Review of the Joovy Sit-and-Stand Double Stroller from a mom of two.
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With so many stroller options out there, it can be hard to know which one to choose.
I have a little bit of a stroller addiction – I think I have bought at least 15 different strollers in the past 3 years – from jogging strollers to lightweight travel strollers to double strollers – so I like to think I am somewhat of a stroller expert. 😉
I am a fan of the Joovy brand because of its high-quality products and charitable partnerships with Hike It Baby and the National Park Foundation. Plus it is a family-run business!
This post will mostly focus on the Joovy Sit-and-Stand Stroller Models, but we will briefly cover the other Joovy double stroller options as well.
I used the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Sit-to-Stand Stroller with an infant and toddler and now with two toddlers.
I will tell you everything I loved about this stroller, as well as the things I didn’t like so you can decide if this stroller is a good fit for your family.
Joovy Double Stroller: Sit-and-Stand vs. Tandem vs. Side-by-Side
One thing to consider when looking for a double stroller is whether you want a tandem stroller or a side-by-side.
There are pros and cons to each, and which is best depends on your situation.
Tandem strollers are usually easier to maneuver on narrow sidewalks or through doorways. They often fold up smaller for transport and have multiple configurations that can change as your kids grow.
Side-by-side strollers are often easier/more comfortable to push and are more spacious for your kiddos. A side-by-side may also offer more storage than a tandem stroller.
I have a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. Side-by-side strollers don’t work well for us because my little guy is always up in his big brother’s business trying to steal his snacks and grab his toys. So tandem style works best for us and makes our outings much more relaxing.
Consider your kids’ personalities and what you will be using your stroller for most often to determine which configuration will work best for your family.
Overview of the Joovy Caboose Sit-and-Stand Stroller
Joovy Caboose Stroller Models
We have the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Sit-and-Stand Stroller (woof that’s a mouthful!).
There are many different Joovy Caboose Models that are all very similar – here are the differences:
- Joovy Caboose – does not include a rear child seat or parent organizer, weighs 27.5 lbs
- Joovy Caboose Too – includes rear child seat, does not include parent organizer, weighs 31.7 lbs
- Joovy Caboose Ultralight – does not include rear seat, weighs 23.5 lbs
- Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight – includes rear child seat, weights 23.5 lbs
- Joovy Caboose UL – does not include a rear child seat, has many additional upgrades, weighs 26.5 lbs
- Joovy Caboose RS Premium – does not include a rear seat or car seat adapter, has tons of upgrades, weighs 30.2 lbs
Some of the upgraded features that the Joovy Caboose RS and UL have include more padding in the seats, higher seat backrests, added mesh pockets, larger rear wheels, a higher handlebar, additional storage underneath the stroller, and an improved parent organizer.
The Caboose RS Premium has upgrades that basically fix everything that I don’t like about my Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight, including a tray that swings out (my son’s feet always get stuck when I try to get him out with the stationary tray), more storage, easier method for taking the seats in/out, a smoother ride, a higher, more padded handlebar, and more configurations.
There is also a bassinet that can be purchased with the Caboose RS Premium stroller, which is not an option for the other Caboose stroller models.
Joovy Caboose Features
One of the standout features of the Joovy Caboose is its compact size. The stroller is designed to be slim and lightweight, which makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces.
The Joovy Caboose is definitely one of the most compact double strollers that you will find, which is convenient if you will be using your stroller in crowded places.
The capacity of the Joovy Caboose is 90-110 pounds, depending on the model.
Your Joovy Caboose stroller comes with (some of these things have to be purchased separately depending on the model you get) a parent organizer, 1-2 child seats (in addition to the built-in bench seat), a tray for the front seat, and a universal car seat adapter.
The stroller has easy-tap foot brakes that make braking the stroller quick and convenient.
The child seats are adjustable and can recline – although the front one cannot recline as much when another child is in the stroller.
The seats in the basic Joovy Caboose stroller models are not overly padded or comfortable, but the newer models have upgraded seats.
The sit-and-stand bench doesn’t have a back, so it won’t be very comfortable if your child will be riding for extended periods of time – it is meant for kids to be getting in/out and rotating sitting/standing frequently.
The sit-and-stand bench is recommended for children 2.5 years or older.
Each child seat has a five-point harness system to keep your kids safe and secure. The front child seat has an adjustable footrest.
The Joovy Caboose has a large sun canopy that stretches over both seats. A UPF 50+ sun protection-rated canopy comes with the upgraded Joovy Caboose models.
Parent organizers, rear child seats, universal car seat adapters, and rain covers can be purchased as additional accessories, although some Caboose models include these accessories.
A stroller tray is included for the front seat of all Caboose strollers. The tray is spacious and has 2 cup holders, however, the cup holders are small and shallow, so the majority of my kids’ cups do not fit.
A bassinet attachment can be purchased for the Caboose RS.
Frame and Weight
The frame of the Joovy Caboose is made of lightweight aluminum, making it easy to maneuver and transport. This lightweight design makes it good for traveling and taking on the go.
The Joovy Caboose also has a compact fold, which makes it easy to store and transport when you’re not using it. I hang our stroller from a hook in our garage when we are not using it, and it doesn’t stick out far or get in the way.
One thing to note – even though it folds up compactly width-wise, it is still quite long, which might make it difficult to fit into smaller vehicles.
