This double umbrella by Kolcraft has a lot to offer parents in search of a comfortable easy to use stroller for older toddlers, but the lack of a five-point harness makes it inappropriate for smaller children. This is a well-built, durable stroller that’s perfect for the family on a tight budget, however, with this low price comes certain sacrifices.
Our Verdict: The Cloud is a budget-friendly model that features front suspension, fully reclining seats and a fast folding mechanism that allows you to quickly and easily pack it up for storage. However, it doesn’t come with the standard five-point harness, using a three-point harness instead, which makes this stroller unsuitable for children under the age of two.
Continue reading to learn more about how this stroller handles, what features it has to offer, and what age this stroller is best suited for.
Overview and Features
This is a budget-friendly model that comes with the bare minimum in terms of features. It still offers a well-built design that makes the stroller incredibly durable. It also has a fast folding mechanism which will allow you to quickly and effortlessly collapse it.
This is a heavier stroller, compared to other models I’ve reviewed. Weighing in at twenty-one pounds, this model can be difficult to carry around for a long period of time, unlike other models in this price range, which have a weight of fifteen to eighteen pounds.
The folding mechanism on this model is foot operated and it comes with a manual fold lock, which will keep the stroller secure when in the folded position, preventing it from accidentally opening. Folding the stroller is simple and can be done with one hand. Unfortunately, the stroller doesn’t have the self-stand feature which would allow you to lock it up and stand it in an upright position when it’s folded.
The triple-action brakes feature a three-pedal design. This means that all three of the pedals must be depressed before the brakes are engaged. This design can be a cause for concern considering all three of the pedals must be pressed in order for the brake system to work properly.
This stroller doesn’t come with an under the seat storage bin, which seems like an oversight considering this type of storage space is commonly found on most models in this price range. Obviously, the manufacturer left this feature off to keep the price low.
You’ll find a single cup holder located near the left handle.
The canopies provide adequate shade, but both don’t come with a peek-a-boo window, which would let you peek in on the kids without pulling the canopies down.
Unlike most strollers, instead of a five-point harness, this stroller uses a couple of three-point harnesses. The five-point harness is much safer. Because this model doesn’t come with the five-point harness I wouldn’t recommend it for children under the age of two. Aside from the fact that it uses the three-point harness, the crotch straps are very long and not adjustable, which also makes this stroller a poor choice for younger children.
Both of the seats fully recline, but in order to do so you must first undo a strap and then attach the strap to the frame to support the back of the seat in a reclined position.
Ease of Use
The stroller has plastic wheels, which can make it difficult to maneuver, especially in a crowded environment. The dual wheel design results in three sets of two wheels on the front of the stroller. While the stroller is easy to push, it can be difficult to get the stroller through tight spaces, such as doorways or crowded sidewalks. The front suspension provides a smoother ride when you travel over gravel or grass, however, despite the fact that the tires have a deep tread, the wheels still struggle to roll over any type of uneven terrain.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Low price
- Front suspension
- Large canopies
- Fully reclining seats
- Fast folding mechanism
- Plastic wheels
- Three-point harness
- Weighs in at twenty-one pounds
- No storage bin
On sidewalks and other types of cultivated terrain, this stroller handles well. Don’t expect to take it on grass, dirt, or gravel, despite the fact that it has front suspension. It can also struggle when it comes to maneuvering in crowded areas and can be difficult to navigate through interior doorways. Overall, this is a pretty bare-bones stroller that comes with just the basics. If you’re not looking for a stroller with a lot of flash then this model is a great option.
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How it Measures Up to the Competition
As I mentioned earlier, this stroller comes with a three-point harness, which makes it unsuitable for children under the age of two. The Chicco Echo Twin Stroller comes equipped with the five-point harness, which is a much safer option for younger children. It also features a lightweight design, for easier transport and hauling, and an under the seat storage bin which is perfect for storing supplies for those longer outings. But since the Echo comes with so many more features, it should come as no surprise that it’s available at a higher price. If you’re on a tight budget the Cloud is definitely a better option, but if you want a stroller with all of the bells and whistles, opt for the Echo.
Conclusion and Rating
The Cloud by Kolcraft may be lacking a lot of features, but for this price, it comes with all of the basics you need. This stroller is a perfect alternative for the family on a tight budget in search of a stroller that will work for toddlers ages two and up. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.