Updated 8 April 2022
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our tests of travel strollers, we asked ordinary families and experts in the area to use the strollers with their own children. The strollers were used on both longer and shorter journeys, and if the model could be used as hand baggage on the flight this has been specified in our review. A travel stroller should be small and convenient. It should take up as little space as possible when folded so it can be packed as baggage. The folding process should be straightforward and should ideally be possible with only one hand, and in a single piece with the seat unit on it. All of this makes the travel stroller much easier to pack in the car, or to take on the train, plane or boat.
Size and weight: What are the dimensions of the folded stroller? Is it light enough for you to be able to carry it easily?
Functions: Is it possible for the child to lie in the seat unit, can you use from birth, and does it fold into a single piece?
Characteristics: How does the stroller cope with different surfaces, does the hood provide good protection against the sun, is the basket spacious and can the handle be height adjusted?
These characteristics, we also assess the general quality of the stroller together with how its functions and characteristics relate to its price tag.
Pretty much the complete travel stroller, with good lying position, adjustable footrest and convenient folding mechanism
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 56 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 46 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 25 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: Yes Travel bag: Yes, included Rain cover: Yes Sleeping position: Yes Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes
With their City Tour 2, Baby Jogger have succeeded amazingly well at implementing all the updates customers requested for its predecessor, the City Tour. The seat unit is more spacious, the handle is higher and a bit more sturdy and the adjustable footrest too – and what’s virtually a full lying position means your child can sleep much more comfortably as well.
The City Tour 2 has four wheels, of which the two front are swivel wheels which can be locked. The stroller now has PE wheels, which means that they are clad with a more durable material that gravel doesn’t get stuck in. The maximum weight of the seat unit is high in relation to the stroller size and the seat unit is spacious. The fact that the seat depth has also increased means that older and larger children are more comfortable. It’s also more suitable for the smallest children to because the back support can now be fully reclined to a lying position.
The footrest can be folded down for children with longer legs. When the child needs to sleep, or for babies who need more support, the footrest can easily be set upright. This means the City Tour 2 works really well from six months up to at least 4-5 years of age.
The hood has a combined peephole and ventilation hatch, together with an extending sunshade. Fully extended, this gives the child good shade in the stroller. The handle isn’t height adjustable, but it seems to work well for parents of most heights. The City Tour 2 has an easily accessible basket that is particularly large but which can hold the most important things without problems. If you want a safety bar for the travel stroller, this is available separately.
The City Tour 2 easily folds up using just one hand on the handle. After this, you lift the stroller from the folding straps on the seat and it forms a compact package that’s easy to pop in the car. The folding process is so easy that anyone can do it, and you don’t need to be strong to lift the stroller. The City Tour 2 includes a storage bag. The stroller starts off a little too big to travel as hand baggage, but once you unclick the wheels it fits.
The primary disadvantage of the stroller is that the foot brake is a bit too stiff. This is a problem if you're wearing sandals. Otherwise the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is stable, easy to push, easy to turn and copes with some uneven terrain – even if it’s better on smooth surfaces. Children of all ages can sit or sleep comfortably, and the new functions mean the stroller grows with the child. If you’ve chosen a Baby Jogger City Tour 2, you’ll probably want to push it for many years to come.
Stylish and expensive travel stroller in the premium price class, very suitable for tall children
Max. seat weight: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat: 7 kg Dimensions when folded with castors: 54 x 45 x 23 cm Reversible: No Carry Cot: No Suitcase: No Rain cover: Yes, included Sleep position: Rest position Handle: Full height, non-adjustable Baby carrier adaptor: Yes, sold separately
Butterfly is Bugaboo’s first classic travel stroller, with a fixed forward-facing seat and compact one-step folding capability. The brand has had many years to study its competitors. And you can tell. Partly because Butterfly creates a strong feeling of déjà vu, as both the design and functions are recognisable. And partly because Bugaboo has clearly identified the one area in which travel strollers often receive criticism – and have successfully aimed for Butterfly to be the best in this area.
So Butterfly stands out with its extraordinarily spacious seat. The maximum weight of 22 kg, paired with the 56 cm high backrest, enables a five-year-old to sit comfortably, and even have space left to grow for at least another year. For smaller children, there is an adjustable backrest that can be folded down to rest position, and a shorter footrest that can be angled in several different positions. However, the slight disadvantage is that the footrest requires two hands to be adjusted and is still rather sluggish.
Bugaboo Butterfly has a fixed handle that measures approximately 100 cm from the ground. The comfortable handle is covered in imitation leather. At the centre it has a button together with a latch. When you press both, the stroller can be folded. Folding the stroller together is super easy, fast, and impossible to not manage successfully. The only thing required is a little extra pressure at the end of the folding process, so that the chassis is pressed together as compactly as possible and locks in that position.
To unfolding the Butterfly, press the buttons on the handle in the same way and just pull up the stroller. With a little force in your motion, Butterfly pops out in a second and is ready to start rolling. The padded carrying strap makes it easy to carry in a folded position. Bugaboo Butterfly is small enough to carry on the plane as hand luggage when flying with many airlines. This is a coveted feature for travel strollers, and it makes the seat’s spaciousness even more impressive.
Pushing the Bugaboo Butterfly feels good. It may not roll as easily as the brand’s larger strollers, but in terms of the size of the wheels, you will have to be satisfied. Butterfly is smooth to turn and doesn't feel heavy to push, but it’s not a cobblestone or off-road travel stroller. The leverage in the handle is okay. With older children, you will need to press down a bit more to raise the front wheels. The storage basket is easily accessible and can handle as much as 8 kg.
