Whether you’re traveling or always on the go, a lightweight stroller that doesn’t take up too much space will definitely come in handy.
Some of the most popular baby strollers out there tend to be large and on the bulky side. That’s because most parents are looking for something super comfortable that has plenty of room for baby to grow and also storage space for diaper bags and other items.
But if you travel a lot or simply don’t want to deal with a huge stroller that takes up all the room in your trunk, a lightweight and compact option may be the way to go.
These smaller strollers, sometimes called umbrella strollers, were once meant to be used when your baby got older and only once in a while. But in the last few years, many brands have started making light and accessible strollers that are durable enough for everyday use and come with tons of new features.
Whether you want a second smaller stroller to stand in when hauling your kiddo’s dreamboat-size model along is impractical, or you just want to replace your stroller with something lighter, the following options include something for everyone.
Table of Contents
- Best Overall: Colugo Compact Stroller
- Most Versatile: UppaBaby Minu Stroller
- Best Value: Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
- Best from Birth: Babyzen Yoyo2 6+ Stroller
- Best Luxury: Bugaboo Ant Complete Stroller
- Best Rear and Front Facing: Summer Infant 3D Flip Stroller
- Best for Flying: Gb Pockit Stroller
- Best for Infants: Graco Breaze Click Connect Stroller
- Best Umbrella Stroller: Maclaren Mark II
I might be biased because I own and adore this Colugo Compact Stroller, but I did a lot of research on this before purchasing it, and it really stands out for several different reasons.
The Colugo Compact Stroller is an excellent travel stroller, but it’s also comfortable and sturdy enough to be used as your day-to-day stroller. My favorite feature is how portable it is: It has a one-handed fold that allows you to fold it up even while holding baby, and it also pops open with one hand. At 16 pounds, it’s not too heavy, and it comes with a stroller strap so that you can carry it, or a carry bag for when you’re storing it somewhere—it folds up very nicely.
It also has a ton of great features: the canopy extends for maximum shade, the seat reclines completely so your little one can lay down when tired, there’s an impressive amount of basket storage, and it has a really smooth ride. It also comes with extras like a rain cover, cup holder, and carry basket, which is a nice plus.
There are several different colors to choose from, and it comes in at less than $300, a great price for the quality and size of this stroller. The only downside is that it’s not suitable for infants and is recommended for babies over 6 months (they do have Infant Kit you can purchase to make it compatible for newborns), but otherwise, there’s really nothing to complain about!
The UppaBaby Minu Stroller was designed with versatility in mind: It’s great for an everyday stroller and a travel stroller, so you shouldn’t need two separate ones. While the Minu on its own is suitable from 3 months and up, you can purchase the From Birth Kit so that you can use it for newborns as well. An adaptor allows you to click an infant carseat in as well.
UppaBaby is known for their super smooth rides—I have the Vista and can confirm it is amazing—and the Minu is no exception. It’s also strong and durable, it never feels flimsy, and it’s stylish. At just under 15 pounds, it’s lightweight, and it features an easy one-handed fold with a stroller strap so you can tote it around.
The seat is roomy and comfortable with multi-position reclines, there’s a large basket underneath for storage, an extendable sunshade, and a peekaboo window. The stroller is aesthetically pleasing also, with a leather handlebar, which is nice for the parents. The Minu is pricier than some of the other options here, and the accessories are as well, but it’s a very well-made stroller.
While the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller is a bit more bulky than the other options on this list, it’s also the most affordable by a wide margin—so if you’d rather save some money on a lightweight stroller, then this is a great choice.
This one might not fold down as compact as some of the other travel strollers, but at barely 12 pounds, it’s a great light weight that makes it easy to tote around. It has an easy one-handed fold and stands on its own once folded.
It also has a lot of excellent features: There’s an extendable sunshade canopy and peekaboo window, a reclining seat, a roomy storage basket underneath, a removable snack tray, and a parent tray with two cup holders. It’s not made for infants (babies should be able to sit unattended and have proper neck control before going in this) and it’s not carseat adaptable, but this is a great travel stroller for older babies.
Kolcraft - Cloud Plus Lightweight Easy Fold Compact Travel Baby Stroller - Slate Grey
Lightweight and roomy, this is comfortable and durable.
If you just want to buy one stroller and be done with it—no extra kits needed—then get the Babyzen Yoyo2 6+ Stroller. Compact, lightweight, and extremely versatile, it’s designed to be suitable for everyday use from newborn age up, and to be travel friendly for airplane rides and road trips.
The Yoyo2 comes with a newborn pack and bassinet pack that allows tiny infants to lay down flat, as well as a toddler seat that faces out. It ranges from 8 to 15 pounds depending on which attachment you’re using, so it’s very light. It also folds up easily and into a small size for easy carrying and stowing.
