Cybex Balios M All-Terrain Stroller Review


The Cybex Balios M is an all-terrain reversible-seat stroller that has a one-hand compact fold and it weighs only 23 lbs. It has many features parents want in the stroller like a huge canopy, roomy reversible seat, deep recline, large basket, and adjustable leg rest.

The all-terrain wheels together with all-wheel suspension provide a smooth ride. It’s great for long walks in the park, city streets, or grocery shopping. 

You can also turn it into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a carrycot or a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat.

The adjustable handlebar can accommodate taller and shorter parents. The one-hand fold is pretty compact and has a standing fold and auto lock.

Aside from great features I also love the stylish frame design and combination of the white and black tires. BTW, this modern-looking buggy was designed and made in Germany.

This is almost a perfect stroller, but there are a few things I would improve. I would like to see a cover added for the mesh panel in the canopy. Also, it would be nice if the stroller worked with the most popular car seats not just Cybex infant car seats.

But, the main thing would be that one-hand fold that is really hard to get working. In fact, this was the main complaint from other parents on how difficult the fold is. I hope Cybex updates it in the near future.

BTW, there is a new stroller called Cybex Balios S which has a lot of similar features, but has a very deep flat recline suitable for a newborn unlike Balios M which keeps its ‘v’ shape so your child is kind of in a sitting position even when fully reclined. Check it out.

The Cybex Balios M comes in five beautiful colors and retails for around $496. It comes only with a bumper bar. All other accessories need to be purchased separately. BTW, there is a new stroller Cybex Balios S which has a lot of similar features, but

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This canopy is great! It has three large panels including a mesh zipped-in one that goes down all the way to the bumper bar. Your child will get plenty of coverage. You can use the mesh panel instead of the peekaboo window to look at your child.

The only thing I wish it had is the closure of the mesh to protect the child from the wind and the sun.



The seat is reversible so your child can face you or the world.  It is 12.5″ wide with a 20″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. You will be happy to know that it has a very deep one-hand lever recline that goes to an almost flat position.

Despite the ‘v’ shaped seat, I think the recline is deep enough to put a newborn in. It can hold a child up to 55 lbs. Of course, if you want to put a newborn into the seat, you will need to get an infant insert for additional support.

To avoid tipping the stroller backward when the seat is fully reclined, hang your diaper bag on the frame using stroller hooks. You can also use it to hang your water bottle or shopping bags.



It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle. Because the waist straps and the shoulder straps are connected, it’s very easy to lock the buckle. I like that white logo in the middle.



The telescoping handlebar goes from 37″ all the way up to 42″ from the ground. Shorter and taller parents will be comfortable.



INCLUDED! This bumper bar is swing-away and can be easily removed.



The leg rest is adjustable so your little baby will be able to stretch his legs.



The basket is great! It’s large and very easy to access from the back. You can fit a lot of stuff in it including your largest diaper bag.

For even more storage I would recommend getting a universal stroller organizer. That way you can take not only your coffee cup, but also a LOT of stuff including keys, phone, water, wallet, snacks, diapers, toys, and more. The amount of stuff it can fit is unbelievable.


Look at how loaded this basket is!



It rolls on four all-terrain wheels with 8″ in the front and 11.5″ wheels in the back. These wheels are made out of high-quality rubber and have foam filling so they never puncture or flatten.

Now, I should probably mention that these are not the same as air-filled all-terrain wheels that you can use to go trail walking. These wheels are more designed for long walks in the park, on city streets with uneven pavement, or some playground mulch. They are still much better than many non-all-terrain strollers.

The all-wheel suspension together with large all-terrain wheels make the ride much smoother.



It features a flip-flop-friendly brake. I am always happy to see a flip-flop-friendly brake. No shoe scratches!



The fold is a three-step fold, but you can do it all with one hand and it has a standing fold and automatic lock. Since the stroller folds in half (one of my favorite folds), it becomes a very compact package for an all-terrain reversible seat stroller which is known for having a bulky fold.

This is probably as compact as it can get. The folded dimensions are 14.6″L x 22.4″W x 33″H.



You can turn your stroller into a stylish pram by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet called Cybex Carry Cot M. It features a comfortable, extra-wide mattress that ensures an ergonomically correct and comfortable lying position.

The integrated UVP50+ sun canopy protects from sun, wind, and rain. The carrycot weighs only 8 lbs and can accommodate a child from birth and up to 20 lbs. It works with the following models:

  • Cybex Balios M
  • Cybex Iris M-Air
  • Cybex Agis M-Air 3 / 4
  • Cybex Eternis M3 / M4


You can also turn your stroller into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. It works ONLY with Cybex car seats which I think have one of the best safety ratings. Check out my top 10 safest car seats. BTW, you do need to buy adapters separately. The compatible models include:

  • Aton
  • Aton 2
  • Aton Q/Could Q


-No mesh window closure. There is a zipped-in mesh panel in the canopy that you can expose for larger coverage. This mesh can be also used as a peekaboo window. I wish there was an attached cover to protect the child from wind and the sun.

-Works only with Cybex car seats. While you can convert Balios M into a travel system, it works only with Cybex infant car seats which I love, but they are not cheap. Here is my list of the best car seats on today’s market.

Video Review

Here is a detailed video overview from Cybex.

Here is a great video from Baby Gizmo.


Stroller weight: 23 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 14.6″H x 23″W x 33″L
Handlebar height: 39″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Front wheels: 8″
Rear wheels: 11.5″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 23″


The Cybex has a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.

Available colors

The Cybex Balios M comes in five colors: moon dust, grape juice, autumn gold, hot & spicy, and true blue. All come with a black frame.


Where to buy it

You can get Cybex Balios M in one of the five beautiful colors for around $469. It comes with a bumper bar only. All other accessories like a cup holder or an infant car seat adapter need to be purchased separately.

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17 thoughts on “Cybex Balios M All-Terrain Stroller Review”

  1. Hi Katrin,

    Between this Cybex Balios M and the Nuna Mixx, which direction would you go? I need a versatile stroller that I can easily travel (plane flights) with.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Cara. Both strollers are great. I guess it depends what features and frame design you are looking for. The Cybex is definitely more compact and has that quick one-hand fold so I think it’s more convenient for traveling.

  3. Hi Katrin,

    Im a Cybex fan, the problem is that I cannot make my mind between the Balios M and the Priam! The Priam has this amazing fabric and the fluffy Lux seat. However, one would need a lot of space in the car to travel with it. The Balios seems easier to travel with but the fabric… I guess the question is, would the kid sweat much more sitting in the Balios than in the Priam?
    Thank you!

  4. Hi Paulina. I think it’s a personal choice. I like Balios M more. I like the style more and the fabric more. It’s much more practical for me. I like Priam’s frame design a lot but the seat looks like a office chair to me. But, you have to LOVE it! For traveling Balios M is MUCH better.

  5. Hi Katrin,

    After reading through almost all of your recent reviews, I finally come down to two choices: the Cybex Balios M and the Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip XT. Between those two, which one would you recommend in term of quality and versatility?

    Thank you!

  6. Hi Katrin,

    Thanks SO much for all of your thoughtful reviews. I’m pregnant with my first child now and drowning in stroller indecision. I was set on the Nuna Mixx but then went to push it in a store and it was so heavy and tough to push even empty on flat indoor flooring (compared with the Uppababy Cruz) that I couldn’t imagine going up a hill with a toddler in it. So now I’m back to square 1.

    Do you have thoughts on how the Cybex Balios M compares with the Cruz push-ability? And does the fold work well with the seat facing both ways on the Balios?

    Like everyone I want to just have one stroller. I live in San Francisco (so very urban and hilly). I hardly ever drive and don’t have stairs to get into my apartment, but do frequently use public transport. So…I think my criteria are lightweight(ish), med-large basket, reversible seat, compatible with Pipa or Aton 2 (I want a Euro style car seat), easy push/feels light to push, easy fold that can fold with seat in either direction, a relatively compact fold, and durability.

