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UPPAbaby MINU Review + Release Date & Pricing

Would you like to have a stroller that combines UPPAbaby VISTA functionality with a small and compact size of a lightweight stroller? What if I told you that UPPAbaby has designed such stroller? Brand-new UPPAbaby MINU is finally on the market!

UPPAbaby MINU 2018 Review

UPPAbaby MINU is perfect for city adventurers, who need a stroller that won’t slow them down. It can be used as an everyday stroller or a lightweight stroller for travel. It is designed to provide comfortable ride, convenient use and fit into small spaces.

Like every other UPPAbaby stroller, MINU is made of high-quality, durable materials that will serve you for years (and many travels).

What distinguishes this models among other lightweight strollers is that UPPAbaby MINU 2018 has many features of a full-sized strollers like generous canopy, deep recline, compatibility with carrycot and infant car seats and a all-wheel suspension. Although it is so well-equipped it weighs so little – when your toddler prefers to walk, you will be able to carry MINU on your shoulder effortlessly.

Key features:

  • Lightweight stroller for newborn baby? Why not! MINU is compatible with infant car seats and carrycot
  • Made of high-quality materials and fabrics
  • Generous canopy protects baby from sun and wind
  • Easy & compact fold – great option for parents who often travel or use public transportation
  • Great for everyday city use (going to the mall, parks and daycare)
  • Weighs only 14.8 lbs = effortless carrying
  • Price range: $$$ (Check it on Amazon or on PishPosh Baby)

UPPAbaby MINU Review – Stroller Features

UPPAbaby MINU - Compact and lightweight stroller

You are certainly all thrilled about the new UPPAbaby stroller and curious about its features. Here is everything you need to know about UPPAbaby MINU.

UPPAbaby MINU – Seat

This stroller is equipped with a padded seat, suitable from 3 months up to 50 lbs. There is 5-point harness that protects baby. Each strap can be adjusted as the baby grows, shoulder straps are extra padded. The seat is pretty deep and long so it will definitely serve you for few years.

UPPAbaby MINU - Canopy with pop out sun visor
Padded recline seat, 5-point harness, large canopy with UV protection – all to provide comfortable and safe ride for baby

You can recline the seat pretty low by using a strap on the back. Lowering the backrest can be done with one hand, but raising it requires using two hands. The lowest position is comfy for 3-month-old babies and toddlers for a naptime. But it’s not fully flat so it’s not suitable for newborns.

UPPAbaby MINU - Reclining seat
This lightweight stroller features multi-position recline so the baby can lie back comfortably and take a nap

There is extendable canopy with pop-out UV sun visor. This canopy provides really nice sun shade. There is also mesh peek-a-boo window with a magnetic closure – I love UPPAbaby for their peek-a-boo windows! You can check on your baby without disturbing his naptime. 🙂

UPPAbaby MINU - Deep recline and fully extended canopy with pop out sun visor
Here you can see the deepest reclining position and fully extended UPF 50+ canopy with sun visor
Would you like to check UPPAbaby MINU current price? Click here to see all available color versions on Amazon and compare their prices!

UPPAbaby MINU – From Birth Kit

What is really great is that you can use this lightweight travel stroller for newborn! There is From Birth Kit (sold separately) which you need to install onto the frame instead of the main seat and you’re ready to go out with your newborn.

UPPAbaby MINU with From Birth Kit
UPPAbaby MINU with From Birth Kit

From Newborn Kit is basically a bassinet with nice mattress that allows newborn baby to lie completely flat. This padded mattress can be removed and washed.

There is also 5-point harness and extendable canopy that also has a UV sun visor – it fully covers the baby. You can also unzip one panel and allow the air to circulate through the mesh window – perfect solution for keeping baby comfortable during warm summer days.

UPPAbaby MINU with From Birth Kit
From Birth Kit allows to use UPPAbaby MINU stroller from day one!

As you can see this bassinet is places pretty low on the frame so putting baby in and out of it will require bending.

There is one thing that I really love about MINU – you can fold the stroller with bassinet attached! It makes driving with newborns so much easier!

From Birth Kit is sold separately (check it on Amazon or on PishPosh). Keep in mind that only the From Birth Kit is compatible with MINU, CRUZ’s and VISTA’s bassinets don’t fit MINU.

Are you looking for a lightweight stroller that is suitable for newborns? Here’s my review of Mountain Buggy Nano which can be used from birth as well.

UPPAbaby MINU – Infant Car Seats Compatibility

This stroller is also suitable for newborns and infants thanks to compatibility with infant car seats. MINU works with UPPAbaby MESA and car seats from other brands: Maxi-Cosi, Nuna and Cybex.

