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Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Review

Disappointing choice that doesn't run straight enough and lacks the ability to fix that
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Price:   $299 List | $220 at Amazon
Pros:  Useful parent accesories, easy to push and turn, especially in tight spaces
Cons:  Harder to use and run with
Manufacturer:   Joovy
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Run-ability - 30% 5
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 5
  • Maneuverability - 15% 8
  • Quality - 10% 7
  • Safety - 10% 5
  • Weight/Folded Size - 10% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 8

The Skinny

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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Pros Useful parent accesories, easy to push and turn, especially in tight spacesTop scores for run-ability and maneuverability, easy to use, high qualityEasy to run with, responsive turning, high qualityEasy to move, great runner, quality materialsHigh quality, lightweight, easy to fold and use
Cons Harder to use and run withHarder to transport and stow as it doesn't self-standWon't self-stand when folded, difficult to lift and carryHeavier, bulkyHarder to turn in small spaces
Bottom Line Disappointing choice that doesn't run straight enough and lacks the ability to fix thatOur favorite jogger that makes a great everyday strollerRugged jogger that is easy to run with and good for every day outingsA great jogger for a good price that works for every day useGreat fixed wheel option that performed well overall, but is harder to turn
Rating Categories Joovy Zoom 360... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2
Run Ability (30%)
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9
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7
Ease Of Use (20%)
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6
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6
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7
Maneuverability (15%)
10
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8
10
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9
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8
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8
10
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7
Quality (10%)
10
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7
10
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10
Safety (10%)
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5
10
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10
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Weight Folded Size (10%)
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Specs Joovy Zoom 360... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler Thule Glide 2
Weight 25.9 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.06 lbs 24.4 lbs
Rolling Resistance 119.9 Feet 144.3 Feet 150.5 Feet 139.7 Feet 141 Feet
Folded Dimensions 25.7"W x 16"H x 35.3"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 27.2"W x 20.5"H x 36.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 75 lbs
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 75 lb Total Capacity Limit
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Chicco
KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 35, 40
Maxi-Cosi
Mico NXT
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
UPPAbaby
Mesa
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None None BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
One-handed Fold No Yes No No Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 37"/44.7"
Fixed/Swivel Wheel Swivel Swivel Swivel Swivel Fixed
Sandal-friendly Brake No No Yes Yes No
Included Accessories Tire Pump None None None None
Setup Time 5:51 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:21 min:sec 5:30 5:24 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2  Grand Safari  Burley Solstice  Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight  Bumbleride Speed  Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).
Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2, Grand Safari, Burley Solstice, Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, Bumbleride Speed, Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).

Jovovy is a family company operating out of Texas and California. It started in 2005 creating useful and functional designs for everyday use. They make a variety of gear types from bottles to strollers and most things in between.

Performance Comparison


The bar chart shows the Joovy's (in blue) overall score compared to the overall scores for the jogging strollers in this review.


The metric sections below provide details on how the Joovy performs compared to the competition during testing.

The lack of adjustable tracking hurt the overall run-ability of the Zoom as it veered off course at speed.
The lack of adjustable tracking hurt the overall run-ability of the Zoom as it veered off course at speed.

Run-ability


The Joovy scored a 5 of 10 for run-ability, which means it may not be the best option for serious runners. We were somewhat surprised that the swivel wheel options scored higher on average than their fixed wheel counterparts that historically have been considered better for serious runners.

The swivel front wheel on the Zoom can be locked in place for running or movement over rougher terrain.
The swivel front wheel on the Zoom can be locked in place for running or movement over rougher terrain.
The Joovy has a locking front swivel wheel, but it does not have adjustable tracking (something serious runners want). However, despite the lack of adjustability, it tracks fairly straight, though there is some extra effort involved to keep it moving straight. It doesn't have an adjustable handlebar, so this might make it harder to use for taller or shorter parents. While pushing and running with the front wheel locked it is average compared to the competition. The safety strap is nicer than others, and it can be attached to the handlebar when not in use. It is attached low on the frame, and it allows the user to choose which wrist to wear it on.

The canopy on the Zoom is not as smooth and nice looking as some of the competition.
The canopy on the Zoom is not as smooth and nice looking as some of the competition.

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.

The Joovy safety lock on the fold is under the seat and prevents the stroller from being accidentally folded.
The Fold tab on the seat bottom helps direct parents to the folding mechanism on the Joovy.
The easy pull handle on the Joovy folds the product in half.

Fold and Unfold


The Joovy Zoom is relatively easy to fold and unfold. It requires two hands and three steps but doesn't have an auto-lock or self-stand. 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 two hands and two steps.

The Zoom brakes are very stiff and not sandal foot friendly.
The Zoom brakes are very stiff and not sandal foot friendly.

Brakes


The brakes are single action and challenging to use whether you are setting or releasing them. The pedals are not sandal foot friendly and are very stiff.

The peek-a-boo window on the Joovy is a good size and easy to see through  but the hook and loop closures are loud and so small they are somewhat ineffective.
The peek-a-boo window on the Joovy is a good size and easy to see through, but the hook and loop closures are loud and so small they are somewhat ineffective.

