Joovy Zoom 360 Review

August 26, 2013
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
88
Design
8
Performance
8
Comfort
7
Convenience
7
Quality
9
Value
9

The Good

  • Quality design and construction
  • Comfortable seat fits larger kids
  • Rain cover and parent organizer included

The Bad

  • Heavy
  • Pricey
  • Not car seat compatible
THE VERDICT

The Zoom 360 is a versatile stroller that scores high marks in almost every category.

FULL REVIEW

Design
Like most Joovy products, the Zoom 360 is thoughtfully designed, from the reflective stitching on the seat harness to the not-too-stiff, not-too-soft suspension. Its folding mechanism is different from most—you pull on a cable behind a Velcro flap behind the passenger’s feet—but it works smoothly once you get the hang of it. The stroller cannot fit a car seat.
 
Performance
With the front wheel locked, the Zoom 360 tracks very straight, with a smooth ride. The suspension is more suited to pavement than trails. It is somewhat heavy, so steep hills can be a challenge, and a handbrake would have been helpful for the downhills. Overall, the Zoom 360 performs well as both a jogger and an around-town stroller.
 
Comfort
The reclining seat is comfortable and extra wide, with long seatback, so it can fit toddlers who are too big for other strollers. The folding canopy is large enough to block out sun or rain from most angles, and for downpours, a rain cover is included.

Convenience
I like the easy access to the ample under-seat basket, and the neoprene “parent organizer” on the handlebars is another handy feature, with two cup holders and a zippered pouch. (The soft material works better than hard plastic). The Zoom 360 folds up easily and compactly, but—maybe it’s the weight, maybe the design—I still found it one of the most awkward strollers to carry while folded.

Quality
This is a stroller that will last a while. The Zoom 360 feels solidly built, like a bike trailer, with no cheap plastic or rattling bits, with one exception: the little tire pump that comes with it is pretty much useless.

Value
Considering its high marks in design, quality, performance, and included accessories (pump notwithstanding), the Zoom 360 is a good deal for the price.

 


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MSRP
$270.00
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