Butterfly has an extendable canopy, but the entire extended section is just mesh. When it is extended, it becomes airy, but also bright inside the stroller. Bugaboo’s harness is one of the best on the market, and is easy to fasten and adapt. The price of Butterfly is almost as high as the impressive back support of the stroller. Although Bugaboo has always been a premium brand, Butterfly doesn't offer much that sets this travel stroller apart from other brands. But if you like Bugaboo’s aesthetics, want a super-easy folding capability and, above all, want a hand luggage-sized travel stroller that also works for tall children – then you should definitely choose to fly with a Butterfly.
Good value and cheap travel stroller for those on tight budgets
Price class: Budget Seat unit maximum weight: 18 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.9 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 53 x 45.4 x 23.5 Reversible: No Carrycot: Yes, purchased separately Travel bag: Yes, purchased separately Stormcover: Yes, purchased separately Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes, purchased separately
The Carena Kobbe Trend 2.0 is an updated version of the Carena Kobbe, which has been a popular travel stroller since it was launched. With the Kobbe, Carena have succeeded in squeezing an unusually high number of effective functions into a stroller with a price tag in the budget class. However, if you’re planning to buy you should be aware that the Kobbe’s price often fluctuates, and that it may be worth waiting for a discount code to get a really good deal.
The difference from older models of the stroller is that the Kobbe Trend 2.0 has received a design update to the wheels, safety bar and shoulder pads. It’s now also possible to remove all four wheels, which means you can easily get the stroller a little more compact when it’s folded.
The Carena Kobbe Trend 2.0 is a fixed forward-facing travel stroller. The seat unit has a adjustable footrest that can be folded down or set in a horizontal position, which provides good seating support for smaller children and allows for a longer sleeping position for your child. The backrest can be adjusted steplessly down to an almost flat position. To change the position of the backrest, you use the straps and clip on the back of the stroller.
The sitting position isn’t fully upright. Even if you tighten the backrest straps to the maximum, it still leans slightly. The reclined sitting position will irritate some children, and they can easily end up slumped. Other children enjoy the Kobe Trend 2.0 regardless of the angle of the sitting position.
One thing the children do agree about, however, is the stroller’s safety bar. The slightly unusual T shape is fun to hold, while doing an effective job of holding your baby in place in the stroller. When you want to remove your child from or put them back in to the Kobbe, the safety bar can be folded forward, which should also be done before you fold the stroller. You can also remove the safety bar completely, if you want to only use the harness.
For a small stroller, the Kobbe Trend 2.0 has a relatively spacious shopping basket. The rear edge can also be folded up, making extra space for baby accessories or shopping. The hood is extendable and gives good protection against the sun. The stroller is easy to fold with one hand, which takes just a few seconds after you’ve practised a few times.
The Carena Kobbe Trend 2.0 is unexpectedly nice to push. Of course, the small wheels work best on smooth surfaces. The stroller has a fixed handle and if you have very long legs there’s a slight risk that you’ll sometimes hit the foot brake with the tip of your toe. But all in all, the Carena Kobbe Trend 2.0 is a very affordable travel stroller, and one that’s popular with both children and parents.
Can be carried as hand baggage, has single-handed folding mechanism and good reclining position
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 18 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.2 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 52 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 44 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 18 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: Yes, purchased separately Travel bag: Included, you can buy a sturdier bag separately Rain cover: Included Sleeping position: Reclining position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes, purchased separately
The Yoyo+ is the latest version of Babyzen’s popular Yoyo stroller. The model is available with a rear-facing carrycot for infants under the name 0+, and with a forward-facing seat unit for children over 6 months under the name 6+. The previous model was simply called Yoyo. All of these different names make things rather complicated, but the strollers are more straightforward, and there’s a long list of improvements in the Yoyo+. The chassis has been redesigned, both so it’s possible to attach a baby car seat adapter to it and so it can cope with a higher load. The maximum weight for the Yoyo+ is now 18 kg, and despite its size the stroller feels really robust. The basket is now 60% bigger, and that’s immediately obvious. It doesn’t just hold more – it also has wider openings so it’s now easier to put things in.
The seat unit on the Babyzen Yoyo+ has improved padding and feels much softer. The child will be comfortable and the stroller can easily hold children up to 2-3 years of age. Larger children who don’t require as much neck support can also ride in it comfortably. The cover is made from a different fabric, with a better fit and the rain cover now encloses the entire stroller. It’s just as quick and easy to fold the stroller as it’s always been with a Yoyo, and despite the many improvements the folded size has remained the same. The Yoyo+ works as hand baggage for most airlines, and on a stopover with small children it can be a lifesaver. A simple storage bag is included and the chassis has a carrying strap with padding. The Yoyo+ has many practical applications in everyday life too, and with the new version we can recommend the Babyzen Yoyo more strongly than ever to anyone who needs a good stroller that takes up minimal space.
Compact when folded, large basket, good lying position and spacious seat unit with high maximum weight
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 25 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 7.3 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 32 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 25 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 75 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Purchased separately Rain cover: Not included Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Fixed, full Adapter for baby car seat: Purchased separately
The Zip is the Baby Jogger City Mini’s latest model, and as the stroller brand is known for clever solutions in the category of travel strollers, we have high expectations of the Zip. Which it more than lives up to. At first glance, the Zip looks like just one amongst all the other umbrella strollers, with the typical folding method of this type of stroller combined with Baby Jogger's own Quick Fold technology. As a result the stroller becomes smaller in all three dimensions. Folded, the Zip is a compact and easy to handle package with automatic locking of the chassis. The Baby Jogger weighs 7.3 kg so it isn’t the lightest stroller in the test, but it still seems easy to handle and if you want you can buy a storage bag for the stroller that you can carry like a rucksack.
The seat unit on the Zip is very spacious and the stroller has a high maximum weight. The back support can be folded down to full lying position and the footrest is adjustable. The handle is fixed but comfortable to hold. The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip has single wheels in tough plastic that gravel doesn’t get stuck in, and the stroller is very easy to push. The full rubber handle makes it easy to push the stroller with just one hand. The wheels are most suitable for an urban environment or other smooth surfaces. You fold the stroller in two steps. First you press in a catch under a hatch in the handle – which is also very tempting to fiddle with while you push the Zip – then you lift up the stroller by a strap in the centre of the seat unit. The folding mechanism is a little stiff and often needs a bit of help. Unfolding is more convenient. The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip has a handbrake on the right-hand side of the chassis which is easy to use and seems to work well. It’s also a bonus that it's so easily accessible. The stroller has a large basket and a long hood. Overall, the Baby Jogger City Mini Zip feels like a well-designed stroller that works in lots of situations. It can also be used over a long period because of the high maximum weight and spacious seat unit that will hold even a normal-sized five-year-old comfortably.
Small and light with reclining position, ideal if you want to carry the travel stroller as cabin baggage
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 5.9 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 32 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 20 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 48 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Yes, purchased separately Stormcover: Yes, purchased separately Sleeping position: Reclining position Handle: Split, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes
Being able to take a travel stroller as carry-on baggage on a plane is a function that many parents find very important. In particular, if you’re going to be making a stopover, it can be useful to have a mobile resting place for your child. However, many strollers are too big for airlines to accept them onboard. The Cybex Libelle is one of the few exceptions.
A stroller really can’t be smaller when folded than the Libelle, which more than fits IATA’s recommended maximum dimensions for hand luggage (56 x 45 x 25 cm). It’s also very easy to fold. Press the white buttons on the handles and squeeze the stroller downwards and forwards. Once it’s folded, you fold the wheels inwards, and suddenly the Libelle is small enough to fit into a bicycle basket.
The small and compact size of the Libelle means that Cybex have had to compromise on other functions. With a clip around two straps, the seat unit’s backrest can be folded down to a reclining position. There isn’t a lying position, but the angle is good enough for a child to be able to sleep without their head tipping forward. The stroller has an adjustable footrest, but it is short and only extends the sleeping area by 10 cm or so. There’s also a built-in footrest on the front of the chassis.
The shopping basket is quite spacious, given the size of the Libelle, and can hold a smaller changing bag. Cybex should be commended for the positioning of the foot brake, which is level with the top edge of the basket. This design leaves a good amount of room for the person pushing the stroller, without the risk of the brake being accidentally applied. The Libelle has two separate handles and requires both hands to make it comfortable to push. But you can also push it with one hand on the bar between the handles.
It goes without saying that the Cybex Libelle has small wheels. This stroller works really well in shops and inside the airport. Of course, you can use it outside too, as long as the surface is paved or asphalt. However, the surface of the wheels isn’t very good quality and stones stick to the material, leaving holes in the wheels, as soon as you push the stroller over gravel. And although the stroller is approved for up to 22 kg, it seems to work best for children up to 3-4 years of age, at most.
If you take the Cybex Libelle on your summer holiday, you’re going to want to supplement the short hood with another sunshade, so your child is properly shaded while they’re in the stroller. But with this type of stroller, it’s hard be irritated with this type of shortcoming. It’s clear that the top design priority is the size and weight of the stroller, and that’s where the Cybex Libelle gets the top score.
Very good value and light travel stroller with simple folding and stable to push
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 20.5 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 56 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 45 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 23 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Included Rain cover: Purchased separately Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: No
The **Baby Jogger City Tour **is a recent addition to the range of strollers that are small enough when folded to work as hand baggage on a plane. In terms of the official dimensions, the City Tour is right on the limit for hand baggage, but unlike many of its competitors this model has removable wheels. You quickly click off the back wheels and the City Tour loses several cm off its dimensions and falls beneath the limit. The stroller includes a storage bag with two shoulder straps, which means you can carry the City Tour on your back like a rucksack without getting your clothes dirty. The City Tour is a fixed, forward-facing stroller where the back support can be reclined steplessly to a slightly sloping lying position. The seat unit feels spacious in relation to the size of the stroller, and together with the maximum weight is no problem for a normal sized three-year-old to travel comfortably. The hood covers the child well with its extendable sunshade, and is good enough even for holidays in the sun.
The four wheels on the Baby Jogger City Tour our small but tough and the stroller is stable enough for the odd area of cobblestones, grass or gravel. The front wheels can be locked. The stroller rolls best on smoother surfaces. The City Tour has a full handle and is so easy to steer that you can easily push with one hand. The basket is a normal size and at one end it has a pocket for the storage bag. The City Tours harness can be separated into five pieces, which makes it easier if you’re going to use the stroller with a seat cushion or footmuff. Folding the stroller is a very easy three step process with a catch, a button on the handle and the folding straps in the seat unit. Unfolding it is just as quick and easy. The Baby Jogger City Tour can cope with a great deal and challenges its competitors by being available for a very good price. The only thing that’s currently missing is a solution for infants in the form of a carrycot or baby car seat adapter, but for a child who can sit upright the City Tour is a superb travel stroller option.
