The best lightweight city strollers? – Reader Q&A

City-friendly strollers: Cybex Onyx strollerI’ve been a huge fan of my Maclaren Techno XT. It’s a 2003. Sadly, it’s reaching the end of its usable years and I’m in the market for a new stroller. It must be subway friendly, lightweight and comfortable. Before I just purchase another Maclaren, I’m wondering if there is anything new out there I should try first. -Michelle




I’m a subway-riding, stroller-pushing, big-city-dweller, too,
Michelle, so I think I have an idea of what you’re looking for. My
intial thought is that another Maclaren will probably be your best bet
again. They’re excellent, hardy strollers that are lightweight, easy to
push & fold and pretty darn nice looking, too. Take, for example, our recent review of the gorgeous Denim Quest.

MacLaren Denim Quest stroller


But, like you, I never want to miss out
on something great just by assuming that I should get another of what I
already have. So I’ve got a few other suggestions for strollers you
might want to take for a test spin:



We reviewed the Cybex Onyx
a little while ago and I really love it. It’s definitely an easy
stroller to push and fold. The sun canopy is amazing for those city
walks when you need to be on the sunny side of the street. And there’s a
built-in shoulder strap, so it’s easy to carry up and down subway
stairs.


City-friendly strollers: Cybex Onyx

The Bumbleride Flite
is a stylish, smooth ride that’s sure to impress you (and all the other
moms at the playground). It’s a little bit trickier to fold, but it’s
certainly worth testing out, since the great suspension might win you
over.



City-friendly strollers: Bumbleride Flite


Though I’ve never tried it, the UPPABaby G-Luxe
is another stroller that’s comparable to the Techno. It’s really light
(only 11 lb) and has hand-activated folding, which means no fancy shoes
ruined when you have to fold in a hurry. It, too, has a handy shoulder
strap.



City-friendly strollers: UPPABaby G-LUXE


One last stroller you might want to take for a spin is the Maxi Cosi Mila.
It’s more of a do-everything type of umbrella, so you might find it a
little too heavy (it’s 16 lb), but you might also find you like the
sturdiness of it for big city adventures. It’s available in lots of fun
colors, too.



Maxi Cosi Mila stroller


I think it’s most important that you test drive as many
strollers as possible before deciding on one. You’ll know as soon as you
push your child around for a few minutes, fold and unfold the stroller,
and try to carry it with a kid in your other hand if it’s the right one
for you.

An hour in a stroller store ought to leave you confident in
your decision and happily pushing your child out in an awesome new ride.
-Stephanie P.

Stephanie S.

Stephanie Slate is an Ontario-based writer, crunchy mom, and celebrity stroller expert. And no, she does not say "eh."

10 Comments

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    Meagan

    Last year we bought a Guzzie + Guss G104 as our travel stroller. We’ve used it on all modes of transportation (streetcar, subway, planes, boats – you name it!) and absolutely love it. It also has a “no-scuff” folding mechanism, as well as a shoulder strap, which is perfect for crowded places. What really sold us though, was that it fully reclines and has an extra-deep sun shade to protect that delicate skin! Good luck in your search!

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    bari

    id say stick with the maclaren if you like it. I was really into the city mini but ended up not getting it because it was almost as heavy as my uppa baby vista. for travel, subway and quick trips up the street the maclaren is great. if its your main stroller and you walk as much as i do (2-3miles a day) Id say look at the city mini for its 1 handed steering, easy fold, larger basket and lack of propensity to fall over every time your kid gets out. i thought the uppa baby gluxe and some of the others wanted to be the maclaren but were flimsier versions. Definitely spend some time in a store, it’ll help you make a decision quickly.

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    Erika

    I have a Maclaren Quest Sport (2007) which is great but not so special.

    My SIL has the UPPABaby G-Luxe which for all intents and purposes looks & acts like the Maclaren BUT the awning on that thing kicks the butt of my Maclaren’s awning from the Bronx to the Bowery.

    I ? me a good awning.

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    Kamala

    We just purchased the Uppababy GLuxe and I can’t say enough about it! We have a Mutsy that we use as our everyday stroller, but wanted/needed a lighter umbrella stroller for travel. The Uppababy GLuxe is brilliant. It has a multi position recline, hard to find on an umbrella stroller, which is wonderful for trips when naps often have to happen on the go. Also, it has a UV sun shade that can be pulled out to extend the sun coverage when necessary. At 11 lbs the stroller was highly portable and we loved that it had a small flat stand on the bottom so you can stand it upright while folded and not have it roll flat. I went to purchase the Maclaren and after testing them both left with the Uppababy and have no regrets. After a week in Southern California, airports, Disney, Legoland, etc. I’m loving its versatility and will be using it often, not just as a travel stroller.

    Kamala

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    9 Months Later

    Love, LOVE the UPPA G-LUXE! Way more bang for your buck vs Maclaren with it almost as light weight but with a very nice recline, shoulder strap and nice sun shade.

  • Reply July 21, 2011

    Lynn

    I love my City Mini. I don’t live in a subway town, but do carry the folded stroller thru the neighborhood woods with my daughter in the other arm to get to our walk route. Easy to carry, easy to open and close with one arm. Works great on our rough city sidewalks.

  • Reply July 21, 2011

    Susie

    I have the UPPA Baby G-Lite (even lighter than the G-luxe, but no recline) and LOVE. IT. I’ve used it over grass at the park, on a dirt road on vacation and on a city bus, and its awesome. So light weight, so easy to fold… Love it.

  • Reply July 21, 2011

    Jack's Mama

    We recently purchased an Aprica Presto as our 2nd stroller; we have a fabulous Bumbleride Flyer, but it doesn’t fit in the trunk of my car nor is it very travel friendly!!

    The Aprica is great for getting on and off the trains and maneuvering through the city, and at about $119 retail is relatively inexpensive compared to many other lightweight strollers. We’re taking it to NYC tomorrow on Amtrak— just me and the little guy! :)

    It has a 5 point harness, good recline for napping (though not completely flat), a huge sunshade, and comes with a raincover. What I liked most was that it rides much higher than an umbrella stroller, so my little guy can see the world much more easily, and at 20 months, he wants to see EVERYTHING.

    It has a carry strap (great for the airport, too) and weighs about 9 pounds. The 1-handed fold takes a bit of practice, but I’ve got it down to a science now– a quick close, lock, and flip right into the trunk or over my shoulder. It also stands freely if you need to leave it at a restaurant in a tight space.

  • Reply July 21, 2011

    erin

    Another vote for the UppaBaby. It is SO light and easy to set up/breakdown.

  • Reply August 19, 2011

    James

    The Bugaboo is the only way to go…

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