Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray Review
Pros: Great protection from elements, easy to access storage, extra convenience features
Cons: Harder to push and turn, no car seat compatibility
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
Ease of Use
The Scooter excels in the ease of use department with lots of features that work well.
Ease of use encapsulates the day to day experience of using a stroller regularly.
Fold and Unfold
The Joovy has a manageable fold with several steps (above left). It can fold with one hand but you need to bend to the ground, and it doesn't self-stand. It has seven steps that include removing the child trays and a manual lock (above right). Unfolding is more difficult as it takes two hands and reattaching the trays.
The Scooter has average single action brakes with a sandal foot-friendly pedal to set and release.
The Scooter has multiple storage options with a large bin, zippered back pockets, mesh water bottle pockets, and inside mesh passenger pockets. The bin is wide and fits our extra-large diaper bag, but it is only accessible from the back with a 5 lbs limit. When you recline the seat, the bin is harder to access, and we wish it had front access.
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 Joovy Scooter has a shared large canopy (above left), but it can't be adjusted to appease individual passengers. It is one of the largest in the group sporting ventilation, and a large vinyl peek-a-boo window with hook and loop closures on the cover(above right).
Each seat has a 5-point harness that is easy to operate. Unfortunately, the straps are more difficult to adjust because they feed through the buckle one fold at a time. The shoulder straps are rethreaded for height and have three positions, while the crotch strap has one position with an adjustable length strap.
Both seats recline independently for comfort. The recline requires two hands and is difficult to adjust. The seats are flat enough for cozy napping though they aren't truly flat. The Scooter has padded adjustable leg rests with side levers that are a little difficult to work.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Scooter is not compatible with any infant car seats.
Ease of Setup
The Joovy Scooter is harder to set up than a lot of the competition taking over 7:30 minutes. The quick start guide was missing some of the steps, and the pages were oriented poorly.
Maneuverability is not the strong suit of the Joovy despite the improved wheels.
Pushing the Scooter on flat surfaces is better than pushing on uneven surfaces. It performs about average thanks to a wide design and a shorter handlebar. Pushing is worse on the grass and challenging over gravel.
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 lock into place, the dual wheel design still causes struggling.
Weight and Folded Size
The Scooter is relatively light and small compared to the competition. It is 31.8 lbs.
The Joovy folded size measures in at 18,188 cubic inches, which is somewhat smaller than the average of over 18,900 cubic inches.
The Scooter scored above average for quality bringing enough quality to the table to stay competitive, without adding extra expense to the 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 like the smooth feel of the harness straps. The frame is tight with little flex, and it doesn't rattle or wobble. The overall fit and finish are clean with a nice design, well-fit fabrics, and tight connections.
The wheels on the Scooter are plastic. They are larger and arguably better than the previous version, but we think it would benefit significantly 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 isn't bad, but it has a plastic section in the middle that prohibits one-handed pushing and makes it difficult to find a great place to hold.
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.
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, 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz