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Baby Jogger Vue Lite Review

Reversible seat is cool, but it is hard to maneuver and difficult to use
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Price:   $180 List | $115 at Amazon
Pros:  Backwards seating, good for napping
Cons:  Useless storage, hard to push, handle vibration, harness adjustment issues
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
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#19 of 19
  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 5
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 25% 3
  • Quality - 10% 3

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger Vue Lite earned the lowest score in the review with generally disappointing test results. This stroller earned next to the lowest scores for maneuverability, ease of use, and quality; arguably some of the most important considerations. With a list price of $180 it has some stiff competition, including award winners with similar price points. The Inglesina Net is $10 cheaper than the Vue Lite, earned 19 more points overall and a Best Value award, making it hard to consider the Vue a true competitor no matter what you are looking for in a lightweight stroller.

Discontinued
The Vue has been discontinued by Baby Jogger, but it is still available online until supplies are gone.


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Pros Backwards seating, good for nappingEasy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweightLightweight, giant canopy, priceEasy to use, cozy napping, Car seat compatibleEasy to use and push, useful features, quick fold
Cons Useless storage, hard to push, handle vibration, harness adjustment issuesExpensive, not the best napperLower quality, poor off-road capabilitiesHeavier than umbrella options, hard to carryHeavier and larger
Bottom Line Reversible seat is cool, but it is hard to maneuver and difficult to useEasy to maneuver, stylish, lightweight option that folds small with a big priceReasonably priced and lightweight with useful features but it could be smallerSmooth maneuvering option that is easy to use and good for napping, but heavy for a lightweight strollerEasy to push with a fast fold but heavier weight is challenging for travel
Rating Categories Baby Jogger Vue Lite BabyZen Yoyo+ ZOE XL1 BEST v2 Baby Jogger City... Britax B-Lively
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Specs Baby Jogger Vue Lite BabyZen Yoyo+ ZOE XL1 BEST v2 Baby Jogger City... Britax B-Lively
Weight 14.7 lbs 13.5 lbs 11.8 lbs 17.5 lbs 18.9 lbs
Folded Dimensions 12.3"W x 13.5"H x 40.6"L 17.5"W x 9"H x 20.8"L 21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L 24.1"W x 10.5"H x 32.8"L 24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Cybex
Aton Q
Nuna
Pipa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP
None Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
BOB
B-Safe
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None Baby Jogger
City GO
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 3S, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30
None
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes No No
Carry Strap No Yes No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.7" 39.8" 39.7" 41.6" 40"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None Rain Shield None None None
Setup Time 7:18 13:20 2:49 4:29 5:04

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Vue Lite earned the lowest overall score in this review with disappointing performance in almost every test and metric.
The Vue Lite earned the lowest overall score in this review with disappointing performance in almost every test and metric.

The Baby Jogger company was started in 1984 by parents looking to jog with their toddlers. To solve this problem, they invented the first real jogging stroller. Since then, they have designed strollers for almost every terrain or activity. Baby Jogger was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid, a global marketer, in 2015 and together they continue to create popular strollers.

Performance Comparison


Given that the Vue came in dead last out of 19 products, it isn't a big shock that it did not win an award. The chart below shows how the Vue (in blue) compared to the competition in overall score and rank.


The sections below offer the details of test results for each metric and some comparison to similar strollers that performed better than the Vue.

Weight and Folded Size


The Vue earned a 5 of 10 for weight and folded size, with an overall weight of 14.7 lbs, only 4 of the 18 strollers weigh more. The Vue is 6,741.63 cubic inches when folded, which is 2000 cubic inches larger than the Inglesina Net. This design means it is harder to carry long distance compared to the Inglesina Net that is only 11.88 lbs. The Vue does have a carry handle, but a shoulder strap would be more comfortable.

The Vue is over 14 lbs  and would be easier to carry if it had a shoulder strap as opposed to a handle.
The Vue is over 14 lbs, and would be easier to carry if it had a shoulder strap as opposed to a handle.

Ease of Use


The Vue earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use, which is below average. The similar Zoe XL1 Best v2 received a noteworthy score of 8 for this metric.

While not advertised as a self-standing stroller  the Vue can balance on its handles if you need it to temporarily stand.
While not advertised as a self-standing stroller, the Vue can balance on its handles if you need it to temporarily stand.

Fold and Unfold


The Vue has a one-handed fold that requires some maneuvering as the seat doesn't cooperate by fully collapsing. It does have an auto-lock, so it won't spring back open, but getting it folded enough to engage the lock is difficult. While not advertised as self-standing, it can be balanced on its handles if necessary (photo above), but this could damage the foam over time.

