The 9 Best Umbrella Strollers of 2021

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Our Top Picks

Best Compact: Maxi-Cosi Lara Lightweight Ultra Compact Stroller at Amazon

"On-the-go parents will appreciate the one-handed fold and the two storage baskets for holding all the essentials."

Best Lightweight: Inglesina Net Stroller at Amazon

"One of the lightest umbrella strollers on the market, it features two reclining positions so baby can nap en route."

Best for Newborns and Tall Parents: Joovy New Groove Umbrella Stroller at Amazon

"Ideal for taller parents due to the high handles, newborns can stay safe and secure due to the deep recline and bassinet mode."

Best Budget: Delta Children Jeep North Star Stroller at Amazon

"An affordable option that's ideal for shorter trips, it's complete with a small basket to hold a few hours worth of supplies."

Best for Travel: gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller at Amazon

"Easy to bring along in the car or even on airplanes, it can hold up to 11 pounds of gear and is ideal for frequent travelers."

Best Rear and Front Facing: Summer Infant 3D Flip Stroller at Amazon

"The unique design allows baby to ride facing their parent or looking out at the world, and holds up to 50 pounds, as baby grows."

Best Overall and Best for Toddlers: Summer 3D Lite at Amazon

"Perfect for toddlers or growing kids, it features a roomy seat and a four-position recline to fit your little one's mood."

Best Luxury: Babyzen YOYO Stroller at Amazon

"While not the lightest pick, it's storable in an overhead compartment and comes with a shoulder strap for easy toting."

Best for Multiples: ZOE Twin+ Double Stroller for Toddlers at Amazon

"Best for growing families, its double seat design is perfect for twins or siblings, and it can be used with an add-on seat."

Umbrella strollers are typically lightweight, smaller than full-size strollers, and made for an on-the-go lifestyle. Depending on your needs, it could be used as an everyday stroller, just for travel, or to keep in the trunk of the car. When choosing one, consider the weight, folded size, maneuverability, and budget to find the best stroller for you and your kiddo. Unless stated otherwise, most umbrella strollers are for babies that can sit upright on their own and may not be suitable or safe for newborns.

Whether you need a lightweight option to supplement your heavy-duty stroller or a stroller for your toddlers, we've rounded up the best umbrella strollers for your family.

Best Compact: Maxi-Cosi Lara Lightweight Ultra Compact Stroller

Created with an innovative folding style, this stroller has a one-handed fold that closes up very compactly and at 14 pounds, can be easily carried with the comfy stroller strap. Designed for kids up to 50 pounds, some parents say it’s not super roomy for older kids but perfect for younger ones. Two storage baskets hold plenty and the multi-recline positions are suitable for napping babies.

Best Lightweight: Inglesina Net Stroller

Weighing in at just 11 pounds, this is one of the lightest umbrella strollers on the market. It can open and close with one hand, stand up closed on its own, and has a shoulder strap for life on-the-go. One drawback from reviewers: there are only two positions to recline, so may not be the best option if you’re relying on frequent naps on-the-road. 

Best for Newborns and Tall Parents: Joovy New Groove Umbrella Stroller

Made to be newborn-ready, this stroller has a deep recline and bassinet mode that can hold newborns safely and a built-in foot enclosure that keeps your littlest ones safe and secure. At 15 pounds, the name “ultralight” may be a misnomer, but parents appreciate the compact fold and shoulder strap for easy carrying. This stroller is ideal for taller parents who will appreciate the higher-than-most 42 inch high handles.

Best Budget: Delta Children Jeep North Star Stroller

This budget-friendly stroller doesn’t skimp on features. Weighing in at 10 pounds, it’s a good stroller for the money, but doesn’t have lots of features that more costly strollers do. Parents will appreciate the small basket for essentials but know it’s not super roomy. Safe for kids up to 40 pounds, the seat doesn’t recline, so don’t count on long naps. It’s not an ideal option for an everyday stroller, but for occasional use, this fits the bill.

Best for Travel: gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller

GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller

Courtesy of Amazon

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Boasting the title of the “World’s Smallest Folding Stroller,” this innovative ride weighs just 9 pounds and can easily fit in a plane or train’s overhead bin or in a car’s trunk. Safe for babies from 6 months old and up to 55 pounds, the stroller also has a storage basket that can hold up to 11 pounds of gear. Frequent travelers love this stroller. A common complaint is a flimsy and small sunshade, but it’s easy to attach a larger (sold separately) one if you prefer.

Best Rear and Front Facing: Summer Infant 3D Flip Stroller

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This unique seat design is reversible, so it allows younger babies to face you and then easily flip and face the world once they are older and more curious. While great in design, the stroller is safe for babies 6 months old and up. The rear-facing seat is suitable for up to 25 pounds, so may only be useful for a short time frame. Forward-facing, the seat is safe up to 50 pounds, so older babies and toddlers will appreciate the view facing out. While the stroller does offer flexibility, many parents note it takes some practice in learning how to flip the seats and close this stroller. 

Best Overall and Best for Toddlers: Summer 3D Lite

This highly-rated and well-loved stroller checks so many boxes: affordable, easy to fold, lightweight, and roomy. Suitable for kids up to 50 pounds, many reviewers note the seat is roomier than others, so it’s ideal for toddlers or bigger kids. Easy to fold, the stroller weighs 13 pounds and has a four-position recline, so perfect for napping or getting comfy on-the-go. 

Best Luxury: Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller

Babyzen YoYo

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Ideal for travelers, this stroller folds in a way that it can be stored in an overhead compartment. It is important to note, it’s not a typical lightweight umbrella stroller, since this ride weighs 27 pounds, but does come with a shoulder strap. For an all-in-one stroller option, there are additional newborn packs and a bassinet sold separately that can be used with the universal frame, extending the use of this expensive stroller.

Best for Multiples: ZOE Twin+ Double Stroller for Toddlers

Built for growing families, this double umbrella stroller is perfect for twins or two young kids. The stroller weighs in at 19 pounds, so it’s not much heavier than a single stroller. Each seat can hold babies 3 months old and kids up to 45 pounds. For larger families, this stroller can grow from a double to a triple or quad with an expandable tandem add-on seat that is sold separately. Parent reviewers appreciate the lightweight, easy fold, and separate canopies for each kid. 

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s a mom of a 10-year old son, 7-year old son, and 3-year old daughter. She’s used her umbrella strollers differently for each kid, but has always found them to be an essential. She’s finally nearing the stage where she probably doesn’t need it, but isn’t quite ready to give it away just yet.

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