Want to buy the best umbrella stroller?
There are two ways you could go about it.
Take leave from the office, visit countless shops, scour websites like Amazon, and ask for recommendations from friends. Then, once you decide on a stroller, you have to compare it with others to make sure it is the best. Only then your search would be over.
Worried this would take some time – which it would! – ? Let’s look at the second scenario.
Sit in front of your laptop for ten minutes, and read this article.
You’d have the best umbrella stroller at your disposal.
Look at the comparison table. I will provide you with more information that will help you in our Buyer’s Guide later.
Best Umbrella Stroller 2018 – Comparison Table
|Product Name||Weight||Dimensions||Weight Limit||Recline||Price|
|Summer Infant 3D Lite||15.87 lbs.||8.75 x 41 x 10 in||50 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|UPPA baby |
|15 lbs.||15.3 x 22.4 x 43.3 in||55 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|11.2 lbs.||17 x 18.5 x 40 in||55 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|4.9 KG||16.14 x 25.59 x 40.55 in||55.12 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|Joovy Groove Ultralight||13.89 lbs.||21 x 40.75 x 33.5 in||55 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|UPPA baby |
|10.7 lbs.||11 x 44.3 x 11 in||55 lbs.||No||Check on Amazon|
|11 lbs.||19 x 33.46 x 39 in||N/A||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|11 lbs.||10 x 10 x 10 in||50 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|15.87 lbs.||8.75 x 41 x 10 in||50 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
|18 lbs.||23 x 38.5 x 40.5 in||55 lbs.||Yes||Check on Amazon|
Looking at this table, you might have wondered: what is the importance of stroller dimensions? Well, the dimensions are important as they play a direct part in the maneuverability of the stroller.
A stroller with smaller dimensions – and better wheels – would be able to slalom through crowds and thin doors with ease. Conversely, if it has large dimensions, you’d have problems traveling with it on a mass transit.
The next most important thing which this table tells you is about recline. Remember, at 90 degrees, a stroller is totally straight up whereas it would be totally flat at 180*. Though no stroller offers a 180-degree recline, the Britax B-Agile comes pretty close.
And in case you are wondering, recline is important for the newborns who cannot hold their head without assistance. A seat which is totally flat, therefore, is important for their safety otherwise they might tip over without buckles.
One last word on the weight, and that it should NOT be too important in your calculations while choosing a stroller. Yes, you might have to carry your stroller on your shoulders one day, but that day wouldn’t be every day.
Instead, what you’d be doing every day is pushing it around over uneven surfaces and bumps, and that is where – while sussing out road bumps – that the weight of a stroller plays an important part.
So, while you don’t want it to weigh 100 kilograms, if your stroller weighs less than 20lbs, you don’t have to worry about its maneuverability.
Summer Infant 3D Lite – Best Lightweight Umbrella Stroller
Despite weighing just 12 lbs., the Summer Infant Stroller has all the features which you normally expect from heavy-end strollers.
The Infant 3D has an adjustable canopy which claims to block out 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays. While we found this claim to be a bit bold – due to the small size of the canopy, we still found its pop-out sun visor to be useful. That said, you won’t get any peek-a-boo window with the canopy, a feature which every-stroller-worth-its-salt provides nowadays.
As for its storage, we found it good to know that despite its cheap price tag, the Infant Lite hasn’t compromised on this count. It has a medium sized storage bucket which has a capacity of 10lbs., and there is also a zipper storage pocket over the canopy to store your essentials, though Summer has not provided any child tray on the stroller.
The Infant 3D also has a roomy seat which measures 28’’ from its bottom and is great for taller kids. It also offers a 3-position recline which, despite not going all flat, would still be enough for the newborns to take a nap on the way. You’d need two hands to recline the seat, though, luckily, only one hand would be required to get it back up.
Finally, justifying the lightness of this stroller is its fold which self-stands and requires only one hand from your side. What’s more, once you fold it, the fold has an automatic lock, which means it won’t open without your intervention. And if you feel like carrying it, the 3D Lite also has a nice carry strap to let you throw it on your shoulder.
