Last month I had the opportunity to attend The Biggest Baby Shower, hosted by Big City Moms, in Miami, Florida. I got to meet up with some of my blogging friends, talk to new and expecting moms, and interact with some of my favorite brands, like Joovy. You may remember that I had the opportunity to review the new Joovy Scooter last fall, and I'd been anticipating seeing the newer strollers up close and personal at the Biggest Baby Shower. Not only did I get to check out all of Joovy's latest products, I even got to take home one of their brand new strollers, the Joovy Qool (at no cost to facilitate this review).
Since I received this stroller already assembled, I can't comment on the assembly process, but if it's anything like the other two Joovy strollers I have than I'd say it's probably not too bad. Normally, I leave things like baby gear assembly to my husband, but I was able to assemble my Joovy Scooter within ten minutes, completely unassisted.
Now, the first thing I noticed about the Qool was its ultra stylish look. I'm seriously in love with the look of this stroller. It features a graphite gray anodized aluminum frame that's lightweight and SO sleek. The Qool is available in ten amazing colors, including the fabulous fashion I received, Spice. The color is a deep burnt orange and it's HOT! Perfectly gender neutral, bold and bright. From the first time I laid eyes on Joovy products, I've been drawn to their color palate and modern, stylish flare, and the Qool does not disappoint.
The Qool is designed for use from 3 months and up (with a maximum weight of 55 pounds). A really awesome feature of the Qool is that the seat that can be positioned forward facing or rear facing. It's easy to chance the configuration of the seat, and it can be done within just a few seconds by locating the triggers on both sides of the seat (shown in the photo below), squeezing and pulling up. The seat will lift right off.
The seat on the Qool is fully padded and comes with a removable, washable insert that provides extra padding for baby's comfort. In the photo above, I pulled the pad forward a bit so you could see that it's removable and reveals a black seat. The seat itself measures 19.5 inches tall (from the fold in the seat to the very top under the canopy) and 11.5 inches wide (at the bottom fold of the seat where baby's bottom would sit). There's a five point harness for baby's safety and padded shoulder straps for baby's comfort. This is a re-thread system, but it's fairly easy to do and just takes a few moments.
Speaking of canopies, the Qool has an AMAZING canopy. It's very generously sized and can even be extended, thanks to the zippered extension panel, to offer even more coverage for baby if necessary. Living in Florida, this feature is very much appreciated and is probably one of my favorite features of this beautiful stroller. The canopy also includes a peek-a-boo window (with velcro closure) so you can see your baby while strolling. I usually prefer to have mesh in the peek-a-boo window for extra ventilation since we live in Florida, but the plastic is nice in case of rainfall.
If you have a child that likes to sleep in the stroller, the Qool has you covered with multiple recline positions and an adjustable footrest (plus that HUGE canopy). Pictured below is the seat in the most reclined position (and upright for comparison) and the footrest extended flat for extra legroom.
The Qool has sealed bearing wheels and large pneumatic tires ensure it delivers a dynamic ride. This stroller has a high-tech suspension system to keep your child's ride comfortable and bump-free. Joovy has introduced a "cantilever system" to the Qool’s four-wheel suspension. This means the stroller is designed to glide over bumps, curbs or rough patches. Should you face especially rough or off-road terrain, the front wheels can lock into place with just the simple push of a button. The wheels also pop off and on easily for compact stroller storage.
Now, let's talk about the stroller from a mom, dad, or caregiver's point of view. After all, a stroller needs to meet your needs for comfort and functionality as well. The handlebar on the Qool is covered in leatherette to provide a great grip with easy handling, and a stylish flair. The handlebar adjusts to four different telescoping heights thanks to a push button located on the handlebar. Pictured below are the lowest and highest height settings (37 inches to 42 inches).
The Qool features a one step linked brake that's easy to set in place by simply stepping lighting on the brake tab. This stroller also has an adequate storage basket below the seat that's accessible from the back of the stroller. Now, this isn't the biggest basket ever, but it's definitely big enough for my everyday diaper bag (pictured below is my Babymel Amanda Quilted Hobo - to see the size, just click here).
Finally, let me discuss the fold. This is probably one of the most important factors for me when deciding on a stroller. I have a compact SUV and I need all the cargo room I can get. I also prefer a somewhat uncomplicated fold because I hate looking silly in the parking lot while wrestling a stroller. To fold the Qool, you can either remove the seat for the most compact fold, or keep the seat in place (but do a few more steps). If you choose to keep the seat attached, you'll need to close the canopy and remove the bumper bar. Then locate the recline mechanism on the back of the seat and push the seatback all the way forward. Then, locate and push the button on the right side of the stroller and push the handlebar forward while holding the button down. Push the handlebar forward until the folding latch locks into place. You can fold the Qool with the seat facing forward or backwards. The fold is a bit tricky at first, but once I had it really figured out and practiced it a few times it became much easier.
As I mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE the look of this stylish and compact stroller. Weighing in at only 21.5 pounds, it's very manageable for this petite mom. It steers very well and is easy to maneuver, even through tight spaces like shopping centers. I do wish it came with a cup holder, but you can purchase that separately on the Joovy website.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the Joovy Qool. I think it handles well and my little guy seems very comfortable while riding along. The price point of $549 may be off-putting for some, but compared to other strollers in this class, the Joovy Qool can definitely hold it's own. It's currently available in 10 amazing colors and two frame options, gray anodized and silver.
What do you think of the Joovy Qool?
Which color is your favorite?