Experts and owners agree the Mia Moda Cielo Evolution may be the "traveling parent's dream." Folding down to the size of a medium briefcase, it fits into most overhead bins on airplanes. Users and reviewers also say it's highly maneuverable, with an easy, one-handed push. To facilitate the small fold, the Cielo Evolution has no sides; rather, it has adjustable armrests, which one reviewer compares to pushing an office chair. Most users and reviewers say that because of the open sides, the Cielo Evolution may not be the best choice for younger babies -- although at least one user notes that her younger child seemed very secure strapped in, thanks to the adjustable five-point harness. The stroller also wins high marks for both child and parent comfort. The one major complaint seems to be that learning how to fold and unfold the stroller is hard, but most parents seem to get the hang of it after a while.
The best review of the Mia Moda Cielo Evolution comes from Hollie Shultz at BabyGizmo.com, which puts strollers through their paces with children of different ages. "Baby Bargains," the useful book of baby product reviews by Denise and Alan Fields, has a good overview of the Mia Moda brand and the Cielo Evolution. ConsumerReports.org includes the Cielo Evolution in its roundup of traditional stroller brands. Owner reviews from Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com are a valuable source for evaluating how the Cielo Evolution performs over the long term.
Hollie Schultz tests baby strollers in real-world situations. She tests the Mia Moda Cielo Evolution with two children of different ages. There is also a video review available on YouTube.
Review: Mia Moda Cielo Evolution, Hollie Schultz
2. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains," the popular baby gear book by Denise and Alan Fields, offers practical, useful shopping advice even when they don't review a specific model. Brand reliability and customer service are factored into the ratings. In their helpful chapter on strollers, the authors discuss the Mia Moda brand at some length, with a mention of the Cielo.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, 2010
The Mia Moda Cielo, along with 24 other lightweight/umbrella-type strollers, gets put through its paces by independent testers for ConsumerReports.org. This source could be greatly improved with more detailed write-ups on each model and more details on testing methods, but it does have reliable coverage of the basics: safety, maneuverability and ease of use.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The Mia Moda Cielo Evolution rates 4.2 stars (out of a possible 5) in nearly two dozen reviews, with high praise for its ultra-compact fold and maneuverability. Several state it's difficult to fold and unfold, but worth the learning curve for its small size after folding.
Review: Mia Moda Cielo Evolution Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Mia Moda Cielo Evolution earns 4.5 stars (out of a possible 5) in more than 70 reviews, with owners saying it makes a great travel stroller and praising its one-handed maneuverability. Taller parents say it's very comfortable to push. Many note that it takes a while to get the hang of folding and unfolding.
Review: Mia Moda Cielo Evolution Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com