Joovy TwinRoo+ vs. TwinRoo Original
A few structural changes have been made to the new TwinRoo+ including an overall frame size that is 5 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than the old version. This allows the two car seats to face the same direction, something not possible in the original Roo. However, the main difference between the two versions is increased car seat compatibility. While the TwinRoo+ still accepts the Chicco KeyFit 30, the list of other compatible seats has changed. The manufacturer states that the TwinRoo+ now accepts Graco Click Connect seats, along with the Britax B-Safe 35, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Maxi-Cosi Prezi, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2, Cybex Aton Q, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and the UPPAbaby MESA. Twin Roo+ car seat adapters for all seats are available for purchase. Below are the two strollers with the TwinRoo+ on the left and the older Twin Roo on the right.
Ease of Use
The Roo+ is easy to use with a variety of features designed for convenience and simplicity.
The release button on the handle is the first step to folding the frame. Unfortunately, the button also takes up a lot of space on the handlebar and somewhat prevents one-handed pushing.
Fold and Unfold
The TwinRoo+ is a one hand fold that takes somewhere between 5-7 steps to close depending on how good you get at operating the frame. The folding process is rated as easy and only gets easier the more you do it. It has a manual locking feature, and does not have a carry strap nor does it self-stand. This product is easy enough to carry by the frame itself, and while a shoulder strap might have been nice to keep parents hands free while moving it, it isn't truly necessary. It would have been nice if this frame could stand by itself, and it looks like if the basket were a couple of inches longer it would. The unfolding process for this product is just as easy as the fold. It is also a one hand process and takes 3-4 steps to execute depending on if you used the manual lock feature when you closed it. The frame sort of falls open on its own, requiring only the car seat attachments to be clicked into place.
The brakes on the Twin are double action as opposed to single, but this is fairly common on budget frame strollers.
The brakes on this product are double action, meaning you must set the pedal on both sides to fully engage them. This isn't the best design, and we prefer the single action brakes where you only need to press one pedal for complete engagement. They are, however, relatively easy to set (if not sandal friendly), but because parents could forget to set both or become distracted before getting the job done, it might be a potential safety concern.
Large under seat storage bin can be hard to access with seats in place, but removing a seat is easy and quick if you need to retrieve a larger item.
The TwinRoo+ has a very large under seat storage bin that runs the length of the frame. It sits directly beneath both infant carriers when they are clicked in, and the location can make it difficult to get larger items into and out of the bin with the seats in place. We didn't have any trouble getting the large diaper bag into the bin, but only with the seats off the frame. You can get smaller items in and out between the seats or around the edges, but if your goal is to remove the bag or larger item, at least one seat will need to come off. There is access to this bin from all sides, making it convenient for accessing smaller items quickly.
The Joovy is a traditional frame product that does not come with seats or canopies included. The canopies for babies will be limited to whatever kind of sun shade comes standard on the infant carrier car seat. While this may limit or prohibit 100% coverage of babies when snapped into the Roo+, it shouldn't be a reason not to purchase the product.
The 4 cup holder with additional compartment is unique and located low on the frame. Without a doubt, it is a great addition to this stroller and less of a safety hazard than shallow holders that sit high on the frame.
The Roo+ has a 4 cup holder tray located low on the frame near the handlebar. The cup holders themselves are relatively deep compared to other strollers, and the location on the frame make them safer by limiting the possibility of bottles and cups falling on children while in use. The holders are compatible with most of the water bottles and sippy cups we tested and with 4 holders you have room for your refreshments as well as baby bottles. The tray also has a rectangular pocket in the middle when you can probably fit your mobile phone, keys, or teether toys for baby.
The minimalist nature of this very traditional frame product precludes it from having other features found on the double strollers we reviewed in our complete Double Stroller Review. It did not offer any other convenience items and the features intrinsic on the carrier you chose will be the only additional features found on this stroller.
Ease of Setup
This product took just under 10 minutes to get from the box to road ready. All the parts snap into place easily and it is the first product we have seen with a quick start guide. This made the whole process significantly shorter, and we think all of the products would benefit from having a simple straightforward setup guide.
Double wheeled front legs are not the best for maneuvering, but the swivel wheels can lock when necessary and make rougher terrain somewhat easier if going straight. However, this is not a good off-roading stroller, and you don't want to be off the flat roads for very long.
The TwinRoo+ has only slightly better than average maneuverability compared to similar types of strollers. That being said, it still maneuvered well enough to get the job done and avoid frustration. It has a wider frame designed for increased stability, while the smaller wheelbase allows for better maneuverability and handling.
Because of this wider footprint, it feels a little hard to maneuver in tight spaces or around corners. It did relatively well on the hard surfaces and once it got going it wasn't difficult to continue pushing. The Roo+ struggled in grassy areas and had difficulty in the gravel portion of the course. It had additional trouble going over a 1-inch curb, and stairs should be avoided (it isn't recommended by the manufacturer anyway). The smaller plastic wheels make this product harder to use than some of the competition, and the double front wheels per front leg frame (a style we find hurts overall maneuverability) made the going tougher than it would have been with better tires, single wheels per leg, or larger wheels.
