If you are traveling with your family, a lightweight stroller can make life much easier. Whether you are traveling by plane or train, being able to quickly and easily pick up and pack your stroller is key.
You also want to look for a stroller that is easy to maneuver and folds up compactly. Ideally, your stroller should weigh less than 15 pounds. The following are some of the important aspects of a good lightweight stroller.
Ease of Folding of the Lightweight Stroller
Having an easy-to-fold stroller may make all the difference when you’re strapped for time and need to get out the door. The process is usually a snap, thanks to well designed handles that fit into place without requiring too much force or effort. The best lightweight strollers are the most compact when folded, so they’ll fit into your trunk with ease. Some even fold flat enough to fit on a plane, making them a real winner for a family on the go.
Our top pick in this category is the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, which folds up into a relatively small package and boasts a sleek, smooth operation. This model also happens to be a well regarded name in the infant stroller industry. In our testing, it topped the pack for the number of ways it was able to fold, and it has to be the most impressive looking stroller on the market, especially when it’s not in use.
Ease of Use
A lightweight stroller should be easy to use, whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro. This includes how quickly the stroller folds, whether it’s easy to carry and stow, and whether it can be maneuvered in crowded or tight areas.
We’ll also look for features that make the experience easier or more versatile, like a larger storage bin, a sunshade, and extra recline settings. For example, if you’re planning to travel frequently with your lightweight stroller, you might want to consider one that folds small enough to fit in an airplane carry-on. It can save you from lugging a heavier and bulkier option, and will help you get the most out of your trip. Some of our lightweight options are also compatible with infant car seats. They include the Maxi-Cosi Lara2 Pushchair and the Graco Breaze Lite2 Compact Stroller. Both are available at a range of price points, so you should be able to find one that fits your budget and needs.
Weight of the stroller
A stroller is an essential part of any parent’s kit, but it can quickly get heavy when carrying a diaper bag, toys, snacks and other items. That’s why lightweight strollers are perfect for parents who are always on the go.
Lightweight strollers are typically only around 22 pounds, making them a good choice for travel or navigating public transit. They’re also less expensive than a standard stroller, so you can save some money on the initial purchase.
To determine whether a lightweight stroller is right for you, consider your budget and duration of trips. If you’re traveling for long periods, you’ll want to choose a stroller with a reclining seat so your baby can rest comfortably on the go.
Durability of A Lightweight Stroller is important
A parent’s diaper bag and stroller are both essential tools for getting out and about with the little one, but that load can be heavy. That’s where a lightweight stroller comes in handy, not only for those tight city streets but also for navigating public transit and airports with baby in tow.
A lightweight stroller needs to be easy to fold and carry as well as stow away when not in use. Often, this means it will take up less space in your car trunk or on the go than a heavier stroller that’s not designed to fold down.
In our lab tests, a lightweight stroller’s durability combines weight and folded size with its capabilities in maneuverability, quality, and functionality. We weighed all these factors to find which products offer the best balance of features in a stroller that’s still comfortable for the growing family.