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Joolz Aer Review

A lightweight, luxury travel stroller for cool parents on the go

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Verywell Family / Theresa Holland

Visually appealing

High-quality product 

Easy to open and close


Smooth and effortless maneuvering

Sizeable basket underneath

Doesn’t accommodate infants under 6 months

The Joolz Aer travel stroller is a premium product that gives both travel buggies and full-size strollers a run for their money.

Setup Process: Effortless

Design: smart and chic, age range: not for newborns, safety: checks all the boxes, portability: conveniently compact, price: a little pricey, competition: worth weighing your options.

  • Final Verdict

We received a Joolz Aer stroller review unit so our expert reviewer could thoroughly test and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.

From jogging strollers, reversible strollers , and travel systems to umbrella strollers , stroller frames, and foldable buggies, there’s a wide range of wheelable products on the market for transporting a tot. How many different strollers does one family need, anyway? In my opinion, most families can get away with just two: a standard, go-to stroller for everyday use, and a smaller, more portable option for traveling.

Having said that, if your child is over 6 months of age, a high-quality travel buggy might be all you need. The Joolz Aer stroller boasts a compact, lightweight, and highly portable design with an upscale appeal, backing up its claims with a lifetime warranty. Plus, for every stroller sold, Joolz plants a tree in Columbia , which is a plus for environmentally conscious families. 

To see if it lives up to the hype, I tested one myself. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the new Aer travel buggy.

This item was a review unit provided to the writer by a PR company before the official release of the stroller.

Out of the box, the Joolz Aer comes fully assembled in its carrying satchel. Unfolding and folding it is a breeze. By pressing a button on the buggy’s handlebar, it unfolds and locks into place almost automatically—no shaking or adjusting needed. Pressing the same button unlocks the stroller, prompting it to fold back up. 

I’m able to open and close it with one hand, even while holding my 27-pound toddler. I can honestly say it’s easier to open and close than every stroller I’ve ever used.

This luxury travel stroller has an attractive, almost Instagrammable design. It comes in four colors: Delightful Grey, Elegant Blue, Mighty Green, and Refined Black. The buggy has four wheels, the front of which are slightly smaller. Its sleek, faux-leather handlebar is extra tall, which my 6-foot-3 husband appreciates.

The Joolz Aer has a zippered storage pocket on the back and a basket underneath the seat, which can hold up to 11 pounds. It’s large enough for a grocery bag, purse, or diaper bag . Additionally, the Aer has a retractable, UPF 50+ sun cover with a mesh peek-a-boo window and comes with a clear plastic rain cover.

 When I take my 14-month-old son on walks with the Joolz Aer, I feel like a cool mom.

The high-quality design of the Aer makes for super-smooth maneuvering. Not only is it easy to fold and unfold, but pushing it around also requires almost no effort. When I take my 14-month-old son on walks with the Joolz Aer, I feel like a cool mom. Also, my son seems completely content and at ease sitting in the cushioned stroller.

According to the manufacturer, the Joolz Aer is designed for children between 6 months of age and 50 pounds. I found it a bit odd that the company doesn’t list a weight minimum, but I get the impression that this travel stroller is not suitable for infants who still ride in a car seat stroller attachment .

The seat of the Aer has a tall back, which is supposed to accommodate growing babies and toddlers. This a welcome bonus, as my son is both heavy and tall for his age.

The Joolz Aer has a five-point safety harness, which is the standard buckling setup on strollers for children 6 months and older. The straps and buckles are easy to connect and adjust. According to Joolz, the seat is designed to conform to a child’s body as they relax into it. My son tends to slouch down into strollers and seems comfortable and secure in the seat of the Aer. 

The Aer also has a pedal brake between the back wheels. This makes it easy to toggle between the locked and unlocked positions. When the brake is on, the stroller stays put, even on steep slopes.

The manufacturer promises that its products are free of chemicals and toxins. To guarantee this, Joolz regularly has its materials tested by accredited third-party labs. 

Traveling can be stressful enough with young children. If you’re like me, lugging around bulky baby gear through an airport is probably the last thing you want to do. That’s why a lightweight, foldable buggy is essential. 

When it’s unfolded, the 13.4-pound Joolz Aer is as large as a standard stroller, yet it folds up into a conveniently compact configuration. It fits into the trunk of both our cars, one of which is relatively small. It could also be transported in the back seat or passenger seat of a vehicle. According to Joolz, it’s compact enough for an overhead bin on an airplane.

It’s an all-purpose stroller suitable for both on-the-go and everyday use.

This stroller comes in a large drawstring satchel with plenty of slack. Packing it back in is quick and easy compared to other travel buggies that come with notably small carrying bags. The satchel has a large strap, which allows me to tote it over one shoulder. That said, carrying the Aer by the handle without its travel bag is also pretty effortless. 

The Joolz Aer is priced at $399. Compared to other umbrella strollers and travel buggies, it’s certainly on the higher end. Other strollers from Joolz range from $700 to $1,050, so the Aer is the brand’s most budget-friendly option. Considering the high-end quality and the fact that the Aer can also be used as a primary stroller, I think the price is reasonable.

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller: Families looking for a less expensive option may want to consider the 3Dlite Convenience Stroller ( view on Amazon ), which is about $70. Similar to the Joolz Aer, this 13-pound buggy is suitable for both travel and everyday use. While both offer ample storage, this stroller also comes with a cup holder.

besrey Airplane Stroller: Weighing just under 12 pounds, the besrey Airplane Stroller ( view on Amazon ) iis slightly lighter than the Aer and more compact when folded up. It runs from $160 to $200. Like the Aer, this travel buggy comes with a plastic rain cover and has generous storage under the seat.

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller: The Nano Stroller from Mountain Buggy ( view on Amazon ) is priced around $200. At 13 pounds, it’s roughly the same weight as the Joolz Aer. However, unlike the Aer, it’s compatible with infant car seats without the need for additional adapters. 

Interested in reading more reviews? Check out our list of the best travel strollers .

The Joolz Aer is a stylish and attractive product with a convenient, high-quality design. Although it’s more expensive than many travel buggies, it’s an all-purpose stroller suitable for both on-the-go and everyday use. I’m giving it my stamp of approval.

  • Product Name Aer
  • Product Brand Joolz
  • Price $399.00
  • Weight 13.4 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 32.6 x 17.7 x 41.5 in.
  • Color Delightful Grey, Elegant Blue, Mighty Green, Refined Black
  • What’s Included Stroller, rain cover, travel bag
  • Warranty Lifetime warranty
  • Dimensions (Folded) 21 x 17.7 x 8.5 in.

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Joolz Aer stroller review

Joolz Aer stroller outside and in a studio

  • Donna Findlay

In a nutshell

A high quality, stylish, ultra-compact, lightweight buggy which unfolds in one second and is perfect for trips to the shops, walks and travel – and sturdy enough for everyday.

What we tested

  • Easy to fold and unfold, folds with carrycot attached, compact and light, stylish, smooth steering, excellent harness, uses sustainable fabric
  • Bumper bar not included, tricky to recline seat with child inside

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joolz travel buggy

The Joolz Aer is a compact and lightweight buggy from Dutch pushchair brand Joolz.

The company promises that the Aer is “more than just a buggy”, positioning it as a premium travel stroller – compact enough to fit in an aeroplane overhead locker. With a one-hand, one-second fold and easy-to-use harness, as well as plenty of additional features, it is designed to make life easier for parents in a hurry.

The Joolz Aer is also aimed at the environmentally conscious as it uses sustainable fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, and, working with Tree Nation, Joolz plants a tree in its ‘Birth Forest’ in Columbia for each pushchair sold. Even the cardboard box it comes in has cut-outs to show how it can be recycled into an aeroplane for your youngster.

With an RRP of £399 it is at the more expensive end of the scale when it comes to travel buggies, alongside the hugely popular Babyzen Yoyo (£399). There are definitely more affordable options, such as the Silver Cross Jet , the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 (£249.99) or the Mountain Buggy Nano , which is under £200. So, the Aer will need to deliver on its promises if it is to justify its price tag.

Donna tested the Joolz Aer with her 7-month-old Daisy around the supermarkets and bumpy country lanes of Gloucestershire. Daisy gets impatient with their current all-terrain beast of a buggy, as she just wants to get going and not wait for it to be set-up.

What were your first impressions?

When I opened the box, I could tell this was a premium buggy. It oozed quality and looked stylish.

I am one of those impatient people who ignores instructions at first to see if I can work things out – and the Aer was easy to set up. It is ready to go from the box, already folded, and I was surprised at how easy it was to open.

It really was a one-hand, one-second opening buggy as the company boasts. Once I had opened it, I did the sensible thing and read the instructions. They are concise and helpful to ensure you are aware of the Aer’s many features and how to use them.

What age is the Joolz Aer suitable for?

As the Aer’s seat doesn't recline completely flat, it is suitable from 6 months (or when your baby can sit up unaided). However, you can get the Aer with a travel cot bundle (£599), which makes it suitable from birth

The Aer buggy is designed for children up to 22kg, which is approximately 4 years, so should last your child a good while.

Did you try the Aer cot?

Joolz launched the Aer cot in March 2021, meaning that the pushchair is now suitable from birth rather than 6 months.

I didn’t try out the travel cot, but it looks like it has some equally well-designed features as the buggy. For example, you can fold the frame with the cot attached – it collapses on itself in an innovative fold that is still fairly compact and easy to carry. Very clever.


What about the Aer’s seat? Travel buggies often have quite snug seats – was the Aer’s comfortable for your child?

The Aer’s seat is 45cm wide, so similar to other compact strollers, and it is generously padded, so it feels comfortable. Daisy is an average size 7-month-old and relaxed into it straight away – she seemed comfortable, snug and secure.

The colour of the seat is described as Refined Black and the fabric looks expensive and stylish. Despite already enduring dribble, sick, messy hands and splashes from the muddy lanes, it is easy to wipe clean and still looks as good as new.

How does the seat recline, and does it recline flat enough for your child?

