Lightweight umbrella strollers are the most used type of strollers among the parents. When your child is young, you need a lot of different features to keep him safe and comfortable. You also stuck carrying a huge diaper bag with everything in the world in it. As the kids get older, they become more and more active and need less stuff. Most of the time my 2-year old doesn’t even want to seat in the stroller, so I take it with me just in case she wants to take a nap or needs a diaper change.
So, why do parents love umbrella strollers so much? Well, the light weight of umbrella stroller makes it easier to take it in and out of the car. Compact fold allows you to fit more stuff in you trunk. Also, it’s great for public transit. Small foot print let’s you navigate in tight spaces like narrow store aisle, elevators, parking lot, and doctor’s office with ease.
While there are a lot of pros, there are also some cons. Because of the compact fold, most umbrella strollers have small hard to access basket, so don’t plan on going grocery shopping with it. The canopies are not as big as on full size models. There usually two handle bars that are non adjustable. Deep recline is not always an option. Also, many don’t have very good seat padding.
Despite the disadvantages above, umbrella strollers are the most convenient type of strollers for traveling, running errands around town, going to theme parks, and public transit. Wondering what umbrella strollers parents are buying the most? Here is the list of top 5 best selling umbrella strollers that parents absolutely love.
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Maclaren Techno XT
Maclaren is known for their top of the line umbrella strollers that will last you for many years and many kids. They are almost indestructible! The durable lightweight frame and folding mechanism can withstand a lot of use and abuse. While being light weight and compact, they also have a lot of features of a full size stroller.
If you visit NY, you will see Maclarens everywhere you go. The Techno XT is one of the most popular models because of the deep recline suitable for a newborn, HUGE canopy, adjustable leg rest, all-wheel suspension, good size basket (for an umbrellas stroller), storage pockets, easy compact fold, and 5-point harness.
Do you have a tall child? Not a problem. Techno TX has an adjustable canopy that goes up the frame giving your child up to 30&Prime head room. This is super high comparing to all other strollers.
Taller and shorter parents will love the adjustable handle bars which is not often found on umbrella models. They go from 42&Prime up to 44&Prime from the ground. Maneuverability is outstanding! When your child is younger you can even push it with one hand. The roomy seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 55 lbs. All this goodness weighs only 16 lbs, which is an average weight for a stroller with so many features. It does NOT take an infant car seat.
I absolutely love the Maclaren because it’s a very sturdy stroller that will last you for a long time. I know many parents who were able to use it with multiple kids. It’s not one of those cheap umbrella strollers that will break after one trip to visit grandparents. Speaking about the price, it’s definitely not cheap. The Techno XT model retails for a very good price on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax) which is a lot especially if this is your second or third stroller. Although it’s expensive, I still think it’s totally worth it.
Baby Jogger Vue
Baby Jogger created a huge buzz right after the release of a new Vue model. The Vue is becoming more and more popular because of it’s reversible seat which is very unusual for an umbrella stroller. The innovative design allows you to revers the seat without taking it out. All you need to do is push the back of the seat forward and it’s done! The HUGE reversible canopy is also very easy to switch when you switch modes.
Another important feature of Vue is that it takes an infant car seat which not many umbrella strollers can do. This can be the ONLY stroller you buy. Because of the deep almost flat recline, you can even put a newborn right into the seat. The high seat weight limit of 55 lbs should last you till high school. LOL. It also features adjustable leg rest, tall handle bars, adjustable 5-point harness, and compact easy fold.
It has a typical umbrella fold that makes it a compact package. There is a carry handle for easy transportation. This baby weighs 17.5 lbs which is about average for the full featured umbrella stroller. It’s probably NOT your over the shoulder kind of stroller unless of course you have a very big and strong shoulder. It comes with a cup holder.
The basket is very small and hard to access, but there is an additional storage place in the back in the forward facing mode. I gave Vue my top rating 5 out of 5 stars because I think it has EVERYTHING parents want in the umbrella stroller like deep recline, reversible roomy seat, travel system option, huge canopy, compact easy fold, light weight, and affordable price. It retails for around $200 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax), which is very reasonable price for such a great stroller.
Chicco created a serious competition for Maclaren by releasing Chicco Liteway umbrella stroller. Liteway model has been named number one lightweight stroller by many websites because of the combination of the features and value. While it is super affordable retailing for only $139.99, it also has a lot of great features that parents want like deep recline, adjustable leg rest, rear-wheel suspension, medium size canopy, medium size basket, and 5 point harness.
The one-hand lever recline is very deep making it suitable for a newborn. The roomy seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 40 lbs. I think that deep recline is always a big plus: it makes the naps and diaper changes much more comfortable.
The seat has a hide-away boot which offers cold weather protection during winter. The fold is very easy and compact. The Liteway weighs 17 lbs which is an average weight for a full-featured umbrella stroller. There is an automatic lock and a carry handle for easier transportation. It does NOT take an infant car seat.
This is a very sturdy stroller that has a great maneuverability. It comes in eight beautiful colors. Pink of course is my favorite color. The black frame makes it look very stylish and sporty. I personally think that black frame makes it look much more modern. I also love how they put Liteway” in white on the side of the frame. Great, great, great stroller! It costs only around $140 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax) which is not bad for a second stroller.
Infant Summer 3D Lite
Infant Summer 3D Lite is one of the best options for parents on the tight budget. It costs ONLY $79 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns) which is a super price and more importantly it weighs ONLY 12 lbs which makes it great for travel. You can easily carry it over your shoulder while at the airport or using a public transit.
The 3D Lite is not only very light and affordable, but is also full of great features. It has a very deep recline that allows you to use it from birth and up to 50 lbs. Taller parents will be happy to know that the handle bars are located at 42&Prime which is higher than your average handle bar position (40&Prime).
It also features 5 point harness, medium size canopy with a pop-out sunvisor, medium size basket, front wheel suspension, roomy seat with plenty of head room for a taller child, and rear storage pocket.
The fold is easy and compact, but requires a little balancing act. You will need to use your foot and and one hand. They advertise it as one-hand fold, but I would say it’s a one-foot-one-hand fold. It has an automatic lock and a shoulder strap for easy transportation. Comes with a cup holder.
The 3D Lite is not a perfect stroller, but overall I think it’s a good option for the price, or maybe even the best option for the price. I haven’t seen any strollers in the same price range with that many features. It’s hard to beat $79!
Joovy Groove Ultralight
Joovy have recently released a new umbrella stroller Groove Ultralight which created quite a buzz. I am not sure how they did it, but it weighs 5 lbs less than original Groove. I am telling you – strollers are getting better and better! With Groove Ultralight, Joovy is trying to show everybody that lightweight not necessary means less features. While it weighs ONLY 12 lbs, it still has a lot of things parents are looking for.
The canopy is a great size and has ‘follow-the-sun’ option meaning you can move it down in front of your child’s face to provide complete coverage when your child is napping. Unlike many other umbrella strollers, Ultralight has a deep 149 degree recline so your child can stretch out and take a nap. To provide your child with even more stretch room, you can lift an adjustable leg rest. The seat is suitable from 3 months and up to 55 lbs.
Plenty of storage! There is a medium size basket, two mesh pockets inside of the seat for your child, zipper pocket in the back of the canopy for adults, and a mesh bottle holder. The fold is easy and compact and there is an automatic lock that keeps stroller folded. Since it’s weighs only 12 lbs you can easily throw it over your shoulder by using attached shoulder strap.
The wheels are small at 4.5&Prime, but maneuverability is great. Of course it’s designed for flat surfaces like shopping malls, doctor’s office, airport, or public transit. It’s not your let’s-walk-at-the park for hours kind of a stroller. Although it will do ok at the theme park if the pavement is even. It retails for around $189 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
As you can see both Infant Summer 3D Lite and Joovy Groove Ultralight weigh 12 lbs, but 3D Lite is listed above Ultralight. I think 3D Lite is more popular because of the larger wheels (6&Prime vs 4.5) and much lower price.
If you have any questions or need help choosing the best stroller , let me know by using the comment box below. I am always happy to help.