Updated 11 March 2022
On the lookout for a reversible stroller that takes up less space than a duo? We’ve tested reversible strollers from brands like Joolz, Baby Jogger and Bugaboo. To be named as best in test, a reversible stroller must have a spacious and comfortable seat unit, fold into a compact format and be nice to push.
Our tests are carried out independently, and consist of the tester’s honest, objective opinions. The product selection is carried out and the test results decided without influence from manufacturers, resellers or other internal or external parties.
We carry out all of our tests ourselves and test all products in real conditions. In our tests of reversible strollers, we asked normal families and experts in the area to examine and use different models of stroller. During the testers’ everyday lives, the strollers have been taken on holiday, packed into the car, pushed to preschool and gone along on shopping trips. We tested reversible strollers with both full and split handles.
In our test of reversible strollers, we’ve tested several models of stroller that are either small when in use or are compact enough when folded to work as a reversible travel stroller, to be used in the car or even work as your only stroller if your home is small. All of the strollers have a carrycot, either available as a separate accessory or sold in a package with the stroller. When it comes to choosing a reversible stroller, it’s important to start by looking at your own family’s needs.
Our test families evaluated all of the reversible strollers on several different points. We then compared each stroller’s characteristics and functions to its quality and price, after which we appointed a test winner.
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Very small, reversible stroller with good lying position, can easily be carried over your shoulder
Max. weight seat unit: 18 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 8.8 kg Folded size (Length): 66 cm Folded size (Width): 53.5 cm Folded size (Height): 26 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes, purchased separately Stormcover: Not included Backrest: 4 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Not adjustable, full handle Adapter for baby car seat: Yes, purchased separately
Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for a reversible stroller to be as small as a forward facing one, Baby Jogger surprise us all with their City Tour Lux. The stroller isn’t only compact with a seat unit on, the carrycot for the City Tour Lux can also be folded, even when it’s attached to the chassis. The carrycot is sold separately, and despite the fact that it can be folded in the middle, it’s both just as cosy and spacious as those in a normal sized stroller.
The chassis of the City Tour Lux is stable despite its size. The handle can’t be adjusted either for height or angle, but it feels a normal height, at 99 cm above the ground. On the right-hand side is an easy to use handbrake. Relative to the size of the stroller, the basket is large, and you can fit both a baby changing bag and more besides into it. The wheels are quite small, but made from PU material which means that stones don’t get stuck in them. There isn’t much suspension in the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux, but it rolls well, so in urban environments and on flat surfaces the stroller is very nice to push.
The stroller can be folded regardless of which way the seat unit is facing. You simply fold the seat unit, folder handle downwards and then lift up the City Tour Lux with the folding straps. The chassis locks itself if you push it a little further so the catch clicks. The seat unit on the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux has a back support that can be folded to a flat lying position with just one hand. The harness can be divided into five separate straps, which is convenient when you’re putting a footmuff onto the stroller. But in some positions when the child moves a lot, it feels like the harness comes apart a little too easily.
The footrest can be angled. The seat unit is spacious, but if you don’t want the child to sit with their legs dangling, it’s most suitable for up to 2-3 years, depending on the child’s length. A swing-out belly bar is available as a separate option, and that includes a simple cupholder. The hood is pulled out until it clicks into place, and there’s a double sun visor that can be unfolded too. The sunshade could have been a little better, but it works OK as it is.
Another thing that makes the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux a good travel stroller is that it weighs sufficiently little to be easy to carry and has a built in padded carrying strap. This is one of the smallest reversible strollers, and one that’s succeeded with the tricky balance between size and functions. Baby Jogger City Tour Lux is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a minimal stroller where you can still have your child facing you.
Very convenient and stylish reversible stroller with full lying position and compact when folded
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 11.2 kg Folded size: 66 x 53 x 34 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: Not included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Telescopic Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
The Joolz Hub+ can be used as a reversible stroller, but also works direct from birth. You can attach both a carrycot and baby car seat to the chassis. The seat unit can even be used for a newborn, together with a soft carrycot or Hub Cocoon.
