Cybex Balios S 2018 – Versatile & Chic Stroller

Cybex did a really good job with their new model for 2018 – Cybex Balios S. This multi-functional and stylish stroller is definitely one of the best strollers that came out in 2018. Here’s why Cybex Balios S is so awesome.

Cybex Balios S Review

This is a full-sized everyday stroller, really well quipped, yet very compact and not excessively heavy. It features few seating options (including near-flat recline) to serve parents from birth to toddlerhood. And the best part is the canopy – I’ve never seen such a HUGE canopy!

Key features:

  • Near-flat recline for comfortable napping
  • Want to use it from birth? Just add carrycot Cot S, infant car seat (GB or Cybex) or Cocoon S
  • Long, extendable canopy for exceptional protection from wind and sun
  • All-terrain wheels & suspension – so you could stroll wherever you want
  • Big storage basket and telescoping handlebar – for parents convenience
  • Hassle-free folding
  • Chic look & high-quality fabrics (check available colors on PishPosh Baby & on Amazon)
  • Price range: $$$

Cybex Balios S Review – Stroller Features

This is brand new stroller from Cybex that has hit the market in the Sping 2018. It has modern, minimalist design and it’s made of high-quality materials.

This all-in-one stroller offers several seating options which make it suitable for newborns and toddlers. It can be used since day one up to about 4 years.

You can find more “infant to toddler” strollers in my ranking of top-quality convertible strollers for 2018.

Thanks to many seating options CYBEX Balios S is suitable for newborns and toddlers
Thanks to many seating options CYBEX Balios S is suitable for newborns and toddlers

Let’s take a closer look at the awesome features of Cybex Balios S 2018.

Seat

The regular seat is reversible so your child can face you or the World. Reversing the seat is very easy thanks to memory button. Everything simply clicks into the frame.

CYBEX Balios S features reversible seat
Cybex Balios S features reversible seat

There is 3-position recline with near-flat position which make this stroller suitable for smaller and younger infants. To recline the seat you need to use a lever on the back of it, so it is a one-handed system. Very quick and easy.

Cybex Balios S- Near-flat recline and fully extended canopy
Cybex Balios S features near-flat recline and LARGE extendable canopy

There is also independently adjustable leg rest, that also has 3 different positions. This stroller has also a step that older and taller children can use as a footrest. Keep in mind, that it’s unadjustable and can be used only when the seat is facing forward.

Cybex Balios S - reclining seat
Cybex Balios S has separately adjustable backrest and leg rest

Another great thing is that Balios S comes with a bumper bar. Many strollers don’t include this accessory and you have to pay extra for it, so it’s a big advantage of Balios S. It rotates and opens from both sides which simplifies putting the baby in and out of the seat.

The regular seat is very roomy and padded with soft fabric. At the first glance you can tell the fabric and craftsmanship are high-quality.

Cybex Balios S - Seat padding
Cybex Balios S has very comfortable seat with deep and soft padding

The seat has 5-point harness with easy to adjust straps and smooth buckle in the middle. I also love the padding – it’s so soft and nice to the touch.

Cybex Balios S - Harness
This stroller was designed witch child safety and comfort in mind. The adjustable harness keeps baby in place securely. There are also nicely padded covers for shoulder straps (they don’t rub infant skin)

There is one more feature worth to mention. The seat is placed pretty high – suitable for eating at the table. So it can be even an alternative for highchair seat!

Seating options for newborns

According to the manufacturer the regular seat can be used from birth (when it’s fully reclined, with leg rest fully raised). To be honest, it’s probably the deepest recline on standard stroller I’ve seen!

Cybex Balios S - Folded canopy
Cybex Balios S seat reclines almost fully flat!

However, I would still use additional attachment that provides even more supportive surface and enclosed space. Parents can attach additional newborn cocoon (Cybex offers special one for Balios S) to provide proper support for your newborn’s back, neck and head.

Cybex Balios S - Almost flat recline
Although the seat features near-flat recline I still recommend adding a bassinet, carrycot or infant car seat for the smallest infants

There is also possibility of attaching bassinet or infant car seat to make this stroller perfect for newborns.

Infant car seat compatibility – Cybex Balios S Travel System

There are additional car seat adapters (available separately here) so parents can turn this stroller to a travel system. Cybex Balios S 2018 is compatible with Cybex and GB infant car seats. If you want to use this stroller as travel system you need to remove the regular seat and attach the car seat to the frame.

Cybex Balios S with infant car seat
Cybex Balios S with infant car seat

Cot S – Cybex Balios S Pram

Parents can also turn this stroller into a pram with a bassinet called Cot S. It is really big and roomy. There is 2-panel canopy with sun visor and apron that protects infant from sun, wind and rain.

