Mountain Buggy Nano
The Uppababy Minu and the Mountain Buggy Nano are worlds apart when it comes to price points but both gears are equipped with great features, lightweight and perfect for travels. In short, these can be the only strollers that you will ever have to buy for your baby.
If you’ve read other reviews about the Mountain Buggy Nano, you know by now that there were some complaints about its wobbly rear wheels. If you haven’t, you can read more about it here.
But since you are here, I am assuming that you are giving the Mountain Buggy Nano a second look and is considering the Uppababy Minu as well.
Is the Uppababy Minu’s steep price worth your money it or is the Mountain Buggy Nano a more practical choice?
|Mountain Buggy Nano||Uppababy Minu|
|Folded Dimensions (inches)||20 x 12 x 22||20.5 x 11.5 x 23|
|Open Dimensions (inches)||33 x 22 x 38.5||28 x 20.5 x 41|
|Stroller Weight (lb)||13||14.8|
|Stroller Weight Capacity (lbs)||44||50|
|Storage Weight Capacity (lb)||11||11|
Size and Portability
I always recommend strollers that fold into a small, compact square which makes it very easy to travel with. If you are short, like me, you will also love carrying the Nano and Minu around because of its folded size. Both strollers also have carry straps which is perfect for parents on the go.
The Uppababy Minu and the Mountain Buggy Nano would easily fit into airplane overhead compartments as they are tinier than most small, carry-on suitcases. However, some airlines have stricter carry-on luggage policies so it’s best to check with them first if they will allow.
If there’s one thing that gives the Mountain Buggy Nano an advantage over the Uppababy Minu is its stroller weight. The Nano is lighter at only 13 lbs while the Minu weighs almost 15 lbs.
Ease of Fold
Another reason why I am a little biased with the Uppababy Minu is because of its one-hand fold. As a mom of an active toddler, I give this feature a 2 thumbs up. While holding your little one, you just have to grab the handlebar, slide the slider, press the button that is also located at the handlebar and push the stroller down to fold.
To unfold it, just release the latch which you can find at the side of the frame and pull up the handlebar to unfold the Minu. It’s so easy to do and a great feature especially when you are in a public area and you don’t want to let your little one go for one second.
Watch the folding demo below.
Folding the Mountain Buggy Nano is not as easy but is definitely not rocket science. Its fold is similar to the Babyzen Yoyo Plus. All you have to do is, with both hands, pull back the canopy and push the back seat forward all the way down. What I don’t like about the Nano’s fold is it requires both hands to do the work which would not be convenient if you are alone with your little one.
Unfolding the Nano is the same as unfolding the Minu. Just unlatch the lock by the side of the chassis and pull up the handlebar.
I would easily give this round to the Uppababy Minu because of it’s one-hand fold feature.
|Mountain Buggy Nano||Uppababy Minu|
|Recline||approx. 145 degrees||approx. 145 degrees|
|Height of Canopy from Seat (in)||27||26|
|Canopy||2 panels and a pop out sunvisor||2 panels and a pop out sunvisor|
No need to cut short your itinerary if your little one decides to sleep while strolling. The Mountain Buggy Nano and the Uppababy Minu guarantees to give your little one a comfortable nap with its reclinable seats that go as low as 145 degrees approximately.
For more support, both strollers have adjustable leg rests that you can lift to keep your baby’s legs from awkwardly dangling.
If your baby happens to grow tall and large, you don’t have to buy a bigger stroller as both strollers have spacious seats and ample head room to accommodate your growing kid.
Both strollers have decent-sized, 2-paneled canopies with tuck-away sun visors to cover your little one’s head from the harsh sun.
The Uppababy Minu may be heavier but it actually can support a child until he or she is 50 lbs heavy. On the other hand, the Mountain Buggy Nano has a maximum weight capacity of 44 lbs which is also not bad for its stroller weight.
So, if we base it on weight capacity alone, the Mountain Buggy Nano is expected to retire sooner than the Uppababy Minu.
If you are still expecting a baby or has just recently gave birth, I would recommend that you get travel-system ready strollers, like the Nano and the Minu.
These strollers are very versatile because you can pair it with a bassinet or an infant car seat. For the Uppababy Minu, you can purchase their bassinet which is called a From Birth Kit, for the Mountain Buggy Nano, it’s called a Cocoon. These bassinets can be used from birth until your baby reaches 6 months old.
