UPPAbaby MINU Detailed Stroller Review
Published July 30, 2020
A pricey, but nearly perfect lightweight stroller, the sturdy, durable UPPAbaby MINU is built to last through years of daily use and frequent travel.
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UPPAbaby MINU Quick Review
Sturdy, lightweight and easy to maneuver, the UPPAbaby MINU is an excellent choice for a daily use stroller. The super compact fold also makes the MINU ideal for travel.
The UPPAbaby MINU weighs about 15 pounds. The easy, one hand fold collapses the stroller into thirds, creating an almost square fold less than 12 inches in length. The light weight and swivel front wheels make the MINU easy to maneuver. However, the front wheels don't lock, so rides on uneven surfaces can be a bit bumpy, even with all-wheel suspension. The MINU comes with a storage bag, but other accessories are sold separately and tend to be costly.
Unlike most lightweight, travel friendly strollers, the UPPAbaby MINU is car seat compatible. The MINU fits the UPPAbaby MESA car seat, as well as some Maxi Cosi, Nuna and Cybex seats (adapaters sold separately). You can also use the MINU with newborns by purchasing the optional From Birth Kit.
The UPPAbaby MINU is perfect for travel and is a great daily use stroller. But beware, this is not just a smaller, lighter version of the popular UPPAbaby Vista and UPPAbaby Cruz strollers. The MINU doesn't have the same features as those full size strollers, nor the heftier price tag. Instead, the MINU stands on it's own as a durable, lightweight stroller designed for regular use and frequent travel.
UPPAbaby MINU Full Review
Just a note before we get started: strollers are evaluated based on function, comfort and value.
- Function ratings include features most important for use of the stroller, such as maneuverability and safety.
- Comfort ratings consider both baby's and parent's comfort, such as seat recline, handlebar heights and storage space.
- Value takes into account the overall quality of a stroller in relation to the price. Value is evaluated by comparison to similar strollers in the same category (here, lightweight, travel friendly strollers).
UPPAbaby MINU Features
Parents rave about the easy manueverability of the UPPAbaby MINU. The MINU handles well and is easy to push and steer, even with one hand. The stroller glides smoothly, with front wheels that swivel for easier turning.
The wheels on the MINU are small, though a typical size for a lightweight, travel friendly stroller. The stroller has all wheel suspension, which helps smooth out the ride. However, the small wheels and unlockable front wheels mean the MINU handles and rides somewhat roughly on uneven terrain. Occassional trips through grass or gravel are no challenge for the MINU, but the stroller performs best on indoor surfaces and pavement.
The UPPAbaby MINU weighs around 15 pounds and folds into thirds. The MINU advertises an easy one hand fold, though the process may take a bit of practice at first. You can get a glimpse of how the one hand fold works in this short video.
The folded dimensions of the MINU are 11.5"x20.5"x23", one of the most compact folds on the market. Once folded, the MINU is easy to transport. You can carry the MINU using the attached padded shoulder strap or place the MINU in the drawstring storage bag that's included with your stroller purchase.
The MINU fits in the overhead bin of some airplanes. Contact your airline in advance to verify you're allowed to carry the stroller on the plane. You should still prepare to gate check your MINU, just in case. UPPAbaby does provide a travel warranty for the MINU through their TravelSafe program. To qualify for this program, you must purchase an UPPAbaby MINU TravelSafe Bag and register both the bag and the stroller on the UPPAbaby website.
Unlike most lightweight strollers, the UPPAbaby MINU is car seat compatible. The MINU fits the UPPAbaby MESA car seat, as well as certain Cybex, Nuna and Maxi Cosi car seats. You'll need to purchase car seat adapters separately. The MESA adapters must be removed before folding the MINU, but the stroller can be folded with the other adapters in place.
The use of car seat adapters turns the UPPAbaby MINU into a stroller frame. Not sure what that is? Check out our Ultimate Baby Stroller Guide.
The MINU can be also used with newborns with the purchase of the UPPAbaby MINU From Birth Kit. This kit includes a bassinet that easily attaches to the stroller. The bassinet allows your baby to lay flat and can be used until baby weighs around 20 pounds. Happily, the bassinet folds with the stroller, so you don't have to remove it whenever you need to collapse the MINU.
