Top Budget Plus Lightweight Strollers Under $200

Spend a Little More for a Lot of Benefits

Budget plus lightweight strollers are when you have up to $200 to spend and want a little more. Use this 2018 updated guide to find yours.

The budget-plus category has a variety of strollers that verge on mid-range or is closer to the budget category. The biggest difference I've seen with testing these strollers is the quality of maneuvering and steering. 

In this category you will get strollers with better suspension systems and often times have luxuries such as an adjustable-height handle bar. Some of these products have really big canopies while others have surprisingly skimpy canopies. And with child trays or parent cup holders, some have it, some don't. 

So take a look at each stroller and decide for yourself which features you must have and which you can live without because no one stroller is going to satisfy every item on our wish list. 




Best Budget-Plus Strollers for 2018

ZOE XL1 BEST v2

$120-$130 (depending on color)

 This little stroller called the XL1 Best v2 has taken the baby market by storm over the last year and it is already in its second iteration making slight improvements and upgrades. The XL1 Best v2 weighs only 11 pounds and holds your child up to 45 pounds, which will see most kids through preschool and up to kindergarten. 

Super light weight it may be, but it does not skimp on features! The sun canopy adequately shades your child and the storage basket beneath the seat is large enough to store your essentials.

I like that this stroller includes a snack cup and child's cup holder PLUS a removable bumper bar. For the parents, you get a cup holder and travel bag, all included with stroller purchase. The padded muli-position reclining seat is good for nap time, and it reclines at 135°, so your baby must be older than six months.

This is a great option for travel, not only for the feather light weight, but for the compact, easy fold. And parents so far are giving the new Zoe XL1 BEST  v2 4½-star reviews for the convenience and for their child's comfort. For the price, we parents are impressed with the level of quality and value Zoe provides.

The Zoe XL1 Deluxe has all these features plus a larger 4-panel canopy, colored seat pad and harness pads, and you'll see that stroller featured in the View Product link as well..

Check out this official video for more information:


Top Reasons to Buy

Feather light weight at only 10 pounds

One handed convenient fold

Excellent choice for travel or errands




Baby Jogger  City Tour

$199

Mountain Buggy started a trend of sorts when they released their Nano, by creating a super-lightweight compactly folded stroller that can easily fit in airline overhead bins.

The Baby Jogger City Tour is a great option for travel, as it comes with a backpack-style transport bag and weighs only 14 pounds.  This stroller carries your child up to 45 pounds. Keep the transport bag folded up inside a special compartment of the under-seat basket. 

The seat lies nearly flat using a strap recline. However, it does not accommodate a car seat, so this stroller is for babies six months old and older. Parents love the sun canopy that has extended coverage and a mesh peek-a-boo window at the top. 

They also like the wheels that offer a smooth ride and the handle is tall enough for someone over 6 feet! Several reviewers stated that they use their City Tour not just for travel, but for everyday, too. The compact fold is handy for them to stick it behind the front seat instead of taking up room in the trunk.

The only complaints so far are that the storage basket is a bit skimpy, but is understood that it must be sacrificed for the sake of compactness. The other complaint I saw a couple of times was that the City Tour was sometimes difficult to fold and unfold. 

Overall the rating on this newer stroller is between 4 and 4½ stars.  See this official demo video to give you an idea:


Top Reasons to Buy

Excellent stroller to take traveling with compact fold

Huge, full-coverage canopy

Sturdy and handles well




Graco Air3

$125-$141 (depending on color)

For a light weight 3-wheeled option, the Graco Air3 is one to check out. While it's not super lightweight at 21 pounds, it's still convenient and easy to handle. 

Stand-out features on the Air3 include the one-second, one-handed fold with auto frame lock. It stands alone once folded and also includes a carry handle for convenient portability. 

The multi-position reclining seat lays nearly flat and the leg rest adjusts up to support little legs during nap time.

I also like the option that the seat converts into a bassinet-like enclosure when the leg rest flips up and the fabric underneath can be pulled around the sides and over the top of the bumper bar. Fully recline the seat and there's your bassinet. Otherwise, get the travel system with the included SnugRide 35 infant car seat with a secure, one-step attachment. (Check out the other top-rated Graco Travel systems while you're there.)

You'll love the large sun canopy with an extending zip-away mesh panel and peek-a-boo mesh panel all allowing for air circulation and shade. An expanding storage basket beneath the seat carries everything you need and you get a parent tray with two deep cup holders and a covered compartment for your small necessities like keys and phone. 

Parents love this travel system, rating it at 4½ stars for the super easy stand-alone fold, the big sun canopy, and maneuverability. 

Top Reasons to Buy

Performs like a more expensive stroller with great maneuverability

Quick and easy one-handed fold 

Travel system or bassinet-ready for newborns. 




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