Some of the parents using it weren’t happy with the lack of adjustability of the handlebar, claiming that its tallness means shorter parents might find it difficult to operate. Also, the small size of canopy makes it inadequate for taller children.
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver
- Easy, one-hand fold supported with an automatic lock
- Easy to maneuver thanks to 6’’ rubber wheels
- Adequate storage options
- Inadequate sun protection due to the small-sized canopy
- Nonadjustable handlebar
Unless you are looking for a stroller which could protect your child in the sun – and if your height is touching or above 6’, you won’t find any fault with the Summer infant umbrella stroller.
UPPA baby G-LUXE Stroller – Best Umbrella Stroller for Travel
Over the years, UPPA Baby has made some wonderful baby strollers which have made its name amongst parents.
Included in the package of the G-Luxe stroller is a light aluminum frame, a seat pad, as well as a cup holder. The cup-holder is a huge advantage because most strollers don’t offer this accessory in the package, hence forcing you to purchase it separately. The seat pad, meanwhile, is machine washable, so it requires little effort from your side to stay clean.
The manufacturer of the G-Luxe claims that it is suitable ONLY for children above three months, and the design of its seat shows why. For, while the seat has nice and soft padding, it still isn’t enough to support the delicate head and spine of the newborn.
Equally important is the fact that the G-Luxe allows one-handed recline. Without requiring any effort from your foot, it allows you to fold it just by pushing a single button on the seat’s back side. Similar ease is on offer with the 5-point harness, which allows you to adjust each strap separately, and has a buckle placed in the center to let you open it with only one hand.
Turning our attention to its canopy, and the G-Luxe has gone for the extendable sunshade which has an SPF 50+ cover to protect your little one from harmful sun rays. Just like the stroller, the sunshade is also foldable, and the canopy can be removed as well, though you don’t get a peek-a-boo window in the package.
The G-Luxe has gone for two adjustable handles which, though nonadjustable, have been adequately placed to let parents between 5’2’’ and 6’2’’ easily handle them.
On the plus side, since they are nicely flat, the wheels provide brilliant maneuverability on flat roods such as shopping malls, homes, and pavements.
Finally, you can’t have any complaints with the storage options of this model, as there are plenty of them on offer. Apart from a big, ten-pound capacity basket, there is a storage pocket on the seat’s back, which has plenty of space for smartphone, keyrings, and sunglasses.
Since wheels are flat, parents don’t like their off-road performance. Also, the absence of peek-a-boo window in the canopy irks some parents as well.
- Adjustable footrest to complement 3-recline positions
- A large number of storage options
- The seat is easy to adjust and has machine washable cover
- Allows cozy napping
- Wheels not good for off-road
- No peek-a-boo window in the canopy
Be it for quality, ease of use, or comfort of the baby, the UPPA Baby G-Luxe has (almost) everything you could ask for in an umbrella stroller.
Inglesina Net Stroller – Best For Flat Road
Despite being an inexpensive option, the Inglesina scores above-average for maneuverability, ease of use, comfort, and safety. Add to this its light weight, and the Inglesina is undoubtedly one of the best umbrella strollers for travel.
Given the fact that it’s lightweight, the Inglesina is incredibly sturdy with the result that you could attach a full-sized diaper bag to its handle and it still won’t tip backward. Also, when folded up, this stroller would stand on its own, which means you won’t have to stand it against a wall to prevent accumulation of dirt.
More importantly, it has a seat pad which is machine washable and a seat cover made of mesh, hence providing brilliant air circulation. Both the seat pad as well as the seat cover are completely removable and machine washable as well, so you won’t have any trouble cleaning.
Sadly, when you look at its storage options, the absence of storage pocket suggests the presence of cost-cutting measures. Another negative point arises when you look at its canopy, as it has no peek-a-boo window to help you keep a watchful eye on the baby.
Finishing on a positive note, the Inglesina has easy to adjust, 5-point harness. The straps have adequate padding and are also easy-to-thread.
The seat, meanwhile, offers two recline positions, however, with no leg rest, the purpose of the reclining positions wasn’t that obvious. Consequently, you can’t fall this stroller the best for napping.
As suggested earlier, users have two main concerns about this model. First, if you take it to rough terrains, it is difficult to turn and push. Second, with no peek-a-boo window, it makes it impossible to spy on a sleeping baby.
- Seat offers recline positions
- 5-point harness for safety
- Both seat pad and seat cover are machine washable
- Difficult to stroll on rough, uneven surfaces
- No peek-a-boo window
While it does have its shortcomings, on the whole, the Inglesina Net Stroller is one of the best lightweight umbrella strollers out there. Go for it if the only trip you would take with your child is to the local shopping mall.
Babysing Convenience Stroller – Best for Newborn
Weighing just under 5kgs, the Babysing S-Go is the lightest umbrella stroller in this review.
As its light weight might have betrayed, the S-Go has shed some features to decrease its weight, with the most crucial among them is the child tray. So, if you purchase this model, you’d have to keep the feeder and other baby essentials in a separate package.
Thankfully, what the S-Go lacks in storage, it makes up for in its reclining and maneuverability. Its seat undergoes a 175* recline and all you have to do to activate it is to just press the button located on its back, which means it provides single-hand recline.
Giving you a clue that it would stay with your baby for long, the S-Go comes with a detachable armrest, which we recommend to keep on until your baby starts to hold his head. Another feature for the newborns is the aluminum alloy frame which has a maximum weight capacity of 50kgs.
Finally, while other brands charge you separately for it, Babysing has provided four accessories for free in the package. They include a mosquito net, baby handle, a windproof cover, and an original organizer to let you organize your baby’s items on the go.
As has become the forte travel umbrella strollers, the Babysing S-Go doesn’t offer an adjustable handlebar. Add to it the absence of an adjustable leg rest and that of child tray, and this model has three major shortcomings.
- Four extra accessories for free in the package
- 600 D Oxford Fabric is durable and waterproof
- Sturdy wheels with an easy to apply the brake
- Provides a one-hand 175* recline
- Nonadjustable handle
- Leg rest is nonadjustable
- No child tray
Though not quite the best lightweight umbrella stroller of 2018 – for obvious reasons – the Babysing S-Go comes close with its unique features, a steady recline, and some sturdy construction.
Joovy Groove Ultralight Lightweight – Best Stroller for Napping
If you could afford to overlook the color pattern of this stroller – as it looks ugly – the Joovy Groove small umbrella stroller has got a pretty decent feature set to enamor you.
Despite boasting an ultralight frame, Joovy has gone for the aluminum frame to make it sturdy. Weighing at 15.7 pounds – which is 1 pound more than its predecessor, the aluminum frame has a mammoth weight capacity of 55lbs, which is five pounds more than most other strollers in this review.
Similar versatility is on offer with the canopy of this stroller, which contains everything you might want for in a canopy. It has a peek-a-boo window to help you keep track of your little one, an extendable sunshade, and the canopy extends to the knees of the newborn to provide foolproof protection.
With so much else to offer, the best feature of this model still lies in its seat recline. With an adjustable leg rest in its tow, the seat almost flat reclines, hence turning the stroller seat pad into the baby’s cot. And to give your baby better napping space, you could remove the adjustable leg rest, thus making the seat of the Joovy Groove nap-worthy.
Second, with a storage capacity of a paltry 5llbs., it has the lowest storage capacity of any stroller in this review.
Users claim that the absence of adjustable handlebars makes this stroller only for taller parents. Second, even for a newborn, the five pounds storage capacity of the bucket is nowhere near enough.
- Large Canopy with peek-a-boo window
- Almost flat recline
- Fold locks and self-stands
- The lightweight aluminum frame is sturdy
- Storage basket has a small capacity
- Nonadjustable handlebars make it suitable only for taller parents
Boasting a sturdy design, an almost flat recline, and an adjustable leg rest – not to mention its self-standing foldability and easy to steer wheels – the Joovy Groove Ultralight Umbrella stroller is certainly a brilliantly-made convenience stroller.
