Zoe Traveler Review
Pros: Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold
Cons: Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road
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|Price||$179 List||$180 List|
$179.99 at Amazon
$79.99 at Amazon
|$100 List||$100 List|
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|Pros||Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold||Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own||Inexpensive, easy to use||Less expensive, works with "Click Connect" Graco infant seats, parent tray||Inexpensive, hands only fold|
|Cons||Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road||Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold||Poor quality, harder to maneuver||Large fold, hard to push and turn even on flat surfaces, poor brakes||Poor sun protection, wobbly wheels|
|Bottom Line||A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road||Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain||The cheapest option with disappointing functionality||Less expensive but lower-quality and double action brakes make the car seat compatibility not worth it||Difficult 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%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|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
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||Graco
All Click Connect Seats
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||40.5"||42.3"||38.9"||40.5"||43"|
|Included Accessories||None||None||None||Parent tray/cupholders
|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.
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.
Ease of Use
For a lighter-weight option, this stroller has a lot of useful features for increasing ease of use or passenger comfort.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team
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