Mamas & Papas Armadillo strollers are taking over the world! LOL. Every time I turn around, there is another Armadillo model out. With so many different models it’s very easy to get confused. I get a lot of emails from parents asking what the differences are. Well, today I will give you a full comparison of all five Armadillo models so you can choose the right one for you.
It all started in 2014 with an Armadillo model which is a lightweight stroller (only 17 lbs) that has a super compact one-hand fold, small footprint, very roomy seat, deep one-hand recline, huge canopy, and a large basket.
The great thing about it is that you can create a bed-like environment for your child by lifting up the legrest and fully reclining the seat. Also, since it has a travel system option you can use it from birth.
The Armadillo was designed for everyday life like running errands, public transit, grocery shopping, and traveling. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.
And have you seen how stylish it is?! So dang cute! Needless to say, this buggy became insanely popular among the parents right away. This created a huge competition for the beloved Britax B-Agile and Baby Jogger City Mini.
After seeing such great results, Mamas & Papas released another model called Armadillo City. The City model has a lot of the same features as Armadillo like a huge canopy, all-wheel suspension, deep one-hand recline, and easy one-hand fold, but has a smaller footprint, narrower frame, smaller wheels, and therefore the lighter weight of 15 lbs.
This model was designed to replace an umbrella stroller. Since it does not have a travel system option, this is a great second stroller option. Of course City model also became very popular since many parents don’t like how small the basket and the canopy are on umbrella stroller and would rather get a lightweight stroller with a compact fold.
As you probably know, most parents want to have a reversible seat so they can see their child. So Mamas & Papas decided to create a model very similar to Armadillo but with a reversible seat. In 2015 the Armadillo Flip was born. It has all the great features of the Armadillo plus the reversible seat. Of course, this upgrade came with a weight increase of 3 lbs making it 20 lbs.
The great thing about Flip is that you can still fold it with one hand with the seat attached in both modes. You will be also happy to know that it can be converted into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat or you can even convert it into a pram by replacing the seat with a bassinet. Very cool option!
While all of these models were very popular, there were still some complaints from parents. Many didn’t like the fact that there was no mesh in the canopy to improve the air circulation on a hot summer day. Another complaint was about a non-adjustable handlebar. Small wheels were another reason some of the parents went with different brands.
It looks like Mamas & Papas really listens to the customers and in 2015 they released two new models Armadillo XT and Armadillo Flip XT. Of course, this release confused the hell out of everybody. LOL. I was the first one to say: What? They just released Flip and already upgrading it?
The Armadillo XT is the same as the XT but has a mesh panel in the canopy, larger wheels, and an adjustable handlebar. The same updates were done on the Flip model. The Flip XT has a mesh panel in the canopy, larger wheels, and an adjustable handlebar. That’s it!
The XT addition made me very happy because I was one of the complainypants parents. After testing Flip XT, I was convinced that if I had to do it all over again and pick ONLY one stroller, I would go with Armadillo Flip XT because it has absolutely everything that I want in the stroller (except for the bumper bar). Keep in mind, this is coming from a COMPLETE stroller addict who has way too many strollers.
Let’s get to the detailed comparison. For some reason, most companies don’t think it’s important to provide customers with a comparison chart for their strollers. Parents have to spend HOURS trying to figure out the differences between strollers. Augghh… So frustrating.
Note: The chart below is a little small because I just couldn’t fit the whole thing into the page, but you can see a larger version by clicking on it.
I want to say a few words about the price. I think that the Armadillo family is very well-priced. You are really getting a lot of great features and high quality for your money. The Armadillo Flip XT is the most expensive model, but it also has the most features. So I think that for ONLY a stroller $599 is a very reasonable price.
BTW, I also put together a comparison chart for Flip XT vs Urbo2 vs Sola2 MTX in case you are wondering how they compare.
I just found this great video overview of the whole Armadillo family.