The 10 Best Travel Strollers, Tested in our Lab

We tested nearly two dozen travel strollers and like the Joolz AER the best

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A lightweight, collapsible travel stroller is a must-have accessory for parents on the move. There are many 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 traveling overseas, you may prefer one that complies with airline carry-on restrictions. If you’re buying for a newborn, a fully reclining seat is necessary, while car seat compatibility is another factor.

We tested nearly two dozen strollers. Read on for our picks of the best travel strollers available.

Best Overall: Joolz AER Premium Stroller

Joolz AER Premium Stroller

Amazon

What We Like
  • Maneuvers very well

  • Easy folding

  • Good shoulder straps and fits well in overhead carry-on

  • Good durability

What We Don't Like
  • A bit spendy

The Joolz AER earned some of the highest marks from our lab test. Our testers liked how easy this stroller was to fold—although you do have to push two buttons simultaneously to fold and unfold it. "But once you figure it out, it's not finicky," a tester noted. The AER also earned top marks in maneuverability. "It maneuvers really well on all surfaces and handles turns and u-turns smoothly," one tester reported. "The gravel did not give it much trouble at all. Perhaps most importantly, the AER scored well in our portability category thanks to a comfy shoulder strap with elastic stretch and how well it fits in the faux overhead compartment.

It wasn't the lightest stroller among those we tested, but also not the heaviest. It was also one of the most expensive strollers tested. But, considering how well it performed and its superior durability, this stroller is worth it.

Weight: 14.1 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 9.25 x 20.25 x 16.25 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 42 x 25 x 17 inches | Seat Dimensions: 10 x 15 inches

Joolz AER Travel Stroller Testing
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Best Overall Runner-Up: GB Qbit+ All City Stroller

4.8
gb QBit+ All-City Stroller

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • One-hand fold

  • Solid maneuverability

  • Very durable

What We Don't Like
  • We're not in love with the canopy

Gb's QBit+ All-City stroller scored nearly as high as the Joolz AER in our lab test but cost less. In particular, the QBit+ did best in our durability, maneuverability, and foldability tests. Folding requires pressing two buttons, but our testers were able to do it with one hand. "Locking it when unfolding takes a second, but overall really good," a tester noted. The QBit+ also passed our maneuverability tests with flying colors. And there was no damage to it during our durability tests.

Our testers noted that while the canopy has coverage and a mesh peekaboo window, it doesn't go down very far. It also didn't score best in our portability test since it did not come with a carrying strap. "We wouldn't want to carry it folded for long periods of time," a tester reported. But, for the cost, our testers thought the QBit+'s other features more than made up for it. "This stroller would be great as a regular stroller—not just for travel," a tester said.

Weight: 17.6 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 10.5 x 23 x 16.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 24 x 17 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches

gb QBit+ All-City travel stroller testing
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Best Budget: Kolcraft Cloud Plus Stroller

4.2
Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • One of the lightest options we tested

  • Can fold and unfold with one hand (with strength and coordination)

  • Only one on the list with a tray

What We Don't Like
  • Portability is not great (no handle or strap and doesn't fit into overhead bin)

If you're looking for a budget option, we like the Kolcraft Cloud Plus for its foldability, durability, and overall value for its cost. You're not going to get all the bells and whistles with this stroller. But you will get a functional item at a much more reasonable price than others on this list. Our testers liked how easy it was to fold and unfold this stroller, noting it could be folded and unfolded with one hand (with some strength and coordination). The Kolcraft didn't have the smoothest ride, but our testers could push it through gravel even if the wheels stopped spinning because of its lightness.

You will sacrifice a few things with this option—mainly portability. While the stroller is one of the lightest we tested, it does not come with a case, strap, or handle. It also didn't fold down small enough to put in an overhead bin, meaning you'll need to check it at the gate if you fly with it. But, our testers were impressed with the durability of the stroller. Overall, we view this as the Honda Accord of the batch. Does it have the performance and features of the more expensive models on this list? No. Is it a great value, and will it get you—and more importantly, you're little one—safely from location A to B? Absolutely.

Weight: 11.8 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 10 x 33 x 17.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 38 x 27 x 18 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches

Kolcraft CloudPlus travel stroller
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Best Value: Nuna TRVL Stroller

4.8
Nuna Trvl stroller

Nuna

What We Like
  • Easy one-handed fold (with practice)

  • Good and easy reclining

  • Very smooth ride

What We Don't Like
  • Stroller could open taking it down from overhead bin

Our testers loved this stroller. "It was one of the best, if not the best in the entire test," one tester concluded. But it's also one of the most expensive. The top marks begin with the fold and unfold, which was easy to do with practice. "Whoa! It folds for you! With alacrity," one tester reported. Our testers also liked smart features like easy and full reclining, good ventilation, a mesh window in the canopy, a big storage compartment, and a magnetic strap clasp.