The seat reclines by using a zip at the back which allows the backrest to recline. You can then adjust the angle of recline by tightening or loosening two straps on the side. At first, it seemed tricky to zip back up with Daisy seated, so I learnt to do it when she was out of it. By reclining the seat, you also allow access to ventilated mesh around the seat, which will be perfect in the summer to give Daisy a bit of breeze on hot days. There is also a handy pocket behind the seat for any keys, valuables or a few toys.

The seat doesn’t lie fully flat, so is not suitable for newborns.

Can the Aer seat face both world and parent?

No, the Aer’s seat can only face world. If you buy the cot for your newborn or use a compatible car seat, those face the parent, but the toddler seat can only be fixed forward facing.


What did you think of the harness?

One of the stand-out features about the buggy is the harness system. It is simple and adjusts so easily, which is fantastic with a wriggly baby on board. The round central buckle was a joy to use as each strap in the system clicks in individually and you can easily adjust the shoulder height.

There are no shape-matching exercises needed to connect the buckles for this one, like with many others on the market! There is also no tangling and struggling to get arms in and out as it’s such an easy system to put on and then release your child from.

How do you fold the Joolz Aer – was it as easy as promised by the brand?

The element on the Aer that I keep raving about to friends is the fold system, which is quick, easy, smooth and intuitive.

- You press two buttons in the middle of the handle bar, which you can easily do with one hand.

- Then, with a quick push down, the buggy frame concertinas into a compact shape with nothing catching or getting stuck like on some other buggies.

- Opening it uses the same buttons and, with a quick pull upwards, it is open and ready to go – perfect for little Daisy who gets impatient waiting for me to put my all-terrain together.

With the Aer, it is only seconds before she is strapped in and on the move. As you can open it one-handed, it also helps with those situations when you have a tired or upset child in one hand and quickly need to unfold with the other. You can even fold and store the Aer while holding your baby on your hip, as I discovered a few times in the supermarket car park.


How compact is the Aer folded?

The folded measurements of the Joolz Aer are 53.5 x 45 x 21.cm – the size of a large briefcase – and I was so impressed by the dimensions. I honestly sometimes forget where I have put it, because it’s so easy to store and blends into the background. It stands neatly upright until you need it.

The Joolz Aer is designed to fit in aeroplane overhead cabin lockers but, due to lockdown, I have not been able to jet off to sunnier climates to test that. It’s worth saying, always make sure to check with your airline whether you’re allowed to take it onboard.

How much does the Joolz Aer weigh?

Weighing a mere 6kg, the Joolz Aer is truly lightweight – very much on par with competitors in the category. There are some lighter models out there, such as the GB Pockit (under 5.5kg), but I doubt they will be as sturdy as the Aer.

Does the Aer fit into the boot of your car?

Its compact size also makes the Aer brilliant for my car as it takes up such little room which means I can fit everything in the boot for a change, without wheels or handlebars getting caught up in other things.


What is the Aer like to push and steer?

I never thought I would say this about a pushchair, but this was such fun to push! It really is responsive and quick in comparison to anything I've used before. Yes, this buggy is a great travel stroller because of its size and weight, but it would also make a brilliant everyday stroller because of how well it moves across different surfaces.

The steering on the Joolz Aer is effortless on flat surfaces. It fits through narrow spaces and turns well – which is great when out and about and in shops – and as it is light, it is easy to tip to go onto pavements.

How well does the Joolz Aer cope with different terrain?

I had assumed it would provide a bumpy ride on the lanes around my home, but it didn’t. It coped with them as well as my all-terrain, although being so light it struggled with the potholes – but then again it’s not designed for that. It’s good that it was sturdy enough to cope with lanes, and as it’s easy to carry, I could lift Daisy up into the side to allow the tractors to pass.


What’s the chassis like?

For something so light, the frame feels strong and durable and, like the rest of it, is simple-looking but well-made. It is also easy to clean.

Is the Joolz Aer handle adjustable?

The handle height is 105.5 cm and isn’t adjustable but feels a good height for me at 5’ 5”. It’s not a problem for our household, but it is worth considering or even trying before buying. One shopper on John Lewis’ website, for example, remarked that it felt too high for his wife.

Did you like the hood – does it give enough coverage?

The hood was brilliant for shielding Daisy’s face from the odd moment of glaring sun and rain shower (along with the rain cover it comes with). It will be even better in the summer due to it being so big and having UPF 50 protection to stop the sun’s rays hitting Daisy’s skin. In addition, you can extend it to reveal a mesh panel that allows for extra ventilation and a view of your child.


What are the wheels like?

I have only had a buggy with huge wheels before, so imagined the small wheels on the Joolz Aer would lead to a bumpy ride – but how wrong I was. The wheels are great. As I mentioned earlier, they provide such a smooth ride in shops and around town but are also sturdy enough for country walks. The wheel lock is handy for particularly rough or stony paths.

How good are the brakes on the Aer?

The brake is near the rear wheels and simple to put on when needed. There is nothing complicated about it and you just click it on and off with your foot.

Is the basket big enough for your needs?

Baskets can often be an afterthought on travel buggies, barely holding a pack of wipes, let alone a changing bag. But the Aer’s basket is surprisingly big and can store many essentials. It is easy to throw things in in a hurry and it keeps them in there securely. I’ve used it for several shopping trips and was surprised how much I could fit in. The manual recommends a load limit of 5kg.

Is the Aer car seat compatible?

Yes, you can buy car seat adaptors that are compatible with a huge range of car seats , from Joolz to Maxi-Cosi, Cybex and Joie, and many in between. This is great, as it makes the buggy even more flexible allowing parents to combine it with their infant carrier.

What’s in the box?

  • Joolz Aer buggy
  • Instruction manual
  • Travel pouch (red)

Joolz also encourage you to recycle the box and have cut-out shapes on the box to help you convert it into an aeroplane, fitting in the with Aer theme.


What are the additional accessories that you can buy?

On the Joolz website you can buy different accessories to enhance the buggy including:

  • a bumper bar (£37.95)
  • car seat adapters (£42.95)
  • footmuffs in different colours (£89.95)
  • handlebar organiser (£42.95)
  • mosquito net (£24.95)

Now you’ve tested it, what would you have wanted to know before purchasing the Aer pushchair?

I just wish my friends who had children before me had stopped me getting a huge travel system and told me to get a buggy like this. The only thing missing for me personally is a bumper bar, as Daisy likes to hold one, but you can buy these and I will be doing so. It doesn’t need one and works fine without, but for me it will be useful.

One trick I have learnt to do with the Aer, is to zip up the reclining seat before folding it away. If you don’t, you can’t do it when it’s in its compact shape and the top of the seat sticks out. It’s not a big issue but if you want it to be as compact as possible and look neat when folded, it needs doing.

Who would this pushchair be most useful for?

Before I used it, with the name Aer and aeroplane images on the travel pouch I assumed it was a travel stroller for those who holiday regularly or to be put away for certain occasions. After using it for a few weeks, however, I have discovered this is a fantastic everyday buggy and one I will be using for many years because of how sturdy it is.

I have swapped my all-singing, all-dancing all-terrain for the Joolz Aer as it is a joy to use. I live in the country and love how compact it is and how it doesn’t take up my whole car boot. I used to live in London, however, so I know it’d be great for city dwellers who use public transport due to its weight and compact size when folded. It’d be easy to take on the bus, tube or train whether you are carrying it or using it to push your child.


Is the Aer pushchair worth the money?

At £399, the Joolz Aer may seem expensive (especially when you haven’t heard of the brand before) but as soon as you see it and feel it, you understand its price tag. It looks modern and feels like a durable top-range buggy which will last a long time. It looks stylish too. It also has many parent-friendly features to justify the price such as a super easy fold system, its light weight and a good-size basket. It certainly seems to be a popular option for many users – with parents on John Lewis online giving it 5 out of 5-star reviews, unanimously praising its quality and ease of use.

Where can I buy the Joolz Aer?

The Joolz Aer is available directly from Joolz , Babyplanet and Winstanleys Pramworld .

MadeForMums verdict:

The Joolz Aer is compact, lightweight, stylish and modern. Despite being so light, it is robust and sturdy, looks and feels expensive and equally useful in the city as the country, It is so much more than a travel buggy. Definitely worth considering as an everyday buggy investment.


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Warranty 2 years & Lifetime warranty if you register within 6 months

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Age range 6 Months - 4 years

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Keep it fresh!

To refresh the fabrics, we advise hand

wash with a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and dry flat. Please keep in mind it is not possible to wash the fabrics in the washing machine.

To remove dirt for your chassis simply use a lukewarm wet cloth (no detergents needed). You can clean the wheels with water and mild detergent. Make sure you remove them before cleaning and put them back when they are dry.


Can I bring my Joolz Aer along as cabin luggage?

The Joolz Aer can be stored away in the overhead compartment without worry*. Whether travelling by bike, bus, plane* or boat, the new Joolz Aer helps lighten the load. The Joolz Aer has a compact design and can be stored in small spaces. The Joolz Aer comes with a travel pouch to protect your buggy while you travel. 

*Luggage restrictions differ per airline. If in doubt, we recommend that you call the airline directly before traveling. Folded size of the Joolz Aer is 53x45x23 cm. Weight is 6 kg.

Is this Joolz Aer suitable for newborns?

No - the buggy is suitable for children that can sit unaided, usually this is around 6 months. For the newborn solution, go to the Joolz Aer with cot >> .

Where can I find the serial number of the Joolz Aer?

The Joolz Aer serial number starts with AERCH and can be found at the front of the buggy, on the sticker underneath the bar attached to the left front wheel.

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  • length 83 cm
  • width 45 cm
  • height 105,5 cm
  • length 53,5 cm
  • height 21,5 cm

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The box contains one complete and amazing Joolz Aer+ and everything that belongs to it.

  • Travel pouch


Reusable packaging

Recycling is better for the environment and, who knows, your little one might learn something too. Big and small cardboard boxes – unpack them first – then convert them into an airplane. So don’t throw the packaging away.


All fabrics on Joolz Aer+ are made from recycled PET bottles.


Award winning design

The Joolz Aer+ has won the Red Dot Award 2022 for its clear and elegant design.

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Joolz Aer buggy review

Joolz Aer

The Joolz Aer buggy is a serious contender for one of the best lightweight, compact and collapsible best pram s and buggies on the market. With Joolz announcing an update to this stroller for 2023, the Joolz Aer+, we take a look at what the standard version looks like, with an overview on the update, too.