Convenient travel stroller with ergonomically formed back support, good lying position and compact folding
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 18 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.3 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 52 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 44 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 23 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: Yes Travel bag: No Rain cover: Included Sleeping position: Yes Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: No
For many people, Ergobaby are primarily known for baby carriers and slings. With the Ergobaby Metro, they’ve now released a convenient travel stroller with a uniquely designed back support. The idea is to give better support for the growing child’s back. Whether this actually has any effect is difficult to determine. But without doubt the Metro is a travel stroller that’s comfortable for the child.
Metro's seat unit is well-padded and feels soft to sit on. The fabric is also soft, and feels neither plasticky or sweaty like shiny fabric so easily can. The disadvantage is that the cover tends to absorb dust and dirt. Sand gets into the fabric immediately. So we recommend that you regularly wash or brush off the stroller.
The Ergobaby Metro has an adjustable footrest, and the back support can be reclined right down to the lying position. If you want to use the stroller from birth, there is a rear-facing carrycot you can buy separately. The harness is easy to adjust and can also be raised to several different heights on the back support. The hood is high, as is the back support. This means there’s plenty of space for the child’s head and upper body, and even a normal-sized 4-5 year old has space to sit. The hood could have been a bit longer to cover more of the child in the lying position.
The Ergobaby Metro is nice to push and can easily be steered with just one hand. The basket is quite small and doesn’t hold much more than the essentials. Because Ergobaby our new amongst stroller manufacturers, it’s not surprising that neither a safety or baby car seat adapter are available. Hopefully the range of accessories will increase in the future.
As a travel stroller, the Ergobaby Metro works perfectly. You can fold it easily with one hand by pressing in the button and catch on the handle and lifting the stroller by the folding straps. Once it’s folded, the Metro locks itself automatically. The only thing that’s irritating about this stroller is how poorly the cover stands up to children with dirty outer clothes. In other respects the Ergobaby Metro is a very good value and easy to use travel stroller.
Amazingly small travel stroller that can be carried as hand baggage, has a long back support and rolls well
Price class: Budget Seat unit maximum weight: 17 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 4.3 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 32 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 38 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 20 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: No Rain cover: No Sleeping position: The Pockit+ has a reclining position Handle: Split, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Pockit: No Pockit +: Yes
The GB Pockit is so small when it’s folded that when it was launched in the Guinness book of records named it as the world’s most compact pushchair. The stroller is available in two versions. The Pockit measures 30 × 18 × 35 cm when it’s folded. The Pockit + is 32 × 20 × 38 cm and the reason for the extra centimetres is that the Pockit + gives you the option to create a small reclining area by pulling out a strap that angles the cover on the seat unit backwards. You can also attach a baby car seat adapter to the Pockit +, and from the 2018 model onwards it has a much better hood. Of course the model that suits your family best depends on your child. The standard Pockit has a soft cover, so the sitting position is slightly backward leaning. But the hood, which is more like a completely flat sheet that you pull forward over the child’s head, gives very little shade from the sun. If you don’t need a stroller that’s as small as possible when folded, the Pockit + is the better version of the two.
It’s easy to fold the stroller, but you have to practice before you get it to be as smooth as in GB’s instruction videos. There are two different versions of the folding process, one where you take a few extra seconds to fold in the back wheels and one where you skip this and end up with a slightly larger package. The fact that there’s no lying position makes the Pockit most suitable for slightly larger children, or for shorter distances. As hand baggage on a plane, to use during a stopover, the Pockit is great. It’s also perfect to have as an extra resting place for an older sibling, as the stroller will fit in the basket of most other pushchairs. Given how small the Pockit is, it’s surprisingly easy to push, but you need to stick to smooth surfaces. The basket holds the essentials. The seat unit can hold up to 17 kg and the back support is high enough for even a 3-4-year-old to travel without problems. If you really need a small stroller and other things are less important, the GB Pockit gives you all the basics in the smallest possible format.
Convenient and light small travel stroller with good hood and clever basket bag
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.7 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 54 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 42 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 18 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: No Rain cover: No Sleeping position: Yes, lying position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes
The Elodie Details Mondo is an uncomplicated travel stroller available in several different versions, with both plain and patterned covers. You can also buy cup holders and baby car seat adapters for it. The Mondo has a fixed, forward-facing seat unit. The back support provides a relatively straight sitting position, which you can recline steplessly to a lying position using a catch and two straps. The lying position isn’t completely flat, but slightly inclined.
Even if the Elodie Details Mondo is a small stroller, the seat unit feels relatively spacious. The back support has a good height and children up to 4-5 years of age can travel comfortably in the stroller. For smaller children, it’s a major advantage that the Mondo has an adjustable footrest. It can be set to two different positions. In the raised position, the foot support extends the sleeping area and means that the sleeping child’s legs don’t just dangle.
The Mondo has a harness that can be adjusted in terms of height and circumference, with good padding on the shoulder straps. The harness straps can be taken apart so you can attach a footmuff or seat cushion to the stroller. On the sides of the seat unit there are also D rings that allow you to better attach Elodie Details’ own stroller cushions, for example.
The hood is impressively long. You extend it by opening a zip. Then you can angle it downwards, where it provides very good shade from the sun. Unfortunately there’s no peephole in the hood. On the back of the Mondo cover is a small storage pocket, with a lid with a magnetic catch to keep it in place.
The Elodie Details Mondo has plastic wheels, which roll well but aren’t particularly good on uneven terrain. The Mondo is a stroller for an urban environment, tarmac roads and shopping. The Elodie Details Mondo is nice to push and easy to steer. The stroller is best for slightly smaller children, as it gets heavy to manoeuvre when the seat unit is loaded with the maximum weight.
The basket is easy to access. The Mondo includes a Stow & Go bag, which is a perfect size for the basket. If you pack things in the bag, it’s easy to empty the basket when you want to fold the Mondo.
Folding the Elodie Details Mondo can be done easily with just one hand. You press the button on the handle then turn it a quarter turn and the stroller folds up. The Mondo becomes compact and is very light, so it’s easy to pack in the car. But to carry it longer distances it would have been nice to have a strap or carrying handle.
The Elodie Details Mondo is an easy to use travel stroller for those who like well-designed functions and who want an urban stroller that’s easy to fold. Comfort levels for small children are very good, and with the Stow & Go bag Elodie Details show that they understand exactly how this type of stroller will be used. The Mondo gets extra points for being available in so many fun, more personalised versions.
Travel stroller that's convenient and easy to fold and nice to push, with a high backrest
Price class: Premium Max. weight seat unit: 18 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.1 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 53 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 45 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 23 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Yes, included Rain cover: Yes, included Sleeping position: Reclining position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: No
The small, light Aer travel stroller completes the Joolz range of stroller models. The Joolz Aer is a fixed, forward-facing stroller. The seat unit has no adjustable footrest, but you can buy one separately. However, it does have a built-in footrest on the front of the chassis.
The Joolz Aer has small but tough wheels. Accessibility is best on smooth surfaces such as tarmac or city pavements. But rather unexpectedly, the Aer can also cope with some gravel paths and grass, even though that’s not really what it’s intended for. The handle isn’t height adjustable and is about 105 cm above ground level. The basket on the Aer is big enough for the essentials and can be accessed easily from different directions.
The Joolz Aer has an unusually high backrest, which provides stable support for the child’s back and head. Even a normal height six-year-old easily fits under the hood and gets good neck support. The seat unit is spacious widthways too. You incline the backrest by opening a zip on the back of the stroller. You can then adjust the exact angle using a strap. At the greatest angle, the Joolz Aer provides back support for a reclining position.
Inclining the backrest feels unnecessarily complicated. Fiddling with a strap on the side of the backrest or holding up the backplate while you try to close a zip isn’t particularly convenient. The harness in the Joolz Aer seat unit is easy to adjust for length and can be divided into five separate strips. The hood on the Joolz Aer can be extended, and opened up using a zip. However, it’s quite short even in fully extended position. In the extending section there is mesh fabric, which creates better ventilation and can act as a peephole.
One important function in a travel stroller is the folding mechanism, and here the Joolz Aer performs very well. The stroller is extremely easy to fold with one hand and becomes very compact. The chassis locks automatically, and by pressing in the same buttons on the handle as you use for folding it, you can quickly unfold the Aer again. The Joolz Aer includes a transport bag.
The short hood together with the fact that there’s no lying position or adjustable footrest means that the Joolz Aer can’t really compete with the most popular travel strollers. But the high, stable backrest on the Joolz Aer is a very nice detail and may perhaps make the difference for parents of tall children.
Small and light travel stroller with built-in carrying strap, very easy to fold
Price class: Budget Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 60 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 25.5 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 24 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: No Rain cover: No Sleeping position: No Handle: Split, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: No
The Britax Holiday is a very neat and light travel stroller. It’s a little bit too big to travel as hand baggage on an aeroplane, but it’s small enough that you can easily take it on a train or pop it in even the smallest car boot. The Holiday has a fixed forward-facing seat unit with adjustable harness and a slightly backward-leaning backrest. However, there’s no option to adjust the backrest at all – this stroller only has a sitting position. This makes the Holiday less suitable for small children who will need to sleep in the stroller. Nor is there an adjustable footrest, which means that taller children tend to sit with their legs dangling. The seat is comfortable and the harness easy to adjust for length, and to open and close.
The wheels are small but they roll well and the Holiday is very easy to steer. The stroller has a split handle and is therefore easiest to push when you use both hands. The basket is quite large given how small the stroller is, and easy to access. The hood gives good shade for the child’s head and upper body. But the best thing of all is that the Holiday folds up in three seconds flat. First you press the button behind the hood, then you pull the catches on the handle towards yourself, and as if by magic the Holiday is a convenient package that you can comfortably carry over your shoulder with the built-in carrying strap. The Britax Holiday works best as a travel stroller for shorter distances, to use at the airport or for a brief shopping trip. In these situations, it’s very easy to push and just as convenient when it’s being used as when you fold it up and pack it away.
Small and light stroller that’s easy to fold and has a nice feel in the chassis
Price class: Budget Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 54 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 44 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 19 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: No Rain cover: No Sleeping position: Reclining position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes
The phil&teds go is a small and very light travel stroller. The stroller has a forward-facing seat unit with a steplessly adjustable backrest that goes almost the whole way down to a full lying position. Inclining and raising the backrest requires two hands, which feels unnecessarily complicated. The go is comfortable for the child to sit in. The stroller comes with a reversible cushion – one side is in a bright colour and the other is black. The cushion is soft to sit on. The actual seat is startlingly shallow, which means that the child quickly slides out of the seat unit if you don’t use the harness. But the p&t go’s harness is convenient to use because it consists of individual straps that click separately into the buckle, and the sitting position is good. There’s no adjustable footrest, but a footrest is built into the chassis.
