Best Strollers for City Living

If you want to zip effortlessly down busy sidewalks and squeeze into crowded cafés like you used to B.B. (before baby), you need a stroller designed for urban life.

A couple pushing a stroller through the city

Who says you won’t be able to meet girlfriends for coffee and browse trendy boutiques once your baby has arrived? Maybe they haven’t heard about the new generation of compact, easy-to-maneuver, stylishly designed strollers. 

Depending on your needs, here are a few features to keep in mind when looking for a stroller to use in the city: 

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Detachable car seat  
  • One-hand recline
  • Self-standing when folded
  • Adjustable positions

Keep in mind all of the walking and pushing you’ll be doing, and be sure to purchase one that will fit your urban lifestyle. 

Best City Strollers

Here’s our list of some of the best city strollers, which we will further review below:

  • Bumbleride Era Stroller
  • GB Pockit Plus All-City Stroller
  • Cybex Platinum Mios Stroller
  • Stokke Beat Stroller
  • Bugaboo Ant Stroller
  • Stokke XPLORY V6 Stroller
  • Bugaboo Fox 

 

 

The New Era Stroller

 

Bumbleride Era Stroller in Matte Black

 

New from Bumbleride, The Era Stroller is one of our favorite picks because it can be used from birth without any attachments. However, it can also be used with numerous car seats as well as the brand’s bassinet. With a fully reclinable and reversible seat, having your kid nap under your watchful eye or sight see out the front is a breeze.

Complete with an oversized UPF 45+ sun canopy, storage basket and all-wheel suspension, it’s the kind of stroller that can hold your tot, diaper bag, daily groceries and second child’s scooter. The best part: At only 24.5″ width, it’s super easy to pop in and out of the subway or a café.

Key features:

  • Reversible and fully reclinable seat
  • Removable, machine washable eco-friendly fabrics (made from recycled post-consumer water bottles)
  • Adjustable, sustainable and ergonomically designed cork handlebar
  • Car seat compatible with Clek Liing, Nuna Pipas, Cybex Atons, Maxi Cosi, Graco Snugride & Chicco Keyfit
  • 3 year manufacturer warranty
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • Standing: 24.5″ W x 32.5″ L x 40.5″ H
    • Folded w/ seat: 24.5″ W x 29.5″ L x 13″ H

 

The ultra-compact stroller

GB Pockit+All City Black Stroller

High-quality strollers don’t get much more compact than this. The GB Pockit Plus All-City Stroller folds into a handbag-shaped package in seconds – and it weighs just 12.6 pounds! It’s perfect for traveling and easily fits into the overhead compartment of a plane.

But just because the Pockit Plus All-City is small doesn’t mean it’s short on functionality. Featuring a stepless recline function for ultimate comfort and a super lightweight frame, the Pockit+ All-City is a stroller you can take practically anywhere. The single wheels of the Pockit+ All-City are designed for urban parents on the go, with front wheel suspension and the slim profile of the wheels being ideal for smooth city surfaces. It can even accommodate a Cybex car seat for the early infant months.

Key features:

  • Ultra compact and featherweight
  • Easily navigates tight spaces and sharp corners
  • Fits into overhead with nervous airlines
  • Self-standing when folded
  • Machine washable fabric covers
  • Compatible with Cot to Go and gb/Cybex car seats, making it suitable for newborns
  • Weight: 12.6 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • Unfolded: 30.7″ L x 13.4″ W x 39″ H
    • Folded: 7.5″ L x 13″ W x 18.9 H

 

The fashionista stroller

Cybex Mios Stroller in Dark Spring Blossom

The Cybex Platinum Mios Stroller is every fashion-forward mama’s dream come true. The Platinum Mios’ small footprint and slender silhouette helps you navigate the bustling sidewalk with expertise. The Dark Spring Blossom model features embroidered flowers and stylish embellishments on the extendible UPF50+ sun canopy and mesh seat back, creating the effect of petals blooming out into the urban jungle.

But don’t let this stroller’s good looks fool you – there’s plenty of substance behind the beauty. The reversible seat and four position recline and one-hand fold into a compact self-standing position makes it versatile and easy to use, while the all-wheel suspension provides the smoothest of rides. And with a width of just 19.7 inches and a weight of 21.6 pounds, you’ll be sipping lattes in inner-city cafes with the best of them.

