Top Rated Umbrella Strollers

In a world where strollers have become mini-buggies or mini-cars with all the gadgets and gizmos these days, umbrella strollers are a relief in their (relative) simplicity.

Seriously, you unfold it, snap and you’re done, and then you fold up and can easily carry it anywhere.

They are simple and perfect for any outings – shopping, walking, etc.

We have a Cosco umbrella stroller that we got from Target.  It was around $10 and we bought it when we needed a stroller in a pinch while shopping.

It worked perfectly for our hour or two of shopping, but anything longer starts to become a bit of a problem as the handles are a bit short for me.

I have to hunch over to push the stroller, and anytime 6-foot-tall hubby uses it, he has the same problem, only worse.

Other than that, it’s been a great item to keep in the car in case we need it for my toddler, when my son uses our Britax travel system, or when we’re not using our double Bob Duallie jogger.

We’ve chosen five of the best selling, top rated umbrella strollers and listed out the pros/cons of each model.

Things to think about before purchasing a top rated umbrella stroller: 

  • Height – make sure you don’t run into the same issue we did and that it’s comfortable to push. 
  • Ease of use – make sure you can fold it up easily and that it’s light enough to carry comfortably. 
  • Snaps – this might sound silly, but the metal on our Cosco stroller kind of scares me when I snap/unsnap it. Make sure you’re comfortable with maneuvering the stroller. 
  • Material – is it washable? Comfortable? If your toddler pees or throws up on it, you’ll want to be able to wash it or at least wipe it down. 

Graco LiteRider Click Connect Stroller

PROS review summary:

  • #1 best seller on Amazon in the top rated umbrella strollers category
  • Compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seats
  • Weighs 16.8 lbs, still fairly heavy for the lightweight umbrella category
  • Multi position recline and one-hand fold capability
  • Includes parents tray and children’s tray

CONS review summary:

  • Only two reclining positions makes it difficult for those looking for other positions
  • Some reviewers mention that the stroller doesn’t feel all that sturdy
  • Other reviewers mention the back flattens out too easily

 


Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller

PROS review summary:

  • Infant car seat ready; no need for adaptors
  • Two step fold – also meets airline carry-on regulations
  • Comes with travel bag & strap
  • Weighs 13 lbs
  • Has ability for newborns to lie flat in “cocoon carryout – sold separately”

CONS review summary: 

  • On the higher priced end of “umbrella or lightweight strollers”
  • Cannot fold stroller one-handed
  • No cup holder
  • Some reviewers note that it does not fold up easily

 


Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

PROS review summary:

  • Lightweight at 12 lbs
  • 4 position recline
  • Storage basket is extra-large & includes rear pocket
  • Taller handle bars than conventional cheaper umbrella strollers (many reviewers noted that’s why they purchased this model)

CONS review summary: 

  • Many reviewers wished there was one handle instead of two so you don’t have to use both hands to push
  • Some reviewers note that the cup holder was “flimsy” or “fell off early”
  • Some reviewers note that it can be difficult to fold up and down

 


Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

PROS review summary:

  • Lightweight at 12 pounds with 3 tier extended sun shade canopy
  • One handed and self standing hold
  • Accommodates children up to 50 lbs
  • Child and parent tray both have 2 cup holders

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviewers mention that the cup holders were too small
  • Other reviewers mention that the seat back wasn’t strong and bent easily

 


Disney Umbrella Stroller with Canopy

PROS review summary:

  • Super lightweight at 8 lbs
  • Easy to fold and unfold
  • Comes with sun canopy
  • Affordable

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviewers mention that they wish the handles were taller
  • Seat recline isn’t adjustable

 


Be sure to check out our other top rated baby stroller categories:  

Baby, Travel Systems and Jogger