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Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray Review

Best Value Award
Price:   $280.00 List | $248.90 at Amazon - 11% 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
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Weight:  31.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions:  29.5"W x 15"H x 38.3"L
Capacity Limits:  Minimum: 3 mo. Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Manufacturer:   Joovy

The Skinny

The Joovy ScooterX2 is a stylish double stroller with a side-by-side design. Joovy sells this stroller with a kid's tray (which we recommend), and an older model without a tray that sells for the same price. We've tested both versions, and recommend newer version with the tray. 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 Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Friday
March 23, 2018

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Joovy is a family company located in Texas and California started in 2005. Joovy designs original products with quality construction that provide functional and fun final gear for everyday use. They offer a variety of baby gear options from strollers and play yards to bottles.

The Joovy Scooter X2 is a side-by-side stroller with equal features for both passengers.
The Joovy Scooter X2 is a side-by-side stroller with equal features for both passengers.

Performance Comparison


The Joovy ScooterX2 (in blue) performs well for the price providing ease of use at a reasonable price point compared to the competition.


In the following sections, we detail the Scooter's performance during testing. The metric scores determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability.

The Scooter X2 has a variety of useful features like a storage bin  zippered back pockets  dual mesh cup holders and child trays. The features work well and are easy to use.
The Scooter X2 has a variety of useful features like a storage bin, zippered back pockets, dual mesh cup holders and child trays. The features work well and are easy to use.

Ease of Use


The Scooter excels in the ease of use department with lots of features that work well.


The Scooter earned a 7 of 10 for this metric, which is just one point below the high.

The Joovsy Scooter X2 fold initiates with unlocking the open stroller using the buttons on the center of the handlebar.
The fold lock on the Scooter is manual and requires setting and unsetting.

Fold and Unfold


The Joovy has a manageable fold with several steps (above left). It can be folded with one hand but you need to bend to the ground to complete the fold. It has seven steps that include removing the child trays and a manual lock (above right). It also does not self-stand. Unfolding is more difficult as it takes two hands and reattaching the trays.

The brakes on the Scooter are average for setting and releasing  but they don't hurt sandaled feet.
The brakes on the Scooter are average for setting and releasing, but they don't hurt sandaled feet.

Brakes


The Scooter has single action brakes. The brakes are sandal foot friendly and about average to set and release.

The Scooter storage bin is large enough for an extra-large diaper bag but it has limited access from the back only.
The Scooter storage bin is large enough for an extra-large diaper bag but it has limited access from the back only.

Storage


The Scooter has multiple storage options with a large storage bin, zippered back pockets, mesh water bottle pockets, and inside mesh passengers pockets. The bin is very wide and it fit our extra-large diaper bag. However, this bin is only accessible from the back and only accepts 5 lbs max. With the seat backs reclined the bin is harder to access, and we wish it had front access like the similar Britax B-Agile Double.

You can now purchase the Scooter X2 with two child trays that increase the convenience for little ones.
You can now purchase the Scooter X2 with two child trays that increase the convenience for little ones.

This version of the Scooter X2 also has dual child trays with a small snack area and cup holder for little ones where the bumper bar traditionally goes.

The Scooter has a large canopy with a vinyl peek-a-boo window with hook and loop closures.

Sunshade


The Joovy Scooter has a shared canopy that is large (above left) but can't be adjusted to appease individual passengers. It is one of the largest in the group and it has ventilation. The large peek-a-boo window is vinyl and has hook and loop closures (above right).

The Scooter has 2 5-point harnesses that work well but are harder to adjust than some of the competition.
The Scooter has 2 5-point harnesses that work well but are harder to adjust than some of the competition.

Harness


Each seat has a 5-point harness that is easy to operate. Unfortunately, the straps are more difficult to adjust because they need to be fed through the buckle one fold at a time; luckily, it isn't an everyday problem. The shoulder straps are rethreaded for height and have 3 positions. The crotch strap has one position but the strap length is adjustable.

Adjusting the recline on the Scooter requires two hands and can be harder to operate than some of the competition.
Adjusting the recline on the Scooter requires two hands and can be harder to operate than some of the competition.

Seat


Both seats recline independently for passenger comfort. The recline requires two hands and is difficult to adjust compared to the competition. Both are flat enough for cozy napping though not truly flat. The Scooter has padded adjustable leg rests for better overall comfort for passengers. The side levers are a little difficult to work, but it is better than the adjustment on the previous Scooter.

