by Amy Venzke March 21, 2018

If you’re a parent who’s tight on living space or simply prefers to travel light, you might like the lightweight yet full-featured UPPAbaby CRUZ—and you might like the new, 14-pound UPPAbaby MINU even more.

For years, the CRUZ has been a popular choice with parents seeking a full-size stroller that isn’t too heavy or bulky. It weighs 21 pounds and is easy to fold and lift, yet it’s still sizable enough to offer a reversible seat and an ample storage basket.

But the MINU, available from Strolleria in mid-April 2018, is even lighter and more compact—while offering some of the same features of the CRUZ, like compatibility with an infant car seat and even a bassinet that can be used from birth.

While the CRUZ still offers superior features and maneuverability, the MINU might win over urban parents—as well as suburban parents seeking a lighter, secondary stroller for travel and errands.

Find out which stroller is right for you in this 2018 UPPAbaby CRUZ vs. 2018 UPPAbaby MINU comparison.

uppababy cruz vs uppababy minu stroller comparison

UPPAbaby CRUZ

The lightweight and easy-to-fold UPPAbaby CRUZ is an ideal companion for exploring the city—or anywhere else you find yourself cruising. While being one of the lightest full-sized strollers on the market, the CRUZ offers plenty of features, like a reversible seat, extra-large storage basket, front-wheel suspension and simple, standing fold.

 

 

UPPAbaby MINU

While ultra-compact and lightweight at just 14.5 pounds, the UPPAbaby MINU offers high-quality features seen on much larger strollers, like all-wheel suspension and compatibility with an infant car seat and bassinet. That makes the UPPAbaby MINU ideal for travel and city life, especially because the stroller can be folded with just one step and one hand. The MINU is even compact enough to fit in some airplane overhead bins.

 

UPPABABY VISTA VS. UPPABABY MINU PRICE

The CRUZ costs about $150 more than the MINU but includes more features, such as a reversible seat with full recline and larger wheels, seat and basket.

  • CRUZ: $549.99 ($579.99 for Jake Black)
  • MINU: $399.99 ($429.99 for Jake Black)

UPPABABY CRUZ VS. UPPABABY MINU WEIGHT

The MINU is one of the lightest strollers on the market, especially among those that can be used with a car seat or bassinet from birth. And so is the CRUZ—but the MINU is more than 6 pounds lighter.

  • CRUZ: 21 pounds
  • MINU: 14.5 pounds

UPPABABY CRUZ VS. UPPABABY MINU WEIGHT CAPACITY

Both the CRUZ and MINU can be used until 50 pounds, although the larger CRUZ is more comfortable for a larger toddler.

With its near-flat recline, the CRUZ toddler seat can be used from birth (especially with the Infant SnugSeat, sold separately). The MINU seat is intended for babies 3 months and up, but the stroller is safe to use from birth with the From Birth kit bassinet or infant car seat.

  • CRUZ: Birth to 50 pounds
  • MINU: 3 months to 50 pounds (from birth with bassinet or car seat)

FOLDED DIMENSIONS

  • CRUZ: 17"L x 22.3"W x 36"H
  • MINU: 20.5"L x 23"W x 11.5"H

HANDLEBAR

  • CRUZ: Leather
  • MINU: Leather

WHEELS

  • CRUZ: Polyurethane; front-wheel suspension
  • MINU: Polyurethane; all-wheel suspension 

WARRANTY

  • CRUZ: 3 years (with product registration)
  • MINU: 3 years (with product registration)

HOW TO FOLD UPPABABY CRUZ AND UPPABABY MINU

The CRUZ offers a one-piece standing fold that keeps the stroller clean and allows for easy storage and lifting.

To fold the CRUZ, initiate the lock and lengthen the handlebar to its longest position. Pull back on the triggers integrated into the stroller frame and pull the stroller toward you, grasping the bumper bar to guide the stroller until it locks into place while standing on the handlebar. To lift the stroller into the car, grab the bumper bar and press the stroller into your thigh for lifting that’s easier on your back.



You only need one hand to fold the MINU. Using your thumb on one side of the handlebar button and fingers on the other, press in and down until the stroller collapses and auto-locks. To unfold the stroller, simply undo the lock and pull up on the stroller until it springs back into place.

In a rare feature, the MINU also folds with the From Birth kit bassinet attached. Fold the MINU in the same fashion, using the buckles underneath the bassinet to secure it to the stroller frame.

uppababy cruz vs uppababy minu stroller comparison

CAR SEATS COMPATIBLE WITH UPPABABY CRUZ AND UPPABABY MINU

uppababy cruz vs uppababy minu stroller comparison

Both the CRUZ and MINU are compatible with a number of infant car seats, although the CRUZ offers more options and greater convenience.

With the CRUZ, the freestanding toddler seat is easily removed and replaced with a car seat. Because the MINU's seat is a piece of fabric, not a standalone unit, the seat can only be removed by unfastening the fabric from the frame. If undoing the fabric seems like a pain, the car seat can also sit on top of the stroller seat.

Both the CRUZ and MINU are compatible with the UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat. But no adapters are needed for the CRUZ, while adapters (sold separately) are required for the MINU.

The CRUZ is compatible with these car seats:

  • UPPAbaby MESA 
  • Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit30
  • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico, Citi, Cabrio and Cabrio Fix
  • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
  • Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido

The car seat adapter for the MINU and MESA is expected to be available in mid-June.

At a later date in summer 2018, UPPAbaby plans to produce another adapter for these car seat brands:

  • Nuna
  • Maxi-Cosi
  • Cybex

UPPABABY CRUZ VS. MINU BASSINET

uppababy cruz vs uppababy minu stroller comparison

Both strollers offer a bassinet option (sold separately) that allows your baby to sleep in the safest position: flat on her back, with plenty of room and ventilation to keep her comfortable. But the CRUZ offers a more robust bassinet that can be used both off and on the stroller.

The bassinet for the UPPAbaby CRUZ is like a bed on wheels. With its hard, ventilated bottom, the bassinet is approved safe for overnight sleeping when placed on a flat surface or into the UPPAbaby bassinet stand (which turns into a laundry hamper)!

Unlike the CRUZ bassinet, which is a freestanding product, the MINU's bassinet—called the From Birth kit—is unstructured fabric that cannot be used off of the stroller. The From Birth kit also requires the baby to be buckled into a harness for safety, while the CRUZ bassinet does not. The From Birth kit will be available starting in June 2018.

UPPABABY CRUZ VS. MINU ACCESSORIES

From a cup holder for your morning coffee to a snack tray for your child, numerous CRUZ accessories make the stroller even better for both parents and kids.

The full line of UPPAbaby accessories can be used for the CRUZ, including:

  • Bassinet and bassinet stand
  • Cup holder
  • Carry-all organizer
  • Parent organizer
  • Seat liner
  • Ganoosh footmuff
  • Snack tray
  • PiggyBack ride-along board
  • TravelSafe travel bag

Fewer accessories are available for the MINU:

  • From Birth bassinet kit (available in late June 2018)
  • TravelSafe travel bag (available in early August 2018)
  • Rain shield (available in May 2018)
  • From Birth kit rain shield (available in early July 2018)

BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS

So which stroller is better: the UPPAbaby CRUZ or UPPAbaby MINU? Only you can decide which one is right for your family, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.

UPPABABY CRUZ

BENEFITS

  • Reversible seat allows child to face you or face forward
  • Larger wheels than MINU, allowing for superior maneuverability over curbs and uneven terrain
  • Compatible with several infant car seats
  • Can be paired with the UPPAbaby bassinet, which self-stands and is approved for overnight sleeping
  • Stroller seat is larger with better padding and is more comfortable for a larger child
  • Seat is easier to recline with integrated recline button
  • Large storage basket easily accommodates a diaper bag or purse
  • Compatible with a wider range of accessories

DRAWBACKS

  • Weighs 6 pounds more than MINU and is heavier to lift and carry
  • Costs $150 more than MINU
  • Requires two hands to fold and unfold
  • Requires more storage space than the MINU

UPPABABY MINU

BENEFITS

  • One of the lightest and most compact strollers that can be used with a newborn
  • Can be paired with an infant car seat or From Birth kit bassinet (sold separately)
  • Folds and unfolds quickly with only one hand
  • All-wheel suspension is unique for a small stroller
  • Easy to carry with integrated carry strap or handle

DRAWBACKS

  • Small wheels are not as durable and maneuverable over uneven surfaces
  • Seat is not a standalone unit that can be removed or reversed, like CRUZ seat
  • Storage basket is small for everyday use
  • Seat is not as padded or roomy as CRUZ seat
  • Requires adapters to attach all car seats, including UPPAbaby MESA

CONCLUSION

If you live in an area where you have a car and ample storage space, you’ll probably choose the UPPAbaby CRUZ. The CRUZ offers all of the features most parents are seeking in a stroller, such as a seat that reverses and reclines, a roomy storage basket, and compatibility with a car seat and bassinet. At 21 pounds, it’s still several pounds lighter than the UPPAbaby VISTA and many of its competitors.

But if you live in a city or apartment—or if your main priority in a stroller is its light weight—you’ll like the MINU for its one-handed fold and 14-pound weight. Few options exist for parents who want a lightweight stroller but need to use it from birth, as umbrella strollers typically can't be fully reclined or used with a car seat or bassinet. The MINU's ability to be used with an infant will make it a popular choice both for an everyday stroller for city families and a full-featured lightweight stroller for families who travel.

QUESTIONS?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping and no sales tax outside of Arizona! If you have more questions about the UPPAbaby CRUZ vs. UPPAbaby MINU debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

 

Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


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