Joovy Zoom 360 Stroller Review

joovy_zoom_360_1Joovy Zoom 360 is a sport stroller that can be used for jogging or all-terrain. Unlike many joggers with the permanently fixed front wheel, Zoom 360 has a swivel front wheel that can be locked straight making it great not only for sport use, but also for everyday activities.

The large air-filled tires and excellent rear-wheel suspension provide a very smooth ride even when the terrain gets rough. It is a very long stroller (50″) so while I would take it to the park, it’s not the best for going shopping, doctor office, or for public transit. The maneuverability on Zoom 360 is amazing, you can push it with one hand.

Parents love this stroller for great features like large canopy, huge basket, a lot of storage, and easy fold. It is can be used from 6 months and up to 75 lbs. If you want to use it from birth, you can convert it into a travel system by purchasing a car seat adapter.

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Joovy Groove Stroller Review 2013

joovy_groove3The Joovy Groove is an umbrella stroller that is designed for busy on-the-go parents. It has been completely redesigned in 2011 and now has new improved wheels, huge canopy, and a slick aluminum frame. It has a roomy seat made out of very durable 600D fabric. You will need only one hand to recline the seat and to bring it back up. Easy! The canopy is not only large, but also can convert into a ‘floating canopy’ that will completely shade your child.

Unlike many umbrella strollers, the Groove is full of storage. Aside from basket underneath the seat, there are two pockets inside of the seat, and three pockets in the back of the canopy for small mommy items. The Groove also features adjustable leg rest, tall handle bars, automatic lock, and easy fold.

You can use it from 6 months and up to 55 lbs. It does NOT covert into a travel system. The maneuverability is really great, you can easily push it with one hand. If you lock the front wheels, it can even handle some of the mommy terrain like playground mulch, grass or uneven sidewalks. The 6.5″ wheels and all-wheel suspension will provide your child with a smooth ride.

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Maclaren BMW Buggy Stroller Review

maclaren_bmw9The Maclaren BMW Buggy is a sleek luxury umbrella stroller that was created by Maclaren in collaboration with BMW! Yes, that BMW that makes expensive cars. Right away, you know you can expect high quality and style. This buggy features one-hand recline, 5 point harness, ergonomic seat liner, sporty looking wheels, and all-wheel suspension. When you pull into a playground, all the parents will know your little one is riding in BMW because of the BMW logo located on the wheels, the buckle and on both sides of the canopy.

This is a typical umbrella stroller with four hard rubber 5″ wheels that is designed for flat surfaces. While it’s great  for running errands, going to the park or shopping mall, don’t expect it to handle grass or mulch too well. It has an easy compact fold and weighs only 12.4 lbs, making it perfect for travel. The seat can hold a child from 6 months and up to 55 lbs. This stroller does NOT covert into a travel system.

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Valco Baby Snap Stroller Review

valco_snap1The Valco Baby Snap is a lightweight stroller that has a lot of features of a full size stroller, but weighs ONLY 13 lbs! This is a serious competition for City Mini and B-Agile. The Snap model is perfect for on-the-go parents who live in an urban environment and like to travel a lot. It has a great maneuverability and can be pushed with one hand even fully loaded. The footprint of the stroller is quite small making it easy to navigate cramped store aisles and in-between the cars on parking lots.

The Snap rolls on three hard rubber wheels with 10″ wheels in the back and 8″ wheel in the front. These are large wheels for such a lightweight stroller. Although it is not an all-terrain, it can definitely tackle some terrain like grass, gravel, or uneven sidewalk. The large basket underneath the seat can fit a lot of groceries and there is also a small pocket for mommy items like wallet, keys and cell phone.

The Snap is full of great features like roomy seat, large canopy, flip-flop friendly brake, and an easy two-hand fold. It has one-hand infinite recline that goes to almost a flat position. The seat can hold a child from birth and up to 44 lbs. You can even convert this stroller into a travel system by using it with a car seat. It works with most popular car seats like Graco, Peg Perego, Britax Chaperone, Maxi Cosi Mico, and Chicco.

I gave this stroller 4.5 out of 5 stars. I did take some points off because of the non-adjustable handle bar, mesh window closure, no swing-away bumper, and the cheap-feel fabric. It’s also not as stable because of it’s light weight. This might be a problem especially if you like to hang stuff on the handle bar like I do. LOL . It retails for around $249 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). The price vary depending on the year and the color.

