For anyone who’s been looking for the absolute best travel stroller in 2020, especially if you’re looking at a high end travel stroller, you’re probably looking at one of these two amazing little strollers: Babyzen Yoyo2 or Joolz Aer. Let us help make the choice between these two amazing travel strollers easier!
Babyzen Yoyo2 has been the market leader in this space for some time now, and while there are some very other very popular travel strollers like the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and the Mountain Buggy Nano, nothing has really competed at the same level of quality and styling as the Babyzen Yoyo2 – until now.
The timing of the release for the Joolz Aer was a little unfortunate – it came out just as the world started to lock down with Covid-19. Even so, this new addition to the Joolz range of high quality luxury prams has still managed to get some attention.
Joolz Aer and Babyzen Yoyo Both Offer
They’re both high end, luxury travel strollers.
The fabric quality, features, functions and overall quality of these strollers puts them in a league of their own.
They have been designed so perfectly for travel.
They are both designed to be light and compact enough to fit in the overhead luggage on a plane. Meaning when you travel you will have your stroller right up until you board the plane. Which is fantastic if you’re expecting stop overs – or if you just prefer to keep your stroller close to avoid it getting lost or damaged in checked luggage.
Be aware with any stroller that it can depend on the airline, and also the mood of the flight crew, whether or not you will be able to take your stroller on board and put it in the overhead luggage. However with either of these strollers you will be able to get them to the gate.
Perfect for inner city and suburban lifestyle.
These sweet little strollers aren’t just for travel, they’re perfect for every day use as well. They’re both lovely to push and are the most comfortable travel strollers for cruising around with, as they have surprisingly effective suspension and overall sturdy feel to them. So they’re great for zipping around busy footpaths and shopping centres, hopping off and on public transport, or popping into the boot of your car.
Both have a 6 month+ seat with newborn capabilities.
Neither the Joolz Aer or Babyzen Yoyo2 have a fully flat newborn approved recline in the seat. They both have a semi-recline that is designed for an older baby or toddler to relax or nap, but not designed for a baby under 6 months of day.
However both the Joolz Aer and Babyzen Yoyo2 have the option of adding a capsule – with adapters sold separately – to turn them into a newborn friendly travel system.
They also both have the option of a newborn friendly “seat”, however I personally think the Joolz Aer is a more polished newborn solution, as it is a proper “bassinet/cot”.
Why Choose the Joolz Aer?
Bigger Seat Capacity
The Joolz Aer seat size is SIGNIFICANTLY wider and taller than the seat of the Babyzen Yoyo. The overall seat size will accommodate a much taller, broader child. Also the backrest continuing almost to the canopy, whereas the Babyzen Yoyo2 stops quite short of the canopy, providing less head support for your taller child in the stroller. Meaning your taller toddler won’t just fit for longer in the stroller, they’re actually be more comfortable as well, especially in the reclined position (in the
Super Easy One Handed Fold
As popular as the Babyzen Yoyo2 is, one of the biggest complaints is that the fold isn’t exactly easy or intuitive. I have taught many people how to fold the Babyzen Yoyo2 and they rarely get it right the first time (or the second, third, or fourth time. It takes some practice!) Whereas the Joolz Aer is so simple to fold most people can work out how to fold it down without even being shown how. It’s a one handed, one smooth movement, maneuver. Which means you can easily fold the Joolz Aer with Baby on your hip, or holding your toddler’s hand.
Joolz Lifetime Warranty
If you register your Joolz Aer within 6 months of the purchase you receive the Joolz Lifetime Warranty on your stroller. This means for the time you own the stroller, regardless of how many years you’re using it, or how many children you have, any manufacturing faults will always be covered under warranty. In comparison, the Babyzen Yoyo2 offers a 2 year warranty. This is perfectly fine, but given the price point of these strollers, it’s nice to know that for as long as you own your Joolz Aer you know you’ll be taken care of.
Why Choose the Babyzen Yoyo2?
