UPPAbaby MINU V2 Stroller Review

We purchased the UPPAbaby MINU V2 and ran it through over 100 tests along with 19 other top strollers that weighed 20 lbs or less. The MINU folds fast and efficiently, steers well, and has nice storage. However, it is heavier and bulkier than many lightweight strollers and has a few other minor flaws that we discuss below.

uppababy minu v2 front view


UPPAbaby MINU V2


Test Lab Score 72

Stylish, quality, quick fold, easy steering stroller, with a few limitations



Weight, Size
77
Folding
85
Maneuverability
86
Kid Comfort
66
Ease of Use
80
Quality
89

How it Compares

The MINU V2 was preceded by the original MINU. UPPAbaby has regular-sized strollers that include the Vista and Cruz, and lightweight strollers, the G-Lite, G-Luxe, G-Link and MINU. The MINU is the biggest and most full-featured of the UPPAbaby lightweight strollers.

The MINU performed very well in our testing in most categories, but its size and weight are greater than the leading strollers in the group.

UPPAbaby MINU V2
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Test Lab Score72
Weight, Size
77
Folding
85
Maneuverability
86
Kid Comfort
66
Ease of Use
80
Quality
89
SpecificationsThis Product
Single, Dual Pedal BrakeDual
Minimum Age3 months
Maximum Weight50 lb
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo
Weight16.9 lb
Folded Size3.3 ft3
Fold Rating9
Fold Time3 sec
Steering Rating9
Ride Smoothness163
Kid Cupholders0
Back Recline31 °
Storage Capacity0.63 ft3
Buckle Operation Rating10
Tips With BagYes
Pinch Rating10
Wheel Quality Rating10
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A Few Criticisms

The MINU is popular and draws little criticism but we read all the negative comments and summarized the most common ones here. In the second column, we share whether our experience with the stroller agrees or disagrees with the complaint.

CriticismOur Experience
Seat back is flimsyTrue. The seat back is supported only in the middle by the recline strap, which makes the seat swivel up and down when your baby leans backward and forward.
Large and bulky when foldedIt is 16.9 lbs which is heavier than almost all the strollers in this group. Folded it is 3.3 cubic feet, which is middle of the road, and not bad for its size and weight.
The seat back is shortThe seat back is 18″ high, and the seat is rated for kids up to 40″ in height. It could use another inch of seat height.
Recline mechanism requires two-handsOnly one hand is required to recline it. It takes two hands to raise it back up.
Extended canopy does not stay downTrue. A bump in the road can make the canopy pull back up.
Wheels are noisyThe MINU was average in our sound test where we measured decibel levels.
Fabric not removableFalse. The fabric is removable but it takes a lot of steps.
Bumpy rideAgree. We used a device to measure bumps and vibrations and surprisingly the MINU has a bumpier ride than most.
Harness shoulder straps can scrape faceThe shoulder straps are made so you don’t have to rethread them, but in their lowest position for smaller kids, they leave some of the strap near the face and head area. This can be bothersome when they are laying with their head on its side.
Wheel lock system brokeWe haven’t had any problem with the brakes
No front wheel locksTrue.
Not good for rough terrainAgreed. It didn’t handle well for us on rough terrain.

Testing and Research

We’ve reviewed hundreds of strollers over the years. For this set, we surveyed all those weighing 20 lbs or less and chose the top 20 to purchase and test. We scored them in these categories:

  • Weight and Folded Size
  • Steering and Maneuverability
  • Ease of Use (for parents)
  • Kid Comfort
  • Folding (this is also ease-of-use but deserves its own score!)
  • Quality

We designed more than 100 tests and measurements based on the most common criticisms and loved features and did our best to objectively compare all the strollers against fixed criteria.

Weight and Folded Size

Because we are specifically considering lightweight and umbrella strollers in this group, weight and folded size are important. The MINU V2 is not the lightest at 16.9 lbs so it can’t be considered a travel stroller or a compact stroller. It is also not the smallest when folded at 3.3 cubic feet, but is still smaller than some of the other lightweight and umbrella strollers.

The MINU V2 is 10 pounds lighter than the UPPAbaby Vista V2.

