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BabyZen Yoyo+ Review

Easy to maneuver, stylish, lightweight option that folds small with a big price
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $500 List | $499 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweight
Cons:  Expensive, not the best napper
Manufacturer:   Baby Zen
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 8
  • Quality - 10% 8

The Skinny

The BabyZen Yoyo+ received the coveted Editors' Choice award by earning the highest overall score in our lightweight stroller review. The Yoyo+ has features that made it stand out from the rest in our testing. Maneuverability was this stroller's strong point, and it earned admirable scores in the remaining metrics as well. The Yoyo is easy to push and turn and negotiates small spaces with ease, proving it is prepared for the obstacle course that is city life. With the second highest score for ease of use thanks to its canopy, storage bin, and unique fold, this stroller gets the job done without causing frustration. The big downside to this stroller is the price tag which maybe more than most parents plan to spend for a secondary stroller. While it is arguably worth it (with a nice quality score), some parents may need a comparable option that is more budget friendly. The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 is costs less but comes with similar features and functionality. However, if you can afford it, you won't be disappointed with the BabyZen Yoyo+ and all it has to offer.


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Pros Easy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweightLightweight, giant canopy, priceCompact fold great for travel, easy to use features, qualityEasy to use, cozy napping, Car seat compatibleEasy to use and push, useful features, quick fold
Cons Expensive, not the best napperLower quality, poor off-road capabilitiesHeavy for its size, not for off-road surfaces, expensiveHeavier than umbrella options, hard to carryHeavier and larger
Bottom Line Easy to maneuver, stylish, lightweight option that folds small with a big priceReasonably priced and lightweight with useful features but it could be smallerExpensive and heavy but easy to use and squarely compactSmooth maneuvering option that is easy to use and good for napping, but heavy for a lightweight strollerEasy to push with a fast fold but heavier weight is challenging for travel
Rating Categories BabyZen Yoyo+ ZOE XL1 BEST v2 UPPAbaby Minu Baby Jogger City... Britax B-Lively
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Specs BabyZen Yoyo+ ZOE XL1 BEST v2 UPPAbaby Minu Baby Jogger City... Britax B-Lively
Weight 13.5 lbs 11.8 lbs 14.9 lbs 17.5 lbs 18.9 lbs
Folded Dimensions 17.5"W x 9"H x 20.8"L 21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L 20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L 24.1"W x 10.5"H x 32.8"L 24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 50lbs/40"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Cybex
Aton Q
Nuna
Pipa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP
None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
Nuna
Pippa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
BOB
B-Safe
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None Baby Jogger
City GO
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 3S, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30
None
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes No No
Carry Strap Yes No Yes No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.8" 39.7" 41.2 41.6" 40"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories Rain Shield None Storage bag None None
Setup Time 13:20 2:49 4:23 4:29 5:04

Our Analysis and Test Results

Color Update - July 2017
Babyzen has released some new colors for the Yoyo+ stroller. In addition to the original six colors, Ginger (below left) and Peppermint (below right) are now optional colors in the lineup. The design and function of the Yoyo+ remain the same.

The BabyZen Yoyo+ is the highest ranking stroller out of 19 lightweight strollers and is both easy to use and push with features for both parents and passengers.
The BabyZen Yoyo+ is the highest ranking stroller out of 19 lightweight strollers and is both easy to use and push with features for both parents and passengers.

Babyzen was founded by five Frenchmen who wanted a lightweight, less bulky stroller for urban living. BabyZen is a high-end brand with sleek designs and higher price tags. Their strollers are designed for the urban lifestyle and travel. Marketed as "the only stroller you'll ever need" BabyZen has a small stable of 2 stroller options that vary between lightweight and more of an all-terrain option.



Performance Comparison


Viewing the comparison chart below it is easy to see why the BabyZen Yoyo+ (shown in blue) earned an Editors' Choice award.


The following sections provide more information on the Yoyo+ and how it compares to the competition in each metric.

The Yoyo is easy to carry in or out of its included travel bag. This is one of the few strollers that included a nice travel bag to help protect the stroller while travelling.
The Yoyo is easy to carry in or out of its included travel bag. This is one of the few strollers that included a nice travel bag to help protect the stroller while travelling.

Weight and Folded Size


The Yoyo weighs 13.5 lbs but folds into an impressive 3,276 cubic inches this helped it earn a 7 of 10 for weight and folded size.


While not the smallest in the group, there is only one smaller, the GB Pockit. The Yoyo will fit about anywhere and comes with a handy travel bag.

The BabyZen Yoyo+ offers a variety of features that work well and are easy to operate  including under seat storage that is both large and easy to access (a rarity in umbrella strollers).
The BabyZen Yoyo+ offers a variety of features that work well and are easy to operate, including under seat storage that is both large and easy to access (a rarity in umbrella strollers).

Ease of Use


The Yoyo earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, which is the second highest score for this metric.


While it may not sound like a high score, only a few others earned better marks.

The Yoyo+ has an under seat squeeze handle that is used to initiate folding.
The Yoyo folds into one of the smallest packages with a fold in thirds design that is about 3200 cubic inches.

Fold and Unfold


This stroller has a unique fold that moves up and down like a yo-yo. It is initiated with a lever (above left) and folds into thirds, creating a compact package (above right). It is a one-handed fold that auto-locks and self-stands. The final product is on the squat side, so it isn't that different than the Yoyo not standing. It isn't the easiest fold, and the convoluted process disappoints compared to the competition.