UPPA baby G-LITE Stroller – Best for Even Surfaces
When looking at this baby stroller, people inevitably confirm with its colleague,
First thing first, if you are looking for a reclining umbrella stroller, the G-Lite won’t fit your bill. It’s lack of reclining means that the G-Lite is suitable for 6year+ babies. Compare it with that of G-Luxe – which provides a unique, one-hand recline, and it is inevitably the G-Luxe which leads in this regard.
Fortunately, there is one area where the G-Lite is ahead of G-Luxe: its brakes. Each tire section has one push-down brake which is convenient to operate and requires less pressure to function. Also, to unlock them, the brakes require a lift up, which means older babies won’t be able to unlock it on their own.
One area where both the G-Luxe and the G-Lite are similar is their foldability. Easy to initiate with one hand, the fold of both strollers self-stands, which means you won’t have to recline them against a wall. What’s more, both have shoulder straps to allow you to zoom the stroller around.
Luckily, while it weighs less, the G-Lite offers the same bells as whistles as G-Luxe in its package. For, it has a UV-protective canopy, a basket with storage space for a large-sized diaper, and a removable fabric. Plus, if you feel thirsty on the way, it also has a parent cup holder to hold your drink.
The lack of a reclining option is a potential deal-breaker for the G-Lite. Second, be it handlebar or footrest, it offers no adjustability.
- Lightweight; easy to carry on mass transit
- Extendable sun visor
- Bucket with a weight limit of 10lbs.
- Mesh seat back cover for air ventilation
- No adjustability whatsoever
- Doesn’t offer recline
Compare it with the G-Luxe, and the G-Lite falls behind on many counts, bar its price tag. Hence, if you are looking for a cheap umbrella stroller with a sizeable – though not impressive! – the feature set, the UPPA Baby G-Lite deserves your attention.
Chicco Capri Lightweight – Lightweight
For a stroller which is not only easy to fold but also easy to carry thanks to its lightweight,
On paper, and only on paper, you’d think that the 10lbs storage provided by this unit would fit in a medium sized diaper bag. Reality is totally different as, while its storage capacity is decent, a cross on the rear side blocks the access to the bucket. You won’t be able to put things with ease, instead, you’d have to slide the baby essentials through the corners of the C6’s bucket.
The brakes on this stroller come in a two pedal design – which means you’d have to depress both the pedals to stop the wheels. The brakes are also sandal friendly with their pedals fairly easy to engage and release. More importantly, the pressure required to depress the breaks is only 5lbs, which is the lowest amount of pressure of any stroller’s brakes in this review.
Turning our attention to how it negotiates the curbs, and the C6 was brilliant in this regard. Since its brakes are positioned on the higher side, they won’t touch the ground. Similar is the case with handles which, though nonadjustable, stand tall to make it easy for you to pull the C6 up the stairs. But don’t take this stroller on grass as its wheels would self-steer, making it difficult for you to control it.
With no adjustable handle, lack of any storage option bar a poorly designed storage bucket which doesn’t let items come in, the C6 is NOT the best stroller money can buy. Period.
- Brakes are easy to engage
- Keeps your child safe
- The harness is easy to adjust
- Lack of meaningful storage options
- The handle is not adjustable
While it doesn’t offer much in convenience, the C6 isn’t too bad when it comes to quality. All said, it is a bare bones umbrella stroller which is designed to carry your baby around shopping malls and homes.
ZOE Umbrella XL1 – Runner Up
By offering an additional cup holder and a child snack tray, the Zoe XL1 would make itself the darling of your little one.
Starting with its foldability, and the XL1 provides a convenient, one hand fold which won’t self-stand. While the fold is easy to accomplish – just pull the loop located under the seat – the wheels need to be facing right otherwise they could create an impediment. And like its competitors in the same price range, the XL1 would require two hands for folding.