Customise your pram style
One of the features people love about the Babyzen Yoyo2 is the fact you can choose and buy the colour pack separately (which includes the seat pad and sun canopy). Meaning there is a wide variety of colours that you just don’t see with any other stroller – blue, green, orange, red etc. Also you can easily replace the seat pad and hood if you want to switch things up and style your pram differently, or if you’re wanting to easily replace the seat fabric to freshen up your pram between babies.
Options to grow with your family
Firstly, the Babyzen Yoyo2 has a very well integrated optional ride on toddler board, with a sit and standing option, so it’s great for growing families. Because you have the option of adding a “second seat”.
Also the Babyzen Yoyo2 has the option of a “newborn pack” which allows a new baby to lie completely flat in the seat. So depending on your lifestyle the Babyzen Yoyo2 could be your one and only everyday pram.
Well Known and Popular Travel Stroller
I have heard from quite a few people that when they travelled with their Babyzen Yoyo the flight crew had heard of the brand, knew that it was designed for the overhead luggage compartment, and so let them through with it without questioning the weight or size. Simply because they were more familiar with the brand. Whereas they are more wary of unfamiliar travel strollers and want to weigh and measure the stroller before boarding to be sure it fits. Also I think recommendations from friends is a big – and valid – influence. If a friend has a Babyzen Yoyo 2 and they love it, it makes sense to want to go with something you already know and trust.
Babyzen Yoyo2 vs Joolz Aer Tech Specs
The Babyzen Yoyo2 is fractionally smaller than the Joolz Aer when folded. Though only 1-3 cms bigger in width, height and length. Though the Joolz Aer is 200grams lighter overall than the Babyzen Yoyo2.
Which really is a negligible difference. Neither yourself or an airline is going to notice the different in size or weight.
Assembled dimension the Yoyo is 1 cm narrower, but the Joolz Aer is 3cms shorter in length from front to back. The handlebar height is essentially the same height – only half a centimeter difference.
So, if you were to compare the two side by side the size and weight difference of the overall stroller, folded or unfolded, is pretty much irrelevant.
|Babyzen Yoyo||Joolz Aer|
|Folded Dimensions||L52 x W44 x H18 cm||L53.5 x W45 x H21.5cm|
|Unfolded Dimensions||L86 x W44 x H106 cm||L83 x W45 x H105.5cm|
Included and Optional Accessories
The Babyzen Yoyo2 has A LOT more accessories to choose from. Though this is partly because the Babyzen Yoyo2 has been on the market a lot longer, so have had time to develop their extensive range of optional extras. Whereas the Joolz Aer will likely continue to introduce more accessories as time goes on.
Both the Joolz Aer and Babyzen Yoyo2 come with a carry bag included (though the Babyzen Yoyo2 bag is quite a lightweight canvas bag, you can purchase a more robust travel bag separately if you choose). Also the Joolz Aer includes a raincover, whereas the new Babyzen Yoyo2 the raincover is sold separately (The original Yoyo and Yoyo+ both included a raincover.)
Babyzen Yoyo2 accessories (Sold separately)
- Travel bag (a sturdier bag than the bag it comes with)
- Rolling bag (for extra storage towed behind the stroller)
- Toddler board
- Newborn nest
- Rain cover
- Mosquito Net
- Car Seat Capsule Adapters
- Cup holder
- Leg rest
- Colour packs (for updating the colour/style)
Joolz Aer Accessories (Sold separately)
- Car Seat Adapters
- Leg rest
- Belly Bar
- Comfort Cover (UV sun shield)
- Mosquito Net
Overall they are both great options, there is no wrong choice here. It comes down to which you prefer, the functionality you’re looking for and what suits your family and lifestyle best. Or you might prefer the aesthetic of the Babyzen Yoyo 2, or the feel of the Joolz Aer –
If you still haven’t found your perfect travel stroller check out Best Travel Strollers 2020 for more great options!