Joovy gave us the chance to try out the Joovy Groove to see how it met our needs for on the go stroller action.
So, first things first. What were my first impressions? It was stylish, the canopy is nothing short of amazing and I love the fact that the handle bars of the stroller were higher than others we’ve tried (making it a must try for taller parents!). It was a smooth ride and took no more than ten minutes to snap it together with the wheels. I love me some easy assembly.
Here are a few things that make the Joovy Groove the perfect stroller for on the go this spring:
At 17 pounds, I can easily pick up the stroller (with Violet in it) and carry it up to the two steps on our front porch. It’s light, and grabbing the stroller from either side is pretty simple. Plus, since it’s light it’s easy to carry from the car to the house, if we are going to be using it for a day trip. The aluminum frame is lightweight, but strong and hasn’t shown any wear in the time we’ve been using the Joovy Groove.
It folds small. Long, but small. I can easily fit it into the small trunk of our Subaru with a couple of stashed away gifts and a week’s worth of groceries. Plus, when it’s at-home and in the house, I store it unfolded, in our front entry way and it nestles right into the area where we have a bench to put on shoes. Easy peasy.
It’s not the most compact stroller you are going to find, but if you have children that are a couple of years apart (one and four) it’s a great option for a versatile ride.
It has a Great Canopy
The Joovy Groove stands out for me as the only stroller you are going to need for those summer day trips, quick weekends away and trips to the park. The canopy stays in place and isn’t one that you are going to have to keep adjusting over the kid in the stroller. Plus, the already large canopy is even more fantastic with the option to pull down and extend it. It’s a total paparazzi friendly canopy.
The groove fits our tiny one-year-old Violet, while easily accommodating almost four-year-old Olivia (the seat is very generous). The seat can be pulled up for shorter legs and folded down for longer ones. The straps are easily adjusted and if you have a child that will nap in a stroller (lucky you) there’s an easy recline feature in the back of the stroller to an almost laying position.
We’ve used strollers in the past with the tether recline system and they were terrible. Joovy has mastered it with an easy pull button to recline and sit the stroller back up. More important, the stroller stays in the upright position when you want it to.
It Strolls like a Pro
We’ve used the Joovy Groove for a month and it has completely replaced the other compact stroller we were using. The taller height of the stroller make it easy to push and we’ve manuevered through ice, snow and slush with ease. It’s a dream on cement and the wheels are squeak-free
How much junk can you fit in the trunk? On our day out to TWOS I was able to fit a blanket (pictured on our walk above) a kids jacket and a small tote bag filled with snacks/diapers (think the size of a Lululemon small bag) into the basket. Of course, when reclined it’s hard to access but this is the case with all strollers.
There isn’t anything I would change about the Groove. Joovy nailed it from the five point harness, ride that accommodates six month olds to four year olds and even a carry handle on the side with a lock when folded. It is one the wider side of umbrella strollers and has a 14″ width of the stroller seat.
So, what’s the price tag? You can buy the Joovy Groove for $199. Though it is a bit on the high end of the pricing scale for a lightweight stroller, the use we are going to get from the stroller through the summer months is well worth the price. I`d pay the $199 after trying it out. The quality aluminum frame and premium features (without the premium price tag) have me convinced that it’s our new go-to stroller. You’ll get good use out of the Joovy through Spring, Summer, Fall, minor snowfall and indoors all year round.
You can find the Caboose version, with the stand-on feature for older kids + the stroller at Babies R Us.