by Amy Venzke February 24, 2022 6 min read

If you've narrowed the field from hundreds of models to a lightweight Nuna stroller, you've made a good decision—but you still have multiple choices to consider.

Nuna offers three lightweight strollers—the entry-level Nuna PEPP Next, the ultra-compact Nuna TRVL and the full-featured Nuna TRIV—all of which weigh under 20 pounds.

The Nuna TRVL and TRIV make for the closest comparison: At first glance, they look similar and even sound similar. And both are marketed for travel, with Nuna calling the TRIV an "everyday travel companion," while the TRVL is, well, literally named for "travel."

But look more closely, and many differences emerge: The TRIV offers more features for everyday use, like a reversible seat and bassinet option, while the lighter and more compact TRVL is truly designed primarily for trips and errands.

We'll review all the differences between the Nuna TRVL and Nuna TRIV in this comparison.

Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

Nuna TRVL vs. TRIV Video

Watch the video below to see what sets the Nuna TRVL and Nuna TRIV strollers apart:

Nuna TRVL

True to its name, Nuna's lightest and most compact stroller is specifically designed for life on the go. The TRVL weighs less than 14 pounds, fits all Nuna infant car seats without the need for adapters, and even folds automatically with the press of a button—because when you're traveling with a baby, you need all the help you can get.

See the TRVL in the video below.

Nuna TRIV

As an "everyday travel companion," the Nuna TRIV may not be as compact as other travel strollers. But it's still smaller and lighter than most full-sized strollers—with many of the same features, like a reversible seat, one-handed fold and compatibility with a bassinet.

Meet the TRIV in the video below.

 

Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Price 

With its extra features like a reversible seat, the Nuna TRIV costs $250 more than the TRVL.

The TRVL comes with a carry bag, while the TRIV includes a car seat adapter (which isn't needed for the TRVL) and and a rain cover (sold separately for the TRVL).

  • Nuna TRVL: $449.95
  • Nuna TRIV: $699.95

Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Weight and Dimensions 

The Nuna TRVL and TRIV are about the same size—until you fold them or lift them. 

The TRVL is 6 pounds lighter and more than a foot shorter than the TRIV when it's folded, making it a more convenient option for carrying up stairs or stashing in the trunk of your car.

Neither the TRIV nor TRVL are compact enough to meet most airline carry-on standards, but the TRVL is designed for gate-checking, as it comes with a protective carry bag.

The TRIV has a longer footwell and seatback than the TRVL, helping to accommodate an older child, although the TRVL has a few extra inches between the seatback and top of the canopy.

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

Recommended Use

  • Nuna TRVL: 6 months to 45" in height or 50 pounds (from birth with car seat)
  • Nuna TRIV: 6 months to 45" in height or 50 pounds (from birth with car seat or bassinet)

Stroller Weight

Nuna weighs both strollers without the inclusion of the canopy or bumper bar. You'll need the bumper bar when attaching a car seat to the TRVL.

  • Nuna TRVL: 13.6 pounds
  • Nuna TRIV: 19.4 pounds

    Dimensions

    • Nuna TRVL: 32.5"L x 20.25"W x 44"H
    • Nuna TRIV: 30.5"L x 20"W x 42-43.5"H

    Folded Dimensions

    • Nuna TRVL: 11"L x 20.25"W x 24"H
    • Nuna TRIV: 25.3"L x 21"W x 17.5"H

    Seat Size

    • Nuna TRVL: 16.5" from seat to top of backrest, 15" from seat to footrest
    • Nuna TRIV: 20.5" from seat to top of backrest, 17" from seat to footrest

    Wheel Size

    • Nuna TRVL: 6" front wheels, 6.5" rear wheels
    • Nuna TRIV: 7" front wheels, 7.5" rear wheels

    Basket Weight Capacity

    • Nuna TRVL: 10 pounds
    • Nuna TRIV: 10 pounds

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Features and Configurations

    The Nuna TRIV has more features and configurations than the Nuna TRVL, offering the functionality of a full-sized stroller at a reduced size.

    The seat on the TRIV is reversible, allowing your baby to face you when you'd like to keep an eye on her and face forward when she's older and ready to explore.