Weight

UPPAbaby G-LITE
11.2 lb
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
11.8 lb
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
12.3 lb
Zoe Tour+ Luxe
12.5 lb
Inglesina Quid
13.0 lb
Summer Infant 3Dlite
13.0 lb
Joolz Aer
13.4 lb
Dream On Me
13.5 lb
Babyzen YoYo²
13.6 lb
Cybex Libelle
13.7 lb
Summer 3Dlite+
14.0 lb
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
14.0 lb
Besrey
14.4 lb
Graco NimbleLite
14.8 lb
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
15.0 lb
Bugaboo Butterfly
16.1 lb
UPPAbaby MINU V2
16.9 lb
Chicco Liteway
17.2 lb
Britax B-Lively
20.0 lb
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
20.0 lb

Folded Size

gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
1.0 ft3
Cybex Libelle
1.1 ft3
Joolz Aer
1.8 ft3
Babyzen YoYo²
2.0 ft3
Bugaboo Butterfly
2.0 ft3
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
2.2 ft3
Dream On Me
2.3 ft3
Inglesina Quid
2.5 ft3
UPPAbaby MINU V2
3.3 ft3
Besrey
3.4 ft3
Zoe Tour+ Luxe
3.8 ft3
UPPAbaby G-LITE
3.9 ft3
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
4.1 ft3
Summer Infant 3Dlite
4.4 ft3
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
4.6 ft3
Britax B-Lively
4.7 ft3
Summer 3Dlite+
4.7 ft3
Chicco Liteway
4.8 ft3
Graco NimbleLite
5.0 ft3
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
5.5 ft3

Steering and Maneuverability

The MINU V2 is very responsive and smooth, especially on flat surfaces. It scores well in Ease of Steering:

Summer 3Dlite+
10
Zoe Tour+ Luxe
10
Summer Infant 3Dlite
10
Joolz Aer
10
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
9
Babyzen YoYo²
9
UPPAbaby MINU V2
9
Inglesina Quid
9
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
9
Besrey
9
Bugaboo Butterfly
8
Cybex Libelle
8
Chicco Liteway
8
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
8
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
8
UPPAbaby G-LITE
8
Graco NimbleLite
8
Dream On Me
8
Britax B-Lively
7
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
6

The MINU doesn’t fare as well on bumpy trails or sidewalks with cracks. The wheels tend to turn sideways and get stuck in the cracks.

uppababy minu v2 on a stone path, navigating the cracks
MINU V2 off the beaten path.

We measured how much force it takes to push down on the handlebar and make the MINU jump a curb. The answer: 22 lbs. This is more than average for the group but less than some strollers like the Inglesina Quid which took 35 lbs of force.

Because it’s annoying when strollers don’t go straight we tested how far the MINU would go while pushing straight without veering off the center line. The MINU scored in the middle with half the strollers less likely to veer and half more likely.

Overall Steering and Maneuverability Ratings:

Summer 3Dlite+
95
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
92
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
91
Joolz Aer
91
Summer Infant 3Dlite
90
UPPAbaby MINU V2
86
Inglesina Quid
86
Bugaboo Butterfly
85
UPPAbaby G-LITE
85
Besrey
84
Babyzen YoYo²
84
Zoe Tour+ Luxe
84
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
81
Britax B-Lively
79
Graco NimbleLite
79
Cybex Libelle
78
Chicco Liteway
78
Dream On Me
75
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
74
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
66

Ease of Use

Starting with storage, the MINU V2 has a decent-sized basket that is more usable than that of many strollers because it can be accessed from the front and the back. The basket is rated for 20 lbs which is higher than any other stroller in this group.

minu v2 storage basket access from the back of the stroller
Storage basket from the back
uppababy minu v2 showing leg rest raised in the front and a large opening under the seat for access to the storage basket.
Storage basket from the front with the leg rest raised

Notice the carry strap hanging down in the pictures above. It sometimes gets in the way of putting things in the basket.

Keep in mind that when it is easy to put things into the basket it also makes it more likely that they will fall out!

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
0.88 ft3
Zoe Tour+ Luxe
0.75 ft3
Bugaboo Butterfly
0.75 ft3
Britax B-Lively
0.75 ft3
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
0.69 ft3
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
0.65 ft3
UPPAbaby G-LITE
0.65 ft3
UPPAbaby MINU V2
0.63 ft3
Besrey
0.63 ft3
Graco NimbleLite
0.63 ft3
Inglesina Quid
0.56 ft3
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
0.51 ft3
Cybex Libelle
0.50 ft3
Joolz Aer
0.49 ft3
Summer 3Dlite+
0.47 ft3
Summer Infant 3Dlite
0.47 ft3
Babyzen YoYo²
0.47 ft3
Chicco Liteway
0.39 ft3
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
0.35 ft3
Dream On Me
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Another nice storage feature is the fabric pocket on the back of the canopy. It is not huge but I can easily fit my phone, keys, and wallet in it.

minu v2 fabric pocket
MINU V2 pocket that is sewn into the canopy fabric

We also love the oversized peekaboo window on top of the canopy to see our little one. It is mesh and stays closed with magnets, unlike some strollers that use noisy velcro that can wake up your baby.

uppababy minu v2 peekaboo window
Peekaboo window lets you see and lets a little air in

The full-grain leather handle feels comfortable. It is non-adjustable and fixed at a height of 39.5″ which is a fairly typical level. The handlebar feels rigid and stable.

