The TwinRoo has been replaced by the TwinRoo+. We purchased the Roo+ and tested it along with the double strollers in our Double Stroller Review. While not truly a contender for double stroller awards, given its limited lifespan and design, we think it is one of the best options for parents of infant twins and we gave it an honorable mention award for this reason. Read more below to find out what improvements and changes have been made to the new Roo+ and why we like both versions for transporting twins.
Joovy TwinRoo+ vs. TwinRoo Original
A few structural changes have been made to the new TwinRoo+ including an overall frame size that is 5 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than the old version. This allows the two car seats to face the same direction, something not possible in the original Roo. However, the main difference between the two versions is increased car seat compatibility. While the TwinRoo+ still accepts the Chicco KeyFit 30, the list of other compatible seats has changed. The manufacturer states that the TwinRoo+ now accepts Graco Click Connect seats, rather than Classic Connect, along with the Britax B-Safe, Britax B-Safe 35, BOB B-Safe, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Maxi-Cosi Prezi, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2, Cybex Aton Q, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and the UPPAbaby MESA. Twin Roo+ car seat adapters for all seats are available for purchase. Below are the two strollers with the TwinRoo+ on the left and the older Twin Roo on the right.
First Look Review
Ease of Use
The Roo+ is easy to use with a variety of features designed for convenience and simplicity.
Fold and Unfold
The Roo+ is a great little commuter, and possibly the best commuter for infant twins. This product is easy to get into and out of trunk, thanks to its flat shape, lighter weight and ease of lifting. The flat shape means it might even fit behind some vehicle's front seats if space is at a minimum. This makes it a product you are more likely to want to take commuting no matter what kind of car or public transportation you use. If traveling on public transport in some cities this product meets the 2x4 rule and can be used onboard without folding. This can be very handy because little ones can stay in their carriers without being disturbed, and parents can keep their hands free for other things. You may need a second adult to lift the stroller up stairs and onto a bus, but you can also try requesting use of the handicapped access ramp if there is one.
The Joovy is a traditional frame product that does not come with seats or canopies included. The canopies for babies will be limited to whatever kind of sun shade comes standard on the infant carrier car seat. While this may limit or prohibit 100% coverage of babies when snapped into the Roo+, it shouldn't be a reason not to purchase the product.
The minimalist nature of this very traditional frame product precludes it from having other features found on the double strollers we reviewed in our complete Double Stroller Review. It did not offer any other convenience items and the features intrinsic on the carrier you chose will be the only additional features found on this stroller.
Ease of Setup
This product took just under 10 minutes to get from the box to road ready. All the parts snap into place easily and it is the first product we have seen with a quick start guide. This made the whole process significantly shorter, and we think all of the products would benefit from having a simple straightforward setup guide.
Because of this wider footprint it feels a little hard to maneuver in tight spaces or around corners. It did relatively well on the hard surfaces and once it got going it wasn't difficult to continue pushing. The Roo+ struggled in grassy areas and had difficulty in the gravel portion of the course. It had additional trouble going over a 1 inch curb, and stairs should be avoided (it isn't recommended by the manufacturer anyway). The smaller plastic wheels make this product harder to use than some of the competition, and the double front wheels per front leg frame (a style we find hurts overall maneuverability) made the going tougher than it would have been with better tires, single wheels per leg, or larger wheels.
The shocks on the front wheels of the Roo+ improve the comfort for passengers, limiting the bumps and vibrations of the road. These kinds of hiccups could be disruptive to little passengers and newborns, so it is nice that it offered additional support where many frame options didn't. The locking front swivel wheels can also help prevent the stroller from moving off course by getting caught on baseboards and other low level objects.
BabyGearLab takes the issue of safety and baby products seriously. We try to consider factors that might potentially cause safety hazards or concerns. We look for concerns with brakes, cup holders, and the possibility of products to tip under normal use.
The brakes on this product are double action, meaning you must set the pedal on both sides to fully engage them. This isn't the best design, and we prefer the single action brakes where you only need to press one pedal for complete engagement. They are however, relatively easy to set (if not sandal friendly), but because parents could forget to set both or become distracted before getting the job done, it might be a potential safety concern. Once set however, the brakes have little play in them.
This product tipped on a hill with a side angle of 25 degrees. It's better than some of the double strollers, but is not as good as the average for the group. The important thing to consider when looking at this information is not leaving a product on a hillside or taking it across an angle to get to your destination.
Weight and Folded Size
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is 23.4 pounds, but doesn't accept 2 car seats.
The Twin measures 47.75 x 26 x 10.25 inches when folded, and just about 12,700 cubic inches. This makes it relatively small, and compact enough to fit in most trunks. It folds very flat and could possibly even be stored behind the front seat in some cars if necessary.
The TwinRoo+ is similar in quality to the other Joovy products we've reviewed. The frame is well made and finished nicely with no rough edges or an abundance of connectors that make it feel flimsy or result in too much flex. While this stroller is very utilitarian in design and nature, it still exhibits quality that shows in both looks and performance.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The Joovy is a click and go connection frame with adapters sold separately. We prefer this kind of connection over the click and strap methods, because we worry the additional step can increase the chance for error or lack of compliance due to ignorance, forgetfulness, or possible laziness. The snap feature is relatively easy to use on the Joovy; you first snap in the front and then ensure the sides have clicked into place. The height of the frame makes attaching the seats a breeze, as opposed to some products that required lifting a carrier higher or bending over to attach the seats.
baby carriers and simply carrying baby in their car seat, two babies cannot be handled in the same way, and as a result baby gear becomes a necessity as opposed to a desire.
The best application for this product is as an infant car seat carrier for newborns until such time they grow out of their car seats. It offers easy snap and go connection system and a very large under seat storage bin that is user friendly and can carry everything you need for a quick trip or a full day's adventure. While this product is limited to passengers under one year old, the lower price tag means it won't break the bank and you'll get your money's worth long before your children outgrow it.
Joovy in general is one of the best values on the market, and their TwinRoo+ is no exception. The TwinRoo+ is listed at $140, but is can often be found on sale. This price is budget friendly and gives parents a great product that can be used for almost the first year of life. In addition, most frame strollers are easy to resell once you have outgrown them. Combining this product with the award winning Best Value winner, the Joovy Scooter X2, will give you two great user friendly products for around $400, which is a good deal for strollers for twins.
We also looked at the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite and the Joovy Scooter X2 in our double stroller review. The Scooter earned a Best Value award, and the Caboose an honorable mention for the best lightweight sit and stand.