Cybex Balios S - Cot S
Cot S suitable for Cybex Balios S

Check the Cot S on PishPosh Baby

This bassinet is also equipped with memory foam mattress that provides the best surface and support for newborn’s back. This is very spacious, comfy and sheltered place for the youngest babies.

Cybex Balios S with carrycot
Cybex Balios S with carrycot

Newborn cocoon

The regular seat reclines near-flat but you can add newborn cocoon for better back support. It’s smaller than bassinet Cot S, but provides proper support and completely flat position. This cocoon is also equipped with two covers – one for summer and one for winter, to protect your child from cold and overheating at the same time.

There are openings in the back of the cocoon for the stroller harness. Although it does provide enclosed space for newborn baby, I recommend buckling the child in the harness, mostly because the cocoon doesn’t have long and rigid sides like carrycot.

Cybex Cocoon S
Cybex Cocoon S

Ass you can see Cybex Balios S 2018 is truly 3-in-1 stroller and thanks to so many seating options it can be the only stroller that parents would ever need.

Canopy

This is the best feature of Cybex Balios S 2018. It has enormous, truly XXL sun canopy! It extends by unzipping the third panel and there’s also flip out sun visor. It really covers the baby from head to toe! Anyway, see for yourself – the picture below shows fully open canopy, when the seat is reclined.

Cybex Balios S - Huge canopy
Cybex Balios S has one of the most generous canopies I’ve ever seen!

When you use the canopy in extended 3-panel version, there is a silent, mesh peek-a-boo window so you can check on your little one whenever you want. It also gives nice extra ventilation. This sun hood is made of fabric with UV 50+ protection.

Cybex Balios S - Canopy
Cybex Balios S has really huge canopy. On the left you can see 2 panels. There is also third panel (picture in the middle and on the right), which you just need to unzip. It is equipped with silent, mesh peek-a-boo window

Handlebar

Cybex Balios S 2018 has adjustable push bar which telescopes in and out. There are 4 different setting, so parents of any height can comfortably steer this stroller.

CYBEX Balios S handlebar
There is a telescoping handlebar to make pushing easy for shorter and taller parents

Wheels

This new model from Cybex has all-terrain rubberized wheels. You don’t have to worry about inflating or having flat. The rear ones are bigger, while the front ones are pivoting and can be locked for better stability on rough terrain.

Cybex Balios S - Wheels
Cybex Balios S has nice big wheels with rubber tires. Front wheels are pivoting and lockable

There are visible spring on all wheels which give nice suspension, so you can be sure the ride will be comfortable even on harsher surfaces. You can take this stroller over pavement, cobbled streets, grass or gravel and it will remain sturdy and smooth.

Here you can see how the suspension works.

Brake

This model is equipped with a single action brake, located in the middle of the rear axle. It’s sandal-friendly, easy to press and release.

Cybex Balios S - Parking brake and easy to access basket
There is very easy to set and release brake pedal. You can use this brake even in flip flops

Just keep in mind the pedal is close to the storage basket, so be careful when you press with your foot.

Storage basket

The basket under the seat is really big and capacious. It can easily accommodate large diaper bag and shopping bags. The seat is mounted high so you can fit big and long items in the basket and have easy access to them. The weight limit is about 11 lbs.

Cybex Balios S - Large storage basket
Cybex Balios S 2018 has spacious storage bin which is easy to access, especially from the back

Size & Weight

I’m really happy that this full-sized stroller is not clumsy and bulky. It’s dimensions are: 31.10” x 23.62” x 39-43.31” (L x W x H), so you won’t have any problems with narrow sidewalks or tight corners.

Cybex Balios S 2018 weighs about 24 lbs which is not that big for such a well-equipped and multifunctional stroller. You will be able to carry it up and down the stairs or lift it to the car trunk.

Folding

Folding is two-step, but you can do it using one hand and it takes literally few seconds. You just need to bring the backrest to the front and then push the handlebar down. It’s a piece of cake! And you can do it with the seat attached, both rear and front facing.

Cybex Balios S has one-hand easy folding mechanism
Cybex Balios S 2018 has one-hand easy folding mechanism

The stroller stands on its own when folded and there is also convenient handle so parents can easily carry Balios S between home and car.

Folded stroller is fairly compact, especially if we consider it is a full-sized buggy! Dimensions of folded Balios S are only: 16.14” x 23.62” x 29.53” which simplifies storage and transport. It fits in most of car trunks and doesn’t take much space at home.

