If you’re looking for a stroller to push around your little one, you want it to be as light as possible, and easy to fold. That will really help when you’re getting on and off public transport and in and out of cars.
But cutting back on weight doesn’t mean cutting back on features!
On this page we’ll focus on strollers that weigh less than your toddler! They should all be under 6kg (13lbs). We’re also interested in features like swiveling front wheels, swiveling suspensions, dual wheel brake systems, and how good the harness is. They should have a good spring action to fold simply and easily. And of course they should be strong enough to keep your child safe even as he grows.
In the interests of variety, we’ll include at least one jogging stroller – for parents who love a brisk morning walk. These feature large, durable wheels that work well on concrete or grass. They are normally recommended for infants aged 6 months and over because they lack reclining seats and have a bit less support.
Maclaren Mark II, 7.4 pounds (3.4kg)
Suitable for children over 6 months, the featherweight Maclaren Mark II is lighter than 4 bags of flour, though you can’t turn it into a delicious cake. Being so light makes getting around the city a doddle.
Features include a 5-point harness, extra large hood with good sun protection, a sun visor that extends, and best of all it’s quite small when folded up.
The only negative is that when folded up the wheels touch the sunshade, so it’s going to get dirty sometimes. The fabrics are all washable, but it’s something to be aware of. Apart from that, most parents are delighted by this one.
Mountain Buggy Nano, 2016 edition, 13 pounds (5.9kg)
The cool features on this one include curb popping and a two-step fold so that the frame automatically locks. It turns into a carry-case similar in size to some larger handbags.
This takes up very little space when it’s all folded up and tucked in. It reclines for easy napping, and has a surprisingly big storage net underneath.
There are some minor design nuisances but overall it’s a winner and rightly popular.
Recaro Easylife, 13 pounds (5.9kg)
Weighing in at a mere 13 opunds, this compact stroller from Recaro is a fun addition to the lightweight market. With a big seat, decent recline and best of all, one-handed fold and unfold mechanism, the Easylife really will make life … um… easier!
- Simple One Hand Fold
- Extended Waterproof Canopy (UV SPF 50+)
- Mesh Side Walls and Parent Peekaboo Window
- Storage Basket and Parent Cup Holder
Downsides – comes with a nifty anti-swivel feature, but the wheels sometimes decide to lock themselves while you’re folding or unfolding it. Bit weird, and a bit annoying, but it doesn’t affect everyone.
GB Pockit Stroller, 9.5 pounds
The Pockit Stroller is the lightest, most compact stroller to hit the market in recent times.
It weighs a minuscule 9.6 lbs and set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s “smallest commercially available folded stroller.” You’ll be able to travel by plane with this one without all the stress and hassle of a bigger product.
At its launch at the important K&J Baby and Toddler trade fair in Germany, it was displayed hovering. The clever manufacturers GB blew air from underneath, knowing the product was so light it would seem to float – a brilliant demonstration of their product’s unique selling point!
UPPAbaby G LUXE, 15 pounds (6.1kg)
Okay so it’s just slightly heavier than our rules allow, but we’re going to make an exception for this amazing product. The pros are impressive:
- Lightweight enough (though the heaviest in this list)
- Stands up on its own.
- It’s a robust, long-lasting product – built like a tank!
- There’s only one brake, which most parents prefer.
- The wheels are as well-made as the rest of the stroller.
- It doesn’t lay flat, but does recline for good naps.
- There’s a parent cup holder that actually works.
The latest model has machine-washable covers, better hood design, and an improved design.
The folding mechanism takes some getting used to, and it’s still a bit bulky when folded.