The brakes are easy, both to set and engage, though they would require both feet to get going. Zoe has made the pedal extra-large and tucked them right next to the wheels, hence making them sandal foot friendly and easy to access. They also provide you a solid feel when properly set.
The XL1 has the largest sunshade which is supplemented with four extra-large panels. Such huge width allows the canopy to cover up to the knee of your little one. However, if you find the shade inadequate, the XL1 provides the option to install a pop-up visor in place of the fourth panel for additional shade. Then there is the peek-a-boo window which has a magnetic closing mechanism.
Increasing its reputation in our eyes, the XL1 has a harness which is a cinch to adjust. Its rethreading is easy, the shoulder straps up and down with ease, and the waist straps work with the push of a button. All in all, the XL1 has the easiest harness you’d ever use.
Finally, if you still think that this stroller isn’t worth it, its manufacturer – by providing a lifetime warranty – tries to win you over.
For all the brilliant features that the Zoe XL1 boasts, the absence of an adjustable leg rest makes this cheap umbrella stroller hard to recline.
- A lot of accessories in the package
- Extra-large sunshade
- A considerable number of storage options
- Easy to engage brakes
- Lifetime warranty
- No adjustable leg rest
No stroller is perfect, but with its features that we discussed above, the Zoe XL1 umbrella stroller comes pretty close. Add the lifetime warranty to the equation, and this umbrella stroller becomes a must-have.
Summer Infant 3Dzyre – Easy to Maneuver
An upgrade to its predecessor – the 3D Lite from Summer – the Infant 3Dzyre has a reduced price tag but an extended list of features.
Grown tired of using strollers with small canopies? Then you’d love the extra-large sunshade provided by the 3Dzyre. Consisting of three panels – with the middle one with a zipper – it provides more than adequate protection against harmful sun rays. Then there is the peek-a-boo window with a quiet Velcro strap to let you spy on your little one.
This baby umbrella stroller has ergonomically positioned handlebars, which, though nonadjustable, stand tall, making it easy for taller parents to navigate them. They also have a heat resistant grip to make their handling more convenient. Also, since they are bent upwards, the handlebars make the whole stroller easy to maneuver.
While its three-position recline won’t allow the stroller to go flat, it would still be able to accommodate children up to 50lbs.
More importantly, instead of going with the strap system and making reclining difficult, Summer has gone for the one-hand lever which makes reclining this stroller’s seat a cinch.
Users have two minor complaints about this model. First, they state that while adjusting the canopy a loud clicking sound emanates off it. Second, with no suspension, this baby stroller won’t handle bumps well.
- Easy, one-hand recline
- A considerable number of storage options
- Large-sized canopy with a peek-a-boo window
- Adjusting canopy makes noise
- No suspension
With a large number of convenience features, a considerable number of storage options, and an extra-large canopy, you won’t find many faults with the Summer Infant 3Dzyre. Go for it if you want an above-average stroller for a below-average price.
Britax 2017 B-Agile Stroller – Best Overall
If you could afford to pay a bit over the odds for a quality stroller, the Britax 2017 B-Agile stroller won’t disappoint.
The B-Agile travel umbrella stroller has a huge canopy which would protect your child up to their knees. Containing three panels plus a large-size peek-a-boo window, the canopy is made of mesh to allow better air circulation throughout the stroller. And to make sure it doesn’t open/close on its own, secure the canopy with a Velcro closure.
Parents who have no choice but to multi-task would love the one-handle operation of this stroller. At 40’’ from the ground, the handlebar allows both the short as well as tall parents to maneuver it with ease. Its positioning in the middle plus heat-resistant foam coating also adds to the utility of the handlebar.
The weight capacity of this stroller is supreme as it holds children up to fifty-five pounds in weight or four years of age.
It has an adjustable, padded 5-point harness which doesn’t require rethreading to adjust its straps. Instead, you could adjust them easily by sliding the straps up and down. You’d have to apply a lot of pressure to lock the buckle which is a good thing as any 4-year-old won’t be able to unlock it. The harness also has padding that forms a shield between the belly and the buckle.
