I will admit that I am not typically a fan of double strollers. Having three kiddos in three years left me with no choice but to find one. I went through a wide range of different styles, models and brands but the one that I have come to really appreciate and enjoy has been the Joovy Caboose VaryLight ($399). I do not use it often and honestly wish that I had it when the kiddos were younger because the two bigger ones do not want to ride very often.
However I have to admit that in the past I have literally hated the other double strollers that I had tried. I had thought that I would NEVER be able to find a double stroller that I loved. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite tips for finding a great double stroller. I am also going to share with you my Pros and Cons for the Joovy Caboose VaryLight.
5 Tips to Find a Great Double Stroller
1. Find a double stroller that just meets your needs, not exceeds them.
Double strollers can be bulky and awkward to carry around. One great thing about the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is that it is easy to pack along with you and really small for a double stroller.
2. Choose a double stroller that your children will like riding in.
I have to admit that the biggest problem that I had with double strollers in the past is that my children did not like to ride on them. They wanted to be down walking but then would whine and complain when they were tired. Not anymore, with the Joovy Caboose VaryLight they love being able to “skateboard” behind their sister. In fact my two middle kiddos, Althea (6) and Huxley (5), fight over who gets to ride on it when we use it.
3. Know your budget for a double stroller.
One of the best things about the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is that it is a great quality stroller for the low $399 price tag. Most of the double strollers that I have owned in the past have cost $500+ and I have not liked them as well as I like this one.
4. Read the instructions and make sure that it is a stroller that you can use.
I have to admit that I did read the instruction book. I read the instructions as I put the stroller together as well but I did have a few hiccups along the way. I didn’t realize the lock mechanism that opens and closes the stroller. So I had a frustrating moment when I was out with the four kids shopping the summer clearance last fall. I ended up not being able to open the stroller and having no back up with us. This meant that I had to manage four walking children. I later learned that this was a user error. You have to push down a certain way that I was not pushing down when you open the stroller.
5. Read reviews that are posted about the strollers that interest you.
Reading reviews is a great way to learn more about the strollers that you are looking for. Joovy has a number of great strollers and you can find a lot of great reviews out there that show off these strollers. Reading about the different styles and models can really help you to make sure that you love the stroller that you end up purchasing.
Pros to the Joovy Caboose VaryLight Stroller
- The stroller is a great size and folds up really small.
- The stroller has an option that allows for you to make the base shorter (if your child on the back is only going to be riding on the board part) or longer (if your child on the back wants to sit on the seat).
- The storage basket is not too difficult to get to and it is actually large enough for the stuff that you take with you for two small children.
- The stroller maneuvers better than any other double stroller that I have ever owned.
- The stroller is light weight compared to other full size double strollers.
- The stroller is made in fun colors that I really enjoy. We got the purpleness one and I LOVE it!!
- The stroller is an affordable $399 when compared to other similar quality double strollers.
- My child actually likes riding in the stroller (this is HUGE for a child who really does not like to ride in strollers)!
- There is an option to attach a carseat to the stroller.
- There is also an option attach two carseats to this stroller. I can only imagine that this is one of the best options for moms of twins when I see those bulky strollers that are out there.
Cons to the Joovy Caboose VaryLight Stroller
- The sunshade is not as big as I would have liked.
- There is no sunshade for the child sitting in back.
- Opening and closing the stroller takes some getting used to.
- Making the wheel base longer or shorter seems to sometimes get a little stuck and requires two people to open it.
- The seat is a little thin and not as padded as other strollers (although Adeline has never complained when riding in it).
Joovy doesn’t just have the VaryLight double stroller. There are a number of additional models that you can pick from. If you are looking for a double stroller your needs could met with any of the amazing Joovy models like the Scooter X2, Caboose, Caboose Too, Caboose UltaLight, Too Qool (this one answers some of my cons), Ergo Caboose (this one also answers some of the cons on my list), and the Too Fold.
If you do not need a double stroller then you can get your needs met with one of their single strollers like the Zoom 360, Scooter, Qool, or Cocoon. You will find that you really can get all of your stroller needs met with a stroller from Joovy.
Please excuse the stock photos that were used for this post. My pictures of the stroller just did not show the specifications as well and I thought that these would be better for you, the reader, to be able to use.