The p&t go is pleasant and smooth to push. The wheels are small but this isn’t a stroller for using in the countryside, but instead for walking calmly through a shopping centre or other urban environment. The softness of the chassis is positive if you’re pushing a small child in the stroller as it creates a smooth rocking motion when you run over uneven areas. With larger children it sways more, and you have to press the handle down quite a lot to get the front of the stroller up over the edge of a kerb. As you’d expect from the name, the p&t go is best when you're on the go. The stroller is very easy to fold up and because it weighs so little you can easily pack it into the car with just one hand – even if you aren’t particularly strong Folded up it’s actually small enough to travel as hand luggage. The hood gives reasonable protection against the sun, and the basket holds the essentials. For travelling, shopping and other trips out over smooth surfaces, the p&t go is a handy stroller to have about, and it’s at its very best with a small and light child as the passenger.
Easy to push travel stroller with full handle and backrest that can be folded down for a soft carrycot
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 20 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 5.9 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 52 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 54 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 29 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No, but can be used with a soft carrycot Travel bag: Included Rain cover: Not included Sleeping position: Reclining position Handle: Fixed, full Adapter for baby car seat: Included.
With the Nano, Mountain Buggy have succeeded in making a very small stroller that works as hand luggage on many airlines. In 2016, the stroller was updated to the Nano V2, with better and smaller wheels which also make the stroller smaller when folded. The hood has been extended and the Nano now offers a flat position so you can use the stroller with a soft carrycot. As a small travel stroller, the Nano stands out from the crowd with a slightly higher maximum weight of 20 kg and a very spacious seat unit despite the stroller’s small dimensions. This makes it excellent as an extra pushchair to have for a larger child who sometimes needs to rest on a warm summer holiday or during extra-long walks. The MB Nano has an adjustable foot rest and a spacious and easily accessible basket. The seat unit is fixed forward-facing and has a separately adjustable back that can be inclined down to a good reclining position. The flat lying position can only be used with Mountain Buggy’s soft carrycot. The extended sun visor on the Nano V2’s hood provides a lot more shade than the previous model, but there’s still room for improvement.
The Mountain Buggy Nano has plastic swivel front wheels, a flip-flop friendly brake that you never need to press upwards, and a fixed handle. The Nano can cope with a little uneven terrain, but it’s best on tarmac or other smooth surfaces. It’s generally nice to push and the stroller is easy to steer but occasionally feels a bit jerky. If you’re looking for a small stroller that leaves a lot of space for other baggage in the car, or if you have a seven-seater car with limited luggage space, the Nano is very convenient. It folds up in just a few steps, and the stroller is very compact when folded. A storage bag comes with the stroller, and the Nano has a carrying strap that makes it easy to carry it over your shoulder when it isn’t needed. We’d have liked the carrying strap to be stronger or better padded. If minimal dimensions are your top priority, the MB Nano is a good candidate as a small travel stroller for a slightly larger child.
Umbrella stroller with split handle, lying position and single front wheels
Price class: Budget Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.9 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 29 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 25 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 105 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: No Rain cover: Not included Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Fast, split Adapter for baby car seat: Only for Chicco's own baby car seats Length: 29
The Chicco Liteway is a classic umbrella stroller that’s a common sight on the streets as it’s become more popular in recent years. The stroller isn’t particularly different from other very similar strollers, but it has a few features that are probably the reason why many people looking for a travel stroller pick a Liteway. Above all, the stroller’s single front wheels. It’s common for umbrella strollers to have double front wheels, which in theory should improve the stroller’s stability. But it also makes the stroller more difficult and less fun to steer, and can also make it a bit rattly. With its single front wheels, the Chicco Liteway is very easy both to push and turn and doesn’t rattle – although of course it’s at its best on a smooth surface.
The Chicco Liteway has a fixed forward-facing seat unit. You can incline the backrest down to full lying position using just one hand. The hood is normal length and has a small peephole. The material isn’t the best quality, but it fulfils its function. The Liteway has a split handle that can’t be height adjusted. It’s best to push it with two hands, but as it’s so easy to steer it works quite well even when you have to temporarily steer it with just one hand. The basket is also for an umbrella stroller and can be accessed from several directions. The seat unit is spacious and has an adjustable footrest, together with a five-point harness. A one year old will be comfortable in the stroller, but it works for a normal sized three year old too. The Liteway folds up just like other umbrella strollers in that you press one catch up, another down and then fold the stroller forwards. When folded it’s long but narrow. The chassis locks automatically. The stroller weighs just under 7 kg and is easy to carry, but oddly lacks a handle to carry it with when it’s folded. The Chicco Liteway is a conveniently designed umbrella stroller that works well to carry in the car or to have with you as an extra stroller, and the seat unit can be used both for a small, sleeping child or a slightly larger child who just needs to sit down from time to time.
Fixed sitting position, low weight and compact folding, with easy-roll inline wheels
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 23.5 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 27 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 68.5 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Not included Rain cover: Not included Sleeping position: Only sitting position Handle: Fixed, full Adapter for baby car seat: No Length: 23.5
The Quinny Yezz is an exceptionally light travel stroller that’s also very small and compact when folded up. The Yezz has an unusual appearance and is constructed in a totally different way to most other travel strollers. Instead of two parallel rear struts, the Yezz chassis has a zigzag form. The chassis is manufactured from a special kind of lightweight plastic, with the cover hung directly on it, which means the total weight is only 5 kg. The Yezz has three small in-line wheels – a type of wheel that is very tough but also very easy to roll. You can easily fold the stroller with just one hand and the chassis locks automatically. The stroller will also stand up vertically on its own. The Yezz takes up hardly any space at all in the car boot, and you can easily carry it with you as it has a comfortable, elastic carrying strap that goes over your shoulder.
The fact that the stroller is light and folds up small is at the expense of other functions. Or at least it’s true to say the Quinny Yezz doesn’t have many functions. The seat unit is fixed forward-facing and the backrest can’t be inclined at all. Nor does the stroller have a basket. Instead there's a storage pocket on the back of the backrest. The hood is short but has a small sun visor. The footrest is fixed and the stroller handle can’t be height adjusted either. But the seat unit is spacious and even a normal sized 4-5 year old can travel comfortably in the Quinny Yezz. This makes the stroller ideal as an extra, mobile resting place for the child who doesn’t need a reclining position to sleep or perhaps doesn’t sleep in the stroller at all any more. Regardless of the child’s size, the Quinny Yezz is very easy to push and carry with you. The handle takes the form of a downward arch, which may not be suitable for all hands, but the inline wheels mean the Yezz is so easy to push you can do so with just one hand.
Convenient travel stroller with good belly bar, ideal if you want easy folding
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 56 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 47 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 24 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: Yes, purchased separately Travel bag: Yes, included Stormcover: Not included Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes
The Leclerc Magic Fold Plus is a fixed forward-facing travel stroller that’s only a few centimetres too wide to meet IATA’s recommended maximum dimensions for cabin baggage, which are 56 x 45 x 25 cm. The model is often also known as the Leclerc MF Plus. The words magic fold in the product name relate to the very easy folding of the stroller.
The travel stroller can be used from the baby’s first few months. You can buy both a carrycot and adapters to attach the baby car seat to the chassis. A larger baby can be placed directly in the seat unit, provided you’re happy with your child facing forward. The seat unit’s backrest can be adjusted to several different angles, of which the lying position is completely flat. The seat position isn’t completely upright, but is tilted backwards a little. The angle of the backrest is adjusted using a catch on the back of the backrest.
The seat is approved for 22 kg but it feels like the child has grown out of it before reaching that weight. A normal 3.5-year-old 100 cm tall has half of their head above the backrest. The harness is also a bit fiddly for larger children. The harness pads constantly slide down from the shoulders, the harness straps slip out of each other before they are locked together with the buckle and the harness can’t be attached just over the hips.
For smaller children, the MF Plus works better, however. The seat’s swing away belly bar makes it easy for your child to climb in and out. The adjustable footrest helps to create a good lying position. The hood can be extended, but is positioned right up on the top of the stroller, where it provides limited sun protection. If you are going to take the MF Plus on a summer holiday, you’ll want to add a sun curtain or a stroller parasol.
Folds itself The travel stroller’s handle can't be adjusted in height. It’s also a bit annoying that the hood lies against the handle, and therefore against the hands of the person pushing the stroller. The MF Plus is nice to push in an urban environment, but the stroller is heavy to lift up over kerbs, and if you have long legs it’s too easy to catch the brake as you walk, bringing the stroller to a sudden stop. The basket is spacious, but the soft bottom means it’s easy to push the basket forward so it rubs against the front wheels.
The biggest strength of the MF Plus is the folding. Once you’ve started the process, the stroller will take care of the rest itself. The lightweight and compact dimensions of the stroller once folded make it easy to load into the car or to take on a journey. There is room for improvement in the Leclerc Magic Fold Plus. But if you’re looking for a stylish travel stroller with ridiculously simple folding, the MF Plus is a good choice.
Small and light travel stroller with good lying position and practical safety bar
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 55 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 30 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 18 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Yes, included Rain cover: Yes, included Sleeping position: Yes Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: Yes
The Silver Cross Jet is a small and light travel stroller with a forward-facing seat unit that has a maximum weight of 15 kg. That works quite well with how big a child the stroller can hold comfortably, as the seat has enough space to work up to about three years of age.
The backrest can be inclined down to a flat lying position, and the Jet has an adjustable footrest. If you lift this up the seat unit provides a good sleeping position. However, the sitting position on the Silver Cross Jet leans back rather, and together with the fact that the cover is on the shinier side this means that the seat feels like it slopes a bit too much for the child. The back support is also rather concave in sitting position, which can lead to the child slipping to one side.
The Jet includes both a clear plastic rain cover and a storage bag. It also includes a safety bar, which can be opened up on the sides and swung out of the way. When the Jet is folded, the safety bar acts as a carrying handle. The stroller is very compact when folded.
The actual folding process consists of two stages, with a button on the handle and a catch down by the back wheel – which you press up with your foot. The Silver Cross Jet then folds into a compact and light package.
Our testers found the stroller to be easy to steer, and it has a full handle – which isn’t height adjustable. The hood has a fold-out sun visor and there’s a peephole with a cover, together with ventilation in the cover on the back of the stroller when the backrest is flat.
The Jet is nice to push, the small wheels are tough despite their size and they roll very well. But of course this is a travel stroller that is at its best in an urban environment. The design of the seat isn’t ideal, but overall the Silver Cross Jet is a well-designed travel stroller.
Compact travel stroller with expandable basket, can be folded with one hand
Price class: Medium Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 5.6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 60 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 41.5 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 23 cm Reversible: No Carrycot: No Travel bag: Yes, included Rain cover: Yes, included Sleeping position: Yes Handle: Full handle, not height adjustable Baby car seat adapter: No
There are many travel strollers and sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between different models. But the Diono Traverze stands out even on first impression, with a chassis shaped rather like a lightning flash, part of which forms a built-in armrest.
But the stroller also has unexpected functions. You fold the Diono Traverze with one hand on the handle, in an extremely convenient and easy movement. You can easily fold the Traverze while holding your child on your other arm. Once folded the chassis locks itself.
If you then lift the cover at the footrest, you’ll find a pull-out handle beneath. With this you can pull the Diono Traverze behind you, just like a suitcase. The stroller also comes with a transport bag, which has useful holes for the wheels. This way you can pull the Traverze behind you through the airport with the bag on.
The Traverze seat unit is forward-facing, with a backrest that can be folded down into a deep reclining position. There’s no lying position. The depth in the Traverze seat is good, but the backrest is rather sloping, even in sitting position. The harness has good padding and the cover also feels soft and comfortable. Children up to 2-3 years of age can travel comfortably in the stroller. The stroller handle isn’t adjustable in terms of height or angle, but it’s at a reasonable height to suit parents of different heights.
The basket on the Diono Traverze has a practical rear edge that can be folded out to create more space under the stroller if necessary. When the backrest is flat, you can access a small storage pocket with a zip on the back of the stroller. The hood is good in sitting position, but too short in reclined position – as it has no extension or fold-out sun visor. The Traverze has small plastic wheels that the odd stone gets stuck in. It feels like a standard travel stroller when you push it. And it’s on your travels that the Diono Traverze will be most useful.
Price class: Budget Seat unit maximum weight: 15 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 6.8 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 32 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 46 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 95.5 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: No Travel bag: No Rain cover: Included Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Fixed, full Adapter for baby car seat: The Akta Graco Logico S can be attached to the stroller Length: 32
Unlike the majority of other travel strollers that offer both forward and backward-facing travel, it’s not the actual seat unit you reverse on the Joie Mirus. Instead it’s the handle, which you can release and move over to the other end of the stroller. Changing the handle is easy to do and this could be a good solution to get around the problem of reversible strollers requiring a chassis that’s more advanced – and thus often both heavier and larger. With the Mirus seat unit facing forwards, the front wheels swivel and the back ones are fixed, but if you turn the handle around the front wheels are fixed. You can push the stroller with swivel back wheels but it’s difficult to steer like that, so when the stroller is in rear-facing mode it’s best to lock all four wheels into fixed position. Otherwise the stroller rolls well and has a bit of bounce in the chassis. It’s easy to fold the stroller up, and it becomes a small and compact package. You can fold it regardless of the direction of the handle. The basket on the Mirus is large and easy to access and the hood gives good shade in the fully extended position.
The seat unit on the Mirus has sitting, reclining and lying positions, and can be used from birth together with a soft carrycot as the lying position is completely flat. You can fold down the backrest with just one hand. The stroller has a safety bar that is very low, but is of swing-away type so it’s still easy to put the child into or remove them from the stroller. The seat unit is most suitable for slightly smaller children. When the child is around 1 m tall, they’ll have outgrown the backrest. Overall this stroller is most suitable for children up to one year of age. It’s an advantage that the stroller is small if you’re going to use it while travelling, but the small dimensions also mean that it’s difficult to push for an adult who's average height or above. The handle is short and it’s difficult to walk behind the stroller as you’d want. For smaller children and shorter parents, the Joie Mirus can work well but there are a number of changes that need to be made before the stroller is an option for most parents.
A travel stroller is a type of stroller that’s specifically adapted for taking with you on holiday. Of course any stroller at all can be considered to be a travel stroller, but what we normally mean are the kind that are light and fold up small. The folding process should be convenient and the travel stroller should be easy to pack in the car or take on the train or plane. The umbrella stroller has long been considered as the smallest folded type, and it's therefore been the most popular for travelling. Umbrella strollers are folded so the chassis contracts widthways but they stay relatively long. But now there are strollers that fold in other ways, making them significantly more compact.
Lots of travel strollers include a special case to store the buggy in during transport. You can also buy bags separately for some strollers, while others have no travel or storage bag at all. If you’re going to fly with your stroller, some type of bag is recommended to protect the stroller from rough handling by airport staff. The bag should be properly padded to protect the stroller from falls and impacts. If the stroller has removable wheels, these should be taken off and packed separately in the storage bag, and the seat unit or carrycot should also be removed from the chassis if possible.
The maximum weight for travel strollers varies. If you want your slightly heavier child to sit in the stroller on holiday, you should choose a travel stroller with a higher maximum weight. The standard maximum weight is 15 kg, but there are also travel strollers that can hold children weighing 17 kg or even more. Some travel strollers also have divided handles, while others are conventional full handles. A full one is better if you know that you often push the stroller with only one hand.
There are also lots of other factors to consider when deciding which model to buy. Travel strollers often have fixed handles, but if the people who are going to push it are different heights it can be sensible to choose a model with an adjustable handle. Whether or not the footrest on a travel stroller can be adjusted also varies – and this can affect the space for your child to lie down. If you’re going on a summer holiday, it can be sensible to be particularly focused on how much shade the stroller hood can give and whether it has a ventilation hatch or something similar to prevent your child from getting too warm. If you’ll often be folding the stroller, you should prioritise a folding process that’s quick and simple.
Travel strollers are available in all price classes from budget to premium. Many travel strollers have no or very few accessories. On others you can attach a baby car seat using adapters, and some have their own rear-facing carrycot. Many travel strollers have a more or less flat lying area. Others only have an angled reclining position, and there are even some travel strollers that offer no option to adjust the back support at all. Before choosing a stroller, you should decide how you want your child to be able to rest or sleep in the stroller. If the stroller seat unit has a flat lying position, this can be combined with a soft carrycot from birth, even if that means the child is forward facing if the seat unit or handle can’t be reversed.
In our test of travel strollers, we chose the models that fold up smallest or which for other reasons are best suited to take on a journey. We also chose to separate strollers that are fixed in a forward-facing position from those that can be reversed. Are you looking for a travel stroller or stroller that’s small and convenient and where you can have the child facing you? If so, check out our test of reversible strollers.