Cybex Balios S
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Cybex Balios S

The affordable, urban modernism in a lie-flat pushchair
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The Cybex Balios S is a stroller based on the popular Balios M, new for 2018. It belongs to the Cybex Gold series. Balios S has a reversible, non-bucket seat with independently adjustable backrest and leg rest. The seat is located higher, so the baby is closer to you and you can use the stroller as a high chair. The solid rubber wheels with a foam core are maintenance-free. The soft suspension ensures a comfortable ride on all kinds of terrain. Balios S also features new, premium textiles, a visor on the extra large extendable hood and a reinforced shopping basket. The Balios S comes with a new optional carrycot - Cot S, and along with a car seat is able to create a 2in1 or a 3in1 stroller system. For the year 2018, Balios S was also released in the special Fashion Edition with silver frame, patterned hood and leatherette handle as well as bumper bar.

Cybex Balios S Features & Specifications

The Basics

Type
Pushchair (seat and chassis only), 2in1 stroller system, 3in1 stroller system
Stroller weight
11.2 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
110 cm x 60 cm x 92.5 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
75 cm x 60 cm x 41 cm
Chassis material
Aluminum
Country of origin
Germany
Stroller available as a pushchair (seat unit configuration) only; newborn accessories (like a carrycot) need to be purchased separately
Yes

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
17 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-36 months
Reversible seat unit
Yes
Easy-release memory button(s) on the seat or the carrycot
Yes
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
No
Reclining backrest
Yes, 3 positions
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Yes
Backrest recline type
Rear-located recline mechanism (e.g., lever-operated)
One-hand backrest recline system
Yes
Extendable backrest
No
Legrest positioning
Yes, 3 positions
Extendable leg rest
No
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
Yes
Footrest
Yes
Backrest height
53 cm
Width and depth of the sitting surface
30.5 x 23.5 cm
Total length of the seat unit
97 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
Yes
Height-adjustable seat
No
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
No
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
No
Fabrics removable for cleaning
Yes
Seat fabrics cleaning
Machine washable
Safety harness type
5-point
Harness padding
Yes
Height-adjustable harness belts
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the seat
No
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)
No

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Yes
Extendable canopy/hood
Yes
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
Yes
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
No
Height-adjustable canopy
No
Removable canopy
Yes
Waterproof canopy
Yes
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
Yes
A pocket integrated into the canopy
No
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
Yes
Peek-a-boo window can be closed/covered
Yes
Quiet (magnetic/no velcro) peek-a-boo window
Yes
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy
No

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
Yes
Bumper bar type (style)
Bar
Removable bumper bar
Yes
Gate-opening (swing-away) bumper bar
Yes
Height-adjustable bumper bar
No
Bumper bar features a fabric (non-wipe-clean) cover
No
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap
No

The Wheels

Number of wheels
4
Front wheel(s) type
EVA foam-coated wheels, Rubber-coated wheels
Rear wheels type
EVA foam-coated wheels, Rubber-coated wheels
Front wheels diameter
18 cm
Rear wheels diameter
27 cm
Swivel wheels
Yes
Lockable wheels
Yes
Removable wheels
Yes
All wheels are double wheels
No
All-terrain version of wheels available to purchase separately
No
Wheels equipped with mudguards
No,
Two-wheel mode
No

The Suspension

Suspension
Yes
Wheels with suspension
All
Suspension type
Open springs
Adjustable suspension softness
No
Rocking chassis
No

The Brake

Central brake system/type
One-step rocker pedal (flip-flop friendly)
Deceleration handbrake
No,

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
Yes
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
No
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
Yes
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
Yes
Self-standing fold
Yes
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
Yes
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
Yes
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
No
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
No
Outward fold (the seat fabrics are on the outside after folding)
No

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Telescopic
Handlebar material
Foam
Handlebar height
99-110 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
No
Safety wrist strap
No

The Basket

Shopping basket
Yes
Large shopping basket
Yes
Basket's weight capacity
5 kg
Closable basket
No
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
No
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame
No

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Internal dimensions of the carrycot - mattress measurement
77 x 30 cm
Carry handle on the carrycot
Yes,
Inclining carrycot mattress
No,
Foldable carrycot
Yes,
Rocking-base carrycot
No
Ventilatilated carrycot base (bottom ventilation system)
No,
Carrycot installable in the car instead of a group 0+ car seat (Auto carrycot)
No,
Carrycot positioned high on the frame
No