Other features include water-repellant fabric, a comfortable seat, a multi-position reclining seat, a peekaboo window, a nice sized storage basket, and an extendable canopy. It’s stylish and sleek, small, and there are tons of accessories to add on if you want.
BABYZEN YOYO2 6+ Stroller - Black Frame with Toffee Seat Cushion & Canopy
This can be used for everything, from newborn age and up.
If you’re looking for a luxurious stroller with some unique features and add-ons, and you don’t mind spending to get them, the Bugaboo Ant Complete Stroller is a great pick.
At about 15 pounds, it’s the lightest stroller from Bugaboo, and the most compact: it’s small when it’s open and folds into a compact bundle that resembles an airline carry-on bag—so it’s no surprise it fits in an overhead bin. It has a lightweight frame with a height-adjustable seat that can face out or in, which is a nice plus, and it easily goes from newborn to toddler.
It has two large baskets, the seat has multiple reclining positions, the wheels are excellent (which Bugaboo is known for), and it’s a smooth ride. It’s also sleek, stylish, and has a modern design. You can pair it with the Comfort Wheeled Board for an extra seat for an older toddler if needed, which is a convenient feature for those with two little ones.
Bugaboo Ant Baby Stroller - Lightweight Stroller - Foldable Stroller - Travel and Compact Storage - Fits in Overhead Compartments - Reversible and Reclinable Travel Stroller - Black
Lightweight, folds up small, and has a sleek and modern look.
For the most part, compact strollers don’t offer both rear and front facing (unless you’re paying hundreds of dollars). That’s what makes the Summer Infant 3D Flip Convenience Stroller stand out: It’s a terrific umbrella stroller that also offers rear and front facing for less than $110.
The convenient seat flip design allows baby to face you when they’re younger and then face out to the world when they’re a bit older and more curious. There are other versatile features as well: multiple reclining positions, infant head support, a safety harness, and an adjustable canopy.
At 14 pounds, it’s lightweight and not bulky, but still feels sturdy and strong. It folds pretty flat for storage and stands when folding, although it’s not quite as compact as some of the other options on this list. The below storage basket isn’t huge, but it will hold the necessities.
Overall, this is a really comfortable convenient stroller that easily goes from the newborn stage to the toddler years, and it’s an excellent one to have on hand if you travel often.
Summer 3Dflip Convenience Stroller, Black/Gray - Lightweight Umbrella Stroller with Reversible Seat Design for Rear and Forward Facing, Compact Fold, Adjustable Oversized Canopy and More
Baby can face in or out and it offers infant head support.
Flying with a stroller is a pain. Most of them, even the small ones, don’t fit in the overhead bins, meaning you have to check it at the gate. They’re also just bulky to tote along on a trip when you don’t have your own car. The Gb Pockit Stroller makes flying easy, because it’s the smallest folding stroller in the world.
At just 10 pounds, it’s super lightweight, and it folds down to the size of a large handbag, so It’s airplane carry-on compliant. It’s super easy to travel with and take basically anywhere.
For something so small and light, it’s still comfortable and has some nice features: The seat offers adjustable height, there’s a sun canopy and a decent size basket, and it has a small canopy for shade. This isn’t one you would use everyday, and it’s not suitable for babies under 6 months, but it’s definitely great for when you’re on the go.
The Graco Breaze Click Connect Stroller is an affordable and versatile option that is one of the few that can be used for infants as well as older babies without paying for an extra accessory. It has a converter so that you can click in a Graco car seat, making it more of a travel system than just a compact stroller. But the seat also reclines completely, making it safe for a newborn.
At 17 pounds, this one is definitely on the heavier side for a smaller stroller, but it still folds up pretty nicely. It has an easy one-hand fold with a carry handle so that it can be toted around.
There’s also an extra large canopy, front swivel wheels, a removable parent cup holder, and an extra large storage basket below. Overall, it’s comfortable, sturdy, and can be used as more than just a travel stroller.
If you’re just looking for a simple, no-frills umbrella stroller, the Maclaren Mark II is the best out there. It doesn’t fold into a tiny compact carry-on size, but it does fold almost flat, which is great for storage both at home in your coat closet and in the trunk of your car.
It’s also the lightest of the bunch at barely 8 pounds, which is a huge help when moving it around. And it’s still comfortable: There are two reclining positions for the seat, an oversized canopy with a sun visor for shade, the seat is removable and washable, and it comes with self-serviceable replaceable wheels.
There might not be as many features as some other options here, but it’s a comfortable and very light stroller that is easy to take anywhere. This one isn’t suitable for babies under 6 months old.
Maclaren Mark II Style Set Stroller- Super lightweight, extended hood, compact, one-hand fold, extended canopy, reclining seat, 4-wheel suspension. Accessories in the box. Lifetime warranty
At barely 8 pounds, this is the lightest stroller of the bunch.