The best travel buggies of 2022 tested

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Having children means the need for a lot of things. For example: you need a stroller, yes, but you also need different strollers for different occasions, such as a jogging stroller if you want to run with your child, or a stroller if you plan to take them on a trip. (You can use baby strollers too: just look at this jungle-themed toy designed by DJ Khaled or some of the Kardashian/Jenners emblazoned with the designer’s logo.)

Travel trolleys, in particular, are generally lighter, easier to fold, and less bulky than their everyday counterparts, which helps when you need to do things like stow them in an overhead bin on an airplane or put them in a new location. And since you might be traveling anywhere—say, to the beach, or to rocky ruins like what Chrissy Teigen did with her young children—you need a stroller that’s not only easy to carry, but also easy to push, durable and easy to put in. You must carry it throughout your vacation.

People tested nearly 20 travel strollers, and one came out on top: the Uppababy Minu.

Here are the best strollers that people have tested.

Best Overall: Uppababy Minu

Positives: The Uppababy Minu is easy to fold, push and recline, making it great for most stroller needs.

Negatives: Carrying it can be heavy and awkward for long periods of time.

If you’ve ever used an Uppababy stroller, you’ll love the travel version – it’s like a more compact, lighter, and sleeker version of its big siblings. The one-handed fold is a strap (although you may find that you have to bend the umbrella a bit after it’s folded) and it’s easy to open back up too.

The seat has some nice, quiet padding and uses a very simple recline mechanism – a must when you’re traveling and need to squeeze in a stroller nap on the go. The canopy offers excellent protection from the sun – great if you’re heading out to a sunny spot with your child – and there’s an optional mesh window if you want to check in, which stays well open thanks to the magnetic closure.

During testing, we were pleased to see how much adult and children’s stuff we can store in the storage basket. It also pushed really well on multiple terrains, and it handled the gravel we tried particularly well. The super tight turns were a Little A challenge, but by no means impossible.

It fits nicely in a top storage box, and is very sturdy (except for the umbrella rod which slipped out of place in the drop test – but came back easily).

In fact, our only complaint is the price (it’s not the most expensive we’ve tried, but it’s high) and that it can be hard to afford. One of our testers found it difficult to grip the shoulder and wear for extended periods of time, and another noted that because it’s not as compact when draped and worn over the shoulder, it can be difficult to walk on when worn. But other than those two things – relatively minor in the world of travel car complaints – it’s an excellent stroller that works really well in airports. And your final destination.

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Best Budget: Kolcraft Cloud Plus

Positives: this cart very light. seriously. So. mild; And the price is unbeatable!

Negatives: You will likely need your hands to fold it, and it cannot fit in an overhead container.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive baby stroller, you’ll probably realize that you won’t be able to get it everything Want – you have to sacrifice something. In the case of the Kolcraft Cloud Plus, there are some sacrifices to be made, but for such a great price, it’s more than worth it.

First, the good: It weighs 11.8 pounds, a full three pounds less than our top pick. And the stroller is easy to fold, even if it probably requires two hands (a sturdy person might be able to do this with one, but there are two push buttons, so it’s much easier with two). It can be unfolded with one hand. It’s the only travel cart we tested that comes with a removable tray, and it’s super handy for snacks on the go. The seat reclines three-quarters of the way, which should be enough for a nap. It rolls well on smooth surfaces, and although it doesn’t Soft on carpets and gravel, because it So Light, you can pass through only the power of your walk. It’s also very durable – in our damage test, the only thing that happened was the tray fell off, and it could be removed anyway.

Now the compromises: It doesn’t fold compactly enough to store in an overhead container — which, depending on how you travel, can be a deal breaker. (One tester described it as somewhere between a stroller and a stroller with an awning, if that helps you picture it folded.) The ‘so-so’ awning coverage and peekaboo window have no hood. The padding on the seat is not as soft as some of the others we’ve also tried. Testers also didn’t like this guy’s look—this stroller has some pretty big logos adorning it. There are two types of cup holders, but both are small.

However, if you are in the market for a lightweight and not too expensive stroller, the pros outweigh the cons. Just be prepared to check out the portal!

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Best Splurge: Nuna TRVL Stroller

Positives: The Nuna TRVL stroller is great for naps on the go thanks to the deep recline and adjustable calf rest. It’s also a very smooth ride.

Negatives: The stroller does not have a carrying strap, and may not fit in a top box.

We loved this stroller. Yes, it’s pricey, but it handles well – honestly we didn’t notice a difference when pushing this stroller on hardwood, tile or carpet, and even gravel was very easy to maneuver with. It was one of the only travel strollers we tested with an adjustable leg rest, and it reclines deeply, so baby who rides in the TRVL will have a comfortable, almost bed-like position for their midday nap. The belt clip is magnetic, which saves time when you’re working with a fickle kid, and the bottom storage basket is really roomy. It was also not damaged during damage tests.

The downsides of this stroller are somewhat subjective. For example, while this he is A travel cart (come on, there’s in the name) we found it didn’t always fit in an overhead bin, and when it did, it tended to open from the folded position because it was falling apart. And speaking of folding, it is certainly possible to do the folding with one hand, but there is something of a learning curve. But once you snag it, it basically folds up for you. It doesn’t have a carry strap or pouch, but the bumper rod converts into a carrying handle of sorts when folded. We actually found the handle very useful, but it might not be what you’re looking for. Finally, it’s too expensive for a stroller that you don’t use every day.

Although you honestly can Use it every day.

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Best Double Stroller: Uppababy Glink 2

Positives: This stroller navigates multiple terrains well, especially for a double stroller.

Negatives: It is not easy to carry, and detecting it is a challenge.

It’s hard to find a good travel stroller for one kid, but two kids is a whole other ball game. Fortunately, the Uppababy Glink 2 impressed us with its smooth traction on hard and soft surfaces, and good traction on gravel too. (One tester attributes this to the fact that, unlike many double strollers, this one doesn’t have any wheels in the center of the frame, making it easier to push overall.)

Both seats recline in two different positions and have ample cushioning (although there is no leg rest). The sun canopy is also impressive. We also love the easy-to-install buckles. The stroller was not damaged in our tests. And although the fold is a bit tricky, it can be done with one hand which is impressive considering its size.

On the other hand, blooming is challenging and requires a little bit of strength. We also didn’t like that for a very large stroller, there isn’t a lot of storage underneath. Although this may be obvious, it cannot be placed in an overhead container. This is of course because it is big. It also does not have a shoulder strap. As one tester said, “I can carry it, but I don’t want to.”

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Best for Air Travel: Colugo Compact Stroller

Positives: Colugo is easy to hold for long periods of time.

Negatives: The unique belt buckle is very annoying.

Carrying a stroller around the airport isn’t a fun activity, per se, but the padded strap on the Colugo Compact makes it at least a possibility. The length of the strap is good and the weight is well distributed when carried. It fits easily in a top container, and is not difficult to carry.

Handling is good on smooth surfaces and rugged carpets, but we really struggled to push it on the gravel. We also liked the reclining options – with the long-footed rest and reclining straps, they’re almost completely flat. There is room to store the backpack underneath. It’s got a one-handed fold and a one-hand unfold that looks a lot like our winner, the Uppababy Minu. All in all, it’s a nice looking stroller.

In our opinion, it loses points due to the buckle lock system. It’s magnetic, and the buckle hurt testers’ hands. They also find the shutdown is increasingly annoying as testing continues, a bad sign for a flight where you may be constantly loading and unloading your child in the seat. This is a minor problem, but the canopy, which unfolds for extra sun coverage, opens and pops zippers easily the more often it is used.

All that said, if you’re going to carry a stroller a lot, this is the one you’ll get — you’ve truly outperformed the others in the “easy on the shoulder” department.

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Things to consider before buying a travel car

measuring

Will you travel by plane? Make sure your travel cart fits in the top box. Also check the seat size – a child under 1 may be fine in an 8-inch seat, but an older child may need more space.

recline

Is your child napping in the stroller? If this is the case, you’ll need to lie down nicely deep (even if it’s leg rest) so they can lie down and get as restful a sleep as possible.

storage

If you’re going to use the stroller to store things—your backpack, multiple family water bottles, a diaper bag, etc.—make sure there is space under the seat.

Easy to fold

Especially if you are the only adult traveling with your child, you need to Easy one-handed fold.

Weight

While traveling, there are many times you will have to fold, open, lift and re-lift your stroller. Make sure you get someone you can control their weight on your own.

How we tested the travel buggies

We tested 19 travel strollers to see which one is easiest to use. Our testers used “baby” weighted sandbags of various sizes to see how the stroller was pushing over the wooden floor, tile, carpet, grass and gravel, as well as through a small obstacle course. We strapped the ‘baby’ sandbag multiple times to assess the mechanisms in the buckle, then took them outside and trained them to fold and unfold four times. While folded, we carried the stroller. Then we put it on a bakers’ rack designed to simulate an airplane overhead box, to see how easy it is and see if it fits. Finally, we dropped the stroller from waist height and pushed it off the table to test its durability.

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