Controlling newborns and infants strapped in a baby stroller isn’t hard at all. But things get a tad more challenging when it comes to hauling older kids around. They have roaming eyes, young strong eyes that want to take in every sight.
Related: Budget All-terrain Strollers
Many strollers have some sort of mechanism that enables them to recline, even to lie completely flat. A bunch of strollers out there sit nearly vertical, and few sit completely straight. Inquisitive kids hate strollers that don’t adjust all the way up because they’re not comfortable.
I’ve put together a nice little list of baby strollers that sit completely upright or very nearly upright. But sitting upright isn’t the only good thing about the options I reviewed. These recommendations offer other great features and specs as well.
Why Are You Looking for an Upright Stroller?
Let me guess…it’s because your growing kiddo no longer likes their stroller. Actually, they hate it. One of the reasons kids hate strollers is lack of comfort. Does your kid slouch too much while seated because the backrest doesn’t sit straight up? That’s probably why they’re becoming fussy during rides.
If you like strolling down to the zoo with your tyke, definitely use an option whose seat goes all the way up. Because kids like being able to sit fully upright as they soak up the surrounding sights.
Unfortunately, many strollers on the market recline way too much, even when adjusted to the highest seat angle. Curious kids hate that and all they want to do is get out of the stroller!
I spent hours hunting for upright options so that your curious kid can sit up and marvel at the beauty of the world.
How to Pick a Stroller That Sits Straight Up
The way you choose an upright stroller is the way you pick out a stroller of any kind. Your buying decision should be based on where daily adventures take you and your little loved one.
Do You Live in a Place That Snows or With Bad Roads and Sidewalks?
If you live in Montreal or Ottawa or any other location that sees snowfall every year, pick a stroller with large rubber wheels. Rubberized foam wheels with a diameter of 16 inches (rear wheels) and a 12″ front wheel should also be OK for icy strolls.
The best snow stroller that sits up is probably the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. I keep recommending this BOB to parents who live in places with rough terrain and areas that snow. If your region snows extremely heavily, consider pulling your little in a good sled with an upright seat.
The stroller for these demanding situations is one with good suspension. Some strollers have really good all-wheel suspension while others have response suspension in the rear wheels and so-so suspension in the front wheel. Any option that doesn’t offer suspension can’t be a good stroller for snow or rough terrain.
Finally, pick up something with a three-wheel design and a swivel front wheel. This kind of a stroller steers extremely well in crowded situations. And with most three wheelers (they’re typically jogging strollers), you can lock the front wheel when jogging or going through snow for safety reasons. The BOB Flex 3.0 checks all these boxes.
City Life Has You Climbing Stairs and Getting onto Public Transit?
If you’re a city mom with a thousand errands to run each week, daily evening walks, and frequent cab/bus rides with your baby, get a lightweight stroller. Go for something that weighs 15 pounds and below. Fortunately, the baby gear market is full of good lightweight strollers, some of which aren’t too expensive. However, jogging strollers weigh way more than 15 pounds. Actually, the lightest baby joggers I’ve seen weigh anywhere between 22 pounds and 28 pounds.
Another key consideration for a city life stroller is foldability. Some strollers are extremely easy to fold and you can collapse them in a second or two using one hand. And they fold down to a compact size that fits in car trunks of all sizes and shapes. When you drive a SUV, a minivan, or a really small car, these options pack super small and fit in the trunk without issues.
When going up stairs at the subway or going up the stairway to your 4th-floor apartment, you want a super-light, one-hand fold strollers. You need something with a carry handle so you can strap it over your shoulder, freeing your hands for holding the baby and grocery bag.
Extra Stroller Features
Whether you’re looking for a travel system, an umbrella stroller, a jogging or running stroller, or a lightweight city stroller, some features are really nice to have.
Take the under storage, example. Every mom needs a bit of room in the under-seat basket to keep baby essentials such as diapers and baby wipes. Some strollers also feature a miscellany of pockets on the side of the stroller, back of the seat, back of the seat, and even on the canopy. These pockets add up to lots of extra storage space in some stroller models.
If you like strolling with your smartphone (who doesn’t in today’s ultra-connected world?), pick a stroller that offers safe smartphone storage. Some models come with a zippered pocket somewhere on the canopy to hold a regular-sized smartphone.
