by Amy Venzke April 26, 2018 4 Comments

For travel and city life, parents want the lightest stroller possible. But with many travel strollers, lightweight can also mean cheap, unreliable and limited in functionality—and a lightweight stroller doesn't do much good if it can't handle a city curb or breaks down in the middle of your vacation.

In a market crowded with lightweight stroller options, the Babyzen YOYO+ and UPPAbaby MINU are the high-quality standouts. They're two of the lightest options available, yet they're smooth and sturdy enough for everyday use, too.

At 13.6 pounds and 14.5 pounds, respectively, both strollers can fit in some airplane overhead bins. And both offer a wide range of features, ample storage space, and the ability to be used from birth up to 40-50 pounds.

So which stroller is better: the UPPAbaby MINU or the Babyzen YOYO+? We'll explain all the details, benefits and drawbacks in this in-depth comparison.

uppababy minu vs babyzen yoyo stroller comparison

UPPAbaby MINU

Released in spring 2018, the MINU is the newest and most compact addition to UPPAbaby's ultra-popular line of strollers.

The MINU (pronounced "min-YOU") is significantly lighter than UPPAbaby's full-sized strollers, and unlike its umbrella strollers, it can be used from birth with a car seat or bassinet.

Babyzen YOYO+

With its all-wheel suspension and sturdy wheels, the YOYO+ was designed to provide the smoothest ride over the cobblestone streets of Babyzen's native France. 

Babyzen offers two versions of the stroller: The 0+ version, which includes the bassinet that can be used from birth, and the 6+ version, which includes the seat fabric intended for babies who are at least 6 months old and can sit more upright in a stroller.

In independent testing from Baby Gear Lab, the YOYO+ earned the highest rating of any lightweight stroller.

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Price

As a complete stroller, the Babyzen YOYO+ costs $100 more than the UPPAbaby MINU.

One difference: The Babyzen YOYO+ frame and "color pack" (the canopy and seat fabric) can be purchased separately if you're planning to use only the frame with a car seat in baby's first months—or swap colors with the seasons. The UPPAbaby MINU is sold with the frame and seat fabrics together. 

Both the Babyzen YOYO+ and UPPAbaby MINU come with a lightweight carry bag, and the YOYO+ also includes a rain cover.

For both strollers, the bassinet ("0+ newborn pack" in Babyzen terminology and "From Birth kit" in UPPAbaby-speak) is sold separately.

Stroller Prices

  • UPPAbaby MINU: $399.99 ($429.99 for Jake Black)
  • Babyzen YOYO+ with color pack: $499 ($449 for stroller frame; $50 for color pack)

Bassinet Prices

  • UPPAbaby From Birth Kit: $129.99
  • Babyzen YOYO+ newborn pack: $225

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Weight

While both strollers are among the lightest on the market, the Babyzen YOYO+ is nearly one pound lighter than the UPPAbaby MINU.

  • MINU: 14.5 pounds
  • YOYO+: 13.6 pounds

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Weight Capacity

Like most lightweight strollers, the seats of both the UPPAbaby MINU and Babyzen YOYO+ do not fully recline to a flat position. For that reason, neither seat can be used until the baby gains neck control and can sit more upright.

UPPAbaby says the MINU seat is safe to use from 3 months old, while Babyzen advises waiting until 6 months.

Either stroller can be used with a newborn by adding a bassinet or infant car seat.

  • MINU: 3 months to 50 pounds (from birth with bassinet or car seat)
  • YOYO+: 6 months to 40 pounds (from birth with bassinet or car seat)

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Folded Size

Both strollers have an impressively compact fold and be carried comfortably with a built-in shoulder strap. But the YOYO+ is noticeably more compact than the MINU, folding to a size that's six inches more narrow and four inches shorter.

Both may be compact enough to qualify as carry-on luggage, allowing parents to avoid the hassle and the damage risks of checking or gate-checking the stroller.

Still, carry-on policies are unique to each airline, so be sure to check yours before planning to bring your stroller onboard. Babyzen says its stroller is accepted as cabin luggage by "most" airline companies, while UPPAbaby says the MINU will fit in "some" overhead bins.

  • MINU: 20.5"L x 23"W x 11.5"H
  • YOYO+: 20" L x 17"W x 7" H

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller Comparison

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller Comparison

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Handlebar

  • MINU: Full-grain leather; not adjustable
  • YOYO+: Black foam; not adjustable

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Warranty

  • MINU: 3 years with registration
  • YOYO+: 2 years

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Fold

Both strollers are easy to fold, but the MINU has the edge with a one-step fold, compared with the two-step fold required for the YOYO+.

How to Fold UPPAbaby MINU

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.

When the MINU is folded, the canopy and seat back remain unsecured. That means the fabric can be a bit floppy, especially if the seatback was reclined.

To unfold the MINU, simply undo the lock on the side of the stroller and pull up until it springs back into place.

How to Fold UPPAbaby MINU with Bassinet Attached

The MINU also folds with the From Birth kit bassinet attached. Fold the MINU in the same fashion, using the snaps underneath the bassinet to secure it to the stroller frame.

How to Fold Babyzen YOYO+

Folding the YOYO+ requires two steps. First, press the white buttons near the top of the frame to collapse the canopy and handlebar. This step requires two hands but can be done while the child is still sitting in the stroller.