Weighing a mere 6kg, the Aer fits in an airplane overhead locker and collapses in seconds with just one hand - super useful when toddler and baby are in tow. Ergonomically designed, this buggy has an easy-to-use five-point harness for extra comfort, a large storage basket and good ventilation in the hood.

1. Joolz Aer Buggy summary

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  • Lightweight
  • Compact size
  • Ergonomic design
  • Good ventilation in hood
  • Comfortable seat
  • Zip recline

The Mother&Baby Awards 2024

The Joolz Aer won Bronze in Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller in the Mother&Baby Awards 2024 .

Testing the Joolz Aer

Here's what Mother&Baby tester, mum-of-two, Teresa Street, said after testing the Joolz Aer.

"With having such bulky prams in the past, I was looking for a pram that was small and light that came with lots of features. I needed a buggy that was easy-to-use and was comfortable for my children. I also needed something adaptable to all situations.

"When testing the Joolz Aer, me and my family took the buggy out on walks around town and across different terrains, with my 3-year-old and 6-month-old.

First impressions

"When opening the packaging I loved that the buggy fitted in a bag, instantly showing how compact it is and then pulling the buggy out, it was so light! There was no need to build anything or put anything together, it was as simple as taking it out of the bag and pressing the two buttons on the handlebar, then pull up to release the pram. The rain cover was stored in the basket. The storage basket is spacious and holds shopping, toys or a small bag.

"The build quality is impressive, it is strong and robust and has a premium quality feel. We have taken the pram out for urban and rural walks and would say it’s sturdy on both. I wouldn’t be taking it on really rocky terrain but it handles trails and grass well. My husband being 6ft 1in was more than comfortable pushing the Aer around with the higher handlebars. For my 5ft 5in self, I had no issues at all, it is very comfortable to push, it feels smooth and handles well.

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"The Aer is extremely compact and when folded fitted into my car boot with ease – what a treat in comparison to some more bulkier designs I've used in the past. It was nice to be able to have space for other items in my car. In addition, I was able to store it at home with no issues on finding space. Although it’s compact when folded, the size of the pram when opened is a great size for manoeuvring around shops and doesn’t take up too much room whilst still being comfortable for my little ones.

"With the buggy weighing a light 6kg, it was easy to put in and out of my car, and I didn’t struggle whilst picking it up. The integrated shoulder strap is comfortable, which made it easier to transit the Aer if needed. I would have thought with the buggy being so light, it would sacrifice the build quality and the feel of the pram. However, this was not the case. The Aer, as mentioned, feels premium quality and I would recommend it to other parents.

"I was most impressed with how the pram opened and folded. It was so easy to do with a press of two buttons and a pull of the handlebar it would open and close with ease. This saves a lot of time compared to using a conventional buggy where assembling can be more tricky.

"The seat unit was versatile and I had no complaints from my 3-year-old and 6-month-old who took it in turns to use the Aer. They both seemed very happy and comfortable when seated and the only obvious adjustments needed was with the five-point harness, which is really easy to adjust. The seat can be reclined using the zip release in the back of the pram, whilst it reclines to a sleeping position, it doesn’t recline to a flat position.

"My youngest child never fell asleep in the Aer, and I feel she may have benefitted if it was in a flatter position. However, the older she gets the better the reclined position will be. One other gripe of mine is that I found it a little difficult to put the seat back to an upright position as you have to push the seat with one hand, tuck all the material back in and then use the other hand to zip whilst holding the weight of the child. It's easier if the child isn’t in the pram, but as a compact stroller, the Aer still feels fit for purpose.


"We also used Joolz Aer footmuff that compliments the buggy well and is a must-have during the winter months. It was easy to fit onto the pram and is a seamless design. It’s made of lightweight materials which can be folded with the pram and doesn’t compromise on compactness. On a really cold day, I popped a blanket inside the footmuff as I felt it wasn’t going to be really warm inside. The footmuff is conveniently water repellant, so there's no worry when walking around in a light drizzle."

"We also tried out the Joolz Aer step board which came in a large box with easy instructions. The wheels were easy to attach on to the footboard but was slightly more difficult to attach the wheel clips onto the pram.

When pushing the pram it’s easy to manoeuvre and smooth but as the footboard is so large it’s not as easy to walk directly behind the pram/ footboard so do have to walk slightly off-centre. However, given the purpose of the footboard is for your toddler to use when tired, it’s a lot easier to push the pram like that than hold your toddler and push the pram.

I love that you can tilt the board up when it’s not being used so you can walk as normal with the pram and just as easy to tilt back down when it’s needed as this saves the hassle of taking it on and off. The only downfall is that you can’t tilt it up if the pram seat is reclined, there isn’t enough room for the two.

Folding the pram with the board attached makes it even easier to get the pram in and out of the car as there's no faffing with taking it off just one click of a button and fold. The only thing I would say is that if the seat is attached, the seat will stick out. You can still carry it, just will have the seat poking out.

I love how the board has given me the freedom to go out with two little ones without having to worry about what’s ifs. My toddler can’t wait to go on the board and can step on and off so easily when she wants to explore a little more."

2. Joolz Aer footboard

step board

  • Makes going out easier
  • Folds with the pram
  • Slightly difficult to walk behind

Accessories you can purchase for the Joolz Aer

Cup holders

Car seat adaptors

Comfort cover

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Joolz Aer final verdict

Overall, the Joolz Aer is a clever and well-built pram that hasn’t compromised on quality and sturdiness with its compact lightweight design . It’s easy to take in the car and on walks, plus it is comfortable for young and older children. Although the reclining part of the pram was something I mentioned that I had a little difficulty with, I wouldn’t consider any other pram than this.

Testing for the 2024 Mother&Baby Awards, our mum testers said:

"The pushchair is very light and really easy to use. My toddler seemed to find it very comfortable and soon fell asleep in it if he needed to. It is super easy to put up, a push of a button and pull another and it just unfolds itself. As it is light and compact it was so easy to put in the car. I’m sure it would fit in many a smaller boot. I loved that it came in a travel bag so any dusty wheels were contained. I can’t praise this enough as it's done the job with ease."

"I have really enjoyed using the Joolz Aer with my little one (18 months old) and genuinely feel that using it has made day-to-day life on the go that little bit less stressful. From opening the box to getting on the move with the Aer, the whole experience was effortless. I felt that the design of the chair and the useful in-built features make the Aer a very practical and pleasant pushchair to use. The handlebar height was ideal for me (being tall) and I personally found the Aer really easy to push. I felt that I was comfortable walking around with it on day trips (no back pain)."

"We had no issues fitting it into our very packed car and felt that it was a dream to set up and ready to use within seconds – perfect when you need to get going! The Aer looks smart and the Taupe colourway which we tested is very stylish and fit well with the rest of our accessories. My son was very happy in the Aer and certainly looked very comfortable and secure; overall a delightful compact pushchair!"

New for 2023 – the Joolz Aer+

Joolz unveiled the Aer+ in February 2023 and it has some convenient updates. The new buggy gains an elevated and eco-friendly design, made with 100% recycled fabrics. It continues to feature the lightweight frame and one-hand fold, but brings in an updated ergonomic seat that offers a bit more space for little ones to sit comfortably.

Other new additions include a larger ventilating SPF50 hood, a full-lie flat position, an LED light, new wheel design and a bigger under-seat storage basket of 17L. The Joolz Aer+ cot, which can also be used with the standard Joolz Aer, now includes a peek-a-boo window to keep a close eye on your little one. Read our full review of the Joolz Aer+ .

Are compact strollers useful?

Compact strollers can be a great addition to a family with a toddler, especially as we know toddlers can come with a lot of stuff (toys, spare clothes, snacks etc). So having a small lightweight stroller can mean things like creating more storage at home and in the car.

Are compact strollers ideal for travel?

Lots of parents praise compact strollers as they can fit in the overhead locker in an aeroplane. They flat pack nicely when going on a long-haul car journey, allowing more room for other luggage. Even if you're not taking a journey by plane or car, parents enjoy using compact strollers for tackling busy city centres and day trips to places like museums.

The Joolz Aer+ is a luxurious ultra-compact travel buggy and the second generation - an evolution of the original Joolz Aer . Released in 2023, it was awarded the Reddot Design Award and can boast one of the sturdier frames with a nice enough suspension for the type, plus a seat unit more spacious than most.

The Aer Plus differs from the original Aer not only in new colorways and a higher weight capacity but mainly in the possibility to recline much more. Not a 180-degree recline, though the seat reclines enough for smaller babies and can be considered a full recline. Another upgrade is a larger sun hood.

The Joolz Aer Plus stroller comes with a carry bag included - everything else, including the rain cover, bumper bar, leg rest, cup holder, carrycot/bassinet accessory, or car seat adapters have to be purchased separately.

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Joolz Aer+ Features & Specifications

The seat unit, the canopy (hood), the bumper bar, the suspension, the handlebar, the carrycot, the car seat, the accessories & extra features, parent reviews of the joolz aer+, the seat is as upright as it can be on a compact stroller.

  • Quality materials
  • Sturdy frame
  • Comfortable seat
  • Easy to manouvre
  • Accessories not included
  • Zip system to pull down seat

This is a fantastic stroller.

I bought this stroller a few months ago and have been so happy with it. It looks great, the seat is comfortable and padded. The frame is sturdy and easy to manouvre. The closure system, although stiff in some instances, works really well. The seat is as upright as it can be on a compact stroller. The canopy offers great cover. The only two downsides are that the zip system to pull down the seat is not the easiest, especially when the child is in the stroller, and also that all the accessories are not included in the purchase price and also quite expensive. Apart from these two cons I would highly recommend it.