Big plus for MINU, because not every lightweight stroller is compatible with infant car seats!

UPPAbaby MINU with MESA Infant Car Seat
UPPAbaby MINU with MESA Infant Car Seat

You just need a special adapter to turn your MINU into a travel system (special adapters for MESA and adapters for Nuna, Cybex and Maxi-Cosi).

Thanks to From Birth Kit and infant car seats compatibility, UPPAbaby MINU 2018 can be your primary and only stroller!

If you need a stroller compatible with infant car seats you may want to check my ranking of the best travel systems.

UPPAbaby MINU – Handlebar

MINU’s handlebar is not height- adjustable. It is about 41 inches from the ground which is comfortable for most of the parents, but it might be a bit too high for a very short person. The handlebar has leather cover, brown (camel) or black, depending on the color version that you purchase.

UPPAbaby MINU - Non-adjustable handlebar
UPPAbaby MINU has non-adjustable handlebar, set at 41” from the ground

UPPAbaby MINU – Wheels & Suspension

There are rubber wheels, smaller on the front and bigger on the back. Front wheels are pivoting which makes the stroller very agile. The size of the wheels is typical for lightweight strollers, so the stroller definitely works better on flat surfaces than bumpy unbeaten roads. In my opinion UPPAbaby MINU is designed for city dwellers, who will use it mostly on pavement, sidewalks, in shopping malls and occasionally in parks.

UPPAbaby MINU has rubber wheels, front ones are pivoting
UPPAbaby MINU has rubber wheels, front ones are pivoting

What’s really great is that MINU has all-wheel suspension – that distinguishes it from many other lightweight strollers. So, although it has rather small wheels, thanks to the suspension you don’t have to worry your child will get bumped around. This stroller will handle even some cracks on the sidewalks and gravel paths pretty smoothly.

UPPAbaby MINU – Brakes

This brand new stroller is equipped with two pedals – one is for locking the stroller and the other is for releasing it. The brake is very easy and intuitive. To lock the stroller we need to press on the pedal on the right side, which has a red indicator. To unlock the wheels we need to press the pedal on the left side with a green indicator.

As you can see, you don’t have to lift the pedal to disengage the brake so your pedicure is safe. 🙂 Pressing the pedals is easy whether you’re wearing flip-flops, high heels or sneakers.

UPPAbaby MINU - Brakes
Press the right red pedal to lock the stroller in place. Press the left green pedal to release the brake

UPPAbaby MINU – Storage basket

As for such a compact stroller, MINU 2018 has pretty large basket under the seat. It can hold up to 20 lbs! You will easily fit there your diaper bag, bottle of water and few other essentials. The basket is easy to access from the back and front – big advantage.

UPPAbaby MINU review
Although this is a lightweight stroller, the underseat basket offers decent storage space

There is additional storage pocket on the back of the seat, where you can store your phone, keys, wallet and even a sippy cup!

UPPAbaby MINU – Weight and Fold

This new stroller from UPPAbaby is very lightweight and compact. MINU weighs only 14.8 lbs which makes it easy to lift or carry with a shoulder strap (included!). You will easily take it in and our of the car trunk or carry down the stairs.

Such a portable stroller is also very handy if you have an older toddler who can walk, but sometimes on long distances likes to ride in a stroller to rest a little bit. When your toddler is ready to walk and jump again, you can just fold MINU and carry it on a shoulder effortlessly.

UPPAbaby MINU review
UPPAbaby MINU features super easy and compact fold

It folds up into a small, compact package. Maybe it’s not as small as GB Pockit but it’s very portable. Here you can compare it with other lightweight strollers.

Folding is one handed and literally takes few second. The stroller basically folds itself. There are two buttons on the handlebar, you need to slide one button to the side and press the other one and UPPAbaby MINU will fold itself. It’s a piece of cake! The stroller stands on its own when folded. There is also automatic lock, which we need to unlatch before opening the stroller.

Folded UPPAbaby MINU 2018 takes very small space in a car trunk, it’s perfect for those who have small cars. Moreover, if you have small apartment with UPPAbaby MINU you don’t have to worry about storage. It will easy fit in your closet. To prevent MINU from getting dirty during transportation or storage use the storage bag – included with the stroller.

