Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

In the battle over which stroller is smallest, lightest and easiest to use, the Babyzen YOYO2 and Nuna TRVL have emerged as two of the top competitors.

Babyzen pioneered the category of tiny travel strollers more than a decade ago when it introduced the YOYO—a stroller that's compact enough to fit on your shoulder and in many airplane overhead bins, yet well-made enough to handle the bumpy streets of its native France. 

Nuna upped the game in 2021 by introducing the TRVL, another high-quality and compact stroller that adds convenient features like an automatic fold and adapter-free compatibility with Nuna PIPA infant car seats.

Both strollers simplify travel and daily life as they grow with your child from infancy through toddlerhood, and both have pros and cons to weigh, depending on whether you're relying on the stroller primarily for air travel or using it as your all-purpose daily driver. 

We'll review the differences between the Nuna TRVL and Babyzen YOYO2 in this comparison.

Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Price

At $449, the Babyzen YOYO2 costs the same as the Nuna TRVL.

However, you can lower the price of the YOYO further (at least temporarily) by purchasing only the stroller frame for $399. Babyzen sells the canopy and seat fabrics, known as the 6+ Color Pack, separately for $49.99. Nuna sells the TRVL with seat attached.

If you plan to use Nuna car seat with your stroller, the TRVL becomes an even better value. The TRVL doesn't require a car seat adapter, while the Nuna adapter for the YOYO adds $54.99 to the overall price. 

  • Babyzen YOYO2: $449 ($399 for stroller frame and $49.99 for 6+ color pack)
  • Nuna TRVL: $449.95

Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Weight and Dimensions

Compared with the Nuna TRVL, the Babyzen YOYO2 is both lighter and smaller, making it an ideal choice for air travel.

Technically, neither stroller is a perfect fit for common airline carry-on requirements, but the YOYO2 is close—and Babyzen advertises that its stroller is accepted as cabin luggage by most airlines.

Nuna's stroller is too large for the overhead bin, but both the TRVL and YOYO come with a carry bag that makes gate-checking safe and convenient. (Be sure to check with your airline to understand its stroller policies.)

The seats for both the TRVL and YOYO2 can be used for the same length of time, from 6 months until your child reaches approximately 50 pounds.

Both strollers can be paired with an infant car seat, while the YOYO offers two additional configurations for a newborn when you attach the hard-bottomed YOYO Bassinet or the soft, foldable 0+ Newborn Pack.

Recommended Use

  • Nuna TRVL: 6 months to 45" in height or 50 pounds (from birth with car seat)
  • Babyzen YOYO2: 6 months to 50 pounds (from birth with car seat, bassinet or 0+ Newborn Pack)

Stroller Weight

If you remove the canopy and bumper bar from the Nuna TRVL, the two strollers are the same weight: 13.6 pounds. You'll need the bumper bar when attaching a car seat to the TRVL.

  • Nuna TRVL: 15.4 pounds
  • Babyzen YOYO2: 13.6 pounds

    Dimensions

    The YOYO is more narrow but longer than the TRVL, while the TRVL sits a few inches taller.

    • Nuna TRVL: 32.5"L x 20.25"W x 44"H
    • Babyzen YOYO2: 39"L x 17"W x 41"H

    Folded Dimensions

    The TRVL stands when folded, while the YOYO collapses to a flat position. That reduces the height of the folded YOYO by 17 inches, but its length is 9 inches longer than the TRVL.

    The YOYO is closest to the carry-on requirement size of airlines like Delta and American (22" x 14" x 9").

    • Nuna TRVL: 11"L x 20.25"W x 24"H
    • Babyzen YOYO2: 20"L x 17"W x 7"H

    Basket Weight Capacity

    • Nuna TRVL: 10 pounds
    • Babyzen YOYO2: 11 pounds

      nuna trvl vs babyzen yoyo

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Features

      The Nuna TRVL and Babyzen YOYO2 are among the top-performing travel strollers for both maneuverability and comfort, thanks to features like all-wheel suspension and a multi-position recline.

