The 6 Best Travel Strollers 2023 | Review
Holiday season is just around the corner. If you’re planning to travel with the little ones this year, travel strollers are essential. Compact fold. Lightweight. Simple. To be honest, even if you’re not travelling, you might as well own one too.
But what’s the best?
We’ve considered travel strollers from the cream of the crop to quality on a budget and best in overall features from brands such as Cybex, BabyZen, GB, Joolz and Silver Cross to find the best travel stroller for you.
It goes without saying that you pay for what you get. Just shy of $900 delivers quality without compromise – The Cybex Coya Stroller offers a lightweight 6.6kg frame that is sized to fit in most overhead compartments.
Yes, it lies flat. Has an adjustable leg rest. Suitable from birth to 22kg. Effortlessly folds. And can even take on a Cloud Q capsule. This already exceeds the top travel strollers – even the likes of Baby Zen YOYO which has been around for 11 years.
However, what is often overlooked as we frequently shop online is build quality. If your familiar with Cybex, the Coya is a hybrid between the Priam and Mios that offers exceptional quality. Luxury washable fabrics, probably softer that your Sheridan sheets and metallic accents (matte black or rose gold) that captures the attention of parents pushing around their bulky prams. You cannot find another stroller like the Coya.
But if this seems overkill for a trip to Bali, keep scrolling down – There’s more!
If you walked into a baby store and asked for a travel stroller, without a doubt you would leave with a Baby Zen YOYO. Simply put, one of the earliest travel strollers in the market has become globally recognised. Almost every airline will let you on! Although it is only suitable for 6 months upwards (unless you buy a YOYO newborn pack), it is easily one of the best pushing strollers with an amazing suspension on such a small set of wheels – The YOYO sets a gold standard.
But, I think the YOYO is more suitable for (>6months) as
the lack of lie-flat can be irritating. Even its maximum recline is limited and not the best for sleep.
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Joolz Aer+ offers a similar experience to YOYO. It can’t lie
flat, but it does extremely well at sitting upright with the highest backrest.
While AER+ folds slightly bigger than the YOYO, it compensates by offering a
bigger basket for your shopping spree and an extended canopy that keeps the sun
away. On top of that, pushing remains smooth and weight capacity matches both
the YOYO and Coya.
One thing to praise about Joolz, again, its quality. Yes, the frame. The fabric. The wheels. If you don’t trust me, trust their 10-year warranty on frame.
Silver Cross JET 3
Jack of all trades. Master of all?
It surprised me that the oldest pram brand in the world can pull off such a trendy and luxurious travel stroller packed with all the features. Fitted with their easy-to-use magnetic seatbelt system, built in bumper bar and adjustable leg rest, honestly, it could replace your current pram. And finally, we get a stroller that lies flat and even has a more compact fold than the YOYO and AER+.
Once folded down, instead of carrying it to terminal 78 for
an hour, it stands upright and can be pulled like a trolley – even the kids
want a turn.
The Jet 3 has been popular for some time, sure it has all the features. But for me, I still can’t get over the limited 15kg weight capacity opposed to the average 20kg we see in most travel strollers these days.
Other than that. It’s perfect.
GB Pockit and Cybex Libelle
Side by side, the GB Pockit and Cybex Libelle appear identical in design. Classed as the world’s smallest and one of the lightest - overhead compartments are lightwork. I particularly love these strollers because they are so practical and built for purpose. To travel. To get from point A to B.
The GB Pockit has been around for 8 years and has built its reputation for reliability. The newly released Cybex Libelle transcends it by improving the seatbelt system (much easier to use) and improved fabrics that gives it that premium touch that was missing in the Pockit.
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My favourite? The Cybex Orfeo is the best one I can afford.
It offers everything premium coming from a brand like Cybex and seemingly more affordable than its expensive counterpart, the Coya. Sure, the frame isn’t bling-bling, but practicality wise and the size is perfect for me. Also, it has the best folding in my opinion.
Sometimes simplicity is better. At least that’s what I prefer when travelling.
Whether you’re travelling this year or just reading this article for something to buy – Travel strollers are great for any purpose.
Why not add a second pram to the collection?