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Stokke Scoot Review
Price: $600.00 List
Pros: Stylish looks, unique design
Cons: Hard to maneuver and use, heavy and difficult to carry
Bottom line: Nice looking, but struggled in our tests for performance
In previous reviews, we have been impressed with the Stokke brand and the quality and innovation they have produced. So it was a little disappointing to find a Stokke stroller that did not perform well in our tests. This stroller came in 16th out of 18 strollers. The test results for the Scoot were lower than expected and it only scored above average in a few metrics. In short, the disappointing lack of features and poor performance in our tests, combined with the higher price, make the Scoot a stroller we do not recommend.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Stokke Scoot claims to be a compact city stroller for use with newborns up to 35 pounds. This stroller has lockable swivel front wheels and a canopy that is UPF 50+ and offers ventilation from the top and sides. It sports an adjustable rotation handlebar. The seat works two ways with 3 positions including flat for napping and it has an adjustable footrest. The tires on the Scoot are large foam filled rubber with built in suspension. It comes with a shopping basket that can be accessed from all sides. It can be used as part of the Stokke travel system with the Nuna Pipa without additional adapters. Adapters can be purchased to use with car seats made by Chicco, Peg Perego, Maxi-CosiŽ, NunaŽ, and Cybex.
This chart shows a comparison of the overall scores for each stroller in this review. The Stokke Scoot is shown in blue.
The sections below contain information on the Stokke's performance during testing for each metric. The metric scores were used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability.
Ease of Use
The Scoot scored a 6 of 10 for ease of use, which is higher than average, and 2 points lower than the top score of 8 earned by the UPPAbaby Vista and UPPAbaby Cruz.
The Scoot has a large under seat storage basket that accommodated our extra large diaper bag during testing. It is accessible from all sides and is easy to use. The downside is it has a maximum allowable weight of 4.4 pounds, which makes it sort of useless given that most packed diaper bags weigh more than this. In addition, if you were planning on running errands that require the transport of additional goods, then the Indie isn't the product for you. This stroller does not offer additional storage.
The photos above show the Scoot with the canopy closed and open.
The Scoot has a medium sized sunshade compared to the competition with an SPF 50 rating. It offers extra ventilation by way of a zippered opening that extends the shade and allows ventilation. This works as a peek-a-boo window if necessary, but is not the traditional window with a moveable flap.
This stroller does not have a parent console, child tray or additional storage. This is more of a bummer than it is with some of the competition because the storage bin can only hold 4.4 pounds.
The Scoot does not have an adjustable leg rest, but the foot rest is large and very wide. It is made of plastic and is adjustable with the seat facing the rear with only one position when the seat faces forward. This limits the ability to create a comfortable ride for all passengers.
The Stokke comes standard with a mosquito net and a rain cover.
The Stokke earned a 4 of 10 for maneuverability; only 2 strollers came in lower. The high for this group is 9 for the BOB Revolution Flex.
This stroller is one of the hardest to maneuver. Any adjustment, no matter how slight, requires two hands to operate and even with two hands it is difficult to move around. We managed to move through tight spaces, but it is difficult to make finer adjustments. Pushing it on carpet is also difficult with significantly slower turning.
This stroller did better than expected on rougher terrain, especially given its lackluster performance on hard surfaces. It even managed to negotiate curbs fairly well with only one wheel catching during testing.
The Stokke earned a 6 of 10 for quality which is above average in our tests. The high score is an 8 shared by the UPPAbaby Vista and BOB Revolution Flex.
The fabric on the Scoot seat and canopy are made of a smooth canvas that wipes clean easily, but feels rough to the touch. The fabric is nice looking and has a sophisticated flair that is not commonly found in baby products. The peek-a-boo window on the sunshade is a medium woven mesh that did not snag in our tests. The basket is strong and rubber coated mesh that is easy to clean.
The frame is nicer than the fabric and it lines up well with almost no play when it is pushed or moved side to side. The wheels are foam filled rubber which combines what we love about rubber without the potential for a flat. While air filled tires still seem to perform better in most tests, this is a nice compromise to avoid being stranded. The overall fit and finish of the Stokke is not as nice as other Stokkes we have reviewed. While the design is simple and clean, the fabric doesn't fit well on the frame.
The Stokke has rear suspension, but it is not adjustable. The seat has nice padding, but it jiggles a little. The larger tires may add some comfort to the ride for the passenger. Overall the comfort is about average compared to the competition.
The Scoot earned a 6 of 10 in our tests for safety. The top scoring product for safety is the Baby Jogger City Select with a score of 8.
The Stokke has single action brakes that are not sandal friendly, though they are easy to use. The play in the brakes is about 0.75 inches which is more than we like, but it has relatively good sliding resistance compared to the competition.
The Scoot has a 5-point harness that scored well in our tests for ease of putting on and taking off, but it is hard to adjust to size. Each side of the fittings pops as they go in the buckle, and spring out when released. The buckle is stiff and harder to use than some of the others.
Weight and Folded Size
The Scoot weighs 28 pounds and 4 ounces, which is heavier than average. The lightest in the group is a tie between the Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini with a weight of 17.5 pounds each. It measures 22"W x 16.5"H x 28.6"L and is 10,382 cubic inches when folded. This makes it average for the group in volume and slightly heavier for weight.
The Stokke has a one handed fold that auto locks, self-stands, and has a carry strap. This process is anywhere between 3-5 steps depending on how you do it. The folding process is about average, the release is kind of hard to work, and it does work well if the seat is rear facing. Unfolding the stroller is difficult and requires 2 hands. It takes 3-5 steps, and we fumbled with it no matter how many times we practiced.
Ease of Setup
This stroller is not the easiest to setup. It took us almost 9 minutes from start to finish. The documentation is good with lots of information and details and the illustrations are good. Some of the competition takes less than 5 minutes and is far easier.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Stoke comes compatible with the Stokke PIPA by Nuna Infant Car Seat and Stokke iZi Go; not to be confused with the Nuna PIPA which is not the same and is not compatible unless you purchase one of 3 accessory adapter bars. The accessory adapter multi bar works with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble, Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus, Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Fix, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Maxi-Cosi Mico Nxt, Maxi-Cosi Prezi, Nuna Pipa, Cybex Aton Q; the Chicco bar works with the Chicco Keyfit and Chicco Keyfit 30; and a Peg adaptor for the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30.
The Stokke has traditionally been a high end, sophisticated stroller that offered some features not found on other products. However, this stroller doesn't meet the expectations that its predecessors set forth. With average performance scores in most tests, a bare bones approach to features, and a small allowable weight in the storage compartment there is probably not a best application for this average stroller.
Unfortunately for the Stokke and other strollers in this review, almost all of our award winners were less than $500. The award winner that costs more is the top scoring product in the group and seems to merit a higher price tag for the performance and features it brings to the table. The Stokke unfortunately did not perform that well in most of our tests, so even though we could accept the price tag in theory, it doesn't merit it given the results of tests and therefore is not a great value.
The seat on the Stokke can face toward the world or back at mom and dad.
The Stokke Scoot is a nice looking stroller that used to impress us. Unfortunately, this version did not perform well in our tests compared to the competition or its previous version. This stroller has limited storage, is hard to maneuver, and is heavier and larger than many of the higher ranking products. With only 2 metrics with scores higher than the average, this is not the best stroller in the group or a stroller we recommend.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Stokke makes three other strollers similar to the Scoot. We did not review any of the other products they offer so it is difficult for us to say how they measure up to this one or the award winners in this review.
Accessories available for purchase for the Scoot are a Changing Bag, Parasol, Blanket, Cup Holder, Softbag, Style Kit, Multi Car Seat Adaptor, Chicco Car Seat Adaptor, Sheepskin Lining, Peg Perego Car Seat Adaptor, Pram Pack.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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