Other features that come in handy when out and about with your baby are a parent console with deep cup holders and a baby tray for storing tasty snacks. A water bottle holder on the side of the stroller is another nice extra, and not all options have it.
Here’s a weird fact: some budget strollers offer these additional features while many $400+ strollers don’t! It baffles me why the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, for example, doesn’t come with these extras when it costs well over $400.
If you’re shopping around for a jogging stroller or snow stroller, pick a model that offers tracking knobs in the front wheel. This extra feature helps you correct sideways drags while pushing at speed.
This makes the stroller stay the course and not pull to one side, which can be extremely annoying for active parents. Most of the better jogging strollers these days come with tracking in the front swivel wheel for this very reason.
Here’s another extra stroller feature that plays a critical role: a hand brake. If you live somewhere hilly or snowy and end up picking a jogger, make sure it has a handbrake of some sort. Some strollers offer a disc-style or a mountain bike-style brake in addition to the usual foot-activated brake. This extra braking mechanism makes your stroller rides safer when going down slopes or pushing through snow, mud, and slush.
Stroller Price and Brand
There good $30 umbrella-style strollers, good joggers that cost $300-$500, and really pricey options that sell for $600-over $1000. Price isn’t always indicative of build quality or stroller performance, but the cheapest strollers of any kind aren’t usually the best product. What determines what’s right for you is your budget, road and sidewalk quality, how strong you are (weak back?), and your lifestyle.
Best stroller brand? It’s easy to drown in the vast sea of good and not-so-good stroller models. Reading reliable stroller reviews helps you shake out trash from good strollers that do the job without costing the entire world.
Parents seem to like popular stroller brands such as UPPAbaby, Baby Jogger, Maxi Cosi, BOB, Graco, Chicco, and Britax strollers. But these aren’t the only brands, and I don’t want to come across as a shameless promoter of certain brands over others.
5 Best Upright Strollers On the Market
Below is the list.
1.UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller: Most Versatile and Expandable
The UPPAbaby Vista V2 stroller is pricey, but it offers tons of features and versatility. Its aluminum frame is sturdy and strong. And it collapses nice and fast into a free-standing fold for easier storage. Here’s a video on how the UPPAbaby Vista stroller works, folds, and unfolds.
How Much Does the Toddler Seat of the UPPAbaby Vista V2 Recline?
This option easily adjusts through multiple recline positions. It sits completely up, lies nearly flat, and adjusts to other angles in between these extremes.
Sleep-certified Bassinet and Infant Car Seat Included
This deal includes a long, comfy, sleep-certified bassinet with a removable fleece liner and canopy for newborns. This fleece liner works great for winter strolls, but you can remove it for summer rides. You can conveniently change diapers in this bassinet. Or even use this UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand to convert the bassinet to a comfy bed for daytime or nighttime sleeping.
Also included is a parent-facing infant car seat that converts to a forward-facing toddler car seat at the click of a button. This car seat needs no extra attachments; it clicks right in. It’s also compatible with a MESA infant car seat, and you won’t need any adapter to mount the seat. You may also purchase a suitable car seat adapter to mount Maxi Cosi, Chicco, Nuna, and Cybex car seats.
The UPPAbaby Vista Stroller Evolves as Your Family Expands
You can use the UPPAbaby Vista V2 for transporting 1, 2, or even 3 kids. It easily converts from a single stroller to a double stroller by attaching a RumbleSeat.
The RumbleSeat comes with own adapters. Many parents mount this second seat on the bottom of the stroller and the toddler car seat on the top. You also need upper adapters for the toddler seat. The upper adapters elevate the toddler seat, creating a decent distance between this seat and the RumbleSeat.
With the UPPAbaby Vista, you can have the babies facing in or out. You may also have one baby rear-facing and the other one front-facing. However, there’s no way to ferry your babies facing each other.
The weight limit of the toddler car seat is 50 pounds vs 35 pounds for the RumbleSeat and 20 pounds for the bassinet. And the leg rest adjusts to a flat position when needed.
Genuine-leather Telescoping Handle and Bumper Bar
Unlike many strollers, the UPPAbaby Vista V2 stroller has real leather instead of cheap foam covering the handlebar. Leather grips way better, cleans better, and lasts longer. The bumper bar swings out to allow you switch to a different seating mode.
