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Joovy ScooterX2 Review
Price: $280.00 List | $227.00 at Amazon - 19% off
Pros: Great protection from elements, easy to access storage, extra convenience features
Cons: Harder to push and turn, no car seat compatibility
Bottom line: Best Bang for the Buck with lots of nice features that make it easy to use
The Joovy Scooter X2 is a stylish double stroller with a side-by-side design. With many user-friendly features for both parents and passengers, we found it one of the easiest to use in our comparative review. It has large under seat storage, two zippered pockets, two cup holders, and inside mesh storage pockets for little ones. We like the all-around shocks, padded seats, adjustable leg rests, and giant canopy with peek-a-boo window. While Joovy made some improvements to the frame and threw on larger sealed bearing wheels than previous years, we still found maneuverability to be somewhat lacking. As such, we do not recommend it for off-road strolling. Nonetheless, we think this little powerhouse of a stroller is one of the best budget-friendly options on the market for parents pushing two, and we would definitely recommend this stroller to a friend.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Joovy ScooterX2 is a side-by-side double stroller with sealed bearing wheels, 7 inch in the front and 9.5 inches in the back. It has independent seats that each holds 45 pounds, inside mesh stow pockets, and a large shared canopy. It features large under seat storage, zippered pockets on the back of the seats, and dual cup holders. The Scooter X2 has a simple fold and fits in most trunks.
This comparison chart shows the overall scores for the double strollers purchased and tested in this review with the Scooter shown in blue.
In the sections below we detail the performance of the Scooter during testing in each metric. The metric scores were used in the calculation of the overall score with an emphasis on the ease of use and maneuverability.
Ease of Use
The Scooter excels in the ease of use department with lots of features that work well and perform as expected. It scored a 7 of 10 for this metric, which is just one point below the high.
The score of 7 ties with the Thule Urban Glide 2, Peg Perego Book for Two, and the Bob Revolution Flex Duallie. The high is 8 for the UPPAbaby Vista Double.
Fold and Unfold
The Joovy has a manageable fold, but it does have a lot of steps. It can be folded with one hand and you need to bend all the way to the ground to complete the fold. It has six steps that include a manual lock. It also does not self-stand, which is a bummer and something we think makes life a little easier when commuting with a stroller. Unfold is more difficult and rated average compared to the competition. It only requires two steps, but it takes two hands and requires bending all the way to the ground.
The Scooter has single action brakes that are about average to set and release, but still manage to be sandal foot friendly. They have 0.75 inches of play in them once set, and the sliding resistance is poor compared to the competition.
The Scooter is loaded with storage options; it has large under seat storage as well as zippered back pockets and inside mesh pockets for passengers. The under seat storage bin is large and we were able to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside. However, this cool bin has a few drawbacks. It is only accessible from the back and the bin only accepts 5 pounds as its maximum weight. With the seat backs reclined the bin is even harder to access, and we wish it had a cool zippered access in the front like either of the Britax options.
This stroller also has large zippered pockets on the back of the canopy/seats. These pockets are good for quick access items like mobile phones, keys, and wallets. We like that they zipper closed so you don't need to worry about items falling out while strolling. We also like the mesh cup holders, but we caution parents against putting anything tall or heavy in the pockets because things did fall out. Passengers also have mesh pockets inside for hiding treasures or keeping snacks and sippy cups.
The Scooter has more conveniences than much of the competition. With dual cup holders and zippered pockets, it has a variety of storage options not found on a lot of the other products we looked at. The cup holders for parents will fit water bottles, sippy cups, and baby bottles. Again though, we caution against using these as holders for heavy, tall or hot items that could fall out and land on your foot. The inside passenger pockets will also hold all their of our test items, though taller items will fall out and squat sippy cups may not fit.
The Joovy Scooter has a shared canopy that is large but can't be operated to appease individual passengers. It is one of the largest in the group and it does offer ventilation. The peek-a-boo window is vinyl and has hook and loop closures. We like the size of the window, but wish the cover was magnetic so you could check on baby silently without waking them up.
Each seat has a 5-point harness that is really easy to operate and we had no difficulty getting them on or off. Unfortunately, the straps are more difficult to adjust because they need to be fed through the buckle one fold at a time in order to tighten or loosen them. It can end up being really frustrating, especially if you have a wiggly baby in the seat. The upside is you hopefully won't have to adjust it often and it isn't an everyday problem. The shoulder straps are rethreaded for height and have 3 positions with a 4.5-inch height difference from the highest to the lowest position. This is a fairly standard range for the group. The crotch strap has only one position, but at least it is adjustable.
Unlike the shared canopy, both seats can recline independently, so each passenger can decide their own level of comfort. The recline requires two hands to operate and is on the difficult side compared to those we looked at. They both only have a maximum recline angle of about 31 degrees from flat, which isn't flat enough for cozy napping but is definitely enough to avoid heads lolling forward and off neck cricks.
The Scooter also has adjustable leg rests which isn't common in this group, but could translate to better overall comfort for passengers. The leg rest is nicely padded and has adjustment levers on either side. It is a little difficult to work, but it is better than the adjustment on the previous Scooter that was hard to use and did not stay in the extended position. Extending the rest out will allow smaller passengers to stretch out when napping.
Ease of Setup
The Joovy Scooter is harder than much of the competition taking over 7 1/2 minutes to setup from start to finish. The quick start guide was not as nice as the one for the previous Scooter version. It was missing some of the steps, and the pages were oriented poorly.
Maneuverability is not the strong suit of the Joovy despite the new larger wheels that are an improvement over the previous award-winning Scooter. The Scooter only earned a 4 of 10 for maneuverability with the low in the group being 3.
It tied with the Joovy Caboose Graphite Ultralight, and the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand for this metric and scored higher than the Graco FastAction Fold Duo, Chicco Cortina Together and the Graco Ready2Grow LX. The high in the group is 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide 2, Thule Chariot Cross 2 and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie.
Pushing the Scooter on hard flat surfaces is better than pushing on uneven surfaces. It performed about average in our tests thanks to a wide design, and a handlebar we wish was a little bit longer. The wheels were worse on grass and almost impossible over gravel, and we think that overall it would be easier to manage if they got rid of the dual front wheel design. Something about putting two subpar wheels together on the same leg causes the stroller to struggle with precision turning, and the wheels can veer off course unexpectedly if one gets caught on a stray rock or bump. While the swivel wheels can be locked into place, the dual wheel design will continue to struggle and can't perform as well as a stroller that has fewer wheels in the front.
We were unable to take this stroller over curbs. While the larger wheels should make this easier, the shorter handlebar and brake position make it difficult to impossible to master. In our tests, the brakes caught on the edge causing them to engage and prevent the movement of the wheels.
Weight and Folded Size
The Scooter is one of the smaller and lighter options in the group, though not the smallest or the lightest. The Scooter is 31.8 pounds which is lighter than the average of 32.2 pounds, but still heavier than the lightest stroller, the Joovy Caboose, which is 23.4 pounds.
The heaviest is the Baby Trend navigator which is 39.7 pounds. The Joovy measures in at 18,188 cubic inches in size when folded. This is smaller than the average for the group, which is over 18,900 cubic inches. The smallest option is the Britax B-Agile Double that is 10,649 cubic inches when folded.
The Scooter scored a 6 of 10 in this metric tying with the Baby Trend Expedition Double for weight and folded size. The high score is 9 shared by the Joovy Caboose and the Britax B-Agile Double.
The Scooter scored above average in the quality metric with a 6 of 10 in our tests. This is a tie score with the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and the Britax B-Agile Double. Joovy tends to bring enough quality to the table to stay competitive, without adding extra expense to their overall bottom line. The high score for the metric is 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the **Thule Chariot Cross 2.
The brightly colored fabric on the Scooter is a little more coarse than that found o the Joovy Caboose and we were able to snag it in our tests. The seats themselves have decent padding for comfort, and we liked the smooth feel of the harness straps. The frame that the fabric surrounds is a tight frame with little flex when pushing with weight. The frame doesn't rattle, and we didn't observe any significant wobble when pushing. The overall fit and finish of the stroller are clean with a nice design, well-fitted fabrics, and tight connections.
