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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Inglesina Swift

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a Kate Bayless on Oct 3, 2012 at 5:04PM

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Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: 3 months up to 55 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 13 lbs.
Dimensions: Assembled: 43" x 30" x 19" Folded: 41" x 10" 12"
Price: $130
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Expert Review: Available in four rich, gem tones, we fell in love with the lightweight Inglesina Swift right out of the box -- it comes fully assembled! The seat back is nicely padded and offers four positions of recline, from very upright to a deep recline. The Swift's canopy is the highlight here. Larger than most, sturdy when locked open plus an effective fold-out extension for added coverage make it one of our favorites. Storage options include a zippered pocket on the back of the canopy and a medium-sized underseat basket with uninhibited access from the back when the seat is upright -- even for a lightweight bag of groceries. Tight turns are no problem for the Swift, and it handles best on smooth sidewalks, city streets and store aisles. The traditional two-step umbrella fold is fast, simple and can be done one-handed. It has an auto-frame lock, but sometimes the frame needs an extra push to engage it. We also wish it held the frame a little more tightly closed so it was more compact when carrying it by the side handle.

What We Love: canopy coverage with fold-out extension; 4-position seat recline; underseat basket access; maneuvering; quick and easy fold; no assembly needed

What We Wish It Had: optional accessories like a cup holder; tighter hold on auto-frame lock; harness pads

Great For: smooth sidewalks, city streets and store aisles; sunny outings; errands; shopping

Bottom Line: An excellent canopy on the Inglesina Swift pairs well with its comfortable seat, versatile recline and easy-access underseat basket.

Parent Rating:

"The seat reclines, although not all the way back. It was definitely sufficient for a rest and since the sun canopy is fairly long, I could easily put my daughter in for a rest, put the sun canopy down and it was relaxing for her. The back was easy to adjust, but it does require two hands."

"The storage basket is a decent size -- definitely bigger than my other umbrella stroller and is a bit more accessible since the whole stroller seems to be a bit higher than others I’ve used. You can fit a small bag, definitely some sand toys for the park or a purse or grocery bag."

"I liked the zippered pocket attached to the back of the seat to hold my keys and phone. It kept them out of sight, protected and freed up my hands. I do wish it had a cup holder though."

"The stroller requires two hands to push -- if you push with one, it veers off to that side. But it is very small and lightweight so it makes tight turns with ease."

"I tried the stroller on grass, bumpy and smooth sidewalks, and the street. It wasn't great on the grass as expected, but performed perfectly on the smooth sidewalk."

"The Swift is easy to fit in your trunk. It folds down quickly and easily, locks when it's folded and is super lightweight to pick up."

-- Sherrill and her 2-year-old and 4-year old from Newton, MA

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