Sunshade


The sunshade is large and offers good coverage 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 sun and wind. It has a big peek-a-boo window, but the cover has hook and loop closures that can be loud.

The bar across the middle of the Joovy storage bin  coupled with the strap down the back  make it a bin that is hard to access and fully utilize.
The bar across the middle of the Joovy storage bin, coupled with the strap down the back, make it a bin that is hard to access and fully utilize.

Storage


The storage bin is disappointing in a group with so many better options available. This bin is only medium compared to the competition, and it has a maximum weight allowance of only 5 lbs. We were able to fit our large diaper bag inside, but access is challenging and only available from the back. Access is further limited thanks to a strap and low bar that goes across the bin.

The mesh inside pockets of the Joovy fit most of our test bottles and sippy cups and are good for snacks or small toys.
The mesh back storage pocket on the Joovy isn't as large as some found on the competition  but it will hold a water bottle and/or your wallet and keys.

The Joovy has a mesh pocket on the seat back and dual mesh pockets in the seating area for the child. It also comes with a neoprene parent console with dual cup holders and a covered pocket too small for larger smartphones. The console has a maximum weight allowance of 5 lbs. The console itself is removable and washable.

The straps on the Joovy harness pop out when the buckle is depressed making it one of the easier one hand operations in the review.
The straps on the Joovy harness pop out when the buckle is depressed making it one of the easier one hand operations in the review.

Harness


The 5-point harness is one of the easier options to use. This harness is easier to take off than put on, but both are straightforward. 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.

Reclining the seat back on the Joovy is harder than it needs to be requiring two hands and extra time.
Reclining the seat back on the Joovy is harder than it needs to be requiring two hands and extra time.

Seat


The Zoom has a short padded leg rest that is not adjustable. It travels down to a foot pad that feels like rubberized mesh and should be easy to hose clean. The seat back reclining feature requires two hands, is difficult to recline and raise.

The Joovy looks slight in stature compared to the bulkier competition.
The Joovy canopy extends down past the knee and the seat back reclines fairly close to flat.
The photos above show the Zoom with the seat back upright and canopy closed (left) and the seat back fully reclined and the canopy fully open (right).

Ease of Setup




The Joovy took almost 6 minutes to set up from start to finish. It has good documentation, and no tools are required.

The Joovy managed fairly well at pop ups and turning tilting and turning with the front wheel locked.
The Joovy managed fairly well at pop ups and turning tilting and turning with the front wheel locked.

Maneuverability


The Joovy earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability, making the Joovy easier to push and turn, even if running is a bit harder.

The spoked wheel on the Joovy combined with rubber pneumatic tires help make it one of the easiest to push on flat surfaces.
The spoked wheel on the Joovy combined with rubber pneumatic tires help make it one of the easiest to push on flat surfaces.

The Joovy is one of the easiest in the group to push and turn on flat hard surfaces. It is responsive, almost too responsive as we experienced some tippiness when turning the stroller at speeds. However, this makes it easier to turn in tight space and negotiate crowded spaces.

Pushing and turning on the Joovy on uneven terrain is a little bit harder than the flat surfaces  but still relatively easy compared to the competition.
Pushing and turning on the Joovy on uneven terrain is a little bit harder than the flat surfaces, but still relatively easy compared to the competition.

Pushing and turning on rougher terrain is challenging, but not prohibitively difficult. It is a little tougher on grass and gravel, but better than much of the competition. The front wheel seemed to have more problems negotiating the larger rocks, but the riding experience for the passenger is smoother.

While lighter and smaller than some of the high ranking competition  it would be really nice if the Zoom could self-stand when folded.
While lighter and smaller than some of the high ranking competition, it would be really nice if the Zoom could self-stand when folded.

Weight and Folded Size


The Joovy earned a 7 for weight and folded size weighing in at 25.9 lbs.

The rear wheels on the Joovy are also quick release with a mechanism inside he brake components.
The rear wheels on the Joovy are also quick release with a mechanism inside he brake components.

This weight is neither heavy nor light for this group. Jogging strollers are often heavier than full-size strollers. 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.

The Joovy scored below average for quality in this review with stiff competition.
The Joovy scored below average for quality in this review with stiff competition.

Quality


Joovy earned a 7 of 10 for quality. It has sturdy but coarse fabric that is not as nice on the skin as the competition. The seat and leg rest have less padding than we like, but it has soft straps which will be nice for bare skin. The Joovy has a sturdy frame with less flex than much of the competition, but it has exposed fasteners that make the overall fit and finish look cluttered.

The wheels on the Zoom are all quick release options  and feel and look nicely made.
The wheels on the Zoom are all quick release options, and feel and look nicely made.

The wheels on this stroller are spoked aluminum, and the tires are pneumatic rubber, with more wobble in the wheel connections than others. The handlebar is a fixed height and average in size with a firm foam cover for comfort. The handlebar could be larger in diameter and curved for better ergonomics.

This stroller has non-adjustable rear suspension. The overall ride comfort level is good thanks to the sling-style seat and shocks, but it could use more padding.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team