Simple convenience is the primary reason people buy an umbrella stroller. The antithesis of a bulky travel system or jogging stroller, umbrella strollers are lightweight, easy to fold, and compact. And at their best, they're easy to push around.
With hundreds of parents weighing in about The First Years Ignite (starting at $60), the assessment is overwhelmingly positive. Umbrella strollers reviews at sites such as Amazon and Toys R Us laud the Ignite's ease of use, saying it's a breeze to fold (one hand is all it takes) and unfold and light enough to carry onto a bus or train and quickly transfer into and out of a car. The handles are at a height that works for taller adults, users report, and maneuvering is almost effortless, even with one hand. Not surprisingly given the sheer number of comments, we also came across a few complaints about clumsy folding and locking, a storage basket that's hard to access, and wheels that skid on very smooth surfaces.
The First Years Jet (starting at $39), another model with one-handed fold, likewise boasts hundreds of fans. Posts at Diapers.com praise this slightly smaller sibling of the Ignite for the same user-friendly attributes. One umbrella strollers review notes how easily it glides through crowded aisles in busy stores and at Walmart another says it handled like a charm on Las Vegas's main thoroughfare. Still, we detected some grumbling about kicking the back of the stroller when pushing, sticky or wobbly wheels, and occasional difficulty with the folding lock.
Words of support are also directed at both versions of the Babies R Us Umbrella Stroller (starting at $20 and $30), the cheapest means of transport in our lineup. There are far fewer umbrella strollers reviews for these two models, but those posted at Babies R Us talk up their value, saying they're super-easy to fold and move around (perfect turns in tight spaces) and exceedingly light (no-strain lifting and carrying). Here, too, we read some critical appraisals, notably about having to bend over slightly while pushing, even for adults of short to average stature.
The Jeep Wrangler All Weather Stroller (starting at $39) generates comparatively less enthusiasm for ease of use. It passes muster for weight, folding, and storage capacity, according to umbrella strollers reviews at sites like Diapers.com and Target, but users caution it can be a chore to navigate. While some posts at Walmart say it rolls well on grass and gravel, others report challenges on all but the smoothest surfaces and some note that one-handed pushing demands heavy effort. More importantly, numerous reviewers groan about low handlebars that require taller adults to hunch over while pushing and a narrow wheel base that's all too easy to kick while striding behind.
Most users are high on the Delta LX Side by Side (starting at $92), again citing the user-friendly features and performance of this double model. Although some umbrella strollers reviews complain about low handles and sticky wheels, posts at Amazon and elsewhere commend the easy and compact folding, relatively light weight, overall maneuverability, and a width that fits through a standard 30-inch doorway.