    I had also wanted it to be a birth onward stroller without the need to buy the bassinet, but can compromise on that with the infant seat for the first three months if the Balios is otherwise the one. Other non-essential nice to haves would be easy curb pop, big canopy, removable/washable seat cover.

    Given all of that, do you have thoughts on if there are others I should consider, or if the Balios seems like a good option? I am worried the Stokke Scoot V2 will be hard to fold (many people say they hate the fold even though it is one hand) and the Valco Baby Snap Ultra fold seems really bad.

    Apologies for writing such a long note!!


  7. Hi,
    Just wanted to add that you can use car seat adapters for maxi cosy(pebble) car seat. I have tested it yesterday and it works!
    Great stroller in my opinion only negative is that hood is made from only one layer of material so it feels a bit weak and sunlight goes through specially on Autumn n Gold colour.
    In regards to the sweating adding a sheepskin liner on the seat unit will sort it out.Tamara

  8. Hi,

    How does the Balios M fair on cobbled streets? I’ve read mixed reviews… I live in Portugal and EVERY pavement / sidewalk in the country is cobbled.


  9. Hi Katrin,

    I have a 10 month old and I’ve been using the Orbit travel system…however my son has long outgrown the infant seat and therefore I’m in the market for a new stroller. I love the maneuverability of the Orbit and the compact size…I’m looking for something similar. Ideally, I’d like a reversible seat, all-terrain wheels, compact fold, stylish look, and reliable quality. I’d like to be able to close the stroller with the seat attached no matter which direction it’s facing. I’ve looked at Cybex Balios M, Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip, and Uppababy Cruz. Please help! Which one would you recommend?

  10. I had a Cybex Balios M shipped to Australia from Germany as they don’t sell it in Oz, They sell the Cybex Iris but it is not all-terrain.
    It worked out to be the same price with the carry cot as the Iris.
    I am so happy with the pram! Many other prams were very heavy and I couldn’t lift off the ground let alone get into my car boot, The wheels don’t need to be pumped up and will never go flat which is wonderful as my husband and I spend alot of time at our lake house which gets very hot in summer, If we were to get a flat tier there would be no way to fix it until we returned to the city.
    over all the Cybex Balios looks great too!

  11. Hello, I’m trying to decide between the Balios, Armadillo Flip xt and Sola2 Mxt. I’m wondering which has the smoothest ride and easiest one hand push. I have only seen the balios in person, which I liked but I noticed the base of the seat tilts down slightly when fully upright. Also the balios seat is one molded peice so less versatile and suspension wasn’t great. I liked everything else though. I know I have to compromise somewhere so any suggestions between these three strollers? My biggest priorities are 1) smooth ride 2) compact fold 3) comfortable seat

  12. Hello Katrin,

    Thanks for your review.

    I am looking for a stroller or pushchair with all these mentioned features that you (and me) love from the Cybex Balios M All-Terrain Stroller, but with the difference that the back of the seat can be reclined respect to the bottom of the seat. I mean, the angle between the back and the bottom of the seat is not fixed.

    I don’t need a carrycot neither a travel system because my baby is already 14 months old.

    Could you recommend me a model with these characteristics?

    Thank you very much in advance.


  13. To make it easier, these are the features I am interested in:

    Large canopy,
    Extra-large basket and easily accessible,
    Tall seat back,
    Roomy seat,
    Seat back reclining to flat position (or almost),
    High weight limit,
    Bumper bar,
    Reversible seat would be nice but not a requisite,
    Big wheels (all terrain would be great),
    Easy to push with one hand,
    Folding with the seat included.

    Thanks again.
    I look forward to your reply.


  14. Hello, Thank you for your excellent reviews that I have been referring to often during my (everlasting) stroller search. I need a stroller with a compact fold that can close with the seat parent facing. I’ve narrowed it down to the Balios and the Armadillo Flip XT 2. What would you recommend? Or is there something else I should be looking at?

    Thanks again,

  15. Does anyone know the folded dimensions of this stroller with bk wheels removed? I have a v small boot so even on a baby jogger i have to take off the back wheels! Many thanks

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