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

3.9/5
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  • Light
  • Compact
  • Small for larger toddlers
  • Squeaks a little over time
  • Flipped over with a heavier bag and baby inside

Quite a lightweight pushchair. For larger children a bit too small. With a heavier bag, it tipped over with our little one.

I didn't find it very comfortable

2
  • Reversible seat facing both forward and backward
  • Easy changing of backrest positions
  • Extendable canopy
  • Large shopping basket
  • Washable all parts
  • Rattling handle right out of the box
  • Not nimble at all

The stroller is fine to look at. It also has some good features like an extendable canopy, easy changing of positions and easy turning of the seat.

But I didn't find it very comfortable - the handle rattles a lot, it's not sturdy. It is difficult to react to changes in direction, and even more difficult to operate with one hand. The canopy is very unstable, when the wind blows harder, it bends it to the sides.

In its description, it stands after folding. However, this is not very true, because if the front wheels curl a little, the stroller falls.

  • reversible seat
  • lever-operated back seatback positioning
  • large rear foam-filled rubber wheels
  • large canopy
  • large basket that can carry more than 5 kg
  • adjustable handle height
  • easy to fold and operate
  • looks good
  • narrow seat
  • higher weight
  • not as sturdy frame - at the beginning had to get used to it
  • thin canopy material

So far we've gone everywhere with it - regular broken sidewalks, high curbs, grass, even a gravel road. My daughter is a year and a half old - she slides out of her seat when she's not buckled in, and it's less roomy for sleeping - but she doesn't complain and likes to ride in it. The suspension is weaker than on the robust 3 in 1 prams, but we've got used to it. Easy folding is possible in both directions, when folded, it fits in a smaller car. I'm quite happy with the stroller 😊

Too much of a rattle for me

2
  • Easy steering
  • Large basket
  • XXL hood
  • Not stable
  • Low seat position
  • Narrow seat

I was expecting more from this brand. Too much of a rattle for me.

The perfect stroller, which I find only one downside - a too shallow seat. Without the seat harness, I would be afraid that my baby would fall out from under the bumper bar - and sometimes I feel that he is almost hanging there by the belt between my legs. But otherwise it's perfect - very roomy and perfectly accessible basket, easy to fold, seat reverses even if baby is sitting on it (I click it off it in, take it out and turn it around). With the locked wheels, it's perfect for skating, decent suspension, big canopy. And most of all, I really like it :)

The little one looks happy in it

5
  • One-handed operation
  • Large basket
  • Also foldable with one hand
  • Positionable
  • None

I am very satisfied with the stroller, even surprised. The little one looks happy too, as in the other stroller we had a problem to fall asleep... for me I can recommend 100 % 🥰

  • beautiful colour
  • off-road wheels
  • all-wheel suspension
  • large shopping basket
  • XXL canopy
  • easy one-hand folding
  • foam wheels
  • takes up little space when folded
  • the seat could be a little wider

After the Cybex Priam, I wanted something more compact, smaller and lighter. When I saw the new Cybex Balios S Lux 2020, my mind was made up.

The Magnolia Pink colour scheme was the winner for us. The colour is really stunning in person. I tried the stroller on different terrains (asphalt road, bumpy road, pebbles, grass, dirt/forest road) and it handled all of them without a problem. The suspension on all 4 wheels is really great. The shopping basket is large and roomy. The seat is adequate, but if it was a bit wider it wouldn't hurt. I'll see how my daughter fits in there with her fluffy footmuff in the winter.

For me, this is another great stroller from Cybex. I knew it wouldn't let me down - having had a Cybex before. Complete satisfaction ❤️

The price corresponds to the quality

4
  • Extra long canopy
  • Colour stability
  • Manoeuvring
  • Center of gravity
  • Thin canopy
  • Material of the front wheels
  • Weaker suspension

The price corresponds to the quality. Basically, I was satisfied with Balios because it fulfilled what I expected it to (no, I didn't have high expectations) - and also pleasantly surprised me. It was roomy enough for even a 2 yr old child (of normal height). It was very easy to manoeuvre with one hand. The only minus was the thin roof, but on the other hand it was long enough so that even sleeping in the cold and wind was perfectly acceptable.