UPPAbaby MINU - Compact fold & storage bag
UPPAbaby MINU comes with a storage bag which is very handy for keeping the stroller clean during transportation in a car trunk or storing in a garage or closet

You are probably curious if UPPAbaby MINU fits in overhead compartment on airplanes. Folded dimensions of MINU are: 11.5″L x 20.5″W x 23″H so it may not be accepted as carry-on. If you plan on traveling by plane a lot and want to be sure you could take this stroller on board, check your airline regulations.

There is also one more great news – UPPAbaby MINU 2018 can be folded with the bassinet attached as well! So you don’t have to take off the From Birth Kit every time you want to put the stroller into the car trunk. It’s very convenient. On the video below you can see how to fold and open MINU with the bassinet.

This lightweight stroller is ideal for parents who often drive a car, use public transportation or travel by train because it folds up so easily and small. Whether you’re using newborn or toddler version you can fold and open MINU within few seconds.

Are you a fan of UPPAbaby strollers like I am? Here are my other reviews: VISTA, CRUZ and G-LUXE.

Overall Performance, Ease Of Use & Comfort

This stroller has many features that make using it a real pleasure. It has three seating options and switching between them is quick and simple. The basket is spacious (which is a rare thing among lightweight strollers) and easily accessible from the back and front. Moreover you can fold MINU with one hand within few seconds – perfect solution for busy parents who are often on the run with their baby.

The backrest is about 18 inches long, but there are few more inches to the top of the canopy so the toddler has plenty room to grow. Such a roomy seat can accommodate also taller and older kids. Moreover the seat padding and padded shoulder straps increase baby’s comfort during the ride.

UPPAbaby MINU - Roomy toddler seat
As you can see the baby has a lot of room to grow as the canopy is pretty high

UPPAbaby MINU has small footprint which makes it ideal for narrow places. It’s easy to turn in tight corners and maneuver in crowds. This is a perfect companionship for shipping at the mall and small grocery stores because it’s easy to steer between store racks.

The stroller pushes smoothly, especially on a flat ground. It can handle hard-packed dirt and cobbled streets as well and thanks to all-wheel suspension it won’t bounce that much. As a petite woman I’d wish it had an adjustable handlebar, but it’s a minor drawback. If you’re over 5’5” you’re be fine.

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
  • Deep recline & lots of head space
  • Extendable canopy with pop out sun visor – good amount od shade for the baby
  • Magnetic peek-a-boo window
  • Option of attaching a carrycot and infant car seat
  • Good-sized storage basket
  • All-wheel suspension cushions the ride over cracked sidewalks and cobblestone
  • Compact fold – perfect for small apartment and for traveling by plane
  • Portable – very lightweight and easy to carry with a shoulder strap
  • Small wheels – not suitable for off-road strolls
  • Non-adjustable handlebar

UPPAbaby MINU 2018 – Color versions

There are four color version for UPPAbaby brand new stroller: Ryan (Teal Mélange), Denny (Red Mélange), Jordan (Charcoal Mélange) and Jake (Black Mélange).

UPPAbaby MINU color versions
UPPAbaby MINU color versions

Depending on the color version, UPPAbaby MINU price may vary a bit (Jake is a few dollars more expensive). Overall, I think the price is very reasonable considering how well featured and lightweight this stroller is!

Check current price of UPPAbaby MINU 2018 on Amazon and on PishPosh Baby

UPPAbaby MINU 2019 – Color versions

The brand has added one new color for UPPAbaby MINU 2019 – Devin. It’s a light grey marl, which looks like a creamy white. Very stylish and elegant! This fashion will be available in Spring 2019.

What other parents think about UPPAbaby MINU?

I checked this new stroller from UPPAbaby on Amazon to find out it parents are satisfied with its functions and quality. Here’s what I’ve found.

Folding is one-handed and really super easy – when you’re in a hurry you can close it withing few seconds and put into the car trunk (where it takes up a little space!). And thanks to small weighs it’s very portable. It may works as a travel stroller (fits in overhead compartment on many airplanes – read more here) and second stroller for running errands etc.

It’s perfect for shopping at the mall, because it’s very compact and easily maneuvers between cloth racks. In a restaurant it can be tucked away. On sidewalks and smooth surfaces it rolls smoothly and it’s very easy to push. Generally speaking parents praise its maneuverability, seamless navigation in tight places and good shock-absorption on slightly uneven terrain. Another advantage is the canopy which gives nice shade for the baby and hassle-free harness.

It may be even a smaller and lighter alternative for VISTA or CRUZ, but MINU’s seat is not reversible, so if you’d prefer your infant to sit facing you, these bigger strollers may be better option. Also, keep in mind the seat back is not very long, but the canopy is high and there’s plenty of head room for taller kids (find out more).

