This lightweight stroller provides the best balance of size, weight, and stability, and its high price tag reflects that.
In this Babyzen Yoyo stroller review, we explore its many features, as well as how it compares to other strollers on the market.
Babyzen Yoyo Stroller Features
The stroller has an adjustable, front-facing seat. The backrest always has a slight recline and is never fully-upright. This makes it more comfortable, but the baby may slide out of place if the harness is loose.
The backrest can also recline to the back, but it’s not entirely flat. Even so, it reclines back enough for the baby to sleep.
The footrest isn’t adjustable, which seems like a wasted opportunity.
The seat is thin and light, to make the stroller easy to fold.
However, it’s by no means flimsy, and it has enough padding to stay comfortable.
It’s spacious and is about 17 inches long, which is shorter than many other strollers. It may not be short at all depending on your baby.
If the seat is a bit short for your needs, you can buy a footrest separately. Although this can be a bit inconvenient, it’s a possible fix.
The seat isn't safe for babies under 6 months, because it doesn’t recline into a flat surface completely. It’s designed for a baby that can sit upright while supporting the weight of their head.
Sun and Rain Protection
The Yoyo stroller’s shade can be extended or folded. It has an SPF rating of 50+ and a small plastic window at the back that's see-through. This allows you to keep an eye on your baby without having to go all the way around to check.
This window is placed far back and works for most situations, but may let in too much light in on a sunny day.
On very sunny days, you can replace the canopy or add a parasol. On rainy days, you can use the rain cover included with the stroller.
It’s worth noting that all the fabric in the stroller is removable and washable.
5-point harnesses are the standard for strollers these days. With that said, it’s still important to check that your stroller doesn’t skimp on it.
The Yoyo stroller uses a clever 5-point harness with 3 height variations. It goes around the hips and shoulders and connects in the middle. To close it, simply bring the two buckles together and press them down to the middle buckle.
The stroller comes with a red brake between the rear wheels. It’s pretty straight-forward, you just press your foot down to turn on the brake, and step off the brake to keep moving. The brake pedal itself is large and has enough space around it.
The brake is easy to use compared to the competition and is good at keeping the wheels firmly in place. On other strollers, you may find that you press the brake by accident while walking, or that it has another mechanism to disengage it.
The Yoyo comes with a 4-wheel suspension system, which means that each wheel is independently connected to the stroller, and all the wheels will stay on the ground at all times.
This makes the stroller easier to maneuver even on rougher terrain.
The wheels are 5-inch in diameter, which is a bit small. They’re made from PU-foam and have no grooves so that no rocks can get stuck in them.
Although it has an independent suspension system, the stroller is still designed for urban living.
It can handle a few hiccups on the road but it shouldn’t be used extensively off-road.
The stroller is small and light, so the chair is placed close to the ground to give it a low center of gravity. This makes it more stable when maneuvering.
The bar handle is solid and has a nice foam cover. Most strollers have two handles, so they aren’t suitable for one-handed use. The Yoyo fixes this by connecting the two handles from the back.
Unfortunately, the handle is fixed at about 42 inches high, which may be too high for some people. If you’re taller than 5’6”, it should be comfortable enough.
Putting the stroller together upon purchase is surprisingly hard. It can take about 15 minutes, which is a lot of time for a stroller.
The reason for this is that it comes in many tiny pieces. Other strollers often have these parts pre-assembled.
However, once you get it together in one piece, you wouldn’t need to worry about assembly anymore. If you need to store it, you can simply fold it and put it in the travel bag.
Folding and Unfolding
The folding mechanism of the Yoyo can seem a bit complicated, but it’s very quick once you try it a few times. Here’s how to do it:
If done right, the stroller should be folded into thirds. With its astonishing small size, it fits right inside the travel bag that comes with it.
If you don’t have the bag with you, you can use the handlebar or the harness as a make-shift handbag.
The Babyzen Yoyo is advertised as a travel stroller that fits the overhead compartment of an airplane. According to many users, it can also fit into car boots, trains, and so on.
When folded, it’s the second smallest stroller on the market.
Opening the stroller is much simpler. All you need to do is hold the handlebar and press a little latch, and the stroller will open by itself.
Babyzen provides a video demonstration to explain this process.
Below the seat, you’ll find a storage basket. It measures around 18.9 x 8.6 inches and can carry up to 11 pounds. Although the basket is small, it’s rather long and the side edges are high, so it can fit a lot of things with ease.
The stroller also features a back pocket with a zipper. It’s useful for carrying personal items such as a phone, wallet, keys, and so on.
The stroller has ample storage for whatever you or your baby may need, but it may not be suitable for a visit to the supermarket, for example. There isn’t enough room to carry groceries and merchandise.
With this price, the Yoyo doesn’t skimp on quality. The frame is made from aluminum, and the rest of the parts are of a high-quality plastic. The stitching is well-made with no rough edges or visible seams.
The stroller is durable and can withstand up to 40 pounds, even though it only weighs 12.8 pounds. It can also withstand repeated folding and unfolding. It’s likely to last a very long time.
The stroller comes with a travel bag, a rain cover, and a shoulder strap.
The travel bag is designed to fit the stroller while it’s folded. It doesn’t have a strap, but you can use the stroller’s harness as a strap.
The rain cover is a transparent plastic cover that attaches to the frame with Velcro straps. It covers the entire length of the seat except for the canopy. If it’s raining heavily, the water may leak between the rain cover and the canopy. It’s not likely that you’d stay out in heavy rain, though.
Other accessories are compatible with the stroller, which need to be bought separately. These include a cup holder, footmuff, car seat adapter, insect shield, leg rest, parasol, and different color packs to change the color of the canopy and seat.
The Yoyo’s main selling point is its compact size. With that said, it does pretty well on every other front. It’s light, but stable. It’s easy to maneuver and reasonably comfortable. It can also carry a large load for a lightweight stroller.
Perhaps the biggest problem with this stroller is the price tag, which is noticeably higher than the competition. Consider how much mileage you need from the stroller, and if it’s a long-term purchase, then the price is worth it for the quality.
It’s also worth considering the environment you’d use the stroller in. Do you need it for traveling? Are you going to use it in urban areas or off-road? The Yoyo is suitable for most needs but we don’t recommend it for off-road walks.