Next, reach underneath the stroller to find a red tab and black button. Press the button while pulling the tab, then grab onto the nearby metal bar to allow the stroller to collapse instantly. The canopy and seat fabric is compressed on the inside of the folded stroller, so unlike the MINU, no pieces will be loose.

To unfold the stroller, undo the lock near the front wheels and spring the YOYO+ back into place.

How to Fold Babyzen YOYO+ with Bassinet 

With the bassinet attached, the Babyzen YOYO+ folds in the same fashion, with no need to secure the bassinet fabric.

Car Seats Compatible with UPPAbaby MINU and Babyzen YOYO+

The Babyzen YOYO+can be used with an infant car seat—and the UPPAbaby MINU will be car seat compatible in the near future.

If you have the UPPAbaby MESA car seat and are looking to use it on a lightweight stroller, the MINU is definitely your best (and only) choice, as the MESA only fits UPPAbaby stroller. If you have a Nuna, Maxi-Cosi or Cybex car seat, either the MINU or the YOYO+ will work.

UPPAbaby offers two adapters for the MINU:

  • UPPAbaby MESA
  • Nuna/Maxi-Cosi/Cybex

When folding the MINU, the adapters for the MESA must be removed, while the Nuna/Maxi-Cosi/Cybex adapter can remain on the stroller.

Babyzen makes a single car seat adapter for the following car seats:

  • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite or PIPA Lite LX
  • Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q or Cloud Q
  • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30

When folding the YOYO+, the locks that clip onto the stroller can remain in place, while the adapters can be removed while attached to your car seat.

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Storage Space

The storage baskets for the UPPAbaby MINU and Babyzen YOYO+ are similarly sized. The width of the MINU basket is about 11" in the front and 13.5" in the back, while the YOYO+ basket width is 15" in the front and 9" in the back. The YOYO+ basket has two support bars running through it that may get in the way of some items.

Additionally, the YOYO+ has two pockets: a zippered storage pocket on the back of the canopy, and a mesh pocket on the seatback. The MINU has an ample storage pocket on the seatback.

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller Comparison

UPPAbaby MINU vs. Babyzen YOYO+ Accessories

From a cup holder for your beverage to a ride-along board for baby's older sibling, several accessories are available for the Babyzen YOYO+:

While no accessories are currently available for the UPPAbaby MINU, these will be released soon:

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 MINU or the Babyzen YOYO+? Only you can decide which is best for your family, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.

UPPAbaby MINU

Benefits

  • One-handed, one-step fold is about as easy as it gets
  • Costs $100 less than the Babyzen YOYO+
  • Leather handlebar adds a touch of luxury
  • Higher weight capacity (50 pounds vs. YOYO's 40 pounds) allows an older toddler to use the stroller
  • Peek-a-boo window on top of canopy allows for viewing and ventilation
  • Sunshade extends from canopy for additional sun protection
  • Has additional year of warranty (3 years vs. 2 years for YOYO+)

Drawbacks

  • May not be compact enough to fit in an overhead bin
  • Does not offer ride-along board for a sibling
  • Comes in only four colors

Babyzen YOYO+

Benefits

  • Considered the highest-quality travel stroller on the market
  • Folded size is substantially smaller than the MINU and compact enough for most overhead bins
  • Color pack canopy/seat fabric is sold separately, allowing parents to refresh the look of their stroller
  • More color choices: choose between black or white frame and several fabric colors
  • Compatible with more accessories, including cup holder and ride-along board

Drawbacks

  • Two-step fold involves reaching underneath the stroller, which is less convenient
  • Costs $100 more than UPPAbaby MINU
  • Canopy does not include ventilation or peek-a-boo window
  • Rear axle in back of stroller may inhibit the stride of taller parents

Conclusion

Both the UPPAbaby MINU and Babyzen YOYO+ are highly recommended, and both have pros and cons. The YOYO+ gets our vote for the smoothest ride, and it's also lighter and more compact. But with its one-hand, one-step fold, the MINU is easier to collapse, has additional features like a leather handlebar and pop-out sunshade, and is less expensive.

Parents looking for a high-quality lightweight stroller for travel or everyday convenience can't go wrong with either choice.

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 Babyzen YOYO+ vs. UPPAbaby MINU debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

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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


4 Responses

Lala
Lala

October 22, 2018

The Yoyo does have a peekaboo window so you can see your baby/toddler, it just doesn’t open for ventilation.

Jordan
Jordan

August 10, 2018

In the car seat compatibility section, you said “When folding the MINU, the adapters for the MESA must be removed, while the Nuna/Maxi-Cosi/Cybex adapter can remain on the stroller.” Were you actually able to completely close the MINU with the Nuna adapter? I only ask because we’ve checked with Uppababy about this issue a few times and have received conflicting information (some reps say it can be closed with the adapters, other say it can’t, so it would be very helpful to know if someone has actually been able to do it). Thanks!

Carolina
Carolina

June 19, 2018

Hello! I’d like to know how tall is the Minu when using the bassinet. Thanks!

Michael Gage
Michael Gage

June 17, 2018

I want to give a gift of a stroller, (either yoyo or MINU) to someone in Italy. What extra costs and shipping costs should I consider?

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