by Amy Venzke April 04, 2022 7 min read
All travel strollers weigh less than your everyday stroller, but the best are lightweight without skimping on quality and maneuverability.
A decade ago, Babyzen introduced its game-changing YOYO, a stroller that offered full-sized features like all-wheel suspension and car seat compatibility—while folding compactly enough to fit in the overhead bin of an airplane.
Now, a long-popular luxury brand is challenging Babyzen for its place at the top of the travel stroller market.
The Bugaboo Butterfly goes head-to-head with the YOYO as another carry-on-sized stroller, featuring a one-second fold and an ergonomic seat designed for infants and older toddlers alike. New for 2022, the Butterfly replaces Bugaboo's now-discontinued Ant travel stroller.
We'll review the differences, pros and cons between the Bugaboo Butterfly and the Babyzen YOYO2 in this comparison.
The Butterfly features the same quality and maneuverability that Bugaboo strollers are known for—just in a smaller package.
Compact enough to be carried on your shoulder or stored in an overhead bin, the Butterfly offers features like an adjustable leg rest, spring-loaded basket, and no-rethread harness with quick-button release.
The Butterfly is newborn-ready when you attach an infant car seat and, with the highest backrest of any travel stroller, it comfortably fits an older toddler up to 50 pounds.
The Babyzen YOYO2 was born in France, where its sturdy frame and all-wheel suspension can tackle anything from grassy parks to cobblestone streets.
The YOYO2 folds in a flash and can be carried by an integrated shoulder strap, then stored in its included carry bag.
Use the same frame to attach three different seat options to the stroller: the 0+ Newborn Pack for a soft bassinet that folds with the stroller, the Babyzen Bassinet for a hard-bottomed bassinet that can be used on the ground, or the 6+ Color Pack, which includes the seat fabric to be used when your baby is sitting upright.
It also comes with two accessories that would cost an extra $80 if purchased for the YOYO2: a rain cover and a leg rest, which Babyzen prices at $39.99 each. The YOYO2 comes with a lightweight storage bag, an option that isn't available for the Butterfly.
For Babyzen, the stroller frame can be purchased separately for $479.99, allowing the option to attach only an infant car seat or bassinet for a newborn before investing in seat fabrics later on. The Butterfly comes with seat fabrics included.
Bugaboo says the Butterfly has the highest backrest of any stroller, making it comfortable for an older toddler. While the YOYO's backrest is six inches shorter, its backrest isn't connected to the canopy like the Butterfly is, creating more head space for your child.
The seats for both the Butterfly and YOYO2 can be used for the same length of time, from approximately 6 months until your child reaches approximately 50 pounds.
Both strollers meet the carry-on standards of the International Air Transport Association: 22"L x 18"W x 10"D..
Both stroller canopies offer ample sun coverage, as well as a peek-a-boo window that's plastic for the YOYO and a full-width, ventilated panel for the Butterfly. And both models include water-repellent fabrics and a leatherette handlebar.
The Butterfly has these features not seen on the YOYO:
The YOYO has these features not included on the Butterfly:
If you're planning to use your stroller during baby's first months, the Babyzen YOYO2 offers more versatility in its configurations.
Both strollers can be paired with an infant car seat, but the YOYO offers two additional configurations for a newborn when you attach the hard-bottomed YOYO Bassinet or the soft, foldable 0+ Newborn Pack. The Bugaboo Butterfly does not have any bassinet options.
The soft Babyzen 0+ Newborn Pack folds with the stroller and includes a harness. The structured Babyzen Bassinet can be used off the stroller if you're visiting a friend or a restaurant, and it doesn't require a harness.
See the differences between the 0+ Newborn Pack (left) and Bassinet (right) in the photo below.
Both strollers offer the smallest folds you'll find on a stroller, and both are easy to transport through airport security. The Butterfly offers a faster, one-handed fold, while the YOYO2 requires two hands for the first of two folding steps.
To fold the Bugaboo Butterfly, press the white button within the handlebar and lower the stroller until it's locked and standing. Press the same button to unlock the stroller and spring it back into place.
We'll update this post when a video of the Bugaboo Butterfly fold becomes available.
To fold the YOYO2, first press the white buttons at the top of the frame to collapse the handlebar and canopy.
Then, find a red tab and black button located on the underside of the stroller. Press the button while pulling the tab, then grab the metal bar to allow the stroller to collapse and lock in place.
See how to fold the Babyzen YOYO in the video below.
For both strollers, the car seat adapters must be removed for the most compact fold. On the YOYO2, the portion of the adapters that lock onto the frame can remain in place when folding, but the actual adapters should be removed.
The car seat adapter for the Bugaboo Butterfly fits these car seats:
Babyzen's car seat adapter fits the following car seats:
* Although the Cybex Cloud Q fits on the stroller, Babyzen does not recommend its use, as the weight of the car seat and the child (at maximum weight) exceeds the capacity of the YOYO.
Customize both stroller for your needs by adding accessories like a cup holder for your beverages or a footmuff to keep your baby warm during wintertime strolls.
The Babyzen YOYO2 offers a few accessories that aren't available for the Butterfly, including a padded travel bag, a ride-along board for a toddler and two types of bassinets. It also comes with a carry bag that protects your stroller from dirt and debris.
The Butterfly comes with a rain cover and integrated leg rest, and a bumper bar is available separately. It's also compatible with universal Bugaboo accessories you won't find for Babyzen, like a smartphone holder and parent organizer bag.
Both strollers offer high-quality fabrics that are water-repellent, as well as a black leatherette handlebar.
You can choose from a white or black frame for the YOYO2, which also offers a rainbow of color choices for the seat or bassinet fabrics. The Butterfly comes in three neutral colors.
The Butterfly comes in these colors:
The YOYO2 offers these color choices for its fabrics:
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