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Nuna TRVL vs. BabyZen YOYO² Stroller

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There's a showdown brewing in the land of baby gear that's more epic than Batman vs. Superman, more ferocious than Wonder Woman vs. Cheetah, and even though they're from totally separate universes, as intense as Xena vs. She-Ra!  

Listen up Mom and Dad, because you’re about to see a stroller smackdown like no other… 

In one corner, we have the TRVL by Nuna, a stroller that's carried more children and diaper bags than we can count. In the other corner, a formidable opponent, the YOYO² by BabyZen*, complete with just as many bells and whistles! 

Are you ready? You better be! By the end of this epic match, you’ll have a better understanding of which one will reign supreme in your world of parenting. 

Let’s get to it! 

* Please note: As of January 2024, BabyZen has been acquired by Stokke, so this stroller will soon be known as the Stokke YOYO².

Head to Head  

THE SPECS: 

Nuna TRVL:  

  • Suitable from 6 months up to 50 lbs. (from birth with car seat) 
  • Dimensions Open: 32.5” H x 20.25” W x 44” D 
  • Dimensions Folded: 24” H x 20.25” W x 11” D 
  • Stroller Weight: 15.4 lbs. 

BabyZen YOYO²: 

  • Suitable from 6 months up to 48.5 lbs. (from birth with car seat or Newborn Pack) 
  • Dimensions Open: 41.7” H x 17.3” W x 33.9” D 
  • Dimensions Folded: 20.5” H x 17.3” W x 7.1" D 
  • Stroller Weight (frame only): 13.45 lbs. 

Similar Strollers  

These two baby rides share many fantastic features that make them stand out in the crowded stroller market. Here are the similarities that make them both worth considering: 

Lightweight:
Both the TRVL and YOYO² are designed with the modern parent in mind. They are incredibly lightweight, making them easy to maneuver, even in tight spaces.  

Travel System Compatible:
These strollers can both be turned into a travel system. The TRVL is only compatible with Nuna infant car seats (but doesn’t require an adapter), while the YOYO² can be used with infant car seats from Clek, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, and Nuna, with this adapter. 

Full Suspension:
Both strollers provide a smooth and comfortable ride for your little one, thanks to their full suspension systems. Whether you're strolling on city sidewalks or bumpy paths, your baby will enjoy a gentle ride. 

Price:
Price-conscious parents will be pleased to know that these strollers are similarly priced, with both models typically retailing for around $700. It's a great value considering their features! 

Easy To Clean:
Parenting can get messy, but cleaning is a breeze with these strollers. The TRVL is water repellent so spills and messes can be wiped away, while the YOYO² is machine washable to make it look good as new! 

Canopy UPF 50+:
Sun protection is a must, and both strollers offer a UPF 50+ canopy to keep your little one shielded from harmful UV rays during your outdoor adventures. 

Recline:
Both strollers provide multiple recline positions, allowing your child to rest comfortably on the go.  

Leather Bar:
Adding a touch of luxury, both strollers feature a grippy leather wrap on their handle for that extra bit of style and comfort. 

Carrying Bag:
Worried about damaging your stroller during travel? Don’t! Both come with a convenient travel bag, ensuring your stroller stays in pristine condition while you're on the move. 

 

Daring Differences  

Of course, these strollers also have their unique features and differences that can make or break your buying decision: 

Sizes:
The YOYO² is not only lighter but also smaller compared to the TRVL. 

Folding:
The TRVL offers the convenience of one-handed folding, while the YOYO² requires a few extra steps to collapse it. 

Travel Compliant:
Both strollers are designed for travel, but only the YOYO² can fit in the overhead bin on most flights, giving it an edge in terms of portability. 

Early Years:
For the first few months of baby’s life, the TRVL must be used with the PIPA car seat, whereas the YOYO² can be used with a compatible infant car seat OR the bassinet add-on (called the Newborn Pack).

Harness:
The TRVL features a no-rethread harness and magnetic buckle for easy adjusting and access, whereas the YOYO² has a standard 5-point harness. 

Basket Capacity:
The YOYO² offers a slightly larger under seat basket capacity, holding up to 11.02 lbs., while the TRVL can carry up to 10 lbs. 

Airflow:
The TRVL includes a ventilation panel between the seat and canopy, providing extra airflow to keep your little one comfortable on warm days. 

Colours:
If you're all about style, the YOYO² has the upper hand with multiple colours to choose from, whereas the TRVL only comes in black. 

Footrest:
For added calf support, the TRVL boasts an adjustable footrest, a feature not found on the YOYO². 

Extra Storage:
The YOYO² features a zippered pocket on the seatback and a convenient mesh pouch on the bottom of the seat. 

Fold Position:
The TRVL stands vertically when folded to save space, while the YOYO² lays flat. 

Carry Handle:
The YOYO² includes a padded carry strap to sling the stroller over your shoulder during transport, whereas the bumper bar on the TRVL doubles as its carrying handle when folded.

 

The Verdict… 

The Nuna TRVL and BabyZen YOYO² both have a lot of similar features parents will love. Having said that, they also share some pretty stark differences that will likely influence which stroller works best for you and your family. 

With the TRVL you get a slightly more robust frame, extra ventilation, the ability to snap on the PIPA car seat seamlessly, a no-rethread harness, and an adjustable footrest for extra comfort.  

The YOYO² offers a slightly smaller (and lighter) frame, overhead bin compatibility, more storage, is available in multiple colours, and has a convenient carry strap. It also is newborn-friendly when you purchase the Newborn Pack or with an infant car seat with adapters. However, folding up the YOYO²  is a slightly more convoluted process. 

But the bottom line is that Nuna and BabyZen have both made excellent and high-quality travel strollers that can fit most families’ needs. Which one is best for you and your little one?

For in-depth information about each stroller, read our Nuna TRVL Stroller Review and BabyZen YOYO² Stroller Review

Happy Shopping!