I love a good competition. Can’t help it… It’s the former figure skater in me! I think it’s time for GB Qbit and Mountain Buggy Nano to have a little show down… battle of the travel strollers!
Who do you think will win? Let’s find out…
I would like to preface this post by saying BOTH of these strollers are awesome. They each have great features that I love, and some that I don’t love. I wish I could smash them together and create MY perfect travel stroller. But I can’t… so here’s my opinion of two side by side…
Price: Qbit $179.99 vs Nano $249.99 – I think this one is easy. Point 1 goes to GB Qbit…
Looks: Let’s be honest, much like dating (yes, I am comparing strollers to finding the love of your life), the first thing that draws you to a stroller is how it looks…or maybe I’m the only one? I don’t walk by a stroller and say “oh wow, look at how strong that aluminum frame looks!” I walk by and say “Oooooooooh, pretty!” Immediately followed by me wondering if I can sneak the stroller in the house without my Husband noticing…. #thestruggleisreal
Overall, I prefer the look of the Qbit. The Nano has an odd shape to it, and the canopy looks a little funny to me. If I were choosing between these two based on looks alone, I would choose the Qbit…
Seat: Both seats are comfortable for the kiddos (although I think the Nano looks more comfortable). The Nano can hold up to 44 lb. and the Qbit can hold up to 45 lb. Both have a nice tall seat-to-canopy height, 25″ for the Qbit and 26″ for the Nano. But with the Nano coming in with that extra inch from the seat to the top of the canopy, and having a long seat with an adjustable foot rest…it takes this round!
Qbit left / Nano right
Recline: The Nano has a nice deep recline which is key for travel. The Qbit is lacking in this department, but still has a slight recline. This is a hard category because I think this is based on your needs. If you have a younger child, I would say 18 months and younger, the Nano would be the better option. If you have an older toddler over 18 months old, the Qbit would be just fine. A recline is always great, but depending on your needs, not always a necessity. So, it’s a tie in this category.
Fold: Folded Dimensions: Nano 22×12.2×20″ Qbit 19.3x13x21″
Nano left / Qbit right
Ok, both strollers have a ridiculously small fold, but, the Qbit wins this one hands down! If you’ve watched my crazy video review, you saw how easy, fast, and tiny it folds with one hand. The Nano is a 2 step process and you need to use both hands. Essentially you fold the canopy back and down, then fold the stroller into itself. It’s compact, but kind of annoying to do. When I think of travel stroller, I think of easy. The Qbit is definitely easy!!
Storage Basket: Sorry, MB…Qbit wins here too! The Nano and Qbit baskets are roughly the same size, but, the Nano is really only easily accessible from the front. The Qbit has easy access from the front or back. You all know how I feel about storage baskets… Qbit wins.
Qbit Left / Nano Right
Push: Both strollers have a nice one-hand push, but the Nano is just slightly easier to push and turn with one hand and a 32 lb toddler in the seat. If you pushed the Qbit and had never pushed the Nano, you probably wouldn’t think twice. But out of the two, the Nano has a better push…
Stroller Weight: The Nano weighs less than 13 lbs and the Qbit weighs 14 lbs… I honestly can’t really tell much of a different when I carry them. They feel about the same to me. So, I’ll give it to both of them.
Canopy: To me, the canopy on a travel stroller is important. Especially if you are taking it to a theme park where your child will be out in the sun! I just can’t get past the Nano canopy. It looks awkward, doesn’t give much coverage, and when you don’t have it extended, it touches your hands on the handlebar which made me a little crazy… The Qbit offers much more coverage, and has a nice shape to it. Plus, it doesn’t touch the handlebar and drive me bonkers.
Qbit left / Nano right
Car Seat Compatibility: I won’t grade this portion because using the infant car seat isn’t a long term thing. Here are the seats that each stroller is compatible with.
Qbit: GB Asana35, Cybex Aton, and Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seats.
Nano: Works with all infant car seats currently on the market and comes with the universal adapters to attach any car seat. (Yep, even the Orbit!) The toggles wrap around either side of the car seat handle while the stroller is in recline mode and attach to a peg under the seat and the seat belt system straps through the belt routing system.
Overall, the Qbit wins due to the fold, canopy, and storage space/access. If I could change anything on the stroller, it would be the seat. It needs to be a little longer or have an adjustable leg rest for the younger kiddos. I can deal without the recline. I LOVE the one hand fold. It’s just too easy and makes me happy every time I fold it up…ha! This doesn’t mean I don’t like the Nano. I actually really like it! But, I don’t love that canopy or storage access. The seat back height is incredible, and the push is great, but I’m not a fan of that 2 step fold.
Those of you have that these strollers, what do YOU think!?! I’m curious…