Most importantly, the handle telescopes versus others that merely rotate to change pushing positions. A telescoping handle actually lengthens, creating more legroom for a tall parent.
Pedicure and Flip flop-friendly Parking Brake
A super-easy-to-operate foot brake locks the rear wheels with a simple tap on a pedal. The brake is flip flop-friendly, and your nicely pedicured foot will love it too.
UPPAbaby Vista V2 Wheel Tread and Suspension
Like all UPPAbaby Vista versions, this upgraded Vista stroller features PU wheels that never go flat. Nor do the wheels need to be inflated.
What’s more, all four wheels have suspension, which makes for smooth glides on multiple surfaces and maneuvering over curbs. Even though these wheels aren’t air-filled, the suspension makes them roll really nicely.
The stroller offers lots of treads on the wheels. The wheels pop off when you push in a button on the each wheel, and the front wheels are lockable for safe strolling on rougher terrain.
But there’s more. The Vista V2 is available in a variety of nice colors including Jordan, melange green, Jake, charcoal, blue marl, white marl, dusty pink, and more. I’ve not seen a stroller model offering fashion-conscious moms more color options than the UPPAbaby Vista V2.
The front wheels are 8″ in diameter while the rear wheels stand 11.5″ in size. These relatively large wheels make the Vista V2 a moderately good all-terrain stroller. You could even push it through light layers of snow, but it’s not a praiseworthy snow stroller.
Canopy Adjusts to Create Extra Headroom
This stroller’s canopy unzips at the back and expands forward, and the UPF50 sun visor in the front pops out to shield baby from harmful UV rays. Also, unlike with most canopies, you can pull this one up to create more headroom for a tall baby. I like this! Also, a peek a boo window with a magnetic closure makes parent-baby communication much easier.
- Large extendable canopy that adjusts to create more headroom for taller kids
- Easily converts from a single stroller to a double stroller
- Can sit straight up whenever requested
- All 4 wheels have suspension
- Real-leather handlebar and bumper bar
- Telescoping handle that creates more legroom for tall parents
- Extra-large basket for groceries and baby essentials
- A few pockets for items such as a smartphone, keys, and even a water bottle
- Very easy to operate brake
- Includes sleep-certified bassinet and a reversible baby car seat
- Compatible with a bunch of car seats if you use a suitable adapter
- Not a real off-road stroller
- No cup holders + trays
- Heavy, not ideal for parents who have to climb stairs
- An expensive stroller
Verdict: This is a highly versatile stroller, plus it sits straight up. But it’s expensive. Worth the money? Yes IMO, but there are cheaper models that serve parents almost similarly.
2. Maxi Cosi Lara Ultra Compact Stroller: Best Lightweight Upright Stroller
The Maxi Cosi Lara isn’t the lightest nor the most compact stroller, but it performs reasonably well in these two departments. Most importantly, its seat reclines through a range of positions, from almost flat to mid and almost upright. It’s not the best choice overall when it comes to sitting upright though.
A Light Compact Stroller Design
Admittedly, it doesn’t fold as compact as the GB Pockit or YOYO. But it weighs just 14 pounds, which is really light. If you’re wondering if it fits in the overhead bin on planes, the answer is yes. Once you fold down the adjustable foot rest, the stroller should easily fit in the bin.
Folding the Maxi Cosi Lara is easy, but unfolding the stroller isn’t. Opening this lightweight stroller requires quite a bit of force. If you have weak hands and wrists, pick up something else.
Not the Most Stable Stroller
Lightweight travel strollers can feel a tad flimsy, and they’re not super stable, and the Maxi Cosi Lara is no exception. When pushing over a sidewalk that’s not level or through potholes and jumps, this can really jolt the stroller.
It Comes With a Shoulder Strap
This stroller comes with a shoulder strap to make toting it around easy. However, the shoulder strap isn’t anywhere near comfortable. I suggest that you carry it by the handle instead.
Also, consider purchasing a travel bag since the deal doesn’t include it. A good travel bag helps you keep the stroller nice and clean during travel.
Wheels Small-sized and Look Like Skate Wheels
If you’ll mostly ride over smooth surfaces, the wheels are OK. They’re PU wheels with a skate-wheel feel and no tread. This makes them poorly equipped as far as absorbing shocks. Using this thing on rough terrain can result in utter frustration.
