Have you ever spent hours and hours researching something you think you must buy urgently….and then end up not buying it? It’s something that I’ve done a lot since I’ve had a kid. Usually it goes like this: I think I must by X to solve X problem, only to research it to death and, by the time I’m done researching, the problem has gone away or I’ve found a substitute solution.
That’s what happened with my search for an umbrella stroller that could be both rear and forward facing (i.e. parent-facing or forward facing).
I convinced myself I needed an umbrella stroller for getting through the airport on our first transatlantic flight. But, since my daughter was only 5 months old at the time, I really wanted one with a reversible seat: she can face me when she’s little and outwards when she gets older. Thus, began my hunt for this umbrella stroller. Oh, and I wanted to be able to use a coupon I had, I wanted to avoid horrendous shipping costs, and kind of hoped it wouldn’t be terribly ugly… lots of criteria, lots of reading, and then I never made the purchase.
As I mentioned in this post, I realized that I didn’t need an umbrella stroller in the airport (I could take my full-sized one right to the gate). I was also unsure of how a small stroller would handle the cobblestones and uneven streets of Europe, so I decided it would be better to travel with our full-sized stroller and I have not regretted it.
So, why share a list of a bunch of strollers I’ve never used? Well, I’m hoping the time spent looking into these strollers could be of use to someone else. Also, now that I’ve seen how full our trunk can get when we travel, I’m reconsidering getting one just to save some space! I would still love to have the parent-facing / reversible option, which could be handy depending on the weather conditions or just the mood of my little one.
For any Canadians, I’ve given links to where you can buy the strollers in the US and Canada. (My fellow Canadians know how annoying it is to find the product you’re looking for only to find it not available in Canada, and steep duties and shipping costs if try to purchase it.)
I hope this list is helpful! (Prices are approximate based on what they were selling for at the time of writing this post.)
Parent Facing / Reversible Umbrella Strollers
Summer Infant 3D Flip
This one is available on Amazon and at Babies R Us and Walmart in Canada and Buy Buy Baby and Amazon in the US. Babies R Us had a sale when I was looking at strollers so I was seriously considering this one. The Summer Infant umbrella strollers have fairly good reviews, though I find the side panels a bit funny looking.
$200-280 CAD / $180-216 USD
This one is available on Amazon.ca and at Walmart in Canada and, similarly, Amazon and Walmart in the US. I prefer the look of this stroller (particularly the heather grey – so nice!) compared to the 3D flip, but I saw them side-by-side in a Walmart and I thought the Summer Infant wheels looked a bit sturdier, though I haven’t tried either.
Urbini Reversi Stroller
$130 CAD / $44-80 US (‘Fog’ colour linked below is cheapest in the US)
This was the most affordable reversible stroller I found and available at both the Canadian and US Walmart and Amazon in the US. The US Walmart website has many more pictures and customer reviews than the Canadian site (mostly positive reviews, but some complaints about the wheels).
Quinny Zapp Xtra
$350-$450 CAD / $160 USD
Amazon.ca and Babies R Us (but it’s selling for $450 here, yikes!) have this stroller in Canada and Amazon and Babies R Us in the US. Though this is the most expensive stroller, I thought long and hard about getting it as I found quite a few being sold secondhand. The footprint of the stroller looks smaller than the other options and the wheels sturdier. If you’re also thinking of buying secondhand, watch out: I think a previous version of the stroller (‘Quinny Zapp’) did not have the reversible seat feature.
Quinny Zapp Flex Plus
$425 CAD / $230 USD
The Quinny Zapp Flex Plus is new since I last did my searching for a stroller. It looks like a sleeker version of the Zapp Xtra and it’s nice to see that there’s a full handlebar. The price is still steep, though, with the large wheels I wonder if this could substitute a full-sized stroller for everyday use? Something to consider! It’s available on Amazon.ca and Amazon in the US. Given the steep price I’ll be hoping to find one secondhand in a year’s time!