UPPAbaby MINU has decent storage basket, but smaller than VISTA or CRUZ and big diaper bag may not fit into it. It’s very light, so if you hang a heavy diaper bag on the handlebar and the kid is not in the seat, the stroller may tip over.

To raise the backrest again you’ll need to use two hands, button would be more convenient. Non-adjustable handlebar may be a disadvantage for short parents (read this customer review). Moreover this stroller is quite pricey, but it doesn’t include accessories like cup holder or organizer.

Read more Amazon customer reviews

UPPAbaby MINU Review Conclusion

UPPAbaby MINU is going to be one of the best strollers for 2018! It combines features of standard, full-sized strollers with compact size and weight of a lightweight strollers.

Keep in mind

UPPAbaby MINU stroller is not designed for off-road trips. Also, in the newborn mode the From Birth Kit is attached to the frame pretty low, therefore taking baby in and out of it requires bending.

3 Reasons Why You Will Love UPPAbaby MINU

1. UPPAbaby MINU is designed for parents who want a lightweight stroller for newborn, not only toddler, something that will serve them since day one for several years.

2. It’s perfect solution for parents who travel a lot with their baby.

3. MINU 2018 is for urban parent who are often out and about, like doing shopping or running errands with the baby and need a lightweight, compact and portable stroller.

My rate:

If you are one of those parents, UPPAbaby MINU is definitely worth buying! 🙂


You may want to read my other reviews:

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel SystemRead My Review
Britax 2017 B-AgileRead My Review
Chicco Bravo TrioRead My Review
Baby Jogger City TourRead My Review

All pictures belong to UPPAbaby. Source: https://uppababy.com/


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.

If you have a question or a comment, do not hesitate to write to me! 🙂

18 thoughts on “UPPAbaby MINU Review + Release Date & Pricing

  1. Can you collapse the stroller with the car seat adapters attached? I thought I read somewhere that it couldn’t be which makes it more inconvenient to use as a travel system.

  2. Does the minu fit into the travel bag for flying without removing anything? Not the bag that comes with the stroller but the padded one that can be purchased separately?

  3. Hi, thanks for the great review, my son is 2 and I am trying to decide between Minu and YoYo +, the Minu has weight limit of 50lbs and YoYo + has 40 lbs, but YoYo+ is small enough to take on the plan as Minu might not fit in some overhead compartments. I am debating if the YoYo won’t last since my son is already 2 and little bit over 30 lbs. so hard to decide which one to purchase, please help! Thanks!

    1. Hello Amber! Usually YOYO+ is suitable up to 4 years if the child is under 40lbs. But I’m afraid it may not serve you that long. The seat dimensions are almost the same on MINU and YOYO+, however because of the higher weight limit, I think you could use MINU longer.
      Regarding the fold size and compatibility with overhead compartment. MINU usually exceeds carry-on size, but I know that some parents were able to take it on board and it fit the compartment… I think it depends on the airline/airport staff whether they will allow you to take it or not. YOYO+ is much smaller and meets carry-on regulations especially on European airlines, but it may be still too big for some airlines in the US. You can compare both strollers fold size with carry-on size on most of airlines here: https://travel-made-simple.com/carry-on-size-chart/
      If you travel with your child a lot and use different airlines and want a stroller that you could definitely take on board, there actually only one stroller – GB Pockit (or the new version GB Pockit Plus).

  4. Hi Zooey,
    Thanks for a great review.
    I know you’ve mentioned that Uppababy has stated that the MINU fits most overhead bins.
    Have you or do you know anyone who has actually taken this stroller with them on the plane?
    Also, we’re taking a trip to NY and we are deciding between the MINU or Mountain Buggy Nano.
    Do you prefer one over the other?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Seanne! 🙂
      Here is the official answer from UPPAbaby: https://support.uppababy.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002781893-Does-the-MINU-fit-in-an-aircraft-overhead-bin-

      I have just compared MINU’s folded dimensions with few airlines hand luggage size and it does exceed allowed size. However I know that some parents were able to take it on board on Delta and AA planes and it fit in overhead compartments (probably because compartments are always a bit bigger than carry-on allowed size). Check this review on Amazon and Instagram: photo#1 & photo#2. I guess it actually depends on the airport and airline employees whether they consider your luggage to be too big or whether they allow you to take on the plane even if it exceeds the allowed hand luggage size a bit. So there’s no guarantee.
      You should definitely check it with your airline before your trip.

      If you’re deciding between MINU and Nano, I would definitely go for MINU – it has better wheels, easier to use parking brake, more convenient push bar, more generous canopy, easier folding and bigger storage basket under the seat, while folded size is almost the same.

      You may want to check Babyzen Yoyo+ as well, it has smaller fold than MINU and it’s more likely to fit in overhead compartments (especially on European airlines). Its quality and performance is as good as MINU’s. 🙂

  5. Hello,

    I’m about 5 foot tall, and the non-adjustable handle bar is the only thing giving me pause about this stroller. I’m otherwise sold! Do you think my petite stature will make me uncomfortable pushing this stroller?

    1. Hi Natalie! The handlebar is 41 inches from the ground so you can assess how high your hands would be. I think it’s most comfortable for person 5’5” tall and up. If you’re 5 foot tall it may be a bit less comfortable for your wrists. Otherwise it’s very easy and convenient to push, it’s light and compact so even a petite person won’t have problems with handling and steering it 🙂

  6. Dear Mothers,
    The Mrs and I are shopping for a baby buggy and wondering if this one is suitable for light jogs in the park on smooth flat ground?

    1. It’s not suitable for jogging, it has small wheels and the suspension is not sufficient to protect your baby from shocks. Your baby would shake and feel every bump. And it could have negative impact on the spine 🙁
      If you want to jog with a stroller you should get a special model for that. Check my ranking of jogging strollers!

  7. Hi Zooey, thanks for your review. From the photos, I think the MINU does not have the option for a bumper bar or snack tray, is it correct? My first baby will come this November and I would like to know if bumper bar or snack tray is a must from your experience? Thanks!

    1. Hi Felix!
      You’re right, there’s no bumper bar or snack tray for MINU 🙁
      Frankly I use snack tray rarely. I always have a diaper bag or an organizer attached to the push bar and keep there my babies’ snacks, sippy cups etc. I would say snack tray may be quite handy but it’s not a necessary. Bumper bar protects baby from falling out and you can still easily and quickly take your baby in and out of the stroller. And for curious toddlers who like to sit more upright and observe everything it’s a useful thing, because they can hold on to it during the stroll. But only few strollers that I’ve tried had bumper bar, others didn’t have that option and it didn’t bother me.
      I think these two accessories may be useful but they are definitely not “a must have”. 🙂

  8. Hi Zooey,

    Thanks for the thorough review! I have a few questions for you.

    1. Is the from-birth kit as delicate as it looks? Would you actually feel comfortable putting a newborn in it? It’s hard to tell from the video and photos online, but it looks quite flimsy. Maybe you have a better perspective having seen it in person?

    2. You mentioned that the wheels are rubber… are they also foam filled like other Uppababy models or are they air filled? There are quite a few cobbles in my area, and you’ve mentioned the good suspension, just want to ensure I wouldn’t get a flat.

    3. How would the non-adjustable handlebar suit a parent over 6ft?

    Thanks for any advice or help you can offer! 🙂

    1. Hello Melanie! 🙂
      1. I haven’t tried MINU with newborn baby as my kids are older, but I think it is comfy enough for newborns 🙂 From Birth Kit is different than standard bassinets that have robust structure (for example the bassinet that works with UPPAbaby VISTA). MINU’s bassinet is basically a fabric with more rigid bottom. It’s foldable and can be used only when attached to the stroller. When you detach it, it will collapse a bit. It doesn’t have stiff frame, but I wouldn’t say it’s flimsy. It does provide flat position for the baby and has a mattress that gives newborn’s back support. There is also a harness that keeps the small infant securely in place.
      2. The wheels are filled with foam, so you won’t get a flat. Of course they are much smaller than for example VISTA’s wheels so they are not suitable for very bumpy terrain (I wouldn’t take MINU over tall grass, bumpy gravel with a lot of rocks). But thanks to the suspension you should be fine on slightly uneven surfaces, cracked sidewalks, cobbles or hard-packed dirt.
      3. The handlebar is about 41-42 inches from the ground. I think it’s most convenient for parents up to 6ft, maybe 6’2” 🙂
      Let me know if you have more questions!

  9. Does the skateboard attachment fit onto the new Minu? I’m going to have a 3 year old and a newborn this fall and feel like I need to have an option for the toddler.
    THANK YOU!!

    1. Hi! Unfortunately the Piggyback board doesn’t fit MINU 🙁 If you’re looking for a lightweight stroller that is suitable for newborn and compatible with a board check for example BABYZEN YOYO+ (it weighs about 14 lbs) or Baby Jogger City Tour LUX (it weighs about 19.5 lbs). Take care!

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