The front wheels, or rather the material from which they were made, were a bit of a hindrance for me. They got stones stuck in them very quickly. Suspension was a bit weak, but for city (broken) sidewalks it was quite sufficient. It also went through snow, although the wheels needed to be re-greased.

I also rate the colour fastness positively, after 2 summers the stroller looked very good. It also coped with frequent washing, the canopy was slightly greyed, but it was visible totally minimally (black color).

The weight of the stroller could definitely be lower, but when pushing or lifting it up a curb it was not felt at all. So I also rate the stroller's center of gravity positively, especially if the seat was in the direction of travel.

  • Ultra-lightweight!
  • Perfect design
  • Easy folding and unfolding
  • Perfectly fits into the car boot and saves a lot of space there
  • Excellent chassis, can also be used in a (not too) rough terrain
  • Very comfortable for the kid
  • Great value for money
  • Too small front wheels - may get stuck even in a smaller hole
  • Shopping basket got damaged after 1 year of use

Probably the best stroller we've ever had. Been using it for about 3 years and with almost no troubles. Great buy.

  • Compact
  • Easy to steer
  • Reversible seat
  • Adjusting leg rest
  • A full lie-flat
  • Large hood
  • Rattles on bumps and holes
  • Foam front wheels
  • Unstable

I bought it as a second stroller to our double pram or for occasional short trips when our elder wants to walk by himself. It fulfills my needs, but I wouldn't want it as an only stroller.

Your questions about the Cybex Balios S

1)

Hi Eli,

I am about to make a decision between buying the Cybex Balios S Lux or the ABC Design Salsa 4 Air. I like the Balios S Lux better, have been researching a lot. There are 2 points due to which I am giving 2nd thoughts.

1. I live in Germany, the winters are extreme - the temperature go down to -10 degrees centigrade. The thin canopy of S Lux is bothering me and I am wondering if this would be suitable for extreme winters.
2. The carry cot and the seat unit are overall smaller compared to other strollers available in similar price range; I am worried if my baby might outgrow the stroller before 3 years?

Which one would you recommend Balios S lux or the Salsa 4 Air?

Many thanks!

Hi, Avani,

I will start with "the canopy and its thinness will not affect the comfort of the baby in the stroller", meaning the canopy it not the thing protecting it from the freezing cold. It only provides shade and a bit of protection against wind, though, for extreme cold, it won't help you as much - layering, a good footmuff, apron, blanket, etc. will do that. So the canopy thickness would not be the deciding factor for me personally - I'd invest in a good footmuff instead.

About the space, the Balios s is rather spacious actually, seat length-wise, though narrow-ish, which is not the best for thick winter clothing. In that point of view, and also from looking at the wheels which are considerably larger and thicker on the Salsa Air, you'd have an advantage in winter with the ABC Design, space as well as push-wise. So if your priority is to last longer and more comfortable in the winter, yes, the Salsa Air is the better option.

The Balios S is, on the other hand, the lighter, more compact option for the city and the rest of the year. It is practical mainly when you want something nimble-ish, while sturdiness and longevity-wise, rather go for the Salsa.

.eli - 18 Aug 2022
2)

Hello, I saw that some parents wrote that canopy can be repleced by Bugaboo canopy. Can you please tell me which model of Bugaboo canopy will fit to the Balios s lux?

Hiya, Tea,

Yes, people truly do that! To attach a Bugaboo canopy to the Balios S, you need to but not only a Bugaboo Donkey canopy, but also the canopy wires (rods) and the attachment system to the frame (I am attaching what you need as a picture). So you need to order a Donkey hood, Donkey clips, and Donkey canopy rods.

.eli - 20 May 2022
3)

I am expecting my first baby & planning to buy a Cybex Balios. I need honest reviews - is it worth the buy? For a new mom is it easy to manage or are there any other better options?

Hi, Hina,

There are always better (and worse) options, and even more so if you're a first time mom and don't know your stroller priorities and special requirements on the pram. Having said that, the Balios S is a nice middle way with an OK price, an OK maneuverability, OK spaciousness, and overall features that are not bad, actually. I am not sure what choices are there in your country, perhaps send me your budget and what were you choosing between in your price range, but even though there may be better and worse strollers, as I already said, this one is nice features- as well as looks-wise. So no worries ^_^

.eli - 16 May 2022

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