The ZOE XL1 Deluxe earned an 8th place rank out of 19 strollers. This stroller earned a top score for ease of use with a giant canopy and additional child snack tray and cup holder. However, despite being easy to use and looking cool, this stroller is exceedingly difficult to push and turn. The wheels have significant rolling resistance and feel like they bind up when turning and can't rotate. The extra flex and frustration experienced while pushing the ZOE negate any of the awesomeness found in the features and ease of use. For a similar price, parent's can purchase the UPPAbaby G-Lite that has a higher score for maneuverability and quality, only scoring lower in ease of use. While ease of use is important, we believe being able to push and turn a stroller trumps whatever ease of use might bring to the table and feel it is a wiser choice to purchase the stroller that is easier to navigate.
The ZOE XL1 DELUXE has been discontinued and replaced by the ZOE XL1 BEST v2 to which we now link. We are planning to review the new stroller in the near future, but in the meantime here are some of the changes that have been made. The XL1 BEST v2 is now $200 (a $50 increase) with larger front and back wheels, with the front wheels now being single instead of double. This will hopefully improve the maneuverability issues that we encountered during testing. The new model has a deeper seat recline and is also 1lb heavier.