The Hub+ generally has the same characteristics as a larger duo. But it’s significantly smaller when folded, and unusually compact and convenient even when it’s unfolded. Joolz can be very pleased with their Hub, which was first released in 2018. And the new Hub+ has only got better.
Compared to the older version, the Joolz Hub+ has several improved functions, such as a bigger basket, new wheel design and built-in LED lights. Having small lights in the chassis may seem a bit over-the-top, but anything that makes the stroller more visible in the dark is a good thing.
The reversible seat unit has a good sitting position and flat lying position. The hood is extendable. Fully unfolded, part of the hood consists of mesh that lets in the air, but can also be covered up if you want to make it dark when your child needs to sleep. The seat unit has an adjustable foot rest and swing-out belly bar. The Hub+ has a significantly improved harness, where the straps can easily be clicked in one at a time. It’s easy to turn the seat unit. The backrest is high and children up to at least three years of age will fit comfortably in the Joolz Hub+.
The strongest side of the Joolz Hub+ is that it’s really nice to push. The stroller has quite small wheels but still rolls easily and is just as simple to steer. It works fine on the odd gravel path or lawn, but the Hub+ is at its best in an urban environment. All four wheels are puncture-free and front wheels can be locked in a fixed position, which makes things easier on uneven ground or snow.
The handle can be set to several different heights and there’s plenty of space for the person pushing to walk. You can tell that the Hub+ has a bigger basket, but it’s still on the smaller size. You won’t want to take the Joolz Hub+ with you if you’re doing a big shop.
If you have a narrow hall or cramped car boot, the Hub+ is a dream. The stroller folds up easily into a single piece with the seat unit on, regardless of which way the seat unit is facing. Once folded, the Hub+ becomes a compact package that’s easy to get into the car boot. You can also carry the stroller over your shoulder thanks to the built-in carrying strap and low weight.
If you can’t have a stroller that takes up a centimetre more than necessary, either when in use or when folded, the Joolz Hub+ is a perfect choice. With the Hub+ the new family gets almost everything a bigger stroller has, in an impressively compact format and with a very appealing design.
Good value for money reversible stroller with good lying position, long hood and convenient folding
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 11.7 kg Folded size: 77 x 60 x 43 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: Not included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, fully telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
The Cybex Balios S Lux is the updated version of the Cybex Balios S, which now has more convenient folding, update upholstery and a higher maximum weight, amongst other things. If you want to use the Balios S Lux from birth, there’s a cosy carrycot you can buy separately. You can also use an adapters to attach your baby car seat to the chassis.
The Balios S Lux is a reversible stroller with a normal seat unit. You can set the backrest to three different positions using a catch on the back. It can be folded down to a flat lying position, regardless of which way the seat unit is facing. The upholstery has a very nice structure, which feels soft and durable at the same time. The fabric has built up edges on the sides, which gives a cosier feeling – particularly for smaller children.
The stroller has a footrest that can be angled when you press in the two white buttons on the sides. The adjustable footrest together with the lying position makes it comfortable for a sleeping child. The seat unit is good, with a slight backward angle on the backrest. The hood on the seat unit provides very good separation from the outside world. It has a fold-out sun visor and an extension that you open with a zip. Fully unfolded, the child is shaded from head to knees in the Balios S Lux.
If two people of different heights will be pushing the stroller, the Cybex Balios S Lux works well as the telescopic handle is easy to height adjust. The seat unit is relatively high on the chassis, which makes the basket easily accessible. This easily holds a large bag of food and a bit more besides. At the front of the chassis is a built-in footrest, which is useful when larger children are using the stroller. Because the foot rest has no edges, taller children travelling backwards often have their feet dangling, which doesn’t look entirely comfortable.
One major advantage of the Cybex Balios S Lux is that the stroller can be folded as a single piece with the seat unit on, regardless of which way it’s facing. This makes the Balios S Lux very convenient to take with you in the car. The stroller is flat when folded and the chassis locks automatically. To fold the stroller, you pull a catch on the handle to the side, while pressing in the same button that you use to regulate the handle height. The stroller then folds in the middle. Folding takes just a few seconds once you’ve got used to it.
