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Zoe Traveler Review

A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road
Zoe Traveler
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $179 List
Pros:  Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold
Cons:  Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road
Manufacturer:   Zoe
By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Nov 3, 2021
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 5

The Skinny

The Zoe Traveler is a nicer quality option with a very reasonable price tag in this lineup of contenders. It features a huge canopy, adjustable leg rest, and a recline that is deeper than much of the true umbrella competition. This stroller has under-seat storage, a cup holder for parents, and a smaller fold. While this option is a pound heavier than the old Zoe, it is still lighter than much of the competition. It also has a brake that hurts when you release it wearing sandals or on bare feet. Overall, we really like this lightweight option and think most families will as well, which is why it is an option we definitely recommend.

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Pros Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller foldEasy to carry, lightweight, stands on its ownInexpensive, easy to useLess expensive, works with "Click Connect" Graco infant seats, parent trayInexpensive, hands only fold
Cons Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-roadHard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted foldPoor quality, harder to maneuverLarge fold, hard to push and turn even on flat surfaces, poor brakesPoor sun protection, wobbly wheels
Bottom Line A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-roadUpright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrainThe cheapest option with disappointing functionalityLess expensive but lower-quality and double action brakes make the car seat compatibility not worth itDifficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality
Rating Categories Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Graco Nimblelite Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight Folded Size (35%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
6.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Maneuverability (25%)
5.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
3.0
Quality (10%)
5.0
7.0
2.0
5.0
4.0
Specs Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Graco Nimblelite Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight 12 lbs 11.8 lbs 12.6 lbs 14.5 lbs 13.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L 13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L 18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L 21"W x 33"H x 14.5"L 13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth- with carseat
Maximum: 50 lbs/45"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None Graco
All Click Connect Seats
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None None None Graco
All Click Connect Seats
None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes No Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Strap No Yes No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.5" 42.3" 38.9" 40.5" 43"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes No No No
Included Accessories None None None Parent tray/cupholders
Child Cupholder/Snackcup
None
Setup Time 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 5-10 Min 5-10 Min 5-10 Min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Zoe started as a family-owned company with the goal of offering useful products for families at a reasonable price. They have since sold the company to a larger group, but they still specialize in strollers.

Performance Comparison



The Traveler is one of the smallest and lightest options in the group.
The Traveler is one of the smallest and lightest options in the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


This stroller is relatively small and lightweight compared to the larger competition, but it isn't the smallest option you can find.


The Zoe weighs 12 lbs and has a folded size of 5,233 cubic inches. If you are looking for a travel-friendly stroller that is also comfortable with useful features, it is the top of the pack, even if it isn't as small or as lightweight as other competitors.

The Traveler is about average for ease of use in this group of...
The Traveler is about average for ease of use in this group of lightweight options.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


For a lighter-weight option, this stroller has a lot of useful features for increasing ease of use or passenger comfort.


The Zoe fold is initiated with a button push in the center of the...
The Zoe fold is initiated with a button push in the center of the handlebar.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


The Zoe fold isn't as smooth as some of the competition, but it isn't difficult, just takes some jostling. It can be managed with one hand to fold and unfold and it has an automatic lock, so it won't fall open when you pick it up. It is also easy to carry by the push handle.

While the brake pedal on the Zoe is single action and easy to set...
While the brake pedal on the Zoe is single action and easy to set, they are harder to release if your toes are bare.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Zoe brake pedal is a single pedal tab in the center of the axel. The pedal is easy to press down to see and there isn't much play or movement when set. To release you need to use the top of your foot to lift the pedal and it is not very foot-friendly and could potentially cause discomfort depending on your footwear.

The storage bin on the Traveler can hold some things, but it is...
Access to the storage bin on the Traveler is inhibited by a cross...

