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The Best Umbrella Strollers

Feb. 26, 2016
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Best Umbrella Strollers
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Based on 10,529 analyzed reviews

NerdWallet Shopping’s scoring of the best umbrella strollers is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

Choosing a stroller takes careful thought and consideration — after all, your baby’s safety while you’re out and about is important. We researched some of the most popular models on the market to help you decide.

To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. We then analyzed user reviews to get their opinions on each stroller’s best and worst attributes.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in strollers, so we scored these user observations based on a handful of features, including ease of use, weight, safety, accessories and more.

Our analysis

Our final stroller scores run from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we came up with the numbers:

Overall score: This score shows reviewers’ overall satisfaction level with the stroller as a whole across 13 criteria, including ease of use, maneuverability, accessories and durability.

Functionality: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the stroller’s level of functionality, in particular how it relates to the baby. Categories that factor into this score include: comfort, safety features and noise level.

Ease of use: This score indicates reviewers’ satisfaction with how easy it is to use the stroller. Categories that factor into this score include: ability to fold the stroller, the stroller’s weight and its maneuverability.

These strollers are our top picks, ranked in order of overall score.

The strollers

1. Chicco Liteway

Lightweight and compact, the Chicco Liteway (17 pounds, 3 ounces) features rear-wheel suspension with foot-locking rear brakes, precision-swivel front wheels for maneuverability, a padded five-point harness to keep baby safe, and a multiposition adjustable seat that accommodates children from birth up to 40 pounds.


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Chicco Liteway

  • Overall score: 9.3
  • Functionality: 8.5
  • Ease of use: 9.8

Buyers Like

  • Lightweight and compact when folded
  • Smooth ride, easy to maneuver
  • Stable and safe

Buyers Dislike

  • Inadequate sun shade
  • No tray for baby

2. UPPAbaby G-Lite

The UPPAbaby G-Lite is a no-frills, lightweight (11 pounds) umbrella stroller with a generous canopy, an underseat storage bin and handles that are high enough so even tall parents can push the stroller with ease.


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UPPAbaby G-lite

  • Overall score: 8.76
  • Functionality: 8.4
  • Ease of use: 9.8

Buyers Like

  • Wide, comfortable seat for baby
  • Maneuverable
  • Large storage basket and cup holder

Buyers Dislike

  • Seat doesn’t recline enough
  • Too large when folded up

3. Chicco Liteway Plus

The lightweight (15 pounds), easy to fold, two-in-one Chicco Liteway Plus seamlessly transitions from a sturdy stroller to a car-seat carrier. It has a five-position reclining seat, a removable canopy with peek-a-boo window, and high handlebars, making it easy to push for parents of all heights.


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Chicco Liteway Plus

  • Overall score: 8.72
  • Functionality: 9.0
  • Ease of use: 9.0

Buyers Like

  • Fast and easy to fold and stow
  • Comfortable for baby, whether reclining or sitting
  • Lightweight yet sturdy

Buyers Dislike

  • Lack of accessories for baby and parent
  • Small, inconveniently located storage basket

4. Summer Infant 3D Lite

The Summer Infant 3D Lite umbrella stroller is easy to fold and stow and is surprisingly sturdy for something so lightweight (12 pounds). It has anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels for easy maneuverability and stability, along with a five-point harness to keep baby safely strapped in. It’s available in nine colors.


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Summer Infant 3D Lite

  • Overall score: 8.67
  • Functionality: 7.7
  • Ease of use: 8.8

Buyers Like

  • Lightweight, sturdy and easy to fold
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Comfortable and safe, with a five-point harness

Buyers Dislike

  • Small storage area
  • Inadequate sun shade

5. UPPAbaby G-Luxe

Removable, washable padding makes cleanup a breeze, while the UPPAbaby G-Luxe’s reclining seat offers baby comfort and back support. Its tall handlebars, light weight (15 pounds) and high-performance wheels make for easy pushing.


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UPPAbaby G-luxe

  • Overall score: 8.4
  • Functionality: 8.5
  • Ease of use: 8.4

Buyers Like

  • Comfortable, with excellent support
  • Lightweight yet sturdy
  • Maneuverable

Buyers Dislike

  • Small, inadequate storage basket
  • Lack of cup holders
  • Bulky

6. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight

The stow-and-go Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight umbrella stroller weighs less than 12 pounds and features a three-tier sun canopy, cup holders for parents and child, and a five-point safety harness. It also features one-hand folding, which some parents complained doesn’t work very well.


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Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

  • Overall score: 8.1
  • Functionality: 6.7
  • Ease of use: 8.3

Buyers Like

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Generous sun canopy

Buyers Dislike

  • Lack of back support
  • Feels flimsy
  • Difficult to open and close

7. Chicco C6

At only 11 pounds, the aluminum-framed Chicco C6 is the lightest stroller on our list. It opens and folds with ease, and it features all-wheel suspension, front wheel swivel locks and a padded five-point harness for comfort and safety. However, the fact that its seat doesn’t recline fully made it less than ideal for some users.


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Chicco C6 Stroller

  • Overall score: 7.8
  • Functionality: 8.0
  • Ease of use: 8.1

Buyers Like

  • Easy to open and fold
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to maneuver

Buyers Dislike

  • Low-quality harness
  • Does not recline
  • Handles are oddly placed and uncomfortable


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