I am a Joovy Mom and partnered with Joovy for the following post. I received a Too Qool at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
I’ve spent the past two years attempting to navigate motherhood of one. Now that I’m a mom of two, it’s a whole new ballgame. And one of the first challenges I faced was transporting the BOTH of them.
I spent countless hours researching double strollers. Side-by-side? Front-and-back? Face-to-face? Face-to-back? Sit-and-stand? I was overwhelmed by all the options for double strollers. It wasn’t until I came across the Joovy Too Qool that I knew I found the perfect fit for our family. When I first laid eyes on it at an event in NY, my mouth dropped open and I drool poured out. This stroller was gorgeous – sleek, slim, and multi-functional. I just had to have it.
So I was over-the-moon excited when Joovy offered to send me the stroller to test out with my toddler and newborn in tow. We waited in anticipation for our new family toy to arrive, and when the time came, we got right to setting it up.
The box arrived with a photo of the stroller on the outside. My daughter immediately saw the image and began shouting in sequence, “ower, ower, ower!” She’s OBSESSED with strollers thanks to her baby dolls, but since she started walking, she hasn’t wanted anything to do with sitting in a stroller. That was until she tried to boot her brother out of his car seat carrier at Cedar Point, at which time I knew she’d revert back to being pushed around at some point (I mean, who doesn’t want to be chauffeured in a stroller? I would any day of the week.)
This stroller arrives with minimal assembly required. The base and seats come completely assembled. The only real assembly needed is attaching the wheels and the mud guards. Just a few simple clicks do the trick (no tools required!). Note: If you misplace instructions for your Joovy product, they can be found on Joovy.com
Each seat is labeled FRONT or REAR for each positioning reference. Depending on the configuration, both, one, or neither seat can be used with the Too Qool (I say neither for times you use just a car seat adapter – more of that later).
The FRONT seat can be adjusted to three reclining positions and has a larger canopy, while the REAR seat can be adjusted to two and has a smaller canopy.
The straps can be easily adjusted to four different shoulder levels by just sliding the buckle end through the plastic seat back and two layers of fabric. I would suggest making any necessary adjustments (they come pre-installed) before going out and about, or you’ll get stuck trying to adjust them in the middle of the GAP like I did.
Once daddy got everything assembled, Bear had no reserves about trying it out. We couldn’t even get it out the door before she tried to jump on in and test it out herself.
A walk around the neighborhood immediately followed.
That day, we used the stroller as a double with the REAR seat and infant car seat. That’s what I love the most about the Joovy Too Qool – the fact that it’s a chameleon and has multiple configurations.
I can’t stress how convenient it is to have a stroller than can be used as double OR a single. I honestly feel like the $799.99 price tag is warranted and worth it since this stroller can be used the day you bring your first-born home (with a car seat adapter) all the way until your youngest (who may not even be born yet!) hits 55 lbs.
To use this stroller as a single with an infant car seat, an adapter is needed (and can only be used in the FRONT seat position). We have the Britax B-Safe infant car seat and Joovy just came out with an adapter compatible with this car seat. Just like the Too Qool seats, the adapters snap easily into the brackets followed by a snap of the car seat carrier into the second set of brackets.
The FRONT Too Qool seat can be used from 3 months through 55 lbs. and the REAR Too Qool seat can be used from 6 months through 55 lbs. Both seats have cushy neoprene seat inserts that are machine washable (a must-have for any mom). To clean it, just use a mild soap and warm water with a sponge or clean cloth and air dry.
Joovy really thought of everything for the Too Qool – all the way down to an adjustable, leatherette handlebar, which can be position at 6 different heights.
Not only is the stroller handle made of soft leatherette, so is the bumper bar, or what I refer to as a removable kid handle. This handle is optional in the FRONT or REAR seat, but we usually don’t use it in either.
Just below the REAR seat to the right is the wheel locking mechanism. It’s very easy to use, especially when you’re in a parking lot trying to get the kids in and out of the stroller to make sure you don’t have a runaway Too Qool.
The front wheels also lock easily to maintain a forward position rather than a swivel. Two buttons sit atop the front wheels. With a simple bend at the waist and index finger push, the swivel turns on or off.
So how does the Joovy Too Qool handle while out and about in the real world? Let’s take a look.
Real Life Test #1: Outlet Mall [Configuration: Infant Car Seat + REAR Too Qool Seat]
One of our favorite places to venture is the local outlet mall; not just for the shopping, but for the duck pond, mini vintage carnival rides (they have the Ghostbusters car!), food trucks, and playground. It makes for a very productive shopping trip when you can take “kid” breaks between stores.
We brought the Too Qool in our SUV. We first tried to fold it up with the FRONT seat attached. That was a bit too bulky, and since we were going to use the car seat adapter anyway, we removed the seat so just the frame remained. We folded the frame and placed the REAR seat alongside it in the trunk (the stroller can’t be folded with the REAR seat attached anyway). We also folded the third row seats down otherwise it wouldn’t have fit.
When we got to the outlets, we placed the REAR seat in first and Bear climbed in. This is the easiest way to get the child in the bottom seat as it gets hard to get her in and out once there’s a seat above her. I was worried that my knees would hit her seat when I walked, but they cleared it just fine.