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Yes
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available
No

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
No
Cup holder can be attached
Yes
Reflective elements
No
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
No
Rain cover included
No
Mosquito net included
No
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
No
Seat liner/insert included
No
Changing bag included
No
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
No
Motorized/Baterry-powered
No
LED light(s)
No
Built-in audio speakers
No
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat
No

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Parent reviews of the Cybex Balios S

4.1/5
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  • Stylish
  • Compact
  • Light
  • You can swap the canopy for a Bugaboo one
  • I found none

I recommend it. It is compact, beautiful, lightweight, and the seat can reverse to face the parent as well as the world.

Number one for us

4

Maximum satisfaction. Easy folding - saves so much space. Number one for us, mainly when compared with a robust polish stroller system we had!

  • Design
  • Reversible seat
  • Seat adjustable from an upright sitting position up to a complete lay flat
  • Very large canopy
  • One-hand fold with the seat attached (in any direction of travel)
  • Stands by itself when folded
  • Suspension
  • Materials faded out after one summer
  • The chassis has a lot of give; the more time passes, the more give is there - then it feels like it floats from side to side
  • The fabrics are thin
  • Handlebar covered in cheap foam that doesn't feel nice in your hand
  • No footrest at the end of the leg rest - the child's feet dangle
  • Warranty claim is super complicated, and they are not willing to repair faults

I feel like the manufacturer saved money where he could.

The overall impression is not that good. The materials feel low-quality and cheap; even the wheels are different (foam-covered) in the front. The stroller wears down quickly and the fabrics fade, claiming your warranty is suffering, they don't really want to help you...

It's a shame because the stroller looks beautiful and features-wise, it's practical. It even tackles more demanding terrain, and the canopy is huge. The fold is a bit weird, but one gets used to it.

The chassis could be sturdier

4
  • lightweight
  • a very beautiful design
  • fully reclining
  • extendable hood
  • easy fold
  • compact after folding
  • the wheels, mainly those in the front, are very sensitive to small stones 🤭

The chassis could be sturdier, but overall, we are happy with it 🙂

We love it

5
  • Design
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Great canopy

A great design, easy to maneuver, comfortable for the baby. We love it 😍😍😍

Cybex Balios S - well, I don't know. Wheels are fine, colour is also ok, but that super-thin canopy fabric? Meh... I also wasn't sure about the shopping basket. Not sturdy, chassis- or handlebar-wise. For me, a stroller more useful for car trips or for holidays. Not that great for everyday use or a bigger load of shopping.

  • Relatively large, accessible basket
  • Reclines flat
  • Folds in one piece
  • There's give in the chassis, it is not that sturdy, but I think it's just a force of habit

We bought it as a replacement for our Bugaboo. It met our expectations; we are satisfied with it.

  • very easy maneuverability
  • weight
  • one-hand folding
  • price
  • choice of colors

Fully recommending it. I was looking for a stroller that is easy to push, would not be too heavy, and would manage driving through a bit difficult terrain. This stroller meets all my requirements.

  • you don't feel its weight when pushing it
  • reversible
  • huge hood
  • great look
  • compact after folding
  • thin hood with too much flex (bends when windy)
  • shallow seat
  • seat unit is on the smaller side
  • you need to train the folding to be able to do it properly
  • the shoulder harness belts are not well made - they don't fit right even after adjusting them

A great stroller, that is almost featherlight when being pushed! I think it's more suitable for spring/summer/autumn because of a slightly shallow seat and that thin hood textiles. Otherwise, the ride is very soft, and it pusher so nicely - we even took it to the mountains with us 🙂

  • Reversible seat unit
  • 4-wheel suspension
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Self-standing after folding
  • Extra-large sun hood
  • Compact dimensions when unfolded - it fits our elevator even when the seat is fully reclined
  • Adjustable backrest and leg rest
  • 5-point harness
  • Easy manipulation
  • Large shopping basket
  • Suitable also for tall parents
  • Suitable mostly for smaller children
  • I had to practice the one-hand fold a week to get it right
  • Child's bumper bar is quite far

You need to get the knack for folding it properly - then it goes quickly and easily. It is so quiet, the ride, and the stroller pushes effortlessly. Also good for occasional harsher terrain, but nothing too serious. However, the all-terrain ride is more comfortable than the passing through big cracks in the pavement 😃

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