Key features:

  • Small footprint
  • One-hand fold into a compact self-standing position
  • Mesh seat-back
  • Cozy seat inlay
  • Extendable canopy
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Large shopping basket (11 lbs capacity)
  • XXL Sun canopy with peek-a-boo window and UPF 50+ rating
  • Head cushion provides padding for your baby’s head and neck area
  • Includes rain cover, cup holder, bumper bar and car seat adapters
  • Use from birth (w/ CYBEX infant car seat) up to 55 lbs
  • Weight: 21.6 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • Standing: 34.1–37.2” L x 19.3” W x 37.8-42.1”H
    • Folded: 29.5” L x 19.7” W x 13”H

 

The dark horse stroller

Stokke Beat Stroller in Black

The Stokke Beat packs an incredible array of innovative features into one elegant package. Its slim profile make it easy to navigate busy streets and public transit, while the true one-hand fold with the seat unit on is just genius. Sturdy and strong, this lightweight stroller offers a smooth ride and superb maneuverability. 

It also features and extended canopy that offers ventilation and protection from outside stimuli and the extra-large shopping basket holds up to 22 lb. Its compatible with the Stokke Beat Carry Cot for ultimate newborn comfort.

Key features:

  • Small footprint
  • Cozy seat inlay
  • One-hand fold
  • Compact self-standing
  • Extendable canopy
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Eye catching print
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • Folded: 30.7″ L x 21.1″ W x 12.6″ H
    • Unfolded: 38.2″ L x 21.1″ W x 45.3″ L

 

The small but mighty stroller

Bugaboo Ant in Black & Grey Melange

As parents who don’t want to sacrifice comfort, safety, durability, storage space and style, there are a lot of reasons to love the Bugaboo Ant. The adjustable handlebar makes it easy for parents of all shapes and sizes to save their backs while pushing. It has a compact one-piece fold, making getting out and about less of a juggle. The large storage basket can hold up to 20 lbs meaning sports gear, diaper bags and last minute groceries can come along for the ride too.

With a capacity of up to 50lbs, this tiny, but mighty stroller is suitable from birth and can grow with your child. From Mother’s Group dates to soccer games, the Ant will get you there in a breeze.

Key features:

  • Folds in 1-piece to a super compact size
  • Fits in the overhead compartment of 52 airlines
  • Fully supportive and adjustable backrest
  • Reclinable seat has 5 positions
  • Height-adjustable handlebar
  • Extendable sun canopy with UPF50+
  • All-wheel suspension for less bumps
  • Detachable and machine washable fabrics
  • Weight: 15.87 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • Folded: 14.96″ W x 9.06″ L x 21.65″ H
    • Unfolded: 16.06″ W x 9.06″ L x 21.65″ H

 

The sleek stroller

I hate to break it to you, mama, but those wolf whistles might not be directed at you. This eye-popping Stokke XPLORY V6 Stroller will have everyone gawking with its sophisticated leatherette details and stunning canopy available in a range of colors.

With the Stokke brand attached to it, you know you’ll be getting excellent quality. Features of the XPLORY V6 include:

Key features:

  • Foam-filled tires with built-in suspension that won’t risk puncturing.
  • Extra-large SPF50+ canopy with ventilation window.
  • Reversible seat that can also be adjusted for height and used as a high chair in restaurants.
  • Removable water-repellant shopping bag.
  • Dimensions:
    • Unfolded: 29.5″L x 22.5″W x 35″H
    • Folded: 39″L x 22″W x 13″H

 

The sustainable stroller

Bugaboo Fox Stellar Stroller

The Bugaboo Fox stroller not only comes with all the bells and whistles you can expect from Bugaboo, it has something extra for the eco-conscious parent: fabric made from 92 recycled PET bottles.

If that doesn’t make you feel good, the new central joint suspension, ergonomically designed bassinet and seat, and ultralight chassis for easy lifting and carrying sure will. It also features plenty of storage space in the large under-seat basket, a seamless one-piece fold when you’re on the go, and a two-piece fold for compact storage.

Key features:

  • 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material on the wheel caps and the front and rear of the chassis
  • Nighttime visibility from up to 150m away
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Weatherproof under-seat basket with cover
  • Five point harness and rotating carry handle
  • Reclinable and reversible seat
  • Extendable sun canopy
  • Lock swivel wheels with rugged tires
  • One piece folding and self standing options
  • Weight: 21.9 lbs / 9.9 kg
  • Dimensions:
    • Compact fold: 26″ L x 21.3″ W x 7.5″H

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