STROLLER WAR: Uppababy Minu or 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.

 

With that said, does Mountain Buggy Nano even come close to Uppababy Minu’s quality and features? Read on.

 

UPPABABY MINU VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Portability

Mountain Buggy NanoUppababy Minu
Folded Dimensions (inches)20 L x 12 W x 22 H20.5 L x 11.5 W x 23 H
Open Dimensions (inches) 33 L x 22 W x 38.5 H 28 L x 20.5 W x 41 H
Stroller Weight (lb)13 14.8
Stroller Weight Capacity (lbs)44 50
Storage Weight Capacity (lb) 11 11

 

Strollers that fold into a small, compact square are all the rage these days to a lot of parents. If you are short, like me, you will also love carrying the Mountain Buggy Nano and Uppababy Minu around because of their folded size.

UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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Both strollers also have carry straps which is perfect for parents on the go.

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 Stroller with Bonus Cocoon Carrycot (Black)
Mountain Buggy Nano V2 Stroller with Bonus Cocoon Carrycot (Black)
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UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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Uppababy Minu and 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. 

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Ruby
Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Ruby
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As for its weight, the Mountain Buggy Nano is lighter than the Uppababy Minu at only 13 lbs while the Minu weighs almost 15 lbs.

 

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Ease of Fold

Uppababy Minu boasts of its true one-hand fold.

As a mom of an active toddler, I know how important this feature is. Folding the Uppababy Minu is easy while holding your little one. To fold, 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 the Minu, 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 even a 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 the Minu’s. Just unlatch the lock by the side of the chassis and pull up the handlebar.

 

Watch the video to see the demo.

Comfort

Mountain Buggy NanoUppababy Minu
Recline approx. 145 degrees approx. 145 degrees
Height of Canopy from Seat (in)2726
Canopy2 panels and a pop out sunvisor2 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. 

 

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Ruby
Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Ruby
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For more support, both strollers have adjustable leg rests that you can lift to keep your baby’s legs from awkwardly dangling.

 

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Nautical
Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Nautical
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UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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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.

 

Weight Capacity

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.

 

Travel-System Ready

UPPAbaby from Birth Kit - Devin (Light Grey)
UPPAbaby from Birth Kit - Devin (Light Grey)
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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 them with a bassinet or an infant car seat.

 

 

For the Uppababy Minu, you can purchase its bassinet called a From Birth Kit, for the Mountain Buggy Nano, it’s called a Cocoon. 

These bassinets can be used from birth until baby is 6 months old.

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Nautical
Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Nautical
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Uppababy Minu’s  stroller can be used, even without a bassinet or a car seat, by babies starting 3 months old. That means, you have the option to not buy the bassinet  if you will not be going out a lot on the first 3 months after giving 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.

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following brands

 

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

 

As for 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: 

 

 

 

  • Graco Snugride Click Connect 22

 

 

  • Maxi-Cosi Pebble

 

 

 

  • Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity

 

 

Maneuverability and Suspension

Mountain Buggy NanoUppababy Minu
Wheel Size (in)5.5 inches5 inches front, 7 inches rear
SuspensionRear-wheel4-wheel

 

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 in slightly bumpy surfaces.

 

UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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It also has an all-wheel suspension which is designed to absorb minor bumps. Your little one will experience less vibrations when strolling on grassy and cobblestone streets while riding a Minu.

 

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 Stroller with Bonus Cocoon Carrycot (Black)
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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.

Safety

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. The Uppababy Minu 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.

 

Uppababy Minu vs Mountain Buggy Nano Review
Nano’s 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.

 

Steering

 

Uppababy Minu's 100% Full-grain leather handle
Uppababy Minu’s 100% Full-grain leather handle

 

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 high from the ground

 

Bonus Feature

Mountain Buggy Freerider Stroller Board with Connector, Lime
Mountain Buggy Freerider Stroller Board with Connector, Lime
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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.

 

Price

 

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.

Check latest price here.

while the Mountain Buggy Nano costs just half of that, around $200.

Check latest price here.

 

UPPABABY MINU VS MOUNTAIN BUGGY NANO – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

I have been wishing to get an Uppababy Minu but it is too pricey for me. 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 either.  It also has pretty much everything that the Minu has. I wouldn’t mind buying this for myself as well. Guilt-free purchases are always a good thing.

 

Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu.

 

 


 

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