Why buy an umbrella stroller?
Yep, many parents become familiar with stroller brands that give us the reversing seat or are travel system ready when our babies are newborns. Now we are ready to take it up to the next stage! When our child is bigger, we simply need something lightweight and convenient for errands or that big trip coming up. We are ready for an umbrella stroller!
Shopping the best umbrella strollers
You know you don’t want something small and rickety, and that paying a bit more means much higher quality. But did you know that some brands have come out with umbrella strollers that you might not have thought of? Baby Jogger makes an umbrella stroller, and have you even heard of Summer Infant?
Here are some of the best umbrella strollers out there that are still relatively new, released within the last year or two, in each spending category: higher end, mid-range and budget.
Higher End > $150
Baby Jogger Vue & Vue Lite
Lots of you have heard of Baby Jogger for their City strollers, such as the City Select, City Mini and City Versa. In the last couple of years, Baby Jogger has introduced an umbrella stroller, but they reinvented it!
The Vue and Vue Lite were one of the first on the market to have a reversing seat; the photo on the top of this article shows the reversed seat. Both take a car seat, as well, and are a good option for a lightweight travel system if you don’t want to have to buy a car seat frame stroller separately.
The Vue Lite is $180 and weighs 14.5 pounds. Choose from four colors.
The Vue also comes in four colors and is between $140 and $200. It weighs just over 17 pounds and is a good choice if you don’t mind a more substantial stroller that veers away from the featherweight category.
Famous for their baby carriage prams and high-end, reversing seat strollers, Inglesina is also known for their top-quality umbrella strollers, such as the Trip and the Swift. Their newest umbrella offering is the Net, the lightest weight stroller in their line.
The Net weighs just 11 pounds, with a 55-pound weight capacity. Features such as a reclining seat and removable washable seat pad give your child much comfort. The seat beneath the padding is mesh, so on hot days take out the padding, and you have adequate air flow to keep your little one cool. A big canopy with SPF 50 shields harmful sun rays.
Parents enjoy features such as a self-standing fold and a carry strap for on-the-go transport. I like the cup holder and the decent sized storage basket —for an umbrella stroller! Inglesina Net is a popular choice for vacations.
This handy little stroller retails for $149 and comes in five colors. Reviews so far are at 5 stars!
Budget < $100
Summer 3D Lite
This is a fantastic option if you want to save a bit of money and have nearly all the same options as the Inglesina Net. The Summer 3D Lite has many of the same features and costs about $70 less. It has a reclining seat and a good-sized storage basket for an umbrella stroller. It weighs 12 pounds and holds up to 50 pounds, so those aspects are slightly different.
I like the extra storage pocket behind the seat for things like your keys and cell phone, and you get a cup holder, too.
Reviews give it 4.5 stars for the lightweight convenience and for how well it held up on travels abroad. The Summer Infant 3D Light is only $80 and comes in six colors.
These are just three of the newest umbrella strollers out there, but there are more quality umbrella strollers in each price category. This guide will help you find the best one for your family.
Now that you’ve taken a look at the Baby Jogger Vue/Vue Lite, the Inglesina Net and the Summer Infant 3D Lite, which one would you get? Let me know in the comments below.
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