Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller Review

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller

OVERALL SCORE

65

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The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller is a good options for parents that need a lightweight stroller with tons of storage and can accommodate an older sibling. This sit and stand stroller is great for children who are slightly older who may get tired on long days out. It can accommodate a car seat, so you can use it with your children right from the start. It’s lightweight and easy to fold up and take with you. This sit and stand is slightly shorter than most other strollers of this type, thereby allowing for better maneuverability. For days out in the city, or visiting an amusement park, this stroller is a lifesaver. You’ll be able to use this stroller as your children grow – definitely a good bng for your buck.

How the Strollers are Reviewed

The following chart rates the stroller for the most important stroller criteria for product specifications, effectiveness, parent preferences, and child comfort.

RATING (SCORE):

   Poor (1-2)   Fair (3-4)   Good (5-6)   Very Good (7-8)   Excellent (9-10)
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Durability
Weight
 EFFECTIVENESS
Brakes
Compact
Ease of Use
Folding
Grip
Maneuverability
Rough Terrain
PARENT PREFERENCES
Accessories
Easy to Assemble
Easy to Clean
Storage
COMFORT
Child Comfort
Sun Canopy
Suspension

Durability

Good – 6/10

The Ultralight is made up of durable canvas material that can look untarnished even after hundreds of uses. The strong frame of this stroller, combined with the thick fabric that covers it, ensures this stroller’s ability to withstand harsh weather and the test of time.

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller

Weight

Very Good – 7/10

At 23.5 pounds, parents love how lightweight and not bulky the Joovy Caboose Ultralight is. Most tandem/double strollers that are on the market currently are very heavy and a pain to travel with. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight ranks among the lightest of its type.

Brakes

Very Good – 7/10

Some parents have remarked that brake disengagement for this stroller can be quite difficult. However, the one-step linked, double action parking brakes that the Ultralight comes equipped with are very effective in making sure your stroller doesn’t roll away.

Compact

Very Good – 7/10

The Ultralight is often praised for being a stroller with the functionality of a double stroller, but with the compact size of a single stroller. It is very light and is the opposite of bulky. This stroller will fit easily into small spaces, such as your car, with room to spares.

“We went up and down in the subway in New York and sometimes we had to carry it up stairs. It was easy for one person to do and super easy to snap out again into its useable position.!”
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Ease of Use

Good – 6/10

This stroller is fairly easy to use. Some may have difficulty opening and closing the stroller, especially in a time crunch. The straps, buckles, and recline feature are all easy to adjust when needed.

Folding

Very Good – 7/10

Folding this stroller requires three steps. To fold it, you will need to use both hands to pull the release at the same time. To busy parents who are in a rush, this can be a hassle. Reviewers have not expressed much difficulty folding it despite this. Unfolding the stroller, however, only requires one hand to do.

Grip

Very Good – 7/10

The handlebar on this stroller is not adjustable, but sits at a high level that is a comfortable height for most parents. Some reviewers have noted that the handlebar is narrow and flat, and doesn’t provide the most comfortable grip.

Maneuverability

Good – 6/10

The Ultralight is not the easiest stroller to steer compared to other strollers. Despite its narrow width, which makes it easy to navigate small spaces, the dual front wheel design and plastic wheels make it hard to maneuver. Additionally, it is hard to go up and down curbs with this stroller..

“AMAZING!!! best bang for my buck yet! Handled concrete, sandy beaches and grass!”
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Rough Terrain

Fair – 3/10

In terms of rough terrain, the Ultralight is not the best stroller to use for parents who like to go offroading. Many reviewers have remarked at how they needed to use extra strength to push this stroller through grass, gravel, and rocky paths.

Accessories

Very Good – 8/10

This stroller has an option for a Caboose Rear Seat. This seat turns this tandem stroller into a true double stroller, with seating for two children. Additionally, a rain cover is available and is easy to install. Both of these items can be purchased separately. The Ultralight comes with cup holders.

Easy to Assemble

Very Good – 8/10

On average, reviewers agree that assembling this stroller can typically take around 20 minutes. Although it is not difficult to assemble, it may require more steps than other strollers of the same type.

Easy to Clean

Very Good – 7/10

The Ultralight was rated as a 7 in this category. Its water resistant fabric and the fact that it’s easy to take apart makes cleaning this stroller after a long day playing in the park effortless.

“Overall, if you’re looking for a sit & stand, especially if you don’t need to use a car seat with it, it will likely fit your needs very well. It does well in stores and smooth pavement. If you are looking to go for longer walks with your kids (over a mile), go on any sort of rougher terrain (uneven pavement, dirt or gravel paths), you’ll probably want to find something else.”
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Storage

Good – 6/10

Storage is located under a sliding bench seat, making it very easy to access you and your child’s essentials while on-the-go. Some reviewers have noted that this storage basket is not as large as they would like it to be.

Child Comfort

Excellent – 9/10

The front seat of the Ultralight can recline in three positions, and can lay almost flat. The rear seat does not recline, however. There is firm padding on both seats on this stroller. Some reviewers have expressed a desire for more padding on the seats.

Sun Canopy

Very Good – 7/10

The Ultralight scored an 8 in this category. Reviewers like how the sun canopy covers both the front seat and (most of) the back seat. The rear canopy extension, which zips into the frame, gives the back seat rider protection.

Suspension

Good – 5/10

The four-wheel suspension on the Ultralight makes for easy handling and a smooth ride on many surfaces.


What do Experts Say?

Joovy Caboose

“This is my favorite stroller for kids more than 2.5 years apart, especially as a backup/lightweight/throw-in-the-car stroller.” – Lucie’s List

“This is a great, lightweight option for a stroller that will grow with kids from infancy through todderhood.” – The Pregnant Chicken

“This versatile stroller is able to navigate crowded places and tight areas with two children in tow, no problem! Unlike other strollers that feel heavy and bogged down with the added weight of an extra child, the Joovy is made of lightweight aluminum so pushing it around is easy on parents.” – Go Adventure Mom


Specifications

BassinetsNo
Car Seat CompatibilityYes
Child’s Age RangeNewborn – 5 Years
Dimension (Standing)10.5 x 21.5 x 41.5 inches
Dimension (Folded) 41.5 x 21.5 x 37 inches
Forward/Rear FacingForward
Handlebar HeightHigh
JoggingNo
One Hand FoldNo
Passenger Capacity2
Recline3 step, 143 Degrees
Weight23.5 lbs
Wheel Sizes7 inches

Where to Buy?

Amazon$161.29
Target$162.99
Walmart$162.99

Our Rating Process

Our team has read through thousands of customer and expert reviews to understand what consumers like, or dislike, about them.  We gather information about the stroller and its attributes that you can’t find by doing a traditional google search and present them to you.  Because each stroller is unique and has its own set of features, the search process can be strenuous.  In the end, you need to find a stroller that is meant for your needs.  By rating them on the most important criteria, we can help you find the stroller that will be the best fit for you and your growing family.  We also reach out to real moms to find out what they’re looking for.  After all, they’re the one’s who know what’s best.

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