This stroller comes with a cup holder for mom or dad’s juice, which in our house is also known as coffee. It doesn’t include a kid cup holder, but Bear’s sippy cup with handles attaches perfectly to the handlebar.
I thought she might have an abstracted view in the seat down low, but between extending her neck to check on her baby brother, looking left and right at all the activity, and playing peek-a-boo with me through the canopy “window,” entertainment wasn’t an issue.
Of course we had to make a stop to feed the ducks.
I was worried that with the REAR seat snapped in that I wouldn’t have any room for my purchases, considering that Bear’s feet took up much of the basket, but that was not the case (phew!). We fit three medium sized shopping bags in the storage basket (including a paper one).
As we strolled through the outdoor mall, a lady stopped me and said, “That thing is hot! That is the best thing you could have ever bought.” I felt like one of those celebrities with those fancy strollers.
Real Life Test #2: Indoor Mall [Configuration: Infant Car Seat + REAR Too Qool Seat]
So obviously I like to shop. This time I carted the Too Qool to our local mall. Again, I took the SUV, but this was the first time my husband wasn’t there to help me unfold and fold it. I was impressed by how easy it was to open by just unsnapping the folding latch on the side. To fold it on our return trip, I just slid a button and snapped the folding latch back into place.
Maneuvering through the mall wasn’t an issue at all. We made it in and out of the handicapped bathroom stall and dressing room with ease, through the food court tables without blinking an eye, and around most of the mall stores without knocking anything over (with the exception of GAP Kids – can’t they merchandise their store to accommodate strollers better?!).
One thing I noticed was that the stroller didn’t have a parent organizer on the handlebar, so I ended up picking one up at the mall that day.
Real Life Test #3: Kohl’s [Configuration: Infant Car Seat Only]
Okay, I know; I need to stop shopping. I made it a goal to finish my Christmas shopping before the end of my maternity leave, so don’t judge too harshly.
For this trip, I brought my sedan. It was definitely more of a challenge to get the stroller frame in the trunk. It took some finagling (I scratched the aluminum on the top of my trunk, so I’ll be placing a blanket over it from now on), but I got it in. There just wasn’t much room for my purchases.
If you’ve ever been to Kohl’s, you may have noticed that the carts they provide in store are not conducive to car seat carriers, so a stroller is a necessity to bring to Kohl’s. For this trip, I just brought the Little Man with me (how did I ever think life was so challenging with just one?).
By using this stroller as a single, I had my own personal clothes rack (although Joovy doesn’t recommend putting anything over the handle), and SO much storage room under the stroller in the basket.
I was also able to shop without having to offer fruit snacks as bribery for five more minutes of browsing.
Real Life Test #4: Zoo [Configuration: Infant Car Seat + REAR Too Qool Seat]
Admission to the zoo is free for local residents on Mondays, so we took a family trip to see the giraffes, elephants, and monkeys. My daughter spent much of the time walking from exhibit to exhibit, but I loved having the option for her to sit and be pushed if she got tired. It’s probably a good thing that she didn’t want to sit in the stroller that day considering we accidentally brought the FRONT instead of the REAR seat. Turns out that the FRONT fits in the REAR slots, but isn’t recommended.
The one thing I noticed while being out in the sun with the Too Qool is that when using a car seat rather than the FRONT seat, there isn’t a canopy extender in the opposite direction for the car seat, so a breathable blanket is needed if it’s sunny out.
Real Life Test #5: Outlet Mall Again… [Configuration: FRONT Too Qool Seat Only]
Having a new baby means my daughter is now competing for my time (I really hate that). I’ve been trying to set aside designated mommy-daughter time so she knows that she’s not being replaced. So back to the outlet mall we went.
Like I said earlier, after she began walking, she loathed the stroller. I don’t know if it was because it was around the same time she grew out of her infant car seat and her stroller was only forward-facing. I’m now thinking that was probably the case, considering she was content and happy in the rear-facing position (facing mommy) in the Too Qool. I loved pushing her and just chatting. I even picked up a matchbox car for her (always have reinforcements handy when shopping with a toddler) and she drove it on her “Joovy highway.”
With just one seat, I had a plethora of storage available (one of life’s little wonders). This came in handy for some Christmas purchases.
The Too Qool really is a luxury stroller. I like to refer to it as the Cadillac of double strollers. I mean, the stroller has a leatherette handle – come on! If you’re looking for a stroller to last you through multiple kids, the Joovy Too Qool is it. Even if you only have one child, but are planning on having more, I would highly recommend opting for the Too Qool over its sister stroller the Qool (you can read my friend Ruth’s review on the Qool here). The Too Qool accommodates two kids up to 55 lbs (see what my friend Janessa thinks of the Too Qool with two toddlers).
I also love that Joovy is a quality brand that stands behind their products with a satisfaction guarantee. They want their customers to be completely satisfied, so they invite anyone who has questions to call their Customer Service Department at 1-877-456-5049. They are there to assist customers between 8:30am and 5pm CT.
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