A great little buggy

  • Looks fabulous
  • Feels like really good quality
  • It is really lightweight and not a bother to take in and out of the car multiple times a day
  • Fold is absolutely amazing, so quick and easy
  • Unfold is equally amazing
  • The wheels are nice and smooth and very quiet
  • The elasticated shoulder strap is great
  • The canopy is a very good size
  • The zip recline is a pain
  • The canopy material (and a wire) gather around the top of the seat back (annoying for my 3 year old but doesn’t bother my baby yet)
  • The (essential) footrest has to be bought separately
  • The bumper bar also has to be bought separately and is very expensive
  • I would prefer if the straps were a bit stiffer
  • There is no rain cover, the only thing included is a travel bag, as the whole point of this stroller is that it can be taken on board a plane I don’t see any use for the travel bag and would much prefer if a rain cover or even better a footrest or bumper bar would be included instead

On the whole it is a great little buggy, other models I considered were the Ergobaby Metro and Bugaboo Butterfly… sometimes a little part of me wonders would the Butterfly (particularly the recline and the seat back) have been better... but I got the Aer+ for a great price so decided to go for it.

Your questions about the Joolz Aer+

I've purchased the Joolz Aer+ Carry Cot and it folds great, but it doesn't seem to lock into place to use it as a stand-alone bassinet. I pull it open so it looks like it's ready to use, but since there's seemingly no way to lock it into place, the whole thing folds back down with a slight bit of pressure. I tried researching this issue but all the info I've found is about how it folds, not how it stays open. I feel like I'm missing a very simple but key detail in knowing how it works! Thanks!

Hey, Chloe,

The Aer/Aer+ are super compact, travel strollers, and their carrycot is pretty much meant to be used open on the frame of the stroller only - not really for overnight sleeping or full featured use on the ground. It can even be folded on the frame after releasing the lower side lever, which even underlines that lack of sturdiness as a standalone.

That being said, it should not fully collapse until a lever is released, so for it to not collapse, make sure the lever is not released - it should stay closed. Here's the Joolz Aer cot manual so that you can check what I mean.

In any case, as I said, the cot is not really meant to be used as a standalone carrycot nor for overnight sleeping, it could be a hazard.

I'm torn between getting the Jooz Aer + or the Nuna Triv Next for my newborn (born with the added carrycot). I live in a flat in London so will need something thats easy to travel with and compact. Do you have any preference of one over the other? Particularly thinking about ease of push and manoeuvrability for day to day use. Thanks 😊

If you are thinking about the only stroller, and from birth, the Aer+ is definitely not the best choice. It is very small, with small wheels, and made for more like travel, shops, and occasional / second stroller use. It is not sturdy enough for a regular everyday use with a newborn in my opinion.

The Nuna Triv Next is definitely a larger, sturdier stroller, and I think that is a much better choice to go for from birth, frame and wheels-wise, so I will recommend that one (over the Joolz).

I'm looking to buy a new stroller for my 1 year old baby. It will be used for everyday use, public transport, traveling and it needs to fit in a small car trunk, so pretty much it needs to be as close as possible to the holy grail of strollers! I'm between the Aer+ and the Bugaboo Butterfly (you are more than free to suggest another one). As my baby likes to take naps in the stroller, I'm a little put off by the Aer+ reclining system.

Thanks in advance!

Hey, Angie,

I know what you mean with the reclining system, however, if we're talking about everyday use (which none of these were actually build for, this is good to acknowledge), the Aer is the sturdier one, with a bit more comfortable push. So personally, at least at this super small size, I would go for the Aer+. I don't think there is a better-made one in this stroller category.

Apaprt from that, I would honestly go for something a tad larger. Whether the Inglesina Maior , TFK Dot 2 , or the Oyster Zero , but that size and wheel size will make life comfier for the little one and you too. Just saying!

Is the Joolz Aer+ seat unit compatible with the Joolz Aer chassis / base?

This is a very unusual question, honestly I never tried. I think that in theory it could be, the frame did not change much in that aspect, but officially there is not info about that. I think you would do best contacting Joolz's customer service and ask them that.

I need to buy a travel stroller for my baby and I will start using it when my baby is 5,5 months. I was looking into Joolz Aer+ but I am not sure it is enough reclined. Otherwise, I saw the Metro+ Deluxe. Any advice? Thanks

The Aer+ is definitely reclining enough, so if you'll use it in that fully reclined position, you can use it for a 5.5mo.

The Metro+ is also a good choice, but the Aer+ definitely pushes better and it is also more spacious.

We are considering of getting the Joolz Aer+ but I wonder if the carrycot for the Aer will fit into this new model. I wouldn't be willing to buy a brand new carrycot specific for this model as this is very expensive. The previous model is on sale so I wonder if this would fit into the new model.

Hey, Maria,

As far as I know, the attachment system hasn't changed. That means the carrycot/bassinet for the Aer SHOULD fit the Aer Plus, yes. To be 100% sure, the best is always to ask their customer service as well, OR try it in a store. I personally am, however, rather sure it will fit.

This is your place to ask us a (quick) question about the Joolz Aer+

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The 15 Best Travel Strollers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We tested the best travel strollers on the market for maneuverability, design, durability, and portability.

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Travel + Leisure / Phoebe Cheong

If you're traveling with a child under 4 years old or so, you need a stroller. But your everyday stroller might not be your best bet when you hit the road: Today's models are big with lots of storage space, wide canopies, and large wheels for challenging terrain. Not ideal for packing into trains, planes, and automobiles or for bringing in and out of a hotel. If you plan to travel even somewhat often with your little ones, you might want to invest in a travel stroller.

So, what is a travel stroller? A travel stroller is a smaller, more scaled-back stroller with a collapsible frame that can be folded up tightly. Many travel strollers fold multiple ways to reduce the length, width, and height; some, like umbrella strollers, fold one way into a narrow but still-long piece. In the end, you want your travel stroller to be comfortable and safe for your child while folding up into a very compact, easy-to-carry package.

We tested more than 32 travel strollers from top brands such as Uppababy, Nuna, and Babyzen. We measured and weighed them, then spent eight and a half hours in our New York City lab putting them all through the wringer, looking at each stroller's maneuverability, design features, durability, and portability. We then sent them out intro the real world to be used by families like yours to guarantee stroller longevity and functionality.

Best Overall

Joolz aer+ baby stroller.


  • Design 4.6 /5
  • Portability 4.9 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.9 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Value 4.6 /5

It folds up into an extremely compact, easy-to-carry package that is great for storing at home or on flights.

The seat can only be hand-washed and air-dried.

The Joolz Aer+ looks great, rolls smoothly, and features plenty of padding for the little rider sitting in it. It wow-ed us right out of the box and was one of the quickest strollers to assemble with just a quick-snap connection to a secure and stable stroller. While the Aer+ is about one pound lighter than earlier models, it is still the same size and features all of the perks parents look for in a high-quality stroller. The roomy shopping basket can hold up to 11 pounds, the canopy is adjustable, and the seat reclines to multiple settings to help keep your little one comfortable as they grow.

Throughout our tests, we tossed the stroller off of a counter to see how it held up and it remained in impeccable condition with little to no scratching and no major breaks or rips. Even when fully loaded up, the wheels moved smoothly and limited turbulence as they are designed to absorb shock from pebbles, rocks, and other rough terrain. We could easily collapse the stroller down using only one hand — which is perfect for use when flying — and it can once again be assembled with just the click of a button. At just over 13 pounds, it's also easy to carry, so you can transport this stroller just about anywhere life takes you.

The Details: 13.2 pounds | 41.5 x 32.7 x 17.7 inches assembled | 8.5 x 21 x 17.7 x inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Best Overall, Runner-up

Nuna trvl lightweight stroller.

  • Design 4.8 /5
  • Portability 4.2 /5
  • Maneuverability 5 /5
  • Value 4.7 /5

Not only does it roll well, but the one-handed folding process was the smoothest of all the strollers we tested.

It's not especially small when folded and is a little unwieldy to carry.

During testing, when we pressed the buttons to collapse and fold the Nuna Trvl, it felt like some spring-loaded mechanism started the process for us and made it easier. That's the kind of helpful detail any parent or caretaker appreciates. And that folding process was quick, easy, and doable with one hand. The Trvl isn't quite as light as some of the other strollers, however, and it has no strap for carrying over the shoulder (although the bumper bar turns into a handle for carrying when the stroller is collapsed). It's also not clear whether the Nuna Trvl will fit in all airplane overhead compartments; It was a tight squeeze when we placed it in ours, with the wheels sticking out a bit.

The Trvl has a lot of great design features, including an adjustable leg rest and simple, adjustable reclining system for your baby. The strap clasp is magnetic to save a little time, and the canopy has a peekaboo window and good ventilation. The bottom storage basket is also on the larger side for a travel stroller and can comfortably fit a backpack. The stroller gilded beautifully over each surface we tried; there was no difference between rolling over the smooth hardwood and the shag carpet, and it handled gravel without issue. And it held up just fine in the durability test.

The Details: 15.4 pounds | 41 x 26 x 20.5 inches assembled | 11 x 27.25 x 20.25 inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Claire Cohen

Best Budget

Kolcraft cloud plus stroller.

  • Design 3.9 /5
  • Portability 3 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.2 /5
  • Durability 4.5 /5
  • Value 4.8 /5

It comes with a tray for baby's food and drink but is still extremely lightweight and easy to fold.

There isn't a ton of space in the undercarriage for storage.

Strollers are unnervingly expensive; many new parents experience sticker shock when they first see those price tags. The Kolcraft Cloud Plus is not. And while it's not the prettiest of the bunch (there's some loud branding), it folds easily — it can even be done one-handed with a little effort and coordination. We love that unfolding can also be done one-handed.

The Cloud Plus doesn't fold down quite as small as most every other one we're testing; the shape is somewhere between an umbrella and normal travel stroller. It's very lightweight, which we love, but since it doesn't fold small enough to fit in an overhead bin and doesn't have a strap or handle, it's not as portable as other options.

This stroller is the only one we tested with a tray for the baby's food and drink; the tray is removable if you're looking to save space. There are also two small cup holders for the adults, though our travel mug did not fit in them. The storage basket can fit a small backpack. The recline system is pretty easy to use and goes back three-fourths of the way to horizontal, and the canopy is good but not great. Same goes for the seat padding.

It rolled well on smooth surfaces, though there was some resistance on the carpet and a lot more on the grave. But we were able to push it through, and the stroller is light enough that when the wheels aren't rolling you can still keep moving. It's not the smoothest ride, but passable. The tray came unclasped during the durability test, but there was no actual damage. Overall, the price-to-performance ratio of the Cloud Plus is so good that it's an excellent budget option.

