The Best Budget Lightweight Strollers for 2018

Great Quality for a Great Price

A selection of the best budget lightweight strollers $100 and less. Use this updated guide for 2018 to find yours.

Investing in a lightweight, easy to use stroller doesn't have to involve a lot of money. As a matter of fact, some of the highest-rated, most popular strollers are in this category!

You'll be surprised to find that some of these brands don't even surpass $100, yet they've gotten excellent parent and professional ratings.

A couple of these budget lightweight strollers might go over the hundred dollar mark by a few dollars, but prices fluctuate so much, so often, that if you can swing a couple dollars, then it might well be worth investigating that particular stroller. 

On the other hand, if you want more choice, and don't mind an umbrella stroller, then take a look at my Top Budget Umbrella Strollers Guide for 2018. 

Here are the best lightweights in the budget category.




Best Budget Lightweight Strollers 2018

Kolcraft Cloud Plus

$55-87 depending on color

For many years now, the Kolcraft Cloud Plus has been a favorite budget lightweight stroller. Compact and feather light for busy parents, this little stroller is ideal for quick trips. It is a compact product that weighs only 11.8 pounds and has an easy one-hand self-standing fold for parents whose hands are already full.

For kids, the Cloud Plus has a multi-position seat recline, adjustable sun canopy with extended visor and snack tray.

 A 5-point quick release buckle keeps your kiddo safe and this lightweight baby stroller holds up to 50 pounds.

Parents, you get a generous storage basket and parent tray with two deep cup holders. Not many lightweight strollers have so many goodies and not get too heavy.

The Cloud Plus has gotten 4-star reviews from many, many happy parents who recommend this product; it is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in the lightweight department! However, Consumer Reports has a slightly different view. Discover all the whats and whys when you read the Kolcraft Cloud Plus review.

Top Reasons to Buy

Stand-alone compact fold

Roomy storage basket beneath seat

Lots of amenities for a small price and light weight




Dream on Me Maldives

$47 - $136 (depending on color)

For a stroller that has a ton of great features, you can't find a better deal than the Dream on Me Maldives. The padded seat reclines with one hand and is suitable for babies 6 months and older. Padded 5-point safety harness keeps your kiddo snug as a bug.  The Maldives holds your child up to 50 pounds with its sturdy aluminum frame, and while the stroller weighs 18 pounds, it's not the lightest in this category, but still makes the grade.  

The Maldives also comes with features like a child snack tray with cup holders and a parent console with cup holders, too. We parents get a nice big storage basket and the handle is angled in a way that makes it possible for most people to push the stroller without kicking the rear axle. 

The rear axle has two independent brakes - simple and easy to use. A sun canopy provides adequate shade for your passenger, though many parents wrote in their reviews that they wish it was bigger. The front wheels swivel or lock straight for going over bumpy terrain, and it has front-end suspension to smooth the ride. 

For a basic stroller, the Dream on Me Maldives has what you need and parents rate it at an impressive 4½-stars  for the sturdiness and easy maneuverability.

Top Reasons to Buy

Has most features of higher-end strollers

Excellent maneuverability

Sturdy frame that will last





Graco Verb

$68-$78 (depending on color)

Simple and elegant, the Graco Verb has all the features you want in a lightweight stroller - plus more!

I like the single front wheels, vs. the double front wheels, like you see in the Cloud Plus above. The overall look and design of the Verb is sleek and modern. It reminds me of the sleek lightweight stroller from BabyHome which is 3x more expensive!

The Verb holds your child up to 50 pounds, yet weighs less than 20 pounds. Install your Graco Click Connect car seat for a convenient travel system. 

The seat is nicely padded and has multi-reclining positions for comfort and a decent sized canopy protects from the sun. Suspension and locking front swivel wheels smooths out the ride, especially over bumpier surfaces. 

Mom gets a generous storage basket and parent tray with cup holders. The one-hand, self-standing fold and the included carry strap are very convenient for on-the-go errands or travel. 

So far reviews from parents like you have given this newer member of the Graco family 4½-star ratings for the easy fold and excellent maneuvering.

Graco has a good selection of other highly rated lightweight strollers to browse through too - most are qualified to be on this list!

See this Graco video demo for the Verb:


Top Reasons to Buy

Convenient one-handed self-standing fold

Stylish with attractive colors

Sturdy and well-built with quality




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