But what I love about the Uppababy Minu is that its stroller can be used by your baby as soon as he or she reaches 3 months old. That means, you have the option to not buy the bassinet at all if you will not be going out a lot on the first 3 months post birth.
For the Nano, you will have to wait for the baby to turn 6 months before making him or her ride the stroller without
the bassinet. Both strollers are also compatible with infant car seats. Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following brands
As for the Mountain Buggy Nano, there’s no need to buy a separate adapter. It comes with its own universal adapter that is compatible with a lot of infant car seat models such as the ones listed below:
- Mountain Buggy Protect
- Chicco Keyfit
- Graco Snugride Click Connect 22
- Graco Snugride Click Connect 35
- Maxi-Cosi Pebble
- Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix
- Maxi-Cosi Mico
- Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
Maneuverability and Suspension
|Mountain Buggy Nano||Uppababy Minu|
|Wheel Size (in)||5.5 inches||5 inches front, 7 inches rear|
If you belong to team Uppababy Minu, congratulations! The Minu’s superior driving performance will definitely leave the Mountain Buggy Nano behind. Equipped with bigger wheels, 5 inches at the front and 7 inches at the back, the Uppababy Minu will surely perform better even off-road.
It also has an all-wheel suspension which will absorb minor bumps. Your little one will experience less vibrations when strolling on grassy and cobblestone streets in the Minu.
The Mountain Buggy Nano, on the other hand, has a standard 5-inch EVA wheels with a rear-wheel suspension. EVA wheels is a rubber material that is also used in bikes which gives it traction and zero maintenance is required.
However, the Mountain Buggy Nano has quite a reputation because of its wobbly rear wheels. Some users have complained about the rear wheels falling off from time to time. But of course, there are also users who are very satisfied with the Mountain Buggy Nano’s driving performance.
Check out other Mountain Buggy Nano users’ reviews here.
Both strollers have a standard 5-point harness that will ensure that your baby stays in place while you stroll.
The 2 strollers have different braking mechanisms. For the Uppababy Minu, it has 2 color coded levers on each rear wheel. The red lever on one side is for engaging the brake, the green lever on the other side is for releasing it.
As for the Mountain Buggy Nano, it has 1 color-coded lever on one side of the rear wheel. Using your foot, just step on the red part of the lever to halt and step on the blue part to release the brake.
Just a red flag, there are some users who complained about the Mountain Buggy Nano’s brake that sometimes goes on and off by itself. From their end, the manufacturer has been helpful in addressing the issues by sending repair kits or sometimes replacing parts to troubleshoot the problems.
The Uppababy Minu’s horizontal handlebar is an eye-catcher with its 100% genuine leather cover. It is high enough for tall parents to push without hunching at 41-42 inches from the ground approximately.
The handlebar of Mountain Buggy Nano is pretty standard. It is covered with foam for easy grip and positioned at about 38-39-inch from the ground which makes it ok to push for people who are even as tall as 5’9.
If you are a taller person, the Uppababy Minu might be more ideal for you.
The Mountain Buggy Nano can be attached with a Mountain Buggy Nano Freerider Stroller Board at the back. This is perfect treat if you have an older kid who wants to hitch a ride. The Freerider Stroller Board can carry another 44-lb child.
Now here’s a possible deal breaker for some. If you are eyeing the Uppababy Minu, it might make some dent on your budget. The Minu retails at around $400 on Amazon while the Mountain Buggy Nano costs just half of that, around $200.
Check out the Uppababy Minu’s price and product details here and Mountain Buggy Nano’s price and details here.
I have been wishing to get an Uppababy Minu but the price is just too high for my budget. But if price is not an issue for you, this is a gear that I highly recommend because of the fullness of its features and quality that is guaranteed. With this product, it is true that you get what you pay for, that is, high-end price = high-end materials and design.
The Mountain Buggy Nano is not too bad for a budget stroller. It also has pretty much everything that the Minu has. But given some issues that were raised, you have to manage your expectations. I wouldn’t mind buying this for myself as well. Guilt-free purchases are always a good thing. For its price, I would say that it is a good deal.
Overall, if I will have to vouch for just one stroller, it would be the Uppababy Minu.
Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu.