We Love, You Need: The Best Umbrella Strollers. Which One Should You Buy?

Even if you love your full-size stroller, you'll still want a lightweight umbrella stroller that's easy to bring along. We tested them all so you can find the one that fits your needs (18 Photos)

Kate Bayless on Oct 22, 2012 at 12:51PM

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Maclaren Globetrotter

Maclaren

a Kate Bayless on Oct 10, 2012 at 12:58PM

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Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: 6 months up to 55 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 10.6 lbs (without hood or shopping basket)
Dimensions: Assembled: 40.5" x 31.5" x 18.5"; Folded: 4.1" x 9"
Price: $160
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Expert Review: The latest addition to Maclaren's collection of lightweight strollers is the Globetrotter. Lightweight, sleek and maneuverable, the Globetrotter's best feature is its expansive canopy. The unique rectangle shape provides 19.5" of sun coverage -- we just wish there was a peekaboo window so we could check in on our shaded tot. The seat back is only 17" tall which is on the shorter side for umbrella strollers, and it offers odd support -- the center of the seat back has a sturdy support piece, but the sides are just fabric, making the support for the seat floppy and uneven. The seat has a multi-position recline that doesn't offer a very upright or a very reclined position. The underseat basket is nice and deep, but only accessible from the sides. Turning is not problem with the 4" wheels, but sidewalk bumps and cracks can be. The Globetrotter does fold up easily and compactly and can be carried with the shoulder strap.

What We Love: large canopy; lightweight frame; mesh sides; easy fold; automatic frame lock; padded handles

What We Wish It Had: larger tires; better basket access; easier seat recline; included cup holder

Great For:
quick errands; traveling; subways, buses, taxis; providing excellent sun protection

Bottom Line:
If a recline is important to you, it will be worth the extra $30 to upgrade from the Maclaren Volo to the Globetrotter to help your tot snooze.

Parent Rating:

"It's very sleek and simple. My neighborhood is jam-packed with strollers, so the narrow seat and the simplicity of the features makes it easy to get out and about."

"The seat reclines which is great if my son wants to take a nap. However, I wish it could be adjusted to sit up straighter. The highest it goes is still a slightly reclined position."

"For a stroller this narrow, the basket holds quite a bit. I can put one to two full grocery bags in there and hang a few off the handles."

"It's SO easy to open and close, and the strap on the back is a lifesaver. I can throw the stroller over my shoulder and hold my son's hand when we have to get out and walk up or down the subway stairs."

"It performed best on sidewalks. It's definitely not the 'off-road' type of stroller, but it didn't freeze up on the grass. It survived the crazy Brooklyn sidewalks just fine!"

-- Jessica and her 23-month-old from Brooklyn, NY

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