But what really set this one apart from others was the smoothness of its ride. "It glides like a dream on every single surface," a tester reported. "There was no difference in the smooth hardwood and tile and the shag carpet. The gravel was also incredibly easy to maneuver over with little to no jolting or bumping up and down."

The nitpick our testers could find was that it wasn't the easiest to fit in the overhead bin space, and our testers were concerned it could flop open when retrieving it at the end of a flight. Sure, this stroller is expensive. But if you've got the budget, this was one of the best of the batch.

Weight: 15.4 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 11 x 27.25 x 20.25 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 26 x 20.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 10 x 13 inches

Nuna TRVL Stroller Lab Testing
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Best Lightweight: gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller

4
GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Folds up super small

  • Two heights for the handles

  • Best for fitting in an overhead compartment

What We Don't Like
  • Basically no canopy

  • No storage or shoulder strap for carrying

If you prioritize lightness, compactness, and a minimalist stroller, the gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller is the correct pick. It weighs less than 11 pounds and folds down to a tiny size. With the compact size and lightness, however, do come some sacrifices. There is basically no canopy or storage and minimal padding. While there was no shoulder strap for carrying, it is so light that our testers thought the rubber carrying handles sufficed.

Despite the lack of features, our testers still thought the ride of this stroller was good enough. "The wheels glide pretty smoothly on hard and smooth surfaces," one tester pointed out. And while it was a bit tougher to push on the gravel and shag carpet, it was still manageable. "The wheels can switch directions easily and handle u-turns well," a tester said.

Again, this stroller doesn't come with bells and whistles. But if quickly lifting and fitting a stroller into an overhead bin is a big priority, there's no better one we tested.

Weight: 10.5 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 6 x 20 x 14 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 42 x 23 x 16.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 inches

gb Pockit Lightweight Travel Stroller
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Best Reclining: MINU Stroller - Jordan

Minu Stroller
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What We Like
  • Easy one-hand fold

  • Good maneuvering

  • Testers liked the magnetic mesh canopy window

What We Don't Like
  • A bit pricey (but our testers said it's worth it considering the features)

Reclining is a crucial feature for travel strollers. "We wouldn't consider a travel stroller that wouldn't recline," is how one tester put it. And of all the strollers we tested that do recline, our testers really liked this one. The fold is easy and can be done with one hand (although the canopy needs to be tucked in once it is folded). And our testers gushed about features like the magnetic mesh window, sunshade, plush padding, and big storage basket.

The stroller also earned top scores for portability and maneuverability as the shoulder strap fits easily over the shoulder. "This one maneuvers well," one tester added. "It doesn't make quite as tight turns as the Joolz, and it feels a bit heavier to push, but handled the gravel really well." This stroller is on the higher end of the price spectrum but is worth the price for all the features and the design, concluded our testers.

Weight: 14.75 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 12 x 22.5 x 20.25 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 31 x 20.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9.5 x 13 inches

Minu Travel Stroller
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Best Double: Uppababy G-Link 2 Stroller

4.7
G-Link 2 Stroller

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy fold (can be done with one hand)

  • Solid canopy

  • Solid maneuverability

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy (to be expected considering it's a double)

  • No shoulder pads on straps or canopy window

For those with twins, friends, or siblings close in age, our testers like the G-Link 2 stroller best. Our testers liked how easy the fold is, noting it can be done with one hand (although unfolding was a bit tougher). They also liked how easy it was to recline the stroller and that the recline has two positions. It also maneuvered skillfully. "The shag carpet was pretty easy with little drag or resistance," one tester noted. "The gravel impressed me too; it was pretty smooth and barely bumpy." Another tester liked that there were no wheels in the middle of the frame (like most double umbrella strollers have). "It makes it easier to push without kicking the wheels or frame," they noted.

While our testers reported they'd like to have seen windows in the canopy and pads on the shoulder straps, overall, they scored this stroller very well.

Weight: 21.8 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 14 x 40 x 17.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 25 x 28.25 inches | Seat Dimensions: 10 x 11 inches

Uppababy Glink 2 Travel Stroller
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Best Sun Shade: UPPAbaby G-LUXE Stroller

4.5
UPPAbaby G-LUXE Stroller

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Solid portability and maneuverability

  • Good padding

  • Stands on its own when folded

What We Don't Like
  • Folding/unfolding is a bit tricky and has a learning curve

  • Not great for packing into small places

Adequate sunshade is an important feature for many caregivers. The G-Luxe stroller has loads of extra sunshade from its canopy. But that's not the only feature our testers loved about this stroller. They also enjoyed the large cupholder, which fits travel mugs, how easily the footrest worked, the location of the pocket behind the seat, its padding, and the five-point harness with an adjustable shoulder strap.