The shocks on the front wheels of the Roo+ improve the comfort for passengers, limiting the bumps and vibrations of the road. These kinds of hiccups could be disruptive to little passengers and newborns, so it is nice that it offered additional support where many frame options didn't. The locking front swivel wheels can also help prevent the stroller from moving off course by getting caught on baseboards and other low-level objects.
The Joovy Twin Roo folds relatively flat and takes up less space than most of the double strollers. This smaller fold helps make it a great solution for parents with infant twins.
Weight and Folded Size
This Joovy is a little over 24 pounds without car seat attachments. Twenty-four pounds is relatively light for a double product, though the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is 23.4 pounds, but doesn't accept 2 car seats.
The Twin measures 47.75 x 26 x 10.25 inches when folded, and just about 12,700 cubic inches. This makes it relatively small, and compact enough to fit in most trunks. It folds very flat and could possibly even be stored behind the front seat in some cars if necessary.
The TwinRoo+ is similar in quality to the other Joovy products we've reviewed. The frame is well made and finished nicely with no rough edges or an abundance of connectors that make it feel flimsy or result in too much flex. While this stroller is very utilitarian in design and nature, it still exhibits a quality that shows in both looks and performance.
The Joovy Twin Roo + is a great options for families with infant twins. This economical lightweight frame stroller will get two babies where they need to go with lots of storage and versatile seating arrangements.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The Joovy TwinRoo+ mounts infant car seats sideways, in opposite directions or the same direction for easier access to both babies at the same time. Configuration versatility can give parents access to each child individually in whatever way meets their needs best. The versatility also allows little ones time to see each other and interact, or gives them a chance for independent time and rest with fewer distractions. The carriers release with the car seat's native release operation that is used when releasing the carrier from the car seat base.
The Joovy is a click and go connection frame with adapters sold separately. We prefer this kind of connection over the click and strap methods because we worry the additional step can increase the chance for error or lack of compliance due to ignorance, forgetfulness, or possible laziness. The snap feature is relatively easy to use on the Joovy; you first snap in the front and then ensure the sides have clicked into place. The height of the frame makes attaching the seats a breeze, as opposed to some products that required lifting a carrier higher or bending over to attach the seats.
The Twin Roo+ is perfect for twins with two car seat attachments in either direction. The seats can face the same direction or toward each other for twin interaction and giggly fun.
This dedicated frame product is ideal for twins, and in fact, some parents of twins claim they don't know how they would live without it. Given that two babies are more to juggle, and come with more supplies, it is almost imperative that you purchase some kind of stroller to transport them in. It will be nearly impossible to make it through babyhood without taking two babies somewhere either for errands or fun, and it will be far easier with a great stroller that accepts two infant car seats so you can get things done and potentially manage the feat with only one adult. While one baby can be managed without a stroller, thanks to baby carriers and simply carrying baby in their car seat, two babies cannot be handled in the same way, and as a result baby gear becomes a necessity as opposed to a desire.
The best application for this product is as an infant car seat carrier for newborns until such time they grow out of their car seats. It offers easy snap and go connection system and a very large under seat storage bin that is user-friendly and can carry everything you need for a quick trip or a full day's adventure. While this product is limited to passengers under one year old, the lower price tag means it won't break the bank and you'll get your money's worth long before your children outgrow it.
Joovy, in general, is one of the best values on the market, and their TwinRoo+ is no exception. The TwinRoo+ is listed at $140 but is can often be found on sale. This price is budget friendly and gives parents a great product that can be used for almost the first year of life. In addition, most frame strollers are easy to resell once you have outgrown them. Combining this product with the award winning Best Value winner, the Joovy Scooter X2, will give you two great user-friendly products for around $400, which is a good deal for strollers for twins.
The Twin Roo+ can attach car seats facing the same direction unlike the original Twin Roo that only allowed alternating installation.
The Joovy TwinRoo+ is a sturdy, well-built frame stroller that gives you everything you need, and nothing you don't. The minimalist style prevents this product from weighing in too heavy, and the flat fold means it can fit in most small spaces where space is at a premium. This product is easy to use, easy to connect a variety of car seats onto and has ample storage for supplies for two. The parent tray and 4 cup holders are located in an accessible location that is both convenient and safe. There is very little to dislike about the TwinRoo+, and everything to love. The performance and high marks in each metric make this a product we would definitely recommend to friends and is why we gave it an honorable mention for a double stroller for infant twins.
We also looked at the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite and the Joovy Scooter X2 in our double stroller review. The Joovy Scooter earned a Best Value award, and the Joovy Caboose an honorable mention for the best lightweight sit and stand style option.