I went back and forth for forever while I was looking for the best lightweight stroller. There are so many factors – sturdiness, reclining positions, storage – to take into consideration. You can get an umbrella stroller for as little as $20, but if you are looking for something with more features, the Inglesina USA Net stroller is a product to consider.
The Inglesina is surprising sturdy considering its weight. You can hand a full diaper bag on the back with no child in the front, and it won’t tip backwards. This is one of my biggest pluses with this pushchair. Many lightweight strollers are so flimsy that you fear they may break in two.
Not only is it sturdy, it is also remarkably easy to maneuver. Boy do you not realize how important this is until you push a stroller that isn’t easy to push! Although the Net isn’t the best for off-road terrain, it still stands up to the daily wear and tear that you will expose it to.
Great for traveling
One really neat feature that the Net has is that it can stand on it’s own when folded up. If you have ever traveled with an umbrella stroller that doesn’t stand on its own, you know how frustrating this can be. You end up laying the stroller on the ground, or fighting with it to stand against a wall – it’s a nuisance.
The Inglesina Net also has a shoulder strap, allowing you to easily transport it from place to place. And at just 11.2 pounds, it might be lighter than your diaper bag! No breaking your back or fidgeting with it in your hands when walking through the airport.
I never knew how much I would have to do with one hand once I had a child. Or how important it is to be able to do something one handed! Cue difficult strollers! But with the Net, you won’t have to worry about fidgeting with the fold up mechanism – it’s super easy! And because it’s such a light stroller, you can fold it up, throw it over your shoulder, and be on your way in no time.
Some of the features that the Net stroller has you expect a lightweight stroller to have, but it also has some surprising extras. One of which – a large storage basket. Now, it may not be AS big as full-size stroller storage baskets, but it’s comparable. A storage basket is not even seen on cheaper umbrella strollers.
Clean & Breezy
The seat pad is completely removable and made of an easy-to-wash material to make clean up a breeze. And we all know how important that is when you’re dealing with babies and toddlers!
The seat pad is not only removable and washable, the seat cover is also made of mesh, providing ultimate air circulation. I know in the summer, I always have to pack extra clothes because my son sweats through his, and then when we move into air conditioning, he ends up freezing! Maximum circulation leaves your little one dry, even in the warmest of climates, resulting in a happy baby.
5 Point Harness
There are a lot of concerns listed here for things that you really wouldn’t expect to see on a lightweight umbrella stroller. However, since this is much more expensive than your basic umbrella stroller, I found it fair to also compare it to full-sized strollers that run around the same price.
As far as umbrella strollers go, this one has all of the bells and whistles. There are even some features on this stroller that don’t usually see on lightweight strollers, such as the large storage basket. But of course, with the extra features comes the extra cost. The Inglesina USA Net stroller is at the high end of lightweight strollers. For the cost of this stroller, you could get a full-sized stroller that may be better on rough terrain and all around offer more features (e.g. cup holders for your child, more reclining positions). But if you are looking for a lightweight stroller to use as your main stroller and don’t need all of the features of a full-size stroller, this may be within your price range.
If you want more umbrella strollers, check out our Best Umbrella Stroller article. It has several great budget options.
Insufficient sun protection
The UPF 50+ canopy is bigger than most canopies you’ll find on lower-end models, but it still doesn’t offer full protection from the sun. Despite the UPF 50+ protection, it doesn’t provide sufficient shade for your child. You can find canopy attachments on the market, some that are made by Inglesina, and some that do not necessarily that go with this model, but I’ve seen all sorts of fixes to this problem.
Wheels get in the way
I’ve run into this problem with other umbrella strollers that I have used – I really think it is the way lightweight strollers are designed. I find that I adjust the way I walk with such a stroller, so over time it doesn’t bother me as much.
One thing I like to see on lightweight strollers is adjustable handles. With such a wide range of consumer height, I’m surprised I don’t find adjustable handles more often than I do. The Inglesina Net does not have adjustable handles, but at 43 inches, they should be comfortable for most people. The worst is having to hunch over when you are pushing a stroller, but unless you’re very tall, the handles should be okay. I still list this as a concern though because if it is something that you have had issues with in the past, you may want to get out your measuring tape and scope it out.
No head support
With zero head support, this is not a stroller that would be suitable for infants and babies who have not yet developed head control. I know I didn’t use a stroller without head support for my son until he was about 6 months old. I always used a car seat stroller, where my car seat clicked into the stroller, because the car seat provided the head support needed.
Depending on your child’s head support, this may not be right for them until about that age. So if you are looking for a stroller for an older baby or toddler, this shouldn’t be an issue. But I would not recommend this product for infants.
Only a slight recline
The Inglesina Net stroller has a reclining function, which I will say is something you don’t get with all lightweight strollers. That being said, it only has two reclining positions, so the recline is very slight. Your little one will not be able to lay back completely, which, depending on your child, may affect whether or not they will be willing to nap.
Compared to other lightweight strollers, the Inglesina USA Net is expensive. There are many other lightweight strollers just as and even more expensive than the Net, but you can also spend a lot less on a basic umbrella stroller.
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- Easy to maneuver
- Great for traveling – especially through airports!
- Storage basket
- Easy to clean
- Keeps baby dry with a breezy seat
- 5 point harness
- Canopy is not large enough
- Wheels get in the way of your feet when you walk
- Handles are not adjustable
- No head support
- Only 2 reclining positions
- No tray for baby
When it comes down to it, this is more of an umbrella stroller. I’d rather still use my full sized jogging stroller for long walks or bumpy terrain. That being said, this umbrella stroller makes using an umbrella stroller not something to dread. I think as long as you’re going to use this stroller often, it’s worth it even though it is significantly more expensive. But if you travel a lot, or are looking for a smaller stroller to maneuver while shopping, this is a great buy. Plus, it comes in 5 fun colors, sure to match anyone’s style!