Good safety features. The Cybex Ruby has a fully adjustable, five-point harness and one-touch, linked brakes. It locks closed automatically when folded, preventing accidental opening.
In January 2010, Regal Lager, the company that distributes Cybex strollers in the U.S., issued a voluntary recall of Cybex Ruby, Topaz and Onyx strollers sold between August and November 2009. The hinge on the stroller poses a risk of amputation or injury. Consumers owning one of these models can contact the company for a hinge repair kit.
Push, lift, carry, clean? No problem. Experts and owners agree that the Cybex Ruby is very easy to use, with an easy fold that can be done one-handed. The levers to lock brakes and wheels are simple to engage. It's lightweight at just 13 pounds, which makes it easy to lift and carry. It's easy to push, and experts say it maneuvers well.
The Ruby's fabric is removable and washable, though one parent warns that attaching the canopy takes some muscle. The Ruby has removable/replaceable wheels and handles so that you won't have to scrap the entire stroller when the wearable parts give out.
Exceptional sun protection. The Cybex Ruby's most distinctive feature is its large, SPF 50 UV-protected, adjustable canopy. It has a zipper extension to extend it to almost completely cover the passenger. It does not have a window, but side mesh openings allow you to see your child and provide ventilation so it doesn't get too stuffy in the seat.
With a maximum weight capacity of 55 pounds, the Cybex Ruby has one of the highest weight ratings of an umbrella stroller, but it draws a few complaints from experts and parents about its less structured seat, which may allow some children to slouch. However, the seat is relatively wide (about 13 inches) with a tall (22 inches) seat back. The canopy slides up the frame so that very tall toddlers will remain comfortable. Multiple owners comment that the Cybex Ruby's tall, 41-inch handle accommodates even very tall pushers and that they won't kick the back of the stroller when walking. It gets good reviews for its push, but only on smooth surfaces. The front swivel wheels lock, which will help on bumpier terrain somewhat, but this is not a multi-terrain stroller; it's best used in malls and on well-paved sidewalks.
The Ruby only offers a partial-recline seat back, so the stroller alone is suitable only from 6 months and up, but it can accept a variety of infant car seats with an optional adapter (*Est. $25). However, at least one expert reviewer warns that this is not a travel system and is not built to hold up to heavy-duty travel system use. It's small fold enables it to fit in almost any trunk.
The Ruby has a typically small, but not impossible-to-reach, under-seat basket and four spots for cup holders, which are also sold separately. A rain shield is available (sold separately) for protection in cold, wet weather.
Good response to customers. Owners have good things to say about Cybex's customer service. The company is quick to respond and replace faulty components when contacted. Cybex strollers carry a better than average two-year warranty.
The Cybex Ruby is an umbrella stroller that is almost full featured -- with a high weight capacity, huge canopy and car seat adaptability. It doesn't offer a ton of extras (car seat adapter, rain cover and cup holders sold separately), but it has solid, high-quality construction and a good design for most parents and children.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The 2011 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss Cybex in detail and the Ruby specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The founder and president of BabyGizmo.com, Hollie Schultz, provides an in-depth video review of the Cybex Ruby. Highlights include its roomy seat and canopy that adjusts to accommodate taller kids. She states that due to a very slight recline the stroller is appropriate for babies 6 months old and up. She says the stroller is easy to fold and carry at 13 pounds.
Review: Cybex Ruby 2011 Video Review, Hollie Schultz, March 21, 2011
3. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good The Cybex Ruby has just a handful of reviews, but gets an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The majority of contributors say the Ruby is durable, lightweight, easy to maneuver and easy to stow. The Ruby receives praise for its large adjustable canopy and overall height, which makes it easier to push without kicking the back wheels. One reviewer experienced a defective braking mechanism after the return period was up, but it was unclear if the writer had contacted Cybex about the issue. Another contributor said that Cybex was very responsive when their stroller had a defective component.
Review: Cybex Ruby Stroller, Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Stroller Queen Janet McLaughlin gives the Cybex Ruby a thorough review, testing it in a crowded Halloween store. She raves about the huge canopy and great comfort features for children. She notes that its tall handles make it a great fit for tall parents.
Review: Cybex Ruby Review, Janet McLaughlin, Nov. 9, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Cybex Ruby is a runner up in the "Reader's Choice" category of the Babble Best 2011 Stroller roundup. Babble.com editors describe the Ruby as an impressively lightweight stroller with the basics you need and a few extras like rear-wheel suspension and good canopy coverage.
Review: Babble Best 2011 Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good The Cybex Ruby is among the 32 umbrella-style strollers rated and tested by the editors of ConsumerReports.org for ease of use, maneuverability and safety (durability is no longer rated). While the testing is commendable, editors offer only a very brief editorial take on the strollers and offer few details. There are a number of discontinued strollers in this report, making it seem very dated.
Review: Cybex Ruby, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
7. Pregnancy & Newborn
Review Credibility: Fair Readers of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine post reviews to the website, discussing strollers from assembly to first use, and sometimes beyond. This largely positive review describes the Cybex Ruby as being a great size for larger babies and older toddlers while also accommodating newborns with the addition of an infant seat adapter. She describes the Ruby as having a minimalist aesthetic with nice features, like a large canopy and basket that is large enough to hold a diaper bag.
Review: Cybex Ruby, "Meagan", June 30, 2012