The Vue's brakes are some of the most difficult to use with a rocker pedal that is stiff and hard to tell which way you have pressed it.
The Vue's brakes are some of the most difficult to use with a rocker pedal that is stiff and hard to tell which way you have pressed it.

Brakes


The brakes are the most difficult to use. These double action brakes are very stiff to set and release. They are so stiff that if you try to release them with no weight in the seat, the whole stroller will move away from you and the brakes will stubbornly remain engaged.

Thanks to reversible seating on the Vue the storage bin has no rear access and the front access is too narrow to fit a diaper bag through.
Thanks to reversible seating on the Vue the storage bin has no rear access and the front access is too narrow to fit a diaper bag through.

Storage


Thanks to the Vue's double-sided seat with a seat bottom both in front and behind the seat back, the storage bin is virtually inaccessible. It has an access flap in the front, but the opening is too small for a diaper bag and is better suited to a few diapers and a sippy cup. It isn't the smallest bin in the group, and it can carry 10 lbs, but the 4-inch high access hole is seriously limiting.

The Vue's canopy is one of the largest in the group  but the lack of peek-a-boo window will make you wish it was smaller.
The Vue's canopy rotates from front to back to accommodate the flip side seating  which leaves parents unable to see a forward facing child while strolling.

Sunshade


The canopy is large with a UP rating of 50+. It offers great coverage as long as the seat is upright, but there is no peek-a-boo window, so you won't be able to see baby while pushing (above left). The shade rotates depending on which direction baby is sitting, facing the pusher (above right) or facing the world.

The crotch strap on the Vue's harness is not adjustable and is so long it ends under the chin of most babies under 6 months old.
The crotch strap on the Vue's harness is not adjustable and is so long it ends under the chin of most babies under 6 months old.

Harness


The 5-point harness has shoulder straps that are easy to adjust and waist straps with two adjustment points that are hard to use. Changing the height is also tricky because you will have to unthread the entire strap through two plastic pieces to rethread it through the back of the seat.

The crotch strap on this stroller is really long and can't be adjusted. This design results in the buckle coming up to the baby's chin and creating wide leg holes. It could be a potential safety concern, and we recommend caution when using this stroller with smaller/younger children. Parents should monitor baby in the harness to ensure they can't wiggle from harness straps.

The Vue has standard forward facing seating in addition to rear facing.
The Vue has reversible seating that allows little ones to face their parents while strolling.

Seat


The Vue seat allows baby to sit facing forward (above left) or back toward the pusher (above right). This concept is gaining popularity with parents, but the execution here causes more problems than it solves with storage access, folding trouble, and no peek-a-boo window. However, the seat is nicely padded, has an adjustable leg rest (rear facing), and reclines enough for napping. It only has three recline positions and the release lever is hard to find.

We do not recommend using lightweight/umbrella strollers for babies under six months old, because babies lack the head and neck control to avoid potential injury over uneven surfaces and the strollers do not offer enough features for true suitability for those under six months. If you need to use your intended stroller with a child under six months, we suggest you purchase a product that works with an approved attached infant car seat carrier (see comparison chart). Always ensure baby is properly secured in any seat with a snug fitting harness. Be sure to keep a close watch on baby, and peek in on them consistently while out and about.

Ease of Setup





The Vue took us 7:18 minutes to assemble with no tools required. The documentation is average, but the convoluted design eats up the extra time.

Maneuverability


The Vue earned a 3 of 10 for maneuverability, a disappointing score for such an important metric. This stroller is hard to push and turn no matter what the terrain with a dual wheel design that causes random veering. It feels like the wheels are rubbing against something when rolling, and there is significant resistance and wobble with a scuffing sound. The friction is so strong it vibrates in your hands even on smooth flat surfaces.
The Vue is very difficult to push and turn with substantial friction you can feel and hear  which translates into using more energy than you want just to keep strolling.
The Vue is very difficult to push and turn with substantial friction you can feel and hear, which translates into using more energy than you want just to keep strolling.

The Vue has rear shocks and a padded seat with plastic wheels, so it is probably cozy enough for passengers.

Quality


The Vue earned a 3 of 10 for quality, which is almost the lowest score in the review. The Vue has an overall frumpy and unfinished look with loose fabric and exposed rivets and screws. While the seat portion of the frame looks and feels like cheaper material than the rest of the frame, it is the construction of the canopy and fabric portions that fail to impress.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team