Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, Brownie

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, Brownie

The new Ultralight Caboose is the lightest, most maneuverable tandem stroller available on the market today. At 21 pounds the Caboose Ultralight is 20% lighter than the original Caboose and far lighter than most double strollers. When we say maneuverable, we mean it. The Caboose Ultralight can navigate narrow spaces with ease. And thanks to its minimal weight, you can steer with just one hand. The large, comfortable front seat now includes three reclining positions for the front riding passenger. When the front seat reclines to its lowest position, your older child can still stand on the rear platform. The patented Stand On Tandem design gives your older child the freedom to choose between walking, standing and sitting. Parents tell us this single feature alone has given their child a head start at developing a healthy independence, a win win for both parents and kids alike. Parents of an infant or newborn will love that each Ultralight Caboose is outfitted with a Universal Car Seat Adapter that snaps easily into the tray housings. The new Ultralight Caboose has linked rear brakes adding extra security when the stroller is parked. The new 4 wheel suspension will make for the smoothest ride for your back seat passenger. A new and improved larger storage basket will hold plenty of gear for your outings. Joovy’s signature oversized canopy has been designed with a sun visor extension that provides shade for both children and protection from the elements. The Joovy Parent Organizer is included with every Ultralight Caboose. After your outing, the Caboose Ultralight folds super compactly for storage. In fact, it can be placed in the trunk of most compact cars. And at 21 pounds, lifting the Ultralight in and out of your car is simple and easy.

Main features

  • Most lightweight, compact, maneuverable tandem available
  • Oversized canopy with visor extension, three position reclining front seat
  • Large storage basket, parent organizer included
  • Linked rear parking brakes, easy trigger fold design
  • Child tray with 2 cup holders, universal car seat adapter included

Verified reviews

★★★★★

Great for 3 1/2 yr old and 1 yr old!

The stroller holds the kids, and everything else. My 3 1/2 yr old loves his bench seat (and the option to stand). My 1 yr old seems happy in the front, and the 5 point harness fits her well (she’s only 16 pounds). I wouldn’t give it 5 stars, because I feel it could be a little easier to push- its not too hard, but the handlebar could be designed better for easier maneuverability.

Esperanza Holland, IA
★★★★★

A good double stroller with one small flaw

Overall this is a good functional double stroller. I have only noticed 1 flaw and it’s if you purchase the Caboose back seat. When your kid sits in the Caboose back seat and they put their feet in the storage area below (there is no where else their feet can go) their feet will push the front of the storage area into the front wheels and stop the wheels from moving. If this stroller is used without the add on Caboose with one kid facing forward and the other kid facing the rear it works fine. My recommendation would be not to purchase the add on Caboose. Just use the double stroller as is.

Karyn Indian Valley, VA
★★★★★

great for toddlers and preschoolers

I got this stroller even though I already have a Maclaren double stroller. This one feels lighter and easier to maneuver through store aisles, but the Maclaren is somewhat easier to get up and down curbs. My girls (petite sized) were about aged 2 and 4 when I used this stroller the most for mall shopping trips and park outings; however, after I learned I was expecting my third baby, I’ve stopped pushing them around because of the combined weight being quite heavy and hard on my hips! Now the girls are close to 3 and 5 so I just make them walk or just use shopping trolleys, but with a baby on the way I expect to be able to make use of this stroller again very soon especially with the car seat attachment for the new born stage. We had this shipped internationally to us in the UK for a great rate and found it quite easy to put together. It smelled really strongly at first, so we left it outside to air out before we used it. Also we don’t particularly make use of the tray cup holder or parent organizer, but they seem to work ok and be of reasonable quality.Things we like: kids can get on and off the stroller easily; can potentially have 3 children riding it on/off for longer outings; fits infant carseat.Not so great: the front seat isn’t very deep, so larger children will not be as comfortable sitting there; the basket can be hard to access, tray cup holder is really hard to take on and off (we usually just leave it off)*UPDATE – DEC, 1, 2013*I’ve been able to use this stroller to push a toddler, a 4 year old, and a 6 year old at the same time. The total weight is almost as much as me, so I do get a pretty good workout especially on any type of incline. My two older girls share the back by squeezing in on the seat or standing up together, but usually only for short stretches (e.g. 10-15 minutes max). They can get on and off when they want easily. And amazingly, the stroller looks almost brand new. This was definitely a good investment for us.

