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BabyZen Yoyo Or ErgoBaby Metro: Which Compact Stroller Is Best For Travel?

BabyZen YOYO vs ErgoBaby Metro+ side-by-side

There are a plethora of choices these days when it comes to finding a compact stroller for travel. With lightweight and easily-foldable designs it’s hard to choose which one is best for your family. We decided to do a side-by-side comparison of two of the most popular brands. The BabyZen Yoyo or ErgoBaby Metro…which one takes the cake?

BabyZen Yoyo Or ErgoBaby Metro: compact stroller comparison

When the BabyZen Yoyo first came out in 2012, it completely changed the game in the stroller industry. Originally designed with traveling parents in mind, it was one of the first strollers to fold up small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment on a plane.

Compact strollers folded: Babyzen yoyo and ErgoBaby Metro+No more worries about whether your stroller was going to make it safe and sound to your destination. No more anxiety about whether you were going to get your stroller back at the gate or would have to make your way to the luggage carousel with a baby in your arms and your carry-on luggage.

The BabyZen Yoyo was a game-changer. I literally remember stopping a mom as she was boarding the plane and asking her about her stroller.

Of course, items that are well designed for travel also do well in other contexts. Having a compact stroller that can be stored in the bottom of your coat closet or that doesn’t take up the whole trunk of your car is pretty handy at home too.

So it’s no surprise that in the 9 years since the BabyZen Yoyo first came out, other brands have gotten into the compact stroller game too. Now, most stroller brands have a comparable compact stroller.

Without further ado, here it is… The BabyZen Yoyo or the ErgoBaby Metro? The compact stroller comparison chart:

Feature BabyZen Yoyo² ErgoBaby Metro+
Dimensions when open 99 x 104 x 44 cm (39 x 41 x 17 in) 96 x 87 x 44 cm (38 x 34 x 17 in)
Dimensions when closed 52 x 44 x 18 cm (20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in) 54 x 44 x 25 cm (21 x 17 x 9.8 in)
Stand on its own when folded? Yes Yes
Meets carry-on luggage requirements? Yes, even with newborn pack Yes
Weight 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs) in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet.  7.8 kg (16.9 lbs)
Assembly required Attaching bassinet, newborn or color pack to frame None
Harness 5-point 5-point
Seat recline Almost all the way down 175° recline
Baby minimum age Newborn (with newborn or bassinet pack) Newborn with built in nest flaps
Child maximum weight 22 kg (50 lbs) 22 kg (50 lbs)
Pockets 1 on seat back (mesh) and 1 in sun canopy (zipper) 1 on seat back (mesh)
Under stroller space Supports up to 5 kg (11 lbs) Supports up to 2.2 kg (5 lbs)
Adjustable stroller handle No Yes
Weather shield Included Additional cost
Available colors Frame in black or white

Color packs in black, gray, red, taupe, peppermint, ginger, dark blue, toffee, aqua

Black or slate grey. Additional sun shades in rose and yellow
Protective travel / carry bag Protective bag included, travel bag sold separately Extra cost, has backpack shoulder straps for easy carry
Assembly required Yes No
Car seat compatibility Available in Central and North America (L adapters):

• Cybex Aton Q

• Cybex Aton 2

• Nuna Pipa Lite

• Nuna Pipa

• Clek Liing

• Maxi Cosi Mico Max Plus

Available in Australia (L adapters):

• Maxi Cosi Mico Plus

Available in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia and South America (M adapters):

• YOYO car seat by BeSafe®

• BeSafe iZi Go Modular X1

• Cybex Cloud Z

• Cybex Aton Q

• Bebe Confort / Maxi Cosi Pebble Pro

Available in Central and North America:

• Cybex Aton Q

• Cybex Aton M

• Cybex Cloud Q

• Cybex Cloud Q Platinum

• Cybex Cloud Z

• Nuna Pipa Lite

• Chicco Keyfit 30

• Chicco Fit 2

• Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30/ 35/ 40/ Snuglock 35 Platinum

Available EU and UK:

• All of the above plus

• BeSafe iZi-Go Modular

• Cybex Aton 5

• Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix

• Maxi-Cosi Marble

• Maxi-Cosi Pebble Pro

• Maxi-Cosi Rock

Country of origin France USA
Base price $500 $300
What’s included in base price Stroller frame + 1 color pack (seat and sun canopy fabric) + carry bag + weather shield Complete stroller
Cost of additional accessories (in USD)
    Color pack $50 N/A
    Sunshade N/A $30
    Rolling bag with mini board (extra storage) $70 N/A
    Travel bag with backpack straps $75 $30
    Roller board $125 N/A
    Leg rest $40 Included
    Parasol $50 N/A
    Foot muff $125 $100
    Bassinet pack $250 N/A, stroller fully reclines and “wings come up from the sides to create a more contained space for newborn
    Mosquito net $25 N/A
    Rain cover / weather shield $40 $30
    Cup holder $30 N/A
    Car seat adapters $55 $30
    Support bar N/A $30
    Comfort cushion N/A $40
Buy Now Buy Now
BabyZen Yoyo² ErgoBaby Metro+

compact stroller storage space: babyzen yoyo vs ergobaby metro+

In terms of durability, since the BabyZen Yoyo² has only been out for a year and the ErgoBaby Metro+ is only coming out now, it’s hard to make any long-term claims. That being said, our original BabyZen Yoyo lasted us a good 4 years and is still perfectly usable. Similarly, our ErgoBaby carrier was in use for over 4 years and after being thrown in the wash is as good as new.

So assuming BabyZen and ErgoBaby’s new compact strollers are built with the same level of quality as their other products, both seem like they could be used from birth until your child outgrows strollers, making them both good long term investments.

Do you have either of these strollers? Which one do you like? The BabyZen Yoyo or ErgoBaby Metro? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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