The Babyzen YOYO is one of those rare premium strollers that actually delivers on its promises—pricey, but impressive in its performance and features. Besides testing it ourselves, we interviewed parents who used this stroller for months and the vast majority sing this stroller’s praises. Here’s why:
What We Liked
• One-hand, quick fold. (Ok, you first have to put down the hood before folding.)
• Extended canopy for more sun coverage.
• Cushy seat padding.
• Car seat adapters (sold separately) for some Cybex, Maxi Cosi infants car seats.
• One hand steering. Yep, it pushes like a premium stroller: smooth like butter!
• Multi-position reclining seat. But it doesn’t fully recline—so not as good for infants.
• Seat fabric is removable for washing.
• Independent suspension on all four wheels. That cushioned the bumps, in our tests. Impressive!
• Compact when folded: 20.4″ x 17.3″ x 7″.
• Very lightweight: 13.23 lbs.
What Needs Work
• 40 lb. weight limit. Yep, that is 10 lbs. LESS than competitors like the Bugaboo Ant. That means you’ll get less use out of this pricey investment, unfortunately.
• No height adjustable handle means taller parents may end up kicking the back of the stroller. In our tests, it worked fine for parents up to 6′ tall, however. Taller than that and you might wish for an adjustable handle!
• No footrest. But that is often the case with lightweight strollers.
• Small storage basket. It’s adequate for life in the suburbs . . . but don’t try going grocery shopping in a big city!
• Color packs are sometimes extra. Note this stroller is sold with a frame + color pack, which is the seat fabric and canopy. Be aware that other Babyzen YOYO models are sold just as the frame. The color packs are an extra purchase! Who does that?
• No cup holder.
• Limited car seat compatibility. This stroller doesn’t fit Chicco’s popular infant car seat, for example.
• Pricey newborn kit (with flat seat and bassinet-like enclosure) is extra purchase. Hence, the basic Babyzen YOYO recommended in this article is better for older kids (5 months+) than newborns because the seat doesn’t fully recline.
• Buckle-on newborn kit is “extremely confusing and irritating,” said one of our mom testers.
• Foam covered handle? At this price, why isn’t it leather? That’s like buying a Lexus with cloth seats.
• When folded, the stroller handle hits the ground—and that can cause wear and tear.
Bottom line: this is a fantastic lightweight stroller for everyday use that beats its peers on steering, weight and features. But it can be an expensive purchase: stroller + newborn kit + color packs equals the GDP of a small country. And Babyzen makes it confusing with all the different configurations. Yet it is obvious why Babyzen has legions of fans: this premium stroller delivers.