Weighing in at a mere 11 pounds, the UppaBaby G-Luxe (Est. $220) is one of the lightest and most versatile umbrella strollers available. Suitable for babies from 3 months old to 50 pounds, parents and reviewers commend the G-Luxe for its spacious and well-cushioned reclining seat, excellent maneuverability and full-coverage SPF 50+ sun canopy. The lever for the one-hand fold is located at the top of the stroller, so parents don't have to bend over, and it stands when folded. Extras include a shoulder strap, storage basket and parent's cup holder. For all of these reasons we determine it the best umbrella stroller you can buy.
The UppaBaby G-Lite ($150) offers many of the same features of the G-Luxe, but without a recline, making it suitable for ages 6 months and up. It has a huge sun canopy and excellent maneuverability at an ultralight 8.8 pounds.
The Cybex Ruby is a 13-pound umbrella stroller with a partially reclining seat that is noted for its minimalist design. It has a full-coverage sun canopy, a high 55-pound weight capacity and a large enough seat to carry bigger kids comfortably. The Cybex Ruby can accommodate an infant car seat with an adapter (*Est. $25), but the seat does not recline far enough for a newborn without the infant seat.
The Mutsy Easyrider, Baby Cargo 200 Series and 300 Series strollers offer cushioned seats that recline almost flat, for infants from 3 to 6 months and up, and 55-pound and 50-pound weight capacities respectively. The Easyrider's "dream-like" steering is praised by reviewers and parents, but the Easyrider's overall weight is higher at 15.4 pounds, and folding the stroller is a three-step process. Baby Cargo also makes a 100 Series stroller with no recline.
The Graco Ipo is heavier than most umbrellas at 17.5 pounds, but parents say that it works well on mixed surfaces, reclines for newborns and is weight rated to 50 pounds. However, more than one parent says that the Ipo's recline feature is unstable and that the canopy can fall off onto the child.
The Inglesina Swift ($130) and the more fully featured Inglesina Trip are both well rated for ease of use and comfort. The Trip includes a cup holder, a rain cover and leg support for reclining infants -- it accommodates babies from 3 months, the Swift from 6 months. Both strollers can carry children up to 55 pounds, have reclining seats, come with generously sized canopies and under-seat baskets, and are considered sturdy and stable. Some parents have commented that the non-adjustable crotch strap on the Trip stroller does not fit their child and causes the child's legs to hang out over the stroller.