The Details: 11.8 pounds | 38 x 27 x 18 inches assembled | 10 x 33 x 17.5 inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel & Leisure / Phoebe Cheong

Best for Warm Weather

Gb qbit+ all city stroller.

  • Portability 4 /5

It reminds us of the very top-tier travel strollers, but its price is meaningfully lower.

The handlebar isn't adjustable and the stroller is a bit heavier than other options.

The GB Qbit+ All City reminded us of the Nuna Trvl, but at a significantly cheaper price. The only areas the stroller fell short of the Nuna model are the canopy, which is not especially nice or expansive, and the fact that it's slightly harder to carry since it's a little heavier and has no actual carrying strap. That said, there's plenty to love about the Qbit. One-handed folding is smooth, and buckling and unbuckling the straps is easy. The seat is nicely padded, the entire back is made of breathable mesh to keep your child from overheating. The leg rest is simple to maneuver and goes all the way flat. The seat also reclines almost all the way back so that your baby can take a comfortable snooze. The included bumper bar comes off and on easily, and the handlebar looks and feels nice. There's enough storage for a backpack, too. As for maneuverability, it rolled great on all our testing surfaces and made crisp, tight turns. If you want something similar to and almost as good as the Nuna Trvl, this is your travel stroller.

The Details: 17.6 pounds | 41 x 24 x 17 inches assembled | 10.5 x 23 x 16.5 inches folded | 54.8-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Phoebe Cheong

Best Folding

Uppababy minu v2 stroller.

  • Assembly 3.8 /5

It folds up far more compactly than other UPPAbaby models.

The canopy sticks out a bit when the stroller is folded.

The Minu has a lot of the features familiar to UPPAbaby devotees — unstructured rear storage pouch, locking clasp to keep the stroller folded, excellent canopy — but unlike the brand's G-Luxe and G-Link models, this one is not an umbrella stroller. We actually think that makes for a better travel stroller. The Minu folds up more easily than other UPPAbaby models and far more compactly than an umbrella model. The fold can be done with one hand, but keep in mind the canopy needs to be tucked in once it's folded. A padded carrying strap easily fits over the shoulder. When carried, the Minu isn't the lightest or smallest option on our list, but it's portable enough and fits fine in an overhead compartment.

The Minu's seat back reclines nicely and easily for naps, and the handlebar feels good on the palms. The canopy's magnetic mesh window is handy and easy to keep open, and the sun shade for keeping the brightness out of your baby's eyes is one of the best we saw in our tests. The seat's padding is ample, though we'd like it if the leg rest were adjustable. We did appreciate the sizable bottom storage basket.

In terms of maneuverability, the Minu performed fine. It didn't make quite as tight turns as the Joolz or Nuna, and it felt a bit heavier to push, but it handled the gravel really well. A canopy rod popped out of place when we pushed the stroller off the table, but we were able to fix it pretty easily. Overall, while the stroller is expensive, it's not the priciest on the list and is worth it for the well-crafted features.

The Details: 14.75 pounds | 41 x 31 x 20.5 inches assembled | 12 x 22.5 x 20.25 inches folded | 50-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Best for Cities

Babyzen yoyo2 stroller.

  • Assembly 3.5 /5
  • Design 4.5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.5 /5

It's very well-padded, folds up into a tidy package, and has a convenient carrying strap.

The clips and buckles can be hard to maneuver.

Folding the Babyzen Yoyo 2 took two hands and, while not difficult, was a little more involved a process than with some other strollers. Unfolding is pretty easy, except we noticed our feet getting caught in straps a few times. While folding and unfolding were slightly disappointing, we love how portable this stroller is. It folds up very small and has a comfortable padded shoulder strap as well as a metal bar for easy carrying. And it fits easily into an overhead storage bin. It's a great option for a stroller you plan to fly with.

The Yoyo 2 has nice features, too. The seat padding is especially cushy, and the seat reclines three-fourths of the way back to horizontal (though the recliner is a bit tricky to figure out). There's also a pocket in the back and a decent storage basket underneath that can fit a small bag. The canopy is good, though we'd prefer the peekaboo window to be mesh instead of plastic.

This stroller especially stands out for its handling. We were able to maneuver this stroller through the safety cones with such ease, we could really see this stroller being helpful at a crowded grocery store or airport.

The Details: 14.7 pounds | 41 x 28.8 x 17 inches assembled | 8 x 20 x 16 inches folded | 40-pound weight limit

Best Double

Uppababy g-link v2 stroller.

  • Assembly 4.9 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 4.4 /5

It folds more easily and rolls more smoothly than we expected from a stroller this size.

It doesn't fold down very small, and unfolding it could be easier.

For such a large contraption, this double stroller folds with surprising ease. We were even able to do it one-handed with a little effort, which none of us expected. Unfolding is a little trickier, as it takes some force to unhook the locking clasp. As a double stroller, the G-Link 2 is not the most compact package when folded. Plus, it's an umbrella structure, so this one probably isn't fitting in many overhead bins. Carrying it was a little unwieldy, as should be expected with a double stroller, but there is a helpful handle, and the stroller is lighter than it looks. You can actually wheel it along when it's folded instead of carrying it, but it's not easy, and it bumped into us when we did so.

We like the canopies on the G-Link 2: quality material and good coverage. There are little storage pockets behind each seat, and it comes with a cup holder. You can also fit a purse or very small backpack in the undercarriage basket. The seats have generous padding, which extends to form a sort of calf rest for the riders. The straps buckle easily and have different height options; the seat backs have two recline positions and are super easy to adjust.

The stroller rolled well over all the surfaces, even the gravel, and it made much tighter turns than we anticipated. We also like that there are no wheels in the middle of the frame (as most double umbrella strollers have), which makes it easier to push without kicking the wheels or frame. Finally, it showed no damage after our durability tests.

The Details: 21.8 pounds | 41 x 25 x 28.25 inches assembled | 14 x 40 x 17.5 inches folded | 55-pound weight limit per seat

Cybex Libelle Compact Stroller

  • Durability 4.6 /5

It's a modern-looking stroller that's easy to move.

It lacked some of the features we'd have liked to see at its price.

The Cybex Libelle Stroller looks sleek and is easy to fold down into an easy-to-store size. Unfolding this stroller is incredibly easy — perfect for families on the go. The wheels of this stroller turn more easily than some other styles and provides a smooth ride over most surfaces.

Due to its simplistic design, this stroller doesn't have extra pockets or cupholders, but its lightweight and compact style makes this a great option for traveling since the stroller can fit in the overhead bins of most airplanes. Just be aware that this model does not include a carrying strap, so if you plan to walk for long periods of time with the folded stroller, you'll have to carry it by its medal frame.

It handled pretty well over the smooth hard surfaces with no noticeable hiccups, but it struggled a bit on the gravel.

The Details: 13.7 pounds | 41 x 20 x 20 inches assembled | 8 x 22 x 14 inches folded | 55-pound weight limit

Best Maneuverability

Bugaboo butterfly stroller.

  • Assembly 4.8 /5
  • Design 4.9 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5

It takes next to no effort to push this stroller over terrains of all types.

The instructions have pictures rather than words, so they’re a bit unclear.

From sharp turns to steep curbs to rocky terrain, the Bugaboo Butterfly Seat Stroller easily traverses it all. Built with advanced four-wheel suspension and a lightweight frame, we loved how little effort it took to push the stroller, even with one hand. The wheels seemed to absorb bumps and shock well, keeping the seat stable and the baby in place. 

We were equally impressed with the stroller’s packing and traveling capabilities. Weighing in at just over 16 pounds and boasting a compact size when folded down, the Butterfly is easy to carry and even hoist in the air to stow in a plane’s overhead bin. It’s also simple to assemble, and it remained perfectly intact and undamaged after we dropped it.

Other useful features of this stroller include a Velcro rain cover, seat cover, spacious under-seat basket, padded handlebar with a wrist strap, reclining mechanism, and an easy-to-use foot brake. 

The Details: 16.1 pounds | 36.4 x 17.7 x 40.3 inches assembled | 17.7 x 9.1 x 21.3 inches folded | 48.5-pound weight limit

Best for Air Travel

  • Assembly 4.7 /5

It easily fits in overhead bins and is a high-quality, durable option.

At 14.6 pounds, it's one of the heavier strollers we tested.

The Cybex Coya is a stylish and durable stroller families will be happy to use for their daily activities and while traveling. It folds up quickly and easily slides into airplane overhead bins for easy access as you board and de-board. The comfortable seat padding is removable for cleaning and the canopy comes down for sun and rain protection. The five-point harness is also incredibly easy to adjust and the seat itself reclines to be almost flat. Pair that with the adjustable leg rest and you have the perfect spot for your youngster to nap on the go.

We also love the cushioned handlebar that adds some extra comfort when pushing the stroller and the zippered pocket in the back of the canopy where you can store your phone or wallet for convenience. The cargo area is also a great size considering the overall compact nature of this stroller and easily fit our packed diaper bag. After our toss test, the stroller is still in great condition, although we do recommend investing in a dust bag if you're nervous about bumps and scratches while traveling.

The Details: 14.6 pounds | 38.2 x 17.3 x 31.1 inches assembled | 7.1 x 17.3 x 20.5 inches folded | 55-pound weight limit

Best Compact

Contours itsy.

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  • Assembly 5 /5
  • Maneuverability 4 /5

There’s almost no assembly required.

Parents of older, larger children may not find it as useful.

If you like to live your life simply, the compact and convenient Contours Itsy may be the stroller for you. Right out of the box, it’s already nearly fully assembled — all you have to do is snap the bumper bar into place, which takes almost no effort. On top of that, it’s a no-frills option, so there’s no cup holder or oversized basket to weigh it down, take up space, or make things complicated. 

We did, however, love features like the secure bumper bar, easy-to-use harness, canopy with UV 50 sun protection, and padding on the crotch strap, which makes the stroller look comfortable. They also appreciated the small size of the foot rest, basket, and entire stroller in general, because it made using and transporting it a breeze.

When it was time to stow the stroller away (or pack it up for travel), we got a kick out of just how tiny it folds up — in its simplest form, it’s not much larger than a grocery bag. It’s also ultra-lightweight and easily folds with just one hand. 

