Best umbrella strollers

With so many strollers (and types of strollers!) out there, deciding which one to buy can be more than a little overwhelming. There’s lots to consider, from size and weight to the features and functions that will impact you every day as you’re getting around. If you’re looking for a lightweight, narrow-profile stroller that folds up small, quickly and easily, an umbrella stroller is probably going to be your best bet. Umbrella strollers are great for navigating public transit, busy sidewalks and narrow store aisles, and they’re ideal for travel. Traditionally, they have curved handles and fold up long and narrow, but that’s changing a bit, with some models folding into a compact square shape. Many models have a reclining seat, which is great for napping, but most don’t recline flat for infants under three to six months old.

To make choosing an umbrella stroller easier, we put a wide range of models to the test to bring you a list of the best ones out there. We tested each stroller in our lab and asked parent testers to try them out at home so we could get real-life feedback to assess the quality, ease of use and value for money. We looked at all the big and little things that matter most to parents, including how easy it is to buckle a child in, how well each stroller manoeuvres, sturdiness of the frame, fabric quality, size and access to the storage basket, how straight the stroller rolls, how easy it is to fold and unfold, whether it’s easy to clean and more. Here are the best umbrella strollers, which made the cut to get the Today’s Parent Approved seal.

Maclaren Techno XT
Best for Parents looking for a lightweight, everyday stroller they can start using as soon as their child is born
Top benefits Large canopy, height-adjustable handles, machine-washable seat cover
Considerations Storage basket is on the smaller side, difficult one-handed steering, no cupholder
Bottom line The Maclaren Techno XT has all the benefits of an umbrella stroller but can be used with newborns
Buy
bedbathandbeyond.ca CAD $499.99 bedbathandbeyond.com USD $369.99

 

Baby Jogger City Tour
Best for Families that travel often or that have limited cargo space in their vehicle
Top benefits Lightweight, folds small, backpack-style carry bag
Considerations Leg rest not adjustable, doesn't stand on its own when folded, handlebar not adjustable
Bottom line The Baby Jogger City Tour is a lightweight, durable umbrella stroller that travels well
Buy
babiesrus.ca CAD $299.99 amazon.com USD $199.99

 

Summer Infant 3Dtote
Best for Parents looking for a portable, daily-use stroller with generous storage space
Top benefits Tons of storage, diaper bag hooks, easy fold, budget-friendly
Considerations Does not recline fully flat, seat fabric is not removable for cleaning, no leg rest
Bottom line The Summer Infant 3Dtote is a durable and comfortable stroller with loads of storage at a budget-friendly price
Buy
toysrus.ca CAD $179.99 toysrus.com USD $129.99

 

UPPAbaby G-Luxe
Best for Parents who want a long-lasting umbrella stroller that's comfy for their child
Top benefits Deep and easy-to-use seat-back recline, machine-washable seat pad, carry strap
Considerations Challenging fold, no peek-a-boo window in canopy
Bottom line The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is a lightweight, durable stroller with a lot of useful, adjustable features
Buy
snugglebugz.ca CAD $339.99 buybuybaby.com USD $259.99

 

Maclaren Mark II Recline
Best for Parents who frequently use public transit or travel a lot (especially to warm climates)
Top benefits Very lightweight, durable construction, rain cover, carry strap
Considerations Limited recline and storage capacity, doesn't stand on its own when folded
Bottom line The Mark II Recline is lightweight, durable and a true umbrella stroller
Buy
bedbathandbeyond.ca CAD $249.99 buybuybaby.com USD $199.99

 

GB Qbit LTE
Best for Families who are often travelling or love action-packed weekends
Top benefits Compact and one-handed fold, easy to open
Considerations No leg rest, no peek-a-boo window, seat cover not removable
Bottom line If you need an umbrella stroller that opens and closes with the flick of a wrist, the GB Qbit LTE is for you
Buy
babiesrus.ca CAD $249.99 babiesrus.com USD $199.99
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