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Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Review
Price: $299.00 List | $219.99 at Amazon - 26% off
Pros: Useful parent accesories, easy to push and turn, especially in tight spaces
Cons: Harder to use and run with
Bottom line: Disappointing choice that doesn't run straight enough and lacks the ability to fix that
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is the only jogging stroller from Joovy. This three wheel stroller sports rear wheel suspension, locking swivel front wheel, pneumatic tires, a parent console, and an under seat storage bin. This stroller earned a respectable score for maneuverability and weight and folded size, but it came in under average in most metrics we tested. The Zoom does not offer adjustable tracking, suspension, or handlebar height; features that most of the competition had at least a few of. In addition, it didn't score that well for run-ability and we had some trouble keeping it from veering off course. With the small and hard to use storage bin and no self-standing feature for the stroller, we think this Joovy needs a few upgrades to be considered as a fine jogging stroller.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight weighs in at 27. 5 pounds, has a one hand fold with an auto-locking feature. This stroller has a parent organizer with zippered pocket and 2 cup holders. It has an easy on/off attachment and it is made of neoprene. The Zoom comes with under seat storage, passenger mesh pockets, tire pump, large adjustable canopy with peek-a-boo window, and seats one child up to 75 pounds. This stroller has 16 inch quick-release rear wheels and a 12-inch front swivel wheel that can lock for jogging. It features rear suspension, single action brakes, and is compatible with a variety of infant car seats with adapter (sold separately) that "click" into place without additional straps. The compatible seats include options from the following brands: Britax, BOB, Graco, Classic and Click Connect, Chicco, UPPAbaby, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, and Peg Perego.
The comparison chart below shows the overall scores for the jogging strollers in this review. The Joovy is shown in blue.
The metric sections below provide details on how the Joovy performed compared to the competition during testing. The metric scores were used to determine overall scores, with an emphasis on run-ability and ease of use.
The Joovy only scored a 5 of 10 for run-ability, which means it may not be the best option for serious runners, but it is the average score for the group. The high for the metric is a 9 for the Thule Urban Glide and the BOB Revolution Flex both of which won our Editors' Choice awards. The low score is 2 for the hard to use Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. All this being said, we were somewhat surprised that the swivel wheel options scored higher on average than their fixed wheel counterparts that have historically been considered better for serious runners.
Burley Solstice, and it can be attached to the handlebar when not in use to keep it out of the way. It is attached low on the frame and it allows the user to choose which wrist to wear it on. Adjustable tracking and handlebar would make this stroller easier to run with.
The Joovy earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability, which helps make up for its lower running score. This makes the Joovy easier to push and turn, even if running is a bit harder. The score of 8 ties with the Baby Trend Expedition, BOB Revolution, Schwinn Turismo and the InStep Grand Safari. The high is 9 for the Thule Urban Glide.
This stroller is easier to pop up curbs than many of the others.
Ease of Use
The Joovy scored a disappointing 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is below the average for the group of 6. Only 3 strollers in the group scored lower for ease of use, including the Grand Safari, and both Schwinn options. The high for the group is 9 earned by the Burley Solstice.
The Joovy sunshade is large and offers fairly good coverage down past the knee. The canopy itself sits higher up on the frame than some of the competition so it is less effective at blocking lower setting sun and wind. It has a nice big peek-a-boo window, but the cover has hook and loop closures that can be loud when you want to see the baby but not disturb him. We prefer the magnetic kind like the one found on the Burley. The canopy is similar in size and shape to those found on the BOB strollers, with sturdy bows and mesh ventilation at the seat top.
The Joovy storage bin is sort of disappointing in a group with so many nice options to choose from. This bin is only medium in size compared to the competition and it has a maximum allowable weight of only 5 pounds. The Burley will accept 15 pounds, and the Mountain Buggy Terrain will take 22! We were able to fit our large diaper bag inside, but access is hard to use and only really available from the back unless it is just smaller items from the side. Access is limited thanks to a strap and low bar that goes across the bin.
This stroller also has a large mesh pocket on the back of the seat and inside mesh pockets for the passenger. This Joovy also comes with a parent console that has dual cup holders and a covered pocket for quick access items like your cell phone or keys. The console is a fabric, neoprene console and the covered storage might be too small for larger smartphones. The console has a maximum weight allowance of 5 pounds. All of our test items fit in the cup holders, even the 24-ounce tall water bottle fit and stayed put while strolling. The console itself is removable and washable if spills should occur.
The Zoom comes standard with the parent console and handheld tire pump for quick inflation on the go.
Joovy earned a 7 of 10 for quality, once again scoring below average, which is 8 for the group. It did manage to tie with the Baby Jogger Summit X3. The high score for quality is a perfect 10 for the Thule Glide, while the lowest score is 5 for the Schwinn Arrow and the InStep, two strollers made by the same manufacturer with different minor details.
The Zoom has sturdy feeling fabric that is a little coarse feeling and not as nice on the skin as some of the competition. The seat and leg rest have a little less padding than we like to see in a jogger, but it does offer soft straps which will be nice for summer days when they will likely make contact with bare skin. The Joovy has a sturdy frame that has less flex in it than much of the competition, but it has more exposed fasteners that make the overall fit and finish not as sleek as the Thule strollers.
The wheels on this stroller are spoked aluminum, which is different than most of the top scorers in this review that had dense plastic wheels. The tires are pneumatic rubber, and there seems to be more wobble in the wheel connection point on this stroller than the nicer options we reviewed.
The Joovy handlebar is a fixed height bar at 41 inches from the ground. The bar is average in size with a firm foam cover to help make it more comfortable to hold and push against. The handlebar could be improved it were a little larger in diameter and if it had a curve to it for better ergonomics. In addition, given the popularity of an adjustable handlebar, and the fact that it is found on most of the higher end models like the Thule and BOB options, we think Joovy would do well by changing this bar to one with adjustable height to better accommodate parents of different statures.
This stroller has rear suspension that is not too stiff and not adjustable. The overall ride comfort level is good thanks to the sling style seat and shocks, but it could be made better with more padding in the seat or padding on the harness shoulder straps. The fabric is spot clean only and shouldn't be removed.
This stroller has a 2-year warranty.
For safety, the Zoom earned a 5 of 10 tying with the Baby Trend Expedition, Chicco Tre, Graco FastAction Fold, Mountain Buggy and the Thule Urban Glide. The average for the metric is 6, putting the Joovy once again below the average for the group. The high score is 7 for the Baby Jogger Summit X3, Thule Chariot Cross 2 and the Thule Glide.
The Joovy brakes are single action brakes that are difficult to use whether you are setting them or releasing. The pedals are not sandal foot friendly and are very stiff. The brakes only have 0.5 inches of play when they are set properly, and they have fairly poor sliding resistance when pressure is applied while the brakes are set.
The Joovy has dual cup holders in the neoprene parent console. The cup holders are fairly deep and seemed to retain our test items with ease, even over uneven terrain. We did not experience items falling out of the holders, and determined there is no safety concern for these cup holders or their placement.
The 5-point harness on the Zoom is one of the easier options to use, coming in just below the Burley in our tests for harness use. This harness is easier to take off than put on, but both operations are easy. The straps pop out of the buckle when released, so it can be operated with one hand to open. This harness has a variety of shoulder height options and an adjustable crotch strap.
Weight and Folded Size
The Joovy earned a 7 for weight and folded size. This is a tie score with 6 other strollers in the group and better than the average of 6. The high is only an 8 for the Urban Glide and Glide.
The Zoom weighs in at 25.9 pounds. This is neither heavy nor light for this group of products that ranged from 20.4 pounds for the Thule Glide to 32.9 pounds for the Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit. Jogging strollers are often heavier than standard strollers, but given the three wheel design, we have found several that are lighter. When folded the Joovy is 14,515 cubic inches, making it one of the smallest in the group. It can be made slightly smaller by removing the quick release wheels. Only 4 strollers are smaller than the Joovy, including Baby Trend Expedition and the Baby Jogger Summit. The largest stroller is the Thule Chariot Cross 2 once again at 42,998 cubic inches. However, the Cross is a double stroller with features and design that make it good for jogging, strolling, sledding, and as a trailer for a bike.
The photos above show the folding component for the Joovy from left to right they are the release lever, the fold tab that indicates when the pull strap is, and the pull strap.
The Joovy Zoom is fairly easy to fold and unfold earning an 8 of 10 for our testing in for folding. This stroller is easy to fold, but it does require two hands and 3 steps. It does not have an auto-lock or self-stand, so it is somewhat limited in how helpful it will be on the go. It folds similarly to some of the standard strollers with a pull handle on the seat and a release lever elsewhere. Unfolding is about as easy with 2 hands and 2 steps. We prefer strollers that self-stand and auto-lock to make it easier on parents to manage and stow them.
Ease of Setup
The Joovy took almost 6 minutes to setup from start to finish including taking it out of the box. It scored an 8 of 10 for this metric with good documentation and no tools required for the assembly. The easiest stroller in this review to assemble is the Thule Urban Glide that had great documentation and an intuitive build. Six different strollers earned the low score of 6 for the group, making the joggers easier to put together than many of the standard strollers.
Parents that like the Joovy brand might be interested in this stroller. We do like many of the Joovy strollers and have given them awards in other categories, but this one simply failed to impress in a category filled with such stiff competition. With an overall score of 60, which is below average, it is hard to find a best application for this stroller no matter what your strolling goals are.
The Joovy Zoom has a list price of almost $300. This is about average for the group and about $100 less that the list price of several of the award-winning products that scored significantly higher. The most expensive product in this review is the Top Pick Thule Chariot Cross 2 with a list price of $775. That being said, being able to purchase an Editor's Choice product like the Thule Urban Glide or the Top Pick for ease of use Burley Solstice for only about $100 more than this Joovy is a no-brainer given how much higher they ranked and how much easier they are to use.
The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is an interesting jogger by Joovy. This 3 wheel aluminum framed stroller has a nice canopy and parent console with some of the best cup holders we have ever seen. Unfortunately, it didn't get a very good score for run-ability and its fold lacks an auto-lock and self-stand capabilities. Combining these results with the small storage bin that is hard to access and the Zoom disappoints in almost every metric. If this stroller had a few more features and functions like an adjustable handlebar and tracking, self-stand, or nicer recline it might be a real contender. As it stands it is not a stroller we recommend.
Other Versions and Accessories
Joovy makes a lot of other strollers and we have reviewed many of them with a varied amount of love and disappointment. This, however, is the only jogging stroller that Joovy makes and we just didn't like it as much as we do their Joovy Scooter X2 and the Joovy TwinRoo+.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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