Folding was a bit tricky and annoying at first with a handle and ring combo, but once you get it, the folding is smooth, our testers reported. While the stroller wasn't very small when folded, our testers did like the strap. "It feels light when you sling the strap over your shoulder and it's nice that it will leave your hands free to carry more things," one tester noted. It performed well in the maneuverability test. Bonus: This stroller can stand on its own when folded.

Weight: 16.5 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 15 x 41 x 11.75 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 42.5 x 23.5 x 18.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches

Uppababy G Luxe Travel Stroller
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Most Maneuverable: Baby Jogger City Tour 2

4.6
Baby Jogger City Tour 2

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Good and easy recline

  • Lots of padding and support

  • Great value for its cost

What We Don't Like
  • Didn't fit in overhead bin space

Our testers raved about the maneuverability of the City Tour 2. "The maneuverability on the Baby Jogger is exceptional," one tester said. "There was little perceptible difference between shag carpet and smooth wood and tile surfaces. And while other strollers struggled a bit on the gravel, this stroller navigated it with ease."

While the maneuverability of this one is stellar, there's a lot more to it than just that. The folding and unfolding were relatively easy. Our testers loved recline, structure, and padding. They also liked small touches like extra legroom and adjustable calf support. While the storage space was minimal and there was no cupholder, our testers liked the functionality of the canopy and that it has a window.

One issue: It didn't fit in the overhead bin space, so checking it at the gate is necessary. But overall, for the stroller's price, our testers thought it was a solid performer.

Weight: 14.5 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 7 x 22.5 x 19.5 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 40 x 26 x 20 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Travel Stroller
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Best Portability: Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Frame

Babyzen YoYo

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

What We Like
  • Excellent padding

  • Small and compact when folded

  • Good maneuverability

What We Don't Like
  • Not intuitive for folding and unfolding

For the best portability, our testers liked the Babyzen YOYO2. It's not the lightest stroller we tested (but it's on the lighter side). And it's not the most compact (but it's close). But its compact size, relatively light weight, plush and comfy shoulder strap, and metal bar handle combined to make this the overall best for portability.

Our testers also liked the canopy window, pocket in the back, and a basket underneath for boosted storage and how easily it fits in the overhead bin space. They also liked how well it handled. "There was minor resistance on the gravel, but it was smoother than many other strollers over the bumpier surface," one tester noted. "It maneuvers well for back and forth and changing directions."

Weight: 14.7 pounds | Folded Dimensions: 8 x 20 x 16 inches | Assembled Dimensions: 41 x 28.8 x 17 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9.5 x 12.5 inches

Babyzen YOYO2 Travel Stroller
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Final Verdict

For the best overall travel stroller, we liked the Joolz AER (view at Amazon) the best. It scored consistently high in our key attributes, earning top marks among all tested strollers. Another solid option is the gb QBit+ Stroller (view at Amazon), our runner-up. And if you're looking for the best budget option, we highly recommend the Kolcraft Cloud Plus (view at Amazon).

Travel Stroller Testing
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Other Travel Strollers We Tested

Doona (view at Amazon): We liked that this was the one stroller tested that also works as a car seat. It also performed very well in the maneuverability test, as one tester noted being able to maneuver through the cones one-handed. However, it was tough to fold and unfold (we had to watch a video to figure it out). Overall, our testers concluded that it's a specific product, and while it was good, it wasn't great enough to make the top-10.

Cybex Libelle Stroller (view at Amazon): The Cybex Libelle Stroller was another good, just not great performer. It was fine in our tested categories and will get the job done. Our testers just liked the other ones listed above better. Our testers particularly liked how easy it was to fold and unfold.

Jeep Scout Double (view at Amazon): The folding of the Jeep Scout Double was not intuitive and took some figuring out. "Once you get used to it, it does get easier, but it's not very intuitive," summed one tester. While this one falls into the budget range, our testers didn't care for it.

Summer Infant 3D Lite (view at Amazon): "It's very inexpensive but not equipped with nearly the features you can get from the others," one tester summed the Summer Infant 3D Lite. If you're not looking for the additional features, this one will get the job done as it was easy to fold, unfold, and maneuvered just fine.

Mountain Buggy Nano V3 Stroller (view at Amazon): The Mountain Buggy Nano V3 Stroller was lightweight and compact. It also did well in the maneuverability test on turns and with one hand. But there were some quarks with this one, like a reverse folding canopy and an unfolding process that were counter-intuitive enough to keep it out of the top-10.

Jovial Portable Folding Stroller (view at Amazon): Overall, the Jovial Portable Folding Stroller wasn't a super strong performer in our lab tests. It did fine—just nothing to put it over the top. The folding and unfolding took some effort. The handlebar was a bit low, and the canopy felt somewhat flimsy. And it struggled in the gravel on our maneuverability test.

Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Stroller (view at Amazon): Waking a sleeping baby is a big no-no. And while the Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Stroller had some features our testers liked (folding and unfolding, excellent maneuverability, and good reclining), it was loud, particularly the canopy. "It just didn't impress across the board for the price," one tester summed.

Colugo The Compact Stroller (view at Colugo): The Colugo Compact Stroller checked many boxes. It can be folded and unfolded with one hand. It has padded shoulder straps. And it was pretty good, and maneuvering and handling turns. But it performed poorly in gravel. And the buckles for the straps hurt our testers' hands. Plus, the canopy had a deteriorating performance throughout the test.

Jeep Clutch Plus (view at Delta Children): Unfortunately, the Jeep Clutch Plus performed poorly across most of our tests. While folding it down was smooth and easy, folding the wheels took a lot of force, and our testers were afraid of breaking it. From wheels being set too close together to a short and not enclosed canopy, our testers were not impressed.

Travel stroller product testing
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Product Selection

Our editors and testers tapped into prior knowledge of strollers and stroller brands and conducted internet research to select products. Once a group of products was set, we whittled the list down based on the strengths and price of each stroller to get a range of functions and price points.

Travel stroller testing
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How We Tested

All products mentioned in this roundup were tested in our Dotdash Meredith testing lab in Brooklyn, New York. Products were tested for the following attributes: folding/unfolding, design, portability, maneuverability, and overall value. We also weighed and measured each stroller.

We followed the instructions to fold and lock each stroller and then unfold it for folding and unfolding. We rated each stroller based on how easy or not easy it could be folded and unfolded and if it could be done with one hand. The design was ranked based on the extra features a stroller had and how well (or not well) those features worked. We were looking for things like adjustable handle heights, reclining, storage space, and canopies, among other things.

For portability, we folded each stroller into its most compact state and then carried it around our testing lab, up and down stairs. We also created a faux overhead bin space with a baker's rack in our lab (sized to the overhead bin space on an airplane). Maneuverability was tested with a traffic cone obstacle course in our lab and different surfaces like hardwood, tile, shag carpet, fake grass, and gravel.

Durability was tested by dropping the folded strollers from waist height and a table. Lastly, the overall value was rated based on the cost of the stroller and how it performed in the tests compared to others.

Testing was conducted by editors from TripSavvy, Travel + Leisure, Verywell Family, and People.

Travel stroller testing
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What To Look for in Travel Strollers

Weight: If you’re buying a travel stroller, you’re after a stroller that’ll be lighter and more compact than your everyday models. Look for sturdy high-tech materials 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 of 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 to stay hydrated (or caffeinated) or a rack underneath to hold larger bags.

Travel stroller testing
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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the best travel stroller to take on a plane?

    The best travel stroller to take on a plane is one that fits in the overhead bin space, is lightweight, and one in which you feel comfortable using. When in doubt, check the folded dimensions of the stroller, matching it with the overhead bin space of the plane you'll be flying on.

  • Do I need a separate travel stroller?

    You don't need a separate travel stroller. But if you do a lot of traveling—whether that's road-trips or flights—we recommend having a travel-specific stroller. Many of the ones we suggested could double as your every day stroller.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Jess Macdonald is a travel expert and has been writing for TripSavvy since 2016. She has honed her skills as a freelance writer specializing in travel, scuba diving, and wildlife conservation. She is a two-time winner of The Telegraph's Just Back travel writing competition and has written extensively for various magazines, travel agencies, websites, and PR companies. 

Nathan Allen is the outdoor gear editor at TripSavvy. While not a parent himself, he's learned the importance of having a good travel stroller after spending a month road-tripping the Western US and Midwest with his four-month-old niece.

Chris Abell, a senior commerce editor at TripSavvy and Travel+Leisure, Ashleigh Morley, an editorial director for Verywell Family and Health, Sabrina Rojas Weiss, a parenting editor at Verywell Family, and Latifah Miles, a commerce editor at Verywell Family all led the testing in our Brooklyn testing lab.

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