      Both stroller canopies offer ample sun coverage with UPF 50+ protection, as well as a peek-a-boo window that's plastic for the YOYO and mesh for the TRVL. And both models include water-repellent fabrics and a leatherette handlebar.

      The TRVL has these features not seen on the YOYO:

      • An adjustable calf support that allows your child to stretch her legs (Babyzen sells a leg rest accessory separately)
      • A no-rethread harness that helps with easier adjustments as your child grows
      • A magnetic buckle that makes it a snap to harness your child
      • A leatherette bumper bar, which doubles as a carry handle when the stroller is folded
      • A zippered ventilation panel between the canopy and seat for additional air flow on warm days

      The YOYO has these features not included on the TRVL:

      • A padded strap for carrying the stroller on your shoulder
      • A zippered storage pocket on the seatback, near the canopy, for stashing essentials like your phone or keys
      • A mesh pouch on the bottom of the seatback 

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Configurations

      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 Babyzen also offers two types of bassinets that allow your newborn to lie flat in the stroller.

      The Babyzen 0+ Newborn Pack is a soft fabric set that attaches to the frame and can fold with the stroller. The Newborn Pack includes a harness and a removable apron with a sherpa lining.

      The Babyzen Bassinet fulfills the same purpose, but with different functionality. Unlike the soft 0+ Newborn Pack, which can't be used off the stroller, the bassinet has a hard bottom that allows it to rest on the floor when you're visiting a restaurant or a friend's house. Because the bassinet is structured, your baby doesn't need a harness to rest safely inside. While the bassinet can't fold with the stroller, it collapses into two half-shells for storage.

      The Nuna TRVL does not have a bassinet option. See the differences between the 0+ Newborn Pack (left) and Bassinet (right) in the photo below.

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      How to Fold Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2

      With either stroller, you'll probably catch an envious glare from another parent when you fold it at an airport.

      The TRVL self-folds in a single one-handed motion, allowing you to hold your baby while the stroller does the work for you.

      Simply slide the handlebar button with your thumb while pressing with your fingers, then let go and let the stroller fold itself into a standing position. Lift the stroller by its bumper bar, and repeat the same motion to unfold it.

      The YOYO's two-step fold requires more of a learning curve—but after just a bit of practice, you can transform it from stroller to shoulder accessory in only a few seconds.

      The first step, which can be completed while your child is still seated, involves pressing two buttons to fold the canopy. For the second step, you'll need just one hand to press and slide a button under the stroller seat until the frame collapses. Unlike the TRVL, the YOYO has a padded strap that allows you to wear it on your shoulder.

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      Car Seats Compatible with Nuna TRVL and Babyzen YOYO2

      True to its name, a "travel system"—or an infant car seat attached to a stroller—is especially convenient when you're traveling, whether you're heading through the airport or just popping into a store.

      The Nuna TRVL is one of the only compact strollers that doesn't need adapters to attach a car seat. While adapters aren't necessarily difficult to use, they create an extra step in your process—and an extra opportunity to lose a key piece while you're traveling.

      The catch? The TRVL is only compatible with Nuna infant car seats, so you can't attach any other brands. See the differences between Nuna PIPA models in this comparison.

      The Babyzen YOYO2 fits car seats from a few different brands, including Nuna, with the use of adapters sold separately. The adapter is made of two components: One piece attaches to the side of the frame, while the other clicks on top. The top piece must be removed before folding.

      If you're looking to use just the stroller frame and car seat in your baby's first months, it's easier to do so with the YOYO, as the frame is sold as a standalone product. The TRVL comes with seat fabrics and canopy attached, so you'll have to attach the car seat on top or disassemble the fabrics for a cleaner look.

      Car Seats Compatible with Nuna TRVL

      • Nuna PIPA series (no adapters required)

      Car Seats Compatible with Babyzen YOYO2

      Babyzen offers only one type of car seat adapter, which fits the following car seats:

      • Clek Liing
      • Cybex car seats, excluding Cybex Cloud Q*
      • Maxi-Cosi infant car seats
      • Nuna infant 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.

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Accessories

      Both the Nuna TRVL and Babyzen YOYO2 come with a lightweight carry bag intended to protect the stroller from debris and scratches. Padded travel bags offering extra protection and storage are sold separately.

      The TRVL includes one feature that's sold as a separate accessory for the YOYO (a leg rest) and one that isn't available from Babyzen (a bumper bar).

      Otherwise, the YOYO offers more accessory options, including two types of bassinets, a ride-along board for a toddler, and weather gear like a footmuff or parasol.

      Nuna TRVL Accessories

      • Carry bag (included)
      • Bumper bar (included)
      • Cup holder
      • Padded travel bag (expected release early 2022)
      • Rain cover (expected release spring 2022)

      Babyzen YOYO2 Accessories

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Colors and Fabrics

      Both strollers offer high-quality fabrics that are water-repellent, as well as a leatherette handlebar that's black for the Babyzen YOYO2 and brown for the Nuna TRVL. The TRVL includes a matching bumper bar, too.

      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 TRVL is offered in two neutral colors.

      The YOYO2 offers these color choices:

      • Black
      • Gray
      • Taupe
      • Toffee
      • Peppermint
      • Aqua
      • Red
      • Ginger
      • Air France, a special-edition navy blue with interior blue and white pattern

      The TRVL comes in these colors:

      • Caviar, black with black frame and brown leatherette
      • Hazelwood, beige with black frame and brown leatherette
      • Lagoon, green with black frame and black leatherette

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Pros and Cons

      So which stroller is better: the Nuna TRVL or the Babyzen YOYO2? Only you can decide which is best for your family, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.

      Nuna TRVL

      Benefits

      • Folds by itself with one-handed motion and stands when folded for easy lifting and storage
      • Does not require adapters to attach Nuna infant car seats
      • Includes leatherette bumper bar that doubles as carry handle 
      • No-rethread harness makes for easy height adjustments
      • Adjustable leg rest adds support
      • Has two ventilation panels in canopy and back of seat
      • Magnetic buckle makes it easier to harness your child

      Drawbacks

      • Has a larger footprint when folded and does not fit in an airplane overhead bin
      • Cannot be carried on your shoulder like YOYO2
      • Not compatible with car seats from brands other than Nuna
      • Does not have accessories such as bassinet, footmuff or glider board
      • Does not have extra storage pockets as seen on YOYO2

      Nuna TRVL vs. Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller Comparison

      Babyzen YOYO2

      Benefits

      • One of the lightest and most compact strollers on the market, making it ideal for plane travel
      • Can be carried on your shoulder from integrated strap
      • Can be paired with two types of bassinets for newborns (the hard-bottomed or Babyzen Bassinet or soft, folding 0+ Newborn Pack)
      • Compatible with a wider range of infant car seats
      • Includes two additional storage pockets in seatback
      • Offers more accessory options such as glider board and footmuff
      • Has more color options

      Drawbacks

      • Fold requires two steps (and for one step, two hands), compared with one-step, one-hand folded of TRVL
      • Does not stand when folded like TRVL
      • Does not have no-rethread harness or magnetic buckle as seen on TRVL
      • Requires attachment of car seat adapters, part of which must be removed before folding
      • Does not have bumper bar option
      • Leg rest is an accessory sold separately (included on TRVL)
      • Requires some assembly when attaching a seat option to the frame

      babyzen yoyo vs nuna trvl

      QUESTIONS?

      Strolleria is an authorized retailer of Babyzen and Nuna products dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents.

      If you have more questions about the Babyzen YOYO2 vs. Nuna TRVL debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.