The wheels on the Scooter are made of plastic. They are larger and arguably nicer than those found on the previous version, but we think it would benefit greatly by having rubber tires and single front wheel design ( 2 wheels for each leg as opposed to 2 wheels per leg).
The handlebar is a stationary bar that is not adjustable. The bar is 41.9 inches tall from the ground, and it is average compared to the competition for comfort in holding and pushing. The bar itself isn't bad and certainly is not the biggest problem for this handlebar. There is a plastic section in the middle of the bar that prohibits one-handed pushing and makes it difficult to find a great place to hold. While this is relatively common in strollers that self-stand and use the plastic portion of the handlebar as a prop, it seems useless on a stroller that doesn't self-stand, and we were left wondering why they bothered to make it part of the design. While it is where the fold is initiated, we think it would be better if the stroller left the handlebar as a solid foam-covered piece and had a fold similar to the Britax B-Agile Double with a pull handle in the seat.
This stroller has all around shocks that are relatively nice, but not adjustable. The suspension coupled with nicely padded sling style seats means little ones are in for a comfy ride. Some of the competition didn't offer shocks at all, while others only offered two wheel suspension. We think all around shocks is a good idea and preferred the strollers that offered it.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The Scooter does not accept infant car seats. It is a potential downside, but for older babies (3 months according to the manufacturer) it can work well and have a long life up to 45 pounds per seat. For children from 3 months to about 6 months the seat back needs to be fully reclined and the baby needs to be strapped in the harness as securely as possible.
The Scooter does not accept infant car seats, which makes it a poor choice for infant twins. However, the identical rider experience is a good fit for children of the same age to help reduce the likelihood of an argument over who sits where. The Scooter's budget-friendly price will also be attractive to parents of twins making it a potentially good choice for children who are a little bit older. Joovy claims the minimum age for this stroller is three months, but we think the Scooter could be a good choice to pair with the Joovy Twin Roo+ a great frame stroller that holds two infant car seats of almost any brand, has giant under seat storage, and four cup holders. The Twin Roo+ is economical with a price tag around $130, and even when coupled with the Scooter price of $280, most parents will still be saving money over strollers that do accept two infant car seats and will work for older twins.
The best application for the Joovy Scooter is for parents of multiple children that need a great stroller with loads of features and sharp styling for a reasonable, friendly price. With so many features for passengers and parents, it is hard to find fault with the thoughtfully designed Scooter, and we think parents who are pinching pennies will appreciate what the stroller has to offer without getting hung up on what it doesn't do so well.
The Scooter has a list price of $280, which is more expensive than the previous version of this stroller, but the Scooter is still worth every penny. We think it is a great value for any parent looking for a standard stroller that is unlikely to go off road or jogging. It has more features than strollers at twice the price, and it offers a comfortable strolling experience for passengers with a nice recline and adjustable leg rest. In its price range, there are few that compare with the Scooter with the majority of less expensive strollers scoring far below the Scooter in our tests.
The Joovy Scooter X2 is a thoughtfully designed side-by-side double stroller. It has great under seat storage, all around suspension, giant canopy, and single action brakes. We like the quick fold, adjustable leg rests and additional storage options found on this stroller. With a budget-friendly price almost any family can afford the Scooter offers eye-catching styling with functional features to give parents and passengers a ride they can enjoy. While it could use a bump in the maneuverability department, we think most parents who stay on the flat paths will be happy with what the Scooter has to offer. The Scooter is definitely a stroller we recommend.
Other Versions and Accessories
Joovy makes several different double strollers, and the two we reviewed were stand outs. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is an interesting sit and stand style of stroller that impressed us with its smaller size and minimal weight. We gave it an honorable mention shout out for being the best sit and stand model in the group. The Joovy Twin Roo+ also earned an honorable mention for twins accepting two infant car seats of almost any brand, with a reasonable price and four cup holders.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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