Storage


The Zoe storage bin is a mesh fabric with a solid bottom. It will hold a small diaper bag or jacket, but it isn't likely to fit a full day's worth of supplies. The manufacturer doesn't specify the weight limit. This bin is small and the access isn't great the opening has elastic around the upper edges, but there is a back crossbar that limits how far down you can pull the mesh. It also has a pocket on the seatback, but it won't hold much more than your keys or a phone and a phone will prevent the velcro from closing.

While the sunshade on the Zoe is bigger than much of the...
While the sunshade on the Zoe is bigger than much of the competition, it is oddly shaped and curves into the baby instead of out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The sunshade on the Zoe is somewhat big for this kind of product as some lightweight strollers have very small canopies or none at all. The canopy has a fold-out extension and has a mesh peek-a-boo window with a magnet cover. There is a zippered extension in the back. However, it still isn't very big even when fully extended but it will come down low enough to block the sun from a baby's face. It also oddly curves around near the baby's face like putting their head inside a bubble.

The buckle on the Traveler is stiffer than most and required two...
The buckle on the Traveler is stiffer than most and required two hands during testing but the straps are smooth and friendly to the touch.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The Zoe has a 5-point harness that is a rethread shoulder height adjustment (common in umbrella strollers). The shoulder and waist straps on this harness are super easy to adjust. However, the crotch strap is not adjustable and is far longer than the competition. This could make fitting the harness for smaller children a challenge The straps did not loosen over time, so at least if you achieve a snug fit, it should remain so. The buckle is stiffer than the competition, but still manageable with two hands.

The seat back on the Traveler operates with only one hand to lower...
The leg rest on the Zoe is adjustable with two settings and adequate...

Seat


The seat on the Traveler reclines more than most traditional umbrella strollers we've tested. The recline adjustment is easy to operate with one hand to recline, but you will need two hands to bring it upright again. The recline is about 45 degrees and enough for comfortable napping for most children. This Zoe also includes an adjustable leg rest, which helps increase comfort for smaller passengers. It has average padding and two settings.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Traveler is not compatible with any infant car seat.



Ease of Setup


The Traveler has an assembly time between 2 and 5 minutes. You unfold the stroller, snap on the wheels and canopy and you are good to go. The instructions are a combination of words and pictures that are easy to understand and helpful.

If you stick to flat surfaces the Traveler is fairly easy to push...
If you stick to flat surfaces the Traveler is fairly easy to push and has tighter turns thanks to a storter wheelbase.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Traveler isn't the best traveler across various surfaces, but in fairness, none of the true umbrella products are. At the very least, it has the single wheel per leg design we prefer over the two wheels on each leg design that makes pushing very challenging.


The shorter wheelbase handles tight corners with ease but that is likely where the maneuverability pluses end. The wheels don't roll as easily as they should and there seems to be some resistance.

The plastic, narrow wheels on the Zoe help make it harder to push on...
The plastic, narrow wheels on the Zoe help make it harder to push on uneven surfaces like the carpet and grass or gravel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller is one of the most difficult in the group to push through grass and gravel. It almost wouldn't budge in our tests, and we ended up pulling it backward in several instances. If you plan to traverse through greenbelts or parks regularly, this may not be the right option for you.

While the Traveler isn't a top-quality price, it is on par with the...
While the Traveler isn't a top-quality price, it is on par with the price compared to the competition and we think you get a little more than you paid for with this stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Zoe is pretty good quality for a stroller that costs less than the average option in this review, but its score for this metric is still below average.


We like the look and feel of this Zoe and it feels sturdy for a lightweight product. The plastic wheels are small and narrow resulting in pushing trouble during testing. The frame is basic and not as sleek as some of the competition, but it doesn't feel rickety either.

Credit: Abriah Wofford

The fabric is a small weave canvas average in softness and durability. The canopy looks wrinkled even when fully extended. The harness has padding around the shoulders and the crotch strap, with wide fabric rather than the usual webbing. It is not padded, but probably more comfortable. The basket material is a rubbery mesh that feels sturdy but will likely not hold its shape and may snag easily.

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