High-end vs low-end : Is the Babyzen Yoyo Plus better than the Summer Infant 3D Lite?

 

 

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Since it came out, both the Babyzen Yoyo Plus and the Summer Infant 3D Lite have been a top of mind choice for parents who are looking for lightweight stroller options. The difference in price points of these 2 are worlds apart, with the Babyzen Yoyo Plus being on the high-end spectrum while the Summer Infant 3D Lite can be purchased for less than $100.

BUT! Don’t be quick to judge because the Summer Infant 3D Lite has been the top selling stroller in Amazon for the longest time while the Babyzen Yoyo Plus also has amazing features to justify the steep price..

So, is the high-end Babyzen Yoyo Plus worth your money compared to the low-end, Summer Infant 3D Lite? Let’s break it down.

Summer Infant 3D LiteBabyzen Yoyo Plus
Folded Dimensions (inches) 42"x 9" x 10.25" approx.17 x 7 x 20.5 approx.
Open Dimensions (inches) 27" x 18" x 43" approx.39 x 17 x 41 approx.
Stroller Weight (lb)1313.6
Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)5040

 

Size and Weight Capacity

Comparing this 2 strollers is a challenge as they are different in a lot of aspects. In terms of size, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus has an open dimension of approximately 39″L x 17″W x 41″H  while Summer 3D Infant Lite’s 27″L x 18″W x 43″.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller - Black
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller - Black
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Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller - Black Frame with Aqua Seat and Canopy
Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller - Black Frame with Aqua Seat and Canopy
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These strollers is they are fairly light at 13 lbs. Summer Lite Infant 3D Lite has an advantage in stroller weight capacity as it can hold up to 50 lbs while Babyzen Yoyo Plus can only hold up to 40 lbs. That means, your child can use your 3D Lite longer.

 

If you are a fan of strollers that fold small, Babyzen Yoyo Plus might win you over as is small enough to to be hand carried inside airplane cabins, trains and doesn’t take up much space in your car trunk.

Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller, White/Taupe
Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller, White/Taupe
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The Summer Infant 3D Lite, on the other hand, has a standard umbrella fold and won’t be allowed as a hand-carry luggage inside airplanes. In that case, you might want to consider buying a padded stroller bag to keep your luggage safe during flight. Both strollers have carry straps which make them portable for carrying around.

 

Emmzoe Umbrella Stroller Padded Luggage Check-in Travel Bag Case, Durable, Waterproof, Easy Roll for Storage
Emmzoe Umbrella Stroller Padded Luggage Check-in Travel Bag Case, Durable, Water...
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Ease of Fold

To fold, pull the canopy backwards then, using both of your hands, press the buttons located at the sides of the stroller frame. The buttons unlock the backrest so you can pull the backrest all the way back.

Next step is to reach under the lower part of the stroller where there’s a red lever. Pull the lever towards you, lift it up and watch it automatically fold itself.

To unfold , pull the red lever out to disengage the lock, grab the handle of the stroller, lift it up, give it some shake and watch it unfurl. Watch the demo below.

Folding the Summer Infant 3D Lite is a different process altogether.

To fold the Summer Infant 3D Lite, you have to step on the lever located at the side of the stroller. Then, pull up the handle located at the back.

Once it disengages, push the seat forward all the way down to the ground. You will hear a snap that signals that the stroller is already locked.

To unfold, unlatch the hook at the side of the stroller, pull the handle upright and step on the lever located below the handle at the back.

One disadvantage of this stroller is it doesn’t stand upright on its own. See demo below.

Travel System Ready

One major disadvantage of the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience stroller is it is NOT travel system ready. You have to wait until your baby is about 6 months and older to be able to use it.

On the other hand, if you are shopping for a stroller that could be used from birth until toddlerhood, Babyzen Yoyo Plus is travel system ready. For smaller babies, you can pair it with its bassinet called a  Newborn Pack . It is also compatible with BABYZEN iZi , Maxi-Cosi, Nuna and Cybex car seats.
Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat With Base, Night Black, One Size
Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat With Base, Night Black, One Size
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Bonus feature: The Babyzen Yoyo Pluscan be attached with a Babyzen Yoyo Plus Board  at the back of the stroller. This is perfect if your older child would like to hitch a ride.

babyzen yoyo+ board 2017
babyzen yoyo+ board 2017
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Maneuverability and Suspension

Babyzen Yoyo PlusSummer Infant 3D Lite Convenience
Wheel Size (in)56
Suspension 4-wheel suspensionrear-wheel suspension

Both strollers perform well on smooth surfaces. The Summer Infant 3D Lite’s bigger 6-inch wheels and rear-wheel suspension makes it easy to maneuver.

 

Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Orange & Heather Gray
Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Orange & Heather Gray
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However,  the high-end stroller, Yoyo Plus, added a neat feature called the Soft Drive system which makes it easier to push. Aside from making the stroller more agile, this feature automatically stabilizes the front swivel wheels as it touch minor bumps. That means you don’t have to stop and manually lock the front wheels as you push.

 

Comfort

Summer Infant 3D Lite ConvenienceBabyzen Yoyo Plus
Seat Width (inches) approx 13 approx 11
Recline approx. 145 degrees approx. 145 degrees
Canopy2 panels and a pop out sunvisor2 large panels and a pop out sunvisor

As for the seats, I find the Yoyo Plus seat to be more padded and soft than the Summer Infant 3D Lite’s. Given the price difference, it should not come as a surprise.

Babies and toddlers can nap comfortably in both strollers recline to as low as 140 degrees.The Summer Infant 3D Lite doesn’t have a peek-a-boo window, while the Yoyo Plus has one.

Safety

Both strollers have a standard 5-point harness that has a center lock and release button which secures the child in place. What’s cool about Summer Infant 3D’s buckle is it has a flap cover to hide the buckle from the child. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.

Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Orange & Heather Gray
Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Orange & Heather Gray
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The Yoyo Plus has a one-step brake that you have to step on to engage and lift to disengage. As for the Summer Infant 3D Lite, it has individual brakes on both rear wheels that are very intuitive to use.

Steering

The Babyzen Yoyo Plus’ horizontal handlebar makes one-hand pushing more possible as compared to Summer Infant 3D Lite’s 2 vertical handles.  Both are non-adjustable. The height of Yoyo Plus’ handlebar is about 41 inches from the ground, while the Summer Infant 3D Lite’s handles are about 43 inches high.

 

Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Orange & Heather Gray
Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Orange & Heather Gray
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Price

The Babyzen Yoyo Plus stroller is more expensive at almost $500 while the Summer Infant 3D Lite costs just less than $100.


Conclusion

It all boils down to how much are you willing to shell out for a stroller.

As you would have expected, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus has amazing features to compensate the price 1) it is  travel system ready 2) it is great for travels 3) it has a nicer push. If I have the budget, I would definitely go for the Babyzen Yoyo Plus.

But, if you are just looking for a basic, reliable stroller for everyday use, the Summer Infant 3D Lite is a sensible choice as well.

Check out what other users have to say about the Babyzen Yoyo Plus and the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller.

 

If you have any other questions about these strollers, just leave me a message below. 🙂


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