This stroller is a lightweight rig that appears to have everything you could ever want in an umbrella stroller. However, the Jet just didn't have much get up and go where it counted. It ranked 15 out of 16 products, and did not do well in any metric besides safety. It has all the features you will be looking for, only none of them are done very well. The canopy is too small, the wheels have too much vibration, the handles aren't long enough, and the quality is lacking. All of this make the Jet a stroller we can't recommend, even at its reasonable price.
First Years Jet Review
Pros: Light, slim, price
Cons: Maneuvering, quality, sm storage
Manufacturer: First Years
Our Analysis and Test Results
The First Years Jet is a durable stroller for children up to 50 pounds. It has a wider seat bottom for and larger wheels. It sports a 5-point harness and taller handles. The sunshade is adjustable and removable, and there is a reclining back for napping. There is a storage bin under the seat, and parent storage between the handles that includes a cup holder. The Jet has a one hand fold, weighs only 11 pounds, and comes in a few different colors.
Ease of Use
This stroller had the third lowest score out of those we tested. Even though it offered more storage than most, it was missing a few other options we liked to see in this category of products.Storage
The jet has a reclining back that operates with one hand cinch strap, but the recline is only 50 degrees which isn't much and not nap worthy at all. The seat back also has no frame which allows the back to curve in on itself which might be okay for smaller riders, but it could be uncomfortable for older or bigger kids. This is not the stroller for long distances or durations. Children will not be able to take a nap for any length of time.
Off pavement the Jet got worse. It is hard to push in the grass and near impossible in the grave. It was tippy on the side hill, more so than others, and all the wheels fell into the storm drain grooves. Sure an umbrella product
It continued to fail to impress up curbs and on stairs. It had trouble going up backwards, being tilted, and the brakes rubbed on the nosing. It just feels uncooperative and clumsy for a product that is actually one of the smallest in our review.
Safety is an important consideration all parents think about. We tested features for safety concerns including the harness, brake, and the tendency to tip. The Jet scored above average with only one stroller scoring higher in this metric, the Quinny Yezz.Brakes
This smaller stroller tipped at just 25 degrees which was below the average for those we tested. The option with the lowest tipping point is the Mountain Buggy Mini, which succumbed to gravity around 20 degree; the best product in this test was the Joovy Groove and boxy beast that has a very stable and wide footprint that made it less susceptible to tipping in any direction. For backward tipping weight it came in just above average with a required weight of 34 pounds before it fell over backward. The UPPAbaby G-Lite needed just 18 pounds before it tipped, and the Chicco Capri C6 Lightweight required an impressive 75 pounds.
The frame on the Jet is an elaborate umbrella style that seems fairly sturdy and didn't have too many loose connection. The wheels on the other hand felt cheap and the stroller itself is wobbly and full of vibration. The stiff front shock did little to aid this and nothing could prevent the overall wiggling of the stroll.
This stroller offers front only shocks, a sling style seat, and almost no cushion anywhere. The shocks did little to counteract the vibration of the heavy tread wheels, the back pad of the seat has little support, and the harness is not padded in any way. Altogether it means the comfort of this product is below that of several others we tested.
The Jet has small curved handles that didn't fit well in bigger hands. They are covered in comfortable foam, so the pushing is more comfortable when the stroller has a passenger or when it is going a longer distance. The height of the handles is good even for taller men, but the wheels are positioned close together and further back, which means they will get kicked frequently when walking, no matter what your speed or personal height.
Weight and Folded Size
This lightweight rig is one of the lightest rides we reviewed. Only two other strollers came in weighing less, and one of those scored so poorly overall it isn't even in the same league. The Jet is about 10 pounds 12 ounces which makes it one of the easier products to tote around or stuff in a trunk. It has a fairly small fold as well, coming in at 9x44.5x9 and 3600 cubic inches, it takes up the least amount of space out of all the products in this review. The legs did stick out further than many of the others, which means you'll have to use a little finesse when slipping it in a trunk, but the smaller circumference means it can also fit easily behind a seat row or on public transport without being a hassle for other passengers.Ease of Folding
This is a one hand fold product that has a manual locking mechanism and does not self-stand or have a carry handle. This means whatever is gained in being lightweight and easy to fold is lost by needing extra hands to lock it in place, carry it by the frame, and ensure its upright status. The lack of these features may be what gives the Jet its really reasonable price tag, but it also means it is harder to use the product for its primary intended purpose of being a good secondary transportable stroller for moving quickly about town with ease. So while self-standing is a great feature, not having it isn't a deal breaker and we understand the design and added attention it requires might bump up an overall price. However, a carry handle secured to the frame seems like a no-brainer which could be done at a fairly insignificant cost; this single addition would really bump up the usability of this product to a new level, to forgo a carry handle seems short sighted.
The folding process is 3 steps, is sandal friendly, and is rated as average for difficulty. The unfold rated at very easy, is also 3 steps, and mainly consisted of unlocking the clasp, letting the stroller fall forward, and pushing the pedal to lock it in place. The hardest part is releasing the latch, but some users did report they were worried about getting their foot pinched in the locking mechanism.Commuting
Ease of Setup
It is a good thing that the assembly of the Jet is somewhat intuitive because the instructions were woefully lacking. It took over 4 and ½ minutes to unpack and set up this stroller. In the end the text and illustrations were lacking in description and often the parts they were discussing were not in the associated picture. The instructions come in 3 languages. This product scored about average for this metric.
The best application for this stroller is as a secondary traditional umbrella stroller that is primarily used for commuting or visiting tourist attractions. It does not offer enough to be a primary or even cross over stroller, and the limited recline will make it a no go for longer trips or days that drag on. It has the bare minimum of options to get the job done without being heavily inconvenienced, but it lacked anything that might make it truly exciting. It did not score well in most metrics, but for the small price tag, it might be an okay option for those looking for a super lightweight second stroller. If your expectations are low, this stroller may not disappoint, it is certainly better than the other stroller in it price range, Jeep Wrangler All-Weather.
This stroller is one of the cheapest we reviewed. For the money it really has a lot to offer and might not disappoint you if you truly understand what else is on the market, and that you sort of get what you pay for in some regards. This product is exactly what you would want/expect a cheaper umbrella stroller to be. It is very lightweight, folds nice and narrow, has a storage bin, canopy, recline, and accessory console. All really cool attributes for a stroller of this kind. However, if you are expecting all those attributes to be high quality, or super well done then you will be disappointed. For the money, it definitely beats out the other options, but if budget allows, we do suggest you spend a bit more and move up to the Contours Lite. Contours earned a far higher score, had more cool features that were done better, and is only $25 more.
Beyond being lightweight there isn't too much to really love about this product. It ranked 15 out of 16 products tested, and the only metric it shined in was safety. While safety is important, really important, it isn't the only thing to consider when buying a product of this kind. In addition, there were other products that did much better and were within a reasonable price point of the Jet. So even if budget is your motivating factor for choosing to look at the Jet, we would highly encourage you to view our the Contours Lite which sells for around $25 more and has so much more to offer. It has a larger storage bin, a child accessory tray, a better recline, an adjustable leg rest, larger canopy with peek-a-boo window, and it scored better for maneuverability.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz