stroller makes a great option for travel and everyday use. Take it anywhere, and you will be glad you did.

4-Position Recline

Kids like to be comfortable – can you blame them? Well, the unfortunate part of owning an umbrella stroller is that they typically don’t come with any type of recline.

But the Summer 3D Lite is different. This comfy stroller comes with four different reclining options. This makes it easy for young children and tall toddlers, such as 3 and 4-year-olds, to take a nap while out and about. Older kids will like being propped up and able to see the world.

Compact Fold, Easy Storing, and Carry Strap

Ease of use is just as important as any other feature. The Summer 3D Lite breaks down quickly and easily and even comes with a carrying strap to make life  that  much easier for parents. These lightweight umbrella strollers also have an adjustable and removable canopy to save space. When you need it on sunny days, simply attach it back to the stroller. It’s a cinch!

Plenty of Storage Space

Another common problem with umbrella strollers is that they simply don’t have enough storage space. The Summer 3D Lite packs a punch of storage to their product, though. Turns out, you can have an extra-large storage basket that taps out at 10 pounds. Here, you can place all of your must-haves from snacks to toys, iPhones to water bottles. Plus, there is an additional rear storage pocket and a cup holder for moms who can’t leave their coffee at home.

Final Thoughts:  It’s a great lightweight stroller that can be used with children up to 43 inches and 50 pounds. With fairly high numbers like these, kids of  all  ages can utilize it. Moms and dads will enjoy how compact and lightweight it is, making it the go-to for travel and everyday use.

As far as actual customer reviews are concerned, it was hard to find  any  negative comments. Most negative reviews were about minute details, such as the cup holder being a bit small or the 5-point harness being wider than other models.

These minor inconveniences can be overlooked, especially for a bigger kid travel stroller. The overwhelming number of positive comments outdoes any negative ones, making this a confident purchase for any parent.

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Recommended ages: 3 months + Weight limit: 75 Pounds Stroller weight: 26 pounds

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

Parents who enjoy things like running and hiking  need  a high-quality jogging stroller in their arsenal. If you think you can get by jogging with a lightweight stroller or travel stroller, think again. I have tried it, and I failed miserably. This is especially true when you’re dealing with older kids. You simply can’t get a smooth ride, which puts a real damper on your workout.

With that being said, you  need  a jogging stroller you can depend on. Our favorite, undoubtedly, is the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller. This is the powerhouse of jogging strollers. It comes with all the best features you can imagine, allowing for a superior workout that burns leftover baby weight in no time. Here are some of our top reasons for loving this jogging stroller.

Uniquely Designed Workout Wheels

Two features go into a smooth ride: wheels and suspension. The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight has  both . In the back, you will find 16-inch lockable rear wheels. These large-sized beauties ensure a smooth, sleek ride from start to end. They also help to absorb shock better than typical stroller wheels. With shock absorption, children feel calm and comfortable, even when in use over awkward, bumpy, and rock-lined terrain.

The front wheel is also designed to be large and in charge. The front wheel is notably easier to swivel than typical stroller wheels. Aside from superior maneuverability, the front wheel can also be locked in place. This allows for a quicker run, so you are still able to sprint during your HIIT workouts.

Lightweight Jogging Stroller – 26 Pounds

I know what you’re thinking – 26 pounds isn’t exactly  lightweight . But compared to other jogging strollers on the market, this jogging stroller is incredibly light. Most are well over 30 pounds! The Joovy Ultralight, though, is made to be lightweight yet still durable. Being a lighter weight allows for better portability, so you can stay active even when you’re far from home.

High Weight Capacity

One  major  standout of the joovy zoom 360 is the fact that it has a high weight capacity. yes, the joovy zoom 360 can handle an astounding 75 pounds. those with larger children will enjoy a high weight limit with this travel stroller. so, even if you aren’t in the market for a jogging stroller, you might still find this stroller to be the best stroller for you and your needs., wide seat with multi-position recline.

This is notably a top-of-the-line big kid stroller for all ages, whether you have a 4-year-old or a 7-year-old. That is all thanks to the high weight limit. But it doesn’t stop there. With comfort in mind, this stroller has an extra-wide seat that can handle big kids. It is also set up high, so kids big and small can get a good look at the world around them. When they want to sit back and relax a bit, simply choose one of the many multiple-position recline options.

Car Seat Adapter

Now, you’re probably wondering why we would add car seat features to a big kid stroller guide. The answer is simple – some people are looking for a stroller that will grow  with  their child. Well, this jogger comes with an infant car seat adapter. Why does this matter? With an adapter, you can bring your small child along for the ride when they’re still brand new. When they get older, you can ditch the adapter and simply use the jogger.

Simply put, this jogger will see you from the beginning of your child’s life to the middle. It’s not only the best stroller for a child over 50 lbs but best for anyone who wants a jogger that will get plenty of use.

Final Thoughts:  If you’re looking for jogging strollers that will change how you work out  for good , consider the jogging strollers from Joovy – most notably, the Joovy 360 Ultralight. This stroller comes with all the best features you would ever want from jogging strollers. From the high weight capacity to the uniquely designed wheel with premium suspension capabilities, this is a jogger any mother will love to own.

This jogger has plenty of positive reviews. Many parents say that their children love it; even those who have big kids say that their child is nice and comfortable. Some parents have stated this is an excellent option for a child with special needs. Since there is so much space and room for big kids, those who need a special needs stroller might consider it. The only downside is that it’s a bit difficult to collapse, but that’s expected with a jogger – even an ultra-lightweight jogger.

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Runner-Up: Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller

Another highly recommended jogger is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller. This jogger has a bit lower weight limit, with 65 pounds being the maximum weight capacity. However, the Baby Jogger City Mini is far easier to fold, as it only needs a single hand. The Baby Jogger City Mini also comes with a uniquely designed suspension system. However, it fails in comparison to the oversized wheels found on the Joovy jogger. All in all, this is an excellent second option.

Recommended ages: 6 months + Weight limit: 45 pounds Stroller weight: 13.50 pounds

Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider

When you are looking for a big kid stroller while traveling to Disney, you want to find something that can grow  with  them. After all, even though a stroller might be able to accommodate a big child, this doesn’t mean they always want to be pushed around in one. That’s where innovation is key. The Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider is, without a doubt, the most innovative and best travel stroller on this list. It’s a 3-in-1 design that is truly impressive, especially for the low price.

3-in-1 Innovative Design

The biggest thing that sets the Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider apart from the competition is the 3-in-1 design. Let’s face it – there is no other stroller on this list that can give you this many different options. But what are the different options, exactly? Let’s take a closer look.

  • Stroller . The stroller is best for younger kids between the ages of 6 months of 3-4 years. In the stroller position, the product works and feels like regular lightweight strollers. It has a comfortable seat with a high back and plenty of legroom. Plus, it comes with a 5-point harness to keep younger and smaller children safe.
  • Rider. The rider position is best for older kids who don’t want to ride around in a regular ‘stroller’ anymore. The rider ditches the stroller seat entirely. It gets rid of the back and only leaves a small platform for kids to sit on. Here, they aren’t confined using a harness, and there is a  ton  of space. This extra space makes this a great stroller for kids of all ages and sizes.
  • Scooter . What kid doesn’t love a scooter? Well, instead of going out and buying a whole new toy, you can simply turn your Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider into a stroller for your kids to ride on. It’s fun and lets your kids stay active, something that is incredibly important in these sedentary times.

Attaches to Almost Anything

Another innovative advantage of the Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider is that it attaches to almost anything. So, if you’re a parent with a smaller child that requires a  travel system  to tote them around, you can simply attach this stroller to the back. You can also attach it to wheelchairs, shopping carts, you name it. This makes it easy for parents to take their children anywhere and ensure they are safe at all times.

Easily Folds Like a Book

If we are being completely honest, it is an absolute  pain  to fold and store the majority of strollers. Trust me, I’ve been there. Trying to fold down a travel system was a nightmare. Even a lightweight stroller can be difficult to collapse! One great thing about the Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider is that the folding mechanism allows one to fold with  one  hand. Not only that, but it folds down like a book. The compact fold is so  small when it’s collapsed, you can easily store it just about anywhere. Bye-bye, bulk!

Convenience in the Palm of Your Hands

There is a reason why the Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider won the JPMA Innovation Award. The unique style and innovative design set it apart from the crowd instantly. But the stroller doesn’t stop at being an attachable, collapsible, 3-in-1 dream come true. There are a few other great features of this compact stroller that parents will enjoy, including:

  • Adjustable handles.  The handles are completely adjustable to go up and down. Anyone can easily push the small and big kids around. Tall Uncle Joe will have no issue putting the handlebars up, while Mom can easily slide them down. This allows anyone to push and feel absolute comfort- no sore back from bending over the next day!
  • Soft-ride wheels.  With soft-ride wheels, it’s a breeze to push over a variety of  terrains . Not only do these wheels ensure that the stroller is easy to push, but it’s also far more comfortable for the child riding, too. You can’t go wrong!
  • Meets the stroller size for Disney parks.  This might not be necessary for some parents, but it is for me. This stroller meets the size requirements for Disney parks. Bring it along for the trip and never worry about your child complaining that their legs are hurting halfway through the adventure.

Could you believe that this innovative stroller doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This wonderful stroller is  very  cost-effective. Even those on a budget will find that they can likely purchase this stroller and be glad they did. So, if you’re on a budget, check this stroller out. It’s great for a variety of ages and sizes and will be comfortable for many years.

Final Thoughts:  If you love 3-in-1 products that give you the biggest bang for your buck, then you will love the Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider. It’s the most innovative product on this list and can be enjoyed by kids big and small. Parents love how easy it is to collapse and how much use their child will get out of it.

As far as reviews are concerned, it was hard to find any bad comments. People said things like “Love it! Worth the price” and “Amazing for the price.” There were only minor complaints, such as the seat having zero paddings. Other than that, this stroller has incredible reviews, and it’s definitely worth it for the low price.

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Recommended ages: Newborn to 44 inches Weight limit: 165 pounds Stroller weight: 33.1 pounds

Bob Gear Revolution Flex 3.0

Trying to find strollers that hold up to 100 pounds can be difficult, if not impossible. But plenty of big kids find themselves on the higher end of the scale, especially when they are reaching the ages of 6 and 7.

So how can a parent still take their tall and heavy toddle r or child out and about in a stroller when they have topped the scales?

The best thing to do is to find the best strollers for big kids with a high weight capacity. Our favorite is the Bob Gear Flex 3.0. Here’s why.

Maximum Weight Limit or Capacity

Obviously, the biggest advantage of the Bob Revolution Flex is that it comes with an incredible weight capacity of 165 pounds . That is by far the maximum weight limit out of all of the strollers on this list. With such a high maximum weight, this stroller isn’t limited to being another one of those strollers for 3-year-olds. No, this is the best big kid stroller option that can see them from  newborn  and 4 years old stroller .

Designed for Superior Comfort

Your little one should feel comfortable on the ride, no matter how big they are or where they are going. In addition to providing a seat that can handle plenty of weight, Bob strollers are made with an all-wheel suspension system and air-filled tires for superior comfort. They slide sleekly over any rough terrain, even the bumpiest roads aligned with rocks and cracks. Take your child anywhere, whether you end up on a rigorous hiking trail or simply go around the block.

Adjustable Handlebar

An adjustable handlebar is necessary when it comes to strollers, especially a travel stroller. Why? Because if the handle is too short, you will be left with a backache. If it’s too tall, it will simply be impossible. Well, these strollers come with completely adjustable handlebars. Adjusting to anyone’s height is a cinch.

No-Rethread Harness

Parents aren’t the only ones who will benefit from adjustments. With most strollers, mom or dad will have to re-thread the entire safety five-point harness to adjust the seat height. That is not the case with the Bob Revolution Flex strollers. Here, you can simply adjust the safety harness with one hand. There is no necessary rethreading. Adjust the safety harness as your child grows older.

A lot of the strollers on this list have great storage space, but they still can’t compare with the Bob Revolution Flex strollers. These strollers come with a whopping 6 storage pockets. There is also an extra-large cargo basket underneath that can hold all of your must-haves. There is also a cell phone pocket right at the handlebar, so you can whip out your phone when needed.

Superior Reclining Seat Options

Some of these strollers have four or multiple reclining positions. The Bob Revolution Flex strollers have the most reclining seat abilities of any strollers on this guide. The ultra-padded compression seat can recline completely upright for all-day comfort. However, when your child wants to sit back and relax, the seat reclines almost completely flat with a single push of a button. Impressive!

Travel System Ready

Again, this is not a must-have for people with older children, like 5-year-olds. But for those with small children who still need a car seat, they want to hear that the stroller they’re purchasing can handle one. Bob Revolution works as a travel system. In fact, it is compatible with almost all major car seats. All you need to do is buy the car seat adaptor to bring your small child along for the ride.

Peek-a-Boo Window

This isn’t one of the most incredible features you will hear about, but it is certainly worth mentioning. A lot of parents will enjoy having a peek-a-boo window on the canopy. Why? Because a peek-a-boo window allows parents to check on their children while they’re strolling down the paths. You can check in and chat with your young child and make sure they are a-okay without having to stop and look at the front of the stroller. It’s one of the smaller features, but one that is certainly convenient for moms and dads.

Final Thoughts:  If you need a versatile stroller with a higher weight limit compared to other lightweight strollers, this is it. This is undeniably one of the best strollers for big kids, even 6-year-olds and 7-year-olds. It comes with a massive number of features, big and small. From the comfortable seat (almost flat seat recline) with one-hand adjustments and reclining to the all-wheel suspension and state-of-the-art air-filled wheels, you can feel confident in your child’s ride.

This bigger kid travel stroller has been positively reviewed hundreds of times. Anyone can feel confident purchasing one for big kids. There were almost no negative comments. The biggest drawback is that there is no snack tray for the child. That must be purchased separately.

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Recommended ages: 2 to 5 years Weight limit: 120 pounds Stroller weight: 34.7 pounds

Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon

Two kids? Double the trouble? While that might be the case  sometimes , it doesn’t have to be trouble when it comes to getting around. I can tell you firsthand that having double strollers that function as wagons, too, is such a major advantage. What kid doesn’t enjoy riding in a wagon? For top-of-the-line double strollers to track around with your big kids, the Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon is a must. Here’s why.

Push or Pull

One of the coolest features of the Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon is that it can be pushed or pulled. Switching between the two is as simple as a flip of the handle. When using the stroller as a regular stroller, opt to push. When you’re pulling the  stroller wagon  along the sandy beach, opt to use the pull option. With two different options for maneuvering your little kids around, it makes everything much easier for parents. Kids love it, too!

All-Terrain Wheels

What’s a good wagon without all-terrain wheels? The Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon knows that having a wagon for 2 kids means you’re likely planning plenty of adventures. So, they created their strollers to come with all-terrain wheels for the ultimate freedom and smooth ride. They can easily go up a mountain or down to the sandy shores – your pick!

UPF 50+ Shaded Extra-Large Canopies

Double the kids, double the protection. The Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon comes with an extra-large canopy on both sides to ensure that each child is safe, even if the temperatures are on the high side. Say goodbye to the risk of sunburns thanks to the inclusion of UPF 50+ built right into the canopies.

So Much Storage!

Having two kids means that you have  a lot  of stuff to carry around. Well, storage is not an issue when it comes to this  double stroller . One of the major features is that it comes with plenty of storage space, including an attached spacious storage basket, for all of your needs. Baby wipes, toys, and snacks can go in the cargo area for parents. In the middle, there is a handy double tray for kids with cup holders to share their snacks and smiles.

Room for Two

These strollers were made to accommodate two children at a time. They are ideal for 2-year-olds up to 5-year-olds and have enough space for each child to be comfortable and happy on the trip.

Final Thoughts:  When it comes to room for two big kids and enough storage to keep all of your must-haves in one space, the best pick is the Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon. These strollers are designed to be used as push strollers or pull wagons, bringing some fun and creativity to your trip. Plus, each child gets his or her own canopy and snack tray to keep them safe and happy no matter where you go.

Parents have said nothing but wonderful things about the Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon. In fact, it was hard to find any negative remarks about these strollers. Big kids and parents alike enjoy all of the features, from the way it can be maneuvered for a smooth ride to the durability and space.

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Runner-Up: YIWANBA Double Stroller Urban Twin Carriage Stroller

YIWANBA Double Stroller Urban Twin Carriage Stroller

The wagon design doesn’t work for everyone. This is especially true if you have one young child and one big kid. Sound like your situation? Then you will enjoy the fact that this stroller comes with a cool construction. The small child can sit in front with a safety harness while the big kid can be in the back. The big kid can either sit or stand on the platform behind the baby seat. Being able to sit or stand, the back seat for the big kid is suitable for a variety of ages, from 2-year-olds to 6-year-olds.

Many people will tell you that it’s fine to use strollers for 3-year-olds, but a child is too big when they have reached the age of 4 or 5. You may find out more details in the article regarding the stroller age limit .

It is high time to stop using a stroller for your older kids when they are having trouble with their physical activity.

According to Pubmed Central , we can cite a research on stroller use in young children

Despite their wide usage, it has recently been suggested that stroller use may reduce physical activity levels of young children Birken CS, Lichtblau B, Lenton-Brym T, Tucker P, Maguire JL, Parkin PC, Mahant S; TARGet Kids! Collaboration. Parents’ perception of stroller use in young children: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2015 Aug 20;15:808. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1989-6. PMID: 26289426; PMCID: PMC4546049.

Overall Child Obesity rate is hiking and almost 20% in North America . Hence, this would be the alarming reason to stop using strollers at the age of 4 or 5 years.

Finding the best big kid stroller can be a challenge, especially when there are so many options. We’ve made it easier with this simple list of the best big kid strollers, broken down into sentences that showcase the best stroller features.

If you want the best value for money, pick the Summer 3DLite Convenience Stroller . This kid stroller is cheap, super lightweight, and is wonderful for children up to 50 pounds.

If you need a jogging stroller, pick the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller . This is a lightweight stroller that is easily transported. It has a high weight capacity and a wide seat that can handle a big child with ease.

If you need a double stroller, pick the Evenflo Pivot XPlore Double Stroller Wagon . These fun double strollers work as a wagon or a stroller. Any child big or small will enjoy the fact that they have their own space, snack tray, and canopy to stay cool, calm, and satisfied on the trip.

When searching for the best big kid stroller, take into consideration your specific needs. Some moms and dads may need a stroller that has a higher weight capacity to hold their big child. Others might need strollers with wheels that allow for the best suspension. Pay attention to the specific features each stroller has to offer to make your decision. Also keep in mind that each stroller has a different function, such as being a lightweight umbrella stroller design or a large stroller with a hefty jogger construction designed for a comfortable ride anywhere.

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9 thoughts on “The 6 Best Strollers for Big Kids: (3 to 7 years old)”

Welp I’m 6’0” my husband is 6’4” and our 4 year old who is 55 lbs has little to no choices in strollers left but our BOB which is breaking our back from hauling around. So frustrating. She has epilepsy and autism. She will need her stroller for a long time.

This just goes to show that we parents of bigger kids don’t really have any choices for our kids and it’s frustrating. My son is a big boy, 65 lbs at age 3, he’s also a runner so I’d like a compact stroller not a jogging stroller for him. It’s ridiculous that you can’t get a great folding stroller for a child over 50 lbs

Thank you for bringing stroller wagons to my attention! A stroller wagon may be our solution. We have a low weight but average height 2.5yo who rarely sits in a stroller and a small 10yo (75lbs) who loves a brief ride when extremely tired or after an injury. We have a second hand citi mini gt I think that gas a lower limit. I was hoping to find a stroller with a 75 lb or more limit and the ability to add a a ride board or bench to a total of 110 or preferably higher weight but it doesn’t seem like that exists.

We have a similar situation. Did you pick a wagon yet? We have been looking.

Thank you. Great summary and helped me pick a stroller quick….getting the joovy

This is a good resource. Our problem is we have a special needs child that is unable to walk. She is right around that 50 pound limit and it is very hard to find a stroller for her that can handle more than 50lbs. We have a special needs stroller that she has had for a few years but it is not comfortable at all and it also weighs a ton. Spending $600 to $900 is just not in our budget.

Look at the baby jogger City mini gt (the older version is better in my option). Weight limit is 65lbs, canopy is Huge, handles like a dream and is compact. We have had many many strollers. This one is my daughters favorite and Mine also!

This is my problem too. I’m a mom with a kid with a trach and suplimental oxygen approaching 50 lbs with a regular sized crossover hatchback car. His gear that must come with, suction, o2 tanks emergency kit, takes up a seat in the car. We have been using a double stroller which works but takes the entire trunk space. His handicapped stroller doesn’t fit in my car. I’d rather buy a new stroller then a suv but options seem limited. He can walk but only about a block at a time without tiring and gets too heavy to carry far. So even if I don’t gwt a bigger vehicle where stroller size matters less, I still need a bigger stroller in about 2 lbs.

This has helped us a lot. We are planning a trip and need a stroller for my granddaughter who will be 4 and requires a lot of walking. Thank you.

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Hauck Rapid 4D Minnie Mouse Pushchair

Whether you're seeing friends and family, attending a parent and baby group, off to the shops or just out for a leisurely stroll, it's great to get out and about and spend precious time with your bundle of joy. Take a look at our brilliant range of prams and pushchairs - an essential bit of kit when it comes to being on the move with your baby. A pram style is the way to go for newborns and younger babies, while a pushchair is what you're going to need when your child is a little older and able to sit upright and see the world around them. We've got a fantastic selection of quality designs, many of which can be adjusted with multiple recline positions, which means they'll suit your baby from birth onwards. And for true versatility, you can't beat a travel system. For information on pushchairs, prams, strollers and travel systems check out our  pushchair buying guide .

Check out our four-wheeled pram to pushchair options which feature a reversible pushchair seat unit; with one of these, once your baby is ready to sit up, they can face you at first and then once they're a little older, you can simply rotate the spacious seat unit so they can enjoy taking in their surroundings. 

A  Joie pushchair  is another excellent choice. Whether you're after something substantial or more lightweight for ease of manoeuvrability and smooth, seamless travel with your little one, you're sure to find it within this brand's range. Joie's umbrella fold options are compact and light but they're immensely sturdy too, making them the perfect option for trips further-afield when you need to pack the stroller in the car before driving to reach your destination. A carry handle is another useful feature. And don't be fooled by the feather-weight frame - these have been designed to hold up to 22.5KG, making them perfect for your toddler to use for longer. 

For something seriously stylish, you'll definitely want to consider going for a  My Babiie pushchair . There are an array of gorgeous designs to choose from, from stunning blush pink and navy blue options through to chevron and star prints - as well as classic stripes. But these certainly aren't all style over substance. Made from lightweight but tough aluminium, and with lockable, swivelling single front wheels plus a handy shopping basket and a full recline option for newborns and tiny babies, these are a practical choice for mums and dads on the go.

Perhaps you're anticipating the arrival of not one but two new little ones? The prospect of having twins is often exciting and daunting in equal measure and there's no denying that they'll keep you on your toes - but when it comes to getting out and about with your babies, a  twin pushchair  will make travel a breeze. We have designs from lots of leading brands - and it's worth going for something that lets you adjust both seat units separately. The inclusion of a rain cover will protect your little ones from the elements - and two shopping baskets will come in handy too!

Pushchair accessories

Make sure every stroll goes smoothly for both you and your baby with a few helpful accessories you can add to your little one's pram or pushchair. A stroller organiser is the ideal home for those extra essentials - and when the weather's on the chilly side you'll no doubt wrap your baby up so they're nice and toasty, but a hand muff attached to the stroller will keep your hands warm too. 

As children grow and find their feet, they'll love exploring the world on foot - but little legs can get exhausted after a time, so if you've got two little travellers with you then the addition of one of our easy-to-attach  buggy boards  is just the thing for a tired toddler who's done enough walking for the day! And when it comes to storing the pushchair in-between uses, save on space with our handy over-door options. 

Travel by car

When you're on the road with your little one, it's a legal requirement that you make sure they're safely seated in a  car seat  - and it needs to be the right size. You've come to the right place for options from Group 0+ through to Group 2-3, as well as i-Size car seats too. The car seats you'll find in the Group category are classed according to your child's weight, while the right i-Size car seat instead depends on their height. 

Consider a seat which can be rotated 360 degrees. Once your baby is over 9KG and doesn't need to be rear-facing, you can simply adjust the position - and it makes for an easier time getting them in and out of the car! It's definitely worth going for an option that reclines too, so your little one can doze comfortably. 

Toys for travel

When it comes to getting out and about with your baby, it can help to have a few things on hand to keep them engaged and entertained along the way. For the car, our car kick toys are ultra-fun and will help to teach your little one the concept of cause and effect - or how about a wheel so they can help you out with the driving?

And be sure to take a look at our  pram toys  too. We have stroller arches complete with an array of sensory toys, or individual clip-on options so you can add some soft and friendly animals featuring crinkles, mirrors and more.

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the crayola light up tracing pad and 3doodler pen are two good housekeeping picks for best toys and gifts for 6 year olds

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So, when it comes time to get gifts for kids of this age, the hardest part is knowing which ones to choose. The Good Housekeeping Institute takes the subject of play very seriously, testing toys with the same rigorous process it uses for home appliances or beauty items . To find the best toys and gifts for 6-year-olds in 2024, our experts call in their favorites and test them in the labs for safety and durability. Then, they send the toys into homes where actual 6-year-olds can weigh in on if they're fun to use or not (and, fine, parents get to give feedback, too, but they're not as important as the kids).

The best of the best go on to win Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards , with many of the kids' favorites taking the idea of STEM to heart, incorporating both creative and scientific elements — and others were just plain fun. But whatever they're into, you're bound to find a gift here for any 6-year-old on your list.

LEGO 100 Years of Disney Animation Icons

100 Years of Disney Animation Icons

Disney fans and LEGO collectors will both thrill to this Seal-holding set, which lets them make Disney-inspired LEGO art that they can hang on their walls. Builders can actually make 72 different characters from the included pieces, and they can make a nine-face collage for the wall and three individual plates for others. Then, they can swap out and re-build whenever they like! Ages 6+

Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad

Light-Up Tracing Pad

They'll be making all-new masterpieces with this art set, which gives them a little help in the drawing department. It comes with various pictures that they can trace, but the real fun is when they start combining them and layering them on top of each other — adding accessories to a character, for example, or using shapes like stars to give the whole thing more pizzazz. It even lights up, which helps them see the lines to trace. Ages 6+

Pixicade Mobile Game Maker

Mobile Game Maker

Kids step into the role of video game designer with a set that melds the real and virtual worlds together. First, kids draw out their levels — including characters, obstacles, hazards, goals and movable objects — on paper with markers. Then they can scan their drawing into an app that'll turn it into a playable level, which they can then tweak and add power-ups. Good Housekeeping Institute testers were amazed to see their creations come to life! It's for ages 6+, but kids younger than 10 probably need adult help. Ages 6+

Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey

Interactive Baby Monkey

Fingerlings re-launched last year to great fanfare, and there are four regular baby monkeys to collect, each with slightly different personalities. These adorable, tiny monkeys can be brought anywhere your child goes. If birds aren't your kid's cup of tea, the brand recently released a collection of birds (the Sweet Tweets ). And, like the regular Fingerlings, they're interactive, respond to touch and and have more than 70 different reactions. Ages 5+

The Fantastic Bureau of Imagination

The Fantastic Bureau of Imagination

With this picture book, kids are deputized to be come special agents of imagination, sharing their creativity and stories with the rest of the world. The Good Housekeeping Institute testers were won over by the incredibly detailed illustrations. "My kids especially loved the labeled map of the imagination office,” one parent reviewer said. Ages 4 – 8

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3Doodler Start+ Essentials 3D Pen Set

Start+ Essentials 3D Pen Set

Introduce them to the world of 3D printing with this pen set. It creates plastic that hardens immediately but is not hot to touch! Kid testers really liked it, and even their parents noticed how much time they spent engaging with it . One note: Keep the end of the stylus clean, so it won't jam up. Ages 6+



Any time is a good time to add to a kid's Squishmallows collection — they just can't get enough! And with options like this rainbow fox, who can blame them? Ages 3+

Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts

Let them build something they can actually crawl inside with this fort-building set. It comes with rods and connectors, plus plans to help them make structures like an igloo or a rocket ship if they don't want to come up with their own designs. You do have to provide the sheets to drape over them. Ages 5+

Spooner Board Pro

Spooner Board Pro

When they stand on this curved board, they'll be working on their balance and coordination. Eventually they can learn twists, spins, flips and other tricks. Spooner Boards come in different colors, and there's also a smaller size — the Freestyle — for kids under 4' tall. Ages 3+

Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals

Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals

When they're sitting at a restaurant, waiting for an appointment to start or just need a bit of quiet solo time , this is the perfect activity. They'll get to make 10 intricate pictures of different animals by placing stickers into the right spaces. If they like it, there are books with other themes, like pets or undersea life . Ages 5+

Air Hogs Zero Gravity Sprint RC Car

Zero Gravity Sprint RC Car

This car may be small, but kids will be wowed when it drives up the wall and even onto the ceiling! And yet, it won't damage the paint on the walls. Ages 4+

Mini Brands Disney 100 Platinum Capsule

Mini Brands Disney 100 Platinum Capsule

Kids who are Disney fans or kids who love to collect tiny things will all enjoy this surprise collectible, which comes filled with five miniaturized versions of Disney merch. And, to celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary, they're all platinum-colored. Ages 3+

Nee Doh Funky Pup

Nee Doh Funky Pup

Fidget-toy aficionados will love feeling these floppy pups. Just giving them a squeeze helps melt the stress away. Ages 3+

Taco vs Burrito

Taco vs Burrito

Add this to your roster of games for family game night! This easy-to-learn, casual card game challenges players to make the tastiest dish based on the cards in their hands. Ages 6+

Animal Thief Money Bank

Animal Thief Money Bank

Uh-oh, there's a cat burglar on the loose! If kids put money on top of this innocent-looking box, a furry thief will poke its head out, pause for a second and then snatch the money away. Users say it has a lot of personality for a bank, and it just might encourage kids to save up their coins. Ages 3+

Original Stomp Racers

Original Stomp Racers

This pair of race cars is totally kid-powered — they stomp on the launchers and watch the vehicles go! Players can set up a traditional race and see which car goes farther, or they can use the included ramp and see which car will fly off it first. Ages 5+

Magic Mixies Magic Genie Lamp

Magic Mixies Magic Genie Lamp

If kids follow the magical steps correctly, they'll be given a ring that lets them summon a wish-granting genie character from the lamp. Good Housekeeping Institute testers say their kid were really involved with the summoning process and wowed by the results. After the big reveal, kids can use their ring to interact with their genie character. Ages 5+

Cats vs Pickles Mystery Bag of 4 Bean Filled Plushies

Mystery Bag of 4 Bean Filled Plushies

Fans of Cats vs. Pickles or Kittens vs. Gherkins will love this mystery, blind-bag experience. When kids open it, they will find hand-sized, bean-filled plush. But will it be an adorable cat, or a dreaded pickle? Either way, with these hilarious plushies, the design will be colorful and adorable. This set comes with one mystery pack to open, containing four plushies. Ages 4+

Diplodocus 3-D Puzzle

Diplodocus 3-D Puzzle

The T. rex may take up most of the spotlight, but the diplodocus just looks cooler, in our opinion. This puzzle challenges kids to make a 3-D diplodocus that'll stand up on its own. Ages 4+


The pieces of this DIY set are actually plastic tiles that interlock , kind of like a 3D puzzles, and building them can help improve fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. The kit also includes LED string lights to make each creation glow in the dark. Each kit (sold separately) can make three different projects, and when they're done, they'll love displaying it in their room. Ages 6+

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Marisa (she/her) has covered all things parenting, from the postpartum period through the empty nest, for Good Housekeeping since 2018; she previously wrote about parents and families at Parents and Working Mother . She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, where she can be found dominating the audio round at her local bar trivia night or tweeting about movies.

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Rachel Rothman was the chief technologist and executive technical director of the Good Housekeeping Institute for over 15 years , overseeing testing methodology, implementation and reporting for all GH Labs. She also managed GH's research division and the analysis of applicants for the GH Seal and all other testing emblems. 

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  1. Best Travel Strollers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed by ...

    Best Travel System: Nuna PIPA urbn + TRVL Travel System. Best for Toddlers: Bugaboo Butterfly Complete Stroller. Best Budget: Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller. Best for Everyday Use: UPPAbaby MINU V2 Stroller. Best for Planes: Babyzen YOYO2 6+ Stroller. Best Compact: Joolz Aer+ Lightweight Stroller.

  2. The 15 Best Travel Strollers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

    Overall, the price-to-performance ratio of the Cloud Plus is so good that it's an excellent budget option. The Details: 11.8 pounds | 38 x 27 x 18 inches assembled | 10 x 33 x 17.5 inches folded ...

  3. 15 BEST Compact Folding Strollers for Airplane Travel in 2024

    1. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller. The Babyzen Yoyo2 - my top pick for the best stroller for airplane travel. In my opinion, the Babyzen YOYO2 is the best travel stroller for flying. The easy one-hand fold brings this 13.6 pound travel stroller down to folded dimensions of 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 inches.

  4. Best travel stroller 2024: lightweight buggies for holidays

    Best travel strollers 2024: Jump Menu. (Image credit: TripSavvy) 00.T3's top 3 ↴01. Best overall: BABYZEN YOYO2 02. Best flexible option: Silver Cross Zest 03. Best lightweight option: Joie Aire ...

  5. 11 Best Strollers for Travel in 2024, Tested by Experts

    It doesn't stand up when folded — like with umbrella, you have to prop it against a wall or a car, or lay it down, say in your car's trunk, or carry it in one hand, which is made easy by its ...

  6. The Best Lightweight Strollers for Travel in 2024

    Testers say it is easy to push kids of different weights in this, for instance, a 1-year-old and their 3-year-old sibling. The seats don't recline much, so if you want a double stroller for long ...

  7. 7 Best Travel Strollers, According to Parents Who Use Them

    The Top Travel Strollers of 2023. Best Overall Travel Stroller: Joolz Aer. Best Umbrella Stroller for Travel: UPPAbaby MINU V2. Best Double Stroller for Travel: UPPAbaby G-LINK 2. Best Travel ...

  8. The 12 Best Travel Strollers, Tested by Parents

    Best for Car Travel: Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller. Amazon. Buy on Amazon $310 Buy on Target $260 Buy on Walmart $250. Why We Like It: Exceptional maneuverability, easy to recline seats, and ...

