By Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor
We loved Joovy’s redux of their Groove Stroller in 2010.. But, at 18 lbs, it was too heavy to be a really good lightweight stroller. Us urban moms function in two ways — we need that big mama stroller AND a good lightweight to ferry our child back and forth on the subway and for quick errands. I recently got my hands on Joovy’s new Groove Ultralight ($189) in Purpleness (awesome color) and I know this is the lightweight stroller of my dreams.
I’m not sure how Joovy managed it (it’s 12.78 lbs) but this has everything I loved about the 2010 Groove in a lighter package.
It was pretty easy to put together. Unfold the stroller, attach the two front wheels and the canopy and you’re done!
1. Seat: The seat is roomy. If you have a husky toddler, like I do (even though he doesn’t eat) — the seat is wide and padded. It will also easily support taller toddlers. My almost 3 year old is husky and he had no problem fitting into the Groove Ultralight.
2. Sunshade: Joovy understands sun protection. I love how the Groove Ultralight’s sunshade comes down far enough to protect my little blue-green eyed redheaded, pale skinned toddler.
3. The Push: Most umbrella strollers aren’t known for a smooth, dainty ride, but Joovy did a good job with the Groove Ultralight. It’s very easy to push, which is a must-have for me.
4. It has a strap!!: Yeah.. My only con with this is that you have to attach it yourself — I forgot to attach it for a few trips and could have used it! Make sure you loosen the strap when you attach it so you can comfortably sling it onto your shoulder.
5. Padded handlebars: YES!! They are so ergonomic and comfy. Probably the best handlebars I’ve ever tried.
6. Storage: It’s an umbrella stroller, so the storage is okay (which is perfectly normal for an umbrella stroller). You will be able to store a lot of things, but it doesn’t compare to the Big Mama Stroller (ie. this is not the stroller to go food shopping with).
7. It’s Not TIPPY!!: If you have a light diaper bag or a backpack and hang it on the handlebars, it won’t tip (just don’t put too much weight on the handlebars). Which is actually pretty good for an umbrella stroller of the Groove Ultralight’s light weight. When I tested this; I had a backpack with a iPad, snacks, changes of clothes — the Groove Ultralight did not tip. But when I added three packs of 28 diapers in three different plastic bags onto it, along with the backpack – it tipped).
8. The Fold: The fold is a standard umbrella fold. Push up the back lever, use your foot to push down the side lever and the stroller will fold. Easy-peasy, but you’ll need to fold it while wearing shoes (I couldn’t fold it barefoot).
- Stroller Dimensions Folded (inches): 12.5 H x 13 W x 40 D
- Stroller Dimensions Assembled: 40.75 H x 21 W x 33.5 D
- Minimum Child Age: 3 Months
- Maximum Child Weight: 55 lbs.
- Easy carry strap
- 5 point harness
- Mesh kids pockets
- Cup holder/zippered pocket
- Auto fold lock
- Unlimited recline positions to 149 degrees
- Adjustable leg support
- Reflective safety package
Thank you to Joovy for supplying a sample Groove Ultralight for review. As always, all opinions are my own.