Finally, the maneuverability of this model is top class with its three rubber wheels deserve the credit for the same. Whether you stroll on a paved surface, want to tackle grass, or handle rough terrains like mulch or gravel, the wheels won’t squeak.
While the majority of parents are in love with this model, some of them think that it would have been better had Britax provided the B-Agile with an adjustable handlebar.
- Offers almost flat recline
- Large bucket and zipper storage pocket
- Wheels to handle any terrain
- Easy to maneuver and rugged
- No adjustable handlebar
Want to get your child the best stroller money can buy? If your answer to this question is in the affirmative, choose the Britax-B Agile 2017 Umbrella stroller.
Best Umbrella Stroller Buying Guide
We’re in 2018, and the market has more umbrella strollers than it ever had in its history. To decide which one would suit you the best, this buying guide comes into play.
Five Point Harness
Coming in the form of the seat belt, this harness has five straps with which you could identify and distinguish it from a three-point harness. Two of its five points are at the baby’s shoulders, two at their hips, and the last point connects between their legs.
As a result of the safety that it provides NASCAR has made it mandatory for its drivers to wear a 5-point harness while driving. Therefore, while umbrella strollers having five-point harness are expensive, they are also worth it.
Parents normally ask: how much storage is adequate in a baby stroller? Well, you should look for these three storage points, and if your baby’s stroller provides them, purchase it.
Second, two cup holders in the pram tray are required for holding the baby’s feeders. And finally, storage pockets – which the best brands provide under the seat – and which also have a zipper, are necessary if you want secure space for your smartphone.
Therefore, when choosing a stroller, make sure it allows an easy, one-hand fold. Next, when it is folded, make sure it is self-standing as well. Otherwise, if you take it in a park and your baby gets involved in their swings, the stroller would accumulate dirt while lying down.
Adjustable Handle and Footrest
There is nothing more annoying (and painful) for parents than having to deal with prams with non-adjustable handles. Annoying because they had to overstretch to grip the handle. Painful because repeated overstretching results in back pain.
As for the footrest, you need it to be adjustable because provided the seat reclines, your baby would only be able to lie straight if the footrest provides him the space to do so.
Having said that, a reclining seat is not enough on its own. Instead, to provide your child with the full comfort, it needs an adjustable footrest as a supplement. So make sure your stroller has both these features.
Washable Seat Pad & UPF 50+ Canopy
Regardless of their age, children love to get things dirty and no matter how hard we try, we cannot control them.
What we can control, however, is that the seat on which they sit is clean. And there is no way you could clean a seat pad as effectively as a machine. Therefore, choose a pad which is machine washable.
As for the canopy, the term UPF 50+ denotes the protection it provides against harmful ultraviolet rays. The canopy is a must-have if you are planning to have a stroll under the sun.
And that durability doesn’t come alone. Instead, it comes with extra components like air-filled rubber wheels, adjustable handle, and a rugged seat. All these components add to the weight of the stroller, but they DO NOT affect its maneuverability.
Therefore, while choosing a stroller make sure its weight falls on the heavier side. And if you are worried about its maneuverability, the wheels would take care of it.
Choosing the best umbrella stroller wasn’t easy for us. Not only did we have to scour the market, but we also had to keep in mind the demands of parents. Add to the pot the comfort of the child as well as concerns for their safety, and we had a huge checklist against which to find the perfect stroller for everyone.
Luckily, as the abovementioned list tells you, we have done just that.
Now, the onus is on you to take in stride your budget, and select the best umbrella stroller for your baby. If you ask us for the recommendation, we’d undoubtedly side with the Britax B-Agile 2017 stroller. With no huge shortcoming, this stroller offers almost flat recline, a plethora of storage options, and excellent comfort and safety.
All in all, the Britax 2017 B-Agile has everything which parents (or children) might look for in their stroller.