  9. The 9 Best Travel Strollers of 2024

    But overall, our testers thought it was a solid performer for the stroller's price. Weight: 14.5 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 7 x 22.5 x 19.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 40 x 26 x 20 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches. TripSavvy / Conor Ralph. The 9 Best Travel Strollers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed.

  10. The best travel prams to take on holiday 2023

    Ultimately though, it's an agile travel pram despite being foldable, that children up to four years old will easily nod off in while on the move. £419 £396 at Bugaboo. £379 £369 at John Lewis. ... 46.5 x 25 x 56cm. A lightweight travel pram from Chicco that really grows with your child, the Goody+ has a glorious 'one-touch' fold ...

  11. 15 Best Travel Strollers for Toddlers in 2024

    Delta Children Clutch Ultra Compact Lightweight Travel Stroller. Ideal for airplane travel, the Delta Children Clutch is a lightweight foldable stroller that folds up to a size of 15 x 19.7 x 5.9 inches and weighs 12 lbs. If you are looking for a small compact stroller for toddlers, this is it!

  12. The 10 best travel strollers for your next trip

    AMAZON. Best for: Parents who need a compact stroller that can fit in the airplane overhead bin Weight: 13.6 to 14.5 pounds Size when folded: 20.5 inches by 17.3 inches by 7.1 inches To buy: Babyzen Yoyo2, $449 Why Babyzen Yoyo2 is a good travel stroller. The Babyzen Yoyo2 is accepted by most airlines as cabin baggage when folded. Despite its small stature, this stroller is built for long ...

  13. 11 best compact strollers 2024: Tried and tested buggies for travel

    Best compact stroller overall - Joolz aer+: £449, Joolz.com. Best for air travel - Babyzen yoyo2: £430, Babyzen.com. Best for taller parents - Ergobaby metro + deluxe: £310.99, Amazon.co ...

  14. The best travel strollers for the ultimate travelling companion

    Best travel strollers at a glance: • Best travel stroller overall: Hauck Travel N Care Stroller, £129.95. • Best for taking as cabin luggage: Joolz Aer+ buggy, £429. • Best travel stroller with one-hand fold: Graco Myavo Compact Stroller, £129.99. • Best travel strollers to grow with them: Bugaboo Butterfly, £377.10.

  15. Best Travel Strollers 2024

    It weighs in at only 6.2 kg and collapses to 52 x 44 x 18 cm which is barely larger than the Pockit. BABYZEN YOYO2 Stroller - Lightweight & Compact - Includes White Frame, Black Seat Cushion +…. EASY TO USE - YOYO2 is one of the most lightweight, compact, full-feature strollers available. Designed….

  16. Best Travel Strollers 2024 • guide to the smallest + lightest strollers

    Here are our top picks for the best travel strollers (read further below for in-depth reviews, a comparison chart and further options) Best Buys Overall: Mountain Buggy Nano , Uppa Baby Minu. Best Budget: Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller but not so great if traveling solo. Best High-End: BabyZen YoYo2, Joolz Aer+ and Bugaboo Butterfly.


    The good news is that most foldable prams for travel, are easy to use! Compact. ... 3 months + to approx 5 years old: Yes: UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller: 11.2 lbs / 5.08 kgs: 20 x 34 x 42 cm/ 12.5″ L x 10.7″ W x 42″ H: Yes: Yes, holds up to 20lbs: No, has a carry strap: Yes, pop out UPF 50:

  18. The 6 Best Strollers for Big Kids: (3 to 7 years old)

    Check on Amazon. Last, if you're looking for a jogging stroller, the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Stroller is your best bet. It's by far the best stroller for a big kid. It can handle an astounding 75 lbs yet weighs less than most jogging strollers on the market. BEST JOGGING: Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller.

  19. Best Stroller For Big Kids

    1. GB Pockit - Best Travel Stroller For Bigger Kids. GB Pockit features tiniest fold in the World. This is the one of cheapest strollers for big kid in my ranking. This stroller can accommodate a child up to 55 lbs. It weighs only 9.5 lbs which makes it the most lightweight umbrella stroller for big kids.

  20. 11 Best Strollers of 2024: Tested by Parents

    Parents say the Bravo works very well on smooth surfaces, though it can be harder to push on bumpier ground. Also, keep in mind that this is a single stroller, so it can't convert to add more seats in the future, if flexibility is important to you. Weight: 24.9 lbs. Dimensions: 35.2 x 22.8 x 42.7 inches.

  21. 14 Best Travel Strollers for Infants in 2024

    Max Weight Capacity - 35 lbs. Compatible with Infant Car Seat - N/A. 8. CYBEX Libelle Stroller. The CYBEX Libelle has one of the most compact folds on my list of travel strollers for infants. Its one hand ultra-compact fold fits in most overhead bins on the airplane with dimensions of 18.9" x 12.6" x 7.9".

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  23. Compact Strollers

    Compact prams are designed to reduce the weight of the frame without sacrificing comfort, mobility or safety. They are lightweight and have fewer moving parts to make storage and travel easier and quicker. Choosing a compact pram for your car . The first question many new parents have when buying a compact baby pram is "will it fit in my car?"

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