We recently went on a week-long trip to Puerto Rico with our 15-month old son, Grayson. We already have a lightweight stroller—The First Years Ignite—but it lacks a lot of features for a long trip with lots of time in the stroller. We wanted the best umbrella stroller we could find. One that was very lightweight, with the ability to recline for naps, ample storage (you can never have enough) and lots of sun protection. After lots of comparison shopping, we found this (and more) in the Joovy Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller.
I own another product from Joovy, and even though it’s made for infants, we still use it every day. The Joovy Spoon is definitely one of my Top 10 baby purchases, so I was excited to move to another one of their products, a travel stroller. It’s full of features that you don’t normally find in a lightweight stroller, plus it looks great. I love the modern design and color options; including triple black, blueberry, purpleness and charcoal.
Living in sun-drenched Miami presents a major challenge. We have to constantly protect ourselves and baby from the sun. I love Joovy Ultralight’s oversized canopy with top view window for this reason. It’s become my go-to stroller for quick errands around town and I no longer have to worry about my son being protected.
The Joovy Ultralight weighs less than 13 pounds. It’s easy to fold with an automatic foot lock. Once folded, it has a side-clamp that keeps the stroller shut. It also has a convenient (and removable) carry-strap on the side if you need to throw it over your shoulder. I love the functionality of the stroller and find it much easier to fold that our other two.
On the back of the stroller, there’s a mesh cup holder and small zippered pocket. If I were to pick my least favorite part of the stroller, this is it. The zippered pocket is flimsy and the cup holder isn’t as good as it could be. To solve this issue, I recommend buying an additional stroller organizer or cargo tray.
In addition to the zippered pocket and cup holder, there is a large storage basket on the bottom of the stroller and two mesh kids pockets built into the sides of the seat. We love these for stashing snacks, toys and sippy cups in reach of the little one.
The Joovy Groove Ultralight is one of the few travel strollers that easily reclines in unlimited positions to 149 degrees. It’s perfect for sleeping on-the-go. When the stroller is reclined, the back panel attaches to the back of the seat to shield baby’s face from the sun entering through the back of the stroller. They really thought of everything when designing this stroller.
One of the problems with our other stroller was the lack of leg support. Grayson’s fat little legs dangled out front, completely exposed to the sun, and if he wanted to sleep, we couldn’t adjust the uncomfortable sitting position. In the Joovy Groove Ultralight, we have the option to have his legs hang down or propped up with an easy-to-operate switch located under the foot rest.
Along with all the features above, the Joovy Groove Ultralight has an adjustable 5-point child harness and reflective fabric for night visibility. We found it to be very sturdy, even over the rough cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.
We look forward to many years with our Joovy Groove Ultralight stroller and can’t recommend it enough for parents looking for a travel stroller that is both lightweight and full of features. Joovy offers free shipping if you purchase directly from their website, www.joovy.com. If you join the “Joovy Club”, they often have sales and discounts. I was able to get $60 off our stroller through one of their sales.
I did not receive compensation for this review. This is an honest review of a product I purchased and used myself and may contain some affiliate links.
What is your favorite travel stroller? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!