This stroller took us 9 minutes to assemble. Figuring out how to put on the canopy and the brackets that hold the bumper bar cost a little time and frustration. The manual gets 8 out of 10 stars for its large clear diagrams.

Unfortunately, there are no parent cup holders or a parent console that comes with the stroller. UPPAbaby sells a parent organizer that hangs from the handlebar to make up for that.

The harness is 5-point, but we love the buckle operation because you only have to snap in two pieces.

demonstrating buckling the minu v2 harness straps
The MINU V2 has an easy buckle system

We also like the harness strap adjustment. The hip straps don’t have to be adjusted because the clips just slide to where they need to be. That leaves the shoulder straps which don’t need to be threaded. The clips slide to adjust for shoulder height.

The parking brake is easy to understand. Red pedal for stop, green pedal for go. The pedals stop and release both rear wheels at the same time. They are easy on sandalled feet because you only have to press down.

red on right and green on left. brake pedals on the rear wheels of the minu v2

Some people complain about the recline mechanism. It reclines with one hand if you do it right, but takes two hands pulling on the straps to raise it.

reclining and raising the seat of the uppababy minu v2
Pull the plastic clip to recline. Pull both straps simultaneously to raise the seat.

The UPPAbaby MINU V2 is available in these styles and colors:

It can be purchased with an UPPAbaby bassinet. The UPPAbaby from birth kit is not compatible with the MINU V2. Car seat adapters like these are available for Mesa infant car seats. And this one for Maxi-Cosi, Nuna and Cybex car seats.

Folding and Transport

Our “How to fold the UPPAbaby MINU V2” video:

Folding the MINU while holding a baby.

The fold action for the MINU V2 is smooth and easy with one-hand. It took us an average of 3 seconds to fold the stroller. Unfolding isn’t exactly difficult with one-hand, but you have to release a latch and then separate the frame to keep the latch from closing itself again before you pop the stroller up. Unfolding took an average of 4 seconds after we learned how to do it.

Unlike some strollers, the MINU stays together when folded so you don’t have to worry about it opening up when you are carrying it or putting it in the car.

minu v2 fold latch keeps the stroller together when folded.
Plastic fold latch keeps the stroller together when folded and must be manually released to unfold.

The shoulder strap is very accessible. It is adjustable and comfortable, which is good because the stroller is almost 17 lbs. A travel bag can be purchased separately.

carrying the uppababy minu v2 by its carry strap

The strap is easy to grab!

minu v2 carry strap is easy to access

It is 3.3 cubic feet when folded. Compare that to the Babyzen YoYo² and Bugaboo Butterfly which are both 2.0 cubic feet folded.

Babyzen YoYo² left, UPPAbaby MINU V2 center, Bugaboo Butterfly right. All are folded and standing.
Babyzen YoYo² left, UPPAbaby MINU V2 center, Bugaboo Butterfly right.

The folded dimensions are 12.5″ L x 20.3″ W x 23″ H. It is too big for most airlines to accept as a carry-on bag because of overhead bin size restrictions.

Fold Ratings:

Zoe Tour+ Luxe
10
Bugaboo Butterfly
10
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
10
Inglesina Quid
10
Graco NimbleLite
10
Britax B-Lively
10
Joolz Aer
10
UPPAbaby MINU V2
9
Chicco Liteway
9
Besrey
8
UPPAbaby G-LITE
8
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
8
Summer 3Dlite+
7
Cybex Libelle
7
Summer Infant 3Dlite
7
Babyzen YoYo²
7
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
7
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
6
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
5
Dream On Me
1

Kid Comfort

Very surprisingly to us, the MINU V2 had poor performance in our vibration and bumpiness testing using a device that measures peak and average motion. Because of the results, we re-checked the numbers several times. In the end, it was one of the worst performers in this test.

