As a Joovy Mom, I get to test out a lot of pretty sweet Joovy gear, however the Joovy Too Qool has got to be the
coolest Qoolest piece of gear yet! The Joovy Too Qool is Joovy’s latest double stroller that was built with luxury and style in mind. Like its single stroller sibling the Qool, the Too Qool is a revolutionary new stroller that is the culmination of first class engineering and upscale design.
Too Qool seats come in ten beautiful colors and boy was it hard to chose which color seats we’d like. I honestly debated for an hour before finally settling on the gorgeous Jade color. The Too Qool seats are placed on a lightweight aluminum frame that is available silver or graphite: I went with graphite. When the Too Qool arrived, I couldn’t wait to set it up and start strolling.
Set-up was pretty straightforward. It took me about 20 minutes to get everything unpacked and assembled. I had a hard time getting the mudguards attached to the rear wheel and ended up needing my husband’s muscles for that part, but everything else was pretty easy.
Let’s dive right into talking about the features of this stroller; I’ll start with the frame and wheels, then work up. As I mentioned earlier, with the Too Qool you have your choice between a silver or anodized graphite frame. The frame is made from lightweight aluminum, to keep the weight down, while still giving you a stylish, modern look and the strength and stability you’d need for a double stroller.
The wheels can easily be released from the stroller frame, if needed, for travel and/or storage. The Too Qool is also equipped with Joovy’s new cantilevered suspension system and sealed bearing wheels, to ensure that your children will have a smooth and comfortable ride and that handling will be smooth and effortless as you stroll. If you will be traveling on rocky or rough terrain, you can also easily lock the front wheels by pushing a button located above each front wheel. Another push and they are free to swivel again. Setting the (linked) brakes on the Too Qool couldn’t be easier. Just push down on the brake lever (located behind the right wheel) to engage, then release it by pulling up on the break lever.
The Too Qool is an extremely versatile stroller. The rear seat can be completely removed to convert the Too Qool from a double to single stroller in seconds. Parents and caregivers can also position the seats on the Too Qool in many different configurations to best accommodate their children and needs. Seat positions include:
- 1 backward (or parent) facing seat at the top for a single rider
- 1 forward facing seat at the top for a single rider
- 1 forward facing seat at the bottom for a single rider
- 1 forward facing seat at the top, 1 forward facing seat on the bottom
- 1 backward (or parent) facing seat at the top, 1 forward facing seat on the bottom
Reversing the top seat can be done in one easy step. There are handles on both sides of the seat. Just squeeze, lift, turn, and snap into place again (make sure you do this when your child is not in the seat).
To insert the bottom seat, you will first need to remove the bracket cover and install the rear seat brackets in their place. When the bottom seat is not in use, you’ll want to remove the rear seat brackets and reattach the bracket cover to prevent dirt from accumulating in the slot. This is easy and can be done in seconds.
As I mentioned earlier, this seat is available in TEN different colors! I guarantee that you’ll find more than 1 shade you wish you could have!
The colors are modern and vibrant. I LOVE this about Joovy products! To keep your child comfy on their stroll, each seat includes a super soft neoprene seat insert that is machine washable (thank God for that, right?!). Both seats feature an adjustable footrest and 5-point safety harness with matching shoulder/drool pads. The Joovy Too Qool also comes with an adjustable, removable bumper bar for the front seat, which is covered in stylish leatherette.
Each seat features an extremely easy recline; simply pull the lever at the back of the seat to reach the desired angle. The front seat reclines a little further than the back seat. Each seat also features it’s own canopy with peak-through window (secured by Velcro). The front canopy has a zipper extension that, when utilized, provides quite a bit of shade. The back canopy is much shorter, however if that canopy is open and the front seat is fully reclined, there is no need for a larger canopy. The picture below not only shows the recline for each seat, but also shows each seat with the canopy fully extended and retracted.
To keep YOU comfy, the Too Qool is equipped with an adjustable handlebar, also covered in luxurious leatherette. A generous-size storage basket is located at the bottom of this stroller. When a child is seated in the bottom seat, your basket space will be limited as their feet go in that basket. It can be accessed easily from the front by lifting the foot rest on the front seat. Lowering the footrest on the front seat is also a great way to make sure everything stays in the basket where it belongs.
When it’s time to fold your stroller, you have two options. For the most compact fold, you’ll want to remove both front and back seat. You can also fold this seat with the front seat still attached (facing forward or backward) however you must always remove the back seat. I generally fold mine leaving the front seat attached.
Real World Testing
I have had the opportunity to give this stroller 2 real world testing scenarios so far: shopping at our local mall and a trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
I asked on my Facebook page what questions you might have about this stroller, so I’m going to address them here.
What about the child in the back? How well do they see? How do they feel about it? Is it safe? Etc.
As you can see from most of the pictures, my daughter (who will be 4 later this month) generally rides in the back seat when both of my kids are in this stroller. She gets the back seat for a number of reasons:
- Her younger brother acts terrified to sit in the back. I think he’s afraid the front seat will fall on him.
- She is old enough to understand how to ride in the stroller properly (not kicking her brother’s seat, not pulling his straps, not putting her fingers by the wheel and/or ground).
