If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck it must be a… stroller made by a baby carrier company? At least that’s how I think the saying goes. To be honest, I was fully prepared to write a semi-snarky synopsis of a travel stroller with good intentions but amateur execution. This being Ergobaby’s first foray into the European buggy market, I had realistically low expectations. However, much to my surprise, the new Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller totally blew me away!
Here’s the thing about travel strollers: they often reside somewhere in the safe zone, a.k.a. not the winner’s circle of strollers. Why? Because in their quest to be as compact as possible, most companies have driven their features down to be minimal and sufficient, but nothing to write home about. That’s where I think the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller really stands out from the mediocre crowd. Comfort and safety for both parent and kid reign supreme for Ergobaby products, and they certainly spared no expense when transforming those values into a pushchair, giving all babywearing parents a sigh of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I love babywearing, but after 2 kids and 40+ countries traveled, give me a travel stroller for the love of all that is holy! My back thanks you.
I tested this puppy from Parma to Paris and am here to break down all the features from the beautiful swan to the ugly duckling. So let’s get this duck tour started!
- Priced at £299.90
- Birth – 6 months with a newborn kit (sold separately)
- 6 months – 18kg / 40lbs weight limit for the forward facing configuration
- Stroller weighs only 6.3kg / 14lbs and folds down to 52 cm x 44 cm x 23 cm
- Rain shield included
- Comes in 3 colors: black, grey, and a bright blue
- Comfort – Warning, bold statement ahead: The Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller might be the most comfortable stroller for a kid ever made. And I’m not just talking travel stroller. I mean all strollers. The padded seat and backing are more like a Tempurpedic mattress than a seat. It’s super thick, plushy, and kept the baby’s butt from getting sore after many Parisian cobblestones. In fact, it’s the only stroller currently on the market certified as “back healthy” for baby and parent by the AGR of Germany.
- Major Recline – This doesn’t just slightly recline, it goes almost all the way. My kids are not great stroller nappers, and the 3-year-old doesn’t even nap anymore at all, yet the Ergobaby Metro Stroller managed to lull BOTH kids to sleep on separate occasions. That’s basically magic in my book.
- Sun Shade – Another place where most travel strollers ride the average train, the Ergobaby Metro comes in with a crazy big UPF 50 sunshade that would block out even the Eiffel Tower during nap time. It extends almost all the way down basically making a little nap cocoon that any of us would like to hibernate in.
- Compact Fold – It fit everywhere from a restaurant entryway to a train’s upper compartment. It definitely earns its name as the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller.
- Big Pocket – Like with dresses, everything is made better with pockets. The really big back pocket extends all the way down the backside of the stroller, which in combination with the decent under basket, which can hold up to 4.5kg / 10lbs, makes for a lot of storage for a compact stroller.
- Leg Rest – Leg rests have been considered dispensable by most travel strollers, as companies try to keep them lightweight, but that’s not the case for the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller. Keeping a kid’s legs up for sleep or slightly down for adventures is definitely an added comfort that’s noticeable.
- One Handed Push – I’ve never understood a stroller that requires 2 hands to push, mostly because I’ve never had two empty hands to push one! This compact stroller has a singular handlebar and is lightweight enough to push with just one paw.
- Narrow – From crowded streets to narrow buses I was able to fit the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller everywhere without any issues, which is a key feature in any stroller for me. I hate width, whether it be in my midsection or in a stroller wheelbase.
- Breezy and Insulated – The mesh backing makes it super breezy during summer months, and for the winter months just snap the shield on to make a fully insulated seat where no cold air is going to get in.
- Back Pocket Closure – When using the winter shield to cover the mesh backing you pull it out of the back pocket, which unfortunately means you can’t zip the back pocket while using it. This isn’t ideal when trying to store things in the pocket while needing to fold the stroller up quickly.
- Jerky Open/Close – It’s not that the open and close is difficult, technically it can be done with one hand, but the motion isn’t as smooth as butter, to say it nicely. Definitely not a deal breaker but just something noticeable in comparison to its competitors.
- Questionable Carry-on – Most airlines from Easyjet to British Airways set their carryon limitations at 56 x 45 x 25 cm and the Ergobaby Metro comes in at 52 x 44 x 23 cm. So will the Ergobaby Metro be allowed on a plane? The answer: It should, but it looks bigger than a lot of other travel strollers so it might take some persuasion at the airline gate.
So who is this stroller for? Pretty much everyone, if you ask me. It’d be great if you’re car bound or perfect for city dwellers on public transport. It would work for newborns and for toddlers up to about 4 years old. It’s light enough to bring it everywhere and small enough to stash it anywhere. I’m pretty smitten with this puppy and wish it had a buggy board with seat attachment so I could make it my everyday wagon for my two crazies.
Thanks Ergobaby for sponsoring this post and asking me to honestly review the new Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller. And well done for jumping head first into the buggy market with such a solid travel stroller, I give it the “Most Nappable” award and two big thumbs up from this travel mama!
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