The Balios S Lux is very easy to push. It’s best in an urban environment, but can cope on some gravel too. The stroller has suspension in the chassis and front wheels. The swivel front wheels make the stroller very easy to turn, and overall the Cybex Balios S Lux is really nice to take out for a walk. Together with plenty of comfort for the child and convenient folding, this is a reversible stroller that works almost everywhere.
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 9 kg Folded size: 66 x 51.5 x 41 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: No Stormcover: included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, full knee-joint handle Adapter for baby car seat: Can be purchased separately for Silver Cross baby car seat
The Silver Cross Spirit is a small but unexpectedly sturdy stroller. It has a maximum weight of 22 kg in the seat unit, which gives the stroller a long used period. The seat unit is spacious. The footrest feels proportionally shorter than the backrest. But if you have children over 4-5 years who will be travelling in the Spirit, you can choose to turn the seat unit to face forward. There’s a built-in footrest in the chassis at the front wheels. This means that taller children with longer legs can also sit comfortably in it.
The seat unit has a backrest that can be adjusted to three different positions with just one hand. An upright sitting position, reclined position and a flat lying position. When you want to turn the seat unit, you angle the backrest slightly forwards and then lift it straight up. The harness is easy to manage. The footrest can be angled between horizontal and folded down by pressing the two buttons on its sides.
The Silver Cross Spirit comes with many accessories, including a cushion. This is because the backrest only consists of mesh. This means that the Spirit is a very cool and airy stroller for the summer, because the wind can blow straight through the seat unit. At cooler times of the year, the stroller is cosier with the cushion inserted. Spirit’s hood is long and gives good shade. But it could have been a tiny bit longer even so, as coverage is a bit scant when the backrest is fold down to lying position.
The Silver Cross Spirit is very easy to push. The suspension means the stroller rolls easily and smoothly. You can easily control it with just one hand on the handle. Despite the fact that the wheels are very small, they are sturdy. The Spirit moves unexpectedly well even on gravel paths or other uneven surfaces. Of course this isn’t a stroller for forest walks, and it works best in an urban environment, on smooth surfaces. But the Spirit isn’t at all as flimsy as it perhaps looks. And the basket is also surprisingly spacious. This will hold a baby changing bag and more besides without any problems.
Folding the stroller is straightforward and can be done with just one hand from start to finish. The Silver Cross Spirit folds up in a single piece with the seat unit on, regardless of which way the seat unit is facing. Because the stroller only weighs 6 kg, it’s also perfectly possible to lift it into the boot one-handed too.
The Silver Cross Spirit is actually close to a perfect reversible stroller. With the Spirit, Silver Cross have succeeded in combining a number of popular functions: reversible seat unit, full lying position, adjustable footrest, knee-joint handle and compact folding – and this is really impressive.
High quality reversible stroller with spacious seat unit and a convenient swing-out belly bar
Max. weight seat unit: 15/22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 9.4 kg Folded size: 90 x 47 x 36 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
The Bugaboo Bee 6 demonstrates a number of significant changes compared to its predecessor – bigger wheels, a belly bar, more airy seat unit upholstery and an improved hood. The Bee 6 can be used from newborn, and you can buy both a carrycot and adapters for a baby car seat separately. But the stroller is most popular for sitting children, as a more convenient complement to a larger duo.
Pushing the Bugaboo Bee 6 is a pleasant experience. It’s easy to steer the stroller with one hand and it pretty much rolls by itself on smooth surfaces. The larger wheels mean the Bee 6 rolls better than before, and make it easier to get over kerbs, cross a lawn or roll over gravel. But the improvements still aren’t enough for the Bee 6 to be a stroller you’ll want to push in snow or on rougher terrain.
The handle can be adjusted to a good range of heights, so the Bee 6 works well for both very tall and shorter parents. It feels a little old-fashioned that the handle can’t be raised with just one hand. Instead you have to open up clips on the sides of the handle. Folding, too, is something that in practice requires both hands, but otherwise it’s very easy to fold the Bee 6. The stroller also folds up very small and has built-in support for being stored upright when folded.