    You can't reverse the seat on the TRVL, so your child will always face forward. And you also can't remove the seat, so you'll need to attach your infant car seat on top of the stroller seat.

    Because the TRIV seat is removable, you can attach your car seat directly to the frame for a cleaner look and less bulkiness. 

    Nuna also offers a TRIV bassinet that's overnight-safe and allows your infant to lie flat—an option that's not available for the TRVL.

    Both strollers also share a number of features, including:

    • An adjustable calf support that allows your child to stretch her legs 
    • 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
    • An extendable canopy for full sun coverage with ventilated peek-a-boo window

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    How to Fold Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV

    You can fold both strollers with one hand while you hold your baby, and both stand when folded so you don't have to reach to the ground when lifting.

    The TRVL wins for easiest fold—it actually folds by itself when you press and slide a button on the handlebar. When you release the button, the stroller completes the fold automatically. You can carry the TRVL by its bumper bar.

    The TRIV contains an elastic strap that serves as both the folding mechanism and carry strap. If the seat is attached, you'll need to fold it down before lifting up on the strap to fold the frame. The car seat adapter also folds with the stroller.

     

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    Car Seats Compatible with Nuna TRVL and Nuna TRIV

    Both the Nuna TRIV and Nuna TRVL are among the easiest strollers to use with an infant car seat, but the seats attach in different ways.

    The TRVL doesn't require adapters, as the car seat fits on top of the seat, locking against the bumper bar.

    While the TRIV needs an adapter, which is included with purchase of the stroller, it's almost as easy to use as a travel system. The adapter is ring-shaped, allowing you to drop the car seat on top for an instant connection. 

    Both strollers are only compatible with Nuna's PIPA series of infant car seats and won't fit any other brands. See the differences between Nuna PIPA models in this comparison.

    Because the TRIV seat is removable, you can attach the car seat directly to the frame for a cleaner look. The TRVL comes with seat fabrics and canopy attached, so you'll have to attach the car seat on top or disassemble the fabrics.

    Car Seats Compatible with Nuna TRVL

    • Nuna PIPA series (no adapters required)

    Car Seats Compatible with Nuna TRIV

    • Nuna PIPA series (with included adapter)

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Accessories

    Nuna offers a few accessories for both stroller models and includes some with purchase, too. 

    The TRIV comes with a rain cover, while the TRVL comes with a carry bag to protect your stroller at the airport or on a road trip.

    Nuna TRVL Accessories

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

    Nuna TRIV Accessories

    • Rain cover (included)
    • Bassinet 
    • Cup holder

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Colors and Materials

    The high-quality materials on both the Nuna TRVL and TRIV are similar, with a couple of differences.

    While both strollers have a ventilated peek-a-boo window in the canopy, only the TRIV offers ventilation in the seat back when you remove an optional seat insert. The TRVL's seatback isn't ventilated, but it has a ventilation panel between the canopy and seat.

    Both strollers come with leatherette handlebars and bumper bars and are offered in two colors, in keeping with Nuna's neutral-focused line.

    The TRVL comes in:

    • 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. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    The TRIV comes in:

    • Caviar, black with black frame
    • Frost, light gray with silver frame

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

     

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Pros and Cons

    So which stroller is better: the Nuna TRVL or the Nuna TRIV? 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 
    • Costs $250 less than the TRIV
    • Weighs 6 pounds less than TRIV and folds more compactly for trips and trunks
    • Does not require adapters to attach Nuna infant car seats

    Drawbacks

    • Does not have reversible or removable seat
    • Does not have bassinet option
    • Does not have ventilated seat back like TRIV

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    Nuna TRIV

    Benefits

    • Reversible seat allows child to face forward or face parent
    • Removable seat can be replaced with bassinet or car seat
    • Bassinet, sold separately, can be used for overnight sleeping
    • Seat insert can be removed for mesh seatback on warm days

    Drawbacks

    • Costs $250 more than TRVL
    • Requires adapters to attach infant car seat
    • Weighs 6 pounds more than TRVL, with a larger footprint

    Nuna TRVL vs. Nuna TRIV Stroller Comparison

    QUESTIONS?

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

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

    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    Amy Venzke founded Strolleria to help new parents find the baby gear that's right for their unique needs. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at customercare@strolleria.com or 480-442-9433.


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