- Her younger brother is more apt to fall asleep while we are out and the top seat reclines further.
- She is able to climb into the seat unassisted. It is a little bit harder to place a child into that seat and strap them in (especially for me since I’m 6 months pregnant), but I am able to do it with my son as well. It’s just easier when you have a child who can do it all on their own.
While shopping at the mall, I made both of my children stay in the stroller for most of the time. Maggie did not complain about her view being disrupted or about any other issues. She was as happy as any 4 year old forced to ride in the stroller can be.
During our trip to the Natural History Museum, both of my children were in and out of the stroller. Many of the exhibits are hands-on, while others were just easier to see from a standing position. We had 6 adults on this trip and 2 children, so allowing them both the freedom to move around (with an adult holding a hand) was easy to accomplish. There were times when the stroller had 1, both, or neither child in it. When seats were empty, the worked great for holding all the gear! The seats must be comfy however, because there were times when my son would request to be put back into the stroller and both of my children ended up sleeping in the stroller at one time or another.
My son fell asleep in the front seat while we were at the museum. We had it completely reclined and my daughter was able to climb into the back seat still just fine (we did recline her seat for her as well, to give her additional room). She then proceeded to fall asleep herself back there and the recline of the seat seemed to be sufficient for her.
I asked my daughter for her feelings on the front vs. back seat. She clearly prefers the front, but said that she liked riding on the “bottom” too. Even though she may have a seat in front of her, she was certainly able to see from the sides of the seat pretty well.
How does it fit in a trunk?
First, I should say that I drive a minivan and my husband drives a tiny Ford pickup truck. This stroller would not fit in the far back of my van with the front seat attached. It might with the seat removed, but it would be a tight fit. Our minivan has a bench in the back row and 2 captains chairs in the middle row. I recently had my husband remove one of the middle captain’s chair seats so I could put both of my children in the van, shut the door, and then get them into their car seats with plenty of room (we have one car seat in the middle and one car seat in the far back now). This setup is working SO well for us and there is more than enough room for this stroller and other gear in the spot where we took out the captain’s chair. If you have a sedan or SUV, I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t fit into your trunk.
In a perfect world, it would be great if you could collapse it with both seats attached, but I can also see how that would be really hard considering the design of this seat. The only time I can really see this being an issue is for someone who would take this stroller to a place like Disney World where you would be riding on a shuttle and need to close the stroller (we left ours open on the metro). It would be hard for 2 parents to hold onto two small children, plus a stroller that was collapsed with an extra seat detached. It would be nearly impossible for 1 parent to handle that!
How does it handle?
This stroller handles like a DREAM! We took it on the metro in DC, on the sidewalks, through the grass and gravel at the DC “mall” and through the museum and our mall. At one point, I watched a mom struggle to get her Graco stroller onto the metro train. She had to lift up the front wheels to get it on. I was next with the Too Qool and it went right onto the train without any hesitation or trouble. You can steer this stroller with one hand very easily, in fact I did many times. It glides effortlessly. My father in law, who took his turns pushing the stroller while we were at the museum even remarked that it was far easier to push and steer than even the tiny cheap umbrella strollers. He was impressed and so am I!
Other helpful tips I’ve learned
When you have two children in this stroller, your basket space is going to be limited. You can (and we did) put some things in the basket (for example, blankets and coats when we went to DC) but if you don’t want little feet to kick your diaper bag, you will either want a diaper bag that can strap directly to the handle or invest a few dollars in a “Mommy Hook.” I bought mine for $6 at Walmart and it’s a life saver!
This stroller also does not come with a cup holder. Because I review a lot of strollers and many of them do not come with cup holders, I have a universal cup holder that I attached for our trip. You can also purchase this as an accessory from Joovy, and I’d highly encourage you to do so. If you are out for a busy, long day, you’ll need a cup holder!
I like to always have a side-by-side stroller and a tandem or in-line stroller at my disposal. There are occasions when having a side-by-side stroller is my preference, while other times I prefer a stroller that is not going to take up as much room. For trips to the mall, a side-by-side stroller can be a nightmare. I was also SO happy we didn’t take a side-by-side stroller to the museum. There were a few parents there who had those strollers, and I watched them struggle to navigate through the busy crowd.
The Joovy Too Qool is priced at $799 which, I’ll admit, is hard to swallow for a piece of baby gear. It will not be affordable for every family. If you have the extra cash to splurge on a stroller, the Too Qool is one that delivers style and versatility. You could also consider purchasing this stroller for a first (single) baby since it can be used beginning at 3 months (or right away if you add a car seat adapter). Then, just add the back seat when your second child comes along. I’d also like to mention that you are essentially “getting what you pay for.” I have other tandem/ in-line strollers and none of them are as chic as the Too Qool. Additionally, of ALL the double strollers I have tried (tandem/in-line/side-by-side) this one also maneuvers with the most ease.
The more I use this stroller, the more I love it. I took it with us to the museum strictly because I needed a good day’s worth of testing on it so I could review it properly. After that day, despite the fact that I have a number of double strollers available to me, I can tell you without hesitation that this would be the stroller I would take with me again.
When I reach for an in-line/tandem stroller, its going to be our Joovy Too Qool!