The reversible seat unit can be angled between sitting position, reclining position and lying position. The actual seat plate can be pulled out so it becomes deeper, and the backrest can be raised as the child grows. The harness is very convenient, with four straps that click separately into the harness buckle. The seat unit’s maximum weight is 22 kg in forward facing position, but only 15 kg facing backwards. The seat unit is spacious enough for a normal sized 6-year-old to fit comfortably.
In many ways, the Bee 6 is a stroller for hot weather. The extendable hood has two mesh ventilation hatches that open. However, in lying position the hood is rather short even when it’s fully extended. The seat base and upholstery on the Bee 6 have been designed to increase air circulation. If you live in a warmer climate, this is a function you’ll appreciate.
One function in the Bee 6 that’s been missing from previous versions is the swing-out belly bar. This makes the seat feel a little more cosy, and means that you can sometimes skip the harness if your child is a bit bigger. You can completely remove the belly bar, and you can fold the stroller with it in place. The stroller’s basket isn’t as accessible as it could be, but can hold all the necessities and a bit more besides.
Bugaboo isn’t a budget brand, and the Bee 6 is pushing the limits of price for a stroller in this category. If you like Bugaboo’s aesthetics and are looking for a reversible stroller, the price tag matches the functions well. The large wheels and swing-out belly bar makes the Bugaboo Bee 6 better than ever before.
Convenient reversible stroller with ergonomic seat unit, long hood and adjustable handle
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 11.5 kg Folded size: 90 x 60 x 33 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: Not included Backrest: 3 positions, ergonomic seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, fully telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
The Cybex Balios S 2-in-1 is a stroller that’s sold complete with a seat unit and carrycot, which means you can use it as a duo direct from birth. The stroller consists of a chassis with wheels, a frame, a seat unit cover and a carrycot cover. If you’re going to use the Balios S 2-in-1 with a small baby, you install the carrycot on the frame and then you can easily change to the seat unit by attaching the seat unit, to the frame. You can even attach a baby car seat to the chassis using the adapters. In this way, the Balios S 2-in-1 can be a convenient stroller to take in the car for children of all ages.
The carrycot has a cosy feel, with a hood that has both a fold-out sun visor and a ventilation hatch. The seat unit is ergonomic, with a dished shape, and can be angled to three different positions – sitting position, reclining position and lying position. To change the position, you pull outwards on the white catch on the back of the backrest. The Cybex Balios S 2-in-1 has clever memory buttons on the sides of the seat unit. This means you can press the buttons one at a time and then lift the seat unit off. In terms of space, the stroller fits children up to about 3 years of age, with good support for their legs too, thanks to the seat unit’s built-in footrest.
The hood on the Balios S 2-in-1 gives really good cover. It has a broad, fold-out sun visor at the front, and you can use a zip that runs across the hood to open it up and pull out an extension. Fully unfolded, the hood shades most of the child. The extension part of the hood has a peephole. If you lift the cover, you can see the child through a layer of mesh. You can also open the cover to ventilate the seat unit, so that air can circulate to keep the child cooler on a hot summer’s day.
The Cybex Balios S 2-in-1 has a spacious and easily accessible basket. The seat unit is placed high on the chassis. This means both that you’re closer to the child, but also that you can put taller things in the basket. The telescopic handle of the stroller is easy to adjust to the right height, and even parents with longer legs can walk behind the stroller with their normal stride. The Balios S 2-in-1 can be folded with the seat unit on it, but it’s large and rather bulky like that. It’s easiest to first remove the seat unit and then fold the chassis into a compact package, which can be done with just one hand. It’s a shame that the stroller has no type of carrying handle or strap.
The Balios S 2-in-1 is very nice to push. The stroller rolls smoothly and is easy to steer, and you can easily manoeuvre it with one hand. The puncture-free wheels can cope with the odd gravel path, but the stroller works best in an urban environment, on smooth surfaces. This is a very convenient reversible stroller, which does have to be separated into two parts before you can fold it, but can then be packed compactly in the car. If you want to combine a practical size with a reversible, ergonomic seat unit and smooth rolling, the Cybex Balios S 2-in-1 is an excellent option.
Convenience and unexpectedly sturdy reversible stroller that’s small enough to travel as hand luggage
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 7.2 kg Folded size: 55 x 38 x 23 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: No Stormcover: Not included Backrest: 3 positions backward facing and 2 positions forward-facing, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position backward facing, reclining position forward facing Handle: Adjustable, fully telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
Ant is popular stroller manufacturer Bugaboo’s smallest stroller yet, and normally the brand isn’t worried about being a lot – either when it comes to functions or price tag. But even if the Bugaboo Ant is a relatively expensive model of travel stroller or reversible stroller, the overall experience is still that you get a lot for your money.
In backward facing position, the reversible seat unit can be angled from sitting position and reclining position down to a flat lying position. This means the stroller can be used direct from birth together with Bugaboo’s cocoon. When the seat unit is turned to face forwards, there’s only sitting position and a reclining position, although the latter is on enough of an angle for the child to sleep without their head tipping forwards.
The hood can be extended and opened up with a zip. But even fully unfolded, it’s rather short and unfortunately doesn’t give as much shade as Bugaboo’s duo hoods do. If you choose a hood in one of the mottled fabrics, Ant has a combined peephole and ventilation hatch covered with black mesh. The one-colour hoods have no peephole.
The Bugaboo Ant is most comfortable for very small or slightly larger children. A baby can travel comfortably in the backward-facing seat unit. And children from around 2-3 years of age fit well facing forwards with their feet against the chassis’ built-in footrest. The backrest can be height-adjusted, which extends the period of use. But for children between 6 months and 2 years, who you’d rather have facing backwards, it’s important to be aware that the Ant has no footrest. The seat ends immediately after the actual sitting surface. You can buy a separate footrest as an accessory, however, and this provides better leg support.
Comfort is also high for the parent. The handle is comfortable to hold and can be height-adjusted, so it suits parents of different heights. The Bugaboo Ant is nice to push, and given how small the stroller is it feels impressively robust and stable. How well the Ant works with Bugaboo’s standing board is also a positive surprise. It makes it one of the better reversible travel strollers on the market, for those looking for a sibling solution.
The two different baskets definitely have enough space. And the fact that the stroller is very small when folded is without doubt. But the actual folding process consists of a relatively long list of different steps. It isn’t difficult, but you have to do them in the right order and there’s a bit of a learning curve. Overall, the Bugaboo Ant is a well-designed reversible stroller that’s nice to use. And which, despite some limitations – primarily caused by the smallness of the stroller – still lives up to our expectations of how bit a premium stroller should be to travel as hand luggage.
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 9.5 kg Folded size: 78 x 53.5 x 32 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: Not included Backrest: Steplessly adjustable, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, full knee-joint handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
The Stokke Beat is a reversible stroller with a high seat unit. The stroller can be used as a duo direct from birth, if you buy a separate carrycot. It feels just as spacious and cosy as a carrycot for a bigger pram. With the right adapter, you can also attach a baby car seat to the chassis. Overall, Stokke offer a very good range of accessories for the Beat, from cushions to snack trays and cup holders.
The seat unit on the Stokke Beat has a steplessly adjustable backrest. The attachment on the back of the seat unit has a practical angle, and means you can truly adjust the backrest with just one hand. If you lower it right down, the Beat offers a full lying position. Something that, together with the adjustable footrest means it provides a good sleeping surface. The footrest can be adjusted to two positions: vertical or horizontal. To lower it from horizontal you have to pull it upwards a little first, releasing the catch inside.
It’s very easily to turn the seat unit. Exactly where you naturally place your hands, on the back of the seat unit sides, there are two large buttons that you press in. Then you can lift the seat unit straight up. Adjusting the Beat’s knee-joint handle is also uncomplicated, with buttons on the inside of both joints. The handle can be folded right down, in towards the chassis. This makes the Stokke Beat very short, and is useful both when you’re storing it in the hall and if you travel with the stroller on public transport.
The Stokke Beat has a hood that provides good shade from the sun, and can be extended. In the sides of the extension there are small areas of mesh for better ventilation. There are also mesh areas on the sides of the stroller when you fold the backrest right down into lying position. The Stokke Beat has a high maximum weight of 22 kg, and the backrest is very tall. Unfortunately this isn’t matched by the seat, which is relatively shallow. The footrest is also on the short side. Most children’s legs will be too long a good while before the maximum weight is exceeded.
The Beat is very easy to push. Both because the stroller is very light, but also because the wheels roll freely. You don’t have to exert much effort to turn the Stokke Beat. The puncture-free wheels have durable surfaces that stones don’t get stuck in. The back wheels are large, but the front wheel’s size, together with the fact that the stroller only has minimal suspension, means that the Beat is a stroller that works best in an urban environment. On more uneven surfaces, the stroller tends to be a bit shaky, and the wheels get stuck in deeper pits in the ground.
One major advantage of the Stokke Beat is how small it is when folded. This can be done with the seat unit on, regardless of which direction it’s facing. The large basket, with a maximum weight of 10 kg, is also a plus. The Stokke Beat is actually in many ways a really convenient stroller, which is easy to push. It would have been nice to have a longer footrest, given the height of the backrest. But for children up to about 2 years of age, the Stokke Beat is an excellent reversible stroller for shopping, walking around town and travelling.
Compact reversible stroller with good lying position but rather short hood
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 8.3 kg Folded size: 52 x 45 x 30.5 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: Not included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Not adjustable Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
Cybex’s product names don’t make it easy to find the right model or understand the differences between them. The first version of this reversible stroller was called the Eezy S Twist. Twist means that the seat unit is reversible. There’s also an Eezy S, which is fixed forward-facing. The updated version of the model is called the Eezy S Twist 2. There’s even an Eezy S Twist+ 2. The plus symbol indicates that this version has slightly larger wheels.
It’s easy to see that Cybex have taken onboard criticisms of earlier versions and included significant improvements in the Eezy S Twist 2. The thing that makes the biggest difference is that the Eezy S Twist 2 now has an adjustable footrest, which gives the child support for their legs. Together with the fact that the backrest can be folded down to a flat lying position, this creates a good, spacious sleeping area. It also makes it possible to use the stroller with a soft carrycot.
The hood can be extended. But in lying position it’s still far too short. If you’re taking the Cybex Eezy S Twist 2 on holiday with you, you’ll need extra sun shade in the form of a parasol or sun curtain. The seat unit has soft edges that give a cosy feel. The harness is easy to use and can be extended. The Eezy S Twist 2 has a practical belly bar that can be opened and swung to the side.
If you turn the seat unit to face forwards, the Cybex Eezy S Twist 2 has a good period of use. Even a taller child of 3-4 years will be comfortable, because there’s a built-in footrest at the front on the chassis. Facing backwards, the larger child will have dangling legs, so the stroller is most suited for the first 2-3 years.
The Eezy S Twist 2 is fairly nice to push. The + version with the larger wheels is smoother. Despite the fact that the stroller is so small and light, it feels stable and easy to steer, but should primarily be used in an urban environment. The basket is large enough to hold a baby changing bag or a bag of food.
The best thing about the Eezy S Twist 2 is that the stroller is so compact despite having a reversible seat unit. You rotate the seat unit easily by holding in a catch underneath. The stroller folds with just one hand on the handle and is about the same size regardless of which way the seat unit is facing.
The short hood should be easy for Cybex to rectify. But if you can live with that and you’re looking for a small, reversible stroller that folds quickly but also has a full lying position, the Cybex Eezy S Twist 2 is a good candidate.
Small and convenient reversible stroller with good lying position and well-ventilated seat unit
Max. weight seat unit: 17 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 8.7 kg Folded size (Length): 75 cm Folded size (Width): 50 cm Folded size (Height): 33 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes, purchased separately Stormcover: included Backrest: 4 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, fully telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Included, suits most common models from Cybex, BeSafe and Maxi Cosi.