Ease of Setup




The Joovy Scooter is harder to setup than much of the competition taking over 7 1/2 minutes. The quick start guide was missing some of the steps, and the pages were oriented poorly.

The dual front wheels on the Scooter are harder to maneuver than strollers with single front wheels on each leg.
The dual front wheels on the Scooter are harder to maneuver than strollers with single front wheels on each leg.

Maneuverability


Maneuverability is not the strong suit of the Joovy despite the larger wheels that are an improvement over the previous Scooter. The Scooter only earned a 4 of 10 for maneuverability.


Pushing the Scooter on flat surfaces is better than pushing on uneven surfaces. It performed about average thanks to a wide design and a shorter handlebar. The wheels are worse on grass and difficult over gravel.

The Scooter's dual front wheels on each leg and plastic construction hurt its overall maneuverability.
The Scooter's dual front wheels on each leg and plastic construction hurt its overall maneuverability.

Overall, it would be easier to manage if Joovy got rid of the dual front wheel design. Two subpar wheels together on the same leg cause the stroller to struggle with precision turning, and the wheels veer off course if one gets caught on a bump. While the swivel wheels can be locked into place, the dual wheel design continues to struggle.

The shorter handlebar and brake position make it difficult to impossible to move the Scooter over curbs. In our tests, the brakes caught on the edge and engaged preventing movement.

The Scooter is relatively small and light compared to the competition  though there are lighter and smaller options if your space is limited.
The Scooter is relatively small and light compared to the competition, though there are lighter and smaller options if your space is limited.

Weight and Folded Size


The Scooter is relatively light and small compared to the competition. It is 31.8 lbs which is lighter than the average and earned a score of 6 of 10.


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 Britax B-Agile Double is 10,649 cubic inches, which makes it significantly smaller when folded than the Scooter.

For the price  Joovy offers nice quality construction and design with thoughtful well-designed features.
For the price, Joovy offers nice quality construction and design with thoughtful well-designed features.

Quality


The Scooter scored above average for quality with a 6 of 10. Joovy brings enough quality to the table to stay competitive, without adding extra expense to their bottom line.


The fabric on the Scooter is a little coarse 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 is tight with little flex when pushing. The frame doesn't rattle, and we didn't observe any significant wobble. The overall fit and finish are clean with a nice design, well-fitted fabrics, and tight connections.

While the Scooter's front wheels swivel and can be locked in place  it doesn't improve maneuverability over uneven terrain as well as we hoped.
While the Scooter's front wheels swivel and can be locked in place, it doesn't improve maneuverability over uneven terrain as well as we hoped.

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 (1 wheel for each leg as opposed to 2).

The handlebar is a stationary bar that is not adjustable. The bar itself isn't bad but it has 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.

The Scooter has a comfortable riding experience for passengers with a cozy napping space that includes a deep recline  adjustable leg rest  and canopy.
The Scooter has a comfortable riding experience for passengers with a cozy napping space that includes a deep recline, adjustable leg rest, and canopy.

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.

Ease of Car Seat Attachment


The Scooter does not accept any infant car seats.

The Joovy Scooter is a good choice for older twins  but the inability to use it in conjunction with infant car seats means it isn't good for younger babies.
The Joovy Scooter is a good choice for older twins, but the inability to use it in conjunction with infant car seats means it isn't good for younger babies.

Twins


Because the Scooter does not accept infant car seats, it is 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. The Scooter's budget-friendly price will also be attractive to parents of twins making it a potentially good choice for older babies. 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 a giant storage bin, 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 accept two infant car seats and work for older twins.

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Other Versions


Joovy makes several double strollers. We reviewed:
  • Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite with Rear Seat
    The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is an interesting sit and stand stroller that is relatively small and lightweight. It accepts one infant car seat and you can purchase a second seat for the back bench. This stroller is not good for infant twins, but it is an interesting option for two children of different ages.
  • The Twin Roo+ can attach car seats facing the same direction unlike the original Twin Roo that only allowed alternating installation.
    The Joovy Twin Roo+ is a cool frame stroller that works with a variety of infant car seat brands. It earned an honorable mention for twins with a reasonable price, large storage bin, and four cup holders. The stroller has a reasonable price and can be combined with the Scooter to create a birth to 45 lb stroller solution for twins.
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

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