Whether you live in a city and use public transport or simply load your stroller in and out of the car frequently, having a lightweight stroller is an absolute blessing. Every pound counts when you’re having to carry your stroller around with you, especially if you’re also toting a tot. The best lightweight strollers save your back and shoulders without compromising on safety, comfort or convenience.
For this guide, we’ve asked Jenny L. Brown, or in-house expert on all things kids and baby, to come up with some recommendations for parents in search of high-quality, lightweight strollers. She’s combed through the market and weeded out all the flimsy models, finally arriving at three stellar winners for you to choose from.
Read on to see which lightweight strollers are the best to buy in and to learn why!
|Picture||Brand & Model||Weight||Maximum Weight Rating||Color Option||Check Price|
|Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller||14.99 pounds||50 Pounds||Black, Blue, Green||Check Price|
|Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller||18 pounds||55 Pounds||Red, Meadow, Black||Check Price|
|Peg Perego Booklet||13 pounds||50 Pounds||Oynx, Tulip, Fleur, Oynx||Check Price|
Best Lightweight Stroller Reviews
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
“The Summer Infant is actually the least expensive stroller I recommend in any category. It also happens to be one of the lightest! It’s a surprisingly good buy for parents who want lightweight convenience without spending a bundle on a Peg Perego.
I love the Summer Infant’s take on a classic umbrella design. It folds quickly and conveniently, while incorporating an awful lot of conveniences and features that most cheap umbrella strollers leave off. It has ample storage space, a 5-point safety harness, and an adjustable canopy that gives baby plenty of coverage from the sun.
At just 13 pounds, this is just about the lightest thing on the market, aside from the premium Peg Perego below which weighs practically as little. It’s extremely easy to tote around and is an absolute lifesaver on public transport.
You do make some sacrifices to save money, though. This one doesn’t have nearly as good a folding mechanism as the Peg Perego. It also feels more rickety, even though it’s certainly quite safe. If you can afford the Peg Perego, it’s better in every regard. If you need to save money, you can stick with this one and still have a great experience!”
Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller
“Britax’s B-Agile series is a standby when it comes to travel system strollers. This Lightweight model is a nice alternative to the standard versions for folks who want travel system compatibility without carrying around so much weight in their day-to-day stroller.
The biggest appeal of the Britax is certainly its travel system compatibility. While the Peg Perego can also work as a travel system, the Britax gives you that compatibility for a much lower price. It’s one of the lightest travel system-compatible strollers on the market. I should also point out that while the Peg Perego works as a travel system, it only works with the matching Peg Perego seat. Britax’s system works with practically anything, and the B-Agile comes with a full set of adapters right in the box!
I also like the B-Agile on its own, even without a car seat attached. It handles well, and the three-wheel design steers tightly. It includes all the basics you expect, like a sun shade and safety harness, plus a generous storage basket. The one-handed folding mechanism is also a noticeable upgrade over the Summer Infant, even though it isn’t as snazzy as the one on the Peg Perego.
The biggest downside of the Britax is its weight. This one is about 2 pounds heavier than the Summer Infant and the Peg Perego. 15 pounds is by no means bulky, but you’ll definitely notice the difference. And, like the Summer Infant, the Britax doesn’t have quite the same premium quality and convenience that you see on the Peg Perego.”
Peg Perego Booklet
“The Peg Perego Booklet is my personal favorite lightweight stroller, and simply one of the best strollers on the market as a whole. It’s premium in every sense of the word. The Peg Perego is just as light as the Summer Infant, despite the fact that it’s sturdier and better-equipped. I absolutely love this thing, and recommend it to anyone who can afford it.
Why spend this much on a lightweight stroller? I’m aware that the Booklet costs as much as a lot of jogging models, let alone standard strollers. Still, you can’t put a price on convenience and user-friendliness!
The Peg Perego’s handling is absolutely superb, and much better than any other lightweight/umbrella stroller I’ve reviewed. It has ball bearings and a suspension system that handle pretty much anything short of a hike, and it turns on a dime.
The folding mechanism is as close to effortless as I’ve ever found on a stroller. It’s one step, and the Booklet locks automatically when it’s closed up. You can stand it up on its own, too.
I also appreciate that the stroller folds in on itself, so that all the upholstery is protected when you’re on the go. Most others leave some of the seating material exposed, so you end up with dirty bits when you ride public transport and so on.
Best of all is the sheer quality of the whole thing. Peg Perego make all their strollers and car seats entirely in Italy. All the components are extremely well-made and feel both premium and rugged. This is an expensive lightweight stroller to buy, but it ought to last as long as most jogging strollers. Between its longevity and the sheer pleasure of using it, I think it justifies the steep price.”
Which of these lightweight strollers should you buy for your child?
The Summer Infant is the obvious choice if you’re on a tight budget. It costs a fraction as much as our other recommendations and is by far the best lightweight stroller under $100. However, the Peg Perego is significantly better-made for the same weight. Both the Britax and the Peg Perego are noticeably sturdier than the Summer Infant. You should also avoid this one if you’re looking for a travel system-compatible model.
The Britax is the way to go if you want a midrange stroller that’s sturdier than the Summer Infant but less exorbitant than the Peg Perego. It’s the heaviest model here, but it’s perfect for a lightweight travel system and the build quality is excellent. The Peg Perego is certainly better, but it costs significantly more.
The Peg Perego is by far the best lightweight stroller we’ve reviewed, so we recommend it to anyone who can afford it. It’s the lightest model here, the most convenient to use, and also the sturdiest. We have no complaints about the Peg Perego, which is saying something! Just be aware that it’s extremely pricey. Although all our picks are excellent choices when it comes to the best lightweight stroller of all we think the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller just comes out on top thanks to its low price tag.
Don’t Sacrifice Safety
As nice as it is to shave off pounds, you don’t want to buy something so lightweight that it’s rickety or dangerous. Always make sure that any lightweight stroller you buy is from a reputable brand and meets all applicable safety standards. You won’t find anything under 13 pounds that’s actually safe to use. So, look for weight savings, but don’t be so miserly that you endanger your child!
Check The Specs
As with any stroller you buy, make sure the lightweight model you’re considering can handle your child’s weight and height. Lightweight strollers do tend to have lower maximum weight ratings overall, so do your research and make sure you leave some room for your child to grow.
Think About Your Needs/Wants
There are a whole range of lightweight strollers available. Some are compatible with travel systems, some aren’t. Some have this feature, some have that one. Be sure to make a list of all the features and conveniences that are important to you before you make any decisions.
We hope you’ve seen at least one lightweight stroller here that could suit your needs. If so, just click on the links in our reviews to find out more. That’s also a convenient way to check current prices and compare color options.
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