An umbrella stroller is a stroller that has a unique fold that ends up resembling a large umbrella (think long and narrow). Typically an umbrella stroller will collapse down in the middle to bring the sides together.
What Makes an Umbrella Stroller Good for Travel?
Umbrella strollers are typically lightweight and their compact fold makes them easy to gate check for the airplane or thrown in the trunk of a car without taking up all the room, making them some of the best travel strollers.
They often have a carry strap, making them easy to lug around while also holding a toddlers hand or carrying a baby.
An umbrella stroller is different than a pocket stroller which has a tri-fold, making it ultra compact and fits in the overhead bin on the airplane. Umbrella strollers and pocket strollers make the best strollers for airplane travel.
The best umbrella stroller for travel is one that is highly rated, lightweight and has some additional features. Some of the travel umbrella strollers in this list will even work as a travel stroller for newborns.
Gone are the days where buying an umbrella stroller means your only options are the cheap ones from Walmart. Now parents can still get a lightweight umbrella stroller under 14 pounds that has room for baby travel essentials and even reclines for naps.
Here are our recommended best umbrella travel strollers:
Maclaren has long been known for their excellent umbrella strollers. This Maclaren Quest has a full recline that can accommodate newborns and up to 55 lbs. It has a built-in Newborn Safety System and is also compatible with the Maclaren Carrycot. It also has an large extendable canopy with sun visor and extendable leg rest to keep littles ones comfortable.
With a one hand fold, carry strap and an included rain cover, this umbrella stroller is great for travel.
Recline – 4 Position full recline
Storage – Large under seat basket
Sun Protection – Extendable canopy with sun visor
Weight – 12.2 lbs
Max Weight Capacity – 55 lbs
Recommended from Birth – Yes
The Maclaren Techno Arc has all of these same great features plus extendable handles, making it great for tall parents.
The Summer 3Dlite+ Convenience Stroller has an extra-large storage basket plus a side pocket, a parent cup holder and a cell phone holder. You’ll be able to carry everything you need using this compact travel stroller. This affordable umbrella stroller for travel weighs only 14 pounds and a has a carry strap.
Perfect for traveling to warm climates, this UPPAbaby G-LITE umbrella stroller has a mesh back keeping your child cool. It’s super lightweight at only 11.2 pounds, but still has a large storage basket and a removable cup holder. It also has a nice large canopy with a pop out sun visor to keep your little one out of the sun.
Recommended for babies 6 months+ and up to 55 pounds. With the mesh seat and only one option for recline, this stroller would be best for toddlers and more specifically for summer or in a warm climate.
It also has tall ergonomic handles and a carry strap.
Recline – Two positions with zipper recline
Storage – Large under seat basket
Sun Protection – Three tier canopy with pop out sunshade.
The Joovy New Groove lightweight umbrella stroller has a higher weight at 15.7 pounds, but the trade off on weight is getting a near flat recline and a weight capacity of 55 pounds. Parents will get plenty of use out of this umbrella stroller for travel that’s recommended for newborns with the built-in foot enclosure.
There’s enough storage for parents with two cup holders, a rear zipper pocket and a large basket under the seat. Plus the carry strap makes it convenient for carrying.
Recline – Near flat recline
Storage – Large basket under seat
Sun Protection – Large canopy with peekaboo window
The Jeep North Star stroller by Delta Children is a basic umbrella style travel stroller that’s easy to travel with and tall parents will like the extra-long handles. For the most affordable strollers on this list, the Jeep North Star umbrella travel stroller has a much-improved canopy over the Baby Trend Rocket.
Without any recline and only a 3-point harness, this makes a much better travel stroller for toddlers.
This travel stroller meets Disney size requirements and even has a removable parent organizer that hangs on the back. This is a great stroller for warm climates with the padded seat that rolls up leaving a cooler mesh back.
Umbrella strollers should be light and this one meets that mark! At only 11 pounds, the Summer Infant 3D Mini still offers a multiple position recline, under seat basket and a rear storage pocket with cup holders.
It doesn’t have a full recline, so it’s recommended for babies who can sit up unassisted (around 6 months +) and up to 45 pounds.
Recline – Multiple position recline
Storage – Large basket under seat plus rear storage pockets with cup holders
Sun Protection – Two-tier canopy with flip out sun visor
The Baby Trend Rocket umbrella stroller is another budget option with just the basics. The canopy isn’t over large and not likely to offer a ton of protection. This is a good option for anyone looking for a cheap umbrella travel stroller when you don’t need all the bells and whistles.
It also has taller grip handles, a parent organizer with 2 cup holders and a storage basket under the seat.
This cheap umbrella stroller for travel is recommended for babies who can sit up unassisted and up to 50 pounds, but less than 40” tall. At a similar price the Summer 3D Mini is a better choice.
What this lightweight umbrella stroller by Delta Children lacks in recline, it makes up for with a tray and cup holder for your child. It also has ergonomic handles with multiple positions to fit even tall parents. There’s also a large storage basket and a cup holder for the parent.
While this stroller is recommended for babies from 6 months old, who can sit up unassisted, given its lack of recline we recommend it as a travel umbrella stroller for toddlers. Its maximum weight capacity is 45 pounds.
While Evezo Travis Lightweight Umbrella Stroller may not be the most lightweight at 16 pounds, it has one of the biggest canopies and a nearly flat recline. Both of these features are so useful for parents traveling with a baby or toddler. It also has a adjustable leg rest.
It’s recommended for babies 6 months+ and only up to 40 pounds, but it’s one of the best reclining umbrella strollers that has such a flat recline.
Recline – Multiple position recline to nearly flat
The only travel umbrella stroller that you’ll find with a seat that flips so you can keep an eye on your baby. It has 3 one-hand recline positions for forward facing and 3 one-hand recline positions for rear facing.
This Summer 3Dflip umbrella stroller can support babies up to 25 pounds rear facing and 50 pounds forward facing. It also has all the storage you need, a parent cup holder and is recommended for taller parents.
It’s recommended for babies 6 months+ and up to 50 pounds. If you feel comfortable using it for an infant, we recommend an infant support and it set to rear facing.
Compared to the G-Lite, this UPPAbaby umbrella stroller for travel is heavier at 16.3 pounds but it can accommodate babies from 3 months and up to 55 pounds. It’s still easy to carry with the convenient carry strap.
Recline – 3 one-hand recline positions
Storage – Large under seat basket
Sun Protection – Three tier canopy with pop out sun visor
Unfortunately, many of the umbrella strollers for travel with a baby or toddler aren’t going to have all the features you want. However, there are plenty of great add on accessories for travel umbrella strollers that may fix some common issues:
Sunshade for Travel Strollers Many of the affordable umbrella strollers above don’t have the greatest sunshade, but that’s an easy fix with a stroller sunshade like this one.
An umbrella stroller does not count as carry on. Parents can travel with a stroller as checked baggage or gate check it free of charge.
Do umbrella strollers recline?
Yes, there are several umbrella strollers that recline.
When can I start using an umbrella stroller?
While many umbrella strollers are better suited to babies who can sit up unassisted (around 6 months old), there are umbrella strollers that recline to a near-flat position allowing them to be used with an infant.
What is the weight limit for an umbrella stroller?
It’s very common to find an umbrella stroller that has a weight limit in the range of 40 to 55 pounds