It would’ve been so qool to have had the Joovy Qool stroller from day one when we brought the Cub Twins home from the NICU.
Luckily, I had another awesome Joovy product in its place, but once the twins were out of their bucket seats, the Joovy Twinroo stroller had to move on to greener, younger twin pastures.
But if the Qool had been out in Canada when the twins were still in my belly, it’s the stroller I would’ve chosen for our day-to-day errands and sidewalk strolls. (Note that this is not an “all-terrain” stroller, nor is it marketed as such.)
See, the Qool does some pretty qool wicked stuff. You can use it to transport two bucket seats. (Or one. I mean, I realize that most people only have one baby at a time.) You can also use it with one or two bassinets. And once baby hits the 6-month mark, you can use it with a seat (or two). Got twins and a threenager? Bless your heart—they all fit thanks to the Qool Bench Seat. A bassinet and a regular seat? Why not! A regular seat and a bucket seat? Heck ya! You can even be boring and push just a single seat.
The sheer versatility of the Joovy Qool is downright mind-boggling. If your family doesn’t grow exponentially like mine did, you can start off real slow. You buy the Qool as it is with its one seat and add the adaptors for your infant seat. Don’t want to attach an infant seat but want to stroll from birth? Get the bassinet.
Then with that one little baby and just the regular stroller seat, you’ve already got options: facing you or facing outwards, up high or in the middle of the frame, recline fully for a lovely nap and be totally protected from sun and wind thanks to the epic shade.
To attach the second seat, you just click on the front adaptor and you’re good to go. Your twins, or two kiddos close in age (and just to be clear, twin parents everywhere want you to know it’s not the same as twins) can both face you, they can both face out, one can face you and the other can face out or—our personal favourite—they can face each other.
For twins, the Qool is seriously the greatest thing since sliced bread (and I really, really love bread that is sliced in advance). For one thing, it can accommodate two infant seats. When I first found out I was having twins, I discovered it wasn’t that easy to find a lightweight stroller that would fit two bucket seats. It can also accommodate two bassinets. But since my boys had just graduated from their bucket seats when our Qool arrived, we’ve only tested it with two seats.
I also purchased the Qool Tote to use with our Qool: it’s a bag that clicks into the top or middle bracket of the stroller. It gives me even more cargo space when I take the twins to the grocery store.
At first I was a bit skeptical about how much I would enjoy using a stroller that I would have to assemble every time I took it out of my trunk. But after one try, I was converted. Here’s why:
- It’s lighter to lift out the frame and then the seats.
- Given that the trunk of my Odyssey has more vertical space than depth, after loading the frame, two seats and the bench, I still have trunk space left.
- If it takes longer to put the Qool together (or collapse it) than it does to unfold a traditional stroller, then it could only be by a few seconds. (If you have one, we should have a race!)
Here’s a very black and grey video of me setting up my Qool:
#ad I’m not sure if there could be any more black and grey going on in this video 😂I wanted to show how easy it is to set up our Joovy Qool stroller and no better place than the parking lot of a home reno store on a Sunday to do it. Full review currently in my brain, awaiting transmission to my keyboard.
Posted by Maman Loup's Den by Lindsay Gallimore on Sunday, March 31, 2019
My Favourite Things About the Joovy Qool:
- VER.SA.TILE. There are so many possible configurations for this stroller for one, two or three children.
- Not overly heavy. At 30 lb, it’s not as arduous to push up our neighbourhood hills as our all-terrain stroller.
- Telescopic handle can be raised for tall folks like me.
- Allows for two infant seats at a time, making it perfect for newborn twins.
- Narrow enough for all my twintastic adventures, whether it’s the grocery store, doctor’s office or just sharing the sidewalk with another adult.
- Great big canopy to protect from the sun and wind. Peekaboo mesh so you can see through the canopy if you so desire.
- Quick to fold and quick to set up.
- Compact enough for my minivan’s mini trunk.
- Wide range of reclines, and both seats recline independently.
- Large, easy-to-access basket.
- Easy to clean.
- Bench attachment allows for an older child to sit (rather than stand).
- Bench attachment sits far enough back on the stroller that I’m not constantly tripping on it or stubbing my toes.
- Easy to steer and can be pushed with one hand: I can open and get through doors by myself!
Things I like less:
- Like with most strollers these days, all the extra bells and whistles—like a handlebar organizer or a tray—are extra dollars.
- A bit awkward to get up and down curbs that don’t have a cut-out. I tend to pull the stroller off the curb backwards.
- Doesn’t have any suspension, although I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t appreciate a bumpy ride.
- Not ideal if your main strolling terrain is rough and uneven.
Bottom line: Unlike car seats, cloth diapers and baby carriers, I can’t claim to have tried a bazillion different strollers. That said, with its versatility and price point, the Joovy Qool seems to be checking all the boxes for parents who have tried a few similar style strollers.
As for me, I use the Qool pretty much every single day. School drop off, grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, IKEA, Costco, trips to the playground and all manner of daily scenarios when I need to get Cub Twin A and Cub Twin B (and their siblings) from point A to point B are made easier by the Joovy Qool.
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