UPPAbaby MINU with optional From Birth Kit attached.
image source: uppababy.com
The UPPAbaby MINU includes typical stroller safety features. The seat has a traditional five point harness that can be adjusted to three different shoulder heights.
Color coded brake levers are located on the back wheels. Pressing down on the red lever engages the brakes on both wheels. Pressing down on the green lever disengages the brakes.
The MINU has a large peek-a-boo window in the canopy so you can keep an eye on the little one. The window has a quiet open and close magnetic seal, so you can check on a napping baby without waking them.
For your baby's safety, never hang heavy items on the handlebar of the UPPAbaby MINU. Hanging heavy items on the handlebar could cause the stroller to tip over. The owner's manual specifically warns against hanging bags from the stroller's handlebar. UPPAbaby sells a small organizer bag that attaches to the back of the MINU with straps, rather than hanging from the handlebar.
Ease of Assembly and Care
The UPPAbaby MINU stroller is easy to assemble and doesn't require any tools. All you need to do is snap the wheels and canopy onto the stroller. The owner's manual has easy to follow instructions and illustrations. You can also refer to this short video on how to assemble the UPPAbaby MINU. Assembly should take less than 5 minutes.
All fabric on the MINU is removable for cleaning. You can spot clean fabric or hand wash in cold water, then lay flat to dry. UPPAbaby has a short video on how to remove the MINU seat for cleaning.
UPPAbaby also has a series of helpful articles and videos on how to care for your stroller, including how to perform basic wheel maintenance. Check out the UPPAbaby MINU Tune-Up page for more information.
The UPPAbaby MINU stroller is made of high quality, durable materials and is designed for comfort and convenience. However, many extra comfort features don't come standard on the MINU, such as parent cup holders and child snack trays.
The seat on the MINU is typical size and is well padded. The seat reclines, which often isn't the case for lighter weight, travel friendly strollers. The UPPAbaby MINU reclines to 142 degrees. This is a shallower seat recline than you find on full size strollers, but is still pleasant for napping.
The seat recline mechanism is located on the back of the stroller and is easy to use. To raise the seat, you simply pull the straps on the back of the stroller away from each other. To recline the seat, you run a clasp down the length of the straps until you reach the desired recline position.
You can see the seat adjust in action and get an idea of the full recline in this video.
The leg rest on the UPPAbaby MINU is not adjustable. There's also no belly or bumper bar included, so older kids may lean too far forward when riding in the stroller. To prevent this, you can buy an UPPAbaby bumper bar to fit across the seat. UPPAbaby recently released a snack tray for the MINU that fits across the seat as well.
Canopy and ventilation
The MINU has a good sized sun canopy with a hidden UPF 50+ pop out sun visor in the front panel. As mentioned, the top of the canopy has a peek-a-boo window that allows you to check on baby and also provides ventilation.
The UPPAbaby MINU has a large underseat storage basket that's easy to access from front and back. The basket has a weight limit of 20 pounds, double the weight limit of underseat baskets on most strollers.
There is a fairly large pocket on the back of the stroller, below the handlebar. This pocket can hold items like a phone, keys or wallet. The pocket has a one pound weight limit, so is not meant to store heavy items.
UPPAbaby MINU side and rear views. Note the pop out sunshade and rear storage pocket.
image source: albeebaby.com
Parent comfort features
The handlebar of the UPPAbaby MINU stroller is covered with leather. The handlebar height is 41" and is not adjustable. This is a good handlebar height for taller parents, but shorter parents may find the handlebar sits too high.
The MINU doesn't come with parent accessories like a cupholder. You can purchase a cupholder that attaches to the stroller frame and folds with the stroller. Other accessories available for purchase include a handlebar organizer and a changing bag.
UPPAbaby MINU Pros and Cons
The UPPAbaby MINU combines sleek design and quality construction with great maneuverabillity. However, the stroller has a few drawbacks.
Who should buy the UPPAbaby MINU?
This MINU is a great choice for active families who want a lightweight stroller for their trips around town - or around the world. The stroller is easy to fold and transport, and comes with extra warranty protection if you buy an UPPAbaby TravelSafe bag.
This is also a good daily stroller for city and suburb dwellers where flat sidewalks and streets are common. The stroller handles well in those conditions, and goes seamlessly from outdoor to indoor use. The stroller isn't designed for bumpier terrains, so keep that in mind if you plan to often use a stroller in grassy or gravelly areas.
