Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray ReviewPrice: $280.00 List | $250.97 at Amazon - 10% 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
Folded Dimensions: 29.5"W x 15"H x 38.3"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: 3 mo. Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
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 Hands-on 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.
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.
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.
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 Scooter has single action brakes. The brakes are sandal foot friendly and about average to set and release.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joovy makes several double strollers. We reviewed:
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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