Freda Moriah Center, NY
★★★★★

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

Lugging a 2 1/2 year old and a baby around is not for the faint of heart. I am also not known for my upper body strength. I loved how the baby seat situated snugly in the carrier without having to snap in. Made life so much easier and made the angle the baby laid at comfortable. Even though the older child is supposed to sit backwards, it worked for her to face forward too and still buckle in while putting her feet in the pocket underneath. The steering is awesome, even with a heavy load. The only thing I wish I could change would be easier access to the pocket under the seat.

Priscilla Marshall, MI
★★★★★

No more whining during evening walks

I researched sit-and-stand strollers for several weeks before I decided on this one:It is the lightest double stroller available with 21 lbs. I can easily lift it in and out of the trunk of my Pontiac Vibe. However, I have to remove the car seat extender to fit it in which is no big deal since it is on a quick release, though the release buttons take some muscle power to operate (which I like for safety reasons – those latches hold my baby seat!)The short wheel base makes it easy to maneuver, but of course you will feel the weight of 2 children on it. It drives a nice straight line without too much wiggling. It holds my Chicco KeyFit30 car seat without reclining the seat so my toddler can actually sit in the back wit the car seat on the front.I like that I can see both children’s faces and can see what is going on.It has a large basket underneath that is a bit difficult to access, but it has quick-access side pouches that my toddler sticks toys in that she wants to grab on the quick while we are walking.It folds easily and has a little locking latch so it stays folded.What could be better: It does not stand on its own once folded, so you either have to lay it flat or hang it up somewhere.The foot rest elevates but does not come up to a horizontal like my Chicco stroller does so the baby in the front seat definitely has to be old enough to sit up on her own before she can use it without a car seat.

Lesley East Pembroke, NY
★★★★★

Great stroller

Love the stroller for a newborn and a 3 year old. I give it 5 stars because it rolls so easily and turns so easily too. I have tried a couple of other strollers and this one just seems to glide. It is pretty easy to put things in the basket and the canopy is very versatile so no one gets too much sun. I wish the seat would recline more for a newborn and the 3 year old could still sit, but that would make it a larger and heavier stroller, (not a good trade off). It is moderately heavy to lift into our SUV but it seems to be lighter than the other sit and stands. I wish it would close easier, (it has a latch that you have to squish it together and then fold the latch closed. Not so easy, but I will settle for those cons in exchange for the great ride and ease of use.

Dayna Boutte, LA
★★★★★

Roomy and lightweight

We don’t have a ton of experience using this stroller yet, but what experiences we have had, have all been positive. It is easy to push and use. The under carriage storage is not very large, but holds the essentials. The drink holder fits a water bottle, cell phone and keys. Our Britax car seat fits up front. We bought the second seat for our 2 year old and it is roomy and comfortable for her. It is still cumbersome, but much less so than other double strollers.

