My family is a site to see walking through airports. Two tired parents are accompanied by a pre-teen boy on a phone, a 10-year-old girl chatting away with everyone she passes, a bubbly 5-year-old wanting to stop by every store and a toddler waving away like the Queen of England. Trying to get from point A to point B quickly is a tough task. We rely on easy to move suitcases and an excellent quality stroller. The stroller may or may not be holding a child.
We are tough on strollers. Strollers take a hefty beating in New York City and we take the beatings to an extreme. We drag or carry them up and down subway stairs and maneuver the wheels over uneven sidewalks as we bounce around dog poop and debris. And that is just when we are at home! On vacations, we are even tougher on strollers.
We have a crazy travel schedule this year that will take us to Croatia, Rome, and many other places. We recently went on a trip to Mexico with all 4 kids in tow. In planning our vacations, my wife and I knew we needed a new stroller and one we could carry easily when the need arises. My search for a stroller took me to Joovy. After perusing the list of strollers, we decided on the Groove Ultralight. My selling point on the stroller was that it only weighs 15.7 pounds.
We received the stroller shortly before our trip to Mexico, which gave me little time to get to know my new set of wheels. While we sat during a layover, my appreciation for the stroller grew. Here are some of the features I fell in love with:
- Inside pocket: Okay, this might not seem that great, but after spending years of taking cups and bottles from kids’ hands, it is nice that a child can place their drink in a pocket next to their seat.
- It stands without leaning against something: Maybe my favorite feature. I found out after leaning over to pick something up while I let go of the stroller. There it stood like a statue. I was so excited I took a picture. No longer do I have to store it in a corner while it slides over. It can stand all on its own.
- Soft and easy to clean: It took one minute before the first spill, but cleaned easily and still looks great.
- Comfortable grip, shoulder strap, and easy to push: I lumped all three here because the stroller is easy and comfortable to use.
We pushed the stroller all over Playa del Carmen and used it in sand, around Mayan ruins, and along the many streets. It performed perfectly, and we have enjoyed lugging it around NYC now that we’re back home. If you are looking for a lightweight stroller, then check out the Groove Ultralight from Joovy.
Disclaimer: Joovy provided a stroller for this review, but the words are my own.