UPPAbaby MINU Compact Travel Stroller Review – First Impressions

UPPAbaby MINU review

If you have browsed through my blog before you may have spotted that I have a deep love for my UPPAbaby VISTA and my Babyzen YOYO…but now I have had a small opportunity to play with their forthcoming MINU…so here is my UPPAbaby MINU Compact Travel Stroller Review. Well, my first impressions at least…

I wants it…and I wants it, I needs it…my preciousssss!!

They have out-Babyzen’d Babyzen. I have a question mark over whether this will be allowed to be taken onto a plane as hand luggage as it does look a bit bigger than the YOYO stroller but that is the ONLY question mark. In every other way the MINU knocks it out of the park and this could be the hot ticket for 2018 when it comes to compact travel strollers.

The MINU has clearly been designed and engineered from scratch with a goal to create a compact stroller with as few compromises as possible. One immediate outstanding feature is the large basket, and this is something that UPPAbaby are known for. Parents need space for stuff and the basket here is very big in relation to the size of the stroller and will have no problems holding a changing bag or a bunch of shopping. It is also easy to get to from the front and the back of the pushchair.

UPPAbaby MINU compact travel stroller basket

UPPAbaby MINU pushchair basket - front

The seat unit is a really, really generous size too. Our little one recently turned 2 years old (at the time of writing) and sadly we have already had to relegate the YOYO to very short trips as she is too big for it already and M is not a big toddler by any means. The seat on the MINU is easily big enough for a decent sized toddler and I can see this lasting until a child is 3 to 4 years old, all depending on the weight of the child and what the safety limit is on this product when it is released.

UPPAbaby Minu pushchair seat

There is a very good recline on the seat and this is adjustable by tightening or loosening a strap at the back of the seat and this is easy to use. It doesn’t lie flat but reclines enough for a toddler to snooze in. There is also going to be a newborn carrycot style accessory available so this product is able to be used from birth. UPPAbaby’s signature easy to use 5-point safety harness is also present with the MINU and looks very similar to the one used on their CRUZ and VISTA strollers.

UPPAbaby MINU stroller harness

The hood is also a very generous size and another signature of UPPAbaby’s strollers is also here in the shape of the large pull out UV50+ protective sun shade. There is also a peek-a-boo window on top which is the same as you get on a VISTA or CRUZ stroller and this rolls up if you want to let air circulate through the hood and also stays closed by hidden magnets on the flap.

UPPAbaby MINU stroller sunshade

That’s all pretty darn good for starters, but it is not all by any way, shape or form. There’s more goodies…such as a REAL leather handlebar…

UPPAbaby MINU real leather handlebar

A storage pouch on the back of the seat…

UPPAbaby MINU storage pouch

And a very, very clever and simple approach to the brake pedals…green for go, red for stop!

UPPAbaby MINU buggy pedals

Even the wheels are frickin’ cool too…

UPPAbaby MINU wheels

But I have saved the best bit until last. The fold is a one-handed affair and so easy to master. Press in the buttons on the handlebar and just gently push down and forwards and it z-folds into a very compact shape which gets automatically locked by a locking clip. There is also a very handy shoulder strap on the MINU which makes it easy to carry when folded.

UPPAbaby MINU travel pushchair folded

Oh…and it is sooo light that I can pick it up with just one finger, and I am no He-Man!!

So, there you have it. My first impressions are very good. As well as all of the above it is really easy to push and you can do this and steer perfectly with just one hand and it has a really tight turning circle which will make life very easy when out and about, especially in a store where you need to weave around slow moving people pushing shopping trolleys. It’s super smooth to push too and has excellent suspension on all of the wheels. Oh, and car seat adaptors will be available which will work with their forthcoming MESA car seat as well as the usual suspects such as Maxi Cosi and BeSafe.

