Joovy Groove Ultralight Travel Stroller Review

Joovy Groove Ultralight stroller
A beautiful day in the park with the Joovy Groove Ultralight umbrella stroller.

OVERALL SCORE

75

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The Joovy Groove Ultralight stroller is the perfect stroller for shopping at the mall, daytrips, and traveling. It combines the convenience of a lightweight umbrella stroller with the luxuries of a more expensive stroller, such as its large canopy and dual braking system. This stroller scored a 10 in multiple categories because of how easy it is to operate. This includes folding it, stowing it away, and adjusting different aspects of it to makes sure that your child is at maximum comfort!

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

Very Good – 8/10

The Joovy Groove Ultraweight Umbrella stroller is composed of a 6061 aircraft aluminum frame with reinforced side supports. This ensures that the frame lasts for a long time and through many uses. The fabric that makes up this stroller is also very durable and does not wear very easily.

Joovy Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller
The Joovy Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller!

Weight

Excellent – 10/10

This lightweight stroller is only 12 pounds (without accessories), making it very easy to carry and bring from place to place. When needed, it is very easy to fold this stroller up and throw it over your shoulder using the carrying strap it comes with.

Brakes

Very Good – 7/10

This stroller comes with dual brakes that make parking easy and safe when you need to give pushing the stroller a rest, or prevent it from rolling down an incline. These two foot parking brakes are located on top of each rear wheel. These wheels are very easy to lock and unlock, but you will need to unlock each one individually.

Compact

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller received an excellent score in this category due to its light weight and compact umbrella fold, making it easy to fit into small spaces for storage and maneuver through crowded, urban areas. The compact package that this stroller can fold down into will fit into any trunk.

“I love the fact that the regular stroller seat could be easily transformed into a bassinet (most strollers have it as a separate piece) can have it on hand at any time with me when baby needs a safe place to nap.”
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Ease of Use

Excellent – 10/10

The Ultralight received a perfect score in this category because of how effortless it is to maneuver, stow away, and adjust. Features such as the recline and leg rest are very easy to adjust.

Folding

Excellent – 10/10

This stroller has an easy, standard umbrella fold. The Joovy Ultralight can fold up after only two steps. Its folded dimensions are 40″ x 11″ x 12.5,″ making for a very compact fold. You will need to use both hands to fold and unfold this stroller, but the process remains very simple.

Grip

Very Good – 8/10

The handlebars on this Joovy stroller are very easy and comfortable to grip. They are located 42.5 inches from the ground, making them a suitable height for taller parents. They are not adjustable, but most parents do not have an issue with their height. 

Maneuverability

Very Good – 8/10

Many reviewers agree that it is very easy to maneuver this stroller on flat surfaces. This Joovy stroller has front wheels that can swivel and lock straight when needed. It glides very smoothly due to its light weight, and any parent can steer it using only one hand.

“EVERYTHING on this stroller is easy to adjust, from opening it for use, or folding it to put it in a car, or adjusting the canopy or backrest. Brake operation is simple – one button foot control! The swivel locks also operate easily. Even changing the color with Chicco’s color kits (sold separately) takes just minutes.”
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Rough Terrain

Fair – 3/10

This stroller scored a 5 in this category. Due to its small wheels, it is much more suitable for flat surfaces like sidewalks and shopping malls as opposed to grassy areas/rocky paths. It is possible to take this stroller off-roading to tackle some grass or gravel due to its lockable swivel wheels, but most parents prefer to use it on flat surfaces.

Accessories

Good – 5/10

There is not much in terms of accessories for this stroller. It comes with an extendable sun visor for extra protection from the sun, but many other accessories, such as the rain cover, must be purchased separately. This stroller does not come with a cup holder.

Easy to Assemble

Good – 6/10

It is very easy to assemble this stroller if instructions are followed carefully. It may take more than 20 minutes for parents who have little to no experience with strollers, however, it is very doable with a small amount of tools.

Easy to Clean

Very Good – 8/10

The fabric of the Ultralight Umbrella stroller is water and stain resistant. This makes cleaning it very easy. All that’s needed to keep this stroller in good condition is a quick wipe-down of dirty spots, even after a day in the rain.

“The frame feels cheap and wobbly. The wheels look cheap and perform poorly. It takes 3 hands to open it – 2 to press the buttons and 1 to lift the handle. When closing it it is difficult to stop the handle from hitting the ground. You also must detach all pieces to close it which means there are a lot of pieces to store in your vehicle. Overall, I was disappointed.”
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Storage

Good – 6/10

In terms of storage, this stroller includes an undercarriage basket, a mesh pocket behind the canopy, and two mesh pockets on the sides of the seat. Many reviewers have felt that the storage compartment under the seat is too small to fit all of their essentials. Additionally, this storage space is hard to access when the seat is reclined.

Child Comfort

Excellent – 10/10

This is a very comfortable stroller for children due to the roomy seat it includes. Additionally, the padding on the seat is very plush and soft, keeping your little one relaxed during the ride. The suspension on this Joovy model also contributes to the smooth ride this stroller provides.

Sun Canopy

Excellent – 9/10

The sun canopy on this stroller received a 9 out of 10 due to how tall it is and its efficiency when it comes to protecting its passenger from the sun. It will provide full coverage from the sun, and even includes a small zipper pocket that makes for extra storage.

Suspension

Fair – 3/10

This stroller has an all-wheel suspension, which is not common in umbrella strollers. This suspension system does not improve the Joovy Ultralight’s capacity to handle rough terrain, though it does make the ride slightly smoother for the child! 


What do Experts Say?

Joovy Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller
A view of the rear side of the Groove Ultralight! A beautiful purple color.

The deep near-flat recline together with an adjustable leg rest offers plenty of stretch room and is suitable for a newborn. Great for long naps and quick diaper changes. BTW, not many umbrella strollers have a flat recline, so it’s a BIG plus.” – Moms Stroller Reviews 


Specifications

BassinetsNo
Car Seat CompatibilityNo
Child’s Age Range3 months – 5 Years
Dimension40.8 x 21 x 33.5 inches
Forward/Rear FacingForward
Handlebar Height42.5 inches
JoggingNo
One Hand FoldNo
Passenger Capacity1
ReclineAdjustable, 149 degrees
Weight12 lbs
Wheel Sizes4.5 inches

Where to Buy?

Amazon$139.99
Macro Baby$189.99
Bed Bath and Beyond$189.99

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 it’s 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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