The Best Travel Strollers for Every Budget

As if finding a regular stroller wasn’t enough of a pain, the second you book your first flight with your baby, you suddenly realize how much of a pain it would be to travel with this gigantic contraption that usually calls the trunk of your car home.

I remember when we were taking our first trip with my son at 5 months old, I wanted to streamline everything so that we could travel as light as possible… or as light as humanly possible with a new baby and all their gear. When I looked up travel strollers, there were probably 100 to choose from, and I had no idea where to start.

I narrowed it down by deciding what was important to me: it needed to fit his car seat, as well as lay flat so that he could nap while we were out. While I did my own research, I went through a bunch and got a ton of good input from others about strollers they loved. I thought I’d share some of the best ones I came across in my search.

 

Budget-Friendly Options

 

Summer Infant 3D Mini Stroller

This is a great budget option, and you get what you pay for at $45. It has great reviews and a handful of features including a small canopy and cup holder. It also weighs 11 lbs, which is super lightweight!

According to Summer Infant:

  • 11 lbs, lightweight design, and easy compact fold with auto-lock
  • 2 cup holders, storage pouch, and under-seat storage basket
  • Anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels
  • Hassle-free canopy with pop-out visor for protection from the sun
  • Full-sized seat, multi-position recline, and padded seatback
  • Five-point safety harness with padded straps keeps baby safe and comfortable
  • Ages 6 months+ (or when baby can sit up on their own) or up to 45 lbs

Summer Infant

3D Mini Stroller

$44.99

 

Kolcraft Cloud Plus

Another one with stellar reviews for the price, as well as a ton of great features. This seat has a deep recline, which is great for naps on the go, and an extended canopy to keep your baby safe from the sun. The best part is it has a one-handed fold, so it’s great to use when you’re flying (literally and figuratively) solo.

According to Kolcraft:

  • Large storage basket keeps all of your and your baby’s essential items close at hand
  • Removable child tray for toys or snacks on the go
  • Five-point safety harness keeps baby secure and comfortable
  • Extended canopy for extra sun protection
  • Convenient, one-hand fold
  • Foam padded handles for easy steering
  • Multi-position reclining seat
  • Parent tray with two drink holders and an extra storage area
  • All-terrain wheels and front suspension for a smooth ride
  • Ages 1-4 years
  • Stroller weight: 12.3 lbs

 

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

If you’re looking for something that is budget-friendly but a little higher quality than the first option (think something that will potentially last for a second kid), this is your best bet. It’s a perfect lightweight everyday stroller for home or for travel that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

According to Summer Infant:

  • Lightweight (13 lbs) with compact fold, auto-lock, and carry strap
  • Multi-position recline, large seat, five-point safety harness
  • Open design makes the extra-large storage basket easy to access
  • Adjustable and removable canopy with flip out sun visor
  • Includes cup holder and rear storage pocket
  • Anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels
  • Stroller weight: 12 lbs
  • Ages 6 months- 50 lbs
Summer Infant

3D Lite Stroller

$89.99

 

Mid-Level Options

 

UPPAbaby G-Lite

UPPAbaby strollers are known for quality and easy-to-use design. The G-Lite is their “lite” stroller model that is a basic yet tricked out umbrella stroller. This is great for everyday adventures or traveling. The mesh sling seat and gigantic canopy also make it a great option for warmer temperatures.

According to UPPAbaby:

  • Offers urban travel comfort and convenience in a lightweight and ultra-compact folding design
  • Five-point adjustable harness with padded shoulder straps
  • Front-facing seat
  • Zipper recline for added comfort
  • Durable mesh sling seat for breathability and comfort without added weight
  • Tall ergonomic handles with soft comfort grips
  • Hand-level dual trigger folding system with no foot action required
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Lockable front swivel wheels
  • Shock-absorbing, four-wheel suspension
  • Supports a child from 6 months up to 55 lbs
  • Stroller weight: 11.2 lbs
UppaBaby

G-Lite

$179.99

 

Gb Pockit Compact Stroller 

This is the smallest, most compact stroller on the market. It folds down to the size of a briefcase (maybe smaller?!) and only weighs 9.5 lbs, making it the lightest weight stroller on this list. While it doesn’t come with a ton of bells and whistles, it’s a great stroller to pack with you in case you (or your child) decides they need it.

According to Gb:

  • With its innovative two-step folding technique, you can switch from pushing to carrying in seconds
  • In two simple steps, the Pockit Stroller becomes a record-breaking small-sized package, weighing only 9.5 lbs
  • Self-standing when folded: Cleverly designed to stand alone when folded, it can be conveniently put aside at your favorite cafe or restaurant
  • Small but strong: Built using durable materials and expertly designed, it might be small, but the Pockit Stroller is built to last
  • One-hand push: Convenient pushing and steering
  • Adjustable harness system: The secure safety belt with protective comfort pads can be set at different heights and fastened or loosened for a cozy and secure fit
  • Two-step fold: Folds in seconds into a handbag shaped package
  • Front swivel wheels: Can be locked for stability on uneven surfaces
  • Recommended age/weight: 6 months or up to 55 lbs

 

Mountain Buggy Nano Travel Stroller

For moms traveling with babies, it’s so nice to have a travel stroller that can also hold a car seat, which is exactly what the Mountain Buggy does. Some others on this list also have car seat adapters (often sold separately), but the mountain buggy’s is universal, which makes it super easy for you but also makes it great if you decide to sell it.

According to Mountain Buggy:

  • Includes a universal car seat adaptor which attaches to infant car seats creating a complete travel system
  • Supports children from birth (with infant car seat) or 6 months (without car seat) up to 45 lbs
  • Stroller weight: 13 lbs
  • Height-adjustable and padded safety harness
  • Easily and compactly folds down to travel bag size to fit overhead carry-on luggage compartments
  • Frame locks when folded; super quick unflick unfold
  • Two-position seat recline with ventilation panel
  • Foot-activated rear parking brakes
  • Large sun canopy with flip-out visor
  • Mesh peekaboo back window
  • Comes with a custom made travel bag for easy transport
  • Handy shoulder strap allows you to carry the folded stroller hands-free
  • Roomy under-seat mesh storage basket
Mountain Buggy

Nano Travel Stroller

$199.99

 

Contours Bitsy

The Contours Bitsy is another great option if you’re looking for a travel stroller that can hold almost any car seat. It’s compact enough to fit into an overhead bin and has great reviews. The one downside is that it doesn’t recline much, so if your baby likes napping flat, this could be an issue.

According to Contours:

  • Fits in most airplane overhead compartments
  • Lightweight design at only 13.5 lbs
  • Compatible with more than 30+ car seat brands without use of an adapter
  • One-handed fold for convenience
  • Expandable canopy with peek-a-boo window
  • Compact design and standing fold for easy storage
Contours

Bitsy

$179.99

 

Splurge Options

 

Babyzen YOYO

The Babyzen is like the Ferrari of travel strollers. At about $600 all in all, it’s definitely expensive, but the people who love it pretty much swear by it. It is also compatible with a handful of car seats, and the design is sleek. If you’re not looking to sacrifice your left arm, you can always check the secondhand market for a good discount.

According to Babyzen:

  • Stroller frame boasts an ultra-compact folding chassis design that’s fully compliant with airline overhead bin carry-on luggage size restrictions
  • Requires the YOYO Color Pack seat pad and canopy fabric set (sold separately) to create an agile and lightweight stroller purpose-built for easy commuting and air travel convenience with your child
  • Compatible with select infant car seats with the use of adaptors to create a convenient travel system (car seats and adaptors sold separately)
  • Supports children weighing 16-40 lbs
  • Stroller weight: 13 lbs
  • Multi-position seat recline
  • Quickly folds and unfolds with the use of just one hand
  • All-wheel shock-absorbing suspension
  • Large under-seat storage basket
  • Convenient carry strap
Babyzen

YOYO

$449.99

 

Silver Cross Jet Single Stroller

The Silver Cross Jet Single Stroller is easy to maneuver and is perfect for a busy family on the go. The design folds small enough to be taken on board a flight. Other features include a fully reclining seat a rain cover in case you hit inclement weather.

According to Silver Cross:

  • Supports children up to 40 lbs
  • Stroller weight: 13 lbs
  • Design folds small enough to be taken on board a flight or stowed in an overhead bin
  • Five-point harness system
  • Multi-position reclining seat that can be position flat so your child can sleep
  • Front-wheel suspension
  • Boasts a coordinating, fully-extendable UPF 50+ hood with an air-flow ventilation system
  • Fitted rain cover

 

UPPAbaby MINU

The UPPAbaby Minu is perfect for urban travel comfort and convenience. It’s great as a travel stroller but also works as a regular stroller if you live in a city or are low on extra space. It works with a handful of car seats and has some luxury features such as leather handlebar grips.

According to UPPAbaby:

  • Newborn-ready with the From Birth Kit Accessory (sold separately) that allows infants to lie completely flat
  • Compatible with the UPPAbaby MESA and select Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex infant car seats with the use of adaptors
  • Supports children from 3 months up to 50 lbs
  • Stroller Weight: 14.8 lbs
  • Five-point adjustable safety harness with padded shoulder straps
  • Multi-position seat recline
  • One-hand action freestanding fold transforms stroller into a petite, ultra-portable package for easy transport and storage
  • Convenient carry handle and shoulder carrying strap
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Hand washable fabric
  • Extendable, pop out UPF 50+ rated canopy with vented peek-a-boo window
  • Handy storage pocket
  • Large, easy-access basket with 20 lbs weight capacity
Uppababy

MINU

$399.99

 

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