I have to angle it in sideways to get it to fit in the back of my small SUV (Nissan Rogue). Once it is in, I have room to put other things around it.
The length of the stroller also makes it a bit awkward/difficult to pick up and carry around. But, keep in mind that it is a double stroller that needs to be big enough to fit 2 children, so you’ve got to have some give and take.
The Joovy Caboose is designed to grow with your family.
For most of the Caboose strollers, the possible configurations include:
- Infant car seat in front, child seat in the back
- Infant car seat in front, sit and stand bench in the back
- Child seat in front, child seat in the back
- Child seat in front, sit and stand bench in the back
These configurations weren’t ideal for us when I had a 1.5-year-old and a newborn.
My toddler had to sit in the back behind the infant car seat. Because he was in the rear seat, he was not able to use the stroller tray, and his view was restricted, which he did NOT like. 😅
I wanted my newborn’s infant seat to be in the back, closer to me, and my toddler up front, with the stroller tray and better views.
So I found a creative solution. I basically wedged my baby’s infant seat sideways in the back of the stroller and put my toddler up front.
This arrangement worked great for us, and the infant seat felt very secure. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing this because it is not how the stroller is designed to be used, but it worked well for us!
The good news is that the Joovy Caboose RS Premium has 16 configurations, including a legitimate option to put the infant car seat in the back!
Now that my kids are older (1 and 2.5) the stroller configurations work well for us. The only thing I would change is having a stroller tray for the back seat in addition to the front seat.
We use 2 child seats if they will be in the stroller for an extended time, and one child seat with the sit and stand bench if my 2-year-old will be getting in and out frequently.
Compared to other similar stroller models, the Joovy Caboose is comfortable to push. It definitely isn’t as smooth or easy to push as a jogging stroller or a stroller with larger wheels, but that is not really a fair comparison.
The length of the stroller makes it difficult to turn at times, especially if your child in the front is heavier.
However, the compact design of the stroller makes it easy to maneuver through doorways and narrow aisles.
The Joovy Too Ultralight Caboose has an undercarriage basket that can hold your necessities. The stroller also comes with a parent organizer, which gives you a nice place to keep your phone, keys, and drinks.
I personally think that the storage on this stroller is minimal compared to other double strollers we have used (but keep in mind that this stroller is designed to be compact). I also think the storage basket is difficult to access when you are using both child seats.
The Caboose RS and Caboose UL have larger storage baskets than the other Caboose models.
The storage in the Joovy Too Ultralight Caboose is sufficient for small outings, but when we are out for longer periods of time and need to pack more, I have used some of these things to give us more storage space:
I purchased my Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Stroller on Facebook Marketplace.
Between my family and the previous family who used the stroller, it has been in commission for years and is still in great condition.
We have had multiple spills and messes made in our Joovy Caboose stroller, but it has always been easy to clean.
Pros & Cons of the Joovy Caboose Sit-and-Stand
- The slim design makes it easy to navigate through crowded places
- Folds up compactly
- Meets Disney stroller requirements
- Basic models are affordable compared to other double-stroller options
- Multiple configurations that grow with you
- The sit-and-Stand option is great – my toddler loves being able to decide if he is going to sit, stand, or walk
- Storage space is minimal and hard to access (there is more storage in the Caboose RS)
- The stroller is pretty long, so can be awkward to carry and challenging to fit in small cars
- Hard to get tall children out of the front seat without scraping their legs on the tray (this is resolved in the Caboose RS with a swinging tray)
- Can be difficult to push and turn – not as smooth as other strollers out there (I have not tried newer Caboose models, so I cannot speak to their maneuverability)
- It’s a process to move the seats/switch configurations (again, this is simplified with the newer models)
- In most Caboose models, the car seat adapter only fits on the front seat, making the rear seat crowded with a restricted view (the Caboose RS solves this by offering more configurations)
- No rear stroller tray
Overall, I think the Joovy Caboose stroller would be a great option if you want a versatile stroller that is lightweight, easy to travel with, and has a sit-and-stand option.
If you do not care about the sit-and-stand option, then you may want to opt for a different style of stroller that is more comfortable to push and offers more configurations.
Even though I have not personally used it, if you are interested in getting a Joovy Caboose stroller, I would recommend the Joovy Caboose RS Premium Sit and Stand Stroller because this upgraded model solves nearly all of the problems that I have with the older Caboose model.
Other Joovy Double Stroller Models to Consider
- Joovy Qool Premium Single/Double/Triple Stroller
- Joovy Kooper Lightweight Side-by-Side Travel Doublehttps://amzn.to/3DV7AoX
- Joovy Scooter X2 Side-by-Side Double
- Big Caboose Triple Strollerhttps://amzn.to/3OXIrR4
- Joovy Zoom X2 Lightweight Performance Double Jogging Stroller
- Cocoon X2 Double Stroller and Bike Trailer
I hope this information helps you decide if a Joovy double stroller is a good fit for you!
Other Double Strollers We Have Tried
Let me know if you want my review of any of these other strollers
- Uppababy Vista V2 Stroller
- Baby Jogger City Select Double Tandem Stroller
- Kinderwagon Hop Tandem Umbrella Stroller
- Delta Little Folks Side-by-Side Umbrella Stroller