If you’re tall and your stroller has a low canopy, you may end up with a view up your stroller’s back end that’s not exactly family-friendly. An umbrella stroller is a good solution, as they have a taller seat, bigger tires, and a generally more grown-up feel than a regular stroller. After putting in more than 70 hours of research and testing over the past seven years, we’ve chosen the strollers that are the best for tall parents, with tall canopies, wide seats, and easy-to-fold frames.
|1||Summer 3Dmini Convenience Stroller||9.7|
|2||Summer 3Dlite+ Convenience Stroller||9.6|
|3||Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller||9.2|
|4||Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller||8.5|
|5||Kolcraft – Cloud Plus Lightweight Easy Fold Compact Travel Baby Stroller||8.4|
The Process We Used to Evaluate
The canopy on the UPPAbaby Mesa and the UPPAbaby Mesa XT tested to be about average in coverage and blockage of sunlight. The Mesa has one canopy peek-a-boo window, and the XT has two.
For the UPPAbaby strollers, we measured the canopy height at its highest point of coverage.
The Mesa’s canopy height measured 54 inches, and the XT’s measured 56 inches. This means that parents of taller kids might have a little trouble getting their kids covered up, especially if they’re wearing a winter hat.
We took the strollers out in a variety of conditions, including in the rain, to determine whether they were easy to use and maneuver.
For this part of the testing, we evaluated each stroller’s maneuverability, storage, durability, and general use.
We folded each umbrella stroller flat (or flat enough) and noted how easy it was to do so. We also checked how easy it was to access the stroller seat from all sides, how easy it was to attach a car seat adapter, and how comfortable it was for our kids to ride in.
In addition to these tests, we checked how easy it was to install the strollers car seat adapters.
Summer 3Dmini Convenience Stroller
If you need a lightweight stroller that’s easy to fold and carry, the Summer 3Dmini Convenience Stroller is an excellent choice. It’s lightweight (11 pounds), yet it has a full-sized seat and plenty of storage space.
The front wheels are anti-shock and lockable, and the rear wheels are lockable too. This stroller offers all the basics you need and is a great choice for tall parents.
Summer 3Dlite+ Convenience Stroller
The Summer 3Dlite+ Convenience Stroller is the most luxurious umbrella stroller we tested and would make an excellent everyday stroller. It’s sturdy, its fabrics and stitching are high-quality, and it has a ton of thoughtful features.
In addition to our typical testing, we ran it through a weeklong tour of the city, during which we packed it on public transit and rode it in a variety of weather conditions. And it passed our strenuous tests for folding and unfolding smoothly.
However, we recommend that you look at one of our other picks if you regularly carry more than one child in your stroller, since the 3Dlite+ does not recline fully and the storage basket is small.
It’s a great option for tall parents, since the handlebar is taller than that on most other umbrella strollers.
Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
The Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller is a great option for parents who want a lightweight, compact stroller that can work as a travel or everyday stroller. We especially like the lockable rear wheels and anti-shock front wheels that help smooth out bumps and steep inclines.
For someone who’s taller than average, the higher handlebar on this stroller is a major bonus. It makes the handling much easier, and the stroller’s folding process is simple, too.
The 3Dlite folds down to a fairly small size (for an umbrella stroller), but it still has a lot of storage space, including a large storage basket, a rear storage pocket, and a cup holder—plenty of room for all your essentials. The one potential downside is that the storage basket is on the heavier side, and it can only accommodate up to 10 pounds of cargo.
Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller
The Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller is our favorite umbrella stroller. It’s sturdy and simple, with a lightweight frame, lockable front wheels, and a generous canopy and storage. Like our other picks, it’s tall and wide enough to accommodate a tall adult and a large child.
It folds down small enough to fit in most spaces, and the multi-position reclining seat and removable cup holder are extra perks.
Kolcraft – Cloud Plus Lightweight Easy Fold Compact Travel Baby Stroller
With its lightweight design (11.8 lbs), the Kolcraft Cloud Plus is easy to use for day trips and travel. It has a three-tier, extended canopy with a peek-a-boo window and an easy one-hand fold that makes it great for car travel.
We found it easy to steer on grass and gravel, and its front suspension and all-terrain wheels made for a smooth ride on paved surfaces.
The Cloud Plus has a reclining seat with a 5-point safety restraint system, so your child should be comfortable and safe in it. This stroller accommodates children up to 50 pounds and 40 inches tall, and the seat fully reclines.
The storage basket is roomy, and the stroll’s removable child tray, parent tray with two water bottle holders, and extra storage area make this stroller a great choice for family outings.
Things to Keep in Mind
As a tall parent, you may have already experienced the frustration of trying to find a stroller that fits your body. While researching for this guide, we discovered that many parents with longer torsos and wider shoulders have trouble finding strollers that fit them comfortably. We focused our research on finding strollers designed for taller folks, and we considered the following criteria:
Fits Taller Adults
We looked for strollers that could accommodate adults who are 5’11” or taller. (This is our cutoff height because most adults over this height can ride most amusement-park rides.) To do so, we sought out information about how tall the company leaders were and whether they were above average height.
Comfortable Seating Position
We looked for strollers in which the adult could sit with a straight back, with their legs able to swing naturally without hitting either the footrest or seatback.
The width of the seat can also be an issue if you are wide through the shoulders.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best stroller for tall person?
There is no definitive answer for this question as different people have different preferences for strollers. However, some taller individuals may prefer a stroller that has a larger height limit so they can comfortably fit in it. Additionally, a stroller with a large sun canopy may be preferable as it will provide more coverage from the sun.
2. What is a good height for an umbrella stroller?
A good height for an umbrella stroller is around 32 inches.
3. What material is best for an umbrella stroller?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different parents may have different preferences. However, many umbrella strollers are made from a lightweight metal or plastic frame, with a fabric canopy. This makes them easy to fold and transport, but also means that they may not be as sturdy as some other types of strollers.
4. What is the highest rated umbrella stroller?
The highest rated umbrella stroller is the UPPAbaby G-LUXE.
5. What is a good weight for an umbrella stroller?
The weight of an umbrella stroller varies, but a good weight for one is around 10 pounds.