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 2017 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 2017

Zoe XL1 Best/Deluxe

$130-$150

Here is a stroller from a company I am newly familiar with called Zoe. This little stroller called the XL1 weighs only 10 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 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.

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



Recaro EasyLife

$199

Recaro has impressed me with their Easylife Ultralight stroller. It weights only 13 pounds and has a compact, stand-alone one-handed fold that fits into the smallest car trunks. Your newborn can ride in the EasyLife because it can hold the Recaro infant car seat to make a lightweight travel system. Maximum weight capacity is 50 pounds. 

One of the better budget plus lightweight strollers, the Recaro Easylife has a smooth ride and easy one-handed maneuvering. It glides along the sidewalk with all-wheel suspension and I like the scuff-proof brakes in the back. 

The underseat storage basket isn't that big, but it can hold a small diaper bag or some toys. A drink holder is a must these days, and I like the insulated cup holder on the side, plus the handle bar is high enough that most adults will find it tall enough for them. 

It's got a huge canopy with a mesh peek-a-boo window and magnetic flap and the padded seat is roomy and comfortable with a recline that lies nearly flat. 

Consumer Reports gives the Recaro EasyLife an overall score of 72% with very good marks across the board for Safety, Ease of Use and Maneuverability. While they are disappointed with rear access only for the storage basket and no child or parent tray, they particularly like the small, easy fold and the parent's cupholder.

Overall, customers have been rating this stroller at 4½ stars.  Check out the video demo to see this little number in action.

Top Reasons to Buy

Comfortable padded seat and harness 

Compact fold and light weight - great for travel

Excellent extending sun canopy with SPF




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