The Cybex Mios is a reversible stroller in the premium class, which actually has everything a full-sized stroller has. In terms of appearance, the stroller chassis is very similar to the design on the Priam duo from the same manufacturer.
The carrycot that you can buy separately is normal-sized, with a soft hood and matching carrycot cover in the same material. The carrycot feels cosy but the sunshade is rather short. It’s the seat unit and chassis together that’s where Mios stands out. The seat unit is normal and can be reclined to an all-but flat lying position, using just one hand. The footrest is also adjustable.
Mios’ upholstery consists of mesh fabric in the backrest and footrest, and only the seat unit is made in solid textile. The mesh releases moisture and allows the air to circulate. There are few other strollers that are as well-designed for hot summer’s days or a sweaty holiday in the sun than the Cybex Mios. When you choose the colour pack for the Mios, as well as the hood, it also includes a small head cushion to attach to the harness. For cooler times of the year, Mios has its own cushion that you can buy separately and which covers all the mesh, making the seat unit warmer and a bit cosier.
Of course the seat unit is reversible and this can also be done with one hand, as the buttons to release it from the chassis can be pushed in one by one. The hood is quite thin and can be opened using a zip and extended by an extra step. The Cybex Mios has an easily accessible basket but it’s on the smaller side and doesn’t hold much more than a normal-sized baby changing bag.
The backrest on the seat unit is tall, but the footrest is a bit on the short side. But if your children are older and have longer legs, they can use the footrest in the lowered position. The Mios has suspension in the wheels, and actually rolls quite nicely – although it’s best with a lighter child in the stroller. The heavier the child is, the more the suspension struggles, and with children nearing the maximum weight, the Mios becomes quite difficult to steer.
It’s really convenient to fold the Mios, and you can do it with one hand. It’s smallest when the seat unit is facing forwards. When it’s facing backwards, the process is a little more complicated and it’s more difficult to get the chassis to lock. Once it’s locked, the stroller stands up by itself. With its adjustable, comfortable knee-joint handle, flat lying position and reversible seat unit, the Cybex Mios is a complete stroller – in theory. But in practice it could do with being easier to push with larger children and having more baggage space.
Compact reversible stroller with full handle, 3D folding and good hood
Max. weight seat unit: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 10.3 kg Folded size (Length): 83 cm Folded size (Width): 44 cm Folded size (Height): 38 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Stormcover: Yes, included Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes, included
The Quinny Zapp has been available in several versions previously, but always limited to three wheels. With the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus, there’s finally the option to use this stroller as a four-wheeler. The stroller also now has a full handle, which makes things a lot easier for people who prefer to steer a stroller with one hand. But the essentials of the Zapp remain.
The stroller can be used from birth if you buy a separate carrycot, but there’s also a “From-Birth Cocoon” that you stretch over the seat unit so it can be used for a newborn. It also includes adapters that fit the most common baby car seats from the biggest brands. The wheels on the Zapp Flex Plus are small but durable and stones don’t get stuck in them. The brake consists of two pedals – one to brake the stroller and one to release it so you can move off again.
The basket consists of a fabric basket beneath the seat unit. It isn’t very big, but the main problem is that the central rod of the chassis runs right through it. This makes it difficult to fit bigger items such as a baby changing bag or a shopping bag of food.
When you fold the Zapp Flex Plus, it becomes smaller in all three dimensions – which is, unsurprisingly, called 3D folding. The stroller can be folded with the seat unit on, which makes it compact. The actual folding process consists of several stages and it takes a while before you learn what order to do them in. When you’ve practised a bit you can do it more easily, but it’s still a more complicated folding process than on many other strollers.
The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus has an ergonomic seat unit. When it’s forward-facing, the seat unit is reversible and can be set to lying, reclining and sitting positions. When it’s rear-facing there’s only lying and reclining position. When the child is big enough to sit upright properly but is too little to be forward facing, there’s no backward-facing sitting position. The actual seat unit is more spacious than it looks, with a comfortable harness that can easily be adjusted for length and height. The hood can be extended and gives good shade. The handle on the Zapp Flex Plus can’t be height-adjusted, but feels comfortable to hold and is normal height.