Good job UPPAbaby and a big thank you to them for letting me have a play with it so soon. It is not going to be released in the UK until Spring 2018 so at the time of writing there is still around 4 months to go before it is available in shops and the price is yet to be confirmed. I do know that it will be released in 4 colours, including this Denny red, Jake black, Jordan charcoal and Ryan teal.

16 thoughts on “UPPAbaby MINU Compact Travel Stroller Review – First Impressions

  • 14th November 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Stop teasing! i can’t wait to see this one in real life .. the hood and the shopping basket are epic! 🙂

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    • 15th November 2017 at 12:14 am
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      It’s soooooooo good *tease* *tease* 🙂

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  • 12th December 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    This looks great…hope it is available before my baby arrives!

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    • 15th December 2017 at 11:52 am
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      Thank you Jenny…I believe it will be available in April 2018 x

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  • 4th January 2018 at 12:22 am
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    Man I cannot wait! I love my Uppababy Vista and the other travel strollers seem so flimsy in comparison!! Glad to know you liked it better than your babyzen yoyo. Hopefully it isn’t as expensive as the babyzen yoyo!

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    • 4th January 2018 at 10:51 am
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      Thanks for the comment Michelle…I am sure we’ll find out more in the next couple of months as it is due for release around April 🙂

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  • 12th January 2018 at 3:53 pm
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    Curious how the wheels compare to the Yoyo – are they wider diameter? Do they seem more robust, i.e. better for bumpy pavement, park grass, etc.?

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    • 22nd January 2018 at 7:11 pm
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      Hi, thank you for the comment – they do seem a little bigger & wider, certainly at the back. They do look more robust…I do think though that the YOYO wheels are the smoothest possible for easy terrain (e.g. perfect pavement) and it is such an easy thing to push when on that sort of surface but the MINU is really smoothe too and looks better suited to bumpier roads and grass so, yes, I think MINU has the edge on wheels too.

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  • 28th January 2018 at 12:36 am
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    Decision made, thank you! I also LOVE my Vista. Is the handlebar on the Minu adjustable? (Apologies if this is addressed in your YouTube clip, I’m reading this next to sleeping baby and Daddy so can’t watch…) Thanks.

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    • 31st January 2018 at 11:23 am
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      Hi Debra, thank you for the comment…the handlebar isn’t adjustable, but that goes with the territory for these compact strollers. I’m just shy of 6ft and I remember that the top of the handlebar is pretty much the same height as my tummy button! Comfortable height for anyone from 5ft up to about 6ft 2″ or 3″ I reckon x

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      • 6th February 2018 at 11:40 pm
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        Great! Thank you. At 5’11”, this is important to me!

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        • 7th February 2018 at 8:58 pm
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          Ha, yes, I can imagine! I have been told that the MINU is going to be displayed at the ExCeL Baby Show on the first weekend in March, in case that is something you were thinking of going to?

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  • 31st January 2018 at 8:52 am
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    What accessories does it have? Does it have a board like yo-yo? Or is there one which fits it?

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    • 31st January 2018 at 11:27 am
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      Hi Cris, thank you for the comment – I haven’t heard about a buggy board as this was a preview and the product launches around April this year. I know it has car seat adaptors available so you can use it with a car seat and it comes with a travel bag and a raincover. It’s worth following UPPAbaby on their facebook page if you don’t already to find out more as they announce it, but I will follow up if I hear more 🙂

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  • 7th February 2018 at 5:48 am
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    If you were buying one or the other for airline overhead bin purposes first and casual in and out of Car second, which one would you go for? You mentioned that you weren’t sure if the Minu was small enough.

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    • 7th February 2018 at 8:57 pm
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      Hey Heather, thank you for the question…and a good question at that. If airline travel was the MOST important thing to me then I would go for the YOYO because I have never had a problem taking that on board with any airline. The MINU wins on every other feature, in my opinion, but the YOYO is still a very, very good stroller so an frequent flyer would NOT be slumming it with a YOYO by any means 🙂

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