If you have young children and like to travel, you likely appreciate a lightweight stroller that still retains those small-but-important features.* After trying out several different brands, our family favorite is the ZOE XL2 double stroller (see 600+ reviews, buy direct from ZOE as a third-party seller). They aren’t a big name brand and you won’t find them in any major big box retailer.
This double stroller weighs only 16 pounds and the single stroller only weighs 10 pounds. That means this double stroller is lighter than many single strollers. How? They made it from aluminum as opposed to steel. Meanwhile, it still has quick-folding capability, extended shade canopies, 135 degree recline, lower basket, and snack/cup holders.
We’ve taken the ZOE XL2 on multiple extended international trips and the weight savings makes a big difference. It can be hard to explain until you compare it side-by-side with strollers that call themselves “lightweight” yet are twice as heavy. Weigh your current stroller and compare! Both of us can carry the XL2 with one hand.
- Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller weighs 35 lbs.
- Baby Trend Sit and Stand Double Stroller weighs 34 lbs.
- Chicco Cortina Together Double Stroller weighs 34 lbs.
- Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller weighs 32 lbs.
- Evenflo Minno Double Stroller weights 26 lbs. Okay, it’s on the lighter side, but still 10 more pounds than the ZOE. Not quite what I’d call a “minnow”.
- Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller weighs 22 lbs but doesn’t include a back or seat belts for the rear seat. Add in the $43 rear seat and you’re at 25 lbs. We thought this was a solidly-built stroller, but preferred the wider side-by-side over the longer front/back tandem style. The ZOE XL2 still fits through standard-width doorways.
There are also cheap “umbrella” double strollers, but they lack the extended shade canopies and/or deeper recline that allows for easier naps in the stroller.
Our only warning is to keep the removable cupholders in your carry-on bags if you don’t use a gate check bag. (We also recommend a gate check bag for protection. Yes, it’ll get beaten up and probably torn after about 10 flights. I think of it as paying less than $2 per flight. Besides, would you rather have the abuse be inflicted directly upon your stroller?)
Right now ZOE is liquidating their stock of returned and open-box strollers. The prices and discounts vary, but as of this writing you can get the XL1 for $100 and XL2 for $190. They promise it to be “like new” and never taken outside. This is not a sponsored or paid post, we are simply happy customers and they announced this sale to their mailing list members.
* I’m not saying this stroller is only for travelers as it is our “daily driver” as well, but it does cost more than some other value brands. A few more pounds matters less when you’re not carrying it through airports and pushing it 10 miles a day up and down hills.