Cybex Libelle
87
Joolz Aer
88
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
90
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
97
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
100
Zoe Tour+ Luxe
102
Britax B-Lively
104
UPPAbaby G-LITE
115
Bugaboo Butterfly
119
Summer Infant 3Dlite
119
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
122
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
127
Summer 3Dlite+
131
Besrey
134
Inglesina Quid
137
Chicco Liteway
139
Babyzen YoYo²
139
Graco NimbleLite
141
UPPAbaby MINU V2
163
Dream On Me
191

The MINU V2 is designed for kids up to 50 lbs or 40 inches tall. The seat is plenty wide at 13 inches, and deep at 9 inches, but the seat back is only 18 inches, which is not enough for taller kids.

seat of the minu v2 with padded shoulder straps
The MINU V2 seat with padded shoulder straps and a rather short seat back height

One quirk of the MINU is that the seat is supported in the center only by the strap that is used to raise and recline the seat. As a result, it tilts forward and backward and can be uncomfortable because when your child leans forward the seat goes with her.

minu v2 seat pivots on recline strap. Showing it moving forward and backward.

No kid cup holders or snack tray is included with the stroller but a tray with cup holders can be purchased separately.

The bumper bar is also made from real leather and is padded.

The seat itself is reasonably comfortable. It sits upright at a 71-degree angle which is better than many other strollers where toddlers are too far reclined to see straight ahead or out the sides. It reclines to a 31-degree angle which is adequate for napping but not particularly flat.

If you need a firm and completely flat surface for a baby, buy the compatible bassinet.

doll in minu v2 stroller fully reclined with leg rest up
Fully reclined with leg rest up

The sunshade has pros and cons. It provides decent coverage, extending out over the knees. It is UPF 50+ material and the fabric feels soft and sturdy. There is a zipper to partially collapse the canopy when you need partial sun protection.

The downside is that the canopy sometimes bumped partially closed when it was fully extended. It is annoying to have to keep pulling it down.

uppababy minu v2 canopy extending over the knees of a doll

Quality and Safety

Like most UPPAbaby strollers the MINU V2 is high quality. The wheels, frame, materials, clips, harnesses, buckle, and zipper all look and feel first-rate. We haven’t had any mechanical problems or quality problems with any of the parts.

uppababy minu v2 weighted down with 40 lbs
MINU V2 loaded up with 40 lbs of dog food

The folding mechanism has proven reliable.

The MINU V2 isn’t the quietest stroller we tested, but is nearer the quiet than the noisy end of the spectrum. It had an average decibel level of 50 over the course where we measured sound.

Zoe Tour+ Luxe
44
Bugaboo Butterfly
44
Britax B-Lively
45
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2
46
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
46
Cybex Libelle
47
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain
47
Joolz Aer
47
Babyzen YoYo²
49
UPPAbaby MINU V2
50
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
52
Besrey
53
Dream On Me
55
Summer 3Dlite+
56
UPPAbaby G-LITE
56
Graco NimbleLite
58
Inglesina Quid
60
Summer Infant 3Dlite
62
Chicco Liteway
64
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
64

We used a pencil which is the size of a child’s finger to check for pinch-points when the stroller is being folded and unfolded, and when the canopy is opening and closing. No stroller is without the potential for some pinching but the MINU received our highest rating. Always keep children away from the stroller when you are folding and unfolding it to avoid the risk of pinching.

We performed two tip-over tests. In the first, we hung a 12 lb bag on the handle and the MINU tipped backward under the weight.

In the second we hung weights at various distances from the side of the stroller to simulate sideways tipping. The MINU V2 was less likely to tip to the side than most of the strollers in the group.

UPPAbaby MINU V2 vs Babyzen YoYo2

babyzen yoyo2 stroller on left, uppababy minu v2 on right
Babyzen YoYo on left, UPPAbaby MINU V2 on right

The UPPAbaby MINU V2 and Babyzen YoYo2 are comparable in price and quality.

The MINU V2 is 3.3 pounds heavier than the YoYo2 and over 50% larger when folded. The YoYo2 is small enough folded to fit in many airlines’ overhead bins.

We were disappointed in the YoYo2 because it is both difficult to learn how to fold and difficult to fold even after you’ve learned how. The MINU V2 is a true one-hand-fold stroller whereas the YoYo2 requires two hands at the beginning and is complex after that.

Both of these strollers maneuver well. We like the MINU’s storage basket size and accessibility compared to the YoYo2.

We also prefer the MINU’s buckle operation, harness operation, brake operation, recline mechanism, sun protection, and handle stability.

The YoYo2 comes out ahead in seat comfort and ride smoothness. See our full review of the Babyzen YoYo2.

The MINU V2 had an overall score of 72 vs the YoYo2‘s 70. The MINU had better performance in many areas but the YoYo2‘s smaller folded size and lower weight make the overall score close to call.


Kid Travel Editorial Team