This thing features lockable swivel double front wheels. I don’t understand why these wheels are lockable when this is hardly an all-terrain stroller. That said, the swivel feature helps with steering, but maneuvering tight spaces while pushing one-handed can prove a little laborious.
2 Storage Compartments Amount to Lots of Storage
You’d not expect a super-compact stroller to have two under-seat storage baskets, but that’s the way it is with the Maxi Cosi Lara. You want to keep lighter and smaller items such as your smartphone, wallet, keys, and whatnot in the upper compartment and heavier stuff in the lower bin. I’m talking about heavier bulkier items such as a diaper bag or backpack.
Canopy Extends and Features a Mesh Window
The canopy is a decent size and extends far out enough to protect baby from the blazing sun. But this UPF50 canopy lacks a typical peekaboo window. Fortunately, a mesh opening on it allows you to keep a watchful mom’s eye on the busy tyke down below.
Handle Bar Lacks Adjustability But Offers a Comfortable Default Height
The handle doesn’t pull out or sink into the frame to adjust handle length. However, the handle’s default height about the ground is comfortable for parents in the 5’5″- 6′ range. If you’re shorter than 5′ 2″, you’ll experience arm strain pushing this thing.
If you’re tall and have pushed a GB Pockit, you know how annoying the experience can get. It’s easy to accidentally strike the brake or basket, but this doesn’t happen with the Maxi Cosi Lara.
Is the Maxi Cosi Lara Car Seat-compatible?
Unfortunately no. You can’t mount a car seat of any kind onto the Maxi Cosi Lara stroller. Which means it lacks all the versatility options such as the UPPAbaby Vista V2 and others offer parents.
- A super lightweight travel stroller
- Extendable canopy with a mesh window
- Folds really easily
- Seat has multiple recline positions including nearly upright
- Two sizeable storage baskets
- All-wheel suspension
- Good price point
- Compact and folds to a really small size
- Handlebar height fixed but tall enough
- Not car seat-friendly
- PU wheels not as good as foam or rubber ones
- A somewhat flimsy build that doesn’t feel overly stable on challenging terrain
- Challenging to steer one-handed
Verdict: This is a worthy travel stroller but not a great everyday stroller. The wheels aren’t made from rubber or foam, but at least they have suspension. It folds easily, but unfolding isn’t as easy. You can adjust the seat from a near-flat position to an almost upright position.
3. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0: A Jogging Stroller That Sits Upright
The BOB Revolution costs about 50% cheaper than the UPPAbaby Vista V2. It’s a jogging stroller that tackles all kinds of terrain including bumpy trails and snowy sidewalks.
Big Air-filled Rubber Wheels, Amazing Suspension, and Tracking
This stroller offers active parents excellent suspension so that baby and mom can enjoy butter-smooth rides on smooth surfaces as well as potholed surfaces. It’s an adjustable suspension system that smooths out bumps and shocks.
The stroller rolls on two 16-inch air-pumped rubber wheels and a 12-inch front swivel wheel. This swivel wheel turns in all directions when in free mode. But when you lock the front wheel, it stops swiveling and assumes a fixed straight position for safety at speed.
Some parents experienced failure in the front wheel’s quick-release mechanism. Watch videos on how to attach and detach it.
Also, the front wheel of the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 features tracking knobs. This feature enables you to make corrections that prevent the stroller from veering sideways.
BOB’s Signature Rubberized Wheel Spokes
Many stroller wheels have metal “spokes.” In contrast, BOB strollers’ wheels have rubberized spokes ––they don’t break or rust easily.
Stroller Weight, Seat Load Capacity, and 5-Point Harness
Anyone with back problems will struggle lifting this thing onto car trunks and ferrying it up stairs. But for most active/athletic parents, heaving this thing onto the back of a vehicle or walking up a flight of stairs shouldn’t be a chore. At 28.5 pounds, this jogging stroller sits on the lighter side of the weight spectrum of this stroller type.
The stroller’s seat is wide enough so that even a kid wearing a snow suit shouldn’t have trouble fitting in. But does the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 sit completely up?
One upgrade that makes the Flex 3.0 superior to its predecessors is that it offers toddlers a perfectly upright seating angle so they can take in all the sights. The seat also lies nearly flat in case your baby is the type that loves napping while out and about.
But it gets better. This stroller offers little passengers a 5-point no re-thread harness that saves baby from sudden jolts. However, a super-active tyke might loosen up the buckle on an ultra-fussy day. Note: you can’t detach the cushions for washing – you can only spot-clean them.
A Giant Canopy With Adjustability
This canopy is better than most because it expands generously, sheltering baby against the elements. But it’s quite bunchy, cutting headroom for tall kids significantly. Luckily, there’s a pull strap that you tag to smooth out the canopy.
The under storage isn’t as roomy as others, but it’s spacious enough for baby supplies such as a diaper bag, wipes, and a few other small things. Fortunately, there’s 5 pockets located on different parts of the stroller.
A zippered pocket on the canopy for storing your smartphone. Two on the back of the stroller for holding keys, wallet, and other small items. And two extra pockets on the sides of the seat to store snacks and toys.
But you won’t get a parent tray, baby snack tray, and cup holders. Fortunately, a stroller organizer conveniently adds these features and even a water bottle compartment at an affordable price.
How to fold the Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogger
- Find the two release levers on the handle and activate them to initiate the fold. This single folding action accomplishes almost half of the job.
- Locate the folding loop on the seat and pull it.
- Finally, lock the stroller by working the provided strap.
- It’s an easy fold, but not a single-hand operation.
Car Seat Compatibility and Stroller Seat Quality and Recline
Using a BOB car seat adapter (sold separately) enables you to attach a Chicco, Peg Pelego, or Britax infant car seat. The company also provides adapters for Graco, Peg Pelago, Chicco, and Nuna car seats.
The stroller seat and harness boast deep padding that boosts comfort. Best part? The seat reclines almost flat for baby naps and also sits upright whenever necessary.
Foam Handlebar, Parking Brake, and Safety Wrist Strap
Speed control is easy with an easy-to-use foot brake, but no handbrake for when rolling down hills.
Handle bar height adjusts to allow users of different heights push it comfortably. But the foam handle doesn’t telescope the way the UPPAbaby Vista V2’s handle does. A wrist strap on the right side of the handle restrains the stroller if you ever slip or lose grip.
- Great suspension
- Foot-friendly braking mechanism
- Generously padded seats and harness
- Front-wheel tracking: Stroller doesn’t veer to one side
- A large adjustable canopy + a peek a boo window
- Stroller seat goes upright and also lies nearly flat
- Height-adjustable foam-covered handle
- Non-rust rubberized wheel spokes
- Front wheel lockability makes for single-hand steering on smooth surfaces and safe rides on tough terrain
- No snack trays and cup holders
- No hand brake
- Not exactly a budget stroller
Verdict: A good off-road/ snow stroller, but not the best choice ever since it lacks a hand-activated brake. Also, at a $450-ish price point, not including cup holders and snack trays feels like a rip-off.
4. UPPAbaby GLuxe Stroller: Best Umbrella Stroller That Sits Upright
The Gluxe came out in 2018. Compared to earlier versions, this model offers a more comfortable seat, steers better, and the ride feels much smoother. If you’re an UPPAbaby fan and like lightweight baby gear, this might well be what you need. It weights under 20 pounds, and its convenient carry handle helps tired parents tote it around with ease.
Fixed Handle Height, Not Adjustable
The handle has a plasticky cover that grips reasonably well, but it’s not the grippiest or most comfortable I’ve seen. And no, this handle doesn’t telescope or offer height adjustability of any kind.
Small Wheels Meant for Smooth Sidewalks and Paths
The wheels have a diameter of almost 6 inches, which means they’re about 2 inches smaller than those of the City Mini GT2. These wheels aren’t meant for rolling over rough terrain, and the Gluxe isn’t an all-terrain stroller. Pick up this guy if your location boasts high-quality sidewalks, roads, streets.
Even though these foam wheels aren’t big, they have suspension. This all-wheel suspension makes this stroller to literally glide over smooth surfaces and roll over small cracks with ease. It features double wheels in the rear and single wheels in the front.
Stroller Weight and Height Limit
UPPAbaby describes this pushchair as weighing slightly over 16 pounds. But close-reading the description reveals that the stated stroller weight is for the frame + seat.
The wheels aren’t super-sized, but they are 6 and don’t weigh zero. The stroller is definitely heavier than 16lbs when you add wheel weight, but the weight difference isn’t noticeable when carrying it.
Its weight limit is good for 3-month-olds all the way to 55 pounds.
Braking System of the Gluxe Stroller Needs Some Upgrading
I tested this stroller’s braking system for safety, and I had trouble getting it to engage at the first attempt. I needed to apply too much force and also had to press it at a specific location to cause it to activate. I didn’t like that at all.
However, this isn’t a jogging stroller. You won’t be traveling at high speeds, which means you rarely need to stop on a dime. Still, parents are dropping $200 on this guy and deserve something that doesn’t take too much effort and precision to brake.
A Removable Sippy Cup Holder Included
There’s an easily detachable cup holder that clips onto the side of the stroller around the middle of the sunshade. It’s a shame that substantially more expensive strollers such as the BOB Flex 3.0 and UPPAbaby Vista V2 lack this extra feature.
Stroller Seat, Recline, Canopy, and Under-seat Storage
The seat has good padding, much better padding than earlier versions. What’s more, this seat adjusts to 3 recline angles. And the footrest adjusts up, but it could be sturdier.
You can make the seat sit completely up, recline to roughly 45-degree angle, or make it lie nearly flat for comfy baby naps. Many parents who love the Gluxe value its ability to offer a fully upright sitting position for kids who like seeing everything that’s going around them during rides.
Compared to a similar stroller, the Summer Infant GLite 3D, the Gluxe offers a taller seat back. This makes the Gluxe the better choice if you have a bigger kid and not an infant.
With a capacity hovering around 10 pounds, the under storage of the Gluxe is decent. That’s pretty much standard storage space for umbrella-style strollers. It wouldn’t be a lightweight stroller if it had a 30-pound under-seat storage!
The canopy is a nice-looking stretchy knitted fabric. The front of this canopy is a UPF50 pop-out sun visor. This generous sunshade blocks harmful sun’s rays and wind chill better than most.
This canopy stays connected to the stroller seat. When riding with the seat in the upright position, you can store toys and other items in the space between the back of the seat and canopy. Plus, there’s a parent-facing pocket at the back of the canopy for things like cell phone, glasses/googles, wallet, keys, and whatnot. But there’s no pekaboo window on the canopy.
The stroller is available in 3 colors namely denim (blue), Jake(black), and Jordan (gray).
How Well Does the UPPAbaby Gluxe Stroller Steer and Push?
For a four wheeler, it steers relatively well on smooth surfaces. Four-wheel strollers aren’t as easy to steer as are three wheelers.
It’s not easy to steer the UPPAbaby Gluxe with one hand, especially when it’s empty. But with baby buckled in, it’s easier to push and steer with one hand. Most parents need two hands to steer this thing though.
How Well Does the UPPAbaby Gluxe Fold?
Folding the Gluxe isn’t too easy, and you definitely need to use two hands to complete the folding action. But I like that this umbrella stroller collapses into a self-standing fold. This attribute makes the stroller a neat, space-saving design. A stroller that stands on its own once folded makes storage easier.
What’s more, this thing offers moms and dads a convenient carry strap that you grab after folding to hang the stroller over your shoulders. This carry strap makes lugging the stroller up stairs a convenient task. And at just 16 pounds, hauling this umbrella-style stroller to a third-floor apartment shouldn’t be too hard.
- Collapses down to a space-saving self-standing fold
- Substantially cheaper compared to BOB Flex 3.0 and UPPAbaby Vista V2
- All-wheel suspension for smoother rides
- Stroller fabrics removable and washable
- Thickly padded seat and 5-point harness
- Sits upright when needed
- Easy to haul around thanks to carry strap
- There are $30 umbrella strollers
- Not good for rough terrain and snow
- Single-hand steering difficult especially when empty
- Some umbrella strollers weigh under 10 pounds
- Handle height not adjustable
- No pekaboo window
Verdict: This isn’t the lightest umbrella-style stroller. But it’s well built, offers all-while suspension, a giant extendable canopy, a cup holder, and decent-sized under-seat storage. Most importantly, it sits right up if asked.
5. Storm Black Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Stroller: Great Value
The Chicco Mini Bravo Plus is a lighter, nimbler, more compact version of the Chicco Bravo. But that’s not all. The parent tray in the Mini offers a zippered compartment that safely accommodates larger smartphones. Plus, it comes with a child tray, something many way pricier strollers don’t offer.
