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TL:DR- they are almost identical, but the All-City has better styling, a slightly deeper recline, and is $40 less on Amazon right now.
Both strollers use the same architecture for opening and closing which is a little fussy on the close but fantastic on the opening. The front wheel suspension appears to be identical. The fabric on the Libelle is a thicker/more rugged nylon type and the all-city is a bit softer and stretchier (and probably better in a warmer climate/worse in a cold one). Both strollers use the same not so great pinch controller for the recline. Most annoyingly, both strollers require the removal of the seat fabric to properly attach a car seat. The all-city manual online suggests this is not the case, but the manual that arrived with the product was different and the same as the Libelle. The removal is tedious… pro-tip is to partially collapse the stroller to take some of the tension off the clasps. So, while these are advertised as a travel system, it is impractical to switch back and forth between car seat and stroller (which could be useful from 6-12 months of age). You also have to carry the stroller seat around with you if you want to use both. It does fit stuffed in the basket.
So… I’m pretty far down this rabbit hole and going to keep the All-City, but if I did it again I’d probably not pick these ones just because of car seat compatibility. Also, if you want a bag to put it in, the Libelle bag sold separately) will also fit the all city.
I LOVED this stroller last year. It was sturdy, compact, great for travel and the fold was amazing. I bought a few strollers before deciding on this one for travel. However, I had to sell it this year. My 2.5 yo no longer fits the straps and her head is over the seat back. I think we could have gotten one more summer out of it had the straps fit... so buyer beware if you have a toddler with a long torso!
Also, what is up with the HUGE price increase? I bought this brand new last summer for $200. Geez.
If you tend to travel, air or land where space is limited or around the city with small shops this will be a great stroller but you will have to compromise
▶️ Build quality & design The frame is well built and sturdy but very lightweight. Center of gravity is good (as long as nothing hangs from the handlebar) and it’s pretty stable. The harness on the other hand is so so. The locking system is fine but the straps are basic. The brake system button is located in a convenient place between the two back wheels and it’s easy to use. The fabric on the stroller is basic but seems durable but could have been made a bit better. The wheels are larger than a argue for this type of stroller and go smoothly on flat surfaces and handle pretty fine on mild rough surface as they have front suspension. What’s surprising is how large the basket is for such a small stroller
▶️ Folding and unfolding Straightforward operation but you do need both hands for that as you push the button on each side of the handle bar, push down and fold in. You will have to make sure that the basket is completely empty. There is a small hook to secure it in the folded position. Unfolding will also require two hands on the handle bar but it’s a quicker operation than folding
▶️ Usage As mentioned above it’s really easy to go around, specially on a nice smooth surface but don’t expect any miracles. Haven’t taken it on an flight yet but with its size it’s will definitely fit in the overhead storage, even in smaller airplanes which will make a world of difference when your stroller is available for you without waiting for it to be brought from the hold and risking all kind of damage, lost etc. comfort wise for the child it was fine, though it is limited in recline so sleeping in it for prolong use is not great. It does come with car seat adapters (cybex compatible) and you could buy other brands adapters but I couldn’t find one for uppababy messa so I can comment on this Stability wise, once you child is out you will need to make sure either to hold it in place or remove any hanging bags from it otherwise it will flip over Brake wise it’s easy to use but I’m not to sure about the mechanism durability over time. That small pin that holds the wheels in place will probably brake if someone will push the stroller hard when it’s locked
✅ Pros: lightweight, Compact, Great for air travel, larger than average basket
❌ Cons: Stability, harness, brake system mechanism
Overall, even with some compromises this stroller will be great for anyone that space, compact, lightweight are on their list
Cybex did great job with this stroller. I have a different, foldable stroller but this one by Cybex is a lot better, opens/folds easier and overall construction feels a lot more premium. It’s also double the price.
Pros: -It’s very lightweight and has a very small footprint. When the box arrived I couldn’t imagine there is a full size stroller inside. -It’s very easy to fold/unfold although I am not able to do it exactly single handed. -Adjustable foot rest and recline so the child can nap comfortably. It DOES NOT recline all the way back to flat position but it does have a good recline. -Storage basket underneath the seat. -Compatible with Cybex infant carseat/carrier for newborns. -Straps are padded and harness is easy to adjust and buckle/unbuckle.
-Recommended use for babies 6months + but since it reclines I was able to put 5 months old. Baby is chubby and sturdy and was fine riding in her new ride without tye carseat.
-Canopy is a little short for my preference. I am not listing this under Cons because this depends on everyones preference but since we have summer year round I really need more generous canopy for outdoor activities.
Handles are a little bit high, for $250 I expect more comfort for both parent and the baby.
Overall I really love this stroller. The way it folds/unfolds is amazing and the footprint is practically the size of your tote. The only reason I am rating this 4 and not 5 stars is the value for $. Making expensive items comes with a responsibility of justifying their cost and Cybex didn’t pass all the check marks in my book.
This stroller is ready to go straight out of the box. You don't have to snap on any wheels as all 4 are already attached. It is really easy to open and close. Folds up really small (smaller than any others that I have tried). The seat can be leaned back. The canopy isn't as large as some others, but that's not a deal breaker for me. It does come with the carseat adapter pieces. However it doesn't come with the kids handle bar. The basket isn't too big and only really holds my purse. It moves smoothly and turns easily. Fantastic for traveling or being in small areas. Super lightweight.
This stroller is so easy to set up and to use. I am just astonished at how easy and light it is.
I can not tell you how many times I have struggled with stroller issues in airports and in cars and in trains. The ultimate thing that makes it easier to deal with carrying the actual child causes so many other issues on its own. In my case, strangers in international airports have helped put toddlers back in backpacks they escaped from. (I'm looking at you, BigFoot.)
I got this to make outings easier when I babysit my niece. Prior to this, I have absolutely zero experience with anything remotely like this. I expected it to be difficult to figure out, but was very pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually quite easy.
It makes every aspect of taking my niece places much easier to manage. Easy to fold up, and unfold. She seems relatively comfortable as well.
This is a good-quality stroller that is very sturdy and folds up easily to a very compact size for storage or transportation. If space is a premium, this is for you. You can get a less expensive unit but this one is a cut above.