Summary List Placement If you're traveling with a baby or a toddler, you'll need a stroller while away from home. To make the trip go as smoothly as possible, leave behind your everyday stroller and opt for a travel stroller instead. The Colugo Compact Stroller is our top pick because it folds down with one hand in about two seconds, so you never miss a moment with family while on the go.
When you're away from home with your little one, a stroller is more than just a child conveyance system. It's also a tactical nap station, a spare clothes supply depot, a foul weather baby bivouac, and a storage unit for baby wipes, diapers, and snacks. Any decent everyday stroller will meet all those metrics but finding a travel stroller that checks all those boxes while still being compact enough to bring along on planes, trains, and automobiles (and subway cars) is trickier. Many compact, collapsible strollers sacrifice quality and convenience in the name of reduced weight and size. I would know, I experienced a stroller all but fail while vacationing in Europe. Since then, I've become a firm believer in investing in a great travel stroller, just as you would an everyday one. When choosing the best travel stroller for your baby or toddler, consider the child's size and age, the amount of weight you feel comfortable carrying when the stroller is folded, and the places you'll visit and ways you'll get there. While all the strollers on this list fold up easily, roll along smoothly, and enjoy excellent safety ratings, not all are suitable for the same uses and ages. We researched and tested many models and the picks on this list each boast their own specific merits that will serve your on-the-go gang. Here are the best travel strollers:
Best overall: Colugo Compact Stroller Best for multiple ages: Joolz Hub Stroller Best lightweight travel stroller: Maxi-Cosi Lara Stroller Best stroller/car seat combo: Doona + Infant Car Seat/Stroller Best rolling luggage-style travel stroller: Baby Trend Jetaway Plus Compact Stroller
Updated on 9/29/2020 to edit prices, links, and remove reference to third-party reviews, because we've found them to be unreliable in the past.
The best overall
The Colugo Compact Stroller is our top pick because it folds down with one hand in about two seconds and tucks away into a backpack. Colugo is a newcomer to the baby gear marketplace, but I fully expect it will soon become a legacy brand. I say that for a few key reasons. First, the Colugo Compact Stroller is genuinely one of the most compact folding strollers I've ever used. It folds down small enough to fit into a backpack that comes included with the stroller. Yet when deployed, it's larger than the average umbrella stroller, approximating the feel and function of a full-sized option. The Colugo Compact also costs half as much as many comparable strollers I've tested out over the years, with no major drawbacks or missing features. There's a basket for storage, the seat reclines, and the wheels lock reliably. Additionally, the company's commitment to customer service makes the overall Colugo shopping experience a pleasure. The Colugo offers an almost unheard of 100-day trial and, if you don't like it, you can send it back for a full refund. But owning one myself, I can tell you the chances of sending it back are pretty low. Pros: Folds with one hand, fits into a backpack, excellent customer service and trial period Cons: Not suitable for newborns The best for multiple ages
The Joolz Hub Stroller folds down small enough for travel, yet is capable enough to serve as the only stroller your kid ever needs. The Joolz Hub folds down smaller than many strollers and can also be used from the very first days of your baby's life until they weigh 45 pounds. The Joolz Hub can be outfitted with a bassinet for newborns, while a seat insert adds extra support for babies. It may also be used as a standard stroller with a reclining backrest and an adjustable footrest for kids well into their toddler years. It can accommodate multiple brands of car seats, too, when outfitted with connection hardware. When in use, the Hub is the same size as full-sized options but folded up, it is small enough to fit in any trunk, plane overhead bin, or luggage rack. You can also sling it over your shoulder using the included carrying strap. I'm a satisfied owner of this exact stroller, but it's also worth noting that it's pretty heavy at about 25 pounds. It's also pretty pricey. However, the fact that it packs down small enough for travel, will last through years of service, and offers the same capabilities as larger everyday strollers add strong value that will easily offset the more minor pain points. Pros: Works from newborn through toddler, good storage basket, smooth and stable even on varied terrain Cons: Heavy, expensive The best lightweight travel stroller
Weighing in at just 14 pounds, the Maxi-Cosi Lara Stroller won't weigh you down as you log miles during a vacation, holiday travel, or an epic journey across town. The Maxi-Cosi Lara Ultra Compact Stroller is the lightest weight stroller on our list, yet it also has the highest maximum weight limit among the models reviewed here. It weighs just 14 pounds and can safely support kids weighing up to 50 pounds. Now, the Lara isn't the most versatile. It's much more of a traditional umbrella stroller than the highly adaptable Joolz Hub. It has smaller wheels that won't do well on anything but hard surfaces (though a suspension system will absorb some of the jolts and jostles that come with sidewalk cracks or the errant twig or pebble) and it's not suitable for use with newborns. But for the family with a child aged six months through the toddler years, it's quite capable at a fair price. This stroller also collapses small enough to be slung over the shoulder and an included parent cup holder, canopy shade, and dual storage baskets add functionality. Pros: Amazingly lightweight, folds down small, dual storage spots Cons: Not great on varied terrain The best stroller/car seat combo
With the Doona + Infant Car Seat/Stroller, you don't even need a separate stroller at all, because the car seat doubles as the stroller itself. The Doona + Infant Car Seat/Stroller boasts a unique, clever design that is perfect for the family that travels or lives in a city. By combining the car seat and stroller into one unit, the Doona + Infant Car Seat/Stroller precludes the need to travel with two large items. It also means less to store at home, which is ideal for apartment living, or for anyone with limited storage space. The Doona + Infant Car Seat/Stroller comes with a LATCH system compatible base that can be left in the car permanently, with the car seat/stroller clicking in and out with ease. Deploying the stroller's wheels takes just a few seconds, and of course, there's no need for that laborious process of transferring your baby from the car seat to the stroller, a priceless touch, especially if the child is sleeping. That said, this is one of the most expensive options on our list, and can only be used until your child reaches 35 pounds, with many kids outgrowing it before that weight due to a maximum height limit of 32 inches. Pros: Converts from car seat to stroller, excellent safety rating, easy to use Cons: Expensive, quickly outgrown The best rolling luggage-style travel stroller
The Baby Trend Jetaway Plus Compact Stroller features a telescoping handle, so you can roll it along just like you would with roll-aboard luggage when it's folded down. Earlier, we talked about a super lightweight stroller that tips the scales at a mere 14 pounds. The Baby Trend Jetaway Plus Compact Stroller isn't much heavier, coming in at just a few ounces shy of 15 pounds. That 14-pounder is impressive, but try carrying it around for more than an hour or two, and most people will end up pretty sore. It would be much easier to roll it like luggage, especially if it weighed 15 pounds. That's the design with the Baby Trend Jetaway Plus Compact Stroller, which performs exactly like a piece of roll-aboard luggage when it's folded down thanks to a telescoping handle. Whether you're navigating the airport, train station, or city streets, this stroller won't weigh you down when your baby isn't in it. When in use, the stroller has an adjustable seat back and footrest. It is safe with babies as small as five or six pounds, yet can also accommodate kids up to 45 pounds. Its large canopy and roll-up air flow panel make it great for use on hot, sunny days, while its compact size and light weight make it a fine choice for travel. Pros: Features telescoping handle for rolling, very lightweight, good price point Cons: Collapsing requires two hands Check out our other buying guides for baby gear
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