How Heavy is the Chicco Mini Bravo Plus?
This option offers all the features and abilities of a full-size stroller without weighing too much. Well, it’s not super light. But at 28 pounds, it’s not extremely heavy. The weight limit of this stroller is 50 pounds, not any different in this respect than similar options. For the price, the build quality is acceptable, but this budget stroller lacks the solid, luxurious presence of pricier models.
Stroller Seat Sits Upright, But It Doesn’t Recline Deep Enough
It offers a 3-position recline: It sits straight up, reclines to a middle position, and also lies far back so baby can have a restful nap during a stroll. However, the recline isn’t deep enough. For this reason, babies younger than 6 months may not find the reclined backrest very comfortable.
The padding on the seat is OK, but it could be more generous. An easy-to-strap 5-point harness keeps baby safe and secure during rides.
Note: the footrest doesn’t adjust in any way, and this be a bummer for many parents.
Rubbery Handle, Doesn’t Adjust
I like that the handle has a rubbery feel and grips supremely well. However, it’s not leather, and it might cause blisters on soft hands. Also, the handle lacks height adjustability. But I learned it works for users across a wide height range, from 5′ 2″ parents to 6′ users.
It is Car Seat-Friendly
While the Chicco Mini is a compact stroller, it lets you click in the uber popular car seat, the Chicco KeyFit30 Car Seat. To fit in this car seat, the stroller seat needs to be reclined all the way back. I like that you can easily convert this thing into a travel system. For an option that compact, this versatility is nice.
Rubber Wheels, Front Wheels Lockable, Plus Suspension
Since the Chicco Mini has rubber wheels with decent treads. Moreover, the stroller has decent suspension, and the front wheels are lockable. These features and capabilities help this stroller maneuver over cracks on sidewalks like a pro.
It also goes over curbs with surprising ease and rolls over twigs, leaves, tree roots, sandy paths, wood chips, and other obstacles well. This makes it a good bet for visiting parks or hiking. You could even use it as a light snow stroller for the same reason. However, there are way better snow strollers.
However, you’ll struggle if you try to push it with one hand, especially in tight spaces.
Removable Child Tray and Parent Tray
You won’t need to buy any trays. And the parent tray features a zippered compartment that fits a relatively large iPhone, something few strollers offer.
Canopy Extends Low Enough for Protection Against Sun
During sunny strolls, pull the canopy down. It offers great coverage. While there’s no peekaboo window, the canopy has a
Under-seat Basket is Quite Large
The basket is large and easy to access. Access works best from the back.
Folding the Chicco Mini Plus
Pulling a handle under the seat’s padding effortlessly folds this stroller. What’s more, this folding handle doubles up as a carry handle. That’s thoughtful of Chicco. And the stroller stands on its own once collapsed, which many parents like. You can remove the child tray before folding, but leaving it in doesn’t make the folding mechanism less efficient.
- Attractive price for an all-terrain stroller
- Parent tray with zippered smartphone compartment
- Canopy that comes down low enough for maximum coverage
- Folds very easily and folding handle doubles up as a carrying handle
- Rubbery handle that grips amazingly well
- Easy to turn into a travel system
- Stands on its own after folding
- Front wheels have nice spokes, swivel, and are lockable
- Not the lightest option
- Stroller seat doesn’t recline deep enough
- Footrest doesn’t adjust
- Not easy to push with one hand
Verdict: For the price, the Chicco Mini Plus brings more to the table than do significantly pricier alternatives. It’s comfortable, sits upright, and works great as an all-terrain stroller.
It turns out that there’s a bunch of strollers that sit all the way up. They have multiple recline positions. You can adjust the seat so that your kiddo sits straight during the city stroll or nature walk or when visiting the zoo or park.
Did any of my picks interest you? If yes, head over to Amazon and pick it up. Admittedly, none of these options is perfect, because no stroller is perfect. You’ve got to choose the one that checks the most boxes for you.
The best option for you depends on what you’re looking for. Jogging? Go with the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. Traveling? Consider the lightweight compact Maxi Cosi Lara. Pushing two kids at once? Go for a versatile choice such as the UPPAbaby Vista V2.
Are there other strollers you’ve owned or learned about that sit completely upright? Please tell us about your experiences with the product and what you liked or didn’t like.
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