Joovy Scooter got a serious face lift this year. So serious that I wouldn’t call it Scooter anymore. LOL. There are a lot of differences between the old 2010 Scooter and the new 2014 Scooter. It went from being one of the cheapest Joovy single strollers to one of the most expensive. Are these upgrades worth the money? I think so. The new Scooter is full of luxury features and has a new sporty look.
It’s designed for busy parents that like going to the mall, grocery shopping, or run errands around town. The small sealed bearing wheels perform best on a flat surface, but can also tackle some mommy terrain like grass, gravel, or playground mulch. The maneuverability on Scooter is outstanding! You can easily push it with one hand even fully loaded. Storage is the name of the game in the new Scooter. Aside from a large easy to access basket that can fit a lot of stuff, it has two pockets inside of the seat for your child’s stuff, and two pockets in the back of the canopy for mommy stuff :). For me, the large basket is important bc moms love to shop. It’s our daily therapy session. LOL.
It also has a huge canopy that goes all the way down to the bumper bar providing full coverage. Other features that I really like are: adjustable handle bar, adjustable leg rest, all-wheel suspension, 5 point harness, and easy fold. The roomy seat with a removable seat liners has a deep recline and can accommodate a child from 3 months and up to 55 lbs. If you want to use it from birth, you can covert it into a travel system. The stroller weight is 20 lbs.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I really like all the new features that Joovy have added. It’s completely a new stroller! The only thing I don’t like is the weight which is 20 lbs. It’s a little heavy for a stroller with such small wheels. I would like to see a lower weight, something like 17 lbs. Other than that this stroller is FANTASTIC! It’s a perfect choice for parents who live in a small apartment and would like to buy only one stroller. The 201 4 model also comes at a higher price. You can get for about $200 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a seat liner, cup holder, and a bumper bar. You can purchase snack tray and car seat adapter separately.
-Huge canopy. This canopy definitely makes me happy. It’s huge! It has four panels and goes all the way down to a bumper bar providing full coverage. There is a medium size peekaboo window with a noizy Velcro (wish it was magnetic). The only thing I don’t like about this peekaboo window is that you can’t really see your child because it’s located in the center of the canopy and not at the beginning near the seat. This should be definitely fixed otherwise it’s pointless.
-Adjustable handle bar. The adjustable handle bar has 10 positions and goes from 29″ all the way up to 42″. This is great for much shorter or taller parents. The old Scooter had bunny-ears-shape handle bars that were not adjustable.
-Cup holder. INCLUDED! You can put a bottle of water or a coffee mug in there.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 14″ wide (which is very wide) with 19″ seat back and a measurement of 26″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat has one hand strap recline, but you will need both hands to bring the seat back up. The strap recline is not my favorite as you know. The recline is pretty deep, but does not go to all the way flat position, so you can’t put a newborn in there. The seat can accommodate a child from 3 months and up to 55 lbs. Once the seat is reclined, you can lift up the back of the canopy to expose a large opening that helps air circulation on a hot summer day. The seat also features a removable reversible seat liner that has one side made out of durable 600D fabric and another is covered with soft fleece – perfect for cold winter days. It’s nice to be able to remove just the liner for cleaning instead of taking out the whole seat out. Those little angles are soooo messy!
-Large opening. Once the seat it fully reclined, you will see a large opening in the back between the canopy and the seat. It provide great air circulation on a hot summer day, but also has a closure attached to the back of the canopy for when the weather gets cold or windy.
-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! It has a removable bumper bar that is covered with the same very durable 600D fabric as the seat. The cover zips off for easy cleaning. It ‘s not swing away.
-Additional storage. We all love love love storage. Well, Scooter 2014 has plenty of pockets. There is a mesh pocket and a zipper pocket on the back side of the canopy. It’s great for storing small items like cigarettes, flask of wine, and a chocolate bar. Just kidding! LOL. I take those only on bad days. On good days, my collection consists of keys, sunglasses or cell phone.
-Adjustable leg rest. The leg rest is very interesting. It is part of the seat with two positions: up and down. When you lift it up, you need to secure it with attached piece of material to the bumper bar. So the leg rest kind of hangs on off the bumper bar. That piece of material has a noisy velcro that I don’t like. I think I prefer the regular leg rest adjustment.
-5 point harness. It has a padded adjustable 5 point harness with a hard to do buckle that needs to be squeezed on both sides.
-Seat pockets. It has two mesh seat pockets on both side so your little one can store toys, bottle or snack there.
-Large basket. The basket is really great. It’s not only big and can fit your large diaper bag, but it also has a zipper in the back so you can access your stuff when the seat is fully reclined. You can fit a lot of groceries into this one. LOVE IT!
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 8″ wheels in the back and 7″ wheels in the front. All four wheels have sealed bearings for easy pushing and navigation. The front wheels are 360° degree swivel wheels that have the ability to lock straight for a little bit of terrain. Obviously, these wheels are not design for all-terrain and will perform the best on flat surfaces.
-All-wheels suspension. The all-wheel suspension system will make your child’s ride a little smoother. Keep in mind, this is not the same all-wheel suspension that you would get on a jogger.
-One-step brake. The brake is not flip-flop friendly. You can easily lock the rear wheels by stepping on the red pedal with your foot. To unlock them, just lift the pedal up. Yes, you can scratch your shoes when unlocking it.
-Easy fold. The fold is easy, but you will need both hands. First, push the safety button and pull levers on both sides of the frame up. This will unlock the frame. Next, pull on the handle located in the middle of the seat and lift the stroller up. That’s it! There is an automatic lock that will make sure your stroller stays folded. It also has a standing fold. It is very compact with folded dimensions of 16” H x 23.5” W x 30.5” L.
-Peekaboo window location. The canopy is really big and I love it, but the peekaboo window located too far in the middle of the canopy so you can’t really see your child. I think Joovy needs to move it down to the first panel. While we are on the peekaboo window subject, I wish it had a magnetic closure instead of the noisy Velcro.
-Weight. The 20 lbs is not really heavy, but it is for such a small wheels. If it was 3 lbs lighter, it could compete with City Mini, B-Agile and Armadillo.
Baby Gizmo has a great video review.
Stroller weight: 20 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 16” H x 23.5” W x 30.5” L
Handle bar height: 29″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 26″
Front wheels: 7″
Rear wheels: 8″
Overall length: 35.5″
Overall width: 23.5″
Joovy provides 1-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.
For 2014 Scooter is available in four colors: black, blueberry, purpleness, and charcoal.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Joovy Scooter 2014 in one of the four beautiful colors for $200 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
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