Ease of use & overall performance

Cybex Balios S 2018
Near-flat recline, enormous canopy, all-terrain wheels – all of that in medium price range!

Balios S is a breeze to push and maneuvers so smoothly! On flat surfaces you can navigate and turn it with one hand!

The wheels and suspension work better than on Balios M and you can actually take this stroller on more difficult terrain (not only city sidewalks).

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
  • Probably the deepest recline on a full-sized stroller
  • Compatibility with infant car seats, carrycot and newborn cocoon
  • Long canopy covers the baby from head to toe
  • Mesh peek-a-boo window gives extra ventilation
  • Adjustable handlebar for short and tall parents
  • Spacious storage basket
  • Quick, one-hand folding
  • Works on many types of terrain, even on gravel and grass
  • Fabrics are beautiful and nice to the touch
  • Weighs about 24 lbs which may be a lot for some parents
  • Accessories (like cup holder, rain cover) are not included and may be quite pricey

Color versions

Cybex Balios S 2018 offers 5 color versions: Lavastone Black, Rebel Red, Denim Blue, Manhattan Grey and Passion Pink. I must tell you, I love the melange fabrics on this new model!

Cybex Balios S - all color versions
Cybex Balios S 2018 – all color versions

Keep in mind that each color may have different price, so make sure to check it before you decide to purchase this stroller (see which colors are currently available on Amazon or on PishPosh).

Accessories

Cot S for Cybex Balios S Cot S – This is one option for parents who want to use Cybex Balios S from birth. It provides spacious, comfortable and sheltered place for newborns.
Cybex Cocoon S for Balios S Cybex Cocoon S – Since Balios S seat reclines almost fully flat you can simply add the cocoon and the stroller is suitable for newborn baby! Cocoon S gives extra support for newborn’s head and neck and provides enclosed space for sleeping baby. Cybex Cocoon S is also compatible with Cybex Eezy S Twist!
Footmuff for Cybex Balios S Footmuff – Useful accessory for those you live in colder area or just like winter strolls.
Kid Board for Cybex Balios S Kid Board – Perfect solution for older sibling. Thanks to it your older kid can also have a ride when he get tired of walking.
Rain cover for Cybex Balios S Rain cover – If you live in area where it rains often, it is a must have. You can keep this useful shield in a storage basket, just in case.
Organizer for Cybex Balios S Organizer – Although the storage bin is really spacious, many parents likes to have this additional organizer to keep their essentials at hand.

There are also other accessories which allow parents to customize their Cybex Balios S. There is a snack tray, cup holder, adapters for infant car seats, parents gloves and changing bag. You can check more additional accessories here.

Cybex Balios S – Release Date & Pricing

Cybex Balios S release date was estimated for March 2018 and we all couldn’t wait for it! I’ve got a great news for you: Balios S has been released on the market in Spring 2018 and you can already buy it!

As for such a multi-purpose stroller it’s not super expensive (it’s not cheap either, but it’s less pricey than Priam, Mios and cheaper than other strollers like UPPAbaby CRUZ and VISTA). You can check the current price of Cybex Balios S 2018 on Amazon – just click here. You can also find this stroller in PishPosh Baby store.

Cybex Balios S - Reclining seat with bumper bar
I love how deeply this seat reclines. And it’s equipped with belly bar!

If you’re feeling like this stroller doesn’t meet your expectations, you can also check out my ranking with other new strollers that come out in 2018.

Cybex Balios S Review – Conclusion

Keep in mind

This is an everyday full-sized stroller, so it’s heavier and bigger than lightweight travel strollers. For example it’s heavier than Cybex Eezy S Twist. It’s still quite compact, but doesn’t fit in overhead compartment on airplanes.

3 Reasons Why You Will Love Cybex Balios S 2018

1. This stroller has the biggest canopy ever! It provides full coverage, but you don’t have to worry about the ventilation. Mesh window gives extra air-flow. Thanks to these features you can be sure your child is well protected from the harmful sun rays and overheating at the same time. 

2. It has every feature that parents may need: all-terrain wheels, large storage basket, adjustable telescoping handlebar – all to provide convenient and easy use. It won’t let you down during shopping, running errands, off-road cruising and road trips.

3. It has many seating options suitable for newborns and toddlers – it can be your primary and only stroller

My rate:

Pictures with the sign www.littlebabygear.com were taken by me. Other pictures belong to Cybex (source: http://cybex-online.com/en/pushchairs/balioss.html & https://store.cybex-online.com/itm/cybex-collections/cybex-gold-values-for-life/balios-s-values-for-life.html)


About Me - Zooey BarnettHello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: almost 5-year-old Haley and 2-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger.