The Details: 12.3 pounds | 32 x 39 x 18.2 inches assembled | 11 x 22 x 11 inches folded | 40-pound weight limit

Best Comfort

Baby jogger city tour 2 stroller.

  • Maneuverability 4.8 /5

The price is reasonable considering how solidly it performed on all our tests.

It did not fit in our overhead bin and isn't easy to fold one-handed.

Folding this stroller was pretty simple, though not quite as smooth as it was with some of the others. The unfolding process was a little finicky as well and took some practice. So what do we like about the Baby Jogger City Tour 2? The price is reasonable, it performed solidly on most of our tests, and it maneuvered exceptionally well over all surfaces. We noticed little perceptible difference between its rolling over the shag carpet and smooth wood surface, and while other strollers struggled a bit on the gravel, this one navigated it with ease.

In terms of portability, the City Tour 2 doesn't feel bulky and has a good hand carrying handle. We would have liked to see a shoulder strap, however, and it did not fit in our overhead bin. The seat back has a lot of recline, and the drawstring to pull and push the seat forward and back is easy to use. The seat has good structure and good padding; the straps work well and can be adjusted to different height levels. There's lots of leg room and adjustable calf support for the baby, and the canopy has a peekaboo window and goes up and down smoothly. We'd have appreciated some more storage space; you can't fit a backpack anywhere. When we pushed the City Tour 2 off a table, we did notice that a small foam pad came off, though we couldn't even figure out where it came from, and it did not structurally damage the stroller.

The Details: 14 pounds | 40 x 26 x 20 inches assembled | 7 x 22.5 x 19.5 inches folded | 45-pound weight limit

Best Umbrella

Uppababy jordan g-luxe stroller.

  • Portability 3.9 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.7 /5
  • Value 4.5 /5

The recline system is particularly easy to use, and the stroller stands well on its own when folded.

The button/ring-pull combination for folding it is a bit finicky and has to be timed perfectly.

The first thing to note here is that ​​umbrella strollers only fold one-dimensionally, so the result is narrow but long…like an umbrella. The other strollers on this list fold down via multiple joints and in multiple directions for a smaller and more squarish package; neither is necessarily better, but you'll want to decide what you want before buying a travel stroller.

This particular UPPAbaby model is a bit tricky to fold because the handle/ring combination used to do so is finicky and has to be timed perfectly. Once you get that, the folding is smooth, but the whole button-and-ring thing is a little annoying. As with most UPPAbaby products, however, the G-Luxe's features are pretty nice. There's an included cup holder that fits a travel mug easily, and the canopy is expansive with extra sun shade (there is no peekaboo window, however). The leg rest for the child is easy to adjust, and the straps feature a five-point harness and adjustable height levels. The seat padding is substantial without looking bulky, and the recline system, while only providing two settings, is exceptionally easy to use. The unstructured (perhaps too unstructured) pocket behind the seat is pretty spacious and in a good location, but the storage basket at the bottom of the stroller isn't particularly big.

The G-Luxe maneuvers well, with good tight turns, though it rattled noticeably over the gravel. It held up well during our durability tests and sustained no damage.

The Details : 16.5 pounds | 42.5 x 23.5 x 18.5 inches assembled | 15 x 41 x 11.75 inches folded | 55 pounds weight limit

Best Lightweight

Zoe the traveler.

  • Design 3.5 /5

The removable seat liner is machine washable.

The attachable snack tray is sold separately.

If you're heading off on a family trip and looking for a simple, lightweight travel stroller, this minimalistic design will do the trick. It's incredibly easy to assemble and takes just a few minutes to click the wheels and bumper bar into place. It also comes with a parent cupholder and back pocket to help keep your hands free throughout your journey. We did note that the cargo area is the perfect size for a small tote bag or purse, but it may not be large enough to fit diaper bags or weekender bags.

We love that this stroller comes with a removable seat liner that can be thrown in the washing machine after a trip to keep clean and fresh. The canopy can also be unzipped to expand and it has a peek-a-boo feature on top so you can check on your child without stopping. This stroller is also easy to push around on every type of terrain — especially around tight corners. The stroller is light enough to lift up stairs, but we do recommend you use two hands when carrying down the stairs. When it's time to disassemble the stroller, simply press a button on the handlebar and bend the stroller forward. It’s so easy we didn’t even need instructions to figure out how to do it. You can even fold and unfold this one-handed, perfect for on-the-go travels.

The Details : 13 pounds | 41 x 30 x 18 inches assembled | 22 x 19 x 10 inches folded | 45 pounds weight limit

Most Adjustable

Thule shine.

  • Design 4.2 /5
  • Durability 4.8 /5

Assembly is quick and easy, perfect for first-time parents.

It can be hard to turn on sharp corners.

For such a compact stroller, the Thule Shine has plenty of storage, an expandable canopy with UPF 50+ protection, a reclining seat, and adjustable leg rests — everything you need for a busy parent and growing youngster to travel comfortably. We love the fast assembly of this stroller and the security of knowing everything clicks together when positioned and popped in correctly. There is an adjustable handlebar that is super easy to figure out, an extra rain canopy that you can pack and bring with you, and it is so easy to fold down. The harness does need to be clipped in a specific order before it can be fully buckled, which might become difficult with a fussy child, but we did find the seat to be comfortable and loved that it was extremely adjustable.

During our tests, it only suffered minimal scuffing and we never felt as though it would tip or fall while maneuvering through an obstacle course. We were able to fold the stroller with just one hand, but it was difficult to get it fully locked into the travel position without using two hands. It does stand upright once folded, so you can pop it down quickly for storage, whether you're coming back home and stashing it in a closet or boarding a plane. The stroller also fits easily into car trunks, but is most suitable for gate checking and is not likely to fit in overhead airplane bins. Overall, the stroller felt durable and was light enough that most parents would be able to carry it when needed. We felt like it would last through at least a couple of kids should your family use it multiple times, which is perfect for growing families.

The Details : 21.6 pounds | 35 x 42 x 20 inches assembled | 13 x 27 x 20 inches folded | 49 pounds weight limit

Other Travel Strollers We Liked

Some of the travel strollers we tested did not make our list of recommendations. They all had positive attributes, but a few things held them back.

Summer Infant 3DLite : This is a decent budget option, but the price-to-performance ratio was just not quite as good as the Kolcraft Cloud Plus.

Doona Infant Car Seat and Latch Base : The easy-to-maneuver pick collapses into a car seat but the use case for this is too specific to pay as much as it costs, and many other stroller frames can fit a car seat.

Gb Pockit Air All Terrain : This one is incredibly light and folds easily, but there are basically zero features.

Ergobaby Metro+ Compact Stroller : While this is a sleek and stylish option, i t's not easy to carry, and the canopy adjustment makes a lot of noise, which could wake up a sleeping baby.

Munchkin Sparrow : The lightweight design is smart and thoughtful, but everything from the canopy to the storage bin is simply too small. 

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Once we fully assembled all strollers in our New York City testing lab, we measured their height, length, and width, both fully opened and fully folded down. We also weighed each one, since weight is a particularly important aspect if anyone will be carrying the stroller during a trip. Then after carefully reading instructions, we repeatedly folded and unfolded each stroller. We took copious notes to record whether the folding process was intuitive and easy to execute. We considered how difficult it would be to do with a baby in one arm or with a whiny toddler pulling at our legs.

While each stroller was in its most compact setup, we tested it for portability. Is it easy to pick up? Comfortable to carry? Are there good handles and straps? Is it compact enough to fit in an airplane overhead bin (we constructed our own makeshift one according to standard airline measurements using a storage rack and a box). We recorded all this and more.

Next we carefully examined each stroller for included features. We looked for seat reclining and cushioning, cup holders, baskets and other storage space, canopy cover for protection from the weather, seat cushioning and reclining, and more. We tried the features out and took detailed notes on whether they were functional and helpful. We also practiced buckling and unbuckling the straps.

Then we put 25-pound sandbags in every stroller. We wheeled them forward and backward over hard floor, carpet, and gravel. We practiced U-turns and pivots and even wheeled them through a miniature obstacle course of cones. We also noted how well the brakes worked and if they were easy to engage.

Finally, we gave all of the strollers a durability test. We dropped each one from waist height and then pushed each off of a table slightly higher than that. We examined each after the falls to see if there was any damage.

After completing our lab tests, we sent each stroller out to real families to use these strollers over a period of six months to really put them to the test. Throughout the testing period, we asked how each stroller was holding up in terms of durability, comfort, portability, and more and updated our findings here.

Tips for Buying a Travel Stroller

Consider the types of travel strollers.

Not all travel strollers are designed with the same priorities in mind. Some may emphasize a lightweight and packable style while others are focused on maneuverability or durability. There are umbrella strollers, that are best for toddlers, but light enough for travel; jogging strollers with advanced suspension for smooth rides; and even full-sized strollers that may not seem best for air travel, but often include great features like storage compartments and padded seats when portability is less of an issue. When it comes to selecting the best travel stroller for your family, think about portability and convenience, but don't forget about comfort and bonus accessories to make your trip a smooth and unforgettable experience.

Pay attention to folded size

The biggest differentiator between a regular stroller and a travel stroller is that a travel stroller should pack up more compactly. You'll want it to fit easily into car trunks or train/airplane compartments without taking up much space. The Joolz Aer , our top pick, folds down to 8.5 (height) x 21 (length) x 17.75 (width) inches. That's a good guide for a stroller that will fit nicely into the aforementioned compartments.

Remember storage space and other features

Just because your travel stroller might be a smaller and more scaled-down version of your everyday stroller, you shouldn't have to suffer from a lack of convenience. Good travel strollers still offer some storage space for small bags, toys, snacks, etc. Remember, you can always add a drink caddy for both your stroller and luggage. The seat for your baby should be padded and comfortable and able to recline; keep an eye out for a canopy that offers good coverage and buckles and straps that are easy to use. So, while compact folding and good portability are what make a travel stroller a travel stroller, be sure to look closely at the other features a stroller does (or does not) include.

Prioritize comfort and safety

At the end of the day, your stroller needs to be safe and comfortable for your child. Check for good, padded seats that recline. Make sure the straps don't look like they'd cut into your baby's shoulder or chest, and take note if there are leg rests. Note if the wheels can handle different surfaces well enough to keep the stroller from shaking and rattling too much.

If you can fit it in the overhead, you can bring it on board. If you have an umbrella model or are using your regular (non-travel) stroller, your best bet is to gate check it. But many travel strollers fold down so compactly that they fit easily into an overhead bin. In general, carry-on luggage should be 45 linear inches (22 x 14 x 9 inches) or less. You can reference the FAA website for more guidance.

In short, a travel stroller is lighter than an everyday stroller and folds down far smaller. This means that the frames are usually thinner and have several folding joints, and the wheels will be smaller and less suited for rough terrain. Storage space, cup holders, and other accessories will usually be kept to a minimum. But a good travel stroller should give you everything you really need and even function well enough to be used every day — all while folding down nice and small and being easy to carry or pack away.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Chris Abell is the Associate Editorial Director at Travel + Leisure , and he is a parent and frequent traveler. He's owned the Uppababy G-Luxe and the Joolz Aer, and he helped design and execute the testing for all the strollers on this list. Chris and associate commerce editor Hillary Maglin worked with a team of other editors and parents to test these strollers in our New York City lab space.

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Joolz Aer Stroller Review

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We purchased and tested the Joolz Aer and 19 other lightweight strollers. The Aer was the top-performing stroller and scored particularly well in maneuverability, folding, weight and folded-size. We don’t like the harness buckle or the seat recline mechanism, but the benefits of this stroller far outweigh the downsides.

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Editor's Choice

Fast folding, highly maneuverable, lightweight stroller worth the price

How it Compares

The Joolz Aer is one of the more expensive lightweight strollers priced at around $450.

It received our Editor’s Choice award with the highest overall score of the 20 strollers we tested.

Related Reading : Best Lightweight Strollers Compared

Most Common Complaints

The Joolz has a few negative customer reviews. We’ve listed the most common complaints and how our experience compares with the criticism.

Testing and Research

We ran the Joolz through over 100 tests and measurements, comparing it directly to 19 other strollers over several months. We used it with kids one-year-old up to five, and with parents of different heights.

Kid Travel Video Review

Weight and Folded Size

The Joolz Aer is only 13.4 lbs and folds down to 1.8 cu ft. This makes it ideal as a travel stroller. It is one of the lightest and smallest strollers you can buy.

Folded Size

Steering and Maneuverability

My favorite part about this stroller is how easy it is to push and turn. I thought having the rear wheels closer together than the front wheels might make steering more difficult, but it doesn’t.

We pushed this stroller over flat sidewalks, bumpy sidewalks, grass and an obstacle course. It steers and turns easily on flat surfaces. Steering and maneuverability ratings:

The Joolz is not made for offroad travel. The smallish wheels easily get stuck between stones and don’t jump over larger sticks.

We also found that the force required to jump curbs is greater than most other strollers.

Lightweight strollers often have wheel vibration, especially at a fast pace or over bumps. The Joolz had among the lowest in wheel vibration measurements. This made it more comfortable to push and provided a smoother ride for the kids.

When pushing straight on a flat surface the Joolz was similar to other strollers in its tendency to veer.

Ease of Use

Joolz AER storage basket with doll in stroller

The Joolz Aer has an easy-to-reach storage basket that is .49 cubic feet which is small compared to many other umbrella strollers. It holds a maximum of 11 lbs.

You can access the basket from both the front and the back. The sides of the basket are low so you have to be a bit careful about things falling out.

Storage Capacity:

There is a pocket on the back of the stroller that is very tight but works well for storing small items like mobile phones and car keys.

Without purchasing accessories the stroller doesn’t come with any other storage. There is no parent console, no parent or kid cup holders or snack tray.

joolz aer pocket on back of stroller

The handle is fixed at 40 inches high which is a good height for both taller and shorter parents. It is comfortable and classy looking, made of faux leather.

joolz aer handle

The handle and frame feel solid. It doesn’t bend or give like the gb Pockit+’s handle.

The peekaboo window is thin but adequate to see through and its mesh fabric allows some airflow through the canopy.

joolz aer peekaboo, mesh window allows you to see baby in the seat

We performed tip-over testing and found the Joolz more likely to tip over from a child leaning out over the side than most strollers we tested.

tip-over testing

The Joolz arrived fully assembled and it only took a couple of minutes to get it unboxed. The user manual is not fantastic, but adequate.

The brake is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It toggles up and down. You don’t have to use the top of your foot to release the brake so it doesn’t hurt even when barefoot.

The single brake pedal stops both rear wheels. The brake engages the first time, unlike some strollers that require a couple of tries.

joolz aer single-pedal brake

The stroller back does recline but the recline mechanism is not particularly convenient. It requires unzipping around the back of the stroller and then adjusting side straps. You’ll only have to adjust the straps one time.

Unzipping the recline zipper

Once the seat back is reclined, there is some mesh fabric that lets air in.

joolz aer with seat back reclined

The buckle on the 5-point harness requires clicking in four different straps. Most buckles have a way to only clip twice, one on each side. This only adds a couple of extra seconds to the process but is still a hassle.

The hip harness straps adjust smoothly. The material is silky and the clips slide easily.

However, the shoulder harness straps are a bit more challenging to adjust. They work the same way as the hip straps but it takes some practice to get them to slide up. Fortunately, the shoulder harnesses don’t have to be rethreaded.

Joolz aer shoulder harness straps

There is a nice travel bag that comes with the stroller. It has a long, adjustable strap. The strap is not padded but is not too uncomfortable.

Joolz Aer red travel bag with long black handle strap

The stroller also comes with a rain cover that attaches with velcro to the frame.

plastic raincover over the joolz aer

While it is nice that it comes with a travel bag and rain cover, if you want car seat adapters, a footboard, cup holder, bassinet, bumper bar, leg rest, or parent console, you will have to purchase them separately.

Folding and Transport

Our “How to fold the Joolz Aer” video:

The Joolz Aer is a true one-hand-fold stroller. You push in the small release button, squeeze the big white fold button and push forward. It folds in 2 seconds and opens in 3 seconds.

The Aer is a good alternative to an umbrella stroller because of its weight and compact folded size.

This stroller came out on top in the Folding and Transport category:

The stroller stays folded until you release it with the “fold button” on the handle. Some customers have complained that the stroller got stuck when folded and wouldn’t unfold. We haven’t had this problem.

It stands on its own while folded. It will roll when folded but you have to lean over to pull it, so it’s easier just to carry it by the included strap.

joolz aer folded and standing

This stroller is 21″ x 17.7″ x 8.5″ folded. This is slightly larger than the maximum carry-on bag dimensions of 22″ x 14″ x 9″, published by most US-based airlines. The stroller fits fine in an overhead bin, but you may or may not get away with it. Travel strollers like the gb Pockit+ or Cybex Libelle should always be accepted by airlines.

Despite the possibility that some airlines might make you gate check the Aer, we still consider it one of the best travel strollers available.

The Joolz Aer comes in the following color options:

  • Mighty Green
  • Delightful Grey
  • Elegant Blue
  • Lovely Taupe
  • Refined Black

Kid Comfort

We tested every stroller for the level of bumpiness and vibration in the ride. I was surprised that the Joolz Aer has a smoother ride than even the larger strollers with big wheels.

testing ride smoothness of strollers with an accelerometer.

The seat has soft and thick padding on the bottom and back. The crotch strap is padded but not the harnesses. This doesn’t make too big of a difference since the harnesses are smooth to the touch.

The seat back in its upright position reclines just slightly more than we would like at 56°. 70° for older kids lets them sit up enough to be able to see out fully.

The seat reclines to 33 ° which is certainly enough to take a nap but is not even close to being flat. To get a flat sleeping surface you need to purchase the Joolz Aer Carrycot (bassinet) as shown below.

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The pram does not include a kid cup holder or snack tray. Cup holders and a car seat adapter can be purchased separately.

The car seat adapters are currently compatible with the following infant car seats:

  • Clek: Liingo, Liing
  • Nuna Pipa: Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R, Pipa Lite LX
  • Cybex; Aton2, Cloud Q, Aton M

The canopy provides basic sun coverage but is not as large as those on some strollers that extend over the child’s knees. The canopy is rated UPF 50+ by the manufacturer.

The mesh, peekaboo area of the canopy can be zipped up and collapsed.

joolz aer canopy coverage

I like the sturdiness and operation of the canopy. It retains its shape well and stays in place.

The seats are 10 inches deep and 13.5 inches across. This is large enough for bigger kids to feel comfortable in the stroller. The maximum weight and height limits are 50 lbs and 42.5 inches.

Quality and Safety

The Joolz Aer is a pricey stroller that supports the price with high-quality parts, materials, and design. It feels and looks like a high-end stroller.

Joolz aer stroller front and rear wheels

The wheels are made of polyurethane and solid plastic. The Joolz was average compared to other strollers in the decibel level of sound generated in our noise testing.

The frame is aluminum and feels solid. There are a couple of zippers that operate reliably as do the buckle and harness clip.

The most important moving part is the folding mechanism which hasn’t caused us any problems but we don’t yet know how well it will hold up with heavy, long-term use.

One of the highest incidents of stroller-related injuries is from pinching and amputation related primarily to hinges. We tested the folding hinges and canopy hinges for pinching potential. While it is possible to pinch yourself, this stroller had good results compared to most other strollers.

A study published in 2016 found many stroller injuries related to children falling over or falling out of strollers.

It is never recommended to hang diaper bags on prams because of the risk of tipping them over. The Joolz Aer tips over with a 12 lb weight hanging from the push handle while the stroller is empty.

Joolz Aer vs Bugaboo Butterfly

the bugaboo butterfly stroller sitting next to the joolz are on its right. Both strollers are black.

The Bugaboo Butterfly scored just slightly below the Joolz Aer overall in our testing. Both are excellent strollers. The Butterfly is 2.7 lbs heavier and about 9% larger when folded.

Neither one technically fits in the typical 22x14x9 carry-on size requirement for an overhead bin, but both are very close and may be accepted by some airlines.

from left to right the yoyo2, butterfly and aer strollers folded and standing up side by side

Although you can’t tell from the picture above, the Butterfly storage basket holds .75 ft 3 vs the Aer’s .49 ft 3 .

Both strollers are highly maneuverable, and both fold and unfold fast and easily. See our full Bugaboo Butterfly Stroller Review .

The Bugaboo recline mechanism is simpler than the Aer’s, and the Bugaboo’s seat reclines back a little farther for better napping. Unfortunately, the seat reclines in its fully upright position reclines a bit too much for children who would prefer not to be leaning back.

Joolz Aer vs Babyzen YoYo2

Babyzen yoyo2 on left,, joolz aer on right

The Babyzen YoYo2 is a popular, high-end stroller that competes with the Joolz Aer. The YoYo2 is similar in weight to the Aer, and its folded dimensions are more likely to meet airline size requirements for fitting in an overhead bin.

The downside to the YoYo2 is folding. The first stage of the folding process requires two hands pressing simultaneously on buttons on each side of the frame. The second stage requires reaching under the stroller and depressing a button, then pulling a plastic lever, then grabbing and pulling the frame. Even with practice, it takes about twice as long to fold as the Aer.

Our full review of the Babyzen YoYo2 .

The YoYo2 has a better seat recline mechanism than the Aer and a slightly more difficult-to-use brake system.

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  • FROM BIRTH to TODDLER: Joolz Aer+ lightweight stroller it's a versatile companion designed to adapt seamlessly as your child grows from 6 months to 4 years, accommodating weights of up to 50 lbs. It's ergonomic and reclinable seat is comfortable as well as easily adjustable to different positions, ensuring optimal neck and back support for your little one's growth and providing a cozy space for naps and chill-out sessions. It's weight of just 13.2 lbs, make it perfect for on-the-go families.
  • COMFORT, DESIGN & ADAPTABILITY: Our One-Handed folding stroller simplifies your daily routine, ensuring effortless convenience. It's suspension-equipped wheels guarantee a smooth ride on any terrain, while the high handlebar (41.5 in), a generous 11 lbs basket capacity and ergonomic handling reduce strain on parents' backs. Pre-assembled in the box for hassle-free setup Joolz Aer+ ensures comfort and ease for both you and your baby.
  • ULTIMATE PORTABILITY & TRAVEL SYSTEM: The Joolz AER+ compact travel stroller is designed for easy transportation and compact storage. With its shoulder strap and travel pouch included, it's effortless to take on the go. Its easy fold mechanism ensures convenience, for daily walks, and errands while its airplane compatibility adds versatility to Aer+ travel stroller. Ideal for quick trips or longer journeys summer adventures, prioritizing your child's comfort and safety.
  • SAFETY & EASY MAINTENANCE : The Joolz Aer+ pram prioritizes safety with a 5-point click & go buckle and adjustable harness straps. Its patented seat design maximizes child protection, during every journey ideal for crowded airports or leisurely holidays. The sun hood offers UPF 50+ protection and extra ventilation, shielding your child from harmful UV rays with it's stroller shade while ensuring comfort in any weather. Easy to maintain with hand washable features.
  • SUSTAINABLE & GUARANTED: Embrace a sustainable lifestyle with the Joolz Aer+, crafted from 100% recycled fabrics. This eco-friendly stroller goes beyond environmental responsibility, featuring reusable packaging that reduces waste and has a 10-year transferable warranty.

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Product Description


Ultra large sun hood

Offers both protection (UPF 50+) & extra ventilation.

It contains a 5-point click & go buckle and a harness with adjustable straps.

Wheel design

Providing 4-wheel suspension for a smooth ride.

Reclinable ergonomic seat

Use the seated position to make sure your little one won’t miss a thing. And when the tiredness kicks in, you can easily switch to the relax position.

Spacious basket

Which can hold up to 11 Ibls.


What's in the box?

The box contains one complete & amazing Joolz AER+ with a travel pouch.

Can I bring my Joolz AER+ as a cabin luggage?

Yes, the Joolz AER+ can be stored away in the overheard compartment due to its compact design and can be stored in small spaces. *Luggage restrictions differ per airline. If in doubt, we recommend that you call the airline directly before traveling.

Is this Joolz AER+ suitble for newborns?

The buggy is suitable for children that cans sit unaided. Usually after 6 months old, but in addition you can add the AER+ carrycot on the stroller and then it is suitable for newborns.

What are the measurements of the Joolz Aer+ seat?

Unfolded: L: 32.7 in x W: 17.7 in x H: 41.5 in

Folded: L: 21 in x W: 17.7 in x H: 8.5 in

How much can I transport in the shopping basket of the Joolz Aer+?

The shopping basket between the wheels can hold up to a maximum weight of 11 Ibs.

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Customers say

Customers like the weight, ease of folding, quality and size of the stroller. They mention that it's a great compact travel stroller, easy to handle and that it fits in the overhead bin. They also appreciate the wheels making navigating very easy.

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Customers find the stroller lightweight, easy to travel with, and the best compact travel stroller. They also say it's easy to fold and toss in the car.

"...So far it seems to be a great stroller, light weight , great look, and sturdy...." Read more

"...stroller that we could invest in and met the needs of: durability, lightweight , airplane overhead sized, and comfy for the kiddo...." Read more

"...The Joolz Aer+ is lightweight , strong, comfortable, great maneuverability, easy to fold and unfold, accepts my Nuna car seat (with adaptor), fits in..." Read more

"...The easily fold and lightweight feature are favorite . Even my husband likes it. Its worth the price and quality of the stroller is superb...." Read more

Customers are satisfied with the quality of the stroller. They mention that it's well built, strong, and has good wheels. Some say that it is a great product and is well worth the money spent.

"...It has very good wheels , it's comfortable for my toddler, it's easy to handle and the size of the basket is very convenient since a backpack fits..." Read more

"...we wanted a stroller that we could invest in and met the needs of: durability , lightweight, airplane overhead sized, and comfy for the kiddo...." Read more

"...The Joolz Aer+ is lightweight, strong , comfortable, great maneuverability, easy to fold and unfold, accepts my Nuna car seat (with adaptor), fits in..." Read more

"...Even my husband likes it. Its worth the price and quality of the stroller is superb . I will totally recommend this brand to my friends and family." Read more

Customers find the stroller easy to fold and carry. They say it has a true one-hand fold and is convenient to travel with. Some customers also mention that the strollers is smooth to push and fold.

"...only keep the joolz aer+ since it's as comfortable but more easy to fold and carry ." Read more

"...is lightweight, strong, comfortable, great maneuverability, easy to fold and unfold , accepts my Nuna car seat (with adaptor), fits in the airplane..." Read more

"...The easily fold and lightweight feature are favorite. Even my husband likes it. Its worth the price and quality of the stroller is superb...." Read more

"...I can push my 35lb toddler in the Joolz one handed no problem. True one hand fold , great quality, cushy seat, nice textiles, great canopy coverage..." Read more

Customers find the stroller to be compact and lightweight. They say it fits in their smaller hatchback, takes up minimal trunk space, and can also fit in front of a carseat. Customers also mention that the basket is very convenient.

"...for my toddler, it's easy to handle and the size of the basket is very convenient since a backpack fits Perfectly in it...." Read more

"...invest in and met the needs of: durability, lightweight, airplane overhead sized , and comfy for the kiddo. This met all the needs and more...." Read more

"...and unfold, accepts my Nuna car seat (with adaptor), fits in the airplane overhead compartment , and it is beautiful!" Read more

"...SO glad we did. Fits in the overhead bin , collapsing is easy and convenient, and it rides smooth. It reclines for naps and has an extended sunshade...." Read more

Customers find the stroller very comfortable for their children. They mention it has a soft and smooth seat, nice textiles, and a great canopy. They also say it feels different at first use and is incredible light weight.

"...It has very good wheels, it's comfortable for my toddler , it's easy to handle and the size of the basket is very convenient since a backpack fits..." Read more

"...needs of: durability, lightweight, airplane overhead sized, and comfy for the kiddo . This met all the needs and more...." Read more

"...The Joolz Aer+ is lightweight, strong, comfortable , great maneuverability, easy to fold and unfold, accepts my Nuna car seat (with adaptor), fits in..." Read more

"...True one hand fold, great quality, cushy seat , nice textiles, great canopy coverage in general but esp for a travel stroller...." Read more

Customers find the stroller easy to handle, convenient, and lightweight. They say the wheels make navigating very easy over pavement, small gravel, and dirt. Customers also mention that the strollers is easy to set up and fast to maneuver.

"...It has very good wheels, it's comfortable for my toddler, it's easy to handle and the size of the basket is very convenient since a backpack fits..." Read more

"...I ended up loving it so much it is now our everyday stroller - super convenient and lightweight." Read more

"...SO glad we did. Fits in the overhead bin, collapsing is easy and convenient , and it rides smooth. It reclines for naps and has an extended sunshade...." Read more

"...Pros:The folding!! So easy and smooth.The canopy!!..." Read more

Customers are satisfied with the appearance of the stroller. They mention that it has a great look, the seat is larger and more elegant, and the textiles are nice.

"...So far it seems to be a great stroller, light weight, great look , and sturdy...." Read more

"...(with adaptor), fits in the airplane overhead compartment, and it is beautiful !" Read more

"...True one hand fold, great quality, cushy seat, nice textiles , great canopy coverage in general but esp for a travel stroller...." Read more

"This stroller is all you need for traveling. Lightweight, sturdy, and so sleek . Love everything about it!" Read more

Customers like the smoothness of the stroller. They say it's easy to use and convenient, and it rides smoothly. Some say that there isn't much of a suspension, but it'll still ride well on brick and cobblestone. Overall, most are satisfied with the maneuverability and the lightweight design.

"...The Joolz Aer+ is lightweight, strong, comfortable, great maneuverability , easy to fold and unfold, accepts my Nuna car seat (with adaptor), fits in..." Read more

"...Fits in the overhead bin, collapsing is easy and convenient, and it rides smooth . It reclines for naps and has an extended sunshade...." Read more

"...The strap is very handy. Lightweight but feels sturdy. Rides well on brick and cobblestone ...." Read more

"...Pros:The folding!! So easy and smooth .The canopy!!..." Read more

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