The 7 Best Travel Strollers to Buy in 2018

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A lightweight, collapsible travel stroller is a must-have accessory for parents on the move. There are plenty of different options to choose from, with the right stroller for you depending on your specific requirements. If you’re planning on traveling locally, a stroller that packs away into the trunk of your car may suffice; but if you’re headed overseas, you may prefer one that complies with airline carry-on restrictions. If you’re buying for a newborn, a fully reclining seat is a necessity; while car seat compatibility is another factor to consider. In this article, we look at a few of the best options available, all of which weigh under 15 pounds. 

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

4.7

Suitable for newborns and toddlers up to 50 pounds, the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is one of the top-rated options for under $100 on Amazon. It has an overall weight of 13 pounds and boasts an easy folding mechanism with an automatic lock and carry strap. When folded, the stroller fits into the back of a compact car (and although it can’t be carried onto the plane, it is relatively easy to check).

Amazon reviewers love the large, comfortable seat, which includes a five-point safety harness and four different reclining positions. You’ll find it easy to navigate over a variety of terrains (thanks to the anti-shock front wheels), while the adjustable canopy features a flip-out sun visor. Use the included cup holder, generous storage basket and rear pouch to store all your parenting essentials. Opt for plain black, or bold color accents ranging from Caribbean blue to hibiscus pink. 

02 of 07

Runner-Up, Overall: UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller

UPPAbaby G-LUXE Stroller, Jake
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The more affordable UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller is the ideal companion for road trips. Weighing 15 pounds, it folds to 12.5” x 23” x 42.5", which although too big to qualify as an airline carry-on item, still fits snugly into your car. The folding mechanism is operated by two hand-level triggers. Once folded, the stroller stands upright on its own, an invaluable asset for stashing it into the corner of cozy restaurants or hotel rooms. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and a convenient carry strap.

The stroller is suitable for kids aged three months to 55 pounds and features a one-step brake, high-performance wheels and under-seat storage. The built-in cup holder is a lifesaver when you don’t have time to stop for coffee. Remove the reclining seat pad for easy washing or extend the SPF 50+ sunshade for maximum protection on hot days. The canopy is height-adjustable and removable. Colors include coffee, red and blue. 

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Best Portability: Besrey Airplane Stroller

Specifically designed for traveling, the Besrey Airplane Stroller can be used for children aged six to 36 months and has a unique two-fold design that allows it to pack up into itself. The stroller can easily fit into the overhead bin and has an exterior case that can tuck away into a pocket. When needed for use, it can “pop” into place with one motion. Other features include 360-degree swivel wheels for easy maneuvering​ and a locking mechanism to secure the stroller when not in use. There’s also a five-clasp seat belt to secure little ones in place and large canopy to protect from the sun. The rear storage basket can hold up to 10 pounds. 

04 of 07

Best Car Seat Compatible: Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller

Unlike most travel strollers, the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller is compatible with any infant car seat, thanks to its belt-style adapters. You can also use the adapters to attach a carrycot for newborns (sold separately). Otherwise, the stroller is suitable for kids up to 44 pounds. At 13 pounds, it’s a wonderfully lightweight option with a two-stage folding mechanism designed to fit into overhead compartments.

Once folded, use the included shoulder strap and satchel to carry the stroller through the airport or to store it in the back of your car. The seat reclines and is protected by a sun canopy with a flip-out visor. Clever weight distribution allows for easy curb hopping, while the rear wheel suspension guarantees a comfortable ride. Choose from six different colors, including ruby and nautical. 

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05 of 07

Best Lightweight: gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller

Officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most compact stroller, the gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller folds down in seconds to just 11.8” x 7” x 13.8”. It complies with the carry-on size restrictions of every airline and can be stored in the overhead compartment or under your seat. It’s also incredibly lightweight, tipping the scale at just 9.5 lbs.

Despite its diminutive size, the stroller is designed for kids aged six months to 55 pounds and can accommodate up to 11 pounds of gear in the under-seat storage basket. As your child grows, adjust the sliding back panel to fit their lengthening torso. The five-point safety harness is also adjustable and features shoulder and crotch pads for added comfort. Other highlights include a canopy and padded handles, while the one-handed steering is complemented by lockable front wheels and a rear parking brake.

06 of 07

Best Fully Reclining: Jovial Portable Folding Baby Stroller

If you’re looking for a stroller that can allow your little one to sleep, the Jovial Portable Folding Baby Stroller is fully adjustable, so that your baby can lie down comfortably. Ideal for car travel, the stroller has a foldable switch allowing it to easily to fit into a trunk or suitcase. Safety is a top priority with a five-point seatbelt and an upgraded lock system, plus an easy-to-use foot pedal. The lightweight carriage weighs 16.3 pounds and also has a lower storage area and retractable overhead canopy to keep baby cool in the hot sun. The stroller is ideal for newborns to children aged three years old.

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Best for Storage: Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

The rugged Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller weighs 11.8 pounds and is suitable for kids up to 50 pounds. It boasts easy one-handed folding; and once collapsed, measures 18" x 12" x 34” and stands on its own. This is the ideal purchase for parents with plenty of gear. Tuck your diaper bag into the extra large, easy-access storage basket and your keys into the tray at the top of the push handle. The latter also incorporates two cup holders for Mom and Dad, while a removable child’s tray features a dual cup and juice box holder. Other perks include all-terrain wheels, an extended canopy with a peek-a-boo window and a reclining seat with a five-point safety harness.

Products We Tested

How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 14 hours testing one of our readers' favorite travel strollers. To get the most complete results, our testers carted their children around in this model and tackled all sorts of terrain — from small-town sidewalks to urban subway platforms. We asked our reviewers to consider the most important features when using this travel stroller, including its design, portability, and price. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Travel Stroller

Weight If you’re buying a travel stroller, it’s because you’re after a stroller that’ll be lighter and more compact than your everyday models. Look for high-tech materials that are sturdy without adding extra weight to the stroller.

Comfort A comfortable child on vacation is a happy child on vacation — so you’ll want a stroller that will keep your child at ease during long days sightseeing and exploring. Look for reclining seats, adjustable canopies, and padded harnesses.

Extra features Sure, you can go bare bones with a stroller that’s little more than a nylon sling chair on wheels, but you may also want features like cup holders — so you can stay hydrated (or caffeinated) — or a rack underneath to hold larger bags.

Test Results: Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller (Best Overall)

4.7

What We Like

  • Lightweight

  • Maneuverable

  • Portable

What We Don't Like

  • Uncomfortable carrying strap

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
Summer Infant Convenience Stroller
Summer Infant Stroller
3D Lite Convenience Stroller
Summer Infant Stroller

“I loved pushing the stroller,” raved one of our testers. “It was super smooth and barely needed any effort. My son seemed to be pretty comfortable in it as well. He even took a nap in it.” One reviewer, who used this stroller in New York City, loved that it handled different terrains — from sidewalks to subway platforms — with ease. In terms of negatives, our testers thought that the stroller’s carrying strap was uncomfortable.