As we’ve posted elsewhere on this blog we are big fans of the Mia Moda Cielo stroller, despite the fact that two have broken on us. We figured out how to fix them with a simple screwdriver (popping up the latch behind the seat) but the manufacturer has kindly replaced the stroller each time at no charge, increasing our undying love for this brand. We’re now on our third Mia Moda stroller and this time the company upgraded us to the all new Cielo Evolution. The Fed Ex guy just dropped it off this afternoon and we’re in stroller heaven.
We love the basic Cielo (above) because it is small, super lightweight (15 pounds), easy to fold with one hand, comfortable for our daughter, and easy to push even on rough surfaces thanks to large rear wheels and front-wheel suspension. It won the JPMA award for design innovation it’s so clever.
The all-new Cielo Evolution (above) has us drooling though (isn’t it crazy what we parents get excited about?). First of all it’s chocolate and mint-green. Love the color combination! The basic Cielo is light-blue and shows every speck of dirt (and there are a lot of specks on there). This brown will hide Grace’s smeared snacks so much better. The Evolution is a teeny bit bigger but increases in weight by only 2 pounds, weighing in at just over 17 pounds. Steve noted the rear wheels seem a little bit bigger which should only add to the control we’ve found to be so great in the basic Cielo. The seat has more padding for Grace, a deeper recline as well as arm rests (the basic Cielo does not), PLUS, wait for it, there’s a cup holder! That’s a great bonus for a travel stroller when it’s nice to have your water or your child’s sippy cup at your fingertips.
Overall we’ve been happy with our basic Cielos (both of them!) but we are thrilled to give the new Evolution a spin. We’ll update this posting once we’ve used it for a bit if we have any changes. The basic Cielo retails anywhere from $99-$139 through various online retailers. The Evolution seems to run higher at around $180 although we imagine the price will go down after it’s been on the market for a while. Either one is a good investment for the traveling family, as far as we’re concerned.
Have you tried the Mia Moda? What did you think? Or do you have another favorite stroller for travel? Do tell by leaving us a comment here.