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34 thoughts on “Cybex Balios S 2018 – Versatile & Chic Stroller

  1. Hi Zoey
    Thanks for awesome review!
    I can decide between the balios s and priam. We don’t have balios s in australia so inwould have to order it from ebay. Now I would like to now if balios s has a larger storage capacity of the basket and if it is easier accessible as it looks than on the priam? Also when folded is it much more compact than priam? I would also like to know if there is a big difference in the seat size and height? Thanks a lot

    1. Hi Mia! Sorry for late reply.
      1. Storage baskets on Priam and Balios S have the same capacity (5kg / 11lbs). I love how easily accessible the Balios basket is. Even when the seat is fully reclined you can take your stuff in and out of it (from the back) without any problems, as there are no bars or anything that would block the access. You can also access the basket from the front when the footrest is lifted up.
      Storage basket on Priam looks smaller because it is closed – it has triangle shape. But the rear part of it expands (it closes with magnets) and it can accommodate bigger diaper bag as well. But because of that design, the access is a bit more difficult in my opinion. If you want to put something bigger in the basket you need to pull the fabric on the back of it first.
      2. Balios S has more compact fold – Priam is about 8 inches higher (I compared both stroller with the regular seat attached). I think the difference is significant if you don’t have a lot of space at home or in a car trunk.
      3. The seat is slightly bigger on Priam. It’s about 2 inches wider and the seat back is 3-4 inches taller.
      I hope it helps, take care 🙂

  2. Hi Zooey,
    We need your help.
    Could you tell me exactly what do you do to close this stroller?
    I am not sure if ours has a problem or if it’s us but it’s difficult to close it. Sometimes is very smooth but most of the times it gets stuck in one of the sides and it doesn’t close.
    What is your feeling? Does it happen to you as well? What is your secret?
    This stroller is great! I really love it. Only have this problem that I really want to fix to be my perfect stroller 🙂
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Iris. Folding takes a bit practice but it definitely shouldn’t be hard. Fold the stroller when the parking brake is engaged. First, you need to fold the seat – lift the buckle behind the canopy and fold the seat forward (it should fold in half). Then you need to use these two buttons on the handlebar. First slide the top button to the side and while you hold it in that position, push the bottom button. I use my right thumb to slide the top button and other fingers to push the other button, I sometimes help myself with other hand as well, if it’s stiff.
      And while you hold these two buttons in that position, push the handlebar a bit forward and down at the same time, as if you were pushing the whole stroller forward. The handlebar should go all the way down, until you hear a click (the lock will engage automatically). It’s important to hold these two buttons when folding the frame. Maybe you release them too quickly and the mechanism gets stuck?
      Sometimes when the stroller doesn’t close completely (and the lock doesn’t engaged), I lift it with the carry handle and use my knee to push and squeeze the stroller more tightly.
      The buttons may be stiff at the beginning and it takes some time to get used to this mechanism. But it should go smoothly on both sides. Try it few times, if it still get stuck on one side, it may be faulty.
      Have you watch Cybex video? Maybe it will be helpful: https://youtu.be/6tCUDxpGxz4?t=1m54s

  3. Hello Zooey,

    Balio S and M are very similar from what I have read. Could you tell me what are the main difference please?

    If I were to get the Cacoon for newborn, does my baby need to wear any harness or can it move freely within like using a carry cot?

    Thanks.

    1. Gina, the main difference between Balios S and M is that Balios S can handle more types of terrain like gravel or cobblestone and provides smoother ride. The suspension works better on this model and your baby won’t feel shocks so much 🙂 Balios M works best as city stroller, on flat surfaces like pavement and sidewalks.
      In contrast to bassinet (Cot S), the Cocoon S doesn’t have rigid construction. It is enclosed, provide flat, supportive surface and newborn baby is sheltered in it, but I would recommend using it with harness to keep baby secured. There are special openings in the back of the cocoon for the stroller harness. You attach the cocoon onto the normal seat in fully reclined position – check how it looks in the video posted by Cybex (it shows the Eezy S Twist stroller, but the cocoon is the same): https://youtu.be/pKq_tPuQ36A?t=3m19s
      Let me know if you need more information 🙂

    2. I forgot to mention one more important difference! 🙂 Balios M has bucket-style seat, so when you recline it the whole seat goes back. It doesn’t offer flat position and baby’s legs are always bent at knees. Balios S has different seat, where the backrest reclines independently, into near-flat position and you can lift up the footrest so the whole seat is flat (check my pictures above) 🙂

    1. Hi Chelsey! Mios is more like a lightweight stroller with seating options for newborn baby (carrycot and infant car seat) and it has rather small wheels (which make it very agile and awesome for tight urban spaces), while Balios S is full-sized convertible stroller. It’s 5.5 lbs heavier than Mios (but still it’s not super heavy, lifting it is totally doable). Balios S has also a little bit bigger fold (because it’s about 4.5” wider). It has also bigger rear wheels which make it more suitable for different types of terrain and it can go over bumps and uneven ground like grass or gravel. Mios is designed rather for flat, smooth terrain, it’s a perfect urban stroller. Balios S has also bigger basket under the seat, if that’s important for you. Other features are similar: reversible seat, compatibility with infant car seat, option of attaching carrycot, all-wheel suspension, large canopy.
      So if the weight is important for you and you’ll often carry the stroller up and down the stairs or put it in and out of the car trunk everyday, Mios may be a better solution. But if you need a stroller that is suitable for more types of terrain than just smooth sidewalks and pavement, go for Balios S 🙂

  4. I really like the cybex range. I’m looking for a complete travel set, baby is due September ’18. I was set on a Priam but like the compact size of the new Balios S. I can’t work out which would be better if the Balios S is suitable from birth?

    1. Hi Georgina! Balios S is actually suitable from birth. The regular seat reclines almost flat (it’s only few degrees from flat) so if you add an infant insert (Balios Cocoon S or any other insert) you will be able to put your newborn there 🙂 You can also use it with the carrycot or attach infant car seat. I think the functions and versatility are similar for Balios S and Priam but the former one is a bit lighter and has more compact fold which is really useful if you are going to put it in and out of the car trunk often or don’t have that much free space at home. And it’s much cheaper!

        1. Hi Gina! There aren’t any mesh windows, but of course you can fold the canopy and detach the apron to give your baby better air-flow. The material is quite breathable. I would recommend it for naps during the day when you can keep an eye on your baby, rather than overnight sleeping 🙂 Unfortunately there are no information if the Cot S was tested and approved for overnight sleeping.

  5. Hi,

    thanks for the review.
    We are hesitating between Balios M and Balios S. Main concern is our elevator, we want to be sure it fit in lenght, when equipped with the the cocoon.
    Would you have minimum overall lenght for Balios S with the coocon Cot S (and maybe Balios M / Cot M also) ?

      1. thanks a lot ! Looks like Balios S is the right choice for us. Hope it will be available soon enough in France 😉

  6. Hi, could I please have seat dimensions in cm, Height, width, depth for the Balios s and the Eezy S Twist as want to make sure my
    Toddler is comfortable as she is too small for abuggy that is meant to last until
    She’s 3. Thank you

    1. Hi Alice. The dimensions of Cybex Balios S seat: The seat is about 49 cm long, 30 cm wide, 23 cm deep. The calf rest is about 20 cm long.
      I haven’t had the chance to measure Eezy S Twist, when I get mine I will definitely add this info 🙂

  7. Do you have any idea where we can buy a newborn cot for balios s?
    I got info from cybex the cocoon will not be available until June btw

    1. Hi Petya, thanks for the information. Cot S for Cybex Balios S is not available on Amazon yet (I think it will be very soon), however you can already buy the carrycot for example on Pishposh.

    1. Hello! Thank you 🙂 The external dimensions are about: 34.6 x 16.1 x 9.8 inches, the internal dimensions are: 30.3 x 12.6 x 8.3 inches.

      1. Actually, I am unable to find any adapters for balios s whatsoever…. I do not think they are produced just yet

        1. Petya, this stroller and accessories for it are available in some online stores (not on Amazon yet though). Cybex is a German brand, maybe that’s why these products are available in the US a bit later 🙂 I found adapter for Balios S (that connects GB and Cybex car seats) on Pishposh.
          I have also received information from Cybex that this adapter is designed to work with GB and Cybex infant car seats, but it might be compatible with other brands (like Maxi Cosi) as well. However you would have to check it in one of the retailers stores, if the adapter connects the car seat properly.
          But if you’d ask for my opinion, I wouldn’t use this adapter with other car seat brands. It was tested with GB and Cybex car seats and only with these car seats you can be sure everything fits properly and your baby is safe. I would recommend matching it with one of these car seats 🙂

  8. Could you please tell a bit more in details about infant insert or newborn cocoon from Cybex? I could not find them

    1. Hi! I don’t have any new information. When Cybex presented Balios S for the first time last year there was information that the stroller could be used with the newborn cocoon as well, but I checked on their official website and it’s not on the market. Maybe they decided not to release it on the market… Anyway, I will let you know if the newborn cocoon is for sale.

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