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Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller Review

quinny_zapp_xtra2The Quinny Zapp Xtra is a sleek modern looking stroller that has one of the most compact folds in the WORLD! It is designed for active parents who live in an urban environment and like to travel a lot. The maneuverability on the Zapp Xtra is absolutely amazing, as long as you stay on the flat surface. It’s great for taking to the mall, shopping center, or airport. It rolls on four 6″ rubber wheels that have a wide wheel base making it very easy to navigate. It would be a one-hand push if it had one handle bar instead of two.

While it’s lightweight, it still has a reversible seat which is very unique for the stroller with such a compact fold. The seat is very roomy and has one-hand recline with three positions. The stroller can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. You can also turn it into a travel system by using it with the car seat. The Zapp Xtra has been recently updated and now can fold with the seat attached where before you had to remove the seat before folding.

I gave this stroller 3.5 out of 5 stars because it has very small basket, just ok canopy, and non-adjustable handle bars. My main problem is the weight which is 19 lbs. It is too heavy for an umbrella stroller, but is missing some features to be a full size stroller.

In my opinion Zapp Xtra is somewhere between an umbrella and full size. It does have a very compact hold, but who is going to carry 19 lbs on their shoulder or in one hand? There are many other really light (like 11 lbs) strollers full of features that are much better for traveling and everyday use. This is just my two cents…

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Quinny Moodd Stroller Review

quinny_moodd1The Quinny Moodd is a modern luxury stroller that has a unique frame and seat design. It reminds me of a cool office chair with an egg-shaped seat. LOL. This stroller is definitely a head turner! I was lucky to test the Moodd by Britto model and in real life it looks like an amazing piece of art and not a stroller. The frame and the bumper bar are all covered with bright colorful design making it stand out from the crowd. :)

Aside from sleek design, it has a reversible seat, adjustable foot rest, telescoping handle bar, double parking brake, and one-hand recline. It has easy fold and one-touch AUTOMATIC unfolding! Very innovative and inspiring. The maneuverability on the Moodd is amazing. With 12″ rear wheels and 7″ front wheel, this buggy can easily handle grass, mulch or gravel with no problems.

The Moodd is a 3-in-1 travel system that can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.  You can turn it into a travel system by removing the seat and replacing it with an infant car seat or turn it into a pram by replacing it with a carrycot/bassinet (sold separately). 

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Phil&Teds Promenade Stroller Review

phil_and_teds_promenade1The Promenade model is the most expensive stroller in the Phil and Teds line. The main feature of this stroller is the ability to convert from a single into a double mode with an addition of a second seat. Both seats can convert into a flat-bed bassinet like environment that is perfect for a newborn. You can also convert it into a ravel system. With over 8 seat combinations, the Promenade model can accommodate two newborns, a newborn and a toddler, or two toddlers.

This luxury buggy is full of amazing features like large canopy, telescoping handle bar, swing away bumper bar and easy compact fold. The main seat is reversible, has an adjustable foot rest, and can hold a child up to 40 lbs. It rolls on four wheels with front wheel suspension for smoother ride.

This model is made for parents who live an an urban environment and want to travel in style. The narrow frame design allows parents to navigate through narrow doorways and other tight spaces even in double mode.

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Phil and Teds Verve Stroller Review

phil_and_teds_verve2Phil and Teds Verve is a luxury sporty stroller designed for an active urban lifestyle. It can convert from a single into a double inline mode with an addition of a second seat. With large wheels and font-wheel suspension Verve can handle any terrain. Take to the park, playground, or beach, your child will have a smooth ride no mater where you go.

Parents love Verve not only for its sleek and modern look, but also for the luxury features like adjustable handle bar, hand brake, floating canopy, and very large basket. It is a very compact stroller that is only 25″ wide making it great for navigating narrow aisles in the store, cafes, busy streets, and subway platforms.

There are over 7 different combination of the seating arrangement to accommodate one infant, two toddlers, or one infant and one toddler. For the newborn, you can transform it into a travels system by using it with a car seat or a carrycot/bassinet (sold separately). Once your family expands, you can covert Verve into a double inline mode by getting a 2nd seat. The 2nd seat is very roomy, with a small canopy, one-hand recline and three recline positions. The Verve can accommodate a child from birth and up to 44 lbs in the main seat and from 6 months up to 44 lbs in the 2nd seat. This buggy is HEAVY weighing 28 lbs! Go to the gym before getting it.

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