The BabyZen Yoyo+ has one of the easiest brake pedals to use with a step on / step off single action functionality that is easy to see and access.
The BabyZen Yoyo+ has one of the easiest brake pedals to use with a step on / step off single action functionality that is easy to see and access.

Brakes


The Yoyo has a large brake pedal between the rear wheels that is single action and easy to use. The pedal is far enough from the wheels for wider feet to press it, and it is super easy to set and release even for feet wearing sandals.

The Yoyo storage bin is long  narrow and holds up to 11 pounds.
The pocket on the back of the BabyZen Yoyo+ canopy has a nice zipper that keeps items safe and contained.

Storage


The storage bin holds up to 11 lbs, which is impressive for a lightweight stroller. However, we could only fit our medium size diaper bag inside. The bin is narrow with access from the back (above left). This stroller also has a medium-size pocket on the back of the canopy for items like a mobile phone or wallet (above right). We like that the zipper keeps items safely inside.

The Yoyo+ sunshade is a good size  but the peek-a-boo window disappoints slightly with no cover to keep sun off baby's head.
The Yoyo+ sunshade is a good size, but the peek-a-boo window disappoints slightly with no cover to keep sun off baby's head.

Sunshade


The sunshade is medium sized with an SPF 50+ rating. It has a small, vinyl peek-a-boo window near the back of the shade that doesn't have a cover. The window is not tinted or cross-hatched, leaving baby's head exposed to sunlight, which defeats the purpose of the shade.

The 5-point harness on the Yoyo+ is easy to adjust  even if the buckle is somewhat stiff.
The 5-point harness on the Yoyo+ is easy to adjust, even if the buckle is somewhat stiff.

Harness


The Yoyo 5-point harness has easy adjustments and rethread. The buckle is a little stiff and harder for larger hands to operate, but it isn't difficult and better than some of the competition.

The Yoyo+ seat is comfortable  but could be more comfortable if the seat back had a deeper recline or it had an adjustable leg rest.
The Yoyo+ seat is comfortable, but could be more comfortable if the seat back had a deeper recline or it had an adjustable leg rest.

Seat


The Yoyo seat back reclines with a strap adjustment that is somewhat difficult to use and may require two hands. The recline is only mid-level and not flat enough for cozy napping, though little ones can and will fall asleep if tired. The seat has no leg rest to speak of, which is a bummer and is probably more comfortable for longer legs that can reach the footrest. The seat is padded, but a deeper recline would be a better asset than padding.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Yoyo is good from birth with the use of a car seat adapter and an infant car seat carrier. The adapter is sold separately and only works with the Cybex Aton Q in the United States.

Ease of Setup





The Yoyo is the hardest option to assemble taking over 13 minutes with lots of parts. While you don't need tools, most of the competition comes with more pre-assembled parts.

The Yoyo+ earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability with dense single wheels with ball bearings that work well.
The Yoyo has all-wheel suspension that works well and helps make the hard seat bottom more comfortable over bumps.

Maneuverability


The Yoyo earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability with single front wheels (above left) and all-wheel suspension (above right) that help it traverse most surfaces with relative ease. Unlike the dual wheel counterparts that can get pulled off course, the Yoyo+ moves smoothly and without a hiccup on flat surfaces. It falters off-road thanks to the narrow wheels, but its design is for urban living, so it isn't a surprise that it doesn't enjoy grass and gravel.


This stroller has a single handlebar that is foam covered and comfortable to hold, we like it over the separate handles found on most umbrella strollers, and it allows for one-handed pushing. With a padded seat and simple recline the Yoyo is comfortable, but with a hard bottom and no leg rest, it isn't going to be the coziest napper. The all-wheel suspension will go a long way to improve the experience for both passenger and pusher.

The Yoyo+ earned an 8 of 10 for quality by combining higher end materials assembled with little flex and no flaws we could see.
The Yoyo+ earned an 8 of 10 for quality by combining higher end materials assembled with little flex and no flaws we could see.

Quality


With an impressive design and high-end components, the Yoyo brings together materials that work well together to create a fluid moving and sleek looking modern stroller earning it an 8 of 10 for quality.


The Yoyo has what you'd expect of a stroller with this price with no missed stitches or rough edges. This stroller is a mixture of sturdy aluminum and plastic with almost no exposed fasteners or frame flex. The bearings on the wheels make all the difference, and the quality shines through.

Manufacturer Video


This is a manufacturer video showing the highlights of the stroller in use.


Accessories


BabyZen doesn't offer much for accessories, but it has a few that can improve the strolling experience for baby and parents.
  • BabyZen Car Seat Adapters
    The BabyZen Yoyo car seat adapters only work with the Cybex Aton Q.
    Not many of the umbrella strollers have the car seat compatibility option, so while this one only works with the Cybex Aton Q, at least it works with something. These adapters allow you to use your infant car seat carrier with the stroller to give you more seating options in addition to the standard seat and lay flat carrycot.
  • BabyZen Parasol
    The BabyZen parasol offers additional protection against the elements.
    The Yoyo has a fairly good canopy, but if you need more protection from the sun or light rain this is your go-to addition. This parasol is a nice size umbrella that attaches to the frame of the Yoyo and has some adjustability to shift with the changing weather.
  • BabyZen Yoyo Mosquito Net
    The BabyZen Yoyo Mosquito Net will keep baby bug bite free.
    If you've ever been in a humid climate with pesky insects then you already know why a mosquito net is good. This net wraps around the stroller frame to protect baby from biting insects. This net also offers some additional protection from the sun thereby increasing the possibility of cozy napping.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team