UPPAbaby MINU Pricing and Value
According to the official UPPAbaby website, the MINU lightweight stroller has a suggested retail price of $399. The stroller has four models. Each model has the same features, the only difference being color and frame. Most models have a silver frame, but the Jake model has a carbon frame and retails for a slightly higher price.
Overall, the UPPAbaby MINU is an excellent value for the price. The stroller is much sturdier and made of higher quality materials than the majority of lightweight strollers on the market. The MINU can accommodate car seats, which is a rare feature in lightweight strollers. The two year warranty is twice as long as industry standard, and you get an additional third year simply by registering your stroller.
That said, if this will be your primary stroller, you'll probably want some extra accessories. Those accessories tend to be pricey, which is why the stroller was docked half a star in the value rating. However, if this is your daily stroller, accessories like a cup holder and organizer bag are definitely worth the cost.
UPPAbaby MINU Final Verdict
The UPPAbaby MINU is an excellent option for a daily use stroller. Lightweight, easy to fold and compact, the stroller is also a stand out travel stroller. The option to use the MINU with a bassinet and car seat means you'll only need one stroller from baby's birth day through the toddler years.
The drawbacks here are minor. The wheels are small, which can lead to a bumpy ride in some cases. When used on smooth indoor/outdoor surfaces the stroller glides easily with great maneuverability. Accessories are pricey, but in line with the general cost of UPPAbaby items.
The positives of the UPPAbaby MINU far outweigh the negatives. If you're looking for a high quality, durable, lightweight daily or travel stroller, the UPPAbaby MINU is a fantastic choice.
Still have questions about the MINU? Check out the FAQs section below.
Answers to Common UPPAbaby MINU Questions
Picking a stroller can be stressful. The higher the price tag, the greater the stress. Naturally, parents have lots of questions about the MINU. This section provides quick, straightforward answers to the most frequently asked questions about the UPPAbaby MINU.
When did the MINU come out?
The MINU first came out in 2018. There were some updates made to the 2019 model, but no new updates for the 2020 model.
Why does the Jake MINU cost more?
Currently, there are four different versions of the MINU: Devin, Jordan, Ryan and Jake. These all have the same features. The only difference, besides color, is that the Devin, Jordan and Ryan have a silver frame, while the Jake has a carbon frame. Because of that, the Jake costs a bit more than the other versions.
Does the UPPAbaby MINU lay flat?
No, the UPPAbaby MINU does not lay flat. The maximum recline on the MINU is 142 degrees. If you want the MINU to lay flat, you'll need to use the bassinet that comes in the From Birth Kit, purchased separately.
Will the bassinet for the UPPAbaby Cruz or Vista fit on the MINU?
No, the bassinets for the UPPAbaby Cruz and UPPAbaby Vista will not fit on the UPPAbaby MINU. The only bassinet that fits on the MINU is the one that comes with the MINU From Birth Kit.
Is the MINU car seat compatible?
Yes, the MINU is car seat compatible. The MINU works with the UPPAbaby MESA car seat, as well as certain Nuna, Maxi Cosi and Cybex car seats. Adapters are sold separately.
Does the UPPAbaby MINU fit in an airplane overhead bin?
The UPPAbaby MINU does fit in some plane overhead bins. However, you need to check with your airline to verify you'll be allowed to carry the MINU on the plane. To be safe, you should always prepare to gate check your stroller.
Does the MINU come with a travel bag?
The UPPAbaby MINU comes with a drawstring closure storage bag. You can purchase an UPPAbaby TravelSafe bag for the MINU as well.
Does the UPPAbaby MINU have a snack tray?
A snack tray for the MINU became available in July 2020. The snack tray is not standard, so must be purchased separately.
Does the MINU come with a rain cover?
No, the UPPAbaby MINU does not come with a rain cover. A rain cover is available for the MINU, but must be purchased separately.
What accessories are available for the MINU?
The following accessories are available for the MINU: a parent cupholder, a child snack tray, a bumper bar, a handlebar organizer, a changing backpack, a basket cover and a rain cover.
Can you add seats to the MINU?
No, you can't add extra seats to the UPPAbaby MINU. The MINU is also not compatible with stroller/glider boards for older kids.