There are many things no one tells you about before you have a baby. When it comes to strollers, it's this: You'll probably own two. You'll have your regular full-size infant stroller -- and then you'll have a lightweight "umbrella" stroller. (It's called that because it folds compactly.) This is the stroller you'll throw in the trunk, carry with you on the subway or check at the gate before boarding a plane. To help you find the one that's right for you, we put the best-rated umbrella strollers to the test -- each model has been reviewed by an expert and road-tested by parents. Here are the best umbrella strollers out there so you can find one that fits your needs.
Peg Perego Pliko Mini BEST OVERALL Expert Rating:
Stroller Stats Weight Capacity: 6 months up to 45 lbs. Stroller Weight: 13 lbs. Dimensions: Assembled: 19.25" x 40.2" x 33.3" Folded: 37.5" x 13.5" x 13" Price: $250 Get it Now: Right Start
Expert Review: Weighing in at only 13 lbs, the Pliko Mini isn't light on features. The handles can extend up to 1.5" longer -- a feature rarely offered in umbrella strollers. The canopy provides excellent coverage and a mesh peekaboo window that lets you see your baby and improves airflow. The 3-position recline including a close-to-flat position for letting kids nap in comfort. There is also an adjustable leg rest to provide support for little babies and a 12" drop from the seat to the plastic footrest bar giving older tots the legroom they need. Maneuvering is easy though can be a bit noisy with the 4-double wheels. The two-step fold is simple, can be done one-handed and leaves the stroller standing upright or carryable with its side carry handle. One-touch brakes on each back wheel provide a secure stop, but are also easy to flip with a sandal. The basket provides moderate storage and while access is a bit limited from the back due to the position of a crossbeam, it does have decent side access as well. The Pliko Mini also comes with a parent cup holder.
What We Love: easy, 3-position recline; extendable handlebar; included parent cup holder; large canopy with peekaboo window; one-handed fold; ability to stand upright when folded
What We Wish It Had: foam handles; more seat padding; machine washable fabric; sturdier side carry handle
Great For: traveling; errands; sidewalks, streets, store aisles; public transportation
Bottom Line: At $250, the Pliko Mini is a pricey umbrella stroller. But it also offers a lot more than those that are less expensive. For the price, you are getting a fashionable and durable stroller with a deep recline, large canopy, adjustable handlebars, cup holder and an easy, one-handed fold.
"I love the striped pattern! It's modern, bright and unisex, which is helpful because I have two girls and two boys, so I'm always looking for gender neutral products."
"I liked that the seat reclined to three different angles, offering both upright and nearly horizontal positions. My two-year-old son was able to comfortably nap in the Pliko Mini while running errands."
"The x-shape of the stroller makes accessing the basket storage a little awkward, but, that said, the space can hold several smaller items -- just nothing larger."
"The built in cup holder is appreciated, it’s nice that you don't have to purchase that as an add-on. Though I do wish there was built-in storage for keys or cell phone."
"The Pliko Mini has the biggest canopy I've ever seen. Even if the sun was directly on my son's face, I just reclined the seat to the second position and it was gone -- that's a huge plus for me."
"I like how high the seat is. My youngest son is tall for his age and he has a tendency to drag his feet on the ground. But with the seat height of the Pliko Mini, he wasn't able to do this."
"Because the stroller can be folded with one hand and only weighs 11 pounds, it makes this stroller ideal for running errands, city living, traveling or public transportation."
"Pushing the Pliko Mini is a breeze, it can be done one-handed, and thanks to the narrow size, it’s easy to maneuver through doorways, store aisles, etc. The tires are a bit noisy, but I was able to easily push over gravel and old, bumpy cement sidewalks."