Darlene Vanderbilt Beach, FL
★★★★★

We tested several – here are reasons this Joovy was best

I ordered the Joovy ultralight caboose and it arrived in 2 days. Right out of the box I already knew I loved it. But I was worried if it was the right choice without having tried any others so we test drove it in the living room, then went to some stores to test drive others. I played out every scenario I could think of that we might encounter while out with the boys (3.5 yr old and 3 month old). So this is a long review, but should hit all the things on your checklist.We tested the Baby Trend sit n stand but the front didn’t recline much so that was ruled out. The double sit n stand was a bus, so eve though their add on seat reclined more, it was just a huge stroller and we ruled it out too. Then I discovered that Graco had a simple sit n stand. It fully reclined, but everything felt cheaply made, especially the seat and canopy. Also the canopy was really useless. All of those other options were much heavier, longer, bulkier, harder to push, larger when folded, and harder to fold. So we came back to the Joovy.Here are all the aspects I tested:
• parent console – The new Joovy ultralight comes with the parent console, which only holds waterbottles (not takeout cups or coffee) but honestly, that isn’t a setback because first off any bump will send your coffee splashing up out of the hole in the lid anyway so I never put my coffee in the cup holder of our single stroller. I have a Brica cup holder if I really need that option anyway. The pockets are great for a burp cloth, some tissues, a pacifier, my cell, etc.
• basket – The basket is big and can fit alot. It is also a sturdier material, not mesh or bouncy elastic at all. Yes, the basket isn’t really accessible enough to put a large diaper bag in there but baskets under strollers have weight limits anyway so most bags are too heavy and shouldn’t even be in there. I either carry mine, or use stroller clips from the child handles on the back when my 3 yr old is walking beside me. You can also place your diaper bag on the bench while the rear rider is standing. And when he is sitting, I have a way that I sling it over the handlebar and it really is not in his way. We use the basket for a blanket, a hoodie,shopping bags, snack bag, etc. the outside of the basket has velcro pockets as well which are great for small items or quick grab things like tissues or a plastic bag for trash.
• Front seat – The front seat fully reclines, has decent height, is padded, sturdy, nice quality material. The buckle is easy to clip and open, no struggles. The foot rest goes down or straight out for little ones. Win!
• Bench – The back bench is same nice quality material and padded (also doesn’t slide off the bench like other brands do). The bench slides back n forth, but only if you don’t snap the straps to hold it in place. I think those who complained of the seat sliding while their kid was sitting, didn’t read the manual or see these under the seat. You can secure the seat back for standing or front for sitting. Sliding the seat forward also gives you a little more access to the basket. There is a seat belt for the bench and you can tuck the straps down into the basket below when not in use.
• canopy- This canopy is awesome. It is very sturdy, stays where you put it, and can open all the way to cover both riders when sitting back to back. Love love love a good sun shade. You can also fold in the smaller section and just use the main part open if you need less coverage.
• Stroller frame – The entire construction is very strong and sturdy. The foam handle is good quality material just like all the materials used.
• Use – This rolls smoothly and maneuvers beautifully. And you really CAN push it with one hand! (One handed steering may be a little tough with 2 riders and especially if one is 4+ or heavy, but that would be the same on any double stroller with all that weight in it). Folds easily and has a latch to keep it in place. It’s not a one handed fold (2 triggers to pull back on), but I put the kids in the car before putting this away anyway so I wouldn’t be holding a baby while putting away a stroller. It doesn’t stand when folded, the sides are very flat so it can stand nicely on its side. I think that feature of standing after folding typically adds bulk anyway so this doesn’t bother me. When folded, it’s about the size of a standard single. There is some added height from the canopy but you could remove that if it was a problem for your trunk. I think this would fit in any standard size trunk though. I am not sure about tiny cars like the Fit or Mini Cooper, etc though but I am sure you would get an answer if you post a question about that. We have a minivan and it fits in the area behind the seats seats just fine. It’s lightweight both for pushing and lifting.Review of riding positions:
• We have the seat only one position reclined when the car seat is installed, so that our 3 yr old can have the option to sit or stand. Sometimes he is leaning forward just slightly but he doesn’t complain and it’s really not much.
• If the seat is fully reclined, the back rider can only stand. I just tell our son that it’s his only option when his brother is sleeping and he is fine with that. But once the baby is awake, I can raise it up one position and it’s still a decent recline for a catnap while allowing my 3 yr old to sit.
• If we go out toward the evening or will be out all day and think or 3 yr old might fall asleep, we just leave the car seat in the car and let our infant ride in the stroller’s front seat with it reclined one position back. If our older son needs to nap in the front (rare occasion) then I just carry the baby in a sling or the ergo (we keep it in the basket below). Then both can sleep, problem solved without needing anything larger than this stroller. This solution worked out perfectly on our vacation! Tip- use those carseat strap pads on the shoulder straps for a more secure and comfortable fit for a smaller baby. They recommend the front seat from 6mo and up, but our 3 month old was perfectly fine (he holds himself up well but the recline was even better). He hates his carseat in the single stroller but LOVES sitting in this stroller.
• I like the compact size of this stroller. It’s not much bigger than my single stroller (a Combi Torino…which is pretty small for a single). I wanted the option for my 3 yr old to be comfortable and sit when he is tired, without pushing a bus. I also didn’t want to be pushing a big stroller with unused space when he wants to walk beside me. (Like pushing a side by side with only the baby in it .) This stroller is like having a single with the added bonus of a space for your older child to be very comfortable when needed.Bottom line, this is the BEST sit n stand style stroller out there and the best double stroller option if your first child is old enough to ride on the back. and if not, then get the Caboose too seat for the back and it’s an instant double stroller for 2 babies! Can’t go wrong with this thing! I’m still so impressed with it.

Gale Menahga, MN
★★★★★

Not the greatest quality, but it does the job

very lightweight and cheap-looking materials hamper this product from earning a 5. I paid $205 for it, but honestly it looks very cheap and I am in doubt if it will last very long. There are a lot better options out there for cheaper. That being said, it does its job and I have not had any issues with it as of yet. Will do a follow up in roughly a year to let you know if it held up.

Jerri Lebanon, NE