If you want to travel with the stroller, there are lots of useful accessories for hot weather, and even a practical storage bag. For everyday use, the stroller is easy to push on flat surfaces and small enough to pack into the car – it works well in urban environments and shopping centres. But to really be a versatile reversible stroller, we’d have liked the Quinny Zapp Flex Plus to have had both a larger basket and a sitting position even for children who want to face their parent.
Reversible stroller that’s compact when folded, with lying position and suspension in the wheels
Max. weight seat unit: 17 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 8.7 kg Folded size (Length): 85 cm Folded size (Width): 45 cm Folded size (Height): 32 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes, purchased separately Stormcover: included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, fully telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
With their Eezy S and Eezy S Twist, Cybex have released two versions of the same stroller. The Twist is the version with the reversible seat unit, and Cybex have resolved this property in a rather unique way by putting the seat unit on a rotating plate. However, the margins are tight and you have to lift the upholstery a little to get the seat unit right around. In other words, this isn’t something you can do with the child in the seat unit.
In some respects, the Cybex Eezy S Twist feels well-designed, and in other aspects rather hastily put together. Our testers are impressed by the feel in the chassis and how easy the stroller is to push. Despite four small wheels and an apparently quite spindly chassis, the stroller rolls easily, can easily be manoeuvred with one hand and even has some built-in suspension at the wheels. The Eezy S Twist feel stable and it’s no problem to lever the stroller up over pavement edges. The handle is fixed but the height works for most parents. The basket can hold the necessaries and is easy to access.
The seat unit is spacious, the backrest is tall and the hood also gives plenty of space for the child’s head. The backrest can be steplessly lowered down to a flat lying position, which means the Cybex Eezy S Twist can be used from birth with a cocoon or a smaller soft carrycot. Perhaps this is also when the stroller is at its best. Because slightly larger children who need to sit up end up in a rather strange position. Because the seat unit ends immediately after the seat surface, entirely without any type of leg support, it tends to feel like the child is hanging in the harness. When the seat unit is facing forward the same problem doesn’t occur.
It’s also a problem that a child who is attached to the Eezy S Twist with the harness can lean forward, whereupon the backrest moves forward to and there’s a risk of the stroller tipping over. This is because the centre of gravity comes too close to the handle. Forward facing, the stroller feels more stable and the seat unit works better. But if you’re looking for a forward facing model, you may as well go for the normal Cybex Eezy S, which is both less expensive and smaller when folded.
The idea of the Cybex Eezy S Twist is a good one, but the design feels rushed and the backward-facing position less successful – and if you buy a reversible stroller it’s most often the backward-facing position that’s most appealing.
When the first duo or combination pram you use for your child starts to feel large and clumsy, it may be time to change to a neater alternative. You may also want to have a reversible stroller as an extra stroller, to supplement a larger, sturdier duo. Many people choose a more off-road version for normal walks with the stroller and have a reversible stroller to take in the car because it takes up less space when folded, or to use as a shopping stroller because it’s narrower and easier to manoeuvre inside a shop.
For a long time you had to mainly choose between forward-facing pushchairs and travel strollers when you wanted a smaller stroller than a duo. But now there’s a good range of small and convenient reversible strollers. To count as a reversible stroller in our tests, it must be possible to attach the seat unit to the chassis in both a forward and backward-facing direction. The stroller must also be convenient in terms of width and length, when it’s unfolded and in use, and more compact when it’s folded than a normal size duo or combination pram.
Many reversible strollers are based on flat surfaces or in urban environments, as they are neither robust nor have sufficient suspension for rougher terrain. But new models are constantly being released as demand is increasing for reversible strollers. Now there are alternatives with sturdier wheels, which are sometimes air-filled, and other models have got really good suspension. So it’s possible to find a convenient reversible stroller today, almost regardless of how you’re going to use it.
Check out our buying guide with more important things to think about when buying a stroller. Link to buying guide